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Benghazi Hearing: Special Ops
Commander Said He Was Traveling,
Had ‘Unreliable Communications’

PJ Media, by Bridget Johnson

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 7/31/2013 8:07:31 PM

The former commander of special operations in Northern Africa told a closed-door briefing today that he was largely detached from events the night of the Benghazi attack as he was traveling at the time. The testimony of Col. George H. Bristol, USMC, Former Commander, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Africa, had been eagerly anticipated by members of Congress. Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have

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His testimony obviously wasn´t helpful. No one wants to take responsibility for this tragedy and we all know why. I feel so sorry for all those families who lost loved ones. I wonder if we will ever get the truth because 0bama and his regime will do everything in their power to not allow it to come out.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 7/31/2013 8:17:01 PM     (No. 9452089)

He got sick and then fell and had a concussion.

And then the dog ate his cell phone.

And then Leon Pannera Bread called and suggested he shut the flock up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Jntsrgn, 7/31/2013 8:18:01 PM     (No. 9452090)

The commander of special ops had unreliable communication? Is this a joke? Turn in your uniform, traitor.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Patriot Forever, 7/31/2013 8:21:56 PM     (No. 9452095)

What a loser. He should have retired long ago. No second in command?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: excalgalcg, 7/31/2013 8:35:20 PM     (No. 9452110)

Take a guess who is keeping this guy´s mouth shut. Is he being threatened? A Special Ops commander who gave such a feeble excuse is shameful and unworthy of his title.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 7/31/2013 8:43:40 PM     (No. 9452122)

Chicago on the Potomac continues.

"Hey Colonel - nice retirement package ya got there...what is it - July 31? No? August 1? No matter. Be a shame if something happened to it... real shame. So anyway, when are you supposed to testify on Benghazi again...?"

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 7/31/2013 8:45:26 PM     (No. 9452124)

OK, if Sgt. Schultz was out of contact, who was the officer assigned to handle that in his absence?

This is BS! The NORMAL, NON-Obama military does not leave critical posts unmanned. If this is actually true, and I doubt it, he needs to be court martialed for gross dereliction of duty.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dman, 7/31/2013 8:48:36 PM     (No. 9452127)

That Col. Bristol had "unreliable communications" during the 8-hour attack should trigger an investigation on its own. We spend millions (billions?) to provide reliable communications for our military, especially in circumstances like this.

This does not pass the smell test.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: turninggrey, 7/31/2013 8:49:05 PM     (No. 9452128)

Wow. A Marine retreating? Only under Obama.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: mfm, 7/31/2013 8:52:13 PM     (No. 9452132)

I sure hope Canada doesn´t decide to invade us..

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Pearson365, 7/31/2013 8:57:41 PM     (No. 9452141)

The Marine colonel does not want to endanger his civilian job at the Pentagon that was surely arranged for him shortly after Benghazi. Allows him to collect Marine Corp pension plus $135,000 salary for the next 15 years. Hate to write this, but Col Bristol is not one of the men who will be honored by the Marines. He has apparently sold out his fellow Marines to protect Obama and Hillary.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: horacer, 7/31/2013 9:02:34 PM     (No. 9452151)

What communications systems did he have access to, secured and unsecured. This is bs.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 7/31/2013 9:07:21 PM     (No. 9452156)

Old, old joke - - -

- - "Don´t call me - - I´ll be out of town."
- - "What? They don´t have phones out of town?"

That joke became lame by about 1923 - - but here we have a 21st-century colonel trying to use it.

Pathetic. And criminal.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: faldo, 7/31/2013 9:40:03 PM     (No. 9452203)

It was September 11, 2012 and he was INCOMMUNICADO. I´m sure he´ll agree to a polygraph test...I would insist Chairman Issa and Camp!



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Reply 14 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 7/31/2013 9:42:07 PM     (No. 9452207)

Sept 11 and this guy is "out of pocket", this stinks beyond my ability to express. Also note the last of the article, when he said the "department" did not request non disclosure agreements. He did not say non disclosure agreements were not requested, only that the "department" did not. I really wish these people knew how to parse the language and could think on their feet.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: lil dotty, 7/31/2013 9:48:36 PM     (No. 9452214)

He is a very slow learner. It´s taken him this long to remember the few lines he has spoken? Water board him.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: smcchk, 7/31/2013 10:26:03 PM     (No. 9452267)

My children tried the same lame excuse when they were 15. Unbelievable and unacceptable!

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Reply 17 - Posted by: oh-heck, 7/31/2013 10:33:07 PM     (No. 9452276)

This was a closed door hearing and I´m sure that the testimony was cherry picked before being released to the press. I am very concerned that Rogers, the chair of the Intelligence Committee seems to be letting the Democrats write the press briefings. The same can be said of the way the talking points changed so many times in 24 hours. Rogers had to know, but we silent.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: miceal, 7/31/2013 10:46:45 PM     (No. 9452285)

BeeEss! JSOC has the absolute BEST of every kind of communications gear currently available and projected too!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: enuf8, 7/31/2013 11:13:37 PM     (No. 9452312)

Since Gen. Hamm was in DC with Gates and Dempsey when he was relieved of command--how did they get word to Bristol he was in command of AFRICOM?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: stablemoney, 7/31/2013 11:34:38 PM     (No. 9452332)

The commander puts our enemies on notice that they need to call 24 hours prior to any attack so he can get his pants on.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Bison65, 8/1/2013 12:20:04 AM     (No. 9452360)

Marine Col George Bristol you are just one of the perfumed princes...a term coined by a real Colonel, Col David Hackworth who is sadly no longer with us. I wonder Col Bristol would you accept such lame excuses from one of your lieutenants.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: HisHandmaiden, 8/1/2013 1:35:28 AM     (No. 9452399)

Lame excuses, indeed...

Every mom has heard them... with quivering lips...

Heaven help us!

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Rinktum, 8/1/2013 7:11:33 AM     (No. 9452517)

Honor has given way to self-preservation. The military is not exempt from the infiltration of today´s culture. When you have an administration that promotes individuals who are loyal to it and are willing to say or do anything that they know will protect it, truth is going to be elusive. Many men and women in high office today have thrown their moral compass aside. Honor comes cheap and this administration is more than willing to pay.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: scarface67, 8/1/2013 7:38:06 AM     (No. 9452537)


Bristol is a disgrace to the Corps.



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Reply 25 - Posted by: TruthAndJustice, 8/1/2013 8:06:02 AM     (No. 9452571)

Another Traitor. A liar.

Col Bristol, hope you dream of the Ambassador being raped to death every night the rest of your sorry life.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: sorosisbehindit, 8/1/2013 8:11:18 AM     (No. 9452575)

"Originally, lawmakers had been told by the Defense Department that he had retired — the actual date is Aug. 1, an “administrative error” according to the Pentagon — and that they didn’t have his forwarding contact information."
Unless this guy donated his paycheck and pension back to the U.S. treasury, they know exactly where he lives! This bothers me more than what happened in Benghazi.
The Pentagon and top military leaders obviously feel no obligation to reply to the nation they "serve" when Congress is seeking answers! That my friends, is what makes a banana republic - a military that is arrogant and will not submit to authority.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: MattMusson, 8/1/2013 8:31:56 AM     (No. 9452621)

Didn´t the USMC moto used to be ´Death Before Dishonor?´

When did it get changed to ´Money Talks´?

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Reply 28 - Posted by: lifelonghuman, 8/1/2013 8:32:40 AM     (No. 9452623)

He´s neither a traitor nor a liar. Just somebody promoted because of tenure. Not exactly what you would expect from a marine, much less Special Ops. Maybe it´s "special" like Special Olympics. (No offense meant to Special Olympics.)

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Reply 29 - Posted by: geoguy, 8/1/2013 8:33:32 AM     (No. 9452624)

Did anyone on the committee ask him to define "unreliable communications?" (BTW, that´s bs!) If it was unreliable, then shouldn´t he have gotten an officer in a location who had reliable communications to monitor the attack and with authority to give appropriate orders to protect our brave men?

I would drag his a** back before the committee and grill him until he can´t see straight. He is either covering up or an incompetent idiot.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: aasilver, 8/1/2013 8:48:42 AM     (No. 9452641)

Waterboarding anyone?

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Reply 31 - Posted by: udanja99, 8/1/2013 8:51:16 AM     (No. 9452645)

Perhaps a few guys, sent by Axelrod, had his family gathered in a soundproof room with guns pointed at their heads while he testified.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: chicodon, 8/1/2013 9:10:10 AM     (No. 9452693)

We might as well face the fact that virtually everyone in the chain of command and everyone in Congress who was briefed want this covered up. It seems obvious by the number of CIA operatives in Benghazi that this was a spook operation. That the Turkish Ambassador was the last visitor is also a clue. We may finally get to the bottom of it but I think it will take a whistle blower. CNN may find out by interviewing the attackers but will they report it if it puts Hillary in a bad light? Who knows.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: indccc, 8/1/2013 9:21:42 AM     (No. 9452718)

Some of you need to actually read the very short article and others need to read it again before you start calling a very dedicated Marine Officer a traitor! It was the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs that said no one had been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements, not Bristol. We still have no idea what happened or what role Col. Bristol actually had in any of it! Do you know anything about the man or anything about his career? People at one time called Oliver North a traitor. Just sayin....

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Reply 34 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 8/1/2013 9:33:57 AM     (No. 9452734)

OK, most people that are called before the Congress have told their story. I can´t believe that the questioners didn´t already know what he was going to say. The big question is, "Who is next to testify?"

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Reply 35 - Posted by: PeoplesRepublikNY, 8/1/2013 9:43:46 AM     (No. 9452762)

I´m trying to imagine how Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise) would have interrogated Col. Bristol.

Seems some Pubbie committee staffer should´ve watched "A Few Good Men" and prepared accordingly.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Holeymoses, 8/1/2013 9:44:13 AM     (No. 9452763)

They got to you , didn´t they Commander? Gave you time to think it over. Is there a chickie pie in the mix? Some homosexual indiscretion? Perhaps some threat to the family dog?

Aren´t we lucky to have guys like you protecting our people.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Arby, 8/1/2013 9:44:26 AM     (No. 9452764)

The most depressing part of the Fauxbama regime has been the degradation of the military, or at least that part of the military that plays ball, goes along to get along, hungers for promotion and plays political correctness games (or worse) to secure it.

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Reply 38 - Posted by: dixonnh, 8/1/2013 10:33:18 AM     (No. 9452876)

Unreliable Communications......for our Military? If that were to be true, this has only happened since Obama took office.

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Reply 39 - Posted by: jeffrx, 8/1/2013 10:41:54 AM     (No. 9452897)

Important to remember that he didn´t "testify". This was a briefing, he was not under oath.

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Reply 40 - Posted by: Grambo, 8/1/2013 10:47:40 AM     (No. 9452916)

Pity the men being led by doofuses like this.

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Reply 41 - Posted by: pineledger, 8/1/2013 11:05:06 AM     (No. 9452963)

Court martial the creep.

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Reply 42 - Posted by: nigella, 8/1/2013 11:43:24 AM     (No. 9453062)

Nothing will ever come of these "phony" scandals as obama calls them.... He owns the media and they won´t go there. It´s all about the 2014 elections and how they can take back the house. If they do then it will be end of all investigations, unless of course an R is involved...

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Reply 43 - Posted by: 6079 Smith, W, 8/1/2013 12:10:31 PM     (No. 9453126)

I wonder how much we´d be hearing about the attack in the MSM if Cindy Sheehan had lost a son in Benghazi.

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Reply 44 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 8/1/2013 2:01:46 PM     (No. 9453329)

A quote from Monty Python comes to mind all too often anymore, "My brain hurts!".

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Reply 45 - Posted by: Packard Man, 8/1/2013 2:02:54 PM     (No. 9453332)

Couldn´t find a pay phone.

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Reply 46 - Posted by: mabel normand, 8/1/2013 3:30:46 PM     (No. 9453483)

*Hand over mouth, makes ´static´ noises*

"I´m going into a tunnel; I´ll call you right ba--"


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Reply 47 - Posted by: Rafter, 8/1/2013 3:48:33 PM     (No. 9453500)

Why doesn´t he own an O-Bomber Phone... ?
He could easily obtain three or more.
Even urinalists get O-Bomber phones...
jes´ for de axing.

If he spent more time with the Brudda´s in da Hoodies, dey´d provide him summa doze phonez.

His explanation sounds... well... phony.
Is this now... like... another... "Phony Scandal"... ?
Maybe that´s all that O-Bomber ever meant with that term...
These scandals erupt soley because the participants did not yet receive nor obtain
their free O-Bomber phonez.
So that´s why they had communications problemz... It´s really so simple!
Phone-y Scandals!
Viola!
Or voila! for our French purist friendz.

Btw...
Regarding this "commander"...
The interview went like this...
"We´re here LIVE! in Fort Marcy Park with... oops... well... we WERE... LIVE...
but... but... there´s been an unfortunate... uh... incident... accident... well... anyway... we won´t be interviewing the... uh... reluctant witness... who has suddenly... clammed up...
Back to you at the studio!!"

Would YOU tell all you knew if you realized it meant your own DEATH SENTENCE... ??

Didn´t think so.

(Psssst! Phone me... We´ll talk... really talk, this time... Right? Sure.)

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Reply 48 - Posted by: CountryDoc, 8/1/2013 8:54:41 PM     (No. 9453910)

I´m disappointed in the officer, but more concerned that this indicates the degree of pressure that politicians are able to exert on our military people. One of my sources of reassurance in concern of the direction this country is going, is that I know most of the military leadership is composed of loyal patriots who will stand for the constitution collectively. I wonder now. There will be 8 years for the leadership to be diluted ideologically.

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Reply 49 - Posted by: Mushroom, 8/1/2013 9:44:23 PM     (No. 9453945)

A long time ago I was deeply involved in communications of this type in the beginning of JSOC. I call BS. 30yrs ago we knew where everyone was and had pinpoint communications at ALL times.

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/21/2014 11:37:51 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

Dole: Cruz, Paul & Rubio
lack experience for 2016

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:18:06 AM     Post Reply
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said a number of junior GOP senators considering a presidential run in 2016 do not yet have the experience — specifically naming Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). The former 1996 GOP presidential candidate sounded particularly skeptical of Cruz in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don´t think they´ve got enough experience yet," Dole said. The 90-year-old former senator said, however, his main concern about 2016 is living

Jeb Bush is your only chance
against Hillary, Republicans

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Hot Air, by Bob Schrum    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/22/2014 6:32:54 AM     Post Reply
If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/21/2014 9:31:25 PM     Post Reply
Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
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New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/22/2014 5:03:20 AM     Post Reply
There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

Professor: ‘Colleges Will Start Closing Up’ if
‘Racist, Misogynist, Money-Grubbing’ GOP Wins

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National Review Online, by Andrew Johnson    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/22/2014 4:42:50 PM     Post Reply
New audio reveals an Eastern Connecticut State University professor warning that Republicans will “want things to go back — not to to 1955, but to 1855? if they win control of Congress in November. Republican victories could also put him out of a job, he cautioned. “We will live in a very, very, very different kind of country if that happens,” Professor Brent Terry told students in his Introduction to Creative Writing course, according to audio obtained by Campus Reform. “I mean, colleges will start closing up if these people have their way.” Over the course of his rant, Terry characterized conservatives

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Benghazi attack could have been prevented if
US hadn´t ´switched sides in the War on Terror´
and allowed $500 MILLION of weapons to reach
al-Qaeda militants, reveals damning report

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 7:02:40 PM     Post Reply
The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a seven-month review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has determined that it could have been prevented – if the U.S. hadn´t been helping to arm al-Qaeda militias throughout Libya a year earlier. ´The United States switched sides in the war on terror with what we did in Libya, knowingly facilitating the provision of weapons to known al-Qaeda militias and figures,´ Clare Lopez, a member of the commission and a former CIA officer, told MailOnline. She blamed the Obama administration

Would YOU be underwater if the
polar caps melted? Map reveals
what our planet would look like
if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 5:20:21 PM     Post Reply
Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
Not of Men and Women´

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/22/2014 10:53:27 AM     Post Reply
It may not be tomorrow, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says "something will happen" to force a Nevada rancher to obey a court order to stop grazing his cattle on federal land and pay his grazing fees. "It´s obvious that you can´t just walk away from this," Reid said in an April 18 interview with a Nevada´s KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” "You can´t have a law that is -- we´re a nation of laws, not of men and women," he said. (Video) Reid noted that most cattlemen pay their taxes, pay their fees, and follow

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

38 Republican lawmakers put aside differences
for lawsuit challenging legality of Obamacare

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Washington Times, by Dave Boyer    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/22/2014 5:20:31 AM     Post Reply
Thirty-eight Republican lawmakers, including such unlikely bedfellows as John McCain of Arizona and Ted Cruz of Texas, have joined to support a lawsuit challenging the legality of the Affordable Care Act and accusing the president of repeatedly ignoring the law he signed for political reasons. The lawmakers have signed onto a legal brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Sen. Ron Johnson, the Wisconsin Republican who is asking a federal court to overturn Obamacare’s special treatment for members of Congress and their staffs. “The unlawful executive action at issue in this case is not an isolated incident,” the brief


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