@jenkirkman taking out rush Limbaugh.
Episode #5 of my podcast “I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast” is up!
I talk about fear of doing drugs, I retract some information about my family’s hot Jesus painting, why Nancy Reagan didn’t work but Len Bias did and some advice for my nineteen-year-old self that didn’t understand guys.
This is not a joke…I regularly listen to Rush Limbaugh at work in the morning (he’s on from 9-noon on the west coast). The last few Funcasts (that’s not a trademarked term yet, but I hereby relinquish, extinguish, transfer and assign all rights in it to Jen Kirkman for her sole and exclusive use) have been announced in the 10-11ish Pacific timeframes. I stop what I’m doing (even work) to listen to the Funcast immediately.
So if you hate Rush Limbaugh, world, you should listen to the Funcast and get everyone you know to listen to it as well. Maybe if it gets millions of listeners there will be more than one a week. Remember, more fun = less Rush (for me).
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I took my dad and nephew to a local airfield today for a Memorial Day airshow. The airshow featured various World War II aircraft, from a P-51 Mustang to a B-17 bomber. I knew my dad would be interested in the show since he came of age during World War II and had walked through a B-17 in 1939 during the World’s Fair in San Francisco.
Seven years later, my dad was a US Army soldier serving in Japan as part of the United States occupation of Japan following the surrender of Japan in 1945. He spent a year living in the broken country of those who had waged war upon his country and was prepared to hate them.
Instead, he developed a deep respect for Japan and the Japanese people. He learned a bit of Japanese and always went out of his way to treat the vanquished population with respect and dignity.
Fast forward 67 years, and my dad, now 85 and showing the signs of age, is walking with me out of the Livermore airfield after the above-mentioned airshow. He’s carrying a cane, because I insisted that he bring it with him, but he won’t use it (even though he probably should).
Coming the other direction from us, going into the airshow, is a Japanese couple, about the same age as my dad, the woman walking with a cane and the man shuffling along.
As they pass my dad, my dad (who is extremely social, unlike me) stops the man and greets him in Japanese. I have no idea what he said, but the Japanese man’s eyes light up and he speaks Japanese back to my dad. They have one more exchange in Japanese and the man bows towards my dad and my dad shakes his hand, and they walk off in separate directions.
I don’t know whether the Japanese man was an American citizen during WWII or whether he was a Japanese soldier, but two men who probably would have had to kill each other had they been that close in 1945 were sharing a moment of nostalgia and respect.
I admit that I was and am touched at the civility of the exchange between former enemies.
I can only hope that every generation can have that kind of reconciliation.
Though I’m a lawyer, I don’t often go to court. I went after this guy for a friend, though, and I’m pleased to see that I was able to put this guy in prison for the next 30 years.
The short version of the story is that James Webb was scamming investors with a ponzi scheme, where he’d claim to be helping people buy houses in bad neighborhoods so the houses could be fixed and the neighborhoods could improve.
A friend invested in one of the scams in LA and called me about it. I told him straight off that it was a scam and that while he was unlikely to get his money back, he could get the ringleader thrown into jail so other people wouldn’t get hurt.
And that’s exactly what happened when we worked together with the SEC and the Department of Justice.
Even if you get scammed out of your money you can fight back.
Today I had a heated conversation with a friend who claimed that there is nothing to the investigation into what happened in Benghazi. My friend claimed (1) Obama had called the attack terrorism in a speech the day after it happened and (2) no one really knew what had happened and who had done it, so it would have been premature to have called it terrorism.
Ok, it’s obvious that (1) and (2) conflict with each other, since if (1) is true then (2) would mean that (1) was unsubstantiated, and if (2) is true then (1) means the President lied.
But more to the point, here are the facts.
On September 12, 2012, the day after the Benghazi attack, Obama did give a speech in the Rose Garden where he mourned the loss of the 4 Americans in Benghazi. Yet he never said that the attacks were terrorism. Here is what he said:
We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.
He clearly is connecting the video that some Muslims claimed to be offensive with the murder of the 4 Americans.
He then went on to talk about the significance of September 11 to Americans and THAT is when he used the word “terror”, in reference to September 11, 2001 and other terror attacks on the US. He was very clear in connecting the video to Benghazi but there was never a statement that Benghazi was a terrorist attack.
But one would think that if Obama did indeed refer to the Benghazi attack as a terrorist attack on September 12, 2012, he would have continued to refer to it as such in subsequent days.
In reality, he continued to refer to the Benghazi attack as a response to the allegedly anti-Muslim video. On September 25, nearly two weeks after the attack, and after representatives from his administration had been going on the media day after day insisting that the attacks were a response to the video and not acts of terror, Obama went to the United Nations to give a speech about the Americans who were killed in Benghazi. The speech is here.
How many times does he refer to terror? Once, when mentioning that Iran has been sponsoring terrorism in Syria and elsewhere.
How many times does he refer to the allegedly anti-Muslim video? SEVEN. And they are all in the context of connecting the video to the attack on the Benghazi facility.
So, dear friends, if Obama really did call the Benghazi attack a terror attack on the day after it happened, why did he go to the UN two weeks later to blame the video?
And more important, why did order the imprisonment of the maker of that video, a person living in California? And why is that person STILL in jail today?
WHY IT MATTERS
This is the important part.
It’s clear that Obama was in a close race for re-election at the time of the Benghazi attack. He started his presidency with his infamous apology tour in Cairo, Egypt, and went on to bend over backwards to appease the Muslim world, which had purportedly been angered over the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, which they thought were western attacks on Islam.
Obama’s goal was to reverse the Bush legacy, and that meant he sought to appease the Muslim world and show them that unlike Bush, he would give great respect to Muslim nations.
As part of that, Obama didn’t want to have overt and militaristic security arrangements in Libya, where Islamist forces had just murdered the Libyan leader and taken control of the country. So the Benghazi facility was left without adequate security.
Obama also was less than a month away from his first debate with Mitt Romney. The economy was still in shambles at that point and Obama had nothing to run on other than the fact that Osama bin Laden had been killed under his watch. The talking point going into the debates was “Obama got Osama” and “al Qaeda is decimated”. Clearly, the intent was to portray Obama as having neutered al Qaeda by, in part, having “got” bin Laden.
If it came out that not only was al Qaeda not decimated but also fully functional and capable of attacking US facilities abroad and murdering US diplomatic personnel, Obama would lose his strong suit (of having taken out al Qaeda).
Don’t believe me? Here’s what Obama said in the October 22, 2012 debate with Romney: “Al Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated.”
Obama felt he had to hide the fact that (1) al Qaeda was still operational and a real threat to the United States and (2) he had put American lives at risk through his program of appeasing Muslim constituencies.
In recent Congressional hearings, the Deputy Chief of Mission to Benghazi, the highest ranking survivor of the 9/11/12 attack, stated that he had been in contact with the Obama administration throughout the attack and clearly communicated that they were under attack, it was an organized military attack with mortars and not a spontaneous riot and that the State Department had refused his request to send military assistance during the attack. He went so far as to say that there were no protests against any video in Benghazi and that the video had absolutely no connection whatsoever to the attacks.
YET, the Obama administration insisted that the attacks were random, unplanned responses to an offensive video and utterly rejected any claim that it was an al Qaeda terror attack. Until after the election, of course.
There you have it.
Listen up: If there is one venue in entertainment that is perfect for people flying solo, it’s the Punch Line in SF.
I went to Jen’s show last night by myself (I just broke up with my long term transsexual lover and didn’t feel like taking a hooker*) and I’ll admit that at first I was a bit hesitant to go to a comedy show on my own.
But there’s a great thing about the Punch Line…it has an entire area with great seating for single folk. I guess you don’t have to be single, but they have a row of seats that are in front of a long bar-like thing with individual seats. It’s just like sitting at a bar, but instead of watching a bartender pour drinks, you get to see one of the greatest comedians of our time entertain you.
It’s PERFECT for people on their own. The seating is very comfortable, there’s lots of room between you and the next person, you get a great view of the stage and you’re surrounded by other people who are on their own. Maybe you’ll even meet someone!
So if you want to enjoy a few hours tonight or tomorrow night and are in the Bay Area and you don’t have anyone else to do something with, you’d be a fucking idiot to pass up this opportunity.
Get out of your damn house! Stop staring at stupidball on tv! Go to a live performance, have fun, support truly creative work and don’t worry about being solo!
*I actually am not into transsexuals and I wouldn’t consider a hooker, just because it’s San Francisco and you never know what you’re getting. I’m also not single/divorced, my wife just happened to be out of town. So seriously, people, whatever the reason for your not having someone to go out with tonight/tomorrow night, GO SEE JEN AT THE PUNCH LINE!
Every so often I’m reminded of something that we Jews call a “mitzvah”. A mitzvah is a good deed, something that you do to make the world a better place. Feeding the hungry is a mitzvah. Giving aid to the ill is a mitzvah. A mitzvah can really be anything that a person does to help out someone or something else.
My twitter name, Snappy Kyle, comes from the name that we gave our dog when we first adopted him. I’m pretty sure I’ve written about Kyle’s background before, but the story of how he was abused, neglected and dumped in a high kill shelter, hours from his death, are here. We adopted him from a shelter 300+ miles away, sight unseen, based entirely on his story.
When we first met Kyle we saw he was a very cute dog, but he was, um, grumpy a lot. There was ample reason for his standoffish personality, since it was clear that he had been abused. The pictures of him posted by the shelter didn’t show it, but someone had done serious damage to this poor dog.
He had a dinner plate sized burn mark on the side of his stomach. It was not a fresh burn, but there was no fur on the site of the burn and it was clear that he did not get proper care when the injury occurred. We have no idea whether the injury was intentionally inflicted by his prior owner, but given his background and the fact that he had been dumped in a kill shelter, we have to believe that it was intentional.
Maybe he bit his prior owner after they had abused him, and in retaliation they beat him more and poured scalding water on his side. That’s about as likely an explanation for what happened as any. We’ll never know. What we did know is that he didn’t like anyone getting near him or touching him. If you did get close to him, he’d snap. Not an aggressive snap, just a defensive “I won’t let you hurt me again” snap.
Thus, snappy Kyle.
The point of this post, and the picture above, is to encourage people to do a mitzvah and give a shelter dog a new chance at a good life. It took over a year for us to get Kyle to stop snapping. He’s now the sweetest, most gentle dog you’d ever meet (unless you fuck with him, then he’ll definitely snap at you).
We just had him groomed and the burn scar that he came to us with is slowly healing (we’re now coming up on four years since he came to live with us). I doubt it will ever go away, but it’s barely recognizable for what it was and the scar is a metaphor for many things about him.
So if you have the ability to give a dog a second chance, do it. The time and effort is well worth it. And even if it isn’t your thing, you’ll have made the world a better place.
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