mercury

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  • Seems to me the party committed to destroying the country — which I think is true — is rapidly destroying itself. I can’t see any way they can continue on this insane path of more hysterical extremism without splintering. Now Santorum, their current national front-runner, is running as an out and out Theocrat who wants to ban contraceptives. There’s no WAY he wins. What do the Repubs do after that? Where do they go?

    If Obama’s done anything at all, it’s been to drive these people completely off the deep end just by being Black and breathing, apparently. Someone upthread said ‘anything short of a loss of the presidency’ was rewarding him for being the worst president since Hitler or whatever — well, okay. But if his only legacy is the marginalization or destruction of the Republican party, that’s enough of a start for me — that is until Progressive Jesus descends, tosses Cheney and co into the pokey and makes everything fair and green again.

  • reread the post. I SAID the lead in was clumsy and ill-advised. Knowing Olney’s work in the past this sounded very much like a mistake to me, and indeed, he’s apologized and will address it on his show Monday.

    But I know all this is falling on deaf ears.

  • You mean like the propagandists and liars whose Personhood law lost in Mississippi? Or the ones whose anti-union bill was defeated in Ohio?

    People can see that their ideas are bullshit when there’s an open debate. There’s no need to be afraid of these idiots having airtime if they are confronted and exposed. It actually does work when the forum is a fair one, and Olney’s show has always been that.

    If he doesn’t cheerlead enough for you, that’s another issue, and to each his own.

  • Allow me to agree with you also. Longtime Angelenos know and respect Warren Olney and know that in spite of a clumsy, ill-advised linkage, he’s a straight up journalist who actually IS objective — which, sadly seems to be completely unappreciated by people right and left these days.

    Propagandists and liars are always unmasked and typically defeated in actual open debate. To be afraid to confront them in an open forum betrays the same cowardice that the rightwing thrives on. Olney’s show, as modest and ‘mainstream’ as it may seem, is a bulwark against that.

  • mercury commented on the blog post President Obama on 60 Minutes

    2010-11-07 22:11:52View | Delete

    I figured the Obama quote was just recognizing the obvious: that Repubs, even the Teabaggers, won’t have the guts to touch the third rail, and that they’re not going to do it now despite their rhetoric. We’ve already seen them walk that kind of talk back — even an extreme crazy like Sharron Angle was forced to.

    Was he actually signaling his own desire to gut SS, to out-Teabag the Teabaggers? I think he’d have to be an idiot to do so, but I guess if he really is that evil and stupid, I suppose it’s possible.

  • mercury commented on the diary post Thousands and Thousands of Sane People by Jim White.

    2010-10-30 17:22:00View | Delete

    Huh? How was Stewart’s rally about “demonizing dissent”? The point was that demonizing ANYTHING is wrong and that rational discussion of difffering points of view, including dissent, is what we need now.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 16:02:56View | Delete

    But who are “THE PEOPLE”? It might depend on who you ask.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:53:01View | Delete

    Suddenly all the talk about him being conceived as part of a plot to get a turncoat Muslim elected President doesn’t sound so nutty after all!!

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:51:33View | Delete

    Technically, of course, you’re correct. But Republicans then were the party of inclusion; in other words like today’s Republicans in name only.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:47:02View | Delete

    Speaking for myself but actually for all Black people, I can say that you got that right. If there’s one thing — ONE thing most Black people get right, it’s spotting folks who will not act in their interests as Black people.

    This entire discussion is one that’s been a constant in the Black Community, as you might expect. Have you spoken to many veterans of the 60′s movement to contruct your strategy?

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:42:15View | Delete

    Seems that you’re talking about undoing the strategy that has kept poor whites and minorities pitted against each other from the founding of this country: the ‘crabs in a barrel’ syndrome.

    If you can figure out how to undo that one, then maybe you’ve got something. But as long as there are wealthy people and as long as most of those wealthy people are White, it just isn’t going to happen. It’s too easy a tool to use in keeping the rabble down.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:39:19View | Delete

    Your scenario is one possibility though, which is why I cautioned anything that happens here will be different from past revolutions.

    Vastly. Where has there been a revolution among a population this non-homgenous and this well-armed? I used to fantasize about stuff like this in my younger days — visions of BATTLE OF ALGIERS dancing in my head — but it would be hell on earth, I think.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:33:42View | Delete

    Yes, we also understand the nature of the types of people which make up the Tea Party and the pro-Revolution Right these days. Ally with them?

    Sorry. Can’t see it.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:21:01View | Delete

    What role will non-whites have? Ever seen one of those MSNBC “Lockdown” shows on segregated prison riots? I think that’s what violent revolution would turn into in this country.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:19:24View | Delete

    Sigh. It happened, TP. Call me a liar all you want, but it happened.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 15:06:40View | Delete

    Mr. Partridge, I commented here last week about the desire among some here to “put aside petty differences” such as insanity and racism and make common cause with the Teabaggers and was told “nobody’s ever said that here”.

    I rest my case.

  • mercury commented on the blog post FDL Book Salon Welcomes Ted Rall, The Anti-American Manifesto

    2010-10-24 14:43:04View | Delete

    Extremely interesting conversation. I haven’t read the book, would probably agree with much/most of it, but I have to say the discussion thus far about “mitigating” violent revolution, et al, sounds really naive.

    For example, given the current alliances of the Tea Party, including David Duke, American Neo-Nazis, et al, does anyone really think for a moment that ‘liberals’ — and you can read that as leftists, radicals, whatever — would ever be accepted by these folks as allies? Or that the outbreak of actual violence wouldn’t be immediately co-opted by corporate interests able to buy the strongest side?

    Beyond that, the idea of “mitigating” violence in the most munitions-heavy country in the world sounds ludicrous. Am I wrong?