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Benghazi – revisited, again

I’m not sure why, but for some reason conservatives continue to be fascinated fixated on Benghazi. Conservatives have investigated. They have questioned. They have postulated. Yet, they found nothing. On Sunday, Vice President Dick Cheney was on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Now, I have no idea why Chris Wallace would waste his time talking with Dick Cheney. The former vice president really has no new insights. His point of view is clear. As a matter fact, you can put a cardboard cutout of Dick Cheney in a chair of any Sunday talk show and you know exactly what the former vice president will say. There are no circumstances in which he believes US military force is not the right option. He will always support an aggressive posture.

Oh, the lies. It would be different if Chris Wallace did not know the truth, but he does. Yet, he lets Cheney paint his own version of events in Benghazi. We know from testimony in front of the Senate that President Obama directed Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to “do everything we needed to do to try to protect lives.” Somehow, this little fact was never discussed on Fox News Sunday. Why not? Because their whole goal was to try to make the president look weak. A president who actually instructed to do everything needed isn’t weak. (more…)

By |2013-06-18T22:05:01-04:00June 18th, 2013|Foreign Affairs, Obama administration, Party Politics|Comments Off on Benghazi – revisited, again

Tuesday Night News Roundup

Tuesday Night News Roundup

Do you remember that song by a group called The Sylvers? Boogie Fever?It was a perfectly forgettable song from the mid-1970s. It also proved that disco was clearly not going to last. 🙂 It seems to me that Washington has developed sequester fever. In every newspaper you pick up there’s a large story on the sequester and what it means to you and me. Every political blog has taken a stance on the sequester. Congress has until Friday to come up with some solution or we will all face the sequester consequences. In my mind, we’ve come to a clash of ideologies. We’ve come to an impasse. We’ve come to the exact same type of deal that we had back in 1994 when the Republicans decided it was a great idea to shut down the government. That didn’t work out very well for the Republicans. As a matter of fact, that didn’t work out so well for the country. Democrats are powerless to stop it. All I know is that we need jobs. We need to put people back to work. Polls show that Americans aren’t really interested in cutting anything.

Former Surgeon General C Everett Koop has died.

So, help me understand, what was all the bluster over Senator Chuck Hagel? As I recall, he was nominated by President Barack Obama to be Secretary of Defense. The Republicans jumped up and down, held their breath, turned blue and then said okay. Chuck Hagel passed a basically party-line vote earlier today.

Speaking of Republicans flailing around for no particularly good reason, what about the Violence Against Women Act? Remember some House Republicans had “serious reservations” and therefore drafted their own Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act. I really don’t understand. It looks like the legislation is slated to pass over the next several days. The Republican form of the bill is predicted to fail, spectacularly.

Today is the first anniversary of the shooting of Trayvon Martin. I wish I could tell you I had some great insight, some nugget of information that is new and exciting. I don’t. It is a year later and I find the whole ordeal to be sad and depressing. I have written extensively about Trayvon – here, here, here and here. This prompted a week-long discussion about race – here, here and here.

In the Republican version of déjà vu all over again, a Michigan State Senator has publicly stated that he’s not sure if President Obama was born in the  United States. He was just wondering why the press didn’t push that issue any further. I have no comment.

A Texas man admits that he shot his girlfriend while they were playing a game of “Quick Draw.” Remember, guns don’t kill people.

A sophomore at UNC Chapel Hill is having a complaint filed against her because she accused another student of rape. He and his friends are stating that they feel intimidated. Every now and then, I feel the world is getting crazier and crazier.

The absolute best story that I’ve read in the last couple of days has to do with the paranoid delusion that some far-right conservatives have. They have this theory that President Barack Obama is developing a Black Army designed to wipe out the White race. Please take off your tin helmet. It isn’t helping.

By |2013-02-27T20:25:37-04:00February 26th, 2013|Party Politics, Race|Comments Off on Tuesday Night News Roundup

Saturday Morning News Roundup

Saturday Morning News Roundup

The contrail of a meteor

From NBCNews:

A meteor flared through the skies over Russia’s Chelyabinsk region early Friday, triggering an atomic bomb-sized shock wave that injured more than a thousand people, blew out windows and caused some Russians to fear the end of the world.

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has gone out of his way to prove that my home state, the state in which I grew up, has no clue, no ethics and no brains.

The downfall of Jesse Jackson, Jr and his wife is deeply distressing. About six or eight years ago, I met Jesse Jackson Junior in Chicago. At the time, I was representing the Society of Critical Care Medicine in a commission sponsored by the American Medical Association, which was tasked with figuring out how to end healthcare disparities. The young Congressman spoke to us. He was thoughtful; he was passionate. Healthcare for all. He was talking about a constitutional amendment which would guarantee the right of healthcare for all. I thought this was going a little far, but his passion was infectious. This is so sad. In my opinion, it is different when someone has no future and turns to crime. Somehow, I can justify that in my mind. On the other hand, when somebody has an extremely bright future and is making good money but wants to make the money faster, wants to take shortcuts, that is extremely disheartening. You can read the federal charges here.

The nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense has been held up by Senate Republicans. On one hand, this has been explained as Senate Republicans showing that they can still flex their muscle as the majority party. (Here’s a relatively straightforward explanation.) From my standpoint, it’ll be interesting to see what the Obama administration is willing to give Senate Republicans in order to free up the Chuck Hagel nomination. I know that Senator McCain is still upset that Chuck Hagel didn’t play his little “yes or no” game. One of the reasons that I am not a senator is that I’m not sure I could have shown the necessary restraint. I think I would’ve told John McCain that the answer to his question was no. No, you’re not right. The war was not worth fighting. The number of men and women we lost in Iraq simply wasn’t worth it. The surge didn’t work. The purpose of the surge was to allow Iraqis to figure out how to live in peace. Instead, we allowed the Shiite Muslims to ethnically cleanse neighborhoods of anybody who didn’t worship like them. But, I digress.

When will Congressman learn about twitting young women who aren’t your wife?

By |2013-02-16T22:31:25-04:00February 16th, 2013|Senate|2 Comments
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