Monday, January 27, 2020

"All is Well" except for some Malingering Soldiers

How many Real Soldiers were injured in the Iranian rocket attack on the Al-Asad base in Iraq?

Well if you listen to Trump and his lick spittle Tom Cotton, ZERO. Oh sure some guys have headaches but, no one was wounded.

After all nothing those men did warrants a Purple Heart. Trump was given a Purple Heart by a Veteran and he knew all along he deserved it for his phony bone spurs. These 11 or 34 soldiers have some headaches, take some "Vitamin I" and get back to duty before Trump charges you with an Article 115 Malingering.

It is of course well beyond the stage of "Imagine if Obama said that..." because there have been multiple instances of Trump pissing on Veterans and Active Duty military members and the Right doesn't care.  In truth Conservatives have never cared about Veterans. The military and active duty service members are nothing more than a Rhetorical Club for the Right to use to bash The Left.

The Niger Ambush in which a small detachment of Special Ops soldiers were sent into a hostile zone with no QRF, no air cover, no exit strategy, and no hope of rescue shows Conservatives don't care about those killed in hostile engagements unless Republicans can Benghazi the shit out of the incident. The Niger Ambush was a Republican failure from the top of Traitor Trump's comb-over to the bottom of Lindsey Graham's boot licking.

But, you can see how clearly Trump has captured every Republican when Tom Cotton, an erstwhile Veteran, completely debased himself to full-throatedly defend Trump's insulting comments about Soldiers "headaches".

Conservatives don't give a shit about Soldiers, never have, and never will.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

I, Trump and Trump the God - the face of Fascism in America

I am wicked
I am legion
Strength in numbers
A lie
The number is one
I, I, I
Everything that I see is for me - I (Black Sabbath DeHumanizer 1992)
Every Trump rally is a fascist display, designed to wear out and frustrate the Nation. Trump is so delusional and deplorable he's invented whole fantasy scenarios wherein by his Greatness Alone he's saved America,
"I made a deal. I saved a country, and I just heard that the head of that country is now getting the Nobel Peace prize for saving the country. I said ‘did I have something to do with it?’ Yeah. But you know that’s the way it is. As long as we know, that’s all that matters. I saved a big war, I saved a couple of ‘em."
I made a deal. I saved a country. Did I have something to do with it? I saved a big war. I saved a couple...

Over and over again from this supreme narcissist. But, Trump is cagey and an experienced conman so he's able smoothly to make the MAGA Horde believe they are in on the con, "As long as we know..."

The greatest trick of the Grifter is too get the marks to actively participate and have them come away convinced they were the ones pulling the scam.

Trump says things which are demonstrably untrue and conservatives know it. But, instead of distancing themselves from these lies and falsehoods they embrace them in their eternal quest to #OwntheLibs. It's why arguing with any conservative on-line is a fool's errand. Trump Cultists know they are arguing disingeniously, and in bad faith, and that's the point. To wear you out with lies, to tire you with their unshakeable delusions, to frustrate you with their smarmy untruths.
Power wears out those who do not have it. - Giulio Andreotti (1919-2013)
Of course, the "Power" most conservatives get from this Traitorous Maladministration is the Power to say 'Suck it Libtard!' Conservatives have abandoned their so-called principles, ethics, morals, and values for Trump; he is their All now. There is no coming back from this for conservatives. Sure, of course, they will scrutinize ever statement from an Elizabeth Warren, any Democratic politician or person who doesn't embrace the rightwing agenda of oppression, intolerance, and adulation of the rich but, a Cult never questions their Savior.

But, those who do break or question Trump are a problem. Trumpublicans have moved a step beyond simply accusing the Media, feminists, liberals, and the Democratic Party of suffering "Trump Derangement Syndrome" and now outright call the Democratic Party Terrorists. The Iran debacle has conservatives blood up and their throats are full of jingoism, political violence and murder once more. This is a classic step-by-step component of Marching Fascism. The Non-#MAGA are no longer just loons, but are active enemies. And that moves us closer to the Final Step when conservatives declare registered Democrats need to be rounded-up and shipped to concentration camps and murdered.

When Trump loses 2020, conservatives will be primed for Violence; will the Trumpublican Party openly embrace it?

Friday, January 10, 2020

Iran It's an Imminent Threat

It's a put-on
An Imminent Threat?
It's a put-on, It's a put-on, It's a put-on

As always Trump and his maladministration is lying. The reason Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, Trump himself, or any other fascist drone of this cabal say they can't reveal details of the imminent threat is because it didn't exist. And now they can't manufacture any real data or intel to substantiate the claim.

On Faux News, Pompeo did away with even the semblance of a cover-story, "There is no doubt there were a series of imminent attacks being plotted. We don’t know precisely when and we don't know precisely where. But it was real."

'We don't know when and where...'

But, it doesn't matter. The Magat Horde doesn't need any real Casus Belli. Trump's barnstorming' act is all they really want. So he decided to keep it simple, used his signature style of malaprop insults, and this reckless, unjustified strikeThe Anti-Benghazi!


The ground has been well plowed for Trump; 25 years of Faux News, 40 years of toxic rightwing talk radio, 60 years of Birtcher propaganda, and 150 years of revisionist rightwing history, so entire generations of conservatives have been born and died believing naught but lies and rightwing agitprop. Of course, they know Qasem Soleimani was about to blow up the Embassy in Iran or Iraq or Washington DC, whatever. And of course, they know Solemani directly killed hundreds of Marines and Soldiers and millions of people.

Of course, the Soleimani killing which also resulted in 9 other deaths, was just a Weapon of Mass Distraction, from the real battle Republicans wished to wage against their true enemy; the Democratic Party and the ostensible American Left. So after the drone strike, Republicans flooded every channel of the toxic rightwing propaganda machine with Democrats love the Terrorists, a time-honored slander conservatives have been flinging for years.

There's no coming back from the depths conservatives have reached. The entire Republican Party is a criminal conspiracy abetted by a Cult of fanatics who will never abandon their god-emperor.

Trump is slowly transitioning, as I always knew he would, from calling the Media and elected Democratic Congresspersons vicious, horrible and evil, to labelling anyone who votes against him in those terms. He's edged this way before, as when he tasked Police Unions to suss out which Officers voted against him. But, as the election nears, Traitor Tump is getting closer and closer to directly calling on his Cultists to round-up and concentrate his enemies into camps. And understand, conservatives and especially their paramilitary armies (the Oathkeepers and III Percenters) are oiling up their guns just waiting to execute Trump's Order for someone to rid him of these Non-#MAGA.

Friday, January 3, 2020

How MAGA and KAG learned to love the upcoming Iran War (pssst it's 9/11)

#WWG1WGA - it's not just a hashtag it's a Cult Mantra...
"The Greatest foreign policy achievement of the decade, if not our lifetime..." - Kayleigh McEnany on Fox Agitprop Channel.
Right now, a lot of 2003-2004 political strategy manuals are being dusted off. Hopefully, John Kerry's "I was for the war, before I was against it" is not one of them.

In 2003-2004, Democratic politicians tried to thread the needle of a third way between Pro-War and Anti-War. Democrats hoped to be seen supporting the Troops while hedging their bets about the Iraq Invasion and Occupation. Republicans on the other hand went full in on the War and declared anyone who did not support the War was a treasonous Anti-American traitor who sided with the 9/11 attackers. War Criminal Dick Cheney derisively declared, "So?" when the media tepidly pointed out the Iraq War was a massive disaster.

Even as the war dragged on, with deaths, injuries, multiple deployments, torture, war crimes in Abu Ghraib or Fallujah and the WMD lies by W(orst President Ever) were hilariously revealed in a White House comedy skit conservatives were still hammering at the Left and drunkenly claimed Saddam was responsible for 9/11 and Liberals loved Saddam.

As is their nature, conservatives used the troops as a rhetorical cudgel to attack the Left and Democrats fearing they would lose in 2004 were still hesitant to accurately call for Bush's Impeachment as a a War criminal. Well, the wishy-washy Kerry lost in 2004. Republicans fucking gained seats in the House and Senate. So, the Iraq War continued as Bush swaggered around the White House in his phony cowboy attire. Conservatives continued to support Bush and Cheney throughout their Nation Wrecking Maladministration, which went from one disaster to another. Perhaps you recall some of the Bush List of accomplishments: 9/11, protecting the Bin Laden family including Osama, Iraq War Crimes, $5 TRILLION dollars lost in the deserts of Iraq and Wadis of Afghanistan, Katrina, culminating in the Great Republican Recession of 2007.

So, after President Obama won election conservatives quickly declared the Iraq War Won (Victory in Iraq Day is officially 11/22/2008 in conservative #AlternativeFacts Universe). Shamelessly, after years of declaring anyone questioning the Iraq War was a traitor and sided with the terrorists, Trump won (with help from the likes of Zero Hedge) by declaring Hillary Clinton the sole architect responsible for the Iraq War and its failures. And conservatives fell in-line as they always do.

As is necessary when the US engages in military operations Qasem Soleimani has been elevated to near Hitlerian heights in order to justify his killing. Ridiculous joke of a human and Arch-Traitor to the United States Donald J. Trump tweeted,
"General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more...but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself." 
100% bullshit. Thousands of Americans? Bullshit! Millions of people! Total Horseshit! And before Mike Pompeo could disseminate the Agitprop of 'Iraqis celebrating and dancing in the streets' the 60 million Trump Lovers took to their social media to declare their jingoistic unwavering support for the mission and the upcoming war with Iran.

So, expect Faux News to replay their greatest hits; You can't criticize a President during a War, you can't support the Troops without supporting Trump, anyone who is against the drone strike of Qasem Soleimani is a hypocrite or a terrorist-lover, Actually Obama/Hillary/John Kerry is responsible for Iran, The Democrats are in league with Iran, and so forth.

Conservatives will dust off the Toby Keith CDs, reattach their faded yellow ribbon magnets, criticize anyone against War as a Terrorist Sympathizer. Right-wingers long ago realized conservatives have No Memory and No Concept of Future Time. There is only the Eternal Now. And you say whatever you need to in order to Win Now.

Winning. You are going to get tired of all the Winning.

And just like that, despicable prevaricator Mike Pence reintroduces 9/11 as a justification. Cheney and his creepy cabal tried to tie in Iran to 9/11 back in the Axis of Evil days. It really is the 2003 Playbook all over again.
Magat Liars

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The Anti-Benghazi Back to Iraq III: it's been too long I'm glad we're back

Cause We're Back, Yes We're Back
We're Baa-a-a-a-a-a-a-ack
We're Baa-a-a-a-a-a-a-ack
We're Baa-a-a-a-a-a-a-ack, in Iraq
Yes, We're Back in Iraq 

The US launched some airstrikes at the end of the year which apparently killed 50 US trained erstwhile allied security forces. After the strikes, the US Embassy in Baghdad came under an "attack" and the protesters bypassed all the ineffectual defenses but, the attacks did not result in any lives lost. The Department of Defense officially claimed Iranian backed Shia-militias were responsible because leaders were spotted int he crowd. Less talked about by the DoD was Secretary of State Pompeo slashed funding for the security in a repeat of the embassy funding cuts done by Republicans in 2011.

Donald Trump began tweeting out "Anti-Bengahzi" because he is an illiterate buffoon who can't even spell let alone comprehend the forces Dickless Cheney and George W(worst POTUS Ever) unleashed during their Great Boondoggle along the Tigris and Euphrates. Iran became the preeminent power in the Middle East as a direct result of the Iraq War.

As the tensions escalate we face the near certainty of a renewed Iraq War. Or worse still a proxy War with Iran in Iraq which will eventually spill into direct war with Iran. Trump is blustering boob who, in fits of phony toughness, has publicly and repeatedly staked out the maximalist position of 100% retaliation at any provocation. Thus, Trump can not rely on diplomacy when faced with an escalating crisis and even if he wished to, his undermining of the State Department during his Ukrainian Crimes has closed that avenue for him. And there is no longer a so-called adult in the Oval Office to keep the childish Trump from lashing out in a fit of pique. Thus, he's left only with the military option.

But, as is always the case once Trump fucks something up the Magat Horde take it upon themselves to retcon his mistakes into glory whilst finding a way to Blame Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton.

In this case, the decision seems to be to blame John Kerry. Rightwing social media is circulating pictures of a White House visit in 2011 by the Nouri Al-Malki administration in which Hadi Al-Amiri takes part.

This alone is all the rightwing Wurlitzer needs to spin a million and one fables via a million and one tweets. The Joy of being a Conservative is having No Memory and acting as though incidents and people spring up ex nihilio. To conservatives on-line (and the bots that amplify them) until December 31st 2019 there never was a Hadi Al-Amiri. He isn't the Minister of Transportation. He wasn't part of the post Saddam post Coalition Provisional Authority Government. He never fought in the Iran-Iraq War, which was fomented by Ronnie Raygun, Donald Rumsfeld, and George Bush Senior. Nope. Instead Had Al-Amiri sprung up from Barack's tears of capitulation from the desert during Obama's Surrender World Tour.

Propaganda Never Sleeps.

Right now, the US has proclaimed at the direction of the "President", a targeted airstrike at Baghdad Airport has killed General Qasem Soleimani. Thus raising the question: under what authority was this attack authorized? The Ancient crumbling AUMF? Don't expect Republicans to break with Trump over this bombing they've given themselves completely to MAGA. And the jingoistic war-boners this is giving the Magat Horde on-line gives lie to the Donald the Dove narrative they careful curated for Media consumption.

So now... now we await the response from the Shia Arabs, Iranian directed militia forces, and Official Iraqi government. Will they ratchet up incidents to force Trump to respond with his phony bravado and send the troops surging back to Iraq? Or is the long awaited Invasion of Iran about to begin?

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Revenge of The Thin Blue Line 6: One More Cup of Coffee

But I don't sense affection
No gratitude or love

One more cup of coffee for the road
One more cup of coffee 'fore I go - Bob Dylan, One More Cup of Coffee (1976)

The War on Police... For some reason Police Officers from Sea to Shining to Sea are lying about their daily cup of coffee. Two of the most recent examples of lying Cops and the Wurlitzer of Blue Line Lovin' come from Oklahoma and Kansas City but, Officers are not just blaming Starbucks (although Starbucks as illustrated is still the prime target).

In Oklahoma, an Officer claimed the barista printed the name PIG on the cup and the Chief of Police Johnny O'Mara jumped upon it to denounce Starbucks, get the barista and manager fired, and Black Rifle Coffee Company saw a chance to lick some jackboots and sell some coffee to police. Of course, the incident as dramatized in deleted facebook posts by the Oily Chief of Police O'Mara was a lie and O'Mara's daughter pointed out her father is a lying sack of pig shit and attention whore.

In Kansas City, an Officer saw all the attention being paid and decided he needed some of that sweet butt salve and claimed a McDonald's employee wrote in sharpie "Fucking Pig". The rightwing internet roared back into gear and denounced minimum wage workers, immigrants, the left, libtards, Cop haters, Democrats... but, then... the McDonald's Manager dropped the hammer. There's video and the video completely exonerates the employees. The Officer was forced to resign one day later.

This is inexplicable to me. I know from multiple personal experience that various coffee shops will give out coffee free to Officers, employees see Officers every day and know what they like to drink, residents come up to thank the Officer for the "tough job" they do and offer to buy the cup of coffee for them*. If this display of obsequious fellatio was anymore graphic it'd be public indecency.

And yet...

And yet...

Despite all the adulation, there are Officers who apparently feel they need more. Why? Well I do know one reason: It's straight-up Agitprop. Officers dutifully and uncritically regurgitate this shit and get themselves angry. Over and over Officers, supposedly trained to detect lies, fall for and perpetuate outright propaganda. Why?

Well, there can be many reasons but, for me it gets back to the reactionary victim mentality. Boo-hoo-hoo woe is me I'm a victim. Conservatives saw that as America changed, groups of people right-wingers had gotten away with victimizing for centuries, began to fight back and win in the Courts and... the Court of public opinion. Now in the social media era, conservative bad actors are eager to foment dissension and advance the rightwing agenda of oppression and intolerance via any means possible see claiming Victimhood as a winning strategy.

Hence the Coffee Cups and the War on Cops Agitprop.

*- I always request they make a donation to a local food bank.