Yep, it’s time for those end of the year lists, again. The one I do is my Top 10 Posts of the year. I always like to advise people that these aren’t necessarily the biggest stories of the year. They were just the most popular stories on my own blog – meaning they got the most traffic. These are the type of stories you don’t see in the MSM.
As always, thanks to all the bloggers who linked, and the readers who facebooked and tweeted. Muchas gracias mon amis.
10.) Lovely: Paul Ryan booed at Obama’s inaugural celebration – DOJ Lawyer Started the Booing:
Lefties started off the year in the classy fashion we have come to expect from them.
When asked at the House Republican retreat, last week, whether or not he would attend Obama’s public swearing-in ceremony, Ryan replied, “Yes,” it’s my obligation.”
As we enter a new phase in the age of Obama, see how his minions reacted to Ryan as he left the Capitol building to attend Obama’s second inauguration ceremony, today.
This one struck a chord with bloggers.
Linked by Bryan Preston at PJ Tatler: DOJ Voting Section Lawyer Marred Inauguration by Booing Rep. Paul Ryan And Eliana Johnson of The Corner: After President Denounces ‘Name-Calling,’ Paul Ryan Booed at Inaugural Celebration And Dan Collins, The Conservative Commune: DOJ Voting Section Bigwig Leads Inauguration Crowd in Booing Paul Ryan And The Lonely Conservative: Civility: Paul Ryan Booed At Inauguration – Booing Started By DOJ Lawyer And iOWNTHEWORLD: A man is known by the company he keeps And I Hate the Media: Paul Ryan booed at inaugural celebration
It was tweeted 77 times and FB’d 137 times.
9.) Glenn Beck to Regime: You’ve Got Until Monday To Come Clean on the Saudi National (Video)
Remember the Saudi National story?
While most people, today, were focusing on the man-hunt in Watertown, Glenn Beck was making a rather explosive ultimatum to the Regime on his show.
As I reported, yesterday, after a full day of push-back from the Regime on the story, The Blaze doubled down.
The congressional source told The Blaze that the information sent to Congress showed that a file was created on “Abdul Rahman Ali Al Harby” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday by an official with the National Targeting Center, a counterterrorism sub-agency of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security.
The file stated that the individual is “linked to the Boston bombing” and was to be processed for revocation of his visa based on national security grounds, the congressional source revealed.
Glenn Beck is ready to spill the beans about what he’s got on the Saudi “individual”, who he calls a “bad-bad-bad guy.” He claims that six Congressmen have shared information about who he’s connected to, and how’s he’s connected to the bombing, and they want it to get out.
Linked by Doug Ross, iOWNTHEWORLD, tweeted 122 times, FB’d 160 times.
8.) Thousands of 2nd Amendment Supporters Rally in Albany (Updated with Videos from Across the Nation)
Back in January, Patriots came out all across the nation to defend their 2nd Amendment rights in response to the collectivists’ efforts to snatch them away…
Gun rights rallies took place all across the nation, today, as Americans from New York to Washington rallied to show their support for the 2nd Amendment. Albany New York, where some of the strictest gun laws in the nation were recently passed, saw thousands of patriots come out to protest the new laws.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Thousands of pro gun rights activists are rallying at the state Capitol today. The rally is being held in conjunction with the group Guns Across America, a national series of rallies supporting the Second Amendment.
Many at today’s rally are pushing to repeal the newly enacted SAFE Act.
Linked by Instapundit, and Hogewash, and Maggie’s Notebook, and Doug Ross, and Theo Spark and Bill O’Reilly, tweeted 122 times, FB’d 160 times.
7.) Million Vet March And Truckers Ride On Washington October 13:
This post publicizing a couple of upcoming protests in Washington DC, took place during the government shutdown, and the #spitehouse shutdown theater was in full swing. People were outraged and wanted to do something about it.
This could be big. This could end up being very, very big because two protests have been planned for the same weekend in Washington DC. On October 13, the Million Vet march will coincide with day 3 of the truckers ride in our nation’s Capital.
There has been righteous indignation and rage simmering just below the surface since the Community Organizer from Chicago began usurping his power, but this past week, his thugocracy went too far. When Obama’s shutdown theater was implemented to make Americans – including 80 to 90 year old WWII vets – feel as much pain as possible – that simmering rage reached a full boil.
While most of the nation’s attention has been on the “barrycaded” WWII Memorial, other war memorials in DC have been shut down as well. Yesterday, Park Police removed Vietnam vets and tourists from the Memorial Wall.
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6.) After Months of Dishonest Spinning on Benghazi, Jay Carney Clings to ARB Report (Video)
This post was oddly cathartic because I was able to point out all the different times Obama’s “comically evasive” mouthpiece (as Ace calls him) had lied, obfuscated and gave weaselly evasive answers on Benghazi. It was actually kinda fun going through the early Benghazi press briefings with Carney, watching him change the White House cover story as the ruthless facts came out. Because the Benghazi attack happened during an election year, the media as a whole – let them get away with it. Disgraceful:
The Washington Times reported:
White House spokesman Jay Carney cautioned that he could not immediately respond to live testimony from the committee but went on to say that the administration remained unsure of the identity and affiliations of the attackers, noting that Ansar al-Sharia had taken credit for it on Twitter but then later recanted.
“What I can tell you is that it was the assessment of our intelligence community that the attacks were participated in by extremists,” he told reporters at a regular daily briefing. “That’s what I’ve said. That’s what Ambassador Rice said. She said on that Sunday that extremists were involved. What we didn’t know is what their exact affiliation was.”
“As you know, with regard to this group, there was a claim of responsibility, then there was a disowning of responsibility. So anybody who pretends to have known all the facts instantly is just mistaken,” he continued. “And it is always the case that things like this require careful investigation.”
Of course, that didn’t stop Jay, or his boss, or Hillary from making some very definitive statements about Benghazi for days and weeks after the attack.
On September 14, Jake Tapper asked Carney if the anniversary of September 11 might have been a good time to have extra security around diplomat and military posts.
After assuring us that they are always very vigilant on anniversaries like 9/11 (no they’re not), Jay said, but “let’s be clear….these protests were in reaction to a VIDEO that had spread to the region….”
Jake: “In Benghazi?”
Jay: “We don’t know otherwise. We have no information to suggest that it was a preplanned attack.” (Yes they had) ”The unrest we’ve seen around the region has been in reaction to a video that many Muslims find offensive, and while the violence is reprehensible and unjustified it is not a reaction to 9/11 or US policy.”
More Jay from Sept. 14 repeating the youtube video drumbeat, “the unrest in the region has been in response to this video”. …”the cause of the unrest was a video…”
Reading from his script, he said “We reject its contents, we find it both disgusting and reprehensible/ America has a history of religious tolerance and has respect for religious beliefs, and that respect goes back to our nation’s founding.”
Jay Carney on Sept. 19, argued that they didn’t have evidence that it was a pre-planned attack. “Bad actors” had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…”
The reporter, clearly not buying it, said, “so a random crowd that had come together with their heavy weapons – got insulted by the film, and decided to – you know – blow up…”
Carney doubled down with, “there has certainly been precedent in the past where bad actors – extremists who are heavily armed who have exploited situations that have developed in order to attack Americans…”
This is the 19th of September now, mind you, and he’s refusing to admit the obvious because that would reflect badly on the regime.
You can watch video after nauseating video of Jay’s outlandish hackery at the link.
Linked by Ace of Spades, and Rachel Lucas and Bryan Prestan, tweeted 49 times, FB’d 81 times.
5.) DiGenova: Benghazi Scandal Growing “Quietly Behind the Scenes” – Witnesses “Coming Out of the Woodwork” – NSA Scandal: “Tip of the Iceberg”
Washington power attorney Joe DiGenova, is always a font of information when he’s a guest on WMAL. In this appearance, he hinted at some future bombshells on Benghazi and the NSA scandal.
He told the hosts that the Benghazi “phony” scandal is growing quietly behind the scenes – people are coming of the woodwork to talk to him about it and at least 2 major networks (I’m guessing Fox and CNN) are “fully engaged” in trying to uncover more information about Benghazi. He says “we are being helpful with that”, meaning “people who know things” are cooperating with reporters:
All I can tell you is that people are coming out of the woodwork from both active and retired areas of government service – I’m not gonna be more specific than that.
In fact, what’s happening is The Benghazi ‘phony scandal’, as the president and his minions have called it, is actually growing quietly behind the scenes because now, major networks – at least two – are fully engaged in deep stories trying to uncover more information and we are being helpful.
He also revealed that they are uncovering a lot more about domestic spying:
We’re discovering information about surveillance programs…the NSA looks like it’s going to be the tip of the iceberg.
…What’s happening is that as a result of people coming forward just to talk about Benghazi, we are learning ‘things’ about other things the government is doing that it probably shouldn’t be doing domestically.
As far as the Hasan trial goes, WMAL’s Larry O’Connor asked, if there was any argument to justify not calling what happened down at Ft Hood a terror attack?
DiGenova did not pull any punches, here.
“No, the only argument that can be made is to protect the beliefs of the president and the people around him and the hierarchy at the Pentagon who do everything they can to avoid calling Islamic terrorism Islamic terrorism. I think the president’s position is an embarrassment, and as Commander in Chief – for him to allow this to continue to be called “workplace violence” when all he has to do is call the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mr Dempsey, and say end this today – I want these people to receive their benefits….I think it’s quite startling that the president hasn’t done that, that is an embarrassment to our country, and it’s one of the reasons that the people in the military of this country, that we have learned – Victoria and I – from talking to them now as a result of Benghazi, are absolutely embarrassed by their Commander in Chief.”
Linked by Ace of Spades HQ, Doug Ross, and iOWNTHEWORLD, this post was also tweeted 97 times, and FB’d 86 times.
4.) Extortion 17: Navy SEAL’s Dad Hammers Regime: “THEY SET UP MY SON TO BE EXECUTED” (Audio)
On July 24, radio talk-host Michael Savage interviewed Charles Strange, the father of Michael Strange, one of the 22 SEAL Team Six members who died in that Chinook helicopter crash in August of 2011. This was a momentous, blockbuster interview that seems to have gone unnoticed by most of the internet.
After listening to this interview, I’ve concluded Benghazi isn’t the biggest Regime scandal. EXTORTION 17 is.
Among the claims made by Mr. Strange:
- His son and his fellow SEALS knew “something was going on with the team”, and “somebody’s leaking things out”….(besides Former CIA Director Leon Panetta and Vice President Joe Biden?) They knew “something was going on” and were putting their affairs in order.
- According to Mr. Strange, Michael along with 8 other SEALS made it out of the Chinook and were fighting on the ground.
- Mr. Strange stated that he was “100% sure” that the Regime had executed his son and the others on purpose.
- Mr. Strange was told “Michael knew what only 4 people in the world knew.”
- The chopper’s black box was never recovered because it was supposedly “washed away in a flash flood.”
- At Dover Airforce Base, after Obama told Mr Strange his son “changed the way Americans live,” he embraced the weeping father, who proceeded to wipe his nose on the president’s jacket (a story Mr. Strange loves to tell, according to his wife.)
- Imam at ceremony at Bagram Air Force base condemned the men as “white devils” and “infidels”.
- All the bodies were cremated.
- According to Mr. Strange, some of the families are not speaking out because they are getting “threatened by the command”: “The checks could stop – or the kid who doesn’t have a father now, might not get a scholarship for college.”
- Mr. Strange believes his phones are tapped.
- Recently Michael Strange was awarded the Silver Star for valor. His parents were not invited to the White House for the Ceremony.
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3.) Report: Saudi National DHS File Says Individual is “Linked to the Boston Bombing”:
Glenn Beck was really exercized about that Saudi national who was briefly a suspect after the Boston terror attack, last April, and was subsequently deported.
The Blaze went out on a limb with their story about the Saudi National deportation, Thursday.
Certain government officials pushed back, saying in essence, there was no truth to it, but the Blaze isn’t backing down. They’re doubling down.
Thursday night Jason Howerton reported at The Blaze that according to his congressional source, documents have indeed been presented to members of Congress confirming that plans were made to revoke the visa of Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, a Saudi national once considered a “person of interest” in the Boston bombings.
Other sources, including one at the FBI, previously informed TheBlaze that there have been discussions about deporting Alharbi on “security and related grounds.” He has been living in the Boston area and in the U.S. on a student visa. An FBI source said the agency is against deporting Alharbi because of his status as a material witness.
The congressional source told TheBlaze it was unclear as to why representatives from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would be unaware of this information. Earlier on Thursday, an official with ICE said it was “categorically false” that Alharbi had ever been considered for deportation.
As I reported here, and at the Conversation, DHS Chief, Janet Napolitano also took umbrance at the story, saying, when Rep Jeff Duncan asked her about it: “I am not going to answer that question it is so full of misstatements and misapprehension that it’s just not worthy of an answer…there’s been so much reported on this that’s been wrong I can’t even begin to tell you, congressman,” Napolitano replied. “We will provide you with accurate information as it becomes available.”
But since when are we supposed to believe anything anyone from this Regime tells us?
Linked by Doug Ross, and iOWNTHEWORLD, and Steve Quayle, tweeted 110 times, FB’s 199 times.
2.) Nice: Dr. Benjamin Carson Decries Political Correctness, Moral Decay and Fiscal Irresponsibility in National Prayer Breakfast Speech (Video)
In Feb of 2013, conservatives were probably at our lowest ebb in fifty years. Speculation that the Republican party was finished and we would never win another national election was rampant.
Then this man stood up at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, and with the president seated just a couple of feet away, he took aim at Obama’s policies and unleashed.
Dr. Ben Carson should appear on many end of the year lists – for being one of the most popular and surprising newcomers in conservative politics. Speculation continues about a possible White House bid.
Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, a world-renowned pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital delivered what is being described as one of the more unique speeches delivered at this morning’s National Prayer Breakfast. Rush Limbaugh raved about it on his show, today, because the good doctor took the opportunity to share his theories about the national debt, deficits, taxation and health care, all in opposition to Obama’s policies.
Linked by Twitchy, tweeted 39 times, FB’d 1K+ times.
1.) Report: Hillary Clinton’s Injuries Stem From Plane Crash in Iran:
Rumors were flying late last year into January about the Secretary of State’s physical condition after she went AWOL rather than testify before Congress about Benghazi. Pundits on the right snarked that she was suffering from the “Benghazi flu.” Then there was a report that she fell and hit her head – suffering a mild concussion.
The fact that Clinton is indeed dealing with serious health issues doesn’t negate the fact that the State Dept has been very secretive about it.
On Dec. 10, the day before she was due to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the September 11 terrorist attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi – in which Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other US diplomats lost there lives – the State Department which has been heavily under fire over the episode, announced that Clinton had sustained a concussion after fainting out from dehydration.
None of the details normally released in such cases, such as when exactly she fainted, the seriousness of the concussion she suffered or how she was being treated, was offered. A State Department source was only willing to say it was “not severe.”
According to another unofficial report, she was apparently working from home. No one in the office appeared to have been delegated her functions although the secretary herself has not been been absent for three weeks.
Debka Files is now reporting some rumors about the real cause Of Hillary Clinton’s head injury…
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s admittance to the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Monday, Dec, 31 – with a blood clot caused by concussion – gave wings to a cloud of rumor and conspiracy theories surrounding her state of health. The hospital, where Saudi King Abdullah was also treated two years ago, stated that the Secretary was receiving anti-coagulents and her condition would be assessed after 48 hours.
However, NBC television’s medical correspondent Robert Bazell was skeptical about the blood clot being caused by an earlier concussion because, he said, it if were, it would not be treated with anti-coagulents. “So either it’s not really related to the concussion and she’s got a blood clot in her leg or something, or there’s something else going on that we’re not being told.”
And now for the rumors…
….around Tehran and the Gulf Emirates, debkafile was already picking up insistent rumors claiming that Clinton was seriously injured while on a secret mission in the region in the first week of December. Some claimed that in the same incident, Americans in her party – advisers and security personnel – were either injured or killed. Those rumors did not say what her secret mission was. However, the episode described occurred shortly after Dec. 1, when, as debkafile reported at the time, Obama administration officials and senior representatives of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei launched secret talks on Iran’s nuclear program.
Although our sources have not identified the negotiators on either side of the table, one of the theories floating around certain capitals claimed that Hillary Clinton three weeks ago was on her way to a secret meeting with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in regard to those negotiations. The plane carrying her from Bahrain logged its destination as Baghdad, but is described as having changed direction in midair and headed for Ahvaz, capital of the south Iranian province of Khuzestan. There, it was said, the Iranian president was awaiting her arrival. But then the plane ran into technical trouble and made an emergency landing and that was when she was injured, according to this theory.
The unexplained death of Commander Job Price, 42, SEALs commander in Afghanistan is tied by some of the speculation to that incident. At the time, the Pentagon reported that his sudden death on Dec. 22, in Uruzgan, Afghanistan, was under investigation. It is now suggested that Commander Price was head of the security detail attached to Clinton for her Iran mission and he was one of the casualties of the accident.
The European Union Times reported :
A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [photo 2nd right] was injured, and a top US Navy Seal Commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly 3 weeks ago in the Iranian city ofAhvaz near the Iraqi border.
Iranian intelligence agents quoted in this GRU report confirm that the C-12 Huron aircraft is still in their possession in Ahvaz, but will only admit that the plane was “forced to land because of technical problems”.
The US Navy Seal member reported killed in this bizarre incident, this report says, was indentified as Commander Job W. Price [photo 3rd right] who as a leader of this highly specialized American Special Forces unit protects high-ranking diplomats traveling in Middle Eastern and Asian combat zones.
Curiously, US media reports on Commander Price’s death say it being investigated as a possible suicide as he died from what the American Defense Department describes as “a non-combat related injury”.
Equally as curious, US media reports state that Secretary Clinton will return to work next week after her having suffered what they describe as a “nasty bout with stomach flu” and a “concussion” which have kept her missing from public view the past three weeks.
This GRU report, however, states that US military flight logs recorded by Russian air and space forces confirm that Commander Price, and other members of US Navy Seal Team 4, left their base in Urozgan Province, Afghanistan on a flight to US Naval Support Activity Bahrain where they met up with Secretary Clinton and all of them transferred to the C-12 Huron that began a flight path to Baghdad, Iraq.
Within minutes of leaving Bahrain airspace, this report says, the C-12 Huron carrying Secretary Clinton and her US Navy Seal protectors, “without notice,” deviated from their assigned flight path heading, instead, directly towards Iran’s Ahwaz International Airport where, coincidentally, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had previously landed on an “unscheduled” visit.
Important to note, GRU analysts say in this report, was that when the C-12 Huron entered into Iranian airspace neither American nor Iran air force units responded clearly indicating that this secret mission was sanctioned.
Upon the C-12 Huron landing at Ahwaz, however, this report says it encountered “extreme turbulence” causing it to leave the runway where its main landing gear then collapsed causing it to crash.
Within seconds of the C-12 Huron crashing, this report continues, Iranian emergency and security personal responded freeing the victims, including Secretary Clinton who was reportedly unconscious and “bleeding profusely.”
After emergency aid was given, GRU agents stationed in Iran state that another US military flight was dispatched from Bahrain to Ahwaz which evacuated all of those wounded and killed in the crash including Secretary Clinton.
There was a US plane that made an emergency landing in Iran in mid December according to this AP report, Dec 30, 2012.:
A small American commercial plane left Iran Sunday after it was repaired following an emergency landing at an Iranian airport this month, state TV reported.
The plane was forced to land 16 days ago at the airport of the southern city of Ahvaz due to technical failure, Mahmoud Rasoulinejad, head of the state-owned Iran Airports Company, told the TV station.
Rasoulinejad said three passengers left Iran for Arab countries in the Gulf, but the plane remained under repair in the airport. He said the plane took off from Iran Sunday upon arrival of needed spare parts and completion of repairs.
It was not clear why the announcement of the plane’s landing was not made earlier.
Sooper Mexican: The Strange Circumstances Surrounding Secretary Clinton’s “Diplomatic Illness”:
Here’s an odd coincidence that might also substantiate the claim that Hillary was on a secret mission to Iran. Prior to her “stomach illness,” here last public appearance was while visiting government officials in Ireland – very soon afterward, Ahmadinejad met with Ireland’s new ambassador to Iran. It could be that Ireland was helping bring this meeting to fruition - in this same timeframe, Clinton was scheduled to meet the Syrian Opposition Coalition, and Pakistan’s president was scheduled to meet with Ahmadinejad.
Jack Cashill: Hillary and her magical mystery tours:
While Hillary Clinton recovers regally from her presumed concussion and its complications, rumors continue to swirl that she was injured not in a fall, but in a plane crash.
On Monday the European Union Times captured the gist of that narrative:
“A new Foreign Military Intelligence (GRU) report circulating in the Kremlin today is saying that United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was injured and a top U.S. Navy Seal commander killed when their C-12 Huron military passenger and transport aircraft crash landed nearly three weeks ago in the Iranian city of Ahvaz near the Iraqi border.”
To be sure, the State Department was swift to deny the rumors, and media pundits scolded anyone who dared to question Hillary’s press releases.
Whether the rumors are true, I cannot say, but those of us who have followed Hillary’s career know that she lies as a matter of routine.
On Special Report, Charles Krauthammer explained why he was dubious of the of Hillary’s injury after she was released from the hospital.. When asked if he would apologize for calling it “the Benghazi flu”, he answered, no, adding: “perhaps the State Dept, if not apologize, ought to explain why it withheld information and why a lot of it was mitigated – we now are hearing – might have been a more serious set of symptoms. We still don’t know what she was suffering during those two weeks.”
Why would Hillary have been meeting secretly with the Iranians? Report claims secret US-Iran talks laid groundwork for nuclear deal.
Dateline November 24, 2013:
The United States and Iran secretly engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face talks over the past year, in a high-stakes diplomatic gamble by the Obama administration that paved the way for the historic deal sealed early Sunday in Geneva aimed at slowing Tehran’s nuclear program, The Associated Press has learned.
I don’t show that this post was linked to by any big bloggers, but it was retweeted 34 times, and FB’d 464 times. And people continue to find the post when they search for information about Hillary Clinton and the mysterious plane crash. There’s a lot of curiosity out there about this one – it’s my number 1 post of the year.
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