Monday, May 02, 2016

Comment Of The Day: Detroit Teachers Edition

Joe Scarborough Trashes Teachers Protesting In Detroit | Crooks and Liars

Scarborough makes about 100k a week. He works 2.5 hours per day. Teachers teach 6-7 hours per day and make half of his weekly pay in one year. Another case of the 1%ers telling middle class people it is expected that, when required, you work for nothing.

Bernie Goes Off The Rails

Whoa: Bernie Accuses Hillary of 'Laundering' and 'Looting' - Blue Nation Review:

...Accusing Hillary of “money laundering” and “looting,” despite the fact that the Hillary Victory Fund has already given approximately $4.5 million to state parties and will distribute an additional $9 million “as state parties ramp up for general,” is truly a new low for the Sanders campaign...
Bernie needs to STFU and go away. If he and the Bros continue this fact-free character assassination, they might just be able to Nader tRump into the Presidency. God help the poor, dark and female after the installation of Herr Donald. Of course, Bernie and the Bros won't be troubled by the revolution, riding it out behind the cultured gates of up-scale suburban digs--- unless the revolution turns French.

Shafting The Poor: Part Infinity +1

New Mexico State Workers Denied Food Assistance To Families With Less Than $100 In Assets | Crooks and Liars:

Five New Mexico state workers admitted last week that they denied food assistance to needy families after being pressured by superiors...
Well, let's hope they don't use the police or medical model in dealing with this transgression.

About Those Plebes

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny -- NYMag:

...Much of the newly energized left has come to see the white working class not as allies but primarily as bigots, misogynists, racists, and homophobes, thereby condemning those often at the near-bottom rung of the economy to the bottom rung of the culture as well. A struggling white man in the heartland is now told to “check his privilege” by students at Ivy League colleges. Even if you agree that the privilege exists, it’s hard not to empathize with the object of this disdain. These working-class communities, already alienated, hear — how can they not? — the glib and easy dismissals of “white straight men” as the ultimate source of all our woes. They smell the condescension and the broad generalizations about them — all of which would be repellent if directed at racial minorities — and see themselves, in Hoffer’s words, “disinherited and injured by an unjust order of things...”

Will, Trump, And Clinton

Booman Tribune ~ A Progressive Community "George Will And The Great Defection":

...Will is embarrassed by Trump’s anti-intellectualism and offended by his crudeness. If Trumpism is what conservatism has become, then he could not be more off the reservation.

And Will is hardly alone. He’s just one of the more outspoken ones who will be openly rooting for Hillary Clinton to win the general election. Sure, it’s true that he sees this as a necessary compromise that will ultimately save the Republican Party to fight another day. But it still means something in the short-term, which is that the GOP has lost control of its central nervous system and has no access to its cerebral cortex...

Sunday, May 01, 2016

The Daily Flashback: Roving Rove Email Edition

Flashback: Rove Erases 22 Million White House Emails on Private Server at Height of U.S. Attorney Scandal – Media Yawns | Pensito Review:

...Never mind that former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a Republican, has said he used a system similar to Clinton’s — and never mind that in 2007 Karl Rove deleted 22 million emails from a private server in the Bush White House — a matter about which the Beltway media said little and Republicans in Congress, like Rep. John Boehner, said nothing...

O Flogged Dick

I missed it, too. This was news that should have been reported in the MSM but was not as far as I know. If Dick were a Democrat and Obama a Republican, we would never heard the end of the negative reporting about Dick.

Did You Miss That Time Obama Denounced Dick Cheney? | Crooks and Liars:

I totally missed this video when it was released last September. The White House, yes, the real White House with the Obama Administration in it, released this video when Dick Cheney took to the Fox News airwaves and The American Enterprise Institute's podium to denounce the Iran deal and attempt to influence Congress to reject the treaty...

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Email Flashback

Clinton Email Scandal Falls Apart As State Dept. Says There Was No Policy Against Private Email:

...On CNN’s New Day, State Department spokesman John Kirby said, “We have said in the past, Chris that there was no policy prohibiting the use of a private email account here at the State Department, and that is still a fact. Now, obviously, we have policies in place now that highly discourage that, and you are supposed to use your government account so that there is a constant, permanent record of it, but at the time she was not violating policy….I can tell you that there was no prohibition for her use of this, and we’ve since changed the policy to discourage that greatly, and in fact, the policy is that you have to use your government account for business.”

Kirby added that he didn’t believe that the policy changed while she was Secretary of State, which means that Hillary Clinton was doing nothing wrong when she used private email...

The Daily Flashback: Old Smug And New Smug Edition

Not often that I link to the same post twice but this Vox piece has a lot of salient points, even if liberals are too smug to admit it. One of these days, I'll trace the Big Smug back to its roots-- The Civil War.

The smug style in American liberalism - Vox:

...During a San Francisco fundraiser in the 2008 primary campaign, Barack Obama offered an observation that was hailed not without some glee as the first unforced error from then-Senator Cool.

"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania," Obama said, "and, like, a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate, and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter. They cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

It's the latter part that we remember eight years later — the clinging to guns and religion and hate — but it is the first part that was important: the part about lost jobs and neglect by two presidential administrations...

Salon And The Root Of Evil

I've loathed Salon from afar for quite a while. I've found nearly all their opinion pieces to be, at best, half-baked, and their attempts at "journalism" were often littered with red herrings and curious omissions of pertinent facts. I've found their current "liberalism" to insanely inconsistently and pustulated with genderism. Joe Cannon has offered up another public service with his post exposing Salon's nasty roots.

Cannonfire "Wanna know Salon's dark secrets...":

A lot of people think that Salon is in the tank for Bernie. No. They're in the tank for Trump -- officially.

Sanders supporters, you've been conned. Salon has used you. Lied to you. Salon is doing what it can to elect Trump because Salon is heavily funded by the Department of Defense and by investment banking...

A Fundamental Question...

...that exposes the number one problem afflicting our political system: the Media. The slide to partisan echoing began with Raygun's repeal of the Fairness Doctrine and accelerated to near warp when Murdock jumped the game with Fox and Ailes. Though conservative titty-babies have long accused the media of a liberal bias, that never really existed to any extent that would damage the nation. The conservative rage machine stands a very good chance of destroying the nation. Following the lead of Rove and the gang from the Nixon administration, the great right wing slime machine was borne and so every day in every way we all subjected to the constant drip-drip-drip of conservative bile, of which SOS Clinton has been a near constant target. A new President Clinton should begin work on Day One to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine.

How Do We Explain to These Young Girls That Hillary Gets More Negative Coverage Than Trump? - Blue Nation Review:

Donald Trump stands to be the most unpopular presidential candidate since that metric has been tracked, and with good reason: He is an inveterate bigot who insults women and fundamentally lacks the temperament and experience to be president. And yet he gets less negative coverage than Hillary Clinton, one of the most admired women in the world...

On David Frum, Professional GOPer

driftglass: David Frum's From Outer Space:

...In Mr. Oppenheimer's vivid description of of Mr. Frum's career since shaking hands with the devil --

David Frum has been cuddled as lovingly in the ample bosom of the great Republican establishment—and derived as much nourishment from its plump teats—as any other man in the last thirty years. The Canadian immigrant, who turned 52 in June, has been a Wall Street Journal editorial writer, an editor at Forbes, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a speechwriter for George W. Bush—Frum helped write the “axis of evil” line—and a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. The last of those jobs, the AEI fellowship, paid him $100,000 a year, and it did not actually require any work.
Also, David, There. Is. No. Tea. Party. There never was, It was just another Republican responsibility-dodging scam. It was only ever the same wingnut base which you were only too happy to supply with slabs of raw, red, partisan meat for most of your professional career...

tRump The Clueless

Donald Trump Doesn’t Know We Invaded Iraq After We Invaded Afghanistan | Crooks and Liars:

...That’s one place, frankly, instead of going to Iraq, we should have probably gone there first.

Newsflash for Trump: We did go there first. The Afghanistan war began in 2001. We invaded Iraq in 2003. And here’s another newsflash for the birther: Then-candidate Barack Obama – you know, the one you can’t stop bashing – called the Iraq war a “dangerous distraction” from Afghanistan...

No There There At DNC

Sanders campaign drops lawsuit against DNC over voter database breach -

Bernie Sanders' campaign on Friday withdrew its lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee after claiming the party had unfairly blocked its access to a critical voter database in December.
The lawsuit came after a Sanders staffer exploited a software error to improperly access confidential voter information collected by Hillary Clinton's team. The DNC database is a goldmine of information about voters and being blocked from it threatened to complicate Sanders' outreach efforts just weeks before the Iowa caucuses. The incident also fueled a long-held belief in the Sanders camp and among his allies that the DNC was stacking the deck in favor of Clinton...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Bernie The Con Man

Drum echoes my sentiments exactly.

Here's Why I Never Warmed Up to Bernie Sanders | Mother Jones:

With the Democratic primary basically over, I want to step back a bit and explain the big-picture reason that I never warmed up to Bernie Sanders. It's not so much that he's all that far to my left, nor that he's been pretty skimpy on details about all the programs he proposes. That's hardly uncommon in presidential campaigns. Rather, it's the fact that I think he's basically running a con, and one with the potential to cause distinct damage to the progressive cause...

The Clinton Quick Start Guide

The Quick Startup Guide to Hillary — Armistice Designs:

...I made a mistake eight years ago. And so did a lot of my friends. We won’t make the same mistake again. And you shouldn’t either. Because from what I’ve seen, she might actually be better than Obama. Better than Bill. Better than anyone who thinks they know her knows...

Here's Hoping

Insiders: Clinton would crush Trump in November - POLITICO:

...Looking ahead to the general election, Republican insiders fretted that if Trump is at the top of the ticket, he will not only lose in a landslide, but will also endanger Republicans on the rest of the ballot...

A Benghazi Note From The Pentagon


Shorter version: go away, you moron.

If Excuses Were Votes...

Closed vs. Open Primaries: Final Attempt to Delegitimize Hillary's Victory Is Discredited - Blue Nation Review: By Melissa McEwan
April 29, 2016

Team Sanders has offered every excuse in the book for why Bernie is losing: A primary schedule that front loaded the deep south, voter fraud, superdelegates, super PACs, the DNC, the “establishment,” a rigged system, he wasn’t really trying in some states, because Black voters don’t know what’s best for them, because poor people don’t vote. All of these excuses have been debunked. The latest excuse is closed primaries (pushed in recent days by Jane Sanders)—but this, too, has now been discredited...

tRump And The Card Game

Yes, Digby, he does know something | The Confluence:

...As for journalists, they are magpies. They’re fascinated by Trump and his pink marble grotesques. And they hate Hillary. No, it’s not rational. For all we know, the feeling is mutual. They should never have gone rifling through her real estate deals, law firm billing records or cookie recipes. There’s a great deal of mutual animosity. Don’t expect them to come to her rescue. Expect them to watch this all play out like they would watch an approaching asteroid. It’s great for ratings, people will be thrilled to the very last minute, and there will be plenty to report when the Second Great Extinction happens.

Donald isn’t presidential. Not in the least. But he knows how to fight dirty and he will drag us all down into the gutter with him.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Worker Masses Of GOPer Fantasy

But Really, It's The Anti-Choicers Blocking Merrick Garland | Crooks and Liars:

...This crusade must continue because if legal abortion is outlawed, what will motivate their fanatic base to vote? The hypocrites on the right will continue to do anything they can to make it impossible for a woman to seek a safe and legal abortion procedure, and then cut any and all funding for poor children once they are born. They ironically endorse measures that make it very difficult for people to adopt, so the foster care population is alarmingly high. The Dystopian Republican ideal is a nation filled with poor, unwanted children. They really believe that basic decency and ethics can be replaced by fake Christian virtuosity, that's the ruse the GOP has embraced and always will.

Devil Called Out By The Other Orange Republican

John Boehner calls Ted Cruz 'Lucifer in the flesh' -

Former House Speaker John Boehner called Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh," in a withering interview at Stanford University published Thursday...
..."Lucifer in the flesh," Boehner told Stanford's David Kennedy, a history professor emeritus, according to the Stanford Daily. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life..."

No "Bernie Or Bust"

George Takei scolds Bernie supporters who would rather “bust” than vote for Hillary -

On Wednesday evening, actor, activist, and general boon-to-humanity George Takei posted a video on Facebook urging supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders not to embrace the “Bernie or Bust!” mentality and support Hillary Clinton...
If Sanders truly cared about his country or the issues he keeps flogging, then he would be doing everything in his power to stop the "Bernie or Bust" movement and keep a Republican out of the White House. Instead, he seems to be wallowing in the warm glow of adulation.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Corporate Hypocrisy: Say It Ain't So!

Corporations Opposed To North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law Helped Elect Its Supporters:

More than 100 corporations have voiced extreme displeasure with North Carolina’s government since the state legislature passed a bill blocking municipalities from enacting their own rules to prevent anti-LGBT discrimination. Dozens of these corporations also had a hand in electing the very Republican majority that passed the legislation they now abhor.

At least 45 corporations denouncing North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law have contributed to a group called the Republican State Leadership Committee. The group, which can receive direct corporate contributions, works to elect Republican state legislatures across the country. It played a big part in helping to elect North Carolina’s legislative majority in 2010 and has pumped at least $1.6 million into the state’s legislative elections from 2010 through 2015...

Good News For Dems

Hispanic voter registration spikes | TheHill:

Registration among Hispanic voters is skyrocketing in a presidential election cycle dominated by Donald Trump and loud GOP cries to close the border...
Of course, this will help burn Trump down, but I reckon a more important result may be the significant swing in state governments. In NC revulsion over the GOP is high, though their bellowing, crying, whining supporters make it seem less so. NC has also experienced a dramatic growth in Latino population so their impact at the polls may be significant. As The Hill points out, TX could also swing blue.

Red State Silliness

A hat tip to Daily Puma for his "Concern Troll" post. Right on the money. Here's a fun quote from Red State, offering Democrats some low-cost psychological analysis.

CT, RI, MD, DE, PA Democrat Primary Results: Why is Hillary Still Losing States to Bernie? | RedState:

...For all the chaos on the Republican side, which may well end up at a contested convention, the Democrats have to be at least a little concerned that Hillary Clinton continues to lose states, even though the Democrat race is essentially decided. The fact that Bernie continues to actually win states is indicative of more than just ideological preference or personal loyalty to Bernie, it is indicative of long simmering resentment that Democrats are going to have to deal with in November...

GOPer Dennis Hastert Going Down

My edits in [ ].

Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison in Hush-Money Case - NBC News:

Former [GOP] House Speaker Dennis Hastert was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison in his hush-money case by a judge who called him a "serial child molester" and ordered him to enroll in a sex-offender treatment program.
Never once that I could find did NBC mention the very salient fact that molester Hastert is a Republican, a member of the GOP who was elected as a Republican and worked for GOP goals the entire time he was in office, probably molesting both Republicans and Democrats.

Trophies For The Bros

Hullabaloo "Bubble Babies":

...Everyone has a right to be involved, of course. They should. But social media is making it seem as though everyone has a right to win --- and if they don't it can only be because the system is rigged against them. After all, "everyone" is on their side!

There's always been a bit of this in politics. It was taken as a given by a whole lot of people that JFK stole the 1960 election in Illinois. I remember that people said President Bill Clinton wasn't legitimate because he won with a plurality. And in 2000 George W. Bush actually did manipulate the system in broad daylight. The results of close elections are always debatable I suppose. But in the social media age it's gone well beyond anything like that to the point where everything is a conspiracy. I don't know where this leads --- probably nowhere. But it doesn't strike me as one of the positive developments to emerge from the internet...
The Participation Trophy is just that. There is only one winner. The Bernouts should keep that in mind. I might also add that losers don't dictate terms to winners, else there is no point in the competition.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Baltimore Sun Endorses Clinton

Clinton for president - Baltimore Sun:

...But Mr. Sanders' success has also prevented the party's front-runner from fully turning her attention to the general election this fall, as she should be doing at this point in the race. Now is the time for the party to come together around its strongest potential candidate. The former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state clearly has the experience, detailed knowledge of the issues and proven record of accomplishment that America needs in its next president, and that is why we urge voters to cast their ballot for Hillary Clinton in Tuesday's Democratic primary...

Losers Trying To Win

Time for Sanders to support Clinton - Baltimore Sun:

Sen. Bernie Sanders said his support for Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party "is totally dependent" on their adopting his more aggressive agenda ("What Bernie Sanders wants," April 26). It's OK for Senator Sanders to campaign (civilly) to the end of the primaries if he so chooses. But then he should be an enthusiastic supporter of Secretary Clinton and the party's platform. When Ms. Clinton realized Barack Obama was going to win the 2008 primary, she conceded, stopped raising money, didn't demand anything and went to work uniting the party. It's not OK, even for someone who fought an impressive issue oriented campaign that benefited both the party and Ms. Clinton, to demand that he be allowed to dictate the party's platform...

Bernie And The Exit Polls

Why Bernie Sanders fans are annoying - Business Insider:

...Of course, the real reason Sanders does better in exit polling than actual votes is that Sanders supporters will not shut up about Bernie Sanders, so of course they're eager to talk to exit pollsters. That, not a national conspiracy among county election administrators to rig the system for Hillary Clinton, is what's at play...