Monday, October 20, 2014

Viscous act of Papery leaves Winger reeling in Despair

The new Pope is up to his old tricks again with his new Dictate about being all Christian and stuff to Gay Folks:
In pastoral terms, the document published today by the Synod of Bishops represents an earthquake, the “big one” that hit after months of smaller tremors … While defending the traditional teachings that reject divorce and gay marriage, the synod said the modern church must focus more on the “positive elements” in such relationships, rather than their shortcomings, and open a patient and merciful dialogue with the people involved. The ultimate aim, it said, is to use these “seeds” of goodness to bring people more fully into the church.
If you are a winger, clearly this document is devastating. Cats and Dogs living together  Gay folks being treated decently. Here's the reaction from Popular Sovereignty advocate Maggie Gallagher:
I hope to respond intellectually to the synod report. Tears right now are streaming from my face, and it is not about objections to welcoming gay people. There is something more profoundly at stake for me. Is this me? In the corner? [i.e., losing her religion]
Gallagher, back in the heyday of the state level gay marriage constitution amendments, used to be quite comfortable with the idea using a popular vote to determine the civil rights of minority groups. If the people voted for a constitutional amendment to ban same sex marriage, what can you do? The people voted and momentum is on your side.  But that was 10 years ago. Things change - so does momentum. 

With that being said wingers who are dissatisfied by the new Pope can bitch and moan and cry and carry on all they like.  What does this Pope really know anyway?  Other than being God'[s rep on Earth, who care what this guy thinks?

When you think about it, North America Right-wingers have a clear alternative to Papist Tyranny - defect and become a Mormon. The Mormon religion was designed expressly for the new world just as capitalism is taking off. Who needs all the bullshit from the Old World and its stupid rules made up by a bunch of people who lived like a million years ago. Its like they say, when the going gets tough, the tough just change sides.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Jonathan Chait is a mean SOB, cntd.....

If being wrong about the economy is wrong, I don't wanna be right:
In the fall of 2010, conservatives assembled an all-star team of the world’s wrongest people to issue a clarion call warning the Federal Reserve that its attempts to aid the economy risked terrible inflation. “The planned asset purchases risk currency debasement and inflation, and we do not think they will achieve the Fed’s objective of promoting employment,” warned the signatories, who included, among others, Amity Shlaes, Bill Kistol, and Niall Ferguson. (The person who advised the German army not to bother to pack winter clothing for its 1941 invasion of Russia was, sadly, unavailable.)...
None of the signatories have grappled with the total failure of worldview that this implies. They have all either explained away their failure or refused to acknowledge it. It’s not merely a question of making a failed prediction — sometimes events get it wrong. The inflationistas failed to understand the nature of a liquidity trap, and what happens when interest rates hit zero in a severely depressed economy. They didn’t just predict the wrong team would win. They have a failed economic model....
The inflationistas got the balance of risk totally wrong — unemployment, while falling, has remained above target, while inflation has stayed below it. Shlaes’s defense is not just factually wrong, it’s conceptually bizarre. Somebody has to worry about bear attacks, yes. But if you demand that all children be kept home from school for the year to protect them against bear mauling, it’s not enough to point out that bears exist. You need to somehow engage with the idea of a tradeoff.
When the only tool you got is a hammer, that's what you do. And that what being the product of a failed ideology leads to -  whenever a complicated issue requires a response, all these folks can to is to just hammer away.  Government always Bad. Tax cuts and regulation always good.

The flip side to this sure the inflationistas got it wrong. That was the point. That these fine folks picked this line of bullshit about the imaginary risk of inflation does not really matter. They could have picked some other any equally bad argument to wobble the works as well. Any position that would prevent the fire fighters from arriving on the scene served their purposes. 

If the goal is to save Western Civilization against the terrors of Obamunism, who is going to let a bad argument of the good fight.  Shlaes only real crime is that she fell for the con and ended up believing in the bullshit.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

LIVE from the Wingnet: Wingnut Really Afraid of Voter Fraud in Colorado

According to one NRO-bot it should be really easy to vote in Colorado this year because the goddamned Democrats rammed new laws into effect making it easy for (the wrong kind of) people to vote.

This means one thing, naturally, FRAUD!
Perhaps the most hard-fought Senate race this year will be Colorado’s showdown between Democratic senator Mark Udall and Republican congressman Cory Gardner. The RealClearPolitics average of polls in the race shows Gardner holding a lead of 1.3 percentage points. The outcome may determine control of the U.S. Senate, and the margin of victory could be less than the 11,000-vote margin by which Democratic senator Michael Bennet was reelected in Colorado in 2010.

But there is a significant difference in this year’s Senate race. In 2013, a new Democratic state legislature rammed through a sweeping and highly controversial election law and convinced Democratic governor John Hickenlooper to sign it. The law, known as House Bill 1303, makes Colorado the only state in the country to combine two radical changes in election law: 1) abolishing the traditional polling place and having every voter mailed a ballot and 2) establishing same-day registration, which allows someone to appear at a government office and register and vote on the same day without showing photo ID or any other verifiable evidence that establishes identity.
Yes adopting a variation of the Washington state ballot and the Wisconsin approach is radical, indeed. 

Note to self: Laws making it easier to vote are "highly controversial," while laws that selectively disenfranchise black folks, young folks and poor folks without any rational basis are necessary to voter fraud.

Basically if the GOP fails to take the Colorado senate seat  this year, like it failed to do in 2010, you can expect the wingnet to explode with charges of imaginary voter fraud.

Which all gets to a law of the internets and it is this: When the GOP fails to win a close election it is always due to one or a combination of the following three reasons.
Reason number 1: The Voters were too fucking stupid to understand the issues; or

Reason number 2: Sure the voters are really fucking stupid and don't understand the issues, but that's because the Republican candidate failed to clearly explain the awesomeness that is conservatism to them; or

Reason number 3
NRO-bot John Fund is cuing up Reason Number 3 just in case his side misses out again.

If there was any justice in this world, Fund would have been rounded up - preferably by ACORN and shipped off to a FEMA camp a long time ago. But as everyone knows, the world is not fair.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Right Wing Professor Reflects back before the Obamapocalypse.

There used to be a time when real men didn't cry and bitch and moan all the time. But them days is gone. We're left with Right Wing Professors like Paul Rahe:
There was a time — I remember that time — when public officials and even political appointees resigned when called upon to carry out a policy they sincerely thought to be contrary to the interests of the American people. There was a time when public servants had a powerful sense of their own dignity and conducted themselves in a manner suited to free human beings. But that time appears to have passed — and those who hold high office act today as if they were the President’s slaves.

What a country we have become! We have journalists who prostitute themselves for a political party. We have civil servants who will gaily break the law for partisan purposes. We have cabinet members who do not believe in the policies they are called upon to implement, but who do not resign. We have an Attorney General who thinks that the obstruction of justice is his job. And we have a Congress unwilling to call anyone to account.

I fear for my country.
But all the sheeple just keep going on living the their lives - kept stupid by the lamestream media and fat, dumb and happy by the wonder working ways of the market economy.  Did you realize that you can buy just about anything at the Walmart - and for cheap too!  The poor bastards don't realize that they, also, should be wetting their pants on a daily basis - unlike those living within the conservative echo chamber.

But that's the way things are.

For Every Winger, not just for College Republican, but for right wing professors, not just once but when ever they want it, there is the instant when it's still not yet Noon on January 20th 2009, the Bush Administration is still in position at the nation's capital, governing wisely as would be expected, the best and brightest minds of a generation are assembled at the Pentagon and are ready to be loosened to break out and launch another war - waiting for Dick Cheney to give the word. It's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin yet it's going to begin, we all know that. And then it does - the clock strikes noon and Obamunism turns the people into slaves. All is lost, but the good days are not forgotten.

It must be a terrible thing to live with, being a movement conservative. A terrible burden to bear - being afraid all the goddamn time. And its about everything. FEMA run camps. The Persecution of Dinesh D'Souza, Sarah Palin, the Motch Brothers or that guy who made that video that help cause all those riots - about 70 of 'em in the Muslim world.

But there really is not much that can be done since the FEMA run camps don't exist.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Was it Over when the Germans Bombed Pearl Harbor?

Hell no. And this Scary Gay Marriage fight ain't over yet either.

It is one thing to lose the battle to force others to live their lives as second class citizens because of religious doctrines that a minority of the population sincerely believe in. But what do you do about it? Do you re-evaluate your position and fall into line with the long established American cultural norm that holds that its wrong for the state to deny one group of folks the same rights and responsibilities that the rest of society enjoys. No you don't do that. 

For many Right Wingers the response after losing the 1147th Battle of Armageddon is simply: More Lectures:
The Defense of Marriage Isn’t Over
Monday’s action from the Supreme Court is, as I noted elsewhere, a setback for sound constitutional self-government and a setback for a healthy marriage culture.

Rather than a single Roe v. Wade of marriage, where the Supreme Court would redefine marriage across the nation, the Court, by refusing to hear any of the marriage cases, has allowed lower federal courts to disregard the constitutional authority of citizens and their elected representatives to make good marriage policy.

Good laws that reflect the truth about marriage, frequently passed with overwhelming democratic support, have been struck down by judges without any compelling argument that they are unconstitutional.

We should recognize this for what it is: Dozens of minor acts of judicial activism, rather than one major one.

If this is the case, where do we go from here? What should we do to continue defending marriage?...
Whatever the law or culture may say, we must commit now to witness to the truth about marriage: that men and women are distinct and complementary, that it takes a man and a woman to bring a child into the world, and that children deserve a chance to grow up with a mom and a dad.

Too many of our neighbors haven’t heard our arguments, and they seem unwilling to respect our rights because they don’t understand what we believe. It’s up to us to change that perception. We will help decide which side history is on.
So More Lectures in a Loud Slow Voice - so everyone can understand. This is a typical conservative approach to political setbacks - the people just don't get it, maybe if we would have explained ourselves better, etc. 

You hear this on the wingnet every time wingers lose some soul crushing defeat - its a law of the internets. But there is also a Palinesque quality to this statement. Its not just convincing the heathens that the ghey is scary, which of course it is or should be if its not.

No that's only half of the battle. The other half is convincing the public that it when it comes to enforcing the American norm of civil rights, the real victims are certain groups of religious conservatives. If your sincerely held belief requires that gay folks live as second class citizens and the law does not operates in a way to enforce that belief - well then, that makes your group the real victims.  BOOM. 

Sarah must be proud.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Inflation Hawks Suffer Vicious Beatdown at the hands of Pravda on the Hudson

Way back when the economy was teetering on the verge of collapse under dual hammer blows - first from the Great Recession and later from the Tea Party Insurgency, a group of seemingly very serious people came together in opposition to Federal Reserve efforts to stimulate the economy.  It was very-very-very wrong they said. It shouldn't be done they said.

And then they joined in union at an attempted dramatic pronouncement:  That the best way to fight a fire was by doing nothing - Liquidate capital, liquidate working folks, liquidate home ownership, liquidate savings, LIQUIDATE IT ALL - it will purge the rottenness out of the system. High costs of living and high living will come down. People will work harder, live a more moral life. Values will be adjusted, and enterprising people will pick up from the ashes of the less competent people. But first we must just let it burn to the ground. We it owe it to the people.

Some of the very serious people in the Pain Caucus were economists, but some were not. That made me wonder why why anyone would pay attention to Monetary Policy Pronouncements of British Historian Nial Ferguson, or Right Wing polemicist Amity Shlaes or GOP Apparatchik Doug Holtz-Eakin or for that matter 4 time-college transfer student Sarah Palin who didn't get the chance to sign the Liquidation Manifesto but supported it in principle:
n 2010, 23 reasonably prominent economists, fund managers, academics and journalists signed a coalition letter opposed to quantitative easing...The letter warned that it would “risk currency debasement and inflation” and fail to create jobs ... [it] should be “reconsidered and discontinued.”

Four years later, inflation is still low ... unemployment has fallen, economic and job growth has been modest but present, and the stock market has soared. Despite the authors’ insistence that quantitative easing faced “broad opposition from other central banks,” the Bank of England and the Bank of Japan have undertaken similar programs.

So the [lamestream media presented] the letter’s signers with a simple question: Have you changed your mind? And pretty uniformly, the signatories said they had: Faced with empirical evidence that went contrary to their expectations, including low inflation and relatively good economic performance, they have revisited their monetary policy views and promised to stop scaremongering about inflation.
Ha-ha, I’m just kidding. People who obsess over inflation don’t change their minds.

Of the 23 signatories, 14 had the good sense not to comment. The other nine told Bloomberg their views were unchanged since 2010. Real world events notwithstanding, they’re just as worried about inflation now as they ever were.

Their explanations are pretty creative. Jim Grant, for example, told Bloomberg we have had inflation — it just hasn’t shown up in consumer prices.

Doug Holtz-Eakin... explained that the letter was correct because it didn’t set a date on its inflation prediction. ... Several other signatories similarly rested their arguments on the lack of a date in the letter, and warned that high inflation could still come. Among them is Niall Ferguson, the Harvard history professor, who wrote a 2011 op-ed for Newsweek proclaiming that “double-digit inflation is back.” (It wasn’t.)

Mr. Ferguson later admitted he erred.... But another signatory who still says the letter was right, the journalist Amity Shlaes...argue[ing] that “official numbers err” and that inflation really is much higher than the Bureau of Labor Statistics claims. (It’s not.)

...the important matter is the counterfactual: How would the recovery have differed if, as these authors wanted, the Federal Reserve had stopped quantitative easing and pursued a tighter monetary policy?

There is a good case study to look at: the eurozone. The European Central Bank has been the most inflation-phobic of the big four central banks, and until this year it has stayed away from quantitative easing. If the signatories are right, the eurozone’s economy should have outperformed America’s (and Britain’s and Japan’s) since 2010.

Unfortunately for the signatories (and for hundreds of millions of people who live in Europe) the eurozone is in a deeper depression than it experienced in the 1930s. Womp womp.
So there you go. Facts that contradict ideology are just basically a bunch of lies and shit like that. But really its not surprising that when you have apparatchiks and folks who have no business holding themselves out as monetary policy experts are proven wrong, they weasel away from personal responsibility.

Its simple: Ideology Cannot Fail; it can only be failed by insufficient fealty.  With that being said, I blame people like Amity Shlaes for the lack of inflation. If she had been more loyal to the cause - if she had been willing to give 110% for the team, why then Inflation would've upped its game and given 110% too. We'd have runaway inflation at Wiemar levels and Ideology would have been proven right. But she f'd it up and inflation did not appear. People are laughing at the inflation hawks. Its not the ideology's fault. People let it down. People like Amity Shlaes.

And so it goes.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Blogger turns into "Cheese Eating, Surrender Monkey"

Or having a chance to Face an Outside Liberal Agitator, the boys at Powerline Blog Tuck Tail and Run Away.

So I was reading on the wingnet the other day and learned that comedian Bill Maher would be appearing in Minnesota as part of his skit to flip a district. In Flipping a District, the premise is that there are plenty of unworthy incumbent congressmen that coast to victory each election due in part to gerrymandering and the influence of big money on politics.  The theory behind Flip a District is that the free media that comes with it, will help level the playing field by bringing unwanted attention to the incumbent congressman who will then have to defend his record.

In this case, the congressman chosen to be flipped is Congressman John Kline of the 2nd CD of Minnesota. The problem with Kline, according to Maher, is that basically he's just a douche-bag in the pocket of for profit universities which as everyone knows preys upon children to suck up their gov't backed student loan money, saddling them with debt at the beginning of their work life but not before leaving a large majority of 'em without a diploma to show for it. 

And a case certainly can be made that someone profiting from being the errand boy of such an industry is an unworthy douche bag who ought to be "flipped." Those are the charges anyway. Kline may or may not be that guy, I'm simply saying that reasonable people may look at Kline and come to this kind of conclusion. It's what the TV tells me, anyway.

But onto Minnesota. The wingnet tells me that Bill Maher is very mean. Of course he is. It also tells me that he plans to take his mean spirited act to Minnesota's second district. There he will form and film a panel consisting of two libertards and two real americans. These folks would discuss the controversy surrounding Congressman John Kline. This being the case, the Maher show decided that in forming its panel, it needed to draw from the indigenous population. You know -  they wanted to find a conservative in its own natural habitat:
Last week I got a phone call from a producer for the Bill Maher Show. Bill is coming to Minnesota on October 7, she told me, and intends to do a public event at an as-yet-unknown venue. (I assume the event will be in the Second District, perhaps on a college campus.) Bill will head up a panel that includes two conservatives, one old and one young, and two demographically-similar liberals. The producer told me that they have already lined up my old friend Ana Marie Cox as the senior liberal, and they very much wanted me to participate as the senior conservative. The event will not be televised live, but it will be filmed. The producer told me that Maher will use clips from the program on his television show and will post them on YouTube.

I had misgivings–the last thing I want to do is act as a foil for the likes of Bill Maher–but she argued persuasively that it would be helpful for me to take part, and that we conservatives would get an even break. I said I would think about it overnight and call her back in the morning.
The Maher show needed a local old conservative guy that would be easy to make fun of, so naturally they turned to Powerline Blog for one. It makes perfect sense. As conservative republicans said in the 60s justifying the Southern Strategy, you go hunting where the ducks are. 

But it is not totally surprising that someone in this position would decline the opportunity as the Powerline Blogger essentially did. You are pretty close to barking mad. The odds are high that you'd say something close to barking mad or maybe even batshit crazy - you can't help it.  And this being the case, the editors at the show would have a field day showing the worst of the worst clips on the internets. People will laugh. Look at the stupid conservative say stupid things.  So why do it at all when its safer just to post shit on the internets and do podcasts for fellow travelers to watch in their parents' basement. Don't hate the winger, hate the game.

But on the other hand, if you are the type of guy that can call Bush a genius, Sarah Palin the most consequential political figure of her day while comparing Obama to Mussolini and writing favorably about Michele Bachmann and say all these cray-cray things AND MEAN THEM ALL, but then back down from a national appearance to defend these views with the fate of Western Civilization at stake, well......... let's just say that's a tad bit on the cowardly side.

Just saying. I don't know if it reaches French WW2 rifle levels - "Never been fired and has only been dropped once." But it is low that when the enemy comes to town and instead of "standing your ground" you skedaddle off for the tall grass and let others do your share of the fighting. What about FREEDOM? It ain't free. It doesn't just get passed on in the bloodstream. Each generation has to fight for it because its just one generation away from extinction.

But I guess that's why the Good Lord invented White Flags. He knows that all men will not be born brave. Some will be, surely.  But some will just end up writing blog posts about global warming being a total hoax on powerline blog, too and before these folks know it, they will face their sunset  years telling their children and their children's children what it was like when America was Free - before there was medicare.

And so it goes.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wingnet Continues to suffer from "Coalition Envy"

Sigh. Has it come to this:
In my latest Washington Examiner column... I wrote the following two sentences. “But Bush’s coalition that went into Iraq included more than 30 nations, most of them democracies. Kerry’s and Obama’s coalition against the Islamic State includes maybe eight, mostly autocracies.”

What I would have liked to add, but didn’t have space for, was a reference to the description, made by Kerry ... in 2004, to Bush’s coalition as a “trumped-up, so-called coalition of the bribed, the coerced, the bought and the extorted.” That description was recalled by...Marc Thiessen in a blogpost titled “Kerry’s coalition against the Islamic State fails his ‘global test’”...

I thought at the time that it was vicious of Kerry, and undermined the credibility of the United States, to characterize Bush’s very large coalition in such negative terms — terms that insulted democracies, including many NATO allies. Thiessen provides a much longer list of those who stood with us and sent ground troops into Iraq in 2003...[Thiessen then goes on to list members of the Coalition of the Willing while forgetting to add Iceland and the two guys they sent to the coalition.]  I just hope that in some corner of his mind Secretary Kerry appreciates how contemptible his words were in 2004 and feels just a tiny bit of gratitude that members of the opposition party are refraining from uttering similar words today.
- The Gentle Souled Michael Barone accusing "Liberals"of a conspiracy to "Suppress" the Truth about "coalitions" and things.
Now one should remember that Michael Barone has not always acted like a delicate flower. He once called President Obama a "Thug" and unfavorably compared him Vladimir Putin -  excepting only "that Putin is an effective thug" in a since deleted blog post that is, unfortunately, still remembered by the wingnet. So one needn't feel sorry for Barone's hurt feelings as he as shown a proclivity to engage in less than seemly behavior in past.

However putting the issue of coalitions aside and any discussion whether it is beneficial for such a coalition to contain Sunni-Muslim countries in the same region including Turkey (if the lamestream media is to believed), one should remember that the only reason that a coalition is needed today is because a former president decided to use "a coalition of the willing" to knock Humpty Dumpty off the wall. But for that fact, there would be no need for all the kings horses and all the kings men to desperately try to put humpty dumpty back together again.  

Its kinda of the most important thing that one needs to consider when complaining about the current coalition and whether it was put together too quickly and such.  It just wouldn't matter had the last guy not decided that a war in Iraq would result in a reverse domino scenario creating liberal democracy after liberal democracy instead of falling into civil strife between competing groups.  But we are where we are.

GOP 2016 - Because its never too early for the CRAZY, cntd

The Senator from Canada readies a run:
Ted Cruz is running for president. The only thing left for him to do is say so.
According to sources close to the Texas senator, Cruz could be preparing for an end-of-year announcement and is now dedicating considerable time and effort to cultivating a foreign-policy foundation that might help his candidacy stand out in what is guaranteed to be a crowded field.
"At this point it's 90/10 he's in," one Cruz adviser said. "And honestly, 90 is lowballing it."
The senator's choreography since arriving in Washington has long pointed to a presidential run. His office meticulously documents the details of his meetings and events to guard against opposition research. He has aggressively pursued visits to important primary states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. Late last month Cruz hired three prominent consultants with experience in national campaigns and extensive contacts in early nominating states. And he recently moved his chief of staff, Chip Roy, from his congressional office to the campaign operation, sending the clearest signal yet to allies inside and outside the Capitol that a bid for the White House is imminent.
One down. Next up, several folks need to audition for another of the "Bachmann" roles in the Primary. There is still room for about 3 more candidates with that Bachmannesque vibe for the Base. This dilutes the crazy vote by spreading it out over several candidates and it pushes the vitriol even farther to the right!

The libertarian role looks to be filled. The RINOs will put someone up - Wall Street and K-Street will demand that it be so. Ditto with the Neocons. But I don't think they'll be happy with someone that is not yet housebroken like Cruz.  Speaking of Housebroken Conservatives, Marco Rubio seems to be auditioning for the Neocon role with daily vapid calls for more aggression  - "the only way we can fight dangerous aggression in the world is with more dangerous aggression and if I'm president nobody in the world will be more dangerous and aggressive than me." Yeah, the neocon will definitely put someone up.

Also needed is someone to fill the non-crazy "huntsman" role for the 1-2% of GOP primary goers who actually still believe that the GOP can be reformed. Bless their hearts.

The last role that will need to be filled is the "Cain" role. But you can wait to fill this one. It should be filled at the latest possible time when the "Cain" guy can play savior to all voters who realize that the 2016 field is just another clown car.

By timing it right, the "Cain" guy can quickly rise to the top of the polls reeling in the legions of dissatisfied voters. Unfortunately the "Cain" guy, not being a politician is destined crash just as fast because of the laws of the universe i.e., bright shiny objects may rocket to great heights, but they also crash to the earth just as fast. Call it "Sarah's Law."

And so it goes.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Foxnews Personality winds up on Terror Watch List

Is this merely a mistake, or does the Government know something that the public doesn't:
    Stephen Hayes, a senior writer at The Weekly Standard and a regular Fox News contributor, was informed Tuesday that he had been placed on the Department of Homeland Security’s Terrorist Watchlist.

    Hayes, who spoke to POLITICO by phone on Tuesday, suspects that the decision stems from U.S. concerns over Syria. Hayes and his wife recently booked a one-way trip to Istanbul for a cruise, and returned to the U.S., a few weeks later, via Athens.

    “I’d be concerned if it was anything more than that,” Hayes said.

    Hayes first learned about his status on the watchlist during a trip to Minneapolis a few weeks ago when he was stopped for extra screening.

    “When I went online to check in with Southwest, they wouldn’t let me. I figured it was some glitch,” he explained. “Then I got to the airport and went to check in. The woman had a concerned look on her face. She brought over her supervisor and a few other people. Then they shut down the lane I was in, took me to the side, told me I was a selectee and scrawled [something] on my ticket.”

    “On my way back. the same thing happened,” he continued. “I got pulled out, they closed down the lane, and did a full pat-down and looked in all parts of my luggage.”

    Things got slightly awkward on that return flight, because one of the TSA employees was a frequent Fox News viewer. “He knew I wasn’t an actual terrorist,” Hayes explained, “but it didn’t matter.”
This list thing is probably a mistake.  Probably.  But we know from watching Foxnews that Law Enforcement personnel usually have a pretty good reason for doing what they do.

That being the case, I am going with the Foxnews approach here and am giving law enforcement the benefit of doubt - until I hear otherwise.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Tricky RINO trolls Tea Party - Set Eric Holder Free!

As news hit the internets that Attorney Generalissimo Eric Holder had tendered his resignation from the Obama Administration, word also hit the internets that Holder would stay on the job until his replacement had be approved by the Senate.

This creates a dilemma.

Obviously whoever Obama ends up nominating to replace Holder will be the most liberal nominee ever - or the GOP will make this claim and feel compelled to block the nomination. Of course this is not their fault as it is a universal law - the current democrat, whoever it is, must be called the most extreme, most liberal, most this and the most that of all time. The effects of this universal law are really quite unfair, but as life is unfair, our Republican friends are destined to suffer under it compulsive effects.

Republicans should do their best to allow Eric Holder to depart the Justice Department as quickly as possible.

He has been as bad an Attorney General in his way as Alberto Gonzales was in his way.

[And he was worse! He was involved in all types of conspiracies like the New Black Panther Menace and Un-deportation of 11 Million undocumented immigrants and the Bush era gun running program and just badness in general]

He was a friend of the President’s but he was also his alter-ego.  He said and did things that Mr. Obama only wished he could do.

He called America a nation of cowards when it comes to race relations, when the American people have done their level best to live in peace together.   We have come a long way in this country, especially after we elected the first African-American President in our history (a President with a mighty thin resume, I might add).  We deserve better than to be called cowards.

Eric Holder seemed to be a bitter man on a mission to bring not equal justice under the law but rather to deliver a measure of revenge.

The idea that Republicans should filibuster or delay his replacement – a replacement who may be confirmed  in the lame duck — is a mistake.  Of course, we should see who it is the President will name, but I would be dumbstruck if it could be anybody worse than Eric Holder.

Let’s get him to the private sector, pronto.
Smooth. Use the wingnuttery against the wingnuts!

If the mouth breathers do what they want to do - grandstand against the most liberal nominee/worst nominee/etc they will only end up keeping Holder on the job to do more tyranny and shit.
If they really want to stick it to Holder they can run him off his post by approving his successor double-pronto!

This is the way you talk to the base. You just hope they believe you instead of discovering that you are just a RINO up to tricking the foot soldiers for yet the millionth time.

And the beat goes on.

Insurance Industry Insiders Join Global-Global Warming Conspiracy

This is hardly surprising.

Of course the Insurance Industry is hyping the Global-Global Warming Conspiracy. It is quite understandable when you realize that in a world where Global Warming is believed to be real, they'll get to charge premiums for claims that will NEVER HAPPEN.....because global warming is a.... HOAX!!!!

Here's a survey asking them to rank the biggest global risks, probably using a global test or something like that:
No.    Global Risk     
1    Fiscal crises in key economies     
2    Structurally high unemployment/underemployment     
3    Water crises     
4    Severe income disparity     
5    Failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation      
6    Greater incidence of extreme weather events (e.g. floods, storms, fires)     
7    Global governance failure     
8    Food crises     
9    Failure of a major financial mechanism/institution     
10    Profound political and social instability    

Table 1: Ten Global Risks of Highest Concern in 2014
Source: Global Risks Perception Survey 2013-2014.
Note: From a list of 31 risks, survey respondents were asked to identify the five they are most concerned about.
Global Risks 2014, Ninth Edition [PDF] published by the World Economic Forum.
The folks that designed this survey could have expressly added the Tea Party to the list of scary things. But its likely that Global Tea Party risk is reflected in the number 1 ranked risk on the list: Tea Party induced Debt Default and Global Calamity. Probably, anyway.

Of course, the problem with these conspirators is that one of the insurers will (inevitably) try to undercut their competitors by not going along with the global warming scam.

Insurers live in the free market after all. Why overcharge your valued customers and maintain your current market share when you can adjust your prices downward to accurately reflect risk? In doing so, you can increase your market share while kicking your competitors in the balls. But the global conspiracy is strong and the insurers will play along......for a while at least before turning on each other and giving in to will of the free market.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Re-emergence of the Severely Conservative Progressive?

The wingnet reports that Romney 2016 whispers are no joke:
Romney is talking with advisers, consulting with his family, keeping a close eye on the emerging '16 Republican field, and carefully weighing the pluses and minuses of another run. That doesn't mean he will decide to do it, but it does mean that Mitt 2016 is a real possibility.

Nearly all of Romney's 2012 circle of advisers, finance people, and close aides remains intact. Many developed an extraordinary loyalty to Romney, who, in turn, has kept in close touch with them. Romney talks to some of them quite frequently in conversations that cover daily news, foreign and domestic policy, Hillary Clinton, the Republican field -- everything that might touch on a 2016 campaign. "Virtually the entire advisory group that surrounded Mitt in 2012 are eager for him to run, almost to a man and a woman," says one plugged-in member of Romneyland.
A significant number of Romney's top financial supporters from 2012 have decided not to commit to any other 2016 candidate until they hear a definitive word from Romney. They believe they are doing it with the tacit approval of Romney himself. "Spencer Zwick has never said specifically to everyone to keep your powder dry," says the plugged-in supporter, referring to Romney's former finance chairman who remains very close to Romney. "But the body language, the intonation, and the nuance are absolutely there."
Romney, at his core, is the new man for all seasons in today's GOP. That's not because he is of unwavering principle, but rather it is because he can re-invent his core to suit the times - be it as he of very Progressive Views or as a Severe Conservative  promising to lead an uncompromising right wing revolution.  It does not matter which way the winds are blowing. It never has with him.

In the 2008 GOP primary, it was a running joke that Romney's views on issues changed like clockwork depending whether it was an even numbered year or an odd numbered year.  All the GOP candidates on the stage during debates would turn and sneer at Romney whenever attacked one his fellow candidates, often times falsely, for holding views that he himself - Mitt Romney - held just a week or so earlier. That's how he rolls.

But those guys, with the possible exception of good ol' Huck, are gone now. Sleepy Fred makes reverse mortgage commercials targeting Old Folks - "Don't worry its backed by the Government  and based on a law President Reagan signed into law to protect Seniors." The aforementioned Huck keeps busy as an infotainer making millions on the AM radio, possibly to keep the Wicked Witch of Arkansas living in style but under wraps somewhere along the Redneck Riviera. McCain, having forgotten that he needs 2 hands to count the number of houses he owns, now sleeps in a broom closet on the set of Meet the Press where he emerges each Sunday to snarl into the camera and urge going to war with yet another country. And nobody has seen Rudy Giuliani in years leading one to wonder what ever happened to mister 9/11 and a verb.

That leaves a tanned, rested and ready Willard - a Nixonian figure - waiting in the wings as the man who can mean all things to all people.  If you are afraid of the crazies on the far right, and who isn't -  don't worry I'm your man. If you are fearful of folks running the Wall Street K-street Axis - Don't worry Main Street, I too, am your man.

So why not Romney - He'll say what ever the times demand.

Latte Salute Outrages Right Wing Nut, sigh

The stupid cannot be defeated. It can only be contained - preferably in a FEMA run camp:
The video below [depicting the infamous Latte Salute] speaks volumes about President Obama, not only concerning his underlying disdain for our military, but also as regards basic decency. In my opinion, a president who thinks he’s too cool properly to return a salute from our servicemen is presumptively unfit to command them.
- One of the Malcontents at Powerline Blog
Good thing President Eisenhower to read this scurrilous post, because the former 5-star general didn't think Presidential salutes were appropriate. He did do 'em.

But then again the Right Wing Nuts of his day were known to claim that Ike was a Commie Agent, so there is that. The more things change - the more they stay the same. Sigh.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Threat of TEAHAD looms omniously for John Boehner

The internets are reporting that Cassius and Brutus have been spotted whispering in the shadows:
"For months, several clusters of conservative lawmakers have been secretly huddling inside and outside the Capitol, plotting to oust John Boehner from the Speaker's office when House Republicans regroup after the November elections"

"The strategy -- for now -- seems disorganized and fluid: Find a way to push the Speaker's race to a second ballot, create turmoil in the conference, portray Boehner as highly vulnerable and offer up an alternative."
The King is the King.....until he's not.

When the first long knife comes out.......who knows what happens next.  Maybe the bold - those true of heart - join in what comes naturally while the sheeple look to their own survival.

Liaison to the Nuts F's it up again, sigh

Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe apparently has not gotten the memo: When Republicans talk about sexual assault - bad things happen.
As you may have noticed, in desperation, Barack Obama and his minions are now beating another drum. There is, they shamelessly tell you, a crisis. It is a grave emergency. One in five young women on America’s campuses have been the object of a sexual assault.

It matters not that there is no evidence to support such a preposterous claim.... Our President believes that the women of the United States are so gullible that they will fall for this nonsense, and who knows? He might be right. As the buttons worn by the harpies in attendance at the last Democratic National Convention asserted, “Sluts vote!and let’s face it: in 2012, infuriated at the prospect that they might have to fork over $10 a month to pay for their own birth control pills, they did.
The women folk are just Harpies and Sluts? As GOP Chairman Reince Priebus might say: OUTREACH!

But I guess this sort of shit happens on the wingnet. If Obama and the Democrats are for something even if it started out as a Republican idea, the wingers are against it.  So it is hardly surprising that in drawing attention to violence against women, wingers have been suckered into becoming Men's Rights advocates overnight.

The right wing professor that calls himself Instapundit writes daily on the the topic of the oppression of men, for example.  I don't want to say that this sudden concern for Men's Rights on the wingnet reminds me of David Duke starting up a National Association for the Advancement of White People organization because of........well because he is an asshole and already didn't like black folks.   While this new concern for men is unseemly,  I not implying that these right wingers already held animosity toward women and the public concern showed by Dems toward violence against women pushed them toward doing what comes natural.  No. Just saying that movement conservatism is deeply reactionary at its core. If Obama comes out for something - there is a real high possibility that right wingers will discover some previously unrealized reason to be angrily against it.

ACORN is a perfect example. Before Obama wins the Iowa caucuses, there is no outrage on the wingnet about the community organizational group known as ACORN. Afterward there is a slow and steady fury that builds its way into the 2008 Presidential Campaign when Poor-Poor John McCain felt compelled to denounce the previously unheard of group as a "threat to the fabric of democracy" when all the smart people knew that this claim was bullshit to placate the rubes.

Its just how the game is played...and Rahe's failing. He keeps getting rolled by Obama. Instead of bringing "the nuts" along he makes 'em nuttier.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Obamunist Thugs to "disappear" beloved conservative film maker

Ominous Tidings have hit the internets.

While Right Wing Entertainer, Dinesh D'Souza will not face hard prison time, he will be confined to something that sounds kinda like a FEMA run Camp.

According to the website The Smoking Gun, D'Souza will spend the first eight months of his probation in something eerily named a "community confinement center."  He will also have to pay a $30,000 fine, undergo some FEMA type group hugging process called "therapeutic counseling" (i.e., reprogramming) and he'll have to perform one day per week of community service - perhaps in the form of "community organizing." Then, presumably, he'll need to keep clean with the cops for the remainder of his 5 year probationary period.

Personally, I hope the boys at FEMA or whoever is running this so-called "community confinement center" get all the kinks worked out and get D'Souza back walking a straight and narrow path.

Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe: Just one of the Rubes or just "a Liaison to the Nuts?"

Is the Global-Global Warming Conspiracy real? Yes and No.

Or are there just a bunch of confused wingers posting shit on the web? Yes, my Friends the stupid is VAST:
For some years now, the President of the United States and his minions have been lying to us about the threat posed to our well-being and our security by global warming. In the next few decades, they say, the temperature will dramatically rise and the climate will change markedly for the worse. The consequences will be dire, and human activity is the cause. We must curb carbon emissions … or millions will die. They have even induced the armed forces to list combating global warming as one of their prime missions.
I think he is misrepresenting the opinion of the President and his "Minions" a wee bit and he's certainly slandering the brave men and women of our armed forces by calling them either stupid or frauds. This is simply outrageous. People risk their lives for FREEDOM and for AMERICA while at home the ungrateful basically call them "comsymps".  These people know no shame.

But this really isn't fair criticism. The Right Wing Professor is just playing the game.  Let me explain.

As time has gone on, many of the better adjusted Global Warming skeptics have moved beyond the "its a hoax" stage of climate denial to accepting that at least most of the recent warming is attributable to greenhouse gas emissions. What do do about it is another story. But you can only play that hoax game for so long before getting fitted with a tin foil hat by President Obama's secret gestapo-like force. Once that happens, everyone has permission to laugh at you.

So the game now on the wingnet is to redefine "the 97% meme" i.e., that most every smart person agrees, including 97% of the practicing climate scientists, that man made greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for most of the recent warming on earth.  But this can be tricky if your base believes that "global warming is all a Hoax, man" and you've been reinforcing this belief for years.

The solution is to conflate the responses to Anthropogenic Global Warming like carbon emission regulation with the settled consensus that man made carbon emissions have caused the planet to warm. Just attack "the consensus" as all bullshit, man - without defining what consensus you are attacking. This allows a right winger to dispute whether or not the "Science is settled" because by science he means Hypothetical Computer Climate Model 35.  This is effective because Hypothetical Computer Model 35 will never be perfect. It might be pretty damn good - but it won't be perfect.
"See all those "liberal scientists" and their "religious-like belief" in the settled consensus were WRONG [meaning that Hypothetical Computer Model 35 was not 100% accurate]. I mean how can we take the first step in a long journey toward reducing future man-made greenhouse gas emissions if computer model 35 is all fucked up and shit?
You can't and you shouldn't. It is far more prudent to do nothing. There is no settled consensus. There just isn't. Its like we've been saying all along."
Thus completing the switcheroo. As I said, the brighter wingers know how the game is played while the more maladjusted struggle on. In the GOP, the establishment wants the energy of the "Tin-foil Hat Brigades" but needs to keep them under control to avoid being "Akinized" or "O'Donnellized" or worse "Cruzified" (in the case of Rahe it was predicting a "Romney Landslide"). That means there is high demand for competent folks to serve as "Liaisons to the Nuts."

Which brings us to Right Wing Professor Rahe. 

One would assume that a right wing professor that takes time from his busy schedule to post "stuff" on right wing blogs for the "Tin-foil Hat Brigades" to read does so to help bring "the nuts" along. You don't want them getting out of hand and make themselves known as a "lunatic fringe" that drags the GOP's brand even further down. You just kinda hint that the "settled consensus" was in fact "not all a hoax" but then you turn and attack "the settled consensus." But on the other hand, this Right Wing Professor could just be one of the Rubes and doesn't know it.

Don't hate the winger, hate the game.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Adventures in Wingnutology: Right Wing Blogger provides example of Scopes Trial Conservatism

Via RedState Blog Honcho in Chief:
We live in such a screwed up world, mainstream culture is increasingly submitting the fringe to be normal and the normal to be fringe.

Boys and girls are more and more taught that they can pick their own gender adventure. The prominent scientific voices tell us we are accidents of the cosmos — the product of a swerve in nature. Who we sleep with is now a product of our birth, but what gender we are can be freely chosen. Science proves neither, but science is the new god.

It is maddening. Add into it the politicization of everything and you can certainly understand why some people want to check out of culture. Contra the left, most boys do not need to be told not to hit girls. They know it. But a secular ideology that wants all the trappings of morality without the foundation of that morality is now convinced that when boys are left to be boys, they are left to be monsters.

The whole thing is messed up.
Modernity, inevitably, has a way of coming into conflict with Religious Doctrines and Old Timey Folk ways.  As was the case in the reaction to the progressive period and the rapid modernization spurred on by WWI, rather than re-examining the timeless wisdom behind the folk ways, one opposes science through right wing populist appeals to tradition.

Evolution, Social Science, Global Warming, etc., it's been done before. It'll be done again!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Operation Batshit cranking up for 2016 - Fun times on the Horizon?

Last time around Operation Batshit - the more crazy the better - relied upon weakening the GOP base by spreading their vote among several crazy candidates and allowing the establishment candidate to sneak to the nomination.  And boy were there some real crazies to choose from: Bachmann, Cain, Paul, Newt, Santo and Perry  all keeping the crazy vote diluted and the RINOs happy.

Which all reminds us that you cannot defeat the crazy outright - you can only hope to hold it back. This time around  promises more fun with the wingnet starting to speculate on the Rise of Good 'Ol Huck:
Michele Bachmann only competed in one delegate selecting contest (in which she finished last), but she helped Romney take down Tim Pawlenty, Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich (though Gingrich would have a brief resurrection after Bachmann dropped out).

Huckabee is a far better campaigner than Bachmann and, as Henry Olsen pointed out, Huckabee’s political base in Iowa is quite large. A Huckabee campaign could knock Rick Santorum or Ted Cruz out of the box quickly, and suck up any oxygen that might be available for a candidate that hasn’t been blessed with the favor of the big party donors and the Washington consultant class. But Huckabee isn’t the guy who beats the Republican establishment. He is, at most, the candidate who gets beaten by the Republican establishment and does the GOP establishment the favor of preventing other populist Republicans from getting any traction.
I can see some happy-happy fun times ahead with ol' Huck and Santo tag teaming The Senator from Canada who says he's an American for the fundamentalist vote and Cruz and Father Cruz fighting back in the tradition of Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.

An unknown Republican could suddenly appear on the scene capturing the heart of the base, rocketing to the top of the polls and disappearing just as fast because well that's what happens to bright shiny objects.

Maybe Perry returns and reminds Tea Partiers that he doesn't agree with them on immigration reform when candidates are asked at a debate whether the Rio Grande should be converted into a moat and filled with crocodiles. All the candidates but one will either endorse the idea or say its not tough enough. "Crocodiles are good, but why not piranhas, too." "Has anyone considered sharks," one will add.  Perry will oppose this plan and refer to people who disagree with him as bigots. Fun will quickly ensue.

Some time later, perhaps a Tea Party congressman will kick up the campaign by comparing young voters supporting Hillary as the Hitler Youth Corp and women supporters as Femi-nazis.  Hillary Youth, Hitler Youth; you know one of them is going to go there. Really, this stuff is not hard to predict.

Eventually, the GOP nominee for President will realize that he needs to broaden the party's appeal to younger voters, to women and to minority groups.  Odds are high that another 47% gaffe will occur as the GOP grapples with shrinking demographics.  More outreach will follow consisting mainly of lectures.

It does not work. 

Later President Hillary issues an executive order authorizing the first FEMA run Anti-Obama Dissident Camp with a mission to make the mental health parity portion of Obamacare more available to needy folks. After an initial outrage, dissent lessens when Michele Bachmann goes missing. People think - looks like those camps work. They must not be too bad after all. 

Life goes on and once again its Morning in America.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Unlike Obamacare, GOP Candidate in apparent "Death Spiral"

First the wingnet declared that Oregon GOP senate hopeful Monica Wehby was sure to shake up the world.  She was a doctor, new, fresh and unlike the death panels in Obamacare, she saved peoples lives. Quite simply, a new star had been born.

This happens a lot.

Someone appealing to the conservative Id appears, seemingly out of nowhere and becomes this weeks/months latest bright shiny object. But it does not last. Tell Sarah about it or Joe the Plumber or Former Foxnews Superstar Cliven Bundy.

For Wehby, the tailspin slowly start with allegations of stalking from two different dudes. TWO. Even though its not Herman Cain territory (Cain preferred the number "9" over two), accusations of this sort are usually not a good thing. Check that - they're never a good thing. Next, like the eight years of the Bush administration, the wingnet forgot about her. That can be a good thing, however.

Last week plagiarism allegations hit her campaign when the lamestream media reported that her health care plan was lifted from a Crossroads GPS document. This week it was more of the same, with the lamestream media reporting that large portions of her economic plan had also been lifted - this time from Bush Budget Guy Rob Portman. Which is understandable to some extent, because who really remembers there was something called a Bush Administration.

But things like these so-called plagiarism charges can be manageable. You just have to say "Ya, man. I read the Bush Budget Guy's stuff and like Karl Rove's Health Plan, I dug it and believe in it. So you are damn right I posted it on my website. Thems the kinda ideas I'm gonna fight for in DC." It's doable.

But today the plargaism charges took a turn for the worse as the internets have discovered a fake Thomas Jefferson quote about Tyranny (sigh) posted prominently on her website - likely lifted from the wingnet. You can't really manage this however.  The best you can do to is claim it was innocently obtained from a former Michele Bachmann staffer - but even that still does not look good.

But that's what the bubble that is right wing counter culture does to someone. The wingnet look REAL instead of what it really is - a collection of diatribes, myths and bullshit. So when you think about it, you see that Wehby is kinda like just another victim of the right wing media leading one hope that if there is anymore stalking to be done in the future, the execs at Foxnews should be at the head of the line.

And so it goes for the GOP hopeful that the wingnet thought would ride to victory on the coattails of an Obamacare Death Spiral.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"P.S. Should Also not be a Racist."

That's the line they left out of this help wanted ad:
National Review is hiring a full-time editor. Applicants should have several years of experience and be familiar with, and enthusiastic about, National Review. If you are interested, please send a résumé and a cover letter to editorial.applications (at)
In theory this shouldn't need to be said -  the thing about the next editor not being a white nationalist or bigot or such. But this is the NR and it does have a history.

Imagine the embarrassment that would occur if they don't screen for racists and they end up hiring another one!  With NRO's recent history of signing up unsavory characters who later turn out have unfortunate associations, the gang there can't take too many precautions.

Just saying.

Wingnut mad at the Internet for talking about the Palin Brawl instead of Benghazi

Bad Internets:
 the Democratic Party media’s frenzy over a supposed brawl in Wasilla, Alaska, that involved the Palin family is revealing. Even though, as John Nolte points out, the source of information about the altercation was a left-wing blogger who is viciously hostile to Palin and who freely acknowledged that she hadn’t tried to “track down the details of the brawl,” supposedly mainstream news outlets couldn’t get enough of the Palin story. This screen shot shows that the search “Palin brawl” generates almost 86,000 results....
Meanwhile, another story has emerged: an eyewitness report by a former high-ranking State Department official who said that he observed Hillary Clinton’s representatives removing damaging documents from the supposedly comprehensive materials they provided to the Benghazi Accountability Review Board. This story would seem to be the ultimate bombshell
Well, yet another ultimate Benghazi Bombshell, sigh. This only goes to show that the internets prefer a snowbillie reality show to more stupid stuff found on right wing blogs.

I chalk it up to the free market, myself. Supplies of right wing bullshit have vastly outpaced demand. On the other hand, how many Palin Family Brawls have there been this week? Not very many, maybe just one.  And viola - you have it. Supply and Demand in Action. Since the Market knows everything, I am going to assume that the Market is right - The Palin Brawl is a more interesting story than the latest in a string of Benghazi Bombshells which ultimately turn out to be something other than bombshells (but rather bullshit).

But that is the thing with the counter culture. It is impossible - nay next to impossible to keep the wingnut mythology straight anymore.

Poor Bastards.

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Universe Operates on Laws, Dammit, LAWS, cntd!

Pa, Pa come quick - he's got the fever.

You know that someone has the "Derangement Syndrome" when they go out of the way to blame some crazy shit on President Obama and so it goes with Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe and the Obamaflu:
As you may have noticed, there is “a mystery virus” sweeping America. Or so we are told, for there is no mystery as to the identity of this virus. ...[link to other winger]... the mainstream media is strangely silent about the debacle that the Democrats brought on the country when they invited the inhabitants of Central American to come here.

So, now, we have not only Obama’s War but Obama’s Epidemic. If the Republicans had any brains . . . Oh, never mind!
Note to Right Wing Professor Rahe - the GOP simply cannot campaign on every crazy thing posted on the wingnet. Even if the RINOs running the show wanted to do it, there is simply too much crazy for them to be able to do it.

It is a law of the Universe. The amount of crazy on the wingnet cannot be quantified.

Its like Infinity plus double infinity squared plus 1. You can try to do it, but it is humanly impossible to do. Someday a super computer running at teraflops per nano-second may be able to do it. But that day is not now.

Wingnut: Right Wing Professor's new book is a Masterwork

Meet the new Commies; Same as the old Commies and not unpredictably it turns out they are the Malcontents at Powerline Blog:
You may not be interested in administrative law, but administrative law is interested in you. Administrative law is unrecognized by the Constitution, but, according to Columbia Law School Professor Philip Hamburger, it “has become the government’s primary mode of controlling Americans.” He observes that “administrative law has avoided much rancor because its burdens have been felt mostly by corporations.” This is where you come in: “Increasingly, however, administrative law has extended its reach to individuals. The entire society therefore now has opportunities to feel its hard edge.”
Via Powerline Blog Plagiarizing Trotksy quote about war's interest in YOU.
Now, I have not read the right wing professor's book. Like the Affordable Care Act, it's way too long to really mean anything. Until Sarah Palin is able to  come out with an abridged version in crayon, preferably on a postcard, I will likely not read it due to principle.

However, from my study of the wingnet, I think the premise of the book is this:
Step 1. A bunch of stuff happened in Great Britain in the 1600s.  Important people who were not Americans - let alone Real Americans did stuff.  Kings back then sucked and of course - FREEDOM.
Step 2. Fast forward about 250 years. Teddy Roosevelt oversees the creation of a bunch of regulations to keep folks from getting poisoned from an unsafe food supply. Other regulations follow to keep work places safe in order to reduce the number of widows and orphans being created.  People, in their wisdom, see that this works and ask for more of it.
Step 3. Fast Forward another 100 years. Every other law to keep folks from being poisoned whether its to keep the drinking water safe to drink or the air safe to breathe and the like is "Unlawful" whatever that means. Now there is tyranny and kings and shit again just like there was in the 1600s.
Step 4. Fast Forward into the future - you pick how long. The people finally achieve class-cultural-consciousness and rise up in revolution. They level the modern administrative state and re-order the social compact along the lines of Ayn Rand fan fiction.
Step 5. Shortly thereafter America, or parts of it, is annexed by Canada because as every neo-conservative knows, if you do not have a modern nation state but your neighbor(s) does - you are fucked.  That's Neoconservatism 101.
And so it goes.

Friday, September 12, 2014

From the annals of Political Correctness Run A muck

Now you can't even do this:
The University of St. Thomas ​has apologized after a catfight between mascot Tommie the Tomcat and the campus College Republicans following the large costumed feline’s antics regarding a local Republican candidate.

The College Republicans were manning a table on the St. Paul–Minneapolis campus with fellow student and local state house candidate Andrew Brown on Tuesday when Tommie wandered up to the table. The large costumed cat grabbed a piece of Brown’s material, and proceeded to wipe his rear with it before going on his merry way.
I imagine that this type of thing has been going on for years and most folks never bothered to think about the hurt feelings and emotion harm caused by what traditionally has been viewed as just fun and games.

But it is not just fun and games. Some find it offensive and hurtful.

On the other hand, editorials about "white superiority" and "Negro Inferiority" need "context" to appreciate their significance.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Americans Still blame some guy named "Bush" for nation's economic problems

According to a stupid poll:
Five years into Obama's presidency, only a third of the public believes that Obama and the Democrats are primarily responsible for the country's current economic problems.

More Americans continue to blame former President Bush and the Republicans.  But the number who say the GOP is more responsible - now at 44% - has dipped below the 50% mark for the first time since Bush left the White House.  Fourteen percent blame both parties equally.

The CNN survey came on the eve of the release by the Labor Department of the January jobs report.
The 33% that blames President Obama for the Great Recession may arguably be the same group of people who kinda know that there was a President named "George W Bush", but like the Millard Filmore Administration and the Pierce Administration, just don't know a heckuva lot about him.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Maladjusted Wingnut Still Banging Out Global-Global Warming Conspiracy Theory

Via Powerline:
Science is a method, not a set of dogmas. The scientific method is pretty simple: you suggest a hypothesis, calculate what facts in the real world must be true if the hypothesis is correct, and then check the hypothesis against reality. If the hypothesis implies false propositions of fact, it is wrong. Case closed.

Climate alarmists stand the scientific method on its head. When their theories, as expressed in climate models, conflict with reality, they conclude that something must be wrong with reality. The heat that their models hypothesize must be “hiding” deep in the oceans, or whatever. This isn’t science: it is a combination of politics and religion. A proposition that cannot be falsified by experience is not a scientific proposition.
The models on which climate alarmists rely are simply wrong. Their predictions are false; they have been disproved by experience. By any normal scientific standard, global warming alarmism should be consigned to the rubbish heap.

In view of this fact, why are liberals still yammering about their failed global warming theory? That has to do with the “Finance” part of SEPP’s analysis. Follow the money. More on this tomorrow.
If the Climate Alarmists are just in it for the money, why haven't any or 'em flipped to the other side for more money?

Think about it.

If you are a climate scientist and want to cash in, which according to the wingnet all climate scientists want to do, why not flip to the other side for big cash?

Between Koch Industries and Foxnews, you'd be earning well over a Million Bucks a Year just for hanging out with Sean Hannity and the gang at Fox and Friends.  I can't think of a reason why at least one of 'em haven't turned on their co-conspirators other then that they'd have to hang out with Sean Hannity and the Gang at Fox and Friends. No "right" thinking person would want to do that, but cash is cash and if the only thing you have to do is to "tell the truth" about "the hoax" why not?

But none of 'em have flipped yet, so the global conspiracy grinds on just waiting for that one right-wing blog post that finally unravels the greatest hoax known to mankind. Until then, we wait and suffer through the bullshit.  If only we had those FEMA run camps.......