…when news breaks that THREE Fox News associates have been treated like CRIMINALS by our UNFETTERED DOJ.
…and poor JayJay will have some explaining to do
The documents, first reported by THE WEEKLY STANDARD in articles here and here, directly contradict claims by White House press secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the revisions of those talking points were driven by the intelligence community and show heavy input from top Obama administration officials, particularly those at the State Department.
As somebody said on Twitter the other day: Obama called the Seals and Bin Laden died. The Seals called Obama and the Seals died.
These people in their boundless arrogance completely screwed up on protecting the folks in the mission and ignored them as they were murdered. I think that Althouse got it exactly right here when she wrote
I think he is ashamed. Here’s what I’ve been assuming happened: It looked like our people were overwhelmed and doomed, so there was shock, sadness, and acceptance. But then the fight went on for 7 or 8 hours. The White House folk decided there was nothing to do but accept the inevitable, and then they witnessed a valiant fight which they had done nothing to support. It was always too late to help. It was too late after one hour, then too late after 2 hours, then too late after 3 hours…. When were these people going to die already? After that was all over, how do you explain what you did?
This is what we need an answer to, and to hold them accountable.
Hey, how’s that Arab Spring working out?
Egypt Ideology Devolves Into Anarchy Amid Vendettas
…Two years into the polarizing transition from the rule of deposed President Hosni Mubarak, political movements in Egypt have shown a growing willingness to confront opponents with force or take the law into their own hands. With security weakened, the concern is that there will be no effective authority to stop them.
‘Conflict and Chaos’
“The inherent risk is that the state is eroding and the alternatives that are emerging are steeped in conflict and chaos,” said Ashraf el-Sherif, a political science lecturer at the American University in Cairo. “Part of the agenda of some of these groups is to deter other political groups, so the possibility of a confrontation becomes real.”
Yeah, about as well as everything else The Adults have done.
Lots and lots of links as people suddenly discover what’s been going on in DC
Who could have possibly suspected that if you give unaccountable bureaucrats lots of power they will abuse it?
Hhow ’bout a little Sharyl Attkisson on C-SPAN this morning?
Remember these words: “a direct result…of the video.”
Man, it was really tiring hearing you complain that you were being targeted by the government and intimidated by the IRS solely because of your views.
Oh, and by the way, our bad
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for inappropriately flagging conservative political groups for additional reviews during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS unit that oversees tax-exempt groups, said organizations that included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax-exempt status were singled out for additional reviews.
Nothing to see here, move right along.
I’m sure this will be front page news at CNN, the NYT, MSNBC, etc.
ths update: And the weekend “Hope NO ONE READS THIS!” dump:
AP Exclusive: IRS knew tea party targeted in 2011
WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal watchdog’s upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011.
The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted.
I believe teh “Theme of the Foreseeable Future” is posted just above.
Here is an excellent report from ABC detailing the changes demanded by State and the White House, which ultimately led to
After that meeting, which took place Saturday morning at the White House, the CIA drafted the final version of the talking points – deleting all references to al Qaeda and to the security warnings in Benghazi prior to the attack.
and they helpfully provide the actual evolving points here, so you can read for yourself what they say didn’t happen.
As someone said either on twitter or a blog: Bush believes CIA, CIA turns out to be wrong, Bush is worse than Hitler. Obama/Hillary over-rule/ignore CIA, CIA turns out to be correct, yawn.
…knows how guns from the US get to Mexico
“Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.”
“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” Obama added.
Mind you, this is the same guy who declared April “Fiscal Responsibility Month.”
Palin has the wonderful gift for making Liberals’ heads explode.
It’s a joy to watch.
*update see below*
ths update redux: In my comment, I (with Ebola’s “pithy” assistance) clarify WHAT the Courts Martial order seems to be in response to, which is what I suspected when Bingley first emailed me. Breitbart is indulging in a shameless bit of revolting flamethrowing without any thought for the facts this sprung from.
And this has been by NO MEANS limited to evangelical influence in the Air Force, although they seem to have been the most egregious abusers. For instance, Marine Commandant Gen Krulak started “voluntary” prayers breakfasts at Headquarters Marine Corps when he arrived…and no one went. Guess what became “MANDATORY”?
Do you think the local Sgt. Druid would dare complain?
It’s wrong, plain and simple. Not “ANTI-GOD, Christ, Mary, Joseph, or the mules” they road in to Bethlehem on.
But it is desperately WRONG to COMPEL someone’s attendence at YOUR RELIGIOUS SERVICE/MEETING/handholding ceremony through dint of your SUPERIOR rank and/or position, if they have no wish nor religious fervor to be there, or do not believe as you do.
As far as enforcement, sure, sure, it’ll be mostly the “Christians” thrown to the lions ~ you betcha. But there’s two things that don’t worry me about that right now. First and foremost, it HAS BEEN THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS who have been the thugocracy, so consider them warned. After ALL these years of harrassment complaints litigation, they are STILL wielding their cabal-like power in insidious ways with impunity, so weed them out and clean it up. Secondly, until there’s another religious strain that congeals enough to take hold through ALL the rank and file, I can’t see where you’d have anyone, BUT the current bunch standing tall. They’ve got the numbers and nobody else comes close.
ths again: One more thought: NEVER forget that, in the military, there are potentially DIRE CONSEQUENCES for grudgingly obeying that order to show up at the prayer breakfast/praying before your shift, or snapping and finally telling that superior to “blow it out his posterior”. This isn’t the corner grocery store, where you can walk away, and file a lawsuit. That “shirt”, or stripe, or set of bars above you OWNS YOUR ASS. LITERALLY.
We are beyond doomed
Breaking: Pentagon Confirms May Court Martial Soldiers Who Share Christian Faith
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense…Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis…”.
The statement, released to Fox News, follows a Breitbart News report on Obama administration Pentagon appointees meeting with anti-Christian extremist Mikey Weinstein to develop court-martial procedures to punish Christians in the military who express or share their faith.
(From our earlier report: Weinstein is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and says Christians–including chaplains–sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ in the military are guilty of “treason,” and of committing an act of “spiritual rape” as serious a crime as “sexual assault.” He also asserted that Christians sharing their faith in the military are “enemies of the Constitution.”)
Being convicted in a court martial means that a soldier has committed a crime under federal military law. Punishment for a court martial can include imprisonment and being dishonorably discharged from the military.
The Left wants to completely destroy the fabric of this country. I don’t see how one can even argue this point.
15 year-olds can give themselves abortions without notifying their parents, but don’t you DARE talk to a 25 year-old fellow soldier about God.
**UPDATE**: here are what are purported to be the latest regulations. If this is true than frankly I don’t see what Breitbart is getting all excited about:
1 7 AUGUST 2012
Government Neutrality Regarding Religion.
Leaders at all levels must balance constitutional protections for an individual’s free exercise of religion or other personal beliefs and the constitutional prohibition against governmental establishment of religion. For example, they must avoid the actual or apparent use of their position to promote their personal religious beliefs to their subordinates or to extend preferential treatment for any religion. Commanders or supervisors who engage in such behavior may cause members to doubt their impartiality and objectivity. The potential result is a degradation of the unit’s morale, good order, and discipline.
Airmen, especially commanders and supervisors, must ensure that in exercising their right of
religious free expression, they do not degrade morale, good order, and discipline in the Air Force or degrade the trust and confidence that the public has in the United States Air Force.
Free Exercise of Religion and Religious Accommodation.
Supporting the right of free exercise of religion relates directly to the Air Force core values and the ability to maintain an effective team.
All Airmen are able to choose to practice their particular religion, or subscribe to no
religious belief at all. You should confidently practice your own beliefs while respecting
others whose viewpoints differ from your own.
Your right to practice your religious beliefs does not excuse you from complying
with directives, instructions, and lawful orders; however, you may request religious
accommodation. Requests can be denied based on military necessity. Commanders and
supervisors at all levels are expected to ensure that requests for religious accommodation are
dealt with fairly.
If these are the current rules then I have no problem with them whatsoever.
You know, where they might have gone over these words:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
I can’t bring myself to link to the site but Drudge has the link, showing Boston police in full SWAT gear forcing people out of their homes at gunpoint to look for Dokey.
It is for EXACTLY these situations that our Constitution was written. Assuming the video is accurate the police have absolutely no justification for what they are doing.
Oh wait, it’s “for the children.”
It’s “common sense ways” to find a dangerous criminal.
Update: Safe link here.
Sorry, this sort of behavior is not acceptable at all by the police or government.
Updated Update: Worth reading.
But here my friends is a real and true goddamned Hero in all of this
BOSTON’S extraordinary manhunt began with eight words, written down by one of the victims of the marathon bombing, who has now been hailed a hero.
He wrote: “Bag, saw the guy, looked right at me”.
Jeff Bauman had been waiting for his girlfriend to cross the finish line when a man wearing a cap, sunglasses and a black jacket over a hooded sweatshirt looked him in the eyes and dropped a bag at his feet.
Two and a half minutes later, the bag exploded, tearing the 27-year-old’s legs apart.
A picture of him in a wheelchair, bloodied and ashen, was broadcast around the world as he was rushed to Boston Medical Centre. He lost both legs below the knee.
An emergency responder and two volunteers, including Carlos Arredondo, centre in cowboy hat, push Jeff Bauman in a wheelchair after he was injured in an explosion near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15. Picture: AP Source: AP
The first thing he did when he came round, woozy from medication, was to ask his brother, Chris, for some paper and a pen.
“Bag, saw the guy, looked right at me”
He is amazing beyond all words.
Go here to help this wonderful man if you are able.
Please note the following, all from the same article
Obama slams Republicans for gun reform ‘stunts’
AFP – President Barack Obama accused Republicans of stooping to political stunts to block gun reform, in a fervent appeal delivered close to the site of the Newtown school massacre.
…”Some folks in Washington are already floating the idea that they may use political stunts to prevent votes on any of these reforms,” Obama told a raucous crowd during his second gun control rally in a week.
Joining Obama on Air Force One later to head back to Washington to begin an intense lobbying effort were 12 family members of victims of the Newtown shootings.
They’re not “stunts” if you’re DOING IT FOR THE CHILDREN.
Oh, and shut up.
Martin Bashir: Do GOP Senators Need a Family Member Killed to Prevent Gun Control Filibuster?
…BASHIR: But Congressman, is that what needs to happen to move these Senators to stop threatening a filibuster? Is that really what needs to happen?
That you need to have a member of your family killed in order for you to do what the American people want you to do?
CUMMINGS: I hope not. I don’t wish this pain on anybody.
BASHIR: None of us does.
The little rodent’s subtle, isn’t he?
I can’t imagine why
The trustee for the now-defunct U.S. brokerage firm MF Global, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, issued a 124-page investigatory report blasting former MF Global CEO and Obama bundler Jon Corzine for “negligent conduct,” employing trading strategies with lax oversight, and surpassing board-approved limits for European trades.
The report says the vaporization of $1.6 billion of MF Global customer money was largely the fault of Corzine.
“The risky business strategy engineered and executed by Corzine and other officers and their failure to improve the company’s inadequate systems and procedures so that the company could accommodate that business strategy contributed to the company’s collapse,” said the report.
Thank goodness for Dan Collins.
I’m so glad the adults are in charge
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo shut down its Twitter feed Wednesday following a public fight with the Egyptian Presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood over the arrest of an Egyptian television star.
“Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” reads the banner atop the site where the @USEmbassyCairo Twitter feed sat until this morning. A cached version of the page shows that the last tweet was a link to the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart talking about the Egyptian government’s arrest of Stewart’s Egyptian doppelganger Bassem Youssef, who was detained and fined by the Egyptian police on the charge of insulting Islam and President Mohamed Morsy.
“It’s inappropriate for a diplomatic mission to engage in such negative political propaganda,” the official Twitter feed for the Egyptian presidency said on their own feed Tuesday. The Egyptian presidency tweet was directed at the Cairo Embassy, the Daily Show, and Youssef himself.
How sad is it that I completely agree with the Egyptian President?
And this is nothing new for “our” embassy in Cairo
This is not the first time Embassy Cairo has courted controversy via its Twitter account. On the fateful day of Sept. 11, 2012, Embassy Cairo put out a series of tweets seeking to calm the protests outside their walls. The campaign of Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger, seized upon those tweets to accuse President Barack Obama of apologizing for American values because the tweets referenced an anti-Islam video that contributed to the unrest.
The main Embassy Cairo tweeter at that time, Larry Schwartz, was blamed for the Sept. 11 tweets and subsequently recalled to Washington. But the combative character of the embassy’s Twitter account continued.
That’s a rather creative re-write of what the Embassy tweeted on September 11th.
And a certain film maker is still in jail.
This is proof, PROOF, that all you H8TRS were wrong wrong wrong and that our Wise Dear Leader Obama is the greatest economic genius EVUH.
Or maybe not
(Reuters) – Thanks largely to the U.S. Federal Reserve, Jeffrey Nelson was able to put up a shotgun as down payment on a car.
Money was tight last year for the school-bus driver and neighborhood constable in Jasper, Alabama, a beaten-down town of 14,000 people. One car had already been repossessed. Medical bills were piling up.
And still, though Nelson’s credit history was an unhappy one, local car dealer Maloy Chrysler Dodge Jeep had no problem arranging a $10,294 loan from Wall Street-backed subprime lender Exeter Finance Corp so Nelson and his wife could buy a charcoal gray 2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara.
All the Nelsons had to do was cover the $1,000 down payment. For most of that amount, Maloy accepted Jeffrey’s 12-gauge Mossberg & Sons shotgun, valued at about $700 online.
In the ensuing months, Nelson and his wife divorced, he moved into a mobile home, and, unable to cover mounting debts, he filed for personal bankruptcy. His ex-wife, who assumed responsibility for the $324-a-month car payment, said she will probably file for bankruptcy in a couple of months.
Subprime loans as the primary force behind our economic recovery.
What could possibly go wrong?
The Exeter loan Nelson and his wife got, for example, carried a 21.95-percent rate. Exeter, which is majority-owned by private-equity giant Blackstone Group, assumes that one in four borrowers will default on their loan, according to an Exeter investor pitch book reviewed by Reuters.
The government is lending them the money at basically 0%.
As in zero.
It’s the Federal Reserve that’s made it all possible.
MONEY, MONEY EVERYWHERE
In its efforts to jumpstart the economy, the U.S. central bank has undertaken since November 2008 three rounds of bond-buying and cut short-term interest rates effectively to zero. The purchases of mostly Treasury and mortgage securities – known as quantitative easing and nicknamed QE1, QE2 and QE3 – have injected trillions of dollars into the financial system.
The Fed isn’t alone. Central banks from Tokyo to Frankfurt to London are running their printing presses overtime. The heavily indebted advanced economies are trying to reflate their way out of the prolonged bout of crisis and recession that crystallized with the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc in 2008. That crisis, of course, followed a nearly decade-long cycle of easy money and exotic financial products that itself began with the collapse of the tech-mania bubble of the late 1990s.
The Fed’s program, while aimed at bolstering the U.S. housing and labor markets, has also steered billions of dollars into riskier, more speculative corners of the economy. That’s because, with low interest rates pinching yields on their traditional investments, insurance companies, hedge funds and other institutional investors hunger for riskier, higher-yielding securities – bonds backed by subprime auto loans, for instance.
This is what this pathetic ‘recovery’ has been built on: cards, smoke, mirrors and fluff.
Oh and massive debt for our children.
Issue correction on Papish story.
Pope Calls for ‘Peace in All the World’ in First Easter Message
VATICAN CITY — In his first Easter Sunday message, Pope Francis passionately called for “peace in all the world,” urging Israelis and Palestinians to “resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long,” calling for an end to the civil war in Syria, and promoting a “renewed spirit of reconciliation” on the Korean Peninsula, where tensions have been rising…
This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: April 1, 2013
An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the Christian holiday of Easter. It is the celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead, not his resurrection into heaven.
As the debate rages on about “doing something to protect the children” in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting a lot of schools are rushing to spend many many thousands of dollars on camera systems, door locks and in some instances various types of ‘panic buttons’ to notify the police when something happens.
In other words, exactly the type of system that failed so tragically at Sandy Hook.
Passive, time-buying systems by themselves do not work because the police simply can not get there in time
Adam Lanza killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and took his own life within five minutes of shooting his way into the building, State’s Attorney Stephen J. Sedensky III said in a statement accompanying the release of the warrants in the Dec. 14 massacre.
Five minutes. That’s all it took.
When you’re in a “Gun-Free Zone” five minutes is an eternity.
Anyone in Europe who has even a single penny in the bank is a fool
Cyprus bail-out: savers will be raided to save euro in future crises, says eurozone chief
Savings accounts in Spain, Italy and other European countries will be raided if needed to preserve Europe’s single currency by propping up failing banks, a senior eurozone official has announced.
The new policy will alarm hundreds of thousands of British expatriates who live and have transferred their savings, proceeds from house sales and other assets to eurozone bank accounts in countries such as France, Spain and Italy.
The euro fell on global markets after Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Dutch chairman of the eurozone, announced that the heavy losses inflicted on depositors in Cyprus would be the template for future banking crises across Europe.
Funny the things that the consortium of Big Government and Big Banking can do to an unarmed population.
Repeat after me: $19.2 trillion dollars is currently held by US citizens in 401k and other retirement accounts.
Do you really think the government doesn’t want to “help” you manage that money?
All your money are belong to us.