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wmtc: fascist shift: donald trump in context

Many years back, I used to blog about a phenomenon called fascist shift. I borrowed the term from Naomi Wolf’s essential The End of America, but the concept was something I had been thinking about for many years. In brief, fascist shift asks, What… . . . → Read More: wmtc: fascist shift: donald trump in context

wmtc: last day and home

We spent our last day in Oregon poking around downtown Ashland, looking at scarves and jewelry and used books. We don’t shop much when we travel, but there were a few things I was looking for on this trip, and I found them all. We also picked up this v… . . . → Read More: wmtc: last day and home

Scripturient: The Republican Conspiracy

CNBC GOP Debate: The Sh*tshow Version Last night’s debate was a total sh*tshow. Posted by The Huffington Post on Thursday, October 29, 2015 I realized only after watching this edited video that the activity of the so-called Republican candidates’ debate was not simply the circus it seemed from the outset; it was actually a conspiracy. A cunning, well-laid conspiracy. […]

wmtc: former walmart executive leads covert smear campaign against activist workers: watch their hilariously awful video

From The Nation: Last night, Worker Center Watch – a new website dedicated to attacking labor-affiliated activist groups like OUR Walmart, Restaurant Opportunities Center, and Fast Food Forward - began sponsoring advertisements on Twitter to promote smears against the protests planned for Black Friday. In one video sponsored by the group, activists demanding a living wage and better working conditions for workers are portrayed as lazy “professional protesters” who “haven’t bothered to get jobs themselves.”

“This Black Friday, just buy your gifts, not their lies,” instructs the Worker Center Watch narrator. . . .

Worker Center Watch has no information its website (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Day of the Wingnuts

Uh oh. It looks like the Con convention has ended on a nightmare note for Stephen Harper. I warned him not inflame his Con base, and above all not to WATER themBut he didn't listen. He whipped them into a foaming frenzy with his ghastly keynote speech.And now the wingnuts are running WILD !!!! Read more »

wmtc: wmtc trolls are alive and as insane as ever

I haven’t been writing much lately, so it’s good to know loyal wmtc readers are still reading every post. Well, one is, anyway.

Yes folks, a full seven years after first appearing in comments on this blog in the guise of a female fan, the freak we call Mags is still spewing his bile on a regular basis. We delete most of the comments without reading, but once in a while, it’s good to share.

For the record, I regard every one of those (nearly) 3,000 victims of September 11, 2001, and their loved ones, among the extremely long list (Read more…)

wmtc: special update for long-time wmtc readers

In 2009, I wrote this brief history of trolls at wmtc. At that time, the sad man who calls himself magnolia_2000 had been reading and leaving comments on wmtc for about three years.

Now it’s mid-2013, and Mags is still reading. It’s been six years. Six years!! None of his comments is ever put through moderation. Ninety-five percent of his comments are deleted unread. But still, he continues to post.

GaryStJ went away. The guy from the anime forums went away. But not Mags. Allan says Mags is my most loyal reader, and at this point, I can’t disagree.

bastard.logic: Chris Hayes on the Hagel Hearings: “An omnidirectionally embarrassing debacle for everyone involved.”

And how:

h/t Digby

Filed under: defence policy, US, wingnuts Tagged: Chris Hayes, Chuck Hagel, Hagel hearings, MSNBC

wmtc: it’s time we all starved the trolls: stop reading comments on mainstream news stories

Robert Fisk has a good piece in The Independent about the incivility (to put it mildly!) that is endemic in the comment sections of online news stories: “Anonymous trolls are as pathetic as the anonymous “sources” that contaminate the gutless journalism of the New York Times, BBC, and CNN”.

Fisk wonders why newspapers that will not publish an anonymous letter to the editor will allow anonymous lies and hateful screed in comments. Surely he knows the simple answer: money. Advertisers are paying for clicks, and the idiots in the comments section are increasing the clickage.

Why should we help

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wmtc: anti-choice group advertises on… hangers. yes, hangers.

Apparently this is not a story from The Onion. From Reproductive Health Reality Check: There is a branch of anti-choice activists that will use pretty much anything as a medium for their message: newspaper ads, graphic signs displayed in front of schools, bus stop benches. You would think they would know well enough to leave one place untouched, though. Wire coat hangers.

You would be wrong.

Springdale Drycleaners of Cincinnati, Ohio, has been etching “Choose Life” ads on wire coat hangers used to hang dry-cleaning.

What’s worse is that this seems to be an ongoing effort. Reports of

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Montreal Simon: Obama and the Wailing of the Cons

Wow. What an amazing night. It's hours after it ended and I still can't believe it.How Obama knocked Mitt Romney off his White Horse, and sent him back to Bain Capital riding backwards on a burro.For as even David Frum admitted "This isn&#… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Obama and the Wailing of the Cons

Montreal Simon: The Bigot, the Blowtorch, and the Flaming Cheerios

It must have seemed like a great idea eh?

To a bigot as dumb as this one.

Show how much you hate General Mills for supporting gay marriage.

"We do not believe the proposed constitutional amendment is in the best interests of our employees or our state economy," the company's vice president for global diversity and inclusion, Ken Charles, is quoted by the publication as saying. "We value diversity. We value inclusion."

By turning up outside company headquarters, with a box of cheerios in one hand, and a blowtorch in the other.Read more »

wmtc: rtod: the how to guide for understanding rioting negroes

Revolutionary Thought of the Day: the KFC Double Down is a plot against white America. The Negro Rioting Plan that’s been put in place is a terribly complicated strategy that has taken hundreds of thousands of Negroes to plan and thousands of years to come together. Sleeper agents, technological advances and an unwavering patience has been our friend on this path to finally achieving our rioting plans. Only one man has ever come close toppling our years of work to destroy then redistribute good earnest White folks wealth with epic rioting.

That man is the brilliant and perceptive Glenn Beck.

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wmtc: and the jason kenney award goes to… jason kenney

Have you all seen this petition? The Honourable [sic] Jason Kenney asks us to sign a petition thanking none other than Jason Kenney. Macleans found it amusing, and the National Post has the Twitter talk.

But it took Dan Murphy, cartoonist with The Province, to really do it justice. Please watch and share!

Also, my recent Kenney-related post is running at The Mark.

Also also, this cartoon at the Hamilton Spectator.

wmtc: national portrait gallery? no, it’s the national harper gallery!

Quick, get a dictionary and look up megalomaniac. See if it shows Stephen Harper’s picture. Then again, maybe Harper had none to spare.

I missed it when Kady O’Malley and Elizabeth May broke this story, so I’m glad I saw this in the Ottawa Citizen. Emphasis mine.

Harper gallery leaves MPs speechlessCitizens who really want a national portrait gallery in Ottawa can rest easy. The government already has one.

All you need to get in is a Commons security pass, a Conservative party membership and a keen desire to view exclusive pictures of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, exclusively.


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wmtc: a trip down memory lane with wmtc

Combing through some old files, I found this lovely bit: a comment from “GarySTJ”, a former troll who was obsessed with me for a time. I used to delete his comments, then past them into posts so wmtc readers could have fun kicking him around.

After being banned from wmtc, he started appearing at other blogs where I commented, hijacking the thread with insults directed at me. One blogger noted (a paraphrase), “I don’t know L-girl or GarySTJ, but L-girl has an internet presence, has written a blog for several years, and is commenting on this post. GarySTJ has an

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bastard.logic: IOKIYAR to Infinity.

Ok, so I know IOKIYAR is (and has been for ages) SOP in DC. Still, the manner in which the Village took Rosengate oh-so seriously (and turned it up TO ELEVEN) but is now suddenly backpeddling re: The Nuge’s semi-coherent call for Obama’s assassination (gosh, campaign surrogates sure do say the darndest things!*) is especially galling.

Steve M. breaks it down:

[T]he press will shrug off Nugent because the press has been in denial for years about just how insane right-wingers are. No matter what angry, extreme, menacing, paranoid thing right-wingers are up to, the press is always

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: Different Messengers, Same Story

A “conservative” speaks out about the controversial shooting of “gangsta hoodlum” Treyvon Martin.

While it’s easy to dismiss the commenter given that he’s a 400 lb. redneck with a drawling southern accent, wearing denim overalls and a coonskin cap, the fact of the matter is that his opinions and convoluted rationalizations concerning the murder of Trayvon Martin are essentially identical to those now being peddled by the well-heeled millionaire pundits on Fox News and so-called “conservatives” across the spectrum of right-wing media.

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: “Pretend it’s Obama”

During a campaign stop in Monroe, Louisiana, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum stopped at a shooting range for some target practice. Before aiming for his second target, a woman in the background can be heard to say, “Pretend it’s Obama,” then chuckle at her own amazing wit.

Note: The comment is made at 0:37 of the video.

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Charlie Brooker on “Kony 2012”

Charlie Brooker’s rant about the Kony 2012 viral video, as seen on the British comedy program 10 O’Clock Live last week, including the round-table discussion that followed.

Along with countless millions of others, I watched the “Kony 2012” video recently, but unlike most, was completely creeped out by it. In fact, I couldn’t even make it through the whole thing because it was so incredibly puerile. Nice to see my intuition corroborated to some degree by Brooker’s focus on the “weird, culty side” of this dubious marketing campaign/social media phenomenon. As David Mitchell said of the film’s director Jason Russell,

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: What’s the Matter With Mississippi?

This short film by Alexandra Pelosi asks some regular folks in Mississippi why the poorest state in America is also the most conservative:

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Liberals Hate Women!

Sheesh! Who knew?

Extrapolating on Rush Limbaugh’s demeaning 3-day long tirade last week against the female law student who had the audacity to testify recently before Congress about the role of contraceptives in women’s healthcare; on his nationally syndicated radio program, fellow right-wing blowhard Bryan Fischer ludicrously claims that misogyny is an almost exclusive trait of “the Left” (whatever that may be).

More amazingly, he then goes on to equate the attitude of “liberals” and “leftists” with respect to “conservative women” as that of “hardcore Islamists” vis-à-vis ALL women; that is to say, regarding them as sub-human. “Ladies and gentlemen,

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: Is That All There Is?

Comedian Rush Limbaugh – who is, it seems these days, the virtual leader of the increasingly deranged Republican Party – did the Democrats a huge favour the other day with his offensive remarks directed at “college co-ed” (i.e., third-year law student) Susan Fluke.

Whether deliberate or not, Limbaugh’s deeply misogynistic tirade analogizing the issue as being akin to prostitution, calling Ms. Fluke a “slut” and then derisively suggesting that taxpayers be recompensed with pornographic videos of her sexual activities, effectively steered the surreal “debate” about state-mandated provision of contraceptive medications by private employers directly off a cliff.


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Red Tory v.3.0.3: Brietbart Dead of “Natural Causes”

El Rushbo pays tribute to Andrew (‘Stop Raping People!”) Brietbart, the muckraking right-wing activist and provocative web entrepreneur who abruptly died today at the age of 43.

Of course, Libmbaugh’s somber eulogy turns out to be really nothing more than a convenient vehicle to attack supposedly hate-filled “leftists” (based on his nut-picking of heartless comments made on Twitter) and to trash the so-called liberal media; in this case, quibbling over the AP’s entirely accurate description of Brietbart’s career

Meanwhile, on right-wing websites, conspiracy theories abound… The one favoured by most appears to imply that Brietbart’s vague threat to

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Red Tory v.3.0.3: Ron Paul: “Fake” Libertarian?

When asked at the end of this week’s GOP debate to describe themselves in a single word, Ron Paul chose “consistent” as being the most appropriate moniker. But here Lawrence O’Donnell points out a glaring inconsistency in the old coot’s supposedly “libertarian” philosophy when it comes the matter of sex:

Of course, this is a logical problem shared by all so-called “conservatives” that claim to believe government should butt out of people’s lives, get off their backs, and otherwise stop interfering in the private affairs of citizens – EXCEPT when it comes to various social issues; most particularly those relating

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