Showing posts with label conservatives in denial. Show all posts
Showing posts with label conservatives in denial. Show all posts

Monday, December 20, 2010

Patterico - another denialist conservative blog deletes comments, stifles debate

Patterico - a conservative blog whose master, Patrick Frey has apparently entrusted to "Aaron Worthing" to it's operation has proven once again, conservatives can't handle the truth.

Not only has "Aaron Worthing" apparently deleted my comments and banned me from commenting (possibly against the blog owners intent), he has taken links from my very comments and produced posts on them, not even allowed me the courtesy to discuss the issue that I brought to his attention. At least this time, "Worthing" gave me credit for it. So upset with my links, facts and debate, everyone I saw post a contrary opinion was suspected to be me. I guess I shook up their little world. At least they haven't libeled me yet, as did Protein Wisdom.

More insidious have been the jokers complaining that I post under different names. When I called their bluff and told them that I would post under my own name if they posted under theirs, well, you guessed it.... they cowardly ran like hell and continued to insult me personally under their cowardly monikers - mentioning my real name, place of employment, often without any meaningful debate or discussion.

One rather infantile self-proclaimed scientist/PhD was particularly insulting and challenging: "Eric Blair".

Due to significant evidence, I have determined "Eric Blair" to likely be Mark Martin - biology professor at the University of Puget Sound. His m.o., giving "test questions" and drawing conclusions based on my unwillingness to participate, was so infantile, I could hardly imagine this guy was my elder, and even a professor. I thought him to be some smart ass grad student at a religious college or something. No surprise, he has been in academia much longer than I and hasn't even been able to muster a Full Professor ranking.

This unfortunate science denier - had made repeated comments showing that like most conservatives, his mind is contaminated by politics and he can not accept the scientific consensus on global climate change. When I outed him, he ran like hell, never to have since appeared at Patterico as "Eric Blair." Not surprising that a scientist like him would go to great lengths to protect his identity, the denier he is. Yet he would always mention MY full name and university in some foolish effort to disparage me.

Apparently, he was not smart enough to keep from being tracked. .. touche' Assoc. Prof. Martin. heh....

Well, thanks "Aaron Worthing" for going on the record as another conservative who fears the truth and debate. Keep it tuned to Fox News.


Happy Holidays and keep the up the denial!

Friday, September 24, 2010

GOP's Bogus "Pledge to America" doesn't pass 8th grade arithmetic

The GOP Pledge: increase the deficit by trillions of dollars and take health-care insurance away from tens of millions of people.

The party of NO becomes the party of nonsense. It must be difficult for any thinking person to be a Republican these days.

As House GOP leader John Boehner said, "We're not going to be any different than what we've been." That's reassuring.

More.... here and here.

In essence, what they [the GOP] say is, “Deficits are a terrible thing. Let’s make them much bigger.” The document repeatedly condemns federal debt — 16 times, by my count. But the main substantive policy proposal is to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, which independent estimates say would add about $3.7 trillion to the debt over the next decade — about $700 billion more than the Obama administration’s tax proposals.
-- Paul Krugman, award winning economist

GOP pledge
fails the Fact Check.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Teabaggers can't handle the truth, delete factual comments, respond with insults, denial

A look into the mind of the TN teabagger.

The blog: Wilson County [TN] Tea Party Reports declares on their blog: "We do not fear an educated electorate!" ... yet they delete factual comments. Here is the comment they deleted:

Republicans are fighting to extend the Bush tax cuts for the top 1%. According to the Wall Street Journal, if you make less than $300,000, you will do better under Obama's 2011 tax plan, as Obama's 2009 taxes were the lowest in 60 years. Here are the facts:
I guess that's too much education.

TN Teabag candidate for Congress Lou Ann Zelenik is at it again, deleting factual comments from her Facebook page. You really can tell the level of intellect of the TN teabagger constituency by reading her supporters' comments. Their ignorance is shocking, as are their theocratic views, conspiracy theories, etc... . They are nearly 100% white and Christian, no surprise. Here are some examples:

Stacey Smith Fitzgerald: "TROLL - go away. Go enjoy your socialist government and leave us Conservatives alone you jerk"

Beth Obrien: "Maybe the the children of some of the fine folks on here will ultimately be indoctrinated into the wonderful beliefs of the Islamist among them...strap on bombs, fly planes into buildings, and mutilate women. Yeah that's the ticket! We are going to use our own constitution to destroy ourselves."
Robert Robinson: "You still haven't responded to my question from a previous thread, Yelverton... HOW MUCH are you being paid to spam this page and WHO is paying you?"
Robert Robinson's page says he is a big fan of fake professional wrestling... and bacon. Professional wrestling and Nascar should be the official teabagger sports.

When quotes by Thomas Jefferson were cited about his view of religion, teabagger responded:
Joyce Diehl Sanders: "Where did you learn American history? Some one lied to you, son."

Lou Ann Zelenik cited as a historical source, David Barton, a liar and a fraud. Barton has no credentials as a legitimate historian (he holds a bachelor's degree in Christian education from Oral Roberts University). His practice of Christian nationalist history revisionism is designed to dupe his audiences into believing that the United States was founded exclusively as a Christian nation, a necessary element in getting people to vote for and support the agenda of his political cohorts. He has admitted producing quotes that are undocumented, highly questionable, and outright lies.

Yet, Lou Ann's minions love it:

Lori Jenkins: "David Barton is such an American Treasure. I'd love to spend the day with him teaching me REAL & TRUE American History."

You wouldn't have guessed it but... the above comentator went to a Christian school. Now that's indoctrination. A true believer in an unqualified fraud who tells here what she wants to believe.

That is the way teabaggers think. Soon this level of ignorance and denial may be running this state.

Bonus: if you can find a teabagger blog or website that accepts unmoderated comments (as this blog does) - please let me know. It seems such blogs are almost non-existant, it seems the teabaggers want to keep a firm grip on the denial of facts.

UPDATE: REPUBLICAN Rep. Bob Inglis (R-S.C.) has characterized the teabaggers in an article:

"poisonous, tea party-driven demagoguery that will undermine the GOP's long-term credibility ...recounting his frustrating interactions with tea party types, while noting that Republican leaders are pushing rhetoric tainted with racism, that conservative activists are dabbling in anti-Semitic conspiracy theory nonsense, and that Sarah Palin celebrates ignorance."

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Lou Ann Zelenik deletes inconvenient facts from her Facebook page

Tea party values = cowardice and denial of facts

Add these characteristics to what we already know about the extremist white KKKristian movement known as the Tea Party.

Go to Zelenik's Facebook page and ask her the tough questions. You must select 'like' to comment.

The following comments were deleted from Lou Ann Zelenik's Facebook page:

Link to this thread on the economy:
It is important to note 3 things:
1) job creation is extremely important to the US right now. The last Republican Administration had the worst record of job creation since WWII:
2) Under Obama, Americans paid the least amount of taxes in 60 years. FACT:
3) The teaparty movement calls for less government yet TN receives more mone from the federal government than Tennesseans pay in taxes. FACT:
Link to this thread on her position to deny religious freedom:

Lou Ann, Constitutional rights of Freedom of Religion is the law. Republicans sponsored and supported the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the state Senate last year. The law protects mosques and other religious buildings from government interference. Interesting that a group that touts itself as a proponent of the Constitution would stage such a march. Both Democratic candidates Leming and Carter, who have spoken up for the rights of local Muslims, are distinguished vets who have served with Muslims in Muslim countries, and have a great deal of experience with Muslim families and culture. Please tell us, without demagoguing all Muslims by raising the specter of 9/11, tell us your personal experience with Muslims in our community. How many Muslim families and professional associates do you have? Voters recognize personal experience is important in creating positions on issues.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fear of the black man: paranoid psychosis runs deep in wingnut land

Fear is the best way to manipulate the ignorant, particularly the older generation that tend to be less racially tolerant. This fear of people who are different, whether they be black, Arab, Islamic, liberal, whatever... seems to be a hallmark of a significant faction of the far right. (Hence, the title: "White KKKristian Party"). At times, this level of paranoia reaches an almost delusional paranoid psychosis.

Take for instance this post on Bear Creek Ledger. This is a conservative gun nut militant blogger who preaches hate of everyone who is not a white Christian conservative. (However, if you happen to be a black soldier that has died in combat, well then, you're ok).

In the post she warns of the "bitter anti-American Afrocentric ideology" of Barack Hussein Obama and his alleged ties to "extremist Afrocentrists." She also says that Obama will assist Islamists in their "Twenty-Year Plan" to target America.

People like this blogger, Toni, wrap themselves in the flag while denouncing American ideals and stoking the fear of the diversity that has made America great.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Jonah Goldberg and NRO fail to score hit on Obama over soldiers death

Jonah Goldberg delivers... Wingnutosphere swallows.

You would think right-wing bloggers would care enough about our military to not demagogue them, their families and their service. Such assholes... and I rarely use this word... still think they "own" the troops and their memories. They believe that those ultimate sacrifices are only "theirs" to be wielded for propaganda purposes when necessary. We can can see how much respect Jonah Goldberg has for the family, he never asked them. And you notice - it was McCain who brought it up - trying to score points on the death of a soldier. Obama just responded.

This is why the conservatives are losing. They don't want to know the truth, except when they can exploit a lie to hurt Obama.

AP: Soldier's mother 'ecstatic' about Obama's bracelet

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The mother of a Wisconsin soldier who died in Iraq says she was "ecstatic" when Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama mentioned during Friday's debate the bracelet she gave him in honor of her son.

Tracy Jopek of Merrill told The Associated Press on Sunday she was honored that Obama remembered Sgt. Ryan David Jopek, who was killed in 2006 by a roadside bomb.

Jopek criticized Internet reports suggesting Obama, D-Ill., exploited her son for political purposes.

"I don't understand how people can take that and turn it into some garbage on the Internet," she said.

Jopek acknowledged e-mailing the Obama campaign in February asking that the presidential candidate not mention her son in speeches or debates. But she said Obama's mention on Friday was appropriate because he was responding after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, said a soldier's mother gave him a bracelet.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Myth of a Conservative America

The notion of a "conservative America" has been thoroughly debunked. Actions and beliefs speak louder than a simple isolated poll question.

While many American’s may call themselves conservative, the overwhelming majority of Americans support progressive policies. Indeed, a majority of Americans…
Want universal health care.
Want to expand environmental protections.
Support increasing the minimum wage.
Want abortion to remain safe and legal.
Want federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
Want to raise taxes on the wealthy to pay for national priorities.
Want same-sex couples to be legally recognized.
Oppose the Iraq war.

A recent survey of the American middle class that a majority of both Democrats and Republicans favor similar policies. And after 8 years of conservative rule, a record 81 percent of Americans believe the country is on the “wrong track.”

Not to mention, the 'generic congressional vote' has been leaning Democratic by a solid 10+ points for years now.

One reason people don't use the liberal label is that the term "liberal" has been victim to a relentless conservative marketing campaign that has succeeded in vilifying liberals and liberalism. Smear is a part of the conservative agenda - even giving rise to the synonym "swiftboating." The consequence is that only strong liberals are willing to identify as such. But many people who hold liberal issue positions call themselves moderates, or even conservatives.

But, lets remember the very definitions of the terms we're dealing with. Tell me, which group would be best suited to cope with a fast changing world? (Roget's Thesaurus list of synonyms)

Conservative: antiprogressive, regressive, conventional, diehard, lethargic, old-fashioned, reactionary, traditionalistic, unenterprising, fundamentalism, inflexible, uncreative, hide-bound, unimaginative, undaring, clinging to obsolete ideas

Liberal: generous, abundant, broadminded, tolerant, enlightened, charitable, free, advanced, flexible, free, giving, hospitable, knowledgeable, latitudinarian, magnanimous, munificent, open

Also, there is a clear correlation between educational attainment and political leaning. Sorry to generalize but it can't be ignored that people living in the "Red States" tend to be fatter, poorer, smoke more, and be less educated. Sorry.

I just hope in 2008, the smart people will get the opportunity to elect a president. I'm dubious.


Saturday, August 2, 2008

Republicans obstruct vote to lower gas prices

House Republican leaders pressured 13 of their members to switch their vote from “yes” to “no” during Wednesday's vote on the Commodity Markets and Transparency Act (H.R. 6604), a bill designed to rein in oil profiteers. Thanks to these strong arm tactics and weak members, the bill to lower gasoline prices by controlling profiteers failed by a vote of 276-151, falling ten votes shy of the two-thirds majority required for passage under the suspension of the House rules.

Once again, the GOP leadership sided with oil profiteers and used their power to help keep oil prices and profits high, while hurting the average American.

Then they have the balls to pull yesterday's stunt and blame the Democrats. What is wrong with these people? Why are some people so ill informed that they fall for such a stunt, even celebrate it? Are they too stupid to remember the Bush energy policies for the past 8 years that put us in this situation? Can't they remember the last Republican Congress - the 109th "Do Nothing" Congress that met less time in session, failed to pass budget resolutions and appropriations bills, provided no serious oversight of the disaster in Iraq, no major substantive policy achievements, and boasted 18 corrupt Republicans that were investigated/convicted or indicted (including 2 that went to the slammer: Ney and Cunningham)?

CNN searches for ignorant Republicans and finds them. Where else, but in Tennessee?

Don't get me wrong, I love Tennessee but why are there so many ignorant xenophobic people in rural white TN? Personally, I'd have no problem voting for Obama if he were a Muslim, even though he's not. I wish he didn't feel compelled to espouse any religion but unfortunately, that is not permitted among politicians in America if they expect to win. The very suggestion that he is Muslim has spread among the racist ignorant like a virus. CNN went looking to find real people infected with this virus of ignorance.

This evening, CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked about Barack Obama, "why is it that there are still so many people, more than one in 10 in recent polling, who still believe he's a Muslim?"

CNN's Gary Tuchman went looking for a place where ignorance lives. He found what he was looking for in Copperhill, Tennessee. He interviewed many residents who believed Obama is a Muslim, including the Mayor of Copperhill.

Here's one of the conversations:

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: What concerns you about Barack Obama?

TN FEMALE: The safety of our country if Obama gets in. I do -- he is a Muslim, and I'm very concerned about that.

TUCHMAN: The fact is, he says he's not a Muslim. He says he's a Christian.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Yes, I know what he says. (LAUGHS)

Tuchman said of the roughly 2 dozen people he talked to, all but one believe Obama is a Muslim. Shoot, even my barber from Woodbury thinks Obama is a Muslim.

transcript here

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The disaster of the Bush presidency

It is absolutely stunning the ability of the authoritarian right to tout the "great presidency" of GW Bush in face of facts. It could only be one of two things: 1) authoritarian worship, or 2) a simple lack of knowledge and information.

It's no secret that those who get their information exclusively from 'conservative news sources' are misinformed. This of course has been proven to be deliberate misinformation as been shown time and time again, most recently through the Pentagon military analyst scandal. The Bushies eat it up... hook, line and sinker - they swallow.

Question: On whose watch did 9/11 happen? What did Bush do when Tenet and Clarke and the entire intelligence establishment was telling him an attack was imminent? Answer: he went on vacation - for a month. And he's now the big hero... the big protector? How can people thank Bush for "a safer America" because there haven't been any 'further attacks' - especially after the influx of at least 12 million illegals on his watch? If the radical Muslims we're supposedly "fightin' over there so we don't have to fight 'em here" are such a threat, what is keeping them out? What... you think only Mexicans are capable of running across the border? But if we thought logically about this, neo-cons would not be able to use fear to support the war. Stay afraid! (40 some odd presidents can claim they kept America safe because of no attacks on the homeland. It's absolutely ludicrous!)

A Government report flatly states that an al Qaeda attack is now likely because the Bush Administration has not met US security goals to destroy the terrorist threat, and we hear a few days ago a Pentagon report that states the Taliban are flourishing in Afghanistan 7 years after 9/11, and that coalition deaths reached an all-time high last month. Yet, believe it or not, there are actually people who are so delusional and in denial that they thank GW Bush for "winning two wars"!!

Is it amazing some people are so delusional that they actually believe that Bush has somehow "restored dignity to the White House." How so? By committing war crimes and torturing people to death? By ignoring subpoenas , abusing power, repeatedly violating federal law and the Constitution? The GOP Culture of Corruption is a term that has made its way into posterity ... like the Republican practice of smear - 'swiftboating'. So how did Bush restore integrity to the White House, by employing numerous convicted felons in his administration, lobbying and campaigning? David Safavian, Scooter Libby, and Ken Lay .... and Jack Abramoff, who met Bush a dozen times, was photographed with him 6 times ... yet Bush says "I don't know him" ?? The White House lied about their contact with Abramoff. Further, the White House tried to conceal meetings with Abramoff and other criminals by trying to hide White House visitor logs. Then, in violation of the Presidential Records Act - the White House loses millions of emails - specifically during the period of the run up to the Iraq War and the Plame outing.

...and this is just the tip of the iceberg, just a small fraction sampling of the corruption.

Is that YOUR idea of integrity ? It's not mine.

And then there's the economy ... a mortgage crisis and reeling from high food and energy prices, the dollar is weaker internationally than ever, earnings down, and...
  • Job Growth Among the Slowest of Any Administration in over 70 Years
  • Private Sector Job Growth Among the Worst of Any Administration in over 70 Years
  • Job Growth Slowing Since Fall 2005 Peak
  • Unemployment Rate up by 1.3 Percentage Points
  • 2.5 Million More Unemployed
  • Long-Term Unemployment More Than Double Since President Bush Took Offic
  • Employee Compensation Has Lagged Far Behind Productivity
  • The Bush Economy Real Earnings Growth Weak and Unequal Relative to 1990s Expansion
  • Large Projected Surpluses Turned Into Large Deficits
  • $4.2 Trillion More Debt in FY 2008
  • Bush Tax Cuts Will Be More Than 100 Times Larger for Millionaires than for Middle Income Households
  • One of Only Three Administrations with a Decline in Household Income
  • Real Median Household Income Down $982
  • Real Household Income Has Declined for All Except the Richest since 2000
  • One of Only Four Administrations with an Average Annual Rise in the Poverty Rate
  • 4.9 Million More Americans in Poverty
  • 8.6 Million More Americans Without Health Insurance

Friday, June 6, 2008

Republican talking point: "If Bush lied, the Democrats did too" - PROVEN BOGUS

Republican LIE #1: White House and Congressional Democrats saw the same intelligence

Congress members were not privy to the Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB) and many other intelligence sources. The Bush administration's public pronouncements concerning Iraq began long before any substantial intelligence analysis arrived on Capitol Hill.

For example, the White House's involvement in development of the aluminum tubes allegation shows how the administration's access to intelligence on Iraq differed from that of Congress.

This LIE is fully documented here.

Republican LIE #2: Quotes lifted from Democrats show a justification or willingness to go to war.

WRONG - they were quoted out of context and in the same speeches they warn of dire consequences of launching a unilateral invasion of Iraq
For example: Hillary's 10/10/02 speech that Republicans often quote about her acknowledgement of the danger of Saddam. What else did she say in that speech? This is what she said, do we hear wingnuts quote this part?

"If we were to attack Iraq now, alone or with few allies, it would set a precedent that could come back to haunt us.... a unilateral attack, while it cannot be ruled out, on the present facts is not a good option.... My vote is not, however, a vote for any new doctrine of pre-emption, or for uni-lateralism, or for the arrogance of American power or purpose -- all of which carry grave dangers for our nation, for the rule of international law and for the peace and security of people throughout the world."

In the often quoted John Kerry speech on 1/23/03 on the need to disarm Saddam, he also said:

"The Bush Administration has a plan for waging war but no plan for winning the peace. It has invested mightily in the tools of destruction but meagerly in the tools of peaceful construction. ...We need to make certain that we have not unnecessarily twisted so many arms, created so many reluctant partners, abused the trust of Congress, or strained so many relations, that the longer term and more immediate vital war on terror is made more difficult. And we should be particularly concerned that we do not go alone or essentially alone if we can avoid it, because the complications and costs of post-war Iraq would be far better managed and shared with United Nation's participation."

I could go on and on - but you get the picture.

The bottom line is - as I said in my previous post, there was credible intelligence that indicated Saddam had WMD, but it was overstated, cherry picked, manipulated and used deceptively to build a case for war. I can't wait to get the transcript of Richard Clarke's interview tonight on MSNBC. He verifies what McClellan said and what this new report said: conclusions which the Bush Administration delivered in public statements were NOT supported by the intelligence

The Democrats were lied to. The American people were lied to. There is no debate. The game is over. The Republican MO:

Admit nothing

Deny everything

Say "they did it too"

Friday, May 30, 2008

The reason why conservatives are so ill informed

A high ranking Bush staffer and long time associate - Scott McClellan says on the Today Show that the President admitted an impeachable offense and committed a crime; but what do the conservative news sources say about it? Almost nothing! If you get your news from Drudge, Fox News , World Net Daily ... you are living in another world.

No, it's not important to Drudge that McClellan verified that Bush admitted committing a crime - what is important to Drudge is this headline:

What's important to FoxNews? On their front page they report stories like: Thong-Faced Thieves Rob Gas Station. Forget about Scotty! You'll find him well off their front page, buried deep in the political section with this headline:
White House Officials Decry McClellan Claims

World Net Daily - would we find an intelligent discussion of McClellan's allegations? Hell no! Just misinformation, swiftboating, bullshit peddling, and chasing wild geese:
Soros linked to hate-Bush McClellan book

Now, you can understand why these idiots suffer from a basic lack of knowledge. They willingly submit to manipulation, spin, and denial. Pathetic... and very telling.

UPDATE: Bob Dole called McClellan a 'miserable creature' and guess what, he had not read the book.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Who are the 28%ers?

Poll: Bush most unpopular in modern history

This is no surprise. This was confirmed by a Gallup Poll last week and reaffirmed in today's CNN Poll - except the CNN poll is even worse for the president. Bush is the most unpopular President in modern American history. This is part of his legacy that will go into the history books.

71% of Americans disapprove of how Bush is handling his job.
Only 15% think America is on the right track.

"No president has ever had a higher disapproval rating in any CNN or Gallup poll; in fact, this is the first time that any president's disapproval rating has cracked the 70 percent mark." -- CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
What is surprising is that 28% of Americans still approve of the job Bush is doing. Both Nixon and Truman had lower approval ratings but never higher disapproval ratings. A stunning 73% see America on the wrong track, only 15% think the opposite.

Why do 28% still approve despite the direction of the country and Bush's multitude of failures? Who are these 28%ers and why do they think the way they do? I think I'd have to chalk it up to a number of things:
  • A new breed of authoritarian partisans who care more about perceived principles they have formed based on insufficient or faulty information (a prime authoritarian characteristic). Stubbornly cult-like in their tenacity, they seem to put their 'personal principles' and perceptions above reality and what is good for America. Anyone who disagrees, they dismiss as the enemy, BDS, aiding the terrorists, etc.... Demographics reveal that these people are primarily white Christians. Studies have found Christian fundamentalists are often authoritarian by nature, and conservatives, stubborn by nature (failing to change habitual response patterns). Denial is very strong among those with this mindset.
  • The concentrated misinformation campaign by the right wing media reinforcing false information already spewed by a lying administration. The latest - the vast Pentagon Analyst Program revealed to be nothing more than an expert propaganda program endorsed and operated by the Bush Administration. This is classic example of the weak-minded being manipulated by fear, 9/11 being the catalyst they keep coming back to.
You can tell who they are, they tend to be the least aware... only getting their 'news' from places like NRO, Hot Air, News Busters, Fox News, Little Green Footballs, etc... you can find a list in the sidebar of many 28%er bloggers. Many of them don't want to talk about politics. When engaged, they revert to fear-based discussions of jihad, the evils of the Koran, etc... It's not surprising that the huge Pentagon propaganda scandal or the GAO report showing the failure of Bush's war on al Qaeda never made it to the Drudge Report. Wonder why? That's called "fair and balanced" in Bushie authoritarian land.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Blogger "Doc" at The Autopsy - identity revealed

UPDATE 8/29/10:
Seems that Mikey is lying to the ankle-biters at Protein Wisdom.

The fact is that I never threatened to call his University to discredit him. I have better things to do. I would never stoop to the level of manbaby Jeff Goldstein who threatened me as such for merely commenting on his blog, saying, "I have nothing to lose." But I did say that I wondered what Mikey's colleagues would think of having a proponent of Intelligent Design and a climate science denier as a science educator/colleague. Particularly true in retrospect, now that his pet Climate-gate scandal has been thoroughly debunked.

In our lengthy debates, I had thought I had identified "Doc" at the Autopsy, the rabid conservative, devoted Bushie, anti-abortion rights, global warming denialist blogger. Based on tracking data, I had deduced that "Doc" was "Tony" at U of Wisconsin, Barron County. I was wrong. Tony emailed me the other day and notified me of my error. My apologizes to Tony!!

"Doc" at The Autopsy is:


Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin- Platteville

After numerous debates with "Doc" in which I called him "Tony" and even made a joke of Tony's lack of hair, "Doc" never corrected my misidentification and acknowledged my apologies for poking fun of his lack of hair to which he responded:

Willy apologized for the baldness comment. All the hair remaining on my head thanks you.

In doing so, even after a photo of Tony was cited, Michael perpetuated the misconception that he was "Tony." (Michael is not balding). I find this disingenuous and cowardly.

Looking at his bio, he is the product of Catholic schooling which explains his anti-abortion stance. An entry on his blog also suggests he supports Intelligent Design. The identifying clincher is the photo on his personal website of an actor is the same actor in the photo on his blog icon. Gotcha.

It's time Michael, to take responsibility for the opinions you deliver instead of trying to hide. The normal conservative tact: deny everything, admit nothing, blame someone else... it's time to come out Michael, we found you.

As I said to Tony, at the risk of stereotyping, "he sure looks like a conservative."

Mikey edited my comment on his blog, eliminating his last name and link to this post. Still a coward.
Since Mikey linked my photo on his blog with a nasty caption, touche....
Heeerrre's Mikey, (no dumb caption required). Does he "look like a Republican" or what?

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Bill Hobbs - a denialist, slime shoveling COWARD who runs from the light like a cockroach

Cowardly Bill Hobbs called out on Obama smear, earns reprimand from RNC Chair. Nice spokesman you have there, TN GOP.

On this post - Barack Obama: Naive about al Qaeda in Iraq , Hobbs couldn't handle the truth so he deleted my comment (the post he linked to didn't accept comments - of course):
1) The Bush Administration has vastly overstated the number of foreign fighters in Iraq according to a report from the Washington-based Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS).

2) The Conservative CATO Inst reports:
"foreign fighters make up a relatively small component of the Sunni insurgency against the U.S. and British occupation forces. It strains credulity to imagine 1,300 fighters (and foreigners at that) dominating a country of 26 million people."

The article goes on to say how al Qaeda is nearly universally hated by Shiites, Kurds, and most Sunnis.

3) In speech after speech, Bush insists that "this is a war in which, if we were to leave before the job is done, the enemy would follow us here."

But is it true?

Military and diplomatic analysts say it isn't. They accuse Bush of exaggerating the threat that enemy forces in Iraq pose to the U.S. mainland.

"The president is using a primitive, inarticulate argument that leaves him open to criticism and caricature," said James Jay Carafano, a homeland security and counterterrorism expert for the Heritage Foundation

This is one of the stupidist lines ever fed by an Administration with a big shovel trying to save face for what the vast majority of Americans see as a total incompetent screw-up. Spending $333 million a day supposedly fighting al Qaeda - a rag tag group of shadowy bomb builders that offer no threat to the US - although the GOP would like you to think so, fear is their controlling mechanism.

Obama has mentioned many time about going after the real stronghold of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, now that it is reported today by the AP that the Afghan government has no control over 70% of the nation.

So, I gave Bill Hobbs a second chance. That didn't work, he closed comments on that post after my submission. He complained that liberals were attacking him and using foul language. You see any foul language in my comment? None, no excuse Bill.

So, I gave Bill a third and final chance on a different post on the similar fear mongering topic: Hey Obama, al Qaeda is not just in Iraq, they're in America too.

Nope, he deleted for a third time, although he did allow a "yes man" comment 12 hrs after I submitted mine. This is how conservatives operate. Authoritarians don't know how to handle facts that refute their position of fear mongering and swiftboating. Amazing, this level of unprofessionalism since he represents the GOP in TN, you wingnuts sure have a problem. Let me add one more word to his description: hypocrite.... and after these deletions, Hobbs has the balls to say:
"The left always finds something to pick at other than to describe the issues; we're not surprised at all."
If you've ever visited this political blog - Loose TN Canon, you'll know that I encourage debate, NEVER delete comments - which is one of the main tenets of my site. I deal with facts. Anyone who has debated with me knows my regard for citing facts and making fact based arguments. But facts don't fit into the world of Bill Hobbs.

Speaking of Hobb's unprofessionalism, he was reprimanded by national GOP party chairman Mike Duncan
in a statement sent unsolicited to Politico: “The RNC rejects these kinds of campaign tactics. We believe this election needs to be about the critical issues confronting our nation.”

Yet Hobbs proves he doesn't want debate about critical issues, he doesn't want to talk about facts, just a soapbox from which to shovel his slime about Barack Hussein Obama - including this vile statement:
"Obama has pledged to hold a Muslim Summit to determine Middle East policy with the very leaders that have as their goal to remove Israel from the map, referenced Jews to be “dogs” and “pigs,” among other vile references."

Hobbs has had his "reprimand story" on CNN, MSNBC, and some of the leading political blogs. This is not about Barack's middle name, this is about implying he is a Muslim who would make Israel unsafe, in league with anti-Semites.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ned Williams: poster boy apologist - denialist of the Bush Administration's Constitutional violations

And he's a lawyer! If you've ever wondered how GW Bush can get away with so many Constitutional violations in this day and age, I present to you a case study: Ned Williams.

You would think a lawyer would have some reverence or respect for leading law experts and those that specialize in areas of Constitutional and International law. But no, the authoritarian streak runs too deep. This is compounded and strengthened by a seriously dogmatic fundamentalist Christian mindset.

What you have a psychological profile that combines:
  1. Complete submission to authority
  2. Abject denial
  3. Suspension of professional logic and ethics where the world is filtered through a political/religious perception where the reality is: "either you're for us or you're against us."
  4. A high degree of self righteousness
  5. Rationalization and absolution from any and all failings of himself or his leaders gained in part through religious conviction (and his association with Bush to Christianity)
There are no shades of gray with such religious authoritarians and you might as well forget about ethics too. Ned could make a case for why Jesus would torture, spy, kill, or violate justice. Yet he's the first one to place his vote based on a Christian agenda of "protecting the zygote" but support his Christian hero president's war that has resulted in destabilizing a region resulting in mass suffering and mass murder. Stay the course because it is paramount to save face at any cost.

Can you imagine anyone in any profession denying, summarily refuting, and tossing off opinions of leading experts in their own field as invalid because they're a "bunch of Liberal(s)" ... with "a serious case of BDS."?

Case study:

I mentioned the irregularities of Bush signing statements that have reserved the right to subvert over 1100 federal laws. (In the previous 20 years before Bush there were only 327 such statements issued).

You would think Ned would have some respect for the American Bar Association - the world's largest association of legal professionals, the body that accredits the very law school that granted him his law degree.

By a unanimous vote of the American Bar Association Board of Governors, a Blue Ribbon Task Force was formed with a cast of legal all-stars from BOTH political parties to investigate the Bush abuse of powers. This ABA task force described the Bush use of signing statements to modify the meaning of duly enacted laws as:
"contrary to the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers".
When confronted with these findings that Bush had used signing statements to subvert laws such as the ban on torturing detainees, oversight provisions in the USA Patriot Act, "whistle-blower" protections for federal employees, and safeguards against political interference in taxpayer-funded research (... to name just a few), and when put in perspective that Bush has attempted to subvert more laws than all previous presidents combined, how does a true-blue right wing religious authoritarian lawyer Ned Williams respond:
"What is the mental disorder that sees an impeachable offense behind every tree?"


" ought to realize that lining up a bunch of Liberal attorneys on a given legal position doesn't prove much of anything--except perhaps a serious case of BDS. "

Further, I cited the HARVARD INTERNATIONAL LAW JOURNAL on Bush's use of torture and detention:

"There are too many crimes and blunders to choose among. I will focus here on one central disaster, the use made of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, and one egregious constitutional violation, the abrogation of habeas corpus."

-- Gerald L. Neuman, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School.
This is just one of many impeachable offenses of the Bush Administration, but none of these expert legal opinions are valid to a true Bushie authoritarian - even to a guy like Ned, smart enough to know.

So, if you ask, how is Bush able to get away with so many violations to law and the Constitution? Now you know the mindset that has m
ade it possible - the type of mindset that remains oblivious to the potential consequences of the erosion of American democratic sovereignty.

Not alot of wisdom or deep thinking among authoritarians. They will either: deny, refuse to admit, blame someone else, or say 'they did it too'. That's about as deep as it goes. But, as we all know, the gig is up.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Al Czervic - "The Catskill Commentator" - conservative coward of the week

The Catskill Commentator blog wins this week's "conservative cowardly denialist comment deleter of the week." When I commented on his post, he couldn't handle the truth and deleted my comment. Al explained:
It’s amazing the amount of email this post has generated, and unprintable comments from crazed libs that I then delete for the sake of decorum.

Al gleefully posted on his blog a story highlighting this conservative red meat book, posing as a "study" by a so-called "eminent psychiatrist" - Lyle Rossiter entitled: THE LIBERAL MIND: The Psychological Causes of Political Madness

First, looking at the elderly Dr. Rossiter's resume (pdf), you'll see he finished his medical degree in 1962, about the time lobotomies were being phased out. He completed his residency in psychiatry in the mid 60's. Since then, he reports just two pieces of research, one when he completed his residency in 1966 and one in 1991. This guy is not a researcher and certainly doesn't qualify as "eminent" by a long shot, particularly in the area of psychiatric research (except maybe to wingnuts like Al).

Rossiter's book seems specifically written for authoritarians who crave reinforcement of their ideology. Obviously, the good Dr. wanted a provocative book to sell in order to pad his retirement.

The Catskill Commentator didn't like the information I pointed out, particularly that this book was written as a pathetically weak, non-peer reviewed, unauthoritative response to two studies I cited. (See side bar for links).

One, the $1.2 million
study by the US Government's National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as: a set of neuroses rooted in "fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity".

The other, A study by NYU and UCLA published in the Journal Nature Neuroscience shows liberals have a greater cognitive ability to problem solve and cope with changing conditions than conservatives who are more "persistent and structured" and are more reliant on "habitual responses." From the study:
"Liberalism was associated with stronger conflict-related anterior cingulate activity, suggesting greater neurocognitive sensitivity to cues for altering a habitual response pattern."
Essentially, conservatives tend to rely on ‘persistence’ in a ‘habitual response pattern,’ despite signals that this response pattern should change...

As I had mentioned in previous posts, denialism is a hallmark of authoritarian conservatism, as reported in Bob Woodward's book: State of Denial.

Here we see the Catskill Commentator illustrating these authoritarian tendencies:

Faulty reasoning: Uncritically accepting insufficient evidence that supports their beliefs. Uncritically trusting people who tell them what they want to hear.

Here's a complete list of such characteristics of authoritarians like Al Czervic, the cowardly comment deleter.

On his blog you'll also find such gems as:

They just LOVE John McCain, their guns, war, and all things military, racist, anti-gay, anti-liberal, anti-education, anti-science, etc.... It goes to show you, dumb-ass bigot rednecks aren't exclusive to the rural south.
Catskill Commentator posted a response to this post BUT DIDN"T EVEN have the balls to link to this blog. Dumb-ass coward. Note: this is how conservatives operate, when they can not understand or face facts, they employ denialism and surround themselves with 'yes men'. Sounds like Bush, doesn't it?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Conservative ignorance on parade: Terry Frank calls the world's foremost climate lab models: "a fortune telling circus"

In an effort to educate, I posted a link to the following graph of global warming projections. Terry Frank responded:
"Get lost. And take your fortune telling circus with you. Oops. I mean your climate models."
Here they are, the world's foremost climate labs that produced the supercomputer climate models that Terry Frank calls "a fortune telling circus."

Who do you suppose knows more about climate science? The wingnut deniers like Terry Frank, or the world's foremost climate labs?

Center for Climate System Research - Japan
National Institute for Environmental Studies - Japan
Canadian Center for Climate Modelling and Analysis - Canada
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation - Australia
Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research- England
Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory- USA
Max Planck Institute für Meteorologie - Germany
National Center for Atmospheric Research- USA

Interestingly, current data shows these global warming projections to be conservative as many climate scientists stated in my last post on the subject.

I guess though, you’ll always have people like Terry Frank who obviously don’t understand the science and argue on the basis of energy industry agendas, lock step conservative ideology, or fear of gov’t control and sacrifice. What it's really about for these simple minded people is a perpetuation of the "war on Gore" or more specifically, the "war on liberals." The ironic thing is that I was agreeing with Terry, is so far as I believe that the climate change process is already underway and there is very little mankind can do about it, particularly in the short term.

(click graphs to enlarge)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

For Webutante and authoritarian religious conservatives, the First Amendment offers the right to denialism and ignorance

When a differing opinion is too factual, too convincing, too challenging to debate, just delete it. Denialism is a hallmark of authoritarian religious conservatives like Webutante. And she admits it:
Censorship reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself. It is a hallmark of an authoritarian regime . . . .” — Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart

Also a hallmark of Webutante.

I am flattered by your compliment and remain, happily, guilty as charged.

Unlike Webutante, I never delete comments on this blog. I am not threatened by her views or anyone else's as she is threatened by mine. This says a lot about her psychological profile and the political persuasion she subscribes to. (Bob Woodward wrote a book about it).

Ever notice how most college newspapers (like MTSU) provide opportunities for on-line comments on their stories and opinions? You won't find that opportunity at student newspapers at religious colleges like Liberty or Bob Jones Universities. Why? Because they are threatened by a diversity of opinion, a 'secular' world view, and just the plain old truth. Easier to live in a bubble and not answer to inconvenient truths. Right Webby? Just surround yourself with like minded wingnuts and refuse to learn anything.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Religious conservatives deleting blog comments again: Webutante and Pistol Pete

Just wanted to document the ever increasing number of conservative religious authoritarians that have deleted my comments, not because of any vulgarity or insults, but just because my posts contained legitimate information that challenged their beliefs. These are people who say they stand 'for the truth.' Instead, what they really stand for is a narrow view of the world that they guard from debate and discussion with abject denial.

They pulled a "Mark Rose" on me. Check out their blogs and tell them hello from William:


Necessary Therapy

Also note, most college newspapers have unmoderated blogs and discussion. You won't find much of that at religious colleges like Liberty or Bob Jones. They wouldn't want their students to have too many inconvenient truths, now would they? Forget about critical thinking, submission to dogma is far more important!

UPDATE: Webutante responds on Pistols site:
"Thank heavens for the First Amendment. I proudly stand guilty as charged! Best wishes…"
Apparently, Webutante’s 'proud' interpretation of the First Amendment includes the right to censor and control information… an authoritarian characteristic and an aid to those who wish to practice abject denial. This philosophy is common in dictatorships like China, N. Korea and in theocracies like Iran. We did an psychological profile on Webutante a while back. She is a classic religious right wing authoritarian denialist who has a practice of deleting posts that present information that threatens her beliefs.