Amends For Past Transgressions

The whole Secret Service South American Sexytime incident may have put a healthy (and deserved) dent in the reputation of the agency, but on the balance of the whole, I’m glad these guys are around in places like Louisiana.

Authorities in Houma said they found weapons, phony law enforcement badges and fake bombs at a residence where a 61-year-old man was arrested. Monday’s discovery at an apartment complex led to a six-hour evacuation of about 40 people from four buildings.

The Courier reports that the investigation was launched by the U.S. Secret Service after agents learned a man had bought counterfeit badges and credentials that represented him as a federal agent. The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office said federal agents and deputies found several hundred counterfeit documents, badges and credentials.

Michael Hebert, a resident of the complex, was booked with multiple charges including 19 counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and 10 counts of unlawful possession of fraudulent documents. Hebert was being held in the Terrebonne jail, awaiting a bond hearing, the Sheriff’s Office said. It was unclear when he would enter a plea or whether he had an attorney who could comment for him.

Hebert had illegally acquired 19 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, which were confiscated along with the counterfeit documents, badges and credentials that falsely identified him as belonging to law-enforcement agencies, including the FBI, CIA and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Best part:  the guy managed to apparently obtain all this stuff while being a previously convicted felon, nobody bothered to flag the guy until the fake badges got introduced into the equation.  But we can’t have a national discussion on gun control and lax enforcement of existing laws on the books, we can’t have a discussion on the real sourced of domestic terrorism in this country, and we certainly can’t have a frank and open national discussion as to why the Secret Service would need to get involved in a case where a guy is hoarding fake explosives, fake federal agency badges, and a metric asston of firearms.

Gosh, I certainly can’t think of a reason.

[UPDATE] And details are still sketchy of today’s shooting incident of a security guard at the Family Research Council building in Washington, DC, but law enforcement officials apparently are and need to be treating it like a domestic terrorism attack.  Seems we’ve had a rash of those in the last few weeks and months.

Rush Limbaugh Goes So Godwin that ‘Going Godwin’ Now to Be Called ‘Going Limbaugh’

Because really.


LIMBAUGH: Propaganda versus truth — which wins? Well, what did — what was Hitler more concerned with? Propaganda. Did Hitler succeed for a time? Yeah, he did. What was Clinton more concerned with — truth or propaganda? What’s Obama more concerned with — truth or propaganda? Who would you say is winning? Is propaganda winning or truth winning? We, the virtuous ones in our society — we think truth wins. We have this investment in the truth. We think it’s holy. We think that it is profound, and we think it’s persuasive.

I play you three minutes of Wolf Blitzer cleaning Debbie’s clock and I get an email, “No, no, Rush, she — Ryan shreds Medicare was said I don’t know how many times.”

That’s what people are going to hear, because the fear will always trump the good. Because people react to fear.

Setting aside the gall of a person who is fear-mongering in the very clip that he talks about Democrats fear-mongering, and setting aside that Rush is a doucherocket to whom no attention should ever be paid, the simple truth is that Ryan’s plan shreds Medicare. It does! P. Krugz. explains:

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Joe the Plumber Wants to Start Shooting Mexicans at the Border

Because what we need in this era of mass shootings and gun-toting nutbags is for some idiot running for Congress to encourage self-appointed border patrollers in Arizona to act like murderous assholes:

At two separate events in recent days, Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher has proposed to “put a damn fence on the border going to Mexico and start shooting.” 

Wurzelbacher first made the remarks during a campaign rally for Arizona Republican state Rep. Lori Klein on Friday, according to video published by Prescott eNews.

“For years I’ve said, you know, put a damn fence on the border, going to Mexico and start shooting,” he insisted.

Wurzelbacher then repeated the remarks at a so-called “Patriot Rally” with Klein on Saturday.

“I’m running for Congress. How many congressmen or people running for Congress have you heard, put a fence up and start shooting? None? Well you heard it here first. Put troops on the border and start shooting, I bet that solves our immigration problem real quick.”

Klein refused to condemn Joe the Doucherocket’s call for border violence, but that’s not surprising coming from a woman who thinks that Hispanic students eschew education for thuggery, and who likes to point her pink gun at people’s chests.

[read full-post at ABLC]

A Crazytown VP speculation thread

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Who will be the man under Romney’s paper bag?

I guess tonight is as fine a night as any for speculation about Mitt’s number two. Lot’s of names are being floated in the press pool and it’s time to let a thousand drinking games bloom.

DougJ wrote about Mitt’s VP follies in an earlier post, but I think it’s time to place your bet and name names.

So, who do you think will end their political career by accepting a position under Mittens? 

I think it will be T-Paw. He was the first to cut a deal with Romney when he dropped out of the GOP race and then endorsed Mitt. If T-Paw had the fire in his belly to win he would have been the anti-Mitt and won his Party’s nomination. Instead he was just T-Paw. Romney sniffed him and he rolled over to let Mitt rub his belly.

Romney is a coward and I can’t see him picking a VP candidate who isn’t submissive to him and that’s why I think it will be T-Paw.

Of course, because Mitt is a coward he might also pick Paul Ryan to please the wingnuts nipping at his heels.

What do you think?


B-word, B-word, Pardon His French

Chris Christie apparently called some Republicans bigots (via) at a Ramadan evening dinner at Drumthwacket:

He said that two of his actions have “drawn the ire” of some conservatives around the country. The first was the nomination of a Sohail Mohammed, a Muslim attorney, as a superior court judge. Conservative web sites have criticized the appointment, saying Mohammed has defended terrorists and will employ shariah law. But Christie called Mohammed a friend and said that those who create hysteria about his appointment because are “bigots.”
Christie also noted that he has been called out for his relationship with Imam Mohammad Qatanani, who is often described online as a “Hamas-linked cleric.”
“The fact of the matter is that in all my interactions over the years with the imam, he has attempted to be a force for good in his community, in our state, with law enforcement, with those of us who have gotten to know and work with us over the years,” said Christie, who worked with the Muslim community as a U.S. Attorney in the aftermath of Sept. 11. “So I hope what you see is a consistent strain of conduct. I will judge people based on their relationships with me and how they conduct themselves.”

Christie is to Muslims as Bush was to Mexicans: both understood that a set of generally religious and conservative brown people are a natural fit for the Republican party. But neither can get any traction with the xenophobic base, for whom having an object of brown hatred is far more important than winning elections. Christie’s got a tougher row to hoe than Bush, since he’s a Yankee and the current Republican party is a hell of a lot less tolerant than it was when Bush was elected. Even though this remark hasn’t made much impact, and the video is now private on YouTube, the winger blogs are lit up like a Jersey refinery over this. If Christie keeps this up, his next gig will be guest appearances with Snooki in the “remember when” show at some boardwalk casino.