Jim Hoft’s Obama Derangement Syndrome kills worthwhile project

JISHOU, HUNAN — I’m angry. I’m angry about something that happened on the other side of the world, in a city I have never visited. I’m angry at two men whose entire raison d’etre is to promulgate disinformation for political and social reasons, because they HATE the current president, and liberals, and Democrats, and anybody who is not them. With one poorly researched, inflammatory article, Jim Hoft and Kristinn Taylor killed a worthwhile charitable project even before it got off the ground. Within minutes, every right-wing media site picked up the story — which was almost 100% wrong — and the resulting publicity led the project’s organizers to abandon the plan. Weslaco, Texas, could have been home to a facility to take care of immigrant kids coming over the Mexican border. It could have gained a few hundred new jobs. It could have had $50 million added to its local economy. Not now. Because Hoft and Taylor, in their blind hatred, spread lies and misinformation, implying the project was going to be a resort of some kind for illegal aliens, complete with swimming pools, tennis courts, weight rooms, free Wifi and free cable TV. Here is their headline: FEDS TO ...

They have no shame: Calif. GOP makes fake healthcare website

JISHOU, HUNAN — Taking a page from the Kim Jong-Il Manual of Public and Media Manipulation, Republican members of the California Assembly created pamphlets and an entire website to mislead people about the Affordable Care Act and health insurance. As reported at Crooks and Liars, the assembly members sent “helpful” mailings to their constituents offering advice about signing up for health insurance, with just one little problem. ..[T]hey don’t direct those people to CoveredCA.com to sign up. Instead, they send them to their own astroturf version at the URL CoveringHealthCareCA.com. Visitors to the fake website are then misled about their options under the ACA (also known as Obamacare), told only about the penalties in not signing up and not about the benefits — basically, a pack of lies. What is it about these Republicans? They are sore losers who never had a decent hand and are now trying to stack the deck — and they’re not even dealing the cards! Congress passed the ACA, President Barack Obama signed, and it became law. The insurance exchanges are in operation in many states (except in those states controlled by Republicans dead set on destroying the system from the inside) and hundreds of ...

Presidential election results: The South tried to rise again

Presidential election results: The South tried to rise again
JISHOU, HUNAN — Charles Johnson posted this graphic in a comment yesterday at Little Green Footballs. It’s thought-provoking, from a number of angles. We can argue about correlation and causation here. Either way, I’m not very surprised at the results.

And Obama wins again.

JISHOU, HUNAN — It’s almost 1 pm here, and between writing exams and caring for a sick friend, I’ve been watching the reports on the election. I am very glad that Barack Obama has been re-elected. If you’re a Republican and reading this, sorry your candidate lost, but that’s the way it goes. From my cursory glances at the Senate races, it also seems the GOP didn’t do so well there, either. You need to ask yourselves why. Some of your candidates were too extreme, frankly. They were popular within a certain demographic, but that demographic is apparently not representative of the voting population at large. As for Mitt Romney, he may have picked up nearly 49% of the popular vote, but that also suggests he was not a strong enough candidate to sway people away from Obama and the Democrats. Maybe if he actually had had a definite platform that he could stick to longer than two hours he might have done better. Or if he had something like, well, sincerity. Obama’s still got a tough job ahead, with a GOP-controlled House that may try to obstruct him at every chance. I’m hoping, however, that these mule-headed Republicans put ...

Things I’ve learned from the debates so far

Mitt Romney sure can spin a yarn. Trouble is, it changes with every retelling. He thinks President Obama is a little boy who lies, like Romney’s sons. (Huh?) In debate #1, Obama was confusticated by the yarn spinning. In debate #2, he was not taking any more of that shit. (Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.) Romney thinks Big Bird ought to get a real job, and not live off the public dole. It’s probably the same opinion he has of Obama. Romney has a “binder full of women.” Cool. Is that what CEOs call a “little black book” now? Yes, Obama did in fact say the Benghazi attack was “an act of terror.” Moving on now. Vice-president Joe Biden likes to cut big talkers like Paul Ryan down to size. Speaking of Ryan, wearing your ball cap backwards while lifting weights does not make you “hot.” Washing already clean dishes does not make you “one of the common people.” You just end up looking like a dork.

The Return of Birtherism 2

JISHOU, HUNAN — Back in the old days (2008), some very noisy people got the addlepated notion that Barack Obama, even after he was elected fair and square as president, could not possibly have been born in the USA. First, there was his name. Then his Kenyan father, who was (ohnoz!) raised Muslim. Then his schooling as a boy in Indonesia, where the future pres would learn more stuff about Islam … and eating dogmeat. Nevermind that he was born in Hawai’i in 1961, with a birth certificate and all. And his mother was American. And his eligibility to even run for president was undoubtedly checked and rechecked by the Secret Service, FBI and who knows what else alphabet agency. The doubting Thomases still kept on a-doubting. It’s now 2012, another election year, and damn if the same addlepated nonsense is still in circulation. The freaking Arizona Secretary of State recently badgered the State of Hawai’i to cough up proof of Obama’s birth there, before the (Republican) SoS would allow ballots to be printed with Obama’s name on them. SadlyNo! sums it up quite nicely: God himself could descend from the heavens in a burning, fiery chariot, land in Times ...

Universal suffrage is an un-American, left-wing plot, says right-wing tool

JISHOU, HUNAN — A long time ago, only white, male property owners could vote. Then the property ownership rule was dropped, followed by the whites-only rule, followed by the men-only rule, followed by a reduction in the legal voting age to 18. So, in the USA, there is near universal suffrage, which most people would consider a really good thing. Not Matthew Vadum of the oxymoronically named American Thinker blog. He believes we need to turn back the calendar a couple of centuries to those good old days when only rich white guys could vote. Or be President, I reckon. Vadum says registering the poor to vote is un-American. Seriously. Because encouraging the poor to vote means they will vote for their own interests, unlike rich folk, who always vote for the poor’s interests. Sayeth he: Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote? Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery. Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of ...

Explaining Osama to Chinese students 4

JISHOU, HUNAN — While Osama bin Laden was a big name in the West, he was a blip that barely showed up on the radar of most Chinese students here. So, I and my fellow foreign teachers have had to explain why his death is such a big deal. For example, one guy was surprised to learn that nearly 3,000 people died in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001. I explained that bin Laden had taken credit for the 9/11 attacks, and that was why he had been on the USA’s most wanted list for the past decade. A girl — one of our smartest students — wanted to know if the successful raid on bin Laden’s suburban lair would mean President Barack Obama would get re-elected. I offered the surmise that Obama’s approval ratings got a boost, but time will tell whether his rating remains high. There are a few other issues he needs to deal with before the next elections. Her classmates asked how Pakistan, our ostensible ally in the fight against bin Laden and Al Qaeda, will react after US forces swooped in near a Pakistani military base to engage bin Laden in his own home. ...

Well, that’s over with. Now, can we move on? 2

Kate and William finally tied the knot. Obama finally released his “long form” birth certificate. Now, can the media focus on more substantive issues to dwell on? Yeah, you’re right. Probably not.

How the “socialist Marxist Muslim” saved our financial a$$es

[Rescued from hacker oblivion, thanks to Facebook Notes.] JISHOU, HUNAN — To listen to the right wingers, President Barack Obama has done nothing but spend, spend, spend, ruin health care, trample their rights (to do what, I have no idea), and lead the USA down the path of socialism. Except he really hasn’t. According to Timothy Egan of The New York Times, Obama managed to save capitalism in the USA, at the price of losing his party’s majority after the midterm elections. Suppose you had $100,000 to invest on the day Barack Obama was inaugurated. Why bet on a liberal Democrat? Here’s why: the presidency of George W. Bush produced the worst stock market decline of any president in history. The net worth of American households collapsed as Bush slipped away. And if you needed a loan to buy a house or stay in business, private sector borrowing was dead when he handed over power. As of election day, Nov. 2, 2010, your $100,000 was worth about $177,000 if invested strictly in the NASDAQ average for the entirety of the Obama administration, and $148,000 if bet on the Standard & Poors 500 major companies. This works out to returns of ...

Repeating falsehoods does not make them come true 2

[Another rescued post, thanks to Facebook Notes. Yay, redundancy!] JISHOU, HUNAN — I spent a couple of hours tonight trying to catch up on the post-election aftermath. It seems President Obama is going to visit India. According to the right wing echo chamber, the trip will cost somewhere around $200 million a day! Such intellectual heavyweights as Sean Hannity of Faux News, Rush Limbaugh of the AM (blowhard) airwaves, and Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) of the Crazy People have been repeating this dubious figure like it was the gospel truth. Don’t people fact-check anymore? My editors years ago would have put a big CQ in a red circle if I reported such a ridiculous amount of money. According to the mother of all fact-checkers, snopes.com, the estimate came from provincial official in India who clearly doesn’t know his ass from a hole in the wall. Our entire military presence in Afghanistan costs the USA less money each day than this fictionalized mega-junket to India! (Actually, traveling in India is pretty cheap, I hear, but of course the people I know don’t fly in their own personal jetliner with an entourage of aides and Secret Service agents in tow. Still, $200 ...

Sarah “Palín” y los cojones del presidente 2

JISHOU, HUNAN — According to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has what President Obama doesn’t — balls — because Brewer dealt directly with the state’s illegal immigration problem. Since “balls” is too rude a word for such a God-fearing woman as Señora Palin to use, she instead used the Spanish slang, “cojones.” Or maybe she was trying to show off how street-wise she is. After all, Obama used “Sí, se puede,” during his campaign. Of course, Obama was trying to appeal to potential supporters who speak Spanish natively. Palin used Spanish slang to criticize Obama’s supposed inability to deal with undocumented Spanish-speaking immigrants. Was she even aware of the irony? Or the fact that Obama, as a man, is more likely to literally have cojones than Brewer (a woman, btw)? Or was she trying to make a joke? I doubt it. Here’s what she said on air Sunday, referring to the controversial Arizona state law SB 1070: Palin said on “Fox News Sunday” that Arizona’s female Republican governor has “the cojones that our president does not” when it comes to securing America‘s borders.   “This is a temporary suspension of some of the key elements in ...
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