Witch’s Will For A Mourning In September
I will remain in “mourning” so long as Obama’s unworthy ass sits in the Oval Office.
Quote of the day:
The Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will be part of a major Obamacare enrollment push by Maryland health officials. So… their spokesmen are millionaires who already get the best medical treatment available for free?
My Top 3:
Report: Yes, Hillary’s Benghazi ‘Investigation’ Was a Whitewash
by Guy Benson
You can file these developments in the “we sort of already knew this” category, but the additional confirmation is welcome. Remember, the administration-backed probe into the Benghazi massacre led to (since rescinded) sanctions against four mid-level scapegoats — one of whom clearly deserved some blame — while letting higher-level officials off the hook. Indeed, the “Accountability” Review Board declined to even interview the Secretary of State. Yet the White House insisted that its report was comprehensive and closed the door on the matter. In advance of Thursday’s fresh round of hearings, these details indict ARB’s process and conclusions, as well as State’s response:
The State Department’s investigation into the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was not independent and failed to hold senior State Department officials accountable for the failures that led to the death of four Americans, according to a new investigative report compiled by the House Oversight Committee. The Administrative Review Board, chosen by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, unfairly placed the blame for the terrorist attack on four mid-level officials while ignoring the role of very senior officials in Clinton’s State Department for decisions about security in Benghazi, according to the new report led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA). Also, the structure of the ARB and the culture in Clinton’s State Department raised questions about the independence and integrity of the review, according to Issa’s committee.
The Oversight Committee report includes specific names:
Although former Undersecretary of State Thomas Pickering, the head of the ARB, said that responsibility should be placed at the assistant secretary level, top officials including Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs Beth Jones were never disciplined. The new report by Issa’s committee questions why Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy, who admitted to having a role in overseeing the decision to reject requests for more security in Benghazi before the attack, was never blamed or disciplined by the ARB. Moreover, Kennedy played a key role in selecting the members of the ARB and the staff that helped the ARB do its works, Issa’s report revealed. Several officials told Issa’s committee that Kennedy was deeply involved in security decisions and would have been directly involved in the decision not to approve requests for more security in Benghazi before the attacks. “The ultimate decision maker is Under Secretary Kennedy,” testified Eric Boswell, the Assistant Secretary of Diplomatic Security, who was punished by the ARB…The report also questions Clinton’s personal awareness and role in the mistakes that contributed to the attacks.
Beth Jones is the woman who turned her wrath against whistleblower Gregory Hicks after he began questioning the administration’s counter-factual Benghazi talking points. As for Clinton, we know that Amb. Chris Stevens was operating out of the egregiously under-protected diplomatic mission in Benghazi at her behest, and that her signature appeared on the memo that ordered security reductions — despite pleas for beefed up measures. Her defenders say that the Secretary of State signs off on countless items every day, so she wasn’t responsible for the decision. Clinton was personally informed by Hicks that the Benghazi massacre was a coordinated terrorist attack within hours of the raid beginning.
Democrat Elijah Cummings has predictably blasted the new report as “partisan,” and is defending the ARB. Thursday’s proceedings will therefore follow a familiar pattern: Republicans will ask challenging questions of the ARB leadership, while (almost every) Democrat plays defense on behalf of the White House by impugning Issa.
Will committee Democrats manage to behave themselves while frustrated and grieving family members of Benghazi victims testify? Meanwhile, despite the administration’s “never forget” posturing, actions speak louder than (year-old) words.
Dems also responsible for financial crisis
by Charles Gasparino
It’s only fitting that it was on the five-year anniversary of the fall of Lehman Bros., the hinge of the 2008 financial crisis, that Larry Summers ended his campaign to be Federal Reserve chairman, which hopefully will prove his final exit from public life.
No, Summers wasn’t the sole cause of the banking collapse, but he was among its chief culprits — serving up policies that misshaped our banking system and that laid the groundwork for the disaster of ’08.
The myth promoted by President Obama and his minions in the media is, of course, that economic deregulation pushed by Republicans and President George Bush caused the meltdown. The president tried to underscore that myth yesterday in a speech allegedly marking the five-year anniversary of the financial crisis that became one of Obama’s patented and at times delusional economic lectures.
In the president’s world, the deficit is shrinking rapidly, at the fastest rate “since the end of World War II.” ObamaCare is a great thing, not the drag on business that most businesses say it is. The banking system is safer than ever. His policies have the economy humming — and we’d be doing even better if Republicans would agree to do away with the automatic budget cuts of the sequester (which he signed it into law).
And if only the Republicans would give him everything he wants, namely higher taxes on small business and a free rein to spend, we’d be booming and at no risk of another meltdown.
No matter how much I loathe Obama, and I do loathe him, it is painful to watch a POTUS lie with such frequency.
Chris Christie, Bully Blowhard
by Roger Kimball
Make that “incompetent bully blowhard.” Don’t get me wrong: I loved watching Christie take apart those pathetic public school teachers as much as anyone. And for about fifteen minutes I thought, “Hey, this guy is pretty cool.” But then I noticed that he subjected everyone who disagreed with him to the same bully treatment. His only rhetorical strategy, it seems, is throwing his weight around. (Sorry, couldn’t resist that.)
And then there was Christie’s love-in moment with Obama after Hurricane Sandy (The Atlantic called it “the hug seen ’round the world”). Did it cost Romney the presidency? Probably not, but it didn’t help.
He had to engage in that public post-Sandy chumminess, I’m told, in order to do the right thing by New Jersey, which suffered cruelly from the hurricane. But has Christie done the right thing by New Jersey? I think the New Jersey Star Ledger may be right: Christie is America’s most overrated governor. Consider:
New Jersey’s economy is a mess, even compared with its neighbors. The property-tax burden is up sharply. Poverty is rising. And the state’s credit rating has dropped on Christie’s watch as the long-range outlook deteriorates. His successor will inherit a bigger mess than he did.
“His successor will inherit a bigger mess than he did.” And I thought Republicans were supposed to be the fiscal adults.
Some are. But I don’t think Christie is among their number. He talks a big game (again, sorry), but what has he actually accomplished? The Star Ledger has more uncomfortable stats:
Crime is spiking in several of New Jersey’s hard-pressed cities, where loss of state aid has forced massive police layoffs. The state’s home foreclosure rate is the second highest in the nation and Christie fumbled a federal aid program intended to soften the blow. Yet he tried to raid a fund earmarked for affordable housing until the courts stopped him.
The list goes on. The state’s open space program is essentially dead, with no money and no ideas from the governor on how to fix it. The transportation trust fund is broke as well, so the governor has financed projects mostly by borrowing and by scavenging money that former Gov. Jon Corzine had set aside for the Hudson River tunnel project, which Christie canceled.
Ouch. At least I say ouch. And remember, this is the man who thought the Ground Zero Mosque was just great: lots of Muslims who have to be fed and watered in New Jersey, you know.
Report: Navy Yard Gunman ‘Gathered Weapons Along the Way’
NBC News reports that Aaron Alexis was armed with “an assault-style rifle, a shotgun and a handgun” when he was killed in a shootout with authorities. Law enforcement told NBC “they believed he arrived packing only the shotgun, which he bought last week from a gun dealer in Lorton, Va., about 20 miles from Washington.”
The Washington DC local NBC affiliate says that sources informed them “that surveillance footage showed that he began his attack with a shotgun, but was found with a 9mm pistol and an AR-15 assault rifle.”
The suspected gunman appeared to have seized firearms from two of his victims as he moved through the building along the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, where 3,000 Navy employees go to work each day, many of them carrying authorized firearms.
Alexis has had several run-ins with the law on firearm related issues in the past. In 2010 in Fort Worth Texas, the police arrested him for discharging a firearm within city limits. The police report indicates that Alexis’ neighbor heard a ‘pop’ sound and found a hole in her floor and ceiling. She believed someone had shot into her apartment. The woman also reported she was terrified of Alexis, who had confronted her for making too much noise.
“After reviewing the facts presented by the police department, it was determined that the elements constituting recklessness under Texas law were not present and a case was not filed,” said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.
In 2004, Alexis was arrested in Seattle for a more disturbing incident. On May 6, he pulled out gun a fired three shots into the tires of a Honda Accord belonging to a construction worker who “mocked and disrespected him.” Alexis told the police “he had an anger-fueled ‘blackout.’ “ He also claimed he had PTSD from the events of September 11, 2001.
Once again, and at this early juncture, it seems that the problem was with a disturbed individual. One who had shown, several times that he had problems.
Of course the idiot scumbag liberals are all ready out in force blaming the NRA and Americans who legally and responsibly own guns. They might at least have waited to parade their pet hobby-horse until the bodies were cold and the blood had dried.
Don’t that just say it all?
Feinstein Calls for Further ‘Debate’ on Gun Control in Wake of DC Shooting
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released a statement asking for a “thoughtful debate on gun violence” in reaction to the deadly mass shooting at Washington D.C.’s Navy Yard early Monday night.
I mourn those killed today at the Navy Yard in Washington and send my thoughts and prayers to those families grieving the loss of loved ones.
There are reports the killer was armed with an AR-15, a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol when he stormed an American military installation in the nation’s capital and took at least 12 innocent lives.
This is one more event to add to the litany of massacres that occur when a deranged person or grievance killer is able to obtain multiple weapons—including a military-style assault rifle—and kill many people in a short amount of time.
When will enough be enough?
Congress must stop shirking its responsibility and resume a thoughtful debate on gun violence in this country. We must do more to stop this endless loss of life.
In April, a Senate gun control bill, propelled forward by the December 2012 Newtown Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, fell short by five votes. Support continued to fall for more gun control as the recent Colorado recall elections pushed out two Democratic State Senators said to be responsible for the recent passage of stricter gun control measures within the Centennial State.
The gunfire is barely silent, the bodies still warm and the blood hasn’t dried before the oppotunistic bastards are out with their gun-grabbing agenda. What happened was tragic and terrible. What they, and this scumbitch do is repulsive.
Good For Them!
In 66-Paragraph Masterpiece, WSJ Details ‘Head-Spinning Reversal on Chemical Weapons’ in Obama White House
It was bound to be overshadowed by breaking news of the fatal Washington Navy Yard shooting this morning, but today’s Wall Street Journal front-pager, “Inside White House, a Head-Spinning Reversal on Chemical Weapons,” would have likely gone unnoticed by the liberal broadcast and cable media regardless.
In a 66-paragraph masterpiece, Journal reporters Adam Entous, Janet Hook, and Carol Lee gave a behind-the-scenes look of how,
“Through mixed messages, miscalculations, and an 11th-hour break, the U.S. stumbled into an international crisis and then stumbled out of it.”
Among other things disclosed, “The same day [Secretary of State John] Kerry made his fateful remark” that Syria could simply give up its weapons to the international community, “the State Department sent Congress a memo detailing: ‘Russian Obstruction of Actions on Syria.’” It really is a great exploration of the Keystone Kops nature of the Obama team’s bungling of Syrian foreign policy.
Worth a Read:
Krauthammer: Obama’s Attack On Republicans After Navy Yard Shooting “Was In Extremely Bad Taste”
IMHO Obama’s continuel attacks on the Republicans are in very bad taste. He is the president of ALL the people not just Democrats. But from his rhetoric you would never know it. The most partisan president ever. And that should be offensive to every decent American.
It isn’t as if a president, any president, doesn’t have hundreds/thousands of surrogates to be his hit men. For him to do it, and do it so often, is tacky.
Hume: Obama Tends To Engage In Partisan Attacks More Than Any WH I Remember
Minimum Wage Madness
by Thomas Sowell
Minimum Wage Madness: Part II
Errors Mar Navy Yard Shooting Reports
by Adam O’Neal
During the chaotic aftermath of Monday’s deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, two major news networks misidentified the alleged gunman and issued retractions shortly afterward, part of an early coverage period marked by confusion and misinformation. It was also a reprise of erroneous reporting seen after the Sandy Hook and Boston Marathon attacks.
CBS News’ Charlie Kaye tweeted shortly after 12:50 p.m. that Senior Correspondent John Miller “says shooter was retired Navy chief petty officer, about 50 years old.” Kaye, again relaying information from Miller, then falsely identified the shooter as Rollie Chance.
The reports were instantly retweeted and regurgitated on cable news and various digital outlets and newspaper websites. They were followed by subsequent reports that Rollie Chance had been recently laid off from his job.
Just eight minutes later, however, CBS retracted the report and deleted the incorrect tweets.
Shortly after the retraction, this appeared on the official NBC News Twitter account: “Identity of shooter at D.C. Navy Yard is Rollie Chance, sources say.” Five minutes later, NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd issued a retraction on Twitter: “NBC News: we are now NOT reporting name of shooter; retracting that report. deleting those tweets.”
Todd later explained, “The confusion over the suspect’s name comes from conflicting law enforcement sources.”
This stupidity seems to be happening all too often. If they don’t KNOW, then STFU! Sometimes simply done on purpose for their liberal agenda and sometimes in a rush to report something, anything first. No wonder people don’t trust the media.
Cockroaches Of The Day: Union Leaders
Union leaders get rich as membership falls
Labor union membership as a percentage of the nation’s overall workforce has been steadily declining from its peak of 35 percent in the 1950s. The result is that unions now represent only 6.6 percent of all private sector jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS data makes it clear that the trend isn’t going to reverse any time soon, either, because unions lost 400,000 members last year as total employment grew by 2.6 million. The only thing keeping Big Labor from becoming an incidental factor in the American workplace is that government employees are five times more likely to be unionized than those in the private sector.
If corporate executives lost market share as dramatically and steadily as the labor chieftains, they would be shown the door or their doors firms would be shuttered. Failure to develop and sell products and services that people want is a surefire way of going out of business. This is what makes free markets the source of the widest range of goods and services for the most people at the lowest cost.