David Axelrod was asked this morning on Fox News Sunday about the decision not to deploy military forces to Benghazi the evening of September 11. His response: “The president convened the top military officials that evening and told them to do whatever was necessary and they took the steps that they thought, they took every step they could take.” Did the president in fact “convene the top military officials that evening?” I know of no evidence that he did. The president had a previously scheduled 5:00 p.m. meeting with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey,
So we're supposed to believe that the top military officials met that very night, came to a mutual decision that it was all due to an obscure video trailer that hardly anyone had seen and that absolutely nothing could be done about it except to start planning an apology tour for the SOS and the pResident? Riiiight. Pass the bong Mr Driveshaft Axlerod...
How can a mere political adviser have such deep access to the interior activities of that evening? He is not in the government any longer and had to give up his clearance. If someone told him, they broke the law. Since he released it to the public, HE broke the law. This is a lawless administration. Too bad the next AG won't prosecute.
There is no good way, even for a slimeball like Axelrod, to spin this into anything positive for Obama. Three "Stand down" orders mean that he and his "top military" advisors made the decision to abandon Americans to the barbaric jihadists instead of trying to save them - essentially stating the Commander-in-Chief counted the political costs of potential civilian deaths and deemed it too high compared to the loss of Americans at the Consulate.
I don't for a second believe, based on his voting "present" in his past, Obama had the guts to make that call. Just not in him to sign on for anything that he can get blamed later.
Instead, this is what I think happened: He left decision-making for Benghazi to "Senior Advisor" Valerie Jarrett; he had something else more important to deal with - his reelection campaign in Las Vegas the next day. He needed his beauty sleep because he didn't want lethargy to mess his drug-addled brain in Las Vegas. So, he slept.
Iran-born, anti-American Jarrett, decided to let Consular staff get captured for ransom, rather than fight to get them to safety but the local CIA crew disobeyed her. The firefight got out of hand. Now, Valerie, out of her league, lacking authority to order cross border action & incensed with CIA heroes, decided to leave them to their fate as dead men tell no tales. She issued the "stand down" orders thrice.
Next morning Obama awoke to the debacle. The Obama machine furiously brainstormed and came up with an elaborate "narrative", complete with fall guy, which could hold up long enough (with help from MSM collaborators) to lull most of the voters until after Nov. 6, but the darn thing just went viral.
The fallout continues from last weekend´s road rage attack in New York City, as we now learn that one of the bikers has a mile-long rap sheet. Reginald Chance, 37, appeared this morning on the front page of the New York Post flipping the bird to cameras after his arrest on assault charges. Chance appeared on the widely seen video smashing the driver´s side window of an SUV driven by New York City father of two Alexian Lien before Lien was dragged out of his SUV and assaulted by several enraged bikers. The incident was sparked when Lien collided with
It´s one thing for a news outlet to advance the as yet unproven theory of anthropogenic global warming; it´s quite another to admit that you won´t publish views that oppose it. As amazing as it may same, that´s exactly what the Los Angeles Times did Saturday in an article by editorial writer Jon Healey: Regular readers of The Times´ Opinion pages will know that, among the few letters published over the last week that have blamed the Democrats for the government shutdown (a preponderance faulted House Republicans), none made the argument about Congress exempting itself from Obamacare. Why? Simply put,
In the political year 2014, the marquee show will be the battle for control of Congress, with Democrats and Republicans each waging tough fights to seize back control of the House and Senate, respectively. But for sheer pop-some-popcorn-and-sit-back-and-watch entertainment, few contests can measure up to the Republican primary fight in Wyoming, where insurgent Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president and longtime state congressman, is bidding to unseat three-term incumbent Sen. Michael B. Enzi. With little separating the two staunch conservatives on issues, the contest has become a test of personalities and personal connections, celebrity vs. familiarity, and the question of
The news is full of stories of private residences on public land being shut down because of the government shutdown. Here, for example, is a story regarding an elderly couple temporarily evicted form a cabin they own on federal land. And it is also turning people away from privately-run inns on federal land. And yet, at the height of hypocrisy, Marian Robinson, President Obama’s mother-in-law, apparently continues to reside in the White House, a federally-owned business on federal land. Michelle Obama has referred to her mom in a stump speech, talking about her residence in the South Side of Chicago. Perhaps it’s
Legendary Texas Longhorn football coach Darrell Royal famously said you should “dance with who brung ya.” Democrat Wendy Davis appears to be taking that advice as she builds her campaign for Texas governor. The Fort Worth state senator is relying on a tight-knit group of people who have fought in the political trenches together, often against the odds, and often in territory seen as inhospitable to Democrats. So it’s no surprise to her close allies that the Davis for Governor campaign will not be based in liberal Austin but rather in Fort Worth, which sits in the most Republican-leaning Texas
A group of conservative activists, tired of what they see as a persistent and little remarked liberal bias in the news media, are set to begin a series of boycotts aimed at advertisers who sponsor what they see as left-wing networks, outlets, and journalists. On Sunday they announced their first target, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil-rights leader turned MSNBC talk-show host whose PoliticsNation has grown in influence and audience since making its debut two years ago. “Sharpton is a racial extortionist who has instigated racial animosities, violence, and division in America for the last forty years,” write the boycott’s organizers.
In the old days, if you wanted to see master propagandists at work, you looked to Moscow, where none honed the craft as crassly as the boys in the Kremlin. The Soviets were so excellent at manipulation and disinformation, at agitation and propaganda (read: agitprop), that they had a government department that specialized in the work. Entire elements of the arm of the state were employed in the ignoble task. (Snip)Here today, in our new America, our own federal government has gotten into the propaganda business full throttle. Its exploitation of the shutdown is shameless. Sure, we expect congressional Democrats
195 of the 200 Democrats in the House of Representatives have signed a letter to Speaker Boehner supporting a vote on a “clean CR.” They state that “the solution to this crisis is a simple piece of legislation that funds the government at levels that have already passed both chambers of Congress.” They take this position even though the funding levels would incorporate the sequester, which Democrats don’t care for. When you combine these 195 Democrats with the 22 Republicans who reportedly support a clean CR, you have 217 members, a majority of the House’s 432 members. Thus, Speaker Boehner was
The gang of bikers who were filmed beating up a SUV driver had allegedly intimidated and terrorized people on a previous rides. A new video has emerged of a dozens of motorcyclists attacking car drivers, riding through red lights and even speeding along the sidewalk. The latest footage was reportedly uploaded by the same motorcyclist who posted the shocking clip of driver Alexian Lien being beaten by an angry group of riders.At least six bikers assaulted Lien after he accidentally ran over a fellow biker when the group started riding aggressively. In the latest video to emerge, the gang are filmed on a
Hey, here’s a scoop! I was wrong about when the shutdown would end. I thought it would be last Thursday. My new prediction is: Never. As I think I’ve made pretty clear in MULLINGS and on TV, I thought – and still think – that tying the shutdown to repealing or delaying ObamaCare was a bad idea. That doesn’t mean I think ObamaCare is a good idea; I do not. But, the GOP’s mantra, if you will remember, was “Repeal and Replace.” Republicans in the House and Senate cannot repeal, and they have not offered a replacement. But, that was
UPS worker Gary Frost has sued the Grand Rapids-based Teamsters Local 406, claiming it has interfered with his ability to invoke the state´s right-to-work law. Frost´s case is the latest example of a union in a newly-minted right-to-work state placing barriers to workers´ efforts to opt of paying union dues. Right-to-work laws protect workers against being forced to either join a union or pay dues to one as a condition of employment. Unions insist on these provisions, called "security clauses," in their contracts with employers, even though they are barred in 24 states. Michigan approved its right-to-work law in January, making it the 24th
A senior advisor to the Department of Homeland Security is an old friend of an activist who was convicted in 2008 of financing the terrorist organization Hamas. In an interview with The Daily Caller, Mohamed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, reiterated claims he made this summer that former Holy Land Foundation president and CEO Shukri Abu Baker is innocent and a victim of political persecution. Elibiary, who in his position on the council has regular access to classified information, also said the United States insults Muslim dignity and compared the Muslim Brotherhood to American evangelicals. Elibiary
I don´t expect America to be perfect, and I know America has made some mistakes. But boy do we know how to correct them. And we will self-correct from the mistake of electing Obama. The anti-American naysayers declare that we are all from somewhere else -- the inherent message being that America was stolen and none of us can lay claim to the land. They say that we invaded what is now America, attacked the Indians, then took their land and livelihoods. We forced them to live in squalid camps. Liberals say that we took their dignity. I admit that the Indians
She’s reportedly waiting until 2014 before she starts thinking about 2016, but Hillary Clinton, according to one national poll, is your front runner for the White House — by a wide margin. And Elizabeth Warren is your fastest rising star. The former secretary of state and first lady dominated last week’s new Quinnipiac University survey, which showed her gobbling up 61 percent of support and beating any Republican challenger — be it New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul or Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — by anywhere from 13 to 23 points. But no one in Headline corrected by Staff.
Days after the launch of the federal government´s Obamacare website, millions of Americans looking for information on new health insurance plans were still locked out of the system even though its designers scrambled to add capacity.Government officials blame the persistent glitches on an overwhelming crush of users - 8.6 million unique visitors by Friday - trying to visit the HealthCare.gov website this week. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which oversaw development of the site, declined to make any of its IT experts available for interviews. CGI Group Inc, the Canadian contractor that built HealthCare.gov, is "declining to comment
Amid all the charges and countercharges in Washington over the government shutdown, there is at least one common theme: Barack Obama’s various charges always lead to a dead end. They are chaos, and chaos is hard to understand, much less refute. By that I mean when the president takes up a line of argument against his opponents, it cannot really be taken seriously — not just because it is usually not factual, but also because it always contradicts positions that Obama himself has taken earlier or things he has previously asserted. Whom to believe — Obama 1.0, Obama 2.0, or
While our president still enjoys his essential employees and locations: the White House chefs, Camp David, and a military golf course, there doesn´t seem to be any question that in mercenary pursuit of a political win, this White House is determined to unreasonably punish as many everyday people as possible. And this includes children sick with cancer. That might sound like hyperbole, but it is not. Although Barack Obama´s chefs have been deemed "essential," employees at the National Institutes of Health who offer last-chance experimental cancer treatments for children suffering from cancer have not. Worse still, House Republicans have offered to
On Friday evening, enraged at World War II veterans who had the temerity to move aside President Obama’s barricades to visit the World War II Memorial, HBO’s Bill Maher launched into a broadside against the brave veterans, labeling them dumb. "The other thing that apparently was so important for the Republicans to keep open was the World War II Memorial in Washington. That was closed, so a bunch of the World War II vets knocked down the barriers and stormed it,” Maher said, to the laughter of his audience.
Near MOUNT PISGAH, N.C. — At a spot 5,000 feet above sea level and 20 miles from the nearest town, an innkeeper decided Friday to defy the federal government and reopen his lodge. That stand lasted about two hours as National Park Service rangers blocked the entrances to the privately run Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway after owner Bruce O´Connell decided to reopen his dining room, gift shop and country store at noon Friday for lunch. The federal government had forced the inn, in a leased building on federal land, to shut down at 6 p.m. ET Thursday
Two battles were joined this week, one on Capital Hill and another at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (the symbolic core of which is known as Bascom Hill). In both cases, free men who refused to be cowed struck back at overreaching tyrants. (a) The Battle of Capitol Hill As the Republicans and Democrats squared off on spending, World War II and Korean War vets were making their way to Washington, D.C. on Honor Flights, a charitable program to bring these folks to see the memorials to service members who fought in those wars. Many are aged and infirm -- especially those who
The Republican Party could be in danger of losing control of the House in 2014, new polls on Sunday show. In a survey of 24 seats, Republicans fall behind in 17 head-to-head matches against “generic Democrat candidates” among registered voters and lag in an additional four districts when respondents are told the Republican candidate supported the shutdown, according to the surveys by Public Policy Polling which were funded by the liberal group, MoveOn.org. Democrats would need to pick up 17 seats to take over the House - something the polling reveals could be within reach. One district that shows a favorable position
Las Vegas, NV -- The government shutdown is being felt close to home for some locals. They say they´re being forced out of private homes on Lake Mead because they sit on federal land. Joyce Spencer is 77-years-old and her husband Ralph is 80. They´ve been spending most of their time in the family ice cream store since going home isn´t an option. The Spencers never expected to be forced out of their Lake Mead home, which they´ve owned since the 70s, but on Thursday, a park ranger said they had 24 hours to get out. "I had to go
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., said in a sermon on Sunday that “homophobia” and “heterosexism” are sins. “In its wisdom, the church came to its senses and labeled both racism and sexism as sinful,” Hall said. “And now we find ourselves at the last barrier—call that barrier homophobia, call it heterosexism. “We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are,” Hall said. “They are sin. “Homophobia is a sin,” Hall said. “Heterosexism is a sin.
Two professional colorists have combined their skills with photographs and fascination with the American Civil War to create a remarkable series of color photographs from the era. British colorist Jordan Lloyd, 27, met fellow colorist Mads Madsen, 19, from Denmark when he started posting on Madsen´s subreddit ´Colorized History´. Initially it was Madsen who was colorizing images from the Civil War era, but Lloyd eventually got interested and now the two work together restoring the images, improving their technique by giving each other critiques. Madsen has been interested in the Civil War since he was 12, and was especially fascinated