Thursday, October 29, 2015

There is No Candidate




I'm just going to throw this out there--none of the candidates seeking the nomination for President on the Republican side are viable candidates for anything other than nuttiest Amway salesman of the month.

Look at the field--none of these people should be in charge of anything. A fair number of them shouldn't even be in the United States Senate, let alone president. They shouldn't be running the states they're from; they shouldn't even be allowed to drive or interact with regular people.

Jeee-zus.

When you read pieces like the above, you come away with a better understanding of how desperately foolish the Republicans are going to look when challenged with actual facts in front of their own primary voters. These people know what the facts are--they do live in the real world and know that the deficit is the ultimate bullshit issue. It only exists when there's a chance that a Democrat might get to produce a viable budget bill that will pass. When a Republican is in high office, the deficit disappears as an issue that polite people will never mention because it simply doesn't matter. The United States of America has a massive nuclear arsenal, aircraft carriers, a fleet of the most advanced ships, planes, and attack submarines, and a ground army that can destroy entire nations in mere days. Go ahead--try and collect the money you're owed. We'll tell you when you're getting paid, if at all. Everyone knows this and they hold out their hats and hope for a few coins.

A Republican primary debate is un-watchable when you're familiar with American government and how it functions. It doesn't take more than a few minutes to reach for your forehead with your palm--who the fuck are these idiots and why don't they know anything?

Social Security will be "insolvent" in less than seven years? Well, we'd better cut defense spending and raise taxes on everyone making more than $250,000 per year to make sure it doesn't happen.

None of these people could have been president in my lifetime, and I'm convinced that the Republican Party will have to find someone--anyone--to fill the slot when this realization hits home. The process is severely broken and facts are not something you can blame on media inquiries. There isn't anyone who can stand up to any kind of scrutiny, nor is there anyone currently running who can claim any kind  of accomplishment or success. It's a clown car, and it has no tires.

There is No Candidate


I'm just going to throw this out there--none of the candidates seeking the nomination for President on the Republican side are viable candidates for anything other than nuttiest Amway salesman of the month.

Look at the field--none of these people should be in charge of anything. A fair number of them shouldn't even be in the United States Senate, let alone president. They shouldn't be running the states they're from; they shouldn't even be allowed to drive or interact with regular people.

Jeee-zus.

When you read pieces like the above, you come away with a better understanding of how desperately foolish the Republicans are going to look when challenged with actual facts in front of their own primary voters. These people know what the facts are--they do live in the real world and know that the deficit is the ultimate bullshit issue. It only exists when there's a chance that a Democrat might get to produce a viable budget bill that will pass. When a Republican is in high office, the deficit disappears as an issue that polite people will never mention because it simply doesn't matter. The United States of America has a massive nuclear arsenal, aircraft carriers, a fleet of the most advanced ships, planes, and attack submarines, and a ground army that can destroy entire nations in mere days. Go ahead--try and collect the money you're owed. We'll tell you when you're getting paid, if at all. Everyone knows this and they hold out their hats and hope for a few coins.

A Republican primary debate is un-watchable when you're familiar with American government and how it functions. It doesn't take more than a few minutes to reach for your forehead with your palm--who the fuck are these idiots and why don't they know anything?

Social Security will be "insolvent" in less than seven years? Well, we'd better cut defense spending and raise taxes on everyone making more than $250,000 per year to make sure it doesn't happen.

None of these people could have been president in my lifetime, and I'm convinced that the Republican Party will have to find someone--anyone--to fill the slot when this realization hits home. The process is severely broken and facts are not something you can blame on media inquiries. There isn't anyone who can stand up to any kind of scrutiny, nor is there anyone currently running who can claim any kind  of accomplishment or success. It's a clown car, and it has no tires.

Friday, October 23, 2015

No Charges in the So-Called IRS Scandal




Is it wrong of my to lauugh hysterically at the collapse of another nothingburger scandal?

The Justice Department notified members of Congress on Friday that it is closing its two-year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted the tea party and other conservative groups.


There will be no charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency, the Justice Department said in a letter.


The probe found "substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime," Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in the letter.


"We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution," Kadzik said. "We also found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice. Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges."





It's hard out there for a Republican Party grifter. It's hard out there for the many hundreds of people hired to work for the Republican Congress on bullshit investigations that go no where. I suppose that I should feel bad for the staffers who have been collecting paychecks while they drink wine and fuck around on the government's dime, but I really, really don't. There will be another Clinton-gate or another bullshit scandal and these people will swarm like locusts and consume all that they can while pretending to do this oversight thing.





Oversight is hard. Someone elected the worst Congress ever and expected it to be easy, but it's not. Anyway, that's your Friday news dump. Feel bad for the Republicans who expended thousands and thousands of hours getting worked up into a lather over Lois Lerner's e-mails. And then, of course, go back to laughing through your tears at the collapse of everything they believe in. Enjoy!





No Charges in the So-Called IRS Scandal


Is it wrong of my to lauugh hysterically at the collapse of another nothingburger scandal?
The Justice Department notified members of Congress on Friday that it is closing its two-year investigation into whether the IRS improperly targeted the tea party and other conservative groups.
There will be no charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner or anyone else at the agency, the Justice Department said in a letter.
The probe found "substantial evidence of mismanagement, poor judgment and institutional inertia leading to the belief by many tax-exempt applicants that the IRS targeted them based on their political viewpoints. But poor management is not a crime," Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik said in the letter.
"We found no evidence that any IRS official acted based on political, discriminatory, corrupt, or other inappropriate motives that would support a criminal prosecution," Kadzik said. "We also found no evidence that any official involved in the handling of tax-exempt applications or IRS leadership attempted to obstruct justice. Based on the evidence developed in this investigation and the recommendation of experienced career prosecutors and supervising attorneys at the department, we are closing our investigation and will not seek any criminal charges."

It's hard out there for a Republican Party grifter. It's hard out there for the many hundreds of people hired to work for the Republican Congress on bullshit investigations that go no where. I suppose that I should feel bad for the staffers who have been collecting paychecks while they drink wine and fuck around on the government's dime, but I really, really don't. There will be another Clinton-gate or another bullshit scandal and these people will swarm like locusts and consume all that they can while pretending to do this oversight thing.

Oversight is hard. Someone elected the worst Congress ever and expected it to be easy, but it's not. Anyway, that's your Friday news dump. Feel bad for the Republicans who expended thousands and thousands of hours getting worked up into a lather over Lois Lerner's e-mails. And then, of course, go back to laughing through your tears at the collapse of everything they believe in. Enjoy!

Can't Anybody Get This Right?




A minor quibble here about U.S. policy in Libya and our attempt to stabilize the country:


"It left a crater where a country once was and fast-tracked the relentless destabilization that has overtaken the Middle East in recent years."


Gadafi made that happen all by himself. The United States tried to de-escalate the post-Gadafi meltdown of a country that had been stripmined of every decent human being. There was no one to work with in Libya precisely because Gadafi had spent decades torturing and killing anyone who would post even the slightest threat to his kleptocracy.

How is the United States responsible for failed states run by thieving dictators? Well, we did prop up a few of them and we did invade Iraq and throw the balance of power out of whack. But we aren't to blame for Libya. We're only to blame for being naive enough to try and save it.

Can't Anybody Get This Right?


A minor quibble here about U.S. policy in Libya and our attempt to stabilize the country:

"It left a crater where a country once was and fast-tracked the relentless destabilization that has overtaken the Middle East in recent years."

Gadafi made that happen all by himself. The United States tried to de-escalate the post-Gadafi meltdown of a country that had been stripmined of every decent human being. There was no one to work with in Libya precisely because Gadafi had spent decades torturing and killing anyone who would post even the slightest threat to his kleptocracy.

How is the United States responsible for failed states run by thieving dictators? Well, we did prop up a few of them and we did invade Iraq and throw the balance of power out of whack. But we aren't to blame for Libya. We're only to blame for being naive enough to try and save it.

Ben Domenech Shines a Lovely Turd




Nothing you've read today equals the delusion found here:


The GOP effort was less than sterling and Clinton remains the frontrunner for the White House – but that doesn’t mean she left Thursday completely unscathed.

Even before the Benghazi Day festivities on Capitol Hill starring Hillary Clinton began yesterday, the expectations for how the performance would play out were already in place. Clinton herself had requested an open, public hearing, one where the cameras would show Republicans aggressively hounding her on specifics regarding what she knew, when she knew it, and how important Sidney Blumenthal was to informing her of it.
Congressional hearings naturally tend to turn the witness into a sympathetic character, and this one was no different. The side for the defense serves up softballs that lead to long-winded statesmanlike answers, while the prosecution looks like a bunch of parsing, small people who are torn between grandstanding and focusing on minor details that seem unimportant in the grand scheme of things. The fact that House Republicans have many members more inclined to view opportunities to question a witness as an invitation to give another speech is never a good factor in such a scenario.


As it turned out, Republicans did slightly better than I expected given the well-known capability of Hillary Clinton to obfuscate at a Pro Bowl level. She danced around many of the Republican lines of questioning with her normal verve and ability to parse words to the nth degree. But Republicans largely resisted their worst tendencies, sticking to fact-checking, and dialing down most of the bluster. And they did catch her on a few things – not in a manner that changes anything about the conversation about Clinton, Benghazi, and her emails, but in ways that highlight Clinton’s questionable approach to the entire Libya situation and her role as Secretary of State.





This is Rich "Sparklepants" Lowry kind of deluded. Eleven hours and no punches landed? The whole thing lying in tatters you say? Was she really home alone? Good God, the D-list of Republican Congressional questioners today phoned it in and walked home with their shirts hanging out and their pockets turned out. They went home tonight with nothin'.





The issue is closed. Do you know what we're not gonna talk about between now and election day? We're not gonna talk about Benghazi and we're not gonna talk about the Teapot Dome scandal. And the reason why is obvious. Nobody fucking cares anymore, dumbass.





The Daily Beast is paying Ben Domenech money to write such things? I had no idea it was so easy to fleece the unsophisticated.

Ben Domenech Shines a Lovely Turd


Nothing you've read today equals the delusion found here:

The GOP effort was less than sterling and Clinton remains the frontrunner for the White House – but that doesn’t mean she left Thursday completely unscathed.

Even before the Benghazi Day festivities on Capitol Hill starring Hillary Clinton began yesterday, the expectations for how the performance would play out were already in place. Clinton herself had requested an open, public hearing, one where the cameras would show Republicans aggressively hounding her on specifics regarding what she knew, when she knew it, and how important Sidney Blumenthal was to informing her of it.
Congressional hearings naturally tend to turn the witness into a sympathetic character, and this one was no different. The side for the defense serves up softballs that lead to long-winded statesmanlike answers, while the prosecution looks like a bunch of parsing, small people who are torn between grandstanding and focusing on minor details that seem unimportant in the grand scheme of things. The fact that House Republicans have many members more inclined to view opportunities to question a witness as an invitation to give another speech is never a good factor in such a scenario.
As it turned out, Republicans did slightly better than I expected given the well-known capability of Hillary Clinton to obfuscate at a Pro Bowl level. She danced around many of the Republican lines of questioning with her normal verve and ability to parse words to the nth degree. But Republicans largely resisted their worst tendencies, sticking to fact-checking, and dialing down most of the bluster. And they did catch her on a few things – not in a manner that changes anything about the conversation about Clinton, Benghazi, and her emails, but in ways that highlight Clinton’s questionable approach to the entire Libya situation and her role as Secretary of State.

This is Rich "Sparklepants" Lowry kind of deluded. Eleven hours and no punches landed? The whole thing lying in tatters you say? Was she really home alone? Good God, the D-list of Republican Congressional questioners today phoned it in and walked home with their shirts hanging out and their pockets turned out. They went home tonight with nothin'.

The issue is closed. Do you know what we're not gonna talk about between now and election day? We're not gonna talk about Benghazi and we're not gonna talk about the Teapot Dome scandal. And the reason why is obvious. Nobody fucking cares anymore, dumbass.

The Daily Beast is paying Ben Domenech money to write such things? I had no idea it was so easy to fleece the unsophisticated.