Saturday May 3, 2014, 12:51 am
While President Barack Obama was dealing with important matters of State, John “Agent Orange” Boehner (R-OH) was busy scheming the next waste of Congress’ time and Taxpayers’ money reinvestigating a phony Republican scandal that has already been thoroughly debunked. Meanwhile the Republican Reichsministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, helped make sure that sheeple stay stupid, by pulling coverage from the President to plug the deceptive Republican meme.
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:02 am
Why...? -- Maybe because "ignorance is bliss" and knowledge and intelligence (esp. in 'interesting' times like ours) tend to be 'inconvenient' ? AND, of course and undoubtedly, because our PTB thrive on and do their utmost to increase mass-stupidity.
Saturday May 3, 2014, 3:46 am
It's much easier and less stressful to allow someone else to do your thinking for you (fox) so you can avoid those awful headaches caused by developing your own opinions based on facts, and thinking just plain hurts too much. OW! Thanks TC
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:42 am
This is just another step in the anti-Obama campaign that has been ongoing since Obama was first elected as president. When Obama asked for some airtime to announce how many people enrolled in the ACA he was flatly denied it. The fact that the Kochs and the GOP have to resort to digging up Benghazi again to take attention away from Obama, only shows that they are running out of ideas how to tackle a president that has booked some successes despite all their efforts to prevent that.
They would know that even sheeple are getting bored after too many repetitions, so they're really in a pickle if Benghazi is all they can think of. Perhaps they're counting on their sheeple to be so old and demented that they don't notice the "reruns" any more. And wasting taxpayers money never stopped them before, the Kochs will make sure that their pay is secured.
Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi....Why: Because people are stupid, stupid, stupid. This has already been investigated, researched and had enough money tossed from the various investigative bodies and the Congress, we could start a country with the budget for the BS Benghazi "scandal." When there is no there, there, make up more crap and sell it on the FOX pretend news. If they feel frustrated at the lack of answers, well stuff happens, and wanna be terrorists do act out. Our embassies like all embassies are subject to local laws and constraints on the number of guards we are allowed to have, and limited military impact in the region, so we must follow the rules of the law, what an idea. Benghazi, however was NOT an embassy but a consulate, and the constraints on security are much tougher. Who was it that cut the spending for military and security for our embassies and consulates? Oh yeah, the republican Congress.
If the republicans really want a scandal, look back to 1983 and Libya. Now that was fodder for a scandal. As was the trumped up make believe war with Granada to distract the public. Yeah, people are suckers!
Tasunka is absolutely correct - ya can't fix stupid, but it is possible to ignore the noise.
Saturday May 3, 2014, 7:24 am
I caught Boehner's BS on the news last night (NOT FAUX CRAP), and wondered when the idiots who elected this putz will recognize that it is their own money with which he is grandstanding!
These GOPigs do not even come up to the level described for Hitler,an "ideologue and 'conviction politician," as they have no convictions, (delusional, or not) only a driving greed for power and the money that it can bring!
To echo a concept that has been around for a bit: If Obama were white, the achievements made, thus far, in the economic recovery would be TOP NEWS!
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:54 am
"No wonder Faux Noise viewers are less informed than those who watch no news at all."
We're going to move on with what is "breaking" here. U huh. The only place Benghazi is breaking is in republican's tiny, tiny brains. John Boehner wasting more of the taxpayers money is not, nor will it ever be, breaking news. While the Faux viewers may not know this, 18 months have gone by since Benghazi and there are a few other things happening in the world right now. Like the Russian annexation of Crimea, the President's Asian trip, the unconstitutional attacks on voters rights and in just a few months a national election. But they are, as always, firmly mired in the past, the good old days when Ronnie was King and they ran amok in the country. They're fools listening to fools, parodies of human beings and the lowest of the low in this land. A plague on them all...
Saturday May 3, 2014, 8:58 am
Well, yes, you can ignore the noise. Or you can counter the noise with counter-information, like Kit B's example of Libya in 1983. (Not to mention the fact that it was Republicans who were responsible for any security cuts which might have affected Benghazi.) I'm for judicious use of counter noise myself. The truth is certainly out there, but it needs to be in people's faces.
Saturday May 3, 2014, 11:39 am
The Dictionary defines 'Stupid' adj., as: 1) lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull. 2) annoying or irritating; troublesome: as in: "Turn off that stupid radio." Suffice to say this IS Fox News, and the RePugs, to a T. Those poor sheep. ; (
Saturday May 3, 2014, 12:16 pm
What about the investigation into the Cheney/Bush war that killed thousands of Americans???? Why don't the Democrats start some of their own shouting?? The Republicans want to question the death of 4 Americans??? Why don't we start with the Bush administration allowing for this country to be attacked??? And then this country going to war for oil?? Why is there no Democrat who is willing to go there?? The squeaky wheel gets the grease and because the Democrats remain so quiet on matters that are important, and don't scream their own voices loud enough, they will never be heard. That is why people stay stupid. They hear the loudest voice! Not the voice of reason. And not the voice of complacency. For me, Obama and his quiet demeanor and refusal to be the strong leader he needs to be is the reason these people stay stupid. People will follow what appears to be strong. Obama is always trying to be the nice guy. The one who can get along with everyone. He could take a stand against a lot of what corporate America has done to this country but he doesn't. And he doesn't appear as a leader. People will follow a strong leader. Our President is not a strong leader. He spoke with a lot more guts and enthusiasm when he was a candidate, both times he ran. Once in the office, he goes quiet. You can blame Republicans all you want for what is happening right now, but it takes two to tango, and the Dems are just as much to blame for allowing this BS to continue without having their own kind of very loud fit about it. We are just as stupid to continue following a leader who refuses to hold accountable those who are ruining this country.
Saturday May 3, 2014, 1:37 pm
DILEMMA....Do I, A) Start clearing another spot on my desk to commence head banging to oblivion once again or B) Do a Linda Blair on steroids or C) Crack open the seal on my fifth of 10 yr old Brother Jim Beam Black.....decisions decisions decisions....
Why, yes, I am sick of Faux Noose, the Boner, Lizard-In-Thief Issa, and frikken BEN-EFFIN'-GAZI....Like ma peep above said...there ARE other things happening in the world of reality....oh wait....GOPiggie-Baggers don't live in reality........nevermind.....where's my damn bottle.
Saturday May 3, 2014, 5:21 pm
But of course, with all the world's problems, we should waste more time and money on Benghazi...wouldn't it be fun to just once see the Dems stand up to the monkey farts and tell them what to do with their Benghazi?
Saturday May 3, 2014, 6:15 pm
Benghazi is breaking news???? Where has Faux News been all this time? Oh yea, they call it "breaking news" because Boehner brought it up again as part of a distraction. Must be an election year!
It has already been investigated to death by Issa and his parade. Why don't they investigate the death of a single mother in Florida who could not afford health insurance and was ineligible for Medicaid because Florida opted out of the Medicaid expansion? How many more people have been put in this very situation because of the callousness of Republicanus/Teabaggers? Now there is something worth investigating!
There actually was new information regarding Benghazi: An FOI request turned up an email from the White House instructing all White House spokesmen to blame the event on a video posted online which was officially known at the time by the administration to have nothing to do with the attack. The White House denied, at the time, having told Rice anything about a video after she publicly blamed the attack on it. (For those who forgot, the attack was carried out by a known and well-armed militia, not a spontaneous mob as initially reported.) That means there was at least one seriously damning problem: Either the White House is so severely incompetent that deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, who sent the email, had no idea what was going on for quite some time after the fact, or the administration straight-up lied, publicly, repeatedly.
Here is the email:
Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:26 pm
Fox News IS no news. It amazes me that people who are relatively intelligent continue to watch this drivel. No mention is made on faux news of the dozens of embassy attacks under Dubya's administration. I have given up on those people who still insist that their news is "fair and balanced.?
Uh, Stephen, I hate to break it to you, but I've read the email, and this is really not anything new. We've been down this road repeatedly. All you're doing here is buying into the right-wing nut spin, ironically demonstrating the whole point of this C2NN submission--unintentionally and blissfully clueless, I'm sure.
Saturday May 3, 2014, 11:08 pm
Nice plug for yourself there, TomCat. But it's all good; I added you to my blog roll.
What this is really about is the last dying gasp from a bunch of dinosaurs who don't want to deal with the reality of social progress. With our society becoming more homogenous, whites no longer form the dominant majority they once were; LGBTQ's are being welcomed into society; Christianity is losing its dominant status; and the ills of capitalism and consumerism are being exposed. It's all based on irrational paranoia. The right-wing politicians, oligarchs, and media panders to and stokes those fears--not just out of ideology, but to exploit it for political and financial gain.
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:51 am
The old crack at Fox News, yet again it can't really make it's mind up about what is important. With Putin destabilizing Ukraine and the possibility of Russia invading it and several other neighboring countries. They can only come up with the old chestnut of Benghazi of course, "knowing when to quit" is not an attribute selected for in Fox News, and they go on much further than is reasonable when a reasonable assertion that there was a fatal, and preventable, lack of security due to GOP cuts that caused Benghazi in the first place.
Sunday May 4, 2014, 1:09 am
Thanks to all except the Republican.
Deb, the Democratic Party is a swamp that needs to be drained. However, it will not be safe to drain it, until the viscous Republican alligators are expelled. With Democrats we the people get a seat at the table. Wirh Republicans, we don't.
I suspect that the Republican may have consulted his Koch Suckers Manuel, and it told him to say "BA-A-A-A-A!" ; -) Had he actually read the memo he referenced, he would know that getting it to mean what he claims it does requires lots of disinformation: taking phrases out of context with the whole.
Sunday May 4, 2014, 11:11 am
There is nothing good about Fox news and the lies they tell to the people who want to believe them. As I've said on many occasions we need to vote ALL Republicans and Tabaggers out of office in every state at every opportunity. Perhaps then Fox news will have less and less viewers. Hey, I can dream can't I????
I'd actually never seen this email before this week, and I keep a close eye on slanted reports from both ends of the spectrum. This is genuinely new material. The Right accused the Obama administration of lying at the time about the cause of the attack after finding out that it was known well before the interview with Rice where she blamed it on the video. Its response was that Susan Rice was just running off media-reports, not instructions from the White House. This undermines that response. The story we've been through before was about Rice having false information before an interview. This is about the administration, as a unit, either lying or showing damning disorganization. It's a separate issue.
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:48 pm
Ever hear of not exposing all the truth so that others will not be put in harm's way? Or maybe not telling the entire truth right away so that maybe, uh, covert operations are not disclosed? The problem with the administration is they didn't have the guts to tell the public they would be told everything as soon as they could safely tell the public everything that happened. His administration is always trying to be so freaking politically correct and he gets no respect for doing that. It makes them look sneaky when in reality, they are just trying to do their job. That is the leadership issue I spoke of.
All of this Benghazi and IRS stuff is just distraction. Distraction of the American people as to what is really happening to this country. Protesting too much says something to me. And the Republicans are going a bit overboard on all of these bogus investigations. The puppets in that Party do what they are told to do by their owners, and so the Kochs would do well to listen to the fact that people get freaking sick and tired of hearing about people who beat dead horses. Investigate Bush. Investigate Cheny. And that is what Dems should be screaming at the top of their voices right now! But they sit quiet. Or they make jokes. And they allow for the BS to flourish by doing so.
Yes, TC, I am fully aware that the Democratic Party is the Party that allows for some kind of voice of the people to be heard, but being heard and getting action are two different things and so far, all I've heard is a bunch of talk about what they support, not what they are actually DOING to help this country get corporations OUT of our government and paying the freaking taxes they owe. And don't blame it all on Congress. Not buying that anymore. The Dems better start getting REAL loud about taking back our country from the crooks on Wall Street and the Republican Party, or even more Dems will be jumping ship. Then they will lose elections and the final nail in the coffin will be hammered.
Sunday May 4, 2014, 12:53 pm
See my comments re. Benghazi on TC,c other page.
Well One in four American people do not believe in climate change,1 in4 believe that the sun orbits the earth. and 33% believe that the earth is 6,000 years old.Holy Cow America. I shall have to up my previous estimate that 25% of Americans are stupid move closer to the 33% mark!. EDUCATION ANYONE?
Operational security was not an issue in this case. The hostile militia knew it had been identified on the spot, so there was no element of surprise in the retaliation to protect by playing dumb. Pretending that a well-armed, well-coordinated, obviously planned attack was just a random mob reacting to a video, after a known militia openly issued a threat, served no conceivable operational purpose, especially when U.S.-allied Libyan retaliation were already happening on the ground. Lying under those circumstances is in no way "their job". It was just politics during election-time, trumpeting the Democrat narrative on foreign affairs in a situation where it was wrong.
There are a lot of problems in the U.S. Among them is a federal government which engages in programs well beyond its mandate to govern because its leaders put their own personal values above their duties, abusing tax-dollars for purposes of internal politics (legally obliging people to fund agendas they oppose without a clear mandate to do so), and maintains so little transparency that even in election-season, evidently, its leaders cannot be held accountable for their failures. Meanwhile, one could easily calls demands for investigation regarding Bush and Cheney, over an entire term after they are out of office and well after such investigations were found to have too little merit for their immense political cost, might be a distraction. (Have you ever seen what happens when leaders are held legally accountable for what looks a whole lot like political reasons? The U.S. is normally too smart for that, but it normally begins with "civil" and ends with "war".)
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 1:22 am
You're buying into the partisan Republican propaganda, because of confirmational bias. Your partisan blinders are showing because you can't see that:
1.) Whatever Rice or the State Department initially told the public is largely irrelevant. Fact is, President Obama called it a terrorist attack the next day, and repeatedly thereafter. When the picture became clearer, the public was informed. Republicans are acting like this is some kind of smoking gun, which is just silly, because, in the end, it didn't matter if the correct details were provided to the public immediately or sometime later. Additionally, there could be times where there is an advantage to not showing the terrorists you're trying to apprehend all the cards you're holding.
2.) There was uncertainty about who was responsible for the attack and how much it had to do with widespread Muslim demonstrations in response to a video they found offensive. According to Finding #9 of the Senate Intelligence report, "press reports on protests...were simply copied into intelligence products" of the intelligence community and that these "erroneous reports" "caused confusion and influenced the public statements of policymakers." A number of reputable news services reported at the time that sources who knew the attackers claimed they were inspired by the controversial movie.
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 1:25 am
3.) It was Republicans who were responsible for cutting funding for State Department security.
4.) There were more embassy attacks under Bush than there has been under Obama.
5.) This is primarily a political stunt; just another of many Republican partisan witch hunts. Their agenda isn't to make our government work better, it's to obstruct, to underfund, to malign, and to destroy, putting party before country, all in the service of plutocrats.
6.) What the focus should be on is bringing those responsible to justice and preventing a recurrence, not seeking to find fault with this administration for an unfortunate incident that is part of the risk diplomats face daily in many nations around the world, in a shameless attempt by Republicans to score political points.
7.) With the ACA doing so well, the right-wing nut noise machine is desperately casting about for anything they can find to fire their base up. Same old, same old. It's merely another tired, old, worn-out edition of the daily outrage. Keep drinking that Kool-Aid if that's what makes your boat rock. But I pity you.
Wednesday May 7, 2014, 3:51 am
I happened across this after posting the above comments, and since it's highly relevant, it's worth posting here. As usual, Jon Stewart at Comedy Central brilliantly exposes the Republican hypocrisy at work.