Hillary’s Health And Everything Else

We think Karl Rove was stupid to mention anything about Hillary Clinton’s health. Assume for a moment that Hillary Clinton has brain damage or traumatic brain injury or whatever. Wouldn’t that make her the perfect Republican opposition candidate? Wouldn’t it???

Just picture it: doddering ol’ Grandma Hillary decides to run for president – (roll of thunder, lightning crackle) then due to the grueling campaign schedule – keels over and dies. Wouldn’t you want to run against a candidate that won’t live through the campaign? Hells bells, that’s how TV crooner Clay Aiken got the nomination for a House seat just the other day.

If Karl Rove or any Republican/conservative/DailyKook leftist thinks Hillary Clinton is too feeble to function – Jeez Louise shouldn’t they do anything possible to get her to run? It’s Tonya Harding’s dream but without Jeff Gillooly with his incriminating bat!



Why would Tanya Rove Harding bother to try to kneecap an opponent when the likelihood is that Nancy Hillary Kerrigan is going to fall flat on her face? That’s if you believe the allegations have merit. If you know the allegations have no merit then you’re just helping your opponent which is what happened this past week in the Rove v. Hillary show.

It is possible that Tonya Rove thought he could scare Hillary Kerrigan from running in 2016. But really… scare Hillary? Harrdy harrrrdy har har!

If Hillary Clinton does decide to run in 2016 she will have to release her medical records but more importantly she would have to campaign and that campaign would be the ultimate testimony as to health of the candidate (see Reagan, Ronald). In the meantime this past week Hillary Clinton got lots of defense/offense exercise and her Benghazi detractors lost whatever lost credibility they had with their “Benghazi flu” theories.

At the end of the week, Hillary got backup from those dying for the 2016 follies to start and Karl Rove came off as an uglier Matt Damon.

Matt Damon? In 2008 we defended John McCain against Obama supporters (see idiot Matt Damon) who smeared the war veteran as too old, probably unhealthy, and likely to die in office. Hypocrite public school advocate Matt cited actuarial tables for his anti-McCain ugliness and dinosaurs as “reasons” for why Sarah Palin was not qualified to be president once McCain succumbed to Matty’s tarot card analysis. In 2014, John McCain is still alive. Matt Damon’s career is mostly over.



It was a laugh then to listen to the educated Damon ramble so about dinosaurs and actuarial tables. Not for a second did Damon consider that dinosaurs do not have much to do with modern day public policy and that Governor Palin did not suspend evolution as a subject in Alaska schools. Damon also did not bother to notice that McCain’s mom was still alive and kicking in a most healthy and vigorous way and that maybe, just maybe, the guy who survived North Vietnamese tiger cage camps might have inherited mommy’s Kryptonian genes.

[As an aside, it is ironically damning now, that Matt Damon thought Sarah Palin could not face down Vladimir Putin. Yeah, the meathead really said that after his dinosaur reasoning for why Palin was beneath him. Matty did not realize that Sarah Palin fights like a girl which is more than enough to send Putin to the hospital whereas Barack Obama frights like the cowardly boob he is.]

In everything Matt Damon said then about politics there was scant evidence. Damon made a fool of himself but no doubt believed that he was brilliant. We’re hearing much the same these days from those who think Karl Rove was brilliant to insert Hillary Clinton’s health into 2016 considerations. It ain’t so.

Instead of focus on the Veterans Administration hospital scandal, instead of a focus on ObamaCare’s continuing destruction, instead of a focus on everything else going wrong in the country because of Barack Obama, Karl Rove diverted the national discussion to the focus function of Hillary’s eyeglasses. That’s not brilliant. That’s dumb.

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173 thoughts on “Hillary’s Health And Everything Else

  1. As usual, good article, Administrator. Wonder when the Republicans will wake up to the fact that Karl is a has been and is seldom right in his advice and comments these days? After the last election, why are the Reps listening to him? But he does rear his ugly head as a commenter on FOX News from time to time.

  2. Southern Born, Republicans don’t realize how much harm Rove did to them this week. Hillary should call Elton John and ask to borrow some of his old costume eyeglasses and keep this nonsense going for the next few weeks.

    Bill Clinton said that Rove & Co. have Hillary auditioning for “The Walking Dead”. This quip demonstrates that Bill knows this type of attack only helps Hillary.

  3. I love it…borrowing some of Elton John’s fun glasses. Zing! Little Doughboy! Maybe we should all start wearing wacky glasses for the next few weeks while walking around like zombies. Wish SNL would do a skit on that.

  4. The glasses, the glasses!!

    Great post admin! What a great idea to wear some Elton type glasses, with flashing lights and little tags hanging down that says, ‘Hillary lives and will win in 2016!’

  5. Matt Damon.

    Arrogant, deluded, Obama loving Matt the Maggot.

    Like Obama, he can sure whine and play victim.

    But can he govern?

    Like a monkey trying to fuck a football.

    Yes, Obama inspires gales of laughter at the Kremlin.

    And who can blame them?

  6. Republicans don’t realize how much harm Rove did to them this week
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    Yes. He is toxic waste.

  7. …just saying…

    remember the big hoopala about MO and Jill Biden and their campaign for military families…they were everywhere…on Oprah…with commercials butting in between TV shows…spreading all the love for the military families and all they were going to do to mobilize for them…as in…

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces/about

    …so are they trying to tell us that with MO and JB taking the reign and…

    “First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden have met with military families, learned about their successes and challenges, and made it their priority to support them.”

    …that MO and JB never heard about the VA scandal, huh?…and people dying because they could not get care…while Executives got bonuses for their good job and spent millions of dollars on new furniture and redocorating…

    …i’d like to hear some reporter ask how the big MO and little JB missed all that???

  8. btw…in regards to Hillary and those that would try to turn her into a brain damaged old lady…

    well…Hillary looked pretty damn good today on ‘The View’…the best I have seen her looking in a long time…her hair looks great…her skin, her eyes, her jawline was tight…her smile was beautiful…

    …she said she is “running” meaning jogging kind of running…I hope so…

    …whether we like it or not, visuals are important…the better she looks…and feels…the less anyone can say anything…except how great she looks…

    I hope she is running and exercising…that will also enable her a wider variety to choose from in her wardrobe…I’d like to see Hillary make them all eat their words…

    Hillary, keep it up…you look youthful…knock off a few pounds…eat smart…god knows we all can afford to do so…and shut them all up….

    (forget MO and her Let’s Move…) …let’s get moving with Hillary…

    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hillary-clinton-surprises-barbara-walters-for-last-day-on-the-view/

  9. If Rove wanted to talk about health, this is what he should have discussed:

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/328546c0-dd10-11e3-8546-00144feabdc0.html#axzz31viVPXLn

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is facing mounting evidence that some of the hospitals it runs have been keeping two sets of books to make it look as if they were reducing waiting times to see a doctor.

    More damning, the department is investigating the claims of a whistleblower doctor in Arizona that dozens of patients at one hospital died while they were languishing on a hidden waiting list without ever being given an appointment.

    Richard Griffin, the department’s acting inspector general, admitted on Thursday that its review could lead to criminal charges. In the first political casualty of the scandal, Robert Petzel, the department’s undersecretary for heath, resigned on Friday.

    If the evidence of mismanagement continues to accumulate, the Obama administration will find itself not in another partisan knife-fight, but under fire from both parties in a Congress where the uniformed military is venerated. [snip]

    While there have been reports for several years that the new waiting line system was being abused, the subject really began to gather steam three weeks ago when CNN interviewed Sam Foote, who had recently retired as a doctor after working for 24 years for VA hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona.

    He said that as many as 40 patients had died after being placed on a hidden waiting list that could last for up to a year, while officials at the hospital shredded documents and faked evidence to make it seem as if waiting times were under control.

    Three officials in Phoenix have been put on leave, although Mr Griffin said there was no evidence yet that patients had died because of delayed appointments.

    Since then, whistleblowers have alleged similar practices at least seven other VA hospitals around the country and claimed that officials at the hospitals were sometimes paid bonuses for reducing declared waiting times.

    The political impact of the scandal has been somewhat muted so far, in part because of the respect still enjoyed by the veterans affairs secretary, retired four-star general Eric Shinseki who was himself wounded twice in Vietnam. Appearing before a Senate hearing on Thursday, Mr Shinseki received pointed questioning, but in a tone more respectful than almost any other cabinet member would have encountered. “I am mad as hell,” he told the committee.

    However, if Congress concludes that efforts to manipulate waiting lists have become systemic – or if the allegations that patients died while waiting for phantom appointments are proved – Mr Shinseki will face huge pressure from both parties to resign.

    Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic senator for Connecticut, said there was “solid evidence of wrongdoing within the VA system”, while his colleague from Washington Patty Murray told Mr Shinseki: “The standard practice at the VA seems to be to hide the truth.

    In a sign of how serious the White House believes the political fallout could become, the president’s deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors has been dispatched to the VA to help manage the fallout.

  10. let’s get moving with Hillary…
    ________

    Hell Yeah, S!

    I wish congress would pass a law that anyone found impeding the timely provision of health care to veterans, or lying about same, would be sent to the front lines of a war- any war.

  11. S
    May 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    btw…in regards to Hillary and those that would try to turn her into a brain damaged old lady…

    well…Hillary looked pretty damn good today on ‘The View

    ——
    Thanks for posting this S!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary looks beautiful.
    Run Hillary, run!

  12. After looking at that video of Barbara Wawaa with Hillary, I am near positive she will run. Not once did she sound negative towards the idea of running. Not even a little hint to wanting to give up politics.

  13. Admin- What’s your take on if Hillary will run or not?

    I guess there is a 90% chance she will run.

  14. Hillary was great on View – and gracious to appear on the show with that bunch of Obama worshippers. Glad Joy Behar is no longer on the show. She was #1 Obamanut.

    S you’re right about the importance of appearance, especially for women with high profile. It shouldn’t b that way, but it is.

  15. Shadowfax

    May 16, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    S
    May 16, 2014 at 8:10 pm
    btw…in regards to Hillary and those that would try to turn her into a brain damaged old lady…

    well…Hillary looked pretty damn good today on ‘The View

    ——
    Thanks for posting this S!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hillary looks beautiful.
    Run Hillary, run!
    ___________________________

    Hillary looked terrific!!! And I couldn’t concur with you more Shadow. Her crack about running, Bill’s most recent interviews, and (most important) the support she is getting from her army of backers (financial, internet, etc) seems to be pushing her in the direction of running. There is another thing that seems to be working in the world’s favor – the timing of her grandchild. If Chelsea would have got pregnant later, say late 2015, she might have begged off running to giver herself that year to spend as just grandma. With the baby’s arrival a full year before the campaign would start, giving her that year to be just grandma, that may energize her even more to want to fix as many of bumbles mistakes as she can.

    At least I hope so.

    Admin – so timely the video of avowed O-butt-kisser Damon talking about what President Obama, I mean Palin, would be doing in the face of Putin.

    Asshat.

    Great post!!!

    Hillary 2016

  16. David Horowitz is a friend, and a self avowed red diaper baby. He has unmasked the progressive for what he is. He is a former leftist, who when I knew him lived in Palos Verdes, an affluent part of La Ciudad de Nuestra Senora La Regina de Los Angeles–L.A. But unlike so many others of that ilk, Caesar Chavez for one, newly acquired wealth did not dim his passion for politics and his zeal to promote a social cause he believed in, which today is liberal democracy–the anthesis of what he believed in as a youth. He mentioned to me a guy named Berman who what his mentor, and traveled the same path, seeing communism as a God that failed. Berman was never trusted by Republican elites, whereas David is trusted, mainly because of the quality of his scholarship, which now includes his new book.

    In my view, progressive doctrine is akin to a disease that lies dormant in the body politic until that body is affected by some kind of extreme stress, as we see now. The decline of the middle class due to the globalism has produced fewer winners and more losers than ever before in our life time, and it is at times like this, that progressive doctrine rears its ugly head. Progressive doctrine is utopian as opposed to practical and in its fantasy world it aims to replace the existing order with a new order. But whenever, and wherever this killer weed sinks its roots, a tryanical and oppressive order ensues, which consists of a new elite, the replacement of the rule of this new elite for the rule of law, and a Kafkaseque bureaucracy. Progressivism, when accurately defined, is the antithesis of liberalism, and what we have been as a nation. The other name for it is communism.

    Too little attention has been paid to how progressivism captures the minds of decent people and turns them into zombies. Horowitz has shed important light on their tactics for taking over the conversation and enforcing their will on ignorant naive people, particularly young people, middle age people who see the power of the internet and fancy that it could be used to reform human nature, and older people nursing a guilt complex. If you have paid any attention whatsoever to what is happening today on the campuses, then you will see that the leftists have taken over the agenda and a new McCartyism of the left rules the day. Bill Jacobsen at Legal Insurrection and College insurrection has been all over this story, and at this point we are losing because big media is leftist/

    The irony is that not all leftists are committed to a nightmare in red. Some are people of good will, who consistently line up on the side of solutions to society’s problems which they believe to be fair and just, but turno out to be neither. And the resultant evil is they use the coercive power of the state to vindicate their vision, wiht no regard for the harsh consequences which ensue. I can think of no better example of this than Obamacare.
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    One of the particular strengths of Horowitz’s writing is his commitment to disabusing fellow conservatives and genuine liberals of false notions regarding leftists’ aims and beliefs. To this end, he is expert at revealing the obfuscatory rhetoric, deceptive use of terms, and outright falsehoods that are not only an occasional tactic but in fact an intrinsic feature of the progressive program. Thus Columbia University history professor Eric Foner, a founding member of Historians Against the War [in Iraq], can declare himself a “patriot” according to Paul Robeson’s definition that “The patriot is the person who is never satisfied with his country.”

    Such a statement might seem to justify a stance of loyal opposition, and bolster Foner’s righteous self-image as a man of conscience. It takes a Horowitz to reveal, however, that Paul Robeson was a fanatical admirer of the Soviet Union and his attitude towards his own country was unrelentingly critical and destructive. Likewise, Professor Foner’s love of country has often been so bound up with corrosive dissatisfaction as to prevent him from taking its side when under attack. Only in the Alice-in-Wonderland progressive lexicon can a willingness — even eagerness — to see one’s country defeated by totalitarian foes be classed as a patriotic emotion.

    As Horowitz demonstrates throughout this collection — chronicling in vivid detail the upside-down logic of so many leftist activists and intellectuals — such justifications are straight out of the Communist playbook, by which two generations of radicals “rationalized their disloyalty to America as a higher loyalty to the socialist revolution.” It is here that Horowitz’s familiarity with America’s Communist past enables him to puncture present-day progressive subterfuge. He shows how the Communist certainty that America’s future as a collectivist utopia was already determined has continued to galvanize modern progressives, for whom fanatical devotion to a future ideal, even if that means destroying a vibrant democratic nation, is indeed a higher loyalty. (snip)

    Similarly effective and disquieting is Horowitz’s dissection of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States, a text used in many American history courses, which presents American national development as a sordid tale of racial evil and capitalist exploitation unparalleled in the world. Such a distorted screed can serve no educational purpose; rather, it is a tool of leftist indoctrination to guarantee that college students are taught to despise their leaders, feel ashamed of their country, and be unable to assess American achievement in comparison with that of other nations. Even more mendacious is the autobiography of Rigoberta Menchu, a much-lauded personal memoir of revolutionary struggle, which pleads the case of the Guatemalan poor and the moral necessity for Marxist revolution to redress it. As Horowitz shows, the book is a tissue of falsehoods to sway gullible western readers — especially university students, who have studied it by the thousands — to the Communist cause; media and academic collusion in the fraud has been widespread. (snip)

    The intellectual strengths Horowitz brings to his project are, if not unique, certainly rare: a comprehensive grasp of leftist history, its movements, tactics, splinter groups, and ideological currents, combined with an analytical precision enabling him to expose, at the micro-level, the various falsehoods and murderous sleights of hand that characterize leftist arguments. Horowitz is devastatingly good both at illustrating the wide-scale destructiveness of leftist ideas and also at tracing the underhanded rhetorical stratagems in individual’s statements. His ability to clarify the layers of self-deceit and irrational hatred in platforms claiming to promote peace or concern for the poor is unvaryingly sharp. The moral urgency of his writing is articulated in bracingly clear, assured prose — shafts of truth that cut through the fog of leftist platitudes.

    The vituperative attacks he received, and his courage in enduring them, brought Horowitz to his defense as a (perhaps unwelcome) ally, with a cogent analysis of the ritual ex-communication reserved for dissidents from the leftist faith, “a phenomenon normal to religious cults, where purity of heart is maintained through avoiding contact with the unclean.”

    http://pjmedia.com/blog/review-the-black-book-of-the-american-left-volume-ii/

  17. During the course of my research into Soros, I ran across a profound observation about left wing revolutions. Invariably they are backed by money men. Which just happens to coincide with Schumpter’s observation that creative destruction is the essence of capitalism. The assumption is that destruction brings progress, but often the reverse is true, if you measure progress empirically rather than politically. The further truth is that the shake-up of the existing order brings to capitalists new opportunities for economic gain. This is why progressivism has its share of supporters on Wall Street, and well heeled housewives. For them it is at once a benign fanatasy, an opportunity to play god, and to show their friends that despite their vast wealth they still have a social conscience that burns so brightly that they are glad to use other people’s money (OPM) to breathe life into it. Soros’ interest in looting the middle class–the man is absolutely explicit about this, to finance investment schemes in green energy, should be seen for what it is. If you think a former Nazi like him has a social conscience, then the question you must ask yourself is a follows: does a cat bark?

  18. The concerted efforts of the radical extremist left in this country to drive the Christian religion out of the marketplace and into the shadows, and undermining our historical relationship with Israel which goes back to the Balfour Declaration, while simultaneously welcoming the Muslim religion with open arms, and turning a blind eye to its extremism as seen in the imposition of Sharia Law, the subordination of women, the eye for an eye principle, its hatred of the west which goes all the way back to the crusades, and the murderous violence committed in its name is the latest example of the phenomenon Horowitz speaks of. And yet the American People are dumb as a post about this manipulation, much of which is done through big media, and are therefore easily manipulated. An earlier example was the passionate embrace of Joe Stalin by American leftists, even after his atrocities, infiltration of our government, and efforts to acquire the technology of the nuclear bomb were revealed. Thereafter, a few, but only a few recanted their orthodoxy and saw the Soviet Union as a god that failed. Others continued to embrace the workers paradise, until the Soviet Union supported Egypt in the 1967 war. After that, all that was left was the anti Semitic anti American fringe which survives in the wheelhouse today, and has infiltrated our major institutions. To speak of this openly however is problematic because the American People are not accustomed to dealing with an enemy within, because they are boundaried by two oceans and weaker neighbors to the north and south.

    which has been at war with the west since the First Crusade, is a direct reflection of what Horowitz is talking about

  19. What do young people have to be enthusiastic about at this point? (so that more than 37% of them bother to vote in 2014).

    I am shocked that he asks:

    High paying jobs, peace abroad, affordable homes, and a bright future for their children.

    And, of course, a lap dance from big media beloved messiah, from whom all blessings flow.

    All part and parcel of the long con of the radical left that rules the party.

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    Democrats’ youth vote for 2014 looks like… 2010′s.

    Yes, that *would* make Democrats frantic. Why do you ask?

    By: Moe Lane (Diary) | May 16th, 2014 at 11:00 PM | 4

    Just the one poll, of course – and note that it was done by a Democratic pollster, so don’t assume that ‘scaring the heebie-jeebies out of the Left’ isn’t part of the business model – but it does seem to fit. It does not really surprise me that the Democrats can only count on 37% of its 2012 youth vote in 2014; as Aaron Blake noted, the youth vote dropped precipitously in 2010, too. Midterm elections are dominated by voting blocs that make the effort to vote; the young are typically not one of those voting blocs.

    And then there’s this:

    Democrats are facing an enthusiasm gap with young Americans, according to a new survey of millennials, a result that echoes surveys of the wider national population.

    The poll, conducted by the Harvard Institute of Politics, shows 44 percent of 2012 Mitt Romney voters aged 18-29 saying they’ll definitely vote this fall, and 35 percent of 2012 Barack Obama voters saying the same.

    This will not mean that Republicans will win the youth vote in 2014: undoubtedly more young voters will turn out for Obama. But what the Democrats need to do is to recreate not the 2012 electorate, but the 2008 one – particularly in the Senate, given the number of Romney state seats held by Democrats. And these numbers are not consistent with that kind of performance. Lastly: given that it’s now mid-May – my, how time flies! – when were the Democrats planning to actually start building up young voter enthusiasm?

    Sorry, rhetorical question. What do young voters have to be enthusiastic about, these days?

  20. Here’s another one Wbboei:

    http://spectator.org/articles/59245/obama-coalition-about-come-apart

    The Obama Coalition Is About to Come Apart

    Forget all that business about Barack Obama being the first African-American President, the child of poverty and discrimination who fought his way to the top through sheer brilliance and doggedness. Sure African-Americans vote 90 percent for him and form an indispensable part of his coalition. But Obama hasn’t done a thing for them since taking office except increase unemployment.

    No, the real Obama is the one who came out of Harvard and Chicago Law Schools, picking up everything he knows in the faculty lounge. That’s where he met the people who taught him that middle Americans are frustrated yahoos “clinging to their guns and religion,” the ones who set him on the lunatic path of believing that what the weather is going to be like in 50 years is the most important issue facing America.

    Obama’s critical support comes from the upper crust of America, the citizens who live comfortably sheltered in academia and the non-profit sector, who don’t care much about electricity or the manufacturing economy but who honestly believe that we can shut down the whole middle portion of the country and turn off the lights in order to save the world from the “pollution” of carbon dioxide. [snip]

    Yet Obama’s most crucial supporters — the upper-class environmental movement — have drawn the line in the sand. Approve the Keystone Pipeline and he’s toast. When he punted last month for the umpteenth time on a Keystone decision, most environmental critics excoriated the President because he didn’t turn it down altogether. [snip]

    This about an issue where 60 percent of the public wants to build the pipeline, where every Democrat in a pivotal election this fall is running away from him on the issue, when even Bill Clinton and Warren Buffett are telling him to approve the damned thing and get it over with.

    But then there’s Bill McKibben, orchestrator of numerous White House demonstrations, who is promising to keep the President awake every night for the next two years if he says “Yes.” There is Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, who is promising “civil disobedience” if it is approved. (McKibben is saying the same thing.) And there is Tom Steyer, the billionaire tech genius of Silicon Valley who proclaims, “We don’t need no stinking energy!” and wants to shut down everything in the economy that isn’t virtual. They are Obama’s last bastion of hope. If he disappoints them, the press will descend on him like wolves.

    So that’s where Obama and the whole country find themselves. It has now become obvious that the economy is never going to improve under Obama because he and his supporters don’t want it to. It might hurt the planet. So it’s procrastinate and procrastinate and procrastinate until the next election and maybe even the one after that.

    This is the kind of stagnation Thorstein Veblen warned against in The Theory of the Leisure Class. When you couple an aristocratic upper crust that has lost interest in economic progress with a lumpenproletariat that doesn’t understand growth and only wants handouts from the government, you have a prescription for long economic decline.

    But all this is going to end in November. Then the Great American Middle is going to have its say. All those 9-to-5 people who work in manufacturing plants or real estate offices or the corner 7-Eleven, who don’t want handouts from the government but only the opportunity to make a living and keep the fattest part of their paychecks — they are stand up and be counted. And then the President is going to discover that those same people whom his fellow professors told him are racist, homophobic, gun-toting troglodytes are actually the ordinary Americans who made this country great and want to see it made great again.

  21. Slowly, slowly, slowly, Hillary Clinton moving in the direction she must take:

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/hillary-clinton-slams-obama-economy-dream-feels-further-and-further-out-of-reach/article/2548544

    Hillary Clinton slams Obama economy: ‘Dream feels further and further out of reach’

    In a speech in Washington on Friday, Hillary Clinton repeatedly criticized economic and social conditions under President Obama, barely mentioning the accomplishments of the man who appointed her secretary of State. Clinton’s address, at the New America Foundation, was a broad indictment of the country’s current leadership, with exactly one — one — note of praise for the Democratic president Clinton has called her partner and friend. [snip]

    In remarks focused almost exclusively on domestic economic concerns, Clinton began by noting what she called “the basic bargain of America.” “No matter who you are or where you come from,” she said, echoing her husband’s campaigns from the 1990s, “if you work hard and play by the rules, you’ll have an opportunity to build a good life.”

    But: “For too many families in America today, that isn’t the way it works. Instead of getting ahead, they’re finding it harder and harder than ever to get their footing in our changing economy. The dream of upward mobility that made this country a model for the world feels further and further out of reach.”

    Millions of Americans are “frustrated, even angry” about today’s economy, Clinton said. Falling into poverty is a constant threat, and upward mobility is almost impossible. “Forget about getting rich,” Clinton told the audience, “I’m talking about getting into the middle class and staying there.”

    While productivity is up, Clinton noted, “wages have stagnated.” “Americans are working harder, contributing more than ever … and yet many are still barely getting by.”

    Amid the “daily struggles of millions and millions of Americans,” women face particular difficulties, Clinton continued. A woman struggling to achieve “doesn’t just face ceilings on her aspirations; sometimes it feels as if the floor has collapsed beneath her.”

    “What can we do about it?” Clinton asked. “Of course, a lot depends on our leadership, here in Washington and around the country.” One might assume that Clinton would take that opportunity to praise the current president. But no. Instead, Clinton focused on another Democratic administration. “The 1990s taught us,” she said, harkening back to the days Bill Clinton was in the White House, “that even in the face of difficult long-term economic trends, its possible through smart policies and sound investments to enjoy broad-based growth and shared prosperity.” At that point, Clinton took a few moments to recount her husband’s economic record.

    After an obligatory critique of George W. Bush’s time in the White House, Clinton made her only reference to Obama. “It took years of painstaking work and strong leadership from President Obama to get our economy growing again,” she said.

    And then it was back to criticizing. To get the country out of its current hole, Clinton said, “We’ll need some big ideas, like evidence-based decision making — an old idea that I hope can be restored.” The Democratic Party line would, of course, hold that Obama has restored “evidence-based decision making,” but Clinton spoke as if that never happened.

    From there, still more problems. Too many children are not getting a healthy start in life. Millions of young people are both out of school and out of work. Minorities face even worse odds. The economy is still not generating enough demand to create jobs.

    When Clinton mentioned that too many Americans are without health care, she added, “although, thankfully, we’re beginning to resolve that.” It was the faintest possible praise of Obamacare, with no mention of its namesake.

    Obama is an unpopular president. Any Democratic candidate for president, especially one who served under Obama, will have to strike a tone that both calls for change and pays tribute to his achievements. Friday’s speech shows that Clinton is more inclined to call for change.

    Toughen this speech up to make an attack on false HOPE and CHANGE to the worse and Hillary will have the formula we have insisted she take for any 2016 run.

  22. Obama’s critical support comes from the upper crust of America, the citizens who live comfortably sheltered in academia and the non-profit sector, who don’t care much about electricity or the manufacturing economy but who honestly believe that we can shut down the whole middle portion of the country and turn off the lights in order to save the world from the “pollution” of carbon dioxide. [snip]


    In a shadow, I can say from experience with a huge group of these people, this is absofrickin’lutely correct. I am surrounded by these folks, 40+ hours a week, and have to battle and listen to their endless nonsense on these issues. Most will never give in and say Baracko is a failure, or they will be considered a fraud in their beliefs. They look at me at times like I am the two headed dentist. Many of the Kooks are also in this group.

    These are the people that do not suffer from their own crackpot indulgences. They are not crying…where are the jobs so people can get back to work. They like donations and handouts, not working in the trenches.

  23. Hillary Clinton slams Obama economy: ‘Dream feels further and further out of reach’

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    I am so happy that Hillary is coming out to the forefront.

    She isn’t coming out guns blazing yet, nor should she until she is ready to toss in her hat.

    I am glad she is finally standing up for the majority of American’s instead of giving us lip service like the GOP and ObamaDims.

  24. This was similar to what I saw in the market yesterday.

    I bet John, Robert and Jackie would roll over in their graves if they read this:

    BARACK Obama and his wife Michelle are even closer to divorce!

    Sources say Barack is caught up in a bombshell cheating scandal with Caroline Kennedy — who’s the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

    Obama, 52, traveled without his wife, and during his visit, a top Japa­nese government official blasted Michelle and ripped the first couple’s marriage, triggering her fury, according to the National Enquirer.

    “The politician exposed secrets about Obama’s cheating and Mi­chelle’s reckless spending,” a source said.

    “Michelle felt completely embarrassed by his comments. Even worse, she wasn’t there to defend herself, and she believes Caro­line failed in her role as ambassador to speak up and set the record straight.

    “Michelle was so angry over the whole fiasco that she ended up walking out of the White House and checking into a hotel in Vir­ginia to cool her heels.

    “Michelle went ballistic over the cheating scandal that erupted while Barack was in Japan. When she saw photos of Barack and Caroline looking close – and sharing a kiss – it made her even angrier.

    “Michelle suspects Barack of hav­ing an affair with every woman he’s alone with, especially if it’s a woman he finds attractive. She also knows Caroline and Barack share a mutual admiration for each other.

    http://www.showbizspy.com/article/274063/barack-obama-in-cheating-scandal-michelle-obama-left-furious.html

  25. Shadowfax…

    wasn’t going to mention this but after reading Admin above at 2:28 and your comments at 4:05 and pretty sure you said you live in Northern CA…made me think of Silicon Valley/HBO…hilarious satiric depiction of mindset…

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    Preakness post today at 6:00 pm ish, est – NBC

  26. S

    made me think of Silicon Valley/HBO…hilarious satiric depiction of mindset…

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    Ah yes, Silicon Valley and the entire Bay Area is a hotbed of these Dims. I don’t say I live in the land of unicorns for nothin’ 😉

  27. Admin- This picture is a contender for the top five

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    What the Hell is he doing?

  28. California Chrome wins

    That was awesome S, thanks for sharing.

    Is there any relationship to Google Chrome?

  29. Hi Shadowfax…no, the people affiliated with California Chrome are blue collar working folks…here is a link to some of their backstory…it is really interesting…and emotional…btw…this horse, that was never supposed to “make it” to the big time…has won his last six races since December, including the Kentucky Derby…(did you see the owner and his wife just break down today overwhelmed…amazing story…against all odds)

    S
    May 3, 2014 at 8:21 pm
    FYI…for anyone who is interested in today’s race (Kentucky Derby) and California Chrome’s backstory…you might enjoy reading CC’s ‘from the heart’ journey to today’s victory…

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2046272-from-dark-horse-to-derby-favorite-the-unlikely-story-of-california-chrome#articles/2046272-from-dark-horse-to-derby-favorite-the-unlikely-story-of-california-chrome

  30. Thanks for posting that Hillary speech, Admin.

    Well Go Hillary!!! She slowly, deliberately, (to use an Obama term) “Pivots” away from The One.

    S. Thanks so much for posting the video of CC’s win. Amazing. On to Belmont!!

  31. Wbb, although I take offense at some of the actions and beliefs of the fundamentalist Christian contingent, i agree with your assessment that this government has targeted the Christian religion on behalf of Islam.

    Actually, even before the active support of Islam was apparent there was much disparagement of Christians in media and in television programs and movies. For many years now, it has been politically correct and perfectly acceptable to disparage, mock, and criticize Christians and Southerners. No self-respecting progressive would be caught making negative comments about any other group, except possibly, Jews.

    Granted, when some of the really hard core fundamentalist preachers get riled up about behaviors they perceive to be sinful, they give their detractors plenty to criticize. But, even the craziest of the crazy, to my knowledge, has ever advocated stoning a woman to death because she has been raped. The fundamentalist Christians don’t have the market cornered on Crazy.

    Yet, as you said, the far left, which holds itself up as the defender of the oppressed and advocate for social justice and civil rights for all, harshly and condescendingly judges Christians (and Southerners) to be unworthy of their high-minded efforts. The far left has proclaimed these groups to be acceptable targets for ridicule and contempt,

    As Shadow mentioned in a previous post, these elite, wealthy, well-educated light-weights have absolutely no idea about living life in the real world. They have taken on the cause of Islam, and apparently, have found a way to live the cognitive dissonance.

  32. One of the problems with our great nation is that we are being ruled by the rich people.
    If they are not rich when they get to DC they soon get rich. 👿

  33. Mushball Howie Kurtz does his usual 20 paragraph to say nothing. This charlatan is so politically correct, and vapid that it gives me a mild head ache to listen or read his crap. Here he launches into an absurd defense of Caroline Kennedy’s paramour, who like her is a trust fund baby–young Arthur, not to be confused with King Arthur, but is delusional enough to think he is. Getting the rest of us to believe it is the problem. So far, the only true believer was Queen Caroline now in Japan.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/17/sulzberger-under-siege-rips-jill-abramson-for-poor-management/?intcmp=latestnews

  34. Honor system not working out?
    ObamaCare subsidies may be wrong for over 1 million Americans, report says
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans signed up for coverage under ObamaCare may be receiving incorrect subsidy payments — some bigger than they actually deserve — from the federal government, The Washington Post reported.
    The government has identified the errors, which are the result of discrepancies in income listings on insurance applications and those on file with the Internal Revenue Service, but has been unable to fix the problem, according to the report.
    Since income information is used to determine subsidy eligibility under the law, the federal government may be paying insurance subsidies that are too generous or not enough for more than 1 million Americans with income discrepancies.
    Only a fraction of consumers notified about the discrepancies have responded to federal health officials’ requests to submit pay stubs or other proof of their income. Officials told The Washington Post they do not yet know the percentages of overpayments or underpayments….
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/05/17/obamacare-subsidies-may-be-wrong/

  35. holdthemaccountable
    May 18, 2014 at 10:54 am
    —————
    I would like to go back into the archives and pull out the greatest civil rights victory since 1964 narrative which big media fed the public in 2009 or whenever it was, and compare it to what they are saying about it now, and then raise the question whether these people are journalists or camp followers. We know the answer of course, but it would be refreshing for some, and embarrassing for others to relive their delusion and let them know that their failure is now an open secret. That would be the main point of the exercise. Where big media is concerned in every way and at every turn, they must be ridiculed, mocked and anyone who quotes them as a reputable source must be made to feel the fool. The attack against them must be thorough and relentless. As you can see, I do practice what I preach. And I hope other around me will pick up on this, because a media controlled by the corporations that control our political process can never ever be the free media that the founding fathers intended.

  36. And god bless Sharyl Atkisson. One of the very few NON PARTISAN truth tellers left on the scene. The others are, to me, a generation of vipers.

  37. freespirit
    May 17, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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    Yes, I agree. The Christian religion has had a positive impact upon our nation, because it does preach self discipline and allegiance to the family, the nation and god. There is much to said for that. By contrast, if the flower of Islam is Sharia law one can only wonder whether the effect of that religion on the theocratic states of the middle east is nearly as sublime. Thus, it is hard for me to see them in parity. But of all possible religions the worst one of all, positively the worst, is the secular religion which the hard left seeks to substitute for the Christian religion, which has a face blank and pitiless as the sun. Orwell had much to say about the secular religion of the hard left–which is a reality which few people in this generation fully understand, if they understand it at all. I have quoted excerpts from it now, but refrain from doing so now for fear of becoming not merely predicatable, but too predictable.

  38. As you can see, I do practice what I preach.
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    Affirmative!
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    continuing: And I hope other around me will pick up on this, because a media controlled by the corporations that control our political process can never ever be the free media that the founding fathers intended.
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    On this I find myself erratic, but your renewed call to action may inspire..once again.. 🙂

  39. Shadowfax
    May 17, 2014 at 9:05 pm
    ————
    It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

    Looking at that picture, I see the liar in chief, et ux, and a bunch of children posed for a propaganda picture.

    Why do we need to see pictures like this.

    I know why they want us to see them–because they think we are rubes that respond to that shit.

    Rubes who believe that a man who has no appetite for governing, is actually governing.

    Look at the record, and you will see that is a lie.

    If we were in Britain, I would say god save the queen.

    But over here, all I can say is god help us.

  40. holdthemaccountable
    May 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm
    —————-
    NBC: owned by General Electric in 2008, shilled for Obama, and ceo made Obama’s jobs czar while being the nations largest outsourcer. Now owned by Comcast one of Obama’s largest bundlers.

    CNN: owned by AOL Time Warner. Shamelessly promoted Obama and disparaged Hillary. Main beneficiary of Obama policies. Obama press secretary Carney is a remittance man from Time Magazine.

    ABC: owned by Disney corporation, full of Clinton haters like George step and fetch it and White House insider Linda Douglass whose husband is an Obama bundler.

    CBS: owned by Westinghouse, also a major beneficiary of Obama policies. Brother of their CEO is deputy national security adviser to the liar in chief, Rhoades. CBS is personally invested in covering up for Obama, which is why Sharyl no longer works there. They do not want to tell the truth to the American People.

    It is a propaganda mill The public welfare is not a consideration. These people are thieves of a different kind. No truth to be found here. And no journalists.

  41. Trey, god bless him, has set me straight. I now see the error of my ways. Big media is the champion of truth, and they will not stop until they find it. How wrong I have been. Their service to the American People has been sublime.

    Case in point: Benghazi

  42. The reason Hillary refused to go on the Sunday talk shows was because she was not willing to lie for Obama.

    Trey gives a fine hat tip to David Gregory, a shining example of the decadent state of big media.

    Susan Rice has no regrets about the lie she told.

    Trey says he can help her find some grounds for regret.

    Trust me. He will not ask David Gregory softballs.

  43. Some enterprising cartoonist should do a picture of a parrot with Susan Rice’s head on it, caption to read:

    “Lies, damned lies, and Benghazi talking points.

    A distinction without a difference.”

  44. Congratulations to the seminal mouthpiece of big media, David Gregory, for asking Susan Rice easier questions that Trey gets through a fast food drive through.

    Gregory looks like a Neandrathal Man, but don’t let appearance fool you.

    Week in and week out he hues to this same standard of journalist, between visits to the shrink.

    Accordingly, he enjoys the high esteem of his peers who like him cannot answer a single material question about Benghazi. And he deserves a Pulitizer Prize, and I have no doubt that one will be forthcoming.

    A cynic might say why give the Neandrathal son of bitch anything but a kick in the ass for his failure to meet the minimal standards of someone who holds himself forth to the public as a journalist.

    Fortunately, I am no cynic. I have a soft spot in my heart for careerist assholes like him. I say what can a career invested in the endless search for truth possibly offer to a sociopath like him, compared to the rosier lights of stardom and dropping his drawers for Obama.

  45. There is a legal term which shows up in the law of white collar crime that pretty much describes the reaction of big media to Benghazi. It reflects a lack of basic curiosity, which is prevalent among people with low IQs including big media journalists. The term? WILFUL BLINDNESS. Willful blindness is grounds for liability under criminal law, when a ceo says I don’t want to know about this illegal act. Which brings us right back to David Gregory who represents everything that big media has become. If you saw the latest video by Pat Caddell, he is quite explicit that Bob Woodward knows the entire story about Benghazi, and could answer every question that Trey raised, but that would embarrass Obama, and the last time he did that he was attacked by journolisters. Which means the man who was willing to expose Nixon has become in his waning years a moral coward. A big media dominated by careerists and cowards cannot provide the information needed to make our democracy functional. And that is their ultimate crime.

  46. Little Doughboy was on “FOX News Sunday” today defending himself for saying Hillary had some serious damage…brain…from her fall and she needs to come clean with her health problems and probably should not be running with those health problems. Juan Williams did a semi good job of pointing out that Rove is a very partisan, sneaky, slimy, honery politically operator who has done some pretty rough stuff in the past. But little Doughboy would not relent and just kept going at Hillary.

    It was obvious that Rove and the Republicans, if he is representative of them, must be scared silly of Hillary running for president. He sounded like a teenage “mean girl” but then I might be a tiny bit biased when it comes to this little piece of excrement.

  47. OMG I am laughing my xxx off! Somehow, the videos posted above have gotten somewhat scrambled.

    Wbb posting a song by PINK while talking about Trey…that is Funny!!!

    I posted the Harlem Shake and it’s now changed to Elton’s glasses that Admin posted.

    The H Shake is now under Wbb

  48. wbboei
    May 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for posting those videos of Trey. Guess I will have to start watching Greta again.

    Anyone know when Trey’s group will start the hearings and will they be behind closed doors or on TV?

  49. Sorry, I can’t stand Judge Pirro any more. The title ‘Judge’ implies being bipartisan, and she is anything but that.

  50. Yes, indeed, Shadowfax. Judge Pirro is anything but bipartisan that’s for sure.

    Oh, groan! Dick and Lynne Cheney are on TV being interviewed about Hillary’s health and if she is fit for service (of all people to ask, Dick “Heart Attack” Cheney)and about Monica and Benghazi.

    The Reps must be really, really scared of Hillary to drag out people like the Cheneys. But then one of them wrote a book so they may be on a book tour. Okay, Gang, slow down and stop the stampede on your way to snatch up Cheney’s book…somebody could fall and end up with brain damage. That would bring out Karl and then where would we be? 😉

  51. Shadowfax
    May 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm
    Sorry, I can’t stand Judge Pirro any more. The title ‘Judge’ implies being bipartisan, and she is anything but that.
    _____________________________________________________

    Agreed. She makes Hannity look non-partisan. Plus I hate her over-dramatic delivery. It is such cheesy theatrics.

    Having watched the events of the last week between Rove/Pribeus attacks on Hillary’s “health” and that idiot in Massachussettes talking about how the sense of “inevitability” of Hillary winning the Dem nod troubled him….I am sure you all remember how that turn of the card worked in 2008… I am starting to feel like maybe Hillary shouldn’t run because the country is simply not worthy of her.

    This country has been on a downward spiral ever since Nixon took us off the gold standard thus allowing for this bloated federal goverment and just as bloated deficit. The Clinton years were a brief respite from irresponsibility (except on the most personal level obviously), but just that..a respite.

    I am not convinced any one President can get us out of this mess because bottom line…the American people are a mess. Until We the People get our acts together, how can we expect our elected officials to be any different?

    Paul Simon sang, “You can’t be forever blessed.” I say “You can’t be forever blessed without doing the work to earn the blessing.”

    I am as disheartened by my fellow Americans as I am of the people they elect.

  52. Israel may be OT today, but I’ve found myself at loggerheads with a number of other bloggers here in the past on the whys and wherefores of American policy toward Israel, which, like it or not, is a subject of discord in American policy circles and American Jews generally. The link is to an exchange of letters between David Rothkopf, CEO of Foreign Policy, and a long-time friend of his, Michael Oren, who used to be the Israeli ambassador to the US.

    My own mixed feelings about Israel, or rather about Netanyahu’s talk and his policies, is best embodied by Rothkopf’s discourse; but I have to admit that Oren makes some excellent points, though from a thoroughly nationalistic perspective.

    The exchange of six letters is over 30 pages long but it’s worth the read if you’re interested in Israel, it’s policies and objectives, living conditions, and what the US stance should be on all that. The direct link is to Foreign Policy at:

    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/05/14/a_jewish_state_vs_the_jewish_state_israel_zionism

    If you can’t get the article there (you may need a subscription), I’ve got it at my dropbox:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/65227460/Oren%20%26%20Rothkopf.doc

  53. Not too far upthread I posted a link on this by Fox. This morning for my FB audience, I wanted to use the WaPo source which Fox cited but did not link to. Well, I found it and noticed this paragraph … which by now needs reinforcement cuz “eveyone” thinks Ocare is fixed. And Holder has signalled a bombshell investigation likely to suck up what little attention ordinary folk possess:

    5/16/14. Snip The inability to make certain the government is paying correct subsidies is a legacy of computer troubles that crippled last fall’s launch of HealthCare.gov and the initial months of the first sign-up period for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Federal officials and contractors raced to correct most of the technical problems hindering consumers’ ability to choose a health plan. But behind the scenes, important aspects of the Web site remain defective — or simply unfinished. snip
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/federal-health-care-subsidies-may-be-too-high-or-too-low-for-more-than-1-million-americans/2014/05/16/8f544992-dd14-11e3-8009-71de85b9c527_story.html

    After watching a set of “B” movies on a cheap DVD, one of which delved into the subject of media responsibility, I’ve decided that Obama’s Media compliants are cowards more than traitors. Taking the path of least resistance.

  54. Adverse incidents—veterans left to die when seeking medical attention in VA hospitals is the ghost of Christmases to come for the rest of us, thanks to Obamacare. However, I was greatly heartened to hear that the head of the VA is very mad about this. Not incompetent, not asleep as the switch, not indifferent until it became a political problem, just plain mad, as in grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Wow. Now that is firing for affect. And, oh yes, steps will be taken when and if these charges are substantiated. Steps? Never mind. We know what that means: retirement, full government pension, and a speech by Obama thanking them for their service to the nation. Obama has one rule: never admit liability. Still, big media loves him. Journalist? Give me a fucking break. Cowards, careerists and bootlickers is more like it.

  55. Holmes said truth is the majority vote of the nation with the most guns.

    Big media has a different definition of truth.

    To big media truth is ANYTHING that puts money in their pocket.

    No qualms, no regrets, no marching to a higher drum.

    Just $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

    And they expect those of us who understand their true motivations to take them seriously?

    Maybe they don’t care about that.

    Maybe they figure they will retire in the lap of luxury before those chickens come home to roost.

    I don’t know what goes through their heads.

    All I know for sure is they are unethical people.

    And to date, no one has done a better job of exposing their treachery than Trey in that video clip.

    How would Bob Woodward respond. I am sure he will not.

  56. Recent report from Foreign Policy

    Iran is recruiting Afghan refugees to fight for the regime in Syria. The WSJ’s Farnaz Fassihi on Page One: “Iran has been recruiting thousands of Afghan refugees to fight in Syria, offering $500 a month and Iranian residency to help the Assad regime beat back rebel forces, according to Afghans and Western officials. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, recruits and trains Shiite militias to fight in Syria. Details of their recruitment efforts were posted this week on a blog focused on Afghan refugees in Iran and confirmed by the office of Grand Ayatollah Mohaghegh Kabuli, an Afghan religious leader in the Iranian holy city of Qom.

    “A member of the IRGC also confirmed the details. ‘They [IRGC] find a connection to the refugee community and work on convincing our youth to go and fight in Syria,’ said the office administrator of Ayatollah Kabuli, reached by telephone in Qom. ‘They give them everything from salary to residency.’ Iran is offering the refugees school registration for their children and charity cards in addition to the $500 stipend and residency. Many Afghan young men have written to Ayatollah Kabuli to ask whether fighting in Syria was religiously sanctioned, his office said. He responded only if they were defending Shiite shrines. Lately, his office said he has kept silent and not even attended funerals of Afghans killed in Syria.”

    Vali Nasr reports in his book The Dispensable Nation: US Foreign policy in Retreat that Holbrooke knew Iran was ready and willing to fight on the side of US forces in Afghanistan, to fight Al Qaeda, and that presented an early opportunity for the US to gain some traction with Iran. Obama turned down the idea.

    Further on the subject, still from Foreign Policy:

    Kerry said he’s seen ‘raw data’ indicating the Syrian government has used chlorine gas “in a number of instances” against rebels. Bloomberg’s Indira A.R. Lakshmanan and Robert Hutton: “…If that’s proven, there will be “consequences,” Kerry said today in London, although he added, ‘We’re not going to pin ourselves down to a precise date, time, manner of action.’ French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, speaking in Washington on May 13, said France had “credible witnesses” testifying to 14 instances of chemical gas attacks since last October. While France had been prepared to strike Assad’s regime in the aftermath of last August’s sarin gas attacks that killed more than 1,400 people, the U.K. Parliament and U.S. President Barack Obama decided against attacking, and France couldn’t act alone, he said.”

    Also, Kerry, annoyed that the United Nations can’t deliver aid to war victims in Syria, is looking for a workaround. Kerry, quoted by the NYT’s Michael Gordon today: “We are open to the idea of providing aid through any means that will get to the people who need it… We are very frustrated with the current process… It is not getting to people. It’s going through one gate, one entryway, and it’s going through Damascus and/or controlled by the Assad regime. That’s unacceptable. We need to be able to get aid more directly, and we’re going to work to do that.”

  57. Take this will a grain of salt or since it came from CNN, a pile of poo –

    Summarizing the talk about HRC on the Sunday fairytale news programs, CNN Political Ticker has the following the usual Republican anti-Hillary talking points blah, blah, blah

    Then we have Obama pal Deval Patric who registers his concerns. Of course he does. He’s from the Anti-Clinton, racist division of the Dim party.

    Hillary Clinton: It’s widely accepted that it hasn’t been a good couple of weeks for Hillary Clinton. She is being attacked by Republicans over various foreign policy problems, including Benghazi and Boko Haram; her approval ratings are sliding, Monica Lewinsky spoke out, and Bill Clinton’s vocal defense could be making things worse.

    And now some Democrats are questioning aspects of her strategy.

    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he is concerned about the “inevitability” factor with a potential Clinton nomination.

    “I do worry about the inevitability thing,” Patrick said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that it’s “off-putting to the … average voter.”

    “I think that was an element of her campaign the last time,” he said, without having to specify how that turned out (Barack Obama won). “I just hope that the people around her pay attention to that this time around.”

    Article also includes a tweet from Sean Spicer who apparently believes himself to be clairvoyant . He opines (paraphrasing) that Hillary won’t probably run if she has another few weeks like the past few have been.

    Sean apparently does not know Hillary. She put up with more sh** than that with the Obamadims asking her to drop out of the race – WHEN SHE WAS WINNING – in 2008. She had all negative media coverage then. Currently, they couch the negativity in a question or some other back-handed way. MSM doesn’t have the guts yet to launch a full out attack on Hillary as they did in 2008. Hillary kept on keeping on in 2008. She won. She deserved the nomination.

    I think Mr. Spicer may be underestimating the strength of Hillary Clinton. He and others do so at their own peril.

  58. VotingH

    Judge Pirro

    Agreed. She makes Hannity look non-partisan. Plus I hate her over-dramatic delivery. It is such cheesy theatrics.

    —–
    100% agree.

  59. Shadowfax
May 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm
Sorry, I can’t stand Judge Pirro any more. The title ‘Judge’ implies being bipartisan, and she is anything but that.

    In addition to which, a Judge is not supposed to take sides in a debate but only make sure that the debate proceeds according to the rules of good order and fairness.

    This Judge Pirro talks like a prosecutor, jury and judge all wrapped into one and with a single opinion from outset to finish line, with no one opposing what she says. There’s no debate at all. She’s no better than ‘self-taught’ Glenn Beck.

    VotingHillary May 18, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I am as disheartened by my fellow Americans as I am of the people they elect.

    That’s quite understandable: We are in a democracy of the people, and water rises no higher than its source.

    I don’t think we’re on a downward spiral since Nixon, though, and I don’t regret the gold standard at all. To my mind, the downward spiral began with the Decade of Greed – the 1980s – when we got our first billionaires. The rich began to get richer by leaps and bounds with the Reagan tax cuts for them and the ensuing inflation began to sink the middle class.

    The respite of the 90’s was real but was broken by Dubya’s famous tax cuts and his neocon wars, furthered by Obama and his scams.

    I am not convinced any one President can get us out of this mess because bottom line…the American people are a mess.

    Well, I’d just say: Take heart! WJC did it with a Republican Congress hamstringing him all the way; his greatest strength was HRC. In my opinion, the pair can do it again… TBD.

  60. This Judge Pirro talks like a prosecutor, jury and judge all wrapped into one and with a single opinion from outset to finish line, with no one opposing what she says. There’s no debate at all. She’s no better than ‘self-taught’ Glenn Beck.


    Exactly

  61. I am not convinced any one President can get us out of this mess because bottom line…the American people are a mess.
    ———————–
    Perhaps they are. Perhaps. But the other side of the argument is garbage in-garbage out. What you have today is a system controlled by Wall Street. If you ask someone from that venue whom they want in 2016 it is an establishment democrat vs. an establishment republican. Then, they can contribute to both sides and have an inside track with whoever wins.

    The American People do not have the same luxury. They do not pick the candidates, the money men do. They are made to feel that they have a say in it but that is all bullshit. Their role is to vote for one of those candidates, and to honor the IOUs of the political class, and the give the system the appearance and the trapping of democracy, with a hollow shell inside. That way, they can pretend to have a mandate.

    In 2008, many of us tried in vain to make the case that experience counted, and those arguments fell on deaf ears. What the American People of all economic levels wanted and fell for was the compelling personal story. Now we hear they have learned a lesson. To which I say, the American People are like the Bourbons–they have learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

    But how could it be otherwise when the entire deck is stacked against them.

    There are only two possibilities for redemption. One is that an establishment candidate will slip through the screen and turn out to be a politician who represents the people. That is the hope where Hillary is concerned.

    The other possibility is someone that Wall Street fears, and therefore their agents in big media must destroy, namely, Ted Cruz or Rand Paul, wins, pushes back against Wall Street, and seeks the general welfare. Now that would be novel and refreshing.

  62. Shadowfax
    May 19, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for posting the Trey videos Wbb.

    It’s always a good day for Trey.
    _____________________________

    Yepper 😀

  63. “There are only two possibilities for redemption.”
    *****
    A third is that in the political background there are enough people who will come forward when the money runs out and the social implosion begins. Unfortunately, I don’t see the first thing happening absent the social/economic implosion. For example, let’s assume that Ted Cruz is such a person, as has been demonstrated, both branches of the Uni-party will unite to destroy his national political ambitions. The actual example is Hillary, 2008. The fix was in for healthcare “reform” well before Obama was selected; the only Big Health/K Street money criterion was anyone but Hillary.

  64. “I do worry about the inevitability thing,” Patrick said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding that it’s “off-putting to the … average voter.”
    ————
    Yea. I am sure Baby Barack is real worried about that. He is a waste of protoplasm, just like his daddy. As in hoosier daddy paddy? Why the Liar In Chief, who else? Off putting to the average voter? What is the average voter? He must mean the rubes who voted for Barack and Paddy. Trust me they are incapable of being put off. Just tell them a good bedtime story and they will show all the patience, deliberative thought and understanding of the job requirements of the presidency as Pavolv’s dog.

  65. Does Judge Jeanine Pirro sort of remind you of Keith Olberman who used to have a program called COUNTDOWN on MSNBC? He would get all wound up with his special reports. I can’t remember what he called them but he had the same drama and bias but for the opposite party.

  66. Foxy. Last year’s propane cost and availability may be something we yearn for in 2015. 🙂 🙂
    EU presses Obama to expand US fracking under TTIP while banning it in European countries. Published time: May 19, 2014 16:38
    …With the majority of TTIP negotiations being held in secrecy, it’s unclear to what extent the EU’s preferences have been met. The document was reportedly first sent to American officials in September.
    If implemented, however, the terms would mark a significant shift in US energy policy. Crude oil exports have been banned by the US since 1975. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, wants to consider relaxing the ban, and officials believe the White House can issue exemptions to some energy companies in order to allow them to export crude oil.
    As RT noted previously, the idea doesn’t currently have Democratic support in Congress, but THE STATEMENTS COULD BE A SIGNAL THAT THE US IS CONSIDERING METHODS TO REDUCE EUROPEAN DEPENDENCY ON RUSSIAN ENERGY IN THE WAKE OF THE UKRAINE CONFLICT….
    http://rt.com/usa/159988-eu-presses-obama-expand-fracking/

  67. At Newsbusters: ABC, NBC Ignore Report Showing Obama Administration Knew About Ongoing VA Problems
    By Jeffrey Meyer | May 19, 2014 | 20:05 [CBS reports]
    At Hot Air: Video: McCaskill relies on long-debunked claims to dismiss Benghazi probe
    POSTED AT 12:41 PM ON MAY 19, 2014 BY ED MORRISSEY
    Even Dick Morris:How Benghazi Could lead to Obamas Impeachment! Dick Morris Pub 5/19/14.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQbzbKhYssQ
    And Obama/Biden are on tour to charm little league, prom goers. I could not watch.

  68. wow – admin really jacked up the video processing? I tried hard not to have Dick’s visage show up. But he talks about Trey and at least that is good. 🙂

  69. jeswezey

    May 20, 2014 at 6:27 am
    ——-
    “A cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”–Oscar Wilde.

    The standard you apply here is an unrealistic one. Career politician confronting a scandal in the other party do not approach the investigation with a detached and disinterested sense of objectivity. And I for one shall not scruple to say that those who hold them to such a standard are seeking to thwart that investigation. So lets not find ourselves unwittingly repeating the talking points of those who have sought from the very beginning to shut down this investigation.

    The motivation here is mixed, and it cannot be otherwise. These are after all politicians, in competition for power. On the surface, it is a search for the truth, where the entire affair and the explanations which the administration has given do not pass the red face test. Furthermore, when Benghazi is placed in the context of other scandals which have been shut down by this administration, namely Fast and Furious, IRS targeting of conservatives, Obamacare, and most recently the Veterans Affairs debacle, cause a macro loss of confidence in government.

    Therefore, the goal must be to ensure that the inevitable effort by partisans to achieve political advantage does not undermine the overriding objective of the search for truth. That means the facts must be objectively determined and then the parties can argue about different interpretations of those facts. That is what the select committee chairman has promised to do, and the efficacy of his investigation and his ability to rebut the charge that this is a witch hunt will depend on his ability to keep those forces sufficiently in check, while realizing that this is not and never will be a case of immaculate conception.

    Watergate provides an appropriate precedent. In that case, politicians conducted a search for the truth. But who will deny that the motivation for that search was political. Were Sam Ervin and Sam Dash choir boys? Or were they seeking political advantage. What happened in that case, and what we hope will happen here was that there came a point in the process where the president’s supporters realized that they could not preserve their own credibility if the continued to defend an indefensible position, and at that point, the national interest was served.

    Nunc pro tunc–then as now, we hope.

  70. A third is that in the political background there are enough people who will come forward when the money runs out and the social implosion begins. Unfortunately, I don’t see the first thing happening absent the social/economic implosion.
    —————-
    Agreed. At that point, a net worth tax to put some of the money stolen from the American People back into the treasury to mitigate the national debt, backed by a long arm statute which would hunt them down for that money into whatever foreign venue they fled to avoid taxation, plus an estate tax would seem eminently sensible. At that point, the denizens of Wall Street would find that they, rather than the American People, are the cash cow. Quid pro quo baby. Or, here’s looking at you Buffett.

  71. holdthemaccountable
    May 20, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Foxy. Last year’s propane cost and availability may be something we yearn for in 2015.
    _______________________________

    Indeed Holdem we should all be concerned.
    And again we were warned he said plainly that costs will SKY ROCKET!!! 👿

  72. holdthemaccountable May 20, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Thanks for the video. Dick Morris points out Gowdy’s first question, which is the one I’ve been asking ever since 9/12/12: Why were the US and Turkish ambassadors both 400 miles from their embassies on that day? Perhaps the day itself is of no importance, but the fact that these two ambassadors both traveled this great distance to confer while both their stomping grounds are in Tripoli is a mystery that needs to be solved.

    It would be just like Iran-Contra and just as explosive. admin insists that HRC will come out smelling like a rose; but not if this gun-running operation turns out to be true. There is no way she couldn’t have known about it and, even if Obama was ultimately responsible, or Panetta, it will bring HRC down with him.

  73. I have been amazed at the quality, or lack thereof, of the candidates Obama has appointed. This Michael McShane in Oregon is a classic example. He is by all accounts unqualified. Graduated from a third rate law school, with a legal/judicial career which is bare as a goat’s ass and long as a whore’s dream. However, according to Wiki, after a strict Catholic education, he came out of the closet and is the first openly gay jurist in the country. Well, bully for him, I guess. But that is no guarantee that he is otherwise up to the job. Today, he is a young man, but if he stays on the court for a few decades he will be old, and when he is old, his intolerance for those who disagree with his views will not ebb. Interestingly, he ruled against the traditional definition of marriage, and it is a surprise to me that the proponent of that view did not object to his hearing the case, or that he did not, on his own motion, recuse himself. This ignoring competence and experience in order to serve one part of the base is prevalent in this administration and was also in evidence in the one that preceded it, but since Obama has made it even worse, it is hard for him to convince anyone, with the obvious exception of the gullible big media, that it is Bush’s fault.

  74. The inevitable effect of elevating politics over competence in the appointment of federal judges is the eventual creation of a judiciary composed not of true judges, but of politicians in black robes.

  75. jeswezey
    May 20, 2014 at 10:43 am
    —————
    If there is exposure here, it is not the crime, but the cover-up. The gun running is not an issue voters care about. Moreover, it was not her call. If that issue has any resonance, it will redound to others, like the head of the CIA, Panetta, and Obama. If there is any exposure here politically for Hillary then it relates to the cover-up. But if Pat Caddell is right–and he is, then the evidence will show that Donolin was the mastermind. But the only way these facts come to light is if there is an investigation. The question for the democrats who will be on the committee is whether they owe their primary allegiance at this point to a lame duck president or their future nominee. The 2014 mid term election will help answer that question. It will be a slower process for big media to disengage from Obama, and when they finally do, the damage to their reputation will be obvious, regardless of how they do it.

  76. holdthemaccountable
    May 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

    wow – admin really jacked up the video processing? I tried hard not to have Dick’s visage show up. But he talks about Trey and at least that is good. 🙂

    —-

    Is there a link? I thought it was about Cheney…I can’t stand him or his daughter, but I can tolerate Rove in one video.

  77. jeswezey
    May 20, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Those are the questions I think need to be addressed too. The Rethugs seem to want Hillary to take all the blame for the deaths on that day, but what was going on outside of normal State Department business?

    Hillary had some emails, we don’t know what they said, but they were serious enough for the Big Dawg to get some heavy duty lawyers on it from the get-go.

  78. The gun running is not an issue voters care about.

    ——
    Wbb, don’t underestimate the American public. What is lacking is the media reporting the truth, from both parties.

    The ‘news’ is rarely reported by any TV show, only political editing and propaganda is repeated, over and over.

    If someone like Walter Conkite told the public about Fast and Furious, and if it’s part of why Benghazi was a deathtrap for Americans, they would be glued to their TVs.

    The public doesn’t trust the media any more, nor do they trust politicians.

  79. For what it is worth, Jay Cost lays out three tests which a Republican candidate must meet, in order to unite the party and win the general election in 2016:

    (1) Can this candidate win the support of the unaffiliated voters who decide general elections?

    (2) Is the establishment of the party comfortable enough with this nominee to put forth all the money it can? And-

    (3) are the grassroots excited enough about this nominee to show up in November?

    None of the candidates to date meet that test, and Jay’s invocation of similar patterns throughout our history are irrelevant.

    The only candidate who meets that test is a mid western governor who understands beltway politics, as well as the needs of the nation. His name is John Kasich.

    He is currently the governor of Ohio. Jay does not mention Kasich, or even hint at him. But he does say this: “Today, little has changed: The key state in the electoral contest is still Ohio”.

    Perhaps that is why the left wing Nazi Soros, calls Kasich the only republican who can rain on the democrat’s 2016 parade.

    The only problem for the Republicans is Kasich steadfastly maintains that he is not interested in running. And, at this point, he has given every indication that he means what he says.

    Here is the Cost article with his turgid regurgitation of historical patterns. It is to be noted, however, that he badly misread the 2012 election–and I was dumb enough to believe him.

  80. Shadowfax

    May 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    The gun running is not an issue voters care about.

    ——
    Wbb, don’t underestimate the American public

    Shadow, do you believe the people you work with who have supported Obama, and the 45% of the likely voters who support him even now according to Rasmussen will care about gunrunning two oceans away which implicates his administration? These are the same people who have managed to turn a blind eye to every other Obama scandal, many of whom hit much closer to home. And big media will give them no help, because big media has been part of the cover-up, as Trey’s commentary above clearly implies.

  81. Sister Sarah defends Hillary and all women. Good for Sarha!!!

    Sarah Palin is mocking Democrats for protesting the recent focus on Hillary Clinton’s health, saying she had faced similar scrutiny over whether she gave birth to her son, Trig.

    “Thank goodness liberals are consistent in refusing to apply double standards, thanks to their disdain for hypocrisy — so they’ll come through once again!” Palin wrote in a sarcastic Facebook post published Monday.

    In the post, Palin linked to a Wall Street Journal article about the right defending the issue — first raised by Karl Rove — of Clinton’s health and the possibility she endured brain trauma after suffering a blood clot in 2012.

    “Hey! Hillary’s brain is off-limits! Leave her health records alone! Democrats are right — scouring records of a female candidate is just politics of personal destruction, and for the media to engage in it would be unfair, unethical, and absolutely UNPRECEDENTED,” wrote Palin, the GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee.

    She continued, “Nope. This just doesn’t happen at this respectable level of American politics. Just ask me. And Trig.”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/05/sarah-palin-hillary-clinton-injury-106858.html?hp=r1

  82. Wbb

    As I said, the news is not reported by any station, with the truth. I do believe, even Dims would take serious notice, like they did when Walter was reporting the news, because he proved over the years to take on the hard issues and he was trustworthy.

    Do I think American’s have all of a sudden, become dumb as rocks? No, I don’t.

    I think the public has been force fed bullshit for so long, had the news cut down to show business as usual, and are leery of all the crap that is flung at them.

    If given the choice to watch real reporting, proven truth, they would jump at the chance.

    Until Bill Clinton became President, I thought American’s had all lost about 60 IQ points…then they smartened up with Bill.

    I realized that the current administration, and President’s actions seemed to direct the media and policies, and the overall state of the country in a direction that was either successful and prosperous or near the edge of the moronic cliff, as we feel now.

  83. Yes, I do believe that most of the demise of our country over the past 8 years has been precisely due to the entire media and the political corruption.

  84. PA primary today. By 2:00 PM 23 Republican ballots had been cast in my township. A rich man named Bob Guzzardi had been running against Gov Corbett, but various court rulings knocked him off the ballot. News casts told us his name might appear on some ballots, and Twitter suggested there was a write-in campaign going for him. On my ballot, a wide black marker had been run through his name. He did little to no campaigning and I feared he’d win the primary, as Corbett is LOW. That would make it easier for whichever of the 4 Dems running on their ticket to win in November. But now that every vote he gets will have to be a write-in, there should be no chance.

  85. Thanks Hold’um, I think that is a good video.

    Even is England was doing the transfer of guns, and not the US (if that were true), is this normal work for Stevens and the State Department to do?

  86. You have got this punch and judy show between the two halves of the unity party, breathlessly reported on by big media euchs, and their so called elder statesmen like Browkaw and it is all one big ruse, to cover the fact that the american people are being looted by the elites, the political class and big media. It is as phony as professional wrestling but the low information voter believes it is all real and marches through the streets carrying one flag or the other.

  87. After much thought, I have come to the inescapable conclusion that Wall Street controls our political process, and that their interests are irreconcilable with those of main street. Therefore, it is incumbent on Wall Street, and its big media servants to spin fairy tales which are calculated to hide the truth and to seduce the low information voter.

  88. Shadowfax
    May 20, 2014 at 2:49 pm
    Yes, I do believe that most of the demise of our country over the past 8 years has been precisely due to the entire media and the political corruption.
    ——–
    Absolutely right.

  89. I find it really hypocritical when Drudge and the GOP put this in their headlines:

    RECORD 10,996,447 ON DISABILITY

    —They try to paint it as if it were a runaway train on welfare.

    A couple of things they seem to forget:

    1- Governors like Ronny Raygun shut down mental health facilities and funding and dumped the mentally ill out in the streets. Much of our homeless in CA are those and new mentally ill folks that have no where to go and no family that can care for them. They can’t hold down a job and often have no healthcare, or don’t have the ability to know how to get any.

    2- Bushwhack Jr. started two major wars because of WMD that did not exist. Our wounded soldiers with legs or arms blown off mainly need to be in the disability safety net, at least for awhile.

    Sure, there are some that may get away with a scam on the system, just like some scam their taxes…but to imply that Disability is just another welfare perk, is just outrageous.

  90. This White House’s “we found out on the news” formulation has become such predictable boilerplate that Allahpundit didn’t even have to spell it out in his earlier headline, and the “anger” charade is its inevitable counterpart. Nobody is madder — “madder than hell” in this case — than the president, you guys. But as MKH noted last week, the president’s ostentatious fury generally recedes into “we can’t comment on an ongoing investigation” territory, followed by “only wing-nuts are still talking about this phony scandal — which, by the way, happened a long time ago, brah.” ABC News’ Jonathan Karl pressed Jay Carney about the Robert Petzel kabuki “resignation” yesterday, which Carney deflected by hiding behind a statement from the American Legion:

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/20/video-obama-routinely-shocked-angered-by-things-happening-within-his-own-administration/

  91. Shadow, I have had the same thought. Is the covert weapons transfer thing something that would fall within State Dept. purview. That does not appear to be the case.

    Not long after Benghazi, I heard an interview on NPR with former college roommate of Stephens. One obvious point of the interview was to stop some of the controversy. The roommate said that Chris was happiest in the Middle East. He loved the area, and that he died doing what he loved. He would not have wanted all of the controversy. The roommate also talked about Chris’s excitement about Obama’s election, and how glad he was to be working for him. Never was Hillary’s name mentioned. My sense was that Stephens felt more emotionally connected to Obama and to the Middle East than he did to State Dept. That’s just an impression, obviously. I just remember wondering at the time just how much supervisory responsibility Hillary was allowed to exercise over him and his position.

  92. Free

    That’s very interesting. I also heard he loved the Middle East, that seems strange to me since he was gay and it seems that would be a dangerous place for him among hardcore Muslims?

  93. That’s very interesting. I also heard he loved the Middle East, that seems strange to me since he was gay and it seems that would be a dangerous place for him among hardcore Muslims?
    —————-
    So, the administration’s new line of defense on Benghazi was the murder of Stephens was not a terrorist attack orchestrated by al Qaeda affiliates. It was a hate crime. This would coincide with their earlier position that the deadly incident at Fort Hood in which a Muslim soldier screamed Allah Akbar as he slaughtered over a dozen American soldiers was not a terrorist attack. It was a case of workplace violence. After all, Osama is dead, al Quaeda is on the run, and the liar in chief is the commander in chief. Blame big media.

  94. “This would coincide with their earlier position that the deadly incident at Fort Hood in which a Muslim soldier screamed Allah Akbar as he slaughtered over a dozen American soldiers was not a terrorist attack. It was a case of workplace violence.”
    *****
    Or the American Muslim convert who was trained in a terrorist camp in Yemen and shot two military recruiters in Little Rock. That was labeled a “drive by shooting”. This case has disappeared and I don’t think has come to trial.

  95. After re-reading the wiki piece on the recruiter shooting, it was likely written by a Fed. official. It’s a “little odd” that the sniper shooting of two uniformed military recruiters at their place of work was handled by the county prosecutor. The shooter admitted that he was trained and working for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The prosecution said that he was “delusional”.

    I now remember, about a year ago reading that the father of the shooter (Carlos Bledsoe aka Muhammad)and the father of the recruiter who was killed met and started discussing the circumstances that destroyed the lives of their sons. IIRC, according to Carlos Bledsoe’s father, his son moved from Little Rock to Nashville to attend college. He was befriended by several students who were affiliated with the local radical mosque. He was then gradually recruited, converted to Islam and went to Yemen to be trained by AQAP. He told his family that he was going to Yemen to teach English as part of his education. I think that the two fathers made a short film about the dangers of impressionable youth being recruited by Islamic terrorists in the US. All of the background has been whitewashed by the Feds and the story was that a disturbed, delusional man shot two soldiers in a drive by shooting; nothing to do with Islam, Nashville Mosque, Al-Qaeda or terrorism.

  96. Well for all of Stephens supposed love of the fraud, he was calling the State Dept.for help, not the WH.

  97. I don’t how much “love ” he had for Obama. Just relaying the gist of the interview, which referenced Stevens’ excitement about Obama being selected president, and later, even more excitement about working for him. I assume that if he called State Dept. rather than Obama, it had to do with protocol, going through officially designated channels, that sort of thing.

    Not sure what your point is.

  98. While US is chuckling over taking business from Putin:

    After 10 years of negotiations, Russia’s Gazprom and China’s CNPC have finally signed a historic gas deal which will provide the world’s fastest growing economy with the natural gas it needs to keep pace for the next 30 years.
    A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING was signed in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of China Xi Jinping on the second day of Putin’s two-day state visit to Shanghai.
    The price China will pay for Russian gas remains a “commercial secret” according to Gazprom CEO Aleksey Miller. Gas will be delivered to China’s via the eastern ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline.
    RT producers were informed of the landmark energy deal prior to its signing after a conversation with Miller.
    http://rt.com/business/160068-china-russia-gas-deal/

    Since it is a memo of understanding, that is lame. But US will transport gas on barges across the Atlantic to “show” Russia while Russia lays some pipe to its nearly next-door neighbor.
    ******************************
    PS The self-financed Tom Wolf won big in PA for Dem gubernatorial spot on ballot in Nov. I see him as a white Obama2008. Has same symbolism, demeanor and promises. Media has assumed all-to-familiar position of worship.
    ————————
    Seeing that McConnell in KY won but there are caveats. Have not gotten that far yet.

  99. Shadow 11:51 am
    ———————
    Good thing you asked for original Dick Morris link because the youtube of his video is GONE & I had plans to feature it on my FB page today. Not certain I could have backtracked to it just now if you had not asked. 🙂 🙂

  100. FBI director: Al-Qaeda stronger than I thought
    Published time: May 19, 2014 19:13
    Never mind the 2011 elimination of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by United States Navy Seals: the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation says affiliated terrorism groups pose a big of a risk now as ever before. snip
    http://rt.com/usa/160004-fbi-comey-al-qaeda/

  101. Have we been outsmarted? Chit.
    GOP puts its tea party ‘civil war’ behind it. Doyle McManus. Mitch McConnell’s easy victory over his tea party opponent in Kentucky’s Republican primary Tuesday presents a tidy storyline: the establishment strikes back. In the primary season so far, McConnell and fellow GOP incumbents have successfully out-organized and outspent such challengers from their right. And yet even as they rack up wins, they are revealing how the tea party already won the battle for influence in the Republican Party.The GOP’s civil war now looks more like a merger: the establishment has moved right, and many of the tea party’s voters are rejoining/reconciling with that new mainstream — even if some of their self-appointed leaders are not. Things looked vastly different when these Senate campaigns began and tea party groups such as FreedomWorks and the Senate Conservatives Fund audaciously announced their plan to unseat McConnell, the Senate Republican leader. That looked like a grudge match from which only one side could emerge alive.”We are going to crush them everywhere,” McConnell promised with chilling determination.In Kentucky,he did just that, outspending his hapless challenger by millions and winning by a wide margin. And the list of Republican senators who were purportedly endangered by challenges from the right, including Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)? Forget it. The only one in danger is Cochran, and he appears likely to win too. In a year when voters are grouchy about incumbents, the most striking statistic may be this: Not a single Senate or House incumbent in either party has lost a primary election so far. Some have retired, but none has been defeated.
    So what happened? Did the tea party’s anger just disappear? No. The GOP, like any smart political entity, absorbed that energy, in the form of unbending fiscal conservatism.The tea party insurgency began, after all, after both parties voted for the 2009 bailouts of the nation’s biggest banks. Now, five years later, it’s hard to find much daylight on fiscal issues between “establishment” conservatives such as McConnell and “insurgent” conservatives like Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who endorsed him. “When people ask where did the tea party go, the answer is: It went to Congress,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, a small-government lobby. “Once there were Republicans who voted for tax increases, but they aren’t here any more.… The Republican Party has largely absorbed the message of the tea party movement.” He cited the 2013 budget sequestration that has held down federal discretionary spending as proof that the tea party has won.
    Tea party fervor has ebbed among the electorate too. In a Gallup Poll in November 2010, arguably the movement’s high-water mark, 61% of Republicans and GOP-leaning independents supported the insurgent movement; last month, that number was 41%. Tea party supporters are still an important chunk of the GOP, but only a minority. The issues that spark conservative fury have changed too. In 2010, they were angry about TARP, the Treasury Department’s bailout of Wall Street. But to most voters, that is ancient history. Republican voters’ top concerns this year are the economy and President Obama’s healthcare plan — and on those, there’s little difference between the two factions. Finally, there’s nothing like winning an election to settle a political argument. And that’s what the GOP establishment has done this year — by supporting the primary campaigns of candidates who are thoroughly conservative, just not quite as radical as FreedomWorks and its allies want.
    In the previous two elections, tea party enthusiasts nominated eccentric candidates for Senate seats: Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell (who had to deny that she was a witch), Missouri’s Todd Akin (who startled voters with talk of “legitimate rape”), Richard Mourdock in Indiana, Sharron Angle in Nevada. All lost. “The biggest lesson of 2010 and 2012 was that candidates matter,” said Scott Reed, a political strategist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a Republican establishment bulwark. Mainstream Republican groups launched a major effort to make sure that didn’t happen again this year. The National Republican Senatorial Committee intervened early to help incumbents fight off challenges — and informed by history, fewer incumbents were taken by surprise. The chamber has spent more than $12 million on establishment candidates and promises to spend more. So far, the Republican Party has skirted the pitfalls of those earlier years. Its voters are enthusiastic; its fundraisers are too. There’s still plenty of debate among its factions, but it’s about time to retire the “civil war” metaphor. The party appears more united than it’s been for almost a decade.
    On Tuesday evening, after the polls closed, the Senate Conservatives Fund even endorsed McConnell for election this fall. As November’s congressional election approaches, that all counts as good news for Republicans — and bad news for Democrats.
    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-mcmanus-column-primaries-20140521-column.html

  102. An article with the link given showed promise IMO. But it is a Hillary hit piece that has just one comment, & it’s good enough to post here!
    http://members.jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2014-05-20/story/benghazi-was-massive-failure-many-levels

    Sorry, you kinda skipped over the cover-up to win an election.
    You outlined the systematic failures that lead to 4 deaths but that is not now the issue.
    Ambassador Rice’s media blitz to fantasy land was a concerted effort by the White House to deflect responsibility.
    THEY HAD AN ELECTION TO WIN!
    So you are saying that the Watergate investigation should have stopped once the break-in perps were identified?
    That the Nixon cover-up was just irrelevant and old news?
    So which is worse:
    The Koch brothers trying to buy an election
    OR
    an incumbent President lying to the American people to win an election

  103. holdthemaccountable

    May 21, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Matt Bevins shot himself in the foot many times. This result–I can scarcely call it a victory allows McConnell (and worse yet his staffers who are in a closed loop with his lobbyists who are former staffers) to continue their real work, i.e. on looting the American People.

    This assumes, of course, they win in the fall. I know nothing about the democrat challenger. She looks young, inexperienced, and would probably turn out to be a bitter disappointment to those who want responsive government. Nonetheless, if I had the money to throw around on this one, I would pour it into the coffers of his democratic challenger til hell won’t have it anymore. For the good of the country this old bull, and his camp followers, must be put out to pasture. By contrast, the worst result would be for him to become majority leader.

    As for Doyle McManus, I have never put much stock in his analysis, partly because he is a pillar of conventional media wisdom. He sees the Senate Conservative Fund now supporting McConnell, as Bevins literally falls on his sword, and concludes that the war between the grass roots and the Washington establishment of the Republican Party is now in the rear view mirror. As Mark Twain said, rumors of my untimely death have been greatly exaggerated.

  104. Every administration eventually becomes a regime under siege. That is what George Kennan, my hero and one of Roosevelt’s four wise men once opined.

    That assessment is now true in spades with the Obama Administration.

    Why?

    I believe a big part of it has been the five year cover-up—yes, that is the right word, by big media. Those people have, for purely self serving reasons, neutralized the natural defense of the body politic to the malfeasance and misfeasance which are rife under the hope and change messiah. Their big media beloved messiah. Like a dam which can no longer hold back the rushing water, it is all spilling over into the public consciousness, plus, I hope, a profound sense that they have been looted and lied to systematically by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN. Hopefully, they will recoil against being treated like mushrooms–kept in the dark and fed a steady diet of manure.

    Another reason is the inherent weakness of Obama as a leader. He is in the most literal sense all hat no cattle. Like the wizard of oz, you have the brooding omnipresence projected against a huge screen with a deep gravelly voice which booms with intensity and behind the screen you have a man who personifies the Buddhist zen of the great empty. Governing is for suckers. Fundraising is for aspiring black democrat politicians who find a racist under every bed. Show me the money and I will see to it that the public treasury is yours. XOXOXO Obama.

    A third reason is psychological in its underpinnings. Obama is the classic sociopath. No drama Obama–until he is confronted with a real issue, and then he hides. And if he gets any sense that people are laughing at him, or conspiring against him, or seeing the incompetence which leads to a thousand misfortunes, then pop goes the weasel, and out comes the angry ossified child. At that point, big media falls to its knees like the beggars they are and re enacts a Muslim prayer sessions.

    It is too late now. Too late.

  105. wbboei
    May 21, 2014 at 8:17 am

    Every administration eventually becomes a regime under siege. That is what George Kennan, my hero and one of Roosevelt’s four wise men once opined.

    That assessment is now true in spades with the Obama Administration.
    _____________________

    Excellent article Wbboei Thanks for posting it. 🙂

  106. wbboei. May 21, 2014 at 7:34 am. As Mark Twain said, rumors of my untimely death have been greatly exaggerated.
    —————————–
    The wisdom of your experience again appreciated.
    ************************
    I’ve yet to discover what led up to this ourburst:
    CNN President Jeff Zucker: We won’t be ‘shamed’ into covering Benghazi hearings
    CNN President Jeff Zucker said Monday that he didn’t know whether his network will cover the Republican-led hearings on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, arguing that CNN will not be “shamed” into reporting on something if it has no news value. “We’re not going to be shamed into it by others who have political beliefs that want to try to have temper tantrums to shame other news organizations into covering something,” he said in an interview with the New York Times at the Deadline Club’s annual awards dinner in New York City, Mediaite reported.“If it’s of real news value, we’ll cover it,” he added.
    The Times mentioned how CNN’s 24-hour coverage of the missing Malaysian flight was “mocked widely for its obsessiveness,” but Mr. Zucker maintained that it is an important story that needs to be told.
    “If I take a step back from our coverage of the Malaysian plane’s disappearance, I’m incredibly comfortable with it,” he said. “I believed early on, right from the start, that it was an enormously important story: an American-made Boeing jet liner, with Rolls Royce engines, with 239 people, disappears into thin air…That’s why we devoted the resources that we did to it.” The CNN president, however, admitted it may have been a mistake to allow for anchor Don Lemon’s infamous black hole theory. [bwha ha ha!] “He was being facetious, but it did not come off that way,” Mr. Zucker explained. “And he knows that if he could do it over again, he wouldn’t quite present it that way.”
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/may/20/cnn-president-jeff-zucker-we-wont-be-shamed-coveri/

    No matter. CSPAN will have them.

  107. Absolutely spot-on, wbb.
    __________

    “A third reason is psychological in its underpinnings. Obama is the classic sociopath. No drama Obama–until he is confronted with a real issue, and then he hides. And if he gets any sense that people are laughing at him, or conspiring against him, or seeing the incompetence which leads to a thousand misfortunes, then pop goes the weasel, and out comes the angry ossified child. At that point, big media falls to its knees like the beggars they are and re enacts a Muslim prayer sessions.”

  108. Maybe the Big Dawg, who has campaigned for Grimes, is advising her move away from Barack. Hopefully, he has so advised Hillary, as well.

    Video of campaign ad at link.
    _____________________

    “Grimes Distances Herself From Obama”

    Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes blames “the people at the top in both political parties” for Washington’s dysfunction in a new a

    Grimes speaks direct-to-camera in a new minute-long spot that seeks to establish her as an independent fighter for Kentucky in an effort to get out ahead of attempts from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his allies to paint her as a rubber-stamp for President Obama’s agenda.

    “This is a frustrating time in our country,” Grimes says, noting the flagging economy.

    “And it seems no matter how many elections we have, nothing gets better in Washington,” she adds. “It only gets worse. A lot of that is because of the people at the top in both political parties. If we keep sending them back, nothing will change.”

    Grimes says she’s running for Senate because “I believe we need a senator who puts partisanship aside … and works with both Democrats and Republicans to do what’s right for Kentucky and for our country.”

    “And no matter who the president is, she adds, “I won’t answer to them. I’ll only answer to you.”
    That Grimes is using her first ad of the general election campaign to distance herself from Obama underscores the fact that he could indeed be her greatest liability in the race. The president was seen unfavorably by 57 percent of registered voters surveyed in a recent Bluegrass Poll conducted by SurveyUSA.

    (snip)

    Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/senate-races/206749-grimes-distances-herself-from-obama-in-first-general-election#ixzz32MU9o79z
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  109. freespirit. May 21, 2014 at 10:51 am
    Maybe the Big Dawg, who has campaigned for Grimes, is advising her move away
    ————————
    Finally. And such a day brightener. 🙂

  110. Free –

    …”And if he gets any sense that people are laughing at him, or conspiring against him, or seeing the incompetence which leads to a thousand misfortunes, then pop goes the weasel, and out comes the angry ossified child. At that point, big media falls to its knees like the beggars they are and re enacts a Muslim prayer sessions.”

    —-

    Outstanding…love the visuals.

  111. I don’t care how many ” crisis” the fraud has…He doesn’t care…He doesn’t have to. He knows he will be protected. He will just continue writing executive orders as King of Siam and let us eat cake.
    Next up… illegals in the military…what alligence to what country? Does it even matter anymore but to the few…The proud…how unAmerican

  112. In researching some of the early Benghazi articles, I found many articles expressing that same thought – that it was a hit job.

  113. Foxy @ 3:34 – ouch!
    ———————-

    I’m seeing two more bumps for the boob. Both a surprise to me; maybe this primary did move the earth a bit.
    1. Boehner has excluded to immigration amendments from the upcoming NDAA vote. However they may receive standalone floor votes. at Politico.
    2.Video: House Democrat destroys Shinseki, Obama over VA fiasco in floor speech
    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/05/21/video-house-democrat-destroys-shinseki-obama-over-va-fiasco-in-floor-speech/

  114. that it was a hit job…

    —-Sadly, until the true story comes out we won’t know if the attack was aimed at Stephens and/or the closest thing to destroy of America – the embassy, or it had something to do with gun running.

    Without knowing the truth, it’s all speculation.

  115. Does anyone know when Trey will start the new hearings, and will they be public or behind closed doors?

  116. Shadow, I can’t take credit for this little gem. It belongs to wbb.

    Shadowfax
    May 21, 2014 at 12:41 pm
    Free –

    …”And if he gets any sense that people are laughing at him, or conspiring against him, or seeing the incompetence which leads to a thousand misfortunes, then pop goes the weasel, and out comes the angry ossified child. At that point, big media falls to its knees like the beggars they are and re enacts a Muslim prayer sessions.”

    —-

    Outstanding…love the visuals.

  117. http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2014/05/21/the-new-obama-narrative-epic-incompetence/

    The New Obama Narrative: Epic Incompetence (not so ‘new’ to that many)

    The last eight months have battered the Obama administration. From the botched rollout of the health-care website to the VA scandal, events are now cementing certain impressions about Mr. Obama. Among the most damaging is this: He is unusually, even epically, incompetent. That is not news to some of us, but it seems to be a conclusion more and more people are drawing.

    The emerging narrative of Barack Obama, the one that actually comports to reality, is that he is a rare political talent but a disaster when it comes to actually governing. The list of his failures is nothing short of staggering, from shovel-ready jobs that weren’t so shovel ready to the failures of healthcare.gov to the VA debacle. But it also includes the president’s failure to tame the debt, lower poverty, decrease income inequality, and increase job creation. He promised to close Guantanamo Bay and didn’t. His administration promised to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed before a civilian jury in New York but they were forced to retreat because of outrage in his own party. Early on in his administration Mr. Obama put his prestige on the line to secure the Olympics for Chicago in 2016 and he failed.

    Overseas the range of Obama’s failures include the Russian “reset” and Syrian “red lines” to Iran’s Green Revolution, the Egyptian overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, and Libya post-Gaddafi. The first American ambassador since the 1970s was murdered after requests for greater security for the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi were denied. (For a comprehensive overview of President Obama’s failures in the Middle East, see this outstanding essay by Abe Greenwald.) The president has strained relations with nations extending from Canada to Germany, from Israel to Afghanistan to Poland and the Czech Republic to many others. All from a man who promised to heal the planet and slow the rise of the oceans.

    But that’s not all. The White House response to everything from the VA and IRS scandals to the seizure of AP phone records by the Department of Justice is that it learned about them from press reports. More and more Mr. Obama speaks as if he’s a passive actor, a bystander in his own administration, an MSNBC commentator speaking about events he has no real control over. We saw that earlier today, when the president, in trying to address the public’s growing outrage at what’s happening at the VA, insisted he “will not stand for it” and “will not tolerate” what he has stood for and tolerated for almost six years. His anger at what’s happening to our veterans seems to have coincided with the political damage it is now causing him.

    We’ve learned the hard way that Mr. Obama’s skill sets are far more oriented toward community organizing than they are to governing. On every front, he is overmatched by events. It’s painful to watch a man who is so obviously in over his head. And more and more Americans are suffering because of it.

    **************************************

    and that doesn’t even mention, the distractions, the golf outings, the parties, the endless vacations, the IRS…etc, etc, etc…what a colossal missed opportunity…

  118. “Among the most damaging is this: He is unusually, even epically, incompetent.”
    *****
    I think that “incompetence” has nothing to do with Obama; it assumes that he is trying to meet generally accepted expectations for the job and is failing. The whole concept of competence is foreign to his thought processes; our perception of Obama as incompetent, lazy, stupid, etc. has nothing to do with a sociopath’s perception of himself. He is utterly indifferent to anything that is not related to his narcissism and his own view that he is always the smartest, most competent person in the room, country, world. Every problem, every fuck up is the result of some other person/s screw up that reflect badly on Obama and makes him “mad as Hell”.

    At a fundamental level, it not Obama’s fault. He didn’t suddenly change when he became President, he has always acted the same way. He was selected precisely because he is a corrupt, sociopathatic fraud, and sock puppet. The major change in his behavior is that in the past, he has always moved on after 3-4 years, before people caught on to the scam. This time, against his better judgement, his ego and or financial backers forced a second term. If he had quit at one term he would have a legacy of “historic”, by 2016 “worst President ever”.

  119. “what a colossal missed opportunity.”

    _________

    S, that sums it all up nicely. A huge missed opportunity. What a different place this country would be in today …..

  120. Checkout this headline from online.wsj.com.

    “Liberals Press Hillary Clinton for Policy Specifics”
    They Want Her to Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline and Spell Out Her Positions on Immigration and Financial Regulations

    _________

    Who gives a damn what the liberals want? They stole the presidency for their super-cool, post-racial, pre-rapture, half-black candidate in 2008. He promised the far left any and everything their hearts desired. He would transform America. He would create an America of the gov. for the gov. and by the gov. As the article S posted just upthread, he delivered on none of the promises to the ultra-libs or to anyone else.

    The super-liberals may be good at stealing elections, but beyond that, their political power has dwindled, and their “light bringer” has brought little more than a flicker. They lack the clout to be demanding answers of anyone – especially, Hillary.

  121. Trey’s Benghazi hearings are going to be a circus because Pelosi insured they will be with her Dem team

    “elosi said Wednesday that she and Boehner had failed to reach an agreement on those conditions, but she’s proceeding in hopes that the leaders of the special panel, Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), “can come to some better terms on how we proceed.”

    Gowdy’s office said Wednesday there’s been no timeline yet established for the first hearing.

    Cummings, who often spars with Issa on the Oversight panel, said he hopes he can work better with Gowdy. He said the two have already discussed issues of process, with Gowdy vowing to be fair.

    “I’m going to hold him to that,” Cummings promised.

    Gowdy issued a brief statement shortly afterward announcing his “respect [for] Mr. Cummings and his work in Congress.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/206809-pelosi-names-dems-to-benghazi-panel#ixzz32PquLgIE
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  122. freespirit
    May 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm
    Shadow, I can’t take credit for this little gem. It belongs to wbb.

    —-Oops, thanks for letting me know Free.

    Kudos Wbb!

  123. Cummings

    At best, Cumm-ings is the tiny little yappy dog of the ‘Dog and Pony’ show.

    He sucks and he doesn’t deserve to be in Congress. He needs his racist ass voted out.

  124. I posted the above video not to be critical of any individual but critical of a tactic which will not withstand public scrutiny on the Benghazi matter. It is a policy of obstructionism, which is what we have seen in prior committee hearings. It will be up to Trey Gowdy to manage this process in such a way that the right questions are asked, the right evidence is adduced and only then are the parties free to put their own spin on things. Three of the democrats appointed to this committee have been vocal opponents of any attempt to investigate this scandal, and one of them was not only opposed to an investigation but was secretly conspiring with the target of the investigation. I am hoping that Tammy Duckworth will prove to be the one democrat who will stand tall. Where Cummings is concerned, his reputation precedes him and the question is whether Trey will manage that relationship any better than Issa did in the IRS investigation. Up to now, despite political differences, they have enjoyed a working relationship, and Trey has said that Cummings shared with him a perspective he did not previously have. Cummmings will be under tremendous pressure from the black caucus, and bitter delusional partisans like Poopsie to scuttle this investigation, to leak information and to behave in an obstructionist manner. I would not expect much more from two of the other democrats selected. It was no great insight on my part that Poopsie would concede her earlier position that they would boycott the committee. By being present, they can do damage control, and attempt to prevent access to key witnesses. At some point, however, that effort will fail. I think the lower key and the less public this proceeding is while it remains ungoing the better for the nation.

  125. Tammy Duckworth will prove to be the one democrat who will stand tall
    ————
    I am sorry. That was a Bideneque choice of words. What I meant however was obvious. Given her prior affiliation with the military, and the injuries she suffered in the process which would prevent her from doing what that metaphor suggest, I think there is a better than even chance that she will take seriously, as opposed to politically, the tragedy that occurred that night in Benghazi. And one democratic member of that committee is all it will take to give it the legitimacy which the public expects. Having censored the issue up to this point, it is not unlikely that big media will aid and abet people like Cummings in turning the investigation into a political circus, and the more they do that, the more their credibility will continue to tank. I expect that Sharly Attkisson will be all over this, and their strategy of obfuscation and politicization will coincide with the arrival of her new book, which will put their three years of treason in the context it so richly deserves.

  126. It is so infuriating that people like Pelosi cannot see past their own partisan ambitions to the larger interests of the nation. Benghazi is a prime example. The test is what would Pelosi say if this were a Republican scandal. Simply put, she is a stupid woman with no concern for the welfare of the nation, and for her, the gate swings only one way. This is what happens, when people of low moral character, insinuate themselves into positions of power and influence. Lincoln said it best: if you want to test a politician’s character, give him power. She of the quavering voice, and the maniacal stare–a female variant of Harry Reid. They are the personification of an abuse of power.

  127. Vet Affairs Scandal Raises Questions About Paid Leave Abuse for Fed Workers

    by Sharyl Attkisson
    on May 21, 2014
    in News
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    The Veterans Affairs (VA) scandal over patient waiting lists is raising new questions about paid leave policy for federal employees who are under investigation. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to provide details of VA employees who have been placed on leave.

    “It would add insult to injury for any wronged veterans to give employees who might have cooked the books at the VA extended paid vacations while the government sorts out the mess. Leave policies should make sense and not be abused during prolonged internal investigations,” said Sen. Grassley in a letter this week to Shinseki.

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is already conducting an examination of the government’s use of administrative leave at Sen. Grassley’s request after he says he learned of outrageous examples of alleged abuse. They include the Inspector General of the National Archives, who’s continued collecting a paycheck courtesy of taxpayers since Sept. 14, 2012 during a professional misconduct investigation; and an IRS employee who stayed on the federal payroll for three years “without performing any work after a conviction for several felonies.” Federal rules call for use of administrative leave “for short periods of time not generally exceeding three consecutive work days.”

    Congress is currently investigating allegations that at least 40 veterans have died waiting for care, and that the agency maintained secret waiting lists. Sen. Grassley says press reports have named a number of officials on leave pending the investigations including Phoenix, Arizona VA Director Sharon Helman, Associate Director Lance Robinson, and a third employee who was not identified; David Newman, at the Cheyenne, Wyoming VA facility; and two Durham, North Carolina VA employees.

    Sen. Grassley’s letter to Shinseki asks for a response by June 1o to the following questions:

    1.Are all of the VA employees who are currently placed on administrative leave pending investigations related to this matter continuing in a paid status? If not, which ones mentioned in this letter are not receiving their salary?
    2.How many employees have been placed on paid administrative leave as a result of investigations related to this matter, and what is the annual salary for each?
    3.How much money has been spent from 2009 until the present to pay VA employees who are or were on administrative leave for more than one month pending any investigation (not just those related this matter)?
    4.What is the longest period of paid administrative leave pending an investigation during that time?
    5.What is the median period of paid administrative leave pending an investigation during that time?
    6.How many VA employees are currently on paid administrative leave pending investigation?
    7.For how long do you anticipate each of those employees will be on administrative leave?
    8.What alternatives to paid administrative leave did the agency consider, if any, to address the concerns that caused it to initiate the leave in the first place? If none, why not?
    9.When do you believe administrative leave becomes of extensive duration as opposed to a short period of time?
    10.Do you agree that administrative leave is only within the agency’s discretion if it is limited to a short period of time?

  128. in the past, he has always moved on after 3-4 years, before people caught on to the scam. This time, against his better judgement, his ego and or financial backers forced a second term. If he had quit at one term he would have a legacy of “historic”, by 2016 “worst President ever”.
    ———————
    Mr. Obama is the quintessential affirmative action candidate.

    The putative rationale for affirmative action, a system of robbing Peter to pay Paul, was that it was good for society in some abstract moral sense.

    Obama’s benighted candidacy demonstrates the perverse falsity of this assumption.

    It is not simply that more qualified people are excluded from opportunities on the grounds of race.

    As we see with Obama, the societal cost of placing unqualified people in positions of power does grave harm to society–which overrides any fictional benefit.

    In that sense, I believe Obama marks the high water mark and the subsequent decline of moral support for this system of racial spoils.

    There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. — William Shakespeare

  129. What difference does the House’s Special Select Committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks make to 2016 Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton? Enough of one for Clinton allies to push House Democratic leadership to drop plans of boycotting the panel. Politico reports: “Clinton emissaries launched a back channel campaign, contacting several House Democratic lawmakers and aides to say they’d prefer Democrats participate, according to sources familiar with the conversations. [House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s] staff said they have not heard from Clinton’s camp… On Wednesday, Pelosi appointed five Democrats to the committee, giving Democrats another crucial mission in the months ahead of what was already a tough election year: act as Clinton’s first line of defense.”

    [National Journal considers how pro-Clinton groups are already stepping up their defense against conservative groups seizing on the 2016 frontrunner’s forthcoming memoirs.]

  130. I would argue that the other motive for the Clinton forces to push the non-Pelosi foot soldiers not to participate, although 2 of the five appointed are from California and most likely Pelosi goons, is to limit her exposure, and let the Republican majority follow the bread crumbs to Obama, and the man in charge of deflecting the scandal, Tom Donolin. The conclusion reached by the writer above, a Republican, fails to appreciate the competing factions in the democratic party, and therefor assumes that the motivation is simply to defend against Republicans. Hillary has made some political mistakes on this issue, like telling the press it was her fault, and then saying what difference does it make. Hopefully, an honest job of fact finding, not thwarted by people like Cummings who will remain joined at the hip with Obama will separate the wheat from the chaff (sp?).

  131. Correction: I would argue that the other motive for the Clinton forces to push the non-Pelosi foot soldiers not TO PARTICIPATE (in the Benghazi Select Committee)

  132. WVOC.com: The LA Times has been as friendly as possible to the Obama administration, but they can’t ignore this. Today they broke the story that another massive lie around Obamacare has been told to the Congress and the American people. As you know “If you like your health plan, you can keep your health plan” was ranked as the biggest lie of the year by the Washington Post. Well here comes an early contender for this year’s award.

    The Republicans have been accusing the Obama administration of building into Obamacare an insurance plan for the insurance companies. A bailout if the insurance companies lost money under Obamacare. Their claim was that in the law was something called the temporary risk corridor program. Under that Republicans said the administration had allowed themselves a way to take tax dollars and bailout an insurance company that lost money. But the administration and the Democrats have denied that. Apparently the administration and the Democrats had been telling the truth…and didn’t like it.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/05/22/obama-administration-just-got-caught-massive-lie

  133. President Obama finally addressed the nation Wednesday about the growing scandal at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. After meeting with VA Secretary Eric Shinseki he pledged to hold folks accountable.

    Thanks, Mr. President.

    By now most American have heard about the VA’s infamous patient “secret wait lists” which reportedly contributed to the deaths of up to 40 veterans in the Phoenix area alone. Those patriots were American heroes who served our country proudly. Yet they were left to die waiting to see a doctor.

    Here’s another secret the White House doesn’t want you to know about the VA. Al Qaeda detainees get better medical treatment than our veterans.

    Say what?

    Yes, it’s true. I know because I served as a Pentagon spokesman from 2005-2009 and visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Base over 30 times during those years.

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/05/22/beyond-pale-al-qaeda-terrorists-gitmo-treated-better-our-vets

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