The Monday Ketch-up is news and views you may have missed over the weekend with a little of today’s breaking stories thrown in. Typically, I do these in the morning... not so much, today.
The Benghazi blame game has been going on for more than a month since the Sept. 11 attack in Libya that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. Last week there were signals that Team Obama was trying to make Hillary Clinton’s State Department the scapegoat, but anybody who knows the Clintons could have predicted she wasn’t going to take the fall. Today, Hillary struck back:
A confusing array of contradictions concerning the murders of four Americans, one of which was a U.S. ambassador, was made worse by Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks during the debate with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan Thursday evening.
Today the confusion only worsened yet again when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that her agency was not the source of misinformation concerning the attacks, charging instead that the White House was the source of the false mantra that the murders were spurred by an anti-Muslim film made in the United States.
Clinton told reporters that when Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, made her rounds on every Sunday morning news show to claim the film motivated the attacks, the information had been fed to her by the White House and not the intelligence community in the State Department or the CIA.
Not only does Clinton’s statement contradict early White House accounts but directly contradicts statements made by Vice President Biden during the debate.
Despite these obstructions, Attorney General Eric Holder was found to be in criminal and civil contempt of Congress for not honoring a subpoena; Barack Obama asserted Executive Privilege to prevent their release as well. Both were major victories for justice if not outright defeats of injustice.
As the Fast and Furious investigation continues to work itself out, The Oversight Committee is delving into what happened at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Like in Fast and Furious, Obama administration policies have led to dead bodies. In Benghazi, those bodies include U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
As was the case in Fast and Furious, Issa wants answers and Cummings wants to accuse Issa of playing politics. The problem for Cummings is that by accusing others of playing politics with dead bodies, he could be engaging in a bit of projection. It is Cummings who risks playing politics with his unmitigated defense of everything Democrat.
Both Issa and Cummings appeared separately on CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. First up is Issa, who is doing a great public service in demanding answers.
This interview is well worth listening to – especially Issa’s response to the “but, but, but – didn’t Republicans cut security funds?” question:
Continue at Shoebat’s site for the Cummings interview….
This scandal isn’t going away. In fact, it’s going to haunt Obama all the way to election day.
Is this crap going to stop after Mitt is sworn in? Because I’m damn sick of it, too:
TSA said I was covered in explosives, took me to a private room and touched my vagina. So how was your day?—
Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 14, 2012
Yes. I am completely serious. TSA agent touched my vagina in a private screening area with the front of her hand.—
Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) October 14, 2012
Resist Tyranny: TSA singles out radio host Dana Loesch for harassment:
After concluding that I wasn’t a terrorist hiding weapons in my vagina, the TSA agents allowed me to go. They also gave me information about pre-check, which they said would help me avoid such procedures.
Unfortunately, pre-check isn’t available in all airports and innocent Americans shouldn’t be subjected to a full FBI check simply to board a plane. Also, I doubt we would pass the test considering Janet Napolitano put conservatives like me (and many others) on the DHS domestic terror watch list back in April 2009.
Yeah, the same thing has been happening to me…. Did you know that if you wear a skirt at the airport that also justifies are vag check?
Why does it feel like these policies have been put in place to do nothing but humiliate and demoralize certain people? Why haven’t Romney or Ryan been asked about their position on this issue? I want it stopped, and common sense security procedures put in their place.
Just a reminder from 11/2010: How The Obama Administration’s National Security Failures Led To “Grope and Change”.
Big Journalism: Politico Hires Anti-Romney Journo Fired from Yahoo!:
In the world of journalism, no bad deed goes unrewarded. Take the case of former Washington bureau chief for Yahoo! News, David Chalian. You may recall that he was fired after he was heard saying during the Republican National Convention that Republicans were “happy to have a party with black people drowning.” He may have been fired from Yahoo! for this ignorant statement, but now he’s been hired by Politico.
The “War on Women” rhetoric from Planned Parenthood and President Barack Obama is failing, as new polling data show Mitt Romney is gaining with women voters as he challenges the pro-abortion president.
Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee released new polling numbers to LifeNews today from key battleground states which show the women’s vote is down to the wire in the presidential race.
“While Democrats traditionally win the woman vote, this poll is a clear indication that Mitt Romney is closing the gender gap,” Nance said. “The survey results reflect what we’ve been saying for months; women are not monolithic voters, women are concerned about the economy, jobs, and foreign policy and not simply who is handing out free birth control.”
“Those on the Left claim there is a Republican ‘war on women,’ but clearly women are not buying it,” Nance said. “Women of this country are looking for a leader who will lead us out of our current economic turmoil and keep us safe abroad. Women are looking for leadership that we currently don’t have.”
But, but, but – Mitt Romney wants to outlaw vaginas!!!11!
Peter Ferrera, Forbes: Obama’s Real Unemployment Rate Is 14.7%, And A Recession’s On The Way:
The BLS reported 12.1 million still unemployed in September, another 8.6 million employed part-time for economic reasons, and another 2.5 million marginally attached to the labor force. The latter “were not counted as unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks preceding the [September] survey,” even though they “wanted and were available for work,” according to the BLS.
All of these are counted in the U6 unemployment rate as also reported by the BLS. Because the primary change during the month was that 582,000 on net shifted from unemployed to employed part time for economic reasons, this U6 unemployment rate remained unchanged last month at 14.7%. The total suffering this U6 unemployment was 23.2 million.
Moreover, even this doesn’t nearly fully account for the 8.2 million Americans who have given up hope during the Obama term of office, and dropped out of the work force altogether. When you are considered out of the work force, you are no longer counted as unemployed, even though you still do not have a job, and you still want and are available for work.
The U6 unemployment rate counts only 2.5 million of those 8.2 million who have given up hope and dropped out during the Obama years. The ShadowStats website, which counts the long term discouraged workers the government doesn’t count, reports the total rate for the unemployed and underemployed (part time for economic reasons) as 22.8%.
President Obama is campaigning as a champion of the oil and gas boom he’s had nothing to do with, and even as his regulators try to stifle it. The latest example is the Interior Department’s little-noticed August decision to close off from drilling nearly half of the 23.5 million acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.
The area is called the National Petroleum Reserve because in 1976 Congress designated it as a strategic oil and natural gas stockpile to meet the “energy needs of the nation.” Alaska favors exploration in nearly the entire reserve. The feds had been reviewing four potential development plans, and the state of Alaska had strongly objected to the most restrictive of the four. Sure enough, that was the plan Interior chose.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says his plan “will help the industry bring energy safely to market from this remote location, while also protecting wildlife and subsistence rights of Alaska Natives.” He added that the proposal will expand “safe and responsible oil and gas development, and builds on our efforts to help companies develop the infrastructure that’s needed to bring supplies online.”
RS McCain: False-Flag Troll, IRL:
I can pretty much guarantee that this man photographed at a Romney rally in Lancaster, Ohio, is not in fact a Republican, but rather is a plant sent out by the Democrats as a dirty trick.
- Clue #1: Wearing a “Romney/Ryan” sticker on the back of his T-shirt. Nobody does this. Nobody.
- Clue #2: It’s kind of chilly in Ohio this time of year, and the guy’s wearing only a T-shirt, while those around him are wearing coats.
My guess is that this guy also wore a coat when he entered the rally, then stationed himself toward the back of the crowd (in front of the riser where the press photographers are stationed) and then removed his coat to expose the T-shirt, with the explicit purpose of having it photographed.
. . . aaanndd, Clue #3: No name? A press photographer is going to take a picture like this and make no effort to ID the guy? Nuh-uh.
Not buying that the Dem campaign office in Denver was shot in by a tea party extremist, either. Democrats have a long and proud history of “faking the hate.” Our B.S. meters should be tweaking whenever we see stories along these lines. Especially since an Alinsky radical currently leads the party.
Seton Motley, Human Events: Obama Style: Russia Looking to Bribe Ukraine:
When President Barack Obama wants to entice you to support him – or reward you for doing so – he bribes you. Often with our money.
The United Auto Workers Union (UAW) has long been a loyal Democrat apparatchik. So President Obama gives them $26.5 billion of our money – disguised as an “auto industry bailout.”
The President – as the Government Candidate – wants to broaden his Government-Dependent base. So he illegally guts the welfare work requirement, expands food stamp recipients from thirty-two to forty-seven million, lards up the Social Security disability rolls and hands out free Obama Phones like there’s no tomorrow.
But when President Obama no longer has any use for you – well, things can get ugly. For you.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is himself a pioneer of this Obama Model.
Unlike President Obama, Putin isn’t a national masochist. So he has an additional commodity with which to grease palms – domestic energy.
(Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai) Azarov said on October 9 that Russia had “put forward conditions: join the Customs Union and tomorrow you will receive gas for $160 (per 1,000 cubic meters).”
Ukraine is currently paying some $420 per 1,000 cubic meters and the country has imported less Russian gas in 2012 due to disputes over the price.
That’s the carrot. Because the stick hasn’t for Putin been working fast enough. Russia wants control of Ukraine’s natural gas pipelines – badly.
Michelle Malkin: A reminder about the last plant-infested, CNN-run town hall debate
Find one to go to, near you.