Fox News Bombshell: Regime Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack While It Was Happening

In an explosive interview on Fox News’ Special Report, Wednesday, Eric Stahl, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force, told Bret Baier that  U.S. spy agencies were able to hear terrorists making phone calls to their superior commanding officers while the attack on the consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi was taking place on September 11, 2012. The reason the communications were easily intercepted is because the attackers were using State Department cell phones they had seized during the attacks.

It wasn’t weeks, days, or even hours before the “fog of war” had cleared and the Regime could piece together what had happened. They knew in real time - as it was happening – that it was a terrorist attack because they heard the terrorists themselves talking on their own State Dept cellphones.

Eric Stahl, who recently retired as a major in the U.S. Air Force, served as commander and pilot of the C-17 aircraft that was used to transport the corpses of the four casualties from the Benghazi attacks – then-U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – as well as the assault’s survivors from Tripoli to the safety of an American military base in Ramstein, Germany.

In an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “Special Report,” Stahl said members of a CIA-trained Global Response Staff who raced to the scene of the attacks were “confused” by the administration’s repeated implication of the video as a trigger for the attacks, because “they knew during the attack…who was doing the attacking.” Asked how, Stahl told anchor Bret Baier: “Right after they left the consulate in Benghazi and went to the [CIA] safehouse, they were getting reports that cell phones, consulate cell phones, were being used to make calls to the attackers’ higher ups.”

Stahl also told Baier that his crew could have reached Benghazi in time to have played a role in rescuing the victims of the assault, given their alert status and location – but they were never asked to do so.

“You would’ve thought that we would have had a little bit more of an alert posture on 9/11,” Stahl added. “A hurried-up timeline probably would take us [an] hour-and-a-half to get off the ground and three hours and fifteen minutes to get down there. So we could’ve gone down there and gotten them easily.”

What more, Stahl contends that a C 1-30 had been requested a month prior to 9/11 to be on stand-by at the airport, but that request had been denied.

Watch the video – as Major Stahl explains it, you can actually picture these CIA guys looking at each other and going “WTF?” while the Regime was pushing the YouTube video narrative.

Of course, it took nearly two years for anyone to interview any of these guys.

That sham Accountability Review Board, of course, somehow missed them.

 

I can’t believe Hillary Clinton would even think of  running for president with this FUBAR cover-up on her record. What nerve.

As for Obama… #IMPEACH

Fox News: Secret Docs Show Bergdahl Declared Jihad In 2010 (Video)

Via James Rosen of Fox News, relying on intel from “The Eclipse Group” – former CIA operatives.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at one point during his captivity converted to Islam, fraternized openly with his captors and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam, according to secret documents prepared on the basis of a purported eyewitness account and obtained by Fox News.

The reports indicate that Bergdahl’s relations with his Haqqani captors morphed over time, from periods of hostility, where he was treated very much like a hostage, to periods where, as one source told Fox News, “he became much more of an accepted fellow” than is popularly understood. He even reportedly was allowed to carry a gun at times.

The documents show that Bergdahl at one point escaped his captors for five days and was kept, upon his re-capture, in a metal cage, like an animal. In addition, the reports detail discussions of prisoner swaps and other attempts at a negotiated resolution to the case that appear to have commenced as early as the fall of 2009.

 

The Five discussed the breaking story, this afternoon on Fox.

Obama, meanwhile, made a big show of defending the swap, today, making no apologies, and referring to Berghdahl  as “somebody’s child.” And of course, he characterized the negaive reaction to the swap as political – once again stating: “We have a basic principle: we do not leave anybody wearing the American uniform behind.”

Even though he left his platoon behind and allegedly worked with the enemy against them.

Bergdahl’s platoon mates on the other hand, have been smeared as potential psychopaths by a Regime flunky. 

Claim: Humble Obama Doesn’t Give Himself Enough Credit For All His Foreign Policy Successes (Video)

In the old days, when the Regime tried to do a Jedi Mind trick like this on the American people – the media would let them.

This is not the Single Payer healthcare plan your looking for…

Obama would look straight into the camera, and repeat the lines at least 50,000 times,    “If you like your plan you can keep your plan…” or its variation – “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor…”

It took Politifact until the point Obama’s promise could be proven without a doubt to be a lie, (because millions of people were losing their health care plans) to rate it a “pants on fire” lie.

But the communication sages within the administration are always scheming to find new ways to fool the American people. And they really have their work cut out for them, lately, because on top of all the scandals currently swirling around him – Obama’s being hammered for being a weak and indecisive president who leads from behind. And Obama’s palace guard are finding it much more difficult to play along.

Poor Jen Psaki –  I truly feel sorry for her, here….

She picked the short straw on Thursday and had to face the room full of hard-boiled reporters with this howler.

JEN PSAKI: I would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit for what he’s done around the world. And that’s how the secretary feels too. We would not be engaged in comprehensive negotiations with Iran, which is where the program is stalled, and is rolling back, if it were not for the role of the United States, along with the P-5 +1 partners certainly. In Ukraine, we’ve been engaged more or as much as any other country in the world in supporting the elections process, supporting the government, and supporting efforts moving forward. Yes, there’s more work that needs to be done, the point is we need to continue to stay at it.

REPORTER: Is this a potential mission accomplished statement?

PSAKI: Absolutely not.

MATT LEE: You would argue the president doesn’t give himself enough credit, how much credit would you give him?

PSAKI: I would give him more than he has given himself. So would the secretary.

LEE: Like 200 percent credit? For what? Iran negotiations?

PSAKI: I mean…

REPORTER: What specifically are you saying he doesn’t get enough credit for?

PSAKI: For engagement in issues like Iran, what we’ve done on Ukraine. Efforts to dive in and engage in the world.

REPORTER: Russia has still annexed Crimea. Iran, there are ongoing negotiations, but is that the success here that your talking?

PSAKI: We’re talking about engagement in the world and taking on tough issues that present themselves, and the United States continues to play a prominent role doing that.

Now, whatever would possess a State Dept spox to say something so patently absurd? Obama doesn’t give himself credit? He only spiked the football for killing Osama bin Laden about 40,000 times. He doesn’t know how to give a speech without propping himself up as the only adult in the room with all the experts on his side, while denigrating anyone who disagrees with him. The obvious   narcissism of the guy has been duly noted by most of us on the right since early 2008.

Did those words just tumble thoughtlessly out of her mouth? Or did the White House’s crack communications team  come up with yet another awesome Jedi Mind Trick?

Because as  Twitchy notes, Lurch dropped the same talking point on Gwen Ifill , Thursday night on PBS  Newshour.

Via PJ Tatler: 

Coming off a week where President Obama laid out an Afghanistan withdrawal timetable and put forth his foreign policy vision, Secretary of State John Kerry declared Thursday that this administration is “more engaged” with the world “than at any time in American history.”

“I don’t think the president, frankly, takes enough credit for the successes that are on the table right now,” Kerry told PBS. “I mean, if you look at what has happened in Ukraine, the president led an effort to try to keep Europe unified with the United States, to put difficult sanctions on the table. Europe wasn’t thrilled with that. But they came along. That was leadership. And the president succeeded in having an impact ultimately, together with the Europeans, on the choices that face President Putin.”

I have my suspicions as to who is pushing this talking point. She is known to be a “court flatterer” and  “a peerless enabler of Barack Obama’s inflated opinion of himself”

“I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. . . . He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. . . . So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. . . . He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Seriously. And he’s so extraordinarily modest –  he just doesn’t give himself enough credit for all the good he’s done around the world. By talking,  negotiating, and giving speeches he’s proved that he is a strong leader who is “engaged” and deserves a participation trophy.

Hat tip: AoSHQ

What to Heck? ‘Anarcho-Syndicalists’ Protest Their Own Conference (Video)

Wellp - this is making the rounds, today:

Anarcho-Syndicalists protest/get protested at their own conference. A panelist by the name of Kristian Williams was scheduled to speak at the annual Law & Disorder conference, but was thwarted by a protest. No one could actually articulate what their issue is with Mr. Williams. Campus police were eventually called in as the panelists fled.

No doubt an explanation of Anarcho-syndicalism is in order, amirite? Wikipedia to the rescue.

Anarcho-syndicalism (also referred to as revolutionary syndicalism[1]) is a theory of anarchism which views revolutionary industrial unionism or syndicalism as a method for workers in capitalist society to gain control of an economy and, with that control, influence broader society. Syndicalists consider their economic theories a strategy for facilitating worker self-activity and as an alternative co-operative economic system with democratic values and production centered on meeting human needs.

The basic principles of anarcho-syndicalism are solidaritydirect action (action undertaken without the intervention of third parties such as politicians, bureaucrats and arbitrators) and direct democracy, or workers’ self-management. The end goal of anarcho-syndicalism is to abolish the wage system, regarding it as wage slavery. Anarcho-syndicalist theory therefore generally focuses on the labour movement.[2]

Anarcho-syndicalists view the primary purpose of the state as being the defence of private property, and therefore of economic, social and political privilege, denying most of its denizens the ability to enjoy material independence and the social autonomy which springs from it.[3] In contrast with other bodies of thought, particularly with Marxism–Leninism, anarcho-syndicalists deny that there can be any kind of workers’ state, or a state which acts in the interests of workers, as opposed to those of the powerful, and that any state with the intention of empowering the workers will inevitably work to empower itself or the existing elite at the expense of the workers. Reflecting the anarchist philosophy from which it draws its primary inspiration, anarcho-syndicalism holds to the idea thatpower corrupts.[3]

None of these people speak in a language normal (privileged?) people can relate to. See if you can make sense of it. Content warning for extreme language, creepy chanting and  unbridled hateful outbursts:

They all need to find a “safe spot” and simmah dawn nah.

Via Ace, who also took the time to fisk a document produced by a group of left-wing Oberlin College students who submitted to faculty “a draft of its new rules about issuing “Trigger Warnings” for college materials and for sensitivity generally.”

 

*”What to heck” is an expression my 15 year likes to use in homage to a cryptic tweet by Billy Ray Cyrus in which he used the expression. It may or may not have been a typo.

Tommy Vietor on Benghazi: ‘Dude…That Was Two Years Ago’ (Video)

On FoxNews, Bret Baier interviewed Former NSC flack for Obama, Tommy Vietor who was involved in the editing of the talking points.

Baier asked Vietor about the edit that changed “attacks” to “demonstrations.”

Vietor shrugged it off, saying  he couldn’t remember, and then exclaimed impishly, Dude, this was like two years ago!”

Bret Baier shot back, “Dude, it’s what everyone’s talking about today.”

Unbelievable. This doofus used to work in the White House National Security Council. Think about that for one moment.

SEE ALSO:

Twitchy: ‘Dude, this was like two years ago’: Tommy Vietor talks Benghazi with Bret Baier

Gateway Pundit: BOOM! Tommy Vietor – Former NSA Spox – Admits Obama Never Made it to Situation Room During Benghazi Attack! (Video)

Obviously, we can’t take anything these twerps say on face value. That’s why I don’t think this is a big story. An O-bot said something, and what? We’re supposed to believe it?

Sharyl Attkisson wants to see the tick-tock of Obama’s whereabouts for that night, but the Regime isn’t supplying it.

Her theory is the White House had prepped for two different outcomes.

1. If somehow the Ambassador and crew had managed to survive the attack – there would be a picture of Obama and his team busy monitoring the situation in the Situation Room.

2. If things didn’t go well – well we already know  – blame it on a youtube video.

Attkisson has requested all of the photos taken at the WH, that day – but has been stonewalled on that.

Earth Day 2014 News Round-Up

EarthDayGraphic via Scotty’s Dreamworld

The moonbats are out in full force to celebrate “Earth Day” today. There are all sorts of events planned jam packed with the sort of symbolic feel-goodism  liberals adore. A whopping 18% of the American people say they plan to “celebrate” Earth Day, this year.

NASA even took some time out from their Muslim outreach duties to promote the importance of “climate change” (I like to call it “weather”) with #GlobalSelfies so libs can take pictures of themselves caring more about the earth than you do.

Via Twitchy:

 

People are actually doing this.

Of course, NASA had to weigh in on “Climate Change” (weather):

Prompting this humorous reply:

MORE from Twitchy:

How is CNN ‘covering’ Earth Day? Columnist Rex Huppke reveals and it is hilarious

Earth Day hypocrisy! Mark Knoller catches Obama’s carbon footprint widening

 

Via Sooper Mexican, here are some  fun facts about the day: 

Did you know that Earth Day started in 1970 on the 100th anniversary of  Lenin’s birthday? Neat, huh?

Earth Day was co-founded by a murderous degenerate named Ira Einhorn who bashed his girlfriend’s head in and hid her body in a trunk while she was still alive. There she stayed for the next 18 months until her her rotting corpse was discovered by the police. He is known as “the Unicorn Killer” because Einhorn means unicorn in German. He fled to Europe and was convicted 25 years later for her murder in 2002 and is serving a life sentence.

Oh – and none of the original Earth Day predictions have come true.

Via John Gabriel at Ricochet, here are the 13 Most Ridiculous Predictions Made on Earth Day, 1970:

Today is Earth Day — an annual event first launched on April 22, 1970. The inaugural festivities (organized in part by then hippie and now convicted murderer Ira Einhorn) predicted death, destruction and disease unless we did exactly as progressives commanded. Sound familiar? Behold the coming apocalypse, as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:

  1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”  — Harvard biologist George Wald
  2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
  4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

Keep reading at link.

Via The Conversation: EPA ‘Jetting Around the Country’ for Week-Long Earth Day Tour

Administrator McCarthy will undertake a greenhouse gas laden week-long tour that will “far exceed” any benefit from her climate change proselytizing.

“Frenetically jetting around the country appears to undercut [the] EPA’s message to ordinary Americans that they should conserve, consume less and reduce transportation pollution,” PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in a statement.

McCarthy will be participating in “various events to…focus on responsible steps to cut carbon pollution to slow the effects of climate change” in New York, Boston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Memphis.

Some activities on the tour were called into question.

Ruch noted that some events on McCarthy’s itinerary have questionable ties to promoting climate action, such as joining Energy Secretary Moniz to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Tuesday’s Red Sox vs. Yankees baseball game at Boston’s Fenway Park.

There’s some sort of Pow-wow going on at the National Mall in Washington DC to protest the Keystone Pipeline. As you can see, it’s lightly attended, I’m guessing because even most moonbats know Obama’s already decided against it – and has just kicked the can down the road again to the mitigate political damage to vulnerable Dems. But for some people, it’s still worth the effort just so they show everyone how much they care about the environment, you guys!

 

Weasel Zippers: Salon Fear Mongers: “It’s Only a Matter of Time Before Phoenix Is Entirely Uninhabitable” Because of Global Warming…

Zip: “I’ll go out on a limb and predict this won’t happen.”  (LOL)

 

Kay Hagan’s Brave Fight Against Citizen’s United

The 2014 Democrat playbook requires changing the subject away from the ObamaCare trainwreck (which only involves each and every American’s personal health care) to the all important issues of the Republican War On Women™, the Koch brothers, and Citizen’s United.  Kay Hagen is doing her part to push their narrative with advertisements on Facebook asking for left wing drones to sign their names to her petition to “End Citizens United.”

kay hagen citizens united

At the link, you will find Kay taking a page out of Harry Reid’s dingy book, whining about Karl Rove and the Evil Koch brothers:

Stop Citizens United!

Citizens United opened the floodgates for outside special interest groups, run by the likes of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers, to dominate the conversation around our elections. There’s no transparency. There’s no accountability. And it needs to end.

Urge Congress to reverse the effects of Citizens United.

Members of Congress:

It’s time we put an end to limitless corporate cash in our elections.

It’s time for Congress to end the disastrous effects of Citizens United, and restore accountability and transparency to our campaign finance system.

Signed, [Your Name Here]

As Senator Mitch McConnell explained in a speech before the American Enterprise Institute, last year, “the Citizen’s United court decision was fairly unremarkable.” All it did was allow every corporation in America to participate in the political process like corporations that owned newspaper and television stations could. The decision essentially leveled the playing field so everyone could exercise the same freedom of speech rights. The reason Democrats oppose it is because it brings more conservative players into a domain that the left formerly owned. Left wing “social welfare organizations” like Planned Parenthood and the Sierra Club have been in operation for decades benefitting Democrats.

“They weren’t interested in the integrity of the process – if they were they’d have been just as upset about left wing groups that maintain the privacy of their donors. What they really wanted was a hook – that would allow them to stir up outrage about conservative groups so they could get their hands on the name of the folks that supported them. That’s what this is about. They wanted to get their hands on the names on the folks that supported groups that disagreed with the administration. And then go after them,” McConnell said.

Why is Kay Hagen trying to “stir up outrage” about groups that are as “unaccountable” as the left wing groups that support her? And what does she mean by “disastrous effects of Citizens United?” Disastrous to whom? Her reelection campaign? By “accountability and transparency” does she mean the disclosure of donors so Democrat operatives at the IRS, DOJ, ATF, OSHA etc. can target them?

When Obama slammed the Citizens United decision during the 2010 SOTU it opened the floodgates for the IRS to target Obama’s political adversaries. His minions at the IRS knew what to do, their orders were implicit and perhaps explicit. Hagen should  know she is implicating herself in the ongoing IRS targeting scandal by joining this phony fight.

She seems like a well meaning person – so why is she involving herself in gutter election year politics?

Just Wow: UN Denounces The Vatican’s Pro-Life Policies

With all of the horrific human rights violations going on throughout the world, right now – political prisoners, genocidal attacks on Christians, etc — this is what the UN Human rights Council focuses on.

The bulk of the report deals with the sexual abuse that went on for years – fair game, and obviously something to be denounced – but  the U.N. committee “also severely criticized the Holy See for its attitudes toward homosexuality, contraception and abortion and said it should review its policies to ensure children’s rights and their access to health care are guaranteed.” Are you kidding me?

Via USA Today:

While most attention has focused on child sex abuse, the committee’s recommendations extended far beyond into issues about discrimination against children and their rights to adequate health care. By making specific recommendations to review Vatican policies on abortion and contraception, the committee waded deep into core church teaching on life. As a result, such recommendations will certainly be dismissed by the Vatican, which has a history of diplomatic confrontation with the United Nations over reproductive health care and similar issues.

Church teaching holds that life begins at conception; the Vatican therefore opposes abortion and artificial contraception.

Members of the UN Human Rights Committee:

The Human Rights Committee is composed of 18 independent experts who are persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights.

Members are elected for a term of four years by States parties in accordance with articles 28 to 39 of the Covenant. Members serve in their personal capacity and may be re-elected if nominated.

The membership of the Committees as follows:

Name of Member
Nationality
Term expires on 31 December
Mr. Yadh BEN ACHOUR (Vice-Chairperson)

Tunisia

31.12.2014

Mr. Lazhari BOUZID
Algeria
31.12.2016
Ms. Christine CHANET
France
31.12.2014
Mr. Ahmad Amin FATHALLA
Egypt
31.12.2016
Mr.Cornelis FLINTERMAN (Rapporteur)
The Netherlands
31.12.2014
Mr. Yuji IWASAWA
Japan
31.12.2014
Mr. Walter KALIN
Switzerland
31.12.2014
Ms. Zonke Zanele MAJODINA
South Africa
31.12.2014
Mr. Kheshoe Parsad MATADEEN (resigned effective 9 January 2014)
Mauritius
31.12.2016
Ms. Iulia Antoanella MOTOC
(resigned effective 4 November 2013)
Romania
31.12.2014
Mr.Gerald L. NEUMAN
United States of America
31.12.2014
Sir Nigel RODLEY (Chairperson)
United Kingdom
31.12.2016
Mr. Victor Manuel RODRÍGUEZ-RESCIA
Costa Rica
31.12.2016
Mr. Fabián Omar SALVIOLI – [English | French | Spanish]
Argentina
31.12.2016
Ms. Anja SEIBERT-FOHR
Germany
31.12.2016
Mr. Yuval SHANY
Israel
31.12.2016
Mr. Konstantine VARDZELASHVILI
Georgia
31.12.2016
Ms. Margo WATERVAL (Vice-Chairperson)
Suriname

MORE:

Father Z weighs in:

Let me get this straight.

While berating the Catholic Church for sexual abuse of children, the United Nations criticized the Church for opposing legalization of abortion… the ultimate child abuse… and wants the Church to change her teachings.

 

Hat tip: Geo

Attention Joy Reid: The Knockout Game Is A Real Trend That Deserves Our Attention

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According to MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the “Knockout Game” is a non- story that  conservatives are going  “absolutely ballistic” about in order “to stoke issues of race.” The segment in which she made the comments was hosted by Al Sharpton, who was asking a panel of MSNBC regulars what they thought was  the most overrated story of the year.

JOY REID, MSNBC CONTRIBUTOR: Got to say the knockout game. Two videos that were in about a hundred different stories, no trend anyone could discern, but the right went absolutely ballistic over it because they want to stoke issues of race.

Two videos? No discernable trend? Really lady?

The St. Louis CBS affiliate KMOV would like to put her to some knowledge:

“One-hitter quitter,” “knock em’ and drop em,” “point em’ out and knock ‘em out” are all names for a disturbing trend now drawing concern nationwide.

In Pittsburgh, a teacher was punched so hard he collapsed head first into the concrete curb. A man in Brooklyn was also knocked unconscious. And even women are being attacked.

Woman viciously beaten in south St. Louis in possible “knockout game” attack

There have been seven recent cases in New York City alone. And the game has turned fatal in at least four documented attacks—in Syracuse, N.Y.; St. Louis; Chicago; and Hoboken, N.J., site of the latest fatal attack.

Boys—seen in video from a security camera after the incident—have been charged with the murder. They are just 13 and 14 years old.

Actually the CBS report is over a month old – it’s dated. There have been many knockout game attacks since then. At least three in just the past week.

Brutal Knockout Attack at Upscale Mall Results in Cracked Ribs, Broken Ankle and Knocked Out Teeth

Woman With Child Punched In Brooklyn By Possible Knockout Attack Suspect

Florida: Group of Black Thugs Beat 70-Year-Old Grandfather Unconscious, Try To Gouge His Eye Out…

The Knockout game isn’t even a new trend. It’s been going on for years. In July of  2011 The American Thinker published a piece entitled, The Knockout Game: Racial Violence and the Conspicuous Silence of the Media:

Most Americans have heard of recent violent  “flash mobs,” which are the bands of black teens that attack mostly white victims and white businesses, as even the New York Times once noted.

But the flash mobs, which are more accurately called “race riots” or “racial mob violence,” are not the only interesting topic to cover in our national conversation about race.  There is also the “knockout game,” which is stunning in its brutal simplicity and stark racial significance.

The knockout game involves “unprovoked attacks on innocent bystanders,” according to police who have had to deal with it.  A retired officer explained, “Normally it was a group of black males, one of which would strike him as hard as he could in the face, attempting to knock him out with one punch,” says retired Sgt. Don Pizzo.  The victims are typically not robbed, but simply punched with no provocation.  Such attacks have been reported in Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Jersey.

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Sgt. Pizzo noted that the attacks fit a pattern: “black attackers on a white victim — and the victim was often an older person walking alone.”  In a thorough and sensible piece on the subject in a local arts and entertainment magazine, eight of the victims interviewed were white, one was black, and one was Latino.  All of the attackers, or “players,” were black.  Some witnesses claim that they have white relatives who play the game and that therefore the game is not a racial issue.  But anyone who reviews the reporting — when race is revealed, at least — will see that the attackers are predominantly if not exclusively black.

As one player of the game says, “[w]e used to walk to where a lot of people be at and hit ‘em. If one of the homeboys didn’t knock him out, then the other would come. Whoever knock him out would be king.”

Why would one of the racialist regulars at MSNBC want to downplay this disturbing trend? Why – instead of sending a message strongly condemning it, like her colleague Al Sharpton  – would she bury her head in the sand and pretend it isn’t happening?

Yes, even Al Sharpton, last month, condemned what he termed “a crisis” in a strongly worded piece at Huffington Post:

There is nothing funny or even remotely entertaining about attacking innocents walking down the street. This is not a “game”; it is inhumane behavior that has no place in our country or the world.

He said, “silence is akin to tacit acceptance” and announced that he would be meeting with  “other leaders to address our next moves regarding this crisis.”

As one who has fought for greater civil rights for all, I cannot watch this travesty unfold. We can discuss the many factors that may lead to this sort of destructive behavior, whether it be poverty, unemployment, etc., but at the end of the day, there is no excuse ever to bestow violence on others. There is no justification for brutally punching or attacking a person in this manner. These kids must be held accountable, and then they must receive the right guidance and mentorship to halt any further damage. In our own communities, we must work harder to spot disastrous behavior and intervene before anything horrific like these attacks take place.

But he was silent when Joy Reid made her ignorant remarks downplaying what he knows to be a “horrific” nationwide trend.

Young Invincibles Insulted By ObamaCare Ads (Video)

You’ve already seen the “brosurance” and “hosurance” ads featured at doyougotinsurance.com, the Colorado non profit devoted to promoting and directing users to Colorado’s official ObamaCare Exchange website. Conservatives have not been shy about criticizing what we see as sexist, insulting and genuinely offensive ads.

But what about the people the ads are trying to reach? What do the “millennials,” “young invincibles,” aka the ObamaCare “marks” think about them?

Greta Van Susteren had some 20-somethings on to talk about the latest Obamacare ads targeting young people. None of them were impressed.

James Shindler, a corporate lawyer in Washington noted, “first and foremost, there’s something strange going on. Typically, in a democracy, it’s the people that tell the government what we want. But here, we have the government trying to coerce us into buying something that  THEY want. And it didn’t convince me. It didn’t address why I would want to buy the healthcare in the first place.”

Dan Joseph of the MRC went to American University, last month, to ask students what they thought of the ads. Most of the women found them “insulting” and creepy.”

“There’s too much of a focus on the sexual aspect of it,” one woman said. Another one said that the ad looked like it was created by ObamaCare opponents in order to denigrate ObamaCare.

Jay Carney was asked by Jonathan Karl if they really think young people are going to buy health insurance because “Barack O’Breezy tells them to do it. Carney said that “there are efforts under way to reach consumers where they live, if you will.”

Apparently the Obama Regime thinks that young invincibles “live” in their pants.

Sebelius’ Testimony at ObamaCare Hearing Frustrates Republicans (Video)

At a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing to access the progress of healthcare.gov, an evasive HHS Sec. Sebelius frustrated Republicans with non-answers, obfuscations, and ridiculous fibs.

She couldn’t tell Rep Pitts, the Chairman of the committee,  how many ObamaCare signups have actually paid for plans.

Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA) asked  about the more than 5 million Americans who have lost their health insurance because of Obamacare. She responded, “I don’t know where the 5 million number comes from.”

Constituents from all across the nation have been sharing their ObamaCare horror stories at www.gop.gov/yourstory.

She couldn’t tell Rep Whitfield how many regulations ObamaCare has created.

She told Rep. Burgess (R-TX) Obamacare Enrollment Hub ‘Has Worked Beautifully from start to finish':

Rep. John Shimkus (R-Il) got very frustrated with the HHS Sec because of her refusal to provide a national list of of insurance providers who cover and who don’t cover “abortion services,” after she promised to get him the list.  He said, we need that list today, because “folks are shopping, now.”

She told him that all the plans are mandated by law to list abortion services, but Shimkus reminded her that at the last hearing he “held up numerous policies that did not explain that..”

He got further frustrated when he tried to get her to admit that the mandates the law has imposed on insurance companies are causing premiums go up.

“When you mandate coverage it’s rolled directly on premiums; as the premiums increase, that’s paying for the services. You cannot say these are free of charge.”

Sebelius responded by saying that “consumers will not have a co-pay or a deductible…”

“Will you admit they will have a higher premium?” Shimkus interrupted.

Sebelius answered, “no, I will not,” despite the well known fact that millions of Americans have seen their health insurance premiums and deductibles skyrocket since Obamacare’s implementation.

Through Shimkus’ crosstalk, she continued,  “I think what a lot of actuaries will tell you is…if you have preventive care and prevent a costly hospital stay…cancer…down the line, then that cost actually lowers the premium – doesn’t raise it.”

Shimkus said, “we just going to agree to disagree,” then blurted, “It’s like talking to…the Republic of Korea, or something,” (meaning the People’s Republic of Korea.)

A shouting match between Shimkus and another congressman ensued until the committee chair shut it down: “The gentleman will suspend. The gentleman will suspend. Give the secretary time to answer the question.”

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers had no luck getting a straight answer from Sebelius when she asked her about Obama’s promise that everyone would be able to keep their doctors under ObamaCare.

“Why in the world did the president make that promise to the American people?” she asked as Sebelius obfuscated.

Meanwhile….Democrats shift strategy on ObamaCare ahead 2014 elections:

 House Republicans released this video, Wednesday ahead of Sebelius’ testimony: Broken promises. Canceled plans. Increased premiums. What’s next?

Tingles: ‘He came to us today, He came amongst us!’ (Video)

“In the beginning was the narrative, and the narrative was with Alinsky and the narrative was Alinsky. The narrative was in the beginning with Alinsky. All things were made through government, and without government was nothing made. In Him were taxes and the taxes were the light to the takers. And the light shined across America, and America did not comprehend it. And the narrative was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of Alinsky, full of tactics and rules.”

Thus  sayeth the Tingly One – after he beheld the Incarnation of the Messiah on MSNBC on the night of  December 5,  2013 in the year of our Lord (Obama.)

“He came to us today! He came amongst us! “

Sick freaks.

Obama Tells Community Organizers 100 Million People Have Successfully Enrolled In ObamaCare (Video)

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During his conference call with OFA supporters, yesterday, a weary sounding Obama claimed that “there has been misinformation” on ObamaCare, and then went on to declare that “in the first month alone, we’ve seen more than 100 million Americans already successfully enroll in the new insurance plans.’

 

That number is at odds with reality, but Obama didn’t skip a beat or make any effort to correct himself, and his next comments did little to clear up the mistake.

‘You’ve got a million Americans who’ve completed an application for themselves or their families,’ he continued. ‘And that represents about a million-and-a-half people.’

‘And of those million-and-a-half people, you’ve already got a whole bunch of folks who have successfully signed up to get coverage, and you’ve got almost 400,000 folks who could gain access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.’

‘So effectively, in a month,’ he said, ‘we’ve already got half a million Americans who will likely have the security of health care – for the first time, in some cases, in their lives – as soon as January 1.’

It’s likely Obama meant to initially take credit for 100,000 success stories, rather than 100 million. But his mangling of the statistics put him off-track by a factor of 1,000.

And even the smaller number relies on a flexible definition of what counts, and what doesn’t, as an Obamacare subscriber.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced on Nov. 13 that 106,185 Americans chose health insurance plans through public exchanges between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, including the headache-plagued healthcare.gov and the more stable marketplace websites run independently by 14 states and the District of Columbia.

But the Obama administration included in that number everyone who had identified a health care plan and placed it into a virtual online shopping cart. HHS hasn’t said how many of them have actually made a purchase.

Jon Carson, executive director of Organizing for Action, led the conference call and claimed that 200,000 people were listening

The president’s claim that ‘a million Americans … have completed an application for themselves or their families’ is also up for debate since that number refers to people who the government acknowledges ‘have not yet selected a plan.’

Time to increase his Paxil dose, huh?

Joel Pollak at Breitbart called it the worst pep talk in history.

Though Obama’s weak address provided fodder for his critics, it also provided ample reason for concern that the president may struggle to lead the country on other matters. If he had addressed the nation about something more pressing than a failed website–a new terror attack (God forbid) or an economic crisis–Americans might have panicked.

What more, numerous reporters complained that they had difficulty logging into the call on the OFA website.

So, not only does the Obamacare website itself not work, but the site that hosts the conference call to discuss the non-functional site also doesn’t work. Of course, that didn’t stop the grandiose claims about how many OFA loyalists were on the call. Just as predicted by Josh Lederman of the Associated Press, they led off with a claim about so how many people were clamoring to get into the call.

Incidentally – just so you know – it’s no longer cool to call Obama’s signature legislative achievement “ObamaCare”. The term has been stricken from Democrat lexicon. 

President Barack Obama and loyal Democrats once embraced the term Obamacare to sell the American people on health care reform.

Not anymore.

With the president’s approval ratings at record lows, a broken website and Obama under fire for his pledge that people could keep their plans, the “Affordable Care Act” has returned.

The president didn’t say “Obamacare” once during his nearly hourlong news conference last week, while he referred to the “Affordable Care Act” a dozen times. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi went so far as to correct David Gregory on “Meet the Press” Sunday on the proper terminology. And White House talking points distributed to Democrats and obtained by POLITICO repeatedly refer to the Affordable Care Act in suggested sound bites, not Obamacare.

Calling it the Affordable Care Act has advantages for Democrats seeking to defend health care reform while still criticizing the bungled White House rollout. The phrase polls better than Obamacare — and people have responded more positively to the law’s benefits when they haven’t been told they come from Obamacare.

“You want the law to have approval rating higher than POTUS has,” a Democratic official said Monday.

True to form, Democrats have to rely on the lowest of the lo-fo voters  (people who don’t know that ObamaCare and the ACA are the same thing) to help them limp forward.

Oh – Apparently The White House Was The Source For Dick Durbin’s “Top House Republican” Smear

This is an update to yesterday’s story about Little Dick Durbin’s  October 20 Facebook post that had tongues wagging in Washington, this week.  Durbin wrote, “in a ‘negotiation’ meeting with the president, one GOP House Leader told the president: ‘I cannot even stand to look at you.’”

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Yesterday, the White House flatly denied that it happened, while Dick Durbin stood by his story.

Now, via Huffpo, we see that some sort of explanation  has been hashed out:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told his Democratic caucus last week in a private meeting that a top House Republican said to President Barack Obama, “I cannot even stand to look at you,” according to two Democratic senators who were present.

The account was confirmed by two Senate Democratic aides who said they independently learned of the exchange from other senators.

A White House official said Thursday that the administration did relay such a message to Reid, but that it was the result of a miscommunication.

“While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the President is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding,” the official said in a statement.

So Harry Reid was spreading lies, again, and the White House is covering his behind by saying it was a “miscommunication.” As if something like that can be miscommunicated.

Maybe what the White House really said was,  the top Republican (Pete Sessions, it turns out) LOOKED like he couldn’t even stand looking at Obama.”

Moe Lane reports that Rep. Pete Sessions is demanding an apology for the lie (which is two weeks old, it turns out), but thinks it’s unlikely he’ll get one:

SML Reid, Dick Durbin, and President Obama don’t really think that people who disagree with them are worth apologizing to.  Heck, I’m not certain these days whether any of them think that we’re really people. I know that that’s a horrible thing to say, but it’s based on their past behavior, so said horribleness is not exactly my problem.

And now the story is no longer operative and the White House needs to disavow it as best they can while everyone (except Republicans) keeps their integrity.

See, now the White House actually needs something from Congress, which means that it needs something from the House, which means that it needs something from the GOP.  Alas, Dick Durbin had already opened his mouth and repeated an internal-consumption lie that seemed a good idea at the time.  That had to be fixed. Quickly. And with no foolishness, for once. But also: no apology.  Merely… “regrets.”

Obama and Jarrett Seizing Power of the Purse From Congress

Due to Obama’s hardline “no-negotiations” stance, Republicans have been forced to negotiate with themselves notes Seton Motley at PJ Media:

We are into Week Three of the 17% federal government slowdown.  (If 83% of the nearly $4-trillion-a-year Leviathan is still open, it isn’t a shutdown.)

There is so little (to no) damage done by this, President Barack Obama has been creating as much artificial pain as possible.  Often illegally – and routinely absurdly.  His ridiculous attempted closures of open-air monuments andopen oceans have cost the National Park Service $76 million a day – in addition to being capricious and obnoxious.

Before we even got to to the slowdown, House Republicans passed a bill funding every nook and cranny of the gi-normous government save for the incredibly effective and popular ObamaCare – the Democrats wouldn’t budge.

On both the slowdown and the debt ceiling, the President has throughout flatly stated “I will not negotiate.

If the guys and gals on the other side of the aisle won’t sit down at the other side of the negotiating table – that’s their failing, not yours.  Negotiation isn’t a one-way street.  Republicans – having no one else with whom to negotiate – have for weeks been one-way-street negotiating with themselves.

According to author, Ed Klein, senior adviser Valerie Jarrett orchestrated Obama’s strategies in the government shutdown.

The New York Post reported that Ms. Jarrett held several late-night sessions with Mr. Obama at his residence and from there came the strategy of “no negotiation,” Mr. Klein believes.

The latest on the debt ceiling negotiations via The National Journal show outmaneuvered Republicans with no cards left to play. Beaten and humiliated they are.

Speaker John Boehner is considering letting the House take the initial vote Wednesday on a Senate-prepared bill to lift the debt ceiling and restart funding for the shuttered federal government–apparently even if House conservatives object.

If they do object, it would mean Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and her House Democrats could become critical to its passage.

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According to the aide, Boehner and the House would act first on Wednesday on a bill put together overnight in the Senate, will extend the debt limit until Feb. 7, and include a continuing resolution until Jan. 15, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

Needless to say, this is the unconditional surrender Chi(town)Coms Obama and Jarrett played hardball to achieve.   House Republicans are throwing in the towel.

Erick Erickson writes at Red State:

They’ll merge their ideas with Mitch McConnell’s ideas. The result will be a funded government, raised debt ceiling, and nothing done with Obamacare.

Throughout this fight, Harry Reid has outsmarted Mitch McConnell. Repeatedly, Reid used the Senate’s rules to toss aside numerous proposals from the House while McConnell looked on not knowing how to fight back.

Reid knows how to beat McConnell. If Reid fights hard, McConnell backs down and tries to blame others. McConnell’s lieutenants attack Ted Cruz so “the Leader” can deflect from his own legislative impotence. And he continually is one step behind Reid in his knowledge of how to use the Senate’s complicated rules to win a fight.

You will see no defunding of Obamacare because Republicans are giving up.

You will see no delaying of the individual mandate, even though the Obama Administration cannot fix the website. Republicans have given up this.

The deal would also include a Dec. 15 deadline for a budget conference report, as well as an anti-fraud provision designed to verify income for those who receive subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

Actually – you will see a delaying of the individual mandate. But it will come later – and it will be Obama’s idea. He is a Chicago thug who is hellbent on riding over his political enemies. He doesn’t just want to beat them – he wants to humiliate them – the country be damned. But yeah – it will have to be delayed. Their damn website doesn’t work and nobody knows when it will be fixed. So Obama will be a hero and delay the individual mandate on his own terms.

Mark Levin argues that what Obama is doing is seizing the power of the purse from Congress and taking away their ability to control funding in the government.

In essence, this has been a coup by the Executive to limit the power of all other branches so that there are no checks and balances. Obama will set spending levels and veto any bills that fall short of his demands as he threatens to single handedly push the nation into a default.

Big Government: CONGRESSMAN: ‘CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS’ IF GOP CAVES ON DEBT CEILING:

GOP lawmaker says that if his party’s leadership gives in to Obama, they will have forever altered the checks and balances of the U.S. federal government.

On the House floor on Monday, Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) argued that President Barack Obama’s activities during the government shutdown over Obamacare are a sign to him that Obama would act nefariously to attack the full faith and credit of the United States of America by taking the country into a default in a debt ceiling crisis if the president does not get everything he wants in negotiations.

“Given the ruthless and vindictive way the shutdown has been handled, I now believe that this president would willfully act to destroy the full faith and credit of the United States unless the Congress acquiesces to all of his demands, at least as long as he sees political advantage in doing so,” McClintock said in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives. “If the Republicans acquiesce, immediate crisis will quickly vanish, credit markets will calm and public life will return to other matters. But a fundamental element of our Constitution will have been destroyed. The power of the purse will have shifted from the representatives of the people to the executive. The executive bureaucracies will be freed to churn out ever more outlandish regulations with no effective congressional review or check through the purse. A perilous era will have begun in which the president sets spending levels and vetoes any bill falling short of his demands. Whenever a deadline approaches, one house can simply refuse to negotiate with the other until Congress is faced with the Hobson’s choice of a shutdown or a default. The nation’s spending will again dangerously accelerate. The deficit will rapidly widen. And the economic prosperity of the nation will continue to slowly bleed away.”

Here’s McClintock’s full speech on the House floor, yesterday.

Text of McClintock’s speech is here.

SEE ALSO: 

The Hayride: FANTASTIC: Rep. Tom McClintock On The Debt Limit And The Constitution :

This summarizes a good deal of what we’ve been saying here at the Hayride for a while now. Namely, that a sovereign default as a result of hitting the debt limit would not only be a choice by the Obama administration, but an unconstitutional choice and an impeachable offense. McClintock doesn’t use the word impeachment, but he sure does a good job of explaining what this country faces. Particularly his assessment of where the GOP went wrong in its assumptions by choosing to fight on Obamacare…

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