Friday, March 23, 2018

Professional Left Podcast #433

"The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact."
-- William Shakespeare, writer
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Joe Scarborough: Cheeto-Stained Libtard Blogger

Joey Joe Joe Junior Scarborough ten years ago:
Scarborough attacked liberal bloggers for correcting McCain’s error, saying they were probably “just sitting there, eating their Cheetos” and saying, “Let me google Anbar Awakening!” He added, “Dust flying — Cheeto dust flying all over. They’re wiping it on their bare chest while their underwear — you know, their Hanes.”
Joey Joe Joe Junior Scarborough today:
Six decades of Republican overreach and corrosive causes have instead led to the rise of Donald Trump and a foreign policy run by John Bolton, an economy guided by Larry Kudlow and a legal team led by conspiracy theorist Joseph DiGenova. 

This was the predictable outcome of my Republican Party aligning its interests with the most cynical political operators of our time. The Atwaters, Manaforts, Gingriches and Roves leveraged a weaponized media culture that reduced politics to a secularized religion and consolidated political power and material wealth in the hands of its richest donors.
Yes, it was indeed predictable.  And it was, in fact, predicted, by those very same Cheeto-stained Libtard bloggers who Joe has spent his career mocking and ignoring.

What Joey Joe Joe Junior Scarborough failed to mention today is that he was not just completely cool with the racism, paranoia, pig-ignorance and outright sedition of his Republican Party for 59 of those 60 years, but has spent his entire adult life helping to build and profiting hugely from the Republican Monster Machine, and spent most of 2015 and 2016 fawning over his pal Donald Trump and granting him free softball, phone-in publicity anytime he wanted it.

But of course, now that the armada of Never Trump Republican lifeboats is nearing completion, we Cheeto-stained Libtard bloggers and our inconvenient recollections of the past as it actually happened are being written out of history entirely. And in our place, a future in which the spectrum of Acceptable Beltway Political Opinions will run the gamut from the likes of Joe Scarborough, David Brooks and Bill Kristol on one side and Rich Lowry, Ben Domenech and Erick Erickson on the other is being assembled right before our eyes.

Because when you can control the cameras, control the script and dress the set of your teevee show with sycophantic human throw pillows who know that their paychecks depend on never pushing back on your revisionist bullshit in any way, you can get away with murder.

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David Brooks Will Fix Everything

Thank God David Fucking Brooks is finally on the case!

A fitting rewards for the quintessential Beltway hack who has a job for life at The New York Times sharting out tiny variatons of Beltway's most cherished fairy tale.  A column which amounts to literally nothing more than a twice-weekly and utterly predictable, ritual incantation of the Beltway's most sacred lie for which every headline might as well be this:
Speaking as a White Male

David Brooks MARCH 22, 2018
Which is inevitably lathered up with some ludicrous revisionist claptrap like this:
When I started, it was very important for opinion writers to never think of themselves as a Republican or a Democrat. We were individual inquirers, not polemicists for some political team. Over the years, many people stopped making that distinction.
And is always built around a Both Siderist poison-pill like this --
But the notion that group membership determines opinion undermines all that. If it’s just group against group, deliberation is a sham, beliefs are just masks groups use to preserve power structures, and democracy is a fraud. The epistemological foundation of our system is in surprisingly radical flux.
-- in which any critical distinctions of any kind about anything are systematically annihilated in favor the Both Siderist lie which The New York Times pays Mr. Brooks a fortune to repeat over and over and over again.

After writing about Mr. Brooks for 13 years, I can tell you with complete confidence that there is no "reputable" columnist in America who has inflicted more long-term damage to our nation's political discourse than Mr. David Brooks of The New York Times.


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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Matthew Dowd Cannot Pronounce The Word "Republican"

This pathological Beltway ritual of avoiding saying the word "Republican" out loud when faced with yet another Republican atrocity persists, like some ludicrous, political version of the "Candyman" urban myth:  a primal fear that if you stand in front of a camera and say the words "It's not Both Sides -- it's just the fucking Republicans" the ghost of Eugene Debs will manifest itself and smite your lucrative career with a lethal blast of socialist stank.

So who exactly are these "people" who want to ruin our nice little democracy by  "[forcing] everything into a false binary choice".  Well, skipping right on past the fact that the very elections on which our democracy is founded are literally binary (or, in some cases, ternary or quaternion, but mostly binary) choices, I can tell you who Mr. Dowd damn well isn't referring to. 

He damn well isn't referring to Democrats. 

And the reason I know this is that I can read.

From Mr. Dowd:
 A person can be both...for the 2nd amendment and for gun reform
With 33,000 Americans dying every year, Democrats believe that we must finally take sensible action to address gun violence. While responsible gun ownership is part of the fabric of many communities, too many families in America have suffered from gun violence. We can respect the rights of responsible gun owners while keeping our communities safe.
From Mr. Dowd:
A person can be both...for justice and against capital punishment.
We will abolish the death penalty, which has proven to be a cruel and unusual form of punishment. It has no place in the United States of America. The application of the death penalty is arbitrary and unjust. The cost to taxpayers far exceeds those of life imprisonment. It does not deter crime. And, exonerations show a dangerous lack of reliability for what is an irreversible punishment.
From Mr. Dowd:
A person can be both for life and for choice.
The 2016 Democratic Party platform has twelve separate planks under the heading "ENSURE THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF ALL AMERICANS" including this one -- "Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice" -- which says both this (emphasis added) --
Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing...
-- and this:
And we strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child, including by ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy and childbirth, and by providing services during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including adoption and social support services, as well as protections for women against pregnancy discrimination. We are committed to creating a society where children are safe and can thrive physically, emotionally, educationally, and spiritually. We recognize and support the importance of civil structures that are essential to creating this for every child.
The "people" Mr. Dowd is referring to are a threat to our democracy are called "Republicans".

And Mr. Dowd damn well knows it.

Or as Duncan Black put it:
Matthew Dowd Is A Fraud

This man is paid a lot by ABC News to pretend to know nothing about politics.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Matthew Dowd is a Fundamentally Ridiculous Person

As we dirty hippies have known all along, the fate of the future depends on controlling the perception of the past.  And in the struggle over what becomes gospel and what become heresy, no faction has worked harder to warp the modern political history of the United States than the Republican Party and their enablers in the mainstream media.

And they do it by continually resetting the official Beltway Date On Which History Began -- a subject about which I have written once or twice over the past 13 years:
Oh Jebulon, if pretending for the last six and a half years that history began on January 20, 2009 has taught us anything it's that nobody in the GOP is interested in taking a guided tour of "the last decade", especially a tour led by some foof named Bush. --  August 8, 2015 is ideologically and psychologically impossible for Conservatives to admit that history began before January 2009.  --  September 27, 2014

For the Palinites, the lie is that history began on January 20, 2009, when the Black Guy became president; for the Sullivanites, the lie is that history began in 2003, when George W. Bush apparently snuck into Ronald Reagan's crypt and peed on the Great Man's mortal remains. -- February 8, 2010

[Conservatives] lie constantly about their own past.   They never supported Bush.  They never thought Clinton should be impeached.  There never was a budget surplus. And so on.  Or, conversely, there were WMD in Iraq.  Bush was a great president.  History began on January 20, 2009.  And so on.  They are junkie-dependent on massive doses of Strategic Forgettery to keep from facing the ugly reality of their real pasts. -- September 25, 2012
Of course, contrary to Mr. Dowd's ridiculous lie, the modern GOP has never been a  party of family values, integrity, or fiscal responsibility.  In fact, for decades the modern GOP has been energetically laying the tracks which Donald Trump rode to the White House.

But anything that whiffs of a general acknowledgment of these indisputable facts would raise no end of inconvenient questions which would incinerate the careers of Beltway Both Siderists like Mr. Dowd.  

And so the Great Resetting begins yet again, as Mr. Dowd and his colleagues conspire in plain sight to declare "two years ago"  to be the new official Beltway Year Zero. 

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The Reason I Know Disgraced Torture-Pimp and Trump Fan-Boy Marc Thiessen Wrote This Both Siderist Sludge... that he remains inexplicably syndicated in hundreds of American newspapers, including my local daily, the State Journal-Register:
Progressives are not stupid and evil. Conservatives are not racists and misogynists. Our fellow Americans who disagree with us are not our enemies. They are our fellow Americans who differ with us. And we should not put up with politicians, on the left or right, who can’t seem to understand this.
Turns out disgraced torture-pimp and Trump fan-boy Marc Thiessen was exactly half right.  From the Times of Israel:
Illinois Holocaust denier wins Republican nomination for Congress

Without a primary challenger in heavily Democratic district, Congressional hopeful Arthur Jones easily clinches GOP nod
The GOP is monsters all the way down.

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Still No End In Sight

Fifteen years ago George Bush destroyed Iraq.  From The New York Times:
Fifteen Years Ago, America Destroyed My Country
And fifteen years later, the demons his Republican Party turned loose to make their war the Great Litmus Test of Patriotism still walk among us unmolested:
No one knows for certain how many Iraqis have died as a result of the invasion 15 years ago. Some credible estimates put the number at more than one million. You can read that sentence again. The invasion of Iraq is often spoken of in the United States as a “blunder,” or even a “colossal mistake.” It was a crime. Those who perpetrated it are still at large. Some of them have even been rehabilitated thanks to the horrors of Trumpism and a mostly amnesiac citizenry. (A year ago, I watched Mr. Bush on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” dancing and talking about his paintings.) The pundits and “experts” who sold us the war still go on doing what they do. I never thought that Iraq could ever be worse than it was during Saddam’s reign, but that is what America’s war achieved and bequeathed to Iraqis.
And the process those demons put in place to use the media to wipe their catastrophes from history and exonerating themselves over and over again of any responsibility for the evil that they do over and over again have damn near destroyed this country.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Woman Tempted Me And I Did Redecorate

It today's episode of "Which Trump Administration Douchbag Is The Douchiest?" Donald Trump's pet grifting superjesus fanboy, Ben Carson, jumps into the lead by feeding his wife to the wolves.
Ben Carson throws his wife under the bus for purchase of $31,000 dining set

Ben Carson, the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, suggested Tuesday that his wife, Candy Carson, was to blame for the purchase of a $31,000 mahogany dining room set for his office.

During testimony before a House committee, Carson said HUD's dining room furniture needed to be replaced for safety reasons...

"I left it with my wife," he said. "The next thing that I, quite frankly, heard about it was that this $31,000 table had been bought."

A HUD spokesman initially denied that Carson and his wife had anything to do with the purchase and said the table was bought by "career staffers in charge of the building."

But internal emails show that HUD staffers repeatedly consulted with Candy about redecorating the office.
The GOP is nothing but monsters all the way down.

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Monday, March 19, 2018

Walt Whitman: A Land of Contrasts

When David Brooks' Liberal straw men are in the shop being restuffed and restitched and he has momentary run out ways to lie about Both Sides being to blame for the depravity of his Republican Party, The New York Times pays him to a giant pile of American money to write Another Book Report About National Greatness.

One of my favorites of these lab reports is Walt Whitman’s essay “Democratic Vistas,” published in 1871...

Whitman had hoped...

Whitman feared...

...[Whitman] believed

Whitman wrote...

[Whitman] observed...

Whitman was not, however...

Whitman spent...

[Whitman] thought...

[Whitman] pointed out...
-- joins Mr. Brooks previous half-assed contractual-obligation dropping in this genre.  A list which includes but is not limited to...

So there you go.

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