‘I don’t have evidence to back that up’

Susan Collins, a US GODDAMN SENATOR, everybody:

… “Whenever we have an attack like this it’s difficult not to think that it’s somehow involved in Islamic extremism,” said Maine Sen. Susan Collins, until recently a top member of the Homeland Security committee and still a prime mover on security bills. “I don’t have evidence to back that up. That’s just based on previous attacks.”

Nah, you’re just talkin’. Just kinda spitballing. Brainstorming. Throwing stuff at the wall. You know. To reporters. In a public statement. Which, every statement you make is a public statement because YOU’RE IN CONGRESS. Shut your damn mouth. STOP TALKING. It is not that hard. That thing you stuff your cake in? CLOSE IT.

It is amazing to me, just amazing sometimes, how baseline stupid a lot of these people are. I’m not talking about the deliberately dim, venal sickos like Inhofe, or the repulsive bigots like Sessions or Chambliss. I’m talking about we elect people to Congress, grown-ass men and women, who then tweet pictures of their dicks around and say things about ongoing law enforcement investigations that they have no idea if they are right or not. They start sentences with “Well, fuck if we really know, Biff, but …” and then CONTINUE TO SPEAK.

(People like this are God’s gift to reporters, and you hope they NEVER learn.)

I think all members of Congress should have someone who is specifically tasked with following them around and hitting them with a yardstick the minute they open their mouths or touch Facebook or Twitter. A week or so of that, they’ll develop a healthy respect for the value of discretion.


6 thoughts on “‘I don’t have evidence to back that up’

  1. Those types will never learn. For them a microphone is crack. Anything they have to say is profound, sustaining, manna falling gently on the unlearned. They can no more keep their mouths shut than the vultures cannot return to Hinckley, Ohio.

  2. I stopped by Amy’s Cafe in Madison the day of the Oklahoma City bombing. A police officer or maybe sheriff’s deputy (I recall a green uniform) having a cup of coffee there said that only foreign terrorists/Muslims would be that callous about killing civilians…when someone whom I knew vaguely as a fellow political science major suggested a Waco connection, the officer insisted no, it had to be foreign…

  3. “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt.”
    Guess they didn’t get the memo.

  4. When myth and reality collide there are those among us who simply repeat the myth over and over until it drowns out the reality.

  5. “That’s just based on previous attacks.”
    Hmm. That’s interesting. Is it really “based on previous attacks?”
    1920: The Wall Street bombing ā€” Italian anarchist Mario Buda (a member of the “Galleanists”) parked a horse-drawn wagon filled with explosives and shrapnel in the Financial District of New York City. The blast killed 38 and wounded 400.
    1927: The Bath School disaster ā€” Andrew Kehoe used a detonator to ignite dynamite and hundreds of pounds of pyrotol which he had secretly planted inside a school. As rescuers started gathering at the school, Kehoe drove up, stopped, and detonated a bomb inside his shrapnel-filled vehicle, killing himself and the school superintendent, and killing and injuring several others. In total, Kehoe killed 44 people and injured 58 making the Bath School bombing the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in U.S. history. It is possibly the first suicide car bombing in history.
    Cleveland Irish mobster Danny Greene frequently used car bombs against his enemies, beginning in 1968. Afterwards, they also began to be used against Greene and his associates. The use of car bombs in Cleveland peaked in 1976, when 36 bombs exploded in the city, most of them car bombs, causing it to be nicknamed “Bomb City.” Several people, including innocent bystanders, were killed or wounded. Greene himself was finally killed in a car bomb explosion on October 6, 1977.
    Agents of the Chilean intelligence agency DINA were convicted of using car bombs to assassinate Orlando Letelier and Carlos Prats, who were opponents of the regime of Augusto Pinochet. Letelier was killed in Washington, DC., along with his assistant, Ronni Moffitt, in 1976.
    Between 1978 and 1995, Ted Kacynski sent sixteen letter bombs to homes and businesses across the country, killing three people and injuring 23 others.
    In 1995, Timothy McVeigh, with the assistance of Terry McNichols, detonated a Ryder box truck filled with an explosive mixture (fuel oil and fertilizer) in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City (see Oklahoma City bombing)
    Between 1996 and 1998, Eric Rudolph killed two people and injured many more in a series of bombings including at the Olympics in Atlanta.
    On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold planned to use two car bombs as the last act of the Columbine High School massacre, apparently to murder police and first responders. Both car bombs failed to explode, though Klebold’s detonated at 11 PM instead 11 AM as planned, but no one was injured.
    That’s just an overview of bombs in the U.S. that have nothing to do with Muslims.
    Against that, there’s the 1993 bombing of the WTC, the 9/11 attacks, the failed shoe bomber, Richard Reid, and the failed underwear bomber, Umar Abdulmutallab, the failed Times Square bombing, and the failed shipment of bombs to synagogues from Yemen, along with a long series of, for practical purposes, entrapment cases against people who weren’t capable of carrying out bombing plots without FBI help.
    I’d say that homegrown nutcases are doing quite well in the terror bombing department. They might even have a better record of successes. And Collins has got her head up her ass.

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