Nov 4 2012

Why Mitt Romney Lies

Kal @ 14:03

According to The Baffler Newsletter it is how Mitt gets them to see him as one of them. It is a somewhat long and interesting read. Thanks to Dan Gillmor for bringing this to attention.


In part the New York Times had it right, for as much as it’s worth: Romney’s prevarications are evidence of simple political hucksterism—“short, utterly false sound bites,” repeated“so often that millions of Americans believe them to be the truth.” But the Times misses the bigger picture. Each constituent lie is an instance pointing to a larger, elaborately constructed “truth,” the one central to the right-wing appeal for generations: that liberalism is a species of madness—an esoteric cult of out-of-touch, Europe-besotted ivory tower elites—and conservatism is the creed of regular Americans and vouchsafes the eternal prosperity, security, and moral excellence of God’s chosen nation, which was doing just fine before Bolsheviks started gumming up the works.

A Romney lie in this vein is a pure Ronald Reagan imitation—as in this utterance from 2007: “In France,” Romney announced on the campaign trail, “I’m told that marriage is now frequently contracted in seven-year terms where either party may move on when their term is up.” And just as Reagan was found to be reciting film dialogue and jump-cutting anecdotes from his on-screen career into his pseudobiographical reminiscences on the stump, so it turns out that Romney picked up the marriage canard from the Homecoming Saga, a science fiction series written by Mormon author Orson Scott Card. (Another reason for students of Romney’s intellectual development to queasily recall that he told interviewers during that same 2008 presidential run that his favorite work of fiction was Battlefield Earth, the sci-fi opus by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, a consummate shakedown artist in his own right.)

Closing the sale, after all, is mainly a question of riding out the lie: showing that you have the skill and the stones to just brazen it out, and the savvy to ratchet up the stakes higher and higher. Sneering at, or ignoring, your earnest high-minded mandarin gatekeepers—“we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers,”as one Romney aide put it—is another part of closing the deal. For years now, the story in the mainstream political press has been Romney’s difficulty in convincing conservatives, finally, that he is truly one of them. For these elites, his lying—so dismaying to the opinion-makers at the New York Times, who act like this is something new—is how he has pulled it off once and for all. And at the grassroots, his fluidity with their preferred fables helps them forget why they never trusted the guy in the first place.


Category: Politics | misinformation | wingnuttery

Aug 14 2010

Chimpanzee Politics – Might Makes Right

Kal @ 10:56

In response to a wingnut rant email, mostly about how terrible it would be to let the Bush tax cuts expire, I responded with a comment that any discussion of taxes should include what the tax money is being spent on.



Category: Morals | Politics | wingnuttery

Feb 19 2010


Kal @ 18:51

The latest wingnut email. I am still researching this to find out what really happened, not that it would prove anything if it is exactly as quoted. Other than, I suppose, that there was a hot spell in 1922 also.

The Arctic  ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and  in some places the seals are finding the water too hot,  according to a report to the Commerce Department  yesterday from Consulit, at  Bergen ,  Norway . Reports  from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point  to a radical change in climate conditions and  hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the Arctic zone.  Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice  has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.  Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the  gulf stream still very warm. Great masses of ice have  been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the  report continued, while at many points well known  glaciers have entirely disappeared. Very few  seals and no white fish are found in the eastern  Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts,  which have never before ventured so far north, are  being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.  Within a few years it is predicted that due to the  ice melt the sea will rise and make most coastal  cities uninhabitable.



Category: wingnuttery | Sustainability | Politics | misinformation | hoax | Climate Change

Feb 10 2010

Straw men are so easy to knock down - Free Medical for All

Kal @ 11:15

The wingnuts have been kind of quiet lately, or maybe I am just getting bored with their ridiculous content. This one at least had a cute cartoon.

Free Medical Straw Man

Nothing I saw either during the presidential campaign or the subsequent health care battle promised free medical care at all. As I recall, one of the main points is to bring medical costs under control.

But hey, why deal with reality when a lie will do?


Category: wingnuttery | Politics | misinformation

Dec 21 2009

Der Spiegel reporter tell Inhofe: “You’re ridiculous.”

Kal @ 12:16

Oklahoma is proud of him, or at least some of them are. From Climate Progress:

Sen. Inhofe (R-OIL) has mostly become a laughingstock on this continent.  He’s made absurd statements attacking military leaders trying to warn about the dangers of human-caused global warming (see Inhofe trashes generals who advocate for bipartisan clean energy legislation: They crave “the limelight”).  Heck even the Palin-embracing Washington Post mocks Inhofe as “the last flat-earther.” Not it turns out he’s a laughingstock on two continents now, as made clear in this Think Progress repost. in September, godfather of global warming deniers Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) announced that he would be going to the U.N.’s climate change summit in Copenhagen this week to present “another view.” “I think somebody has to be there — a one-man truth squad,” he said. His “truth squad” later expanded to three, with Sens. John Barrasso (R-WY) and Roger Wicker (R-MS) joining in.


Category: wingnuttery | Sustainability | Politics | Climate Change

Dec 20 2009

Nancy Pelosi jet smear rises again in wingnut email

Kal @ 13:14

The wingnuts have been a little quiet lately and I have been busy, but today I got one with this taunt:

Put this in your wingnut section, I dare you!!!!.....(:-)


No problem. The subject was: “Now here is something we can cap and trade”. Followed by: “This is totally disgusting.  We've got to get rid of her next year!!!!”

But on to the smear. It starts out with a nice picture of a jet airplane that links to a Boeing site describing a C-32A Executive Transport.

Boeing jet with US logo



Category: Politics | wingnuttery

Dec 6 2009

This Idiot Thinks Obama Was Born In Kenya

Kal @ 00:05

Whoever started this must really hate Obama since he is apparently blaming him for globalization and John Smith’s buying habits.

There are some good points in this wingnut email. Too bad they had to clutter it up with the birther junk at the end.



Category: Politics | wingnuttery

Dec 5 2009

No More Energy Worries

Kal @ 23:24

Yet another wingnut email. This one is somewhat plausible, but wrong none-the-less. I have no idea what Lowell’s comment about the environmentalist means, but the most likely outcome for “all that power” is that it stays in the ground.

Thanks to the environmentalist,  How do we get rid of all that power?

Lowell M

Read the whole report especially the end. This is real eye opener.
Subject: FW: Bakken Oil --More than the rest of the World combined



Category: Climate Change | Conventional Economics | misinformation | Peak Oil | Resource Depletion | wingnuttery

Nov 17 2009

I wonder if it is illegal to advocate killing legislators?

Kal @ 09:05

This wingnut email came from Greg and had the usual suspects in the distribution list. I suppose he would defend it with the usual, “pay no attention to the content, this is humor.” Well some things are funnier than others, and this one is pretty far down on the list, as well as being in bad taste.

Maxine's Perfect Solution


Cartoon Lady Here  is the solution:

While discussing the upcoming Universal Health Care Program with my sister-in-law the other day, I think we have found the solution.  I am sure you have heard the ideas that if you're a senior you need to suck it up and give up the idea that you need any health care.  A new hip?  Unheard of.  We simply can't afford to take care of you anymore.  You don't need any medications for your high blood pressure, diabetes, heart problems, etc.  Let's take care of the young people.  After all, they will be ruling the world very soon.



Category: wingnuttery | Politics

Nov 17 2009

Some can not believe a black man is President

Kal @ 08:47

This one has come around before, maybe even from Greg. It may have been when Shrub was President, certainly fit him better than Obama.

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Category: wingnuttery | Politics