Friday, January 25, 2013

January 25

Kerry: Were you at the briefing with the tapes?

Johnson: No

Kerry: Well there was a briefing with tapes which we all saw, those of us who went to it, which made it crystal clear. We sat for several hours with our intel folks, who described to us precisely what we were seeing. We saw all of the events unfold. We had a very complete and detailed description.

The briefing on Benghazi Kerry is referring to is the same briefing Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham failed to attend because they were too busy holding a press conference to demand more information on Benghazi. Johnson was also absent.


Jail the women


"Katie, put yourself in my situation.  I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died on Sept. 12. (Then) I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she's alive and then I'm on national TV two days later, and to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?" Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o Link

Dude, really? You "committed" yourself to some girl you'd never met? Ordinarily this would be as important as who won some damn bicycle race, but he's about to ask some NFL team for $50M so his credibility is a factor. 



In other news, Senator Dianne Feinstein formally introduced a bill today that would ban the sale of over 150 models of assault weapons and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

The ban would reportedly be permanent, unlike the previous assault weapons ban that expired in 1994.


Holy hell, these guys will concoct anything to use as a conspiracy theory against this administration and, specifically, Hillary Clinton. First she was using the flu as an excuse, then the blood clot, and now Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) thinks Clinton faked her emotional reactions.

"I'm not sure she had rehearsed for that type of question. I think she just decided before she was going to describe emotionally the four dead Americans, the heroes, and use that as her trump card to get out of the questions. It was a good way of getting out of really having to respond to me."

Is this really all they have? Cartoonish conspiracy theories? Good Lord, this is a tired, bankrupt party.




Maddow slams Reid for failing on filibuster reform: 60 is the new 60


From city to city, from town to town, right-wing ideologues are the same the world 'round:

Throughout the election campaign Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was fed erroneous, unreliable, unprofessional survey results. This is the clear conclusion emerging from Tuesday's election results.

This sounds familiar:

[...] The youngsters fled from the ruling party. Hardly any young people were seen in conferences Netanyahu held. A minister's son, a soldier, told his father there wasn't a single Likud voter in his platoon. Everyone, with no exception, was voting for Bennett or Lapid.

"Something very profound has happened," a central Likud figure said. "It was an anti-Bibi vote in the sharpest sense. But beyond that the Israeli mainstream was saying it has had enough of us. That's Netanyahu. He always kicks the mainstream. Fourteen months ago he was in the ideal position for elections, after bringing Gilad Shalit back. Last summer he again had a golden opportunity to win the working, tax-paying Israeli's heart, when he added Kadima to the government. If he had gotten rid of the ultra-Orthodox and enacted the draft law, there would be no Yair Lapid today and Bibi would be king … but instead he frightened himself and ran into Shas and United Torah Judaism's arms."

Yair Lapid is the head of a new centrist party (Yesh Atid) which is now the second-largest party in the Knesset. I don't know enough about Israeli politics to know if this analysis is right, but it certainly brings the lulz to think that the guy who pimped Romney was done in by skewed polls and alienation of the youth stemming from a lurch to the right.

(That link is to a Google News search for a piece by Haaretz (via TPM), which is behind the Iron Dome of newspaper paywalls, but you can read it if you click from Google.)


GOP Florida House Speaker Blasts Plan To Rig Electoral College

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