Wow, This is Pretty Epic

JOSH MARSHALL
TPM
MAY 16, 2013

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Generally, once partisan, tendentious sources leak information that turns out to be wrong, nothing’s ever done about it. That’s for many reasons, some good or somewhat understandable, mostly bad. But on CBS Evening News tonight, Major Garrett did something I don’t feel like I’ve seen in a really long time or maybe ever on a network news cast. He basically said straight out: Republicans told us these were the quotes, that wasn’t true. Quick transcript after the jump …

SCOTT PELLEY: Also at his news conference today the president called for tighter security for U.S. diplomatic facilities to prevent an attack like the one in Benghazi, Libya, last year that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Of course, Benghazi has become a political controversy. Republicans claim that the Administration watered down the facts in talking points that were given to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice for television appearances while Mr. Obama was running for reelection. Republicans on Capitol Hill claim that they had found proof of this in White House e-mails that they leaked to reporters last week. Well, it turns out some of the quotes in those e-mails were wrong. Major Garrett is at the White House for us tonight. Major?MAJOR GARRETT: Scott, Republicans have claimed that the State Department under Hillary Clinton was trying to protect itself from criticism. The White House released the real e-mails late yesterday and here’s what we found when we compared them to the quotes that had been provided by Republicans. One e-mail was written by Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes. On Friday, Republicans leaked what they said was a quote from Rhodes. “We must make sure that the talking points reflect all agency equities, including those of the State Department, and we don’t want to undermine the FBI investigation.” But it turns out, in the actual e-mail Rhodes did not mention the State Department. It read “We need to resolve this in a way that respects all the relevant equities, particularly the investigation.” Republicans also provided what they said was a quote from an e-mail written by State Department Spokesman Victoria Nuland. The Republican version notes Nuland discussing: “The penultimate point is a paragraph talking about all the previous warnings provided by the Agency (CIA) about al-Qaeda’s presence and activities of al-Qaeda.” The actual e-mail from Nuland says: the “…penultimate point could be abused by Members to beat the State Department for not paying attention to Agency warnings…” The C.I.A. agreed with the concerns raised by the State Department and revised the talking points to make them less specific than the C.I.A.’s original version, eliminating references to al-Qaeda and affiliates and earlier security warnings. There is no evidence, Scott, the White House orchestrated these changes.

[ed.note: This is a rush transcription so some spelling and capitalization is off.]

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Republicans: The Boston Marathon Bombing Was the President’s Fault! Impeach!

boehlert1Bob Cesca
Huffington Post
April 25, 2013

I’m old enough to remember when country singer Natalie Maines said, “We’re ashamed that the president of the United States is from Texas.” She wasn’t broadcasting a political demand for impeachment or a half-baked conspiracy theory, and it wasn’t delivered to anyone outside of the auditorium — no audiences of millions on AM radio or cable news. Just a few thousand people in a closed setting. But based on the bug-eyed, flag-molesting outrage that followed you’d think she had colluded with bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and the ghost of Khrushchev to shank George W. Bush with a prison shiv. The nation exploded in a collective hissy fit that included a conga-line of scolding conservatives and more than a few witch-hunt style protests in which Dixie Chicks CDs were smashed by heavy machinery or burned, all to the tune of the familiar warning: don’t undermine the commander-in-chief or else.

And that was in March of 2003, years after the 9/11 attacks and long after the high-water mark of unwavering, luxuriant god-worship of George W. Bush.

In the days and months after 9/11, even hinting that Bush had acted poorly in the wake of the attacks or had perhaps not done enough to prevent them (he was warned — a lot) was immediately beaten down as unpatriotic or “with the terrorists.” The sentiment was universal. Democrats and Republicans alike agreed to lay off the president for a while, an attitude that definitely lasted for way too long and enabled a slate of hard-right laws that passed with unanimous bipartisan support — laws that we’re still trying to unravel today. It’s not a stretch to attribute this reaction to both Republican partisanship and jingoism and the strange Democratic psychosis involuntarily forcing them to be easily suckered into coitus with political enemies.

Conversely, none of the same courtesy has been extended to our current president following the Boston Marathon bombing. Not so shocking, considering how it likewise didn’t happen in the aftermath of the Great Recession, or after the killing of Bin Laden, or after the end of the Iraq War. It certainly didn’t happen following each of the various gun massacres — terrorist attacks at gunpoint. And, as we’re all aware, an outright conservative inquest was launched following the consulate attack in Benghazi, in spite of the fact that 11 similar attacks took place during the Bush years with considerably greater body counts.

Suffice to say, if another attack were to occur at or even below the level of September 11, this president would likely be impeached within a week.

Worse, the conspiracy theories first marketed by Alex Jones last week are being mainstreamed throughout the conservative entertainment complex. In the Bush post-9/11 context, imagine not only broad liberal and Democratic attacks against President Bush within a week of the attacks, but also the mainstreaming of the various 9/11 Truther conspiracies.

Both Alex Jones (naturally) and Sean Hannity launched a conspiracy theory by anti-Islam crackpot Steve Emerson involving the Obama administration’s alleged cover-up of the connection between the bombing and Saudi Arabia via the Saudi student who was questioned and released immediately following the marathon bombing.

On Friday, Glenn Beck said America should “demand impeachment” over the Saudi conspiracy theory.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) accused the president of “leading from behind.”

The Tea Party Nation not only suggested that the president was to blame for this attack, but he’s also to blame for the next attack which will happen “sooner than later.”

Fox & Friends co-host and miraculous talking monkey Brian Kilmeade said on his radio show, “So like it or not, this president has left [the Middle East] alone. And guess what happens? Now the IEDs are blowing up in our streets.” Yep, the Boston bombing was the president’s fault. 100 percent. Why? Because of the Middle East, even though the suspects, the Tsarnaevs, are from, you know, Chechnya.

Rush Limbaugh attacked the president’s handling of the bombing by invoking Benghazi, the New Black Panthers (all two of them at that polling place in Philadelphia) and Rev. Wright of all people — all in the context of the Obama government’s refusal to tell the truth.

Former Bush attorney general Michael Mukasey attacked the president for apparently downplaying the motives of the Tsarnaev brothers, “There is also cause for concern in the president’s reluctance, soon after the Boston bombing, even to use the ‘t’ word — terrorism — and in his vague musing on Friday about some unspecified agenda of the perpetrators, when by then there was no mystery: the agenda was jihad.”

I think you get the idea. It’s been just over a week and all of the usual suspects are engaged in nonsense far worse than anything Natalie Maines ever said. In fact, I’m waiting for Dinesh D’Souza to release another movie about how the president’s “anti-colonialism” caused the bombing. Just wait another few days and it’ll be in wide release. Actually, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Republicans elevated the Saudi conspiracy theory into another Benghazi-style coverup plot.

It’s all yet another case study in how the Republicans too often comport themselves in the wake of a disaster — these self-proclaimed “patriots” are merely selective, fair-weather patriots, only willing to lend their unified support when the president is from their own party and prepared to bomb the hell out of brown people somewhere. They will not give an inch on anything. They will contradict themselves, ignore their own records, jump to paranoid conclusions, risk embarrassment and generally do whatever it takes to disrupt and sabotage the Obama presidency. And they’re willing to brazenly and unapologetically exploit these tragedies as a means of doing so.

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U.S Embassy and Consulate Attacks under George W. Bush

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February starts off with a bang

A-wJIutCQAENoSQ David Waldman
Daily Kos staff
SAT FEB 02, 2013

Just curious. So I’m keeping count the best I can.

31 dead, 63 wounded in 73 incidents in 27 states.

  1. York, PA, 2/01/13, 2:05 am EST. 1 wounded.
  2. Worcester, MA, 2/01/13, 3:23 am EST. 1 wounded.
  3. Erie, PA, 2/01/13, 3:43 am EST. 1 wounded.
  4. Pittsburgh, PA, 2/01/13, 3:45 am EST. 2 wounded.
  5. Walnut, CA, 2/01/13, 2:00 am PST. 1 wounded.
  6. Chicago, IL, 2/01/13, 4:20 am CST. 1 dead.
  7. McCutchenville, OH, 2/01/13, 6:07 am EST. 1 wounded.
  8. St. Louis, MO, 2/01/13, 8:00 am CST. 1 wounded.
  9. Anderson Co., TN, 2/01/13, 10:30 am EST. 1 wounded.
  10. Milwaukee, WI, 2/01/13, 10:00 am CST. 1 dead, 1 wounded.
  11. Erie, PA, 2/01/13, between 11:00 pm-12:00 am EST. 1 wounded.
  12. Metarie, LA, 2/01/13, 10:49 am CST. 1 wounded.
  13. Port St. Lucie, FL, 2/01/13, 12:00 pm EST. 1 dead.
  14. West Palm Beach, FL, 2/01/13, 2:15 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  15. Chicago, IL, 2/01/13, 1:20 pm CST. 1 wounded.
  16. Jonesboro, GA, 2/01/13, 3:00 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  17. Phoenix, AZ, 2/01/13, 1:00 pm MST. 1 wounded.
  18. Stephenville, TX, 2/01/13, 2:30 pm CST. 1 dead.
  19. Phoenix, AZ, 2/01/13, 2:30 pm MST. 1 dead, 3 wounded.
  20. Atlanta, GA, 2/01/13, 5:00 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  21. Hialeah, FL, 2/01/13, 5:20 pm EST. 1 dead.
  22. Easley, SC, 2/01/13, late afternoon EST. 1 wounded.
  23. Rock Creek, OR, 2/01/13, afternoon PST. 1 wounded.
  24. Largo, FL, 2/01/13, 7:00 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  25. Hempstead, NY, 2/01/13, 7:15 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  26. Detroit, MI, 2/01/13, 7:30 pm EST. 1 dead, 1 wounded.
  27. Greenville, SC, 2/01/13, 7:37 pm EST. 1 dead.
  28. Cleburne, TX, 2/01/13, 6:50 pm CST. 1 wounded.
  29. Seattle, WA, 2/01/13, 6:00 pm PST. 1 wounded.
  30. Jacksonville, FL, 2/01/13, 9:30 pm EST. 1 dead.
  31. Chicago, IL, 2/01/13, 8:30 pm CST. 1 dead.
  32. Houston, TX, 2/01/13, evening CST. 1 dead.
  33. Philadelphia, PA, 2/01/13, 10:00 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  34. Ridgeville, SC, 2/01/13, 10:30 pm EST. 1 dead.
  35. New Orleans, LA, 2/01/13, night CST. 1 wounded.
  36. Dover, DE, 2/01/13, 11:24 pm EST. 1 dead.
  37. Griffin, GA, 2/02/13, 12:00 am EST. 1 dead.
  38. San Bernardino, CA, 2/01/13, 9:30 pm PST. 1 dead.
  39. Immokalee, FL, 2/02/13, 12:30 am EST. 1 dead, 1 wounded.
  40. Chicago, IL, 2/01/13, 11:33 pm CST. 2 wounded.
  41. Dallas, TX, 2/01/13, 11:35 CST. 1 wounded.
  42. Omaha, NE, 2/01/13, 11:47 pm CST. 1 dead, 3 wounded
  43. Pennsauken, NJ, 2/02/13, 1:00 am EST. No injuries
  44. Philadelphia, PA, 2/02/13, 1:00 am EST. 1 wounded.
  45. Woodburn, OR, 2/01/13, 10:30 pm PST. 1 wounded.
  46. Minot, ND, 2/02/13, 12:38 am CST. 1 wounded.
  47. Oakland, CA, 2/01/13, 10:49 pm PST. 1 dead, 3 wounded.
  48. Boynton Beach, FL, 2/02/13, 1:50 am EST. 2 dead by gunshot (1 dead by other means).
  49. Philadelphia, PA, 2/02/13, 2:00 am EST. 1 dead.
  50. Peoria, AZ, 2/02/13, 12:00 am MST. 1 wounded.
  51. New Orleans, LA, 2/02/13, 2:15 am CST. 1 wounded.
  52. Baltimore, MD, 2/02/13, 3:35 am EST. 1 dead, 2 wounded.
  53. Winston-Salem, NC, 2/02/13, 3:50 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  54. Colorado Springs, CO, 2/02/13, 2:00 am MST. 1 wounded.
  55. Memphis, TN, 2/02/13, 3:00 am CST. 5 wounded.
  56. Peoria, IL, 2/02/13, 4:30 am CST. 1 wounded.
  57. Chicago, IL, 2/02/13, 5:00 am, CST. 1 wounded
  58. Belle Glade, FL, 2/02/13, 11:15 am EST. No injuries.
  59. Phoenix, AZ, 2/02/13, 10:39 am MST. 2 wounded.
  60. Las Vegas, NV, 2/02/13. 1 wounded.
  61. La Vista, NE, 2/02/13, 3:00 pm CST. 1 dead.
  62. Glen Rose, TX, 2/02/13. 2 dead.
  63. Columbus, OH, 2/02/13, 4:45 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  64. East Chicago, IL, 2/02/13, 5:00 pm CST. 1 dead, 1 wounded.
  65. Bridgeport, CT, 2/02/13, 6:00 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  66. Lake Wales, FL, 2/02/13, 6:50 pm EST. 1 dead.
  67. Chicago, IL, 2/02/13, 7:00 pm CST. 1 wounded.
  68. Licking Township, OH, 2/02/13, 9:00 pm EST. 1 dead.
  69. Queens, NY, 2/02/13, 9:41 pm EST. 1 dead.
  70. Whitefish, MT, 2/02/13, 10:00 pm MST. 1 dead.
  71. Staten Island, NY, 2/02/13, 11:24 pm EST. 1 wounded.
  72. Baltimore, MD, 2/03/13, 1:00 am, EST. 1 dead.
  73. Aurora, CO, 2/03/13, 5:21 am MST. 1 wounded.

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The Stupid Party

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Infighting

infighting JM Ashby
BobCesca.com
12/29/2012

Artist – Daryl Cagle 

A reminder as we approach the new year — House Republicans still haven’t renewed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Their objections, as voiced by Majority Leader Eric Cantor, continue to center around extending rights to Native American tribes who, as we’ve shared before, suffer disproportionately from sexual assault and domestic violence because they lack the authority to prosecute assailants from beyond their borders. The Republicans also object to extending rights to immigrants and members of LGBT community.

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A Christmas Story

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