Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Manufactured Outrage

I told you in my 14 February post, “Preconceived Reality," to stay tuned for another post about a self-aggrandizing soldier. Though, he isn’t just self-aggrandizing, he’s downright dis-fucking-respectful. And quite shameful to boot.

Other than that, this one’s fun. I lay out a bunch of facts, only to be rebutted with, basically: Nuh-uh. You’re a liar and I’m a soldier, so I’m awesome.

If you’ve been following my blog, you may have noticed a pattern in the Republican thought process. It never varies and is absolutely amazing. I explain it in my last response of this thread.

The names have been changed to protect the innocent and the guilty – and all the shady characters in between.


A friend posted this on Facebook…

Bill Mancuso
Really? That's a hell of a piece of right wing propaganda there, Mary. It seems silly at first glance, but the more you scrutinize it, it gets even sillier.

This is true. The poster didn’t bother or offend me. It is just silly in that it doesn’t make any real sense. It’s purely designed to say ‘liberals are wrong.’ Truth is irrelevant with items such as this. ‘Islamo-Fascists want to murder your family.’ Really? Do they exist? Where are they? It’s like when you hear Republican politicians use the phrase “Chicago-style politics” when describing anything the Obama administration does. It’s a phrase that is intended to sound bad. It doesn’t mean anything, but when Republicans hear this dog-whistle phrase, they think (know) it’s a bad thing and it raises the hair on their necks.

Sorry, Mancuso....I happen to be feeling a little "right" lately. I never claimed to be politically correct ;)

Bill Mancuso
It's not politically incorrect. Just outright silly.

Actually more like dead honest truth................and ironically it's the Red state desperate clinger to guns and religion that is most likely to stand in his way and shoot him dead

Gomer is referring to the 2008 campaign when that April, Obama made a comment about desperate people clinging to their guns and religion. He, like all Republicans, only listened to FOX “News” play that one line out of context and made it sound like he was insulting them. I have posted the full text at the end of this post. You be the judge: Is he insulting them or showing them compassion?

And you can tell how stupid I thought Gomer's statement was by my particularly lengthy response.

Bill Mancuso
Dead honest truth? No, it is not. Someone just wanted to string together a bunch of words that they believe to be liberal-sounding, then say something contrary to what they believe are liberal beliefs to try and insult liberals. However, the statement depends on the contrary part. In this case, "Islamo-Fascists" wanting to murder your family is not a potential threat. This statement just has the right-wing dog-whistle word "Islamo-Fascist" in it. Oooh. Scary.

If the poster said-- It doesn't matter if you're a peace-loving, gay, African-American, quadriplegic atheist from a blue state: IT'S A CONSTITUTIONALLY PROTECTED RIGHT TO OWN GUNS! --then it would make sense and make a point and give liberals a mental wedgie.

I pose this to you:

It Doesn't Matter If You're A War-Mongering, Straight, Caucasian, Fully-Functioning-Arms-And-Legs God-Fearer From A Red State: THERE NEVER WERE BANDS OF ISLAMO-FASCISTS ROAMING THE STREETS OF AMERICA KILLING PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THERE NEVER WILL BE! (and after people from Saudi Arabia flew planes into the Twin Towers, Bush started two wars in different countries, Afghanistan and Iraq, which accomplished nothing but massively increasing terrorist recruitment in the Middle East specifically in response to the American invasion - even in Iraq where there weren't any to begin with, made the Middle East even more unstable, weakened our own economy and national security and led to the deaths of even thousands more Americans than in the original Twin Towers attack. And the Obama administration is responsible for capturing or killing more terrorists in their first two years than Bush's previous 7 years at war - and they did it mostly with targeted bombings and drone attacks which vastly reduced threats to the precious lives of our American military members)

That's more like "dead honest truth."

And hey Gomer, my mouse just went over your name and a box popped open showing we're no longer Facebook friends. When did you de-friend me? Although, after your right-wing extremist support of bigoted "gun-clingy" Christian terrorists wanting to murder America's first black President (which is who I assume you mean - I'm pretty positive you don't mean Bush), I can understand why. No irony there.

And I know it should be "whom," I just hate that pointless distinction.

And "stand in his way" of what, exactly? Presiding over the lowest taxes in 50 years? Deporting more ‘illegals’ than any other President? Doing more to guard the borders than any other President? Killing more terrorists than any other President? Fighting for affordable health care for all? Creating a consumer protection bureau? Giving Boehner 98% of what he wanted in the bullshit debt-ceiling farce? Increasing the size of the military and its budget? Lowering the unemployment rate? All in spite of party-before-country do-nothing Republicans blocking everything that would help America in a vocalized, purposeful extreme partisan effort to make Obama look bad. Obama the "socialist" who implements more Republican proposals than Republicans? Obama, whose policies have earned him a 33% more Conservative rating than Ronald Reagan? Please. I'm curious to know. And don't lay on that crap about taking peoples' money and giving handouts to the poor. You have to tell me something only Obama did that not all the rest of the Republican and Democratic Presidents did, too - you know, something that's not what the very fiber of America is about. And I want facts. Real facts. Not bullshit that's only true on one channel but an easily proven lie in the real world. Yeah, FOX.

By the way, if we want to talk about "Fascists," how about the Republo-Fascist Party right here in America? Who wants to regulate women's reproductive rights? Let sick people die? Prevent Constitutionally-protected voting rights? Prevent workers' rights? Protect corporations above people? Who wants to ban all forms of contraception? Who is against affordable health care? Who wants to control what children are taught in school - and replace much of it with religious fantasy? Who deemed corporations to be people? Who wants to end gay marriage and prevent all their other civil rights? Who wants to end welfare? Who wants to end regulation - the major fucking cause of the Great Recession? Who wants to force people to carry proof of citizenship? Who wants to prevent consumer protection? Who believes god has deemed their policies to be the correct policies? Since practically all of these principles are parts of Musolini's Doctrine of Fascism written in 1932 and Republicans desperately wish to implement them, I think we have more to fear from the Republican Party right here in America than we do of Muslims in the Middle East.

Oh, and there are peace-lovers, gays, African-Americans, quadriplegics and atheists living in blue states who are Republican, so the statement doesn't work on any level.

Blah blah blah......but I like the BS stats and supposed facts....did you get those straight from Keith Olberman? You are so caught up in the kool-aid it is pointless to discuss, but feel free to blow another cranial blood vessel and another rant. In the meantime I will continue to put my ass on the line so you can live in indignant ignorance.

Bill Mancuso
Your response is textbook Republican deflection: Call facts lies because you don't like them, ignore my questions because you don't like the answers, proclaim me to be a blind left-wing follower because you're a blind right-wing follower, and finally, offer absolutely nothing in counterpoint.

And as for your ass being on the line, that does not automatically make me ignorant and you not.

And you really do your uniform and your country proud by gleefully suggesting the Commander-in-Chief be shot dead by a home-grown American religious Republican terrorist.

That last statement was sarcastic.

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Strange. He never replied.

But yet again, a Republican claiming facts are lies only because he doesn’t agree with them. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it now: It blows my fucking mind how fucking moronic these people are.

Republicans are always right and Democrats are always wrong. The level of ignorance, reality-denying, fear-mongering and hatred-mongering that that one-way thinking requires in order to exist is astounding. At least for Republicans, FOX “News” is a one-stop shopping experience. It makes it easy and convenient to be stupid. Why bother putting in the effort to look elsewhere for information when all your unsubstantiated fears and prejudices are confirmed in one place?

I have been calling this denial of reality the “FOX-O-Sphere” or the “Republ-O-Sphere” for a while now. Bill Maher calls it “The Bubble.” It’s a world where everything Republicans wish to be true IS true. Even if outside of this sphere, in the real world, the opposite is true. And no facts under any circumstance can ever penetrate the sphere. For example: In the FOX-O-Sphere, it is an unconditional fact that Obama is anti-oil. In the real world, oil production in the U.S. during the Obama administration is larger than it ever was during the Bush administration and we have exported more oil than we imported for the first time since World War II. Oil rigs alone have quadrupled in number and the U.S. has more of them than the entire rest of the world, which has generated monthly, record-breaking, all-time high profits.

I've already explained the imaginary opponent all the Republicans are running against in my February 3rd "Mythical Beasties" post. If you haven't yet, go check it out. It's my shortest rant ever.

And Gomer used the word ‘ironically’ wrong.

And he spelled Olbermann wrong.


Good day.

Full text of what 2008 candidate Obama said:

"So, it depends on where you are, but I think it's fair to say that the places where we are going to have to do the most work are the places where people feel most cynical about government. The people are... I think they're misunderstanding why the demographics in our, in this contest have broken out as they are. Because everybody just ascribes it to 'white working-class don't wanna -- don't wanna vote for the black guy.' That's... there were intimations of that in an article in the Sunday New York Times today - kind of implies that it's sort of a “race” thing.

Here's how it is: in a lot of these communities in big industrial states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, people have been beaten down so long, and they feel so betrayed by government, and when they hear a pitch that is premised on not being cynical about government, then a part of them just doesn't buy it. And when it's delivered by -- it's true that when it's delivered by a 46-year-old black man named Barack Obama (laugher), then that adds another layer of skepticism (laughter).

But - so the questions you're most likely to get about me, 'Well, what is this guy going to do for me? What's the concrete thing?' What they wanna hear is -- so, we'll give you talking points about what we're proposing -- close tax loopholes, roll back, you know, the tax cuts for the top 1 percent. Obama's gonna give tax breaks to middle-class folks and we're gonna provide health care for every American. So we'll go down a series of talking points.

But the truth is, is that, our challenge is to get people persuaded that we can make progress when there's not evidence of that in their daily lives. You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. So it's not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Um, now these are in some communities, you know. I think what you'll find is, is that people of every background -- there are gonna be a mix of people, you can go in the toughest neighborhoods, you know working-class lunch-pail folks, you'll find Obama enthusiasts. And you can go into places where you think I'd be very strong and people will just be skeptical. The important thing is that you show up and you're doing what you're doing."

Hmm. Obama was talking about the 1% having too many tax breaks at least three and a half years before the Occupy Movement began. Interesting.

See what we learned by researching stupid, ignorant Republican bullshit?

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