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Justice Department Report: Sharyl Attkisson’s “Hacked Computer” Was a Complete Fantasy

Imagine my surprise
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You may recall former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s absurd stories about her computer being hacked by the Post Office. I had some comments about her laughable claims last November.

Well, today the Justice Department’s Inspector General released a report on their investigation, and imagine my surprise: Justice Department’s IG Report Disputes Attkisson’s Computer-Intrusion Allegations.

Many of the allegations made by former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson regarding alleged computer intrusions by the U.S. government are disputed in a report by the Justice Department’s inspector general. “The OIG’s investigation was not able to substantiate the allegations that Attkisson’s computers were subject to remote intrusion by the FBI, other government personnel, or otherwise,” reads the inspector general’s report.

In her book “Stonewalled,” Attkisson had issued a wide-ranging set of claims — that her CBS News work computers and her personal computer had been hacked, that a strange wire was found hanging from the cable TV/broadband box outside of her home and that her phone service went fuzzy. The inspector general’s report found that the cable in question was a “common” cable used by Attkisson’s broadband provider. Here’s how the report sums up the situation:

Lastly, Attkisson reported to the OIG that a “suspicious” cable was attached to her Internet Service Provider’s connection box installed on her house. She opined to the OIG that perhaps this cable was being used to “tap” her house. Further investigation by the OIG revealed that the cable was a common cable used by the provider and could not be used to monitor or otherwise affect the phone or internet service at her residence.

And in response to Attkisson’s videotape of an alleged hacker deleting content from her computer screen, the report says that the activity was caused by “the back space key being stuck.”

And that last conclusion is exactly what I said in my post. (Because it’s obvious.)

AFA “Repudiates” Chief Spokesman’s Racist and Anti-Gay Statements Before Hosting Israel Trip for RNC

Weasels
Wingnuts • Views: 1,448

In a followup to the American Family Association’s “repudiation” of raving hate-monger Bryan Fischer, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that they received a letter from the AFA trying to distance themselves from Fischer’s racist and anti-gay statements.

The SPLC isn’t buying it, and neither should anyone else. The AFA is simply trying to save face and maintain their connections to the Republican Party, because their extremist bigotry has finally gotten some media attention; and Fischer is far from the only hate-spewing loon in this organization.

The repudiation of Bryan Fischer’s statements came just two days before members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) are scheduled to embark on a trip to Israel sponsored by the AFA.

Last week, the SPLC wrote to all 168 members of the RNC urging them not to accompany the AFA on the trip because of the group’s long track record of bigotry and hate. The SPLC has named the AFA as a hate group due to its history of making false, demonizing statements about the LGBT community, including Fischer’s contention that gay men were responsible for the Holocaust.

SPLC President Richard Cohen, in a letter to the AFA today (see below), wrote that “it’s difficult to see the AFA’s disavowal as anything other than an effort to quell the negative press attention you’re receiving in connection with your sponsorship of an all-expenses-paid trip to Israel for members of the Republican National Committee.”

Fischer has claimed, for example, that black people “rut like rabbits”; that the First Amendment applies only to Christians; that Hispanics are “socialists by nature” and come to the U.S. to “plunder” the country; that Muslims should not be permitted to build mosques in the United States; that an underground railroad is needed to protect children from gay parents; and more.

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Rachel Maddow on Loretta Lynch’s Record, and Her Confirmation Hearing

HInt: They have very little to do with her record, and a lot to do with conspiracy theories
Politics • Views: 2,787

This is long (more than 18 minutes), but it’s very good. But the upshot is that Loretta Lynch will be a very good attorney general, and Republicans will eventually concede that.

But not before using these hearings to whine about a man they arguably love to hate, perhaps even more than President Obama, and that’s the outgoing Attorney General, Eric Holder.

Yes, they asked her about Fast & Furious, BENGHAZI1!1!1!1!!, and the smorgasbord of conspiracy theories he has been linked to.

Your tax dollars at work.

Yet another example of what happens when sane people don’t vote in midterm elections, and wingnuts do: wingnuts get elected, and engage in all manner of wingnuttery, both amusing and dangerous.

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More: GOP Uses Loretta Lynch Hearing to Vent About Eric Holder

Hate-Monger Bryan Fischer Fired by the American Family Association

Big news in the fanatical religious right world
Wingnuts • Views: 9,424

Rachel Maddow just reported this amazing story.

UPDATE at 1/28/15 8:58:04 pm by Charles Johnson

But wait a minute…

Key & Peele Introduce Us to the Best New Football Players

Triple Parakeet-Shoes?
Humor • Views: 7,973

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The best football players from the east and the west sound off before the big game.

The Key & Peele Super Bowl Special premieres January 30 at 10/9c on Comedy Central.

Alex Jones Says Rand Paul Is Lying About Moderating His Extreme Positions

Not difficult to believe at all
Wingnuts • Views: 10,068

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Sen. Rand Paul has been a frequent guest on the absolutely insane Alex Jones conspiracy show (and it continually amazes me that he apparently suffers no political consequences for it), and Jones is reciprocating by telling his viewers that Paul is just playing politics and lying about his so-called “moderation.”

And oddly enough, I agree with Alex Jones on this.

Andrew Sullivan Says He’s Quitting Blogging

So long, no thanks for the eugenics
Blogosphere • Views: 12,082

Andrew Sullivan says he’s going to quit blogging: A Note to My Readers.

I don’t have much to say about this, because to be honest I was not a fan of Mr. Sullivan and I haven’t paid much attention to his writing for years. I didn’t like his apologia for the absolutely horrible Ron and Rand Paul, his defense of the crypto-racist pseudo-scientific “The Bell Curve” and discredited eugenics theories, or his advocacy of conspiracy theories about Sarah Palin’s pregnancy. I could list a lot more reasons, but I think I’ll just leave it there — with the note that I seriously doubt this is really the end of Sullivan’s blogging.

Now get ready for a deluge of mainstream journalism think pieces about THE DEATH OF BLOGGING. As if.

We Got Some Seriously Deranged Mail

Holocaust Remembrance Day always brings out the crazies
Weird • Views: 16,035

You’ll have to click to see this amazingly crazy email I received tonight from someone in Monterey, because it’s pretty damned disturbing, not to mention racist and antisemitic. Holocaust Remembrance Day always excites the lunatics.

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Bring on the crazy.

Fantastic Four Reboot: The Official Teaser Trailer

Right wing freakout imminent
Arts • Views: 15,627

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As a kid, the Fantastic Four were my favorite Marvel characters, but the recent films weren’t really that great. So I’m glad to see a reboot in the works, with an apparent emphasis on the science fiction angle that attracted me to the Fantastic Four in the first place — and we can also look forward to a right wing freakout, because in this version the Human Torch is… black.

And speaking of right wing freakouts, first out of the racist gate is our boy the Ginger Avenger.

Right — because there are so few white men in the movies these days.

Right Wing Smear Merchant Chuck C. Johnson Offers “Bounty” for Another Rape Victim

Sick
Wingnuts • Views: 20,010

The worst person on Twitter took another dive into his own personal misogynistic sewer yesterday, posting a tweet offering a “bounty” for the name of a woman who reported being sexually assaulted at a Duke University frat party.

I think I might need to create a new category for posts about Johnson; maybe “Disgusting” or “Vile.”

I encourage all LGF readers with Twitter accounts to report this tweet; you can now report tweets that are not addressed directly to you, and Twitter has made the process much easier. Just click the timestamp in the tweet to go to the Twitter website, click the “More” link (it looks like ‘…’) and report it for targeted harassment.

I don’t understand why Twitter stands back and allows their service to be used for evil purposes like this; it damages their brand, and sends the message that they welcome misogynist creeps who harass rape victims. This is becoming Twitter’s reputation.

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Lord have mercy on the people in England for the terrible food these people must eat. And Lord have mercy on the fate of this movie and God bless the mind of the man in the street.