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Time to lay off the Benghazi issue
CNN, by Michael O'Hanlon

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Posted By:lasvegaslou, 10/19/2012 8:42:24 AM

Ambassador Susan Rice has been roundly criticized of late for her comments made on five Sunday morning talk shows the weekend after the Benghazi tragedy in which four Americans lost their lives to a terrorist attack. Because Rice stated her belief that the violence was the result of a mass demonstration gone bad, rather than the planned extremist attacks we now know them to be, some have even gone so far as to demand her resignation from her current cabinet position as United States ambassador to the United Nations.

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This is remarkable. The reasoning in this article is so twisted and convoluted that it actually serves a purpose by providing a glimpse into the liberal mindset. BTW, the author, O'hanlon, is standing in for Fareed Zakaria who is on supensiion from CNN and Time for plagiarism. That is so CNN.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: lewis1940, 10/19/2012 8:48:56 AM     (No. 8945153)

Rice needs to go now. The one that ordered her to lie will hopefully leave on january 20, 2013.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: slickbgone, 10/19/2012 8:51:10 AM     (No. 8945158)

Translation: the Benghazi "issue" is hurting barry so badly we need to stop talking about it.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: PChristopher, 10/19/2012 8:54:05 AM     (No. 8945161)

This is the same thinking that said it's time we had a black president. See how well that worked out. Keep the pressure on Benghazi and fast and furious.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 10/19/2012 8:55:36 AM     (No. 8945165)

The administration, aided by the media, made a determined and sustained effort to misrepresent the Benghazi attack as the result of a protest demonstration against an anti-Muslim video, and they only began to change their tune after leaks and evidence to the contrary made it untenable. Ambassador Rice lied. President Obama lied. Hillary Clinton lied. Jay Carney lied. State department spokespeople lied. Every single one of these people knew that what they were saying was not the truth. Every single one of them lied. They are STILL lying! Now they are lying about having lied. And they are being given cover and concealment by reprehensible media apologists and collaborators like the author of this disgraceful piece.

Misrepresentation and deceit on this colossal scale is no small thing. It has consequences. As a direct result of the brazen lies of Obama and his administration and their cronies in the media, questions began to be raised about the freedom of speech of Americans. Voices were heard in favor of limiting this in view of what allegedly happened. And the word was spread to hundreds of millions of Muslims all over the world that a video offensive to Islam had caused the attack in Benghazi.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lewis1940, 10/19/2012 8:56:15 AM     (No. 8945167)

Are they not still lying about the Fort Hood killings?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/19/2012 8:56:18 AM     (No. 8945168)

FTA:"some have even gone so far as to demand her resignation from her current cabinet position as United States ambassador to the United Nations."
Admittedly this is far as I got, however, it my understanding that this is not a cabinet post, she reports to the Sec. of State.
But then I went (unfortunately)back for more, FTA: "We do not criticize a general each and every time he makes a tactical decision that tragically and perhaps preventably leads to the loss of some of his troops. We must not do so with our appointed officials, or our top civilian leaders in this country either."
This was not a mistake, this was a flat out lie.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Malia2012, 10/19/2012 8:59:23 AM     (No. 8945180)

Oh Pweeze stop picking on OUR obama! Let's not talk about that old Benghazi anymore! The Mitt Romney "binder-scandal" anti-women story is so very much more interesting to the American public! Michael O'Hanlon is an idiot who pretends to be an "expert" on National Security while he can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Typical CNN hack.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: god of irony, 10/19/2012 9:03:06 AM     (No. 8945184)

We have a destroyed consulate, lost intel, 4 dead Americans, no answers, no resignations, no firings, no retaliation and CNN is ready to close this.

These are the same people who were still looking into Bush's military attendance records 30 years after he received an Honorable Discharge.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: richwill, 10/19/2012 9:03:56 AM     (No. 8945186)

BS

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Achilles, 10/19/2012 9:04:27 AM     (No. 8945188)

It is time to move on-- get the transcript Candy.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Jebediah, 10/19/2012 9:07:22 AM     (No. 8945190)

After the Crowley Town Hall debate, and CNN backing her to boot, the network looks untrustworthy and unprofessional. And we haven't even gotten into Crowley cutting Romney off 28 times, usually just as he was about to make his point, when she was supposed to MODERATE. I am SURE CNN wants Benghasi forgotten. Their reporter finding the Ambassador's diary on the floor of the compound was wonderful, and then they caved in 20 seconds and no more was heard. They really have abdicated their crown, actually years ago if you look at their ratings, but this just caps it.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: LadyVet, 10/19/2012 9:07:36 AM     (No. 8945191)

I have the same interpretation as #2. This issue is hurting too much.

There are three things that bothers me about the Benghazi "issue."

First, that it happened in the first place and could possibly have been prevented if Hillary and Obama were not so incompetent.

Second, all the lies. I'm still convinced that the lying about the video was still part of some don't-let-a-good-crisis-go-to-waste plan to justify the admin's plan to seize control of the internet.

Third, the fact that it is being treated as a law enforcement issue, just like the first WTC bombing in 1993, instead of an act of war. Remember, Hillary the lawyer was right there to help make that decision as well. "There is an investigation. We can't discuss this."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 10/19/2012 9:08:03 AM     (No. 8945194)

Anyone who does not see a willful pattern of misdirection on this issue is practicing willful blindness Michael. It has been clear outside the administration, almost from the beginning, that there was NO protest going on. The administration would have to be complete morons not to know that.

As BO stated, the death of a US ambassador is "not optimal", to his campaign. The fact that it was terrorism highlights the failure of his foreign policy. It had to be deflected and that's what they did.

Now Candy Crowley, one of CNN's own, stepped into the mess with her own horribly biased actions of inserting herself into the debate over something that she KNEW was wrong. So CNN has to also carry out CYA actions. No wonder they don't want to talk about it. The administration, CNN, Crowley are all looking at significant negative reaction. Liberals are always for openness in information as long as it benefits THEM. Now, just shut up already. Consider the implication of a news organization urging the news NOT to be covered.

But it's too late. It's all unraveling and the public is asking why all these players were colluding to hide the truth. We know the answer, they are all in it together.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: neenbean, 10/19/2012 9:09:27 AM     (No. 8945201)

What does this say about CNN....only the news that is FIT TO PRINT

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Reply 15 - Posted by: krause, 10/19/2012 9:11:46 AM     (No. 8945205)

"Stated her belief"? Are you serious? She went on these shows and stated her own belief, on her own? She wasn't told what to say? Incredible.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: jalo1951, 10/19/2012 9:16:31 AM     (No. 8945215)

It is not optimal for obama if we keep talking about this situation.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: texaspast, 10/19/2012 9:16:35 AM     (No. 8945216)

This from a network that thought it was so terribly important to know if George W. Bush was getting a haircut in Georgia on one of the days he was supposed to be in training for the Texas Air National Guard.
One question, Mr. O'Hanlon: if this exact same scenario had blown up in the closing days of one of GWB's elections, would CNN be urging us all to drop it? And would a CNN moderator have tried to drag GWB's rump out of the fire when the debate turned to a topic which could embarrass GWB and hurt his election chances? In other words, would CNN have ever been so obviously in the tank for a republican? Those are just rhetorical questions. We all know the answers.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rmagnus, 10/19/2012 9:16:52 AM     (No. 8945217)

Reminds me of a Jim Carrey scene in Liar Liar when he shouts "Your Honor I object" when a particularly effective witness was testifying. When the judge asks "why?" Carrey responds "because it's killing my case!"

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/19/2012 9:19:09 AM     (No. 8945221)

Etched in my memory is the cuban missile crisis, and adlai stevenson shouting at the USSR representative, Andre Gromyko, "We will sit here until hell freezes over." (trying to get gromyko to tell the truth about the missiles enroute to cuba.

Then we have the autistic susan rice, in a performance worthy of SNL, lying.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Robert Jones, 10/19/2012 9:20:58 AM     (No. 8945226)

Great! We will get over the death of those great americans. That is not the point. What lives on is the mendacity, incompetence, and wrong headedness of this administration. This only proves they have learned nothing and we will endure many more of these catastrophes as long as they are in charge. They have never identified the problem so they have never fixed anything.
This why we need to continue to discuss this until we get to the cause.
This article is so self serving, it is embarassing. Except, the future of our country rides on the outcome.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: JimS, 10/19/2012 9:21:51 AM     (No. 8945227)

I honestly don't think that some major facts have come out yet.
Not fully explained is why Amb. Stevens and the 2 former SEAL independent contractors were in Benghazi in the first place. We heard it was to track weapons.
I suspect that Obama secretly supplied arms to the Libyan rebels, and now those arms have gone to Al Quaeda, and Stevens was trying to negotiate their return.
I think we may have a Libyan Fast & Furious.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: GoDeacs79, 10/19/2012 9:22:10 AM     (No. 8945228)

I didn't make it past the first 2 paragraphs, but saying she didn't "choose all her words perfectly" is ludicrous. She said them 5 times and she said exactly what she was told to say. The premise of the article is completely wrong. It doesn't matter that her words had no bearing after-the-fact in the tragedy. She is part of the cover-the-preezy's-butt coverup. It's not the crime, it's the coverup. Where have we heard that before?

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 10/19/2012 9:22:48 AM     (No. 8945229)

Politicians come and go but the first amendment is sacred and eternal in the ascent of free people everywhere.

Throwing the constitution 'under the bus' will bring even mild mannered centrists into the streets and on to the voting booth.

No tar and feathers or weaponry required.........yet.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 10/19/2012 9:23:47 AM     (No. 8945234)

Today's headline from the Wishful Thinking News.

Rice stated herself that she was told what to say. Facts don't require rehearsal.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: uno, 10/19/2012 9:23:55 AM     (No. 8945236)

Honey! Go get the broom. There's a really big pile of cat dirt here that needs to be swept under the rug!
On second thought, this looks more like a shovel ready job!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: javaboy, 10/19/2012 9:24:54 AM     (No. 8945240)

The audacity of the media no longer surprises me.


Because of this and the Fast & Furious scandals, I am waiting for the phrase:

"People died, Obama lied"

to start circulating the news rooms.


Oh yeah, I forgot. He is one of their own...

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Reply 27 - Posted by: FlyRight, 10/19/2012 9:25:37 AM     (No. 8945243)

Don't know how someone could write this with a straight face. Rice wasn't "nuanced" enough? She was a tape recorder on speed.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 10/19/2012 9:26:54 AM     (No. 8945248)

Forthcoming articles: Let's lay off discussing: unemployment, declining GDP, welfare costs, Obamaphones, poverty rates, increasing crime rates, government corruption, etc...

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Reply 29 - Posted by: noparallel, 10/19/2012 9:28:52 AM     (No. 8945258)

John Batchelor had information about it being a terrorist strike on the day of and every day after. The administration spun it for two weeks.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/19/2012 9:29:06 AM     (No. 8945260)

CNN does not get to decide what citizens in this country do.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: lylacat, 10/19/2012 9:29:50 AM     (No. 8945261)

This is the warped mentality of CNN and obviously this Michael guy; well yes, I am sure you all would like to lay off the Benghazi issue. We have four Americans killed here and they want to sweep it under the rug. Remember when Valarie Plame claimed she was outed? No one died, she, herself told people she worked for the CIA, and CNN and all the lefties just could not let it go until someone was prosecuted for a "non-issue." Now we have lives that are lost, and the lefties just want to move on. How insane.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: Rob in AZ, 10/19/2012 9:30:48 AM     (No. 8945263)

More inconvenient truths?

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Reply 33 - Posted by: pc1eszm, 10/19/2012 9:36:16 AM     (No. 8945283)

Lay off? REALLY? Our Ambassador is dead and the administration is dancing a two step around the issue in a way that would make the DWTS judges faint with praise. On the contrary-it's time do DOUBLE DOWN on the administration and get the truth (for once) out of them once and for all.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: tunnelrat, 10/19/2012 9:37:51 AM     (No. 8945288)

Yeah, maybe we should let this Watergate thingy go. Mr. Nixon has been roundly criticized enough already...

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Reply 35 - Posted by: Keekng, 10/19/2012 9:39:45 AM     (No. 8945297)

Getting rid of CNN would be optimal.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: hicokid, 10/19/2012 9:43:54 AM     (No. 8945304)

"Time to lay off the Benghazi issue" - In other words, "Stop running up the score. That's enough."

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Reply 37 - Posted by: pomom, 10/19/2012 9:44:49 AM     (No. 8945306)

We're going to ram it right down Obama's gullet until the truth regurgitates. We certainly don't take marching orders from a bunch of 2-bit news readers.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: qr4j, 10/19/2012 9:45:02 AM     (No. 8945307)

Gag me with a spoon! Such pandering to the Obama Administration by a so-called news organization! CNN never would have said such things about a Bush-appointed UN Ambassador. NEVER!

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Reply 39 - Posted by: hicokid, 10/19/2012 9:45:13 AM     (No. 8945308)

Also, let me throw in ala Al Gore, "The debate is over."

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Reply 40 - Posted by: ordinaryman, 10/19/2012 9:48:55 AM     (No. 8945316)

Fire Rice now and CNN should fire Candy Crowley.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: dotonbut, 10/19/2012 9:49:31 AM     (No. 8945321)

But there is no basis for concluding that she sought to mislead, and no reason to think that harm came to the country's interests because of her comments.

OK, let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and assume she did not seek to mislead. She’s told by persons unnamed to go out and tell this story about a YouTube video all over the place. She is the United States’ Ambassador to the United Nations. I assume she has a computer with internet access and knows how to use it. I would hope at a minimum we have a UN Ambassador with the competence and intellectual curiosity to at least look up the subject video to see what all the fuss was about (as I did as soon as I heard about it). She would have noted that it only had about 2,000 hits at the time it was being cited as the cause for the attack, it was in English, and it was tedious. The cover story at a minimum made no sense. Consequently one would have to conclude that to robotically go out and spread such as story was irresponsible and considering it was her ONE big event as our UN representative you would hope she would want to get it right before she said anything. So assuming she did not seek to mislead, she was at least grossly incompetent. And no Mr. O’Hanlon, we DO need to keep talking about it until we find out who told everybody to go out and spread the story about the YouTube video.

And as far as “harm to our country” has it occurred to Mr. O’Hanlon the propaganda value of this Al Qaeda victory to recruiting?


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Reply 42 - Posted by: MisterDickens, 10/19/2012 9:50:07 AM     (No. 8945324)

Nothing like the asshats in the media acting like the asshats they are to get the Lucianne posters stirred up.

42 posts and counting.

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Reply 43 - Posted by: Michaelus, 10/19/2012 9:56:29 AM     (No. 8945348)

Why not just say that any more discusssion of Benghazi would be "not optimal"?


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Reply 44 - Posted by: mikeyt64, 10/19/2012 9:56:50 AM     (No. 8945350)

Yes because when no one died in Watergate (bungled burglary) we spent three years and dam near destroyed the nation investigating and having impeachment hearings. That was ok. This debacle that resulted in 4 deaths, ahh nothing to see here, move along.

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Reply 45 - Posted by: killerbee, 10/19/2012 9:58:36 AM     (No. 8945351)

The network of Candy Crowley, could you expect any different? Obama must have called them and told them to "move on to another question".

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Reply 46 - Posted by: Calvinesq, 10/19/2012 10:03:38 AM     (No. 8945370)

Michael: Why don't you just simplify youf message: "What Ambassador Susan Rice said was not optimal."

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Reply 47 - Posted by: Talega, 10/19/2012 10:05:23 AM     (No. 8945379)

Hey, but look on the bright side, CNN! Both of your viewers will agree it's time to MOVE ON.....

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Reply 48 - Posted by: lancelink1, 10/19/2012 10:06:14 AM     (No. 8945383)

I guess the optimal number of talk shows wasn't five.....

It's disgusting for the manchild to do a comedy show when the death of four Americans at the hands of terrorists is still largely an open wound to the rest of us.

President Present just checking in again I guess.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: tangerinedream, 10/19/2012 10:07:30 AM     (No. 8945386)

Monday night! That's when the REAL "lay off" begins. And I hope there's enough pink paper to cover all of the "bye byes" this admin will face come November 6th!

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Reply 50 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/19/2012 10:10:19 AM     (No. 8945392)

Yes, I am certain the CNN branch of the Øbama campaign would love to just "move on" to something else, like Øbama's favorite deodorant or his Wookie's best choice of fast food restaurant. Anything, but the state of the nation, the wars we are fighting or the disaster of our economy.

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Reply 51 - Posted by: blunderbuss, 10/19/2012 10:10:52 AM     (No. 8945394)

Hey Mickey thanks a lot for making me spey coffee all over my keyboard. Did you get those talking points after a special presidential session with liberal use of the love muscle?

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Reply 52 - Posted by: The Architect, 10/19/2012 10:14:31 AM     (No. 8945408)

Michael, we have sworn testemony that the NSA was watching the attack in real time. They knew it was not spontaneous as it was happening. Nobody is buying your line of crap. Zippy ordered his minions to sell it as a spontaneous reaction to an obscure video because admitting that it was a coordinated terrorist attack would not fit his only campaign statement that Al-Queada was on it's heels. Zippy's statement to Romney in the last debate about not being questioned about his role in this was also a self serving act. "Righteous Indignity" is usually the last resort of the guilty and dishonest.

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Reply 53 - Posted by: Laureen1, 10/19/2012 10:21:33 AM     (No. 8945419)

FTA: "To begin, Rice’s initial hypothesis was widely shared and reasonably construed. There was strong circumstantial evidence at first to believe the attacks were largely a result of mob reactions to the terrible homemade video entitled The Innocence of Muslims, made by an amateur filmmaker in California."

So, when will we be told what this "strong circumstantial evidence" was that led Mizz Rice to blame the video? And, who else shared this widely shared idea and concluded that it was a viable explanation?

It makes absolutely no sense, except to think that as the attack was occuring in real-time as they watched, somebody googled "anti-muslim film" and found their victim and explanation at the same time. Ran with it hoping Americans were gullible and would have no interest in it. Too bad for O'dumbo and his crew, we never had any trust in them to begin with.

Oh, and apparently, it's presidential to go on Comedy Central and describe the death of 4 Americans as "not optimal". Hmmm, I do remember the death of another American, although not an Ambassador, Marine or State Dept. employee who O'dumbo felt deserved personal mention by himself in the form of a remark "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon". Guess the dead WHITE Americans working for their country only deserved an it's "not optimal" mention.

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Reply 54 - Posted by: FormerDem, 10/19/2012 10:26:22 AM     (No. 8945429)

This has to be aimed at Schieffer. The rest of the country is more and more interested. I guess Mark Whitaker is trying to crowd Schieffer.

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Reply 55 - Posted by: Distorted, 10/19/2012 10:41:20 AM     (No. 8945460)

Just another regrettable incidence of "Workplace Violence," which is not optimal and a bump in the road. Everyone knows that, so Shut-Up.

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Reply 56 - Posted by: faldo, 10/19/2012 10:46:12 AM     (No. 8945474)

Where the hell is highball Boehner...? Newt in his day would be leading the charge and demanding direct answers--this is about national security and the complete intentional incompetence by O's Admin. to unilaterally act with some to-be-announced executive decree against the rights of the American people (aka internet lockdown)

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Reply 57 - Posted by: mitzi, 10/19/2012 10:49:38 AM     (No. 8945486)

She stated "her belief"?

I thought she was speaking for the administration, not herself.



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Reply 58 - Posted by: rochow, 10/19/2012 11:03:33 AM     (No. 8945521)

Another view and report from the dem gutter from this O'nothing moron!

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Reply 59 - Posted by: melman, 10/19/2012 11:15:36 AM     (No. 8945540)

Where do all the left wing traitors to the United States of America in the media come from? Our own media has become the 5th column.

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Reply 60 - Posted by: artman1746, 10/19/2012 11:41:04 AM     (No. 8945615)

So typical. Liberals always want mistakes by their guys to be excused and treaded lightly upon. But of course when a conservative Republican makes the slightest misstep the liberal media gang up and make it a major story. They will go so far as blaming a Republican for something they had nothing to do with.

Just the way liberals use everything to their advantage. And lie. And cheat. And show their hypocrisy daily.

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Reply 61 - Posted by: klutkz, 10/19/2012 11:50:55 AM     (No. 8945638)

O'Hanlon disgusts me.

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Reply 62 - Posted by: joew9, 10/19/2012 1:21:42 PM     (No. 8945891)

What the writer is begging for is a time out until Obama gets reelected. This ain't football.

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Reply 63 - Posted by: rmsimms, 10/19/2012 1:57:51 PM     (No. 8946009)

The Enemy is cracking under the pressure and calling for a hudna so they can regroup...Romney needs to turn the pressure up even higher.

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Reply 64 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/19/2012 3:49:14 PM     (No. 8946279)

So this was just another bump in the road to the WH ? These lives didn't matter ?

Wouldn't you think somebody thrown under the bus would grow a pair and tell all ?
Shame on anyone that takes the blame for an inept administration.

The media is not trustworthy or believable.

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Reply 65 - Posted by: Japanorama, 10/19/2012 4:31:12 PM     (No. 8946391)

In other words, look over there, not a what I'm doing.

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Reply 66 - Posted by: shurnuff, 10/19/2012 5:49:20 PM     (No. 8946586)

Rice stated her belief that the violence was the result of a mass demonstration

She did NOT state her belief.... she made an official DECLARATION that the violence was because of the video.

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Worth the wait! Reclusive movie
star Doris Day smiles and
waves to fans as she makes
rare public appearance on her
milestone 90th birthday
DailyMail (U.K.), by Helen Zhao and Juliet Paylor    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 4/5/2014 9:26:22 AM     Post Reply
Reclusive movie star Doris Day greeted fans with a rare smile and a wave from her balcony on Thursday as she rang in her 90th birthday. The Oscar-nominee appeared in great spirits as she made the rather regal gesture from her home in Carmel-by-the-Sea, on California´s north coast - a quiet little enclave also home to Clint Eastwood - the first time she´s been seen in public since 2008. After opening up to Closer Weekly about her milestone birthday, revealing she´s still very much in demand, with scripts pouring in all the time, the silver-haired beauty appeared as sprightly as

Hundreds of cases of potential
voter fraud uncovered in North Carolina
Foxnews.com, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 4/3/2014 8:11:20 AM     Post Reply
State elections officials in North Carolina are investigating hundreds of cases of potential voter fraud after identifying thousands of registered voters with personal information matching those of voters who voted in other states in 2012. Elections Director Kim Strach told state lawmakers at an oversight hearing Wednesday that her staff has identified 765 registered North Carolina voters who appear to have cast ballots in two states during the 2012 presidential election.

News flash: Secular businesses
don’t much care about religious
businesspeople’s religious rights claims!
Washington Post, by Eugene Volokh    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 2/7/2014 8:02:19 AM     Post Reply
A Slate article by David Gans makes much of the fact that business groups haven’t stood up to support Hobby Lobby’s religious exemption claims: This spring, the Supreme Court will decide — for the first time in our nation’s history — whether secular, for-profit corporations are entitled to invoke the constitutional guarantee of the free exercise of religion. The stakes are huge, as the justices will determine whether business corporations can claim a religious exemption from federal laws that protect the rights of their employees.

Fact Checking the 2014 State
of the Union address
Washington Post, by Glenn Kessler    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 1/29/2014 7:00:01 AM     Post Reply
A State of the Union address is often difficult to fact-check, no matter who is president. The speech is a product of many hands and is carefully vetted, so major errors of fact are relatively rare. But State of the Union addresses often are very political speeches, an argument for the president’s policies, so context is sometimes missing. Here is a guide through some of President Obama’s more fact-challenged claims, in the order in which he made them. At the end, we also examine one fishy fact in the Republican response.

The first 3D printed organ -- a liver --
is expected in 2014
Computer World, by Lucas Mearian    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 12/28/2013 7:50:00 AM     Post Reply
Approximately 18 people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. But that may change someday sooner than you think -- thanks to 3D printing. Advances in the 3D printing of human tissue have moved fast enough that San Diego-based bio-printing company Organovo now expects to unveil the world´s first printed organ -- a human liver -- next year. Like other forms of 3D printing, bio-printing lays down layer after layer of material -- in this case, live cells -- to form a solid physical entity -- in this case, human tissue.

How one inspector general is fighting
fraud and waste in Afghanistan
The Week, by D. B. Grady    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 11/23/2013 9:15:34 AM     Post Reply
After 12 years of war, you would think the war planners and defense contractors have the situation in Afghanistan well in hand. And they do, if the goal is wasteful spending on such a colossal scale that it makes Healthcare.gov look like Amazon.com. (Snip) And while the Democrats continue running interference for their standard-bearer, Republicans in Congress steadfastly refuse to show spine in overseeing the president for fear that they accidentally end the war. No one wants that — things are going so well!

Bioengineer: the heart is one
of the easiest organs to bioprint,
we´ll do it in a decade
Wired (UK), by Liat Clark    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 11/22/2013 10:27:10 AM     Post Reply
A team of cardiovascular scientists has announced it will be able to 3D print a whole heart from the recipients´ own cells within a decade. "America put a man on the Moon in less than a decade. I said a full decade to provide some wiggle room," Stuart K Williams told Wired.co.uk. (Snip) Williams says he and his team of more than 20 have already bioengineered a coronary artery and printed the smallest blood vessels in the heart used in microcirculation.

DHS Still Hasn´t Fired Black
Supremacist Who Called for
Mass Murder of Whites
Natiional Journal, by Alex Seitz-Wald    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 11/19/2013 7:52:44 AM     Post Reply
The black-nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee who was placed on leave almost four months ago for running a website that espouses the mass murder of whites has still not been fired, an agency spokesperson told National Journal. The Southern Poverty Law Center first exposed Ayo Kimathi in August, prompting a small media firestorm that led DHS to place the procurement officer on administrative leave with pay pending review. DHS deputy press secretary Gillian Christensen confirmed that his status has not changed and that he is still on leave pending review.

Atheist ´mega-churches´ take root
across US, world
Associated Press, by GILLIAN FLACCUS    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 11/11/2013 1:00:14 PM     Post Reply
Los Angeles-It looked like a typical Sunday morning at any mega-church. Several hundred people, including families with small children, packed in for more than an hour of rousing music, an inspirational talk and some quiet reflection. The only thing missing was God. Nearly three dozen gatherings dubbed "atheist mega-churches" by supporters and detractors have sprung up around the U.S. and Australia - with more to come - after finding success in Great Britain earlier this year.

Opinion: Disturbing polarization in
media worsens political partisanship
The Hill, by James Carville    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 10/16/2013 10:08:40 AM     Post Reply
I think a lot of people will look back at this point in American political history and wonder how things got so damn screwed up. It wasn’t always a given that there would be mindless gridlock on Capitol Hill, unchecked extremism and a general lack of leadership. Sure, one could point to the corrupting influence of lobbyists and interest groups on Congress. Or to gerrymandering. Or to Citizens United, which allows money to literally control politics and has made political parties less relevant, and allowed the proliferation of the ultra conservative Tea Party. There are plenty of others.

EXCLUSIVE - My fears for my darling
Doris Day: Confidante who spent
40 years with the reclusive Hollywood
star, now 91*
Daily Mail (UK), by Chris White    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 10/15/2013 8:46:08 AM     Post Reply
The wide grin is the same, as are the big blue eyes that once captivated America. These intimate pictures give a fascinating glimpse of reclusive film star Doris Day, now 91, and her life after Hollywood, as unveiled by the man who cared for her for nearly 40 years. For the first time, Sydney Wood has opened up his treasured album of photographs from his time working for Doris – and revealed his fears for the woman once known as America’s Sweetheart.

As socialist dream crumbles,
Venezuelans find Nicolas Maduro
´a bad copy´ of Chavez
Telegraph (UK), by Alasdair Baverstock, Hannah Strange    Original Article
Posted By: lasvegaslou- 10/7/2013 8:59:29 AM     Post Reply
The army has been sent into toilet paper factories, fights for basic foodstuffs have resulted in several deaths and new, multi-million dollar oil tankers are sitting idle in dock. And, despite sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela’s socialist government can’t quite manage to keep the lights on. Now many in Venezuela are wondering how much longer President Nicolas Maduro, the anointed successor of the country’s firebrand Leftist leader Hugo Chavez, can keep hold of the reins of its crumbling socialist revolution.



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White babies just 15 months old show racial
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Former US president joins
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White is not right: Campus admins ask
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Western Washington University sent a questionnaire to students asking them for advice on how the administration could succeed at making sure that in future years, “we are not as white as we are today.” The question notes that WWU’s racial make up does not perfectly reflect the nation at large, and asks students to consider strategies that other universities have used to focus on skin color as the paramount indicator of a student-applicant’s worth. The president of WWU has stated that his explicit goal is to reduce the white population on campus, according to Campus Reform. “I’ve said before and I’ll say it

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Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/15/2014 10:08:10 PM     Post Reply
How do you ensure that you won’t be ostracized, denounced, or fired if you are a media celebrity, captain of industry, or high public official? For some, sexist banter is certainly no problem. Stand-up comedian Bill Maher called Sarah Palin a c–t and a tw-t, but suffered no ill consequences. David Letterman joked on air that Sarah Palin’s 14-year-old daughter had had sex with Alex Rodriguez during a New York Yankees game. There was no downside to that either. President Obama tosses around “sweetie” as he wishes. No problem with that. No one believes Barack could be condescending to women.

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Easter message:
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With Easter soon approaching, the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday drew parallels between the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the resurrection of President Obama’s political career. Joining the “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Mr. Sharpton said that his message for this Easter is that “no matter what the world may do to you unfairly, no matter how you’re crucified — nailed to the cross at home, or in your personal relationships, or on the job — that you can rise if you don’t lose yourself during the hard times and the challenges.” The reverend went on to say that Christ endured so much humiliation and unearned suffering leading up to his death,


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