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And about using BUK by “rebels”. Here’s a control panel. Go on, sort it out. @lennutrajektoor


The hate from the fanatical right has permanently destroyed any rational, objective point of view about anything our President does. They are so blindly biased that even when reality is screaming in their collective faces, they still refuse to accept it.  At the expense of broken ear drums. So here all you Teabagging B4ver’s. If it were up to you would kill the world to prove an easily  falsifiable point. Courtesy of Andrew Sullivan. My conservative hero.

It’s been a study in contrasts for quite some time. One global leader whips up nationalist sentiment to get sky-high ratings at home; the other glides through another summer of Tea Party dyspepsia with imperturbable equanimity. One leader acts on the world stage by annexing a neighboring country and then threatening it some more; the other slowly and painstakingly ratchets up sanctions, whether it be on Iran or Russia, and keeps his options open. And it all came to a fitting climax yesterday. In the morning, no-drama Obama announces new, tougher sanctions because of intelligence showing deeper Russian assistance for the slowly fading separatists in east Ukraine; and only hours later, Putin’s hot-headed goons, using weapons they clearly are not fully in control of, shoot down a civilian airliner. So who, Mr Krauthammer, looks weak now?

Putin has lost Ukraine, its trade pact with the EU is now signed, and its Russophile separatists exposed as fanatical, fantasizing idiots, while Ukraine elected a new president to chart its future. The Russian economy, already hobbled, could face increasingly strong headwinds, if Merkel decides to press the West’s advantage or finally leverages a real climb-down from Moscow over Ukraine. Obama, on the other hand, has a wide noose around the Russian economy and just increased the odds of deeper EU tightening.

And if the missile that shot down the plane can be traced to Russia itself, then the consequences dramatically widen. And that seems possible this morning. Austin Longpoints out that a Buk missile launcher would not have been easy for Ukrainian rebels to capture from the Ukrainian government and that the operation of such weaponry is complicated. This leads him to suspect that “the Buk was provided by Russia along with any necessary training”:

This is supported by U.S. and Ukrainian reports last month that Russia had provided tanks and other heavy equipment to the separatists. Notably both the tanks alleged to have been provided (T-64s) and the Buk are older Soviet-era equipment that Russia would not miss but would also be plausibly present in Ukrainian arsenals. This allows the Russians to retain a figleaf of plausible deniability about the equipment.

If Russia is directly involved in this way, it seems to me that Putin has now over-reached in such a way that all but destroys what’s left of his foreign policy.”


Regardless of what the Teahadists say, the ACA is working and people are satisfied with what they’re getting; even Republicans:

Overall, 73 percent of people who bought health plans and 87 percent of those who signed up for Medicaid said they were somewhat or very satisfied with their new health insurance. Seventy-four percent of newly insured Republicans liked their plans. Even 77 percent of people who had insurance before — including members of the much-publicized group whose plans got canceled last year — were happy with their new coverage.

This is typical of the extremist Republicans. They will wail about how something is the end of the world as we know it, but when people start to actually feel the effects those people realize it’s not so bad. In most cases, it turns out pretty good. The good news for us is that there will be some of those Republicans who will wake up and realize they were being lied to by their Party leaders and reconsider if they really want to support those kinds of people in upcoming elections.

In the same week that we have one of Fox’s news blondes reviving the Bill Ayers story with an “exclusive” interview, we have much more recent news of a sitting Republican Governor pallin’ around with terrorist, as the Quitta from Wasilla would put it. Maine’s Governor LePage met with Sovereign Citizens, a domestic terrorist organization last year. LePage tried to pass it off as just meeting with constituents, saying he listened and agreed with some things, but not others. He also lied about several aspects of the meetings in his defense.

Gov. LePage insinuated that it was a single random meeting by saying that he has never refused a meeting with any group of people. In reality, it was 8 meetings over a 9 month period, according to documents released pursuant to a FOIA request. LePage also said that a 5-page memo from his legal counsel concerning the Sovereign citizens didn’t exist, but the reporter who broke the story has the memo posted on his blog. LePage stated he avoids using email for the specific reason of thwarting FOIA requests, but that people can have copies of his notes, which are coded so only he can read them.

The Sovereign Citizens are recognized by the FBI as a domestic terrorist organization. Sovereign Citizens believe the US government is illegitimate and have been involved in the murder of several police officers. One has to ask why Gov. LePage met with them so many times over such a short period, since it has been shown by his legal counsel’s memo that he knew who they were. What were they conspiring about? I’m sure Caribou Barbie will be asking those questions anytime now.

Boehner is going to sue the President for something, but he doesn’t know what it is yet.

Paul Ryan appears to be taking a lesson from Eric Cantor’s primary defeat. He’s been attacked from the right for proposing budgets that don’t punish the poor enough and has mostly avoided weighing in on contentious social issues, but he threw the Teabaggers some red meat on Friday.

In a House Ways and Means Committee hearing, Ryan went off on IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, calling him a liar over some Lois Lerner emails from 2009 to 2011 that were lost when her hard drive crashed. He was incensed that the Committee wasn’t notified that Lerner’s hard drive, as well as the hard drives for six other IRS employees, had crashed until the Committee actually asked about it. Ryan called Koskinen a liar by saying that nobody believes him. Actually, Mr. Ryan, you and the Teabaggers don’t believe him. You’ve also managed to sow doubt into the minds of those who are already inclined to distrust the IRS and pay more attention to Fox News rather than facts because of your Party’s constant demonization of the agency. People who actually pay attention to facts recognize this craven political charade for what it is.

Republicans call this yet another smoking gun conspiracy despite the facts in the case. Rep. Boustany, in making a failed attempt at taking the title of America’s Dumbest Congressman from Rep. Gohmert, apparently watched Mr. Peabody and Sherman one too many times and demanded to know why the Committee wasn’t told about the hard drive:

BOUSTANY: Why wasn’t this committee notified before a decision was made to completely recycle her hard drive?

KOSKINEN: Uh, the committee was not notified because that decision would have been made three years ago. It’s not a decision—none of this had anything to do with the investigation.

BOUSTANY: Well, I would submit it does have to do with the investigation, because we’re trying to get necessary information.

BOUSTANY: It disturbs me that this decision was made internally, without any kind of outside consultation, when this committee was vigorously pursuing information regarding this targeting scandal.

It disturbs me that we have people of such limited mental capacity as elected representatives. Lerner’s hard drive crashed and was recycled in 2011, two years before the House began any investigations in 2013! Now I suppose someone in the IRS could have said, “You know, someday a batshit crazy group of Republicans in the House may want to create a completely phony scandal as part of a campaign to delegitimize the President. Even though our computer forensic experts couldn’t recover any data, we should store that hard drive just in case.” Yeah, that should have happened.

In Friday’s hearing, several Republican representatives took turns demanding to know why they were just finding out about this hard drive crash. The problem with that is that they knew last year. The IRS has turned over 24,000 emails from Lerner and several of them referenced the lost hard drive. The House Republicans ignored those references because they couldn’t see any way to politically profit from the fact at the time.

These phony scandals are really getting ridiculous, but Republicans will keep them alive for the purpose of making Obama out to be either incompetent or an evil genius, depending on what day of the week it is. It has the side benefit of getting brain-dead Teabaggers to vote for them, thinking that the Republicans agree with their conspiracy theories. I’m sorry to tell you, Teabaggers, but they just aren’t that into you. They’re only want you for your vote.

P.S. It’s not polite to mention the 22 million emails the Bush administration lost and how the same Republicans who consider lost emails to be a grand conspiracy now considered it to be an innocuous software issue back then. That wouldn’t be pointing out Republican hypocrisy, after all, it would just be more blaming Bush for everything. /snark

The article in the link describes our tolerant conservatives in action. Geez. Ask a simple question and they turn into an ugly mob. And it’s an ugly mob mentality that becomes more apparent as the days go by.

That would be Todd Starnes, host of FOX News & Commentary, heard daily on hundreds of radio stations around the country.

And what is it conservatives say about liberals? That they’re constantly trying to divide people? They really ought to occasionally look in the mirror.

I don’t know if these conservatives are suffering from group psychosis, a new strain of denial or if they are reenacting the Monty Python bit The Black Knight.

This is the punchline.




On Wednesday, Sen Rockefeller held a hearing of the Senate Commerce committee and some sparks flew. Rockefeller made this statement in a hearing about the ACA:

“It’s very important to take a long view at what’s going on here. And I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good, especially from people who have made up their mind that they don’t want it to work. Because they don’t like the president, maybe he’s of the wrong color. Something of that sort,” Rockefeller said. “I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true. It’s not something you’re meant to talk about in public, but it’s something I’m talking about in public because that is very true.”

That set Sen. Ron Johnson off.

“I didn’t object to this because of the race of the president. I objected to this because it is an assault on our freedom. And Mr. Chairman, I have to admit, I have a great deal of respect for you, but I’m the only one in the room, and I found it very offensive that you would basically imply that I’m a racist because I oppose this health care law. That is outrageous.”

Did you catch that? Rockefeller said some people oppose the ACA because of racism and Johnson twisted his words to say that Rockefeller called him a racist. This is the reverse race card played by Republicans on a regular basis. They make the false claim that liberals call all opposition to Obama racist, so therefore, no opposition to Obama can ever be racist. The GOP even went so far as to say racism has ended. It’s a weak attempt to keep liberals from pointing out that racism is alive and well in our country.

Just recently, numerous stories have appeared that only serve to reinforce that point. We have Cliven Bundy saying, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro.” Republicans will say he is just a singular nutcase, even though they were full-throated in support of him until he opened his mouth, but he isn’t a lone wolf and racism is alive and well in the Republican Party. A New Hampshire police commissioner unapologetically called Obama a n****r. A county Republican Committee in Illinois sent out a newsletter calling Obama a zebra; half black, half white, and all ass. A Republican Party official in California sent out a picture of Obama’s face pasted on a chimpanzee’s body. A Republican Precinct Chairman in North Carolina opened up about the real reason for passing photo ID voting laws when he said, “If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks that want the government to give them everything, so be it.”

It’s not just about Obama, though. Racism is still prevalent throughout the country and it is not restricted to the South, as demonstrated by Robert Keller in Utah.

“What Keller wrote down, in a letter to the family last December, was a direct threat. His hate-filled letter – which concluded with “Get this n****r out!” – explicitly warned the parents that he would kill either the boy or the parents if they did not remove him from the neighborhood.

By Keller’s own description the letter read, “If it was my daughter – I think I wrote that I’d slice his throat or something like that.”

Keller told KUTV that he was inspired to write the letter out of fear that the boy might try to date white girls. “I just said, ‘What’s gonna happen later on down the road, when this black kid starts chasing these girls? Which I’ve seen,” he said. “That’s what set me off. I saw him walking down the street with a white gal.”

When Republicans try to shield themselves and their constituents from any accusations of racism, liberals need to forcefully push back. Stating the obvious fact that some opposition to Obama is based on racism is not the same as saying ALL opposition is based on racism. We can’t let the Republicans get a free pass to say anything they want by denying racism exists.