Tea With George Kaplan – redux

Originally published 19 September 2010.

Arrrgh, matey!

If you have seen Alfred Hitchcock’s North By Northwest, read further. If not, there are inevitable spoilers here and you should probably wait for another blog posting.

You’ve been warned, ye swabs!* Continue reading

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Heart of Darkness – redux

Originally published 11 February 2009. This is the conclusion of the 2009 Racism Trilogy (President Obama had not been in office for one full month yet.)

In “The Subtle Racism of the Republiklans” (9 Feb 09) we explored the viral joke from the inauguration, and the “Proud to be White” letter that’s made a new flurry in the blogosmear™. We talked about the sentencing of a man who shot people in a church because he hated “liberals.” And we talked about Ex-Klan Grand Googley-Moogley David Duke’s enraged response to the GOP electing a “Black racist”as RNC Chair: “To Hell With the Republican Party! ( and subtitled, lovingly, GOP Traitors Appoint Obama Junior as hair of the Republican Party” on a page entitled: GOP traitors appoint Black racist as Chairman of the Republican Party). We’ll be back there, by and by.


not the cheap, sensationalist come-on
illustration that you might think it to be …

Today, we look at who and/what was behind that letter. Because the letter  is not new, nor is fisking it. A journey to the belly of the Beast. Fasten your seatbelts. Continue reading


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A Neo-Nazi Blast From The Not-So-Distant Past – redux

Originally published 10 February 2009. Part 2 of the Racism Trilogy.

Yesterday’s post was featured on Crooks and Liars, and while I was most gratified and grateful, I had not intended to pursue the subject further … except that a couple of very perspicacious letters suggested that I look a bit more carefully.

I’ve been digging into the background of the letter from yesterday, and it’s just the tip of an iceberg of virulent hatred and racism. But, meantime, let’s warm up with a rerun from 2005.

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The Subtle Racism of the RepubliKlans – redux

Originally published on 9  February 2009.  This is the first part of my Racism Trilogy. The intervening years have not stolen the blush from THIS rosé. (Mostly a trampled out vintage from the Grapes of Wrath.)

I have long been reading the viral emails that are circling among the GOP’s true believers. In the last couple of years, they usually add the tag “This is completely true, and has been checked out on Snopes.”


The one thing that they hope you won’t do is CHECK Snopes.com (which is the ad-hoc authority on Urban Myths and generalized disinformation).  Every one I received turned out to NOT check out on “Snopes.” (Never a snopes link provided, BTW. Hmmm.)

I did an exhaustive fisking on ONE of their subtly racist ‘anti-immigrant’ virals back in June, if you’d like to see how sleazy one of their “researched” pieces WITH links checks out. “The Latest KuKluxagram™” (24 June, 2008)

The latest, obviously coined SINCE January 20 — and from multiple sources — goes like this: Continue reading

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The Tea Party Express is a FRAUD – redux

Originally published as It’s August and We’re Into Reruns 21 August 2011

Two [reruns], in fact. Thursday’s last Daily Show before a two-week hiatus featured a familiar graph:

Recognize it?

Yup, you saw it here first, on April 16, 2010

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The Most Busted Name In News – redux

From 19 July 2010

I can’t help it: Told ya so.

The scam, Mark I

No: not the LA Times column on the quakes in the Salton Sink region. Nor about Afghanistan. Nor the Washington Post story on .. oh forget it. The problem with being consistently ahead of the curve, and consistently right* is that going back to document it begins to expand exponentially with success. If you’re a regular reader, I don’t have to remind you.

[* As Walter Brennan used to say in "The Guns Of Will Sonnett": No brag; just fact.]


I’m talking about the Tea Parties and the fake, astroturf “Tea Party Express.” Mark Williams was “officially repudiated” by various Tea Partiers today and yesterday.

The scammer, Mark II

I’ve been pointing out that the whole Tea Party Express III was astroturf, based on my original outing of the selfsame group in 2005, first as an anti-Cindy Sheehan group, then repurposed as an anti-Obama group in 2008, and now as a cash-making publicity machine in a cross country bus, kicking off in Searchlight, Nevada. Listen to the “War Room of the Tea Party” today: Continue reading

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The Astroturf on Lambeau Field – redux

From 3 August 2011

To understand the attack on Wisconsin, we need to perform a little “thought experiment.” Take this test with me, OK? (You, too CNN.)

Here, in fig. 1 is Frank Zappa:

Now, who is this in fig. 2? (Take your time. Relax. Focus. Concentrate.) Continue reading

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Happy 45th Moon Day

Last week,  his vorpal sword  saw its 2000th post.

Quincy Jones presents platinum copies
of “Fly Me to the Moon”) to Neil Armstrong (right)
and Senator John Glenn, September 24, 2008.

From the 40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing ….

A Secret History of Neil Armstrong
July 20, 2009

Finally, somebody’s paying attention to the Moon landing, 40 years ago, today.

Over the past several years of blogs, I have tried to keep some remembrance of our most profound anniversary, a future holiday perhaps, on a par with the discovery and taming of fire: the species’ first extraterrestrial landing.  (See 2001: A Space Odyssey for more on this.) Continue reading


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Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right …

gop branes

The jihad against Civilization continues on all fronts. The Left blogosphere manages to split over boycotting and sech, and the Right blogosmear™ crows that anyone on the Left fights, not fully apprehending what it’s like to think NOT in lockstep or speak NOT in lockjaw:

Netroots Nation is going to Arizona, Daily Kos is not
 Kos / Daily Kos


…. we’re not going to his backyard.  —  Netroots Nation announced two days ago that Phoenix, Arizona would host its 2015 conference.  I wish the conference the best, but it will unfortunately take place without Daily Kos’ attendance or assistance.

I made very clear in the wake of Arizona’s passage of SB 1070 that I would not be setting foot in the state, nor spending a dime in it until the law was revoked. The law, however gutted by the courts, remains on the books, as does systemic harassment of Latinos, so my pledge still stands….

Followed by these chirping moonbats of rabid delusional derision: Continue reading

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Russian To Non-Judgment


In Russia, Clowns don’t wear greasepaint


David Remnick / Comment

Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated military outfit loyal to Moscow in eastern Ukraine. Various government and intelligence officials in Kiev say that they have evidence, including a series of damning tapped conversations among pro-Russian forces, that the separatists shot down the plane, which crashed near Grabovo, a coal-mining town in the Donetsk region.

All well and good, BUT ….

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Retroactive Saber Unrattling

sword of damocles

Damocles Party? Your sword is ready. Please pick up at the front counter.

Just a quick note, as one of the biggest hack journalists around (a fellow wh0se reporting with ABC was highlighted by “smelling smoke” on then-candidate Obama, such were the “high standards” of his craptasticness) gets THIS bigtime scoop from one of the most reticent and circumspect politicians around:

McCain: Had I won in 2000, Iraq War might not have happened
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper

(CNN) – Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, made a surprising suggestion Thursday night: If he had been elected in 2000, there might not have been a war in Iraq. The Vietnam veteran and former prisoner of war, who lost his race for the GOP nomination that year but went on to become his party’s nominee in 2008, made his comments in a far-reaching interview in CNN and National Journal’s “Politics On Tap” event, after this reporter asked him what would be different if he had won either in 2000 or 2008.

On 2008, McCain said “national security” would be different, and he delineated the many ways he would have done things differently from the victor, President Barack Obama. But when asked about 2000, McCain made the most surprising remarks. “You’ll find this surprising,” he said, “but I think I would’ve been more reluctant to commit American troops.”

McCain was a strong supporter of the war in Iraq; one of his sons fought in the war….

Ah. And if wishes were horses, beggars would ride. Continue reading

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Rupert’s Rosebud Retardation as Rivals Rebuff Ransacking

Alliteration week continues. We’ve been here before. I covered the rancid, rotten inflitration and takeover of the Wall Street Journal almost seven years ago to the day. (Here and here.)

murdoch exonerates himselfHow Murdoch’s goons cover their own criminal convictions … (two were found guilty)

Now, here we stand as the quaint notion of the Sherman Antitrust Act (named for General W.T. Sherman’s brother, the Senator who sponsored it***) passes into nostalgia along with the notion of democracy, representative government and the middle class.

We live in Feudal Corporatocracy, and the monstrousness of this latest acquisition by the media monster, the trans-national kleptocrat Rupert Murdoch only manages to raise eyebrows and not hackles. Why, to read the coverage, you’d think this was just another day at the Killing Fields:

Rupert Murdoch Is Rebuffed in Offer for Time Warner
New York Times
JULY 16, 2014 7:02 AM
Updated, 12:07 p.m. |

The media giant 21st Century Fox, the empire run by Rupert Murdoch, made an $80 billion takeover bid in recent weeks for Time Warner Inc. but was rebuffed. The bold approach could put Time Warner in play and might again ignite a reshaping of the media industry, prompting a new spate of mega-mergers among the nation’s largest entertainment companies.

Over nearly five decades, the 83-year-old deal-maker has built a global media juggernaut spanning studios, television channels and newspapers, in part, by pursuing bold deals that were often rebuffed at first by targets that would later acquiesce….

“Acquiesce” as in when the rape victim stops struggling. Continue reading


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Puerile Paul Punks Purblind Perry

Rick Perry

Any resemblance to Zell Miller is completely cosmic.

There is something ultimately satisfyingly schadenfreudey about watching Right Wing cranks fight. To wit(less):

Rick Perry Is Dead Wrong
Sen. Rand Paul / Politico

There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution.  But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly….

Stop right there: “his stance on the Tenth Amendment”??


That’s basically the reiteration of the “states rights” notion that lost during the last Lost Cause, and is the resurgent rationalization for the new secessionism — kicked off by Perry himself. Continue reading


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MoDo Beclowns Her Clownself

Maureen Dowd has decided that, since Chelsea Clinton was NOT fair game while her parents were in the White House, now, as a private citizen and only as much a public figure as libel laws need, attacking a pregnant woman in the pages of the New York Times (out of sheer PMS, I guess) is kosher.

Isn’t It Rich?
Maureen Dowd / New York Times

WASHINGTON — CHELSEA CLINTON never acted out during the eight years she came of age as America’s first daughter.  —  No ditching of her Secret Service detail.  No fake IDs for underage tippling.  No drug scandal.  No court appearance in tank top and toe ring…

What is Dowd whipping up frenzy and hysteria over, as she famously did in the case of Time Magazine‘s Herpes cover story?*

[* A tale I've told elsewhere. Scroll down to the TIME cover.]

Gee: Continue reading


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