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 ...

Bem feito, Rio de Janeiro! 3

JISHOU, HUNAN — The International Olympics Committee picked Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, placing the Games in South America for the first time in history. That’s a good thing, and Rio can be congratulated for a job well done (bem feito). Photo gallery of happy cariocas. Chicago coulda been a contenda, but it was cut in the first round of votes. Folks in the Windy City were understandably disappointed. In fact, the whole USA should have been disappointed, except … Michelle Malkin: “”Chicago and Tokyo eliminated. No Obamalypics. Game over on Obamalympics. Next up, Obamacare.” Rush Limbaugh: “The worst day of Obama’s presidency, folks. The ego has landed. The world has rejected Obama.” Newsmax.com: “ChicagP//n3D!” Glenn Beck: “Please, please let me break this news to you. It’s so sweet.” Then he went on the report the happy news that Chicago (a large city in the USA, by the way) didn’t make the first cut. WTF? Right-wing flacks must look at everything through their magic I Hate Obama™ spectacles blinkers. Where others see bad news for Chicago, they see only good news for “their side.” While other commentators should express outrage, or at last disappointment, at Rio winning the spot, ...

Oh, yeah! That’ll work – a coup d’etat … 5

JISHOU, HUNAN — A columnist on a right-wing website Tuesday suggested that the US military maybe might possibly be considering a coup to remove President Barack Obama from office. Following some negative publicity, the site, Newsmax.com , quickly removed the offending column from sight. What the hell are these people smoking? It’s gotta be laced with something than fries your brain permanently. John L. Perry has been a regular contributor to Newsmax.com since 1999, according to his bio there. He supposedly worked in the Carter administration, but has since gone over to the Dark Side, it seems. In a column published Sept. 29, he suggests the military could be considering a solution to the “Obama problem.” There is a remote, although gaining, possibility America's military will intervene as a last resort to resolve the "Obama problem." Don't dismiss it as unrealistic. America isn't the Third World. If a military coup does occur here it will be civilized. That it has never happened doesn't mean it wont. Describing what may be afoot is not to advocate it. So, view the following through military eyes: Officers swear to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and ...

Russian expert, American right wingers drinking the same Kool-Aid?

JISHOU, HUNAN — There’s a Russian scholar who’s been drinking the same water as some right-wing crazies in the US of A. According to Igor Panarin, an important figure shaping Russia’s future diplomats, President Barack Obama will declare martial law sometime this year, leading to a schism of the United States into six parts. The sudden breakdown of the USA’s government will then enable Russia and China to become world leaders. If you google “obama martial law,” you will find a host of right-wing-crazy sites that have been predicting the same outcome since last fall, before Obama was even elected. One site even suggests that former President George W. Bush would declare martial law to prevent Obama from being elected! All wishful thinking, I guess. I learned about Panarin after one recent English Corner at the old campus, during which two students deviated from the usual routine questions about my birthplace, love of China, etc., and instead floored me with completely surprising questions. One boy asked me, quite seriously, if I liked Obama and whether I believed the US would split into six parts soon. He explained that his politics professor had read a book by a Russian expert (Panarin), ...
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