January 23, 2013

Hillary: the truth is somewhere in my cankles. Gaze upon them if you dare.

Hillary Clinton’s Senate testimony, open thread. Which, at this point, it doesn’t much matter what she says. We’re just thankful that she finally has here health!

Anyway, I would make this a drinking game — one shot of whatever it is they drink in Benghazi to mask the pain for each lie a recuperated and (finally) well-prepped Ms Clinton tells — but then I’d probably be booked on accessory to a hundred or so alcohol-related murders. And Jim Jones I ain’t.

That’s Obama’s job these days. Only, you know. Without the personal commitment.

Posted by Jeff G. @ 8:18am

Comments (121)

  1. My liver won’t be able to handle it.

  2. Addressing Sen. Johnson right now she’s doing the worst lying I’ve heard her commit today. Hiding behind ‘wounded’ and dead.

  3. she looks like a leprechaun where’s mr. buttons

  4. Epic FAIL as Hil raises her voice at Senator Johnson.

    “What difference does it make (paraphrase) who killed our Ambassador?!”

    Also, fake choking up about the dead on display at Andrews.

  5. Better that she hide behind them than stand before them. These people have neither honor nor shame.

  6. Just remember, no one was even fired for this man caused disaster that was a follow on of the kinetic military action in Libya.

    Maybe these State Dept. folks are some true believers, but I wouldn’t want to have to rely on the current administration for my safety if I was posted at some embassy.

  7. “We were clear eyed about the dangers…”

    So, Stevens et al were expendable, then?

  8. We witness the majority engage in making perfect cover for the administration with their every question and timewasting discourse. This is not the behavior of a co-equal branch asserting its power to get to the bottom of deep failures on the part of the executive, but collusion in maintaining an illusion of competence where there is little competence.

  9. “We’ve got a success story in Somalia…”


    Oh, Maverick is on the case. Great.

  10. Boom! “I catagorically reject your answer.” Go John.

  11. Talking points. Blaming Congress. Same, same.

  12. Maverick gave her quite a tongue lashing…and got exactly nothing out of her.

  13. She just quoted the RSO to the effect that the attack was unprecedented, then turned around immediately to say the attacks was unexpected when that very same RSO testified he totally expected that attack, which was why he had declared his hair on fire to get more security. What could be more characteristic of Obazmian statesmanship than this sort of fraud?

  14. She’s the same way with Bill. Hence the cigars.

  15. What difference does it make?

    Chris Stevens’ family might want to know, “What difference?”


    Apparently she has no aspirations for 2016.

  16. she doesn’t look all that presidential really sitting there in her lucky charms suit

    but I think it’s extremely likely she’s our next one

    the cnn propaganda sluts have what we call “early buy-in”

    and look what they did for food stamp

  17. It’s no wonder Thomas Jefferson thought occasional sanguinary measures would serve to remind the oligarchs what is what, and who who.

  18. Apparently she has no aspirations for 2016.

    You say that as though this will be reported in any detail, or in any way that doesn’t make Hillary into Saint Hillary. I believe that yo are incorrect.

  19. this Rand Paul earns every cent of his paycheck

  20. Rand Paul says he would have fired her.

  21. “Responsibility begins just below me.”

  22. Rand Paul spooked her with that question about Turkey. She was totally caught flat-footed that he knew about that.

  23. What, after all, is the appropriate treatment of people undertaking a political coup once that coup is discovered, exposed to public view? Celebrate their cleverness? Reward them with permanent sinecures in government? Make them comfortable in luxurious vacation environments?

    Or line them up against a wall?

  24. I like her “Honorable” spinster’s spectacles. It’s the first time I’ve seen her in them.

    They’re a dare. As in “Rand, you wouldn’t punch a girl with glasses, would you?”

  25. I don’t think she cares for Susan Rice at all. Just tossed her to the committee as a snack.

    It won’t be enough. The beast is hungry.

  26. The Mission Statement of the Ds seems to be that “It’s still all Bush’s fault.”

  27. That’s the public mission statement leigh. The private mission statement is “l’audace, encore de l’audace, et toujours de l’audace“, or in English, “lie, lie, lie, and evermore lie”.

  28. Oh, c’est vrai sdferr.

  29. Yes, but have the cankles testified? I think they know something.

  30. How Les Misérables of them all! Will the Obamas’ actually sing or will they do it like Beyonce did.

  31. “whatever it is they drink in Benghazi”

    Ummm… that would be kafe, but you go ahead with your bad self.

  32. you want something to quench your thirst


    benghazi punch!

  33. The House committee hearings are just getting underway.

  34. Eliot Engel is offering Clinton and the Obazma administration all the cover he can muster. Has he already come out in support of Hagel’s nomination to SecDef?

  35. Probably. He’s a putz.

  36. Hillary has a whole battalion of strawmen there that she keeps throwing around. It’s a good thing the House is non-smoking now.

  37. whoof, does Hillary ever have a permanent smug writ large on her hideous gob.

  38. Several Egyptian members of the squad of militants that lay bloody siege to an Algerian gas complex last week also took part in the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Libya in September, a senior Algerian official said Tuesday.

    The Egyptians involved in both attacks were killed by Algerian forces during the four-day ordeal that ended in the deaths of at least 38 hostages and 29 kidnappers, the official said. But three of the militants were captured alive, and one of them described the Egyptians’ role in both assaults under interrogation by the Algerian security services, the official said.
    Algerian officials says the militants who seized the gas field traveled through Niger and Libya, whose border is only some 30 miles from the plant at In Amenas. Mohamed-Lamine Bouchneb, the militant leading the attack at the site, had purchased arms for the assault in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the senior official said.

    The kidnappers had also gathered, undisturbed, at the southern Libyan town of Ghat, just across the border from Algeria, he said, depicting Libya as anarchic, without an effective military force and an ideal staging ground for attacks like the one launched a week ago.

  39. I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and cankled legs of stone
    Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a raveled pantsuit lies, alone,
    Its chemic hue, and waist of full expand,
    Affirm its owner had no fashion sense
    What yet survives, stamped on these tacky things,
    The cheeks that moved them and the hose immense:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    “My name is Hillary, queen of queens:
    Look on my pants, ye Mighty, and beware!”
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that cackling wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

  40. Running the risk of committing to an oxymoron SBP, that’s a pretty piece of work you got right there.

  41. Outstanding, Spies. Bravo.

  42. My gawd. All of this slobbering over the cankled one by the Ds is going to make me hurl.

    Out and out foreshadowing of hopes and dreams of Madame President by one of the junior congresscritters from Californistan.

  43. Thanks, leigh.

    Shelley would probably not approve, though. :-)

  44. Sorry that this is a long quote. I just think it should be here in this thread. Breathtaking, and so reminiscent of the old 90s. Leopards, spots, etc.

    Grabbed from TOM who got it from the transcript.

    SEN. JOHNSON: Yeah. The point I’m making is a very simple phone call to these individuals I think would have ascertained immediately that there was no protest prior to this. I mean, this attack started at 9:40 p.m., Benghazi time, and it was an assault . . . Why wasn’t that known? And again, I appreciate the fact of the transparency of this — of this hearing, but why weren’t we transparent at that point in time?
    SEC. CLINTON: Well, first of all, Senator, I would say that once the assault happened and once we got our people rescued and out, our most immediate concern was, number one, taking care of their injuries . .. getting them into Frankfurt, Ramstein . . . to get taken care of, the FBI going over immediately to start talking to them — we did not think it was appropriate for us to talk to them before the FBI conducted their interviews, so — and we did not — I think this is accurate, sir — I certainly did not know of any reports that contradicted the IC talking points at the time that Ambassador Rice went on the TV shows.
    And, you know, I just want to say that, you know, people have accused Ambassador Rice and the administration of, you know, misleading Americans. I can say, trying to be in the middle of this and understanding what was going on, nothing could be further from the truth. Was information developing? Was the situation fluid? Would we reach conclusions later that weren’t reached initially? And I appreciate the –
    SEN. JOHNSON: But Madam Secretary, do you disagree with me that a simple phone call to those evacuees to determine what happened wouldn’t have — wouldn’t have ascertained immediately that there was no protest?
    I mean, that was — that was a piece of information that could have been easily, easily obtained –
    SEC. CLINTON: Well, but Senator, again –
    SEN. JOHNSON: — within hours, if not days.
    SEC. CLINTON: Senator, I — you know, when you’re in these positions, the last thing you want to do is interfere with any other process going on. . . . Now, we have no doubt they were terrorists, they were militants, they attacked us, they killed our people, but what was going on and why they were doing what they were doing is still — is still unknown.
    SEN. JOHNSON: No, no, no, no, I’m — I — again, we were misled that there were supposedly protests and then something sprang out of that, an assault sprang out of that. And that was easily ascertained that that was not the fact –
    SEC. CLINTON: But could — but, you know –
    SEN. JOHNSON: — and the American people could have known that within days, and they didn’t know that.
    SEC. CLINTON: And — with all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans.
    SEN. JOHNSON: I understand.
    SEC. CLINTON: Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they’d go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make? It is our job to figure out what happened and do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening again, Senator.

  45. The State Dept. didn’t want to interfere with an FBI investigation of an attack on a CIA outpost on foreign soil.

    The only appropriate response from SEN. JOHNSON would have been “are you people out of your motherfucking minds?”

  46. who gives a shit about four dead state department flunkies

    my heart will go the fuck on

  47. some people watch way way way too much cable news

  48. The only appropriate response from SEN. JOHNSON would have been “are you people out of your motherfucking minds?”

    yes the use of blunt language would shake up the proggs. i would only add “stupid proggtard mf minds”.
    get proggtard out there.

  49. you’re not allowed to say “tard” anymore

    the cnn propaganda sluts have been very clear on the matter

  50. Those people at that CNN link are fucking retarded.

  51. i think that word activates the filter at patterico’s to where your comment won’t appear

    but maybe proggtard or lifeytard would get through

    I never use those ones though

  52. they’re disrespectful

  53. Let’s just start calling shit “intellectually disabled” and then when they decide that is offensive and pick something else we can start in on that.

    Just keep making them come up with new terms and see how ridiculous they can get.

  54. lmao.

    I wondered why you never called anybody a cumslutard or hoochtard, now I know.

  55. I thought we all decided to dispense with the pleasantries and cut straight to stereotyping and insults?

    I hate it when a blind person is called “sight-challenged”. Wouldn’t that imply he’s not trying hard enough?

    I learned that hearing impaired is insulting the other day. Deef is going to have to be my go-to.

  56. Deef is going to have to be my go-to.

    That’s what my dad calls it. Mostly when being asked for money…

  57. none of my best friends are blind or deaf and I don’t think it’s me

    I think it’s cause they’re very cliquish

  58. Retard means slow. It isn’t profanity, its a real word. It means slow.

    It means the same thing as intellecually challenged or disabled or whatever.

    You can call them whatever you want, they are still retarded. And its not my fault.

  59. we can all be retarded sometimes just like we can all be blind that’s why they’re such durable words

  60. How’s about crippled? Is that bad, too? Handicapped is sort of like saying “that little kid over there”. Only the little kid is on crutches or in a wheelchair.

    How about if you just have really bad arthritis like my mom? She says she’s crippled.

    Can you still call people old?

  61. call them proggtards because it makes the stupid react

  62. with a sister with downs syndrome, proggtards are way stupider then she.

  63. That poor excuse for a fact finding thang with Clinton was obscene. I mean, when the Democrats on the panel were eating tossed salad it made me queasy, but I expected that.

    When Maverick says “we thank you for your outstanding and dedicated service to this nation, and we’re all proud of you. All over the world where I travel, you are viewed with admiration and respect”, I thought things that are probably illegal to post here.

    I swear, our political class is more needful of adoration than any Hollywood diva. That was no inquiry, it was a fucking arse kissing spectacle worthy of an awards show.

    It’s going to take revolution to kill the corruption of DC.

  64. I was told that the expression “lame” was insulting by one of the instructors in my “preparing future faculty” class.

    I never did become faculty.

  65. see i can see my sister’s barriers to entry. proggtards not so much. cultists are like that.

  66. Did all of the members of the panel spend at least half of their five minutes making a speech, or just the few I saw clips of?

  67. The State Department lied to us for weeks. Put a film maker in prison. Still refuse to accept any consequences for failure (unless you count giving some underlings a paid vacation and new job assignment as justice). And this is someone we’re all proud of?

    We are just spectators and subjects of the royal court anymore.

  68. Does mustard get through the filter? How about bastard?

  69. Did all of the members of the panel spend at least half of their five minutes making a speech, or just the few I saw clips of?

    None that I saw in the House committee — and I think I saw almost all of the Republican members there — were focused exclusively on eliciting answers Bmoe. I don’t believe a single Democrat asked a question worth the bother of the breath. A few of the Republicans managed to ask one question half-worth the candle, but none tracked to further disclosures. The only thing they could reasonably be credited with was providing Mrs. Clinton opportunity after opportunity to demonstrate her own version of a dullard’s crude arrogance. She spits on the likes of us, and isn’t shy to show it.

  70. Reason is all a flutter about Rand Paul seeming to use the opportunity to unofficially start his bid for President in ’16.

    I was pretty pissed that he didn’t do that in a presser afterwards and instead spent three of his five minutes grandstanding then asked a totally extraneous question that he knew he wouldn’t get an answer for.

    The whole bunch needs to go.

  71. randpaul less proggtard

  72. i thought his “greatest tragedy since 9/11” thing he kept repeating was something an idiot dipstick might say if they’d eaten too much sugared cereal for breakfast and were suffering a post-sugar high crash

    plus also they were, you know, idiot dipsticks

  73. Moving arms to Turkey Paul? Are you kidding me? How about Syria dumbass?! You know, where 70,000 people have died in the last 10 months? And where the late ambassador Stevens was procuring arms for, from the ones we gave to Libyan Muslims?

    Clinton almost giggled when she heard “Turkey”, ya retard…

  74. randpaul start with the rose law firms files and move forward to more lies

  75. levin gave randpaul time on his show tonight. what a bunch of asshats. and rubeio too. go away gop

  76. this idea that we can just rifle through the congresswhore trash for a 2016 nominee is deeply deeply silly

    yeah I know Romney sucked ass and Rick Perry ended up being a fruit loop and porky porky chris christie would be a fiasco but a credible Team R nominee really does need to be able to show they’re actually capable of governing something

    McCain should be Team R’s last wacky experiment with nominating people with no executive experience I think

    It’s a lessons learned thing.

  77. How I wish that fruit loop Rick Perry was president right now!

  78. true dat

  79. How come we can’t get a Republican to introduce legislation making “right to carry” a federal law, instead of only having 39 states with RTC?

    Can’t we have ANY pushback!?

  80. that just reads like she was really really desperate for content today

  81. what’s wrong with letting states decide Mr. lee?

  82. Also, “right to work”? Do we HAVE to always play defense, ya pussies?

  83. what’s wrong with letting states decide Mr. lee?

    Because of the Constitutional inalienable rights? Same reason we don’t let states decide if they want slaves…

  84. she be gop bitch

  85. “They’re a dare. As in “Rand, you wouldn’t punch a girl with glasses, would you?”

    ZZZactly what I was thinking there, steveaz

  86. Same reason we don’t let states decide if they want slaves…

    13 or 14 amendment no?

  87. given combat stuff i’d fuckin’ hit a grrrrl with glasses in a nyc minute

  88. Be sure you know what “right to carry” means. Basically, it means the right to carry is assumed, and there must be a reason to deny it. Places like California, that are “shall issue” states, assume you don’t have the right, and you must give acceptable cause to carry.

    Black/white, up/down, all of that…

  89. but I don’t care if people in new york are treated like helpless retards

    I tend to treat a lot of them that way myself honestly

    I stopped at the dauphin island post office this year to mail monies to my friend in the rockaways what lost his whole house and everything in it to sandy’s fury

    he hadn’t even loaded up the car they evacuated in but for a couple changes of clothes

    he lived right on the beach and a hurricane was coming – it was all over the news!

    hello clue phone is ringing pick up dipshit

    but God love em they just don’t know any better

  90. and I didn’t even get to see any dauphins

    hah! that’s my dauphin island joke

  91. but I don’t care if people in new york are treated like helpless retards

    Yeah, lately I’ve noticed a definite lack of empathy for your fellow travelers from you. Remember, Obama only got 51% of the vote, and even in New York not everyone is a commie. We all deserve our God given rights.

  92. i love New York outside the city

    i even love the city I just feel bad contributing to it because it’s a fascist bloombergian union whore dystopia where the parts you don’t ever see are genuinely terrifying and unimaginably bleak, not unlike chicago

    or new orleans

    but no I am not my brother’s keeper and very very little of what is happening in this deeply fucked up embarassingly failshit little country what has become so very very contemptuous of liberty is really my problem

    I gots to take care of me and mine, as do we all

  93. *embarrassingly*

  94. Lee, honey. You need to move outta there.

  95. also people really need to more aggressively confront the cable news fallacy where just because shit is on cable news you have to give a good goddamn about it

    Lance Armstrong? Really?

    Teo whatever?

    School shootings in a faraway rather esoteric little state I never been to yet even?

    My heart will go the fuck on.

  96. happy, I believe you have your crabby pants on today.

  97. (Today?!)

  98. very little of what is happening in this deeply fucked up embarassingly failshit little country what has become so very very contemptuous of liberty is really my problem

    Well, I guess Thomas Merton was all confused about you.

  99. i ate a lot of chocolate today that always puts me in a bad way once I get home

  100. I was being generous, Patrick.

  101. Island Happyfeets!

  102. Thomas Merton!

    he looks like a neat little guy on wikipedia but I have no idea who he is really

  103. oh.


  104. one of my stories i loved when I was little ended like this

    Will you leave your seas and islands, and help us try to get men to live together, in peace as well as liberty? An Englishman, a German, and a Frenchman: it would be a good start.”

    The air was cold but exhilarating. A gust of wind scattered powdery snow from the face of Jungfrau.

    “Yes,” I said, “I’ll leave my seas and islands.”*

    I always fancied I’d say yes too.

    But nobody ever asked.

  105. You need to move outta there

    I know leigh. Moving is problematic though. Plus, I hate to retreat. Like the old cigarette ad said, I’d rather fight than switch. If and when the central valley turns blue, I’ll definitely leave.

  106. That would be Thomas Merton of “no man is an island” fame. Sorry, I thought that would pop up front and center on google…

  107. yup I finally got it

    i love islands I went to every one I could… Presque Isle was the most melancholy it’s a summer place and the wind was biting cold but with little effort you could see all the memories – decades and decades – of real normal very middle-class-at-best people’s happy summer family weekends even though nobody was there except for this one guy pretending to do cross country skiing except with roller skates

    it was like walking into Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

  108. Don’t think of it as a retreat, Lee. It’s a strategic chess move so that you and the missus can enjoy life a little more. Land is cheap further east and so are homes.

    The kids are young. They can come visit you on your ranchette.

  109. i love islands I went to every one I could

    Wake up, we’re lost in space and the earth is our home.

  110. that’s a nice song I never done the Steve Miller thing in a big way yet

  111. But leigh, it’s so pretty where I am! I’m hoping for a grandkid soon (if my lazy son would take care of bidnez), we have no debt and live a simple life in the hills, totally uninteresting to the powers that be. Life is good, frankly, and they will have to try harder to push me out.

    Perhaps one day I will show up at your house* with ATF hot on my heels, we’ll see.

    *You invited me once, don’t forget.

  112. call them proggtards because it makes the stupid react

    They are not afraid to flaunt the stupid in public, in print.

  113. Steve Miller was a favorite of mine in HS, back in the late 70’s. Back in the atomic days…

  114. Thanks, I dug out “Sailor” to listen to.

  115. Gangster of Love…

  116. “Dime a Dance Romance” is a favorite but I can’t find a Youtube of it.

  117. So how about some Miller & McCartney.