Thursday, May 25, 2017

President Stupid Has a Bad Brain

From Der Spiegel Online (translated):
"The Germans are evil, very evil"

At the meeting with the EU leaders Donald Trump has criticized massive criticism of Germany. The SPIEGEL learned from the circle of participants the exact wording.

US President Donald Trump has complained bitterly about the German trade surplus on his meeting with the EU top in Brussels. "The Germans are evil, very evil," said Trump. This was learned by the SPIEGEL from participants in the meeting.

Trump said, "Look at the millions of cars they sell in the US, and we'll stop that."

There is no strategy in any of this beyond Pee Wee Herman saying he meant to do that.

He's just a ignorant old racist with a job 10,000 times to big for him, who only knows what he sees on Fox and whose filters have completely collapsed.

Bad brain.

Today In Cognitive Dissonance: The Washington Post

Were you to crack open the WaPo opinion page this morning you would see a heartbreaking piece written by Seth Rich's parents pleading with the wingnut conspiracy machine to stop politicizing their son's murder.

We’re Seth Rich’s parents. Stop politicizing our son’s murder.

Still, conservative news outlets and commentators continue, day after painful day, to peddle discredited conspiracy theories that Seth was killed after having provided WikiLeaks with emails from the DNC. Those theories, which some reporters have since retracted, are baseless, and they are unspeakably cruel.

We know that Seth’s personal email and his personal computer were both inspected by detectives early in the investigation and that the inspection revealed no evidence of any communications with anyone at WikiLeaks or anyone associated with WikiLeaks. Nor did that inspection reveal any evidence that Seth had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks or to anyone else. Indeed, those who have suggested that Seth’s role as a data analyst at the DNC gave him access to a wide trove of emails are simply incorrect — Seth’s job was to develop analytical models to encourage voters to turn out to vote. He didn’t have access to DNC emails, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee emails, John Podesta’s emails or Hillary Clinton’s emails. That simply wasn’t his job.

Despite these facts, our family’s nightmare persists. Seth’s death has been turned into a political football. Every day we wake up to new headlines, new lies, new factual errors, new people approaching us to take advantage of us and Seth’s legacy. It just won’t stop. The amount of pain and anguish this has caused us is unbearable. With every conspiratorial flare-up, we are forced to relive Seth’s murder and a small piece of us dies as more of Seth’s memory is torn away from us...
Sadly, pleading with monsters to stop being monsters rarely works.  If it did, the GOP would have vanished from the face of the Earth decades ago.

And then, just a few inches up the electronic page, you would see veteran ghoulish wingnut conspiracy monger, Seth Rich conspiracy bandwagon-jumper-oner and future Vatican layabout, Newt Gingrich, once again being given ample room by Fred Hiatt to pimp another one of his unreadable lumps of self-aggrandizing prose and proclaim the foreign policy genius of Donald Trump.
The president just made a titanic foreign policy shift. The media missed it.

Newt Gingrich, a Republican from Georgia, was speaker of the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. He served as vice chair of the Trump transition team and is the author of the book “Understanding Trump,” which is scheduled to be released in June.
In American. all the wrong people get body-slammed.  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Matthew Dowd Remains a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person

File under: "Words? What do they mean?"

For example, ABC's chief political analyst and the future co-founder of The America Platitude Party does not know what the word "ideology" means:

From noted radical "Phonemes Matter!" extremist Merrriam-Webster:
Definition of ideology 

1.  :  visionary theorizing2.  a :  a systematic body of concepts especially about human life or cultureb :  a manner or the content of thinking characteristic of an individual, group, or culturec :  the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program
ABC's chief political analyst dreams of a world where pesky things like "concepts" and "aims" don't clutter up political parties.

I dream of a world where the American media does not pay people like Mr. Dowd enormous amounts of money to string together meaningless bromides and cat poster feel-goods.

Pretty sure neither of us are gonna see our dreams come true.

For his sins, ABC News has given Mr. Dowd his own "digital show" once a week where he will answer questions --

-- except, presumably, questions from people who he has already blocked for, y'know. asking questions.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

David Brooks Urges Out-Of-Touch Snobs to Listen to the Wisdom of the Meatheads

For at least the hundredth time, America's Most Famous Speaker-for-Plutocrats has again manifested an entire New York Times op-end column excoriating the political correctness and "faculty lounge" sensibilities of, well, somebody.  Apparently, is reckless faculty loungery that makes Trump voters have bad fee-fees over their profound, malignant and self-inflicted ignorance and their often out-and-proud racism, and those bad fee-fees are, in turn, the reason why everything is fucked up and shit.

From Mr. David Brooks in The New York Times:
The campaign of 2016 was an education in the deep problems facing the country. Angry voters made a few things abundantly clear: that modern democratic capitalism is not working for them; that basic institutions like the family and communities are falling apart; that we have a college educated elite that has found ingenious ways to make everybody else feel invisible, that has managed to transfer wealth upward to itself, that crashes the hammer of political correctness down on anybody who does not have faculty lounge views.
Mr. Brooks then goes on to cite one of his Conservative ideological clones to underline his point --
As Robert W. Merry put it recently in The American Conservative...
-- before moving on to citing yet another Beltway Conservative and Brooks acolyte to underline his point once again:
As Yuval Levin argues in a brilliant essay in Modern Age...
Because if three, ideologically interchangeable Brooksian Conservatives say a thing, well then that thing must obviously be true!

And what would a David Brooks column be without a big, steaming load of Both Siderism smack in the middle of his addled Whiggish reveries?
Alienation also breeds a zero-sum mind-set — it’s us or them — and with it a tribal clannishness and desire for exclusion. As Levin notes, on the right alienation can foster a desire for purity — to exclude the foreign — and on the left it can foster a desire for conformity — to squelch differing speakers and faiths.
And, of course, after the main course of Medallions of False Equivalence Turd main is served and cleared, then comes dessert and brandy in the form of Mr. Brooks' utterly predictable call for Both Sides to be rejected in favor of a brand-new political elite, led by insightful yet humble Whiggish heroes like, say, David Fucking Brooks:
Now is the moment for a new establishment to organize, to address the spirit of alienation that gave rise to Trump, but which transcends him.
In other words, exactly the same lazy, dishonest, dishonorable Beltway-enthralling bullshit that David Brooks has been very profitably slinging -- come rain or shine or End of Days -- for an audience of millions for over a decade now (David Brooks, August 10, 2006) --
Party No. 3

The McCain-Lieberman Party begins with a rejection of the Sunni-Shiite style of politics itself. It rejects those whose emotional attachment to their party is so all-consuming it becomes a form of tribalism, and who believe the only way to get American voters to respond is through aggression and stridency.

The flamers in the established parties tell themselves that their enemies are so vicious they have to be vicious too. They rationalize their behavior by insisting that circumstances have forced them to shelve their integrity for the good of the country. They imagine that once they have achieved victory through pulverizing rhetoric they will return to the moderate and nuanced sensibilities they think they still possess.

But the experience of DeLay and the net-root DeLays in the Democratic Party amply demonstrates that means determine ends. Hyper-partisans may have started with subtle beliefs, but their beliefs led them to partisanship and their partisanship led to malice and malice made them extremist, and pretty soon they were no longer the same people...
-- and which I have been fruitlessly deconstructing for an audience of dozens over the same period.

Wretched Mole Rat

Suffocates on own dick.

Film at 11:00

If Bobo is going to do nothing but recycle his old beerfarts over and over again into new column inches, then I may resort to rerunning old refutations and save my secret, new adjectives for new arguments. Because in his Thursday column, Bobo just retreads the tired, discredited "Tyranny of False Bisection" dodge and runs it around the block.


You know the joke (driftglass tm):
So Dick Cheney is found, naked, on the White House lawn tossing burning kittens at homeless veterans and hitting babies with a ball-peen hammer.

What are the first three words out of David Brooks’ mouth?

“But the Democrats!”
Here’s a snip from his column entitled “Party No. 3”, mercifully walled up like Fortunato behind the subscription-only fortification of the NYT...

Finally, because I am sprinting between appointments today, I can only provide you with this brief and incomplete list of words and phrases you will not find anywhere in Mr. Brooks' impotent indictment of our parlous modern times:
Fox News.
Conservative talk radio.
Gingrich. Paul Ryan.
Mitch McConnell.
Koch Brothers.
Alec Jones.
David Fucking Brooks.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Today In Both Sides Do It: America's Sad Clown of Centrism

Once upon a time Ron Fournier, America's Sad Clown of Centrism, promised this country that he would pack up his little "Both Sides Do It" grift and go away forever.

But such promises are for lesser mortals, so there he was again, on Fox News (Motto: "America's network leader in flagrantly broken promises!") throwing down more pure Fournier bullshit than I'd think would be healthy for a guy that age (h/t Alert Reader Rod Green) --

-- while also absolutely nailing a vintage Richard J. Daley impersonation:

Because a journalist's job aren't [sic] to create false equivalencies.

A journalist's job is to preserve false equivalencies.

E'rrybody knows dat.

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Sunday Morning Comin' Down: Killers, Thieves, and Lawyers

File under: "Conservatives Have Always Been Shit".


Here is a small sampling, starting with disgrace adulterer, full-time grifter, Respected Teevee Pundit and future Vatican layabout, Newton Leroy Ginrich in 1995:

On Tuesday Mr Gingrich, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, chose to see a moral in the story, a weapon in his battle with President Bill Clinton over Republican plans to slash welfare spending and ease taxes on the rich. "Let's talk about what the welfare state has created," he said, addressing Republican state governors in New Hampshire. "Let's talk about the moral decay of the world the left is defending." Then he talked about the murders. "This happened in America. It happened in America because for two generations we haven't had the guts to talk about right and wrong ...

"Now, a country which has this kind of thing going on - and this is not an isolated incident: there's barbarity after barbarity; there's brutality after brutality. And we shake our heads and say 'Well, what's going wrong?' What's going wrong is a welfare system which subsidised people for doing nothing; a criminal system which tolerated drug-dealers; an educational system which allows kids to not learn and which rewards tenured teachers who can't teach, while destroying poor children who it traps in the process with no hope. And then we end up with the final culmination of a drug- addicted underclass with no sense of humanity, no sense of civilisation, and no sense of the rules of life in which human beings respect each other."

And the entire Republican media machine got behind the "Hillary Clinton Assassinated Vince Foster" lie during the 1990s and never let it go:
The Arkansas Project
On May 2, 1999, the Washington Post published new details on the pursuit of a Foster conspiracy in an article by David Brock, a key figure in the Troopergate and Whitewater scandals whose disillusionment with the political corruption motivating what would come to be known as the Arkansas Project ended his lifelong commitment to the Conservative movement and facilitated public dissemination of insider details on G.O.P. machinations. The article explains how Brock was "summoned" to a meeting with Rex Armistead in Miami, Florida at an airport hotel. Brock claims that Armistead laid out for him an elaborate "Vince Foster murder scenario" – a scenario that he found implausible.[18]
In an interview for in 2000, Brock also revealed that he and Armistead received funding throughout Clinton's two terms in office from Richard Scaife for the initiative known as the Arkansas Project.[19] The Project reportedly aimed to discredit the sitting president and first lady through investigations into a range of issues that could potentially prove problematic for the couple, from rehashed drug smuggling allegations to their long-standing relationship with Foster and other professionals/officials in Arkansas.[citation needed]
Another prominent reporter to have received funds from Scaife was Christopher W. Ruddy[20] – a former writer for the Scaife-owned Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (and later founder of NewsMax). Eventually, Scaife became the third-largest stockholder of Ruddy's Newsmax;[21] and both NewsMax and the WorldNetDaily continued to publish materials that showed the Clintons in a negative light.[22]
Ruddy also enjoyed the backing of Joseph Farah and Farah's organization, the Western Journalism Center. This group supplied him with "additional expense money, funding for Freedom of Information Act requests, legal support and publicity" around his book deal & the requisite research into a conspiracy surrounding Foster's death.[23] Simon & Schuster published his findings in 1997 as The Strange Death of Vincent Foster.[24]
In the book, he discusses mistakes and transgressions that occurred in the original investigations – in particular, alleged obstruction of justice by White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum – but stops short of positing an original theory on the circumstances surrounding Foster's death. Interviews revealed his personal belief that some sort of cover-up took place, which involved moving Foster's body from the (unknown) site of his death to the park where it was discovered.[citation needed]
Despite Ruddy's disputed assertions,[25] the Western Journalism Center "placed some 50 ads reprinting Ruddy's [previousTribune-Review stories in the Washington Times in 1999; and then refashioned the Times articles into a $12 packet called simply The Ruddy Investigation".[26] Shortly thereafter, the Center "circulated a video featuring Ruddy's claims, Unanswered: The Death of Vincent Foster, that was produced by James Davidson, chairman of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and co-editor of the Strategic Investment newsletter."[26]
Note:  There is a helluva punch-line that goes with the story of the Vince Foster lie, but you'll have to wait for it.


Here are Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson -- two pillars of the Republican Party -- in 2001 blaming 9/11 on Liberals:

In 2004, Dick Cheney warned that, if Democrats win, your kids will probably be killed in terrorist attacks:
Cheney: Wrong Vote Invites Attack

Vice President Dick Cheney says the United States will risk another terrorist attack if voters make the wrong choice on Election Day, suggesting Sen. John Kerry would follow a pre-Sept. 11 policy of reacting defensively.

"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States," Cheney told supporters at a town-hall meeting Tuesday...

In 2005, Karl Rove, just could not stop staggering up to microphones and slandering Liberals:
In his speech, Rove said no issue better illustrated the philosophical difference between liberals and conservatives than national security. "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war," he said in a prepared text released by the White House. "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

Rove went on to say that conservatives wanted to "unleash the might and power" of the military against the Taliban in Afghanistan, while liberals wanted to submit petitions. He cited a petition he said was backed by that called for "moderation and restraint" in responding to the attacks.

In 2006, Respected Conservative Big Thinker, Ramesh Ponnuru, publishes "The Party of Death: The Democrats, the Media, the Courts, and the Disregard for Human Life"

And of course, the Right's reactions to the Obama Administration was one, eight-year-long, unhinged, primal scream of "They're Gonna Kill Us All!!!!"

And what is the Party of Personal Responsibility up to today?  Other than promising to doom untold numbers of your fellow citizens to death and misery by stripping tens of millions of Americans of their health care?  And turning polluters loose on your air and water, and banksters loose on your 401k? And gutting public education.  And plundering what's left of the Land of the Free to enrich themselves and their cronies. and leaving our kids broken and ruined?

Any surprise that we've come back around to Newton Leroy Gingrich?

From Salon:
Newt Gingrich and Sean Hannity keep Seth Rich conspiracies alive

Prominent conservatives won't stop spreading conspiracy theories about a slain DNC staffer
They have always been shit.


And the punch-line from the "Vince Foster" lie from the 1990s?  

Christ Ruddy, the Newsmax bottom-feeding scumbag who was pushing the hell out of the Vince Foster lie back in the 1990s... the very the same Chris Ruddy, Newsmax bottom-feeding scumbag, who is now also a paid ABC News Contributor.  

The same Newsmax bottom-feeding scumbag who was given a place of honor at the Beltway Big Media table just yesterday -- 

STEPHANOPOULOS: We got a lot to talk about now on our roundtable. I'm joined by our chief political analyst Matthew Dowd; Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the DNC; Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy, a friend of the president's who's joining us now as an ABC News contributor; and Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter...
-- and who said this on network teevee -- 
RUDDY: So many stories, fake news stories, are becoming fact here...
-- without being sundered by a bolt of lightening from on high, or even being asked a single, inconvenient questions by any of his fellow panelists about his past as a conspiracy-mongering  Newsmax bottom-feeding scumbag.

Because God's away on business.

And The Gingrich Rules are forever.

Fish. Barrel. You Know The Drill. Continued...

Team "Drain The Swamp!" six months ago:
The Trump pledge: No lobbying for 5 years

By Daniella Diaz, CNN

Two top Republicans working with President-elect Donald Trump's transition team told reporters in a phone call Wednesday evening that they're taking steps toward one of Trump's campaign promises -- to "drain the swamp" in Washington.

Trump communications director Jason Miller and Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer announced anyone being vetted for a high post in the administration must provide a termination of lobbying form if they are a registered lobbyist.

In addition, when officials leave the government, they will be banned from being a lobbyist for five years as part of the agreement to serve in Trump's administration. The ban will apply lifetime to representing foreign governments, he added Thursday.

"Not only will people not be able to (be) registered state or federal lobbyists, but when they leave government, they will be banned from being a registered lobbyist for five years," Spicer said Wednesday.

"Why that is crucial is that it goes back to Mr. Trump's goal of making sure that people aren't using the government to enrich themselves and using their service in government to do that," he added...

Team "Drain The Swamp!" today:
White House Moves to Block Ethics Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists on Payroll

The Trump administration, in a significant escalation of its clash with the government’s top ethics watchdog, has moved to block an effort to disclose any ethics waivers granted to former lobbyists who have work in the White House or federal agencies.

The latest conflict came in recent days when the White House, in a highly unusual move, sent a letter to Walter M. Shaub Jr., the head of the Office of Government Ethics, asking him to withdraw a request he had sent to every federal agency for copies of the waivers. In the letter, the administration challenged his legal authority to demand the information.

Dozens of former lobbyists and industry lawyers are working in the Trump administration, which has hired them at a much higher rate than the previous administration. Keeping the waivers confidential would make it impossible to know whether any such officials are violating federal ethics rules or have been given a pass to ignore them.

Mr. Shaub, who is in the final year of a five-year term after being appointed by President Barack Obama, said he had no intention of backing down. “It is an extraordinary thing,” Mr. Shaub said of the White House request. “I have never seen anything like it.”...

Let me stress yet again that your Crazy Uncle Liberty is not hearing about any of this.  And if any word of it accidentally leaked into his ideological bell jar, he -- and tens of millions like him -- would automatically dismiss it as yet more snowflake, Libtard fake news engineered by the Leftist News Conspiracy to drag his attention away from the only real story story in Christendom

Fish. Barrel. You Know The Drill.

By now there should be a subscription service that will look up 2016 Don the Con and his stooges saying or doing the exact opposite of what 2017 Don the Con and his stooges say and do.

From the first Presidential Debate, September 25, 2016...
TRUMP: That was more than a mistake. That was done purposely. OK? That was not a mistake. That was done purposely. When you have your staff taking the Fifth Amendment, taking the Fifth so they’re not prosecuted, when you have the man that set up the illegal server taking the Fifth, I think it’s disgraceful. And believe me, this country thinks it’s — really thinks it’s disgraceful, also.
And this...
“So there are five of them taking the Fifth Amendment, like you see on the mob, right?” he said at another rally in Iowa, though it was three former Clinton staff members who pleaded the Fifth. “The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
And of course...

Eight months later...

The Latest: AP Source says Flynn will invoke Fifth Amendment

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on ongoing investigations into Russia’s alleged interference with the U.S. election (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday as he notifies the Senate Intelligence committee that he will not comply with a subpoena seeking documents.

That’s according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private interactions between Flynn and the committee.

Flynn’s decision comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for Flynn’s documents as part of the panel’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election...
I cannot emphasize enough how little your Crazy Uncle Liberty is hearing about any of this.  To him -- and tens of millions like him -- this is just more snowflake, Libtard fake news, happening far, far away and intended by the Leftist News Conspiracy to distract him from the only real story story in his airless, lightless little world.

When You Forget To Pack Doctor Feelgood...

...bad shit comes at you fast:

And from the NY Post:
Exhaustion to blame for Trump’s ‘Islamic terror’ comment: aide
Couple of things.

First, not even a syringe of "proprietary energy serum" the size of the Chrysler Building can make President Stupid's bottomless well of public hypocrisy go away:

Second, none of this will matter to the Pig People who are hunkered down in their Fury Bunkers with this depraved asshole's incendiary ravings turned up to 11: