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Although the following Washington Post editorial co-authored by Mary and Joel Rich - the parents of murder victim and current conspiracy theory target Seth Rich - was intended to stop the nonsense being spouted about the circumstances of his murder, I'm under the sad impression that it'll fall on mainly deaf ears (for one thing,opportunistic ghoul Sean Hannity didn't give up repeating it even after Fox News did, so why should he stop now?) considering who it was intended for.

Regardless of that, the editorial bears repeating - especially since this is becoming more and more like Vince Foster all over again, and for no good reason other than what only a hardened cynic might be able to dredge up in their worst imagination.

Imagine living in a nightmare that you can never wake up from. Imagine having to face every single day knowing that your son was murdered. Imagine you have no answers — that no one has been brought to justice and there are few clues leading to the killer or killers. Imagine that every single day, with every phone call you hope that it’s the police, calling to tell you that there has been a break in the case.

Imagine that instead, every call that comes in is a reporter asking what you think of a series of lies or conspiracies about the death. That nightmare is what our family goes through every day.

Our beloved son Seth Rich was gunned down in the early hours of July 10, 2016, in his Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Bloomingdale. On the day he was murdered, Seth was excited about a new job he had been offered on Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

Seth had dedicated his life to public service, and he told us that he wanted to work on the campaign’s effort to expand voter participation because he loved our country dearly and believed deeply in the promise of democratic engagement. Seth had been walking around, calling friends, family and his girlfriend, pondering the broader picture of what the job change would mean. He wondered how he would pick up and move to New York City for four months, the strain that might put on his relationships, and how it would all affect the life he had built for himself in Washington.

We know that Seth was abruptly confronted on the street, that he had been on the phone and quickly ended the call. We also know that there were signs of a struggle, including a watchband torn when the assailants attempted to rip it off his wrist. Law-enforcement officials told us that Seth’s murder looked like a botched robbery attempt in which the assailants — after shooting our son — panicked, immediately ran and abandoned Seth’s personal belongings. We have seen no evidence, by any person at any time, that Seth’s murder had any connection to his job at the Democratic National Committee or his life in politics. Anyone who claims to have such evidence is either concealing it from us or lying.

Still, conservative news outlets and commentators continue, day after painful day, to peddle discredited conspiracy theories that Seth was killed after having provided WikiLeaks with emails from the DNC. Those theories, which some reporters have since retracted, are baseless, and they are unspeakably cruel.

We know that Seth’s personal email and his personal computer were both inspected by detectives early in the investigation and that the inspection revealed no evidence of any communications with anyone at WikiLeaks or anyone associated with WikiLeaks. Nor did that inspection reveal any evidence that Seth had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks or to anyone else. Indeed, those who have suggested that Seth’s role as a data analyst at the DNC gave him access to a wide trove of emails are simply incorrect — Seth’s job was to develop analytical models to encourage voters to turn out to vote. He didn’t have access to DNC emails, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee emails, John Podesta’s emails or Hillary Clinton’s emails. That simply wasn’t his job.

Despite these facts, our family’s nightmare persists. Seth’s death has been turned into a political football. Every day we wake up to new headlines, new lies, new factual errors, new people approaching us to take advantage of us and Seth’s legacy. It just won’t stop. The amount of pain and anguish this has caused us is unbearable. With every conspiratorial flare-up, we are forced to relive Seth’s murder and a small piece of us dies as more of Seth’s memory is torn away from us.

To those who sincerely want to get to the bottom of Seth’s murder, we don’t hold this against you. We don’t think you are monsters, and we don’t think you are terrible people. We know that so many people out there really do care, don’t know what to think and are angry at the lack of answers.

We also know that many people are angry at our government and want to see justice done in some way, somehow. We are asking you to please consider our feelings and words. There are people who are using our beloved Seth’s memory and legacy for their own political goals, and they are using your outrage to perpetuate our nightmare. We ask those purveying falsehoods to give us peace, and to give law enforcement the time and space to do the investigation they need to solve our son’s murder.
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Again, I don't wish death on people I can't stand. However, I also refuse to fete the memory of assholes in a hypocritical manner after their passing, and I won't do it for Ailes, either.

It wasn't merely that Ailes made it possible for lunatics like Louis Gohmert or Michelle Bachmann viable forces in national politics via Fox News, but he also succeeded in making it possible - or even mandatory - for people to act like petulant 8-year-old bullies raging away on an uncontrollable sugar high in order to get elected to office. That also means that he made Donald Trump possible as well - and just look where that's gotten us all.

Oh, and then there's the entire sexual harassment thing as well, on top of all that other happy horseshit.

So if you want to see a eulogy, go look at Charles P. Pierce's. Or maybe the one from Deadspin is brutal enough.
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It has been many, many moons since I've chosen to post (due to any number of mind-crunching reasons, not the least of which is work), but it just occurred to me that the suicide of Robin Williams - which has been brought up ad nauseam by practically every news outlet known to man (and probably insect as well) has also attracted the attention of any number of people who should know better but of course don't: namely, the wingnut brigade.

Keep in mind that you expect this from the USS Fatcrack, of course. When has he shied away from being wrong on an almost surreal level on anything as long as he keeps getting paid for it? But then you have such sterling examples of compassion and understanding as Joe Schimmel (who?), Robbo, Bryan Fischer and probable countless others who have decided that ignoring the real reasons behind his suicide is really, really good for business - as long as your business consists of feeding the lunacy of complete idiots, that is. In which case, you're fucking golden in terms of revenue stream.

Such is life in these United States.
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Kommandant B. continues to amuse, except for the fact that she's actually an elected representative somewhere:

In an interview with Understanding the Times host Jan Markell on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of giving aid to Al Qaeda, which she said is proof that we are living in the Last Days. Of course, on the same day Bachmann gave the interview, a Delta Force operation approved by Obama nabbed a key Al Qaeda figure in Libya.

But according to Bachmann, Obama is now championing the terrorist group.

The Minnesota congresswoman referred to a decision by the Obama administration to allow vetted Syrian rebels not affiliated with terrorist organizations to help them resist chemical weapons attacks, which was spurred by the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on civilians.

While the administration’s move is only related to non-lethal, defensive and protective aid, Bachmann falsely claimed that “President Obama waived a ban on selling arms to terrorists.”

But as usual with Bachmann, it keeps getting funnier:

Bachmann said that the Al Qaeda funding (which isn’t happening) is a sign of the End Times: “This happened and as of today the United States is willingly, knowingly, intentionally sending arms to terrorists, now what this says to me, I’m a believer in Jesus Christ, as I look at the End Times scripture, this says to me that the leaf is on the fig tree and we are to understand the signs of the times, which is your ministry, we are to understand where we are in God’s end times history.”

“Rather than seeing this as a negative, we need to rejoice, Maranatha Come Lord Jesus, His day is at hand,” Bachmann continued. “When we see up is down and right is called wrong, when this is happening, we were told this; these days would be as the days of Noah.”

Free clue to the cracked pot: the kettle may be black, but it finally sprouted legs, got up and walked away. Even it can't take you any more.

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I guess it should come as no surprise that an certain infamous shuttered hotel in Lincolnwood has gone national, getting coverage by Slate due to a 99% Invisible podcast referencing the place's famous architectural quirkiness.

I suppose going out with national coverage openly stating how shitty the place actually became in its later years is still going out on top, in a sense.
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Somewhere in the near future (like, say, late January 2017), people will look back at certain statements Rick Joyner made recently  and laugh out loud at them.

(Provided, of course, that he's not locked up in some psychiatric hospital. Then that would be considered quite rude.)

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I've posted it elsewhere, but go ahread and witness the full Monty (no, not like that!) of Doctor Who titles and musical openings.



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An entertainment item that I'm sure will amuse. Just not Fred Phelps, though:

Get Shot!, a California punk band that bills itself as "the sleaziest punk band in the world" and "the first band ever to start a porn site," is particularly proud of its latest release: A porn "film" shot entirely on the front lawn of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Upping the blasphe-larious ante set for them by the satanists who held a graveside ceremony that turned Fred Phelps' dead mom gay, the members of Get Shot! took a detour while driving to a concert in Denver, stopping outside the Topeka headquarters of the WBC to film their bass player masturbating naked outside the house that hate built.

"The Phelps family and Westboro Baptist Church are ridiculous and do nothing except spread hate and cause controversy," Laura Lush said in a press release. "As a bisexual woman and the bass player of a ridiculous punk band, I wanted to spread my legs and cause controversy."

Sure, it's offensive. Considering the target, though...

Ya think?

Sep. 25th, 2013 08:08 pm
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From Whatever:

Popular Science Kills Online Comments

(The PS editorial in question can be found here)

I'm sure that it'll take most people reading either of those a scant 2.27 seconds on average to figure out why they're doing it, but considering that one of my first bits of advice to anyone reading an online article practically anywhere these days* is "whatever you do, don't read the freaking** comments!" I'm hardly surprised they decided to go this route.

*(There are exceptions, usually in terms of sites that make you register or identify yourself somehow. Quelle surprise.)
**(Not a word beginning with "F" that I would normally use, but I'm trying to be nice and polite today.)

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Maybe there's hope for London After Midnight after all, although this discovery might actually be of greater significance:

The first U.S. film to warn about the dangers of Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime has been found in a Brussels film archive, having lain unnoticed for some 75 years.

"Hitler's Reign of Terror" was produced by Cornelius Vanderbilt, an heir to the wealthy American industrialist family, who visited Germany as Hitler was voted into power in 1933.

The film revolves around footage that Vanderbilt shot and smuggled out, showing Nazi party rallies, book-burnings and the ransacking of Jewish shops.

At its premiere in New York in 1934, the film was a big success, said Bruno Mestdagh, head of the digital collections at the Belgian film archive Cinematheque.

"The German embassy in the United States protested, so the film was censored and adapted. It was then shown in other cities but with much less success," Mestdagh said.

The version uncovered by the archive was most likely ordered by someone who wanted to show it in Belgium but never collected it, so the reel survived the war, and Nazi occupation, in the Belgian customs office.

In the 1970s, it was transferred to the archive, which holds some 70,000 titles in its vast vaults in Brussels, 80 percent of them foreign. But it was only two years ago that the curators realized they had the only surviving copy.

The film has now been remastered and will be shown at New York's Museum of Modern Art in October.
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Someone might want to inform him about something called "age of consent", which he apparently comprehends just as well as the concept of actual "consent" in the first place.

If you guessed that this was part of some bizarre media apologia for sex abuse scandals among Catholic priests, you win.

When men have sex with adolescent men, it’s called homosexuality. It is not pedophilia,” Donohue told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Friday. “Less than 5 percent of the priests involved in molestation are pedophiles. I will never stop telling the truth. And the pope never said we should either. I am against gay bashing.”

“You just heard what the pope said,” Cuomo noted. “Why wouldn’t you move past this parsing rhetoric and try to be about what your church is supposed to be about?”

“As far as I’m concerned, the Catholic Church didn’t handle this right,” Donohue explained. “I would have put these guys in in the slammer a long time ago. Instead, they think they can reform them. They sent them off to the psychiatrist.”

“But it is the discussion of homosexuality and the blame of them as somehow predatory that is what your pope is telling you not to say,” Cuomo pointed out. “Who says the molesters were gay?

Complete idiocy, right?

Oh, don't worry. There's more. With Donohue, there's always more.

The Catholic League president then moved on to attacking Jews for Hollywood movies that portray Catholicism in a bad light.

“Is it the Vietnamese who are making movies in Hollywood? Is it the Puerto Ricans who own Hollywood?” he asked. “Do you know that the Jewish Forward in its editorial said the exact same thing that I did?”

“I’m talking about secular Jews, who run the Hollywood studios, who make anti-Catholic movies!” Donohue exclaimed. “What is so absurd that?”

“The absurdity is that you are blaming it on a faith and a culture,” Cuomo observed.

I can think of a couple of other absurd things I've read recently, actually.

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Adios and thank for all the fun, even if I was a bit too young for Screaming Yellow Theater:

In a more than 40-year career as radio and TV host, Jerry G. Bishop won three Emmys and toured with the Beatles, but he may be best remembered as the original Svengoolie.

Mr. Bishop hosted "Screaming Yellow Theater," a horror-film show on WFLD-Ch. 32 from 1970 to 1973, as the coffin-dwelling hippie with a wacky sense of humor. His character has a devoted following to this day, family and former colleagues said.

"He was making really creative TV on almost no budget," said Wally Podrazik, curator at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. "I'd call Jerry G. Bishop the master of the non sequitur and running gag. Not just as Svengoolie, but as a radio DJ with a superb timing and a sense of unabashed silliness."

...which is exactly what you want in a horror movie show host, right?

To wit:

Plus a few clips with his chosen (?) successor, Rich Koz:


And let's not forget one of the most obvious ploys a horror show host can utilize: shameless pandering to the sensibilities of those male fans who've already hit puberty, shown right here (NOTE: there's nothing in this clip that's so raw that it can't be shown; it's just that FuzzyMemoriesTV insists on starting them on Play mode automatically, which means that the sound for this Tina McDowall segment possibly might be on whenever you arrive at this site. Hence, the link.

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It must be hard to be Alex Jones at times, coming up with gibberish that only the tinfoil hat-wearing part of the public takes seriously.

Previously, WTTFTG reported that Jones recently went on a bad science fiction kick since he was spreading the word that a preliminary agreement to remove chemical weapons from Syria was in fact the beginning of a plot which will eventually lead to most of the human race being reduced to subservient cyborgs. No shit. He really did say that.

Problem is, a much larger news story (namely, the Washingon Navy Yard shooting) got in the way of this Technicolor epic of his. What to do? Well, if you're Jones, you do the obvious: you play the part of post-tragedy ghoul, albeit with a familiar conspiracy theory overlay:

After a gunman attacked the Washington Navy Yard on September 16, Alex Jones immediately wondered if the attack was part of some conspiracy, tweeting, "Who will the Navy yard shooting be blamed on? Terrorist? Tea Partier? Leftist? Lone nut?" Later, on his radio show, Jones said, "when you have multiple shooters like this, it has patsy written all over it," and compared it to the bombing at the Boston Marathon, which Jones described as "undoubtedly a false flag."

"Undoubtedly". Yeah. Sure.

Given his past track record, well...

But wait! Even if the previous quoted material smacks of Jones' usual pandering to the psychologically damaged and terminally gullible, there's a way out! Namely, a global conspiracy is out to get him, and the Navy Yard shooter is part of it!

“You better believe that even if they’re just pure jihadis that did this, even connected to Al-Qaeda groups out of the Middle East being commanded by the leader of Al-Qaeda last Friday to attack the United States… even if that’s the case, you can believe, like the last three or four cases, they’re going to try to connect it to Inforwars.com and yours truly, part of the long-term demonization campaign,” Jones explained.

Uh huh. Sure. Whatever you say, Alex.

“If you want to wonder how big this radio show is, even separate from the website, it’s the fact that they try to pin, I’d say, about half the major crimes, we get brought into it,” he insisted. “It’s because we’ve got their number, we know who the globalists are, we know what their program is. And they’re very concerned that we be discredited so that people will not look at what we cover on the radio show, the Infowars nightly news and on the websites.”

Jones added that the circumstances of Monday’s shooting had “patsy written all over it.”

Nver mind that all of the previous bilge displays all of the usual paranoid conspiracy tics, whether genuine or for public show; it also reeks of the narcissism (Jones' assertion of "how big this radio show is", etc.) most of these guys also need in order to keep saying completely batshit things in public. It makes them money, sure, but it also makes them look like complete fools.

Add to that the fact that conspiracy-mongering in the wake of such a tragedy also makes Jones (and others or his ilk, like Erik Rush) look like first-rate opportunistic assholes and you have more than one reason to wonder how much lower he can go.

My personal bet is "plenty more".

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...which is unfortunate, since these are your supposed tax dollars at work:

Tea party-backed Representatives Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Steve King (R-IA) on Saturday held a press conference in Egypt to thank the country’s military for overthrowing the elected government, and at one point even seemed to suggest that the Muslim Brotherhood had been behind the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

In case you were wondering, this wasn't quite the case: Kommandant B. opines:

“We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed here for the people in Egypt. We have seen the threat that the Muslim Brotherhood has posed around the world. We stand against this great evil. We are not for them. We remember who caused 9/11 in America. We remember who it was that killed 3,000 brave Americans. We have not forgotten.”

In fact, the 9/11 Commission determined that Osama bin Laden and his Al-Qaeda terrorist network were responsible for orchestrating the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Following the attack, the Muslim Brotherhood “strongly condemned” the action.

Deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was a top Muslim Brotherhood leader at the time of the attacks, called them “a wrong act which we denounce regardless of its doer.”

Blaming the wrong guys may sound like a risky venture coming from three Congressthings with long-standing records for wackjobbery, but their targets (who, even if they ran Egypt into the ground during their one year in power still had nothing to do with 9/11. which was one of the points of this odd little press conference, right?), were convenient enough in the wake of the situation in Syra that they could hope no one took much notice or - more likely - that anyone paying attention was a fact-challenged Tea Party acolyte in the first place.

Unfortunately, everyone from Business Insider to the New York Times did notice. And when even Business Insider refers to a press conference as "surreal" and "bizarre", chances are that it was.

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As you may know, an exceedingly important issue of British origin (but which is important to all people of all walks of life) has been decided recently and it stands central to all we hold near and dear.

...or not.

Depends on how much you like Doctor Who, I suppose.

Point is, a veteran actor named Peter Capaldi has been named as the Twelfth Doctor, and he appears to be quite ready for it, except for one thing - people are claiming he's too old for the role.

This is, in UK parlance, a load of tosh.

Consider the following ages of the actors who were previously put in that role by the throbbing production brains at The Beeb; one thing you'll notice about most of them is that they weren't exactly Bieberesque in terms of how young they were when they got picked:

William Hartnell - 55
Patrick Troughtton - 49
Jon Pertwee - 50
Tom Baker - 40
Peter Davison - 31
Colin Baker - 41
Sylvester McCoy - 43 or 44
Christopher Eccleston - 40
David Tennant - 34
Matt Smith - 26
Peter Capaldi - 55

Even if you throw in the movie-only appearances by Peter Cushing (52) and Paul McGann (36 or 37), the only actor who's as young as Matt Smith would seem to be Matt Smith. On the other hand, the oldest actor to play the Doctor was Richard Hurndall in the 20th anniversary story The Five Doctors (standing in for Hartnell, of course) at 72 or so. Therefore, the vast majority were hired several ticks past the age of 35, and although Capaldi is as old as Hartnell was back in 1963, there's one plus: he's not suffering from a debilitating coronary disease like arteriosclerosis that can affect his memory or physical capacity to be on set for extended periods of time.

So what was that point about being "too old" again, exactly...?

But, hey if this doesn't pan out he can always relive the memories of films he was previously in, especially at the 42 second mark of the following clip. Ah, good times...

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Well, SCOTUS has spoken on the subjects of the Defense Of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. They're gone. Kaput.

And now the crazies take over the debate, a day late and a dollar short.

Please note that the only real reason that I'm posting links to some of the more insane statements referenced via Right Wing Watch and elsewhere is to detail how some people Just Don't Get It with a vengeance. There are only two reasons I can think of why anyone would continue to whine and bitch in the deranged fashion that's documented below, and they're (A) to gin up fear among viewers and listeners in order to raise more money from them and (B) because they - sadly - actually believe their own nonsense about how Satanic Communist Muslims are out to destroy America through gay marriage. As far as I'm concerned, you can take your pick.

Submitted for your approval (?): the likes of Bryan Fischer and Mat Staver, Joe Pitts and Tony Perkins, Jennifer LeClaire, Louie Gohmert, Michele Bachmann, Tim Wildmon and Sandy Rios, Tim Huelskamp, and - not to be outdone - Antonin Scalia.

Keep in mind that of the above list of people who chose to have self-induced attacks of apoplexy over this issue, no less than four are actual elected members of the House of Representatives. And one is a Supreme Court Justice.

Makes you wonder what things will be like in 20 years when a cthonic entity is not visibly in charge of the planet and we all seem to be - you know - probably better off as a society because of this ruling, doesn't it?

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Okay, I admit it. I've been busy. But that's no reason not to finally get around to posting the results of the latest James Randi Educational Foundation Pigasus Awards, right?

My congratulations to Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, the Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center, SyFy, Alex Jones and Dr. Mehmet Oz for choosing to step in it hard and deep. Your hard work at fostering differing forms of woo and complete bullshit are a cautionary lesson in gullibility and a source of unintentional humor for the rest of us.

(Also on Lurker)

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This post will not set out the details of the Boston Marathon bombings. Any number of sources I can think of have done a much better job of this than I can. Instead, let me bring up a certain individual (competitors in the rubber chicken circuit like Alex Jones need not apply, for once) who seems to have happened upon a incredibly crass (and therefore successful) new way to boost his public profile. Namely, Glenn "Weepy" Beck.

On one radio segment, Weepy made a certain claim about a Saudi national who was supposdly implicated in the Boston Marathon incident (later identified as Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, who was sought as a witness, not a suspect); this sort of borderline-libelous public accusation is bad enough (consider, for example, the New York Post's similar blunder), but Beck decided to make the situation worse even after the Tsarnaev brothers were identified as the culprits by merrily continuing on his path into cloud-cuckoo land on the subject.

In another segment, Beck blathered on about The Conspiracy, claiming that it was the second most important story of his career after 9/11 and that - wait for it - he was waging a massive battle for TH3 TRUTH and that there were going to be big, biiiiig things coming up on this "story", To wit:

"I don't bluff, I make promises. The truth matters. I've had enough of what you've done to our country. I thought I had heard and seen it all.  I thought I didn't trust my government.  Oh no, no, no.  There is no depth that these people will not stoop to.  They have until Monday and then The Blaze will expose it.":

Yeah. Sure it will.

This was all last week, of course. Now on to this week:

On Monday, Beck's gigantic Hindenburg of a conspiracy theory was hauled out of the hangar. What it consisted of was essentially this: a reiteration of the accusation against Ali Alharbi, followed up by all sorts of fun coincidence-based stuff about how he was classified as an Al Qaeda operative (even though Djokar Tsarnaev denied any links to foreign Islamist groups after his capture) , and that information was being sought by the House of Representatives' Committee for Homeland Security, etc. It doesn't seem to matter to Beck's camp that there may not even be a legitimate reason for that investigation (because, after all, political witch hunts happen in this day and age) or what the circumstances are, because...Obama! And judging by his use of the term "powers and principalities", Satan!

Where that comes up is right here.

You'll notice from the link that Weepy doubled down on his public dick-waving on the issue with the following statement:

This is not a conspiracy theory. We have the documentation. You want to play ball with us, Washington? Come on, bring it on, play ball! We are not afraid. We know exactly who we are dealing with. We are dealing with, quite honestly, principalites and power beyond our imagination.  But we know who we have on our side. Bring it on.

That's right. The essence of his argument is "bring it on". How cute.

This, of course, is coming from a man who is an admitted former drug addict. Notice that I used the word "former": the fact that he seems to be acting like a current user stoned out of his gourd on cocaine is strictly coincidental. Just like his own conspiracy theories, right?

And as with most conspiracy theories Weepy touts, this one hasn't run out of steam quite yet. Far from it.

His latest public screed was used to put the onus on the Federal government to disprove his conspiracy theory, not the other way around. If this sounds like the typical goalpost-shifting that most conspiracy theorists use when their pet projects blow up due to a lack of evidence, it probably is. And after a while, it wouldn't matter; the Federal government has more important things to do concerning the bombing than confirm or deny the ramblings of a seemingly delusional talk show host.

The question is why Beck is doing this.

For ratings, of course. And with ratings comes increased advertising revenue, which is important to all commercial broadcasters regardless of programming emphasis.

The problem is that he's trying to manipulate public opinion in the wake of a terrible tragedy. For ratings.

Draw your own ethical conclusions concerning that point.

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You've gotta admit that Kommandant B. gives good clown show. First there was the first annual Dana Bash track meet. Now, it turns out, she's gotten into returning invisible punts at press conferences. With her staffers blocking for her, no less:

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, under an ethics investigation into her brief 2012 presidential campaign, bolted from reporters Tuesday after they began asking questions about the ongoing probe following a press conference.

When reporters began to question Bachmann, who was participating in a press conference about Medicaid reimbursement, about the congressional ethics probe into the alleged campaign finance violations, Bachmann darted away.

In Bachmann’s scramble to escape the questions, her aide Deb Steiskal physically blocked reporters away from her boss’s path, photographs taken by the Star Tribune showed.

Other campaign aides were also photographed pushing reporters out of the way as Bachmann left the room.

Fantastic. It's almost as if a comedy writer was scripting her career, not that she hasn't become wacky just now, of course.

In case you're interested, this is the investigation in question that seems to have convinced the Kommandant that she's playing in a mime football game:

Representative Michele Bachmann, Republican of Minnesota, is the subject of an ethics investigation examining allegations of wrongdoing that emerged in the aftermath of her failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, a lawyer for the lawmaker confirmed Monday.

The inquiry by the Office of Congressional Ethics — a quasi-independent agency that acts as a grand jury to address allegations of wrongdoing by House lawmakers and their staff members — follows claims by her former campaign aides that Mrs. Bachmann may have improperly used money raised by one of her House-affiliated political action committees to assist her presidential efforts in advance of the Iowa presidential caucuses in January 2012.

Peter Waldron, a political organizer who once served as national field coordinator of Mrs. Bachmann’s presidential campaign, is among those who raised the accusations, which he also brought to the Federal Election Commission, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported in January.

It's odd: considering that the Kommandant has said and done many, many other completely insane things during her political career (for examples, read this and this), it turns out that one of the blander examples of her chicanery may be the ultimate cause of her undoing instead.

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