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So, Can We Be Done With Benghazi Now, Please?

Downtown Benghazi via Wikipedia

(Downtown Benghazi via Wikipedia)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

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The House Intelligence Committee report was released with little fanfare on the Friday before Thanksgiving week. Many of its findings echo those of six previous investigations by various congressional committees and a State Department panel.

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Gee, I can’t imagine (well, actually, yes I can) why a Benghazi-obsessed Republican-controlled House committee would release the seventh freakin’ Benghazi report showing no wrongdoing on the Friday before Thanksgiving.

The reason?  They want it to immediately sink into the dark rat hole of history, never to be mentioned again.

Aye carumba U.S. media, can be done with this now?  The next time a Republican comes crying to you about Benghaaaazi, will you please, PRETTY PLEASE, laugh in their damn face?!

November 22, 2014 at 4:23 PM Leave a comment

Are Democrats Beginning to Notice That Their Base Actually Exists?

Democrats donkey

Far back as I can remember, the attitude of establishment Democrats has been to ignore their base, after all, hardcore Democrats aren’t going to vote for Republicans so screw them, they’ll vote Democratic no matter what the party does.

Oops, then along came November 4, 2014.  Where the base can go is to the mall instead of to the voting booth and that’s apparently exactly what happened last week.

Maybe, just maybe, the honchos in D.C. are beginning to get that:

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gained a leadership position in the Senate Democratic caucus Thursday, giving the prominent progressive senator a key role in shaping the party’s policy priorities.

Warren’s new role, which was created specifically for her, will be strategic policy adviser to the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, helping to craft the party’s policy positions and priorities. She will also serve as a liaison to progressive groups to ensure they have a voice in leadership meetings and discussions, according to a source familiar with the role.

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We.  Shall.  See.

November 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM Leave a comment

I’d Like to See More of This Kind of Election Map

We’re all familiar with the standard old red and blue election map, like this one from the 2012 presidential election:

Standard Election Map via personal.umich.edu

(Image via personal.umich.edu)

Of course all states don’t have the same number of people in them so it’s kind of misleading not to differentiate between say, Wyoming — population 582,658 — and New York state — population 19,651,127.  The map tells us that one voted Republican and one voted Democratic but that’s about it.

I like this kind of map much better — it’s based on population:

Election map based on pupulation

(Image via personal.umich.edu)

And here’s what the map would look like if both population and party votes were incorporated into one:

Percentage of voters

(Image via personal.umich.edu)

You’d never know from the map at the top, for example, that in 2012 there were a whole bunch of Democratic votes in the Arkansas/Louisiana/Georgia area of the country.

Interesting.

November 10, 2014 at 5:22 PM Leave a comment

Election Nights

We don’t know what the outcome of the U.S. mid-term elections will be yet tonight but it’s helpful to be reminded that this democracy thing is an ever-evolving organism.

Lincoln in 1865 - About 2 mos before his death via wikipedia

Abraham Lincoln in 1865 (via Wikipedia)

 

Election Day 1865:2014 Tweet

 

November 4, 2014 at 7:17 PM 1 comment

Obama Caves, Appoints an “Ebola Czar,” and Hours Later…

Czar via Wikipedia

Remember when Republicans were screaming about all the “czars” President Obama appointed?  No?  Good.  That’s what they’re counting on (and don’t expect the “liberal media” to remind you of it).

Fast forward to the last few days during which Republicans have been beating the drum for Obama to do just that again…appoint another “czar:”

GOP senators who opposed Obama ‘czars’ now want one for Ebola

Obama caved today — still hoping for bipartisan reconciliation or what; I don’t know — and he appointed an Ebola “czar.”

Three hours later, this is where we are:

Obama appoints Ebola czar… and we are so screwed

Obama Bows to Pressure, Appoints Ebola Czar

GOP blasts Ebola czar pick

Google “Obama appoints Ebola czar” and you’ll see links to hundreds of critical articles.

Nothing like Mr.-Cave-to-Republicans-Since-Day-One to go into the November election caving again.  Way to rally the base, huh?

As Jeff Sacks wrote today:

There is no case for an American Ebola czar, least of all another political “fixer” who has no expertise in public health. This is just another case of the Obama administration putting politics before substance, and cowering at the idiocy and vileness of the Republicans in Congress.

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The CDC is the world’s pre-eminent public health institution, and Tom Frieden is a consummate professional. And yes, the CDC is overstretched in this epidemic and under-funded, given the relentless attacks on “government” by the Republicans in Congress. And yes, a hospital in Texas performed poorly. These are not signs of disaster; they are signs of the suddenness and unusual circumstances of the Ebola epidemic.

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The sad reality, however, is that during his administration, Obama has been so insecure, so incapable of bold leadership, that he has, in the end, sided with the Republicans on the budget cuts that have put the CDC, USAID, and even the World Health Organization (WHO) in danger —the latter because of the U.S. unwillingness to fund the UN properly. Therefore, when the crisis hit, the U.S. and the world were not ready for it.

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This is just downright painful to watch.

Oh, and P.S.  – I heard on CNN about an hour ago that banning flights is now “on the table” in the White House, something Obama was adamantly against:  Ebola: Obama will increase airport screenings, won’t ban West Africa flights.

Expect another cave even though no public health expert says a flight ban would be a good idea.  Why? Because Obama = ring in nose led by Republicans.

 

 

October 17, 2014 at 6:46 PM Leave a comment

This is the Kind of Thing That Makes Democrats Blow Off Voting

UPside Down American Flag

Remember back in 2010 when Rahm Emanuel, then President Obama’s Chief of Staff, reportedly said liberals were “f*cking retarded?”  And surely you know about the meme about how Democratic politicians don’t really have to act like Democrats or vote like Democrats because, after all, “where else do Democratic voters have to go?”  I mean, they’re not going to vote Republican so they’ll keep voting Democratic, right?

No, they probably won’t vote Republican but they do have another place to go.  They can go to their couch instead of to the polls.

What I’m hearing about November is Republicans are way more fired up than Democrats and lots and lots of Democrats have to vote in order to keep Republicans from taking the Senate.  But this is precisely the kind of thing that makes Democrats take to their couch in utter frustration:

Democratic FEC Commissioner Joins with Three Republican Commissioners to Gut Political Party Contribution Limits

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October 9, 2014 at 4:16 PM Leave a comment

Politics USA, Circa 2014

Barack Obama via Wikipedia

(Image via Wikipedia)

This sentence pretty much sums up where we’re at here in the U.S. when it come to our politicians:

Later today, according to press reports, President Obama will visit LA for a series of events including a speech on income inequality and, in awkward contrast, a $34k-a-ticket fundraiser at the home of Gwyneth Paltrow.

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“Awkward contrast” is right.

October 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM Leave a comment

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