Witch’s Will For A Mourning In May
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
”Members of the Senate are considering a tax on cosmetic surgery. When they brought it up, you should have seen the look that Nancy Pelosi’s face tried to make.” ~ Conan O’Brien
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Benghazi Whistleblowers’ Lawyer Says Obama, Kerry Aware that State Department Is Obstructing the Investigation
Victoria Toensing is legal counsel for one of the State Department officials who claims that the Obama administration has threatened them and others into silence regarding the terrorist attack in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. That attack left four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, dead. The Obama administration blamed the attack on a YouTube video for more than two weeks despite evidence during the attack that it was the work of terrorists. Toensing is a former deputy assistant attorney general, was the first head of the Department of Justice’s Terrorism Unit, and is widely respected on both sides of the aisle in Washington.
Toensing appeared on the Andrea Tantaros Show today and accused the State Department of slow-walking the process for Benghazi whistleblowers to obtain the legal counsel that they are due.
“I had heard about all of these threats about people, about a month ago, and offered to represent one,” Toensing told Tantaros. Toensing took up the case for free in the interests of making sure the person had strong representation. “Let me just tell you what’s happening. The State Department is playing games with their words,” Toensing said, “to say ‘Well, we don’t know of any employee who’s come forward who wants counsel.’” Toensing said that the proper procedure is not to send someone into the “lion’s den” at the State Department and request a lawyer. Instead, State was supposed to send Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee which is investigating the Benghazi attack, the standards by which the whistleblowers’ counsel may be cleared to work on their cases. But according to Toensing, the State Department has dragged its feet for more than two weeks. Ten days after Toensing first became involved, she says State had not even responded to Issa at all. She says Issa then sent a letter directly to Secretary of State John Kerry about the matter, and received no response. It was only after State’s repeated silence, going all the way to Secretary Kerry himself, that Toensing decided to go public with her client’s claims.
Toensing told Tantaros that President Obama’s answer on the matter during Tuesday’s press conference was revealing.
“The president then says he doesn’t know anything,” Toensing noted, “but did you notice the word ‘notion’? He had thought about that ahead of time, and was minimizing it. The ‘notion’ about people being stopped. You don’t use that word, it doesn’t just fall out of your mouth.”
The Monotonous Middle East
by Victor Davis Hanson
Since antiquity, the Middle East has been the trading nexus of three continents — Asia, Europe and Africa — and a vibrant birthplace to three of the world’s great religions.
Middle Eastern influence rose again in the 19th century when the Suez Canal turned the once dead-end Eastern Mediterranean Sea into a sea highway from Europe to Asia.
With the 20th century development of large gas and oil supplies in the Persian Gulf and North Africa, an Arab-led OPEC more or less dictated the foreign policy of thirsty oil importers like United States and Europe. No wonder Centcom has remained America’s military command hot spot.
Yet insidiously, the Middle East is becoming irrelevant. The discovery of enormous new oil and gas reserves along with the use of new oil-recovery technology in North America and China is steadily curbing the demand for Middle Eastern oil. Soon, countries such as Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Iran are going to have less income and geostrategic clout. In both Iran and the Gulf, domestic demand is rising, while there is neither the technical know-how nor the water to master the new art of fracking to sustain exports.
The recent Boston bombing reminded the West that nearly 12 years after 9/11, most terrorism still follows the same old, same old script — committed by angry young men with Muslim pedigrees claiming to act on radical Islamist impulses, without much popular rebuke from the Muslim world.
There is not much left to the stale Middle East complaint from the 1960s that Western colonialism and imperialism sidetracked the region’s own natural trajectory to democracy. After the derailed Arab Spring, the world accepted that the mess in the Middle East is not imported, but rather the result of homegrown tribalism, sexual apartheid, religious intolerance, anti-Semitism, illiteracy, statism and authoritarianism.
Revolutionary theocrats always seem to follow the ouster of fossilized thugs. “Reformers” who were “elected” after the fall of the Shah of Iran and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt on spec conjured up the same old bogeymen as their predecessors, subverted the rule of law in the same old fashion, and wrecked the economy in the same old manner.
Barack Obama senses that there is no support for American intervention in the Middle East. Even his idea of “leading from behind” in Libya led to the loss of American personnel in Benghazi. After Iraq, the U.S. will not nation-build in Syria. Apparently, Americans would rather be hated for doing nothing than be despised for spending trillions of dollars and thousands of lives to build Middle East societies.
Gomez’s Upset Victory Shakes Up Mass. Senate Race
Massachusetts voters will fill Secretary of State John Kerry’s Senate seat on June 25. The choices couldn’t be more of a contrast. Democrat Ed Markey is a 66-year-old liberal who was first elected to Congress in 1976, when eight-track tapes were the rage.
Republican Gabriel Gomez, is a 47-year-old with an MBA from Harvard, who is the son of Columbian immigrants and a former Navy SEAL. He raised $1.2 million in yesterday’s GOP primary, which enabled him to buy TV ads that led to an upset 51 percent to 36 percent victory over Michael Sullivan, a conservative former district attorney.
Massachusetts is a deeply blue state but surprises can happen in elections that don’t feature presidential levels of voter turnout. Four of the last six governors have been Republicans, and in 2010 Scott Brown shook the political world with his upset special-election victory. He went on to lose his reelection bid in 2012, as Barack Obama swept the state.
Democrats clearly want to avoid a repeat of Scott Brown. “Gabriel Gomez is a pro-life Republican who was the spokesman for a ‘super PAC’ that attacked President Obama over the killing of Osama bin Laden,” read an instant attack statement sent out by the Markey campaign.
In truth, Gomez is a political moderate. A private-equity investor, he contributed to President Obama’s 2008 campaign. He is personally opposed to abortion, but accepts federal law on the issue as settled. He favors background checks on gun purchases, but opposes a ban on so-called assault weapons. He rails against big government, but is vague on what federal programs should be trimmed. He could appeal to many independent voters who backed Representative Stephen Lynch, who ran against Markey in the Democratic primary. Lynch, who opposes abortion and voted against Obamacare, nonetheless won 42 percent of the vote against Markey. He won 70 percent of the vote in his blue-collar district south of Boston and also carried areas around working-class Worcester.
“Gomez’s upset victory suddenly changes the dynamics of the general election significantly,” Lou DiNatale, a veteran Democratic strategist, told the Boston Globe. Even Tad Devine, a longtime Democratic consultant in Washington, admitted that “on paper, [Gomez] may be very attractive.”
You can expect the Democratic machine in the state to throw all they can at Gomez in order to avoid another Scott Brown-like upset. But turnout is expected to be low, and many college students will be out of state in June. Markey’s signature issue of passing regulations to address global warming isn’t as popular as it once was. Debates between Markey and Gomez could present a vivid contrast between the old and the new. Two months is a long time, so even in liberal Massachusetts don’t conclude a surprise isn’t possible.
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The Un-Lyndon Johnson
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by Jennifer Rubin
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April Ratings: Fox Dominates, MSNBC In Free Fall (Chris Hayes Hit Hardest)
We won’t know for a few months if this is a short-lived phenomenon based on the Boston Marathon bombings or a permanent viewing shift based on something that is as of now unknown. But for the month of April and for the first time in two years, in both total day and primetime, CNN handily beat MSNBC.
Fox News, however, beat both of them combined.
The April total day average for CNN was 638,000 viewers. MSNBC only reached 406,000. Fox News enjoyed an average of 1,223,000 viewers, which is more than both CNN and MSNBC combined.
In the 25-54 demo (which matters most to advertisers, but has nothing to do with national impact), Fox was still in the lead, with CNN not far behind. MSNBC, however, lagged a distant third.
The most humiliating news for MSNBC is that in the wake of the most devastating and dramatic terrorist attack on American soil since 2001, quite incredibly, the network saw no increase in its ratings over this same time last year. In total day, there was a double digit decrease:
Compared to April 2012 MSNBC was down -10% in total viewers and -1% in adults 25-54 in primetime. In total day, MSNBC was down -4% in total viewers and was flat in the demo.
A month into his new primetime show,
Rachel Maddow Jr. Chris Hayes is thus far something of a dud, “down 18 percent in total viewers compared to last year’s program in the 8 p.m. slot, The Ed Show.”
Hayes also placed last in the 25-54 demo.
Could it be that MSNBC’s decision to stop being a news channel in favor of becoming talk radio with pictures and smug hosts, has finally run its course? When liberals relished reassurance and confirmation bias in the wake of the Tea Party victory in 2010 and Obama’s push for re-election in 2012, MSNBC’s left-wing programming made sense.
But what good are pointy-headed leftists who all look alike when the real world intrudes?
Not much, apparently.