“Right wing refrigerator magnets”

Knute Berger, writing at Crosscut, in a spot-on piece about populism and the loony right’s paranoid tendencies:

(Fox Noise personality Glenn) Beck’s world view does share with some incarnations of populism a distinct paranoia — his diatribes come complete with screen-filling images of Nazi swastikas and jackboots on the march and dire warnings that Obama is selling us out to the international socialists. But his critique is mostly incoherent, as if someone dropped the tray of right-wing refrigerator magnets. Lyndon Larouche makes more sense.

Full column worth a read.


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    Listen to this liberal talk about the Somali pirate now in US custody:

    “Ron Kuby, a New York-based civil rights lawyer, said he has been in discussions about forming a legal team to represent the Somalian.
    “I think in this particular case, there’s a grave question as to whether America was in violation of principles of truce in warfare on the high seas,” said Kuby. “This man seemed to come onto the Bainbridge under a flag of truce to negotiate. He was then captured. There is a question whether he is lawfully in American custody and serious questions as to whether he can be prosecuted because of his age.”


    You liberals, and your hatred of America, and your eternal support for criminals and terrorists, make me sick.

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    Liberals rallying around this pirate remind me of that scene in that one Dirty Harry movie, where Scorpio, that guy who raped and murdered the little girl, complained that his rights were being violated … and the liberals at city hall agreed, and let him go!

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    DavidD spews:


    Some stupid lawyer wants to make a buck and get some air time and you think he’s a liberal?

    & Dirty Harry is a movie.

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    ArtFart spews:

    5 Yeah….what is this, other than a greedy ambulance chaser out to make a buck? Sounds pretty much like morality-indifferent capitalism to me. Isn’t that what the right has been telling us was the sure way to a better world?

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    I dunno about the pirate’s age, but if he did board the Bainbridge under a truce flag, and if he was taken into custody involuntarily, then we’re looking at a reprise of some of the more unsavory bits of the behavior of the US Cavalry in the 19th century. Hey, the only good Somali is a dead Somali, right?

    BTW, Ron Kuby is a protege’ of William Kunstler, more a free-floating radical libertarian than a progressive.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Knude and the 14%ers…please explain this:

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 34% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-two percent (32%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2 (see trends).

    Thirty-six percent (36%) of women Strongly Approve along with 31% of men. At the same time, 35% of men Strongly Disapprove. That view is shared by 29% of women (see other recent demographic highlights).

    The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates also available on Twitter.

    Overall, 54% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far. That’s his lowest total approval rating to date. Forty-five percent (45%) disapprove.

    Obama was +32 post Inauguration.
    Now he is +2…same poll.
    Go ahead and take your shots at folks who are always Right.
    You idiots won NOTHING!
    You worked & worked…for what?

    You seem in denial. Look at your post-election quotes…what you were gonna do to wealthy folks & all kinds of free-shit.
    None of it has happened.
    Nor will it.

    Keep smokin’ the pot..it will numb your pain.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Ahhhhhhh, still looking backward at something that ain’t gonna happen. Typical LEFTIST PINHEADED KLOWN that has absolutely nothing of value to offer society.

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    ByeByeGOP spews:


    Hey CYNCYN – stop raping kids and start telling the truth.
    Obama job rating approval/disapproval:

    Cook/RT Strategies RV




    CBS/New York Times

    ABC/Washington Post

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    Politically Incorrect spews:

    There’s some knucklehead ex-Black Panther saying that this alleged pirate should be tried in the world court.

    Uh-huh…sounds like another “get out of jail free card” coming right up!

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    Politically Incorrect spews:

    I took a look at the Knute Berger’s website. Pretty stereotypical Seattle granola-type-of-guy. You know the type, thinks everyday is Halloween and presents himself accordingly.

    Our choices in this country have always been between the lesser of two evils: the Democrats or the Republicans. Both are morphing into fascist parties. Unfortunately, Glenn Beck is correct.

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    czechsaaz@hotmail.com spews:

    Cyn, off topic as usual…

    I see someone beat me to the requisite slapping so I’ll save it.

    @1 (also totally off topic) I have to admit to knowing next to nothing about maritime law but is a pirate a representative of a government or state or is Somalia in a declared war against the U.S.? So either “dear leader’s” concept of enemy combatant has always been bogus or the argument of “flag of truce” in this case is silly.

    So I guess you’re arguing that the right to be represented by an attorney is a leftist plot to hand victory to criminals.

    Let’s see, name a few people who have attornies “fighting for their rights” that are in the news right now. Ted Stevens, Norm Coleman, Randall “Duke” Cunningham, Karl Rove, Harriet Myers…Why do they loathe America so?

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    proud leftist spews:

    Cynical @ 8: “You idiots won NOTHING!
    You worked & worked…for what?

    With comments like these, I’ll have to agree with those who are suggesting that you’re losing whatever small grip on reality you had. Let me ask you, which party holds the (1) presidency; (2) U.S. Senate; (3) U.S. House; (4) the majority of governorships; and (5) the majority of state legislatures? And, what, you think your side “won?” Tell you what, you take all the comfort you want from your idiotic polls. I’ll take the levers of power.

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    GBS spews:

    Troll, Mr. C, and every conservative, tea bagging fool @ all:

    It seems to me that you so called Republicans and conservatives don’t fully realize we are a nation at WAR!

    We have brave men and women who volunteered to serve in the ugliest cesspools in the world to protect AMERICA!. Every day they put in long, tough, grueling hours. Every day they engage in life and death battles. Every day some of them are wounded – shot, burned, blown up. They lose legs, arms, eyes and suffer terrible brain injuries. Others are mentally wounded and suffer in silence. Some make the supreme sacrifice because LIVING FREE IS WORTH DYING FOR!!

    Do you GET THIS???

    Then, we get the F’ing Tea Baggers, like Gov. Rick Perry, Tom DeLay, Todd Palin, and Ted “someone needs to beat his ass” Nugent and a whole host of Republicans who hint at seceding from the nation. Nothing can demoralize our troops more than being in Harm’s Way, fighting, bleeding and dying and then having some unpatriotic yahoos who never wore this nation’s cloth talking about not wanting to be Americans any more!!

    I mean, WHAT IN THE HELL ARE THEY FIGHTING FOR THEN?????????????????????????????

    Can you imagine what the Repukes would have done if they held power in congress and some Lefty Governor talked about busting up America while we were at war with troops on the battlefield!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Gimmie a break.

    If you’re going to stand for the troops then view the DAMN world through those lenses.

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    proud leftist spews:

    Excellent point. The right has become a community of whiners. Talk radio has driven righties to the outer fringes of the political debate. The internet let’s them think that they are strong in number. They are willing, with Limbaugh leading, to tear down this country if they can’t get their way.

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    mark spews:

    17 So you think you are some kind of patriot at the same time a whiny liberal? Holy fucking
    hell are you confused! I just hope you dont have kids!

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    correctnotright spews:

    @19: Mark the wimp

    First, GBS actually served our country. did you? If not, then STFU.

    Second, from what I hear GBS could kick your butt in less than three seconds.

    Third, the only whiners these days are the unpatriotic right wing. While Bush was pursuing the unnecessary war in Iarq – you guys went on and on about supporting the troops and the good ol’ USA- now that Obama is President – where did that rhetoric go?


    You guys have no new solutions to the problems you created like the Bush recession, the Bush war in Iraq and the Bush torture machine and Gitmo.

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    correctnotright spews:

    Guess we get to see Trolls true colors here:

    You liberals, and your hatred of America, and your eternal support for criminals and terrorists, make me sick.

    Oh, and labeling an entire class of people (liberals) over the actions of one person – we call that bigotry and stupidity.

    By the way, who was the guy who said bin laden did not matter? Seems like that terrorist supporter was republican.

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    correctnotright spews:

    As long as republicans have spokespeople like:
    Glenn Beck
    Newt Gingrich
    Dick Cheney
    Sarah Palin
    Amy Klobuchar

    they will be the minority fringe party of the right wing whackos. That collection of fools has not had an original thought between them. Dick Cheney is particularly noteworthy – here is a guy who approved of and promoted torture by the US ….and thinks it is a good idea. He has no repect for our constitution or our principles.

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    Steve spews:

    @24 “Are you saying”

    Are you saying that you reside in the outer fringes of political debate and are willing to tear the country down if you can’t get your way? If so, I’m surprised that you’re capable of such an accurate self-assessment.

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    Piper Scott spews:

    @25…Steve (Self-Annointed King of the Know-Nothings)…

    Wipe the foam off of your mouth.

    I reside in the historic center of the American political tradition: Limited government, strong national defense, low taxes, free enterprise, national sovereignty, traditional families, property rights, individual liberty, the rule of law, the work Protestent work ethic, and more.

    Where do you reside? Somewhere to the left of Leon Trotsky is my guess.

    The Piper

    PS: Mossback’s article was total bupkis, and I plan on telling him so.

  21. 27

    Steve spews:

    @26 Hey, I only asked. A simple “no” would have sufficed. Instead, you immediately resort to more namecalling.

    You guess wrong, of course. I reckon you need to identify me as someone to the left of Trotsky in order to keep your construct intact.

    I’m quite conservative, thank you. I just can’t support a political party who’s track record for more than a quarter century is one of misbegotten war, terrorist attacks on our soil, a ruined economy, record deficits, massive goverment growth, a Monica Goodling-run DOJ, suppression of voter rights, defense systems that don’t work, outing CIA agents, arms for hostages, dead nuns, hypocritical moral values that turned an American political party into a haven for our nation’s pedophiles and perverts, giving accounted billions to right-wing churches, and using wedge issues to divide our nation during a time of war in a way that has led to calls for secession and revolution.

    I also have a dislike for pompous, self-admiring individuals who are more than just a little bit too full of themselves.

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    Mr. Cynical spews:

    Kountry Klubber steve wants to be a black guy and has a lot of imaginery black friends…even though his Kountry Klub is all-white.
    Here is all you need to know:
    Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 34% of the nation’s voters now Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Thirty-two percent (32%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of +2 (see trends). On the Generic Congressional Ballot, it’s all tied—39% for the Democrats, 39% for the Republicans.

    Most voters continue to believe that the financial and auto bailouts were a bad idea, but the Political Class disagrees. Sixty percent (60%) now believe the federal government has too much power and too much money.

    Overall, 54% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance so far. Forty-six percent (46%) disapprove.

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    Steve spews:

    Our resident pathological narcissist likes to post Rasmussen poll results that show approval for our president remaining steady with very little fluctuation for several months. For inexplicable reasons he describes this as “tanking”. Go figure.

    Geez, the DOW is up again. Six weeks in a row! A sustained market rally. I’m sure all will agree this indicates broad support for the Obama administration’s economic policies. What a blessed change from the failures of the previous administration.

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    proud leftist spews:

    What, you’ve never engaged in a little editorial excess? I’ll say that I don’t believe you would advocate tearing down this country just to get your way politically. I’d even go so far as to say that I believe you understand and abide by the fact that in a functioning democracy, partisans often don’t get their way. While you’re around, let me ask one favor of you–any chance you might suggest to some of your comrades on the right that they occasionally bring a sense of humor when checking into the fray?

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    Steve spews:

    @30 “you might suggest”

    Piper strikes me as someone lacking any sense of humor whatsoever. Troll, on the other hand, can be quite funny, although I can’t say for sure that that’s the intent of his posts.

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    proud leftist spews:

    I’ve met Piper. He is indeed a true believer, but I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t advocate secession to get his way. And, while having a healthy ego, he is capable of self-deprecation and even occasionally recognizing folly in his own ranks. Troll, on the other hand, makes comments that amuse us, but I’m pretty sure he didn’t intend them to be funny. When he does appear to be trying to be humorous, his efforts generally fail to reach the level of even a faint smile, rather they are irritants.

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    Steve spews:

    @32 I’ll take your word for it. In person, nearly all my own humor is of the self-deprecating sort. I can rip myself a good one! So I can appreciate that quality in another person, whatever their political persuasion. And I also have an appreciation for bagpipes. In fact, I was shopping around on the internet for bagpipes last year for a Scottish-flavored song I’m recording. I’ve settled on using my Motif synth for now.

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    X'ad spews:

    19. mark spews:

    17 So you think you are some kind of patriot at the same time a whiny liberal? Holy fucking
    hell are you confused! I just hope you dont have kids

    This from a chickenshit that’s so low he has to use a stool to give his blowjobs.

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    Steve spews:

    @35 Some of it I do write. Hmm, the Scottish song is one. I want that one to be kind of anthemish. I haven’t written lyrics yet. One that I wrote many years ago, “Summer Dreams”, and am now recording was originally sort of a Youngbloods type rock piece. It’s evolved into more of a funk thing now. A blues number is in the works. I’m calling it “Blue City” and trying to come up with lyrics that haven’t been used before – not so easy with blues. I’m working on some early Claptonish-Bluesbreakers type guitar solos for that one, following a tenor sax intro solo. I’m turning “You’re the one that I want” from Grease into a funkified instrumental with alto and tenor sax taking the place of the male and female vocals with backup horn section taking the place of the backup singers. Mmm, I love the bass part to that song. I’ve taken a couple of gospel songs from “The Fighting Temptations” film and am turning those into instrumentals, again with alto and tenor sax taking over for the male and female lead vocals and backup horn section in place of the choir. A cover of Willie Nelson’s “You were always on my mind” that’s more jazzed up with a sax solo and electric piano. There’s a few others that I can’t think of off the top of my head. It’s a fun hobby.

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    proud leftist spews:

    Man, that’s diversification. I feel like I mix it up when I add some Neil Young-type stuff to my usual mix of country, folk, and bluegrass. BTW, blues lyrics are easy. You only have to come up with about 8 lines for the whole song, then just repeat them over and over again, to wit (16 bars):

    I got the teabagging blues, my balls are blue
    I got the teabagging blues, my balls are blue
    I got the teabagging blues, my balls are blue
    ‘Cause my goat’s no longer true

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    Don Joe spews:

    Steve @ 36

    Have you ever been to a Gov’t Mule show? Any band that can do Afro Blue and War Pigs in the same set sounds like a band right up your alley.

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    GBS spews:

    Conservatives disrespect our military fighting men and women.

    They scapegoat soldiers who were trained to follow the Bush torture memos at Abu Grahib and then they puke all over them calling them a few bad apples and allow them to go to prison to save their own asses.

    Then you punk ass, bitch mother fuckers pile on our soldiers on TV, talk radio and the blogosphere.


    I DEMAND an apology from you ass holes to our soldiers.

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    Steve spews:

    @38 If Marvin sees that he’ll be singing it all day and night.

    “I’m so sad at the news
    Don’t know what I’ll do
    It just can’t be true
    I’ve got the dead goat blues”

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    Steve spews:

    @39 No I haven’t, Don Joe. I’ll check them out.

    Catch DoctorFunk if you get the chance. Great local band. I played in a band with the guitar player back when we were teenagers. The whole band’s got the chops.


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    Don Joe spews:

    Steve @ 43

    I’ll check them out.

    You’re a bass player, right? Check out The Deepest End.

    If you’re not familiar with Gov’t Mule, the band started out in 1994 as a side project for then Allman Brothers members Warren Haynes and Allen Woody who teamed up with drummer Matt Abts to explore the whole power trio concept.

    Allen Woody died rather unexpectedly in 2000. The band considered breaking up, but the did a couple of “Deep End” projects featuring guest bassists that Woody admired. That whole project culminated in The Deepest End.

    The Deepest End was recorded on one night in May of 2003 during the New Orleans Heritage and Jazz Festival, and features an array of guest bassist including Les Claypool, Dave Schools, Jack Cassady, Roger Glover, Rob Wasserman, Victor Wooten, Jason Newsted, George Porter Jr and Paul Jackson.

    I mean, think about the last three. Jason Newsted of Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne fame, George Porter Jr. of the Funky Meters and Paul Jackson who’s most noted for his work with Herbie Hancock on the Head Hunters album. Can you get a more eclectic mix?

    These guys are good enough to play whatever music they want to. And they do.

    Catch DoctorFunk if you get the chance.

    I don’t get the chance any more, but I did listen to a couple of MP3 samples. Their cover of the Spencer Davis/Stevie Winwood hit I’m a Man is intriguing. Come to think of it, speaking of Herbie Hancock, their arrangement has a very Chameleon-esque feel to it.