How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Benghazi.

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They’re back with their “star” witness (as noted yesterday).

Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post
Fox News Aired Nearly 1,100 Benghazi Segments Across 5 Programs, Study Finds

NEW YORK — Benghazi is back in the spotlight this week, as the House on Wednesday begins its select committee hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks. But given that conservative media have claimed for more than two years that the Obama administration orchestrated a cover-up of critical information about the attacks, it’s not like Benghazi ever really went away.

Fox News, which has led the cover-up charge in conservative media, aired 1,098 evening television segments on Benghazi between the night of the attacks and the formation of the select committee in early May of this year

Yes, as I began to get into yesterday, the whole “Sharyl Attkisson scoop” is for a story more than a year old (May, 2013) that added nothing, but hyped the Issa House Hearings and was the subject of a screechy Faux Nooz kaffeeklatsch this morning on something called “Outnumbered.” Continue reading

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Cleansing the Hive of Heretics

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The offending fabric – made from whole cloth!

The latest faux outrage in a country fixated on petty outrage is this:

Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed
Urban Outfitters Features “Vintage” Red-Stained Kent State Sweatshirt  —  The “vintage Kent State” sweatshirt is for sale in the women’s section of the Urban Outfitters’ website.  —  urbanoutfitters.com  —  It can be found through a quick search on the website:

Naturally, this story was broken by the “crack” journalists at BuzzFeed, unable to come up with their usual sterling output of such journalistic coups as “25 Child Stars Who Played With Their Own Poop.” Continue reading

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Benghazi Bengazing Boobery

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As predicted last April

Oh ghod …,. here we go again. Can you say idée fixe?

Benghazi Bombshell: Clinton State Department Official Reveals Details of Alleged Document Review
Sharyl Attkisson / Daily Signal

As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants …

The important part of this story is contained in the prefatory clause of the lede: “As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week …”

It is apparent that facts do NOT h0ld any particular precedence in this witch hunt. No: some slime (probably Darrell Issa) leaked the latest “bombshell” to Rupert Murdoch’s latest CBS acquisition so that the GOPs can CONTINUE to attack Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential candidacy, because, you know, THE GOP HAS NOTHING ELSE LEFT. Continue reading

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The Parricide Throws Himself on the Mercy of the Court

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There is an old joke that applies here. A man kills both his parents. Then he throws himself on the mercy of the court because, as he tearfully wails, “I’m an orphan.”

[Note: killing your parents is called 'parricide.']

That Orphan is, in this case, Kevin D. Williamsons, of Mendacity 4 Ever, a/k/a National Review Online:

Democrats’ Push to Criminalize Dissent
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review

—  Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.  Dissent is the lowest form of crime.  If you are a drone in the hive of the Left, it is possible — easy, in fact — to believe both of those things at the same time.  —  Free speech just won …

Let’s start with that first sentence: bullshit. It’s only a phrase, and, in this case, tossed out as the garnish on our shit sandwich of worm-eaten lies. Continue reading

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The Utter Uselessness of the Modern Press Corpse

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Doing his best imitation of Donald Trump, Aaron Blake pontificates

The imbecile reporter from the Washington Post has decided to make deep political commentary about a cable humor show about politics. I keeds you not:

Bill Maher announced he’s targeting Rep. John Kline.  He picked the wrong guy.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post

Comedian Bill Maher announced Friday night that he will personally target Republican Rep. John Kline (Minn.) for defeat in the November election — the culmination of his longstanding “Flip a District” …

Yes. A “reporter” for the mighty Washington Post, the paper that brought down Nixon, has no time for the horror that is inside the beltway politics. No: he criticizes schtick. Seriously. Continue reading

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Hunting Witches

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I must confess, there is something I do far more often than I ought: I see what the top stories are in the blogosphere, and comment on those. This has the salutary effect of driving a lot more traffic to my blog than otherwise, and I do not apologize for it, but I DO ofttimes feel a little more herd-driven than I care to be.

No problem THIS week, however. Here’s the top story:

Eyewitness comes forward on ‘Palin brawl’
Amanda Coyne

Eric Thompson was having fun with friends and his wife at a party in South Anchorage on Saturday night.  Thompson, who is 56 years old, was the designated driver for the evening, so he wasn’t drinking.  But that was okay with him.  He was among friends….

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Ask Not … ME²! ME²!

There was a marvelous ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. this afternoon,  yesterday, and I stumbled on it completely by accident.

Shocking teleprompter applause lines at JFK Memorial, Thursday

[Apologies for the delay. Tracking down the evidence experienced an unavoidable delay, as we shall see, which has now been corrected, as we shall see.]

And there, gathered, were the Kennedys, and leaders of Congress and Washington VIPs, for a remembrance of John F. Kennedy’s eloquent inaugural speech in 1961, which I heard the first time, and which was replayed at the end — which I’ll get to — as the assembled listened.

Our Vice President, Joe Biden, was magnificent. Whoever wrote that speech has my unreserved praise, and Biden’s delivery was pitch-perfect flawless. Continue reading

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And The Boys Became Men

From my upcoming story collection, Nine of Hart’s. The front page news Ray Rice controversy has made this timely. Again. (Last time was O.J.)

It’s only 1200 words, or slightly longer than most op-eds.

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And The Boys Became Men

© 1986 Hart Williams

They did not mean to do it: The parents—reared in war, and American expansion, and competition—did not mean to raise them up, and feed and clothe them better than any generation previous in the history of Mankind. But they did. And the poor boys, more powerful than any creature had a right to be, came to manhood more ignorant of the consequences of power than any before them.

His name was Lawrence on his driver’s license—a California number with a Polaroid of him in a Hawaiian shirt and a tan -but everyone who knew him as a person, and not a number or address called him Larry.

Larry was thirty when he met Pamela. She was a redhead, with class and brains, and a temper. But Larry liked the temper. She wasn’t a pushover. She was going somewhere, and at thirty—if you’re unmarried, and unfocused– going somewhere is very important. Continue reading

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Some Wisconsin Skullduggery You Might Have Missed

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I hope I don’t scare Mr. Eric O’Keefe with this, as well, but a very interesting trial is taking place in a Federal Courthouse in Wisconsin.

Listen to audio of today’s arguments: Eric O’Keefe v. John Chisholm #JohnDoe #ScottWalker
by  • September 9, 2014I do not expect to be writing anything on this tonight (the brain is too fried) but I will be adding links to stories penned by others as they come out.

Update: I added some notes from Part One at the end.

UpdateFederal judges question why John Doe issue before them By Patrick Marley of the Journal Sentinel Updated: 6:08 p.m.

These are arguments made today in front of the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on the John Doe Investigation….

[AUDIO and partial transcript]

Here’s what the Journal-Sentinel says is at stake: Continue reading

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Cheney Needs To Read John Stuart Mill

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As does the entire GOP.

Behind Closed Doors, Cheney Tells Republicans That Obama Supported Muslim Brotherhood
Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast

The former vice president tries to sell reluctant House Republicans on “comprehensive” action against ISIS by blaming the president, of course.

Dick Cheney spoke to House Republicans on Tuesday about the need for military action in Iraq. [...]

Thus far, merely evil. Now comes the character assassination from a man whose approval rating stood at 13% when he left office, lecturing members of a congress whose approval rating stands at 14%. Probably because of sleaze like this: Continue reading

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Ford’s Infamous Pardon Revisited

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Forty years ago today, Gerald Ford effectively ended his chances at re-election by pardoning Nixon.

The howl of public outrage was overwhelming. (Just like the howl to go to war with Saddam and his mushroom clouds.) Another True Believer complains this day, four decades later:

Watergate’s most lasting sin: Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and the pardon that made us all cynics
Rick Perlstein / Salon

Ford let Nixon off 40 years ago today.  That launched Iran-Contra, “too big to fail” — and proved power trumps law  —  When you’ve published a book about Watergate, your phone rings off …

OK. Whatever. That was pretty much what he’d have said at the time.

But, while my perceptions have changed somewhat over the years, I responded in print on September 17, 1974, and there’s not much I’d change. Or: I already wrote this column … forty years ago. Continue reading

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House GOPs To Study Little Bighorn Strategy

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Cheney reveals the source of his deep rage

What if I told you that the Congress with the lowest approval rating in history (single digits) has, via the House Majority (the least productive House in history) invited one of the least popular politicians in American history to meet with them to explain strategies for being popular (as in “the popular vote”)? Would you claim I was hallucinating? I know I would, except … [emphasis added]

Dick Cheney to meet with House GOP on midterms
Alex Isenstadt / Politico

Former Vice President Dick Cheney will appear before House Republicans at a Tuesday meeting to discuss the midterm elections, according to two sources familiar with his plans.

Cheney’s appearance comes as Republican leaders launch a final push for members to contribute money to the National Republican Congressional Committee, which has persistently lagged behind its Democratic counterpart in fundraising. One of the sources said Cheney would “highlight the importance of keeping a GOP House majority.” …

Seriously? Continue reading

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The Fall GOP Strategy Becomes Clear

A very clear outline of the GOP fall strategy is beginning to take shape:

Obama Goes on Meet the Press, Reality Fails to Intrude
John Hinderaker* / Power Line*
[* Seemingly, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries.]

President Obama appeared on Meet the Press this morning with new host Chuck Todd.  The conversation focused primarily on ISIS, Iraq and Syria.  Much could be said about Obama’s comments, but what struck me most was how disassociated …

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The ‘upholstered’ 1971 yearbook

Let me tell you a story and then we’ll talk about cults and reality:

Back when I was in high school, the Lucas Demons were playing in the opening rounds of the Kansas state A tournament in the recently-built and more-than-spacious Wilson High Scho0l gym (Wilson was AA. In Kansas at the time, it went all the way to AAAAA).

We B-teamers had concluded our season, but were along for the experience and cheering section. After all,  with classes 0f 13, 15, 22* and 11 in (respectively) the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes, you need all the cheering you can get. And in that AA gym, the A teams and their supporters looked sort of small. Continue reading

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Battle of the Network Moralists

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There is little that our modern media does worse than make grand moral pronouncements. Worse, our standards have fallen so low that the lede in two “serious” post-mortems by two “serious” news organizations varies from tres trite to disgusting non-sequitur. the latter first:

For Bob McDonnell, a Miscalculation at the Scene of a Blunder
Jason Horowitz / New York Times

WASHINGTON — On Aug. 15, 2013, Bob McDonnell visited the site of one of Virginia’s great tactical blunders.  —  As part of his final official tour of the state as its governor, Mr. McDonnell went to Ball’s Bluff State Park in Leesburg, where more than 150 years ago a Union army scout crossed the Potomac River and mistook a row of trees for an unguarded Confederate camp. The next morning, Union soldiers approached the trunks and branches and soon found themselves surrounded by well-armed Mississippi infantrymen. By the end of the skirmish, Confederate soldiers had killed nearly half of the Union troops, many of them pushed off the bluff and into the Potomac…

Uh, WTF? In the week of the 150th anniversary of the Fall of Atlanta, a story about the “Republican” ex-governor of Virginia begins with the slaughter of Union soldiers? Disgusting. But it’s a, you know, “hook.” Continue reading

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