By Mr. Fish
President Trump said on Tuesday “there’s blame on both sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Va. The statement comes a day after Trump specifically called out the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists — and three days after his initial statement on the protests, for which he was criticized for not condemning those groups and instead cited violence “on many sides.”
Tuesday’s apparent backtrack came during a televised event about infrastructure attended by some members of his Cabinet. Trump took questions from reporters, who asked about his earlier statements and their timing. When pressed, the president pushed back and began placing blame on counterprotesters and the “alt left.”
Instead, he returned to equating the demonstrators — who came to the college town to protest the planned removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee, the Confederate general, donning Confederate flags and swastikas, some carrying guns and shields, chanting “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us” — with counterprotesters.
… and in the transcript section at the bottom of the NPR piece is a very revealing Trump quote:
You had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides [emphasis added].
Right… those racist bigots on the alt-right side are very fine people – model citizens!
This was part of a press conference that was supposed to be about infrastructure. Reporters were more interested in his response to the chaos in Charlottesville – and respond he did in ways that stunned pretty much everybody except leaders of the alt-right like Richard Spencer, who said he was “Really proud of him”.
Trump’s erratic, volatile statements elicit such strong responses from the public, the media, elected representatives and other government officials that his agenda gets buried in the dust. He is without a doubt the worst leader to ever reside in the White House. He lacks any sense of right and wrong, and is ignorant of how government works. He is overtly vainglorious and responds to those who criticize him with impulsive, petulant tweets.
How much longer can such a morally bankrupt, incompetent person hold the office of President of the United States of America?
One month? Six months? a year? a full term?
Now that a few days have passed since the election, we have some demographic statistics that show who supported Donald Trump for president. We know his entire campaign was centered on racism, and disgruntled white Americans overwhelmingly voted for him. And one of those disgruntled white people was David Duke, the former Imperial Wizard for the Ku Klux Klan. He tweeted, “Our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!” and “Anyone telling you this was a vote for ‘unity’ is a liar and they know it!” And it wasn’t just the KKK – Trump had the support of pretty much all of the hate groups in America. Haters attract haters. …
As long as we are on the subject of highly profitable corporations, here’s a comic by Mr. Fish…
… to remind us that corporations are not people, and they are inherently psychopathic. They can also live forever while they accumulate massive amounts of wealth.
First off, he seems to be missing an understanding of the Constitution. The day after I put up the post about how he wanted to throw up after reading fellow Roman Catholic JFK’s 1960 separation-of-church-and-state speech, NPR reported that he was in Kalamazoo, Michigan addressing a crowd in the gymnasium of the Heritage Christian Academy, that included members of the Tea Party, when he said this:
There may be a few Tea Party people here. And I want to thank the Tea Party for resurrecting a document that had been out of fashion and favor for a long time. Oh, this little document called the Constitution of the United States.
(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)
Whoo Hooo! Hooray for the Constitution! You know, that famous document that is the framework for a secular, democratic form of government that has guided our country for the past 225 years. Yes, that document where God is mentioned exactly zero times.
Check out Mr. Fish’s caricature of Rick Santorum to see what else he is missing.
(Click on the thumbnail to go to Mr. Fish’s site and enlarge the cartoon.)
I received an email from the Old Viking telling me that he thinks the missing dick is masquerading as Newt Gingrich.
There’s really nothing more to say than this.
…and Mr. Fish says it better than anyone.
Mr. Fish has a new column up at truthdig titled “Coming of Rage in Neverland” in which he first reflects on how the way he percieves the world and formulates his own ideology is so incredibly different than that of conservatives:
G. Gordon Liddy, noted Watergate thief and tournament-level egomaniac, once said that, “The press is like the peculiar uncle you keep in the attic—just one of those unfortunate things.” Of course, such a quote, rather than maligning the press, ultimately serves only to label the quote’s originator as a crackpot. Who else but a crackpot would want to shove another family member into the attic simply because he or she tends to ask a lot of questions about the world and expects a certain logic to be present in the answers?
It’s a common phenomenon, this maligning of the press from the right wing, and it’s what I love about blowhards like Liddy. Like the ancient geocentrists who believed that the Earth was the center of the universe and that all other heavenly bodies revolved around it, so much of the conservative ideology assumes that its stubborn refusal to tolerate any point of view that doesn’t recognize the values of the GOP as originating from some fixed center at the very core of the moral universe is in adherence to some permanent truth and not merely proof that the GOP is too fearful and too unimaginative and too antiquated to be able to comprehend—let alone keep up with—a reality that, simply by being chemically based, is anything but immovable. That’s why the conservatives perceive any criticism of their principles to be an attack on reality itself, and therefore believe that any disagreement with them is not only mad but also depraved and deliberately pernicious. It is also how they are able to so easily integrate the concept of absolute good and evil into their worldview.
Next, to illustrate how his controvertible mind works, he transcribes a humorous conversation he had with his girlfriend many years ago that is mostly about whether their attraction to each other is so sexually rooted that they would not “go out” with one another if one them suddenly switched genders.
And ultimately to the point of the whole piece:
Most disturbing about bin Laden’s message, bat-shit crazy adherence to a voodoo-addled theocratic justification for mass murder aside, was how closely his disdain for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East mirrored my own, particularly when it came to Washington’s megalomaniacal support of Israel’s merciless occupation and savage mistreatment of Palestinians living in Gaza and the West Bank. Then there were the bombings by the Clinton administration of Sudan and Afghanistan and the harrowing sanctions, and occasional missile attacks, against the utterly defenseless Iraqi population. And then there was the construction of all the military bases in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Yemen, Kuwait, Cyprus, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. It pissed me off that the refusal of my own government to espouse humanitarian concerns for those it so unjustly threatened and brutalized had me reluctantly agreeing with a top-notch crackpot who would have no problem watching while his thugs sawed off my head with a sharp, prehistoric stone because his fucking Santa Claus found my atheism naughty.
I highly recommend you read the whole column.
Mr. Fish gets it with just one frame:
Presidential historian H. W. Brands, author of Traitor to His Class: The Priveleged Life and Radical Presidency of FDR, wrote and delivered a commentary for NPR:
Bush acknowledges some tactical errors: He should have moved faster to deploy federal troops to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, he says. He should have pushed for immigration reform before Social Security reform after his re-election in 2004. He still gets a “sickening feeling” when he thinks of the nonexistent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Bush closes by saying he’s comfortable with the fact that history’s verdict on his presidency won’t come until after he’s gone. That’s just as well, since history isn’t likely to be as easy on him as he is on himself.
And Jon Stewart covers it all from the Matt Lauer interview, to the Oprah interview, to the Kanye interview, and back to Lauer again where Bush accepts Kanye’s apology…
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“I am not a hater. heh heh heh…”
Christopher Hitchens gets to the heart of it with these words from a Slate column titled “White Fright:”
In a rather curious and confused way, some white people are starting almost to think like a minority, even like a persecuted one. What does it take to believe that Christianity is an endangered religion in America or that the name of Jesus is insufficiently spoken or appreciated? Who wakes up believing that there is no appreciation for our veterans and our armed forces and that without a noisy speech from Sarah Palin, their sacrifice would be scorned? It’s not unfair to say that such grievances are purely and simply imaginary, which in turn leads one to ask what the real ones can be. The clue, surely, is furnished by the remainder of the speeches, which deny racial feeling so monotonously and vehemently as to draw attention.
Mr. Fish doesn’t need words.
And take a look at this video that was embedded in the Hitchens column.
This guy looks like he’s trying to be Benjamin Franklin, but he’s no Benjamin Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin was enlightend. This guy is not. Neither are most of the other people interviewed in this video.