17 of the wackiest comments from Virginia Republicans in 2017

Many thanks to lowkell at the BlueVirginia blog for this compilation of the truly wackiest, most deranged and repulsive comments from Virginia TeaPublicans throughout 2017.

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There’s so much craziness in the right-wing blogosphere, it’s hard to know where to begin. But just for fun, here’s an assortment of the craziest Virginia blog posts of 2017. Enjoy?

Lets kick it off with Dr. Robert Warren, “Founder and Past President of the Colonial Area Republican Men’s Association (CARMA) in Williamsburg, VA,” who posts regularly at The Bull Elephant Teapublican Virginia political blog (note: there’s some good stuff – even if right wing – at The Bull Elephant, by folks like Dave Webster, Steven Brodie Tucker and Steve Albertson, but NOT by Warren or the other authors listed below). A few examples of Dr. Warren’s faaaaaaaaaar-right oeuvre include:

1) “The Globalists,” in which he rails against the “pariah” George Soros as an evil “globalist” who has “done great damage around the world because he is ruthless in his opposition to unique national cultures.” Warren adds “Merkel, Macron, Trudeau, Obama, the Clintons” to his list of evil “globalists,” praising Donald Trump as putting “a temporary stop to the ideas of world rule by Plato’s oligarchs.”  Oh, and for good measure, he posits Hungary’s neo-fascist leader as some sort of hero. Yeah, don’t ask.

2) “Vampires,” in which he claims that “the inhumanity and soullessness of vampirism is found far too often in the beings of the left,” with “the most recent example” being “Frederica Wilson, Congresswoman from the Miami, Florida area,” who Warren writes “has sold her soul but still walks the earth.” Again, don’t ask.

3) “Pushing Psychopaths to Violence,” in which he argues that the “American Republican is under attack” by Black Lives Matter, “Antifa, a product of the European socialist and communist ideology,” “La Raza, and a wide variety of Democrat politicians.” Warren further argues that the deranged shooter of Rep. Steve Scalise was pushed by the “radical left” “to commit violence in the name of social justice.” Oh, and the Las Vegas shooter, Stephen Paddock, is further evidence (don’t ask me how) “that the left is pushing psychopaths to violence – and if they do not stop there will be much more violence with ever escalating death and injury numbers.” Alrighty!

4) “Democrats and Violence,” in which he blames Democrats for the Steve Scalise shooting, as “the vitriol [against Donald Trump] is constantly reported in the biased news media and repeated in virtually every gathering of Democrat [sic] Party faithful.” He further ties this “crescendo of profanity and calls to violence on Hillary Clinton and her ‘Basket of Deplorable’ comments.” He concludes his tirade: “I do not see how Americans can be brought together when one group thinks that global socialism and the destruction of America is a good idea while the other favors pride in America and its borders, language, culture and Constitution. Add to this the Islamic terrorist situation and you have a very combustible future.”

Another frequent author at The Bull Elephant, John Massoud (“Magisterial District Chair in Shenandoah County, the head of the Freedom Caucus of the Shenandoah County GOP, and has dedicated his life to fighting the tyranny of big government at all levels, federal, state, and local”), writes stuff like:

  1. The Most Consequential Presidency in our Lifetimes,” which apparently is not Onion-style satire, claiming with a straight face that “Trump has Made America Great Again in just 11 months,” that he has personally cranked up the economy (despite no economic legislation until the tax monstrosity a few days ago), that he “pulled out of that silly Paris Climate Accord,” that Trump is a “Blue Collar Billionaire,” etc.
  2. Kaepernick is the Ultimate Race Pimp,” which writes that Kaepernick’s “Black Lives Matter squeeze, Nessa Diab… is ruining his football career to help her own flagging career of being a Muslim activist and a race pimp.” Ee gads.

Another author at The Bull Elephant, Woody Zimmerman, writes stuff like:

  1. Son of Hitler” – Starts with a warped, sick image of Hillary Clinton wearing an Iron Cross and swastika, and then…sorry, I couldn’t get past that disgusting image. Done.
  2. Gender Fright” – This one has an image of Hillary Clinton as a…bet you’ll never guess; yep, a WITCH! Ugh. Among other things, such as that the “gender-bias” is actually more of a problem for men than for women, this one writes: “Some schools are also letting homosexual activists ‘help’ boys find their true sexual orientation. Very educational, I’m sure. Not quite the 3 R’s that I grew up with. With the transgender movement gaining steam, the Nifty Fifties are clearly far behind us.”
  3. Going Green – Where are we Heading?“: Gotta have a dollop of one of the far right’s favorite topics, climate science denialism (e.g., “Climate experts declare that warming does not cause ‘extreme weather,’ and that we are not in an era of more intense storms. It only seems that way because of 24/7 news-coverage and overbuilding in hurricane-prone coastal zones. Ice-cap melting seems like a new “warming” problem because we see it happening via satellite. But it happens every spring and summer, as it has for eons.”) and demonization of environmentalists (e.g., “Radical environmentalists envision a purified planet with 300 million people living in pristine simplicity – hunting, gathering, protecting the earth, and freezing their butts off in grass huts.”).
  4. Climate-change Campaign’s Dark Side“: An even more bizarre, would-be-laughable-if-it-weren’t-so-serious example of climate science denial. This screed claims that “science is being prostituted by government-funding for climate-research which has a political agenda and a desired result,” that “the climate-crusade’s darkest aspect, by far, is its opposition to Third World industrial development,” that “electricity so generated [by solar panels and wind turbines] is unreliable and three times as expensive as electricity from coal-fired generating plants” that, “Basically, the Climate movement is anti-human,” and that — this is a classic passage right here – “If backward places like Africa are ever going to pull themselves out of their primitive past, they must be able to use all the resources at their disposal. They’ll never do that with windmills, solar panels, dirt-floor huts with rats running around, and smoky cook-fires burning buffalo shit.” You can’t make this [buffalo] shit up!

Haven’t gotten enough climate science denialism from The Bull Elephant yet?  No worries, they’ve gotcha covered! Check out the writings of Michael Giere, which include gems like “This is Real Climate Change.” This one claims that climate change “is about politics,” that stories about are driven by “the corrupt corporate media-entertainment complex, the political class, and the agenda-driven science and academic community that are enriched by the money provided by government and institutional grants” (bolding by the author), and that “remedies promoted to “stop climate change” demand the total submission of individual rights and modern lifestyles to a vague international order that would diminish both, and the transfer of trillions of dollars of wealth or potential wealth from some people, primarily Americans, to largely unidentified other people.” Again, not making this [Bull Elephant] shit up.

Then of course there’s Dominion Energy’s sponsored blog, with crazy posts like:

  1. Documenting Cville’s Left-Wing Radicalism“: Claims that “Charlottesville is a hotbed of left-wing radicalism without parallel anywhere else Virginia,” that Tom Perriello was “Virginia’s “radical chic” candidate – I know, WTF? – that was “funded by liberal billionaire George Soros, global activist organization Avaaz, and a coterie of wealthy Albemarle County gentry,” that “Charlottesville provides numerous foot soldiers of the Left,” blah blah blah.
  2. Follow the Dark Money“: this one is completely bonkers, claiming that environmental groups like the Chesapeake Climate Action Network – CCAN – is not a “true grassroots environmental organization,” quoting a loony “study” which found that a supposed “‘Billionaire’s Club,’ an exclusive group of wealthy individuals, directs the far-left environmental movement,” that “Far-left environmental activists, while benefiting from nonprofit status, essentially sell a product to wealthy foundations who are seeking to drive policy and political outcomes,” that somehow Virginia Organizing is tied to “Russian energy interests through the Bermuda-based Klein Fund to the California-based Sea Change Foundation,” and that “ Much of the anti-pipeline money in Virginia comes from wealthy out-of-state environmentalists (with a few rubles mixed in).” As I said, totally bonkers.
  3. And then there’s the instant classic, “It Takes Two to Tango,” which claimed that “Both the far Right and far Left came to Charlottesville spoiling for a fight,” that what happened there “is part of a larger struggle between far Left and far Right” (the f***?), that “This time, the rightists committed the most heinous crime. Next time, it will be the leftists,” etc. In response, Peter Galuszka – a progressive who used to write at this blog, but begged off when it became an adjunct of Dominion – commented: “You have major hate groups coming in from other states and you have local residents like Heather Heyer standing up to them. Then I have to go through your false equivalence arguments. I am getting more disgusted. Think I’ll click off.” Well said, Peter…well said.

Finally, check out The Republican Standard (The “Virginia Republican Pravda,” as even The Bull Elephant calls it, writing: “As someone who enjoyed a friendly relationship with the senior editor of this website, it became increasingly painful to read their articles as they were not based on truth, but rather what they wanted the truth to be.  As such, I began to hate seeing new articles posted on The Republican Standard because they consistently reminded me of propaganda.”) fine (ok, not really fine) journalism (ok, not really journalism) like “Is Green Antifa Taking Russian Money To Fight Dominion Energy?“; “Jeanine Lawson is 100% Right: Every Child Has The Right To Their Mother and Father” (in fact, the woman’s simply an anti-LGBT bigot who needs to lose her seat on the County Board in 2019); Virginia Far-Left Democrat [sic] Candidate In VA-10 Bankrolled by California Extremists (this one has a nice assortment of the usual right-wing bogeymen — George Soros! California! “extreme liberals!” Norman Lear! Gloria Steinem! Kamala Harris! the Democratic Socialists of America! contributions from, gasp, “outside of Virginia!”);  plus almost every post about a poll showing Ralph Northam ahead claiming that the poll was “skewed” or “flawed” in some way (in fact, the polls showing Northam with a big lead, as he won by 9 points).

So…yeah, definitely check out the right-wing Virginia political blogosphere in 2018, if you enjoy a heaping helping of conspiracy theorizing, misogyny, science denial, false equivalency with neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and of course Trump worship. Sounds like fun, eh?

 

Jailed Russian cybercriminal claims he was among the Russians who hacked US election

Courtesy of McClatchy:

A jailed Russian who says he hacked into the Democratic National Committee computers on the Kremlin’s orders to steal emails released during the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign now claims he left behind a data signature to prove his assertion. 

In an interview with Russia’s RAIN television channel made public Wednesday, Konstantin Kozlovsky provided further details about what he said was a hacking operation led by the Russian intelligence agency known by its initials FSB. Among them, Kozlovsky said he worked with the FSB to develop computer viruses that were first tested on large, unsuspecting Russian companies, such as the oil giant Rosneft, later turning them loose on multinational corporations.

In written answers from jail made public Wednesday by RAIN TV, a Moscow-based independent TV station that has repeatedly run afoul of the Kremlin, Kozlovsky said he feared his minders might turn on him and planted a “poison pill” during the DNC hack. He placed a string of numbers that are his Russian passport number and the number of his visa to visit the Caribbean island of St. Martin in a hidden .dat file, which is a generic data file. 

That allegation is difficult to prove, partly because of the limited universe of people who have seen the details of the hack. The DNC initially did not share information with the FBI, instead hiring a tech firm called CrowdStrike, run by a former FBI cyber leader. That company has said it discovered the Russian hand in the hacking, but had no immediate comment on the claim by Kozlovsky that he planted an identifier. 

The newest allegations are potentially significant. If the FSB did in fact direct Kozlovsky, then it debunks Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assertion that his government had nothing to do with hacking that all major U.S. intelligence agencies put at his feet. It also calls into question the view of a hack that was conducted as a closely held, organized FSB campaign directed from central offices. Kozlovsky says he worked largely from home, with limited knowledge of others and that the political hack was just part of larger relationship with the FSB’s top cyber officials on viruses directed at other countries and the private sector. 

“Based on my experience and understanding of professional intelligence operations, the blending of criminal activity with sanctioned intelligence operations is an old page out of the Russian intelligence-services playbook,” said Leo Taddeo, chief information security officer for Cyxtera Technologies and a former head of cyber operations in the FBI’s New York office. “What the defendant (in Russia) is describing would not be inconsistent with past Russian intelligence operations.”

I suspect US intelligence agencies can confirm (or, already have confirmed) this “data signature.”

It has already been well established that the Russian FSB ordered this attack. But finding out how they did it, and who oversaw the operation could help to prevent the next one.

Assuming of course that the Trump administration is interested in preventing the further election hacking by Russia.

Judge blocks Roy Moore’s ridiculous attempt to overturn Alabama Senatorial election . . . in which HE LOST!

 

Montgomery Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick denied Moore’s request for a restraining order to stop Alabama’s canvassing board from certifying Jones’ victory on Thursday.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said Jones will be certified as the winner of the Dec. 12 election on Thursday afternoon. He will be sworn in on Jan. 3.

Among the ridiculous claims made by Moore is this:  Tens of thousands of underage teenage girls voted for the Democrat.  Moore’s lawyers demanded the names, phone numbers, and parents’ work schedules.  THIS IS NOT A JOKE.

 

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Republican Devin Nunes is funded by the people who paid for the Trump dossier

Republican Congressman Devin Nunes received a $5,400 contribution to his campaign committee from the owner of the Washington Free Beacon, the original funder of the Trump-Russia Dossier. The contribution was made on April 7th, 2015. It was reported in the NY Times in late October that Paul Singer’s conservative website originally funded the research for what became known as the Dossier: www.nytimes.com/

One thing is certain: it’s time for Nunes to be removed from the House Intelligence Committee. #RemoveNunes

Read more: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/12/28/1728250/-NEW-Devin-Nunes-Campaign-Donor-Was-Original-Funder-Of-Trump-Russia-Dossier?_=2017-12-28T15:34:00.403-08:00

Rachel Maddow, MSNBC, close out 2017 by beating the pants off Hannity and Fox

MSNBC’s unabashed liberal primetime lineup produced a stunning ratings success for the network in 2017, boosting its viewership by nearly 50 percent compared to the 2016 campaign cycle. MSNBC finishes the year with its largest daily audience since the network debuted in 1996.

The primetime home of Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell posted the biggest ratings gain in 2017 of any of the all-news cable channels.

Heading into 2018, MSNBC’s Maddow is riding a ratings momentum wave. Pitted against Sean Hannity in the 9 p.m. time slot, Maddow in recent weeks has moved ahead of Trump’s favorite cheerleader and has been regularly beating Hannity among viewers 25-54, the demographic most sought after by advertisers.

During the first three weeks of December, Maddow bested Hannity on 10 of the 15 weekday broadcasts.

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TeaPublican hero Roy Moore climbs aboard the Crazy Train. UPDATED

Source: Al.com

The Roy Moore campaign filed a complaint Wednesday to have the election certification delayed “until a full investigation of voter fraud is conducted,” according to a statement from his campaign.

The complaint includes affidavits from three “national election integrity experts” who claim election fraud occurred and a statement from Moore saying he successfully completed a polygraph test confirming the representations of misconduct made against him during the campaign are “completely false.”

Moore has not conceded the election more than two weeks after he was defeated by Democrat Doug Jones.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue as election integrity should matter to everyone,” Moore said. “We call on Secretary of State Merrill to delay certification until there is a thorough investigation of what three independent election experts agree took place: election fraud sufficient to overturn the outcome of the election.”

Read more: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2017/12/roy_moore_files_complaint_to_d.html


The article contains a link to the legal complaint.

According to the complaint, the alleged election fraud consisted of voting by out-of-state voters; false ads against Moore that were supposed to be pulled; and a statistical improbability of 13 billion to 1 that in certain precincts in Jefferson County, about a third fewer voted for Moore than for the straight Republican ticket.

UPDATE, DEC 28, 12:00 NOON EST

The Alabama Secretary of State blew off Moore’s silly comments and stated the election results will be certified, with Democrat Doug Jones the winner, at 1:00 PM CST, December 28 — that’s a couple of hours away.

Meanwhile, the doddering old fool known as Roy Moore  claims to have proof that tens of thousands of underage women voted in the Alabama Senate election. He is demanding their names, phone numbers, Tinder accounts and parents’ work schedules.   Sure thing, Roy, sure thing.

Hmmm.  Wonder why he wants their phone numbers and parents’ work schedules (wink, wink)!?!?!?

 

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Federal judge says ethnic studies are just fine . . . TeaPublicans in mourning

A federal judge on Wednesday issued an order stating that Arizona could no longer ban Mexican-American studies from the Tucson Unified School District, stating that doing so is unconstitutional, the Huffington Post reports.

The legal battle, which has been ongoing since 2010, came to a close this week after U.S. District Judge A. Wallace Tashima wrote that the program was cut “not for a legitimate educational purpose, but for an invidious discriminatory racial purpose, and a politically partisan purpose.”

Tashima’s ruling added that shutting down the program was “in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.”

[link:https://splinternews.com/federal-judge-blocks-arizona-law-banning-mexican-americ-1821615108|

BANG!!!  And another TeaPublican dream goes down the tube.