Ghost Breitbart: Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal Now Part Of Obama’s Propaganda Machine

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PonygandaHey guys! Did you know that there’s a vast left-wing conspiracy to cover up the TRVTH about what happened in Libya? Totally factual and documented — at least, inside what Wonkette’s BFF Rachel Maddow calls the conservative “media bubble where [there are no] neutral or contrasting points of view.” And so, when Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal, a press organ (huh-huh… “organ”) that is usually thought of as a reliable part of that bubble, runs a story falling outside the accepted conservative narrative about Benghazi, the only rational response is to declare the WSJ part of a pro-Obama spin campaign. Makes sense to us! Posting at Dead Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism site, AWR Hawkins says that the WSJ is one of many “Obama surrogates in the mainstream media” bent on “providing a smokescreen for U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice.”

Written in a way that admits the Obama administration’s story did change, the report creates a caveat by suggesting the change wasn’t official until weeks after Rice appeared Sunday news shows to blame the Benghazi attack on a YouTube video.

Moreover, the WSJ report pins the changing story on the intelligence community, thereby protecting Obama along with Rice.

Never mind that virtually every early report on a developing crisis contains errors and confusion (remember the reports of a car bomb at the State Department in DC on 9/11/01?), especially when the events happen on the other side of the planet. As Erich Lach points out in TPM, there’s nothing terribly new about any of this:

People with experience in intelligence and national security who spoke with TPM this week downplayed much of the debate. They said they see nothing unusual or nefarious in the official story having evolved over time. In fact, they said, it is all but expected that the first official account of a complex and fast-moving event will turn out to be wrong or incomplete.

 
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“Sorting out what happened — in terms of the source of the attack, who knew what before the attack — is a very difficult, complicated, time-consuming process,” Vicki Divoll, former general counsel of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told TPM. “And it is legitimate for it to take several weeks or even longer before you have the answers you need.”

Clearly, the Obama Administration’s failure to be clairvoyant was a calculated disinformation campaign, not merely a matter of not having all the information available at their fingertips.

Breitbartard Hawkins speculates — and it would be irresponsible not to — that the WSJ story is part of a coordinated effort to skew perceptions of the Benghazi attack prior to tonight’s presidential debate on foreign policy:

Perhaps this will be Obama’s new tack for Oct 22 — It’s no longer Bush’s fault, but the fault of the intelligence community?

We kind of missed the part where Obama blamed GWB for Benghazi, but sure, why not? It’s an interesting comparison, though, considering how brilliantly George Bush followed up on intelligence reports with vague headings like “Bin Laden Determined To Strike in US.”

[TPM / Big Journalism, via Wonkville story miner NotThatDewey]

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517 comments

    1. Goonemeritus

      As time passes the decision of the Obama administration to clandestinely murder Andrew Breitbart seems more and more justified.

    2. Generation[redacted]

      When pressed* for a comment, Breitbart emitted a sound somewhat like, "Uuuuuuuuunnngh…"

      (*pressed with enough force to compress the lungs.)

  1. schvitzatura

    Blowback, schmoback! When do we get to drop more high-ordnance munitions on uppity musselmen browns!

    1. BlueMonkeh

      REAL duhMERKuns. If you live in a red state, they're everywhere. And most of them are blazing assholes. Funny thing, though, the Omaha World Herald just came out in support of the Democrat candidate for congress in NE CD-2. They've been bootlicking the incumbent gop d-bag for the last 14 years and even they can't take him anymore. In red, suburban hell, the R-money/Lyin signs are littering the lawnscape. Oh, it's on like Donkey Kong (we're one of 2 households in the subdivision that are Dems and actually put up the signs to show it).

      1. Lascauxcaveman

        Omaha World Herald just came out in support of the Democrat candidate for congress in NE CD-2

        I think you mean The OBAMA World Herald. They're in the tank! Just like Murdoch!

    2. Gleem McShineys

      Isn't odd how many things have been screeched at as being "In The Tank For Obama"?

      If Mitt's such a great fucking candidate, why would it matter so much? Work the refs, much?

      Its almost as if they are sooo close to admitting that yes, their candidate does suck ass, that anything, even a mildly disparaging comment, can disrupt the tenuous notion that he doesn't.

      1. MittBorg

        More to the point, if EVERYbody is in the tank for the other guy, doesn't that kinda suggest that the just MIGHT be something a mite wrongish about YOUR guy?

  2. BaldarTFlagass

    Remember those pictures of the helicopters on top of the US Embassy, Saigon, 1975? You know who was responsible for that debacle? That's right. Obama.

    1. Estproph

      Not only that, but Obama caused the North Koreans to cross the 38th parallel. We all know how that worked out.

      1. SorosBot

        I'm just glad they took his wins away; now they just have to do the same to all the other cyclists who took steroids, and justice will be served with the Tour de France having no winners in at least the past three decades as every single person who competed was on steroids, and everybody knew that, and acting all appalled at it is just ridiculous and stupid.

        1. ProgressiveInga

          Agreed. And the winners of the 1999-2005 Tours DF are…….
          Beuller….
          Beuller….
          Beuller…..
          Anyone…..
          Anyone….
          Anyone….

          1. actor212

            Does lead count?

            Also, there's the "iron" injections that Lance Armstrong alleges were actually PEDs.

            And let's not forget that he technically "cheated" by using aero bars when no one else was (Fignon filed a protest, but was overruled).

          1. actor212

            Every professional sport.

            Any time big money is on the table, you can guarantee someone is cheating to get a bigger slice of the pie. Every. Time.

          2. sullivanst

            Although there's a difference between the sports (e.g. athletics) where there's a concerted effort by the governing bodies to catch and exclude the cheats, vs those (baseball, cycling) where the governing bodies stick their heads in the sand, aware that there's a problem and that it's so bad that it will seriously discredit their sport when the public finds out about it, and hoping to avoid the latter from happening, vs those (football, professional wrestling) where the governing bodies see body types that are impossible to achieve naturally as a welcome part of the spectacle.

        1. Lascauxcaveman

          And you know why the Great Pumpkin never came to Linus' pumpkin patch, even though it was clearly the most sincere pumpkin patch…

          1. Generation[redacted]

            I love that scene where Obama shoots the driver, and then tells Biden, "Make that coffee to go."

          2. fuflans

            that just made me think about 'no I'LL shoot the cook, my car's parked out back anyway'.

            come to think, 'once upon a time in mexico' may be way better for my blood pressure and liver than tonight is likely to be.

      1. PsycWench

        If Obama had shown greater leadership at the onset of the Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918ish, millions of lives would have been saved. (He's responsible for the American AND European deaths, plus the children, grandchildren etc that would have been born had their ancestors not died at age 17).

        1. Dudleydidwrong

          That's nothing. I read on the Intertubes that Obama spread the Black Plague all over Europe people in the 14th century. That killed more than 100 million. If they were alive today Obama would never have won the election in 2008.

    2. SorosBot

      And here I thought that, in wingnut-land, that was the fault of the hippies and Walter Cronkite; John Kerry also.

      1. sullivanst

        But mostly Jane Fonda. Much easier to hate-fap to her, although perhaps not for certain Republicans.

    3. Steverino247

      The chopper wasn't atop the embassy, but it was close enough for the story to stick. When a friend deployed to Afghanistan I made up a "pass" for him with a picture of Obama and Obama's signature cut-and-pasted below this statement: The bearer is authorized one seat aboard any helicopter leaving Kabul."

          1. MittBorg

            So what made you go all hatey-stabby on the Prime Minister today, dude? I thought Finland was full of peaceable Yurpean hippie socialist love-n-peace types.

  3. noodlesalad

    Gosh, the conservatariat gets itself so worked up over the deaths of four brave American diplomats and security officials. Imagine what they'll do when they find out that the administration stove-piped intelligence from unreliable sources to start a war that killed over four THOUSAND American soldiers!

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      No way that kind of shit would happen in a Republican administration, believe you me, nosireebob.

    2. mrpuma2u

      They will have to activate many reservists from the fighting keyboarders 404th rapid response division. Those guys will invent the right truth, and then get it out there.

          1. mrpuma2u

            Those who have braved the murky swamps of breitbart-dom may bear the stigma of reading some of the verbal muck spewed by these mouth breathing cretins.

      1. noodlesalad

        Give them another 4 years and Obama will be responsible not only for the origin of the Iraq War, but also Vietnam, Korea, and possibly the XYZ affair.

          1. sullivanst

            Whilst continuing to deny that evolution is real or that the earth is older than 6,000 years, of course.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

      Having soaked in tons of that stuff as a kid — whatever the heck it was made of — I approve this message.

  4. ManchuCandidate

    OMG THEY SAID SOMETHING REASONABLE AND FACTUAL ABOUT THE KENYAN!!! BURN THEM!! BURN THEM ALLL!!!!! THEIR WITCHES (SIC)!!! WITCHES!!!!

    I've known Raiders fans who have shown more reason and tolerance of San Diego than any Bitparter has toward Obamer.

    1. MittBorg

      If he wins, there will be an epidemic of mental health disasters across the nation. Missourah, Arkinsaw, Miz'sippeh, and them states might need emergency FEMA internment.

  5. Estproph

    I've never been to the Big Government site, or any Breitbart site. I'm not sure I understand how they put their pages up – how do you use the internet to write in crayon?

    1. UnholyMoses

      Crayon is easy.

      Getting all those Big Chief tablet pages into the computer is the really hard part …

      1. Jukesgrrl

        Rafalca really belongs in the Supreme Court. One foot clop for NO, two for YES. And no need to think — just do as Clarence does. Copy Alito for decisions and have a clerk write the opinions.

  6. weejee

    Obama blamed GWB for Benghazi

    That would be a shocker. Seems clear that the compromiser, and election stealer, Rutherford B. Hayes' zombie fingerprints were all over it.

  7. MissTaken

    W was the bestest President #1 because when he say Saddam Hussein haz those nasty WMDs that waz all twew! Yup!

    1. SorosBot

      But he totally proved himself to be a tougher man, and therefore a better President, than Daddy! Silly H.W., thinking that conquering Iraq would create a clusterfuck of a quagmire that would destabilize the region and go on for years, costing way too many lives!

  8. SoBeach

    The hysterical ninnies on the right are going to keep flogging this Libya non-issue until everyone agrees that it completely negates the whole "killed bin Laden" thing. Or until the election is over. It is literally all they've got when it comes to foreign policy.

    1. HistoriCat

      Andrew was more clever than he thought – he wanted those sites to live on so that we could see he was smart one in the group …

      1. actor212

        I was just thinking that he could go on to discover a cure for cancer or solve the Middle East crisis, but the instant his name comes up in the news, Wonkette will put up that one photo again.

      1. Generation[redacted]

        "We'll have some Jesus Juice and I'll show you some intercepted cell phone pictures."

  9. BaldarTFlagass

    Like joining the military, employment with the State Department entails some risk. I'm sure the ambassador and every one else in the consulate was aware of that when they hired on.

  10. SayItWithWookies

    The Breitbart world — where Politico is a filthy left-wing propaganda machine and Rupert Murdoch is a sinister Obama apologist fifth-columnist and probably a Soviet spy. Welcome to your new groupies, Mitt!

    1. MittBorg

      Will he fall apart tonight? I'm hoping for the spectacular meltdown that Dumbya denied me. Head rotating, steam coming from both ears, a high-pitched, electronic "EEEEEE!" and bolts and sprockets showering the stage.

      Everybody stocked up on booze and snax?

          1. Esteev

            I like to listen to it on the radio. I can't look at Mitt "Mitt" Romney without my blood pressure rising. Hence, it's medicinal.

      1. SayItWithWookies

        I think if Mitt has a meltdown it'll be more of the spoiled child who didn't get his way sort that looked like it was about to materialize in the last debate. If he's teased and prodded and contradicted enough it might come through. Me, I'm buying extra alcohol because one never knows.

          1. DCBloom

            Last debate, I had to rub hubby's neck during the whole thing just to keep the blood pressure at a reasonable level. That, a bottle of wine, and a great performance by our Potus got us though…. just breathe deep. It'll all be over in a couple of weeks.

          2. MittBorg

            Chin up, old girl! Or as Mehitabel said, "Toujours gai! There's life in the old dame yet!"

            Barack will WIN this thing. Nate Silver said so, and we all know he is just the cleverest little boy.

        1. sullivanst

          Although, given how terribly little he knows of foreign affairs, how horribly wrong all of his instincts on the subject are, if the spoiled child throws a tantrum, it could be a completely incoherent babbling tantrum. Again, we saw that for a while last week, after Candy had corrected him he was barely coherent for the next several minutes.

    1. sullivanst

      Nah. This is from the news section of the Journal, which still makes some kind of effort to hew to the facts, so that when the wingnuts blast-email editorials from the extreme rightwing cesspool opinion section, they can claim that it's the same source as the "trusted" WSJ news.

  11. SorosBot

    I'm still not sure what the conspiracy over Benghazi was supposed to entail. So the Obama administration what, overestimated the relevance of the stupid youtube video in making the attackers angry? And/or they didn't use the word "terrorism" soon enough (even though he actually did so immediately after the attack)?

    Huh? How is this supposed to be an issue at all, much less damning to the administration? I don't get it.

    1. MissTaken

      I *think* it stems from the righties still being butthurt that we didn't go in and bomb the shit out of Libya with a full war led by America, Fuck Yeah!®. Instead we pussied out and supported the boring and lame commie/socialist UN last year. Had we just nuked Libya back to the stone age none of those nasty brown Libyan people would be alive to attack the consulate a year later.

      1. SorosBot

        Funny that at the time, Obama aiding the rebels against Gaddafi was a horrible misuse of the military. Then after the fact it became that he didn't do enough, and shouldn't have let our hated ally France take the lead for some reason.

        Just like when Clinton bombed the Serbs to stop the genocide of the Kosovars, or went after that bin Laden fellow after his group (Al something?) bombed one of our embassies, it was a great misuse of power and "wagging the dog". It's almost as if use of military force is only legitimate when the President is Republican.

        1. MissTaken

          Clinton was the World's Policeman Who Got a Blowjob. BUT everything changed after 9/11 so stomping around the world screaming about terrorism is A-OK now because He Who Got A Blowjob was not President on 9/11.

          1. SorosBot

            And getting a blowjob in the Oval Office is the most demeaning thing any President has ever done to America; it certainly was not just petty revenge for Nixon's forced resignation even though he was an actual crook.

          1. Lascauxcaveman

            I'd almost forgotten that. I think that ol' worrywart Ken believed 'Bams was maybe going to send troops into Libya, next. He was certainly all up in the Prez's grille for awhile, wasn't he?

        2. MittBorg

          The "genocide of the Kosovars" has, as you know, roots in some very ancient history. It's not as simple as "the rotten Serbs fell upon and massacred the poor Muslim Kosovars." It's all part of the fallout of the collapse of the Osmanliye empire.

        3. HistoriCat

          It's almost as if (the) use of military force is only legitimate when the President is Republican.

          Fixed that for you.

      2. Estproph

        This.

        If we'd just do our job and conquer the rest of the world, then we wouldn't have to worry about terrorism or selling enough Big Macs ever again. But that lazy sumbich Obummer won't do it.

    2. Doktor Zoom

      I just assume that it's an attempt to deflect attention from Mitt's insane "Obama sympathizes with the attackers" press release. The real scandal is that the administration — like virtually everyone in the west, including conservatives — initially conflated the motivation for Benghazi with the now clearly-unrelated riot in Cairo, which was in fact about the "Innocence of Muslims" video.

      1. sullivanst

        While the actual riot in Cairo was clearly unrelated, it's still very far from clear that Mitt's continuing blind insistence that the attack in Benghazi had "nothing to do" with the video is anything close to true, what with the numerous eyewitness reports that the attackers had said they were motivated by the video, and the Reuters and NYTimes interviews with one of the leading participants in the attack both reference the video as motivation for it.

      2. Chow Yun Flat

        I don't think that looking at the riots/attacks in Cairo and Benghazi in real time and getting it wrong is as scandalous as sticking to that story as the situations became more clear.

      3. MittBorg

        It's not entirely clear that the riot was unrelated. Muslims all over the world have been protesting that stupid video. I'd like to see Joseph Nasrallah and Nakoula Bassely spend a LONG time in jail over this.

      4. MilwaukeeKent

        The right insists that no one ever saw this imaginary video. The trailer is all that's made it out there, I think. It's been out there for months on YouTube but the night before riots in Cairo and 20 other cities in the Middle East and Europe, it was shown on a very popular program on Egyptian TV and been discussed by the BBC.
        The militia in Benghazi that did this is one of those weird Middle Eastern hybrid political party-social service agency — militias. Gun Room behind the Day Care at HQ, so to speak. They got pissed about the video and carried out the attack. The right are idiots to continue drilling on these points. It's BOTH an organized attack and in response to the video. It doesn't take much, there're always guys hanging around ready to rumble down at the biker clubhouse.

    3. T3rbo

      It's all they have, and they are going to keep pretending that this issue is something anyone but them cares about. As a regular 'merican, I tend to believe that the people responsible for the deaths in Bengazi are…the people who assaulted the compound with machine guns and rocket propelled grenades. Would twelve more guards have been able to stop this? Probably not, I don't know. Did it take four hours to repel this assault? Yep. Would the Ambassador still be alive if we did something different? Perhaps.
      To me, at the end of the day, I blame the people who set fire to the compound for the deaths of those who died in that fire. Of course, none of this will come up tonight. Romney will pretend that Obama should have mounted flamethrowers on the ramparts of the compound, and Obama will pretend that he should keep addressing this issue, and Americans who are undecided will habitually check Facebook during the whole thing. It's just an attempt to run out the clock and keep Obama from scoring any more points.

      1. Generation[redacted]

        If Obama had just decided let bin laden get away, Republicans wouldn't have to concentrate on this one event.

      2. Jukesgrrl

        "It's just an attempt to run out the clock and keep Obama from scoring any more points." Of course. Didn't you hear the two-minute warning whistle?

    4. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      To me, the interesting thing is that to make all the Conservative paranoid theories work, you have to ignore that there were a bunch of protests about the video that day.

      Maybe Obama staged all of those so that he could try to cover up Libya for two weeks?

    5. MittBorg

      They're trying to get the meme started that Obama is as weak on foreign policy as he is on domestic. However, due to their non-stop obstructionism in Congress, they've basically made it possible for Obama to shine on the foreign policy issues. The meme isn't catching on. They're telling the American people he's an apologist who is bullied by world powers and has no handle on foreign policy. They're trying to link the entire Arab Spring, al-Qaeda, the recent riots over the video, and events in Libya and Syria to show that he is weak and the Muslims (our sworn enemies forever as of this decade) do not fear him, as they would fear Romney.

      It ain't working. That's why it sounds so scattered and piss-poor.

      1. SorosBot

        Well of course Obama is weak against the terrorist enemies; that's why Osama bin Laden is shipping champagne in Kabul today.

    6. natl_[redacted]_cmdr

      I got this, SorosBot:

      They're fuckin' nuts threatened by the strong blah man in the White House and they are grasping for straws.

      There.

  12. Chow Yun Flat

    People with experience in intelligence and national security

    Not Breitbart

    a very difficult, complicated, time-consuming process

    Definitely not Brietbart

    they see nothing unusual or nefarious in the official story having evolved over time.

    Never in a million years Brietbart

  13. prommie

    Paranoia strikes deep
    into your heart it will creep
    it starts when you're always afraid.

    Now I get it.

    1. Lionel[redacted]Esq

      Dr. Dr. help me please, I know you'll understand
      There's a time device inside of me, Im a self-destructin man
      There's a red, under my bed
      And there's a little green man in my head
      And he said, you're not goin crazy, you're just a bit sad
      Cause there's a man in ya, knawin ya, tearin ya into two.

      Silly boy ya self-destroyer.
      Paranoia, the destroyer

    2. FakaktaSouth

      stop, hey, what's that sound? dead andrew breitbart on the ground.
      I know I know, boo.
      whatever. But you got this damned song stuck in my head, so, not my fault.

      1. Chet Kincaid_

        Bright Bart is standing at the Infinite Blackboard of Hell writing "I will not lie on the President" with a fingernail-sized piece of chalk forever. Demons are clapping eraser dust just to keep him motivated.

        1. prommie

          And just imagine that screaching wince-inducing constant "screeee" that piece of chalk is making and is transmitting through his fingers to his bones! Yay, Andrew! Hey, what do you call one conservative bloviator dropping dead of a sudden massive coronary? A good start.

    3. James Michael Curley

      "For what its worth" by the Buffalo Springfield and "We Gotta Get out of This Place" by the Animals were absolutely necessary on any play list in Vietnam if that South East Asian band wanted to hold the audience. In a few EM clubs they risked getting out alive if they didn't play "We Gotta Get out of This Place"

      Oh! and long pornographic versions of "Gloria" with the female dancers demonstrating some of the lyrics.

        1. James Michael Curley

          I don't think you understand. I didn't come to rescue Rambo from you. I came here to rescue you from him.

  14. sullivanst

    The GOP/Romney line of attack still remains that Obama didn't personally wade in, guns blazing, long before the facts could possibly be discerned. Romney, on the other hand, showed true leadership by politicizing the attacks before they were even finished, and making numerous gross and significant errors of fact in doing so.

    Seriously, Romney's foreign policy rhetoric is quite the most disgusting thing about his campaign: going very far out of its way at every semblance of a possibility to attack the President on what invariably turn out to be completely baseless grounds, but unable to cite any policy positions on which they differ from what Obama has been doing (although usually revealing this in the form of "Obama should've done x, y and z" when that's exactly what he's done already). In the best case, a President Romney's foreign policy would be to do what Obama's been doing, except be a total dick to everyone in public, constantly. In the worst case, his instinct to ask the Cheneyites first would have us in multiple new shooting wars within his first year.

    In other, truly important, news, Andrew Breitbart is still dead.

    1. T3rbo

      Yep, this whole non issue is designed to take the focus away from Romney's total lack of foreign policy chops. He can only say "BOMB IRAN!!1" so many times in a row, so he has to stretch Bengazi into a two hour expose in order to keep the ball out of Obama's hands. Obama, if he were smart, would briefly address the issue, call Mitt out for repeatedly politicizing the issue, and move on in about three minutes.

  15. FakaktaSouth

    This is all part of what I hate about these people. Just nonsense. It's all just nonsense to fit a narrative, facts don't matter, actual findings don't, dead people in a sad tragedy don't, it's just all fodder for their need to say stupid shit. I hate them. The idea that these fucktards would go so far as to ever accuse the WSJ or ANY bullshit news org that doesn't tow the "whatever the Pres did was wrong, even if it wasn't " line means they are somehow wrong (Even if I think most all of what Rupert sells is EGREGIOUSLY EVIL) makes me furious. These assholes can just shut the hell up.

  16. 102415

    Well, actually, a lot of wall street types I know were hoping to continue doing well and we all know what happens as soon as Mitt gets his Mitts on things.Pretty soon it's not the 1% it's the 15 or twenty.

    1. SorosBot

      Yeah, the Wall Streeters are doing just great under the Obama recovery, but see he doesn't kiss their asses enough which means he HATES CAPITALISM and is THE WORST PRESIDENT FOR JOB CREATORS™ EVAR!!

  17. gullywompr

    So, here's the deal on the 9/11 State Department car bomb story: After the attacks, the State Department building was evacuated, but of course so was the rest of DC, so there was a huge traffic gridlock, which meant that people could do little more than stand around outside and speculate with each other about what might have happened, and nobody was immune from this. Two guards were having a conversation, and a reporter was eavesdropping nearby, hoping to get a scoop (you should have seen how excited some people were that day, many seemed more hopped up on an adrenaline rush than they were terrified). While they were talking, a propane tank over at the Pentagon exploded as a result of the fire there, and was heard across the river at DoS. Of course, one guard asked the other what that explosion sound was, to which the other replied something like "I don't know, maybe it was a car bomb", and the intrepid reporter (unknown) had his scoop, and phoned it in (how he managed to do that is a mystery – I couldn't get through for hours). Blame the lamestream media for that one.

    1. Gumboz1953

      I work at State and did on 9/11. After I got my car from the GW garage, I was driving back down 23rd and was abeam the State Department when I heard about the "car bomb." I looked at the building, intact and bomb-less, and said, "really?" Then maneuvered to get home as fast as I could, before all my relatives around the country (including my elderly father) had heart attacks. My teenage son, walking the Appalachian Trail (south to north)called me from the woods of Vermont to make sure I was still alive after the horrible car bomb. God I hate the 24 hour news cycle — nothing verified. Hate it even more now.

    1. MissTaken

      The Dow Jones average is a stupid index that no one really uses. It's only 30 companies that are deemed indicative of the market as a whole, but I don't go to parties with McDonald's and Wal-Mart 2 of the 30 people invited.

      1. MittBorg

        No one but the press who spasm over every movement of those imaginary numbers and pass those spasms on to the ill-informed multitudes. Today is an extra-hatey stabby day. I wish to hate and stab all those motherfuckers. With, um, votes.

  18. barto

    Never fear, ghost of Breitbart, for there will certainly be plenty of WSJ editorials excoriating BO for the Benghazi events – the editors never read the actual stories in the paper.

  19. Mittens Howell, III

    This is all a decoy. Romney is planning to ignore Libya and go for the jugular by NAILING Obama on his inadequate plans for dealing with the U.S.S.R.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      Is that before or after he starts a trade war with China that costs his hedge fund buddies billions? Or will he call Bibi and ask him what he wants him to do?

  20. weejee

    That was strange. At least here, my entire IntenseDebased account vanished, but not my pee. Avatar, posts, went poof. Then came back shazaaam. Something weird going on here on the ides of Cocktober. Rmoney videos from Gloria Allred in 3,2,1???

      1. One_who_wanders

        I guess I can stop working on this project, in that case.

        I dropped two p-points one day last week and still haven't made up the ground. Not that I obsess or anything.

        1. Jukesgrrl

          A couple of years ago we endured the Great Re-setting of P. That was back in the dark ages when Thumbs Down also existed. Of course it was a Soshulist Conspiracy designed to make us all appear equal, when we know we're not.

  21. jesus_vs_gojira

    Then Obama made a spoof video where he looked under the table for the missing anti-Muslim video. Ha ha, good one!

      1. larrykat

        Yes, and the post never did appear (on a previous story). There was nothing really scandalous in it… though I called Bob Dole a "homo" it was in a loving way.

        1. MittBorg

          I just replied to someone five minutes ago and my reply got eated. Yesterday, I had TWO comments eated after that sinister message. No message today, but ID is taking for-fucking-ever to load and refresh. And tonight's the debate.

          1. sullivanst

            I think ID just likes to fuck with us. I lost a comment the other day, but it was too boring to complain about.

          2. HistoriCat

            If anyone can help Wonkette find a decent commenting system, Rebecca will probably love them long time.

          3. Incitefully_Joe

            Not going to lie, most of the others are terrible in ways that are different, but competing. As in, if we switch to Disqus, I doubt I'll be able to comment at all, if my experience with other sites any indication.

          4. HistoriCat

            That's why I was hoping someone knew of a decent commenting system.ID isn't that bad most of the time … but their customer serviceseems to be non-existent.

          5. sullivanst

            Agreed. I've struggled horribly with Disqus-based sites too, and LiveFyre's a fucking joke.

            The system that's annoyed me least was DKos' comment system, which I'm pretty sure was written in-house by ct. ID is the next least worst in my experience.

  22. James Michael Curley

    The New Yorker Magazine's endorsement of Obama says:
    "The reëlection of Barack Obama is a matter of great urgency. Not only are we in broad agreement with his policy directions; we also see in him what is absent in Mitt Romney—a first-rate political temperament and a deep sense of fairness and integrity. A two-term Obama Administration will leave an enduringly positive imprint on political life. It will bolster the ideal of good governance and a social vision that tempers individualism with a concern for community. Every Presidential election involves a contest over the idea of America. Obama’s America—one that progresses, however falteringly, toward social justice, tolerance, and equality—represents the future that this country deserves. http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2012/10/29/

          1. sullivanst

            Strangely enough, I learned that in a History class.

            ETA: perhaps not so strange, though, since, except in the pages of New Yorker, and occasionally when writing stolen French words like "naïve" or "noël", that particular diacritic has been consigned to dustbin of history.

          2. sullivanst

            Given they were all dead by the end of 1855, I don't think that much affects my point ;) Especially as their father made up that spelling for reasons unknown, but plausibly to seem more important by referencing Greek mythology.

      1. James Michael Curley

        Theys was all jumpin’ up and down an peeing in their britches when that there Noo Yawker shode a cover with a Muslim Obama and Michelle with the big Afro doin’ a turrist first bump in 2008.

  23. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    So, what we can learn from this is in Conservative circles, you should just bomb first, and worry about taking some time to figure out what happened after you blow up women and children.

    After all, it worked for George W. Bush.

      1. BaldarTFlagass

        What disturbs me even more than Dok's weird obsession is the fact that you knew about this Bronie thing in the first place.

          1. actor212

            I was blissfully ignorant of this until Dok started posting here. And wish to return to said state, I hasten to add.

            Altho "YAY" here is kinda hot.

        1. MissTaken

          I noticed MLP was on Netflix and after hearing about the Brony-thing I decided to watch an episode. Soon, I was watching 3 or 4 episodes at a time. I would sing Pinkie Pie's "Evil Enchantress" song to my boyfriend. I even got a little pony doll to sit on my desk at stare at me while on comment on our Wonkette. I'm truly addicted.

          1. actor212

            They're like zombies, MissT. Be careful, you'll fall asleep at your desk one afternoon and wake up to plastic teeth sunk into your throat.

          2. MissTaken

            It's okay, I punched his Man Card with my tongue several times afterwards to keep his points up.

          3. BaldarTFlagass

            Hell, I'm scared of real horses, like Flounder in Animal House; I don't even want to contemplate horses that talk and sing and do magic and stuff.

    1. Doktor Zoom

      What's truly inexplicable is that I have yet to watch a single episode of the actual show.

      YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN IT

  24. pdiddycornchips

    Terrorists kill our Ambassador and Republicans cheer. Chris Hitchens was right about that fifth column thing after all.

  25. James Michael Curley

    "The Republican nominee has gotten away with a new secretiveness on his fundraising, his tax returns and his budget proposals – without paying much of a political price."

    All in one place for that Crazy Uncle who sends the Kenyan Muslim Communist emails.
    The Undisclosed Mitt Romney

  26. bflrtsplk

    Now if only Obama hadn`t written the Emancipation Proclamation and forced Lincoln to read it, we would not be going through all this whatever it is that is supposed to be happening but I am just not smart enough to see.

  27. Not_Mother

    So does this mean we can ditch the whole did he say "asshole" or "hole of the ass" thing and git back to the fun stuff like Barry's a gay married murderer, muslin infiltration and the librul media now?

  28. cromiller

    In a Romney Administration, American Jesus will whisper the truth into Mitt's ear as soon as something happens, and that will be the official story forever and ever lock, stock and .50 caliber barrel.

    1. prommie

      Its hard to carve a curve in stone, its easy to carve straight lines! History and kinda just practicalness.

  29. BlueStateLibel

    Obama's real failing here is that the tragedy wasn't blamed on Iran, isn't it? That's the way evil-eye Dick Cheney would've rolled.

  30. el_donaldo

    Dead Breitbart: Reality is in the tank for Barack Obama!!!!!!!!!!

    Rational, real world community: Why, yes, yes it is.

  31. Gleem McShineys

    Well, that is awesome. I love to see Corpsebart finally exposing the truth of what a shitty paper the WSJ is. *

    Keep up the good work! Murder every last RINO, for FREEDOMZ!! You're the only REAL TRUE HONEST ones, Big Government folks!

    * Also, this is one of my beliefs, that the WSJ is a shitty paper. And I am a LIBRAL. Therefore, you must destroy BigDeadBart, for it is also in league with LIBRALS!!

    *sings* It's The Circul(ar firing squad) Of Life!

  32. Chet Kincaid_

    Is anyone ever going to get to the bottom of the making of that piece of shit movie? Whose interests and agenda make sense out of fooling people into shooting a vague historical "epic", then overdubbing it with inflammatory insults against Islam, and then making sure it is youtube-injected exactly where it will cause the most religious and cultural butthurt?

    1. prommie

      Mossad apparently has some skills. And Sheldon Adelson, the bagman for Likud buying a president, its something what happens in plain sight and its like The Emporer's New Clothes, everyone is so mau-mau-ed with the "Hitler," you are Hitler if you call Israel an apartheid State.

      1. Chet Kincaid_

        Israelis are too smart to shit where they live like that. Dumb rich fuckers (regardless of religion) over here are a different matter, though.

        On a tangent about dumb rich fuckers: I am surprised that so many of them are dumb and rich. The Newsweek Conventional Wisdom used to be that the Oligarchs were using the Cultural Conservatives to make sure they kept their money; but nowadays it seems like there are many dumb, old, rich true-believing Christianists as well.

        1. Gleem McShineys

          Put me in the Adelson Did It camp, since he seems to be very much in the business of influencing elections here (and abroad.*)
          I think his basic game is to try to get Romney/Netanyahu contemporaneous administrations.

          I don't know about that "shitting where you live" is an open-and-shut argument against Israel having a hand in this.. The USA will back Israel no matter what happens. You know, "Too Big To Fail" but with foreign policy. Irate and/or openly hostile neighbors to Israel has been pretty goddamn good business for them, so far.

          *He owns a free paper in Israel that is drinking all the milkshakes of all the newspapers in Israel, nearly bankrupting them, and it is also pretty much known as "The Bibi Times."

        2. imissopus

          I did this weekend read a totally awesome conspiracy theory about how the whole thing was perpetrated by shadowy right-wingers who then used mercenaries (with the help of Mossad) to pull off the consulate attack in the hope of creating a foreign crisis for Romney to take advantage of and use as fodder against Obama's foreign policy in general. Sort of like how Reagan could attack Carter over the Iran hostage crisis in 1980. It's so crazy, it must be true!

    2. James Michael Curley

      There's been a lot being disclosed. I can't remember it all, names and such; but seems to be some drunken idiot working under an alias with funding from a well moneyed radical christian fundamentalist group who practices the anti-Muslim/pro-Israel the Apocalypse is coming. You know the modern day equivalent of political activism as practiced by far right Republican morons.

      I think he also has priors and now CA is examining what may be a fraudulent state filing.

      1. GeorgiaBurning

        The fool who produced the film was in violation of his parole; but it's likely nothing much will be done to his backers. Rich scheming fucks inciting a mob to murder for political purpose is, historically, a protected act in California. Though it usually doesn't go international.

        1. James Michael Curley

          Gov. Moonbeam’s got grow a pair soon or he will have a short term. (You know he’ll run again even though he says he won’t)

    3. BaldarTFlagass

      Oh, for a minute there I thought you were still talking about "Prometheus." I was like, dude, it wasn't that bad.

      1. Jus_Wonderin

        I haven't seen that yet. Don't tell me. Don't tell me. I don't want to know. Okay, does it happen in space?

    4. Generation[redacted]

      We won't know the whole truth until we see Atlas Shrugged Part III, which I assume will be 2 1/2 hours of radio monologue.

  33. calliecallie

    WSJ deserves this. They've just been reprinting corporate news releases as actual news for some time. No editing, no reading probably even. Somebody just slipped them the Obama spin news release on acceptable corporate letterhead and they printed it, no questions asked.

  34. rickmaci

    Romoney campaign had a numerous warnings from the secret Mormon world wide network with hundreds of thousand of spies that an attack on the embassy was imminent but deliberately kept that information from the administration so they could manipulate the event in their favor afterwards. Really. I read that on the interwebs someplace.

  35. BaldarTFlagass

    So, I guess this is the last post of the day? Everybody getting their drinky on for tonight or what?

    1. UnholyMoses

      I'd drink if: a.) I were watching the debate; 2.) was able to drink.

      But I'm not doing #1 because, at this point, it's not a debate to help folks decide on who to vote for, as anyone who hasn't decided yet it too stupid to be allowed to vote.

      It's a debate for the Villagers so they can wank endlessly about who won and why this is a Game Changer, and Who Won the Night, and update their barely read pages and blogs with not-all-that-insightful insights into some comment that no one really gave two fucks about at the time, but that they'll repeat endlessly as if everyone in America cares.

      Or, tl;dr: Debate = fucking retawded.

    2. MissTaken

      I'm gonna drink! It's the first debate that I'll be home in time to watch from beginning to end. I'll drink each time Mitt lies about Libya, the bottle of wine will be gone in 47 seconds!

    3. weejee

      The Eds are all doing tequila shooters to get limbered-up. Either that or they're talking to IntenseDebased tech in Bangalore about the blog, which likely produces a similar effect.

  36. LibertyLover

    Your comment must be approved by the site admins before it will appear publicly.

    Is the site admins Imelda Marcos?

    Since when are "S h o e s" an offensive word? :-)

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Maybe it dates back to those clothing spams that used to show up here. "Prada as low as $49"

    2. UnholyMoses

      The word in a main comment = GONE!

      The word in a comment to a comment = SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOE SHOEZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. BaldarTFlagass

    Is it really even a "conspiracy" when they do it out in the open and in broad daylight? I mean, they even have that Protocols of the Elders book, it's been in print for a hundred years.

      1. Mumbletypeg

        Could be? Mostly, I just happened to have been browsing the olde wonkette thread I hyperlinked above.. it mentions WSJ, features McCain in a hilarious photoshop like he's possessed by Golem; and includes the following sentence:

        Hobbits are of course the most topical fantastical children’s story character for a columnist to choose this summer

        That was Kirsten Boyd Johnson, re: use of LOTR references during 2011; this summer of course that same thing could be said, vis-a-vis DokZ's favored pop culture prop, of My Little Ponies~

      1. Blueb4sinrise

        HMPPHH!!!!!!!!!
        SPECIAL TREATMENT !!
        SPECIAL TREATMENT!!
        SPECIAL TREATMENT !!
        SPECIAL TREATMENT!!
        SPECIAL TREATMENT !!
        SPECIAL TREATMENT!!

      2. UnholyMoses

        How come I can't write the plural of that word w/out it being eated? To whom do I need to give oral pleasure to get my comments uneated?

        Huh? HUH? HEEENNNNGGHHH??!?!?!

  38. UnholyMoses

    I need some new shoes, as my old shoes are worn out and some new shoes would be wonderful!

    BTW — This last debate is retar–er–stupid. Anyone who is still undecided is too … um … stupid<./em> to be allowed to vote. It's just for Villagers who want to wank about who "won" and fill their barely-read pages and blogs with uninteresting and full-of-conventional-stupid not-really-that-insightful insights into Mitt and Obama's comments.

    I mean, really. I'd rather watch MNF, or the NLCS, or even House Hunters International (why is real estate in Toronto so fucking expensive, anyway? I mean, Paris I get, but … Toronto?).

  39. UnholyMoses

    S h o e s = COMMENT EATED!!

    WTF, Editrix? Y'all farm out the blog to Chinese children or something?

        1. Jus_Wonderin

          Do we begin our worship now, or do you get to set the time? Oh, my bad. I will wait and speak when spoken to.

    1. Loch_Nessosaur

      In a past life all those words were in posts of mine that ended up being sent off into the ethernet.

  40. LibertyLover

    First, they ban your shoe s and now our Brazilian overlords are back…

    Coincidence?

    I think not.

    1. BlueStateLibel

      What the hell could a "cover-up" be? it was a horrible tragedy, but so was 9/11, and no one accused Dubya of a "cover-up." Or Reagan when those Marines were killed in Beirut. I still don't see where they possibly think they could go with this. But let them bang their heads against a wall for all I care.

      1. sullivanst

        no one accused Dubya of a "cover-up."

        Apparently you'll be surprised to hear news of the latest movie starring Martin Sheen and Buddy Harrelson.

        So make that "nobody in their right minds …"

    1. SorosBot

      I still can't forgive you for lying to your boyfriend about the baby being his, even though you had never actually had sex with him.

  41. UnholyMoses

    Well … given that most of us can't post about footwear in the plural form, can we at least get a new thread?

    Or are our editors already drunk and passed out?

    Hello?

    This thing on?

    Bueller?

    Frye?

    Cox?

    1. Jus_Wonderin

      "Uhura, get me Starbase 12."

      "Sir, all subspace communication is being blocked."

      "Is there something you can do by tinkering with that panel down there?"

      "I can kick it, Sir."

      "Kick it! Kick it now!"

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Too late! They're inside the perimeter! That's it man, game over man, game over! What the fuck are we gonna do now? What are we gonna do?

  42. mavenmaven

    This coming from people who blocked even photos of the funerals of the thousands killed in the Iraq war run by the GOP for profit, lied about Jessica Lynch and Pat Tillman, and are banging the drums for another bloody war in Iran… They only care about incidents like this if they get political/economic gain from it.

    1. sullivanst

      They only care about incidents like this anything at all if they get political/economic gain from it.

      FIFY.

  43. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    No posts all afternoon and now the best witty repartee Brazil has to offer.

    OH FOR FUCKS SAKE.

  44. Lionel[redacted]Esq

    So, has Wonkette gone on strike? Or simply been taken over by the Brazilians? Why are shoes not allowed? Yet Fascistic Little Ponies are OK. Is this retarded, or is there a deeper meaning?

    All I know is that I have four more hours to kill before I will have an intoxicant of any kind within my grasp. You think you have problems? Think about that.

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