Obama's ISIS Escalation Riles Rightbloggers Who Want More Muslim-Hate

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Last week President Obama told the nation that we would continue to bomb the shit out of ISIS a/k/a ISIL in Iraq, only now we might also bomb the shit out of them in Syria too. While announcing this, he did not beat his chest, bite the head off a bat, or flex his biceps and grunt "yer goin' dowwwwwwn," so rightbloggers thought he was wimpy and socialistic.

Obama also said that ISIS didn't really represent Islam, which really got the brethren angry, for reasons we think you can guess.


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Obama Punts on Immigration, and Rightbloggers Can't Run It Back

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Last week President Obama, who had been threatening to issue a new executive order on immigration, suddenly backed off, saying he'd revisit the subject after the elections.

This seems transparently political to us and everyone else -- and on Meet the Press on Sunday, Obama sort of admitted it was. But is it good politics -- that is, helpful at the polls? From the reaction of rightbloggers, we can see a case for it.


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Obama Doesn't 'Have a Strategy' on ISIS? Rightbloggers Do: Scare the Voters

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Hey, who's up for another foreign war? Hard to believe that just last year, on the 10th anniversary of America's less-than-excellent adventure in Iraq, rightbloggers seemed too demoralized for such activities. And when Obama poked the nation's nose into Libya in 2011, and threatened to do so in Syria last year, rightbloggers condemned his aggressiveness.

But times change — we're on the cusp of a new set of midterm elections, and it usually helps Republicans if they can make a Democratic president look like a foreign-policy wimp. Now the brethren are yelling that Obama refuses to attack the supervillains of the moment, ISIS, and that as a result we're all going to be blown up.


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Rightbloggers Try Anti-Cop Angle on Ferguson, But Revert to Old Ooga-Booga

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

By now you've heard what's been going on in Ferguson, Missouri: How an unarmed black man -- the latest in a long series, historically speaking -- was gunned down by a cop; how suspicion of a cop cover-up was followed by protests and rioting; and how people are appalled by the weird storm-trooper approach of the Ferguson PD.

Rightbloggers heard about it, and many took their traditional approach to such situations -- i.e. the old ooga booga attack on black people. Others, perhaps influenced by that "libertarian moment" thing all the kids are talking about, attempted to adopt a more civil-libertarian position -- but clumsily, like dogs trying to boil water, and with equally painful results.


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Rightbloggers Revel in "Libertarian Moment," Which Suspiciously Resembles Conservative Whenever [Updated]

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Last week the New York Times Magazine ran a story asking "Has the 'Libertarian Moment' Finally Arrived?" The editors of libertarian flagship Reason magazine and many fellow travelers hailed the story, which featured several prominent movement figures such as Nick Gillespie and former MTV veejay Kennedy.

Rightbloggers were by and large positive about it -- which makes sense as, in our experience, libertarianism is basically conservatism for people with social anxieties.


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Rightbloggers to Obama: Why're You Impeaching Yourself?

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Readers of this column will have seen that each time a White House scandal gets ginned up, a concomitant cry goes out from rightbloggers for President Obama's impeachment. Google "Benghazi" and "impeachment," for example, and see what you get.

But lately Democrats have been fighting back, using conservative impeachment talk as a way to get their members scared enough to donate and maybe even show up at the voting booth in November.

This has led to one of the more Orwellian rightblogger themes of recent times: That it's Obama, not his mortal enemies, who is behind all the impeachment talk, and that conservatives have no intention of impeaching him unless he makes them mad -- which they already are.


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With 1,000 Dead in Gaza, Rightbloggers Claim Obama's Peace Process Threatens Israel

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Another week of horrible violence in Israel and Gaza has passed, and the world waits for a solution. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are working on it -- which rightbloggers consider an outrage. For one thing, diplomacy just isn't butch enough for them; isn't the solution in every case just to obliterate one's enemy and then enjoy the resulting millennia of peace?

For another, while diplomacy by Presidents with names like "Bush" and "Reagan" may be excused as minor infractions, diplomacy by Presidents named "Obama" is always part of a wider effort to destroy America, and that's what rightbloggers affect to believe the current Administration's turn at the well-worn Israel-Palestine peace table is all about.


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Rightbloggers Take Back the Culture with Anti-Feminist Tumblr, Religious Film Reviews, Etc.

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[Roy Edroso dissects the right-wing blogosphere in this weekly feature]

Let's be honest -- we really don't want to talk about last week's big, horrible news stories. The Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 story is too disturbing and, aside from the usual it's-all-Obama's-fault knee-jerks, not much differentiates right from left on the subject. Similarly, reactions to the Israel-Palestine fight have little to do with anything in American politics except the strength of the Israel lobby and the absence of a Palestinian one.

So we will instead go with an evergreen -- or, as we like to think of it, a topic that never gets enough updates: Culture War, which is what rightbloggers have instead of culture.


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De Blasio Appoints Richard Emery to Chair Police Oversight Board

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NYC's new Civilian Complaint Review Board chair has a long history of civil-rights advocacy. | photo: Vincent Desjardins via Flickr
After a long vacancy, New York City's Civilian Complaint Review Board will have a new leader at its helm. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced at a city hall news conference this afternoon that longtime civil-rights attorney Richard Emery will assume the chair of the agency. The CCRB is an independent body that reviews citizen complaints against NYPD officers and sends recommendations for disciplinary action to the police commissioner.

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De Blasio Stops By The Colbert Report, Is a Little Boring

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on The Colbert Report

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went seeking the "Colbert Bump" last night in what turned out to be a relatively brief, bland interview.

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