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ahandout
ahandout

Barry, you could have ordered an attack from one of those fancy aircraft carriers that you lectured us about the other night...you know they carry fast movers with weapons.  Or, hey how about a cruise missile?  Maybe horse and bayonets? 

Instead you did nothing, and then you lied about it, over and over.  Hillary should throw you under the bus.

La_Randy
La_Randy

Your still beating this dead horse paulejb?

Romney has given up on it. There is no conspiracy except in wing nut land.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

As the campaign drags on, the Right WingMedia has grown increasingly desperate to manufacture a "scandal" overthe tragic events in Benghazi on September 11. In the immediateaftermath of the attack, there were numerous intelligence reports, someconflicting, over what happened. President Obama, the day after theattack, referred to it as an 'act of terror' (a fact that Mitt Romneynot only lied about on national television but had to be corrected bythe moderator on), and he and every other senior Administration officialall said the same thing - we are continuing to investigate and as morereliable intelligence comes to light we will tell the American people.And they did. Over and over.Yet the desperate Republicans aregoing all out to manufacture a scandal to save their sinking candidate.Most disgustingly they have been circulating despicable lies aboutAmbassador Stevens being raped (a claim directly contradicted byeyewitnesses, who reported that Libyan civilians PROTECTED AmbassadorStevens and made sure he got to a hospital). But even beyond that, theyhave been screaming at the top of their lungs that old standby"coverup".Of course, there was no coverup. But even moreperplexing is the question of what exactly these people think is beingcovered up? We know there was an attack in which four Americans died.We know that additional security at Benghazi might have prevented theattacks, or at least kept four Americans alive. We know that the peopleresponsible are being tracked down and brought to justice. We knowthat requests for additional security were sent (though most peopledon't seem to know that the requests were for additional security atTripoli, not Benghazi). We know that those requests did not reach thePresident's desk. We know that funding for embassy security has beencut by about $300 million dollars in the last two years by CongressionalRepublicans (including Paul Ryan).So what's being covered up?In the final analysis, it seems that the only coverup going on aroundhere is the attempt to cover up Mitt Romney's incompetence and hiscraven political opportunism.On September 12, 2001, the dayafter a major tragedy, despite a deeply divided nation, Liberals as wellas Conservatives, Democrats as well as Republicans all stood behind thePresident of the United States and all supported efforts to find outexactly what happened, who was responsible, and to bring them tojustice.On September 12, 2012, the day after a major tragedy, adeeply divided nation turned not to the defense of our nation, but tothe opportunity to try once again to cast the President of the UnitedStates as the enemy. Instead of trying to work together for the commongood, the Republican Party has distorted and lied about the tragedy totry to score political points.Tells you a lot about how much damage four years of a Romney Presidency would cause, doesn't it.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

To all the idiots who continually post that Obama chose to do nothing in Libya, this is a man that has authorized drone strikes in multiple countries, and had violated Pakistan's territorial sovereignty to kill Osama Bin Laden. Why would you idiots believe he would deny any use of force in Libya if it had the slightest possibility of success.

paulejb1
paulejb1

"THE CONSEQUENCES OF BENGHAZI"

"The President made the decision to not use F18s (even in a flyover to shake the resolve of the terrorists). The President made the decision to go to Vegas to a campaign dinner.So what is worse than our State people now knowing that the President will do nothing if they are attacked?Al Qaeda knows that now, too."

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2012/10/the-conseqeunces-of-benghazi.html

ahandout
ahandout

Hillary says a terrorist organization posting that they were responsible for Benghazi, on facebook, is not evidence.  But a youtube video is.  Someone needs to pass the memo on to Al-Qaeda that the Obama White house will not take them seriously until they get 1 million views on youtube. Emails are not an acceptable form of communication either. 

 http://www.theblaze.com/stories/hillary-clinton-now-under-fire-for-her-reaction-to-new-libya-info-after-letting-out-a-little-chuckle/

outsider
outsider

Hmm. Timing

Wider fraud investigations sought in GOP vote scandalVirginia's Attorney General declines investigating GOP voter registration, but the Justice Department could jump in

Broader investigations are being sought, on a number of fronts, into the nationwide GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal including, finally, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Over the weekend, a Democratic state legislator in Virginia asked the state’s Republican Attorney General to open a statewide probe, though AG Ken Cuccinelli (above right) has said he has no plans to carry one out. Given the photographs recently posted of Cuccinelli on Twitter (see below), that’s probably a good thing.

On Monday, however, a number of Democratic U.S. Congress members from Virginia sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seeking a nationwide investigation. Also, the three ranking Democrats of the U.S. House Judiciary, Elections and Oversight committees are pressing Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus for answers as to why his party hired a shady GOP operative with a long history of voter registration fraud allegations against him, and whether the RNC intends to truly cut ties with him, and his many companies working for Republicans across the country.

All of this comes on the heels of the GOP Voter Registration Scandal widening to Virginia last week, when 23-year old Colin Small was arrested and charged with 8 felonies and 5 misdemeanors after being seen allegedly dumping voter registration forms into a dumpster near a shopping mall in Harrisonburg.

Small (pictured above right), a Pennsylvania resident who claimed on his LinkedIn profile to be a “Grassroots Field Director” for the Republican National Committee, had been hired to do voter registration work by Strategic Allied Consulting, a company formed this summer at the request of the RNC and headed by Nathan Sproul, a shady GOP operative and paid political consultant for Mitt Romney’s campaign.

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/24/wider_fraud_investigations_sought_in_gop_vote_scandal/

grape_crush
grape_crush

"Federal prosecutors filed a $1 billion lawsuit against Bank of America on Wednesday, alleging that the bank and its former Countrywide unit concocted a mortgage scheme to sell thousands of fraudulent and otherwise defective mortgage loans to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

'In order to increase the speed at which it originated and sold loans ... Countrywide eliminated every single checkpoint on loan quality and compensated its employees solely based on the volume of loans originated,' the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal district court, alleges.

This led to 'rampant instances of fraud and other serious loan defects,' all while Countrywide was telling Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which buy up mortgages for resale, that it had strengthened its lending requirements.

The mortgage giant called the scheme the 'High Speed Swim Lane' or the 'Hustle,' for short, according to the lawsuit."

grape_crush
grape_crush

Debate Romney: "'...oil production is down 14 percent this year on federal land"

Reality: "U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer."

While Romney's statement isn't exactly wrong, it's definitely deceptive in that it is irrelevant, a red herring for the less informed.

paulejb1
paulejb1

outsider20119 minutes ago@paulejb1 @mantisdragon91They're pulling out by 2014. You'd know that if you actually watched the debates, instead of pontificating as though you know what you're talking about.And the US is already out of Iraq, for all intents and purposes.Ban userShareFlagDeleteLikeReplymantisdragon918 minutes ago@paulejb1 @mantisdragon91 We are out of Iraq Troll and will soon be leaving Afghanistan. Neither of which are wars that were started by Obama. So the short answer to your question Troll would be YES.Ban userShareFlagDeleteLikeReplyMrObvious8 minutes ago@paulejb1Ironic that you bring up Afghanistan - the one place you don't want us to be in but you don't want us to leave either because you don't like to announce to say the Taliban that we're leaving. Yet you want us to leave.You're a perfect Romney voter. All over the place. No set of principles.

There is no limit to the ignorance of no-information Obama deadenders.

outsider
outsider

Sarah Palin has weighed in on the September 11 Benghazi attack through Facebook, an online venue where both former half-term governors and everyone else can air their opinions:

…Why the dissembling about the cause of the murder of our ambassador on the anniversary of the worst terrorist attacks on American soil? We deserve answers to this. President Obama’s shuck and jive shtick with these Benghazi lies must end.

Now the investigation can proceed. Or maybe we can spend a day talking about her. The Romney campaign must be thrilled.Palin has a built in advantage when she deploys loaded language: she can always plausibly plead ignorance. In case she didn’t know what “shuck and jive” means, this is from Urban Dictionary’s definition:

To shuck and jive” originally referred to the intentionally misleading words and actions that African-Americans would employ in order to deceive racist Euro-Americans in power, both during the period of slavery and afterwards. The expression was documented as being in wide usage in the 1920s, but may have originated much earlier.

“Shucking and jiving” was a tactic of both survival and resistance. A slave, for instance, could say eagerly, “Oh, yes, Master,” and have no real intention to obey. Or an African-American man could pretend to be working hard at a task he was ordered to do, but might put up this pretense only when under observation. Both would be instances of “doin’ the old shuck ‘n jive.”

http://www.salon.com/2012/10/24/sarah_palin_slams_obamas_shuck_and_jive_shtick/

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

To add to the danger faced by US operatives acting overseas, we nowhave...House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa. On friday, hereleased 166 pages of State Department documentation on the situation inLibya. Among those documents he included the name and information ofCIA intelligence assets inside of Libya. Now all of our CIA operativesand allies in Libya are in direct danger from his actions.This is the second time in two weeks that Congressman Issa has donethis. Earlier this month he publicly displayed and identified CIAoperational bases inside Libya. One such release is a mistake, two istreason by the definition of the US Constitution:"Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying Waragainst them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid andComfort."

filmnoia
filmnoia

I never thought I'd say this, but bring back Disqus. This new system sucks, especially the pop ups on the bottom right portion of the screen are really an irritant.

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

<i>Gov. Romney disagrees with Richard Mourdock, and Mr. Mourdock’s comments do not reflect Gov. Romney’s views," said press secretary Andrea Saul. "We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him."</i>

Not to put too fine a point on it but this is why Micheal Scherer is wrong. Romney's views on Rape and incest exceptions are irrelevant if he doesn't allow them to affect his actions.

paulejb1
paulejb1

"State Department emails from day of Libya attack show Al Qaeda-tied group on radar"

"Fox News was told that an estimated 300 to 400 national security figures received these emails in real time almost as the raid was playing out and concluding. People who received these emails work directly under the nation’s top national security, military and diplomatic officials, Fox News was told." (Italics mine)

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/23/state-dept-emails-from-day-libya-attack-show-al-qaeda-tied-group-on-radar/

And not one of these 300 - 400 national security figures had a suggestion about saving American lives at the Consulate in Benghazi?