Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Rick Perry: Stupid Is As Stupid Nominates


The Bastard President has nominated someone even stupider than he is to safeguard our nation's nuclear weapons stockpile.  Which takes some doing.

‘Learning Curve’ as Rick Perry Pursues a Job He Initially Misunderstood

WASHINGTON — When President-elect Donald J. Trump offered Rick Perry the job of energy secretary five weeks ago, Mr. Perry gladly accepted, believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.

In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal.

Two-thirds of the agency’s annual $30 billion budget is devoted to maintaining, refurbishing and keeping safe the nation’s nuclear stockpile; thwarting nuclear proliferation; cleaning up and rebuilding an aging constellation of nuclear production facilities; and overseeing national laboratories that are considered the crown jewels of government science...

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Literally Any Conservative Crackpot Can Get a Column in "The Hill"



Literally.

Today we find that The Hill clearing space for Ms. Teresa Mull, who is a woman of Many!Ludicrous !Opinions!
How left-wing and racist radicals are infiltrating our children’s minds
You know you're in for a roller-coaster ride of fake nostalgia, fake Christianity and fake patriotism when a wingnut column begins..
Once upon a time in America...
Wheee!  And we're off!  Here's a sample platter:
A radical progressive political agenda has replaced the pursuit of truth and objectivity in our nation’s classrooms...

At New Trier High School, a public school in Winnetka, Illinois, students will be subjected in February to an “All-School Seminar Day” aimed at “understanding today’s struggles for racial civil rights.” The entire day is chock-full of race-baiting discussion topics, left-wing speakers, and one-sided, indoctrinating ideologies...

What is happening at New Trier is an obvious, systematic brainwashing, going so far as to goad students who don’t observe racism in their daily lives into believing they do...

They are the same folks who rally against prayer in school and any mention of the Bible while they inject one-sided, liberal-fueled propaganda...

New Trier is an extreme example, of course, but this type of shameless indoctrination is happening in government schools all across the country.

Teaching “just the facts” goes against the nature of government schools and their employees, because it is in their best interests to produce wards of the state who love big government as much as they do...
Yadda, yadda and also yadda.

You may well ask yourself where in the real world does an obviously unhinged goober like this go to make their daily bread?

Where else but Illinois' most well-known ExxonMobile/Koch Brothers/OtherHorribles funded "think tank"!

Of course The Heartland Alliance is most infamous for its tireless, species-betraying, rear-guard action on climate change denial, and as whelping box for the next generation of morally bankrupt wingnut killbots like Box Turtle Ben Domenech, but it's pretty uniformly loathsome at everything it does

You know, once upon a time in America any sensible person would have moved to a different car on the El to get away from the obviously unnhinged ravings of goobers like Ms. Mull.

Now they're gearing up to take over the Department of Education

There's probably a lesson in there somewhere.

Today In Both Sides Don't: Jake Tapper, And Good On Him



During the reign of The Bastard President, the most important and dangerous asset to have in your inventory is a functional memory.

Or as one lowdown, disreputable Obot wrote seven long years ago...

Where Yesterday Has Been Exiled

Lethe Beach

Memory is Rebellion...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

From Ye Good Olde Days Of Decorous Politycks

Mr. Hugh Hewitt from June, 2008 courtesy of Media Matters:
From the June 25 broadcast of Salem Radio Network's The Hugh Hewitt Show:
HEWITT: By the way, I -- I'm still trying to find two tickets to the Ohio State-USC game. And none of the USC people will give up their tickets to me. I'd pay fair price. They -- they know Ohio State's gonna slaughter the Trojans. They know that they're gonna slaughter the Trojans, and therefore they do not want me there at the bloodbath, since it's probably the last football game we'll ever get to see before the United States gets blown up by the Islamists under Obama. I -- I would like to see Ohio State slaughter USC. This is what I'm living for right now. I'm keeping -- all the bad news, I just focus on the Ohio State upcoming slaughter of USC. So if you are a USC fan willing to sell me two or perhaps even three USC tickets to the Ohio State game, hugh@hughhewitt.com, or if you're a Buckeye fan with those tickets back in Ohio, I'll trade you some Browns tickets. New York Giants, Monday night game? Think about it. Hugh Hewitt Show.
A helpful reminder that before he was suddenly double-jump promoted to Valued MSNBC Contributor and regular "Meet the Press" panelist, Hugh Hewitt enjoyed a long and profitable career as a hateful wingnut crank,  And, of course, he has never stopped being a cyborg sent from the future to destroy America.

President Obama's Last-Minute Bid to Get Glenn Greenwald to Write Something Nice About Him :-)



From The New York Times:
Obama Commutes Bulk of Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

By CHARLIE SAVAGE  JAN. 17, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday largely commuted the remaining prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the army intelligence analyst convicted of an enormous 2010 leak that revealed American military and diplomatic activities across the world, disrupted the administration, and made WikiLeaks, the recipient of those disclosures, famous.

The decision by Mr. Obama rescued Ms. Manning, who twice tried to commit suicide last year, from an uncertain future as a transgender woman incarcerated at the male military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. She has been jailed for nearly seven years, and her 35-year sentence was by far the longest punishment ever imposed in the United States for a leak conviction.

Now, under the terms of Mr. Obama’s commutation announced by the White House on Tuesday, Ms. Manning is set to be freed on May 17 of this year, rather than in 2045.

The commutation also relieved the Department of Defense of the difficult responsibility of her incarceration as she pushes for treatment for her gender dysphoria — including sex reassignment surgery — that the military has no experience providing...

The quality of mercy is not strained;
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes...


-- Bill Shakespeare, writer


Brother Charlie Pierce has some further thoughts which are worthy of your attention:
If You Think Chelsea Manning Got Off Easy, You're Out of Your Mind

The Memory Hole Is Large. It Contains Legions.


From one million years before the dawn of recorded history apparently:
Republicans to skip Obama inaugural, head out of town

January 19, 2013 | by KEN THOMAS

For many Republicans, this is a good weekend to get away from it all.

With hundreds of thousands of Democrats traveling to nation’s capital for President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremonies, Republicans and supporters of last fall’s GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, are leaving town for sunny vacation destinations and company conferences or staying indoors and avoiding the crowds.

After failing to recapture the White House for a second straight presidential election, many are not exactly in a partying mood.

“It’s a good time to lay low,” said John Feehery, the president of Quinn Gillespie Communications and a former top congressional aide.
...

As Democrats prepare to mark Obama’s second inauguration on Monday by bundling up along the parade route or donning party gowns or tuxedos, Republicans are spending the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with quick vacation getaways, quiet time at home or trips to the movie theater.
...

“Invitations must have gotten lost in the mail!” former Romney adviser Ed Gillespie wrote in an email saying he had no major plans for the weekend...
To be fair, Ed "Wormtail" Gillespie has always been better known for his dramatic work than his comedy stylings:

ABC News' Chief Political Analyst Would Like Us To Stop Writing About Him


He says he doesn't get our point.

We think he gets our point just fine. We think his employers at ABC News get it just fine too,

We think he just doesn't like it very much.

Sad!

Former Chief Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd Does Not Understand How the Republican Party Works. Sad!





The Bastard President's Inaugural Address: Third Draft



...Let the word go forth from this time and place, to millionaire and billionaire alike, that the torch has been passed back to an older generation of Americans -- born privileged, brainwashed by Fox, bitter, peevish and bigoted, ignorant as fuck and proud of it -- and unwilling to witness or permit the continued spread of tolerance and human rights which has recently made our nation double-plus-ungreat, and committed today to kleptocracy at home and chaos around the world.

Let every corporation know, whether banking or petroleum, that I shall make the chumps that elected me pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any crony, oppose any fucking do-gooder to assure maximum profits for us all...