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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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Okay, so a Navy ship collided with a civilian craft a couple days ago and some sailors are M.I.A. and there was a search and rescue operation underway, and apparently Trump gave it the ol' Jerry Seinfeld response.

Trump on USS John McCain Crash: ‘That’s Too Bad’

And the best part is, no one cares.
It's a sign of how far we've come in the last 7 months that no one is upset about Trump shrugging off the possible deaths of US Servicemen.

If Obama had responded like this to a similar incident, the right would have been up in arms and rightly so.
If Dubya had been this cavalier about missing sailors, progressives would have pilloried him. And rightly so.
But Trump? You hear that Trump just blows off something like a Naval shipwreck and everyone just goes "yeah, that seems right."

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I mean, he didn't call the missing sailors "losers." He didn't take the opportunity to brag about his yacht. He didn't even try to blame it on Obama. All in all, I'd take this as a win.

He didn't blame Obama.

So someone had to.

Fox's Ralph Peters Blames Obama For Naval Crash This Weekend

yes, Ralph Peters, the man who perpetually looks as if he's just sat in something damp, is once again called upon to explain how everything bad that happens snywhere is the fault of some durn lib'rul.

Guest host Ashley Webster asked Fox News' military and strategic analyst, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters, why with our fabulous technology, these crashes keep happening.
At first, Peters blasted the officers and the crew, "The obvious conclusion is the officers on the bridge and the seamen don't have basic navigation skills. They don't, no longer are drilled in basic seamanship. They don't have the discipline they should."

[Heh heh heh "seaman!"]

And you know no one has a better grasp of the current state of the Navy's training programs that a retired Army Colonel who last served in 1998.

Although I assume he is partly right, they probably don't spend as much time learning to navigate because there are now computers that do a lot of the navigating for them. Not a lot of call anymore for a fella that can work a sextant.
[heh heh heh, "sextant!"]

Peters continued, "You had the horrific behavior of the sailors who were grabbed by Iran without a fight."

Wait, what?

You're upset because a handful of US military personnel didn't try to start a war with Iran? That's what you consider "horrific behavior?" That these sailors didn't recklessly get themselves killed over nothing?
And what the fuck were they going to do? One US ship versus the entire military of Iran? On Iran's homefield? What are they, the magnificent Seven? Are they a bunch of John McClanes? They're going to somehow defeat the entire nation of Iran by themselves? What the fuck is wrong with you?

Peters continued, "But I think they're -- one of the parts of this problem, part of it is fundamental. Those sailors did not have the basic seamanship skills, but by God, they got their sensitivity training, they got their race relations training, they got their sexual harassment training and we have for a long time, but particularly under Obama, turned the military into a social engineering experiment."

Oh my God, I see it all now. You teach a sailor to not be a racist or not to be an asshole to gay people, or not to sexually assault female sailors, of course they're going to forget how to steer the boat! Oh, it's all so obvious now!

And speaking of obvious. . .

Can we please please please stop having these news stories about "Idiots who voted for Trump are still idiots and still like Trump."

CNN Focus Group Thinks Everything Trump Does Is Great

Alysin Camerota sat down with a group of Trump voters from Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Alabama and Georgia to see how they react to Trump's policies -- including his decision to increase troops in Afghanistan. She asked who supported the move. Everyone raised their hands.

Yeah, of course they did. You put out a casting call for people who are still horrid enough to support Dolt 45, did you think there was a possibility that THIS was going to be the last straw for them? Like someone was going to say "I 'm fine with him supporting Nazis, I'm fine with him trying to start a war with North Korea, I 'm even okay with him trying to strip healthcare away from 20 million Americans, but this! This increase in troop levels? That is a bridge too far!"

"I think it's a serious problem that we've kind of not taken that seriously in the last eight years of Obama. and this is what he said he was going to do, that he was going to --"
"No, he didn't," Camerota said, quickly pointing out that Trump criticized Obama for doing the same thing.
"How many generals did he talk to before he tweeted that?" one person asked. "None. He didn't have the information at that time."

Oh, well defended!
And this doesn't at all raise the question of whether, having zero fucking information on the subject, he should have been shooting off his stupid fat ugly mouth about it!

Also, tRump's supporters insist that everything is fine now, because he has these generals, these experts, that he listens to who tell him what to do. Would these be the same generals that Cheeto Mussolini said he knew more than? [pardon my syntax]

These people aren't worth talking to. They are completely divorced from reality, immune to facts, and allergic to logic. They add nothing to the discussion.
Of course the same could be said for any and all of Trump's actual paid spokespeople.

Case in point:

Katrina Pierson Calls Slavery ‘Good’ in Hilariously Awful Attempt to Defend Trump

Katrina Pierson, currently with the America First Policies group, said on Fox and Friends Monday that there are reasons to keep markers of the 1860s rebellion against the United States.
“Americans actually love their history, their culture, good and bad because it helps them learn and it helps keep people educated about why America is so great to begin with,” Pierson said.
  “It absolutely deserves a place, because bad history is still good history for this country.” “Slavery is good history?” Osefo asked in disbelief.

“Considering where we are today! Where we are today! Absolutely!” she said. “Slavery is good history? Absolutely? Oh, wow,” Osefo shot back.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekend Random Observations.

1. There was actually a more terrifying appointment made this week than any appointment Il Douche has made:

Michele Bachmann Named ‘Pastor To The United Nations’

Yeah, THAT Michele Bachmann:

Now I don't know who supposedly "named" her pastor to the U.N. I doubt anyone actually has that authority. I assume her actual job will be trying to talk security into letting her in the building so she can pass out a few pamphlets.

Former congresswoman Michele Bachmann says her new ministry to the U.N. is “a vital part of preparing the world for the End Times.”

Because of course it is. I mean one would think that preparing for the "End Times" would be something that the Almighty would do himself, but I'm sure he can use all the help he can get. Especially from a nutjob like Bachmann.

Bachmann explained that her new ministry to the UN is a vital part of preparing the world for the End Times just “as the clock is striking 11:59 on God’s time clock and as history is culminating as read in Revelation.”

Does it ever occur to these End-Times doomsday people that Christians since New Testament times have believed that the return of Christ was imminent and that every single person who has ever thought that has been wrong? I mean, Saint Paul thought that the second Coning was right around the corner. You think you have more insight into the inner workings of God's mind than Saint Paul?
I mean, the Apostles could certainly be forgiven for thinking that Christ's return was coming any day now, since Christ Himself had said unto them: the stars of heaven shall fall, and the powers that are in heaven shall be shaken. 26And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.. .  30Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.(Mark 13: 26, 30)

Although, he also said 32But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

"Oh, and also Michele Bachmann," He probably meant to add. The angels don't know, hey-even I don't know, but I'm pretty sure Bachmann has it figured out.

I believe that God is starting a new thing, and because the time is short before Christ comes again to this earth, He is giving everyone one more chance.
Yes, a "new thing." That's exactly what I'm starting, a "new thing.". The all-powerful ruler of Heaven and Earth is starting "a new thing." **sigh**

“There was an attempt in the book of Genesis for all of the nations to come together and to raise a fist against God in pride and arrogance,” she said. “It was called the Tower of Babel and God dispersed the people at the Tower of Babel. Never again did all the nations of the earth come together until the League of Nations under President Woodrow Wilson. That broke up, it didn’t work and then we had World War II and the UN was started and it’s been an organization that has had a lot of negative repercussions because it is not under a holy authority of a mighty God and there’s been vain imaginations of raising a fist again against an almighty God.”

Yes, the United Nations runs a lot of different programs. There's UNESCO, there's UNICEF, there's the Raising a Fist Against an Almighty God program.

Also, Bachmann is a member of the Wisconson Ev. Lutheran Synod. I grew up in that denomination and women are absolutely no-o-o-t allowed to be pastors in their dogma. Hell, they aren't even allowed to vote on Congregational issues. They have to leave the room before the men vote on calling a new pastor, or expanding the church building or whatever. So how is it okay for her to suddenly be the "pastor" to the UN?

Anyway, it all seems very silly, but what makes it scary is that Bachmann not only seems to believe that the end of the world is nigh, but that she should participate in the bringing about of the Apocalypse. And if she actually manages to get any influence inside the United Nations, nothing good will come of that. She wants "wars and rumors of war." Especially in the Middle East.

2. People who are not helping:

Tina Fey

Yes, this bit was funny. Probably the funniest I've seen Tina Fey be when not doing Sarah Palin. But this is terrible advice. Ignoring the problem is how we got Dolt 45 in the first place. Ignoring the rise of fascism is what allowed Hitler to come to power in Germany and to not be challenged by other nations until he had built a formidable war machine. If you feel like you want to stress-eat a cake and scream into it, fine. Do that. But then get up the next morning and go back to the fight. Ignoring Nazis has never been a winning strategy.

Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal

'I hope Trump is assassinated!': Missouri lawmaker's Facebook post leads to calls for resignation

Two days after President Donald Trump once again blamed "both sides" for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal went on her personal Facebook page Thursday morning to vent.
"I put up a statement saying, 'I really hate Trump. He's causing trauma and nightmares.' That was my original post," she told the Kansas City Star.
The Facebook post received many responses, Chappelle-Nadal said, and to one she replied, "I hope Trump is assassinated!"

 I get it. You hate Cheeto Mussolini. All decent people do. But you can't say that you hope he is assassinated. Now every time that some right-wing asshole like Ted Nugent threatens the life of an elected official, you're going to be the person that his supporters point to and say "see, the Left/Democrats/Progressives are just as bad!" And they will do that. They probably already have. I'm sure you're probably a perfectly decent person, you probably are trying to do good for your constituents, but you need to resign. I'm sorry, hopefully you can start collecting some of that sweet sweet George Soros protesting money!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Today on Twitter

1. When he's right, he's right!

This may be the first time in history that anyone has said "you know, Geraldo Rivera has a point." Of course, it's not the point he thinks he's making, but still.

I assume he thinks that the point he's making is that removing a statue of Columbus would be absurd, and that taking down a statue of Lee is therefore equally absurd.

But really, saying "hey, why not take out Christopher Columubus too?" is like someone sayong to me that I should go to the dictor for a checkup now and again ad me responding " oh sure, the doctor. Hey while I'm at it, maybe I should go to the "dentist" too. And get my "teeth" "cleaned." Oh, and I should probably "join a gym" and maybe "read a book once in a while."

2. Talking Points

Cheeto Mussolini's head is going to fucking explode when NONE of the Republicans  dutifully recite these talking points. I mean, a few will, but only because they're the kind of scumbags who actually believe them **cough** PENCE! **cough**

But, hey, Orange Julius Caesar, no one's afraid of you anymore. No one wants your endorsement. No one is going to spout this ridiculous bullshit just because you tell them to.

3. This guy. Hahahahahahaha!!!

Waaaahhhh! What options do we have left?
Um, maybe one option might be to not march around with swastika flags? Maybe not throw up the seig-heil salute? Maybe just accept that the days of honoring traitors who went to war against the United States in order to preserve the institution of slavery are at long last slowly coming to an end?

“I’m terrified you’re going to kill me, I really am,” Cantwell says while choking back tears. That’s a considerably different tune than he was singing earlier in the day while surrounded by his Nazi cronies. “We’re not non-violent, we’ll fucking kill these people if we have to” he said then, adding that it was good that 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed by a fellow white supremacist at the rally.
“I’d say it was worth it,” he said. “The fact that nobody on our side died, I’d go ahead and call that points for us… I think a lot more people are going to die here.” [source]

4. There is no bottom to the corruption of Dolt 45

This is, of course happening as the emoluments case against Il Douche winds its way slowly towards the Supreme Court. Anyone want to make odds on whether Gorsuch will recuse himself?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Well, sure they're Nazis, but on the other hand. . .

You know, after the right gathered to march with Nazi flags and Klan paraphernalia and one of their pieces of shit murdered a woman with his car, I thought at least that should be the end of the "both sides" conventional wisdom in the corporate media.

This was published the very next day in the New York God Damn Times!

What Trump Got Wrong on Charlottesville

As a conservative, I see both the social justice warrior alt-left and the white supremacist alt-right as two sides of the same coin.

Okay, set aside for the moment the question of how Erick Erickson keeps getting work at once-respectable outlets. (First CNN, not the NYT!~?!?!?) Forget that he should have been drummed out of the profession when he first referred to a Supreme Court Justice as  "goat-fucking child molester."

Forget all that. But one day after this:,0,3924,2288/KKK-Rally.jpg

And this:

he actually has the gall to compare the Nazis, Klansmen, and assorted hatemongers of the "alt-right" to people who push for "social justice?" Two sides of the same coin? Well, they do say that love and hate are two sides of the same -- no. No, forget I said that.

Both would punish others for wrongthink. Both see the other side not as opponents, but as evil that can justifiably be silenced.

Okay, so both sides see the other as an evil that can be justifiably silenced? Okay, sure. But one side's opponents are LITERALLY FUCKING NAZIS AND KLANSMEN. It seems quite a different thing to say "I would like to silence this person because he preaches hatred, violence and fear." and "I would like to silence this person because I don't think minorities should have the same position in society as us white men."
One side sees the other as an enemy because they literally are actual Nazis and Klansmen who advocate violence and hatred and bigotry. The other side sees thir opponents as enemies because they have dark skin. Or an accent. Or female body parts. Or are anything other than cis/het. These two do not compare. At all. And fuck you for saying they do, Erickson.

Also, what one side sees as "wrongthink" is racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, etc.
What the other side sees as "wrongthink" is a belief in human equality.

Now, to be fair - not that Erickson has done anything to deserve fairness - in the bulk of this column, he does actually make the correct point:

But white supremacists, not social justice warriors, were the ones marching with citronella-filled tiki torches in Charlottesville, Va. this weekend.
That is why it is perplexing that President Trump condemned the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides.”

Right. Except that it's not perplexing at all.

And it would be one thing if it was just Erickson. He's always been a scumbag, so what else is new? But the "both sides" beast refuses to die. And it spreads it's tentacles of dishonesty into some surprising places.
This is an op-ed written by New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, published in something called the Yeshiva World which, I have to assume, is a Jewish publication.

Op-Ed: Lessons From Charlottesville: The Alt-Right vs. The Alt-Left

(By NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind)

Five hundred demonstrators chanting about the Jews, many carrying Swastika flags. Five hundred. That’s a scary number when you think of how many people didn’t show up but support the hateful rhetoric and deeply bigoted sentiments being spewed. Five hundred.. . .

. . . The problem is the hatred at both ends of the spectrum: Swastikas and racial slurs and horrible, murderous hatred from the Alt-Right; economic pogroms like BDS and verbal attacks on women marching with Stars of David from the Alt-Left. The hatred and danger from both sides is evident, and Jews, as historically precedent, are caught in between.

Let's see. . . there is one group that strongly disapproves of Israel's policies regarding the Palestinians. And there is another group that likes to refer to Jewish people as "oven-ready." (That's not a joke, I've seen that phrase many times on Twitter.) So, gosh, it must be tough to decide which of those two groups to be more concerned with!

And, not being Jewish, I feel like it's not my place to say this to someone who probably is, but the word "pogrom?" In reference to a boycott? Seems wildly inappropriate.

On the plus side, Teen Vogue continues to do the Lord's work here on Earth.

How "Nice White People" Benefit from Charlottesville and White Supremacy

Stop furrowing your brow over “the partisan divide,” and loudly declare your position in this fight against hatred.

. . . As president, Trump has a responsibility to lead this country with moral authority, and equating a racist mob with the counterprotesters who stood up to resist them constitutes a passive sanctioning of weaponized bigotry. Just ask the KKK and neo-Nazis, who respectively said that the demonstration was intended to help “fulfill the promises of Donald Trump” and praised his lack of outright condemnation as “really, really good.” Anything other than a vocal denouncement of the horror of Charlottesville undeniably fuels the forces that fueled it. . . . 

Monday, August 14, 2017


White nationalist Richard Spencer 

taunts counter-protesters:

‘We could have killed them with our bare hands’

**Ron Howard voice** "They could not have killed them with their bare hands."