Bill Clinton's Presidency: Jan. 20, 1993 – Jan. 20, 2001; Sept. 11, 2001

It has long been the position of the Republican Party that 9/11 was the worst thing to ever happen to America, at least until Barack Obama was elected president (twice). But the party has never been comfortable with the FACT that George Dubya Bush was president that day. And the FACT that he was too busy dry-drunk vacationing on his ranch to give a damn about the warning of an imminent attack. And the FACT that he appeared too scared shitless, when he was informed of the attack, to get the fuck up from his chair and do something. (That's a video you can watch.)

The absurd claim -- one might even go so far as to call it an outright despicable LIE, and we are precisely that kind of one -- that George Bush Kept Us SafeTM, so long as you don't count the worst thing that ever happened to America, has circulated for years. But it's really come back into fashion since George's dumb baby brother decided to bring it up every chance he gets, since speaking Mexican at Donald Trump isn't helping him

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Fox News, eager as always to help, has taken up the cause of scoffing at the "lunatic left" for spreading the "conspiracy theory" that Bush was president on 9/11, which, although "technically accurate," is not relevant to the larger point of how Bush kept us safe after 9/11. And, most importantly, if you insist on blaming anyone for the terrorist attack that happened on Bush's watch, the obvious culprit is Bill Clinton.

And the Republican Party, it would seem, has decided to officially embrace this far more convenient narrative. Like so:

PETER JOHNSON JR (FOX LEGAL ANALYST): You know, a lot of folks over time have said that if any political figure blew it in terms of preventing the 9/11 disaster, if you were to point to any figure, then it would be Mr. Clinton and his presidency. [...]

SEAN HANNITY: I'd actually put more [blame] on the Clinton administration myself, especially based on what Clinton himself has admitted.


MEGHAN MCCAIN: I have the utmost respect for President George W. Bush. I do believe he kept this country safe. I think if anything, we should maybe be looking at the Clinton administration's role in 9/11. President Bush hadn't been president for that long[.]

Of course, we'd expect nothing less from the spawn of the evil som'bitch Sen. John McCain, who (let us Never Forget) said Bush deserved "some credit" for the "victory" of our combat troops leaving Iraq -- in 2010. Funny sense of timing, that McCain clan.

It's not just idiots on Fox News, though. It's also idiots running for president who've decided that if anyone is to blame for the total intelligence failure that led to 9/11, it is certainly not Bush, because that, as New York Rep. Peter King recently explained, "would be the same as saying President Roosevelt was responsible for Pearl Harbor." (And no, King did then not explain why what happened in Benghazi is obviously, by the exact same logic, not President Obama's fault. But you knew that.)

Marco Rubio:

The truth is that George W. Bush inherited all sorts of things from the Clinton administration, including intelligence agencies and others who were not doing a very good job and were siloing off and not sharing information across agencies, including a government under President Clinton that had not taken seriously al Qaeda and the threat that they posed, even after the USS Cole, even after the first Trade Center bombings, and all of the other challenges that we faced around world.

President Bush was only in office nine months when this happened.

Perhaps the occasional senator from Florida has been hanging out with Meghan McCain to further his popularity with the youth vote he thinks he's got nailed.

And here is Jeb! explaining why Bill Clinton really screwed the pooch on Osama bin Laden:

I think there's two ways to look at Islamic terrorism. One is a threat that has to be taken out as it relates to, you know, creating a strategy that calls it a war, or we view it as a law enforcement operation where people have rights. I think the Clinton administration made a mistake of thinking bin Laden had to be viewed from a law enforcement perspective.

At the risk of being pointedly redundant, Jeb has said his brother -- who used the word "war" many times but still failed to get bin Laden -- did everything right, which is how he, unlike Clinton, protected us from 9/11:

The simple fact is that when we were attacked, my brother created an environment where for 2,600 days we were safe. No one attacked us again. And he changed the laws, he did everything necessary, united the country and he kept us safe.

But then Jeb said President Obama has the same bad-thinking problem Clinton had, with his insufficient bloodlust for MORE WAR, so you can see how easy it is to blame Obama for any terrorists attacks on his watch, which could not have happened since George Bush made us so gosh darned safe, we were never terrorist-attacked again.

Now that Fox News has committed itself to spreading the word that Clinton did 9/11, pass it on, we expect to see other presidential candidates embrace this One Weird Trick with deep-throated enthusiasm. Bill did the first 9/11, Hillz did the Benghazi one. Better put a Republican in the White House, because that's the only way to keep America safe.

[Media MattersRightWingWatch / TPM / WaPo]


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Ever since Ruth Bader Ginsburg successfully underwent surgery for lung cancer, conservative sites and message boards have been trafficking in a ridiculous theory that she is actually dead and that there is some kind of Weekend at Bernie's-esque conspiracy to pretend she is still alive.

Now, one would think that her recent public appearance at a concert held in her honor would have put this to rest. Alas, it did not. Rather, the "researchers" (as they hilariously call themselves) determined that the concert was actually her funeral.

No. Really. That was a thing.

I admit that I gave this a lot more thought than I should have. Like, how did they think this would go? How long did they imagine this would go on for? Why would they risk having a full on funeral concert, open to the press? Wouldn't they just have not bothered to have a funeral at all? And what did these people think was going to happen when it was announced that she died for real? Or did they think that we were going to pretend that she is immortal and thus never announce her death? It's so confusing!

Being very up to date on the "RBG is secretly dead!" nonsense, I was very curious about which way the "anons" would go with this when they announced her return to work on Friday. They did not disappoint!

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Yesterday afternoon, 45-year-old Gary Martin of Aurora, Illinois was let go from his job at the Henry Pratt Company, a factory that manufactures water valves. In response, he took out a pistol with a laser scope and began shooting at random. He killed five people and injured six others who were just trying to make it through the day at the water valve factory, and then the police killed him.

His mother said he was "stressed out." He "seemed fine" according to the clerk at the Circle K where he bought his cigars that morning. His neighbor thought he was a nice guy. Some people were surprised, others were not.

This kind of thing used to be shocking, but it's a story we're used to now. It gets repeated at least once a month. It's just what happens now, and we can't do anything about it because we can't do anything about gun control. This is, the Right has decided, just the price we all have to pay so they can stockpile guns for funsies, and take sexy pictures of guns shoved in their pants. This is the blood that waters their special tree of liberty.

It's fucking exhausting. And stupid. We shouldn't have to live this way. No one should have to live this way. But we do. Why? Because some day some yahoos might want to overthrow the government, which is (of course) a completely legal thing to do, and their "right" to do that must be protected. So it's literally just never, ever going to stop.

Gary Martin, like most other mass shooters, also had a history of violence against women. In 1994, in Mississippi, he was convicted for stabbing one. He should not have been able to get a gun after that. I would like to know how and why he was able to get that pistol with the laser scope that he killed five people with yesterday afternoon. Maybe someone gave it to him. Maybe he bought it somehow. Maybe someone forgot to do a background check. Maybe he bought it from someone who didn't have to do a background check.

I am so goddamned tired of writing this article. I am out of things to say.


Martin apparently bought the gun after successfully applying for an Illinois state Firearms ID. That license was revoked after he applied for a concealed carry license and was rejected due to his prior felony conviction in Mississippi, but no one bothered to see if he still had a gun.

Via USA Today:

"During the fingerprinting and background process it was discovered that he had a felony conviction for aggravated assault out of Mississippi," [Police Chief Kristen] Ziman said. "It should be noted that this conviction would not have shown up on a criminal background check conducted for an FOID card."

That seems like it might be a problem, no?

It has also since been revealed that Martin had a domestic battery arrest in 2008 in Aurora.


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