• Media,  Wingnuttery

    The BBC and Annie Machon

    The poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is grim and frightening. Though nothing has been proven, eyes have inevitably turned on the murky world of Russian intelligence. Careful, balanced, and informed people who know the murk very well are best-placed to provide analysis. That said, such people are of course deemed entirely undesirable in quarters close to the murk. For example, it is no surprise that the Kremlin’s propaganda channel Russia Today turned to one of the most inappropriate people of all – the conspiracy freak Annie Machon. She duly spread chaff, suggesting the Skripals may have been taking dangerous drugs. We’ll do better, right? Oh no, not…

  • Anti Muslim Bigotry,  antisemitism,  Vote 2016,  Wingnuttery

    Who’s going?

    In conjunction with the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week: A real thing that is going to actually happen in the real world. pic.twitter.com/hlA4TfnrqP — Charles Johnson (@Green_Footballs) July 13, 2016 Pam Geller (depicted on the right), co-founder of Stop Islamization of America, once referred to the authors of Harry’s Place as “these proud Jew-hater boys.” Milo Yiannopoulos (left), a dirtbag who sometimes claims to be Jewish, goes around to college campuses doing some sort of extreme-right performance-art shtick. He wrote: Most of the Generation Trump, the Alt-Right people, the people who like me, they’re not anti-Semites. They don’t care about Jews. I mean, they may have some assumptions…

  • antisemitism,  Guns,  Stateside,  Wingnuttery

    Another journey to the center of Ted Nugent’s mind

    And this one isn’t even slightly amusing. Old-timers may recall Nugent as the guitar whiz for the 1960s band the Amboy Dukes, who had a hit with the quasi-psychedelic “Journey to the Center of the Mind.” More recently the mind of Nugent– a member of the board of the National Rifle Association and an ardent “gun rights” advocate– has taken an increasingly disturbing turn. Even after the “Motor City Madman” said these things, Texas’s Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott was pleased to have Nugent join him on the campaign trail in his successful run for governor in 2014. Watching the 2016 campaign for president, I have no idea what Republicans’…

  • Vote 2016,  Wingnuttery

    Birtherism has risen from the grave (again)

    Yep. Only this time it’s not Rick Perry making insinuations about Barack Obama. It’s Donald Trump (and Carly Fiorina and John McCain) making insinuations about their fellow Republican Ted Cruz. For those who came in late: The United States Constitution requires US presidents to be “natural born” citizens of the US. Unlike the Hawaiian-born Obama, Ted Cruz, one of the leading Republican candidates for president, was not born in the United States. He was born in Canada to a mother who was a US citizen. Under US law, this made him a US citizen as well as a Canadian citizen. He renounced his Canadian citizenship in 2013. Now legal scholars…

  • Israel,  Stateside,  Wingnuttery

    “Even among the Jews”

    While it’s nice, I suppose, that Israel gets so much support these days from evangelical Christians in the US, it’s important to remember the real basis for much of that support. As Jeffrey Goldberg wrote in 2011, when then-Congresswoman Michele Bachmann briefly appeared to be a serious candidate for the Republican presidential nomination: Bachmann has built her foreign-policy platform on the nuance-free defense of Israel. She does this not because Israel is a strategic ally, or because it’s a democracy, but because the Bible states that God will curse those who betray it. At a recent meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, she said, “I am convinced in my heart…

  • Stateside,  Vote 2016,  Wingnuttery

    Mitt finally gets it

    As Donald Trump continues his successful effort to make the campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination all about Donald Trump, one of the Republicans who has finally got around to denouncing him is 2012 GOP candidate Mitt Romney. This came after Trump suggested that John McCain, who spent six years as a POW in North Vietnam, was not a war hero, and then sarcastically said he was a war hero. Or something like that. Well done, Mitt. Of course some of us realized that Trump was a jerk whom any serious person should have nothing to do with three years ago, when you collected $2 million for your campaign…

  • Stateside,  Wingnuttery

    “Pandering to idiots”

    The good news is that there are still some sane and sensible Republicans. The bad news is that they tend not to hold elective office anymore. Talking Points Memo reports: A former Republican state lawmaker wrote a scathing letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Thursday that slammed him for “pandering to idiots” who believe that a planned U.S. military exercise is cover for a forcible takeover of the state. In a letter obtained by the Dallas Morning News, Todd Smith, who served in the state legislature for 16 years, wrote that he was “livid” about Abbott’s request for the State Guard to monitor the military’s upcoming training exercise,…

  • Stateside,  Wingnuttery

    Ebola and ODS

    This is what ODS* can do to people. And sadly, there are at least hundreds of thousands of Americans, and some others, who live (virtually) within this particular echo chamber. One or two of them may even comment here. I can only express my gratitude once again to Fox News’s Shepard Smith for his willingness to challenge this craziness head-on. I just wish he would name names. And do I need to remind anyone of the Alex Jones-George Galloway connection? (At least Jones was just as insane when it came to George W. Bush. The others are more partisan and perhaps more cynical.) *Obama Derangement Syndrome

  • Health Care,  Stateside,  Wingnuttery

    Shepard Smith: again the Voice of Sanity at Fox News

    No, Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin: The possibility of Islamic State agents infecting themselves with the Ebola virus and traveling to the US is not a “real and present danger.” No, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona: We were not told there would never be a case of Ebola in the United States. No, Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas (him again): The Obama administration is not conducting a war against “women nurses” (or male nurses, for that matter). And yes, I am sure neither you nor I have Ebola. Once again, all praise to Shepard Smith of Fox News for keeping his head when all around him are…

  • Islamism,  Wingnuttery

    Rowan Williams Hails the Khomeinist IHRC

    The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is one of the most absurdly named organisations in Britain. It is a band of Khomeinist extremists, not a legitimate rights group. Its activities include staging the annual “Al Quds Day” march in London, which is one of the nastiest Israel hatred demonstrations you will ever find outside the Middle East; inviting hate preachers such as Ibrahim Zakzaky to Britain; and campaigning for suspected and convicted terrorists in the UK and the USA, including Abu Hamza and Omar Abdel Rahman, the spiritual leader of the 1990s New York bombing plotters. Scenes from Al Quds Day in London Tomorrow the IHRC will hold its “Islamophobia…