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Who concocted talking point that video caused Benghazi deaths?

And on what evidence?

And why, as evidence mounts that U.S. officials on the ground in Libya knew from almost the very moments the attacks began, that this was a terrorist attack, that Democrats and their allies in the mainstream are strangely disinterested in this fabrication.

If you watched CNN tonight (at least from 5:40 PST until nearly 6:40), you’d be unaware of serious evidence brought to light today about the Administration’s duplicity on the Benghazi attacks. Seems some strange Arizona woman’s criminal actions have more bearing on the national interest than the Obama team’s misrepresenting a terrorist attack. Not to mention in its inept response to that attack.

RELATED: “Where Was the Commander-in-Chief For All of This?” (And why don’t our friends in the media care to ask?)

UPDATE:  Over at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin does a great job of fleshing out a point related to the question addressed in the title to this post:

Just as problematic was [senior diplomat Gregory[ Hicks’s telling of his shock when he heard U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice tell the country that U.S. intelligence had decided the attack was the result of film criticism run amuck. Given that he had already communicated to Washington the fact that the film wasn’t a factor in Libya and that U.S. personnel in Libya knew the assault was the work of an Islamist group connected to al-Qaeda, this makes the growing controversy about the truth behind the official administration talking points that the White House altered to downplay any connection to terror even more worrisome. (more…)

Watcher of Weasels–1st Winners of May 2013

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:00 pm - May 8, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

Council Winners

Too bad Hillary’s Benghazi call didn’t come at 3 AM

She didn’t make any reference to calls she made at 2 AM.  Gregory Hicks, Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, “testified that Clinton had called him at 2 a.m., while the attacks were underway.

At 2 AM she had learned that terrorists had attacked our mission in Benghazi.  Still, she peddled the notion that a video was to blame despite evidence that said video “was a non-event in Libya.

Wonder if this story will get as much coverage today as the verdict in some trial in Arizona.

UPDATE:  Check out CNN’s home page at 6:12 GayPatriot blog time (3:12 PST): (more…)

Major Gay Rights Protection Legislation Passed by NC GOP State House

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 12:02 pm - May 8, 2013.
Filed under: Carolina News

Full story here at The Tar Heel Report.

-Bruce (@GayPatriot)

Once again, a plea for civility in the comments

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 2:35 am - May 8, 2013.
Filed under: Blogging,Civil Discourse

I don’t often check the comments, so have to come to rely on readers’ e-mails to learn what is going on in this or that thread.  While I do occasionally hear of a substantive (or otherwise interesting) exchange, more often than not, I learn of one commenter responding to another not with arguments but with insults.

If another’s argument is ludicrous, there is no need to engage in innuendo, just tear it apart point by point, without addressing the motivations of the commenter or making allegations about his (or her) personal life.  Just last night, a concerned reader (with a political philosophy pretty close to my own) alerted me about some particularly nasty threads.  With permission, I quote from this individual’s e-mail:

Social-issue threads are sometimes a hundred or more comments long.  This is not because substantive debate is going on, but because they’re being hijacked by one or two loons.  They tend to be laced with profanity and crude sexual innuendo.  I can only imagine what straight conservatives who check out GP think.  If we don’t want them to think gay conservatives have filthy minds, they’ll nonetheless get that notion if they read those threads. . . .

Nobody with any sense is going to keep commenting on a blog when they’re treated that way. I have better things to do with my time, and as many former commenters have simply gone away, it’s evident that they do, too. GP has become an important source of information for many people. I hate to see this happen.

Look, I know that life is not easy.  And we each face our own challenges.  Sometimes in the face of frustration as we struggle with setbacks, we need, well, we feel that we need to vent.  A lot of people seem to do that in the political sphere, projecting their personal demons onto their ideological adversaries. (more…)