Loser Trump

A slew of Republicans from Jason Chaffetz to Mitt Romney to Dana Perino to the Bush family have said they won’t vote for Trump. Paul Ryan won’t defend him. Mitch McConnell won’t talk about him.
The RNC has redirected funds from the presidential race to down ticket contests. Republican donors have given up trying to raise money for him and many have demanded a refund.
Trump has no ground game, no advertising budget, has pulled out of Virginia, and is losing ALL of the swing states in every poll.
He is getting his ass stomped to pieces with every demographic except white men without an education. Every time he opens his mouth, he reveals what an ugly, reprehensible, morally bent fraud he really is. He lives in a universe of delusions:

– “Nobody has more respect for women than me.”
– “Nobody knows more about taxes.”
– “Nobody knows more about debt.”
– “Nobody knows more about banking.”
– “There’s nobody bigger or better at the military than I am.”
– “Nobody knows more about trade than me.”
– “There’s nobody who understands the horror of nuclear more than me.”

His running mate and all of his blathering surrogates have been reduced to walking back Trump’s insane rhetoric and trying to downplay his boasting about sexual assault.
Trump has been endorsed by ONE (1) single newspaper in America, a cheap rag in Santa Barbara that doesn’t even explain why they support him. The rest – every single major newspaper in America – has endorsed his opponent while describing him as an unqualified, ignorant, tacky and contemptible existential threat to political commonwealth.
But Trump insists that the ONLY way he can lose the election is if black people steal it by each voting multiple times, and urges his rancid followers to hang about the polls watching those “other communities” to ensure his delusional expectation of victory is not ripped from his stubby little fingers.

If this ain’t technically treason, it damn well ought to be.


Trump claims the election is rigged.


It’s a good move – works whether he zigs or zags.
Quits: “The election is rigged. I won’t climb in the ring for a fixed fight.”
Loses: “The election was rigged. That’s why I lost.”

It’s also another reason why he can’t win. You can’t whine and mewl that the fix is in, and then claim the results are legitimate because you actually won.
Trump always wins. When he goes bankrupt, HE wins…everyone else loses.
This is no different.

You don’t rig a fight by paying someone to win. You rig a fight by paying someone to take a dive. The whole point of the fix is simply to know the outcome. You can bet for the winner, bet against the loser, pick the round.
“Say it…Your ass goes down in the 5th.”

Donald knows the outcome. Despite the fact that all his efforts to throw this thing – blatant racism, insults, slander, madness – only make him more popular with the rubes he’s conning, worming his way out of ever being president is the one thing he can control.
THAT’S the single thing he knows and, therefore, that’s where he will stack his chips.
All that remains is to find the best excuse that lets him play the victim.

The media is against him, the Democrats are against him, the REPUBLICANS are against him…
The racist Black Lives Matters people – they hate him.
Fags and Liberals…the Christian haters – they hate him, too.
Mexican judges hate him.
No one stands up for the troops – no one LOVES the troops like Donald, who wants to make America safe, but he’s being attacked by Muslims!!!
(Some people say their son was a jihadi…I read that many times.)
Poor righteous Donald.

The only question is whether he picks a round to flop or makes it to the final bell.
If he gets off his stool for the debates, Hillary will absolutely crush him. Any question of who wins the election will be settled by some significant margin as a matter of which one is the sane adult and which is a blathering idiot (not that there were any doubt).
He will be rude, petulant, shallow, uninformed, insulting, untethered and mendacious. He will try to bully Clinton in his juvenile schoolyard fashion. Whether she slaps him back or rises above it won’t matter.
He ain’t prepared for any of this.
Debating Yale law 30-year policy wonk Hillary Clinton…dog, that’s the big leagues. She will kick the absolute last bit of shit out of that delusional and ignorant puffed up grifter.
I watched all 11 hours of her testimony before Trey Gowdy’s little Benghazi ratfuck. I’ve never much liked Hillary Clinton but, brother, let me tell you something: she is SHARP, and she knows exactly how and when to punch. She’s the real deal heavyweight and anyone who underestimates her is making a terrible mistake.
Except, of course, in the eyes of Trump’s Jersey Shore supporters, who only want to see him be rude to Hillary. In their eyes, all his playground haymakers landed. He smoked her on rude points alone!
He TRUMPED that bitch!

It won’t matter that the fight is scored 65-35 on all three judges cards; that the Republican party from Mitch McConnell on down all withdrew their endorsements; that Sarah Palin finally threw in the towel and publicly voted for Hillary…
For Snooki and The Situation, the fix was in all along.

Snooki and Sitch are 100% right – the fix is in.
It just ain’t that fix.

“How do we get progressives and Liberals to vote for a hawkish, fiscally conservative candidate that’s in the pocket of the oligarchy and pals around with Henry Kissinger?”

Make the alternative too monstrous and ugly to contemplate.

Checkmate, motherfuckers.

DNC Email Hack

I remember being in a campaign phone bank for a Nova Scotia byelection in the 1980’s. Volunteers were calling all the senior citizens in the riding who were registered members of the candidate’s party, asking if they needed a ride to the polls on election day – a Get Out the Vote effort.
A heavyweight party bagman (which in days gone by simply meant the man with free bottles of rum and an asphalt truck) slithered in to collect or drop off cheques.
He was flabbergasted. “Listen,” he said, “Get a list of all the seniors that are registered for the other party. Call up, tell them you’re with the other guy’s campaign and promise them a ride to the polls. Then don’t show up. If they manage to get there at all, maybe they’re so pissed off they vote for us. That’s how you win elections.”

The DNC under Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her minions was in the tank for Clinton and playing gutterball with Bernie. Well, fetch my fainting sofa and my clutching pearls!
None of that should surprise anyone.
They were doing it from the very beginning, right out in the open.
If you’re looking for reasons why Sanders didn’t win, the media alternating between ignoring the man and slandering his positions with blatant falsehoods deserves far more of your scorn than those lightweight ratfuckers.
Sadly, it’s being hoovered up like a mixture of cocaine and rocket fuel by petulant children who seem determined to elect Donald Trump.

Hell of a high wire act.

Both Sides Redux

Donald Trump is a racist. He’s a liar and a fraud. He’s an ignorant, arrogant, uncurious, vicious, juvenile, petty douchebag.
The idea that he could possibly be considered for the office of president while dragging behind him gangs of venal hypocrites, Christopathic theocrats, science deniers, gun nuts and Klansmen is both horrifying and deeply disturbing.

Donald Trump must be stopped. And not just by losing the election.
Donald Trump and the entire Republican party must be given an electoral beatdown of epic proportions – chain whipped so severely that the story is used to frighten children.
The party that unified behind him must be curb-stomped and left in the gutter.
It must be made absolutely clear to all who voted for him that such egregious offense to the very idea of political commonwealth – of government itself – will be rejected with the complete and total contempt it deserves.

It is frustrating that the Democrats make stopping him such a disheartening exercise in ethical hypocrisy.

This primary cycle reminded me of all the reasons I preferred Barack Obama in 2008. It also reminded in very profound ways of all the reasons I really don’t like Hillary Clinton.
The same sort of tactics and arrogance; the weaknesses as a general election candidate that made me prefer Obama are all still there, with the addition of new and more significant issues.
Let’s get the stipulations out of the way: Clinton is wicked smart, deeply experienced, absolutely competent and qualified to occupy the office. She is infinitely better than Donald Trump or any other Republican who sought the nomination. She is not Satan.

Clinton also has a very long string of targets trailing behind her that make her, in my view, the weaker Democratic candidate in the general election: Goldman Sachs, the Iraq war vote, emails, Libya, Syria, Honduras, NAFTA/TPP, Bosnian sniper fire…
All of the foregoing in addition to the right wing ratfucking fever dreams (Benghazi et al) that are articles of faith among the Dittohead hordes.
She is viewed as untrustworthy and inauthentic; has higher unfavourable numbers with a majority of voters, and is the least liked candidate in electoral history except for her opponent.
She did, however, win more Democratic primary votes and more states than Bernie Sanders.
Some argue that the primary process was bent from the moment 500+ superdelegates created Hillary’s “insurmountable lead” before a single ballot was ever cast. I’ll leave aside voter registration problems, rule changes, miscounts, coin flips, the refusal of democratic superdelegates in individual states to follow the will of their constituents, and the media alternating between ignoring Sanders or dismissing him with shallow falsehoods about his policies.
Nevertheless, despite having fallen short in the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders still polls better than Clinton nationally; in swing states; among independents, and puts red states in play. He is viewed as honest and trustworthy by solid majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents. He drives turnout for the Democrats – specifically the possibly significant crowds threatening to stay home, vote third party, or cast a spiteful ballot for Trump. He didn’t take a dime from Wall St., voted against the Iraq war, and isn’t being investigated by the FBI.
He gives anti-establishment Conservatives (for whom Clinton is evil in shoes) an excuse to abandon the ignorant embarrassment leading their party, and also appeals to rust belt Republicans who are angry about the loss of manufacturing and blame Hillary for NAFTA.

I believe the Democratic party is missing an opportunity, as the Republicans nominate a racist jackass with extra-terrestrial hair, to offer an alternative to the status quo that is not only what Americans want but what America desperately needs – one that reflects the ideals the Democratic party claims to represent.

But Bernie Sanders ain’t the nominee.
Fuck. Such a disappointment.
The choice before the voter, then, will be Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
“It’s like choosing the noose or the electric chair.”

Welcome to being a Liberal – where the fight never ends, and you never get to win a fucking thing without some retrograde asshole trying to take it away.
It’s time to put down your sippy cup and change your Pampers.
This election is NOT just Hillary or Donald.

Donald brings with him the Freedom Caucus, Paul Ryan’s budget, Inhofe’s snowball and Sarah Palin’s “Drill, baby, drill.” He brings two (maybe four) Supreme Court Justices, all eight paces to the right of Antonin Scalia.
He starts deporting people, banning Muslims, disqualifying judges who rule against him, suing any reporter who asks a question he doesn’t like, and cutting the same sort of crooked deals with China that drove his casinos into bankruptcy.
A belligerent, thin-skinned, narcissistic moron who lavishes praise on sycophants and vitriolic slime on all others. A vacillating buffoon completely confident in the accuracy of his own myopic delusions. A man who uses a presidential debate to talk about his dick and who publicly expresses that, you know, if his daughter weren’t his daughter…

Hillary Rodham Clinton, peace be upon her, brings with her Liz Warren, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Al Franken (he’s good enough, he’s smart enough and people like him), and former President Barack Hussein Obama (you thought he had zero fucks to give now).
If some smug pricks get off their ass and vote, she’ll have a Senate with 56 Democrats in it and a Congress with fewer Republicans, some of whom President Clinton can shiv into line with fear of re-election (“Go ahead – vote against the Clinton infrastructure spending in your home district – see how your constituents like that.”)

Hillary can’t be president forever. What the hell sort of mess are you trying to make for Liz Warren to clean up?
On what moral basis can you shove gays back in the closet, give theocrats the right to inflict bigotry under the guise of faith, destroy health care, education and the environment while enshrining “No taxes for the rich – sink or swim, fuckers” as the governing economic principle for the next four years?
On what basis do you inflict Kansas’ economy, Mississippi’s race relations, Pat Robertson’s curriculum, Louie Gohmert’s abortion laws, Pam Geller’s outreach to Muslims, and the DayGlo orange candidate’s “Climate change is a Chinese hoax” on the country because YOU’RE too fucking pure to vote against Donald Trump?

This argument from moral purity is contemptible, not least because it is premised on a lie.
The predicate assertion is that both parties are equally bad, equally corrupt, and equally uninterested in helping the poor and middle class.
One party is bent on destroying the poor and middle class. They want to repeal health care, privatize education, end food stamps, eliminate the EPA (the rich can BUY lead-free drinking water) and ban both abortion and education about condoms.
They want an end to Pell grants, contracts for more private prisons, a nationwide crackdown on voter fraud (!), the end of welfare, Social Security and Medicare. They shut down the government with petulant tantrums and threaten to force the country to default on its debts if they don’t get their way.
They openly demand that judges be appointed AND REMOVED based on any ruling that does not comport with their god bothering, gun fetish or freedom to be bigots.
They aren’t rational and they damn sure ain’t adults. They are all lining up behind a man they’re too morally bankrupt to admit is a racist because they’ve been relying on racists since Nixon.
They scuttled the Paris Peace talks; sold missiles to mullahs; ran death squads in Central America; lied about WMD’s; propped up Noriega, Gaddafi and Hussein, and TORTURED people.

Please…show me anything even distantly orbiting equivalent malfeasance by the Democrats.
I’ll wait.
Bill Clinton got a blowjob and lied about it. Hillary wasn’t careful about her email.
You can mewl about her taking cash from bankers and fucking up Libya all you want. None of it comes close to the cracked madness and venal hypocrisy of the GOP over the past 40 years.
“Hillary’s the status quo.”
Damn her. Damn her to HELL.

Are the Democrats too deep in the pocket of Wall St. and the corporate sector? Absolutely.
Is Hillary Clinton likely to sic the SEC on Goldman Sachs? I wouldn’t take any bets.
Trump and the Republicans must be stopped. Period.
I get that you’re too righteous to sully your sparkly moral perch with anything like a vote for Hillary Clinton. But you damn well need to vote against Trump.
It just requires marking the ballot the same way.
Think of it as voting for Obama, again. And for Liz Warren. And WITH Bernie Sanders…who will also vote against Trump.

IF the people who were motivated to engage politics because of Bernie Sanders STAY engaged then, over the course of the next four years…and the next decade, we’ll be able to gain some ground instead of watching every gain of the past eight years rolled back and then some.
And there will STILL be retrograde assholes trying to claw back every inch.
You oppose those rat bastards BY OPPOSING THEM.
Welcome, again, to being a Liberal. Get used to heartbreak and disappointment.
Refusing to vote is not a question of principle. It’s nothing more than surrender under a smug and pretentious facade. YOU are who Hannah Arendt was talking about when she remarked on the banality of evil.
If you’re not in the fight – if you REALLY believe both sides are equally awful and you’re just going to maintain that aura of condescension from the sidelines, at least shut the fuck up. I’m tired of hearing how goddamn clean your hands are.

Freedom of Religion


In the Wake of The Boston Bombing

Media is flying with wild speculation about the Tsarnaev brothers. Someone posted some links on FB (reproduced below), supposedly in support of various conspiracy theories. I reproduce my response here:


Not sure what you mean when you use the word “verified”.

The Salon bit is good. I don’t think you read it. It has nothing to do with anything else you posted, or it debunks most of the other things you posted…or, at least, provides a convincing argument that many of them are the rantings of a variety of stupid people. Good piece, though.

The Democracy Now interview is also good. It offers no evidence that there is any reason to suppose these two bombers were pawns of the FBI – in any way directed, controlled, incited, influenced or anything else.
The question of how the FBI goes about identifying and preventing terrorist attacks; the means they employ; the ways they may be argued to have engaged in entrapment in other cases is an interesting topic and says a lot about what America has become. In fact, the definition of entrapment was previously addressed in this thread.
In any case, the problem identified by the transcript is that the FBI is setting up innocent people to arrest for plots that don’t exist because the patsy is just some mentally ill individual… or gang of idiots. None of the investigations or arrests described in the interview involved anything that went beyond plotting and/or paying an informant. No bombs went off, no one was shot.
What appears to have transpired in Boston is not that. It’s beginning to look as though it’s just the opposite problem. The FBI missed one. They had a reason to look at this guy – they were ASKED to look at this guy. They LOOKED at this guy. And this guy and his brother blew up the Boston Marathon. They weren’t Saudis, or Yemenis, or Syrians or Lebanese or Egyptian. They weren’t from a place that American foreign policy was directly fkng over…they were from a place that Russian foreign policy had directly fkd over. They flew under the radar.
In any case, it certainly doesn’t even try to make the argument that this was some sort of false flag event.

The Global Research piece is similar to the Democracy Now piece. I agree that there should be no rush to scream RADICAL ISLAM! That is shallow, knee-jerk, often dangerously racist. Once again, it laments true cases where unstable individuals and bumbling idiots were led into ill-conceived plots that did not happen. And that these cases grew out of sending agents provocateurs into Muslim communities to troll for and incite victims.
One supposes the implication here is, at least in principle, to lend credence to the idea that we ought not dismiss allegations that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was such an agent, or under the direction and influence of such an agent.
The only evidence for THAT is the word of the mother, which amounts to little more than a confirmation of the timeline already presented by the FBI, all the facts as we know them, and wild speculation for which there is no evidence, and about which the Global Research article makes no claims.

The MotherJones article only restates what the FBI has already said – they looked at Tamerlan Tsarnaev at the request of a foreign government. They didn’t find anything. The mother’s aforementioned wild speculation, for which there is no evidence beyond her word, is formed into a question and used as the headline for the bit. I find it unsurprising the any news website would publish such a piece, but it doesn’t “verify” anything…well, except that his mother said something.

The photo you posted that reads “Most obvious false flag yet” is pure Alex Jones. There’s never a need to deconstruct Alex Jones. You just have suppose he’s right and it falls apart under its own weight. You previously posted a list of questions in this thread. Perhaps you missed the response.


1. why would guilty individuals stay home and wait to be caught?

Because they’re not very experienced at this sort of thing; thought they would never be ID’d / caught. They were barely out of high school, with no military training or criminal backgrounds. Idiots get caught.

2. how did the cops catch em so fast if they didnt know who they were looking for to begin with

Surveillance cameras and a shitload of man hours. Witnesses (including one who lost both his legs) saw them drop the bags and walk away. Photos were released, suspects were identified. After that, it was only a matter of time.

3. suspects mom claims FBI had been watching son for about 3 yrs, since he became religious. how could someone under surveillance pull off such an attack?

What the suspect’s mother says is not a very credible source. “Under surveillance”? There’s no remotely reasonable basis to make that claim.

4. witnesses report bomb drills in athletes village b4 attack

Alex Jones ALLEGES that that there are witnesses who say that. The only person I’ve heard SAY that is Alex Jones. Not credible.

5. search for images of men in cams, with huge backpacks and hats with Craft Int. or Seal team logo on it, watching the whole thing go down calmly…

More Alex Jones.

6. more than half of US terrorism cases have involved entrapment, usualy by FBI, who even admit in court to supplying potential terrorists with bombs/weapons (ie. the fbi plans it, finds someone stupid enuf to do it, then busts them)…

Two competing tests exist for determining whether entrapment has taken place, known as the “subjective” and “objective” tests. The “subjective” test looks at the defendant’s state of mind; entrapment can be claimed if the defendant had no “predisposition” to commit the crime. The “objective” test looks instead at the government’s conduct; entrapment occurs when the actions of government officers would have caused a normally law-abiding person to commit a crime.
Providing someone with materials is not entrapment. If someone approaches an undercover agent asking to get hold of explosives, and the agent provides materials to the suspect, that is not entrapment. Further, if an agent approaches someone and says, “Hey…I have a bunch of explosives. Do you want to blow up a government building?” and the suspect responds, “Fk yeah! Give me the bombs!” THAT ain’t entrapment. It is only entrapment if the suspect would not have engaged in criminal behaviour BUT FOR the actions of the government. Cooking up a plot and waiting to see who wants to play does not qualify.
There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that either of these brothers had any contact with any government agents whatsoever in relation to planning or executing the bombing, or the subsequent running gun battles throughout large chunks of MA.

7. always easier to see a false flag after the event when you find out its objective–there always is one: see if the govt uses this attack as an excuse to: increase security, station active troops on US soil (already happening), us drones in the US (already happening), attack or assassinate someone they blame for being involved in the attack (like they did in yemen after the underwear bomber) or start another war…

If these things – troops operating domestically, drones operating domestically, and killing “enemy combatants” (even American citizens so deemed) in foreign countries – are already happening, why would anyone need a false flag operation in order to do them?
Start another war? With whom? Chechnya? I don’t generally care to quote Paul Fucking Wolfowitz in order to make an argument that has nothing to do with seeing that treasonous piece of shit indicted for war crimes, but there REALLY aren’t any targets in Chechnya.

I would add one small comment to the discussion of entrapment. When an agent of the government provides explosives to someone who is of a mind to use them…it is still NOT entrapment. It does, however, demonstrate a serious lack of good judgment. It would support the argument that the government thus becomes a co-conspirator, but it is not entrapment, per se, if the “patsy” possessed a guilty mind.

Where Tamerlan Tsarnaev got the explosives he used will be a focus of the investigation. I consider the possibility that he got them from an agent of the government a literally incredible allegation.

Salon – How Boston exposes America’s dark post-9/11 bargain

Global Research -The Boston Bombings in Context: How the FBI Fosters, Funds and Equips American Terrorists

Global Research 2 – Mother Says Sons Are Innocent

Democracy Now – “Terrorists for the FBI:” How the FBI Uses Informants to Surveil and Entrap Americans

Mother Jones – Was the FBI Monitoring Boston Bombing Suspects for Years?

The Republican Insult

I’ve been keeping my blog head down lately. Not for lack of things that would provoke a good rant, but rather for the paralyzing flood of them. The depth and breadth of it; the unrelenting waves of pathetic, jaw-dropping stupidity. When bothered by a single mosquito, you simply swat it. When beset by a swarm of the blood thirsty bastards you have two choices: run away or go mad.
And, of course, the problem with not venting my spleen on a regular basis is that the shit backs up. And while it’s now a Stygian task to address each slice in the giant bread factory of fuckwittery – some of them are certainly past their “Best before” date – I am yet moved to comment, without necessarily digging too deeply into the DNA of any of them, on the seemingly never-ending string of insults to civility, good governance, fair play, reason, truth, fact, decency and humanity that is the contemporary Republican party, now whipping itself into a sad, vicious soiled tissue of tepid support for the lying, plastic idiot they could not find anyone to stop from buying the nomination. And lacking even a shred of honest enthusiasm for the Romneybot, they are falling back on the one thing they have in abundance – hatred of Obama and the simmering, barely spoken desire to get the black man out of the white house.

Mitt Romney. Jesus jumped up Mormon buffoon on trick skis. It’s one thing to be forced to profess belief in a god to have any sort of shot at being elected to the oval office, but to insist on the bullshit con, the ridiculous cult that is Mormonism ought to disqualify anyone from exercising any sort of political power. If you’re that fucking stupid, you cannot be trusted. I take professed theistic foolishness as a presidential given – no one can possibly be elected without at least minimal ass kissing below the imbecilic bible belt. The problem with Mitt and the GOP runs far deeper and is far more hideous than mere pandering to Jesus freaks, who don’t consider the followers of Joe Smith and Brigham Young REAL Christians anyway, despite (or perhaps due to) the magic underwear.

Since Barack Obama was inaugurated, the Republicans have opposed every effort made by the president to advance his agenda: the closure of Gitmo, the stimulus package, the auto bailout, health care reform, the debt ceiling, the payroll tax cut, equal pay, and the repeal of DADT. None of this opposition is principled or based on honest differences over good policy, but rather the result of an ugly, craven commitment to obstruction; a twisted conspiracy hatched on the night of Obama’s inauguration to defeat the president no matter what the cost to the American people.
They have engaged, tolerated and continue to provoke idiot birthers, racists and theocrats while hacking away at abortion rights, access to contraception, unions and voting rights. In the name of fiscal austerity, they have gutted state budgets resulting in the firing of teachers, police officers and fire fighters while slashing funding for unemployment, welfare, food stamps, planned parenthood, and attacked organizations dedicated to registering the poor to vote. Then they have the balls to turn around and blame the sluggish pace of the recovery from the economic disaster their own policies created and the high rate of unemployment on the president; the unmitigated gall to oppose the stimulus package and then turn around and ask Washington for money; the unfathomable temerity (after turning down millions in Federal assistance) to gut the public sector in their states and then hand out huge tax breaks to corporations.
Meanwhile they keep yammering that taxes must be cut despite the fact that the marginal tax rate is the lowest its been in 70 years.  After demanding that Bush tax cuts – THE single biggest contributor to the deficit– be made permanent AND opposing an extension the payroll tax cut (which puts money in the pockets of working people who then spend it – economic stimulus, anyone?) these bald-faced bastards continue to insist that the debt and deficit are the major problems facing America. They chant that government must be downsized but refuse to tell anyone which departments they would eliminate and which programs they would cut. They accuse Obama of wanting to “End Medicare as we know it” – a case of pure projection if ever there were – while refusing to wait to see if the law passed by congress actually works!  As with every other damn thing in the Republican platform – their entire raison d’etre has nothing to do with evidence, facts, reality or governing.  It ALL about opposing the Lamanite living at 1600, ensuring that nothing gets fixed, blaming the president for failing to fix everything by yesterday, and lying their foul holes off in support of those aims.

The GOP is a gang of rotten, backward, prevaricating assholes and it’s time they were called on it. I’m stuffed to the gills with the claim that there’s some sort of left-wing media conspiracy that’s in the tank for Obama and the Democrats, when the plain fact is that the media has utterly abdicated its responsibility to ask even remotely sharp questions or point out even one of the obvious bullshit talking points that are continually spewed in the vacuum of veracity that constitutes political news programming.
Week after butt-licking week: Newt Gingrich, Liz Cheney, Alex Castellanos, Dana Perino, George Will, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Michelle Malkin, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Andrew Sullivan, Frank Luntz, David Gergen, Laura Ingraham, Pat Buchanan, Dick Morris, Sarah Palin, Anne Coulter, Tucker Carlson, Thomas Friedman, Joe Scarborough, Chris Matthews, Neil Cavuto, Gretchen Carlson, Mike Huckabee, Peggy Noonan, Oliver North – yeah, that’s some Liberal media conspiracy!
On the left, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher and Rachel Maddow – three of whom are COMEDIANS! As for James Carville, Eliot Spitzer and Keith Olbermann, how often do you see any of those tepid centrists anywhere near a Sunday morning talk show? There is NO Liberal presence, period. And there never will be, because to let anyone with any knowledge of history and reality anywhere near that flatulent gang of water carriers for Republican bullshit would instantly reveal the Emperor prancing around naked. The corporate owned media, fully committed to their corrupt notion of balance and “Some people are saying” style of presentation, continue to provide the vast majority of their public airwaves to lying assholes in the belief that an overwhelming tsunami of propaganda will make up for a complete lack of substance and a thirty-year record of abject failure. And yet every one of those right wing bastards will tell you again and again about the Liberal slant of “the Lamestream” media; how they can’t get a fair shake; about the war on religion, the attacks on “Job Creators”, the homosexual agenda; that taxes must be cut and that the social security you’ve been paying into your entire life must be gutted, exchanged for vouchers and funneled off into secure Wall Street investments. One wonders how they could be any more scummy, vicious and evil…but one would need not wonder long.

The GOP has given up any pretense of trying to hide their lies and hypocrisy.
Paul Ryan, the Republican budgetary wunderkind has long extolled the brilliance of Ayn Rand. He publicly and proudly boasted that he gives his staffers copies of Atlas Shrugged and forces them to read it; that that awful piece of objectivist trash is the basis for the man he has become and the principles by which he believes government should operate. That lasted until someone pointed out to him a well known fact that anyone who actually knows anything about Ayn Rand already knew: Ayn was not merely a devout atheist – she hated religious faith; considered anyone stupid enough to fall for theistic nonsense to be a candidate for sterilization.
So, perhaps she wasn’t all bad…but that’s beside the point.  In the GOP worldview, the only thing worse than poor people, brown people, and women who don’t want to be pregnant are the godless atheists. Ryan, demonstrating the speed with which Republicans can engage hypocrisy of cosmic proportions, did not make any attempt to distinguish Rand’s economic ideas from her views on religion – he simply lied and asserted that Ayn’s ideas were “antithetical” to his own. But ditching the atheist who formed Paul Ryan into the proud, honourable intellectual he is was not enough! Ryan had to sand blast off the stain of godlessness with some pandering to Jesus, so he alleged that his budget plan was formed in the steel forge of his deep and abiding Catholic faith. That lasted less time than it took Peter to thrice deny Christ. Before the cock crowed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called out Ryan’s plan for being almost diametrically opposed to the teachings of his alleged lord and savior. Bishops to the left of him, Rand to the right…there he is, stuck in the middle all alone. But that will not stop him nor even slow him down because Ryan’s only true commitment is to the fantasy cult of Saint Ronnie and Freidmanite economic policy: Disaster capitalism.

The hypocrisy doesn’t end there. Hell, it doesn’t even begin there. You can’t swing a cat near a Republican without them trying to defund the SPCA while arguing that the way you grip the cat’s tail constitutes cruelty.
Back to Mitt. Oh, the many lies of Mitt Romney.
Mitt ran an ad in Michigan in which he said he recalled attending the Detroit Auto Show with his dear old dad. The ad cut to a picture of Mitt with his father. The picture was of him at the New York World’s Fair.
Mitt ran an ad featuring him tooling around in a car, talking about his support for the American auto industry. He was driving a car made in Canada.
The foregoing might dismissed as minor gaffes. Be patient, I’m just getting warmed up.

Mitt Romney said of president Obama:

“This is a president who has failed … to communicate that military options are on the table and in fact in our hand. And that it’s unacceptable to America for Iran to have a nuclear weapon.”

Here’s what president Obama SAID:

“In the conversations I’ve had over the course of three years, and over the course of the last three months and three weeks, what I’ve emphasized is that preventing Iran from getting a nuclear weapon isn’t just in the interest of Israel, it is profoundly in the security interests of the United States, and that when I say we’re not taking any option off the table, we mean it … I think that the Israeli government recognizes that, as president of the United States, I don’t bluff. I also don’t, as a matter of sound policy, go around advertising exactly what our intentions are. But I think both the Iranian and the Israeli governments recognize that when the United States says it is unacceptable for Iran to have a nuclear weapon, we mean what we say.”

Mitt Romney, in a craven effort to deflect from the Republican war on women – from access to contraception to trans-vaginal ultrasound – asserted that 93% of jobs lost under president Obama were women. Despite the fact the the President’s policies are creating jobs, and that the vast majority of job losses are attributable to Republican policies under Bush, the fact of Romney’s statistical manipulation (read LYING) is here.

Rachel Maddow has devoted some effort to chronicling the unending string of lies that spill out of Mitt Romney every time he opens his mouth:

In a speech in Ohio, Romney referred to the Bush/Cheney era as “before the recession.”

The recession began in late 2007, more than a year before President Obama’s inauguration. The economy crashed in September 2008, four months before Obama took office. Someone who claims an expertise in economic policy probably ought to know that.

In the same speech, Romney summarized his message to young people: “[I]t’s so critical, in my view, for you to consider what’s in the best interest of not just yourself, but of America, over the coming century, and it is to stop the excessive overspending.”

Annual domestic spending is already on track to become the smallest share of the economy since Dwight Eisenhower’s administration.

In the same speech, Romney said once “Obamacare” is implemented, “government at all levels” will “consume” 50% of the American economy.

David Corn explains today that this is Romney’s arguably “biggest fib,” which falls “somewhere between ‘ridiculous’ and ‘stupid.'”

In New Hampshire, Romney said Obama is “focused on taking away from those who have the least.”

That’s blatantly untrue in an ironic sort of way. Romney’s tax plan calls for higher taxes on those at the lowest end of the income scale. He also intends to cut food stamps, Medicaid, and educational spending, which benefit those who have the least.

Romney also vowed, “I want to help the poor.”

First, see above. Second, he specifically said earlier this year, “I’m not very concerned about the poor.”

The Romney campaign argued this week that the former governor’s position on the auto-industry rescue “was exactly what President Obama followed,” adding, “The only economic success that President Obama has had is because he followed Mitt Romney’s advice.”

Romney condemned Obama’s efforts on the industry rescue repeatedly, including throughout the GOP primaries. He can’t oppose the policy and take credit for the policy at the same time, at least not if he’s being honest.

In a speech in Virginia yesterday, Romney blamed “card check” for making things “tougher” on businesses.

Card check didn’t pass, so it’s impossible for Romney’s argument to be true.

In the same speech, Romney said Obama has “added about 150,000 government workers.”

That’s the opposite of reality, and reflects an unnerving ignorance about job policy.

Romney, at the same event, said raising the top marginal income tax rate would force small businesses to “cut back” and not “hire more.”

This is one of those zombie lies that never goes away, but it’s still not true.

Romney went on to condemn Obama for “shutting down” a “wonderful” school voucher program in the District of Columbia.

Obama didn’t shut down the school voucher program in the District of Columbia. It still exists.

Mitt Romney lies. All the time, about everything. He will say whatever he thinks will work, whatever will stoke anger and resentment, whatever will support the policies in which he claims to believe on any given day despite the fact that he will not tell anyone in any specific way what those policies are, how they might be implemented or present any sort of core philosophy upon which his vaporous claims might rest. And THIS prevaricating, uncomfortable, out of touch, stiff, phoney, filthy rich Mormon with offshore bank accounts is the best the Republicans can come up with.

These fuckers will not stop until they are beaten like a rented mule. And anyone who says there’s no difference – that the Democrats are equally bad, is not only not paying attention, they’re just plain goddamn stupid.
The next president is going to move the country in one direction or another; he will appoint at least two Supreme Court justices who will be there for life. And if you think the guy who got Bin Laden, repealed DADT, extended health care to 30 million Americans, saved the auto industry, and doesn’t lie like a fucking rug isn’t to be clearly preferred, you deserve the rotten Republican hate fucking you may well get. You deserve the return of torture as American policy and a war with Iran; trans-vaginal ultrasounds and tax cuts for the rich; the gutting of the social safety net and the privatization of social security; the overturning of Roe v. Wade and the elimination of welfare and food stamps; the teaching of creationism in the science classroom and the wholesale sell-off of the roads, power grids and water systems that were built with YOUR money.

There are serious threats to the safety and security of the American people. They are called Republicans.