Alternate Working Theory

I’m watching a Storage Wars marathon (and basically anything else that can hold my interest) because I am so fucking sick and tired of this election, but I had a random thought. Let’s see if we’re being cynical enough about this whole Comey.

Given the disclosures today about Trump and the Russian server and the bombshell that the Russians were allegedly attempting to recruit Trump for five years, what if Comey found out a while back that this was happening, but wanted to hold it close to vest so as not to endanger the investigation. Then when they found out, they desperately wanted to inform the public, but were afraid if they came forward with this info, it would play into Trump’s spiel about rigged elections. Simultaneously, Comey knows he has a lot of rogue agents who are leaking crap about the Clintons at every time, and for obvious reasons, he wants to get rid of them.

The next best way to do this would be to first leak the nothing burger about emails neither wrote nor received, knowing full well it will be quickly refuted, then track who knows what and was involved and you could follow the leaks and find out who the disloyal and rogue agents are. Then, you could coordinate the planned leaks about Trump and the Russians for maximum damage, and no one can claim the election is rigged, because if it was ok for Clinton it is ok for Trump.

You then take out Trump, who you think is a real threat, identify the problems within the FBI, retain your nonpartisan stature, and you and Loretta get to go on a nice purge prior to HRC taking over in January.

Or I have read too many shitty spy novels and Comey is just an idiot.

We Don’t Know Much…

In the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting at the Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs we still don’t know much. While speculation, good, bad, moronic, and/or otherwise, about the shooter and his motives have abounded, all we really know is his name and where he is from. The shooter, identified as Robert Lewis Dear, is from North Carolina. Where he has two properties. One of which is an off the grid shack near Black Mountain. No real word on his other property in NCPolice are also searching a property about an hour away from Colorado Springs that has been identified as Dear’s local/Colorado address.

Until the police release further information all we can do is wait, and for those so inclined, speculate as to motive. While the Colorado Springs Police Department spokeswoman indicated that they “did not know his ‘mentality, or his ideas or ideology'”, the Colorado Springs mayor made the following remarks: “people could make ‘inferences from where it took place'”.

Open Thread: Show Your Patriotism – Be Afraid!

From the local paper, the Washington Post:

Facts are often the first casualty when news breaks. The confusion and speed of onrushing events can crimp the accuracy of the who, what and when of a story.

But some news reports of a shooting at Washington’s Navy Yard on Thursday didn’t just blow the details. In a few cases, reporters got the whole story wrong.

In fact, there was no shooting — only reports of one, apparently based on a single phone call to D.C. police from someone within the complex. But for a few brief and tense moments, some media outlets reported otherwise, summoning up grim memories of the September 2013 shootings that left 12 Navy Yard workers dead.

“Multiple sources confirm there was a shooting at Navy Yard just after 7:30 a.m.,” Washington’s Fox station, WTTG, tweeted as reporters and law enforcement personnel converged on the scene…

We’re tentatively planning to go watch the professionals set off fireworks tomorrow, so as to avoid traffic on the holiday itself. Anybody else got plans to watch what the Japanese call “fire flowers” this extended-for-some weekend?

Friends Like These

This is the NY Post, but if this is true, it is nauseating and confirms everything bad we ever thought about Andrew Cuomo:

The state’s most powerful Republican secretly worked for months to help Democratic Gov. Cuomo win re-election — in exchange for Cuomo’s promise not to aid Senate Democrats in their Long Island races, a top New York GOP leader has charged.

Former state Republican Party Executive Director Michael Lawler — who managed Rob Astorino’s ill-fated gubernatorial run against Cuomo — told The Post that he learned of the alleged bombshell deal between Senate GOP leader Dean Skelos and Cuomo just days ago, after suspecting for months that it existed.

“Dean Skelos clearly was working against Rob’s campaign — he and the governor cut a deal,’’ seethed Lawler, a protégé of GOP Chairman Ed Cox.

The Nassau County-based Skelos and his aides “fight for nothing, stand for nothing except staying in power,’’ Lawler charged.

Lawler said he found out about the alleged Skelos-Cuomo arrangement from a top political aide to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican and Skelos ally who, in a serious setback to Astorino, endorsed Cuomo last month. “We heard rumblings that Mangano was going to [endorse Cuomo], and I reached out to his folks and was told ‘absolutely not,’ that Mangano would endorse Astorino, although he would then let Cuomo use a video of him praising the governor,’’ Lawler said.

“But after Mangano actually endorsed Cuomo in a video on TV, I called Mangano’s guy and said, ‘What the f–k?’ He said, ‘When this is over, give me a call.’

“So I called him a few days ago, and he said, ‘A deal was cut for Mangano to endorse Cuomo in exchange for Cuomo staying out of the Senate races on Long Island,’ ’’ Lawler continued. “I asked him, ‘Who cut the deal?’ And he said, ‘People higher than me.’

“I said, ‘Dean?’ And he responded, ‘That would be a pretty good guess.’ ”

Again, it is the Post, but it would not surprise me. And it is one more reason that Cuomo’s 2016 ambitions must be strangled in the cradle.

Conspiracy Theory

I’m watching the rock and roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and they just inducted Grohl and Nirvana, and I just cringed the entire time Courtney Love talked. I am not a fan of conspiracy theories, and I hate speculating on unconfirmed shit, but I have always thought she killed Cobain. I have no facts or anything at my disposal, but I just think they were all fucked up and something happened.

Grohl’s speech was predictably awesome.

President Obama Doesn’t Have a Diversity Problem. The Media Has a Boredom Problem.

The narrative that President Obama has a problem with women or a “lack of diversity” problem is being driven by a media that doesn’t know what to do with itself now that the media-driven fiscal cliff nonsense is finally over, and it’s a bit too early to really dig in to what will soon be a media-driven debt ceiling countdown fiasco.

It’s a narrative that’s bullshit on many levels.

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The Carterization of President Obama?

Maybe I’m paranoid, but the douchebag who made the video that sparked the protests in Libya is hiding out from the media about an hour from my house, and I just read this article in The Independent, and it got me thinking that Republicans may be trying to “Carterize” President Obama:

“There’s a pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you’d be in a different situation,” Romney adviser Richard Williamson told the Washington Post. “For the first time since Jimmy Carter, we’ve had an American ambassador assassinated.”

Moreover, the comments for the article from The Independent — and, indeed, the article itself — are telling:

The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal.

American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential.

The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”.

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.

I think the narrative is going to go something like this: President Obama knew about the Libya attacks and did nothing because he’s a seekrit Muslim and something something death to whitey.

And now that I think about it, Christian Whiton, the former State Department senior adviser to George W. Bush whom I debated yesterday morning on HuffPost Live was pretty forceful about pushing the narrative of President Obama wrongfully claiming that the tides of war are receding, and that Obama is apologizing for terrorists and went on an apology tour in 2009. (I wrote about it here.)

At one point, Whiton said, “Wake up and smell the jihad.”

Odd, don’t you think?

Maybe it’s just me.

[cross-posted at ABLC]