Foxy Hillary Clinton Is Playing Politics!!!!!!

Update: We wrote about this in the early morning hours. It’s why Republicans/conservatives lose. The question? Is Hillary imploding? The short answer: NO.

An imploding Hillary is premised on a notion by Jonathan Last that Hillary will be destroyed by the horrid mess Barack Obama is responsible for. It’s an argument we made a long time ago.

Our advice to Hillary then was to attack Obama and separate herself from his mess. As we discuss in our article below, that appears to be exactly the path Hillary has finally begun to walk. Instead of imploding, as we ourselves suggested HERE, Hillary Clinton is beginning to correct course. And as to Terry Gross and DOMA, Hillary spoke the historical truth and that smack-down is the tough Hillary Americans like to love.

The imploding Hillary article is further undermined by the authors of the imploding Hillary article with their quote from JustKarl Does it matter whether Hillary is imploding when the GOP’s big idea is a man in a squirrel suit?

It’s a squirrel in more ways than one. Here’s how Hillary bakes squirrel pie:

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Take politics out of politics! Take competition out of sports! Take sex out of pornography! Take money out of business! Take corruption out of Obama! Take conservatives out of panty-sniffing! Take deviousness out of the left! Take stupidity out of the right!

The hypocritical and devious idiots on the left along with the buffoons on the right love, just love, to criticize Bill and Hillary Clinton for playing politics. “Everything they do is so calculated… they’re so political.” Guess what – we admire a politician that plays politics. What we detest is a clod who plays politics badly.

Barack Obama is a clod who plays politics badly. Oh sure, Obama is a gussied up trollop genius at self-promotion and self-advancement. Like a transvestite hooker on a street corner Barack Obama can get the cash but once the clothes come off he can’t deliver what he promised to the customer.

Put aside the great problem for Barack Obama: Americans know his loyalties lie not with America nor the American people but with himself. That’s a great part of Obama’s problem, one that Americans sensed from the beginning, that manifested itself in demands for documentation and a birth certificate. It wasn’t, as clever Obama campaign creeps twisted it, a “racist” attack or a perception of Obama as “the other”.

The problem was that Obama advanced from nowhere having done nothing other than vote “present” on critical issues and that he expressed loathing for simple things such as buying Christmas gifts and wearing flag lapel pins. There was Obama’s Iraq speech but that was entirely “a fairy tale” told to idiots.

Having race-baited his way to the White House a smart politician would have banked his gains by releasing all the information about himself denied during the campaign and reached out to co-opt the minority in order to achieve great things. But ever the clod Barack Obama beat his chest with declarations of “I won” and publicly masturbated his ego. It was dumb politics.

Here are the wages for dumb politics by a clod politician:

“This poll is a disaster for the president,” Todd said. “You look at the presidency here: Lowest job rating, tied for the lowest; lowest on foreign policy. His administration is seen as less competent than the Bush administration, post-Katrina.”

“On the issue of do you believe he can still lead? A majority believe no. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over,” Todd added.

A smart politician playing smart politics would not constantly be seen taking vacations and golfing especially not during international crisis explosions. A smart politician would not visit with his robot giraffe friend (we don’t mean Michelle) during an international crisis. There are those who mocked Bill and Hillary Clinton for commissioning polls on where they should vacation but who is playing smart politics and who is a boob ignoring the will of the people?

You wanna throw a good dinner party? You better poll your friends to see what they eat and drink these days. You don’t want to serve steaks and assorted meats if most of your friends have gone vegetarian. You don’t want to serve vegetarian dishes if what your friends crave is a thick steak with greasy sauce all over it. Get the point?

You want to throw a big steak barbeque you better not invite your veggie friends who will be disgusted by the slaughter. It’s smart politics on a micro level.

A smart politician playing smart politics must know what the constituents who elected her are thinking. That does not mean that a smart politician is driven entirely by polls. But a smart politician better know what the people are thinking and what the people want and don’t want. Consider FDR.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt can be considered one the biggest liars ever. FDR ran on a promise of keeping the United States out of war and as president regularly restated that the United States would not get involved in the conflagrations and horrors abroad.

But FDR privately knew that he had to prepare the United States for the real world about to literally explode in their back yard. “Brilliant politician” FDR played smart politics. FDR provoked the Japanese with embargoes that threatened to choke the empire. FDR’s “lend lease program” sold as a neighbor lending his garden hose to a neighbor with a burning house is correctly called by historian Robert Dallek “patent nonsense”.

“Brilliant politician” FDR played smart politics:

I think the lasting importance of the Atlantic conference between FDR and Churchill was that they got along, that they had a kind of mutual view of the world. They accepted the proposition that the greatest thing they had to do was to defeat Nazi Germany, that this was an absolutely crucial thing for democracy in the world. And that this blight upon western civilization had to be overcome. And that they were both committed to it and it was clear, crystal clear to both of them that this was their agenda. Whatever tactics, methods they might use, that this was their ultimate goal and they shared it and they wouldn’t lose sight of it.

Liar or leader or both? What we do know is that FDR acted in what he perceived to be America’s best interests. The same cannot be said of Barack Obama whose interest in what is good for the United States is at best incidental to his pleasures and delusions of world historical grandeur.

We rejoice every time we see a brilliant politician playing smart politics. Indeed a great deal of Bill Clinton’s charms which Republicans/conservatives refuse to see even as it stares them right in the face and bites them in the ass is that Bill Clinton is a brilliant politician constantly getting himself in trouble – and then somehow getting himself out of trouble. Millions cheer the man on the flying trapeze!

Republicans/conservatives and leftists don’t seem to recognize that this “perils of Pauline” drama exemplified by Bill Clinton is also one of Hillary Clinton’s great strengths. Why are so many Americans so supportive of Hillary Clinton even if they cannot name one single solitary Hillary Clinton “achievement”? A great part of this inchoate admiration is that Americans admire Bill and Hillary Clinton because they can take a licking and keep on ticking (pun mischievously intended).

We intended to write today about Hillary Clinton’s achievements in the State Department and beyond but Tuesday’s tour-de-force performances on CNN and Fox News deserve more discussion. You won’t find much written about Tuesday’s Hillary appearances. The DailyKooks left sulked in silence because they hate Hillary even going on Fox News let alone planting bombs in Obama’s ass. Republicans/conservatives glumly stayed mostly silent too.

Republican/conservative John Fund had some nice things to say and saw some of what we saw:

She did put some distance between herself and Obama on the IRS scandal, making it clear she agreed that any controversy involving that powerful agency should concern Americans. She implied she didn’t think it was the kind of “phony scandal” the president has dismissed it as. She called for a continued investigation into wrongdoing at the IRS but insisted it be depoliticized as much as possible. [snip]

All in all, her opponents were given no new ammunition but supporters of President Obama were put on notice that she will continue to distance herself from his policies in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways.

Obama-lovin’ Joe Trippi saw pretty much the same thing many of us did:

Trippi, like us, was surprised Hillary came off “as relaxed as she did.” Trippi also said he thought Hillary’s worst moment was on the IRS. Trippi then noted that the IRS scandal hurts Barack Obama and in no way hurts Hillary. Smart politics.



Paul Mirengoff at Powerline had nice things to say too and also noticed this:

First, it confirmed the Clinton is prepared to distance herself from President Obama.

For example, on the Bergdahl deal, she insisted that she wanted a different, broader deal, and declined to come right out and say she would have made the deal Obama ultimately agreed to. She also implied that the Obama State Department may not be doing enough to free the Marine being held by Mexican authorities.

Clinton even went so far as to lump Obama together with President Bush (and her husband). [snip]

Clinton also struggled to defend her claim that the five Taliban commanders released in exchange for Bowe Bergdahl pose no threat to the United States. She relied on the fact that the five are in Qatar and “are supposed to be constrained from what they can do, and certainly they are not supposed to be permitted to travel.”

Clinton’s resort to the word “supposed” gives the game away. And even if the supposed constraints are meaningful, they are good for only one year.

Clinton’s Obama problem came to the fore when she was asked whether she agreed with Obama that the IRS scandal is “phony.” She admitted that the scandal might be real, but defended Obama’s comment by interpreting it to mean that the scandal is being used by some for partisan purposes.

Obama is under the ReadyForHillary bus on the IRS scandal and when the Obama Terrorist Squad starts to conspire and kill – Hillary will be positioned to attack Obama on his failed Qatar Obama Terrorist Squad death deal.

On the NSA, the American Marine imprisoned by Mexico, the sexist/misogynist dudes that wanted Hillary to attack Sarah Palin, and the sexist/misognyist ageist dudes working at the behest of Barack Obama – Hillary took aim and fired:



Most heart broken Obama troll? It has to be the dude who wants Hillary to run as Obama’s third term.

We have repeatedly pointed out that Hillary should consider Obama to be radioactive Ebola. “she can’t offer more of the same, because no one wants that.”

Republican/conservative Moe Lane at his site and RedState is begging Hillary to run as the Obama third term. Moe is a scamp playing smart politics at Boob Obama’s expense:

Empirical evidence to the contrary, it wasn’t exactly my intent to unload on the poor guy who has to somehow turn five and a half years of Obama by-products into something that people might not retch at the mere sight of. I’ve been there, you see.  I know how it feels when your party has given you nothing to work with – and at least then I still had a President with a strong moral sense and a stubborn refusal to bend on the policies that he knew that he had to defend, if he wanted to avoid going to Hell when he died.  This guy doesn’t even have that, and while I will not judge anybody who callously shrugs at the author’s poor life choices I’m just a big softy sentimentalist at heart, especially since it doesn’t actually cost me anything.

But seriously: Hillary Clinton should totally run on a promise for four more years of Barack Obama.  She should yell that from every podium, soapbox, sound stage, and maybe yodel it from the top of the Grand Canyon.  No. Really.  I insist.

Moe is goofing on Hillary but more on Barack Obama’s record of ceaseless failure. Moe Lane like every intelligent Republican/conservative wants to tie Hillary Clinton to the leper. It’s smart politics.

It’s smart politics what Moe Lane tongue-in-cheek advises. After Tuesday’s romp by Hillary the Shiite left is sulking and the Sunni right is unhappy that Hillary is wiggling out of the ropes that tie her to the Ebola carcass:

During a town hall on CNN on Tuesday, Clinton was asked about a recent surge of unaccompanied minors rushing over the Mexican border. When asked what the United States should do about this predicament, Clinton endorsed deportation.

They should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their families are, because there are concerns whether all of them should be sent back,” Clinton said. “But I think all of them who can be should be reunited with their families.”

We have so to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,” she continued. “So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.

Rub your eyes and read that again. Then there is this:

On foreign policy, Clinton did nothing to counter the prevailing notion on the left that she is far more hawkish than President Barack Obama. “I don’t think we should be retreating from the world,” Clinton said, in an implicit rebuke of the Obama administration’s unstated doctrine of global retrenchment.

She distanced herself from the present administration on Syria, noting that the White House should have armed the Syrian rebels “you know, two plus years ago.”

To the likely dismay of The New York Times editorial board, which praised the administration’s outreach to Iran on Tuesday, Clinton expressed doubts in the utility of a partnership with the Islamic Republic. “I am not prepared to say that we go in with Iran right now, until we have a better idea what we’re getting ourselves into,” Clinton said.

At the CNN “townhall” Hillary demonstrated she understands the cobra that is the Iranian theocracy:

“What they (Iran) want to do in Baghdad is basically to envelop (Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki) in the Iranian embrace, maybe even use their own troops in Iraq, as they did in Syria. That is a very difficult position to put the United States in.”

Bush made a mess, Obama made is worse. We opposed the war in Iraq because it would benefit the theocracy in Iran. Now Obama wants to make monster theocrats in Iran American allies.

Glum Republican/conservatives see Hillary happy and slipping away from the radioactive Ebola leper:

Finally, on the persistent issue of the Benghazi attacks, Clinton legitimized a congressional select committee investigation by conceding that there are several unanswered questions about that event. “There are answers, not all of them, not enough, frankly,” Clinton said. “I’m still looking for answers, because it was a confusing and difficult time.”

The former secretary of state added that “there’s a lot we don’t know” about the nature of the attack, who participated, and what their motivation was.



In a subsequent appearance on Fox News on Tuesday, Clinton answered a series of hard questions about the Benghazi attack, her role that night, and how members of Obama’s administration responded. Not once did she bristle over the nature of her interrogation, nor did she suggest, as she has in the past, that Fox hosts’ lines of questioning were motivated by partisanship.

Similarly, when asked if she agreed with the president that this and other scandals, like that involving the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups with undue scrutiny, were “phony,” Clinton appeared to suggest that she did not.

“Anytime the IRS is involved, for many people, it’s a real scandal,” she conceded. [snip]

In a post-game analysis of Clinton’s appearance on CNN, former White House advisor and current Crossfire co-host Van Jones expressed concerns that Clinton may be alienating Obama Democrats with her center-left approach to a variety of pressing policy issues. These performances certainly did nothing to reassure progressives like MSNBC host Krystal Ball who Tuesday called Clinton the Democratic Party’s Mitt Romney; “tone-deaf” and “unrelatable” as she is.

Hillary Clinton is not afraid of investigations into Benghazi and the IRS. Republicans/conservatives hope at least one of those scandals will hurt her but Hillary is fearless on both.

What does smart politician playing smart politics Hillary Clinton fear? The evidence mounts that she is afraid of one thing only: being tied to Barack Obama or being seen as the Obama third term. Smart lady.

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114 thoughts on “Foxy Hillary Clinton Is Playing Politics!!!!!!

  1. For the first time in 14 years, I am starting to optimistic about the fate of this nation. See what a real leader looks like.

    If Ofucktard knows what is good for him, he needs to curtail his destructive agenda for the US or both Democrats and Republicans will be calling for his impeachment.

    Two years. God help us.

  2. Never mind Dr Do-Little, Barack Obama is Dr. Do-Fuck all:

    Never seen a lazier piece of work in my life.

  3. http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/18/politics/us-iraq/index.html

    Obama to Congress: I don’t need new permission on Iraq

    Washington (CNN) — I’ll let you know what’s going on, but I don’t need new congressional authority to act, President Barack Obama told congressional leaders Wednesday about his upcoming decision on possible military intervention in Iraq.

    The White House meeting sounded more like a listening session for the top Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate about options for helping Iraq’s embattled Shiite government halt the lightning advance of Sunni Islamist fighters toward Baghdad that Obama is considering. [snip]

    While the White House statement emphasized Obama would continue to consult with Congress, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the President “basically just briefed us on the situation in Iraq and indicated he didn’t feel he had any need for authority from us for the steps that he might take.”

    House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California agreed with McConnell’s assessment, adding she believed congressional authorization for military force in Iraq back in 2001 and 2003 still applied.

    Obama “did not give us an array of actions he was planning to take,” Pelosi said. “He just talked about his perspective on what was happening there.”

    Bill Clinton called Obama’s position on Iraq a “fairy tale”. The DailyKooks must love their Messiah morphing into Dubya. We’ll take George W. over this clod any day.

  4. http://www.mediaite.com/online/conservative-twitter-is-furious-with-fox-news-softball-hillary-interview/

    When Hillary Clinton sat down for a highly-anticipated joint interview with Fox News anchors Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren Tuesday evening, the cable news network’s viewers were likely ready for some sort of epic showdown. And while Baier and Van Susteren certainly grilled Clinton on topics like the 2012 attack in Benghazi and the release of five Taliban detainees in exchange for U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, it apparently did not live up to viewer expectations.

    A look at the #HillaryFoxNews hashtag, promoted by the network for reactions on the interview, reveals that most viewers think Baier and Van Susteren went way too easy on the former secretary of state. The general consensus seems to be that Fox gave Clinton a bunch of “softballs.”

    They thought Hillary was brain damaged and now are disappointed she still has her wits. At least they are reacting. The DailyKooks left is stunned into silence.

  5. Hallelujah, I thought Hillary did a great job yesterday, and now you, Admin have confirmed it in my opinion.

    I have to ask again Admin, do you now think Hillary will probably run?

    Personally, I think she wouldn’t be putting herself out there this early just to sell a book.

    I think she is working though the things she has dealt as SOS, and has way more confidence then she did in 2008. It is also great that the Rethugs didn’t get an ‘ugly’ response that the GOP can use in their add campaigns. No photo of Hillary with thick glasses, fragile and too old to do a Hell of a job as Madam President.

    Run Hillary, run girl!!!!!

  6. foxyladi14
    June 18, 2014 at 5:46 pm

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    I gotta admit, when I first saw the new thread, I read the title as:

    “Foxy, Hillary is playing politics!” 😉

  7. Well, we can bet there are emails that the Administration NEVER wants the public to know about…no one in a business like the IRS has a computer crash and destroys the hard drive. Just doesn’t happen!

    Anyone that buys this load of horse puck, knows nothing about business nor computers. Maybe our congress is so lame they fell for this?

    Ex-IRS official Lois Lerner’s crashed hard drive has been recycled, making it likely the lost emails of the lightening rod in the tea party targeting controversy will never be found, according to multiple sources.

    “We’ve been informed that the hard drive has been thrown away,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the top Republican on the Finance Committee, in a brief hallway interview.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/irs-lois-lerner-emails-108044.html

  8. TheRock

    From your link, this is how I look at the poll…before she even trys to campaign with her plan for the future, that so many want to hear if she run…

    “The results suggest a deeply partisan divide exists when it comes to a Clinton candidacy. Among registered Democrats, 75 percent say they would vote for Clinton. But 70 percent of Republicans and 40 percent of independents say there’s “no chance” they would vote for her.”

    Breaking those numbers down, from what they have said above:

    75% of Dems would vote for Hillary (Are the other 25% Kooks for Warren?)

    30% of Repubs would vote for her. (? That’s a WOW, if true)

    60% of Independents would vote for her. (That’s a slam dunk majority)

    That sounds like a winning election, if it was 2016 and she was in the General election.

  9. Shadowfax

    June 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

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    I didn’t break those numbers down like that, admin light!! 😉 I was focused on the 37% for – 37% against numbers. Great look, shadow!

    Hillary 2016

  10. TheRock
    June 19, 2014 at 12:22 am
    Admin, you are starting to become like Michael Jordan. He was so good every time he played, it was easy to take for granted. The Obots at work have gone silent. It is the most joyful noise I have heard in years. 😀

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    Amen, Rock.

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    “In a post-game analysis of Clinton’s appearance on CNN, former White House advisor and current Crossfire co-host Van Jones expressed concerns that Clinton may be alienating Obama Democrats with her center-left approach to a variety of pressing policy issues. These performances certainly did nothing to reassure progressives like MSNBC host Krystal Ball who Tuesday called Clinton the Democratic Party’s Mitt Romney; “tone-deaf” and “unrelatable” as she is”.
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    As has been said here from jump, Obama Democrats already hate hate Hillary. Some of the more unstable, rabid Obama Dims will not like or support her no matter what she does or says. Hillary has nothing to gain by attempting to placate them.

    There is another segment of Obama Dims who care more about the party than they do Obama. They want to defeat Republicans and keep a Dem in the WH. These pragmatists may really not care for Hillary, but they know she is the best chance the Dems have of holding on to the WH. They will support her for that reason, and will hope that their support will be repaid by Hillary’s leaning a little more to the left.

    The Kook and others of their ilk are just SOL. They had their chance. They pushed their guy into office, and their post-racial, post-partisan, Kumbaya singing, anti-American president has done much damage. Not only has America been hurt by this POTUS, the Progressive movement has had the shit kicked out of it by Obama’s presidency.

  11. Shadowfax, TheRock, There’s a great hope hit piece on Hillary over at HotAir with an O’Henry type ending.

    http://hotair.com/archives/2014/06/18/is-hillary-imploding/

    Is Hillary imploding?

    The article is mostly an extended quote from Jonathan Last at the Weekly Standard blaming Hillary for all Obama’s booberies.

    The end of the article ends sadly with a tweet from JustKarl:

    https://twitter.com/justkarl

    Does it matter whether Hillary is imploding when the GOP’s big idea is a man in a squirrel suit?

    The reference is to this GOP embarrassment:

    http://twitchy.com/2014/06/13/hillary-clinton-dogged-by-gigantic-republican-squirrel/

    One less serious headache for Hillary is the GOP squirrel, which has been following her around handing out “Another Clinton in the White House is nuts” bumper stickers.

    Here is how Hillary responded to the squirrel:

    Hillary Clinton Gives Her Book to Republican Squirrel

    This is why they lose to the Clintons. They can’t think, they act emotionally, and then they make fools of themselves as they create golden opportunities for Hillary. Then instead of learning their lesson, they do it all over again. Ha!

  12. Admin-

    This is why they lose to the Clintons. They can’t think, they act emotionally, and then they make fools of themselves as they create golden opportunities for Hillary. Then instead of learning their lesson, they do it all over again. Ha!

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    Thanks for posting this.

    Hillary went with humor and turned the tables on them.

    You’re right, this is one of the reasons many of us admire the Clintons, besides they are so damn smart and really care about the American people.

    Way to go Hillary!!!

    American and women will have a GIGANTIC loss if she doesn’t run.

    I still believe she will run, she told me so, in one of the only two dreams I have ever had about her. 😉

  13. TheRock,

    Something strange about that poll, they never said that any of these people were undecided. I know the Clinton’s are either loved or hated, but there should have been a group that hasn’t made up their minds yet. My figures did not account for anything other than ‘for’ or ‘against’.

  14. http://www.mediaite.com/online/conservative-twitter-is-furious-with-fox-news-softball-hillary-interview/
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    First the verdict, then the facts with that crowd.

    It would appear that some on the right have become so accustomed to dishonest journalism of the kind you get every day from the hyper partisans of big media, that they fail to appreciate honest journalism which lets the guest explain themselves. Fortunately, Brett and Greta took the high road, informed their audience and thereby disappointed a handful of conservatives, and a host of deranged left wing progressives. Let us hope that the Benghazi committee exercises the same degree of professionalism and self restraint notwithstanding the political turbulence.

  15. Sadly FOX has had on two family members of those killed in Benghazi…one last night and another one this morning. They are in strong attack mode and totally blame the deaths of their loved ones solely on Hillary. Shame, shame on FOX News for using those people and their grief to try to bring down Hillary and to attack her recent TV appearance.

  16. The Washington Post is a bastion of dishonest journalism. I can think of no better example than then one of their lead opinion writers who speaks, lies and distorts for that paper. If you look at his bio you find that he is a limousine liberal–Yale, Skull and Bones Club, Yale Progressive Union, etc. Yes, I know, time marches on. However, someone like this who was born the day I graduated from high school and embraces the ideology he does, just seems like a case of arrested development. But here he gets caught with his pants down, lying through his teeth, and ignoring the fundamental facts, and creating in the process an entirely false morality play, where if you examine the facts you find that he has created a false antagonist, a false protagonist, and is now being roundly condemned for it by other beltway journalists. But think of the damage a jackass like this does to the public mind when his tripe is then published in 200 newspapers around the country. I say let the punishment fit the crime: first castration, second a one way trip to Gitmo for some protracted first hand investigative reporting. Oh well. I never get my way. And oh yes, incidentally, if what I have said does not outrage you, perhaps this will: he and his Sancho Panza side kick Silly Chris Cilezza were the hilarious two some that did that video sitting around in smoking jackets calling Hillary a bitch. This earned both of those cases of arrested development two week suspensions, rather than what they deserved: termination with extreme prejudice. The reason this is even worth noting is because Milbank is typical of what you find in half of big media today, from what I can tell.
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    Dana Milbank is a columnist for the Washington Post who serially exaggerates or distorts what he writes about. It’s just what he does. This has been established so many times by so many people that it’s disappointing to see he is still given prominent perch in his paper and that people who made it past their sophomore year in high school take him seriously. My contribution to the cataloguing of his hackery is “Dana Milbank Is Incoherent On Marriage,” which shows how he just made stuff up when covering a panel of women at the Heritage Foundation.

    Last night he published a piece covering another panel at Heritage. It’s headlined “Heritage’s ugly Benghazi panel,” and it’s all about how a peaceful Muslim woman named Saba Ahmed was horribly victimized by bigoted anti-terrorism extremists.

    People are taking it very seriously. By way of example, here are two New York Times reporters pushing it out:

    And here’s Michael Calderone buying into Milbank’s framing:

    I was not at the panel, but because of his problems with truth-telling, I’m withholding judgment until I see the whole tape. Media Matters posted the contentious section in question, though, and it’s clear that, once again, Dana Milbank is making stuff up.

    Unfair framing

    Milbank gets right to the point. He dismisses concerns about the terrorist attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, including our ambassador there, and says that the session “deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering.”

    Milbank describes the scene:

    Then Saba Ahmed, an American University law student, stood in the back of the room and asked a question in a soft voice. “We portray Islam and all Muslims as bad, but there’s 1.8 billion followers of Islam,” she told them. “We have 8 million-plus Muslim Americans in this country and I don’t see them represented here.”
    In the video, here is how Frank Gaffney “taunts” the woman when she responds to the discussion of Benghazi violence by saying not all Muslims are violent:

    “I’m glad to see you’re representing Muslims in this company. There isn’t anybody on this panel who thinks all Muslims are the problem. I certainly don’t.”
    He then goes on to discuss how there is something that unites ISIS, the Taliban, al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups engaged in Islamist violence. And he says that should be an area of concern for Americans.

    When Brigitte Gabriel, an American Lebanese Christian woman, began her remarks, she said:

    “I’m so glad you’re here. So glad you brought it up.”
    Not quite the scene you imagine from the Milbank report, is it.

    A great example of Milbank making stuff up
    You don’t need to invent quotes out of whole cloth to make stuff up. Here is how Milbank described a panelist interaction with the audience member:

    “Are you an American?” Gabriel demanded of Ahmed, after accusing her of taking “the limelight” and before informing her that her “political correctness” belongs “in the garbage.”
    This, my friends, is why people loathe journalists. They twist and turn and play gotcha games. Also, they make stuff up. A good editor in my past told me that he was always suspicious of reporters who rely on breaking up a quote multiple times and adding in their own words in between. It means they’re trying to force the speaker to say something. We can now call this the Milbank Rule. I mean, was everything quoted in his piece accurate? Absolutely. Were his words or description of what transpired accurate? Hell no.

    Here is an actual transcript. Still totally interesting but not about questioning citizenship:

    And since you’re the only Muslim representative in here, you took the limelight instead of speaking about why our government — and I assume are you an American? — You’re an American citizen — So as an American citizen you set in this room and instead of standing up and saying a question or asking something about our four Americans that died and what our government is doing to correct the problem, you stood there to make a point about peaceful moderate Muslims. I wish you brought 10 with you to question about how we can hold our government responsible. It is time we took political correctness and throw it in the garbage where it belongs.
    If you listen to the panelist, you can tell that this American woman has a thick accent. She’s from Lebanon. In Milbank’s world, she’s just described as “of a group called ACT! for America” before this section is introduced. She’s not described as an immigrant who assumes the Muslim woman is also American and who is asking for the purpose of making sure her use of the first person plural is correct.

    Also, her point is completely covered up by Milbank, who has a history of treating non-liberal women he covers with disdain. (Seriously, it’s a problem. It should be condemned by his colleagues.) Her point is that the four dead Americans in Benghazi are more important than politically correct speech that coddles and infantilizes citizens. It’s not a bad point. It would be a good one for Milbank and his ilk to heed. In fact, the Muslim woman concedes the point in her follow-up.

    Hackishness and Fantasy
    In Milbank’s fevered imagination that has only the most tangential relationship to reality, this happened:

    The panel’s moderator, conservative radio host Chris Plante, grinned and joined in the assault. “Can you tell me who the head of the Muslim peace movement is?” he demanded of Ahmed.
    “Yeah,” audience members taunted, “yeah.”
    Ahmed answered quietly, as before. “I guess it’s me right now,” she said.
    Friends, colleagues, countrymen who tweeted out this piece, I first have a word about this line — “Yeah,” audience members taunted, “yeah.”

    You fell for that? You really fell for that? Really? Like, I’m judging you. I’m seriously judging you. “Yeah,” audience members taunted, “yeah.” If you were a high school teacher and you had a student write that in a short story composition, you would fail him, no? If you read a piece that includes a line like that and you do anything other than groan and curse Dana Milbank for bringing down the whole profession, you need to think about that.

    Anyway, moving on. In the real world where real people live, Plante did ask that question. It’s a question that all reporters should press on about, just two days after al Shabaab massacred 48 human beings in Kenya and the day after the same group killed more non-Muslims. “‘My husband told them we were Christians and they shot him in the head.‘”

    But while literally no one responded “yeah … yeah” in a taunting manner (Seriously, people.), you will never believe what did happen. When Ahmed said she was the leader — and she said it loudly, by the way — there was enthusiastic cheering.

    Dana Milbank makes stuff up.

    General dismissal of female panelists’ views
    If you listen to Gabriel’s discussion about “peaceful Muslims” prior to the quotes above, she makes a good point about how we ignore or downplay extremist elements at our danger. She points out numerous violent, dangerous regimes existed in concert with largely peaceful populations — but that globally, historically, politically, etc. — those peaceful groups were irrelevant in relation to the disaster caused by the extremists. She gives the example of Nazis, Chinese, Russian and Japanese — all groups that killed large numbers of people while also having populations that were peaceful apart from that.

    She notes that Ahmed is the person who introduced Islam into the discussion. So, she says, “There are 1.2 billion Muslims in the world. Of course not all of them are radicals. Majority are peaceful people. Radicals are estimated to be between 15 to 25 percent according to all intelligence services around the world. That leaves 75 percent of them peaceful people. But when you look at 15 to 25 percent of world Muslim population, you’re looking at 180 million to 300 million people dedicated to the destruction of Western Civilization. That is as big of the United States. So why should we worry about radicals 15 to 25 percents? Because it’s the radicals that kill. It is the radicals who behead and massacre.”

    None of these views were included in Milbank’s smear job.

    Incomplete description of Muslim woman
    Saba Ahmed is not an unknown activist in Oregon. But here is how she’s described by Milbank:

    “… a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering … an American University law student [who] stood in the back of the room and asked a question in a soft voice.”
    Here are a few other interesting things about Ahmed, whose picture in this Linked In profile is the same as in these other descriptions.

    Here is The Oregonian (h/t: Matthew Sheffield) discussing the case of Mohamed Osman Mohamud, later convicted of an attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction at the Portland Christmas Tree lighting:

    A family friend, Lewis & Clark Law School student Saba Ahmed, said she knew many facts in the case not yet made public, and she blasted the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice. She blamed the government for inciting violence, pointing out that the mosque that Mohamed is said to have attended in Corvallis was torched on Saturday in possible retaliation.

    “This is very irresponsible behavior because now the Muslim community is the one suffering the consequences,” she said. “And we will take very serious action — politically and legally — against the government for this.”
    Here is a link about her run for Congress in 2011, her party switch, her appearance at Occupy Portland, her disappearance and recovery after checking into a mental health facility, and a story about being trapped in the home of a man with multiple wives and a family dispute about honor.

    I’m not arguing that all of this public information should be included in Milbank’s account — but maybe that friend of a convicted terrorist thing could have been included.

    Which reminds me how right after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Washington Post was trying to emphasize interfaith understanding. To help them, they had Anwar al-Awlaki write up a discussion of Ramadan and they had a videographer chronicle a day in his life. That’s always been a good reminder for me that journalists are really good at emphasizing tolerance and acceptance of Islam and Muslims but not so great at sussing out Islamist terrorist masterminds later killed by President Obama in a drone strike.

    Anyway, can we please stop falling for Milbank’s hackery?

  17. So is he going to announce troops going back day by day until he has enough…..

    AP: U.S. official says President will announce deployment of 100 special operations personnel to Iraq to advise & train country’s forces

  18. Update: We wrote about this in the early morning hours. It’s why Republicans/conservatives lose. The question? Is Hillary imploding? The short answer: NO.

    An imploding Hillary is premised on a notion by Jonathan Last that Hillary will be destroyed by the horrid mess Barack Obama is responsible for. It’s an argument we made a long time ago.

    Our advice to Hillary then was to attack Obama and separate herself from his mess. As we discuss in our article below, that appears to be exactly the path Hillary has finally begun to walk. Instead of imploding, as we ourselves suggested HERE, Hillary Clinton is beginning to correct course. And as to Terry Gross and DOMA, Hillary spoke the historical truth and that smack-down is the tough Hillary Americans like to love.

    The imploding Hillary article is further undermined by the authors of the imploding Hillary article with their quote from JustKarl Does it matter whether Hillary is imploding when the GOP’s big idea is a man in a squirrel suit?

    It’s a squirrel in more ways than one. Here’s how Hillary bakes squirrel pie:

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  19. Well done….Terrorists have captured a massive chemical weapons stockpile

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10910868/Iraq-crisis-Obama-may-launch-air-strikes-without-Congress-amid-calls-for-Maliki-to-go-live.html

    Isis jihadists have seized a chemical weapons facility built by Saddam Hussein which contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department officials have told the Wall Street Journal:

    Quote U.S. officials don’t believe the Sunni militants will be able to create a functional chemical weapon from the material. The weapons stockpiled at the Al Muthanna complex are old, contaminated and hard to move, officials said.

    Nonetheless, the capture of the chemical-weapon stockpile by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, known as ISIS or ISIL, the militant group that is seizing territory in the country, has grabbed the attention of the U.S.

    “We remain concerned about the seizure of any military site by the ISIL,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a written statement. “We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials.”

  20. What a mess.

    Isis jihadists have seized a chemical weapons facility built by Saddam Hussein which contains a stockpile of old weapons, State Department officials have told the Wall Street Journal:

    Quote U.S. officials don’t believe the Sunni militants will be able to create a functional chemical weapon from the material. The weapons stockpiled at the Al Muthanna complex are old, contaminated and hard to move, officials said.

    Nonetheless, the capture of the chemical-weapon stockpile by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, known as ISIS or ISIL, the militant group that is seizing territory in the country, has grabbed the attention of the U.S.

    “We remain concerned about the seizure of any military site by the ISIL,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, said in a written statement. “We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials.”

  21. I can’t stand Cheney, not one thing he says or has done do I respect.

    But besides that, WhoTF is Liz, his freakin’ daughter. She wasn’t SOS, she wasn’t Under Secretary, nor did she work in the government. She is Cheney’s mouthpiece, sidekick, and Fox gives her way too much air time.

    Cheney should have been VP to Putin, not the low IQ Bush Jr.

  22. President Obama currently meeting with his national security team, will make statement on #Iraq in 30 minutes.

    Something obviously spooked his ass long enough to drag him away from golf, ice cream, the xbox, cartoons and into the situation room……

  23. “We do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to safely move the materials.”

    ——–
    Why weren’t these chemicals disposed of by our military? Seems like a well planed drone strike would solved some of these problems and save innocent lives over there?

  24. Moon: the cloud cuckoo land of Obama’s Arab Spring which was praised by big media as the greatest speech of our time has produced a series of contradictions, with the deadliest of consequences:

    1. infiltrate the radical Sunni groups who attacked us on 911

    2. who attacked us on 911

    3. who are supported by Saudi Arabia (who also financed the campaign of Obama)

    4. and use them surrogates to overthrow the Shiite regime in Syria

    5. which is supported by the Shiite regime in Iran Iran

    6. who fund Hezbolla and took over our embassy in 1979

    7. who supplied the mortar men who attacked our embassy in Benghazi

    8. and to whom we now turn to defeat the Sunni fighter whom we have been funding

    If this policy has your head spinning. If you think it is contradictory to the core. If you think it will lead to a Gotterdamerung across the Middle East, and the proliferation of nuclear weapons to a conclusion reminiscent of Biblical prophesy . . .

    then you must be a racist who cannot stand to see a black man in the White House, etc. according to the left who controls big media.

    But don’t blame Obama for this. He is the same petty minded self serving sociopath he always was. Blame the people in big media, and the financial backers who used the cover story of our first black president to advance personal agendas at the expense of this nation.

    Blame them.

    And do not be deceived by their belated attempts to distance themselves from him, now that it is obvious to anyone with eyes to see that Obama is the destroyer of our world, as much as he is the benefactor to theirs.

  25. This article is by Hillary hater Maggie Haberman. Haberman’s reports about Hillary are not to be trusted. The value of this articles is that it shows how delusional Obama aides are if they really think Hillary needs to tie herself to their “successes”. What bleeping successes? “undermining him wouldn’t help” They are delusional:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/barack-obama-hillary-clinton-hard-choices-sarah-palin-108046.html?hp=t1_s

    Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” caused barely a ripple when her aides sent an early copy to the White House. Privately, President Barack Obama’s aides shrugged when asked what they thought about the book. Some didn’t even crack it open.

    But one anecdote showed the strains just below the surface.

    Within hours of the release of Clinton’s book last week, some Obama campaign veterans quietly pushed back on a claim that they considered downright false: Clinton’s contention that the Obama team had wanted to attack vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin for, essentially, being a woman.

    “That’s not what happened,” said one campaign veteran, who, like almost everyone else interviewed, asked not to be identified. “The Palin thing was an odd way to put it. The question that was raised with numerous Democratic leaders was whether Gov. Palin had the right experience to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, and it’s the same question that would have been raised regardless of gender.”

    That moment from 2008 has become a Clinton talking point as she embarks on a book tour that many see as a prelude for a presidential run — one that will further test the tenuous alliance between the two former rivals and their loyalists, particularly those who haven’t completely let go of past slights.

    “There are many reasons why people are opposed to political figures,” Clinton told Christiane Amanpour during a CNN town hall Tuesday night, when asked whether she thinks some of the opposition to Obama is about race. “I felt when I ran in ‘08 that there were people who were opposed to me because I was a woman.”

    White House aides acknowledge that there will have to be a high tolerance for her creating distance with the administration. They want the Democratic nominee to win, no matter who it is, and if that means spelling out differences with the president, then so be it. But they don’t expect that to happen for a while because, at this point, Clinton will need to show that she was part of a successful presidency and undermining him wouldn’t help.

    Still, for Obama’s aides and outside advisers, while the book itself was largely unobjectionable, the intensity surrounding the tour to promote it — replete with the campaign-style town hall and a sophisticated rollout — has been a neon sign reminding them that Clinton is increasingly seen by Democrats as their future.

    For Clinton, she must decide how tightly to embrace a president with eroding approval ratings. Her book tour has offered hints of the balance she’s attempting to strike. Clinton has defended Obama’s controversial deportation policy, but also made clear that she warned the White House about the risk of not arming Syrian rebels. She has said she was never disappointed with the president while working for him but she did disagree with him at times.

    “You’re not going to agree — I don’t care who you are — with everything any president does,” Clinton said at the CNN event. [snip]

    They’ve been doing this dance since the end of the 2008 Democratic primary, with each looking warily at the other, trying not to overtly step on the other’s toes but occasionally slipping up. The start of another presidential cycle presents another awkward and potentially frustrating twist in the relationship. A recent CNN poll showed voters trusted Clinton more than Obama on potential handling of various foreign and domestic policy issues. [snip]

    Hillary and I, we’re buddies,” Obama said. “I think because we ran in the longest primary in history, and our staffs were doing battle politically, the perception was this was always a marriage of convenience when she came in as secretary of state. I’ve always admired her. As soon as she got here, she couldn’t have been more effective, more loyal.” [snip]

    Clinton’s hiring of Tommy Vietor, an Obama veteran, to assist on media surrounding the book was also taken as a sign of good faith in the West Wing. As a former National Security Council spokesman, Vietor worked closely with the Clinton team during her time at the State Department but is also an Obama loyalist who will keep his interests in mind.

    “Obviously the ‘07-‘08 primary was hard fought and there were deeply felt beliefs on each side about which candidate should win and, at the time, hard feelings that ended very quickly after the primary did, especially for the two of them,” Vietor said.

    In the White House, aides viewed the book as a testimonial to her working relationship with her one-time adversary — and differences between herself and Obama were based on policy, not politics. There was little in the 656-page “Hard Choices” that rose to the level of a grilling by the press corps, which asked only a handful of questions at the daily briefings.

    Rhodes said the foreign policy differences that Clinton detailed in her book were not news to the White House. [snip]

    But the Palin story pulled at scabs from a messy Democratic primary, and served as a reminder that some wounds haven’t totally healed.

    The question that was at issue, the Obama veteran said, was trying to suggest Palin had the wrong experience to be president.

    “It was a legitimate point that was borne out later in the campaign,” the vet said.

    A second Obama hand said the idea was to refute an appeal that Palin was making to Clinton’s supporters, by focusing on how Republican policies were at odds with the type of campaign the former first lady had run. [snip]

    “We wanted Hillary to go out and say the Republican platform is completely inconsistent with the principles on which I ran,” said the official, who said the idea was never supposed to be an overarching criticism of the then-Alaska governor.

    Clinton’s camp didn’t see it that way. While Obama’s team wanted Clinton to criticize Palin’s record because they viewed the selection of her for the nomination as a cynical effort by McCain to woo women voters, Clintonland felt they were being asked to weigh in simply because of the then-senator’s gender.

    Two sources familiar with the discussions at the time said there were conversations taking place between senior aides in both camps about what Clinton should say after Palin was picked, and whether she would echo the statement initially released from Obama’s team.

    What Haberman does not write is that Tommy Vietor was a forced hire just like Obama demanded Hillary’s #2 at the State Department be one of his henchmen. Hillary ignored that hire like she is ignoring Tommy Vietor.

    This is Haberman on protection duty for Obama by attacking Hillary.

  26. admin
    June 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    This article is by Hillary hater Maggie Haberman.

    ——
    There are just so many red flags, so many delusional assumptions and so much that is backasswards in that article, that it’s laughable. But, is pretty true to the mindset of the Obama fanBase.

  27. Saudi Arabia is very very quiet on all this and the main reason for that being that Saudi is 85% Sunni…….

    Would not be surprised if they funded this mess.

  28. The common element in all this is Shia vs Sunni…..

    The 2 govts accused of funding ISIS to the hilt is Turkey (75% Sunni) and Saudi (85% Sunni)…This is no coincidence………They want the Shi majority out of power in Iraq, what we are seeing is a big sectarian internal religion battle……..

  29. This is no ordinary meeting…..

    The White House has released a list of 15 participants, some attending by video conference. They include figures from the military, intelligence and diplomatic branches of the US government:

    -Joe Biden, the vice president

    -John Kerry, the secretary of state, and Chuck Hagel, the secretary of defence

    -John Brennan, the head of the CIA, and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence

    -Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations

    -General Martin Dempsey, the chair of the joint chiefs of staff

    -Assorted national security and legal aides

    ……………

    All the big cahunas dragged in, clearly something is afoot and things have gotten pretty bad.

  30. MoonOnPluto, we have zero confidence in any of the meeting attendees you listed. Less than zero confidence in the big Zero.

    BTW, if Obama demands Maliki resign we will demand that Obama lead by example.

  31. This is basically a big load of old horse pucky……it took a military meeting to come with that bull.

  32. Seriously what the hell was the point of that stupid Press Conf other than look at me, i’m working hard…..

  33. Nothingburger. A nonwich. Indeed why stop golfing for this? To appear to be doing something while voting present?

    Shorter Obama “ISIL is a threat to America which we have to counter by doing nothing and by doing nothing we are doing so much because we can’t do anything even if we want to do something which we have tried to so sometime but now we are firmly on the side of what we are doing for sure which is what we knew we intended to do when we do it.”

  34. Any President with a set would have told the iraqi’s, you will do what i tell you…..but not this chump.

  35. All the big cahunas dragged in, clearly something is afoot and things have gotten pretty bad.
    —————-
    Hardly. For a nation which hopes to be taken seriously, this is not exactly an A-team. It is more like the F-team. Samantha Power? Give me a break. And General Dempsey. They say the military rank and file have no respect for their top leadership, who have become so politicized that they allow themselves to be used in the most venal ways. They have got to be talking about Dempsey, who is clearly a politically compromised general who was immersed in the failure of our military to respond to Benghazi.

  36. That speech is the greatest speech ever heard on this planet, except for the previous ones which he has given. Big media is rolling in the aisles, loving as much of Obama as they can get their mouth around. To the rest of us–meanoing the racists who cannot see a black man in the white house, not because he is incompetent but because he is black, this speech is just another weigh station in his long ooze of verbal diariah for which there is no known cure, except impeachment. But impeachment is a political act, which means the people must support it, and expecting the public to wake up and smell the coffee is like asking a cat to bark.

  37. admin
    June 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm
    Michelle Obama demands Barack give her green berets too.
    ——————
    And he will. A fashionable, diamond studded green beret from Bergdorf Goodman on their next taxpayer financed “date” to New York City, which makes to pair of them so cute and adorable that I could just . . . The background music would feature a rapper version of the old song we’re in the money.

    However, there is a catch to this taxpayer financed shopping spree. Yup, you guessed it: more hashtag diplomacy, like bring back our goils. Only this time it says, please ISIS don’t take over our embassy. And not only must MO hold up the hash tag reader board, she must do that frown which is the hallmark of her celebrity.

  38. The subtext of that message is please, by all means, do attack our embassy, so we can blame Bush, and get the rest of the bad news for the administration off the front page, to the extent it is even being reported. Then his Neville Chamberlain approach to Iran could also proceed unnoticed.

  39. nah it needs to be a black beret a la black panther style…………
    ————
    Fortunately, Bergdorf Goodman has that color in her size too. No on second thought they are sold out. It seems that the rhino named Oprah was in last week, with her inflated head and purchased them so her rival Michelle would not have them.

  40. Love this comment. Think about it. 🙂

    OT: one blogger’s response to Barry’s missing IRS emails:

    “TOTAL BULL S#!T!!!

    The emails are NOT stored on the hard drive, they are stored on servers that are mirrored across multiple sites and are backed up and archived!!!

    Furthermore, even if there were a large conspiracy to destroy the emails, the number of people that would have to be involved, all with access to the places and equipment necessary to do that would be herculean task, if not impossible. They have the emails.

    They are LYING, and OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE!!!…”

  41. And more laughs (via pollster Charlie Cook):

    http://www.nationaljournal.com/the-cook-report/in-no-mood-for-trophies-20140618

    Still another problem that seems to be growing for Democrats is the general perception—whether someone agrees or disagrees with this administration on policy—that Obama officials lack competence. That on simple matters of execution—be it handling the economy, the launch of HealthCare.gov, the general administration of the ACA, or problems with the Veterans Administration—they seem like the gang that can’t shoot straight. The steady erosion of confidence in the Obama administration further limits Democrats’ ability to bounce back from negative events.

    There was a point when voters hit the mute button and stopped listening to George H.W. Bush and then to his son George W. Bush. We now seem to have reached that point with Obama. Voters have thrown up their hands and lost hope that things will get any better.

    It’s not “Obama officials”. The problem is Obama.

  42. PRESIDENT OBAMA SENDING Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East in response to the crisis in Iraq,

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    Thank God Hillary told Baracko to take his job and shove it!

  43. Senate tells Biden, dont bother trying to run……

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/joe-biden-senate-want-hillary-clinton-108040.html

    Senate to Joe Biden: We want Hillary Clinton

    This is Joe Biden’s reality after nearly four decades in the Senate, countless fundraisers for his party and endless ego-massaging of his colleagues: Not a single Democratic senator, including the two from his home state, are publicly urging him to run for president.

    And this is Hillary Clinton’s lot: A majority of current Democratic senators are calling on her to run in 2016, years before the election and months before she’s expected to even make up her mind whether to seek the White House again. That despite the fact that her eight years in the Senate ended with more than a dozen colleagues spurning her presidential campaign in favor of a younger upstart senator from Illinois.

    ………………..

    Read on…….Shows over Joe….not one of your colleagues in the Senate will support you.

  44. Just for info, if you have friends, family in the area…

    Tennessee confirms 2nd chikungunya case in Knoxville area. “Symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle pain, rash and joint pain. The only prevention is avoiding mosquito bites.”

  45. Obama’s gonna spread happiness (like we see right now in Baghdad)

    Obama’s gonna spread freedom (like he is doing with NSA, IRS, Benghazi, Vets Administration, Terrorist trades, etc.)

    Obama’s gonna change the world (US gdp surpassed by China, America no longer world leader, death of the Middle Class)

    Such drivel from a six year old is adorable–if you have a strong stomach.

    Such drivel from millions of adults is a different story.

    However, they might have a chance to do better –IF we had an honest media in this country.

    If they understand nothing else, they must understand that big media is not on their side.

    I can think of no better example of the fraud big media foisted on the public, with children as their props.

    Cutche cutche wack!

    Sing along. Obama can. And Obama did–change the world, and all for the worse.

    Our one and only fbp: first black president–or so they said during his salad days.

  46. When this little tike reaches her majority she will have a lot to live down.

    Worse than a boy named Sue.

  47. Speaking of sadness…

    Songstress Carole King says her ex-husband lyricist Gerry Goffin has died at the age of 75……….

    ……………..

    More of my history gone…

  48. Lest you think this is schadenfreude on my part, I want to assure you that I take no pleasure in what I am seeing. Big media twice ensured the election of a man who has taken this nation down one of those paths which one of Roosevelt’s wise men, who is the lodestar for my political perspective warned us about, namely a path which leads only to despair and from which we never return. All of this was foreseeable. How do you measure his failure of his presidenc? By the carnage, by the destruction of the middle class, by the abdication of our leadership role in the world, or by the billions that Soros and his allies have made by cannibalizing this country, as they did to the former Soviet republics? To me, the correct answer is all of the above. And how do you hold the responsible parties in the media, the party and the dark movers behind the entire scene of iniquity accountable? In another time and another place, such questions would be ridiculous, but today, they are germane relevant and need to be answered with finality.

  49. REPUBLICANS SELECT KEVIN MCCARTHY AS NEXT HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER
    —————
    Hopeless, predictable and hopelessly predictable.

    They claim they are the loyal opposition.

    I say they are neither.

  50. I guess the ultimate test of any leader is credibility. And credibility is not some abstract concept, it is very down to earth and tangible. And the supreme test of credibility is when he says he will do something will he be believed. It is the old ethos, pathos, logos construct of Aristotle. Obama’s lies, deceits and scapegoating is lethal to his credibility. So when he makes his next speech about jobs, just in time for the mid term elections, and reads his script with all the conviction of John Wilkes Booth at Lincoln theater, will people fall for his bullshit again, as they have done countless times before, including the times when their consent meant something, i.e. election time, or will they say “falso in uno. Falso in omnibus–asshole”. It used to matter to me that people see the light. I now know it is like singing to pigs–a waste of time and it annoys the pigs.

  51. Sick bastards like McCain, whom I tried to type McNutt and ended up typing McButt (guilty on all three accounts) and light in the loafer Lindsey never saw a sectarian conflict that couldn’t be solved militarily, because they are in bed with the military industrial complex. They are urging us to jump in with their bomb bomb bomb–bomb bomb Iran, but make sure to hit ISIS in Bagdad. Judge Neopolitano has a compelling rebuttal to those of that ilk. Other than the terrible cost, and the failure which it will produce, it is a fine strategy . . .
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    Iraq crisis: Will US engage in another pointless war?

    Judge Andrew P. Napolitano

    By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano
    ·Published June 19, 2014
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    ‎As we watch the collapsing government in Baghdad surrounded by a highly disciplined and serious force of Sunni-oriented fighters that has taken control of the most populous third of the country, we must, in John Adams’ words, resist the temptation to slay the world’s monsters.

    This time around, the monsters are the Sunni — who ran the government of Iraq in the Saddam Hussein years and who are the ancient and persistent enemy of the Shia, who run the government today.

    The American military-industrial-neocon complex wants more war. We must resist them.

    The political and military force that is aiming at Iraq’s capital calls itself the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Its fighting force consists of about 8,000 men, yet it has marched through Iraq quickly.

    Last week, as ISIS forces approached the capital, a half-million Iraqi civilians got out of their way and tens of thousands of Iraqi security forces dropped their American military gear and Iraqi military uniforms and fled. The Iraqi army — which the U.S. decimated 10 years ago — cannot defend the current Iraqi government, which is as corrupt, authoritarian, anti-democratic and untrustworthy as Saddam’s was, yet far less competent.

    There is a lesson in this, and it reveals the power of religious fanaticism when resisted by unprincipled political force.

    ISIS fighters are motivated by a hatred of American invaders and their Iraqi defenders and an embrace of fundamental Sharia principles, which are anathema to Judeo-Christian principles.

    These ISIS fighters truly are monsters — they have crucified and decapitated deserters, traitors, captives, recalcitrants, Christians and Jews –‎ and many Iraqi soldiers would rather join or walk away from them than resist them.

    The U.S.-trained Iraqi soldiers by and large view themselves as defending a temporary and inconsequential government. The ISIS fighters view themselves as being on a triumphal crusade.

    Complicating this is the affiliation that many of the political forces in ISIS have with the rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. And adding to the politics-makes-strange-bedfellows aura of this mess is the offer of the Quds fighters from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard — which the State Department considers to be a terrorist organization — to help defend Baghdad, relying on American air power to assist it. It is almost inconceivable that we could fight side-by-side, or bombs protecting boots, with the aspect of the government of Iran that both President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama have characterized as anathema to U.S. interests, and that has sworn to destroy Israel.

    Hence, Obama’s dilemma is daunting. He is on record as saying that the war in Iraq was “dumb”; that the government there is secure and its forces are well-trained; that the rebels fighting Assad are freedom fighters who deserve American military support; and that the American troops he brought home from Iraq are not returning on his watch.

    Should he send troops back to Iraq to defend the government we installed when we toppled Saddam? ‎Should American lives and tax dollars be spent in another pointless effort to bring democracy to a culture that has persistently rejected it? Should we take sides using our military in what is essentially an ancient religious civil war? Is the national security of the U.S. even remotely affected by the outcome of the current Iraqi civil war?

    Since Bush persuaded Congress and the American people in 2003 that an appropriate response to 9/11 somehow was an invasion of Iraq, that country’s stability has been undermined by the U.S., and it is now ripe for the sectarian violence that is devouring it. The stated purpose of the Iraq war was to root out weapons of mass destruction, which we now know did not exist there. Then the stated purpose became regime change, because Saddam tried to kill the elder President Bush. The other stated purpose of the war was our thoughtless embrace of the fanciful Bush doctrine, which was basically the rebranding of the discredited Wilsonian nonsense that we can use force to spread democracy.

    That, too, failed profoundly. In the process, 5,000 Americans died; 45,000 Americans were injured; 650,000 Iraqis died; 2,000,000 Iraqis fled the country; a half-trillion dollars in Iraqi assets were destroyed; and we borrowed a trillion dollars to invade and occupy Iraq (and another trillion to invade and occupy Afghanistan), which we still owe to the people who loaned it to us. Al-Qaida, which was not present in Iraq before 2003, is now openly there along with ISIS, its sister organization that is about to conquer the most politically important parts of the country.

    America is no safer because of the Iraq war, but we are weaker. Our relationships among the people in the Middle East are far less sanguine, we have planted three generations’ worth of hatred, distrust, and lust for vengeance among Middle Eastern youth, and we have a crushing war debt. We also have American cash and military hardware, including expensive and lethal Stinger missiles, now in the hands of ISIS.

    We are witnessing the contemporary incarnation of the old Sunni/Shia/Kurd rivalry that has persisted in what is today called Iraq for 1,000 years, and will persist until the country returns to its pre-modern sectarian borders and each ancient group has its own land.

    There is no bona fide American national security interest in jeopardy because of the persistent Iraqi civil war, and we have no lawful right to choose a side and assist it militarily. But the American military-industrial-neocon complex wants more war. We must resist them. We should gather all Americans in Iraq, take what moveable wealth is ours and come home — and stop searching the world for monsters to destroy, as that will end up destroying us.

  52. Serious…..

    Breaking : The FBI says it is investigating the exposure of US government scientists to anthrax bacteria

  53. Question: what is slow moving, stupid and on a fast track to extinction?

    Answer: the dodo bird?

    No that specie is already extinct. The question was is, not was.

    Witness: (John Q. Public): sorry I forgot the question. Ten seconds is too long to hold a consistent thought, other than I love Obama.

    Judge: will the reporter please re-read the question.

    Question: what IS slow moving, stupid and on a fast track to extinction?

    Answer: an establishment controlled Republican Party who tells its base to fuck off, and things that at this point the public gives a damned about Monica gate, etc. That is as stupid as having Hillary run on Obama’s record.

  54. On the IRS lost emails as well as everything else, teary eyed Boener can lead his party in a rousing round of boohoo to Obama and do nothing of substance.

  55. From the street to the penthouse, respect is coin of the realm. Everywhere that is, except for our political class. In particular the Republican Party. They have cowered at Obama, Reid and big media to the point that no one respects them. They command about the same level of respect domestically that Messiah Obama and his torrid big media lovers command internationally. We could say that both of them are a joke, if we amended the script to say a bad joke.

  56. I talked to someone who lives part of the year in Palm Springs who is a bit flighty–yes I know it takes one to know one. I asked her about Mary Bono and she blurted out that Obama is staying at the home of some Ambassador and intends to buy in and join all those exclusive golf courses. I told her that would be quite an honor to have the most intelligent man in the universe stoop to join them in their little corner of the world. My joke went over like a lead balloon. She told me that he is persona non grata–or words to that effect. I said, well in that case, perhaps they should consider doing to him what New York condominium lefties did when Tricky Dick tried to buy in. They rejected his application. I assume they have a black member or two–if not they had better get them, because if he is turned down for membership the idiot left and OFA will claim that it is for racial reasons. The worst part of admitting him to their membership would not be the hail fellow well met bullshit he is famous for, the narcissism which drives his every move, the cheating on the golf course which he learned from weepy Bohener. The worst part would be having legions of secret service agents and other Jack Webb impersonators darkening their midst. But if he and MO were still married, it would be worth it, because she could use the occasion to be the fashion icon of the desert, while working on her next career as a Hollywood starlet, shades of Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard.

  57. What do you do when you want to abide by the law, your adversary refuses to do so, and he controls the enforcement mechanism. The answer is you engage in civil disobedience. You may not win the battle, but at least you are seen as fighting for an important principle and you may win the war. That is what states need to be doing in their dealings with a lawless and corrupt federal government. A federal government that does not respect the law, or the legal rights of its citizens. In short, a government controlled by Obama with a corrupt chief law enforcement officer in charge of the DOJ. It sounds like Texas is getting the drift. It should stop these children at the border instead of giving them to the federal government it should determine their origin, contact that embassy, and make arrangements to send them back. When their embassy refuses it should deem that obligation satisfied and deport them. If they want to enter this country there is a lawful procedure to do so. The political power of Obama is waning and strong action by Republicans on this front is the quickest way to bury what is left of him.
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  58. If there are responsible adults in this country who feel they have the resources to adopt these children then special procedures could be set up to do so. That I am in favor of. But that would entail severing their legal relationship with their parents. That way, their adoption could not be used as a scam to bring the entire family here at massive expense to taxpayers. I have reason to believe that Schumer is directly involved in this scheme, just as I am convinced to a moral certainty that some of the deleted emails of Lerner were with his staffers.

  59. Establishment Republicans believe that by seating an establishment Republican as House Majority leader to replace an establishment Republican who was defeated in the primary, and by secretly funding Democrats, they can preserve their wonderful trifecta of officials, staffers and lobbyists which is killing the American dream for millions of living and unborn. Putting up token resistance to the tyrant in the White House, and always telling us, wait until next season. Well, there are many kinds of delusions. Some believe that the moon is made of green cheese. Some believe that Obama would be the great healer to deepening rifts in society. And some even believe the base of the party hate the Republican establishment less than they hate Obama. To which I say, they are wrong, egregiously wrong on all counts. And the consequences of being wrong are as lethal to their future, as Obamas incoherent policies are to ours.

    ——————
    In his nominating speech for Rep. Raul Labrador, who by all accounts was beaten badly in the race for majority leader by Kevin McCarthy, former Republican Study Committee (RSC) chairman Jim Jordan gave his colleagues a warning.

    “Look, we all like Eric. We all, by and large, think Eric did a good job,” Jordan said, according to Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL). But Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss “is a message that we need to think about,” Jordan continued, saying it was a “vote of no confidence for not just the Republican leadership, [but] Washington, D.C. generally.”

    In picking McCarthy, Cantor’s next in line and someone who shares a similar ideological profile with the ousted Virginian, the GOP conference chose to continue its current path, at least in personnel.

    “I gave a speech to a couple Republican groups this weekend — not Tea Party groups — this is Republican, in my district. And they were all cheering about Eric losing. I don’t think any of them know Eric, but I think they just saw it as, finally the people are fighting back. Fairly or unfairly. And I think when news of this gets out, I think a lot of people are going to say ‘these guys just don’t get it up there,’” DeSantis said.

    But the answer about how McCarthy won so easily may say as much about conservative insurgents who failed to mount a significant challenge as it does the resilient power of the GOP establishment.

    In the hours after Cantor lost, McCarthy was already working the phones. House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, meanwhile, was contemplating whether to jump in.

    “I am prayerfully considering the best way I can serve,” said Hensarling on the day following Cantor’s historic upset. Hensarling was widely considered the most viable McCarthy challenger on the right.

    “As the famous racecar driver Ricky Bobby said, if you’re not first you’re last, and if you’re praying, you’re losing in the leadership race,” quipped a former leadership aide, adding: “The other famous proverb in the Bible that you may not know about is ‘early bird gets the worm.’”

    Punctuality also turned out to be fatal for chief deputy whip Peter Roskam (R-IL), who waited to jump into the race for whip out of deference to Cantor.

    “Speed kills in leadership races. [Scalise] got to 100 very quickly. And then it was just a matter of him picking up a few votes every day,” said Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), a top vote counter for Roskam.

    Immediately after the election results were announced, there were already rumors about potential leadership fights in the fall, when the leadership team will face reelection.

    One such scenario being discussed on K Street is that Hensarling, Jordan, and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) would run as a ticket.

    Adding fuel to the fire was an email sent by Paul Teller, a Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) aide who formerly served as executive director of the RSC and was fired by Scalise. The email invited House conservatives to huddle with Cruz in his office next Tuesday evening over pizza. But, as an email reviewed by Breitbart News showed, the initial invite was sent the morning of May 12 – before Cantor had lost, precipitating the unusual leadership shakeup.

    And even while rumors spread, the GOP’s hardliners explained why a challenge to the leadership then would never have the same chance as trying to remake the team following the historic Cantor loss.

    “We’re fair about these things. And we say, ‘Look, if you’re elected to something, you ought to have at least one term to show what you can do,’” said Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), who backed his fellow Louisianian Scalise in the whip race.

    “You probably will never have as clean a shot to get an important position as you did this time, given what happened with Eric and given the ability to argue for change. And there were guys who were pursued about that and didn’t step up to the dish,” DeSantis said.

    “I’ve heard from many members who say they want to challenge the team in November. From my perspective, our best shot for making a change was today, not November,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who played a key role in the effort to oust Boehner in early 2013.

    Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a top ally to Speaker John Boehner, warned that Republicans needed to move past their internecine warfare to combat Democrats:

    We’ve got a $12 million disadvantage to the Democrats. The Democrats are raising a ton of money online. And what Republicans and conservatives across the country have to realize is, when they are giving money to all of these solicitors that are pretending to be “the” conservative group, they’re going to pay huge salaries to people whose goal it is, not to help win Republicans and stop Obama’s agenda, but whose goal it is to make money. And it’s a real problem for us when we’re sitting already $12 million in the hole and the Democrats have the president of the United States who can continue to go out and raise money.

    “I mean, it’s a real problem. So, people need to really pull their head out of the sand and get to work,” Nunes added.

    Despite criticisms of “business as usual,” McCarthy has something of a blank slate with the right to begin his tenure.

    Amash said he’s looking for McCarthy to make “a fresh start. A chance to show members of the conference that he’s going to listen, that he’s going to work with all of us, and that members who aren’t on the inside aren’t made to feel irrelevant.”

    Fleming said McCarthy had showed openness to embracing the message of Cantor’s downfall.

    “My message to him,” Fleming said of the newly elected majority leader in a second conversation, “is that the American people are very frustrated and they’re very angry with President Obama and his agenda. His imperialistic presidency, doing things with a pen and a phone and ignoring Congress. And America is beginning to take it out on Republican leadership, because they think we’re not strident enough, and we’re not vociferous enough about pushing back against the president’s agenda.”

    “It’s a do-over,” ForAmerica chairman Brent Bozell recently told Breitbart News, before the election took place: “If McCarthy is the guy, I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt.”

    Labrador took a side exit from the room, refusing to comment to reporters about the results of the race.

    Other members praised him for throwing his hat in the ring, as one member approached him to slap him on the back, congratulating him for acting “classy” during the election.

    In McCarthy’s brief acceptance speech, he paid tribute to Cantor, prompting standing ovations.

    Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), chairman of the moderate Tuesday Group, summarized the meaning of the results.

    “Only two people put their names forward for leader, and if some people aren’t happy with the current leadership team, well they could have put forward other candidates to reflect the satisfaction, but they didn’t, so we’re moving forward with the team that we have,” he said.

  60. here’s better context:
    snip Koskinen argued that he has been honest and transparent and that the fuss today is “a result of us providing you a full accounting.”

    “Why should anyone believe you?” asked Kevin Brady (R-Texas).

    “I want to apologize to you for the way you’ve been treated this morning,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (R-Maryland) to Koskinen. Cummings then offered Koskinen time to say whatever he wanted. snip

  61. Like the broken clock Obama can be right twice a day. And when he says Iraq was not his decision he is half right. Bush and Cheney own the original bad decision to invade Iraq and topple Hussein. It is noteworthy that the former Vice President in his devastating take down of Obama neglects to mention that the original decision which was his and not Obama’s was wrong. In fact, many of us who are not opposed to the concept of war, but highly circumspect on how and when it should be deployed, opposed, just as we opposed Obama’s plan to make war on Syria. If Clausewitz was right, and war is an instrument of diplomacy, then what sort of diplomacy and what sort of outcome did these two wars, one pursued the other thwarted, be expected to produce? Not surprisingly, Cheney wants to gloss over the merits of the original decision, and focus solely on the reduction in violence achieved at the end of his term, and on that score he is right. That situation has taken a decided turn for the worse, and Obama is the one who fucked that up, by limiting the stay behind force, supporting the Iraqi leader who is a flawed character, and now praying for our major adversary in the region to save him from his ineptitude, just as he relied on Putin to do so at an earlier stage with respect to his fine Syrian misadventure. The bottom line? When it comes to the carnage, the lost treasure, and making matters worse than before, the honors between the Democrats and the Republicans are about equal.

  62. Rep. Elijah Cummings (R-Maryland)
    —————-
    He should consider apologizing for himself, for covering up ever scandal he presumes to investigate. And, he should explain why his staffers were secretly conferring with Learner when he was supposed to be investigating. Where elija is concerned, we know the kind of corrupt actor we are dealing with. There is nothing more to be said on that subject.

  63. The inability of Congress to conduct an investigation that uncovers the facts due to obstructionism by the party being investigated renders the words congressional oversight an oxymoron. There is no point in apologizing to a slimy evasive bald headed bureaucrat who heads a lawless agency. The apology should be directed to the American People, who were his victims. Strange. I thought the democrats worshipped at the church of victimology. It would appear that all victims are not equal, and political affiliation or the lack thereof is the critical element in who they really support.

  64. This is the same problem that will bedevil the Benghazi committee, namely the inability of politicians to put partisan differences aside and do what is best for the nation. The mere fact that Elija Cummings is the slimiest of practitioners does not mean he is the only practitioner of gutter behavior. And the more one side does it, the more the other side is compelled to either surrender or fight fire with fire. It is going to be a real high wire act for Trey to keep the political forces which seek to scuttle this investigation at bay, and that may require coming down hard on someone like Elija when he attempts to disrupt the Benghazi investigation as he did the IRS investigation.

  65. In dealing with an obstructionist like Elija, you cannot simply get pissed and cut off his mic. You must be tactical, work around him, and if necessary cut the legs out from under him. There are various ways to do this, when and if he tries to scuttle the investigation. I firmly believe it will come down to that.

  66. On the other hand, I could be entirely wrong about Elija. It would well be that he will agree to put partisan differences aside, work with Trey to uncover the truth, not hold secret discussions with the parties being investigated, not throw hissy fits, not engage in selective leak etc. Yes, I could be entirely wrong about Kwalija.

    I could also believe in the tooth fairy.

  67. The Bergdall story is the gift that keeps giving. To prop up the Potemkin President, Obama’s trusty handlers who clean the clock on all political opponents on the campaign trail, with the able assistance of their partner in crime, big media, have demonstrated their customary ineptitude in the realm of governing, by having the messiah invite Berghdal’s Arabic speaking, Allah worshipping, pony tailed dad, who like their prior prop pajama boy is cute as a button. Only one problem. In addition to all his other attributes, he is a peeping Tom. So he had his 15 minutes of fame a few weeks ago as he stood next to the Messiah and praised Allah. He is on the cusp of 15 more minutes of fame, as the police reports come in from Haley Idaho. Andy Warhol said everyone deserves 15 minutes of fame. Pony tail may get a dopo. When he was asked about all this Obama said: I did not know. I heard about it in the media. I am outraged. And I will not rest until I run out of fundraisers.
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    SICKO! Twin Sisters Say Bowe Bergdahl’s Dad Was Obsessive Peeping-Tom STALKER
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    The father of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl creepily harassed a pair of twin sisters in Hailey, Idaho, for several months, according to police reports obtained by the Daily Mail.

    In 2011, long before Robert “Bob” Bergdahl began learning Pashto and Arabic or tweeted a Taliban spokesman, the bizarro bearded dad stalked Lacey and Allie Hillman, police documents say. He allegedly tried to steal a peek at one of the twins in the shower and even stole a little gnome from their garden.

    For anyone who has a daughter – or is a daughter – the allegations are frightening.

    The Hillman sisters told police that Bergdahl, a UPS deliveryman, harassed them for over four months. Bergdahl’s son was about two years into his Taliban captivity during this period. The elder Bergdahl was – and remains – married to Jani Bergdahl, the mother of Bowe Bergdahl.

    The twins said Bergdahl, 51, drove by their residence – apparently they lived together – several times each day.

    On one occasion, the sisters claimed, he left an angry note charging that one of the then-twentysomething sisters was “two-timing” him.

    Later, he allegedly left a note saying, “I am sorry for whatever I did.”

    A few weeks later, the sisters told police, Bergdahl confronted Allie Hillman at her front door after her boyfriend had left her house. She told police Bergdahl knocked on the door and said, while laughing, “What are you two-timing me, bitch?” according to the Mail.

    Another time, Bergdahl allegedly sneaked around the outside of the home for a few hours and approached the house as Lacey Hillman was taking a shower.

    Lacey told local cops that she heard a noise and stepped out of the shower wearing just a towel. She walked to a glass door. There, she told police, she saw a “shadowed person.” It was Bergdahl, she said. He tried to get her to come closer to the door.

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    “According to Lacey, a minute passed while Robert shook his head on the other side of the closed door and he eventually left while throwing his hands up in the air,” the 2011 police report states.

    It was after this voyeuristic episode that the sisters went to the police, saying they were “very scared,” reports the Mail.

    The twins noted to police that they understood Bergdahl was likely suffering emotional stress since his son had been a prisoner of war for two years, but they said they wanted the stalking to stop.

    The cops had a chat with Bergdahl, warning him to stay away from the twins’ residence and places of work. He agreed to these terms. The Hillman twins agreed not to press charges.

    Bowe Bergdahl, a soldier in the U.S. army, was held captive by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Afghanistan from June 2009 until his release in May 2014. The release was part of a five-for-one prisoner trade with the Taliban that the Obama administration secretly orchestrated. (RELATED: The Taliban Wanted A 6th Guy Back, But He Died On An Elliptical)

    The Bergdahl clan is expected to be reunited this weekend in San Antonio.

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/14/sicko-twin-sisters-say-bowe-bergdahls-dad-was-obsessive-peeping-tom-stalker/#ixzz35CNnB7UK

  68. The WH and Dem Senators are opening up a hornets nest by protecting these idiots about these emails………..

    Sooner or later these emails are going to surface, there will be records of them somewhere, emails do not disappear.

    The question should be why are they so desperate to hide them.

    Today this happened : IRS commissioner: Emails aren’t official records.

    However : IRS manual: Emails are official records.

    Of course they are official records, it concerns a govt agency.

    Someone somewhere will recover these………….trust me they are not gone, just not found where they have been stashed….YET.

  69. Emails are lost…

    I guess besides NSA having them stored in their server farms, the IRS also has servers where their emails are stored.

    One more thing, emails are not sent to the North Pole and accidentally tossed out by Santa’s helpers.

    Emails are sent to other people, there are copies of all these emails on other’s computers. Soon as someone comes up with one, the jig is up.

  70. Apparently the IRS notified the WH 6 weeks ago that the emails were “missing”…..

    I venture to say the reverse happened: WH notified IRS the missing emails would remain missing

    I dare say this is going to turn out to be one of the biggest scandals to hit the Govt in decades.

  71. “In a nearly 10-minute tirade Thursday at a luncheon for Washington D.C.-based political reporters, Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry slammed the Obama administration for its failure to secure the border and warned of a magnified humanitarian crisis if a major hurricane hits the United States.”

    http://dailycaller.com/2014/06/19/rick-perry-unloads-on-president-obamas-failure-to-secure-border/

    This statement is a totally crock and fantasy.
    Perry has a very difficult time remembering what he is talking about. Actually sad, I was hoping he was ripping Barry a new one…didn’t quite measure up.

  72. wbboei
    June 20, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Shadow, I do not believe those emails are unrecoverable.

    ——-
    Wanna make a wager? 😉

  73. RAND PAUL: What’s Happening In Iraq Is Not Obama’s Fault

    Yup, he just cooked his own goose with the Rethugs.

    Rand is a whackadoodle, but more than that, he is a libertarian like his pop…and they really don’t have a place in the Republican Party.

    If they did, Ron Paul would have been supported by the GOP. Ron Paul had the youth vote, and many Dems, Independents and many Rethugs. Guys like Snoden supported Ron Paul and I liked a lot of his ideas.

    It’s a little like if Hillary ran as an Independent.

  74. this onslaught of kids was planned but why and by who.?

    A recently discovered government request for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” dating back to January is raising questions about whether the government was planning for a surge of illegal immigrants this year as amnesty talks heated up in the United States.

    The request specifically says it was preparing for 65,000 undocumented children.

    A recently discovered government request for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” dating back to January is raising questions about whether the government was planning for a surge of illegal immigrants this year as amnesty talks heated up in the United States.

    The request specifically says it was preparing for 65,000 undocumented

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/06/20/govt-confirms-authenticity-of-contract-request-for-escort-services-for-unaccompanied-alien-children-at-the-border/

  75. I also snagged this late today. It was reading pretty good, but link was jumpy, probably due to high volume. Here is headline, time stamp, local CBS link. I always like it when it is local tv.
    Border Sheriffs: DHS Secretary’s Visit To Texas Border ‘Too Late’
    June 20, 2014 2:07 PM
    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2014/06/20/border-sheriffs-dhs-secretarys-visit-to-texas-border-too-late/

    [as you may perceive, by hiding these things here, I’m taking admin’s great new post to heart: “Just Stop!”]

  76. As the say in Texas–don’t fuck with Hoppi. (Subtext: if you do you will get your clock cleaned and may not survive)

    As they say in the Oval Office–don’t fuck with Judicial Watch

    Because history has shown that Tom Fitton and Company can do more than the Republican Congressional delegation

    To get to the bottom of all the Obama scandals

    Like they did with Benghazi

    And if you want to know why the Republicans have not gotten to the bottom of Benghazi

    Then read what Judicial Watch is saying about Mike Rogers (R-Mi)

    Which is the same thing that Pat Caddell is saying about Mike Rogers (R-Mi)

    Chairman of a key Congressional Committee investigating Benhazi and coming up with nothing

    And who, by the strangest cooincidence has decided he will not run again, but will become a radio announcer.

    Which is fine because his wife happens to be an executive with a major defense contractor.
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    Internal Revenue Service is “Gaming Congress” Over “Lost” Emails

    As I write this, the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is testifying, to the gasps of the audience during House Ways and Means Committee hearing, that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) “destroyed” the hard drive of Lois Lerner (and, presumably, other top IRS officials) and that there was nothing he could do about it. Buried in a letter to the Senate last Friday (the day for corruption news dumps), the IRS disclosed that Lerner’s computer had likely been sent to a “hard drive cemetery.”

    First, let’s put to rest any idea that we should take at face value the notion that the IRS has actually “lost” an untold number of Lois Lerner’s email records (and the records of other top IRS officials) for the critical period leading up to the 2012 presidential election – during which time, according to its own Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), it targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny when applying for tax-exempt status. The truth is, even if Lois Lerner had set her PC on fire, blew it away with a MANPAD, and dropped it into the Bermuda Triangle, the IRS could still access her emails.

    In the first place, by law, the IRS is supposed to have a finite, failsafe methodology in place for protecting any and all emails sent by its employees. And it is all set forth in writing:

    1.15.6.8 (06-01-2010)

    Security of Electronic Records

    1. IRS offices will implement and maintain an effective records security program that incorporates the following:

    A. Ensures that only authorized personnel have access to electronic records.

    B. Provides for backup and recovery of records to protect against information loss or corruption.

    C. Ensures that appropriate agency personnel are trained to safeguard sensitive or classified electronic records.

    D. Minimizes the risk of unauthorized alteration or erasure of electronic records.

    E. Ensures that electronic records security is included in computer systems security plans prepared pursuant to the Computer Security Act of 1987.

    And email records, if they are official government documents, are supposed to be printed out so as to be preserved under federal records law. And if there is any destruction of records, it is to be promptly reported.

    To put it simply, as I pointed out in my NewsMax interview with J.D. Hayworth, the IRS is once again “gaming Congress.”

    As a regular Weekly Update reader you know that at Judicial Watch we have already obtained and released some highly damaging emails from within the now thoroughly corrupted and discredited Obama IRS. So, one can only imagine how devastating the ones they are now hiding must be to Obama and his minions.

    In April 2014, Judicial Watch released a batch of internal IRS documents that broke the news that Lerner directly communicated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) about whether it was possible to criminally prosecute certain tax-exempt entities. The documents were dragged out of the Obama administration thanks to our October 2013 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the IRS after the agency refused to follow the law and respond to four FOIA requests dating back to May 2013.

    And in May 2014, Judicial Watch released a new batch of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) documents revealing that its handling of Tea Party applications was directed out of the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC. The documents also showed extensive pressure on the IRS by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) to shut down conservative-leaning tax-exempt organizations. The IRS’ emails by Lois Lerner detail her misleading explanations to investigators about the targeting of Tea Party organizations. Those documents also came in response to our October 2013 FOIA lawsuit.

    As best as I can tell, it was because of JW’s underlying FOIA litigation that, back in February, the IRS “discovered” that the emails had been “lost.” Did the Obama IRS inform us – or the court in our lawsuit – while were waiting for good-faith document releases? No. Did the IRS tell Congress? No. Did the Obama IRS tell other groups suing the IRS over its abuses? No. President Obama’s White House, which supposedly knew of this back in April, also sat on this convenient information. It is fair to assume that if the IRS had not been forced by JW to search for these emails in the first place, we would all still be in the dark about this destruction of evidence.

    Some members of Congress are understandably up in arms. Today, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), angrily told the IRS Commissioner Koskinen, “I don’t believe you!” Fox News reported:

    “The IRS in charge of hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ information. And you’re now saying your technology system was so poor that years’ worth of emails are forever unrecoverable?” [House Ways and Means Chairman Dave] Camp charged. “How does that put anyone at ease? How far would the excuse ‘I lost it’ get with the IRS for an average American trying to file their yearly taxes who may have lost a few receipts.”

    Congress will be angry but, thus far, has been ineffective in holding this Nixonian administration to account.

    I can promise you that Judicial Watch plans to ask for a court hearing to examine why the IRS destroyed these records and then covered it up.

    If a private entity had done something similar in a federal investigation, the FBI would have raided the entity’s premises and locked it down to search for and secure evidence. Does anyone think that Eric Holder’s Justice Department or the conflicted FBI is going to do this to the IRS?

    We will do what we can in the courts to hold this Obama administration to account for this latest affront to the rule of law. And, if the past is any prologue, we will get key information long before Congress and the inept and liberal media do.

    So, you can see how your support of Judicial Watch can have an extraordinary impact. My promise to you is that we will continue to uncover the truth of the Obama IRS assault upon the American people.

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  77. If you read Judicial Watch you get the truth. If you read politico it is all bullshit, from political hacks who if they were any good would be running for office, instead of writing about those who do, and distorting what is going on.

  78. Ofucktard is running his lying mouth on Iraq about how the government there must help themselves and become “more inclusive”. Just like he has dealt with his opposition?????

    How can any American look at this person and not want to vomit?

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