Friday, May 22, 2015

Okay this Hardball interview with the guy who provided intelligence about Iraq to George W. Bush in the lead up to the war is not getting nearly enough attention.

Courtesy of Salon: 

On Tuesday night, former CIA Deputy Director and Bush’s intelligence briefer Michael Morell appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” where he, under an amount of good cable news duress, admitted that the administration intentionally misrepresented intelligence. 

The show played a clip of Cheney saying, “We know [Saddam Hussein] has been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.” 

“Was that true or not,” host Chris Matthews asked. 

“We were saying–” 

“Can you answer that question? Was that true?” 

“No, that was not true,” he finally said.

Okay as all of you know I often find Matthew's interview style irritating because he will never let anybody finish their answer, but in this case it was EXACTLY what was needed to get the truth out of this guy.

And like Matthews I am amazed that this guy has allowed his intelligence to be mischaracterized for all of these years as faulty, and has essentially unfairly taken the blame for the purposeful lies that the Bush administration told to convince Americans to support this unnecessary war.

What I want from this moment forward is for reporters to start every interview with the GOP presidential wannabes with a showing of this clip, followed up by the question "Now do you think President Bush was right to send troops into Iraq?"

Because let me tell you I would be eating popcorn by the fistful while gleefully watching their responses to that!

It's been revealed that one of the Duggars from the reality show "19 and Counting" is a child molester. Seriously who didn't see that coming? Update!

Courtesy of In Touch:

Jim Bob Duggar waited more than a year after his son, Josh, confessed to sexually molesting several female minors before contacting police, In Touch Magazine is reporting exclusively, based on information contained in the official police report.

What’s more, Jim Bob informed the elders of his church about Joshua’s actions and they waited three months before contacting authorities. The explosive new information is contained in a Springdale, Ark., police report obtained by In Touch magazine. 

The report has been hidden since 2006 and was just obtained by the mag through a Freedom of information Act request. Jim Bob also refused to allow police to interview Josh when they opened a felony investigation in 2006. The Duggars star on TLC’s hit show 19 Kids and Counting.

In Touch provides a copy of the very damning police report which reveals that Josh had molested at least five children multiple times, which included touching the breasts and vagina of a sleeping 14 year old girl.

What's more when his father, Jim Bob Duggar, first heard of the molestations he did not immediately contact the police instead choosing to discipline his son on his own. He and his wife also lied to the police about sending Josh to a Christian counseling center when instead they sent him to hang out with a family friend.

Since this all came to light Duggar has made a statement to People magazine, which glosses over the seriousness of this abuse:  

"Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends," Josh, 27, tells PEOPLE in a statement. "I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life." 

Josh was also a spokesman for the  Family Research Council, which of course was founded by James Dobson a man who promoted the idea of using corporeal punishment on your children so long as you don't leave any marks.

However that gig is over now: 

"Today Josh Duggar made the decision to resign his position as a result of previously unknown information becoming public concerning events that occurred during his teenage years. 

"Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work. We believe this is the best decision for Josh and his family at this time. We will be praying for everyone involved," concluded Perkins.

"Josh believes that the situation will make it difficult for him to be effective in his current work." Gee, ya think?

Of course it did not take long for people to start making certain connections.

I swear it's like everybody she knows is some kind of pervert or another.

Now one of the reasons that I did not jump on this story when it first broke was because, well first I was waiting for credible news outlets to follow up, and second it seems that these incidents happened when Josh was only fourteen or fifteen years old.

Since I work with young people who have also engaged in similar activities as teens, I was a little hesitant to condemn Josh for activities that he may never have revisited as he grew older. (Some of these kids live with the label of "sexual predator" even though they never abused another child for the remainder of their lives.)

However, and this is the REAL scandal as far as I am concerned, his parents are completely culpable for not notifying the police or getting their son the actual counseling that he needed at the time. Not only that but any children who were molested after they first learned of the incident are the fault of their incompetence as parents and their failing as human beings to protect children in their care.

So for that reason, more than Josh's possibly continued predilections, this story needs to be seen far and wide. If for no other reason than the inherent hypocrisy of the family's anti-gay rhetoric.

Update: Here is the police report, which seems to confirm that the molested children were Josh's own sisters.  (Who else would be sleeping in his house night after night?) So we can now add incest to the list of charges.

Okay well now Sarah Palin is just out and out trolling Dakota Meyer.

Courtesy of Palin's Facebook page.
There was no text posted with the above image, but then again there doesn't need to be.

I think the message to Meyer is pretty hard to miss.

Anybody still think Bristol and Dakota are "on a break?"

Update: By the way I should also add that one of the main reasons there are young children grieving the loss of their military parents is directly due to the unnecessary wars that George W. Bush started, that many Republicans still support, and which certain presidential candidates cannot bring themselves to condemn.

Update 2: Well it looks as if Dakota is doing a little trolling back.

This from his Facebook page: 

#‎MorningMotivation‬ I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. It's because of them I'm doing it myself. - Albert Einstein

Here's hoping this evolves into a back and forth Facebook bitchslapping contest between Meyer and Palin.

Former campaign staffer: “I’d rather go to Iraq than work for Carly Fiorina again.”

Courtesy of Business Insider: 

Twelve of about 30 people who worked on Fiorina’s failed 2010 California Senate campaign, most speaking out for the first time, told Reuters they would not work for her again. Fiorina, once one of America's most powerful businesswomen, is now campaigning for the Republican nomination in 2016. 

The reason: For more than four years, Fiorina — who has an estimated net worth of up to $120 million — didn’t pay them, a review of Federal Election Commission records shows. 

On the campaign trail, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO has portrayed herself as a battle-hardened business leader who possesses the best financial skills among fellow Republican presidential hopefuls. But some former staffers on her Senate campaign are now raising questions about that portrayal. 

Federal campaign filings show that, until a few months before Fiorina announced her presidential bid on May 4, she still owed staffers, consultants, strategists, legal experts, and vendors nearly half a million dollars. 

FEC records show, for example, that her former campaign manager Martin Wilson was owed $80,500; legal counsel Ben Ginsberg $60,000, and the widow of California political adviser Joe Shumate, who died during the final month of the campaign, at least $30,000. 

Yes this is exactly who we want running the country. A person who treats their staffers like indentured servants and does not pay their debts.

Not like she has a snowball's chance in Hades of being the nominee anyhow of course.

However the Republicans need to keep her in the race, because she has a vajayjay. And if they don't have at least one candidate with a vajayjay, and at least one candidate who is not blindingly white, they will get accused of being both sexist and racist.

Which of course they are, but they hate when people point that out.

So if for reasons like this Fiorina drops out of the race, before it even gets started, the Republicans will be forced to pull another potential presidential candidate with similar plumbing out of mothballs.

So somebody should probably start dusting Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin off, because they might soon be on deck.

Here's a little Bernie Sanders to start your day off right.

Courtesy of Facebook
Here is a little more about Sanders "College for All Act:" 

Titled the “College for All Act,” the bill would eliminate the $70 billion dollar tuition costs at all 4-year public colleges and universities. 

Under the plan, the Federal Government would cover 67% — $47 billion dollars each year — of the costs. 

States would be required to produce the remaining 33% of the costs, or 23 billion dollars.

Damn that sounds good.

You know the only reason I did not finish my college education was that I simply could not afford it, and was terrified of accumulating debt that I would never be able to pay off. 

I would given anything to have a program like this available back then.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Late Show's final Top Ten list. Delivered by well known celebrities and entitled "The Final 10 Things They Had Always Wanted to Tell Him."

Courtesy of Raw Story:  

10.Alec Baldwin: “Of all the talk shows, yours is most geographically convenient to my home.” 

9. Barbara Walters: “Did you know that you wear the same cologne as Muammar Gaddafi?” 

8. Steve Martin: “Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity, and a mistake.” 

7. Jerry Seinfeld: “Dave, I have no idea what I’ll do when you go off the air. You know I just thought of something, I’ll be fine.” 

6. Jim Carrey: “Honestly, Dave, I’ve always found you to be a bit of an over-actor.” 

5. Chris Rock: “I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy.” 

Letterman briefly cut in, telling Rock, “I had nothing to do with that.” 

4. Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.” 

Letterman interjected here, too, saying he “had nothing to do with that, either.” 

3. Peyton Manning: “Dave, you are to comedy what I am to comedy.” 

2. Tina Fey: “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny.” 

1. Bill Murray: “Dave, I’ll never have the money I owe you.”

I stayed up well past my bedtime to watch this final episode even though I stopped being a devoted viewer probably about ten years ago or so. 

In my opinion the loss of sleep was well worth it to see the final episode of a show that has broken so many barriers, and impacted so many of the late night programs that we have enjoyed since Letterman first debuted on NBC back in 1982.

I also watched the last episode of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in 1992, and remember all too well how devastated Letterman was by the choosing of Jay Leno as Carson's successor and how that inspired him to move his show to CBS in August of 1993.

And now almost twenty two years later, we see another late night giant say his goodbyes.

Of course any sadness I might feel, is immediately assuaged by the knowledge that the great Stephen Colbert will take the "Late Show" reins on September 8 of this year.


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I'm still refusing to feel guilty about exposing Dakota's first marriage. It was the right thing to do.

Besides Bristol will get over it, just like she got over Dylan, Ben, Gino, Joey, and of course Levi.

Ahh who am I kidding? She NEVER got over Levi.

Jeb Bush now suggests that claims of climate change being man made is the result of "intellectual arrogance."

Can we stop pretending I want this job now?
Courtesy of HuffPo:  

Bush delved into climate politics during a campaign-style house party in New Hampshire at which he took questions from voters on his viewpoints as he considers whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. 

While President Barack Obama and many scientists believe humans are largely to blame for climate change, Bush said the degree of human responsibility is uncertain. 

"Look, first of all, the climate is changing. I don't think the science is clear what percentage is man-made and what percentage is natural. It's convoluted. And for the people to say the science is decided on, this is just really arrogant, to be honest with you," he said. 

"It's this intellectual arrogance that now you can't even have a conversation about it. The climate is changing, and we need to adapt to that reality," he said.

So to sum up Jeb Bush is not convinced his brother was wrong to invade Iraq, thinks it's perfectly okay for Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people, and now comes out as a climate change denier. I'm sorry "man made climate change" denier.

So he was really never interested in being the President of the United States?

P.S. By the way scientists have indeed proven that the climate change is man made.

Ted Cruz does not have time for media questions about gay marriage because ISIS is murdering Christians. Wait, what?

Courtesy of the Washington Post:  

Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R) hit some of his main stump points while meeting with local leaders here Tuesday afternoon — promising to defend the Constitution, step back from the Obama administration's foreign policy and promote economic growth. 

Then Texas's junior U.S. senator — visiting Beaumont to meet privately with county officials and others — got in a light sparring round with reporters, mainly working on his attacks on Hillary Rodham Clinton and defending his views on same-sex marriage. 

"Is there something about the left — and I am going to put the media in this category — that is obsessed with sex?” Cruz asked after fielding multiple questions on gay rights. “ISIS is executing homosexuals — you want to talk about gay rights? This week was a very bad week for gay rights because the expansion of ISIS, the expansion of radical, theocratic, Islamic zealots that crucify Christians, that behead children and that murder homosexuals — that ought to be concerning you far more than asking six questions all on the same topic.”

Yeah gay people, stop asking for the right to get married, and just be grateful you still have your damn heads!

Cruz also took a shot at MSNBC and suggested that some states now have "mandatory same-sex marriage."

“With respect, I would suggest not drawing your questions from MSNBC — they have very few viewers and they are a radical and extreme partisan outlet,” Cruz told a reporter. He cited the expansion of “mandatory same-sex marriage” as an assault on religious liberty in the United States.

Wait, we have to get gay married now?

Did I miss a meeting?

And remember folks he's supposed to be the smart Republican candidate for President.

Now that he's no longer getting hitched Dakota Meyer is available to give a speech at the opening of a Piggly Wiggly near you.

After giving the lowdown on Meyer getting dumped like a bad batch of moose chili the Washington Post reports that he is now available for speeches:  

So it appears Meyer’s got time on his hands now (that is, if he’s not too busy googling himself to read some of the wilder theories circulating about his wedding cancellation). Which might explain the Memorial Day-themed pitch that made its way to our inbox this week from a speaker’s bureau hawking the Afghanistan vet as a “military hero” whose speech would be just the thing for one’s next gathering. “He talks to audiences about being accountable and making the most out of trying circumstances,“ reads the pitch from Leading Authorities, a D.C.-based outfit that reps journalists, scholars, former pols and military brass. “His story is an inspiring example of taking advantage of the opportunities life gives you.” 

At least the 26 year-old was lower on the list of suggested speakers than Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Robert O’Neill, the member of Seal Team Six who claims to have fired the shot that killed Osama bin Laden. Though if the “trying circumstances” included what it’s like to be part of the roving sideshow that is life with the Palin family (stretch Hummers and brawls! Wacky televised rants!), audiences might be riveted. 

Leading Authorities’ Web site lists his fees as $10,000-$35,000, depending on the location. That’s a bit less than his was-supposed-to-be MIL, whose rates at one point reportedly reached $100,000. (That last part stand for Mother-in-Law by the way. I read it wrong at first as well.)

I have to say that the Washington Post is not exactly holding back in their disdain for the Palin family.

When I first saw this I was halfway convinced that this was probably something that Palin set up for Meyer before she found out he had a secret first wife.

However I surfed that Leading Authorities website and while they do not represent Palin they DO represent Nicolle Wallace, which suggests to me that Meyer might have set this up on his own.

By the way for all of you who seem confused as to who dumped who, I would like to remind you that on May 15, Meyer posted this on his Instagram account.

A photo posted by Dakota (@dakotameyer0317) on
While on the very next day Bristol posted this picture of herself back in Alaska flashing a ringless finger.

And this one as well.

 So no, Meyer is NOT the one who cancelled the wedding. And make no mistake, it is indeed cancelled.

So the question that I have is does that $10,000 speaking fee only get you a few war stories, and tales of PTSD, alcoholism and suicide attempts?

Or does it perhaps also buy you stories of an even more dangerous episode in Dakota Meyer's life?

Sounds like the kind of question that the National Enquirer might want to pursue. 

This is what happens when the President is the only one with an umbrella.

The man's a gentleman.

It should also be noted that the man's not afraid to get wet if he has something important to say.

The percentage of our lives, determined by our birth date, that our country has been at war. Perhaps the most depressing thing you will see today.

So according to this my country has been at war just under 45% of my life, and just over 55% of my daughter's.

I think I'm just going to stay in bed today.