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Hillary testifies on Benghazi

And she took no prisoners. More later when I’ve looked at the hearings on c-span but I think this picture says it all. This is Hillary giving her full attention to John McCain while he jumped all over her ass.


I know. Priceless isn’t it.
I told you guys her testimony was going to be something to look forward to. I don’t know what the Republicans were expecting. She’s no first lady in a headband dragged before congress to explain where a missing box of billing records are anymore. She’s a seasoned politician and executive branch official with command of the facts and she has opinions that she’s not too diplomatic to share.

Oh, and women are now cleared for combat. I hate war but if there was one step that I think is absolutely necessary for full constitutional equality, this would be it. You can’t send a woman to war, hand her a gun and tell her to shoot someone and then tell her she can’t get her OC prescription filled or have an abortion. Well, you can, but it will be much harder to do now. And men can’t pull that “I served on the frontlines in a war” crap in politics. It levels a great deal of the playing field.

Woah! This snip of hearing is very interesting and should raise lots of ire:

4:37 PM: Rep. Joe Kennedy — the one with the red hair — asks if Clinton could share any lessons she learned as Secretary of State.

4:38 PM: Clinton says that she learned to meet extremists and terrorists in the same channels they occupy — e.g.. television, social media, etc

Gotta track down that clip. It’s a keeper.

Sign of the Times: Bunker Mentality in Davos


Presidents, prime ministers and other government officials are gathering for five days of discussions with captains of industry, bank bosses and heads of non-governmental organisations.

So the streets of this Swiss ski resort have been effectively cordoned off by a series of roadblocks and there is airport-style security checks all over the place.

To many, perhaps most, this is understandable. Many of the leaders here have dangerous enemies.

But the way this rarefied gathering of global leaders has decided to create large gaps between themselves and the outside world is also symbolic, perhaps even symptomatic, of deep distrust.

The BBC article is accompanied by pictures of the heighten security around these so-called “leaders”.

So, to recap, the Smaug Elite* deregulate the world, blow up economies all over the place, ruin innocent peoples’ lives, act like making obscene gobs of cash is the loftiest pinnacle of human endeavor to which we can aspire, treat everyone else like lazy parasitical scum who don’t deserve to get paid to eat and live, and as a result, they have to hire small armies to huddle behind when they take to tiny Swiss ski towns to talk about how hard it is to find good help anymore.

I’d say this experiment with the unregulated  free market system is racing towards its inevitable conclusion quite well.  Party on, Ayn Rand!

* Hat tip Hamfast Ruddyneck for the term Smaug Elite to refer to the uber wealthy and their financier class allies.


Something about this situation felt eerily familiar.  I couldn’t put my finger on it.  Where else had I seen a bunch of super wealthy, arrogant, self-centered sociopaths with a maniacal impulse to rule the world as our leaders, but who also felt obliged to hire battalions of jack booted thugs to provide security against intruders?  Then it hit me:


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