Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Dying of the Right: Republicans WILL Believe Anything

If it’s about Obama, Clinton or poor old born-again Jimmy Carter, nothing is too absurd for the gullible right-wingers, as long as it’s defamatory. Some of these dizzy neocons, in a massive exercise in psychological projection, seriously believe liberals and progressives are fascists who want to see them in camps or dead, even though no evidence of this exists outside of the empty spinning flywheels of right-wing propaganda. (And these are the same bubbleheads who enthusiastically thumbs-up such Republican reptiles as WI Gov. Scott Walker, OH Gov. John Kasich, NJ Gov. Chris Christie, and MI Gov. Rick Snyder, the latter actually trying to secure the power to nullify local elections and run towns from the governor’s office. If that’s not fascism, I don’t know what is.) They didn’t learn the lesson of the Junior Bush years: There is a steep price to pay for those who create their own reality, and disinformation and delusion inevitably lead to ruin. The current incarnation of the GOP as a minority Christopublican-Tea Party is already sliding down the slippery chute; in ten years, both of these addled factions will have been shunted to the sidelines where they belong and a true conservative secular Goldwater Republican Party will reemerge to own the brand.

“Stupid or ‘lop-eared’ marks are often played; they are too dull to see their own advantage, and must be worked up to the point again and again before a ray of light filters through their thick heads. . . . Always they merit the scorn and contempt of the con men. Elderly men are easy to play because age has slowed down their reactions.”
— Excerpt from “The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man” by David W. Maurer, published in 1940, (pgs.103-4). The film “The Sting” was based on Maurer’s book.

“Put together any ten Americans at random and get their honest opinions — odds are at least two of them are going to be scary dumb.”
— Mac Carroll

Will Republican Voters Believe Anything? The Right’s Hyperbolic, Dysfunctional World

To have credibility within the Republican Party is to have none outside it. They act as if all their Kool-Aid has been spiked.

By Gary Younge
Comment is Free
The Guardian (UK)
Via AlterNet
March 28, 2011

Polls suggest there are between one in three and one in four Americans who would believe anything. More than a third thought President George Bush did a good job during Hurricane Katrina; half of those thought he was excellent.

Throughout most of 2008, as the economy careered into depression, just over one in four believed Bush was handling the economy well.

As Bush prepared to leave office in January 2009, bequeathing bank bailouts, rampant unemployment, and Iraq and Afghanistan in tatters, a quarter of the country approved of his presidency.

These are national polls that span the political spectrum. So you can imagine how concentrated the distortions become when filtered through the tainted lens of the right. A poll earlier this month revealed that a quarter of Republicans believe a community rights organisation called Acorn will try to steal the election for Barack Obama next year, while 31% aren’t sure whether it will or not. It won’t. Because Acorn does not exist. It was defunded and disbanded after a successful sting operation by conservatives a couple of years ago.

Meanwhile, a poll last month showed that a majority of Republicans likely to vote in the primaries still believe Obama was not born in the United States. He was. But no number of verified birth certificates will convince them.

Read the rest here.

Inspection- Knee Jerk-ism Isn’t Just for Liberals Anymore

Knee jerk-ism isn’t just for Liberals anymore.

And it never was.

The old man started the story…

“When I was a teen and part of the New Conservative movement, no, not “Neo” as represented by Bush II, Bachmann, Beck and their ilk, but ‘New’ as in Buckley and Goldwater, I remember my father ranting about “‘knee jerk Liberals….'”

Damn, I am getting old and sounding more and more like Grandpa Simpson, ain’t I? Hopefully this story goes “somewhere” for you, unlike my toon-ish twin’s stories.
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Newt Thinks America Could Become a “Secular Atheist Country … Dominated by Radical Islamists”

Apparently, Newt Gingrich is peeved that Michele Bachmann gets all the media attention for crapshit crazy remarks, so he’s decided to up his ante. Keep in mind, this man actually taught history at one time and claims to have a college education. (Perhaps he slept through his classes, as so many other Republicans apparently did.) Obviously, it wasn’t religious history, as he doesn’t seem to know what ‘atheism’ is. Newt’s from the Fox News ‘throw all the negative terms in a hat and pick a few at random to scare the ignorant suckers’ school of propaganda, which is how Obama became a Nazi-commie-fascist-Kenyan Muslim-Christian liberationist-Weather Underground member when he was 8-years-old. Read on and try not to laugh too hard:

Gingrich fears ‘atheist country … dominated by radical Islamists’

by Dan Gilgoff
CNN.com Religion Editor
March 28, 2011

Hours after declaring Sunday that he expects to be running for president within a month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he’s worried the United States could be “a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists,” in the foreseeable future, according to Politico.

Gingrich was addressing Cornerstone Church, a megachurch in San Antonio, Texas, led by the Rev. John Hagee, an influential leader among American evangelicals. Hagee’s endorsement of then-presidential candidate John McCain in 2008 was plagued by controversy.

McCain ultimately rejected the endorsement over remarks Hagee had made about the Holocaust, in which he appeared to say that Adolf Hitler had been fulfilling God’s will by hastening the desire of Jews to return to Israel, in accordance with biblical prophecy. [snip]

Here’s what Gingrich said at Cornerstone Church on Sunday evening, according to Politico:

“I have two grandchildren: Maggie is 11; Robert is 9,” Gingrich said at Cornerstone Church here. “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.”

Read the rest here.

Indiana Prosecutor DENIED Encouraging Wisconsin Violence

Written by Kate Golden
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Carlos Lam, a deputy prosecutor in Johnson County, Ind., says he did not write the email from his account encouraging Gov. Scott Walker to fake an attack against himself. Photo from a video debate posted at 3 Left Turns Make a Right.

Indiana deputy prosecutor Carlos Lam confirms this email appears to be from his email address, but he denies sending it.

Updated 3:59 p.m. Carlos Lam has admitted writing the email and resigned as deputy prosecutor of Johnson County, according to a statement from the Johnson County Prosecutor.

More information below from a previous story.
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The email came to Gov. Scott Walker from the personal account of a deputy prosecutor and Republican activist in Indiana.

After praise for Walker, the email — sent Feb. 19, during union demonstrations against Walker’s budget repair bill — then took a darker turn. It suggested that the situation in Wisconsin presented “a good opportunity for what’s called a ‘false flag’ operation.”

“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions,” the email said.

“Currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations in the protest. Employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions. God bless, Carlos F. Lam.”

Email headers with detailed IP addresses suggest that the message was sent from Indianapolis.

But Carlos F. Lam, the deputy Johnson County, Ind., prosecutor and an Indianapolis resident, said he never wrote it.

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