Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tea-Party Effect: Jeb Bush Has to Deny Climate Change

An "intellectually arrogant" polar bear.

We knew this was coming, and Jeb Bush didn't disappoint.
"I don't think the science is clear of what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It's convoluted," the former Florida governor said at an event in Bedford, New Hampshire.
"For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you," he said, according to CNN. "It's this intellectual arrogance that now you can't have a conversation about it, even. The climate is changing. We need to adapt to that reality."
What the hell does that even mean? We do know what the result will be: no action on global warming, pure and simple. That's the Republican Party line, full stop.

Tea Partiers will not let a single candidate budge on this issue, again, full stop. So vote for Republicans if you want NO ACTION on climate change or reduction of fossil-fuel use or increase in support for alternative energy sources. Vote Democratic if you want a chance that we can stop our headlong rush over the cliff to oblivion.

Also, thanks Koch brothers! You have signaled that anyone who acknowledges the legitimacy of the science concerning global warming will not get a damned dime of your money. Thanks a lot.

This isn't a Jeb Bush thing. This is a GOP thing exacerbated by Koch money.

Bottom line is if Jeb Bush -- the "reasonable" GOP candidate -- can't risk supporting the science of climate change, then no GOP candidate this cycle can risk it, especially during the primary. And, of course, it calls into question just how "reasonable" Jeb Bush ever was.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Marijuana a Gateway Drug? Pah!

Offered without comment:

David Brooks Roundly Condemned for Blatantly False "Lessons Learned" Iraq Column

Hey Brooks: This is what the Iraq War looked like,
just on our side. Thanks for cheerleading it.

David Brooks, failed philosopher and serial apologist for the Iraq War, opened his yap yet again and got a mouthful or five of condemnation but quick. Why? The Iraq War was based on lies, and Brooks offers up more lies to make it look like a "Who could have known?" affair rather than the fiasco that it was.

This is what a Bush lapdog looks like.
Here's a rundown of articles and blog posts condemning Brooks and the Republican attempts to
whitewash the war:
It goes on and on. If Brooks thinks rewriting history is easy, he should think again. There is an army of critics -- rightfully so! -- out there ready to call him on it when he leaves facts behind.

The reason it matters is that no one with access to a microphone like Brooks has should be allowed to write and push false narratives, something that is Brooks stock-in-trade.

Hey Brooks: These are the war criminals you enabled.
Accessory before the fact.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bush -- and Christian Conservatives -- Have No Respect for the Constitution

Defining himself to the Christian right: I'm with you, bigots.

This isn't taking as long as it took to get to Jeb's views on Iraq. Jeb Bush opens mouth, and we know where he stands. The two new clarifications?
  1. Christian business owners, based on their religious beliefs, should be able to discriminate against gays.
  2. There is no constitutional right to same-sex marriages. In fact, it doesn't matter what the Supreme Court says in its ruling in June, people who don't support same-sex marriages should be "stalwart supporters of traditional marriage."
Bush is pretty clear here, and it's a typical stance of Christian conservatives. Regardless of the First Amendment -- or the 14th -- the Constitution protects, or should protect, the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs.

This would be our president's belief if Jeb, or frankly any of the Republican candidates, should be elected. Pretty clear.

Marco Rubio Can Actually Fill Jeb Bush's Boots: He Can Flub the Answer on Iraq, Too!

It's been suggested that Marco Rubio benefits from Jeb Bush's implosion of the past week. But based on his Fox News Sunday appearance, Rubio's not ready for primetime on such issues, either.

Also please notice how Rubio's justification -- that based on false intelligence, he would have invaded Iraq, too -- relies on the false premise that Bush had "faulty intelligence." Assuming, as I'm willing to do, that Rubio isn't stupid, then he's purposely presenting that false premise in order to justify his view that he would have invaded Iraq and that in any event the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in charge of Iraq.

We aren't, by the way. Think ISIS, for heaven's sake. Rubio is just another lying rube, which we don't need. He may end up the "establishment" candidate, but it won't be because he can handle these questions better than Bush. Okay, marginally better, but still... Sheesh.

The Drumbeat Goes On: Cheney and Dubya Lied Us into War (and Worse), and Jeb Is Screwed

This is how we rolled in Iraq. Jeb thinks we've forgotten.
His base? Maybe. His rivals? Not on your life.

I rarely read Maureen Dowd anymore since her obsession with trashing Hillary Clinton has, in my view, wrecked her brand as a columnist, which used to be a well-crafted acerbic wit. Well, she put the old voice to work on Jeb Bush, and here I am linking to her.

Dowd lays it on thick with poor Jebbie, who has it coming after his disastrous That Was The Week That Was. But what got my attention was her insistence that we remember that Cheney and Dubya lied us into an unnecessary war that haunts us to this day.

So, too bad, Jeb, if it haunts you, too. Pithy part of Dowd piece:
And consider this: Jeb hasn’t even been asked any questions yet about W.’s dark contributions on waterboarding, the deficit and the near-total collapse of the American economy.
Indeed. You asked for this, Jeb Bush. If you're not ready for prime time -- which you apparently aren't -- then get the hell out of the race that you're not in yet. Or wait for the rest of the dogs to be unleashed. Because they will be. You can count on that.

Abu Ghraib: Ready to defend this, Jeb?

Saturday, May 16, 2015

The Truth about Why We Invaded Iraq: Lies, Lies, Lies.

There's a reason why, when you search Google Images for
"iraq war criminals", this is the second picture, because, uh, you know...

Paul Krugman has a searing post -- with links and nods to Atrios, Josh Marshall, and Greg Sargent -- reminding us that, while the GOP field has repudiated the Iraq War in response to Jeb Bush's fumbling disaster of a week "clarifying" his position on the war, we shouldn't allow these Republicans to recast Iraq as a war caused by faulty intelligence. It wasn't.

Whitewashing history is an obsession with the message-control-crazy right -- after all, at least two GOP controlled states have tried to erase AP U.S. History classes and tests from state curricula because of "too-negative" views of certain events in our American past -- and the Iraq War is a good case in point.

We were -- those of us who fell for the elite Washington party line, I'm talking especially to you, media -- hoodwinked and bamboozled into the Iraq War, with manufactured "intelligence" of WMDs when the best efforts of UN and American teams could find fuck-all evidence. When the UN was on the verge of rejecting the U.S.-led attempt to get a resolution for war through the Security Council, Bush pulled the plug on the whole charade and invaded without international cover.

So let's call the GOP surrender on Iraq -- calling the war a mistake without placing the blame where it belongs, on the Bush war criminals above and the subservient press -- for what it is: an attempt to whitewash history in order to safely get past the issue without offending the party base.

It's bullshit, and anyone who lived through the rush to war in 2002-2003 with eyes open knows it.

ISIS at play in the fields of Allah: Bush's war planted the seeds of this horror.