Posted on 01-10-2014
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The Month Python star explains how stupid people are too stupid to realize they are stupid.  Video below:

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Posted on 26-09-2014
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Cable news continues to be unwatchable.  At a time when we face an Ebola epidemic in Africa, the threat of ISIS in the Middle East, a do-nothing Congress that will do nothing till the mid terms are done (and then thanks to the Republicans precious little after that).  However, cable news was fixated by the faux scandal of the President stepping off a plane with a coffee cup in his hand.  It gave the usual suspects an opportunity to vent their outrage on Barack Obama.  It also gave Jon Stewart the opportunity for an epic rant.  Video below:

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Posted on 16-09-2014
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

If there is a picture that sums up the bullshit Faux News spews on a daily basis, this is it (hat tip to to Daily Kos).

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The editor who typed up the script to the right is correct.  But, why let facts come in the way of a good Obama bashing rant?

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Posted on 05-03-2014
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

The Republican party was often tagged as the party of the rich.  The last few years they have barely concealed their contempt for the poor.  The poor in this world view are the “takers”… leeches who live off the bounty graciously provided by the 1%.  Poverty is always due to some inherent character failing… rather than due to unfortunate circumstances.

Such a world view sees no need for a social safety net and any such net must be eviscerated to give tax breaks to the worthy.  It does not matter if you once benefited from the safety net… A dynamic that surfaced last week in Arkansas where a Republican state legislator alive today because of Medicaid was opposed to expanding Medicaid under Obamacare to cover the mooches (he of course was not one).

Alleged policy wonk Paul Ryan resurfaced this week with a policy paper claiming the war on poverty was a failure… though in typical fraudulent fashion the studies he cited did not support his assertions. 

Jon Stewart lit into some of the babblers on Faux News and their ilk for the nonsense they spouted on food stamps.  Video below:

Yes there is some fraud in any entitlement or social service program and it must be stopped.  But the contempt these people have for the poor and disadvantaged is truly despicable.

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Posted on 18-10-2013
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Eric Stern has a great article where he easily demolishes the lates round of bullshit from Sean Hannity on Faux News (what Jon Stewart refers to as bullshit mountain).  Starting with the small business owners whose blame Obamacare for “increased costs” even though their 4 person business is not subject to any Obamacare coverage rules to the others who are likely to get better policies for less if they got off their rumps and shopped at the exchanges, the article demonstrates why so many people are clueless about the law.

The Obama administration’s messaging has been outright awful.  However, they have also been dealing with an alleged news corporation spreading outright falsehoods and lazy establishment stenographers who cheerfully parrot the misleading statements issued by Republican politicians about the law.

This however is par for the course for Sean Hannity and his network, who were outraged when the President called them out on it a few weeks ago.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Watching Faux News yesterday night was a delightful exercise in schadenfreude.  One of the highlights of comedy hour came after Ohio was called for Barack Obama, sealing his re-election.  Karl Rove who has spent a lot of money of some likely irritated plutocrats along with the Romney campaign disputed the call – even though it was clear to this amateur poll watcher that large swathes of Democratic counties still had to send in their results.  The whole fiasco delayed Mitt Romney’s concession for about an hour.

Rove was right in bringing up memories of 2000, but this did not appear to fit that scenario.  Of course Rove’s math has been known to be wrong – notably in 2006 where he confidently noted that he had numbers assuring a Republican win.  For those who missed it, the video of yesterday’s exchange is below.

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Posted on 07-11-2012
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

In no particular order and ignoring the obvious ones like Obama.

  • Arithmetic

  • Nate Silver who may or may not be a witch

  • The return of tax sanity in California.

  • Faux News, Rush Limbaugh and other right wing talking heads – four more years of peddling ludicrous lucrative conspiracies to a credulous conspiracy prone audience.

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Posted on 14-10-2012
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Even Faux News thinks it is a bunch of malarkey.  Video below:

 

 

The six “studiesinclude a Romney campaign document, three blog posts and a Wall Street Journal op ed and one short paper by Harvey Rosen at Princeton.   Even with some of the generous assumptions in these papers the numbers still don’t add up.  They also rely on the growth fairy who will allegedly awaken from hibernation after these tax cuts.  Some how she did not put in much of an appearance under George W. Bush.

As Bill Clinton said at the DNC – “The numbers just don’t add up.”  Video Below:

 

 

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Posted on 13-09-2012
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

In stark contrast to the Egyptian President, Libyan President Mohamed Yusuf al-Magariaf promptly condemned the attack on the Benghazi consulate that resulted in the death of the American ambassador.  Libya has also started rounding up suspects for the attack.  As a result, Barack Obama called the Libyan President to thank him for expressing condolences.  Which of course gave Fox Nation (the propaganda tool operated by Faux News) a green light to twist a fairly innocuous diplomatic exchange into the inflammatory headline and article below.

 

 

Disgusting, even for Fox Nation and Faux News.

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Dear Laura Ingraham, the answer is nowhere. Because only Faux News is the only network dishonest/stupid/both enough to post them.  What am I talking about.  This doozy displayed on the Three Stooges this morning:

Leave it to Faux to compare apples and oranges, let alone attributing job losses for Obama commencing on day 1 of his Presidency.  As has been repeated often, Obama inherited an economy that was hemorrhagic jobs, something that took a few months to staunch.  It really makes no sense to blame him for the job losses in the first few months of his presidency – and yes dear Republicans that started under Bush not Obama.

Then there is the lazy mendacity of using the standard unemployment rate for 2009 and the unemployment rate that includes part time workers who want to work full time and those who have given up on day two, to make it appear that employment has doubled under Obama.  Since others have done yeoman’s work breaking down and debunking this bullshit, I will just link to their article here.  Kudos to Media Matters for breaking another Faux News exclusive.  I am not really sure what an unemployment rate for government workers is supposed to signify, and why people being out of work is something to cheer about.  Clip from the Three Stooges is below:

 

 

Evidently Larry, Curly and Moe will issue a correction tomorrow.  My prediction, they will ignore the point above about the state of the economy when Obama took office and pretend that (a) things were just fine, (b) he caused the recession and made it worse, or (c) both.

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Posted on 09-09-2012
Filed Under (Current Affairs, Religion) by Rashtrakut

Fall is here and soon Christmas will be upon us.  That means the Faux News annual crusade to make Americans aware of the non-existent war on Christians and Christmas will soon be upon us.  If the past years are any guide it will be be led by head clown master Bill O’Reilly.  The sufferings of Christians in this country will come as news to people like poor Rimsa Masih in Pakistan.  But why should facts interfere with a Faux News meme?  I would be tempted to laugh at the stupidity of some of these people if they did not hold positions of power.  Example:  Rep. Valerie Hodges of Louisiana

Which is also why I was delighted to see this helpful quiz posted by the Rev. Emily Heath that walks Messers Bill O’Reilly and others through a checklist of what constitutes religious oppression.  Rev. Heath’s quiz is below

“How to Determine if Your Religious Liberty Is Being Threatened in Just 10 Quick Questions.” Just pick “A” or “B” for each question.

1. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to go to a religious service of my own choosing.
B) Others are allowed to go to religious services of their own choosing.

2. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to marry the person I love legally, even though my religious community blesses my marriage.
B) Some states refuse to enforce my own particular religious beliefs on marriage on those two guys in line down at the courthouse.

3. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am being forced to use birth control.
B) I am unable to force others to not use birth control.

4. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to pray privately.
B) I am not allowed to force others to pray the prayers of my faith publicly.

5. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) Being a member of my faith means that I can be bullied without legal recourse.
B) I am no longer allowed to use my faith to bully gay kids with impunity.

6. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to purchase, read or possess religious books or material.
B) Others are allowed to have access books, movies and websites that I do not like.

7. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) My religious group is not allowed equal protection under the establishment clause.
B) My religious group is not allowed to use public funds, buildings and resources as we would like, for whatever purposes we might like.

8. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) Another religious group has been declared the official faith of my country.
B) My own religious group is not given status as the official faith of my country.

9. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) My religious community is not allowed to build a house of worship in my community.
B) A religious community I do not like wants to build a house of worship in my community.

10. My religious liberty is at risk because:

A) I am not allowed to teach my children the creation stories of our faith at home.
B) Public school science classes are teaching science.

Scoring key:

If you answered “A” to any question, then perhaps your religious liberty is indeed at stake. You and your faith group have every right to now advocate for equal protection under the law. But just remember this one little, constitutional, concept: this means you can fight for your equality — not your superiority.

If you answered “B” to any question, then not only is your religious liberty not at stake, but there is a strong chance that you are oppressing the religious liberties of others. This is the point where I would invite you to refer back to the tenets of your faith, especially the ones about your neighbors.

Thank you for compiling this Rev. Heath.

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Posted on 22-11-2011
Filed Under (Politics) by Rashtrakut

Faux News never ceases to disappoint.  As the pepper spray incident at UC Davis (the latest in police attacks on peaceful protesters) drays outrage, the bobble-heads at Faux News chimed in to predictably to make excuses for the officers.  Everything is fine people:

  • pepper spray is essentially a food product, so presumably it is no problem to spray it into their face (though the bobble-heads acknowledge that some people ended up in the hospital)
  • Davis is a liberal campus, so perhaps these students had it coming
  • The police chief may be a scapegoat, even though video evidence suggests (even the bobble-heads acknowledge) that she may have lied about the level of threats in justifying the pepper spraying.  Personally, I believe Chancellor Katehi should be gone too.

Most egregious is the excuse trotted out in the past to justify torture, that we have no right to Monday Morning Quarterback the police.  It is a dangerous philosophy that can be used to justify any sort of government brutality.  Video below:

 

 

Even liberal blogs have acknowledged that a long term occupation of cities by a group that has not articulated concrete demands at some point brings diminishing results.  But that does not justify the wave of police gassing or clubbing citizens peacefully assembled in protest.  But then Faux News is primarily concerned about the tyranny of government health care and other conspiracy theories they peddle about the Obama administration.   Meanwhile Megyn Kelly’s latest idiocy has gone viral on twitter.  Check out the hashtag #FakeMegynKelly

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Posted on 08-07-2011
Filed Under (Current Affairs) by Rashtrakut

On his crusade to privatize the TSA, Ron Paul appeared on Faux News to make the incredible assertion that banning guns on planes was partly to blame for 9/11.  Gee Ron…can’t you think of any reason why allowing non-law enforcement plane passengers to pack heat or why a shootout at 35,000 feet may not be a good idea.

Not so surprisingly, the Faux News bobble head does not challenge the absurdity of Paul’s position but moves right on to their pet cause of profiling brown people by race or religion.  Of course it may not have not have flagged the Nigerian born underpants bomber or the half white-half Jamaican shoe bomber Richard Reid.  Right-wing conservatives and Faux News keep on parroting how stupid it is to search 95 year old grandmas or young kids.  Unfortunately, this tragic story from Afghanistan demonstrates how the sadistic bastards we are fighting will work around racist profiling of the sort advocated by Paul.  The Taliban thugs in the article linked above tricked an 8 year old girl into becoming a suicide bomber.

Paul also willfully misstates current policy.  Nothing at present prevents the TSA from searching a “suspicious person.”  Also, as brown-skinned passengers will be happy to inform you racial profiling is still alive and going strong, in violation of current rules.   Personally, I am not surprised that a congressman who stated he would have voted against the Civil Rights Act has a cavalier attitude to discrimination against people who don’t look like him.

I will reluctantly give Paul credit for one item in his diatribe.  The pre-9/11 policy of passengers not resisting was in retrospect a mistake.  It was based on the assumption of sane hijackers who would negotiate.  This mistake was first rectified by the brave passengers of UA Flight 93 and helped stop the shoe bomber and the underpants bomber.  It still does not justify the idiocy of guns on planes.

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