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Monday, March 14, 2011

Rightbloggers find the lesson of the Japanese disaster: We need more nuclear power plants! (Plus Obama sux!)

Posted By on Mon, Mar 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

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Last week Japan was hit by earthquake, tsunami,

and volcano. As the country tries to come back from

this series of disasters, donations are pouring in from world citizens.

Rightbloggers are doing their part, too. They're using the catastrophe

as a teachable moment to explain that Obama sucks, global warming

doesn't exist, and what America needs now is more nuclear power plants.



We wish to state up front that we didn't find rightbloggers doing

the kind of karmic-payback-for-Pearl-Harbor nonsense reported here. That's not counting Republican Faith Chat ("IT'S NOT AS THOUGH GOD

HASN'T WARNED THE JAPS!"), The Good Kentuckian ("Well, maybe THAT is the real

reason Jesus punished Japan: Jesus hates socialism and big

government!"), and other sites that we're telling ourselves must be

parodies.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Rightbloggers taste the tiger blood, link Charlie Sheen to unions, Obama and gay marriage

Posted By on Mon, Mar 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

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Last week it seemed no one could get enough of Charlie Sheen. Though

he'd previously made the papers with his drug problems, domestic

violence incidents, and hit TV series, Sheen attained internet meme

status when, after his ravings derailed his show, he responded with spectacularly

outsized references to himself as "an F-18" with "flaming fists" and

"tiger blood" who was in all things #winning.

This led to humorous Charlie Sheen random quote

generators and flow charts as well as outraged remarks, some of

which were pretty astute, and some of which were silly.

You know rightbloggers had to get a piece of this action. In their hands

Sheen became a metaphor for liberalism, homeless policy, union

violence, and America's moral decline in the gay marriage era.

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Monday, February 28, 2011

Rightbloggers compare large national protests (union) unfavorably with large national protests (Koch brothers) [Updated]

Posted By on Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 9:00 AM

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Last weekend rallies were held in all 50 states in support of

the teachers' union in Wisconsin. And at the Wisconsin state capitol, at

least 70,000

people came out on Saturday to protest Governor Walker's attempt to

break the union.

Sounds like a big deal, right? Hundreds of thousands of people turned

out on behalf of teachers in one state who were holding out for

collective bargaining rights, despite opposition from Republicans and

from bigtime "liberal" columnists who also consider

schoolteachers grossly overcompensated.

Yet rightbloggers dismissed these demos as paltry, insignificant, and a

failure.

To understand why they think so, we need to review the history of the

Tea Party, which has sometimes summoned big crowds itself.

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Rightbloggers denounce the wealthy, treasonous school teachers of Wisconsin

Posted By on Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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The effort by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and the Republican-led state legislature to deprive the state's teachers of collective bargaining rights

was catnip to rightbloggers last week. This is because it involves two

of their traditional objects of hatred: Unions and public education.

You know things are serious when the intensely rightwing Andrew Breitbart's Big Government and the Washington Times actually use the famous communist President Franklin Roosevelt as a stick to beat the teachers' union. (Real Clear Politics even added, "FDR's Ghost Is Smiling on Wisconsin's Governor," perhaps in admiration of his nerve.)

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Rightbloggers welcome gay, Muslim diversity at CPAC -- but not too much

Posted By on Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 11:30 AM

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The 2011 Conservative Political Action Cnference (CPAC), held last week, was in some respects like the previous year's: For example, everyone loved that the place was full of young people, until the kids gave libertarian Ron Paul their straw poll vote.

There were some changes, though. Perhaps hoping to convince people in

preparation for a 2012 Obama challenge they weren't all uptight white

guys, CPAC threw a little multiculturalism into its mix, with gays and

Muslims gaining a sliver of representation.

You can guess what followed -- some of the brethren accused CPAC of selling them out to the gay/Muslim enemy.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Rightbloggers credit Bush for Egypt uprising -- then blame Obama for Egypt uprising

Posted By on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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Hordes of citizens stand up to their nation's hated leader. But

observers worry that when the revolution finally comes, religious

fundamentalists hostile to democracy will seize power.

We're not talking about the Tea Party this time -- we're talking about

the ongoing, massive demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni

Mubarak.

Rightbloggers were torn about this one. While many at first enjoyed the

people-power street scenes as a celebration of freedom, their enthusiasm

waned as they realized that Muslims were involved.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Obama hosts Chinese leader (or, translated into rightblogger: Obama sells out America to communists, pianist)

Posted By on Mon, Jan 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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"Red China" had been effectively closed to U.S. trade for years when President Nixon began softening things up in the 70s.

Subsequent Presidents from both parties have followed Nixon's lead, and

now, along with state visits like the one Chinese Leader Hu Jintao made

last week to the White House, we get nearly everything from China, from

t-shirts to iPhones.

We've also racked up an impressive trade deficit with our valued partner. And China holds $895.6 billion in U.S. Treasury debt, along with millions of jobs that might have gone to Americans. Hooray for free trade!

But never mind all that -- for rightbloggers the history of

Sino-American relations began with Hu's visit, when President Obama sold

America down the river by letting the Chinese invade the White House

and sing their America-hating songs.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

In Tucson shooting fallout, rightbloggers find a new public enemy No. 1: Paul Krugman

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM

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If you've quit paying attention to the Tucson shooting case, first of

all, congratulations. Here is what you've missed: The

nearly-assassinated Democratic Congresswoman is getting better, and the

public discussion of her shooting is getting worse.

There's just too much nonsense being circulated to cover here, so we'll

focus on a relatively narrow but instructive development: How

rightbloggers have promoted to their primary object of hatred -- above

even the despised Obama, at least for the moment -- mild-mannered

economist Paul Krugman.

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Monday, January 10, 2011

Rightbloggers comfort the real victims of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting: themselves

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 7:00 AM

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After Saturday's shootings in Arizona

-- which left Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords badly wounded

and six people dead -- rightbloggers were swift to condemn ... any

possible criticism of themselves.

You can understand their defensiveness. Back during the 2010 campaign,

Sarah Palin had endorsed tea party challengers to Giffords and others

with little gun-sight images and the cry, "Don't Retreat -- Reload!" Giffords had noticed ("When people do that, they've got to realize there are consequences to that action..."); so did the local sheriff.

Oops. You might expect rightbloggers to be pouring oil on troubled

waters right now, eschewing violence, promoting civility, etc.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

The 10 Best Rightblogger Rants of 2010: Obama vs. Jesus, the sperm donor menace and more!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 27, 2010 at 9:00 AM

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What a horrible year it's been. There's been something to annoy everyone, and everyone took full advantage: The health-care bill, the Tea Party, the BP spill, the Ground Zero Mosque, the Glenn Beck and Jon Stewart rallies, the Republican comeback, the enhanced TSA patdowns, WikiLeaks -- and every big thing that happened, it seemed, led to an even bigger bitchfest.

Thank God for the rightbloggers who helped get us through all this.

Whatever the issue, however intense the debate, some conservative cowboy

could be counted on to bring The Crazy, and bestow upon a grateful

nation the healing gift of laughter.

We've sifted through our archives and found our 10 Best Rightblogger Rants of 2010. Read on! Collect the set! Suggest your own!

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