Monday, December 6, 2010

Rightbloggers say they'll change the Constitution to fix problems you never knew you had

Posted By on Mon, Dec 6, 2010 at 6:00 AM


Two years ago, conservatives were on the ropes. But the GOP victories in

last month's elections have them dreaming big again. They're back to

talking about destroying the Democrats once and for all. Even Newt Gingrich is talking about running for President in 2012, which shows how general the optimism is.

Some in the political meth labs of the right dream bigger still, and

push for new Amendments to the Constitution. So what would you expect

these newly-empowered Sons of Liberty to push? The Human Life Amendment? Repeal of the Civil Rights Act? A ban on the cursed TSA?

No, comrades, those are from the old wish-lists. The front

runners so far are an Amendment to have state legislatures, rather than

citizens, directly elect U.S. Senators, and another allowing state

legislatures to overturn federal laws.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Rightbloggers on WikiLeaks: Kill Julian Assange, but not till we use his stuff against Obama

Posted By on Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM


This weekend we got another fat load of WikiLeaks,

based on purloined diplomatic cables to and from the U.S. State

Department. As happened when Julian Assange's muckraking endeavor leaked U.S. military data from Iraq

earlier this year, conservatives are outraged, and some call, as

before, for the expeditious arrest of Assange, or fantasize about his


Rightbloggers generally take a two-pronged approach to the leaks: They

believe the new document dump is an unpardonable breach of U.S. security

-- except to the extent that it may be used to denigrate the Obama

Administration, it which case they feel it deserves wider dissemination.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

Rightbloggers: TSA, don't touch our junk -- profile Arabs instead!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 22, 2010 at 9:00 AM


Since the Republicans -- with the help of those Revolutionary-War reenactors

in the tea party -- scored big in the 2010 elections, they've been

bringing up the U.S. Constitution a lot.

Incoming House Speaker John

Boehner pushes the GOP "Pledge to America" promise "to honor the Constitution as constructed by its framers

and honor the original intent of those precepts that have been

consistently ignored..." Congresswoman Michele Bachmann wants a "Constitutional Conservative Caucus" and classes on the Constitution for Congressional freshmen. When they talk about Obamacare, they increasingly argue that it has to be repealed because it's unconstitutional. Etc.

You can get some sense of conservative seriousness about the

Constitution from the first big civil liberties issue since the election

to inflame rightbloggers: the newly enhanced security screenings at

airports, which sometimes involves the touching of junk.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

After the shellacking, the return of the 'Arrogant Obama' meme

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM


Hey sheeples: Barack Obama thinks he's better than you.

Obama gets a lot of this from conservatives, and has since before he was elected. He's been called "arrogant" by thousands of them, including Karl Rove and Vegas entertainer Wayne Newton.

But this week he got a heavier dose of it than usual, with the Weekly Standard,

the Daily Caller, and Ben Shapiro all devoting long essays to the theme

of Obama's self-regard, accompanied by rightblogger mega-dittos.

It seems a weird charge to make right after Obama's party suffered heavy

losses in an election, and while he was out of the country on

diplomatic missions. Why now?

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Monday, November 8, 2010

Obama's '$200 Million A Day' India trip exposed! Then debunked! But ... questions remain!

Posted By on Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM


As you may have heard, President Obama has made a trip to India, and it's

costing taxpayers a bazillion dollars because he brought the entire

Seventh Fleet and thousands of campaign contributors.

Oops, sorry, that's not true -- it's only $200 million a day and he only took 34 warships. Oops, that's also not true (or as the Wall Street Journal put it, "demonstrably incorrect") -- there's no tally yet, but no one who actually knows anything about such things (like the Pentagon) will credit the figures.

Several rightbloggers got on the $200 million story quick, and have not

corrected to this day. Others, to their credit, did. But because it's

Obama, and because they are who they are, there was plenty else to

complain about. (For example, did you know Obama brought a teleprompter? Haw!)

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Monday, November 1, 2010

Rightbloggers denounce Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert Rally to Restore Sanity Cat Stevens

Posted By on Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 11:00 AM


On Saturday in Washington Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held their Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Keep Fear Alive. The purpose of the event, which drew more than 200,000 people, was to help Cat Stevens win support for his fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

What, you didn't know that? You must have missed the rightblogger

coverage. You probably also missed that the rally was a huge failure and

not funny. Well, that's what you get for relying on the Lame Stream

Media, sheeples.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Rightbloggers, delighted to find black guy scared of Muslims, defend Juan Williams

Posted By on Mon, Oct 25, 2010 at 9:00 AM


Celebrity journalist Juan Williams had a good week, on balance. First, he was fired by National Public Radio for remarks he made on Fox -- his other major employer -- about his fear of Muslims on airplanes.

That might seem at first a minus, but Williams was immediately rewarded by Fox with a new $2 million contract. Plus, he cemented his reputation among conservatives as one of those liberals who -- like Joe Lieberman -- can be relied upon to criticize liberals.

You could argue (as some liberals did)

that Williams' shouldn't have been fired for his comments, especially

since he said some less-offensive things later. Some rightbloggers did

make that argument. Some even denounced prejudice -- against

conservatives. Prejudice against Muslims, though, they didn't mind. In

fact, that was mainly what they liked about what Williams said.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Ace in the hole: Rightbloggers say Chile mine rescue means Obama sucks, capitalism rules

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 10:00 AM

Last week we talked about the Tennessee fire department that let a man's

house burn to the ground because he hadn't paid protection money, and

the rightbloggers who thought this was a laudable example of free market justice.

This week they celebrated another free market triumph -- though at least

this time it had to do with people being rescued rather than abandoned

to their fates.

It began with Daniel Henninger of the Wall Street Journal

announcing to the world that the miners who were dramatically rescued

last week after 69 days underground owed their escape from certain death

to capitalism.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Libertarian fire department lets house burn because owner didn't pay $75; rightbloggers applaud free market, suffering

Posted By on Mon, Oct 11, 2010 at 10:00 AM

People often say that the Republican Party has become much more conservative

than it used to be. But they don't talk much about how conservatism

itself has become more... hmm, how to put this politely -- let's say, detached from traditional American beliefs and standards of behavior.

We're not talking about their claim to want to shrink government. That

is very mainstream, and popular with voters (though once in office,

conservatives usually don't do much actual government-shrinking).

No, we're talking about their new tendency to promote ideas from the

furthest fringes of their movement -- ideas that, were they proposed by a

guest at your dinner table, might cause you to doubt his sanity, or

perhaps ask him to leave your home.

Take, for example, their recent defense of a fire company that refused

to save a man's burning house because he had not payed the firefighters a


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Monday, October 4, 2010

Stuff Crazy White People Like: 3 ways rightbloggers deal (or don't) with race

Posted By on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 at 10:00 AM

You may have noticed the controversy over last week's Village Voice cover story, "White America Has Lost Its Mind"

by Steven Thrasher. The story has drawn at this writing more than a

thousand comments, many of them devoted to proving Thrasher's

proposition by example.

Among the more choice reader contributions:

"Of course white people have lost their minds. they have to live with

inferior niggers and leftie white trash..." "You've just proved to

everyone who reads this that you and your fellow members of Diversity

Gang are anti-white morons..." "The Democratic Party is an anti-white

hate party... Look folks, if you're white, the left and the Democratic


Surprised? We weren't. In the years we've been covering rightbloggers,

we've seen these themes come up time and again, though usually in

subtler forms.

The means of expression are diverse, but they tend to stick to three

basic approaches which over time become easy to recognize. We'll lay

them out for you after the jump:

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