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Benghazi & What Fair & Balanced Would Look Like - by BooMan

I am but a lowly blogger, bereft of my parents' basement since they traded suburban bliss for the retirement home. My jammies are torn and frayed and I'm running dangerously low on Cheetos. Who am I, then, to take on the laborious task of countering the six trillion hours of media coverage that aired on the "Benghazi Scandal" with an equal and countervailing amount of coverage on the now established fact that it was ALL bullshit from the start? This is clearly not my job.

It won't be anyone's job, of course. But it should be. Any media outlet that lent credence to this "debate" ought to spend the next three-plus years publishing articles and airing pieces on the extent to which this was all a cynical and spiteful lie from the beginning. They should keep doing these pieces no matter how much it outrages and annoys their audiences. They should do it long after it has any potential to edify the public. They should beat it like a dead horse until people do parodies of the media for beating dead horses, and then should keep doing it for several years after that.

Every day should be Susan Rice Vindication Day. We should wake every morning to mockery of Darrell Issa and go to sleep each night to ridicule of Mitt Romney. This should go on until all decent people have long ago given up and stopped begging for it to stop.

And, sometime in late 2017, we will have reached Fair & Balanced coverage of the tragedy in Benghazi.

the rest:

John Boehner Gets SLAMMED - On His Own His Facebook Page

John Boehner Gets Slammed On His Own His Facebook Page
by Leslie Salzillo

Republican House Speaker John Boehner delivered a pathetic 25-second video quip on his Facebook page, in response to President Obama's Thursday night's immigration speech. In his awkward video, Boehner downright embarrasses himself. I kept waiting to hear hiccups, between each slightly slurred sentence. (Was it me?) To view Boehner's video/page, visit here. Bad timing. Bad governing. Bad speaker.
The text from Boehner's video is short, manipulative, and stupid:

"Instead of working together to fix our broken immigration system, the president says he’s acting on his own. But that is just not how our democracy works. The president has said before that ‘he’s not king’ and he’s ‘not an emperor,’ but he sure is acting like one. And he's doing it at a time when the American people want nothing more than for us to work together. "

While typing that, my fingers tried to bolt from the keys. I had to call them back. They didn't want to come. This man is a conniving pompous ass who continues to guzzle up our time, energy, and tax dollars. But let me step aside, and let other Americans tell Boehner how they feel:

Mike F. Stop talking and do something!
Like · Reply · 507 · Yesterday at 4:10pm
21 Replies · 4 hours ago

Jan Crowley G. Send him a bill, Boehner. There's been one sitting on your desk waiting for House action for quite a while, now. The DEMOCRATIC SENATE already passed the bipartisan bill - how about you bring it up for action and a vote, too?? Hmmmmmm???
Unlike · Reply · 437 · Yesterday at 4:10pm
84 Replies · 2 hours ago

Mike S. The President TRIED several times over .... unsuccessfully to work with the most obstructive and dysfunctional Congress in U.S. history. You know that old definition of insanity John Boehner?? Well the President has learned that in order to get a different result he can no longer try working with the most obstructive and dysfunctional Congress in U.S. history. He has no choice but to go it alone. Congrats Mr. Speaker....you preside over a colossal joke of a House of Representatives.
Unlike · Reply · 257 · Yesterday at 4:33pm
49 Replies · 3 hours ago

Juan N. You refused to act so someone has to do your job, I'm so proud that our president is taking action.
Unlike · Reply · 243 · Yesterday at 4:19pm
54 Replies · 7 hours ago

Sharon M. Oh Boehner! And there you are, sitting on that bi-partisan Senate bill you refused to bring to the floor even for a debate. He gave you more than a YEAR! You refused. You went on vacation and told Obama to fix it himself. So he did. Rot in h$!! for your obstruction of the American people's business. A hypocrite is the kindess word I can find for you and your partym
Unlike · Reply · 151 · Yesterday at 4:24pm
15 Replies · 4 hours ago

Brett A. Instead of impeaching the President, we should be impeaching John Speaker John Boehner regarding his bribery on the House Floor:
Like · Reply · 119 · Yesterday at 4:14pm
5 Replies · 7 hours ago

Jeff N. Blah, blah, blah. You've presided over the least useful Congress in recent history. The president can't work with a body which doesn't show up to work. You - and Reid with you - should resign in ignominy over the lack of leadership you've shown in the past six years.
Like · Reply · 116 · Yesterday at 4:10pm
14 Replies · 4 hours ago

Jeff D. You got a bill on the floor of the house and you won't put it up for a vote! We aren't all as dumb as you want.
Like · Reply · 48 · Yesterday at 4:16pm · Edited

[div]Brain S. When have you ever, EVER worked with the President?
Like · Reply · 38 · Yesterday at 4:20pm

Donnie H. Boehner...You make me sick. lie, lie, lie.
Like · Reply · 38 · Yesterday at 4:15pm

[div]Shirley G. President Obama was elected TWICE by the American people. We want him as our President --- get over it!
Like · Reply · 37 · Yesterday at 4:46pm
11 Replies · about an hour ago

Melanie N. Yes, it is precisely how our democracy works. Thats why it works. When Congress fails... the democratically elected President must act under his EO powers.
Like · Reply · 35 · Yesterday at 4:50pm

[div]Patricia R. Boehner, we know what you're doing and we do not approve. Nothing will change your mind to act like a decent political leader. You're out to get the president come hell or high water, and that's the bottom line.
Like · Reply · 35 · Yesterday at 4:31pm
10 Replies · about an hour ago

Brett L. Look here you douche bag he's been trying to work with you guys for 6 freaking years go Obama go you know most presidents in their last two years of their last term do kick it up a notch and start doing things on their own so this is not unprecedented ...See More
Like · Reply · 34 · Yesterday at 4:12pm

Brian W. Grow a spine and quit whining Boehner. You are a disgrace to public office! PS the American people have been waiting for you to work together for the last 6yrs. Shut up & lead!
Like · Reply · 33 · Yesterday at 4:56pm · Edited

Carlos A. He is beyond clown, he is just an idiot who cant fight his way out of a paper bag. Republicans have had the option to pass legislation to resolve the immigration crisis and they have failed for over 10 years. Its time to push them to act. So good for Obama let him exercise his authority and start to repair our broken immigration system.
Like · Reply · 32 · Yesterday at 5:16pm
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Adolfo P. That's a PATHETIC statement Mr. Speaker. Of course you must work together. But your INACTION leads to this and you have the audacity to punch the president for doing something about it. Let the voice of your representatives be heard!! Call for a vote or SHUT UP!
Like · Reply · 31 · Yesterday at 4:26pm
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Linda B. then do your job bonehead! congress makes the laws, so far in six years since Obama is President, you have done nothing. let me rephrase for sixty years you have done nothing..
Like · Reply · 19 · Yesterday at 4:43pm · Edited

I love this:

Michael T. I will never vote republican again…
Like · Reply · 11 · Yesterday at 7:21pm

My personal favorite:
Nesti G. shut up!!
Like · Reply · 8 · November 20 at 4:37pm


Jeb, Inc.: The Checkered Business Record Of The Next Bush Eyeing The Presidency

just one of the examples:


After helping elect his father president of the United States, Jeb Bush teamed in 1989 with then-Moving Water Industries, Corp. (MWI) president and CEO J. David Eller, to create Bush-El. The eponymous partnership aimed to market MWI’s water pumps internationally. In 2002, the Miami Herald revealed that on one of Bush’s trips to Nigeria to help sell them MWI pumps in 1991, that company’s corporate pilot claimed he saw a suitcase full of cash — an apparent bribe for Nigerian officials. The pilot did not implicate Bush and a Bush spokesman noted inconsistencies in the claims. ”The governor was adamant he was not on an airplane with a suitcase full of cash,” the spokesman said, adding Bush was “unaware of any plane he was on with luggage on it full of cash.”

I made money. That’s the only benefit I can see… Otherwise, it’s been unmitigated grief.

Bush has reportedly said his involvement in the Nigeria effort was conditioned on a private loan being secured (as his father was president at the time and he wanted to avoid any appearance of impropriety). But the company instead went to the U.S. Export-Import Bank for the $74.3 million it needed for the deal. In 1998, after a whistleblower alleged “knowingly false or fraudulent claims” connected to that financing, the Department of Justice filed suit against MWI. The company has steadfastly denied the allegations, but was found liable by a jury last year and fined $580,000 (the MWI has appealed the verdict). Bush was not implicated and was never forced to testify in the case after a federal judge ruled him irrelevant to the case.

Bush said later that the bad publicity from Bush-El had proven highly troublesome for him: “I made money. That’s the only benefit I can see… Otherwise, it’s been unmitigated grief.” While he said he took no money on the Nigeria deal, he made $648,250 on the Bush-El venture, between pump sales in other countries and selling his half-share in the partnership to Eller in 1994, prior to his gubernatorial campaign.

An MWI company spokesman declined to comment for this story.

way more:

Sen. Sessions: No, We Are Not Going To Impeach Obama

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is one of the most outspoken opponents of immigration reform and has been a loud critic of President Barack Obama's decision to take executive action on immigration, but even Sessions doesn't think impeaching the president would be a good idea.

"No, we are not going to impeach or have a move to impeach," Sessions said at an event at The Heritage Foundation on Friday according to The Hill. "The president has certain powers. We truly believe, and I think it's accurate to say he abused those powers."

A number of Republicans have raised the prospect of Obama getting impeached over his recent executive action move. As TPM flagged on Thursday, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) suggested that Obama could face impeachment or even jail time if he went through with the executive action move.

Meanwhile, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday said that "nobody's talking about impeachment" concerning Obama.


Stephen Colbert weighs in on President Obama’s new immigration plan.

“Folks, my great grandfather did not come here from Ireland to see this country overrun by immigrants.”


I actually feel a little sorry for them...

Republican Nightmares:

Bennett Toon: Obama Acting Like A King

I approve this message,
peace & tolerance,

LOL: The "Emperor" Broke The Blade Of The GOP Sword!

Artificial Republican Unity on Immigration


For all the yelling and screaming about “Emperor Obama,” his action was temporary and could be instantly revoked by a Republican president or superseded by legislation from a Republican Congress. But Republicans are in complete disarray on the subject, though there is a distinct trend towards “deport ‘em all” nativism (though not the will to provide the resources necessary to “deport ‘em all,” which would make actions like Obama’s impossible).


So the appropriate response of progressives to what we’re going to hear over the next weeks and months is: What do your propose to do about it? Can Republicans agree on an immigration policy (no, “securing the border first” is not an immigration policy, but at most a component of one)? What should this and future administrations do in the face of a gigantic gap between the number of undocumented people in this country and the resources to deal with them? Is using the fear of deportation to encourage “self-deportation” what you want? And if you do want to “deport ‘em all,” then exactly how much money are you willing to appropriate for police dogs, box cars, whips, holding cells, and so on and so forth? Do you suggest we just suspend the Constitution and have us a good old-fashioned police state for a few years until we’ve deported 11 million people?

And if Republicans actually have the guts to go against their “base” and take on comprehensive immigration reform, there’s this little matter of the bipartisan bill that’s been languishing in the House for seventeen months. John Boehner could at any moment bring it up and pass it with Democratic votes. Why isn’t that at least on the table?

These sort of questions should be asked early and often. There’s no reason for progressives to be defensive about Obama’s action. Republicans made it necessary. Let them tell us exactly what they would do if they were in power.

by Ed Kilgore


The GOP's Empty Piñata

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