Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Obnoxiously droning locusts din our ears and minds with insufferable, pride-bloated protestations of the intellectual superiority of Democrats 

I make a religion of politics and gods of politicians.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

But Republicans aren't that stupid 

Following up my last post which referenced Republican voters' general lack of intellectual depth, I'll now brin g up something that has puzzled me for weeks. McCain is asking voters not to vote for Obama claiming that Obama will raise "your" taxes. Anybody paying the slightest attention knows that a key Obama campaign promise is to lower taxes for 95% of workers.

An effective false smear has to have at least some plausibility of truth. The 2004 swift-boat smears about Kerry succeeded because Kerry himself spoke of his service in Vietnam, giving the outrageous claims some measure of believability, however slight, for those dispositioned to wish to believe them. But the claim Obama will raise "your" taxes is completely ungrounded by even the most distorted take on anything Obama has ever said or done.

Unless you're not middle or lower class. Which McCain has defined as everybody making less than $5 million a year - this a smear with the plausibility of belief because McCain actually said it, even if clearly in jest. The believability of the $5 million smear sinks in to those wishing to believe it because it's buttressed by the demonstrable fact that McCain's campaign promises would indeed favor the very rich over everybody else. McCain's lavish life has also truly and demonstrably placed him out of touch with the un-rich: reference his sincere claims that no American would pick lettuce for $50/hr and that "You could make an argument that there's been great progress economically over" the Bush years.

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Degree of candidates' liberalness depends on who they're running against 

Steve Sauerberg,

Dick Durbin has become the most divisive and liberal Senator in the entire Senate.

Or John McCain,

Democratic Rep. Dan Boren of Oklahoma said Tuesday Barack Obama is "the most liberal senator" in Congress and he has no intention of endorsing him for the White House.

Both Senators from Illinois are the most liberal in the entire Senate.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

New blogs 

I started a couple special purpose blogs recently, The Imaginary Liberal and McCain Senility Watch.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008


From the tone of the email John McCain just sent me, it seems he's likely to bow out before Clinton,

Never in memory have the Democrats, liberal special interests groups, labor unions and unregulated "527" soft-money groups come together with so much money and so much determination toward one purpose: Defeating Republicans.

They want the White House. They want Congress. They want total control of government. And with record-breaking fundraising and voter turnout in Democrat primaries and caucuses nationwide, the challenge to our Party is greater than at any time in modern history.

I truly believe the only way we can stop the Democrats is if dedicated Republicans, like you, step forward immediately and support the Republican National Committee's VICTORY 2008 project -- a grassroots effort that is the backbone of our entire Republican Party.

As our Party's presumptive nominee for President and as a fellow Republican, I am asking you personally to help the RNC's critical VICTORY 2008 campaign to strengthen our Party, to spread our conservative message, and to rally more Americans behind our Republican candidates.

Please help me kick-off the RNC's VICTORY 2008 project by clicking here to make a generous online contribution of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 or as much as you can afford to support our campaign efforts.

E, let me tell you why your help is so urgent.

The aggressive campaign being played out for the Democrat nomination is showing us one very crucial fact: The Democrats and their liberal allies are building the most massive political fundraising machine ever seen.

They are growing their mailing lists and phone banks, perfecting their technologies, developing their money-raising techniques -- from telephones to text-messaging to mail to the Internet to knocking on doors. And it is working.

With all the hype and media attention focused on their campaigns -- Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have managed to raise a staggering $425 million between them. Together they raised more than $60 million in the month of March alone. This is an unheard of amount of money in the history of American elections -- it's approaching a half a billion dollars.

The upcoming elections could be the most important in decades -- and have far-reaching implications for America's future security, growth, and prosperity.

If we fail to elect conservative Republican leadership in Washington, D.C. and all across the country, we face a return to the Democrats' tried-and-failed liberal policies that embrace higher taxes, more government spending, socialized medicine, and surrender in Iraq.

These are not the solutions to our country's greatest challenges.

That is why we are calling on our Party's very best -- individuals like you -- and getting them involved at the highest level in the RNC's victory-building campaign.

E, as someone who has done so much in the past for our Party, may we continue to count on your support at this very important time?

Your secure online gift of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 will be used for promoting our Republican agenda, identifying Republican and Republican-leaning voters, conducting voter education and Absentee Ballot programs as well as funding our vital voter registration program, with the goal of registering 2 million new Republican voters before Election Day.

With your help, the RNC will fight to make sure we have a Republican seated in the White House and strong Republicans in Congress and offices all across the nation who will push forward our conservative vision for America that includes lowering our taxes, reducing wasteful government spending, and ensuring victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We need you with us. I hope to hear from you soon and I look forward to working with you throughout this campaign.


John McCain

P.S. The Democrats are assembling massive rallies, breaking records at the polls, and raising unprecedented campaign funds for their candidates. Every vote, every dollar makes a difference in this election. E, I'm counting on you, as a loyal Republican Party supporter, to answer this challenge and join the RNC's VICTORY 2008 by making a secure online contribution of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25. Thank you.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

MoveOn ad more weightly than Petreus' testimony 

Right-wingers get dimmer by the hour

On edit: More weightly than Petraeus' testimony, too

This afternoon, I got an email from RNC Chairman Mike Duncan. Before urgently asking me three times for "$1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 [to] get our message past the liberal mainstream media filter, he explained,

The radical liberals have taken over the Democrat Party ... This week [MoveOn.org] ran full page newspaper ads attacking the integrity of our top military commander in Iraq, General Petraeus, as he was testifying before Congress. And, the Democrat leaders have said nothing. Nothing! Are they complicit in these attacks by their silence?

Gee, Mike, I don't know. Is absolute silence in regards to a a $65K bad pun in the face of congressional testimony concerning an unpopular $2 billion a week war that has so far killed or maimed 30,000 Americans such a bad thing? I think not.

The RNC's idea that no Democrat leader has but breathed a whisper about the ad both contradicts its assertion that The radical liberals have taken over the Democrat Party and is, how do I put this ... completely made up by the RNC.

Googling for news items about moveon+ad turns up several salient articles at least a day old at the time the fire-brand GOP Chairman delivered his fatwa, including this,

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Monday expressed her disapproval of MoveOn.org's ad that referred to Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, as "General Betray Us."

"I would have preferred that they won't do such an ad," Pelosi said. The Speaker said it is not her prerogative "to say how people express themselves" and that the ad is "a demonstration of the frustration that people have about the war."


"It is unfortunate that Republican presidential candidates are focused on generating a political sideshow instead of discussing the president's failed war policy," said a spokesman for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

"Sen. Clinton is going to keep her focus where it should be: on ending the war."

Former Sen. John Edwards said he "honors Gen. Petraeus' service and patriotism, but the general is wrong to believe that the American people or Congress should give President Bush's failed Iraq strategy more time," spokesman Eric Schultz said.

"Sen. Obama's question is not about Gen. Petraeus' patriotism. It's about his logic," said Jen Psaki, spokeswoman for Barack Obama.


Chris Dodd, asked about the moveon.org ad: "This is not about the personality of General Petraeus. I have respect for him as a military individual here giving his best assessment. And even his assessments indicate this is not going to be easy at all, even under the best of scenarios they're describing here. So the debate ought not to be about the personalities. The debate is about the policy".


Sen. John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, called the ad "over the top."
"I don't like any kind of characterizations in our politics that call into question any active duty, distinguished general who I think under any circumstances serves with the best interests of our country," said Kerry, the 2004 Democratic presidential candidate and a decorated veteran.

"I think there are a lot of legitimate questions that need to be asked, a lot of probing that ought to take place; there's a lot of legitimate accountability that needs to be achieved. It ought to be done without casting any aspersions on anyone's character or motives," he added.

And this,

"The issue isn't General Petraeus," [Sen. Harry] Reid spokesman Jim Manley told FOX News. "He is a good man and a fine soldier. The problem is that he was brought in to administer a war that had already been badly mismanaged by President Bush."

"Serious questions have been raised, and will continue to be raised, about the veracity of some of the statistics that will be cited by the White House and General Petraeus. As General Petraeus himself said during his confirmation hearing in January, the objective of the surge was to provide Iraq's national government time to reach political reconciliation, and by every independent assessment made so far, that simply hasn't happened," Manley said.

The GOP apparently assumes the dirt they have left to plow consists mostly of incurious bitter partisan nitwits who can even forget what FOX News just told them as soon as a GOPer paints the specter of destruction imaginary liberals will reign down upon all that is Right and Good. In this case, they bring their destruction by being silent.

And guess what? Those who have bucked up throughout the GOP's hard times and stayed the course with their policy-embattled and corruption-encrusted party are justly rewarded: They don't have to think at all about what Petraeus and Crocker said this week! The important thing is that the Democrats dishonored them!

PS. Curiously, but not surprisingly, my favorite bitter-right-winger (who insists she doesn't repeat right-wing talking points yet miraculously comes up with the same twisted un-realities described in RNC propaganda) took the idea and ran with it,

Today we have the most disgusting politicians in the Democratic party that I find it hard to believe they are really fellow Americans ...

What ever happened to the idea of guilty [sic] until proven innocent [sic]? Well Democrats and organizations like MoveOn started a slander case against Gen. Petraeus ... I personally think they should resign!

When pressed in comments to reveal the precise names of the disgusting politicians she was calling on to resign, she burrows deeper into GOP la-la land,

Namely I think Nancy Peolsi and Harry Reid should resign, they were discrediting the General before he even spoke. And no Democrat pubically denounced the MoveOn ad that appeared Monday, also prior to the General's testimony.

Remember, these are her thoughts, not the GOP's. Eerie how similarly wrong they are. Gives me chills!

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Those zany right wingers 

In level of difficulty differentiating sincere political commentary from satire, Mark Levin's bleatings are only rivaled by his fans. Commenting on a Levin article asserting that playing footsie with the guy in the next stall is not a sexually overt act and demanding "the photos, the video, the audio" that would pass muster as actual proof of Senator Craig's secret longings, a commenter adds,

BTW, we all know why Sen Craig was embarrassed about the hand under the stall divider issue. He was probably wiping off some residue from the nasal cavity.

BTW, the grand finale of Levin's essay on Craig's bathroom foibles is a round-up kick to the jaw of the Imaginary Liberal,

Let's call it what it is - modern liberalism.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

It's so easy to be a right-winger 

Beth was on a tear,

Well, it didn't take me long to think of another frustrating idea. Some on both the left and right want to give amnesty to illegal immigrants, citing that these people just want to make a living for themselves. Yet, they deny the right to unborn children to make a living EVER. So, just because these illegal people are HERE in this country, they should just automatically be granted citizenship, but a child in the womb of an American woman is HERE (and always has been) in this country but is not a citizen until born.

It wasn't hard for her to "think of another frustrating idea" as her only guiding principal was to get pissed off.

First, she thought of immigrants and their supporters - not the west-bound Ellis Island or Plymoth Rock type of immigrants who made us great, but those who ooze northward, unbalancing the westward perfection.

Then she thinks of baby-killers and instead of acting to stop the perceived genocide, she thinks about the liberals who both support legal abortion and allowing undocumented immigrants with jobs to stay at their jobs.

See, it's easy to be a right-winger. You can just sit there and imagine being really pissed off - you don't have to think of solutions to your complaints as you already know it's all the fault of liberals.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

More Imaginary Liberals 

Beth continues to pontificate from the suburbs,

Further illogical ideas: the liberals who denounce free market capitalism. They say how dare the Wal Mart heirs get money for doing nothing but sitting on their butts. Nevermind the fact that they get said money from you and I paying for items at Wal Mart which we consume. But the lefties have no problem giving welfare money to people sitting on their butts doing nothing, where you and I give our money in taxes and get NOTHING in return for that money we gave. Meanwhile the lefties ignore the fact that the Walton family has a foundation, and that Wal Mart has programs that also give back to the community.

I frequently cite the WalMart heirs as an example when someone tries to claim we live in a meritocracy or that excessive wealth is OK because those with it perform excessively valuable work. So, that's probably me she's thinking of, an actual person.

She goes of the track of reality rather quickly though. I don't typically shop at WalMart. Around the year 2000 I bough a spatula at a WalMart because my car broke down near one and I needed coin to make a call. The plastic part separated from the wooden handle the first time I used it. Last summer, I moved to within 1/4 mile of a WalMart: Since that time, I've bought 2 aquarium air-stones there. I recall on that visit I picked up a bag of cookies or chips.

Yet Beth is angry because I allegedly contribute to the enrichment of people I use as examples of the excesses of our free market.

She also fits in a welfare queen complaint even though those receiving welfare have been required to work for over a decade now. It's easy to be a pissed off right-winger when you allow yourself to create the reality you're pissed off about.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

The Imaginary Liberal 

A very real right-winger circlejerks on a Sunday morn ... Beth congratulates "Uno",

Get out of my bedroom, but be in the boardroom, and other inconsistencies

Obob's thought for a Sunday morning got me thinking, especially Thought Uno,

"I am confident that the hottest places in hell are reserved for the soul of sick and brutal people who hold God's creatures in such brutal and cruel contept," he (Sen. Byrd) said. He's referring to dog fighter's not those who provide the warm and fuzzy service called partial birth abortion.


Why is it that we are appalled by cruelty to animals, but not equally outraged by the dismembering of an unborn child in his mother's womb? How come we find mutilating a corpse disgraceful, but mutilating a living being in a womb acceptable? Hell, isn't it even a crime to tamper with a grave, and yet sending an unborn child to a garbage dump is a-okay?

This is the low-intelligence and lower-curiosity right-winger confabulation of all things liberal - liberal being a concept defined as is whatever is needed to infuriate the red horde enough to look away from real-world issues like our petroleum dependence or national debt.

Here, liberal means someone who donates to PETA, believes ending a pregnancy before term is morally acceptable, and who digs up graves in search of precious metals and stones. These liberals are determined to destroy long-cherished and common sense values such as not murdering babies and leaving graves intact. At least until we need a strip-mall more than a full cemetery.

The fiction of the Imaginary Liberal is so central to the world-view of individuals such as Beth who have invested in a lifetime subscription that it doesn't occur to them to check to see if Robert Byrd voted for or against the "Partial Birth Abortion" bill. In fact, he voted for it, meaning he voted against "dismembering of an unborn child in his mother's womb."

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