Today, Byron York writes a superficially rational analysis of the current state of
Republican Confederate politics and the internal fractures within the GOP. [emphasis added]
GOP internal debate: Is party repeating mistakes of 1998?
Byron York / Washington Examiner
BARACK OBAMA BILL CLINTON JOHN BOEHNER 2014 ELECTIONS — For anyone who was around, it’s hard to compare 1998 — the year of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Starr Report, and Bill Clinton’s impeachment — with any other year. Yet there are reasons both Republicans and Democrats are thinking about 1998 as they head into this fall’s elections.
It’s the second midterm of a two-term Democratic president. Republicans scored a big victory in the president’s first midterm but failed to stop his re-election bid. Now, the GOP is increasingly frustrated by the White House; there are accusations of lawlessness and rumors of impeachment. There’s talk of making the midterms a referendum on the president.
That’s what scares some Republican strategists….
Seriously? Seriously. The old computer term GIGO applies here: Garbage In; Garbage Out. Continue reading
I have returned from my ‘vacation’ (in Hell, details to follow). Happily the racial and political hatred that defines the modern GOP has not abated one whit (or, in this case, halfwit):
Maliciousness. Not Incompetence.
Erick Erickson / RedState
For the longest time I have chosen to chalk our President’s stumbles, bumbles, and disasters up to incompetence. He is in over his head. He is inexperienced. He is out of his league. It is hard to accept otherwise. — But it is clearer and clearer that is not true. [sic]
You realize, of course, that this treasonous libel is protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution, which I rely on as well: Mr. Erickson projects his racial animus along with his imputation of incompetence, but, truth be told, he can’t write his way out of a pay toilet, and has the mental capacity of its contents. Continue reading
Originally published 19 September 2010.
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
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
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.
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
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:
Yup, you saw it here first, on April 16, 2010
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
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
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
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
In Russia, Clowns don’t wear greasepaint
AFTER THE CRASH
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 ….
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
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.)
How 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
By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED
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