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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

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Media Omit Crucial Detail In Reporting On Retired General's Benghazi Testimony


Media Ignore Lovell's Crucial Clarification, Seize On "We Should Have Tried" Comment

Lovell Says "We Should Have Tried" To Rescue Victims, Clarifies He Did Not Mean The Response Was Insufficient. On May 1, Lovell, who served as deputy intelligence director at the U.S. Africa Command in Germany (AFRICOM) during the September 11, 2012 attack, testified that "we should have tried" to rescue the victims of the attack. Later, Lovell clarified his remark in an exchange with Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA):

CONNOLLY: I want to read to you the conclusion of the chairman of the Committee, the Republican chairman Buck McKeon, who conducted formal briefings and oversaw that report. He said, quote, "I'm pretty well satisfied that given where the troops were, how quickly the thing all happened, and how quickly it dissipated we probably couldn't have done much more than we did." Do you take issue with the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee? In that conclusion?

LOVELL: His conclusion that he couldn't have done much more than they did with the capability and the way they executed it?

CONNOLLY: Given the timeframe.

LOVELL: That's a fact.


LOVELL: The way it is right now. The way he stated it.

CONNOLLY: All right, because I'm sure you can appreciate, general, there might be some who, for various and sundry reasons would like to distort your testimony and suggest that you're testifying that we could have, should have done a lot more than we did because we had capabilities we simply didn't utilize. That is not your testimony?

LOVELL: That is not my testimony.

CONNOLLY: I thank you very much.

ABC News' Sawyer: Lovell "Testified Before Congress That The U.S. Military Should Have Tried To Do More To Fend Off That Attack." In a May 1 report on Lovell's Benghazi testimony, ABC World News host Diane Sawyer said Lovell "testified before Congress that the U.S. military should have tried to do more to fend off that attack." The segment never mentioned that Lovell later clarified the remark and agreed that the military could not have done more.

NBC News: "Official: 'We Should Have Tried' to Help During Benghazi Attack." NBCNews.com published a report on Lovell's testimony under the headline, "Official: 'We Should Have Tried' to Help During Benghazi Attack." The report omitted Lovell's clarification with Rep. Connolly in which he explained that it was "a fact" that there was nothing more the military could have done.

Fox's Perino: Lovell "Said That Our Military Should Have At Least Tried" To Save Benghazi Victims. On the May 1 edition of Fox News' The Five, co-host Dana Perino claimed that during testimony of the military's response to Benghazi, Lovell "said that our military should have at least tried, but it was never even ordered." The rest of the show made no mention of Lovell's later clarification of those remarks.

House GOP Basically Admits Its Obamacare Survey Was Bogus


House Republicans have come as close as they likely will to admitting that their much-touted Obamacare survey was bogus.

An industry source shared with TPM an email sent Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which said it plans to ask for new data from insurers that it hopes will "accurately capture" the number of HealthCare.gov enrollees who have paid their premiums.

The same source described a previous survey from the committee as "incredibly rigged" to reach a conclusion that only 67 percent of enrollees had paid their premiums, by ignoring the fact that the due date for some of those payments was still weeks out from the committee's deadline.

"After discussions with many of you, the Committee believes that gathering data through May 20, 2014 should accurately capture the number of individuals who have completed their enrollments through (HealthCare.gov) by paying their premium," the email, sent by a committee staffer, said. It was accompanied by a formal letter from committee leadership.

Lindsey Graham Coordinated With Lara Logan On Benghazi Smear Piece (cross post)


How to Turn Insanity into a Career Choice by Stacey Campfield: Conservative visitor from beyond the

Outer Limits. Campfield has turned Insanity into a lifestyle....


Stacey Campfield's "Train Ride" to Ignominy

Ever since he’s been in the Tennessee General Assembly, state Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) has incurred the acrimony and dislike of Democrats — not merely for his extremist legislative proposals, few of which make it very far off the launch pad, but because of his willingness to draw attention to himself through outrageous and insensitive statements.

On Monday, the “Don’t Say Gay” senator, infamous as well for his abortive proposal last year to deny families of failing school-children access to state social assistance, finally jumped his shark. Or, more accurately, boarded his train to possible political oblivion.

Campfield’s antics had already made him the target of a thinly disguised purge attempt by the Republican establishment in the guise of Dr. Richard Briggs, a distinguished Knoxville physician who has challenged the madcap senator in the August Republican primary,.

I think Campfield has wrapped up the award for the Most Insane, Imbicilic, Reality Inverting

Conservative Psycho-rhetoric of 2014. Campfield should tour mental hospitals to give motivational speeches to beyond-all-hope psychotics - on "How to turn insanity into a career choice - contact your local GOP HQ"..

ask Repugnants: "Does this mean you won't cut State Dept requests for security funding again?"

The GOP’s embassy security problem

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has scheduled a fairly high-profile hearing today on security lapses at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. There’s one nagging problem, however, that might cause Republicans some trouble.

For example, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), a member of Issa’s committee, told Soledad O’Brien this morning that he expects to hear testimony about security that “didn’t meet the basic, minimum standards required for a facility such as the one we had in Benghazi.” Chaffetz added that policymakers have to “make sure it doesn’t happen in other places around the world.”

Asked if he’d voted to cut federal funding for security at U.S. embassies and consulates, Chaffetz responded, “Absolutely. Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country…. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

Hmm. Those “priorities” apparently don’t include security at U.S. diplomatic outposts abroad.

Steve Benen then referred to an article by Dana Milbank in the WaPo:


For fiscal 2013, the GOP-controlled House proposed spending $1.934 billion for the State Department’s Worldwide Security Protection program – well below the $2.15 billion requested by the Obama administration. House Republicans cut the administration’s request for embassy security funding by $128 million in fiscal 2011 and $331 million in fiscal 2012. (Negotiations with the Democrat-controlled Senate restored about $88 million of the administration’s request.) Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that Republicans’ proposed cuts to her department would be “detrimental to America’s national security” – a charge Republicans rejected.

Ryan, Issa and other House Republicans voted for an amendment in 2009 to cut $1.2 billion from State operations, including funds for 300 more diplomatic security positions. Under Ryan’s budget, non-defense discretionary spending, which includes State Department funding, would be slashed nearly 20 percent in 2014, which would translate to more than $400 million in additional cuts to embassy security.

Here's an idea: we should all send emails to our Congressmen/women (or Tweet the Repugnants themselves) asking them to ask Republicans: "Does this mean you Republicans won't be cutting Democratic Administration's Dept. of State Security funding requests anymore??"

With Unemployment Shrinking and Obamacare Working, GOP Pushes All In On Benghazi


On a day where the unemployment rate fell to pre-financial crisis levels, and a month after private insurance enrollments through the ACA exceeded all expectations, Republicans decided to focus on the only thing they now think they can hammer President Obama on — Benghazi. Yes, nearly two years after the tragic events that unfolded on September 11th, 2012 and took the lives of four Americans, House Republicans are pushing for additional investigations into, well, I’m not even sure exactly what it IS they are looking for. It seems to be something to do with talking points and Sunday shows and the White House trying to save face, or something like that.

On Friday, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, subpoenaed Secretary of State John Kerry to appear before yet another hearing on Benghazi, this one scheduled for May 21st. In the letter that Issa sent to Kerry, Issa used threatening and disrespectful language, giving the impression that he feels that Kerry may not appear or take the hearing seriously. It also gave Issa the chance to show how big a man he is.

“The State Department’s response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack has shown a disturbing disregard for the Department’s legal obligations to Congress…Compliance with a subpoena for documents is not a game. Because your Department is failing to meet its legal obligations, I am issuing a new subpoena to compel you to appear before the Committee to answer questions about your agency’s response to the congressional investigation of the Benghazi attack.”

On top of that, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he will put together a select committee to further investigate into Benghazi. This is on the heels of the ‘smoking gun’ emails that conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch posted earlier this week. Conservative media has gone wild talking about the emails that were written days after the protests in the Middle East, which included the attack on the consulate in Benghazi. ABC’s Jonathan Karl pushed White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on the content of the emails shortly after they were released. Carney insisted that the emails mostly just discussed foreign policy as it related to the events that transpired in the Middle East, as opposed to formulating a specific strategy with how to frame the attacks in Benghazi.

While anyone who has actually read these emails can see that Carney is telling the truth and that it is more of an overall discussion of policy as it relates to the Middle East, and that there is no ‘smoking gun’ showing that the White House purposely looked to mislead the public about what transpired in Benghazi, Boehner has decided to jump on board with the rest of the crazy train and go all in on Benghazi. He released a statement detailing the reasons why he is forming this select committee.

The GOP find it necessary to pound the drum (in this case: the coffin of Ambassador Stevens) - because Obama is the guy who got Osama bin Laden after a Republican (doofus Geo Bushter) had the Delta Force guys stand down and let him go - so he could continue his war to free Iraqi Oil. the GOP are trying to find a way to tarnish Obama's brilliant record against al Kaida which shows the Repugnants to be so incompetent and in Bush's case guilty of letting bin Laden go to fight (us) another day.

of course, none of the GOP toadies who are M$M will ask the Repugnants "Do you feel any sense of responsibility or guilt or even embarrassment for cutting Obama administration requests for State Dept security funds?"

NO, they wouldn't ask that. THey'd be covering inuit seal hunting in Alaska starting next Monday if they did!

Super rich hold $32 trillion in offshore havens

this is almost two years old but nothing has changed in that time so this is still worth reading and commenting on internet and emailing your Congressmen about.


Rich individuals and their families have as much as $32 trillion (20 trillion pounds) of hidden financial assets in offshore tax havens, representing up to $280 billion in lost income tax revenues, according to research published on Sunday.

The study estimating the extent of global private financial wealth held in offshore accounts - excluding non-financial assets such as real estate, gold, yachts and racehorses - puts the sum at between $21 and $32 trillion.

The research was carried out for pressure group Tax Justice Network, which campaigns against tax havens, by James Henry, former chief economist at consultants McKinsey & Co.

He used data from the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations and central banks.




How The Government (Job Cuts) Killed The Middle Class, In 1 Chart

(emphases my own)

Politicians at all levels of government claim they want to help the middle class, but few things lately have hurt the middle class more than government.

Government layoffs, specifically, have carved a deep gouge in middle-class hiring in the years since the Great Recession, as a new report by the National Employment Law Project, a think tank focused on helping low-wage workers, shows. In the chart below, you can see that federal, state and local governments have been the biggest -- and just about the only -- industries that have cut jobs in the past four years.

employment change

This is the direct result of the austerity obsession Republican politicians mysteriously developed after the inauguration of President Obama in the middle of the financial crisis in 2009. They pushed to slash government spending, leading to job cuts at all levels of government -- exactly the wrong thing to do in the wake of the worst recession since the Great Depression.

Austerity crimped access to the decent-paying, middle-class jobs that are typical of government work. As NELP notes, many of the jobs lost were replaced by low-wage jobs. Middle-wage jobs accounted for 37 percent of job losses and just 26 percent of job gains in the past four years, while low-wage jobs accounted for 22 percent of job losses and 44 percent of job gains, according to the NELP report.

Tea Party Grifters Get Noticed, Finally (WaPo shows some temerity in writing about this)


It's the perfect con because the rubes are the Bigoted, the Cruel and the Stupid.

Five years after Dick Armey laid out the blueprint for a racially fueled astroturf uprising as a last ditch gambit to save the Bush-devastated Grand Ole Party from extinction, four years since Glenn Beck's 'Sermon On The Mall' was witnessed by a mighty pilgrimage of the bigoted, the mean and the stupid, the Washington Post has now, finally, discover that the multitude of Tea Party Evangelists are nothing but grifters. That's some serious investigative reporting there. Breaking news. Now, who would have guessed?

Here's the WP's revelation:

A Washington Post analysis found that some of the top national tea party groups engaged in this year’s midterm elections have put just a tiny fraction of their money directly into boosting the candidates they’ve endorsed.

This is yet another example why Daily Kos is the Best Damned Newspaper in the nation, reporting next months or next years headlines today. That isn't to say that the reporter, Matea Gold didn't do some nice work convincing her editor to publish this memo of obviousness and she looked up some relevant information:

Out of the $37.5 million spent so far by the PACs of six major tea party organizations, less than $7 million has been devoted to directly helping candidates, according to the analysis, which was based on campaign finance data provided by the Sunlight Foundation.


.. I can't say I'm too broke up about this though....

Tea party PACs reap money for midterms, but spend little on candidates - WaPo

An analysis of campaign finance expenditure reports by The Washington Post found that some of the top national tea party groups engaged in this year's midterm elections have spent a fraction of their PAC money directly on boosting the candidates they have endorsed. Read related article.

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