Historic: POTUS Laughs and Fist-Bumps In Reaction To Gay Sex Joke

We can chalk this one up for another “historic first” for the Preezy of the United Steezy who never misses an opportunity to pander to a favored pressure group and show everyone how hip he is.  This is almost certainly the first time a United States president has laughed and fist-bumped in reaction to  a lewd, gay sex joke in public and apparently (although you can’t tell from the picture) in front of children.

Via The Daily Mail, because you won’t read this story in American papers.

If cutting line at a famous Austin BBQ joint lost Barack Obama a few approval rating points, the conversation he had with the cashier probably cost him even more. When Franklin Barbecue cashier Daniel Rugg Webb saw his chance to speak to the president Thursday, he exclaimed: ‘Equal rights for gay people!’ Obama then asked, ‘Are you gay.’ ‘Only when I’m having sex,’ answered the part-time comedian, which made the president laugh before he realized children were around. …

Harr-harr- oops – wait. We’re supposed to pretend we care about “the children.”

‘Not in front of the kids!’ admonished the president, before fist-bumping Webb and parting ways.

I’ve already posted one photo from this encounter, last week, but I hadn’t yet heard the “back-story.”

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Anyone else find it a little bizarre that the president of the United States would ask a cashier at a photo-op such a private question?

Battle of the Photo-ops – Preezy vs Perry

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Via Mediaite:

 Perry toured the border Thursday, joining the Texas Department of Public Safety law enforcement officials for a boat ride down the Rio Grande. His office released this photo to the press.

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When Perry met with Obama on Wednesday, he got the impression that the president didn’t know where the border patrol were stationed.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry last night told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that during his discussion with Obama Wednesday, he concluded that the president doesn’t even know where his own border patrol agents are situated, suggesting a gross lack of familiarity with the whole process.

Perry said:

We ought to be stopping people from crossing that border, not apprehending them after they get inland. And the president understood that. And, interestingly he did not know that. He – I’m comfortable that he was not knowledgeable about where his border patrol was stationed.

But President Preezy sure as heck knows where Austin’s  bestest BBQ restaurant is stationed.

“The Bear was loose” and his tummy was rumbling…as he yukked it up with “the folks” and did an awesome fist-bump with the cashier.

Colin Jacob, 25, and Jane Litvin, 23, were in town from Boston and Washington, respectively, and had gone to Franklin because they saw a TripAdvisor tweet declaring the restaurant’s barbecue the best in the country. They waited in line for two to three hours before they reached the cashier.

“And out of nowhere, Obama showed up,” Litvin said.

Jacob said the president seemed like a “people person.” Litvin, who shook hands with Obama, said his were “very soft.”

I hope he didn’t hurt his soft knuckles….

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So which photo-op is cooler? Vote in the comments!

 UPDATE:

Via Twitchy: Obama was spotted on the border!:

 

He’s so dreamy.

The Bear Is Loose Through Crises and Scandals That Would Destroy Any Other Presidency

Preezy Obama is known for sleeping in late – and  being late in general – to press conferences, meetings, official events, etc.

Here’s a video from 2008 that highlights Obama’s slothful habits as Senator.

His daily schedule as president is notoriously light on work - heavy on photo-ops, fund-raisers, speeches, golf trips and vacations. His very favorite activity is self-promotion and he never tires of it. And you have to hand it to him – there are a lot of lofo drones out there who think the Preezy of the United Steezy is totally epic, you guyz , because he shoots hoops and plays pool with the regular “folks” – as he likes to call them in public – although in private he probably uses all sorts of other euphemisms for the American people  - “dupes” being one of them.

*Preezy understands how shallow his lo-info voters are – he admitted as much at a fundraiser for the conspicuously-absent Mark Udall (D-CO):

But one challenge that I always offered to Democrats is we do have one congenital disease, which is we’re not very good during off-year elections.

We don’t think it’s flashy enough — I don’t know. There aren’t enough celebrities involved? I mean, I don’t know what’s going on, but a lot of times we don’t vote at the same rates.

We don’t pay attention.

By “we”, he means you dumb S.O.B.s  being bamboozled by his boffo celebrity-in-chief act.

But credit where credit is due – the cult of personality stuff helped get him elected – twice. It certainly doesn’t speak well of the American people. But it speaks well of Obama’s awe-inspiring self-promotion skills.

After being down in the polls, Preezy got “his cool” back in 2012 by being a guest on every possible pop culture TV show in America, while dodging serious interviews and press conferences.

This year, he’s going with a new but painfully obvious PR stunt – #TheBearIsLoose – which his minions are pushing  on twitter. Some in the media are even playing along.

Look at this stupid shit.

Here’s the Bear cutting loose with one of the few Democrats willing to be seen in public with him, (the soon to not be)  Governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper.

That is  the Bear in Chief doing his thaaaang.

Keith Koffler expressed his disgust at White House Dossier: “There’s a third-world style humanitarian crisis on our border. Terrorists have established their own state, a Caliphate, no less. Israel is on the cusp of war with the Palestinians. The economy cratered the first quarter of the year. And here is your president, joshing today in Denver after a night of billiards and pizza.”

Follow the link for a video of Preezy Obama soaking in the warm glow of adulation from his lo-info cultists in Denver. That’s what keeps Preezy going – the mindless adulation of grasping drones who swoon in appreciation when he sticks it to the nasty R-word tea-baggers.

That’s what the Obama presidency will be remembered for - ceaseless self-promotion,  dividing Americans, scandals, corruption, and abuse of power  - but he never gets around to actually doing anything constructive or useful to solve our problems…

 Random walks, meet with supposed random people who wrote him letters and pound beers back with gorilla statues — these are all things to help improve Obama, not the country.

These stunts solve absolutely zero problems ordinary Americans have with finances, job hunting, bill paying or schooling their kids. They do however solve Obama’s cabin fever and to the majority of still loyal hounds in network media, that’s all that’s needed to salvage what’s left of the guy they sold to the country in 2009.

Enabled by a desperate media, he can lament that Congress gets nothing done while simultaneously pounding microbrews, shooting nine ball and working on his handicap.

Obama doesn’t want anything to do with the humanitarian crisis in Iraq, Israel, Ukraine and more importantly, our own southern border, because he can’t talk his way through them. It would require putting down the pool cue and working with congressional leaders on how to formulate a solution together.

But President Preezy likes to tell his audiences he’s the hardest working man in Washington.

Look at this stupid shit:

 

And like clockwork, one of his fanbois in the media tweeted out excitedly that President Boyfriend made a cool movie reference to attack the GOP with.

Obama wants nearly $4 billion (!) to deal with the border crisis (of his own making.) And Republicans are expected to pony up or he and his praetorians in the MSM will gang up on them.

Senator Jeff Sessions wrote:

Today President Obama says he needs $3.7 billion from Congress to handle the crisis his lawless policies are creating. Amazingly, the funding request further advertises his administration’s amnesty efforts and our fraud-riddled asylum programs, while explicitly omitting any request for expedited deportation authority. The request is also not paid for. The administration wants to borrow every penny.

 

I’m glad that Republicans like John Boehner and Sessions aren’t allowing themselves to be emotionally blackmailed by this treacherous president. 

The damage wrought through the implementation of his absurd and impractical liberal “solutions” to national problems is readily evident.

When Barack Obama was inaugurated on January 20, 2009 the national debt of the United States was $10,626,877,048,913. As of Jun 26, 2014, the debt was $17,512,592,730,102.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2007 on the eve of the recession, there were 146.6 million Americans working. Today, after six years of the Obama Administration, there are 145.8 million Americans in jobs, 800,000 below the previous peak. Since Obama came into office in 2009, 7.2 million people have left the workforce, making the true unemployment rate 8.3 percent, not 6.1 percent. Median household income is down almost $2,300 from what it was when Obama took office. Real wages are lower than they were in 1999. Growth in the first quarter of this year was a negative 2.9%, the biggest downward revision from the agency’s second GDP estimate since records began in 1976.

In April, prior to the present massive and growing surge in illegal minor immigration, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said Obama has created an “open borders” situation by failing to enforce U.S. immigration law. One could fairly conclude that the current crisis was a deliberate policy decision because the Obama indicated that he would expand Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that offers amnesty for illegal immigrant children and provides an incentive for exactly the type of mass illegal invasion we are witnessing on our southern border.

There should be little doubt that Obama’s open borders policy is meant to fundamentally transform the country’s demographics, produce millions of additional Democratic voters and welfare recipients and permanently undermine the national security of the United States.

Obama’s “solutions” never seem to work, do they? But as long as the MSM remain willing dupes – so will too many of the American people.

…the liberal media remain willfully ignorant, will not report the truth and continue to protect Obama, regardless of the costs to the country.

Obama will survive in office until public awareness of his administration’s treachery matches its level of incompetence and exceeds the media’s capacity to tolerate corruption.

Jimmy Carter made mistakes. Barack Obama, a creator of crises, practices deceit and the willful betrayal of trust.

It does matter whether the damage inflicted upon our country results from ineptitude or premeditation.

It is ideology-induced treachery.

SEE ALSO:

AoSHQ: Our Petty, Psychologically Infirm President

*Editor’s Note: the “Preezy understands how shallow his lo-info voters are” paragraph was added after initial post.

Obama In MN: Pay No Attention To Those ‘Phony Scandals’ – They’re ‘Not On The Level’ (Video)

*The bear is loose and back on the permanent campaign trail to show “the folks” how hard he’s fighting for middle class families™

Speaking to a crowd in Minnesota, Thursday, Obama lamely decried “fabricated issues and phony scandals.”

“It’s all geared towards the next election or ginning up a base,” Obama muttered derisively. “Um…..it’s not on the level.”

It was a pathetic and unconvincing performance.  What  next? *”I am not a crook?”

A new Fox News Poll shows that  76% of Voters Think the IRS Emails Were Deliberately Destroyed. In other words, they think it’s his administration that’s not being “on the level.”

Via Freedom’s Lighthouse: 

Obama brought up a Minnesota  mother whose letter to the White House he used in his ongoing push to raise the minimum wage, but failed to explain how raising the minimum wage would help the accountant struggling in a stagnant, overly regulated economy.

No matter — this is why he ran, you guys – so he could help folks like this mom who reminds him of his own mom – and his g-ma, too – and he and Michelle 20 years ago. Obama reeked of insincerity as he tried to convince  his credulous audience that he could relate to middle America.

The truth? The truth is not so nice. Obama is a student of Saul Alinsky who understands that America’s white middle class is where the power lies. He not trying to help the middle class. He’s trying to destroy it. Which should be obvious, by now.

Mr. Obama has very clearly embodied Alinsky’s epiphany about the middle class. He has been pushing all the buttons of fear, division and partisanship on the one hand, and government benefits and promises of jobs on the other. The very last thing Obama wants, however, is a rising economy and people working. A good economy and jobs deflates the revolutionary possibilities. Every regulation, tax and Obama decree is geared to destroying the middle class. When people are living hand-to-mouth or living on benefits and having to jump through myriad regulatory hoops, they are unable to unite and fight the coming authoritarianism.

That is why it is so galling  to watch this guy cozy up to the middle class every election season. The very people he wants to murder, open the door and hand him the gun. It’s really quite nauseating.

* Obama keeps pushing this meme he apparently thinks has a high cool quotient: “The bear is loose!” he’s been saying for the past couple of weeks as he leaves the White House. And his fan bois in the press swoon in appreciation. “Obama said “the bear is loose, omg, isn’t that witty?!”

* It’s not my intention to defame President Nixon by comparing him to Obama. I’m just noting that Barry’s sounding comically defensive, these days.

 

Issa Subpoenas IRS Commissioner – IRS Required By Law To Keep Records of all Agency Emails

The Regime’s “dog ate my homework” excuse for losing 24,000 of 67,000 of Lois Lerner’s emails sent between 2009 and 2011 – ain’t gonna cut it.

Via the Daily Caller:

“The [Federal Records Act] requires agencies to make and preserve records of agency decisions, policies, and essential  transactions and to take steps to safeguard against the loss of agency records,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, who subpoenaed IRS Commissioner John Koskinen Monday.

The IRS’s own definition of the Federal Records Act makes clear that emails must be saved and documented, according to an instructional page for employees on the IRS website.

“The Federal Records Act applies to email records just as it does to records you create using other media,” according to the IRS. “Emails are records when they are: Created or received in the transaction of agency business. Appropriate for preservation as evidence of the government’s function and activities; or Valuable because of the information they contain.”

“If you create or receive email messages during the course of your daily work, you are responsible for ensuring that you manage them properly,” according to the IRS. “The Treasury Department’s current email policy requires emails and attachments that meet the definition of a federal record be added to the organization’s files by printing them (including the essential transmission data) and filing them with related paper records. If transmission and receipt data are not printed by the email system, annotate the paper copy.”

Obviously, the White House is deeply involved in the IRS scandal-  Obama and his flunkies have made that abundantly clear with their ongoing efforts to poo-poo and controversialize a legitimate investigation into IRS malfeasance.

Josh Earnest deployed the Regime’s tried and true “conspiracy theory” defense on reporters aboard Air Force One, yesterday. This is how they (as Sharyl Attkisson so aptly put it) “controversialize” a story that’s damaging to the Regime. Read closely.

Asked by a reporter aboard Air Force One whether he thought the technical glitch was in fact a “reasonable explanation,” Earnest, the incoming press secretary, was at first dismissive.

“You’ve never heard of a computer crashing before?” Earnest asked.

Regime: “Move on, you guys, nothing to see, here.”

When pressed that emails are stored on servers and not hard drives, Earnest gave a more detailed response, including attacking Republicans in Congress.

“I think it’s entirely reasonable because it’s the truth and it’s a fact,” Earnest said. “And speculation otherwise I think is indicative of conspiracies that are propagated in a way that left people with a disinformation about exactly what occurred.”

Regime: “Do you want to align yourselves with tea party conspiracy theorists?” Reporters’ expected response: “Oh God, no.”

Earnest said the IRS provided 67,000 emails to and from Lerner to congressional committees. He said this included emails during the period of time that the IRS said the crash included.

“So a good-faith effort has been made by the IRS to cooperate with congressional oversight,” Earnest continued. “The far-fetched skepticism expressed by some Republican members of Congress is not at all surprising and not particularly believable.”

Actually, it’s Josh Earnest’s pathetic spin that isn’t believable.

Via Communities Digital News, here’s Charles Krauthammer’s reaction to that on Special Report, Monday night.

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer reminded viewers that one of the articles of impeachment brought against President Richard Nixon was the abuse of the IRS to pursue political enemies. A missing 18 ½ minutes of audio on Richard Nixon’s Watergate-era tapes versus 26 months of emails? “This is a high crime, this is not a triviality,” Krauthammer warned.

National Journal columnist Ron Fournier, who has, for the most part, been pretty supportive of the Obama administration had this sobering response: “Josh’s statement, with all due respect, is insulting to my intelligence — it really makes me angry. The reason there’s questions about this is because they haven’t answered the questions. The fact of the matter is that, we don’t know the facts, we don’t know if anybody is guilty here or not, but we do know that one of the most pernicious things our government can do is use the IRS to come after us.”

Obama White House is losing many of his liberal supporters because they can no longer defend him and retain any degree of self-respect. That leaves the hard left and the lofo default libs still in his camp.

Meanwhile, on another scandal front that the Regime has tried hard to controversialize: CNN Poll: 61% Say Obama Admin Has Been “Dishonest” With Details Of Benghazi Terror Attack…

(CNN) – Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the way the Obama administration has handled the deadly terror attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, a new poll shows.

The CNN/ORC International poll released on Monday indicates only 37% are satisfied with the administration’s response to the September 2012 assault that killed four Americans, including the ambassador to Libya. [...]

Sixty-one percent of Americans surveyed think the administration has generally been dishonest in providing information about Benghazi in the aftermath of the attack.

The truth is finally catching up to this criminal cartel of a White House.

With the public becoming more aware of the Regime’s ongoing corruption and lawlessness, can the political remedy of impeachment finally become a reality?

We really need to get this guy out of there before he does any more damage to this country. I don’t care if that means the simpleton Biden becomes president - anything is better than this malignant tumor that’s been plaguing the nation for five and a half God-awful years in the person of Barack Hussein Obama.

UPDATE:

This is so brazen…

Via NRO: 

It’s not just Lois Lerner’s e-mails. The Internal Revenue Service says it can’t produce e-mails from six more employees involved in the targeting of conservative groups, according to two Republicans investigating the scandal.

The IRS told Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp and subcommittee chairman Charles Boustany that computer crashes resulted in additional lost e-mails, including from Nikole Flax, the chief of staff to former IRS commissioner Steven Miller, who was fired in the wake of the targeting scandal.

The revelation about Lerner’s e-mails rekindled the scandal and today’s news has further inflamed Republicans. Camp and Boustany are now demanding a special prosecutor to investigate “every angle” of the targeting. They expressed particular outrage that the agency has known since February that it would not be able to produce the e-mails requested by the committee yet did not apprise the committee of that fact, and they charged in a statement that the IRS is attempting to “cover up the fact that it convenient lost key documents in the investigation.”

Ace says: “Because it’s politically chancey to even mention Impeachment, Obama is now basically daring the GOP to impeach him.”

I say, we take him up on the dare. I’ve had it with him, and so have most sentient beings.

UPDATE:

CBS News: Attkisson On Missing IRS Documents: If The Emails Really Are Lost, ‘That’s Quite A Story In Itself’

This is from a radio interview with Philadelphia talk show host Dom Giordano:

“These emails are not stored on a signal server or a single computer, so if there were a crash of a hard drive or some sort of system failure, they would still be retrievable. According to [John] Koskinen, the IRS Commissioner at the time, he told Congress that emails were stored offsite. That jives with people who said emails were backed up daily. There is a responsibility on the part of government officials to retain the data, make sure that is and can’t be lost in the system. If it’s true that the emails are lost, that’s quite a story in itself,” she said.

She thinks Congress should act fast to investigate if anyone inside the IRS is attempting to hide or destroy the emails.

“I would call in certain officials. Let’s assume there could have been some mischief committed — before they have time to get their stories straight and fix things up, I would get them in there under oath and start digging down and getting the timeline and getting people on the record about this. The only people that I see than can do this are members of Congress. The question is, do they have the will to do that?” Attkisson stated.

She goes on to make several other good points, including the fact that “the IRS is part of Healthcare.gov, if the IRS system can indeed be so vulnerable that some sort of crash can lose all kind of important data like this, what does t say about the federal system?”

MORE:

Glenn Reynolds: “I think it’s fair at this point to assume that the “missing” emails are missing because someone in the White House was behind this.”

 

 

Jeanine Pirro: I’m Worried – And You should Be Too

Judge Jeanine Pirro let Obama have it on Saturday night’s installment of Justice for squandering all of the hard fought and won gains in Iraq, and endangering American lives in the process.

“You know me,” Pirro said, “most of the time, I’m fearless. I’ve spent most my life, fighting, investigating, prosecuting and sentencing the worst of the worst. But tonight, I’m worried.”

“Our president has literally replenished the enemy at a time of war,” she said.

She had on Senator John McCain and and retired general Ralph McInerny to discuss Obama’s latest “utter and total  failure”.

Also a guest on Saturday’s show, Ambassador to Iraq under GW Bush, James Jeffrey.

See Also:

Report: Hundreds of American Civilians Besieged by Terrorists at Air Force Base in Iraq:

 the Al Qaeda aligned ISIS jihadists roll on towards Baghdad, there are reports that at least 200 Americans were trapped and surrounded at the Balad Force Air Base. An anonymous contractor claiming to be among the besieged U.S. citizens posted this call for help on CNN’s “IReport” website yesterday:

I am writing from ballad Iraq as a employee of sallyport, ksillc..there are approx 500 US citizens on balad air base north of Baghdad trapped..we are part of a little known F16 iraq support mission here…The company has reportedly for the last 3 days to fly us out, we are now all herded into a central location on base..and being told nothing..The clint lockheed martin, DoS and most women have already been evacuated days ago but we are all still here.  I hope this message is received by someone that can break this as headline news to bring attention to the situation for us..we are all worried and in dire straight as last security Intel reports Isis elements around us..

This message on the front page of the contracting company seems to verifythat there are still employees in Iraq, though in “safe sites” in the region.

Double Amputee Veteran Has Compelling Message About America’s Relationship and Role In Iraq:

 Retired Staff Sergeant Johnny “Joey” Jones served in Iraq from 2007 to 2008. In 2010, he deployed to Afghanistan to help disarm the Taliban’s IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices). However, when Jones stepped on an IED his tour was cut short. He had lost both of his legs in the incident.

On Friday, Jones was a guest on Fox News’ The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson to discuss the recent turmoil in Iraq. Carlson began by asking him if he thought that the sacrifices Iraq War veterans made were in vain. Jones responded:

“When we were in Iraq, and I had the opportunity to tell the president this, every town that I was in, we liberated people, we empowered them, we didn’t conquer or destroy them. And we have to have the commitment there to finish the job.”…

 

“Baghdad is a symbol of freedom for our country as much as Iraq. We literally spent over a decade there liberating people from a tyrannical government. This Commander-In-Chief has an opportunity to have the courage to honor a commitment that we made when we turned their world upside down by taking out Saddam and their regime.”

Meanwhile in a different universe, two dimwits trying to pass themselves off as intellectuals, fret about “gender equity” issues in the Middle East and military industrial complex wanting to be in a “perpetual state of war.”

ISIS Attempting To Encircle Baghdad Before Laying Siege To The City…

Via Long War Journal:

The lightning advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and its allies from Mosul to the outskirts of Samarra, as well as its capture of several towns in eastern Diyala, all over the course of several days, appears to be part of a greater strategy to surround the capital of Baghdad before laying siege to it. This plan, to take over the “belt” region outside of Baghdad and cut off the capital, appears to be the same strategy used by the ISIS’ predecessor back in 2006.

The 2006 plan, which was drawn up by the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), the forerunner of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS), was discovered after the US found a crude map on the body of Abu Musab al Zarqawi, al Qaeda in Iraq’s leader who was killed by US forces in Baqubah in June 2006. The “Baghdad belts” map was released by Multinational Forces-Iraq during its offensive to liberate vast areas under al Qaeda/ISI control in 2007 and 2008.

Meanwhile in a different universe, two dimwits trying to pass themselves off as intellectuals, worry about “gender equity” issues in the Middle East and the military industrial complex and Republicans wanting to be in a “perpetual state of war.”

Via Washington Free Beacon, I swear  this is not a parody:

“We don’t want to be nasty and vicious here, but are the Republicans interested in a perpetual state of war?” he asked. “Because it seems like they are always, with this chest-pumping, patriarchal character, trying to thrust us [into one.]“

Peterson said earlier in the segment there was “gender equity” work, among other areas, that needed to be done in the Middle East that went beyond military intervention.

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

ISIS seizes Mosul and More Towns in Northern and Central Iraq (Video)

It was one of our worst fears when he was elected. That after a long, hard- fought war in Iraq, the SCOAMF would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. And it is indeed what is happening. Six months after “al Qaeda in Iraq” (now called ISIS) retook Fallujah, it has now retaken Mosul and is now making its way Southward to seize control of other territories.

Keith Koffler is beside himself.

It is truly hard to fathom the profound nature of the catastrophe that is the Obama presidency. On every front, domestic and foreign, our nation is taking an axe to the gut. Recovery from all this will be a Herculean feat. The disaster we face as a result of this man’s unfitness for the job – and mistaken policies - can hardly be overstated.

Iraq is now in a state of civil war. Insurgents have just seized control of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. Not just any insurgents. Al Qaeda-backed extremists. Between Syria, Iraq, Libya, other portions of Africa, and soon, once again, Afghanistan, Al Qaeda and other islamist extremists will have a mind-numbing panoply of locales available in which to train and launch attacks against the United States.

I wish I could say something to the people who lost loved ones fighting to liberate that country –  but there’s really nothing to say. There’s no upside. There is only more horror –  not only to the region, but the entire world, as Obama willfully retreats from it and allows America’s enemies to gain power.

Via the Long War Journal, “a video from a fighter in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham (ISIS) details the chaos in Mosul after the jihadist insurgent group took control of the city earlier today.”

The video, which was released on YouTube by an ISIS fighter who goes by the name of “Ibn al Azd,” is captioned “The camera roams the streets of Mosul and the displaced return after its liberation//Islamic State [ISIS].”

In the short video, an ISIS fighter films from a vehicle as another ISIS fighter drives through the main roads of Mosul. The aftermath of the ISIS’ rout of the Iraqi military is caught on film.

The video shows a number of police and armored military vehicles that are abandoned, burning, or torched. A checkpoint, once manned by policemen, is deserted. Several columns of smoke are seen rising in the background. Sporadic gunfire, presumably of the celebratory type, is also heard in the background.

The cameraman also records several vehicles and columns driven by masked ISIS fighters. Many of the vehicles are flying the ISIS’ black flag of jihad. Additionally, masked fighters are seen roaming the streets.

Also via the Long War Journal, now ISIS is advancing southward and taking control of territory in the provinces of Salahaddin and Kirkuk.

In Kirkuk province, ISIS fighters “overran the Hawijah, Zab, Riyadh and Abbasi areas west of the city of Kirkuk, and Rashad and Yankaja to its south,” Colonel Ahmed Taha told AFP.

“Taha said soldiers and police in Zab abandoned their posts, while Hawijah district council chief Hussein al Juburi said soldiers in the area were apparently ordered to depart, allowing militants to move in and raise their flag over the police station,” AFP continued.

Usamah al Nujayfi, the speaker of Iraq’s Council of Representatives, reported earlier today that ISIS fighters took control of the airport in Sharqat, a city halfway between Kirkuk and Mosul, seized a helicopter, and freed prisoners.

UPDATE: 

Weasel Zippers: ISIS Beheads 15 Members of Iraq’s Security Forces After Sacking Mosul…

Intel Sources: Bergdahl May Have Been Enemy Collaborator (Video)

Via Washington Free Beacon:

Fox News reporter James Rosen was on  Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Wednesday talking about  intel sources “in and out of government” and “in and out of military” who tell him they are concerned Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl may have been an enemy collaborator.

“There is a major classified file associated with Sgt. Bergdahl that has been compiled by the intelligence community,” Rosen said. “Many in that community harbor ongoing, outstanding, and serious concerns that Sgt. Bergdahl may not have been just a deserter, but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy.”

Rosen went on to say that said his sources have “further allegations” against Sgt. Bergdahl. “I am speaking with a number of people […] in the national security apparatus who are detailing further allegations to me, which I am trying to run to ground.”

He also made note of 2010 reports  claiming Bergdahl was teaching the Taliban “ambush skills and [how to construct] bomb making devices.”

The idea the White House hadn’t seen the classified information about Bergdahl strains credulity. Who was the classified information for – if not the people who were working on his release?

Col. Ralph Peters was on Megyn Kelly Tuesday night expressing his complete disbelief and disgust with the State Dept for doubting Bergdahl’s platoon mates’ word on what happened.

“Megyn, what we just heard, was Benghazi 2.0. – a political flunky in the State Dept. insisting that she knows better about what happened on the ground than the soldiers on the front line or the people in a firefight. The arrogance is boundless! And if the Obama administration can’t have the grace to be decent about anything else, at least stop insulting our troops,” Peters fumed.

“She called those soldiers from the front lines, liars! and by the way, SHE’S THE LIAR! I can tell you from the first days – from the first hours –  the military knew exactly what his status was. And I have never heard of or seen any report that conflicts with the allegation that he was a deserter.”

He continued, “this is an example of a very deep cultural divide between team Obama that knows nothing about the military and cares less and those who actually serve. And when you listen to Susan Rice and Obama – they think that desertion is like skipping class…”

“It is the second gravest sin in the military catechism –  right behind turning your weapon on your brother soldiers, Peters explained. I cannot begin to communicate how deeply the military feels about deserters.”

He reminded people of how the US military used to treat deserters.

“I am SICK! of hearing people – even on Fox – instant experts who never served in the military – saying, well we always went after our troops even if they’re deserters. Megyn, throughout much of our history, we did go after deserters, and when we got them, we shot them or hanged them, and if we were in a good mood, we would brand them with a “D” on their cheeks or forehead. When we became enlightened in the 20th century, we still shot some, we always sent them to prison or hard labor. So this is not a minor offense – desertion is very, very grave, and team Obama JUST DOESN”T GET IT!”

UPDATE:

More proof Team Obama really doesn’t get the military:

Gateway Pundit: WOW! Obama Official: Bergdahl “Worthy of Sympathy” if He Joined Taliban to Protest “Psychopath” Platoon Leaders

An Obama administration official has floated the idea that Bowe Bergdahl was justified in deserting his platoon in Afghanistan and joining the Taliban over disagreements with the platoon’s leadership.

I think I’m going to be sick…

Every Obama Statement Comes With An Expiration Date – Taliban Swap Edition

Long ago, it was determined that every Obama statement comes with an expiration date – but must he always be so sickeningly predictable?

In May of  2008, candidate Barack Obama took great offense to comments made by then President George Bush in a speech before Israel’s Knesset. Bush had said; “some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along … We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

At the time, (I remember it well) the entire Democrat Media complex, led by Obama heaped opprobrium on Bush for making such a harsh statement on foreign soil – even though it wasn’t clear in his remarks to whom he was referring.

The Obama campaign released a stinging statement – calling Bush’s words “a false political attack” while stressing how committed he was to “our ally Israel.”

“It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel’s independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power — including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy – to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President’s extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel.”

Failed candidate Hillary Clinton piled on:

“On the face of it and especially in light of his failures in foreign policy, this is the kind of statement that has no place in any presidential address and certainly to use an important moment like the 60th anniversary celebration of Israel to make a political point seems terribly misplaced,” said the New York Senator during an impromptu gaggle with reporters. “Unfortunately this is what we’ve come to expect from President Bush who has refused to change course in Iraq, neglected Afghanistan and failed to provide leadership on the range of important issues that face our country and the world.”

Not to be outdone, Joey “Choo Choo” Biden called Bush’s words, “bullshit”, “malarkey” , outrageous”, and “ridiculous.”

“This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset … and make this kind of ridiculous statement.”

It all had a very “thou doth protest too much” quality to it.

Now we know why.

With the recent announcement that U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal has been released by the Taliban in exchange for 5 “high-risk” terrorists, engaging with terrorists has become a reality.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) has stated that the administration flat-out “negotiated with terrorists,” a tactic that marks a “fundamental shift in U.S. policy.”

And by shift, he means unlawful.

Just last year, outgoing Press Sec. Jay Carney promised, WH Will Consult with Congress on Gitmo Transfer.

Just under a year ago, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney promised that any decision with respect to the release of Guantanamo Bay detainees in exchange for kidnapped Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be made in consultation with Congress.

CARNEY: With regard to the transfer of Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, we have made — the United States has not made the decision to do that, though we do expect the Taliban to raise this issue in our discussion, if and when those discussions happen.

As we have long said, however, we would not make any decisions about transfer of any detainees without consulting with Congress and without doing so in accordance with U.S. law.

Q    So you haven’t ruled it out?

CARNEY:  I’m simply saying that — first of all, you have to separate the two issues.  We are focused on the return  — the safe and immediate return of Sergeant Bergdahl, and we continue to use the tools at our disposal to help bring that about.

We also expect the Taliban to raise the issue of their detainees in discussions that we have with them if those discussions take place.  And at this time we’ve made no decisions about the transfer of detainees.

And in accordance with law, we would be consulting with Congress should we make any decisions about that.  So we remain committed to the closure of Guantanamo Bay, as you know.  But separate from that on these specific issues about individual detainees, that would be a process that is done in accordance with law.

Well, you know that turned out –  the White House this week sent five dangerous former Taliban commanders to Qatar to hang loose for a year without a word to lawmakers.

Two more Obama statements that reached their expiration dates – and George Bush, by the way –  totally vindicated:

“some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along … We have an obligation to call this what it is – the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history.”

Yes, Obama will be discredited by history. Unfortunately, we all have to suffer through his completely FUBAR presidency until he’s gone.

SEE ALSO:

Weasel Zippers: Officer: Soldiers Were “Threatened” If They Questioned Story of Bergdahl’s Capture, Forced To Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements…

Mediaite: Jeffrey Toobin: Obama ‘Clearly Broke the Law’ on Bergdahl

PJM: Jonathan Turley: Not much debate the White House is ‘in violation of the law’

Jake Tapper, The Lead: Former Army Sgt. who served with Bergdahl: ‘He is at best a deserter, at worst a traitor’

John Bolton,  New York Post: The high cost of Obama’s reckless Taliban swap

Marc Thiessen, Washington Post: Here’s what happens when Taliban leaders are released

Duffleblog: Meteorologists Forecast Bowe Bergdahl Shit Storm

Gateway Pundit: Dick Cheney: I Never Would Have Supported the Taliban Trade for “AWOL” Bergdahl (Video)

Weasel Zippers: REPORT: Pentagon In 2010 Concluded Bowe Bergdahl Deserted His Post, Stopped Military Efforts To Rescue Him…

Twitchy: ‘Most dishonest tweet ever’: Chris Hayes shredded for question about ‘right-wing’ reaction to Bergdahl story

Instapundit: HMM: Sources: Intelligence community investigated Bergdahl’s conduct. “Many within the intelligence community harbor serious outstanding concerns not only that Bergdahl may have been a deserter but that he may have been an active collaborator with the enemy.”

Greta Van Susteren: Obama’s News Police Meant to Intimidate, Stifle and Chill Speech (Video)

On Wednesday night’s On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, a panel discussed the Obama Regime’s latest power grab – an FCC pilot program that would send “researchers” to newsrooms to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. Former FCC Commissioner AJIT PAI wrote about the plan in his Wall Street Journal piece, The FCC Wades Into the Newsroom.

The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.

Susteren is outraged. She had on The Hill’s AB Stoddard, The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty and the Washington Examiner’s Byron York to discuss the Regime’s stealth attempt to bring back the  Fairness Doctrine, and they all agreed that it was a horrible idea that no self-respecting newsroom would tolerate.

Greta named three things that she thought she’d never see happen in her own country – the NSA spying on all American citizens, the use of drones to kill American citizens, and now this. Tumulty noted the FCC was also planning to visit newspapers which they don’t even have the power to regulate.

“You ask a news organization what their news philosophy is – it’s to cover the news and make a profit out of that”, Tumulty declared.

Greta retorted, “if they asked me, you know what I’d say? None of your business.” She went on to say she hoped any other news organization would respond the same way.

Stoddard wondered why any newsroom or newspaper would feel like they would have to comply with these FCC inquisitions. “I can’t imagine even the most liberal outfit coming from this profession being willing to share their philosophy and change the way they cover anything…” She said.

Greta asserted that the whole thing is “meant to intimidate and to stifle and to chill,” and expressed shock and horror that someone thought that this was a good idea to begin with.

AB Stoddard agreed, “it seems so ludicrous – so unAmerican – that I can’t believe that it would ever become real, but the fact that someone had an idea about it and it didn’t get slapped down – is more than strange.”

One gets the uneasy feeling that Obama looks to Communist South American Dictators who take control of the news media with great admiration and envy.

SEE ALSO:

Doug Ross: NOT CREEPY AT ALL: Obama FCC Placing Government Monitors in Newsrooms to Police Media:

Every major repressive regime of the modern era has begun with an attempt to control and intimidate the press.

As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently said, “our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.”

The federal government has absolutely no business determining what stories should and should not be run, what is critical for the American public and what is not, whether it perceives a bias, and whose interests are and are not being served by the free press.

It’s an unconscionable assault on our free society.

Imagine a government monitor telling Fox News it needed to cover stories in the same way as MSNBC or Al Jazeera. Imagine an Obama Administration official walking in to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal and telling it that the American public would be better served if it is stopped reporting on the IRS scandal or maybe that reporting on ObamaCare “glitches” is driving down enrollment.

It’s hard to imagine anything more brazenly Orwellian than government monitors in newsrooms.

Via Dick Morris: 

Surveys will be distributed to reporters, news editors, assignment editors, publishers, owners, on-air reporters, film editors and other station or newspaper staff. These are the questions they will ask:

–What is the news philosophy of the station?

–Who else in your market provides news?

–Who are your main competitors?

–Is the news produced in-house or is it provided by an outside source?

–Do you employ news people?

–How many reporters and editors do you employ?

–Do you have any reporters or editors assigned to topic “beats”? If so how many and what are the beats?

–Who decides which stories are covered?

–How much influence do reporters and anchors have in deciding which stories to cover? –How much does community input influence news coverage decisions?

–How do you define critical information that the community needs?

–How do you ensure the community gets this critical information? On-Air Staff? Reporters? Anchors?

–How much news does your station air every day?

–Have you ever suggested coverage of what you consider a story with critical information for your customers (viewers, listeners, readers) that was rejected by management? If so, can you give an example? What was the reason given for the decision? Why do you disagree?

These intrusive questions, prying into station politics and policies, can only send a chilling message to radio and television outlets.

Fox News: ‘The Kelly File’ looks at the FCC’s proposal to study newsrooms:

A Federal Communications Commission proposal to “study” how the news media operates by placing researchers in newsrooms, “The Kelly File” reported on Wednesday.

“It’s very reminiscent of the kinds of questions that were asked of my clients in the IRS matter that is currently in federal court,” said Jay Sekulow of the American Center for Law and Justice. “Same kind of questioning process of content, determination on point of view, and I think this government, this administration is bent on aiming and targeting those they don’t like.”

Katie Pavlich, the news editor of Townhall.com, wondered why the Obama administration didn’t learn following the fallout over the Justice Department’s wiretapping of Associated Press journalists.

“Now, they want to send investigators into newsrooms all over the country,” she said. “This is about controlling what people say, and this is about intimidating the news.”

Pavlich agreed with host Megyn Kelly’s assertion that the proposal provides a window into “how the FCC is thinking” when it comes to an independent press.

I emboldened what Sekulow said because I was thinking the same thing and I think it is key.

Do a Google search on this story, and you’ll quickly notice which media outfits are the most concerned about this – the WSJ, which broke the story, Fox News, the ACLJ, Mediaite, and lots of conservative blogs.

Why do you suppose ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC,  CNN, the Washington Post and NYTs (the Democrat media complex as Andrew Breitbart used to call them) are mum? Why is this not a big story for them? Could it be because they are already voluntarily complying with the Regime’s PC requirements? Are they not already simpatico with the Regime’s Statist worldview? In 2016, can we fully expect them to run interference  for the Democrat candidate  like they did so shamelessly for Obama in 2008 and 2012? Of course they will. They pretend to be impartial, but when it counts – they will sting the Republican. It is their nature.

So who do you think is being “targeted” here? As usual, it’s the disfavored conservative leaning rabble-rousers who don’t tow the Regime’s Statist line. And the Democrat media complex is once again, looking away from a scandal,  giving the Regime their tacit approval.

Greta Van Susteren has every reason to be horrified.

Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt: KLAVAN: A Sick Media #BOWDOWN To Their Own Oppressors:

…we don’t need a thuggish FCC to know this administration wants the media choir to sing the White House song castrato. Reporters Without Borders has already downgraded the U.S. fourteen spots to number 46 on the World Press Freedom Index this year alone. The president’s men have tapped reporters’ phones and email. And even Jill Abramson, editor of the leftist New York Times, says, “This is the most secretive White House… I have ever dealt with.”

And yet the Times and the news networks continue to play down presidential malfeasance — including that which threatens their own freedom!

It was unbelievably childish of journalists to believe, as Barbara Walters put it, that Obama was “the next messiah.” It is venal of them to turn a near-sighted eye to his IRS abuse, Benghazi cover-up and unconstitutional non-enforcement of law. But for American news people to #BOWDOWN before an administration that shows open hostility to the First Amendment — that’s just hashtag-pathological.

Ben Shapiro, Big Government: OBAMA CRACKDOWN ON PRESS FREEDOM ESCALATES:

Last week, Reporters Without Borders dropped America in the World Press Freedom Index 2014 from 33rd to 46th. James Risen of The New York Times rightly explained, “I think 2013 will go down in history as the worst year for press freedom in the United States’ modern history.” And he’s right. The violation of press freedoms has been egregious under this administration, even as the press fetes President Obama as an honest and effective commander-in-chief.

Selective Access. President Obama has regularly granted special access to reporters who give him preferential coverage. CBS’ Steve Kroft admitted as much after a late-2012 interview with the President during which CBS clipped Obama’s explicit refusal to label Benghazi an act of terror: “(Obama) knows that we’re not going to play ‘gotcha’ with him, that we’re not going to go out of our way to make him look bad or stupid.”

Michael Lewis, author of Moneyball, got special access for a profile of Obama for Vanity Fair – but Obama insisted on redlining his quotes. Lewis explained that “the White House insisted on signing off on the quotes that would appear.” A reporter from the San Francisco Chronicle was threatened for covering an anti-Obama protest. As early as 2008, candidate Obama was kicking dissenters off planes after their outlets endorsed John McCain.

Targeting Reporters. In May 2013, the Associated Press dropped the bombshell that the Department of Justice had grabbed phone records for its reporters and editors of the course of two months. Records for 20 telephone lines belonging to the AP and reporters for it were seized between April and May of 2012. Those seizures affected over 100 journalists.

The AP’s President and CEO Gary Pruitt stated, “There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters.” Fox News’ James Rosen was also targeted by the DOJ after running a story about North Korea nuclear development. His State Department visits were tracked and his movements were followed. His parents’ phone records were even grabbed.

Video: Obama Admin Accused Of Filing Standard and Poor’s Lawsuit In Retaliation For 2011 US Credit Downgrade

When Holder’s politically weaponized Justice Department filed a $5 billion dollar fraud lawsuit against S&P a year ago, who didn’t think it was political retaliation for crossing Obama?  Now, according to claims made in their multi-billion dollar lawsuit, S&P  have removed all doubt.

Via Fox News Insider:

The financial services firm, Standard & Poor’s, threw down a stunning challenge in court claiming that former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner threatened the chairman of S&P’s parent company in a phone call that warned of consequences after the downgrade came.

It came just days after S&P angered the White House by downgrading the U.S. credit rating in the middle of the 2011 debt ceiling debate.

Harold McGraw III said, according to the sworn legal declaration, “[Geithner] said that, ‘you have done an enormous disservice to yourselves and to your country.’”

He went to attribute the following threats from Geithner, “S&P’s conduct would be ‘looked at very carefully’ he said. Such behavior could not occur, he said, without a response from the government.”

The Justice Department filed a $5 billion dollar fraud lawsuit about a year ago, accusing S&P of lying about the credit worthiness of complicated financial instruments in the run out to the 2008 financial crisis.

Megyn Kelly opened her show, last night, with the bombshell allegations. She had on Chief Counsel from the ACLJ, Jay Sekulow, and Chris Stirewalt of the Washington Examiner to talk about it.

Stirewalt noted that the man making the allegation, Harold McGraw III “ain’t Glenn Beck….. he’s not a conservative activist, not somebody who is known for his criticism of any political figures – or anyone at all. What he’s known for is being a white shoe, elite, New York, big business, Chamber of Commerce, gives money to Democrats and Republicans kind of guy. He’s not someone who you would ever expect to hear criticizing anyone in power from either party.”

Fox News Exclusive: Transcripts Show Obama Knew Benghazi Was A Terrorist Attack – Not A Spontaneous Demonstration – Right From the Beginning

Fox News has the exclusive on the 450 pages of sworn testimony, under wraps until now, that reveal  what America’s highest ranking officers and the president knew about Benghazi from the earliest moments.

The transcripts reveal that top defense officials briefed Obama on an attack – not a reaction to video or a demonstration.

James Rosen reported:

Minutes after the American consulate in Benghazi came under assault on Sept. 11, 2012, the nation’s top civilian and uniformed defense officials — headed for a previously scheduled Oval Office session with President Obama — were informed that the event was a “terrorist attack,” declassified documents show. The new evidence raises the question of why the top military men, one of whom was a member of the president’s Cabinet, allowed him and other senior Obama administration officials to press a false narrative of the Benghazi attacks for two weeks afterward.

Gen. Carter Ham, who at the time was head of AFRICOM, the Defense Department combatant command with jurisdiction over Libya, told the House in classified testimony last year that it was him who broke the news about the unfolding situation in Benghazi to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The tense briefing — in which it was already known that U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens had been targeted and had gone missing — occurred just before the two senior officials departed the Pentagon for their session with the commander in chief.

According to declassified testimony obtained by Fox News, Ham — who was working out of his Pentagon office on the afternoon of Sept. 11 — said he learned about the assault on the consulate compound within 15 minutes of its commencement, at 9:42 p.m. Libya time, through a call he received from the AFRICOM Command Center.

“My first call was to General Dempsey, General Dempsey’s office, to say, ‘Hey, I am headed down the hall. I need to see him right away,’” Ham told lawmakers on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on June 26 of last year. “I told him what I knew. We immediately walked upstairs to meet with Secretary Panetta.”

No these guys didn’t politicize national security at all….

Reminder of Jay Carney’s pathetic BS spin circa Sept 19, 2012, repeating the Administration line that it was not a pre-planned attack just “bad actors” who had come on the scene of a protest armed with RPGs and mortars. “We prefer to have an investigation…” he told reporters, hoping to ward off more questions.

One 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…”

Via my report from last May:  After Months of Dishonest Spinning on Benghazi, Jay Carney Clings to ARB Report (Video) for more of JC’s dishonest spinning. Go ahead, click on the link and relive the lies.

Thanks, MSM for doing your due diligence on that story.

How is it that this mendacious miscreant can still hold his head high in DC. Why is anything he says in that WH briefing room still taken seriously?

See Also:

Fox News Insider: Poll: Majority of Americans Believe White House ‘Deliberately Misled’ on Benghazi:

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton reacted this morning to a new poll that points to deep distrust between the American people and the Obama administration over the Benghazi attack.

In a Quinnipiac University survey this week, 52% said they believe the American people were deliberately misled by the government about what happened on Sept. 11, 2012, when four Americans were killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate.

Fox News Insiders: Democrats Play For Keeps, Republicans Play Beanbag (Video)

On Sunday’s edition of Political Insiders, Pat Caddell, Doug Schoen, and John LeBoutillier with Harris Faulkner discussed “Duty”, the explosive new book by Bob Gates, and Chris Christie’s BridgeGate scandal.

Schoen characterized the reaction to Gates’ book as a firestorm because of the revelation that political aides have been making foreign policy in unprecedented ways. Caddell reminded viewers of what he said about Tom Donilon being the chief leaker in 2012, when foreign policy secrets  were pouring out of the White House to help the president. Gates accused Donilon of having poisoned the atmosphere – and having the nerve to call 4 Star Generals – something absolutely unheard of before now.

“It is unbelievable how political this was,” Caddell said. Also unbelievable was how the media avoided covering the WH leaks like the major scandal it was.

LeBoutillier added,  “the idea of political people involving themselves in national security issues for political reasons is really a corruption of the system.”

He noted that back in the day someone like Henry Kissinger ran foreign policy.

“He wasn’t over in campaign meetings, deciding campaign strategy.” He said there was a wall between the two things, “until this administration.”

Faulkner brought up some text from the book that should come as no surprise to anyone who has been studying this president’s character, or lack thereof over the years: “one quality I missed in Obama, was passion, especially when it came to the two wars. In my presence, Bush, unlike his father, was pretty unsentimental… but he was passionate about the war in Iraq; and on occasion, at a Medal of Honor ceremony, or the like, I would see his eyes well up. I worked for Obama longer than Bush, and I never saw his eyes well up.”

Just a devastating indictment, that. 3/4 of the casualties in Afghanistan have been under his dry-eyed watch.

Caddell went on to ask the $64,000 question: “why didn’t Gates resign? When is somebody going to resign over principle the way Cy Vance did?

They segued over to the Christie scandal about which  LeBoutillier thought the biggest take-away was how muted the Republicans have been in defense of the embattled governor.

“In New Jersey, they (the Republicans) don’t like him, and they’re afraid of him, he claimed. “He’s steamrolled over a lot of Republicans….”

Democrat Doug Schoen piped in , “isn’t it John, that they’re seeing a guy who embraced President Obama during the last week of the election, during the hurricane clean up? He’s a moderate Republican, and this is, bottom line - payback.”

“But in New Jersey,” Leboutllier insisted, “Republicans have had a tough relationship with him.”

And the fact of the matter is – Republicans don’t know for sure whether or not Christie’s hands are clean in this. It may turn out that they’re not. One thing Republicans have, which the vast majority of  Democrats lack, is integrity. We’re not circling the wagons for someone who may turn out to be corrupt. And yeah – the romantic interlude on the NJ beach with Obama didn’t help him with fellow Republicans, either.

Leave it to Caddell, though, to cut to the chase. “What STUNS me about it though – and this really bothers me,” he said, “is the Democratic party is going after Christie with hook and tong – the DOJ, they’re talking impeachment….” Compared to all of Obama’s scandals, Caddell suggested it was no big shakes, but the Republicans investigate Obama’s scandals like the “three blind mice.”

“The fury with which the Democrats are going after Christ Christie in four days, just like that!” Leboutllier insisted, snapping his fingers. “They’ve got committees, subpoenas flying all over the place…..we’re NINE months into the IRS scandal. We’re a year and a half since Benghazi, we have 179 Congressmen saying ‘please, Speaker Boehner, have a Select Committee to get to the bottom of it – and by the way, it might hurt Hillary’, and they they don’t do a thing.”

Schoen concluded, “the Democrats play for keeps, the Republicans play beanbag.”

Sure wish I understood why.

Video via Johnny Dollar

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The Conversation: Chairman Issa To Pursue IRS, Benghazi and Fast And Furious Scandals In 2014:

The Hill is reporting that Rep. Darrell Issa will be pursuing the IRS scandal, the Benghazi attack and the lethally stupid Fast and Furious operation in 2014 – which will likely be his last year as the House GOP’s chief investigator.

 Issa sounded a cautionary note that the investigations might not conclude while he has the gavel.

“The administration wraps up investigations. We are done when we are done … there shouldn’t be any sort of effort to load in or unload” before his term limit of six years as the top Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee ends in December.

Rep. John Mica (Fla.), who is the favorite to replace Issa as Chairman, told The Hill that he hopes to “have a shot at” the gavel if he gets reelected, and the GOP continues to control the House.

Key Oversight and Reform member Rep. Jason Chaffetz  told the Hill that “there’s a lot more to come” on Benghazi, as well as “investigations from healthcare to the IRS to Fast and Furious.”

Issa said, “I’d like to have Fast and Furious be a closed case,” noting that the courts are still reviewing access-to-documents disputes between Republicans and the administration.

 

 

Saturday Movie Matinee: Obama Makes Everything Worse

John Sexton, The Conversation: Laszewski on Kelly File: ‘This just makes everything so much worse’:

Megyn Kelly teed up Laszewski with a series of video clips of various White House surrogates suggesting the cancellation letters are a merely a business decision being made by insurance companies. But as Laszewski pointed out, that claim is completely undercut by the President’s offer of a “fix.”

“If the insurance companies didn’t have to cancel people then why did the President give a press conference and announce that insurance companies don’t have to cancel people?” Laszewski asked. “The administration just changed the rules so the insurance companies don’t have to cancel people” he continued, adding “Well, I guess they had to before then, didn’t they Megyn?”

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John Hayward, The Conversation: Another ObamaCare talking point is dead and gone:

Bob Laszewski must have one of the cleanest backgrounds in America, because he’s going to be investigated by every federal agency by the time he’s done shooting his mouth off.  His IRS audits will be epic.  They’ll be subpoenaing rental records from defunct Blockbuster stores to find out if he’s ever returned a video late.  If he’s got a tomato plant in his backyard, it’s going to be swarming with Department of Agriculture inspectors.  I’m surprised the left-wing blogger hit squad hasn’t pushed character-assassin articles about him into the mainstream media yet.  At the very least, we’re probably going to end up hearing a lot about how rich he is.

As to the point he made to Megyn Kelly, why yes,, that would seem to be a bit of checkmate, wouldn’t it?  The moldering skeletons of so many dead-and-gone Democrat talking points lie half-buried in the sands of time behind us, a trail of bones leading back across the eternity of the last five weeks, but at one point theywere rather loudly insisting that nothing in ObamaCare compelled any provider to cancel any insurance plans.  Every stooge in the liberal blogosphere repeated this talking point a thousand times.  And now it’s gone, gone, gone… just another yellowed skull grinning at them from the trail of dead propaganda, already fading into the mists of history, and they’ll grow angry if anyone remembers that they passionately believed it just 48 hours ago.

Obamacare, Deconstructed:

Political Fallout – Effect Obamacare Will Have On Presidency – Charles Krauthammer -The Kelly File:

Rep Trey Gowdy answers – Can Americans really get cancelled coverage back – It’s All About Politics:

Joel Pollak, The Conversation: So, When Does Ted Cruz Get His Apology?

That crazy Ted Cruz. The Texas freshman Senator (R-Tea Party) tried to defund Obamacare, then accepted a one-year delay in the individual mandate as a compromise position. But you can’t govern from one House of Congress, and the one he’s in is one the Republicans don’t govern anyway. Obama and the Democrats held all the cards. So Cruz caved–it was only a matter of time, right?–and Republicans got blamed for everything.

Fast-forward a few weeks….

Highlights from Ted Cruz’s ‘Obamacare’ Filibuster:

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Hot Air: Quotes of the Day:

That the administration knew [of the cancellations] and failed to anticipate the inevitable outcry is political malpractice of the highest order. That policyholders who received cancellation notices didn’t have a functional Web site on which to seek alternatives makes that preexisting condition exponentially worse…

Listening to the president Thursday was painful. He acknowledged the need “to win back some credibility.” He “fumbled the rollout” of health care. He is “letting . . . down” congressional Democrats who took the risk of supporting Obamacare. Although he’s sometimes been “slapped around a little bit unjustly,” the president said, “This one’s deserved, all right? It’s on us.”

Can he recover? I’m sorry to say: I’m not at all confident.

National Journal: Obamacare’s Problems Could Haunt Democrats for Years:

President Obama’s health care law is now compounding a political problem it was meant to solve: the generation-long loss of faith in government activism, particularly among the white middle class.

For decades, Democratic strategists have viewed universal health care as their best opportunity to reverse the doubt among many voters, especially whites, that government programs can tangibly benefit their families. Now the catastrophic rollout of the health law threatens instead to reinforce those doubts. That outcome could threaten Democratic priorities for years.

Even before its disastrous launch, the health care law faced anxiety about its goals. On the plan’s best days, polls found Americans split almost evenly on whether reform would benefit the country overall. But even then, nothing approaching a majority ever said the law would help their own families; among whites, fewer than one-third said they expected to personally benefit. Far more whites said the law would help the poor or uninsured. That meant, as the law debuted, most whites viewed health care more like food stamps than Social Security.

Noah Rothman, For Democrats, Obamacare Unfolding Like a Greek Tragedy:

A great tragedy is unfolding within Democratic ranks. The party and their leader, PresidentBarack Obama, are scrambling to mitigate the damage the Affordable Care Act is doing to the Democratic brand. In their rush, they are striking glancing blows against a law which is already teetering on its unsound foundations. In a Euripidean twist, it is Democrats, not Republicans, who are meting out potentially fatal blows to the project which had once represented their greatest hopes.

Passed along party lines by appealing to methods unbecoming of the democratic process, the president secured his signature achievement in 2010. It was all downhill from there. A scandalous number of waivers, carve-outs and bailouts later, the ACA went into effect in October amid the self-flagellating protests of Republicans. Defeated at last, the law’s opponents stepped aside. Without a distraction, the press and the public focused on the effects of the law itself. What they saw was grotesque.

Mediaite: Rush Limbaugh Touts Obamacare Ads as Vindication for Sandra Fluke ‘Slut’ Remarks:

You may recall kind of a big controversy from last year when Rush Limbaugh called Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a slut, making her representative of a movement he argued wants the government to help pay for their sex lives. And while in retrospect today, Limbaugh regretted being inartful, he argued that a spate of new ads “promoting promiscuity” essentially vindicate what he was saying.

The ads in question, from the makers of “Brosurance,” basically have the not-so-subtle message that Obamacare will help you get your freak on in a safe, responsible manner. Limbaugh said that back when he talked about Fluke, he said Obamacare would promote “promiscuity” and it “caused a lot of people to freak out.”

Fox News: CIA personnel asked to sign additional non-disclosure form after Benghazi attack:

At least five CIA personnel, including government contractors, were asked to sign a second non-disclosure agreement after the Benghazi terrorist attack, Fox News has learned.

While the three-page NDA, obtained by Fox News, does not contain specific references to the 2012 attack which killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, it does contain standard language that unauthorized disclosures could lead to “temporary loss of pay or termination” and “in some circumstances, constitute a criminal offense.”

Sources not authorized to speak on the record, given the sensitivity of this week’s closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, said the five CIA personnel did not feel pressure to sign the document. But they felt the request for a second non-disclosure agreement after the terrorist attack was odd and not standard practice because their original NDA’s were still in effect, and only some in the group were undergoing contract modifications that might require a new NDA.

 Jean Claude Van Damme Split: Jean Claude Van Damme Volvo Trucks Commercial – The Epic Split:

John Hayward notes at the Conversation that the ad “contains no special effects trickery whatsoever… and he got it right on the first take.  JCVD is 53 years old.”

 

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