An off-beat – but very on beat – way to start the party

OK, bear with me, because things are going to start off a little strange this Friday afternoon and evening, but I think you’re going to like it. The group we’re going to feature to get this weekend started is called Staff Benda Bilili.

Here’s how Wikipedia tells their story:

Staff Benda Bilili are a group of street musicians in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They used to live around the grounds of the zoo in the country’s capital city, Kinshasa, and play music which is rooted in rumba, with elements of old-school rhythm ‘n’ blues and reggae. The core of the band consists of four senior singers/guitarists, who are paraplegic (they had poliomyelitis when they were young) and move around in spectacularly customized tricycles. They are backed by a younger rhythm section consisting of abandoned street children who were taken under the protection of the older members of the band. The soloist is an 18 year-old boy (2009) who plays guitar-like solos on an electrified one-stringed lute he designed and built himself out of a tin can. The group’s name translates roughly from Lingala as “look beyond appearances.”

And this is what they sound like:


Sometimes you look around the world and you think that as a species, we can be pretty screwed up. And at other times, you see something like these guys and you think we might be OK after all.

– Jay Bookman

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Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
8:59 pm

For the moments when one just has to go boom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0I0xKmOakqI

josef

October 13th, 2012
9:02 pm

DDR

If it were being done today, he’d be graduating from middle school…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnW59E-zyZY

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 13th, 2012
9:04 pm

Kam, bazinga….. :lol:

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:06 pm

I hope this blue states r ready for riots in november. Detroit, Newark, Philly and Oakland
May need to vamp up police

josef

October 13th, 2012
9:11 pm

FRANK

Do you really think the GOP would do that?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 13th, 2012
9:12 pm

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
9:13 pm

Vamp up police?

I suppose so, but the special appearance fee has to be enormous.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDRBlJEEdys

Ahem

October 13th, 2012
9:18 pm

An average of polls conducted by the RealClearPolitics website Saturday gave Romney a 1.3 percent lead nationwide, and showed him winning in swing states Florida, North Carolina and Colorado — also targets for Obama.

Obama retains narrow leads in Ohio, Virginia and Iowa but polls in those states since the first presidential debate have shown clear movement towards the Republican.

Police in Denver meanwhile said a shot was fired Friday at an Obama campaign office shattering a window but injuring no one.

A photo posted online showed a window broken at the front of the office. Police said they were searching for a “possible vehicle of interest.”

A detective I am not, but I’m thinking the “vehicle” for the shot was most likely a gun. Sounds like a clear case of a terrorist attack; not a demonstration or protest against a caampaign video. ;-)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
9:21 pm

“Guns don’t kill people, vehicles of interest do.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
9:23 pm

“When vehicle of interest are outlawed, only outlaws will have vehicles of interest.”
– Thomas Jefferson

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:24 pm

We spent over a trillion again this year, the yuan is at an all time high versus the dollar, Afganistan war continue to have use soldiers dying with no idea of what winning looks like. Oh boy Obama is hoping that change happens for sure! I mean Osama and Iraq pullout are due to bush intel and bush surge… Both of which obama was against. This guy make amateur hour look professional. It’s time for the adults to run the country and let the libs go back to crating the next ozone scam or bullying crusade or dieting crusade.

Oh and gas prices are abysmal

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:26 pm

Ahem I thought Romney led in Virginia by seven.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 13th, 2012
9:27 pm

“Lowly parking meter maid (not a detective) seeks vehicle of interest for empty brain chamber” — Thomas Craigslist Jefferson

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
9:28 pm

…crating the next ozone scam…

How much does a crate of ozone scam go for on the open market?

Wildwood

October 13th, 2012
9:28 pm

So when you build for those leeches do you favor Deere or Cat? I am sure you don’t go air conditioned cab because of the extra carbon involved. No sir no foreign made Hyundai for these guys and gals. Get a good night rest as you have a lot of building to do for all them leeches!

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
9:29 pm

HA! The GOP are KNOWN for their dirty tricks. Remember last election when some woman claimed that a black male Obama supporter marked a “B” on her cheek?

This time though, they’ve just went and got medieval on the Den’s azz — they shot up a Colorado Obama campaign headquarters.

I mean if they can’t lie on you, sabotage you fro voting, then they’ll just do a John Wayne on ya.

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josef – LOVED the Mrs. Robinson shout out!! My folks have that soundtrack. At first they had it as an album, then they had it as a tape (both kinds), now they have the CD. They absolutely love Simon & Garfunkel.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
9:30 pm

“You can have my vehicle of interest when you pry it from my cold dead fingers.”
– Thomas “Heston” Jefferson

Josef

October 13th, 2012
9:32 pm

Frank

It’s the end of the world as we know it…and with a few G & T’s you, too, can feel fine

K’CHAK

Are you going to see your hero”’s exhibit at Fernbank?

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
9:34 pm

How much does a crate of ozone scam go for on the open market?

“I can get you one real cheap — Just let me hide some money real quick” — Mitt Romney

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
9:34 pm

josef

I have been mulling that over for the past week, and if I save my pennies I might can go before the exhibit closes.

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:35 pm

Climat scams are worth about 200 million…ask gore about it. He is knee deep in happy endings since he became fabulously wealthy of climate hange

Josef

October 13th, 2012
9:38 pm

DDR

A big Simon and Garfunkle fan myself, and, yep, had a mad schoolboy crush on Dustin Hoffman…

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:40 pm

Actually mean ole mitt hides his money in charities. How much did Biden give last year?

Josef

October 13th, 2012
9:40 pm

K’chak

It’s tempting. I’d be interested in how he’s being presented…

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
9:41 pm

DebbieDo
Not familiar with the law
but this seems over the top.
Not on school property. No
coercion. 18 year olds are
fighting in Afghanistan. No
teacher has that much power over guys this age
and this is illegal just
because she is a teacher.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
9:42 pm

How much are tax evasive Swiss “shelters” going for these days?

“I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. ” –Mitt Romney

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:45 pm

I think an Obama voter is responsible for the Colorado shooting. I mean most Obama constituents live in high crime areas. It’s not like Reph locals are really worried about Obama after the mile hole massacre that happened during their last debate.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 13th, 2012
9:45 pm

Only a buffoon or a fraud “hides’ money in charities. They are a tax deduction. But lets see all the tax returns…its easier to salve your guilt for your tax frauds and avoidance by giving money to your church to buy your good standing. The simple fact is that many wealthy people only “give” to charities as part of a quid pro quo for their own gain.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
9:46 pm

josef – Dustin hoffman?!?! Eeewwwww!! He’s so short! And ummmm attractively challenged!

Frog — It’s against TEXAS law. I’m sure, as a teacher; she was aware of that law. She deliberately lured those boys over to her house to take advantage of them. She deserves those 5 years for EACH child she had sex with.

Frank – Mitt made 10xs what Biden made, NATURALLY he should give more. Duh!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
9:47 pm

josef

He should be presented as a randy old goat.

Saw a documentary where some 70-90% of the residents in and around Ulaanbaatar have his DNA, though I can’t remember how they established that.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
9:49 pm

Frank + Think = Oxymoron

“I’m not concerned about the very poor.” — Mitt Romney

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:52 pm

U moderators are so gutless. Grow a pair and let both sides be heard.

Josef

October 13th, 2012
9:53 pm

DDR

To you, perhaps, but, well, he’s a nice Jewish boy type… :-)

K’chak

I saw that program…that was an intriguing tidbit…

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:54 pm

Enter your comments here

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
9:56 pm

saw that program…that was an intriguing tidbit…

Who are you guys talking about?

Randy old goats?! I’m loving it!! R-E-S-E-A-R-C-H opportunity!!!

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
9:57 pm

DebbieDo
The illegality was not sex
with children it was teacher
student sex. These were
men and could have been
25 and still in High School
and it would have been
illegal. Teachers should
not be singled out like this.
Minors would be different.

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:57 pm

Romney evading taxes? News to me. You know when you look back mitt just seems a little too clean. Not a lazy pothead in school, never hanging out with domestics terrorist like bill ayers, not involved in Acorn, no daddy issues, not backed by billionaire felons like Doris. He is just too clean so the tax evasion does make sense!

Libs r funny. Worth their weight in foodstamps

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
9:59 pm

Dang apple spell check… Meant Soros not Doris

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
10:00 pm

DDR

The individual’s name is Temujin, but you know him by his title, Chinggis Khaan

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
10:00 pm

I understand what you’re saying Frog — but she KNEW what she was doing was wrong. She KNEW she should NOT be having sex with her students. Period.

And yes, I think teachers SHOULD be singled out when they deliberately abuse the trust of the parents who put their children into their care.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 13th, 2012
10:01 pm

not involved in Acorn

GOP voter registration fraud under new name, same management…. but hey use those dog whistles
“FOOOOODSTAMMPPPPPPS”

The stoopid is strong in these conned.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
10:03 pm

The bloomberg troll has a new sock-puppet.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
10:03 pm

Ahh Genghis Khan – One of Dudley’s favorites too. I don’t even have to do research — Dudley is a virtual encyclopedia / fountain of info on him.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
10:07 pm

The stoopid is strong in these conned

Whats amazing to me is that, in this instant information era, all they have to do to learn the truth is GOOGLE it. But they refuse, they rather take someone else’s word than find out the information for themselves.

I don’t know if they’re as “conned” as much as “lazy”.

Frank B. Inya

October 13th, 2012
10:07 pm

When all ideas are wrong make fun of spelling and name call. Or in bidens case laugh like a jackal.

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
10:08 pm

DebbieDo
If she knew the law and
lured 5 men to her house
and allowed them to film
the event she either wanted
to get caught or she is
insane. Either way the
punishment is too severe.
Career is ruined. Probation
would be enough.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
10:09 pm

“I believe in an America where millions of Americans believe in an America that’s the America millions of Americans believe in. That’s the America I love.” –Mitt Romney doing his Miss Teen South Carolina Impression.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 13th, 2012
10:13 pm

Debbie, have to disagree. Being lazy woul mean that if someone gave them the truth, they would be open. They are either conartists or conned….they ignore the truth given because they don’t want to know the truth.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 13th, 2012
10:13 pm

When all ideas are wrong make fun of spelling and name call.

We just tease someone ’til they develop an eating disorder.

Josef

October 13th, 2012
10:16 pm

Frog

I’m with Deb on this one. When you go into teaching it carries with it a much stricter code of professional ethics. This violates those ethics. You simply do NOT boink your students.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
10:19 pm

No Frog she’s not insane, what she was was “cocky” (pun intended).

She thought she could get away with it.

She’s a teacher, that would put her as an authority-type figure. Those kids saw her as a teacher. She’s breached that authority.

Here’s something you might like to read as a reference:

Women Pushing Boundaries With Teens

One woman just got out of prison for a second time, after being convicted in the statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy whom she eventually married and bore a child with.

And another woman may be heading to jail after allegedly opening up a Pennsylvania hotel room last Friday to a group of teens for what police describe as a sex- and drug-fueled party.

In both cases, the women find themselves in trouble with police for what is considered inappropriate and illegal behavior with minors. But neither woman is saying she is sorry or even offering regret for decisions that led to their respective arrests.

And experts say that it should not come as a surprise that some women do not see why society and law enforcement look unfavorably at adult women who get involved with teenagers. Shades of the infamous Mary Kay Letourneau case, some say.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=4354752&page=1#.UHogUmeHn1s

Josef

October 13th, 2012
10:25 pm

Okay, truth time. When I was 14 I knocked off a piece of one of my coaches. I knew exactly what I was up to, and it took every trick in my book to convince him it was my idea. Consensual? Of course. Was it therefore all right? Not by any stretch of the imagination.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
10:25 pm

they ignore the truth given because they don’t want to know the truth.

You mean sorta like Ted Bundy’s mother who said, “Teddy was such a good boy”? Ok. got it!

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
10:27 pm

Eeeewww josef!! Shameshameshsameshame!!!

You should’ve went to catholic school and had a bunch of nuns to teach you. THAT would’ve cured you! :wink:

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
10:34 pm

josef, DebbieDo
Are those ethics involved in
college affairs where 18 and
19 year olds freely romp?
Again these were not
children and the punishment
too severe.

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
10:41 pm

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
10:44 pm

josef
you were a minor without
the status to consent.

Josef

October 13th, 2012
10:45 pm

DDR
I went to Catholic School right after that! That was prep school…literally and figuratively. Oh, and he was a nice Jewish boy, only he was more the Paul Newman type…and no shame on my part..the prob was I couldn’t tell anybody. I promised I wouldn’t and that was part of the bargain and even then I was a man (?) of my word…and, yeah, he went home to the wife and kids…

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 13th, 2012
10:46 pm

When I was 14 I knocked off a piece of one of my coaches. I

From that description, you sure that was not a rockem sockem robot. Or maybe Robert Conrad in that old TV commercial. ;)

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
10:51 pm

Frog – I didn’t write the law — however that IS the law in Texas and if she wanted to teach in Texas then she should’ve known the law.

Ignorance of the law does not excuse her — she should’ve KNOWN the law.

Josef

October 13th, 2012
10:51 pm

Frog

And now you’re citing the law. That’s what that woman broke. We can argue the arbitrary nature and not without some justification, but we also would agree that lines do have to be legally drawn somewhere and crossing them brings the clearly stated repercussions.

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
10:56 pm

DebbieDo
Yes I know, probably 5 counts, 1 year on each
consecutive and the judge
will probably relent after
90 days and another 5
grand in legal fees and
change to concurrent.
Justice and Ethics.

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
11:00 pm

josef
A 50 year old student sexing
a 25 year old teacher should
not get the teacher 5 years
in jail.

Josef

October 13th, 2012
11:26 pm

Frog

University is one thing, high school is something else. Arbitrary “cut off”? Perhaps. Now, the age differences between me and the coach was not that wide in terms of years, and I was mature enough to know what I was doing and, yes, take responsibiliy, i.e, discretion. That still does not make it right. So, who was ” to blame?” Me. I started it. I came on to him. But the law wouldn’t even consider that. I wasn’t old enough to ” consent.” had I been over age 18 and he a professor? It would have been the same in substance, now wouldn’t it?

Doggone/GA

October 13th, 2012
11:28 pm

“So, who was ” to blame?” Me. I started it”

Sorry, I know it’s your memory and all that…but while you share the blame, it is still the coach who bears the greater blame. He said yes and then followed through. Doesn’t matter how much you were the intiator, he still violated the trust placed in him by the people and the parents of the students he was supposed to be teaching.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
11:31 pm

“When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things that you think are important.”

–Mitt Romney, when asked about failing to mention the troops in his nomination speech at the Republican National Convention, Fox News interview (Sept. 7, 2012)

Doggone/GA

October 13th, 2012
11:33 pm

” you talk about the things that you think are important.” ”

And I’d be willing to bet that to this day he doesn’t see the insult in that.

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
11:37 pm

josef
If you were 18 there would
be no legal problem except
in Texas a teacher and
student may not have sex
no matter the age of the
student.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
11:39 pm

You were NOT to blame! The teacher KNEW it was wrong yet chose to do it anyway. He didn’t have to go through with it, what he should’ve done was told you to get lost, leave him alone, and went home out of harms way.

All of us have been tested — in different ways.

You could find $10K in a bag outside of a dumpster and you are faced with the dilemma of whether to turn it in or use it (your lights are off and your rent is past due).

You could make good choices or bad choices (what I always tell my “little sisters” when we’re together); it’s up to you especially if you know what’s right and what’s wrong.

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
11:39 pm

josef
the Texas law makes it
illegal for a teacher to
have sex with a student
no matter the age of the
student thus teachers are
differently treated by the
law than other professions.
No justice there.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
11:43 pm

Hiya Doggone!!

BF: If you were 18 there would
be no legal problem except
in Texas

Frog — :lol: :lol: :lol: Just let it go…… :lol: :lol:

Doggone/GA

October 13th, 2012
11:46 pm

Hi DDR…and g’nite! I’m up later than normal and I’m just about to shut down and hit the sack.

DebbieDoRight - A Do Right Woman

October 13th, 2012
11:47 pm

Well LSU won — getalife is gonna be real happy!

I’m going to turn in. Ya’ll have a nice night.

barking frog

October 13th, 2012
11:47 pm

DebbieDo
Letting go allowed many
unjust laws to remain in
place many years. Teachers
may deserve this law but
I don’t think so.

YouLibs

October 13th, 2012
11:50 pm

Congratulations, getalife.

I wanted to tell you earlier that this was going to happen, I just wasn’t quite sure enough. I figured that after the huge win over UGA that USC2 would b vulnerable.

Mett looked great. That one interception was due to someone getting one or two fingers on the ball.

The bad news is that Bama looked even better.

Josef

October 13th, 2012
11:53 pm

The point I am trying to make is that we’ve got this thing about blame. The coach was beset with his own, well, lack of good sense, I suppose, and certainly was out of line and courting disaster. As for the law, well, at that time it would have been 20 + even if we bothe been over 21.

DDR

I’m not arguing that that is not what he SHOULD have done, but that is a matter more of ethics and, just being EOI here, if I were not to ” blame,” then why home out of ” harms” way? :-)

td

October 13th, 2012
11:54 pm

Josef

October 13th, 2012
11:26 pm

The age of consent in GA is 16 and a 16 year old can have sex with whomever they want except a teacher or other public professional that may be in an authority position in relation to the 16 year old and then consent can not happen with the 16 year old.

td

October 13th, 2012
11:58 pm

Josef

October 13th, 2012
11:53 pm

BTW: I agree with you that it is an ethics problem and the teacher should never be allowed to teach again but it is not a criminal matter if it was consensual sex.

Josef

October 14th, 2012
12:17 am

Td

My incident was years ago in a different time and place…as for the law relative to authority figures, I agree with it given that ethics seems to be increasingly of no consideration.

Josef

October 14th, 2012
12:23 am

Oscar

October 14th, 2012
12:41 am

I had some teachers in high school I wanted to be taken advantage of by. Never happened.

getalife

October 14th, 2012
12:53 am

Thank you You libs and Debbie.

LSU is back.

We partied with one cool teacher once but never banged any.

That came later at the teacher convention in Vegas when I lived there.

Frank B. Inya

October 14th, 2012
8:16 am

It’s bad enough that mettembergwr is a sex offender but instead of trying to rehab his image and maybe looking clean cut he goes for the porn stace \ creepy pedophile look. Nice!

Also good to see another sexual assaulter Jeremy hill running the ball. Stay classy LSu

Mary Elizabeth

October 14th, 2012
9:14 am

Debbie Do Right, 7:16 pm, Oct. 13

“Mary Elizabeth – I’ve heard and seen the video that you referenced. Very sad. I’ve learned that when my niece gets older, (nephew too), I will have to be super vigilante with internet access.”
=======================================

Good Morning, Debbie. As I also said to Kamchak yesterday, thank you for having viewed Amanda Todd’s tragic video and for addressing the need for society to take steps against the destructiveness of bullying. Your niece and nephew are blessed to have you for their aunt.

Mick

October 14th, 2012
10:04 am

Mary Elizabeth

October 14th, 2012
10:30 am

Mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed is knocking it out of the ball park on “Meet the Press” right now on channel 6 on my cable channel. I urge every person who might read this blog to tune in until 10 am. Reed is not accepting any BS spin. He goes straight to the truth with detail and facts. I cannot image anyone seeing truth and stating it with as much razor sharp perception and impact as he is doing. What an asset he is to Atlanta and to America.

Mary Elizabeth

October 14th, 2012
10:31 am

Correction: Until 11 a.m., not 10:00 am

barking frog

October 14th, 2012
11:29 am

The Benghazi embassy
attack may cost the
President the election
He is looking either dishonest or incompetent.
Proof of either may do him
in.

getalife

October 14th, 2012
11:36 am

frog,

The CIA was there so look for our President to attack mitt for going crazy after the attack.

getalife

October 14th, 2012
11:37 am

frank,

Yeah the dwags are role models con.

indigo

October 14th, 2012
11:37 am

barking frog

The truth is we still don’t know the full details of the Benghazi attack. The President must rely on what our intelligence people tell him.

And yet, you’re willing to vote him out of office for something he had no control of?, If that’s the case, I don’t think you’re qualified to vote at all!

getalife

October 14th, 2012
11:38 am

frog,

I was thinking there is one thing missing from this President.

Scandals.

JamVet

October 14th, 2012
11:45 am

getalife

October 14th, 2012
11:47 am

You will never learn the details of the attack because the CIA was involved. Patreaus might come out and tell the gop to stop talking about it after that hearing. We have ongoing operations there and will not be surprised if our President attacks mitt for going crazy after the attack in the last debate.

Thulsa Doom

October 14th, 2012
12:17 pm

“The simple fact is that many wealthy people only “give” to charities as part of a quid pro quo for their own gain.”

When you can read minds like keep up can and have his omniscience to know the intentions of many wealthy people you can make crazy ass blanket statements like that.

barking frog

October 14th, 2012
12:29 pm

getalife
IMO he should fire both
Petraeus and Clinton now.
Damage control is starting
to look like a coverup. GW
tried to blame the WMD
debacle on intelligence
and no one believed him.

barking frog

October 14th, 2012
12:31 pm

getalife
there are no scandals with
this president.

barking frog

October 14th, 2012
12:32 pm

indigo
you are wrong but that is
your right..

Brosephus™

October 14th, 2012
12:34 pm

When you can read minds like keep up can and have his omniscience to know the intentions of many wealthy people you can make crazy ass blanket statements like that.

Is the logic behind that statement any different that the thought process in which people state that Obama got 95% of the Black American vote because of race?

getalife

October 14th, 2012
12:37 pm

frog,

The WMD’s hinged on one man’s lie. His name was “curveball” w wanted to finish off saddam no matter what the intell said. I think if w did not get him, the Arab Spring would. Petraeus is grooming for a run for President. They have drone video of the Libya attack.