Archive for the 'Librulz' Category

The fraudulence of the right on liberty and tyranny.

Aug 27, 2010 in Barack Obama, Clueless Conservatives, Constitution, Disappointing Dems, Glenn Greenwald, Librulz

Bush said I could be locked up and tortured as an enemy combatant if he felt like it. Obama says I will get taxed if I don’t have health care. Which one tyranny?

I can understand the argument, for instance, that if taxes are too high then personal freedom is to some degree eroded, but that seems very metaphorical compared to government’s power to physically lock you up. For all their talk about freedom and liberty, the enthusiastic embrace of the military and security culture by many conservatives pretty makes that seem like a lot of empty rhetoric to me.

I don’t mean it as a critique so much as a question – why does the military-security culture get such a huge pass? I honestly don’t understand how you can cast yourself as a defender of liberty on one hand, while be fully in support of expanding the government’s ability to physically remove your liberty on the other.

You know, what I would love is if liberals who took liberty extremely seriously, like Glenn Greenwald, had some actual support from the right. Greenwald is a lion against the government’s assumption of powers in the past ten years to toxic levels, and he’s coolly prosecuted Obama for leaving too many Bush era policies and practices intact. This piece on our increasingly cramped surveillance state should have an army of allies among any who say they treasure liberty. It gets published at CATO, in a nice gesture from them, but the GOP is expert at deftly ignoring CATO as a gang of nerds when Republicans disagree with them. Adding Greenwald’s name to the mix only freaks out wingers more.

Even worse, they’d have to actually describe Bush/Cheney accurately, so that will leave most Republicans out of the deal. They approved of Bush and still do, and the more Obama does things like Bush, the more Republicans are willing to just take a pass on the issue, pretend it doesn’t exist, and then scream about the Socialist Blitzkrieg.

Of course, we’re talking about the same people who got really concerned about spending the second Obama was sworn in, the same people who shrugged for eight years while Bush systematically dismantled our prosperity.

This is just why it’s so hard for me to have faith in the honest intentions of the right. Most are fairly nice people in person, but they treat politics like a game, one where intellectual honesty is simply a commie liberal plot to confuse “real” Americans. Rightwingers make up these weird fantasy wars in their heads like this:

…conservatism, the right, (is) people who want government to have less power over individuals, is the natural home of people who want to live and let live, while “progressivism”, the left, is the natural home of statists — fascists, nazis, socialists, communists, and the modern Democrat party — who want endlessly more centralized power over the individual.

Gee, so hard to pick sides there. Which way do I go? Freedom or Auschwitz?

Or, third option, blog commenter “American Elephant” is an idiot and neither description is accurate. As Greenwald notes, what power the Republicans seized, the Democrats held onto. Such is human nature, I imagine, but that’s why we’re supposed to have checks and balances. One of those is a populace that speaks up when the government goes too far, but the idiots on the right are choosing to spend their time chasing liberal bogeymen while a unified coalition of the powerful march right over all of us.

With fellow citizens like that, who needs terror babies?

-hw

How RUDE of Maddow to point out Aaron Schock’s blatant hypocrisy!

Feb 14, 2010 in Beltway-itis, Clueless Conservatives, Journamalism, Librulz, Media, Outstanding Democrats

This is the type of behavior that gets you called “rude” and “shrill” by Republicans. Maddow pointed out that Schock was taking credit for stimulus dollars locally that he publicly derided in DC.

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The chances that David Gregory would have called out Rep. Schock on this type of hypocrisy is precisely zero. As he’s stated before, it’s not a journalists job to raise scrutiny over the claims of politicians. That’s why it’s always enjoyable to see an actual liberal on a Sunday morning talk show who isn’t deathly afraid of being thought of as unreasonable by David Broder.

More disgusting liberal condescension.

Feb 07, 2010 in Clueless Conservatives, Journamalism, Librulz

This is one of my favorite demonstrations of what Gerard Alexander would refer to as “liberal condescension”. Daniel Ellsberg eviscerating the Very Serious ideas of great conservative thinker William Kristol.

Isn’t it a tragedy that liberals like Ellsberg arrogantly brushed aside the sage advice of this wise and humble man? Perhaps someday in a more civilized and intellectually honest future, conservative greats like Kristol, Krauthammer, Broder, Kaplan, Kagan, Vandehei, Barnes and Hanson can have a platform from which to speak freely.

-mg

Some clarification would be nice.

Jan 25, 2010 in Disappointing Dems, Librulz

From anybody.

“I think he’s allowed the left wing to pull him too much in that direction,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

What exactly has “the left wing” gotten from President Obama?

-mg

Wasn’t I just talking about this?

Dec 07, 2009 in Clueless Conservatives, Librulz, Media, Politics

Tintin at Sadly, No! zeroes in on a subject I was just combitching about to a hapless acquaintance; the tendency of right wing ideologues to start with a conclusion and then go looking for “proof” to support it. The issue was different but the piss-poor logic was similar. In the case of Red State conspiracy boffin Neil Stevens it’s the obvious liberal bias of The Google. The evidence provided is the lack of Climate Gate links in the drop-down suggestion feature when you type “climateg” into the search field. Granted when you type in “climate g” the second suggestion made is “climate gate scandal” BUT THAT’S NOT THE POINT.

Rules of logic never self apply to ideologues so I don’t know why they even bother pretending. Especially when you consider that the people poring over articles about the hidden political agendas of meteorologists, meter maids and search engine programmers have already accepted the writer’s trad forgone conclusion; that they’re beset on all sides by treasonous liberals.

Having said that it’s supposed to reach 29 degrees tomorrow which is the average temperature for my area. That should prove CONCLUSIVELY that global warming is a hoax!

-mg

Bill Moyers man-handles Porter Barry.

Jun 09, 2008 in Clueless Conservatives, Librulz, Media

Total pwn3ge:

-mg

Wah! I’m a Republican blogger! Wah!

Dec 05, 2007 in Clueless Conservatives, Librulz, Stupidity

Eric Boehlert asks “when are GOP bloggers going to stop whining?“:

It’s all part of the bloggers’ attempt to create a parallel universe of sorts, where their own facts don’t have to collide with harsh reality. It’s a world where inquisitive Democrats who submit video questions to candidates are denounced as “plants,” part of an elaborate media scheme to derail Republicans. How, you ask? By posing legitimate, factual questions about the pressing issues of the day. That’s what produced last week’s shrieking, the-sky-is-falling hysteria across the right-wing blogosphere, with some even making childish demands of “A Do Over” and frantically waving petitions around, insisting that CNN executives be fired for their unpardonable sin.

So, apparently, the debates were secretly manipulated by CNN and various other shadowy librul media operatives because *gasp* Democratic candidates were asked questions by Democrats. I shit you not. Even worse, CNN didn’t reveal that the people asking questions were Dems! And why should they? What was so insidious about the nature of these questions? They were completely unremarkable and could have been asked by anybody.

How embarrassing it must be to be a Republican blogger these days when all you can do when faced with the reality of a failed administration and dismal electoral prospects is to regress back to repeating old librul media canards and stale-as-old-bread Clinton conspiracies. Especially after years upon years of staged, phony presidential town hall meetings. But it all makes total sense when you consider the Republican definitional standard of being a liberal or part of the left wing media conspiracy; if you’re not actively promoting the Republican agenda, well, that makes you a filthy liberal.

-mg

Chomsky – The Immaturity of The Left.

Nov 10, 2007 in Chomsky, Librulz

Chomsky sticks it to Kennedy, Cambridge liberals and various other hacks.

-mg

Best. Blog. Ever.

Nov 01, 2007 in Librulz

If you’ve got extended family and if those family members have internet access then the chances that you’ve received a forwarded email from one of them decrying librulz for:

  • raising your taxes
  • turning your kids gay
  • turning your kids into terrorists
  • turning your kids into gay married terrorists
  • turning your kids into gay married Mexican terrorists
  • allowing humans to marry lawn mowers
  • teaching Satanism in elementary school
  • allowing terrorists to teach classes at your local elementary school
  • paving the way for the Soros/Rothschild/Bilderburg/UN one world government
  • controlling the media
  • facilitating the Islamic take-over of blah blah blah
  • etc etc etc etc etc

…is extremely high.
In a stroke of genius, Mike D’Asto has created a blog chocked full of every idiotic and insane forwarded email that has made it’s way through the Internets. It is aptly titled My Right-Wing Dad and it’s the funniest blog I’ve read in a very long time. When you’re there, be sure to check out the classic “18 Ways To Be A Good Liberal”. Check out number thirteen; “You have to believe that taxes are too low, but ATM fees are too high.” Oh SNAP!

-mg

Good ole Iowan Civil Disobedience

Oct 18, 2007 in Iowa, Librulz, Politics

I apologize if this was already covered in a previous post.  But I have been under a rock for many years, and this exciting news came to my ears.  There are few times that I can be proud of my Iowan connection.  But this one incident I think will stand the test of time.

Apparently some students in Des Moines stormed Chuck Grassley’s office and demanded that he take a legislative stance against the war in Iraq.

-aa

Think your job sucks?

Apr 28, 2007 in Journamalism, Librulz

You could be Mark Knoller. It was his job to come up with a hastily cobbled together “rebuttal” to last nights special with Bill Moyers regarding the well documented (liberal) media capitulation to the White House Iraq war marketing campaign. Knoller and his comb-over mail in a few examples of “tough” questions asked at the featured March 6th, 2003 press conference. Of course if you saw the documentary you would know that regardless of the questions asked the press conference was admittedly and openly scripted. George even makes one of his typically ham-fisted jokes about it. Taken out of context these questions may seem as if they had some traction but to characterize them as hard-hitting is completely disingenuous and kinda funny, really. When a question is asked to elicit an expected response the tenor and substance lose all relevancy.

Those in the press who still remember what journalistic standards are know full well they failed their duties. Unfortunately the disciples of Broder still run free.

-mg

How to be a hack.

Apr 24, 2007 in Clueless Conservatives, Journamalism, Librulz, Media, Uncategorized

The Librul Media ™ bogeyman phenomenon is the perfect summation of the operating principles of right-wing mouth-breathers. Using the flimsiest of definitional standards you invent and propagandize an enemy that appeals to the basest, most jingoistic prejudices of your targeted demographic and then use it as a convenient excuse to justify any position (I’d say action but wingers are more about you doing the work), right or wrong. It’s also very convenient since the proof given as evidence of a liberal bias is also it’s definition. All an outlet has to do to be labeled as liberal is to not evangelize for the Republican Party. What’s baffling is that even after years of Bush administration cheer-leading the editors of every major media outlet are characterized as insidious liberal villains intent on roping Lady Liberty to the railroad tracks.

Bill Moyers, a man I greatly respect, could make fifty television programs like this and it wouldn’t matter. Rush Limbaugh would open page 15C from the Bucketsville Examiner in Longmont, Arkabama and point to a community college blurb about sensible lawn fertilizer use and proclaim to millions how it is proof that Marxists have taken over the country.

Here’s what the raving liberal socialists at Bloomberg have to say:

Moyers supplies extensive evidence to back up that view.

The Washington Post, for instance, did some 140 front-page pieces between August 2002 and March 2003 “making the administration’s case for war” and only a handful raised serious questions about the policy, says Post media critic Howard Kurtz.

The New York Times, USA Today, PBS, the New York Daily News and a vast number of regional publications sang variations on the same theme, as did a large chorus of conservative and liberal pundits.

Who wasn’t a cheerleader? Oh, three dudes who worked for Knight Ridder but that doesn’t matter! What matters most is that the people who were behind the administration weren’t behind them quite enough. (It’s why we’re losing the war, you know!)

-mg

“We here at public radio couldn’t be more pleased with ourselves.”

Apr 22, 2007 in Librulz, Uncategorized

I listen to a lot of NPR. I started tuning in when I was briefly employed in Minneapolis and for my job I had to spend a great deal of my day on the road (Minnesota public radio is fantastic).  NPR segments are ideal for this type of work since they run over the course of half-an-hour and lack the frequent interruptions a commercial radio station would have. A format like this makes the time slip by much more quickly and as an added bonus you might actually learn something. Still, though, the programming sometimes leaves a lot of be desired. Despite the repeated howls of liberal bias, the hosts and guests are rarely critical of the status quo and hosts like Robert Siegel seem more content to stroke their beards than ask challenging questions.

This Onion article hits the nail squarely on it’s self-absorbed head.

In what cultural anthropologists are calling a “colossal achievement” in the study of white-collar professionals, the popular radio show has successfully isolated all 7,442 known characteristics of college graduates who earn between $62,500 and $125,000 per year and feel strongly that something should be done about global warming.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have to meet a lesbian couple for lunch at the local Ethiopian cafe where we’ll discuss whatever world music cd is popular this week.

-mg