The Conservative Tea Party Still Stoned On Delusions

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Steve has written one of the must read posts about Benghazi,  WINGERS HAPPY TO SCRAP THEIR ENTIRE BENGHAZI SCANDAL IN FAVOR OF A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT BENGHAZI SCANDAL, featured in this post at Crooks and Liars. Another post featured at C and L is this,  There’s A Reason Why All Of The Reports About Benghazi Are So Confusing. Maybe its a just-me situation, but I do not find it especially confusing. Benghazi was basically a CIA op with some embassy personnel. We knew this almost from the first week and President Obama’s official statement and later when House Republicans were told the same thing by the CIA. The only real news that is kinda new is the size of the armed CIA force on the ground. Which is one of the reason the conspiracy theories conservatives started with – unprotected embassy, Obama weak on national security fell apart and now they are literally debating the number of armed agents. Erin Burnett has always been a willing water carrier for the far Right, CNN Benghazi Special Pushes Debunked And Deceptive Claims.

Back to new news or new old news. I check in on Steve’s No More Mister Nice Blog to see if that Benghazi link was working OK and find that he had the gull to criticize the tea smokers. A few of them see the link and the hoards of tea baggers descend writing about how wonderful, perfect, great, shiner than new patriots they are and how liberals kick puppies. You know, the usual. It is the same tiresome lies, sheeple under the delusion they have clear thoughts, feel strongly they can distinguish a lie from a truth they are strangers to, they’re like the nationalists of old Imperial japan though they were holier-then-thou or cultists who have seen the one true light and everyone else is a heretic. They’re literally the blast from the past, a modern version of the Spanish Inquisition mixed with some proto-fascism smothered in ingenuous platitudes, with a cup of outraged plantation master angry at the uppity. They’re the pure true plastic as compared to those fake patriots who founded liberalism and democracy, and created the syntax that became the Constitution, the tea smokers say they believe in, except the parts they don’t. To them the Civil War and White v Texas, decided nothing, if a state wants to conduct its govmint like Tehran, well that is fine with them. I know some of them and on a personal level they can be pleasant. Lots of pleasant people throughout history have believed in some wacko garbage, been great at denying reality, are champions at the utter inability to take an honest assessment of themselves and the shaky foundations of their beliefs.

Since the tea smokers are still around and high on some stuff reasonable adults should avoid, let’s ake a look back at some tea bagger history:

Matt Taibbi on Deluded Tea Partiers, Ayn Rand and How the U.S. Is Like the Soviet Union

MT: I wrote Griftopia really as a crime book about what happened on Wall Street in the last ten or fifteen years. But the politics are an element of the crime, and there had to be a mechanism through which they could get ordinary people to not pay attention to what was going on. To me, the Tea Party was an example of exactly how that works. I see it as a phenomenon where Wall Street has found a way to convince ordinary people to back their political agenda and their deregulatory aims, under the rubric of “we’re going to get the government off our backs,” and it’s really, in the end, it’s just going to be off their backs, but ordinary people believe in it.

MA: People say they don’t want government and yet they still want all the services that government does. But they somehow don’t connect the dots, it seems.

MT: Right, they somehow want their food to be clean; they don’t want to drink poisoned water; they want to have cops to protect them from burglars, but they’re very attracted to this whole idea that the government causes all of our problems. As I travel around the country, most of the Tea Party people I talk to — a lot of them are small business owners. They have hardware stores or restaurants, and they see regulation as an ADA inspector or a health inspector coming to bother them and ring them up with little fines here and there. That’s their experience with government regulation. And so when they think about JP Morgan Chase and Goldman Sachs and regulating those banks, to them it’s the same thing. They have no idea that regulation for these big companies is really a law enforcement problem, that it’s not this little niggling health inspector type of business.

The whole Wall Street collapse was one of the first things one of the tea smokers said the tea baggers were formed in response to. At the beginning I remember hearing that and thinking maybe we had some common ground, but the tea hypocrites killed strong financial reform (After Watering Down Financial Reform, Ex-Senator Scott Brown Joins Goldman Sachs’ Lobbying Firm) and we got the watered down Dodd-Frank bill, which the tea smokers are still fighting against. So that is a lie, a sham, a delusion that goes so deep and at the same time is so ridiculous you wonder if you’re talking to someone from the same planet. Tea baggers till believe that Barney Frank and Fannie May caused the Wall Street collapse. Which is like believing space aliens left a loaf of white bread and mayonnaise on the front porch. So how is an organization that cannot tell the difference between a fairy tale and reality going to lead the nation to a better way. Tea Partiers Who Opposed Bank Bailout Take Campaign Donations From Bailed-Out Banks

Newly Elected Tea Party Conservatives Kill Jobs and Stop Progress. Because the great tea bagger in the sky will send locusts if we practice some old fashioned Keynesian economics.

Texas governor Rick perry is a tea bagger and has the level of integrity they have come to be known for, Rick Perry Sought State Profits From Teacher Life Insurance Scheme

When you smoke too much tea kids, this is what happens, Washington Legislator Calls For Tea Party To Stockpile Ammunition For Dystopic Future. But they claim to be reasonable and well informed.

Since I brought up puppies, as usual it is the far Right who believes it is every America’s constitutional right to treat puppies like sh*t, Tea Partiers barking mad over anti-puppy-mill humane measure in Missouri

And of course tea smokers hate Obamacare. Something to do with freedumb. That is the freedumb to deny working class Americans the right to have health insurance. The freedumb to keep American workers from organizing their purchasing power from the free market insurance industry. This is the way tea smokers define freedom – the right to make everyone else life as hard, miserly and miserable as possible. Those little store owners and big corps like Hobby Lobby have the freedom-right to treat their employees like trash. If the govmint takes way their right to act like little dictators, they fell oppressed. Tea smokers think of workers as disposable barely human-like creatures – 36 Senators Introduce Bill Prohibiting Virtually Any New Law Helping Workers. They like to think of themselves as populists, but they’re more like thugs who say they believe in free enterprise. Free for them, back of the bus for everyone else. Say something, do something about respect and dignity for workers and you’re interfering with tea bagger freedumb. Except, you know the ones that depend on Medicare and Medicaid to keep from falling into financial disaster or just to stay alive. What are no govmint-no way-no how tea smokers doing on Medicaid. They’re getting govmint assistance because the rest of us are subsidizing companies like Walmart. Where does the plasticroots tea baggers movement still get most of its money, from 501s running on Walton and Koch brothers money. Sure your neighbor is sending in twenty bucks a month that pays for the signs at the little rallies. The big bucks that buy legislation is coming from businesses, that the last things they want to see is competition and empowered employees.

The smoke in the tea tent is so thick, they believe – it is one of their “facts” that taxes are too high. They’re at their lowest level since the 1950s and that mean Obama has lowered taxes for small business 16 times. Bu those are real world facts, not the “facts” that come through the pipe and are sucked into the feeble brains of tea baggers.

Tea baggers are pro family? Yea right, Tea Partiers Protest Clean Water Rules Meant To Prevent Bladder Cancer. Because the Founders intended we have the freedumb to get cancer.

I could literally do this all day. Tea smokers, conservatives to the far Right of the far Right, are nothing new, they are the same freaks and thugs that have been fighting human progress since the days of feudal lords who claimed the peasants should shut-up and know their place. That they have convinced some working class Americans  big banks and corporations are their friend is both laughable and pathetic. Many of these tea baggers are paying more for basic services and getting less than. Their votes are giving private business a license, not to fairly compete, but to steal. They think hippie liberals are giving them the shaft. Nope, the tea baggers are so good at shafting themselves we don’t have to bother.

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LIBERTARIAN BULLSH*T OF THE DAY

Making everything worse as usual, Megan McArdle:

I haven’t generated great interest in the Elena Kagan nomination.

Why was she trying to generate interest in the Kagan nomination? Oh, right: Words, meaning, Humpty Dumpty, etc.

But I do think that David Brooks is onto something when he notes that her relentless careerism, her pitch-perfect blandness, are a little creepy… the driven, hyperachieving spawn of the Ivy League meritocracy…

What’s disturbing is that this is what our nomination process now selects for: someone who appears to be in favor of nothing except self-advancement.

My take on Kagan is that she is yet another disappointment for liberals, but I’m glad I’m defending her from unfair attacks rather than writing about John The Gigolo McCain’s second nomination to the SCOTUS. Every Justice on the Court is from the Ivy League, most of them Conservatives. McArdle – who is not the least bit interested  – wakes from her lifelong nap to draw a line in the slobber over her keyboard at one more Ivy Leaguer. And pardon her and Brookemiester’s hypocrisy – on Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays Democrats are all lazy leftists on welfare, but on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Democrats are ruthlessly ambitious.  Erick “Bubba Bubbason” Erickson objections to Kagan are perfectly normal for someone has probably downed one too many shots of dishwasher detergent. Detergents have been shown to kill the will to do research before penning one’s factless opinions and claiming they’re the truth. Blogger/plagiarist Ben Domenech has sworn Kagan is gay and Andrew Sullivan for reasons I would rather not know more about, desperately hopes she is gay, but Kagan is not. Which answers the hottest issue of the day.

Tea Parties Rage as Taxes Hit Lowest Level Since 1950

For almost a year and a half, furious Tea Party protesters have been chanting “Taxed Enough Already.” But as it turns out, “taxed enough” actually means “at the lowest levels since 1950.” That’s the word from the Bureau of Economic Analysis, which found that Americans paid the smallest overall tax bill since Harry Truman was in the White House. Of course, that inconvenient truth for Tea Baggers is tied to another: their plummeting payments are due in part to the tax relief delivered by President Obama.

The tea nuts are not about issues so we can throw all the charts, statistics and studies in the world at them and they’ll still be pissed off. These are the last 25% that thought Dubya and Cheney walked on water and dammitt they’re not going to take responsibility for voting Republican for five election cycles and enabling the financial meltdown and that trillion dollar picnic in Iraq. They got rid of far Right Republican Bob Bennett(R-UT) for an even further Right candidate, which certainly kills the wacky claim the tea partay was bipartisan. This is part of their goal not to correct course from the policies of the Bush years, but to gain enough power to turn so far Right they make Bush seem like a progressive. Hatch Explains Bennett’s Defeat: Tea Party Doesn’t ‘Have An Open Mind And They Won’t Listen’

HATCH: A lot of these Tea Party people are angry, and I’m angry too. … I mean my gosh, They’re mad. They have a right to be mad and I think these Tea Party people are doing the country a service. But when they don’t have an open mind and they won’t listen, that’s another matter and that’s something I think anybody would find fault with.

Also noted at the link is a poll showing that the rabid-Right Hatch could not win reelection if he was running in this cycle. The tea bagger conservatives would replace him with – surprise – someone even further Right. I would like to thank the tea nuts for the irony of Orrin Hatch complaining about closed minds.

In old new news, CREW SUES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE OVER MISSING YOO EMAILS

Today, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) for failing to provide CREW with records relating to the missing John Yoo emails. In February 2010, DOJ made public a July 2009 report of its investigation into the roles of former high-ranking Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) officials John Yoo and Patrick Philbin in the drafting of OLC’s torture memos, which authorized the use of torture when interrogating detainees outside of the United States. The investigation was hampered by the fact that most of Mr. Yoo’s emails and many of Mr. Philbin’s had disappeared.

Religion can bring out the best in people, sometimes not – Muhammad cartoonist ‘head-butted’ during lecture

A Swedish artist who angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog was assaulted Tuesday as furious protesters interrupted his university lecture about the limits of free speech.A Swedish artist who angered Muslims by depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog was assaulted Tuesday as furious protesters interrupted his university lecture about the limits of free speech.

Why this faction of fundie Muslims is choosing to live in a liberal democracy is a mystery. With freedom comes the freedom to be offensive. If they want to live in an authoritarian theocracy as Sarah Palin would like, they need to find some place like Iran.

Mojave cross at center of court fight reported stolen – there are at least three schools are speculation – those darn atheists did it, someone did it purely to sell off the scrape metal and conservative pranksters ala James O’Keefe did it hoping to cast blame on liberals.

Frank Buono, a former Park Service employee, initiated the lawsuit, saying the cross represented government endorsement of the Christian faith. A federal appeals court ultimately agreed, and rejected a move by Congress in 2003 to transfer the tiny portion of land where the cross sits to the VFW as a privately held national memorial.

The transfer of the land to the VFW sounded like a good compromise.

The Gulf Spill Truther Movement – Poll: Ten percent of Americans believe environmentalists intentionally caused oil spill

Warm Jazz wallpaper, Tea Nuts Mostly Angry and Ignorant

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There is a half-baked poll over at CNN that reports there are OMG, some disgruntled Democrats in the tea nut movement. As the The Gun Toting Liberal notes there is a Democrat/Liberal version of the tea party called the Coffee Party -“his new report, courtesy of CNN, showing an incredible increase in the growing ranks of “Dem-Baggers” — now weighing in at a STAGGERING 4% of all Tea Baggers.” What CNN is trying to do and what right-wing conservative bloggers have been trying to do since the release of a survey from the Winston Group ( the pdfs contain a detailed analysis) is  add some legitimacy to the tea nut movement by sighting the participation of a few Democrats. See the tea bags are not crazy because they are 4% Democrat. I’m getting a laugh out of it, but the right-wing bloggers are very serious. No More Mr. Nice Blog examines one “Democrat” and she does not seem to follow politics or public policy very closely, I Must Be Missing Something. Most of us grown-ups realize when we vote we’re not going to get everything we want and we complain – as many liberals have about the lack of a public option in HCR and about some of President Obama’s hold over national security policies from the Bush administration, but none of us think, gee, maybe I should have voted for Palin-McCain. To back up for a moment about that stat which shows 4% of tea bags are Democrats – in a poll taken in December 09 – 33% of Republicans supported a public option in HCR. If HCR reform is the dividing line between far right conservatives and liberals that 33% suggests that there are more moderate conservatives out there not attending rallies and calling Democrats communists and Nazis than there are Democratic tea bags, and of course the moderates do not have Fox and corporate sponsors on their side. There is always a certain mindset in political/cultural movements that finds common cause with the extreme. The Democratic Daily gets into the history of that phenomenon – The Easter Bigots. A recent ratings report showed that CNN is slipping in the ratings. I tend to think it is because they have tried to pander to the Right and fellow the Murdoching of news – where all news becomes a matter of opinion. Bring back straight up reporting and they might see an increase in ratings – CNN pimps Great American Tea Party Express PR and Propaganda Tour

Since the kickoff of the TeaParty Express Tour, CNN has embedded a small press corps in their custom-painted “CNN Express” press bus for the sole purpose of following teabaggers around the country , reporting 3-4 times daily on the activities of the corporate-funded, RNC-connected Tea Party Express.

This clip from Wednesday boggled my mind. You can see how few there are at this rally, but watch as Ali Velshi and Ed Lavandera turn it into a “movement”.

LAVANDERA: But these other rallies that have take been place in St. George, Utah, in Phoenix, and in Salt Lake City, now in Grand Junction, have had — one of the ones we went to had close to 2,000 people. The last couple that we’ve been to have been around 500, a couple hundred people or so. This one’s a little bit smaller.

They are packing up here shortly and headed to Denver tonight, so we’ll see how that works. Some of these other rallies have been held during the days, so obviously people have to work and that sort of thing. But in Denver, it will be an interesting one to check out. It will be after work, and see what kind of turnout that they draw there.

Will we be seeing CNN “reporters” waving pom poms made of tea bags soon. The speech heard and the signage at tea nut rallies is disturbing, but hopefully no one would argue these people do not have a right to exercise their freedom of speech and peaceful protests. Most tea nuts seem to be keeping their activities to just that, hateful ignorant speech and crazy signs. As a percentage of the people who identify themselves as tea bags they have been responsible for a disproportionate amount of violence and vandalism. Hate crimes started spiking in 2008 just with speculation that a very centrist mixed race Democrat might become the next president and Democrats might have a majority in Congress. One of the crazy things about the tea nuts according to the study by the Winston group is that most of them are white male with not more than a high school education and most (some are above) of them report their household incomes right at the national median of $50,000. These are the people who President Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi gave a tax cut as part of the stimulus (Recovery Act) and they are the ones that will benefit most from HCR – What’s the matter with white people? – Too many believe — incorrectly — that health care reform helps “other people,” not themselves. Some other snips from the W.G. survey

Some 56% of Tea Party members are male while 44% are female.

The Tea Party movement is also made up of a slightly older group of voters than the electorate as a whole. Only 14% of Tea Party members identify themselves as age 18-34 compared to 20% of the sample overall. Furthermore, the older age groups – 55-64 and 65+ are more represented in the Tea Party movement than in the electorate overall.

Tea Party members tend to get their news about national issues from Fox News – some 47% of Tea Party members in the December – February surveys list Fox News as one of their top one or two sources of news, compared to 19% of the sample overall.

They also identify a personal consequence: 82% say that when tax provisions
expire next year, taxes on people like them will increase, compared to 62% of overall respondents.

So we have mostly older white males seating around swallowing every last bit of swill that Fox spews. They have done no research on the actual numbers and the sky rocketing costs of health care without reform. They believe, thanks to the 24/7 right-wing noise machine their taxes will go up. Those tea bags making over $250,000 a year are correct as of today; there are plans to let the Bush tax cuts expire for that group and even then tax rates for that group will be no more than they were under Saint Ronnie. These tea bag folks were around for Saint Ronnie’s tax cuts and tax increases and we didn’t see them throwing bricks through any windows than. The total net sum of tea bag thinking is not about sensible well thought out policy prescriptions. It is not about returning to some set of polices that was affective in helping the working poor or the middle-class. The politics of tea nuttiness is all about beliefs. Beliefs that cannot be justified with facts. That is not populism, that’s an unthinking mob.   What The Top U.S. Companies Pay In Taxes – How can it be that you pay more to the IRS than General Electric?

As you work on your taxes this month, here’s something to raise your hackles: Some of the world’s biggest, most profitable corporations enjoy a far lower tax rate than you do–that is, if they pay taxes at all.

The most egregious example is General Electric. Last year the conglomerate generated $10.3 billion in pretax income, but ended up owing nothing to Uncle Sam. In fact, it recorded a tax benefit of $1.1 billion.

Perrspective’s post on the rise of conservative violence and Republican Senators and House Representatives before passage of HCR – From Republican Rhetoric to Right-Wing Terror

The slaughter of three Pittsburgh policemen by an assailant who “didn’t like our [gun] rights being infringed upon” has again highlighted the growing danger from incendiary Republican rhetoric spawning right-wing terror. After all, just days ago, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced, “I want people in Minnesota armed and dangerous.” Fox News host Glenn Beck warned of a “Constitution under attack” and predicted a coming “civil war” while featuring guests like NRA chief Wayne Lapierre whose group spent millions in 2008 denouncing Barack Obama’s supposed “deep-rooted hatred of firearm freedoms.”

TPM has some – though not all of the major violent incidents involving anti-government zealots, Going To Extremes: The Obama Era’s Top Ten Anti-Government Flare-Ups . That list also includes Norman LeBoon who made threats against Republican Eric Cantor and who right-wing pundits tried to pass off as a liberal, but was in fact an anti-government loon that had also threatened several Democrats.

And some of the incidents that accompanied the passage of HCR. Vandals hit at least five Dem offices nationwide, threaten to ‘assassinate’ children of pro-reform lawmakers. And Right Wing Reacts With Rage: Health Care Will ‘Do More Damage Than 9/11,’ ‘Freedom Has Been Assaulted’. The rabid right’s analogies are so outrageous and hyperbolic they’re both farcical and disturbing. One assumes they really think HCR is worse than 9-11 and the Armageddon of U.S. democracy. So much for having a rational debate, much less a civil one with the far Right or their new brand the tea nuts.

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Despite all the hysteronics the tea baggers didn’t gain much ground. They got a lot of attention from the press because of two things. The first is the old if it bleeds it leads. In this case a very modest, small c conservative attempt to reform health-care and get costs under control versus some colorful characters and their kolorful kool-aid colored signs, side arms and shouting contests. The second is much of the media is composed of tea baggers – see Fox, the Washington Post and Times, 24/7 AM radio and so on. Gee, who would have thought that a small push back by the White House would gain ground against people that would compare President Obama to Hitler. That portion of the conservative circus that never ends was getting old so n to the vast left wing ACORN conspiracy, Time to Get Real About the ACORN “Controversy”–and Republican Double Standards

The bottom line is this: if the same standard used to prevent ACORN from receiving federal contracts were applied to many large corporations — Boeing, financial institutions like AIG and CitiCorp, not to speak of private military contractors like Blackwater — they would all have been barred as federal contractors long ago. But instead of being blacklisted, many of them actually received billions of taxpayer dollars to bail them out.

One of the things catching up to the “populist” tea bagger phenomenon is that its an oxymoron. They protest against what they believe to be some great injustice directed especially at them, but take up for the corporate interests represented by groups like FreedonWorks. The ACORN workers caught on tape controversy is pretty old in the reality based world. Just as with any organization public or private, wrong doers should be fired or prosecuted. Republicans live by the moral relativity rule when it comes to scandals. Former aid to Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby was convicted of four federal counts of lying to a grand jury. Republicans started a defense fund. In today’s headlines at USA Today there is a story about a search for a murderer, a possible swindle by an ex-marine, and more on the recently arrested terrorists suspects. America is a great country, but not a day goes by where someone isn’t doing something they shouldn’t. The initial shock value wears off, so what can attention hog conservatives like Andrew Breitbart and Big Hollywood do. They can get another lung full of hot air and create another forgettable controversy. ANDREW BREITBART DESPERATELY TRIES TO SUSTAIN THE HIGH

Where was little Andrew when Republicans National Committee was using vote caging to win elections. Where were they when Bush was using the U.S. Department of Justice to engage in vote caging. I like the rule of law at all times, not just when its convenient and in a world of limited time and resources I tend to think big issues should take precedence over small time stuff. And lets not confuse some low ranking newbies at the NEA for the White House Oval Office. If the fringe Right feels that its wrong for the White House to put out what they perceive to be propaganda then I should have been able to find some article or video by a prominent conservative from the Bush years that expressed some outrage over this story – Bush ‘planted fake news stories on American TV’ – but i cant,

Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies’ products.

Investigators from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are seeking information about stations across the country after a report produced by a campaign group detailed the extraordinary extent of the use of such items.

The report, by the non-profit group Centre for Media and Democracy, found that over a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of the faux news broadcasts, known as Video News Releases (VNRs). Not one told viewers who had produced the items.

“We know we only had partial access to these VNRs and yet we found 77 stations using them,” said Diana Farsetta, one of the group’s researchers. “I would say it’s pretty extraordinary. The picture we found was much worse than we expected going into the investigation in terms of just how widely these get played and how frequently these pre-packaged segments are put on the air.”

[  ]…The range of VNR is wide. Among items provided by the Bush administration to news stations was one in which an Iraqi-American in Kansas City was seen saying “Thank you Bush. Thank you USA” in response to the 2003 fall of Baghdad. The footage was actually produced by the State Department, one of 20 federal agencies that have produced and distributed such items.

The reason that I cannot find any columns by Bill Kristol, Coulter, Limbaugh or any other of the usual hypocrites on the Right is because they do not care whether government shoves propaganda down America’s throat as long as its a conservative doing the shoving.

Backed Into A Corner, Boehner Admits That Obama Is Not A Socialist

You Have No Idea What Health Costs – If You Did, You Might Just Want Real Reform

The average health-care coverage for the average family now costs $13,375, according to Kaiser. Over the past decade, premiums have increased by 138 percent. And if the trend continues, by 2019 the average family plan will cost $30,083.

Three years of slightly above-average health insurance will cost a solid six figures.