Friday, March 24, 2017
Thursday, March 23, 2017
A hardy crowd of neighbors and fellow travelers gathered in a steady, gellid rain outside of Representative Darin LaHood's office today to tell their elected representative that they categorically oppose the grotesque tax cut for millionaires his party is trying to ram down America's throat disguised as a cruel and inept piece of health care legislation.
Looks like, for the moment, we won :-)
The Democrats missed their chance to shape healthcare and let the Freedom Caucus be the key swing actor. Time to get off the sidelines.— No Labels (@NoLabelsOrg) March 23, 2017
(h/t Alert Reader Erik for pointing this out to me)
Longtime readers might recall that I have been beating on this particular drum since the week the "No Labels" scam was unveiled.
Dead CenterPolitical Cowardice Now Has Its Own "Movement"!Yay!In case you ever idled away an afternoon screwing around with your old political chemistry set/fantasy football league lineups and wondering what would happen if you took a bunch of Republican primary losers (Charlie Christ)...added in a goonbag of out-of-work and out-of-favor former Republican speechwriters and campaign button-men (David Frum/John Avlon/Mark McKinnon)...the last of the politically arteriosclerotic insider DLC goofs who aren't already drawing paychecks under the Obama Administration's "Former Clinton White House Full Employment Project" (Nancy Jacobson aka. Mrs. Mark Penn)...Republican minor teevee celebrities (Joey Joe Joe Junior Scarborough)......and David Fucking Brooks?And then sprinkled the resulting crime against nature with an assload of money (because there are always, always endless assloads of money available for any horrible idea that reinforces Villager sensibilities)?What you get crawling out of the Petri dish are things like the autotuned, content-free, sugar-coma-inducing horror that is the "No Labels Anthem"But nothing we did not expect, right?...
And it was nothing we did not expect precisely because it was all so depressingly foreordained.
Because even as they they stood in the ruins of the Republican Bush Administration -- even as they watched the Republican Congress labor single-mindedly to lie, slander and sabotage the Obama Administration's Herculean efforts to clean up the ruins of the Republican Bush Administration and get us back on our feet -- nothing could override the frantic-junkie desperation of the Beltway brain caste to go right on pretending that Both Sides Do It.
And they're rich.
And their bosses are rich and influential. And the lobbyists with whom they crossbreed are rich and influential. And the teevee networks that deliver their lies to millions and who depend on never offending anyone are crazy rich and influential. And the Republican moles posing as "Independents" who knew god damn well that "Both Siderism" is the Big Lie that keeps the Right propped up are rich and influential.
Which is why there has always been a shit-ton of money and job security available to any unprincipled hack willing to help the Beltway prop up it's foundational Big Lie of Both Sides Do It.
On the other hand, there is no profit or prestige to be found in telling the truth about the Big Lie of Both Sides Do It, for the same reason there is no profit or prestige in telling the Mayor of the "a coastal town in southern Norway" and Chairman of the Baths' Committee that the town's very lucrative spa is making people sick.
...Peter Stockmann. —for his own family, as I was saying, as well as for the town he lives in.Dr. Stockmann. It is I who have the real good of the town at heart! I want to lay bare the defects that sooner or later must come to the light of day. I will show whether I love my native town.Peter Stockmann. You, who in your blind obstinacy want to cut off the most important source of the town's welfare?Dr. Stockmann. The source is poisoned, man! Are you mad? We are making our living by retailing filth and corruption! The whole of our flourishing municipal life derives its sustenance from a lie!Peter Stockmann. All imagination—or something even worse. The man who can throw out such offensive insinuations about his native town must be an enemy to our community.
For the same reason there is no profit or prestige in telling the Mayor of Amity that a really big shark has staked out his town and is making a meal out of his citizens:
The Great White Party has been ripping the guts out of our noble, fragile American experiment in self-government for decades now. The American landscape is littered with the blood and bones of their nonstop attacks.
And for as long as I can remember, the Left has been trying to explain to the the Mayors of the Beltway using every means at our disposal that the Great White Party is real, that it is getting stronger and crazier and more dangerous every day, and that if they don't do something immediately we will all be on the fucking menu.
And for as long as I can remember, the Mayors of the Beltway have been picked their collective asses and whinged on about how awful it is that the Extremes on Both Sides something something,
But here's the thing.
In the end, even the spineless, craven Mayor of Amity could be shocked and shamed into finding enough civic responsibility lint in his pockets to hire the Sheriff to kill the Shark once the Shark had gone on a feeding frenzy right in front of him and God and everybody in broad daylight on the Fourth of July.
But the Mayors of the Beltway?
Well sure, now that the Orange DayGlo manifestation of the racist, pig-ignorant Id of the Party of Limbaugh is smashing their little Village to rubble right in front of them they are willing to grudgingly and provisionally acknowledge that maybe -- just maybe -- the Great White Party is actually dangerous. But only if we also agree that the Sheriff is somehow equally dangerous and wrong.
By the way, that graphic you see at the top of this post? That's from me back in August of 2015. Back when the Mayors of the Beltway were confidently asserting that there was no shark, while we despised Liberal commie volunteer sheriffs were screaming that there was indeed a Very Large Shark, that it was bearing down on us fast and that the Mayors of the Beltway had damn well better take that threat seriously or we were all fucked.
For the record, this is how I ended that post from way back then:
Once again, the media is slowly being dragged kicking and screaming to the place Liberals have been all along.
And once again, no matter how much our analysis is vindicated, they will go right on pretending we do not exist.
And so it goes.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Do not forsake me, oh my ChairmanOn this my Screw Obama DayDo not forsake me, oh my ChairmanWait, wait along
I do not know what fate awaits meSo on Twitter I rant and raveBecause the whole damn world hates meFor I'm a coward, a lying coward,Whose crimes are impeachable and grave...
Today, Trump's pet Intelligence committee chair managed to obliterate what little personal credibility he had left and nuke the credibility of the committee itself by scurrying down to the White House to try to give Donny Bunko some cover and warn his criminal cabal to pipe down and lawyer up.
Today, Chairman Nunes shared information with WH still withheld from our committee. He cannot conduct a credible investigation this way. pic.twitter.com/wwrp7H7JWC— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) March 22, 2017
Schiff says what Nunes did throws the committee into doubt; says this makes a profound case for an independent commission pic.twitter.com/wnSuwJOhzB— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 22, 2017
The entire GOP is long-dead and rotten right down to the floorboards.
You might remember that in Greenworld, it is an article of faith that all leakers are crusading whistle-blowers all crusading whistle-blowers are automatically chucked into super-max prisons, incommunicado, forever.
In Greenworld it is also it is an article of faith that there are no "Russian agents" doing anything nefarious anywhere. All such talk comes from drooling, McCarthyite Democratic party stooges trying to smear noble Truth Tellers like Glenn Greenwald:How irrational to choose Russia over the luxurious, super-max hellhole of life-long solitary confinement the US generously provides people— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 2, 2013
"Russian agent" - noun - "One who criticizes Democratic Party leaders." Syn: "Useful idiot, Putin loyalist, Kremlin spy."— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 12, 2017
@franifio Yes, really.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 13, 2017
Which is why when Mr. Greenwald gets on his very high horse to excoriate others for being unreasonable and making claims for which there is no evidence --
@JustinRaimondo I'm just sick of people demanding the acceptance of claims for which there's no evidence. Use reason.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 22, 2017
-- it still cracks me the hell up.
There are no mirrors in this man's house.
'Cause mirrors is how they get ya!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
As one infamous Libtard freebooting blogger once noted:
...Mr. Brooks only really has four very dull tools in his op-ed toolbox: lying about the past, burying the unhappy present under a pile of false equivalence, making up pleasing fairy tales about the bright future that is just around the corner, and pseudo-rabbinical argle bargle about Values and Community and Faith, about which Mr. Brooks may well be sincere, but which are wildly at odds with everything his Republican party has been saying and doing for the last 40 years.
And today, from within the stale ideological coffin where he assembles his columns, you can once again hear the clank and thud of each of the tools of Mr. Brooks' dishonest trade.
One of the things we’ve lost in this country is our story. It is the narrative that unites us around a common multigenerational project, that gives an overarching sense of meaning and purpose to our history.
For most of the past 400 years, Americans did have an overarching story. It was the Exodus story. The Puritans came to this continent and felt they were escaping the bondage of their Egypt and building a new Jerusalem.
The Exodus story has six acts...
Today’s students get steeped in American tales of genocide, slavery, oppression and segregation. American history is taught less as a progressively realized grand narrative and more as a series of power conflicts between oppressor and oppressed.
The academic left pushed this reinterpretation, but as usual the extreme right ended up claiming the spoils. The people Gorski calls radical secularists expunged biblical categories and patriotic celebrations from schools. The voters revolted and elected the people Gorski calls the religious nationalists to the White House...
The market for Making Up Pleasing Fairy Tales About The Bright Future has taken a helluva hit since the election of President Stupid but Mr. Brooks still slips in a little rah-rah for his vision of tomorrow:
It should be possible to revive the Exodus template, to see Americans as a single people trekking through a landscape of broken institutions.
But when it comes to the task of dismantling today's exercise in Brooksian' Lying About The Past, today I gratefully hand the microphone over to Mr. Peter Laarman, reprinted here in LA Progressive:
David Brooks Gets Lost in a Lily-White History...Brooks’s overall congeniality makes it easy to forget that he is consistently wrong about the nature of the still-unfolding economic crisis, which he (in neoliberal fashion) thinks is mainly about economic losers needing to acquire some discipline and bootstrap themselves to success.And Brooks can be spectacularly wrong about other things, as he has just demonstrated in an unbelievably fatuous column on the “Unifying American Story,” which he frames as a story of exodus and covenant. Brooks rings all the changes on this theme, from the Puritans’ righteous “errand into the wilderness,” to the Founders’ identification with the oppressed Israelites, to the stated wish of Frederick Douglass to be included in the American destiny, and, finally, to the waves of immigrants seeking to make their own exodus from oppressive cultures elsewhere....Brooks cites this story’s “many virtues as a national organizing myth,” including the way it “welcomes in each group.” He concludes by blaming lefty academics for trashing the national story and portraying U.S. history as “a series of power conflicts between oppressor and oppressed.”Wow, just wow...
With example after example, Mr. Laarman then efficiently dispatches the predicate on which Mr. Brooks' entire column is based before concluded that:
...Brooks ends his column with a wistful plea for a new Moses to come along to revive the Exodus template and “tell us what our goal is.”My plea is that someone will come along and tell Brooks what our actual history is – and how his kind of misty-eyed mythologizing gets in the way of seeing it clearly.
Lord knows I've tried, Mr, Laarman. Year after years after year. But "actual history" is the Beltway pundit's Kryptonite: they seal it in another layer of lead and bury it even deeper every time it threatens to leak out and sap them of their powers.
One more observation.
Mr. Brooks concludes that:
What’s needed is an act of imagination, somebody who can tell us what our goal is, and offer an ideal vision of what the country and the world should be.
And guess what? We actually we had such a person. And he was actually president for eight years!
So yay for us!
Unfortunately, instead of joining President Obama as a genuinely loyal opposition dedicated to rebuilding our broken institutions, Mr. Brooks' party chose to spend every fucking minute of those eight years working tirelessly to slander him, cripple him, obstruct him and obliterate his legacy, and fuuuuuck the good of the country.
Because as Brother Charlie Pierce notes, even now, raving, unhinged hatred of the first black president remains the most powerful animating principle of the Party of Lincoln.
This Is About Destroying the Presidency of Barack Obama
Digesting the Supreme Court nomination hearings of Neil Gorsuch.
Which Mr. David Brooks might have noticed if his ongoing search for the "The Unifying American Story" ever took him anywhere but straight up his own ass.
And ABC News' chief political analyst beheld the sprawling five-alarm constitutional disaster that his very own (former) party of looters and traitors created all by themselves...
...a sprawling five-alarm constitutional disaster the followed eight straight years of lock-step obstruction, sedition and likes that his very own (former) party of looters and traitors all all eagerly signed up for...
...and shook his head...
...and cursed that gosh darn K'rupt Duopoly that is really to blame for everything!
The crack in the foundation of the High and Holy Church of Both Siderism is now plenty big enough to see all the money and shameless fraud squirming around beneath it.A major problem in our duopoly: many members of congress are more worried about primaries than general elections. Leaving out many voters.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) March 21, 2017
If you don't see it it's because you don't want to see it.
Monday, March 20, 2017
Two-bit wingnut conspiracy pimp, "Judge" Andrew Napolitano, has been sent to the penalty-box for embarrassing Fox News shareholders. Because of all the wingnut conspiracies in all the world. President Stupid decided drop the entire the blame-shithouse for his latest round of unhinged paranoid nonsense on Napolitano's tiny, stooped shoulders.
From the L.A. Times:
Fox News pulls Judge Napolitano over his Trump wiretap claimsFox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano is being kept off the air indefinitely amid the controversy over his unverified claims that British intelligence wiretapped Trump Tower at the behest of former President Obama.Fox News did not respond to inquiries about Napolitano’s status Monday. Napolitano was conspicuously missing from the network’s coverage of the confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch — an event in which he typically would have played a significant role. He has not been on the air since Thursday.People familiar with the situation who could speak only on the condition of anonymity said Napolitano is not expected to be on Fox News Channel any time in the near future. Napolitano was not available for comment...
By and large, the rule for Conservatives who live on the wingnut-welfare teat is, when they publicly step on their own dicks spectacularly enough to displease the money guys, the Gingrich Rules kick in: 30 days on the bench, after which they are reintroduced back to the media ecosystem via some "legit" format during which no mention whatsoever will be made of what got them on bad paper with the network in the first place.
And if it turns out that Napolitano doesn't swing enough weight to rate the Gingrich treatment? Or if the mud he splashed was too injurious to the corporation to warrant early parole from the dog house? Well that's why "senior legal contributor" positions at Breitbart, National Review or Russia Today are invented.