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) nationalreview.com.
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.
- NRO
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.......

Friday, September 5, 2014

Angry NRO-bot Lists History's Worst-Meanest Movies EVER!!!!!

Since the dark period of history known as 2004, according to the NRO, the world has become basically all fucked-up and shit. Of course this is because 2004 is "the year that film culture split along moral and artistic lines" leading to lots of meanness and partisanship that spilled on the screen.

The following 20 films, according to the wingnet, have "effectively destroyed art, social unity, and spiritual confidence. They constitute a corrupt, carelessly politicized canon" and they are very offensive to boot.

Let's count down History's Monsters!!!

1) Good Night and Good Luck (2005) - It turns out that movies about standing up to Tailgunner Joe can be offensive to some delicate souls.
 
2) The Dark Knight (2008) — The Wingnet once proclaimed that this movie was about the Heroism of George Bush. When Batman saves the day and nobody thanks him - think Bush. Now the wingnet pronounces the movie as very BAD. This is probably because they no longer recall that a guy named Bush was once president.

3) Ocean’s Twelve (2004) — A "salute to the land of the greedy"
 
4) 12 Years a Slave (2013) You knew this one would be on the list - this is a National Review list.  This film offends the wingnet because it "distorted the history of slavery" presumably while neglecting Slave on Slave violence and today's democratic plantation.
 
5) Wall-E (2008) - It basically Messed Kids Up Bad, man, because of Nihilism.
 
6) Manderlay (2005) — Who? What? Why?
 
7) United 93 (2006) — The only ones who should have made $ off 9/11 are defense contractors.
 
8) Frost/Nixon (2008) — Just plain Mean
 
9) Knocked Up (2007) —"immature"
 
10) The Social Network (2010) — "glorified" some "technocrat"
 
11) Precious (2009) apparently this movie attempted to "revive racial condescension with the audacity of nope" whatever that means.
 
12) The Hangover (2009) - Basically its Really Fucking Stupid
 
13) Slumdog Millionaire (2008) — Showed "greed as an answer to systemic poverty."
 
14) A History of Violence (2005) — Its really bad because it is.
 
15) Inglourious Basterds (2009) — Really about "Abu Ghraib"
 
16) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) — Anti-American
 
17) Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) — Reminded NRO-bot of Same-sex marriage which sucks, big time.
 
18) Che (2008) — Movies about brutal commies are bad, which can be true if the movie leaves out the brutal part.
 
19) There Will Be Blood (2007) — It's "anti-Christian" and "weirdly misogynist"
 
20) Lincoln (2012) — Lincoln would have been a Tea Partier not a "limousine-liberal" deal with it Libertards

So there you go. Since 2004 these are as bad as it gets - leaving out only the Sarah Palin themed Masterwork "Game Change" which was also very mean.

I would suggest a far worse villain in this whole debate over effect popular culture has on society and that is none other than FOX/FOXNEWS.

Think about it. It produces some of the stupid shit that this NRO-bot hates all while hyping the backlash and outrage against the shit it produces.  Fox pumps out the trash into the culture and then Foxnews pumps up the outrage that Fox has on pop culture. Its playing both sides of the street.

So if you're a winger, Fox double teams you. First it pushes out shit that you hate into the popular culture and then the Foxnews raises your blood pressure by hyping how super-duper scary pop culture has become. You can't win.

You go out into the world and find that you don't fit in. It appears that the culture has gone to hell in a hand basket. You come home and the Foxnews tells you that it ain't you, buddy. Nope, you are OK - you are special. Its just everyone else that's messed up. You end up angry and afraid.  And if that was not enough, the Foxnews Execs, rolling in cash, laugh at you because you are such an easy mark.

But so it goes.

LIVE FROM THE WINGNET: No such thing as "Driving While Black"

Operation Outreach continues in full swing as the wingnet is reporting that the mysterious phenomenon known as Driving while Black which causes police officers to stop or follow african-american males for no apparent reason DOES NOT EXIST!!!
Everyone knows that blacks are pulled over more often than whites and Asians, proportionately, because they commit more moving violations. Numerous studies have shown this to be true. Black cops pull over more black drivers, just like white cops do. If that were grounds for a DOJ investigation, the Department should investigate every police department in the country.
In other words Driving While Black and presumably Shopping While Black and Walking While Black are just a Hoax like Global Warming....

Thursday, September 4, 2014

LIVE FROM THE WINGNET: Obamacare Continues to Befuddle Red America

Meanwhile Behind Enemy Lines, a member of the Conservagentsia tries to explain the health care delivery system in America to his fellow (but haplessly misinformed) travelers:
Given that I’ve probably published more articles critical of Obamacare than anyone alive, I’m often asked to speak to conservative audiences about our new health law. Last month, I was at the big grassroots confab of Americans for Prosperity, the Defending the American Dream Summit. I asked the packed house, “How many of you are on Medicare?” More than half the audience raised their hands. “Guess what?” I responded. “You’re all on single-payer health care.

The stunned looks on their faces reinforced one of the most important aspects of our present health care debate. While conservatives fret about the possibility that Obamacare may be a Trojan horse for single-payer government-run health care, we usually forget that more than 90 million Americans are already on single-payer health care: those who get coverage from Medicare, Medicaid, and the Veterans Health Administration.  
Its not really their fault for not knowing about how health care works in America.  It is pretty complicated and ordinary folks need help to figure it out. Unfortunately they got the opposite of help.

If you want to blame anyone for these poor confused souls, blame the RINOs and Conservative Echo Chamber. You blame the RINOs because they gleefully whipped up a mob reaction to health insurance reform during the worst economic near-collapse since the great depression and rode the anger and fear for all it was worth. It was death panels for grandma, a government take over of 1/6 of the economy and the very end of freedom. The RINOs had great fun leading the mob (until it turned on them).

You blame the Foxnews because its mostly propaganda and can only be remotely described as "news."  You also blame the Conservagentsia for not standing athwart the crazy and yelling stop. Plenty of people can be blamed.

But so it goes.

LIVE FROM THE WINGNET: Fake Global Warming Denier now Pimping on the "Creationism" Front

That the Powerline Blog Fake Global Warming Denial Guy is helping out Evolutionary Theory Deniers is Hardly Surprising:
For our Seattle area readers (that would be you, Michael Sheldon, among others), mark your calendar for lunch on Monday, September 15.  I’ll be speaking for the Chapman Center for Citizen Leadership, a project of the Discovery Institute in honor of its founder, Bruce Chapman—an old pal and all around great guy.

Local talk radio host John Carlson—another old pal—will be the master of ceremonies, which guarantees we’ll have mucho fun.  I’ll be speaking on the topic “Was Ronald Reagan the Last Statesman? Reflections on the Challenge of Leadership in the 21st Century.”... The lunch—$50—is open to the public, and you can register here.
The Discovery Institute, of course, is famous for its attempts at getting intelligent design creationism taught in American schools which is basically fake creationism.  As in [paraphrasing]:
"We ain't saying that God did it, but rather that there sure is a lot of mumbo-jumbo out there (i.e., shit we made up) that seems to suggest that maybe someone like him did do it. So all we are really saying is that maybe something or someone else is responsible for life on earth. Nobody really can know for sure."
So one can imagine that the Buzz at the Chapman Center is juiced with the same kinda fake science that a Fake Global Warming Denier can groove on. Again [paraphrasing]
"I don't really want to debate the effect of carbon emissions and greenhouse theory (because I'd end up sounding like a fool), I just rather want to point out that there sure is a lot a shit out there posted on blogs that seems to suggest that something else is causing  climate change - if it is happening at all. How can anyone really know for sure. That's all I'm saying."
All of which only goes to show how incestuously small the gene pool within Right Wing Counter Culture actually is, because when you look at 'em you see that the demand for Clever Right Wing Hacks has outstripped the supply. I mean there is a demand for shills willing to fight against modernity and in defense of Privilege for the Privileged because there are Privileged Billionaires willing to shell out cash for 'em to do it. The problem is that there just ain't very many folks that are clever enough and soulless enough (or cray-cray enough) to do it while not coming off as carnival barkers.

So you got limited options.
Patron 1: The Fake Creationists are running a fund raiser. We need someone to prattle on endlessly about Reagan to get the rubes through the door. Who can help out?

Patron 2: I know the perfect guy. How about the Fake Global Warming Denial guy?

Patron 1
: Ya, man! That guy is always willing to help out the cause for a free lunch.

Patron 2
: Sign him up.
And so it goes. Don't hate the wingers - hate the game.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Romney Landslide Guy Links to Blog Post Written by another Romney Landslide Guy: "Sounds 'bout right" to him

Some folks got a good racket going on.  Take Micheal Barone, a 2010 Bradley Prize Recipient - a $250,000 wingnut welfare check issued for achievements in right-wing journalism, hackery or the like. 

Barone's wisdom and insight in 2011 had him predicting the end of Obamunism based upon the results of the 2010 election - failing to note the differences in the demographics between presidential year and mid-term electorate. This may have been what the type of folks who wrote those $250,000 checks want to hear, but it was, at its core, MALPRACTICE.

But that's the problem with the wingnut welfare - when you write what your patrons are dying to read, there is a good chance that you'll end up believing in the same bullshit that you are churning out. And once you get that far gone, there not much that can be done for you (FEMA administered programs excepted, of course). Anyway, Barone is still of need of professional help and there is no better way of showing it than by linking to another landslide prediction from the funniest Right Wing Professor on the Internets:
Paul Rahe, currently at Hillsdale College, is an eminent scholar whose many books combine awesome erudition and bedrock common sense. He is also a member of the American Political Science Association and attended that organization’s annual convention in Washington over Labor Day weekend.

He reports on ricochet.com on what he found there — or, rather, didn’t find. There were more than 1,000 panels on a vast variety of subjects —but nothing on the presidency of Barack Obama or the upcoming 2014 elections.

Some subjects, it appears, are better left unspoken of.
Yep. Dude needs help.

Teahadist Group Leader Taunts Eric Cantor

And the Madness just does not stop:
A national Tea Party group criticized former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for taking a job on Wall Street.

Kevin Broughton, spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots political action committee, Citizens Fund, took a jab at Cantor, who lost a Republican primary in June, for his new job at New York investment bank Moelis & Company.

“After Dave Brat’s upset victory in June, many analysts accused Eric Cantor of paying more attention to Wall Street than to the people of Virginia’s 7th District,” Broughton said. “He certainly didn’t waste any time validating that theory.”

Cantor’s Wall Street ties were the subject of criticism among Tea Party lawmakers in the House, who complained he was working more on behalf of banks and big business than for ordinary constituents.
This is the kinda bullshit that happens when you appease them instead of telling 'em to STFU, take a bath and to remember their place.  They become "emboldened" and greedy for more.

Yep, Cantor F'd up big time. That's the bad news. The good news is that he gets to cash in playing on the Wall Street K-Street Axis while sticking it to the Teahadists at the same time.
"Hey Tea Party! I hear you don't like crony capitalism. Watch me make it rain bitchez!!!"
And so it goes.

Battleship Missouri Moment: RINOs surrender TN CD-4; Tea Party Triumphant!

Well, it looks like the Worst Guy in Congress has prevailed against all odds in the GOP primary in Tennessee.  Instead of asking for a recount in a race decided by just 37 votes, word hit the internets that RINOs have officially thrown in the towel.

It has to be disappointing - to lose to DeJarlais, aka the worst guy in Congress, but sometimes "the better man" wins and sometimes the douche bag wins. C'est La Vie.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Romney Landslide and Tea Party Realignment Guy Sees Pending GOP Wave Election

Landslide, My Friends, Landslide. Say it loud and its like music playin', say it soft and its just like praying

According to the wingnet or Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe, the American Political Science Association recently finished its annual shindig and the Obama Administration hardly appeared on the program. Or that is what he writes anyway - because how do you really know unless you are (1) there at the meeting and (2) somehow able to attend the "thousands of panels" simultaneously.

But these are details that really don't matter.  What does matter is that Rahe is back on his re-alignment - landslide kick. According to Rahe, America has been teetering precariously on the edge of a Tea Party Revolution since 2009. Its a counter-revolution that is just waiting to happen and this Political Science Shindig is just another sign of the coming glorious counter-revolution
The fact that there was nothing on the program of this year’s APSA pertaining to the Obama administration is a sign that there is nothing good to say on the subject, nothing to celebrate, and nothing to take pride in. Left with no recourse, the academy turns silent.

It was eerie. It was as if there has been no Obama presidency. If I am right in my analysis, the complete absence of panels assessing Obama’s record is an indication that the academy now regards Obama as an indefensible embarrassment. This, in turn, may well be a sign that we are in for a wave election in November. What cannot be defended is apt to be jettisoned.
Broken. Watch. Predictable.

There is one thing Rahe did not address about the Political Science shindig is whether there was a panel or series of panels addressing the issue that Rahe says is the "greatest political threat" to America. That would be the no-fault divorce.  It would only figure that the losers running the political science meeting would ban this topic, as well.They are nothing, if not predictable.

But hey, it ain't easy to be the funniest right wing professor on the internets. It takes work, persistence and supreme dedication to the craft. Only then do you earn the title.

Friday, August 29, 2014

RINO: GOP Presidential field suffers from "huge" RINO-shortage

The answer to the RINO-Shortgage? President Bush's Numbers Guy:
Jeb Bush is probably not running. Neither is Mitt Romney. Chris Christie is trying to hard to recover from Bridge-gate but that doesn’t seem likely.

That means there is a huge gap in the Republican field: The responsible one.

Rob Portman, the senator from Ohio, fills that gap quite nicely. And according to news reports, he is thinking about it very seriously.

Mr. Portman would be the anti-Obama. He has deep experience in both the legislative and executive branches, where President Barack Obama had none. He has a long record of bipartisanship, where Mr. Obama has been one of the most polarizing presidents in history.

Mr. Obama is long on charisma and short on actual substance. With Mr. Portman, it’s vice versa.

I think the American people have overdosed on charisma. It’s time for a president who knows what he is doing from Day One.

And that would be Rob Portman.

There has been plenty of talk about Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and other tea party pretenders to the throne.

Isn’t it time that we start talking about a candidate who will represent the Republican wing of the Republican Party?
The problem is simply that there may not be a "Republican Wing" of the Republican Party much longer.  Before too long, you'll have to go to a zoo just to see one. You see, they really can't compete in the struggle for existence against their more aggressive and highly territorial rivals - The Teahadist and the Evangelical.

There once was a time when the Northern RINO roamed free. It was a noble beast that helped to pass Clean Air and Clean Water Laws, Civil Rights and Voting Rights Laws as well as social welfare programs that offered folks a hand up when they were down. They were the type of folks who loved their country more than they hated their opponents.

Them days are gone and many in the GOP are happy to turn the page and forget their party's past. Purity and Principle and Rule or Ruin is the order of the day now. But there was a time when the Northern RINO roamed free.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wingnut Resurrects 47% Meme

Via Powerline Blog:
Barack Obama really is a Teflon president: for close to half of Americans, the facts bounce off him. Because they really don’t care about the facts; either that or they are cashing government checks and are indifferent to anything else. This does not bode well for our democracy.
When everyone you know voted for Romney and the Foxnews programs you watched and all the blog posts you read agreed that Obama was the worst president in history, coming to grips with the President's re-election can be quite challenging, naturally.  You start blaming everyone but yourself for your confusion and anger. The voters are stupid. The voters don't care about facts i.e., wingnut mythology. The 47% are just in it for the handouts, etc.  It's not your fault that more people don't understand what is really happening, i.e., wingnut mythology.

It is sad. So sad.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

GOP hires $500/hr Ambulance Chaser to sue "Tyrant" Obama

In meanwhile in America, the fella' working at the Walmart makes $7.25/hr:
House Republicans revealed Monday they will pay an outside law firm $500 an hour to pursue their lawsuit against President Barack Obama...to make the legal case that Mr. Obama overstepped his legal authority in implementing the Affordable Care Act. ...

The contract signed and released by Rep. Candice Miller (R., Mich.), who chairs the Committee on House Administration, calls for the law firm to be paid $500 an hour in attorney’s fees while litigating the case. It also sets a hard cap of $350,000 for the total that can be paid to the law firm during the contract, which runs until the next Congress takes over in 2015.
Link
Not a bad three months work - $350,000. This is true.

But the real victim here is not the ordinary workin' fella' who is helping to foot the bill for this tom foolery and its certainly not truth and decency either. Truth and decency have no place in the Mad House known as the House of Representatives. This is true. Everyone knows this - especially Speaker Boehner, bless his heart. 

The real tragedy here is the marginal tax rate that someone like this Ambulance Chaser is likely to pay on the hard earned fruits of his labor. This is true.

Who will speak for him?  But the sad truth is that nobody will speak for him. He's history's forgotten man.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Strange Things that Enrage the Fringe

The GOP is always denouncing something to placate the far right fringe of their party. Its not that it really wants to denounce the outrage of the day, but rather that it feels that it has no other choice than doing it. Think of it as a cost of doing business.

One day its the Octo-mom and the next day its the High School Advanced Placement US History Test. DAMN the Octo-mom and DAMN AP-USH as Reince Priebus issues a stern denunciation written in THUNDER!  Its always something. 

While the GOP has yet to denounce it (and surely won't-can't???), one of the latest outrages seems to focus on the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The ice bucket challenge is really outrageous for a number of reasons.  You see, the (liberal) Scientists may use stem cells during their research, i.e., they are murdering people, yet all is fun and games as Folks across America watch videos their friends and neighbors as buckets of ice water are poured over their heads. You'd think that having a bucket of ice water poured over their heads would bring the sheeple to their senses about the mass-murder underway, but it doesn't.

There are other reasons for the outrage (of course) like conformity in the face of liberalism - whatever this means and that whole thing distracts people from the real issues of the day - like Benghazi. 

And so it goes.

Well one of them has had enough of it and is calling out the bullshit:
In the last six years, I’ve heard constant laments about how conservatives have lost the culture and how that has ruined our country. I hear apocalyptic predictions and rants about Hollywood, the media, the schools etc. I hear people complain about how we aren’t fighting enough and we’re being too nice to our “enemies.” In short there is a lot of unpleasantness, nastiness, and just flat out whining.

Case in point is this silly thread, wherein a bunch of members whinge insufferably about one of the most fun and creative philanthropy efforts ever created,  one of the few truly useful and worthwhile things that Facebook has ever contributed to the world: the ice bucket challenge. ...
You know why no one wants to listen to conservative messages? Because all too often they are couched in the sour grapes, scolding sentiments that are expressed here. No one listens to cranks and no one wants to follow them either.

You don’t like the ice bucket challenge? Well, I won’t bother asking you to be a part of it. What I will do, though, is point out that if you want to change the world, you better show you have a sense of humor, are willing to laugh at yourself, and have a heart that cares about the suffering of your fellow man.

If people don’t believe you are capable of those things, you can’t expect them to be persuaded by you.
In other words "I know this is an asylum but you are not in charge of it. You are the inmates so just STFU for a little while."  

In a perfect world, there would be a government run program to assist folks as they try tame the crazy and rework the GOP into a functioning party that can be trusted to govern the country in the event that an ill-timed recession or scandal turns the Democratic Party out of office. 

It'll happen - it always does because in America eventually your side / the other side will win an election.  So the conservative thing to do - kinda like buying insurance - would be to lay the groundwork to allow the GOP return as a responsible partner in shaping America's future. America needs a sane opposition party. That it does not have one is a problem.

Not sure how to do this. Maybe a series of FEMA run camps and public education campaigns - maybe we go hardcore by amending Common Core to kill the cray-cray in the crib.  And since we are getting blamed for doing this with Common Core now, we might as well just go ahead and do it in the real world too.

Or maybe we just say to hell with it and start up a government program to re-establish the Whig party as a sane alternative. I don't know. Something should be done.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Yep. Both the GOP and the Tea Party treat the Base like RUBES

For a generation, the RINO Establishment has been feeding their voters a steady diet of lies, half-truths, horror stories, fables or just "bullshit" so to speak. Hey, the end justifies the means if it gets them angry enough to get to the polls. That's because them RINOs want these foot soldiers marchin' to the polls!  The Downside is the risk that enough of 'em will end up believing in the bullshit they've been fed and decide go marchin' down to the polls to do some RINO hunting, too. C'est La Vie.

And of course we know that The Base is also preyed upon by hucksters in the Tea Party, some of whom urge these mostly older working folks to convert their retirement funds into Gold Based Investments at the height of a Gold Bubble to avoid the Obamapacalypse. And yes - their is a special inner-circle of hell set aside for these Hucksters as they age out of the game.

Now comes this Mean-spirited Chart as a further example of Tea Party Hucksterism:

Rippin' off the Rubes
I know what folks are thinking.

So what if these Tea Party Groups like the losers at the Madison Project are ripping right wing millionaires off. This is true, but Hucksters like the ones running the Madison Project are also ripping off ordinary folks guilty of mainly not knowing the Foxnews was mostly "just a bunch of BS." The Rubes are our neighbors, friends and even family members and when they are not in a position to help themselves, the rest of us can still give 'em a helping hand up.

Dispatches from the 2012 Campaign - I speak for the Makers and all their Makering Ways

Man. Some day the social scientist and historians are going to have a field day looking back at the 2012 Presidential Campaign.  The conclusion will be simple. The GOP was barking mad and probably should have just been put down (in a perfect world).

Take this Doctor Seuss style remake of the Lorax but spun into an ominous tale about the Nortax, the Makers and the Entitl-eeds. Seriously take it. Somebody at the AEI wrote it and probably got some wingnut-welfare dollars to do it!

What great fun - hoisting the libertards on their own petard and it was sure to help Romney win his historic landslide victory....Lots of poor deluded bastards believed these things back in those days....because the GOP was barking mad - really really barking mad.

Anyway here's the tale of the Nortax....and of the makers and the takers and of the looters and the moochers.....and the coming landslide.
At the far end of the land once red, white, and blue
Is the spot where the Nortax spoke what was true
The Sam-ler’s still there; he knows why the Nortax set sail
Ask him politely and he’ll tell you the tale. 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Deep Thoughts with Thomas Sowell

LIVE FROM THE WINGNET - If its Thursday, its Hitler-time, baby!
British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was a hawk compared to Barack Obama. At least Chamberlain was building up his country’s military forces while trying to appease Hitler. Obama is cutting back on our military forces while our enemies around the world are expanding theirs.
Fish gotta swim and birds gotta fly.

If the world was a fair and just place, one wouldn't have to travel far or suffer in pain and shame for very long being finding relief from Hitler-tourette syndrome. I mean you wouldn't have to right like a million blog posts comparing your political opponents to Nazis before a kindly (government subsidized) counselor heard your desperate cries and got you the help you need.  "There, there fella'. You're with friends now. My name is Bob. I'm from the government and I'm here to help. How about we set the keyboard down, sit-a-spell and talk about it."

But the world is not fair and it is not just and there is no government provided refuge for sufferers of Hitler-tourette syndrome. Instead they are cast about the internets with nothing to calm their fear - impulsively pounding out pixel and pixel about the Nazi style horrors that they see reflected in everyday life. It must be a terrible fate to suffer.  But the world is not fair.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

OPERATION OUTREACH Continues to flounder

Right Wing Professor Paul Rahe provides us of another example of why Conservatives basically just piss people off when writing about race.
Once upon a time, Eric Holder called for us to engage in a conversation about race. If that conversation were to be frank, it would have to start with the brute and ugly fact pointed out by Jason Riley. I do not doubt that racial prejudice still exists, but it does not constitute a serious obstacle to African-American advancement. The most grievous problems that African-Americans face today have little or nothing to do with the conduct of ordinary white people. Of course, they may well have something to do with white conduct in the past, which has a lingering effect. But nothing can be done about that. ...

If Barack Obama and Eric Holder were actually interested in the welfare of the likes of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, they would level with their fellow African-Americans. They would initiate a genuinely frank conversation about race aimed at altering African-American conduct. As things stand, they are only interested in manipulating African-American fear and anger for short-term political gain ... Apart from Jason Riley (and Bill Cosby), there are only a handful of African-Americans who care enough about the welfare of their fellow African-Americans to have the courage to level with them and there are even fewer whites (liberal or conservative). In the mainstream media the former are treated as traitors to their race and the latter are demonized as racists.

Do not get me wrong. I am not so naive as to suppose that simply telling the truth about moral breakdown within the African-American community will miraculously change conduct. I will only assert that, until the truth is acknowledged and becomes a subject for rumination within that community and the nation at large, things will most certainly not get better for those among our fellow citizens who happen to be black.
In other words, America has operated with a racial caste system for 350 out of its 400 year history in which people of color have been systematically oppressed. But this legacy of institutional racism is over now and "nothing can be done" about its "lingering effects." And certainly we should not talk about any of this late unpleasantness.

All that matters now is that Racism is over. If there is a problem within the African-American Community it is not due to racism or "its lingering effects" but rather due to "moral breakdown." This is "a hard truth."  Furthermore, the few African-Americans who care enough about their fellow citizens "to level with them" are traitors to their race and the few white folks that speak the Hard Truth are demonized as racists.

All of which is really astounding.  In right-wing counter culture, it is believed that there are only a "handful" of African-Americans who actually care about other black folks. ONLY A HANDFUL. The rest, by inference do not. I'd say that's a fairly arrogant statement.

But such is the perspective of an ideologue. Which leaves one wondering how conservatives who believe that the timeless wisdom of the past, tradition, and community should serve as the basis for the cultural norms that society is to respect today, can also lecture black folks that they have to forget their own history while demanding that they pretend that all those "lingering effects" of the racial caste system don't matter.  Because.....and get this.....to do otherwise is ......what the real racists do.

So all of which goes to demonstrate that when movement conservatives try to address race, the discussion invariably descends into yet just another lecture about family values. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Paul Ryan Viciously MOCKED!!!!!!

This is simply awful. 

According to the internets, Paul Ryan's book publisher mistakenly put the wrong cover on the upcoming Ryan Manifesto.

Fortunately there is something you can do about it. Simply go to this (mean spirited) web site, print the right cover and take it down to the local book store and swap it out. Its citizen's action at its best.

Sounds good, right?  But its not. It's a HOAX!!!!


This book cover goes with one of Paul Ryan's old Manifestos - The Roadmap, not his new one "The Way Forward." You see new Paul Ryan is not so sure that he still believes in the stuff that old Paul Ryan was selling.  Or at least The New Paul Ryan agrees that he needs far better marketing.

There is so much meanness in the world and the internets are full of it.


TEA Party Celebrating VICTORY in TN CD-4

"Them RINOs been run off."

The "Georgia Effect" may have sealed the deal for Tea Party.

As the Grim House to House, Precinct to Precinct fighting provisional ballot counting winds down, the internets are reporting the possibility of a dangerous and dark scheme.

Reading between the lines, it appears that someone may have tried to steal the election, but who!?!

Everyone knows that the RINOs are (usually) up to no good and would screw over the Tea Party in a heart beat - if they can get away with it, but did the Tea Party out-do them this time?   Nobody really can tell yet.
Grundy County May Be Key In DesJarlais-Tracy Vote

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A tiny Tennessee county could take center stage in the bitter Fourth Congressional Republican primary.

More than a week after election day, Congressman Scott DesJarlais is clinging to a 38-vote lead over his challenger, state Sen. Jim Tracy.

All 16 counties in the district will have certified their election results by Thursday.

After that, the losing candidate has five days to challenge the outcome.

If the race is challenged, Grundy County, which cast fewer than 1,000 votes, may become critically important.

On Election night, Tracy boldly declared that he had won.

"We've counted all the counties," Tracy said. "We know where we are. We are up by 1,900 votes with Grundy County out."

Grundy County being out became very important.

After Grundy reported its results, and other counties finished reporting their totals, Tracy fell behind by 35 votes.

Some Tracy supporters question why Grundy waited so long to release its results.

When the county did, DesJarlais won big: 736 votes to 197.

The Tennessee Secretary of State's Office, which oversees elections, said a vote counting machine in Grundy County crashed, forcing workers to count ballots by hand.
But Tracy supporters also question the wide margin of victory.
Here is what we know.

Teahadists, fresh off stinging defeats in Mississippi, Kansas and Oklahoma had fled to and were rallying for a last stand in rural Tennessee. We know that several Teahadists recently were caught locked in a County Building after hours doing who knows what to ballots from the Mississippi runoff election.

We know that a vote counting machine "crashed" in Grundy County (near the Georgia State line) and that workers in the "county building" had to "count" ballots by hand. After the "count" there was a huge swing in the margin that was just "enough" to surprisingly put the Tea Party guy in the lead by "35 votes." And today with just 10-15 provisional ballots left to be counted, the Tea Party guy's "lead" has grown to "38 votes."

And this all means that we are expected to believe that the RINO guy has lost to a guy who is basically just "the worst fucking guy" in Congress, a "shitheel" and "an all around douche-bag."

I wonder.......

I don't know but this all sounds kind of fishy to me. The internets say that Grundy County is pretty close to Georgia as a crow flies. And we know that "the Georgia Effect" is likely real as Georgia really is locked in a death struggle with Texas for the distinction of having the most crazy-extreme State GOP in America.

This means that the Cray-Cray has a tendency to "spill over" state lines like it has when it spread southward into suburban Jacksonville, FL,  stronghold of Impeachment Hawk Ted Yolo who is definitely "out there." As a practical matter, we know or have know that the crazy that has infected North Georgia - specifically FEMA Camp Follower Congressman Paul Broun's District does not obediently stop at the Tennessee Line. You have to know that some of it will "spill over" over the state line and move northward.....to say, maybe, Grundy County. You just have to accept that this is the way things are and that things are the way they are for a reason. That's Burke talking and its solid.

Technically, the Georgia Effect could partially explain the suspicious "crash" of the vote countin' machine - large numbers of voters infected with "the crazy" marched en-mass to the polls and voted for the worst guy in Congress. That's possible. Or, perhaps, a single voter or a "Tea Party cell" did something sinister which lead to the vote countin' machine to crash which then introduced "human error" as an explanation for the surprising vote margin in favor of "the worst guy" in congress.

Either way a long detailed and thorough investigation to get to the bottom of all this is warranted.  In the meantime there must be a recount. Leave no chad un-scrutinized.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

GOP Rep.: Obama tryin' to trick us into impeaching him!!!

According to GOP congressman Rep. Mick Mulvaney the President is setting an impeachment "trap" for the GOP:
"Believe me, let's make one thing perfectly clear. The only people who want impeachment more than the right wing of the Republican Party is the entire Democrat Party....

They're desperate for impeachment. They would love to be able to talk about impeachment and immigration between now and the November elections, instead of talking about jobs, and the economy, and health care. They are desperate to change the dialogue, which is exactly why you heard the president starting to talk about his amnesty cause he's begging to be impeached."
Obama's always up to something.  When he's not busy tyrannizing people, he's busy surrendering or apologizing to 'em. And when he ain't doing them things, he's trying to trick folks.  It just that when the GOP finds out what he's up to, its too late to do anything about it.  By then Obama has 'em!

Wingnut says whaaat.....cntd???????

Every once and a while one can find some good Stuff out on the internets and by good I mean Cray-Cray:
the Erdogan and Obama administrations are eerily similar. However, the fact remains that while the Turkish leader can easily be referred to as a tyrant without fear of reprisal, even a whisper of the same about Obama will earn one relegation to the “tin-foil hat” crowd. We’ve known this for a long time, but Erdogan may actually become useful to conservatives that want to point out the real problems the Obama administration has been creating.
Via Ricochet Blog comparing Liberals to Tyrants
When you look at the front page of Ricochet blog, you see that there is just one guy out dozens of front pagers who is intellectually honest and interested in improving discourse and not suffering from derangement syndrome. Just one guy.

The rest of 'em chatter amongst themselves about various conspiracy theories, foxnews nonsense, coming Romney landslides and outrages of their own imaginations. Some of 'em no doubt try their best at making sense of things - bless their hearts - but that's the state of the wingnet. Its just bankrupted into a collection of delusional and disillusioned souls. Its sad, really.

As to what can be done about it, there is one thing we can do. Invest in "tin-foil" because there is always gonna be a demand. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wingnut says whaaat....cntd?????????

Here's another is a series of ramblings from the wingnet re-posted but without context....because it really just doesn't matter.

Let's go to the grievance of the DAY!
Is Krugman auditioning for a minor supporting role in a statist remake of The Graduate, in which phosphorus is substituted for plastic as the world-beating one-word advice for the ambitious?
There's not much that can be done, here. Obamacare, thankfully, includes mental health care. But you know the old saying - you can lead a horse to water but you can't make 'em drink.

But in this case it would be polluted water, because that is the grievance of the day - the damn government has taken away the god given right to polluted rivers. Now they have to be all clean and shit and aren't allowed to catch on fire anymore. Stupid Clean Water Act. Stupid Krugman just doesn't get it.

So life is tough.

But that is the thing about modernity. We live in communities. As we join the community we give up certain individual rights in exchange for security provided by the community. In this case we up the right to dump shit in rivers in exchange for the security that comes with not poisoning children with pollution.

Surprisingly, it is a tough trade off for some. They lash out and write stupid blog posts and such, but what can you do?  You can lead them to water - even clean safe drinking water thanks to the community- but you can't make 'em drink.  But you know...FREEDOM!

Did a Tea Party Leader Just Declare "Teahad" against the GOP in Mississippi???

Is a "Holy War" on the horizon?

Meanwhile Mississippi smolders amid the failed candidacy of Tea Party Insurgent Candidate Chris McDaniel's senate run. With anger still consuming the base, some are turning to a higher power for VENGEANCE against the transgressor - Old Testament style: 
Charles "Controversy" Johnson, as Tea Party member Tricia Raymond calls him, buddied up to radical conservatives last night at Life Church Jackson in Flowood at one of three of his speaking events here in Mississippi this week. Preaching to their cause and throwing in a little God talk, Johnson spoke to Tea Party members about his role in the recent U.S. Senate election in Mississippi.

At the beginning of the meeting, just after asking God in the opening prayer to "be violent against" the GOP establishment, Mississippi Tea Party Chairman Roy Nicholson thanked Johnson for getting "down in that dirty, muddy trench and exposing a lot of truth" in Mississippi politics.
This sounds like, if not mighty close, to a formal declaration of holy war to me. RINOs take note; these "Teahadists" don't look like they will not be appeased through traditional means this time-  i.e., redirecting their anger toward folks of color.This is how the redirection usually goes.
RINO: People sure are angry with us. I know what to do. "Hey everyone, the Negro is coming for our white women, y'all! We got to do some thing about it."
PATRIOT: "Uh, it seems that you and them made friends in the last election and decided to whup up on me and my kind. So it sounds to me like you think I'm stupid. Do you think I'm stupid, boy....."
RINO: Shit. I followed the 3 step plan. Step 1: blame colored folks. Step 2: refer to step 1. Step 3: repeat. This usually gets 'em riled up enough to forget they're mad at me, but something ain't working this time. I'm so screwed........
Nope. They now have seen the REAL enemy and declared it to be you. The RINO created Frankenbagger, now its turning on them.

And such is life.

New Mean-spirited Poll HATES America

Has the Lamestream Media turned Sarah into a walking punchline?  Why no, it didn't.  Sarah did that herself!
PPP’s newest Alaska poll finds that voters in the state continue to hold a very dim view of Sarah Palin and any aspirations she might have about running for President in 2016. Only 36% of voters in the state have a favorable opinion of Palin to 55% who view her negatively. Just 20% would like to see her make a bid for the White House, compared to 74% who think she should sit it out. There’s actually almost as many Democrats- 17%- who want Palin to run as there are Republicans- 23%- suggesting there are as many Alaskans who want to see her run for the entertainment value as because they actually want her to be President.
Entertainment value? Now that is a very mean thing to write.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Great Moments in American Wingnuttery...cntd

Because American Wingnuts are the Best. USA number 1, man!

From May 1, 2003 at Powerline Blog:
Yeah, we’ve had better leaders. Their names were Washington and Lincoln. And maybe Roosevelt. I had a long flight today and bought the second volume of Edmund Morris’s biography of Theodore Roosevelt. So far, so good. But George W. rates very near the top, in my opinion. The ultimate test, I guess, will be what he does about Saudi Arabia–a test no postwar leader has chosen to tackle.
I hope Bush passed the Saudi Arabia test - whatever that was. I'd hate to think that he could fall lower than 4th place on the list of the greatest presidents.

Meanwhile Sneaky RINOs plot, most likely, to Steal another Election

It would not surprise me to see ACORN tour buses roll down from Canada to TN CD-4 to help steal another election.....because that's just how they roll.

This as Tea Party Congressman Scott DeJarlais holds a 35-vote lead in the GOP primary as provisional ballot counting starts up to determine the winner of the primary.
According to unofficial election totals from the Tennessee Secretary of State’s office, Desjarlais came in with 34,787 votes, and Tracy had 34,752 — a 35 vote difference.

District provisional ballot voters had until close-of-business Monday to make their way to their local election offices with a proper form of identification to ensure that their votes count, though it could be several days until the total vote tally is completed, according to the AP.
...

Calls to both the Republican State Executive Committee’s National Committeeman John Ryder and National Committeewoman Peggy Lambert to discuss what to expect after the provisional ballots are certified and counted were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.

Because they are committed to neutrality in primaries, officers for the Tennessee Republican Party “cannot speculate” about the outcome of the 4th District race, said TNGOP Chairman Chris Devaney in e-mailed statement.

“According to state law, any Republican election contest would have to be submitted to the Tennessee Republican Party, acting as the State Republican Primary Board, within 5 days after election certification,” Devaney wrote. “If an election contest is received, the Primary Board would consider all arguments regarding a contest in a just and fair manner.

There really is no evidence that the RINOs are planning to do anything other than count all the votes in a fair and open manner. There is no evidence that scores of provisional-ACORN-style ballots showing Mickey Mouse voting for the RINO candidate will suddenly appear, though anything is possible.

There is really no evidence of any of that. But then again there is never evidence of in person voter fraud which means that the risk is real and that RINOs are likely plotting to steal another one..... because of ACORN and because RINOs are sneaky.

Such is life in the Tea Party. But it would be funny to see the RINOs "find enough votes" to come up victorious.

Deep Thoughts with David Frum.....Libertarianism basically "sucks big time"

I though Canadians were supposed to be...you know more polite.  Who knew the little fella' could be so mean:
Like all political movements, libertarianism binds together many divergent strands. It synthesizes the classical liberalism of the 1860s with the human-potential movement of the 1960s. It joins elegant economic theory to the primitive insistence that only metal can be money. It mingles nostalgia for the vanished American frontier with fantasies drawn from science fiction. It offers three cheers both for thrift, sobriety, and bourgeois self-control and three more for sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.  It invokes the highest ideals of American constitutionalism—and is itself invoked by the most radical critics of the American state and nation, from neo-Confederates to 9/11 Truthers....
Those conservatives who succumb to libertarianism do so in despair, not hope. Instead of competing to govern the state, many now feel that their only hope is defend themselves—with arms if necessary—against an inherently and inevitably hostile and predatory state.
So be it.

In many ways, and I am sure that neoconservatives like David Frum would agree,  neoconservatism is far more coherent than Libertarianism. For starters, like Marxism, Neoconservativism was designed from the bottom up based upon the economic, historical and social conditions of a specific period of time. By definition this makes it far more coherent for conservatives to fall back upon than libertarianism. Of course, the people that it was designed to appeal to are dying off,  so there is that. That being the case, it should not be surprising to see a Neoconservative talking smack about a goofy bunch of contradictory bullshit like libertarianism - but it doesn't mean Frum's wrong!

But we are where we are. Jackbooted Obamunist forces lurk seemingly everywhere but always in the shadows. Whether its improving nutritional standards in the school lunchroom to fight a childhood obesity epidemic or making sure that folks who don't work at a job with an employer sponsored health insurance plan can also purchase health insurance with the same tax preferences as those who do have the employer sponsored coverage.

They are relentless. Instead of enforcing 100% of the laws with 100% efficiency with resources it does not have, it prioritizes preferring to deport criminals before children and enforcing court ordered clean air standards instead of health insurance mandate regulations that don't exist yet!  This is outrageous. Clearly so.

And naturally conservatives are afraid and have fallen spell to the siren song of Paul Ryan Style Social Darwinism. The State must be burned to the ground in order to engineer a more perfect union - just don't take my medicare scooter.  Plus RIP freedom.

And so it goes.

Monday, August 11, 2014

LIVE from the Headquarters of the 101st Chairborne Division Angry Right Wing Blogger Still Angry

Surprisingly a Powerline Blogger is angry (again, sigh) at the President:
From the first days of his administration, President Obama has sought to befriend our enemies and betray our allies. Those of us who understood Obama as a member of the leftover left with friends in all the likely places have not been surprised. How could we find Obama taking in the Reverend Jeremiah Wright over all those years and not get a clue? As we see in his yammering to the apostle Thomas late last week, Obama is unrelenting in his views. The phenomenon is remarkable. It should not go without saying.
I like it! Now all this poor fella' needs to do is to drop the Keyboard, pick up a weapon and man a post. But on the other hand, the Peshmerga are probably not gonna take just any asshole that wants to join up. So here we are.

This screed is typical of the reactionary criticism hurled at Obama from the start of the administration - like the simple fact that Obama could not instantaneously clean up the mess he inherited on day 1. On day 1 the deficit was projected at $1.4T. About 40 days later, tired of waiting for the president to wave a magic wand making all the red ink disappear and turn the great Bush Bust into a Boom, the Tea Party forms and declares the President a Tyrant.

Likewise, Obama has not been able to turn Iraq into Iowa, as Neoconservatives blithely predicted it would be now.  According to one of them Baghdad would be filled with grand public squares named in honor George W. Bush by now.  That Iraq is not Iowa and will never become Iowa, is never considered.  And despite having broken Iraq during a failed neoconservative social experiment, the anger remains and it is projected outward instead of at those who planned the "brave new world."

And then this outrage: Obama has been unable to wave a magic wand and force all of the different peoples - many of whom hate each other - to "hold hands" and to just "get along."  And why can't he force them just to "hug it out," the critics angrily demand!  Certainly Obama should have had them singing kumbya in unison by now - after all lots of 'em are already wearing sandals. The nerve of that guy.  These things, too, are Obama's fault and the neocon anger burns on.

So Predictable. So naive. So childish.

Dispatches from the Conservagentsia - The Internets Operate on LAWS, dammit.....

The Internets tell us that "conservatives a[re] people who agreed about one important thing—that at some point in the past, something went terribly wrong. After that, conservatives splinter into untold numbers of camps, since they disagree ferociously about the date of the catastrophe."

As an example of this natural law in action, the PoMoCon Blog summarizes debates from a recent gathering of conservative students at a forum dedicated to studying conservative values, principles and to learning more about Right-Wingedness:
Examples: There is a student here who’s pushing hard the case for hereditary monarchy. Nobody much is getting on board the king train, but he really does have a “safe space” to say exactly what he thinks. And just today: One student was talking up Lincoln as our best president. Another claimed he was our worst, the real source of our centralization, big government, the implosion of constitutional morality, and all that stuff other conservatives usually trace to the progressives and the New Deal and/or the Great Society. There was also the claim that you can’t blame Lincoln; America really started to go wrong with the unconstitutional Louisiana Purchase by President Jefferson. There are similar disagreements about whether the American founding was perfect or deeply flawed, whether the Greek polis and/or Plato and Aristotle should be our guides, whether or the Christian idea of the personal Creator and personal creature was a truthful  modification of, transformation of, or decline from the possibly less personal wisdom of the Greeks, whether the modern world is a development or a negation of Christianity, and so forth and so on. There are also subtle discussions on whether America is exceptional and, if so, in what way.
I am OK. You are OK. We all are OK.

Some of us think that Father Abraham was a madman responsible for enslaving a people. Others think he freed a people. Reasonable minds differ and its OK.

This is the new diversity.