01 October, 2009

Happy Hour Discurso

Today's opining on the public discourse.

ZOMG, it's like we got hit with a stupid bomb.  Cons are really outdoing themselves today - and you know how over-the-top they usually are.  Let's roll up our sleeves and get to it.

Here's the most outrageous thing I've read all day:
Just eight months into a Democratic administration, Newsmax is running a piece speculating about a military overthrow of the elected leadership of the United States government. Seriously.

Newsmax columnist John L. Perry encourages his right-wing readers not to "dismiss" the notion of an American military coup as "unrealistic."
America isn't the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn't mean it wont [sic]. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it....
Imagine a bloodless coup to restore and defend the Constitution through an interim administration that would do the serious business of governing and defending the nation. Skilled, military-trained, nation-builders would replace accountability-challenged, radical-left commissars. Having bonded with his twin teleprompters, the president would be detailed for ceremonial speech-making.
Military intervention is what Obama's exponentially accelerating agenda for "fundamental change" toward a Marxist state is inviting upon America. A coup is not an ideal option, but Obama's radical ideal is not acceptable or reversible.

There is an unmistakable trend in right-wing rhetoric in the direction of extremism and violence. 
Free speech has limits, folks.  This is one.

And apparently, Newsmax realizes it, too, because they tried to vanish that post down the memory hole:
In a column published on the right-wing site Newsmax yesterday, John L. Perry writes that a military coup against President Obama is possible. Newsmax appears to have taken down the column from its website this morning. Media Matters has archived it, however...
The immortality of the internets strikes again.  Failing in their cunning plan to pretend they never published anything so outrageous, Newsmax is now trying to distance itself from Perry.  Steve Benen cheerfully ties them tight:
Perry, a Newsmax spokesperson said, "has no official relationship with Newsmax other than as an unpaid blogger."

The whole truth is more interesting.
That's not quite the wording on his Newsmax biography. There, Perry is described as an "award-winning newspaper editor and writer" who "contributes a regular column to Newsmax.com."
He's also a former senior editor for the site, working in that role from late 1999 until October 2001.
Perry has written for the site regularly -- nearly every single week -- since November 1999. Newsmax was founded in 1998.
Just an "unpaid blogger"? I don't think so.

On a related note, Dave Weigel notes that NewsMax is sponsored in part by the Republican National Committee.

Looks like a pretty serious long-term relationship, there, Newsmax.

Let's continue on with bashing right-wing news outlets, shall we?  You'll enjoy the White House fact-checking Glenn Beck's factless drivel.  And, at the end, the White House said, "For even more Fox lies..."

Why, just tune to Faux News!
Yes, Virginia, Glenn Beck lies.
Like a rug.
Last weekend at the Beck rally in Seattle, one of his supporters (you can see him in the video) was upset that one of the protesters carried a sign proclaiming, "Glenn Beck Lies". He wanted to know when Beck had ever lied.
Answer: Oh, about nightly.
Case in point: His program last night.
In his opening rant, Beck talked about his Seattle appearances, and opened up by pointing out that there were only "about 40" protesters outside his Safeco Field shindig. And this was true. But what Beck didn't bother to explain to his viewers was that up in Mount Vernon, at his main event, there were more than 500 who showed up to protest him.
Then he said this:
Beck: Now they're worried about bombings taking place. Well, let me show you some new footage. A bombing did take place this past week in a town just north of Seattle called Everett. The only reason why I know this story is 'cause I was there. Radio station KRKO, their towers were blown up. When freedom of speech is being squelched, the left usually says, "That's fascist!" But in this case the left doesn't even call them anything!
But in reality, there were no bombs in this incident at all. All Beck and his staff had to do was read the actual news reports -- you know, the same ones from which they obtained their ELF quote...

Strangely enough, the incident in question had nothing to do with free speech or bombs, and everything to do with locals fed up with unsightly broadcast towers and interference on their phone and internet lines deciding to indulge in a little illegal self-help with an excavator.

For extra bonus Faux News fuckery, check out Hannity whining about how a gang shooting disqualifies Chicago from the Olympics.  The right's really frothing over this whole Olympics thing for some bizarre reason.  Probably because they're foaming fucktards.

Faux News is nothing but a propaganda outfit.  In case you didn't know that already.

And the right wing's nothing but a bunch of flaming fuckwits.  Here's John Derbyshire opining on women's suffrage:
John Derbyshire, a British-American conservative author and columnist for the National Review, has written a new book titled We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism. The book contains a section called “The Case Against Female Suffrage.” Yesterday on his radio show, Alan Colmes asked Derbyshire to articulate his argument.

“What is the case against female suffrage?” Colmes asked. “The conservative case against it is that women lean hard to the left,” Derbyshire responded nonsensically. “They want someone to nurture, they want someone to help raise their kids, and if men aren’t inclined to do it — and in the present days, they’re not much — then they’d like the state to do it for them.”

Colmes then pressed Derbyshire on whether women should have the right to vote. “Ah…” Derbyshire sighed, attempting to dodge the question initially. “I’m not putting forward a political program here,” he said. But then Derbyshire slowly began to open up:
DERBYSHIRE: Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this – if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.
COLMES: We’d be a better country if women didn’t vote?

DERBYSHIRE: Probably. Don’t you think so?
COLMES: No, I do not think so whatsoever.
DERBYSHIRE: Come on Alan. Come clean here [laughing].
COLMES: We would be a better country? John Derbyshire making the statement, we would be a better country if women did not vote.
DERBYSHIRE: Yeah, probably.
Derbyshire reasoned that we “got along like that for 130 years.” Colmes countered by asking if he also wants to bring back slavery. No, Derbyshire responded, “I’m in favor of freedom personally.” Colmes noted that freedom didn’t extend to women’s right to vote, however. Derbyshire said, “Well, they didn’t and we got along ok.”

ZOMG.  The man had a sane moment during the Expelled debacle.  I see he's gone back to being a complete dumbfuck Con, and apparently making up for lost time to boot.  True colors and all that.

And, in IOKIYAR news, it's okay to pal around with terrorists if you're the NRCC, apparently:
Long-time readers may recall a 2007 controversy in which a generous Republican donor faced federal terrorism charges, but the National Republican Congressional Committee wanted to keep his campaign contributions.

The suspect pleaded guilty yesterday, to a wide variety of ugly charges.
A New York businessman accused of trying to funnel money to a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of terrorism financing and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Abdul Tawala Ibn Ali Alishtari entered his plea before a federal judge in Manhattan. He could face up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced.
Alishtari, 56, of suburban Ardsley, had been accused of accepting an unspecified amount of money to transfer $152,000 that he believed was being sent to Pakistan and Afghanistan to support the camp. Prosecutors say Alishtari, also known as Michael Mixon, believed the money would be used to buy night vision goggles and other equipment.
He also pleaded guilty to stealing millions of dollars from victims through his fraudulent operation of a loan investment program.
Alishtari has also been a generous Republican donor, contributing more than $15,000 in the '02 and '04 cycles to the National Republican Congressional Committee, and having been named to the National Republican Senatorial Committee's "Inner Circle Leadership Committee."


That was two years ago. Maybe now the House Republican campaign committee will dump the $15,000? Apparently, not quite yet. The AP report noted today that an NRCC spokesperson "has said the committee will donate the money to charity if Alishtari is convicted."

The fucker pleaded guilty, you assclowns.  Just fucking admit you see no problem with hanging on to terrorist cash - it's not like Faux News will attack you for it.

After all that truly insane stupidity, we need stupidity we can get a good chuckle out of.  Here ye go:
Since Sarah Palin resigned as Alaska’s governor, she has signed on with the Washington Speakers Bureau, hoping to cash in on her fame. While Palin did do one speech — to mixed reviews — in Asia recently, she is reportedly having trouble getting booked for more:

Palin’s bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: “The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot.

Now if we can get folks to realize that the vast majority of the right wing consists of nothing but blithering idiots, we might get somewhere.

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