Republican Treason

It wasn’t enough for Trey Gowdy and a gang of Relublican assholes to meddle in foreign policy by writing directly to Iran – a pretentious and vain effort to undermine a sitting president in the exercise of his exclusive authority to negotiate with foreign governments and which flirted with the line between being an asshole and being a traitor.
In the wake of President Obama’s announcement of a negotiated agreement with Iran regarding their nuclear program, the Republicans have unanimously curled into the fetal position and begun crying like red-headed stepchildren.
Perhaps if they hadn’t marched in lockstep opposition to every single thing the president has ever attempted to do – and not as a matter of principle but as a matter of determined ratfucking – they would still have a single tattered shred of credibility on which to hang their mewling, pants-wetting objections.
They opposed health care reform (an idea cooked up by their own greedhead hacks at the Heritage Foundation), supported DADT and DOMA, and rejoiced over Hobby Lobby but screamed about activist judges and tyranny at Obergefell. They are petulant fucking children who expect and demand that everything – every single fucking thing – be determined in their favour. Always.

Nevertheless, let’s be specific here. They are shedding tears today for the death of all things good, right and true as evidenced by this specific deal with Iran. Some history may be illuminating:
In 1953 Republicans acting in the service of British Petroleum sent the CIA to assassinate the democratically elected leader of Iran, Mossadeq, and install the brutal, tyrannical murderer and puppet the Shah.
After the Iranian people turfed his criminal ass (which the United States saved from ever facing the justice demanded by his own people), they spent the next 40 years provoking, demonizing and lying about Iran.
Then, GW Bush fabricated blatant lies about Iraqi WMDs and, in the greatest foreign policy disaster of all time, illegally started a war to remove the one element that stood as a bulwark against the rise of Iranian influence in the region – another American puppet and BFF of Don Rumsfeld, Saddam Hussein.

Following the destruction of Iraq and the consequential rise of ISIS (which both America AND Iran would like to see destroyed), the Republicans NOW mewl and bawl that any deal with Iran that does not give the GOP every single thing their cowboy delusions imagine they must have (and are downright eager to bomb Iran if they don’t get) must be opposed.
And their castrated, orange-hued leader, who supports torture, rendition, indefinite detention and survives by drinking the panic sweat from Lindsey Graham’s scrotum, has the nerve to call Iran the largest sponsor of state terrorism.

Political commonwealth (not to mention reason) is not possible with the stubbornly ignorant, mendacious, venal pieces of worm shit that comprise the GOP.

Who REALLY Killed Osama

It is now clear, from a careful review of all the evidence as well as the collected opinions of those who are in a position to know about such things, that President Obama deserves no credit for finding and killing the most wanted terrorist on the planet. All he did was say, “Yes,” when presented with the incontrovertible information gathered by other, more more competent players in the War On Terror.
It has now been established beyond any reasonable doubt that the thanks of a grateful nation should be heaped upon the one person who actually did all of the heavy lifting in bringing this mission to a successful end:

Thanks to Andy Card, Doug Feith, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, John Yoo, Paul Wolfowitz, Sarah Palin, John McCain, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Karl Rove, Ann Coulter, Eric Cantor, Peter King, Rick Santorum and revisionist GOP historians throughout America for supporting this fearless warrior and bringing the facts to light so that credit may be given where credit is plainly due.

DGBG – Another Podcast Winner

The new Driftglass and Blue Gal podcast is up. Another chance to listen in on perhaps the finest political chat on the intertubes. You just won’t hear this anywhere else. This week – Race, Sex, Class and the White House Bed Linens.
Four thumbs up. Do yourself a favour and spend a half hour paying attention.

If This is True, Bush and Cheney Should HANG

From Daily Kos via Democratic Underground:

George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times.

The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the Bush Administration.

Expect Sean Hannity to start shouting something along the lines of, “How many innocent people are still being held in Gitmo by the war criminals in the Obama administration?”

This is the nature of the problem Obama now must deal with.
Can’t just open the doors. That would entail letting at least SOME very dangerous people go free who deserve to be locked up.
They have to have trials..hearings. The evidence, much of it now tainted by the torture employed to get it, must be sorted through.
It would be nice if there were some magical, or even efficient way to identify the innocent, compensate the poor bastards and send them home, but there isn’t.
This is just another…and one of the uglier…bits of cocked up shit left behind by the Constitution shredding fuckwits Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, et al.
That they were indiscriminately locking up anyone they could lay hands on was clear from the outset, but to learn that they KNEW many of them were innocent…
These motherfuckers ought to be dragged off to the Hague, tried and damn well HANGED.

UPDATE:
Just considering the charges…off the top of my head: Kidnapping, torture, obstruction of justice, false arrest, false imprisonment…
Toss in the cases of illegal rendition to countries where detainees were brutally tortured and murdered, presuming there’s some overlap with the innocent bastards, and you can add murder and accessory to murder to the list.
Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes are not out of the question, and the fact that they KNEW many of these men were completely innocent is a severely aggravating element. That they knew and failed to act in order to prop up their argument for war, which was ITSELF already based on cherry picked intelligence and lies only makes it worse, if such a thing could be possible.

Vapid, Vicious, Brainless Whore Liz Cheney

I understand the desire to defend her father. Even if he’s a lying, profiteering war criminal, he’s still her Daddy. And Liz Cheney has demonstrated over and over again there is no limit to the lies and distortions in which she will wallow in order throw some cover over the reprehensible, vicious, constitution shredding crimes of Daddy Dick.

“Water boarding is not torture,” and, “It has been proven that torture enhanced interrogation prevented attacks,” are two of her favorite and most commonly repeated outright lies, but now the horrid spawn of the most vicious VP in history has gone too fucking far. It’s one thing to twist, contort and lie her ass off in some vain attempt to defend Poppa, but to distort the solemn duty of a president, exercised at Dover Air Field this past week by Obama, when neither her father (as VP) or the president he served, George W. Bush, EVER had the decency, the character, or the balls to meet that duty… Liz Cheney has now achieved reprehensibility. She should be spat upon.

George Bush and Dick Cheney lied America into a war with no real purpose, no real plan, and no exit. They sent America’s soldiers into harm’s way, banned the press from covering the many who returned dead, and never once – NOT ONCE – ever met those returning caskets.
George gave up golf, though…in solidarity with the mothers who had lost their sons, George stopped golfing (for a little while). No word if Dick Cheney plays golf, but he didn’t give up quail hunting, or handing out billion dollar, no bid contracts to a company from which he profits.

And so, last week, this:
Dover Salute

President Barack Obama salutes those who have made the ultimate sacrifice when called by their country.

Liz Cheney said this:

“I think that what President Bush used to do is do it without the cameras. And I don’t understand sort of showing up with the White House Press Pool with photographers and asking family members if you can take pictures. That’s really hard for me to get my head around…It was a surprising way for the president to choose to do this.”

President Bush banned cameras from filming or photographing the caskets – another in the long list of things he withheld from the people.
President Bush, despite Liz Cheney’s claim, NEVER – NOT ONCE – met a returning casket or saluted a KIA sent overseas on the back of his lies.
Not one single time.

Liz, you horrid, vicious, ignorant bitch. THIS is what a president does.
And letting the people SEE that this is what a president does goes with the job of BEING president, you lying, reptilian, reprehensible, shameless chip off the old block.

Quote of the Week

From Bob Cesca’s Awesome Blog:

“Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum – when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes.”
—Assistant Secretary PJ Crowley, a spokesman for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Making Leigh Scott Tell the Truth

Leigh Scott wrote this piece for Big Hollywood.

Among other contemptibly backward attempts at cynicism, he writes:

What struck me from a few hours of watching leftist television and reading leftist gobbledygook is how far detached from reality these people are. It’s not a simple case of them having a few points wrong, or looking at things from a bizarrely biased perspective; they truly make statements and cling to ideas that have no basis in reality. As conservatives struggle to find apt metaphors to explain their opponent’s mindsets and delusions, I think I may have figured it out.

The left in our country is high. Completely stoned out of their minds.

The bit is just a bunch of flippant crap – an imbecilic effort at satire and a failed attempt at preserving his cognitive dissonance.
For something so flagrantly and violently boneheaded, it takes surprisingly little work to make Scott tell the truth. So I fixed it for him.
With the exception of simple word replacements – conservative for liberal and the like, the repairs appear in bold:

Mr. President, Don’t Bother Offering the GOP a Toke

After a long day at work, I decided to unwind with a little internet and cable television. Politics and punditry are my hobby, not my main source of income, so I indulge in a little cable news and internet sites as time permits. I’ve always felt it important to see the world outside the “echo chamber” of like-minded folks but I live in Taiwan, so my television sits for far too many hours on CNN and the Huffington Post, Hot Air, George Will, Politico, Michelle Malkin, Little Green Footballs, Drudge, Sarah Palin for President, The New Republic, David Frum, Breitbart, Fox News, Storm Front, Prison Planet and Colbert Nation, among others are bookmarked.

What strikes me from hours of watching conservative propaganda and reading right-wing gobbledygook is how far detached from reality these people are. It’s not a simple case of them having a few points wrong, or looking at things from a bizarrely biased perspective; they truly make statements and cling to ideas that have no basis in reality. As liberals struggle to find apt metaphors to explain their opponent’s mindsets and delusions, I think I may have figured it out.

The right in our country is insane. So completely backward as to render themselves, on all the evidence, incapable of distinguishing right from wrong. They are a demonstrated danger to themselves, and very clearly to others.

I’ve worked with conservatives. I’ve dated Born Again Christians – young earth creationists. Lawyers. Doctors. Waitresses. I’ve lived with right wingers. I know conservatives inside and out and I can tell you, without a doubt, that the GOPosaur is completely fucking nuts.

Right-wingers always think that they are smarter than they really are. Copious amounts of money trick the brain into thinking that the most banal thought is somehow a stroke of genius. Just listen to a bunch of rich people debate philosophy and metaphysics. The most ridiculous comments take on the sort of presumed truth, a manifest destiny that is frighteningly biblical in style. Morons think that they are right after collecting their stock options, taking their $100 million bonus, getting away with torture, lying the country into war and obstructing health care for all with lies.

Conservatives live for the moment. They are all about profit, not facts. They possess a detached sense of cause and effect. I recall one specific episode when I came home and tore into my conservative roommate for torturing the neighbor’s cat. His response was simple. See, the real problem wasn’t his torturing the cat, but my reaction to it. I was far too fucking pissed off about the situation and couldn’t see that it was really necessary and there sure as hell haven’t been any more cats around. What we should do, to solve the torture problem, was max out the credit cards, borrow every dollar we could lay hands on, get some guns and shoot up the neighborhood. Once everyone understood how things are going to be done around here, it would calm down and we’d get back to making money. Jesus wills it.

Eight years and two wars later, I’m still furious. He feels great. To the conservative, everything was fixed. Problem solved! Unfortunately, the cat was still tortured and the neighbors want to kill us. My crazy roommate still says it was not only a good idea, but that we should be out there torturing cats as a matter of policy.

Conservatives never emerge from their almost religious world view. Part of being a true conservative is the ability to remain certain. True conservatives never really question the premise. I’ve dealt with lawyers and stock brokers, pastors and politicians, but conservatives are all alike. The congressman and the governor will get caught in the mens room or Argentina, then apologize profusely for their conduct; until, of course, the next time they reveal their hypocrisy. The conservative always exists in a dream like world of lucre induced euphoria. They do not see their almost absolute failure and stubborn cognitive dissonance as a problem, but instead, as a heightened sense of persecution and moral certainty.

Lastly, conservatives never have their own money. Remember those 401K’s you were planning on retiring on? How about everything you own if you get sick from a “pre-existing condition”? Chances are good that your conservative roommate has stock in the company that will get a bailout, while you just lost your job at a company that had invested the pension plan in Triple-A rated derivatives…the company that provided your health care.
Sure, they promise to “hook you up” as soon as they get a chance to let some “trickle down”, but it never happens. Conservatives have a bizarre, anti-social logic that dictates that everything exists for their personal exploitation. Your home, your job, your health all exist as means of profit. To demand basic health care for everyone, paid for by the society in which we all live, is an offense to the “conservative code.”

With this in mind, how can one not see the recent doings in Washington as anything but petulant, obstructionist lying and footstomping? Lying about death panels, health care in Canada, killing old people? Conservative insanity. Birthers? Conservative insanity. Government run torture? Conservative insanity. Drill, baby, drill? Conservative insanity.

I can picture Sarah Palin and Eric Cantor lying on a bean bag, listening to Pink Floyd’s song Money and totally NOT getting the sarcasm, while watching Leave it to Beaver and dreaming up domestic and foreign policy.
”You know who those town hall protesters remind me of? Patriots, man. They’re freakin real Americans.” (Cough. Cough. Giggle. Giggle). “What if we crank up them up to batshit with utter lies and prevent anyone from even trying to fix the fucking mess we made, and then we can point and blame Obama?”
”Dick, that’s totally awesome. Oh! Hey! I really love this line…”but keep your hands offa myy-yyyy stack!”

You’d be hard pressed to find any other rational explanation for a large group of people who discard decades of historical evidence, common sense, and basic moral decency other than massive amounts of greed…and insanity.

I don’t think the whole Racist, Free Market, Nazi analogy is stretching it a bit. Dick Cheney has the self discipline of a Joseph Goebbels. Rush Limbaugh wishes that he was as omni-present and effective as a Heinrich Himmler. Bush had the focus of a Kim Jong Il, but man, it’s tough to stay on track when Osama is still free, Katrina is fucked, two wars, economic collapse and the “Coalition of the Willing” no longer counts the Dominican Republic among its members. Have you guys been to the DR? That’s where Rushbo goes to take Viagra.

Conservatives are gearing up to do battle with an army of statist fascists – to loose their insanity, unrestrained upon the land – and their up against a bunch of people who keep trying to talk to them reasonably.

Obama is no Stalin, or even Tommy Douglas. Face it, he’s black.

“He was born in this country…as far as I know.”
Hey, isn’t that one of Sarah Palin’s campaign slogans?

Sadly for us, we live in a world where conservative nonsense is taken as gospel by the media and a large segment of the population. I think it’s fair to say that McCain captured the racist vote in 2008, but few of us expected him to continuing whining from the wrong side of whatever desperate, craven dementia that motivated him to nominate Caribou Barbie.

The best way to deal with conservatives is not to simply let them go about their business, and never trust them with anything important. Ever. My conservative roommate was a source of endless frustration and embarrassment, but we were smart enough to never trust him to take care of the pets. We need to keep these liars, torturers, thieves…these myopic, certain, blithering children…out of power as long as possible.

If we don’t, we’re all fucked.