The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results


Alea iacta est…the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“Murder most foul, as in the best it is;
But this most foul, strange and unnatural.”
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Act I Sc V

“They sent forth men to battle, But no such men return; And home, to claim their welcome, Come ashes in an urn” ― Aeschylus, Agamemnon

“It is not titles that honor men, but men that honor titles.” – Miccolo Machiavelli

“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” – Proverbs, 6:16-19


And (what a coincidence) Here’s White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:

“We have always cooperated with legitimate oversight,” Carney said this afternoon during the daily White House briefing. Asked whether the panel qualified as “legitimate,” he said: “I think if you look at what even some Republicans have said, it certainly casts doubt on the legitimacy of an effort that is so partisan in nature.”

“You know, at some point, you just have to assume that Republicans will continue this because it feeds a political objective of some sort,” he added. “At the same time you have to ask, ‘What about the American people who want to see Congress work for them?’”

I have to smile at Carney talking about how the White House has always ‘cooperated’ with legitimate oversight..Fast and Furious, NSA-Gate, IRS-Gate, Benghazi…

The Obama Administration’s meme has traveled an amazing distance, from “It was the video” to “What difference does it make” to “Who cares? That was so two years ago. And besides, this is just a partisan Republican witch hunt.” Of course, calling it that when you refuse to participate is what makes it partisan, but it does make a nice talking point to disparage whatever the committee uncovers doesn’t it?.


Perhaps the reason we’re still talking about Benghazi is that the Obama Administration decided to lie about it for partisan political purposes to protect President Obama’s re-election. That’s what the Rhodes e-mail admits in black and white, the one the Administration tried unsuccessfully to hide and had to be pried out of them in federal court.

And because they’ve continued to lie about it ever since. For instance, here’s something I dug out from the memory banks:

 President Obama has changed his story on Benghazi several times. In an interview with MSNBC, the president claimed he’d been briefed but that ‘the intelligence was unclear’ and he was still trying to find out what had happened, but that his ‘number one responsibility is to go after folks who did this, and we’re going to make sure that we get them.’ This was on October 29th, well after he had been informed by the CIA that this was an organized and well planned attack by an al-Qaeda affiliated militia.

Yet, on October 28th, the day before that, he was speaking in Denver and had an entirely different story, saying ““The minute I found out what was happening . . . I gave the directive,” he said, “to make sure we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to do. I guarantee you everybody in the CIA and military knew the number-one priority was making sure our people are safe.” 

Now, as I noticed at the time, what the president said about issuing a directive to the military and the CIA to do whatever they needed to do to rescue the Americans in Libya and make sure they were safe directly contradicted what then Secretary of Defense Leon Pannetta had to say to Congress, not to mention the testimony of General Martin Dempsey, Obama’s Chairman of the JCS and General Ham, then the theater commander of AFRICOM whose responsibilities included Libya who all claim they never got any such directive. And if they had, there would be a written record of it.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was a great piece by Stephen Hayes at the Weekly Standard, Benghazi Lies submitted by Liberty’s Spirit The title’s self read it.

So, here are this week’s full results.

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Cleta Mitchell Discusses New Front In IRS Scandal: Nearly 1 in 10 Conservative Donors Audited By IRS (Video)

The list of conservatives targeted by the Internal Revenue Service for audits, excessive tax-exempt scrutiny, or tax privacy breaches include Tea party groups and their donors, the conservative Hollywood group, Friends of AbeFranklin Graham, Christine O’Donnell, a pro-marriage group,  Dr. Ben CarsonDr. Milton Wolf ,  (Obama’s Republican cousin who is running for Senate in KS), and ObamaCare critics Bill Elliot and C. Steven Tucker.

Were we supposed to believe it was all a big coincidence?

Washington attorney, Cleta Mitchell was on The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly Thursday night to discuss new allegations that conservative donors were 10 times more likely to be audited by the IRS than the average citizen.

Cleta said, “this is an area I’ve been increasingly concerned about in the last year since this scandal broke because people have contacted me from all over the country, talking about how they had never been audited before”   they donated to a conservative organization.

“In one case,” she said, “a gentleman was a song writer, and he donated a song. He wrote a song about the tea party, and it was played a number of different tea parties around the country, and the IRS not only audited him, but because he didn’t charge for the use of that song, they said that he doesn’t really have a music writing business and are now trying to disqualify all of his business deductions.”

She added, “I have heard story after story, after story like this.”