Last November, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told this to reporters in regards to the Benghazi talking points: “The only edit that was made by the White House and also by the State Department was to change the word ‘consulate’ to the word ‘diplomatic facility,’ since the facility in Benghazi was not formally a consulate.” Jay Carney said the same thing at the time.
Powers also reminds that “ABC News reported that the Benghazi talking points went through at least a dozen edits”.
Could it be that Mr. Rhodes wasn’t telling the truth? Or that the Deputy National Security Adviser just wasn’t misinformed?
Most of you will get the likely reason in one guess:
Yes, it’s “Jon Corzine” (don’t say Democrat! don’t say Democrat!!! it won’t matter, if nobody ever points it out!!!1!), formerly of Goldman-Sachs and MF Global.
At this time, the 767-word news article that I’ve linked to never gets around to mentioning that “Jon Corzine” is a top Democrat. It lists his political involvement simply as “former New Jersey governor”, omitting not only his party, but also his powerful roles as a Democrat Senator and as one of Obama’s very top fund-raisers and (formerly) advisors.
At this time, the article’s photo caption has even (wrongly) put an “(R)” after Corzine’s name. The caption reads:
Reuters/Reuters – Former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine (R) receives help with his notes from his legal counsel as he testifies before a House Financial Services Committee Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee…
From The Comments:John points out that the (R) would of course be defended as the photographic “right”. But even allowing that, Corzine is not the guy on the right; he’s the guy in the center (of three people in a rapidly-receding perspective). The point is that somebody at Reuters is fine with allowing people to think that Corzine is something other than a top Democrat.
This will come as no surprise to those familiar with the hypocrisy of the Left and of the media, and as well, the role that the ‘rent-seeking’ (i.e., lazy) type of rich person has always played on the Left.
The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills.
Obama said Congress would be “irresponsible” if it does not act quickly to raise the debt ceiling… “To even entertain the idea of this happening, of America not paying its bills, is irresponsible. It’s absurd.”
Which is it? Is crushing our economy and our young with ever-greater debt under an ever-rising ceiling ‘paying our bills’, or not? Obama had it right the first time: It’s not.
Hat tip to Hot Air and the many others who have remarked on this. I just thought it bears repeating.
President Barack Obama demanded Monday that lawmakers raise the nation’s $16.4 trillion federal debt limit quickly, warning that “Social Security benefits and veterans’ checks will be delayed” if they don’t and cautioning Republicans not to insist on cuts to government spending in exchange.
“They will not collect a ransom in exchange for not crashing the economy,” he said at the 21st and final news conference of his first term. “The full faith and credit of the United States of America is not a bargaining chip. And they better decide quickly because time is running short.”
“We are not a deadbeat nation,” he declared…
Orwellian language – speaking as though the opposite of the situation is somehow the situation – is a hallmark of the Obama presidency, and the statement reported above is typical. So many things wrong with it, it’s tough to know where to start.
First, who is holding hostages and demanding ransoms? Obama is. (more…)
Drone strikes dramatically increased after US President Barack Obama took office in 2009. There were only five drone strikes in 2007, but the number rose to 117 in 2010 before declining to 46 last year. Exact casualty figures are difficult to verify. Most of those killed are militants, but some civilians have also been killed.
More innocent children have been killed by the drones of Tyrant Boy-King Barack Hussein Obama than by the guns of Adam Lanza, Jared Loughner, James Holmes, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris combined. By far.
So Barney Frank wants to be appointed Senator for Massachusetts if/when John Kerry is relieved of duty confirmed as Secretary of State.
Now, I know it’s not as simple as one person bearing total responsibility, but there is no person in America who is more responsible for the 2008 financial collapse than thankfully former CongressmanBarneyFrank.
My first thought: Well, Massachusetts deserves him, so why not?
My second thought: Wait, a second, never has there been a better personification (well, maybe not never) of the sort of corruption and simple wrongness of Washington, DC than the undistinguished gentleman from the Fourth District. If Massachusetts deserves him, he should be governor!
So what about it, Deval? How about stepping aside for someone your constituents can really be proud of?
There is an urgent need for full disclosure of what has become the “Benghazi Betrayal and Cover-up.” The Obama national security team, including CIA, DNI and the Pentagon, apparently watched and listened to the assault on the U.S. consulate and cries for help but did nothing. If someone had described a fictional situation with a similar scenario and described our leadership ignoring the pleas for help, I would have said it was not realistic—not in my America – but I would have been proven wrong.
Lyons lays out a much debated rumor about WHY Ambassador Stevens was in Benghazi to begin with.
We now know why Ambassador Christopher Stevens had to be in Benghazi the night of 9/11 to meet a Turkish representative, even though he feared for his safety. According to various reports, one of Stevens’ main missions in Libya was to facilitate the transfer of much of Gadhafi’s military equipment, including the deadly SA-7 – portable SAMs – to Islamists and other al Qaeda-affiliated groups fighting the Assad Regime in Syria. In an excellent article, Aaron Klein states that Stevens routinely used our Benghazi consulate (mission) to coordinate the Turkish, Saudi Arabian and Qatari governments’ support for insurgencies throughout the Middle East. Further, according to Egyptian security sources, Stevens played a “central role in recruiting Islamic jihadists to fight the Assad Regime in Syria.”
I had seen these reports for weeks, but Adm. Lyons discussing it gives it credence and suggests that other current senior US military officials are pissed off. (more…)
Videographer James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas caught an official for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign helping who she thought was an Obama supporter set herself up to vote more than once in November.
Stephanie Caballero is the regional field director for Obama’s Organizing For America in Houston, Texas. Federal Election Commission documents show, according to Project Veritas, that Caballero is a “salaried employee of the DNC [Democratic National Committee].”
Caballero is caught on camera helping the young woman try to vote in Florida and Texas in the upcoming election.
Remember — if this were a Republican Presidential re-election effort…
You see ad after ad, and they are both false. I think he needs to look at the camera straight, explain in a sentence or two why each is completely false, and to then turn to the president and ask him how he can premise his entire election on a way of presenting the Romney position that is so at odds with the truth….
Not only have Obama’s ads been generally dishonest, but they have been overwhelmingly negative. The SuperPACs and unions cutting ads for the Democrat seem more intent on vilifying Mitt Romney than in making the case for Barack Obama. One union even tracked down Mitt Romney’s garbageman who somehow seemed to know that the Republican didn’t value his services.
The ad, in short, offered an impression of Romney at odds with reality.
And it’s not just the ads. It’s comments like Vice President Biden’s yesterday (echoing things the president himself has said on the campaign trail) falsely claiming that Romney would raise taxes on the “middle class.” Deceptive though it is, Obama’s negative campaigning has been effective to some degree. Although Obama’s policies have exacerbated many of the nation’s problems (and sometimes even created new ones), he could still win.
But, if he did, how would he be able to govern? How can a man who has run such a divisive campaign manage to unite the nation?
But it turns out one of those employees never actually worked for a company controlled by Bain Capital.
David Foster was supposedly one of those former employees on the convention schedule. He told the story about 750 steelworkers who lost their jobs when the Bain-controlled company GST steel filed for bankruptcy in the early 1990s.
But Foster, according to a former spokesman for GST Steel, never actually worked for the company.
“David Foster was never an employee of GST Steel’s Kansas City plant. He was employed by the United Steelworkers of America as their regional union director to represent GST Steel, but was not employed at our facility,” according to BC Huselton, who was head of HR at GST.
Via Jammie Wearing Fools via Instapundit. Bringing in a professional union activist to impersonate a real worker? Says a lot about the current state of the Democratic Party.
The Romney campaign and conservative groups like Crossroads GPS have pulled TV ads in Michigan, Romney’s home state, according to the Detroit News.
Nor are the campaign and super PACs running advertising in Pennsylvania, after unleashing a barrage there over the past five months.
This is a deliberate attempt to disguise the fact that Romney is widening the playing field in the Electoral College. Obama needs it to shrink.
Sources directly from the Romney campaign have provided me with this response:
“Silly season. Not pulling out from anywhere – we haven’t yet begun. Until now. Tomorrow we’re launching the biggest swing state ad blitz of the campaign. Massive. What people may notice is that this flight doesn’t yet include important states like PA, Wisc or MI. Just means we’re hitting battlegrounds first. “
We are going to see a lot of this nonsense coming from the Left. They know they are going to lose and they are desperate.
Seems like the chair of the Democratic National Committee has just done that. Daniel Halper reports:
Philip Klein reported that DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said this: “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”
Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to America, released a statement saying that Wasserman Schultz was wrong. “I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle,” . . .
When asked about this, Wasserman Schultz said she didn’t say what she said. At the link, Halper has video of the denial and audio of the statement.
This is what you call lying. Where are the “fact-checkers” on this one? If the chair of the Republican National Committee had denied saying what he had said, this would dominate the news.
This should make major news, not just for the dishonesty, but for the fact that the leader of a political party has misrepresented, for political purposes, what the ambassador of an allied nation has said.
I’m 98% sure there is another post in the GayPatriot archives with this exact same headline. Because I must say it to someone EVERY DAY.
The incompetence of Harry Reid is one thing. But now he sounds more like Keith Olbermann than the second highest ranked Democrat in the USA. Reid is either clinically insane or senile — I mean “the word is out,” after all!!
The one thing Reid proves everyday, he is a disgrace to the Senate and the state of Nevada.
UPDATE (from Dan): Bruce, how many day is it since Harry Reid’s Senate passed a budget? Is the streak under the Nevada Democrat the longest in Senate history? Oh, and has he released his tax returns for the past ten years?
National Democrats have repeatedly touted their stand against taking corporate money for their convention in September, and so it was striking to see two emails from the DNC host committee referring to the Charlotte venue where President Obama will speak as “Panthers Stadium.”
It’s the place where the Panthers play, but it’s actually called Bank of America stadium.
A recent email from the host committee signed by former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile urged people to win a trip to Charlotte for the event, which will wrap “Thursday night at Panthers Stadium with President Obama.”
Another email in June made the same pitch about the stadium.
A host committee spokeswoman didn’t respond to an email. But it’s not like the stadium was ever called Panthers Stadium – first opened in 1996, it was Carolinas Stadium, and later Ericsson Stadium. Then the current corporate iteration.
As a Charlotte area resident, I can tell you that there are two Panther statues out front…. and about 500 Bank of America logos all over the rest of the Stadium. They will have to do a big whitewashing job to get rid of BofA signage.