Quotes of the day

posted at 8:01 pm on May 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

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Facts are neither Republican nor Democrat. While our fellow citizens are free to draw varying conclusions and inferences from the facts, surely there can be consensus that every relevant fact must be uncovered.

There are still witnesses whose testimony has not been heard. Just last week, we learned the administration has withheld relevant documents from Congress, despite a subpoena request. Some produced documents are so heavily redacted as to be meaningless. The select committee should strive to uncover every relevant witness, document or other piece of evidence so our fellow citizens can know the facts and the full truth.

“May justice be done, though the heavens fall.” That adage governed my time as a prosecutor in state and federal court, and it would serve us well as we uncover the truth about Benghazi.

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The hottest competition in Washington this week is among House Republicans vying for a seat on the Benghazi kangaroo court, also known as the Select House Committee to Inflate a Tragedy Into a Scandal. Half the House has asked to “serve” on the committee, which is understandable since it’s the perfect opportunity to avoid any real work while waving frantically to right-wing voters stomping their feet in the grandstand.

They won’t pass a serious jobs bill, or raise the minimum wage, or reform immigration, but House Republicans think they can earn their pay for the rest of the year by exposing nonexistent malfeasance on the part of the Obama administration. On Thursday, they voted to create a committee to spend “such sums as may be necessary” to conduct an investigation of the 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The day before, they voted to hold in contempt Lois Lerner, the former Internal Revenue Service official whom they would love to blame for the administration’s crackdown on conservative groups, if only they could prove there was a crackdown, which they can’t, because there wasn’t.

Both actions stem from the same impulse: a need to rouse the most fervent anti-Obama wing of the party and keep it angry enough to deliver its donations and votes to Republicans in the November elections. For a while it seemed as if the Affordable Care Act would perform that role, but Republicans ran into a problem when the country began to realize that it was not destroying American civilization but in fact helping millions of people.

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Clyburn doesn’t have a problem with GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy, though. “I know Gowdy very well,” he told the Washington Examiner. “I’m against the thing, so, it ain’t got nothing to do with Gowdy. I’m against doing it, I don’t care who is chairing it, I’m against it. So, Gowdy’s got nothing to do with my position.”

“An evil tree can’t bear good fruit,” Clyburn concluded.

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., who serves with Gowdy on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said that he likes Gowdy but expressed a little more uncertainty about whether he would run a fair process.

“I don’t know,” Cummings said outside the House chamber. “I like Gowdy, I like him a lot. And, I’ve only seen him in a prosecutorial role, so I don’t know.”

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While virtually all Democrats are united in opposing the formation of the committee, which will investigate the deaths of four Americans including ambassador Chris Stevens, rank-and-file Democrats argued during a closed-door meeting Wednesday leadership’s inclination to boycott the committee would be a mistake

“I think it would be very valuable for people to see us fighting, particularly a fight I know we can win. The other side on this is clearly acting politically and they do not have a leg to stand on and I say that as someone who has spent hearing after hearing on Benghazi,” Rep. Jim Himes, a member of the House Intelligence committee, told BuzzFeed. “I think if we had a talented team of thoughtful, articulate members, we could draw a huge contrast between a nakedly political, fact-less other side,” added Himes, who is one of several members who has raised the issue during recent meetings with leadership…

“You know, I tend to side with [Maryland Rep.] Elijah Cummings, who said you’d make something illegitimate seem fair, but at the same time he knows that if we leave our people in there unprotected they will be bludgeoned,” Cleaver said. “I probably lean a little more toward being in the room.”

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Pelosi wants Democrats to have a say in subpoenas, access to documents and depositions. Boehner’s staff says they have made fair concessions, and will include Democrats in the process. But Republicans are not going to give Democrats veto power over who they call to testify…

It’s unclear how Democrats will proceed. Pelosi has weighed completely boycotting the committee, appointing a handful of Democrats or tapping lawmakers to fill the five seats that she is allotted. She first spoke to Boehner on the floor, then met with her leadership team and followed that up by sending a letter to Boehner Friday afternoon saying she wants to work with him to change the committee’s procedures…

Some senior Democrats — like Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)— have made the case behind closed doors that their boycott would highlight what they consider GOP overreach. Others, like Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), argue the party needs to be present to fight back…

In a Democratic leadership meeting Friday morning, lawmakers were divided on whether they should participate. For example, Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) suggested Democrats participate, while Reps. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) advocated a boycott.

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There is no way on earth the Democrats should lend this committee the least bit of legitimacy. They absolutely must boycott this absurd, insane, sickening, repulsive, shameful, and at the same time shame-less circus.

Benghazi is and has been for some time a witch hunt that perverts all notions of democratic accountability and that obviously carries one purpose and one purpose only—the humiliation or worse of as many Democrats as possible, preferably the big cheeses (Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton). Ever since Watergate, the Republicans have wanted one of their own, one in which they’re the good guys, forcing a Democratic president to resign in disgrace. They tried it with Bill Clinton, but he just kept getting more and more popular as more and more Americans came to see the Republicans’ coup d’etat, their attempt to criminalize errant but perfectly legal behavior, for what it was—an affair…

Gowdy’s antics on Issa’s committee are legendary among Democratic Hill staffers. He’s as big a blowhard as sits on that committee. Read Simon Malloy’s Salon piece from Tuesday, which just destroys Gowdy and also ought to worry any sane American. He developed the habit during these recent hearings of posting his cross-examinations on YouTube. During an IRS “scandal” hearing in which he rebuked Lois Lerner, he even added some heroic background music. He also suggested to Greta Van Susteren that the Obama administration was withholding evidence from Congress, and when she asked him if we’d see it, said: “Yeah. Well, you know, I can’t prove to what I don’t know. I don’t know whether the documents have been destroyed.”

And that is this sleazy rabbit hole in its most perfect summation.

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The Benghazi select committee, nascent as it is, is already disappointing those members of the political class who predicted it would become a Republican self-inflicted wound. Far from uniting Democrats around the notion that the White House is being subjected to a witch-hunt, the decision to convene a select committee appears to be tearing the Democrats in Congress apart.

“I admit, Benghazi is to progressives what climate change is to conservatives: No matter how much the right wing shrieks about it, and purports to have new evidence of wrongdoing, we don’t believe it,” wrote Salon editor Joan Walsh this week displaying a unique degree of candor and self-awareness. “The difference is, progressives are right.”…

“Pelosi’s allies appear split,” Politico’s Sherman and Lauren French reported on Friday. “Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) sent a letter to colleagues Thursday evening suggesting that just one Democrat should sit on the panel. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), a veteran of congressional investigations, signaled he wants multiple members of his party on the committee.”

In response to the lack of unity, Pelosi marshaled all the sarcasm she could ooze at a Friday morning meeting with the members of her caucus. “Thanks a lot for giving me leverage over the last couple of days,” she scolded.

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If the rest of the administration had followed the military’s example, the Benghazi controversy would likely be over by now…

First, there was the attempt to blame the attack on outrage over an anti-Muslim Internet video — a claim that was quickly discounted by everyone who has investigated the matter…

Then the administration failed to make available a single witness who was actually on the ground in Benghazi the night of the attack.

And recently, of course, Republican complaints that the administration has withheld documents were dramatically confirmed by revelations of emails the administration failed to produce to Congress.

The administration’s stance long ago exhausted whatever patience existed among Hill Republicans. Members are “really tired of getting jerked around,” another aide said recently. That’s a succinct explanation for the creation of the new select committee.

But it didn’t have to be that way. The rest of the administration could have cooperated like the Defense Department. If it had, Washington would be talking about something else now. Instead, the fight goes on.

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“Republicans in general did not seem to have this appetite to find out what went wrong when incorrect intelligence was used to push the war in Iraq,” Tapper observed. “Do you see why some people might say, ‘Why is this more important than that war which resulted in the deaths of more than 4,500 American soldiers and countless innocent Iraqis?”

Gowdy appeared not to answer that question, and repeated a line in which he had used earlier in the day on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “At the end of the day, you may say he’s not very smart, but no one’s going to say that I’m not fair,” Gowdy asserted. “This is not going to be a kangaroo court, and if I thought it were I would not have participated.”

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Via Breitbart.

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MEGYN KELLY: Do you think it’s worth the risk?

KRAUTHAMMER: If you were doing this purely as a partisan matter, if you were simply a consultant brought in to tell the leadership of the Republicans is it worth doing this for political reasons to help you at the election, I would say no. On the on the other hand, I’m an American and I believe in truth.


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Superb, ajacksonian!

onlineanalyst on May 10, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Completely agree. Well done ajacksonian.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Krauthammer was right to worry. That photo makes this look like a political campaign instead of a serious investigation. Off to a very very bad start.

bpard on May 10, 2014 at 7:53 AM

There is a picture of Saturn on Bing’s search page.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 7:59 AM

Charles said it all- I am an American and I beleive in the truth. That’s the difference between R’s and d’s.

Ta111 on May 10, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Krauthammer was right to worry. That photo makes this look like a political campaign instead of a serious investigation. Off to a very very bad start.

bpard on May 10, 2014 at 7:53 AM

What photo??

esr1951 on May 10, 2014 at 8:15 AM

Krauthammer sees everything as political but, you know, that’s his job. They talk all the time about tea party and conservative and expect block thinking. There is no organization. Conservatives don’t organize. They don’t think that way. You probably won’t see such a thing as a tea party organization. What you will see is lots of people voting conservatively.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Morning COL and a good day to all. Heading outside to work in yard before the rain comes.

HonestLib on May 10, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Privilege: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/09/Chelsea-Clinton-to-receive-doctorate-from-Oxford

davidk on May 10, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Oh good. Another degree in socialism. Global health? Maybe she’ll go to some foreign country and harass them instead of us.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Morning COL and a good day to all. Heading outside to work in yard before the rain comes.

HonestLib on May 10, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Our rain seems to be south of here.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Take a look at an incredible mind: https://twitter.com/iowahawkblog

davidk on May 10, 2014 at 8:34 AM

I’m not sure whether Noonan’s WSJ column went through the Headlines yesterday, but it’s worth your time. I’m generally down on her, but I think she provides a nice bit of perspective, comparing Reagan’s handling of Iran Contra to Obama’s handling of Benghazi.

I just hope the GOP doesn’t phuck this up. And every time a Democrat whines, a GOP member of the committee should hold a press conference after the hearing and question the whiner’s patriotism and reluctance to seek the truth.

I want answers, and I want the truth. And only Democrats can’t handle the truth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWSx0bBiNIs

BuckeyeSam on May 10, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Republicans need to stop being bully fodder and call the Dems out when they lie or attack them.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Krauthammer sees everything as political

and I agree crankyoldlady

3 weeks ago Dr. K thought Bengazi was dead. He was wrong. He also said the Tea Party was a nothingburger 4 years ago. He was wrong. And how’s come conservatives always have to watch their step and progs can step in sh!t all day long and they smell just fine to the MSM.

If Bengazi wasn’t already ugly it’s gonna get worse. There are 2 people, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at fault here, at the very least for their gross, gross incompetence. Just the facts, ma’m will demonstrate it.

gracie on May 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM

“Republicans in general did not seem to have this appetite to find out what went wrong when incorrect intelligence was used to push the war in Iraq,” Tapper observed. “Do you see why some people might say, ‘Why is this more important than that war which resulted in the deaths of more than 4,500 American soldiers and countless innocent Iraqis?”

THIS type of think on both/all sides of the political spectrum is why we’re so screwed up. Our leaders never have to be held to account. We can always find some incident or failure of our enemy to point to and make this type of argument.

CW on May 10, 2014 at 9:18 AM

There’s no black people or latinos on the committee. Expect to hear that from the lsm every day. They’ve got to pick this apart every way they can or else someone might find out the truth in this situation. Can’t have that, now can we. Why did we set up a diplomatic facility there and send people there to staff it with no security when there really wasn’t any govt to speak of in the actual capital of Tripoli. What kind of under cover mission was Stephens really on? There’s so much we don’t know about this situation except that what difference at this point does it make.

Kissmygrits on May 10, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Happy Saturday, Patriots! And, Trolls.

The Democrats are as scared of Trey Gowdy as Rosie O’Donnell is of having to do a commercial for Nutri-System Diet Plan. – KJ

My take: BenghaziGate: Pelosi Continues to Deny Reality as the Democrat Distraction Campaign Continues

kingsjester on May 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

ajacksonian on May 10, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Bookmarked that. Gonna have to memorize it because I just KNOW my Liberal acquaintances are gonna repeat their talking points in my presence.

Cleombrotus on May 10, 2014 at 9:42 AM

If Bengazi wasn’t already ugly it’s gonna get worse. There are 2 people, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton at fault here, at the very least for their gross, gross incompetence. Just the facts, ma’m will demonstrate it.

gracie on May 10, 2014 at 9:17 AM

I don’t expect anyone to be held accountable. Hillary has always been good at being slippery. I’ll be surprised if she ever even appears. I’ll be happy if they just get the truth out. The lower level people who know where the bodies are buried need to be leaned on heavily. I’m sure they’ve been bribed and threatened but they are the ones who know. From watching crime shows I know that the thing to do is find the weak link.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

There’s no black people or latinos on the committee.

They are mainly Democrats so even more reason to participate on the committee.
Let them squawk, Dems, MSM and the guilty ones alike. The Obama administration’s gross incompetence is about to be revealed in living color and demonstrate why you do not put someone in office on the primary basis of color or sex. (Polls have shown that it’s not necessarily Hillary Clinton people want in the WH…they just want a woman.)

P.S. Nature is going to remove Hillary Clinton’s candidacy for 2016. She’s prone to clots and strokes. The Dems are covering for her dementia. She’e trying to cool it and confabulate, but you’ll see it when she gets riled and comes out with a another “what difference does it make” beaut. 8 years too late, dear. You got beat by a black guy.(AA men got the vote 50 years before women did, so, go figure.)

gracie on May 10, 2014 at 9:50 AM

You guys are praising a ajacksonian post. Gotta go back and read it.

At 6:35?

He does post some epic stuff.

wolly4321 on May 10, 2014 at 9:58 AM

Excellent column today, KJ. Obama made that disgusting UN speech FOURTEEN DAYS after the murders in Benghazi. He is a liar and the child of lies.

I’m glad to see that so many Americans want the truth. I don’t think they’ll be able to bury this. It’s the beginning of the end for this cabal.

Naturally Curly on May 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I don’t think Hillary has dementia but she does have health problems. The trouble is the Dems have no depth to their bench. If it isn’t Hillary then who? Biden?

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Ajacksonian on May 10, 2014 at 6:35 AM

Yes sir,, that’s the nub of it.

But say it was an investigation of an assasination?

Like the Warren Commission.

Without diving headlong into the grassy knoll, it was handled quite poorly.

wolly4321 on May 10, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Thank you, ma’am!

kingsjester on May 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

They will pick a woman like Elizabeth Warren, cranky….at the very least in the VP slot and they’ll dig somebody else up, maybe an Hispanic man…they will go on sex and or race (again)….anything to trounce white men.

gracie on May 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

I don’t think Hillary has dementia but she does have health problems. The trouble is the Dems have no depth to their bench. If it isn’t Hillary then who? Biden?

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Wendy Davis. Her schedule is going to be free pretty soon.

hawkdriver on May 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Coumo, Warren, O’malley.

Thier bench is deep.

It’s just that they are all openly socialist.

No more mask.

They may decide that’s ok.

wolly4321 on May 10, 2014 at 10:35 AM

The left has been purged of their joana’s.

They are a step away from running a full blown commie.

Meanwhile our side has millions of joana’s. So we get Palin hate, and Cruz hate.

We had better get as rabidly right as they are rabidly left, soon.

wolly4321 on May 10, 2014 at 10:52 AM

2 ‘treats’ today!….kingjester and ajacksonian !….he11!…who needs Jazz!

KOOLAID2 on May 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

A week ago, Kraut said that Benghazi wasn’t even a story and the republicans should let it go. He is as establishment as they come. Remember, he thought Obama wouldn’t be so bad and he was Mondales speech writer.

fight like a girl on May 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I don’t expect anyone to be held accountable. Hillary has always been good at being slippery. I’ll be surprised if she ever even appears. I’ll be happy if they just get the truth out. The lower level people who know where the bodies are buried need to be leaned on heavily. I’m sure they’ve been bribed and threatened but they are the ones who know. From watching crime shows I know that the thing to do is find the weak link.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Miss COL, I think they are all weak links. It’s the clasp that keeps the links all together that has to be broken.

On vacation trying to catch HA when ever and where ever while gypsying around the mountains. Nice to wake up to you and HonestLib in the mornings.

Ajacksonian and Kingsjester great posts today (and always)

Hawkdriver – another notch needed on the Glade post, I see. Keep fighting the good fight.

B9 – miss the sassy sashays. teehee

To those who have lost love ones (including the furry four legged ones), my condolences. Find comfort in that they rest peacefully in Gods arms.

Will try to catch the Glade tonight. Hugs to all!

31giddyup on May 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

They will pick a woman like Elizabeth Warren, cranky….at the very least in the VP slot and they’ll dig somebody else up, maybe an Hispanic man…they will go on sex and or race (again)….anything to trounce white men.

gracie on May 10, 2014 at 10:25 AM

But they have no substance or name recognition outside their bubble. One of the things their establishment does is keep possible replacements underground.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Will try to catch the Glade tonight. Hugs to all!

31giddyup on May 10, 2014 at 12:02 PM

It doesn’t usually get this active in the morning. What’s the Glade? I only just found out about the Gulch.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 12:10 PM

But they have no substance or name recognition outside their bubble. One of the things their establishment does is keep possible replacements underground.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Maybe they’ll run Bill Clinton again. They’ll get the votes of all the women in DC who would want to fellate him (see Ariana Huffington in the Headlines). Maybe that’s what his apology is about…apologize to Hillary and to Monica and hopefully to all the other women across America he fondled or boinked for being such a recalcitrant lech-sexual predator.

gracie on May 10, 2014 at 12:31 PM

War against women.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

They talk all the time about tea party and conservative and expect block thinking. There is no organization. Conservatives don’t organize. They don’t think that way. You probably won’t see such a thing as a tea party organization. What you will see is lots of people voting conservatively.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM
uote>>

We need to shout this from the mountaintops!!! This is the most misunderstood fact about tea party conservatives.

mbfoxtrot on May 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM

They talk all the time about tea party and conservative and expect block thinking. There is no organization. Conservatives don’t organize. They don’t think that way. You probably won’t see such a thing as a tea party organization. What you will see is lots of people voting conservatively.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 8:20 AM
uote>>

We need to shout this from the mountaintops!!! This is the most misunderstood fact about tea party conservatives.

mbfoxtrot on May 10, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Two good points and if I may, I will add the flip of those points.

Democrats win for a number of reasons, and a very important one is their GOTV efforts. They are organized and believe……the end justifies the means and win at any cost.

They play hardball. With that said what is the solution? Battery getting low and have to type fast…the solution is….

HonestLib on May 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

The solution is to play the game their way. You can’t win playing gentlemen’s rules when your opponant is playing dirty. As I’ve said before we have to do 2 things and do whatever it takes. Neutralize the government media and prevent election fraud. This is no longer a game. This is serious and there are very few in Washington to represent us. We have to abandon hope there and fall back on the states.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 5:21 PM

goodafternoon…COL..

love the thoughts…agree with you all on this..
but as I often do… I will ask how…
how are you going to “Neutralize the government media and prevent election fraud”
unless you purchase the media outright.. you can not control it..
they lie…have been for years… they have picked a side..
and they support it,
even if that means half the viewers or readers leave ..
I believe the press to be criminally liable in many BHO debacles..
so we stopped watching the alphabet News and stopped reading the old grey lady…
some say the net will replace the MSM…
there are 5,700 ppl watching eagles nesting in Iowa right now..
no news ,, no text,, no threads.. no posts.. just watching..
does HA ever have 5,700 ppl on line at once..i bet not..
I am sad to report that most Americans don’t care..
they don’t care about the constitution
don’t care who wrote it or why..
don’t care about the debt..
you’ve seen the ‘man on the street’ bits on TV..
more than half (yes im being kind) haven’t a clue
who is in charge of anything in DC..
so I am interested in hearing …
HOW??.. you move the needle on this one?..

going2mars on May 10, 2014 at 5:45 PM

and as we have seen again this week..
you are racist if you want a fair and honest Election..

the poor and needy seem to find a way to
get free healthcare.. including a card
get free section 8 housing… more paperwork/card
get free foods and supplies… and a EBT card..
get free bus passes … and a card
get free day care…
get free lunch programs
get free phones
drivers licenses..
get free anything else I didn’t list..
that they can do…all of it.. and get the cards for all that..
but a card to vote ONCE and legally… is racist

so again…how ?..
how do you think we can get a compliant Press as well
as a uneducated citizen to see your view??

going2mars on May 10, 2014 at 5:55 PM

the left doesn’t need a re-education camp
to get their agenda passed..
all they need is a stupid electorate ..
which they have already..

has BHO given the Gays or Black or Illegals anything different
than Mitt would have given?
NO… yet BHO got all he votes..

ours side requires the electorate to think..
our side understands personal responsibility..
our side knows the founding of this great nation..
and can appreciate the gift we were given..
currently..
we are short a stiff backbone and a few million brain cells..
meaning.. the LIVs outnumber the thinkers

going2mars on May 10, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I don’t know how to do these things. I’m just saying stop talking about 2016 and focus on the now. Rich conservatives buy up one of the networks. Stage protests outside their headquarters. Just stop taking it from them. Election fraud is being dealt with or not in the states.

crankyoldlady on May 10, 2014 at 6:39 PM

the Tea Party gave conservatives legs…

the left can gin up anger by hiring a mob get em some SEIU posters and bussing them in..
the right hasn’t had a protest in I don’t know how long..

the Tea Party gave us legs in the streets..
we need more legs..

going2mars on May 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

My thanks to all!

I was barely awake and just finished breakfast when I read this… it ticked me off no end to hear the drivel that was being trotted out.

An assassination, premeditated to kill our Ambassador because he was the US Ambassador.

An act of war that is no matter who did it, as it is targeted at the US by intent.

And the US had no plans to have an escape route or forces ready to rescue not just the Ambassador but the people at the CIA Annex if there was a standard al Qaeda multi-pronged attack. That is not just incredible, but unconscionable to not have any emergency evacuation plans to rescue our people who are in a civil war torn country with multiple terror outfits roaming around the place.

This is no ‘tragedy’. Either the Executive Branch is wholly incompetent in doing their jobs, or there were no plans to rescue personnel by design and either is an offense worth investigating no matter which party the President comes from or what his ideology is. That is not doing the JOB of the President as Head of State, Head of Government and CinC. Period.

Every other talking point is a distraction from this because the events cannot be answered by anything but incompetence or design. From murders to hotel break-ins to floods to assassinations to acts of war: all have been the subject of investigations by Congress. All are legitimate. There are multiple examples of this across both parties and throughout the history of the Nation. And never, ever have they been PARTISAN no matter how ludicrous the hearings have been, like for enhancement drugs taken by professional athletes, you have had both parties involved so why should THIS BE ANY DIFFERENT? If Pelosi doesn’t want her people to do their JOBS then they should all QUIT because they are unfit to serve their constituents and are admitting it by NOT supporting the hearings. Being a check and balance to the Executive IS THE JOB OF CONGRESS and if you can’t do that job, then just leave so that someone who wants to do it will do it because to not do it and still sit in Congress is an abdication of the responsibility that those elected have VOLUNTEERED TO DO.

Grandstanding and not attending is an abdication of duty and responsibility that these members of Congress swore to do for their district and the Nation. And those running against them should point this out at every opportunity if they dare to carry through with their threats because they are unwilling to do the job anymore.

ajacksonian on May 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

ajacksonian on May 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

and then a real writer walks in…
your posts are always a must read.. another great one..cheers

going2mars on May 10, 2014 at 7:27 PM

ajacksonian on May 10, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Thanks for your posts and effort you put into them.

HonestLib on May 10, 2014 at 8:27 PM

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