put together a list of America's craziest politicians, but could not find any Dems to include. (Correction:
They found three. And they were a stretch.) As a rejoinder, the New York Post
put together a list of allegedly crazy Dems. The two articles offer an instructive comparison.
Here's an example from GQ. They point the finger at the vile Sheriff Joe Arpaio -- a man who has done more than any other individual to destroy Arizona tourism. (Seriously, would you
chance a drive through that state?)
Has forced inmates to wear pink underwear; served them rotting food; housed them in a tent city, which he once described as a "concentration camp" and where inside temperatures have reached 145 degrees; allegedly denied Latina inmates sanitary products and forced them to sleep on sheets soiled with menstrual blood. Created an armed volunteer "posse" that has included Steven Seagal.
Now here's the NYP on the allegedly crazy Bernie Sanders:
Said that the VA provides “very high quality health care, period.” and that the shocking scandals surrounding it were traceable to “a concerted effort to undermine the VA” led by “Koch Brothers and others, who want to radically change the nature of society.” So that’s why the Kochs are funding all those hospitals! It’s really a roundabout way of making the VA look bad.
The Kochs don't
want to restructure society?
If Sanders is nuts, he's my
kind of nuts. This Republican attempt to construct a false equivalence is as bombastic as it is strained and pathetic.
Obama's rotten apple.
The Republican lie machine keeps keeps telling us that Obama is a liberal or a leftist. Do they actually believe this nonsense?
Consider the case of Antonio Weiss, nominated by Obama to take a top spot of Treasury, overlooking Wall Street reform. Weiss is an investment banker.
"Hie thee to the henhouse, Mr. Fox," sayeth the Prez. Seriously, what kind of liberal
would choose a guy like that for a job like that?
is spearheading an effort to deep-six the Weiss nomination. If you hit that last link, you'll encounter a petition which I strongly urge you to sign.
We fell into the last major economic crisis six years ago after we let Wall Street police itself. We can't let that happen again.The cops, the cops, the goddamned cops!
But President Obama recently nominated Antonio Weiss -- an investment banker responsible for mergers that help corporations avoid paying their fair share of taxes -- to one of the top positions in the Treasury Department.
Join Al Franken and thousands of members of Progressives United in telling President Obama to withdraw this nomination. Add your name to the letter below by filling out the form.
In case you missed it, Salon
published an excellent story (based on this
Reuters report) which shows that even black cops
fear white cops.
“The black officers interviewed said they had been racially profiled by white officers exclusively, and about one third said they made some form of complaint to a supervisor.”
Remember when the NYPD turned its collective back on Mayor de Blasio? Here
is the supposedly "damning" quote from the Mayor which prompted that mass display of insubordination:
This is profoundly personal for me. I was at the White House the other day, and the president of the United States turned to me, and he met Dante a few months ago, and he said that Dante reminded him of what he looked like as a teenager. And he said, I know you see this crisis through a very personal lens. I said to him I did. Because Chirlane and I have had to talk to Dante for years, about the dangers he may face. A good young man, a law-abiding young man, who would never think to do anything wrong, and yet, because of a history that still hangs over us, the dangers he may face—we’ve had to literally train him, as families have all over this city for decades, in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.
And that painful sense of contradiction that our young people see first, that our police are here to protect us and we honor that and at the same there's a history that we have to overcome because, for so many of our young people there’s a fear and for so many of our families there’s a fear. So, I’ve had to worry over the years, Charlene’s had to worry: Was Dante safe each night? There’s so many families in this city who feel that each and every night. Is my child safe? And not just from some of the painful realities of crime and violence in some of our neighborhoods, but are they safe from the very people they want to have faith in, as their protectors? That’s the reality
And that is freakin' IT. Those are the words which the NYPD considers "dangerous and irresponsible."
Are they serious?
The type of person who would consider that statement "dangerous and irresponsible" is the same kind of person who would consider the New York Post's article on "crazy" Dems (as referenced above) to be an example of sound journalism.
This nation is filled with people who have spent so much time in the right-wing media bubble that they cannot comprehend how bizarre their thought patterns seem to normal people.
At the request of a reader, I have included the second paragraph from the Mayor's statement. Only someone thoroughly brainwashed by Fox would consider those words inflammatory or unjustified.)
He said that? According to Bob Parry,
George Friedman of Stratfor -- freakin' Stratfor
-- actually has some reasonably reasonable things to say about the Ukraine coup:
Brushing aside the righteous indignation and self-serving propaganda, Stratfor’s Friedman recognized that both Russia and the United States were operating in what they perceived to be their own interests. “The bottom line is that the strategic interests of the United States are to prevent Russia from becoming a hegemon,” he said. “And the strategic interests of Russia are not to allow the U.S. close to its borders.”
Meanwhile, some rather obvious ratfuckers have been infiltrating American "peace" groups
in an attempt to convert lefties to the neocon position on Syria.
More and more “peace and social justice” groups are even being twisted into “democracy promotion,” U.S. militarism style. But rarely do we get a window to see as clearly into how this Orwellian transformation occurs as with the “Committee in Solidarity with the People of Syria” (CISPOS) based in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, a spin-off of “Friends for a Nonviolent World” (FNVW), steering its Quaker-inspired founding in nonviolence to promote speakers and essayists with strong ties to the violent uprising to topple the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad, resulting in a war that has already taken some 200,000 lives.
Resources for information on Syria often come from “citizen journalists” with deep ties to neocons and U.S. government sources. From the State Department’s website , the $330 million in support for the Syrian opposition includes training for networks of citizen journalists, bloggers and cyber-activists to support their documentation and dissemination of information on developments in Syria.
In the lead-up to each intervention, “experts” emerged to explain that while anti-imperialism is good in general and in past scenarios, this time is different. Is it?
Isn’t it time for war-weary Americans to wise up and stop falling for these pretexts of bringing democracy and human rights to foreign countries through training and funding of “color (and umbrella) revolutions,” inciting of coups and regime changes and eventually, through U.S.-NATO military might?
I'll add this: In my opinion, Slate has become the
go-to website whenever neocon propagandists want to seed neocon ideas into the liberal view-stream.
Not so long ago, that role was assigned to The New Republic
. Hence the oft-heard phrase: "Even the liberal
New Republic says..."
Today, the operative phrase is: "Even the liberal
Slate web magazine says..."