The Watering Hole: Wednesday, September 12, 2012: Truth at Last! Truth at Last!

Walker Mole diggs for truth at the DNC

The search for Truth took Walker Mole to the DNC, where he dug deep to see if even so much as a grain of truth fell from the Dias. Unfortunately, due to his position beneath the speaker’s platform, Walker was nearly buried alive as grains of truth fell like so much sand, inundating him. Fortunately, however, Walker isa mole, and was able to dig himself out of his predicament in time to file this report.

There was the usual puffery and half-truths at the DNC. Then came Michelle Obama. Her story about her life with Barack as they were starting out rang true and tugged at the heartstrings. But that was just the beginning.

Then came Bill Clinton, and, arithmetic. He threw out fact after fact, and fact after fact checked out. It was such an avalanche of truth, the editors at factcheck.org called it a nightmare.

And some pure, unvarnished truth even came from President Obama. While the President did put a spin on things, the fact of the matter is much of what he tried to accomplish during his first term was blockaded by Republican filibusters, aided by not being able to seat Senator Franken for eight months. Franken was seated July 7, 2009. By then, Senator Ted Kennedy being taken ill with a brain tumor, was largely absent, not having cast a single vote between April and June of 2009. Toss in the “Blue Dog Democrats”, the Democrats that voted in lockstep with Republicans, and it’s amazing Obama got anything accomplished at all.

With all those grains of truth pouring in on Walker’s head, he couldn’t dig himself out until he managed to get beneath the Fox News truck.

THIS IS, ONCE AGAIN, OUR OPEN THREAD.

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243 thoughts on “The Watering Hole: Wednesday, September 12, 2012: Truth at Last! Truth at Last!

  1. “I’m outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi,” Romney said in the statement. “It’s disgraceful that the Obama Administration’s first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.”

    You lying fuckitty fuck. I’d love it if at the debates, when the two men meet to shake hands, Obama would just lay Romney out cold with a left hook.

    • Leave it to Rmoney to try to score partisan points over the death of our ambassador.
      Hope this backfires up his tight ass.
      P.S. He also gets it wrong. It was the US embassy in Egypt that put out the statement in question, not the ‘Obama Administration’, as noted by Greg Sargent at Plum Line this morning
      “The basis for these claim­­s appears to be that the U.S.embassy in Cairo had released a statement condemning efforts to “hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”

  2. And Neutered Gingrich snarls his support for Rmoney’s attack on the President…
    from CNN wire this AM…
    Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and a surrogate for Romney, said the Republican’s statement was justified.

    “Governor Romney’s statement is pretty clear,” Gingrich said on CNN’s “Starting Point.” “If Gov. Romney were president he would be enraged at the Egyptians for tolerating the attack on the embassy. Both countries have an obligation to protect our embassies.”

    So, what, EXACTLY, would you do, Willard? Nuke Egypt? How ‘ENRAGED’ would you get? What would you DO about it? Inquiring minds would like to know.

    • Mitt Romney has, unfortunately for America, surrounded himself with Neo-cons to advise him on foreign policy. And the only foreign policy Neo-cons believe in is, “We’re right. You’re wrong. Shut up and do as we say or we’ll hurt you.” They know NOTHING about Diplomacy and how to use it to keep the Peace. They only understand War, and they think it’s the solution to everything.

      Neo-cons are the kind of people who give Humanity a bad name.

      If the Vulcans from Star trek ever really did visit our planet, the Neo-cons would scream that we should blow them out of the sky before they even landed. I have zero respect for Neo-cons, or the people who like them.

    • And exactly what could the government of Egypt have done that they didn’t do? Oh, never mind, Gingrich doesn’t know and he doesn’t care. Although I am a little surprised that he didn’t say: “If I was president….”

      Even meek little NPR this morning, after playing Mitt’s statement, said he was now facing criticism for politicizing the deaths of Americans. I gather that the GOP response had to be muted until midnight EST because 9/11 was to be free of political attacks. I understand that It’s Obama’s Fault, but in his rush to attack the President’s strength, Romney offers zero information about what he would be doing differently in the Middle East.

  3. NEW POST BELOW: Tweeter interviews Invisible Obama regarding his appology to Muslims for their attacking US Embassies.

  4. This story infuriates me:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=150312812

    but thankfully, she cannot be prosecuted for terminating her own pregnancy…

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/11/idaho-abortion-ruling_n_1875283.html

    And this is how it starts… “You pass laws first that say only physicians can perform abortions. Then you pass laws that make it impossible for those physicians to provide abortions. And then women take the steps they need to take as they do all around the world, as they did before Roe,” Paltrow says. “And you create a perfect setup for making literally millions of women subject to arrest for having illegal self abortions.”

  5. Sad and pathetic, indeed:

    Reince Priebus ‏@Reince
    Obama sympathizes with attackers in Egypt. Sad and pathetic.

    • That is sick.

      I’m just catching up on the horrible news about the death of the US ambassador to Libya, and the fact that the disgusting Terry Jones had something to do with this video. I feel like burning his house down with burning bibles.

      • this makes me ill….the GOTea Party will stoop to any low. intelligence isn’t one of their fortes, but the knee-jerk reaction is a desperate move to close the polling gap on the backs of dead americans is pathetic.

    • Do people usually sign Tweets? It was considerate of him to do so but he could have just used his initials…Sap.

    • Climate change. What climate change?///

      The Monarchs are due in October around mid-coast Calif.
      An amazing sight to see them fluttering about on sunny days. And even more impressive as they hang in the eucalyptus trees.

    • The first victim of Swiftboating? This guy was Swiftboated by none other than William Shakespeare. His piece, by itself a towering work of literature, has lasted a lot longer than anything Jerome Corsi will be able to produce – ever.

      Yes I can see a post on this sometime … when I get my act together.

    • Very interesting, Turtle. Btw, my paternal grandmother was a Bosworth. My dad seems to think there is a connection but I cannot fathom what it would be.

  6. Let’s not lose sight of the bigger truth here: a U.S. public servant whom some Libyans murdered in a city saved from mass slaughter by American-backed intervention.

    • Over a YouTube video meant to provoke exactly this sort of response.

      I’m sorry, but the insane response of some Muslims over any perceived insult to their prophet is childlike, in the way that a two year old will strike another two year old if he says something mean about mommy. They have committed horrible murder over the opinion of a bigoted fuckwit.

      I don’t fucking get that.

      • I don’t either, but the Wingnut solution is to cleanse the earth of people that have those views. And I don’t mean by verbal persuasion.

        • Are their wingnuts nuttier than ours? I don’t believe they’re more ignorant than ours, though, just coming from a different culture.

        • I think you’re right. I think our religious nutters would love to respond to the mean old atheists (and others who don’t believe properly) with real violence. They just know that the whole of society would be against such a response — for now — and they’d be doing time in court and jail.

          • Here’s an idea, line up their bigoted nutbags, give them some lethal weapons (as if they don’t have enough already), across from the line of the Xian fundianistas, armed with their bibles and all the guns they have stashed, and let the fun begin.

  7. Brilliant as ever BNF. Of course the republicans poo-pooed fact checkers. They wouldn’t know the truth or how to tell it, if it bit them in the ass.

    • He can’t help it. That’s his hard drive’s de facto face desktop look when he’s flustered.

  8. Here’s the New York Post‘s review:

    “Burn this movie! Based on the 13-minute trailer posted on YouTube, the mysterious anti-Islamic hate “movie” that provoked protests should never have been made — it’s not only the most offensive but the most thoroughly inept piece of “filmmaking”’ I’ve had the misfortune to watch in 30 years of reviewing films …

    On a scale of one to four stars, I’d give it a minus 10. Burn this movie.”

  9. Mitt Romney’s prophet, Joseph Smith, was attacked and murdered in a jail cell by a lynch mob whose religion Smith had denigrated. This fact seems to be lost on the smirking Romney.

  10. I hope when Obama debates Romney, he asks him, “In what reality are the things you said about me true?” Don’t call him a “liar” unless you have rock solid publicly acknowledged proof that he’s lying. Otherwise it will backfire and Romney will get sympathy votes.

  11. The obvious responsible thing to do when American citizens and public officials are under physical threat abroad and when the details are unknown, and events spiraling, is to stay silent. If the event happens on the day of September 11 and you are a candidate for president and have observed a political truce, all the more reason to wait to allow the facts to emerge. After all, country before party, right? American lives are at stake, yes? An easy call, no?

    But that’s not what the Romney camp did. What they did was seize on a tweet issued by someone in the US Embassy before the attacks in order to indict the president for “sympathizing” with those who murdered a US ambassador after the attacks. Unfuckingbelievable.

    • Zxbe – the destruction continues – bin Laden succeeded in giving half the nation (the xenophobes) someone to fear/hate and run the nation into bankruptcy looking for that someone under every bed.

  12. Somebody needs to ask Romney what he would do about this situation.
    There is no reason to believe this was orchestrated or condoned by the Libyan government. If some whackos had listened to Mitt’s convention speech and been inspired to attack the Russian embassy, would it be appropriate for that country to nuke us, or close their embassy and sever all ties? Wouldn’t it be more likely that a civilized nation would at least give the host country a chance to respond by bringing the perpetrators to justice?
    (This is perhaps an unworthy thought, but I can’t help what wonder if security at our embassies was provided by the Marines or some private contractor.)

    • It is really disgusting that Romney showed his true colors. Rather than stand with our leaders during a tragedy, his first instinct was to score cheap political points.

  13. One of these statements is not like the other.

    President Barack Obama said that he “strongly condemned this outrageous attack” on U.S. diplomatic facilities. He further ordered that security be increased at all such facilities. A Marine FAST team was sent to Libya to help with security.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.”

    The Libyan Prime Minister’s office condemned the attack and extended condolences, saying “While strongly condemning any attempt to abuse the person of Muhammad, or an insult to our holy places and prejudice against the faith, we reject and strongly condemn the use of force to terrorize innocent people and the killing of innocent people.” It also reaffirmed “the depth of relationship between the peoples of Libya and the U.S., which grew closer with the positions taken by the U.S. government in support of the revolution of February 17.”[22]

    Mohamed Yousef el-Magariaf, the President of the General National Congress of Libya said: “We apologise to the United States, the people and to the whole world for what happened. We confirm that no-one will escape from punishment and questioning.”

    Steve Klein, who was a consultant for the movie, stated that the murder of John Stevens was not a matter of guilt for the film-makers but was the result of the mob “following Mohammed’s violent teachings”. Klein stated “We told the truth and these people reacted the way that Mohammed wanted to them to react – by killing people.”

    While it’s just speculation on my part; I am of the opinion that the filmmakers knew there was a high probability of a violent response and that, in fact, a violent response was their intention. And it is all just religious and political dick waving of the very worst kind and it’s going to get much, much, worse.

    • I agree Pete. While Terry Jones did not make the film, he promoted it and he already has blood on his hands for his unnecessary provocation.

  14. John Lundin @John Lundin
    Jewish idiot makes a film, a Christian idiot promotes it, Muslim idiots kill over it, and Republican idiots condemn Obama.

  15. I’m done being nice. I sincerely wish, with every fiber of my being, that outrageous misfortune will fall on Bible Spice’s head.

    “Apparently President Obama can’t see Egypt and Libya from his house,” former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin wrote on Facebook. “It’s about time our president stood up for America and condemned these Islamic extremists. … We already know that President Obama likes to ‘speak softly’ to our enemies. If he doesn’t have a ‘big stick’ to carry, maybe it’s time for him to grow one.”

    • Rmoney and his apologists should be strung up by his balls for what he did here. Here is the Romney presidency laid naked in its cynical, exploitative, sociopathic self-regard….

      • … even before the names of the two Marines who tried to save the Ambassador are even known…. there he is smirking on TV as he tells another lie.

  16. Oh crap! I just caught the 3:00 wingnut on Thom Hartmann. Two things stuck out.

    1. He doesn’t make a habit of fact-checking Mittens.
    2. Attacking the free speech of Americans isn’t a good way to prevent violence.

    1. That tells me that he doesn’t give a shit that Mittens has never told the truth in his life as long as he thinks he can beat the black guy in the White House.
    2. Expressing regret for the hatefulness of some mysterious figure who has posted a freaking YouTube video is not attacking free speech in any way, shape, or form.

    BTW. He refused to even acknowledge that the “apology” put out by the embassy in Cairo was before any violence and was disavowed by the Obama Administration.

    • I would like to think so but I have grave doubts. The “librul media” will just keep propagating the lies until a great many Americans will believe that Obama is responsible for the embassy attacks and whatever bad things happen next.

  17. Daniel Larison (conservative) weighs in on Romney’s recklessness:

    “As a practical matter, this episode shows how useless Romney’s main foreign policy theme has been. According to Romney, Obama “apologizes for” America, and Romney won’t. He tried to shoehorn the embassy attacks into this frame, and it didn’t work for at least two reasons. First, Obama didn’t respond to the attacks by apologizing for anything or sympathizing with the attackers, as Romney’s original statement charged, so it was blatantly false. Romney’s position that the U.S. should never “apologize for” American values is almost beside the point. Would this have made any difference to the people assaulting the embassy in Cairo or the consulate in Benghazi? Would the attacks not have happened if Romney had been conducting his own brand of thoroughly unapologetic activist foreign policy? It seems unlikely.

    Romney might have legitimately questioned the security arrangements for the consulate, for example, or he could have made the fair observation that Libya’s new government is very weak and Libya as a whole has serious security problems, but that wouldn’t have translated into the easy and satisfying point-scoring that Romney seems to prefer. It wouldn’t have fit his ready-made scheme of Obama-as-Carter, but it would have spared him of most of the ridicule he’s receiving now. Now instead of portraying Obama as Carter, he has presented himself as the bumbling McCain figure of 2012.”

    Jonathan Chait further unpacks Romney’s blunder:

    “The miscalculation at work here is that Romney believed his “Apology Tour” method would neatly fit the events at hand — take an event that sort of vaguely resembled an Obama apology to Muslims who don’t like us, twist it around, and call it a day. But Romney had grown accustomed to spinning fantasies cobbled together from months-old Obama speeches and nurtured into legend by extensive repetition and exaggeration in the conservative subculture. What he failed to realize from the outset was that the embassy attack was an immediate, high-profile event that he could not hope to rewrite so brazenly. Forced to confront the yawning chasm between reality and the fantasy he had wallowed in so long, Romney was exposed and, justifiably, discredited.”

  18. “I can’t ever imagine if the Prime Minister of Israel asked to meet with me, I can’t imagine ever saying no,” – Mitt Romney.

    It’s a lovely complement to the following Romney campaign statement:

    “As reported in the New York Times, after the latest fracas between Obama and Netanyahu, a Romney advisor states:

    “Mr. Romney had no immediate comment about Mr. Netanyahu’s challenge to Mr. Obama, and one of his informal advisers on the Middle East said, ‘It’s probably better at this point to let Netanyahu make the point because it’s more powerful that way.’” The adviser said he was not authorized to speak on the record.” [my emphasis]

    So let’s get this straight. First, no one is willing to comment on the record. Second, they double down on this cowardly posture by stating it is better to let a foreign leader beat up the United States’ current sitting President than the campaign itself. Quite classy. A few decades back, this would have unthinkable. Forget about politics stopping at the water’s edge, this is an opposition party openly siding with a foreign leader’s world view on one of the leading geopolitical issues of the day.”

    Yep. And what’s new about that? If Romney is elected, US foreign policy in the Middle East will be outsourced to the Likud.

    http://www.belgraviadispatch.com/2012/09/romneys_smallness.html

  19. Tomorrow, the PA Supreme Court will review the state constitutionality of the PA Voter ID law. Here’s keeping my fingers crossed. It should be interesting as the court is split 3 Dems, 3 Repubs. One of the Repubs had to resign do to misbehavior so that makes the court short one judge.
    There is only an American problem…

  20. Does it ever occur to these douchenozzles that every once in a while, a foreigner’s criticism of US policy might actually have some validity? If you can’t take a little criticism, especially justly deserved criticism (should that be the case), then you have no business being anywhere near the Oval Office. The right answer is not to automatically condemn the person criticizing us but to listen, and see if they have a valid grievance. If they don’t, ignore them. If they do, then ask yourself what can you do to make the world a better place.

  21. And here’s how the foreign press covers a story. Is there one U.S. outlet that can match the reportage coming from across the sea?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19577913#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

    BTW. Who do you think has more reason to be frightened? Is it; Bin Laden when Bush was in the White House or those responsible for the embassy attacks yesterday? If the murderers are caught before the election I predict a double digit win for President Obama. Mittens might have to “follow his money” the Hell out of the country.

    • Though the Beeb too gets it wrong too that Rmoney shot his mouth off *before* news of at least one death had come out.

      Rmoney was on TV smirking and trying to score points off Obama using dead Americans still lying on the street.

  22. I guess our only recourse is to invade Egypt and Libya and install a proAmerican dictator to make those places safe for democracy. Maybe we should consider moving the nation’s capitol to Te Aviv to make it easier to annex the Middle East?

    • Nah, we could elect Romney. He’d invade Iran in revenge for an attack in Libya. It’s the neocon way.

  23. Ya know, Romney’s speaking style in these matters reminds me of a bunch of heirs sitting around a sick bed assuring the patron they hope he gets better.

  24. Is it even a real movie? Who actually made it? Why? At this point I’m starting to think that Terry Jones is behind the whole thing and it received the precise response he intended. Or, perhaps, this “Steve Klein” was the moving force and is just such a rank coward that he won’t admit it and created a mythical person to shoulder the blame?

    http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/09/sam_bacile_film_embassy_attacks.php?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tpm-news+%28TPMNews%29

    Sigh… It seems like the Reichwhiners already have their talking point and any efforts to identify the people responsible for the film will be parsed as an “attack on the 1st Amendment rights of God fearing Americans”.

    • “The story of the Muhammed movie which sparked deadly protests in Libya gets weirder. The actors who appeared in it had no idea they were starring in anti-Islam propaganda which depicts Muhammed as a child molester and thug. They were deceived by the film’s director, believing they were appearing in a film about the life of a generic Egyptian 2,000 years ago.”

      This is the premise for the making of the film, “Chubby Rain” in the movie “Bowfinger.”

  25. Somebody has to say it. What is wrong with those people in Libya? The October Surprise is supposed to come in October! Can’t those crazed fanatics get anything right? Oh wait, it was our crazed fanatics that jumped the gun and released the movie early? I guess the Republican machine just isn’t as efficient as it used to be now that it embraced the crazy train.

    • OOOH this is delicious. Can we start a conspiracy theory that Karl Rove is behind this and his aim was to create a situation where Romney could be all Presidential and stuff… and it was supposed to steal the foreign policy spotlight back from Obama’s big get of finding and killing Bin Laden? After all,.Rove has participated in lots of dirty tricks throughout his career.

      Could we? Pretty please?

  26. Wouldn’t it be sweet if the new tactic of bad attack films due to way too much money available to the Right came back to bite them in the ass? The anti-Obama fever could very well cloud their (cough) judgement.

    • Dunno, but thanks to Rmoney and Yosemite Sam, I’m not seeing much time spent on the Ambassador’s contribution to the Libyan revolt or on the staffer and two marines who died either….

    • I believe so, Zooey. He was the envoy during the revolution and has a long history over there.

      • There was an excellent, and touching piece on the Ambassador on The World this afternoon. A local businessman with a long history with Stevens, spoke about how much time he spent with Libyans, learning the culture and language, and how he bathed in a section of beach frequented by the peoplest of people. He also spoke of Steven’s genuine joy when Gadafi fell and his steadfast encouragement of the Libyans on the path to freedom. In the words of a security consultant, Stevens was exactly the sort of diplomatic representative needed in that environment in that time — and exactly the wrong person to be targeted by the fuckheads that killed him.

  27. There is also a camp that seems to think the mob upset about the video was just a cover for a planned terrorist attack. This would, of course, open the possibility that the offending movie was produced by those responsible for the attack. It would also mean that Mittens took the bait while Obama and his Administration did not.

    • It actually makes a lot more sense that the attack on the American embassy (or what turns out to be a temporary location) and the American ambassador on 9/11, carried out with advanced weapons and tactics was a long-planned event that probably had nothing at all to do with the video and essentially unrelated to the Cairo rioting. Of course, it’s also possible that the timing of the video’s release IN ARABIC was a deliberate provocation and distraction.

  28. I always enjoy reading David Frum’s slams against his own party. Frum blames “the dangerously distorting effect of disrespect for one’s political opponents”:

    “Inside Team Romney, and among Romney’s donors and core supporters, it may be taken absolutely for granted that Barack Obama is a weak-willed appeaser of radical Islam, a cringing apologizer for America who does not love the country the way “we” do. So why not say it loud, especially when you think you’ve just caught his administration doing it again? And then you discover the mistake only after the statement has departed the outbox.”

    • Romney may be smarter than Palin, be he sure does act like her in terms of shooting off his mouth. And he’s certainly as inexperienced and unpolished as Palin when it comes to dealing with the international community.

  29. I’m glad that some Reichwhiners are criticizing Mittens but I’m struck, though hardly surprised, by the fact that those who actually might want to win another election some day are doing it anonymously. The freaks know that they’re done if they lose Lushbo and his worshipers. Lushbo? He is predictably claiming that Obama armed the attackers and gave them the kill order.

  30. The Essence of 21st Century America. Fighting. It seems America can’t exist unless we are fighting something or someone. We have managed to get to the top of the heap and now we can’t be satisfied unless we are attempting to beat the snot out of some poor entity. We have forsaken building in favor of brawling. The truly sad part is we haven’t really beaten anything we have picked on since WWII.

  31. Until clear evidence says otherwise, Chris Stevens was not killed by some rebel group. He was assassinated.

    • Would that she would both walk and speak softly, and carry herself back to Moosedick AK, or where ever tundra trailer trash comes from.

    • I think it’s so fantastic that they went to the effort of writing the signs in English — so we would know their feelings. All mistakes are forgiven.

      • No shit. I’m sure I’d make a few mistakes if I attempted to write a sign in Arabic.

        • The truly weird part is America does not know the Koran because it is written in this weird ass language that looks like worm tracks yet is very similar to the New Testament. And yet we are willing to consider electing a bishop of a religion that talks about alien planets and polygamy that is written in English and has been scorned by Christianity from its start.

          • I think Joseph Smith said it was written in “reformed Egyptian” or some such nonsense. Clearly this means Romney is a Muslim.

            • We want to see the ‘golden tablets’ Mitt.
              You know, the ones Joseph Smith found in the woods of upper New York state…
              We will accept no forgeries, substitutes, or excuses.

              I hereby found the Tablet-er movement.

    • The question no one even considers is that if Libya or any other Islamic nation had been the source of a film that treated Jesus as this film treats Mohammed, what would have been the reaction in America? Granted, the access to key personnel from any Islamic country is not the same but what would America be screeching about?

  32. I got side tracked by a piece of plastic in my eye (Yes. I was wearing safety glasses but a chuck stuck to my forehead and fell into my eye when I took them off.) and dinner and running out for some beer so this is an answer to Zooey.

    Lushbo was a little more careful than to accuse President Obama of ordering the assassination of Ambassador Stevens. I just heard a brief clip on local radio where Lushbo said that Obama put the guns in their hands and gave them permission when he “bungled” the Libyan revolution.

    • Oh fuck his ugly face. He’s destroying the fabric of this nation with his vile spewings.

      Is your eye okay? I know that hurts like a sumbitch.

      • Heh! “Chunk”.

        Yes, my eye is fine. It was a fairly big chunk so it was easy to get out. Still, getting something stuck in one’s eye is, arguably, more immediately debilitating than a blow to the family jewels. Any little problem with an eye, at least for me, is the best way to instantly forget everything else in the world until said problem is resolved.

  33. My husband is contracted to a government agency, and spent much of his day dealing with some issues arising from this. I had hoped to cheer him with the pictures of the Libyan signs, but when I asked him if he wanted to see them my calm rational mate responded: “The only picture I want to see is one of Romney bending over and licking his own ass before slinking away in shame”. I reckon I’d better hand him a beer and get him in the hot tub immediately.

  34. Stevens was from and his family still lives in the Bay Area.
    Local stories/impressions.

    Envoy from East Bay kept ‘human touch’

    (09-12) 18:06 PDT PIEDMONT — Anyone who talked to J. Christopher Stevens instantly became the center of his world.
    Stevens, 52, the American ambassador to Libya killed during an attack by militants Tuesday in the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, was a natural diplomat, from his youth in Piedmont to his undergraduate years at UC Berkeley and studies at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, friends and colleagues said.

  35. QOTD II:

    “It’s like the judge telling the woman who got raped, ‘You asked for it because of the way you dressed.’ OK? That’s the same thing. ‘Well America, you should be the ones to apologize, you should have known this would happen, you should have done — what I don’t know — but it’s your fault that it happened.’ — Sen. John Kyl.

  36. Early this morning at the Cheney place:

    Lynne: “Dick! Did you see the news from Libya!!?”
    Dick: “So?”
    Lynne: “You must be terribly upset, honey…. oh my, Dickie!!!! …
    do you have a chubby!!?”
    Dick: “So?”

  37. I never did think that anyone could make me think that McCain would have made a better President but Willard has managed.

  38. OMG OMG OMG, I’m seriously going to cry! My middle sister (church lady) just “liked” a post reading, “I might lose friends for this, but I fully support gay rights.”

    This is a real milestone for her!!

  39. Up early packing, both for my departure from northern California in the next two weeks or so, and having been made available for another fire-camp manager assignment, Nationwide!
    I’m bringing the computer this time…

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