even as the benghazi gasbags crumple under their own morbidly obese weight, from the outset it was never possible to take republicans seriously on it. first, the point man just wants to throw his weight around in front of the cameras one last time before the next senate takes it away from him. second, four years ago the GOP proudly and loudly proclaimed that their number one priority was to make obama a one-term president. to win 2012 obama needed to fail. at everything. thus began a nonstop and ultimately futile campaign of single-minded obstruction, condemnation and sabotage of every act, nomination and proposal obama has attempted to make. that is now historical fact. the GOP came to raze him, then to bury him. in all of four years obama wrested from them but a single moment of respite — after disclosing the death of bin laden, where even the most rabid partisans could find no safe purchase from which to continue their attacks.
when a party adopts a nakedly self-serving program of categorical obstruction, they also loudly announce that the merits of any particular issue do. not. matter. one. whit. quite foolishly they surrendered all credibility on anything and everything they object to, since they were planning to object anyway. everything becomes a "crisis" and the critics become the old men that cried wolf. so despite their loud moral opprobrium at the deaths of four americans, does anyone believe, had benghazi never happened, that the GOP would not now be organizing some kind of "crucial" hearings about some other administration "scandal"? does anyone believe, had rice's name never been floated, that the GOP would not now be obstructing this nomination, as they have every other?
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Friday, November 23, 2012
enjoy your retirement, sam.audio: detective calls comments about obama's death 'political hyperbole'
veteran JSO officer retires after confronted with perceived threat to president
the jacksonville sheriff's office has released audio of an internal affairs interview with a veteran detective accused of threatening the president and members of the democratic party the week of the election earlier this month.
that detective, sam koivisto, later retired from JSO.
in the interview, koivisto was asked if he knew why he was being questioned.
"my understanding is that, and all i can say, all there is to say, is any statements made are political hyperbole," he said. "such as when on tv, they go, 'hey, you know, the republicans want to, you know, take — put people on death lists and, you know, push them off the cliff or something.' i mean, that's all it is. it's just political hyperbole. i have not said it. i've not made any threats against anybody. i've not said anything other than to express a desire, not happy with the fact obama got elected. that's it."
an internal affairs investigator continued to prompt koivisto about the statements he made.
"the statement i made in the office was something of the nature — i think ms. field at some point said, 'you know, the poor people up north just got hit by one storm and now they're hit by another,'" koivisto said. "and i made the statement, 'well, you know, the whole northeast just generally has voted democratic, voted heavily obama, got him elected. and so i said something to the point, 'well, if a nuclear bomb exploded and killed them all, it wouldn't hurt my feelings any.' that's what i said. didn't make any statement about hurting anybody or anything of that nature."
the investigator, however, said the statement he wanted koivisto to speak on was one he made about a threat to kill the president.
"no. no. the only statement ever made about the president was, i said, 'you know, just like when they killed osama bin laden,' i said, 'if someone says, 'hey, he is the enemy of the state or whatever,' and they had to take him out, then i could be the guy to do it,'" koivisto said. "that's not, that's not a, that's not me saying i would kill the guy or anything of that nature. that's just to say that if the guy went away, it wouldn't hurt my feelings."
koivisto said he never told anybody he wanted to kill the president.
"it was a bad choice of words, perhaps," he said. "no intention with it whatsoever."
in koivisto's retirement letter, he requested to keep his badge and glock 27, and was allowed to.
sheriff john rutherford said his department learned the friday after the election of "threatening statements allegedly made by one of our detectives."
rutherford said in a preliminary interview with koivisto, he acknowledged making the statements, which "we found his comments to be unacceptable workplace conduct, as opposed to legitimate threats."
"it was never made, never a threat, never any, you know, ever going to ever take any action on it or anything of that nature," koivisto said. "it was just saying that, you know, i'm not real fond of the guy, and if he goes away it wouldn't hurt my feelings."
during the interrogation, he insisted it was all just talk.
"simply just saying that i'm not pleased with that whole situation of, of the country is in. period. that's it," koivisto said. "political hyperbole, nothing more, nothing less."
given the nature of the comments, JSO notified the united states secret service of koivisto's statements. the secret service said a decision on any possible charges would be up to the U.S. attorney's office.
rutherford said koivisto, who had 24 years with the department, elected to retire early.
the interviewer makes a keen observation the erstwhile detective so far is unwilling to acknowledge: "perception is reality. if they perceive that: hey you said that and you got the means to carry it out, you ARE a police officer ..."
koivisto wants to pretend otherwise but, unlike most random nutjobs off the street, the feds have no choice but to take his case seriously.
the interviewer's trying to tell him: someone believed you.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
atrios @ eschaton asks:who the hell would want that job
not going to waste too much of my beautiful mind on it, but I do wonder why romney wanted to be preznit. i wonder the same about anyone, of course, but the reasons do differ.
let me count the ways:
- to prove Himself better than His Father, who, though being the better man, failed to become President
to see His Name writ upon the Pages of History, as a member of the Most Exclusive Club in the World
to walk in the Company of World Leaders, and not as a donor or favor-seeker or hanger-on
to bask in the Glow of His lessers, and have Senators, CEOs and Rock Stars seek His Attention and Kiss His Ring
to receive Presidential Awards, Prizes and Medals
to hear everyone speak His Name every day for eight continuous years
to place a Capstone on His Worldly Achievements
to culminate a life-long Quest for Validation
Thursday, November 08, 2012
via tumbler, scenes from the night republicans discovered that reality really does have a liberal bias:
four more years ...