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Waiting for al Guffman

There's an element of the failed attack in Garland, Texas that most are probably unwilling to broach. Both sides of this drama amount to the War on Terror B team, or perhaps the C or even D team, hapless clowns and cartoonish caricatures on both sides of the equation who need each other to sustain their own drama and nonsense. Somewhat to my surprise Pam Geller herself is now starting to catch flak for being the clown show that she is, even partly from the right, and endangering police for no reason. She is responding with predictable histrionics and nonsense. Her would-be attackers are something like her mirror image.

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Got Questions on the Military Takeover of Texas?

Catherine Thompson is our lead reporter on the military (non) takeover of Texas story. And today at 1 PM she's holding a Live Chat at The Hive (sub req) to answer your questions about just what on earth is going on down in Texas, what the states Republican politicians are thinking and whether shuttered Walmarts are really part of President Obama's plan to take over Texas. Get your questions in now and join Catherine tomorrow in a half hour. I'll see you there.

West Virginia Open for Your Special Ops Needs

If Texas would like to get out of the business of having a ton of the country's military bases and aerospace installations on its soil, Joe Manchin would like them all to come over to West Virginia. "I don't know what's going on in Texas. I don't know the paranoia that goes on in Texas, but the people in West Virginia welcome, welcome the special forces exercises. Please come to West Virginia. We'll welcome you with open arms. We're not afraid of you. We embrace you, we want you to be part of us."

Bibi Gets the Shiv

I wanted to update you on a weird turn of events in the Israeli election over the last couple days. Now you're probably saying, what Israeli election? That happened going on two months ago. Well, pretty much ... but not quite. The voting and distribution of Knesset seats is always followed by the 'winner' - usually the leader of the largest party - forming a coalition with smaller parties. That process has now been going on for almost six weeks, with Netanyahu taking his time, playing parties off each other, making his future coalition members sweat and trying to build a coalition with as much freedom and flexibility for himself as he can manage. The entire time it's seemed virtually certain that he would assemble a government with a 67 seat majority (out of 120) made up of rightist parties, religious parties and one center-left party, Kulanu. That was until Monday when Avigdor Lieberman, head of the now greatly diminished Yisrael Beiteinu party said F'it - and more specifically F'you to Netanyahu - and took his party's six seats into opposition.

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It's Going to be A Hard, Hard Fall

People are still talking about the now preposterous possibility of a Christie presidential campaign that isn't an abysmal flop. But once folks come back to reality — and even more once Christie comes back to planet Earth and even tacitly admits his career in politics is likely over — there's a dark story that's ready to be told. And that is that Chris Christie has stepped on and pissed off enough people on his ascent through New Jersey and now national politics that it is going to be a brutal fall. There's no soft landing in the offing. This is probably just a hint of what's coming.

Quote of the Day

Louie Gohmert: "Once I observed the map depicting ‘hostile,’ ‘permissive,’ and ‘uncertain’ states and locations, I was rather appalled that the hostile areas amazingly have a Republican majority, ‘cling to their guns and religion,’ and believe in the sanctity of the United States Constitution."

Grandiose Much?

Pamela Geller compares herself (favorably) to Rosa Parks, causing even Fox News host to do double take. Watch.

ISIS's US Allies

Was ISIS behind the failed attack on Pam Geller's Muhammad cartoon event in Garland, Texas? Today ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack and claimed more will be coming. Predictably, right-wingers have swelled at this claim of responsibility to elevate the significance of the attack and claim that ISIS has mounted its first attack on the US mainland.

Let's wait to see if there turns out to be any evidence at all for this claim.

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Walmart: We're Not Part of Military Takeover

One of the best parts of the conspiracy theory embraced by top Republicans in Texas is the idea that shuttered Walmart stores are actually being prepared as either staging areas or detention facilities for President Obama's planned military takeover of Texas. Some theorize that the military and Walmart may be preparing tunnels connecting the shuttered Walmarts as part of the takeover. But Walmart now says there's "no truth to the rumors" that they're involved.

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