Quotes of the day

posted at 8:31 pm on May 10, 2014 by Allahpundit

A year after it began, the IRS targeting controversy has been overtaken by the Benghazi attacks on the oversight agenda of House Republicans

GOP lawmakers and aides say that the various IRS inquiries haven’t uncovered anything like a recently discovered email on Benghazi, in which a key administration official briefs Susan Rice, then the United Nations ambassador, on upcoming Sunday show appearances…

Republicans also say that there are still multiple avenues they need to explore when it comes to Benghazi, while all roads lead to Lerner on the IRS investigation.

“You’re doing a special prosecutor because you’re actually focused on one person at this point who becomes the center point of what’s happening,” said Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who is in the midst of a contested GOP Senate primary. “Benghazi is not dealing with one person at this point.”

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Where is the Democrats’ Howard Baker? Where is the courageous member of President Obama’s party willing to stand up and ask, “What did the president know, and when did he know it?”…

Baker helped bring Watergate out of the shadow of partisanship and into the sunlight of serious inquiry. When he took an adversarial role against the president of his own party, he added muscle and credibility to the Democrat-led hearings. And the nation sat transfixed, even while on vacation, as those hearings played out on TV in the summer of ’73…

Without Democratic questioning, rather than blind support for the president, the major news media –except for Fox News — will continue to play the story that Obama and fellow Democrats are spinning: The Benghazi investigation is a partisan witch-hunt full of old news. And creation of a special House committee to look into the role of the White House in crafting the video story will continue to be dismissed as an election-year stunt by Republicans.

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“[These are] very dangerous political waters,” [Charles Krauthammer] said to Megyn Kelly on Fox News Thursday night. “Think about this, Megyn. If this is 2014, the winds are right behind the Republicans approaching the election on all the major issues.”

The hearings, he said, can accordingly hurt the GOP as it approaches the midterms with some policy advantages.

“Benghazi hearings can only distract from this at best and really wreck it at worst if they turn into a partisan circus,” Krauthammer said. “So far from being a political advantage for Republicans, this is a very high-risk operation and it requires someone like [House select committee chairman Rep. Trey] Gowdy.”

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The select committee will be headed by Rep. Trey Gowdy, a skilled 16-year prosecutor. He needs to keep the hearings clean and strictly fact-oriented. Questions only, no speechifying. Every sentence by every GOP committee member must end with a question mark. Should any committee Republican instead make a declarative statement ending in a period, the chairman should immediately, by button, deliver an electric shock through the violator’s seat…

We now know the White House was pushing the “video made them do it” coverup, lest the blame be placed on administration policy. Who was involved in that decision, obviously designed to protect a president campaigning that al-Qaeda was “on the run”?

What difference does it make? The difference between truth and falsehood. The difference between a brazen stonewall that is exposed and one that succeeds…

[T]he country deserves the truth. They’ll get it if the GOP can keep the proceedings clean, factual and dispassionate. No speeches. No grandstanding. Gowdy has got to be a tough disciplinarian — especially toward his own side of the aisle.

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We are going on two years, and it now belongs to the ages. If the GOP decides that it wants to make uncovering what went on there — as well as the potential cover-up — a primary objective, is that not a legitimate project? Barack Obama arguably became president based on his opposition to the Iraq War. Was he exploiting the people who died for the liberation of Iraq, or was he taking a legitimate political stance on one of the defining questions of our time? Possibly, the answer is both.

What if Obama legitimately wanted to make sure Americans never again entered into such a quagmire? What if Republicans want to ensure another American ambassador is never again dragged through the streets — and that the American public gets to learn what really happened? Is that wrong?…

If you want to raise money to fight poverty, are you exploiting the poor? If you want to raise money to improve education, are you doing it on the backs of uneducated kids? It sort of depends, doesn’t it? If you’re a con artist or someone seeking personal aggrandizement, that’s entirely different than if you are sincerely interested in changing things. Again, this comes back to how we view politics and politicians — how cynical we are about them…

At the end of the day, there is a very good reason why Republicans shouldn’t raise money off of Benghazi, and that is that it is bad politics. For whatever reason, we have decided it is a bad thing — that the optics are bad, or that it creates the impression the select committee is tainted — and that is, in and of itself, enough reason not to do this. The irony, of course, is that raising money on Benghazi is actually more honest and direct — less phony — than putting forth the appearances that one is above such things. We are all phonies.

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There is a simple fact about the Cairo demonstration that the Obama administration has been eager to ignore. The rally wasn’t just anti-Innocence of Muslims; it was pro-al Qaeda. Dozens of al Qaeda flags were flown by the crowd. One of the black banners was raised to replace the Stars and Stripes above the embassy. And the protesters chanted, “Obama, Obama, we are all Osama!” The same chant would be heard at protests at other U.S. embassies in the days to come.

Not every protester who showed up at the Cairo rally was an al Qaeda supporter. But enough of them were. And the protest showed that men such as Mohammed al Zawahiri could use a previously obscure video to whip up anti-American outrage.

Eerily, the protests validated a key argument made by Ayman al Zawahiri, the head of al Qaeda, in a video released on September 10. The post-bin Laden al Qaeda master said that while the terrorist group has lost key leaders in its war with America, its ideology is spreading. That al Qaeda video cuts to a clip of Mohammed al Zawahiri proselytizing in Cairo just as the elder Zawahiri makes this argument. An al Qaeda flag flying over the U.S. embassy in Cairo the following day proved the point…

Contrary to the talking points of Ben Rhodes and the Obama administration, the terrorist attack in Ben-ghazi and the assaults on American embassies elsewhere in the fall of 2012 were a monumental “failure of policy.” Rhodes and other administration officials, including President Obama, claimed during a presidential election year to have al Qaeda “on the run.” Instead, groups that were, at a minimum, inspired by al Qaeda’s ideology were growing and attacking American interests.

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Consider what we’ve seen just over the past two months:

After repeatedly suggesting that they’d released all documents related to the Benghazi talking points, the administration was forced by a court to release some previously withheld emails. The White House explanation for its stonewalling? That the documents released as part of a FOIA request for documents about Benghazi were not, in fact, about Benghazi. This isn’t a good-faith misunderstanding, it’s an obvious attempt to deceive…

Obama administration officials have long claimed that Susan Rice was simply repeating intelligence community talking points in her September 16, 2012, television appearances. But those talking points didn’t once mention the anti-Islam video that Rice placed at the center of her narrative. Indeed, in the 100 pages of emails related to the talking points, released by the White House in May 2013, the video was mentioned just twice—once on a list of cables and again as the subject line on an email concerning a White House meeting. If the intelligence community had believed that the video was the proximate cause of the Benghazi attacks, one assumes intelligence officials might have discussed it in emails. When former deputy CIA director Michael Morell was asked last month about Rice’s reliance on the video, he testified: “When she talked about the video, my reaction was that was not something the analysts attributed this attack to.”

Add these recent developments to the vast landscape of previously discredited claims from top administration officials—on al Qaeda involvement, on the talking points, on the video, on transparency—and you have an issue that demands further investigation.

To claim otherwise is, well, crazy.

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Via RCP.


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Schadenfreude

Bmore on May 11, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Crap. Should have known to link the time stamp. 8:01 AM

Bmore on May 11, 2014 at 8:03 AM

I got the best early Mother’s Day gift today. My boy got promoted to Lance Corporal in his Young Marines unit. So very proud. :)

How’s everyone tonight?

NativeTexan on May 11, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Good for you both and looks like he had a great mum!

HonestLib on May 11, 2014 at 8:04 AM

Lamb has gotten expensive.

Bmore on May 11, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Lamb has gotten expensive.

Bmore on May 11, 2014 at 8:06 AM

Like everything else.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Happy Mothers Day!!!

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” – President Ronald Wilson Reagan

My take: Mother’s Day 2014: Thanks For Life, Mother

kingsjester on May 11, 2014 at 8:55 AM

All food has rising to incredibly high prices. I’m shocked every day time I go to the market. Obama and the oligarchs have done quite a number on the middle class. They hate your guts, and labor tirelessly against you.

Murphy9 on May 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Who here is commenting from Germany?

Bmore on May 10, 2014 at 10:32 PM

IF you see this, that would be me :) Love your photoshops!

pillepalle on May 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

We have been getting some really good rain this morning, Praise God!

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

We have been getting some really good rain this morning, Praise God!

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 11:04 AM

I’m glad. You really needed it. We’ve had nothing but sprinkles for several days. Not that we need it now. It gives the farmers a chance to get the planting done.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Sometimes I think you guys are making this stuff up.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 5:05 AM

goodafternoon ms COL..
hope everything is well down your way..
I posted the links…Bessey Clamps are as real as
Winsor & Newton Artist paint box circa 1862..

http://www.whimsie.com/winsor%20newton%201862%20paint%20box.html

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

Winsor & Newton Artist paint box circa 1862..

http://www.whimsie.com/winsor%20newton%201862%20paint%20box.html

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 2:28 PM

That’s neat. Is it yours?

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 2:33 PM

smiles,, I don’t paint…you do…
I love it for the woodworking…
if you’d like one , I can help with that part..
but I may have to use some Bessey clamps to assemble it…laffs
are your paintings watercolor or oils??..

(I love the detail you put on the upper part of that building,
the one with the Pepsi billboard on it..)
(oh and the reflections in the puddles)

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

this one is nice too… 1863ish..

http://66.34.131.48/winsor%20newton%20%20watercolor%20paint%20box%201863.html

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 2:49 PM

(I love the detail you put on the upper part of that building,
the one with the Pepsi billboard on it..)
(oh and the reflections in the puddles)

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 2:42 PM

It looks like it belongs to some rich person who wanted to paint but never did. I’ve done watercolors but it isn’t my thing. I do acrylic. I’ve been doing that since I found out turpentine made me choke. Oils take a long time to dry which means you can go back in and work it but then you can’t create a painting at the last minute. It has to be let dry. On the other hand acrylics dry fast and you have to work it while it’s wet.

My puddles are for some reason popular. I found out a long time ago you have to have something to grab the judges.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

or maybe something more like this..

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Wooden+Box+Easel&qpvt=Wooden+Box+Easel&FORM=IGRE

(did you see Bing has a cute baby moose today…?..I like moose’s)

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 2:55 PM

pillepalle on May 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Thanks pillepalle! ; )

Bmore on May 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM

I didn’t know that ..ty
I knew oils take time.. but the rest was new..
do you draw too?.. pencils? charcoal? pastels??
do you paint outside or on the road?..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

I’m glad. You really needed it. We’ve had nothing but sprinkles for several days. Not that we need it now. It gives the farmers a chance to get the planting done.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM

We have more coming tonight, and we will take it…

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Bmore on May 11, 2014 at 2:57 PM

hey Bmore..
goodafternoon..
I liked the way he said “if you see this”
I wanted to tell him…Bmore sees everything…
hope your day goes well..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:04 PM

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 3:01 PM

afternoon OC..
its snowing west of you in WY..
I hope that doesn’t come this way..
did you put up the snow shovel yet??

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

did you put up the snow shovel yet??

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Sure did, but when it snows this time of year we usually don’t have to shovel, it melts…

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 3:13 PM

our 10 day forecast says we are going back down to the 30′s at night
we just left the 30′s last week…
summer was short this year in Michigan..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM

(did you see Bing has a cute baby moose today…?..I like moose’s)

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 2:55 PM

Yes I did. Are there meese in Michigan?

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

do you paint outside or on the road?..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:00 PM

When you paint outdoors the light keeps changing so I take pictures.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

It’s over 80 here and will be the next 2 days. Then we get the cold weather. It won’t run to snow though. At least I don’t think so.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 3:24 PM

yes we have them up north… my cousin is a ‘yupper’ they see em all the time…
I see dozens when I raft out west…Tetons/Yellowstone/Glacier
the raft helps get back in where the walking paths don’t go..
and its silent so you can float right by them…

are you a moose fan too??

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

When you paint outdoors the light keeps changing so I take pictures.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 3:26 PM

hmm..didn’t think of that…
woodworking is strictly a shop sport..
so I didn’t think about the sunlight..
I take a lot of pictures too..
with digital cameras you can take hundreds
and you can pick which ones you like,,,
not like when we were young…
35mm film and developing it was never cheap..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:35 PM

are you a moose fan too??

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Since the only place I’ve see one is in the zoo I would say no. Not many in Ohio or PA.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 3:37 PM

laffs..that’s why they make cars planes and trains..
so you can go see stuffs…
I bet you would really like the Teton/Yellowstone areas..
everything and every climate from desert to glacier in a few miles..
and many many animals…
I always say rafting the Snake river is like rafting thru a zoo
without the fences..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

I always say rafting the Snake river is like rafting thru a zoo
without the fences..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 3:42 PM

It’s good you do all that active stuff. I hope you keep it up. I come from a long line of sedentery people. My grgrandfather’s sister had a son who was, for awhile, a guide in Wyoming. He lived in Sheridan and was also a druggist. I have an internet friend who used to RV with her husband to Yellowstone. Her health and vision are so poor now I doubt they’ll be doing much of that. She used to love watching the wildlife.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 4:00 PM

you cant get any more sedentary outdoors than rafting..
you just have to pick the right rivers…
more than 90 of all rivers are not whitewater..
so there is lots to float..
I took my mother when she was over 75
and her brother (my uncle).. went at 80..
lots of time to just sit and watch the day float by..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

lots of time to just sit and watch the day float by..

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 4:06 PM

It might have been fun when I was younger.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

It might have been fun when I was younger.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

we are not getting any younger..
but if you can walk from the car to the raft
you could go rafting .. on the right river..
my step father had a bad heart.. they did the surgery..
complications led to him loosing a leg…
he went rafting… loved it because he couldn’t
walk 20 miles.. but in the raft he could cover 20 miles..
its lazy mans way to hiking…

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Thunder here. There doesn’t seem to be dark clouds or anything.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

what part of the Buckeye state are you in??

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 4:22 PM

in this FLAT WATER section of the Snake river
you can see moose everyday…
and Eagles and Beavers Otters Osprey Pronghorn Elk.. a zoo

https://www.google.com/maps/@43.8609388,-110.558132,1865m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

going2mars on May 11, 2014 at 4:33 PM

Thunder here. There doesn’t seem to be dark clouds or anything.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 4:19 PM

That was how it started here the other day. And then the dark clouds started rolling in, be got got ripped off and only got a little of the rain…

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

That was how it started here the other day. And then the dark clouds started rolling in, be got got ripped off and only got a little of the rain…

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 5:01 PM

It passed by to the north.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM

Now there is some passing by to the south.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 5:43 PM

That usually happens to us, too? Are you on a major river? I am on the mighty Mo, seems like IA always gets it bit not us. Ours is supposed to be here in an hour or so. Getting dark out there…

OmahaConservative on May 11, 2014 at 5:53 PM

We’ve had a lot of thunder and some light rain but it looks like it’s passing to the east now. They had some weather down in Dayton and Springfield. I guess the nearest river is the St. Marys but it isn’t what I would call a river coming from Pittsburgh.

crankyoldlady on May 11, 2014 at 7:32 PM

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