The Michael Savage of the left

Mitt Romney may be an soulless automaton who’ll say anything to get elected but does anyone really believe he’s a closet Klansman? Lefty shitslinger John Aravosis alleges The Anchorman’s campaign slogan, “Keep America American,” was purposely pilfered from the Klan circa 1920, a charge repeated by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts. Aravosis has traveled this road before, accusing John McCain of playing “the torture card” and of making “propaganda videos for the enemy while claiming all the while to be a hero.” Whatever credibility Aravosis may have had was lost four years ago. I suspect he didn’t have much to begin with.

Hyperbole is what ails America

Watching Michael Moore and Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello on Bill Maher’s show reminded me how alike the fringes are. Left and right, they share a victim’s mentality, along with an inflated sense of their own importance. The sky is always falling, and they never let facts get in the way of a partisan talking point. To wit: the canonization of Troy Davis, deemed innocent, or guilty, by activists who haven’t bother to study the case. I’m opposed to the death penalty morally and practically but I’m not convinced Davis is innocent. I was bothered that even the slightest of…

A master at work

As a veteran fabricator I’m skilled at exposing liars. I like to think of it as a gift. Observe. The subject: Cenk Uygur, recently replaced as host of an MSNBC show few watched. I know of Uygur, but not enough to care one way or the other about his television future. Claim: Speaking on his “Young Turks” show, Uygur said that, though the ratings for his show had been satisfying MSNBC executives, his “tone” had not. According to his version of events, his departure from the network was the culmination of a protracted struggle with MSNBC management who wanted him to be…

The fringe orthodoxy

The fringes are, if nothing else, predictable. Of course Sarah Palin gives President Obama zero credit for the capture of bin Laden. Of course Noam Chomsky compares Bush to Hitler in questioning the morality of killing an alleged mass murderer. We might ask ourselves how we would be reacting if Iraqi commandos landed at George W. Bush’s compound, assassinated him, and dumped his body in the Atlantic. Uncontroversially, his crimes vastly exceed bin Laden’s, and he is not a “suspect” but uncontroversially the “decider” who gave the orders to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that…

The insanity goes both ways

Politico’s Ben Smith reminds us partisan delusion isn’t limited to just one party. “How likely is it that people in the federal government either assisted in the 9/11 attacks or took no action to stop the attacks because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East?” the [2006] poll asked. A full 22.6% of Democrats said it was “very likely.” Another 28.2% called it “somewhat likely.” That is: More than half of Democrats, according to a neutral survey, said they believed Bush was complicit in the 9/11 terror attacks. Two distinctions: Accusing someone of murdering 2,752 innocents…

Let the hyperbole commence

Remember these hysterical reactions to the GOP’s proposed budget cuts the next time Nancy Pelosi or Jesse Jackson lecture Americans on the need for civility. “There is actually a war on women,” [House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi] said Thursday in Washington, taking aim at House Republicans’ efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and restrict access to abortions, among other measures. “[T]his really is a Civil War fight,” [Jesse] Jackson said. “This is making the federal government dysfunctional on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “We are absolutely outraged. This is the functional equivalent of bombing innocent civilians,” [Delegate Eleanor Holmes] Norton, (D-D.C.)…

‘They made the world’s largest pizza, so we burned down their city hall’

Over the past few years right-wing radio, in a seemingly coordinated effort, has cast George Soros as the Great Satan. I’m not sure how, or why, he became Public Enemy No. 1, but to conspiracy-minded conservatives he’s the puppet master of the shadowy Marxist underground plotting to take over the world. But according to Neil Clark in the New Statesman, Soros’s role was crucial in the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. From 1979, as an advocate of ‘open societies’, Soros financially supported dissidents including Poland’s Solidarity movement, Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia and Andrei Sakharov in the Soviet Union, donating $3 million…