Every once in a while, Republicans forget the first rule of being a parasite: Hide. For a while, they prospered in the relative obscurity of doing nothing, contributing nothing, and obstructing all attempts by the Obama administration to do Something, at the behest of their ultra-wealthy masters who don’t need and don’t want American government to work (or even really exist). Like barnacles on the Ship of State, they were known in the general public largely by the constant drag on progress they exerted, which had the ironic – and for them, desirable – effect of being blamed on the guy at the wheel.
For most people, the Republican Party’s brazen corruption, hypocrisy, and treasonous lust to punish the nation for voting against them was an unseen irritant that only served to increase their annoyance with the President for not acting as though the difference in visibility were a difference in power. And then Republicans went ahead and reminded everyone that, yes, they are The Problem, and have been The Problem all along. At a time of economic hardship created by them and exacerbated by their refusal to pass any form of economic stimulus in years, they’ve opened the taxpayer spigot to fish for scandals to benefit themselves, and are publicly making a spectacle of the fact that they consider the US government their private property. Thanks for the reality check …
EXCERPT: The Republican inquisition over the attacks against Americans in Benghazi has never really gone away, but it appears as though in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the House Oversight Committee’s Benghazi hearings this week there are renewed psycho-histrionics over Benghazi.
So I thought I’d revisit some territory I covered back in October as a bit of a refresher — especially since it appears as if no one, including and especially the traditional press, intends to ask any of these obnoxious, opportunistic liars about why they’re so obsessed by this one attack yet they entirely ignored the dozen-plus consulate/embassy attacks that occurred when George W. Bush and Dick Cheney were allegedly “keeping us safe.”
The Benghazi attacks (the consulate and the CIA compound) are absolutely not unprecedented even though they’re being treated that way by Republicans who are deliberately ignoring anything that happened prior to Inauguration Day, January 20, 2009.
We have a President who is intentionally hurting the nation and the people he’s entrusted to serve. In the name of the sequester, the White House’s own plan to clinch a budget deal last year, Obama is willfully and intentionally doing as much damage as he can. This is not subjective, but is verifiable fact.
The President rejected a proposal by the Senate Republicans to give the President more flexibility to pick and choose which programs should be cut to reach the $85 billion spending reduction over seven months mandated by the so-called sequester. That would have given him the opportunity to meet the requirements of the budget deal, without affecting the people our government is supposed to be serving. Keep in mind, that these legislatively mandated reductions are not cuts in actual spending, but only reflect a 2.5% reduction in the growth of government spending.
According to the President a few weeks ago, “There’s no smart way to do that [the sequester cuts],” he said. “These cuts are wrong. They’re not smart, they’re not fair. They’re a self-inflicted wound that doesn’t have to happen.” This is a surprising admission that his own plan is, in fact, stupid!
Actually, Mr. President, there was a smart and prudent way to do it. …
Show me one politician that doesn’t place politics in front of the American people. Now congress is going to make exceptions on the sequester for the rich who travel, this includes the very same congress that is being ignored in the article.
The republican held congress said the sequesters were exactly what they wanted, and now we are placing all the blame on the president. Blame needs to be given to both groups as they fight for power and control.
Sequester was all Obama’s, he wanted it and now he doesn’t? Plenty of blame to spread around, feel free to share it. Now when it finally comes into play, guess who gets hit? Not the White House, but average citizens who through no fault of their own want to travel but can’t because? No, spite is the new way of doing things in D.C. and it sucks.
Tired of the blame bus, it came on one administrations time in office. Give credit where credit is due.
Please stop those who make money from traveling to make more but don’t stop those that spend it in large amounts from traveling? Is that the way it doesn’t work. 3 Watch Lists and all 3 failed to find an obvious perp? Cut their money, big time, the lists are a waste and will never find anything. Oh, mom is on the list too. Go figure.
Article after article calling out Obama on the sequester the past few weeks. Take your pick. I won’t even suggest one for you. How much crow can Obama eat before he has his fill and we have enough of him?
You’re right it’s about power and control, good observation. Heaven help us if the wrong people get the power and control.
That’s a seemingly obvious question without a straightforward answer. There’s no universal gun registry, and thus not a simple way to pin down the exact number of firearms in the U.S. … There are estimates, however. According to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey – the leading source of international public information about firearms – the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns. That’s an average of 89 firearms for every 100 residents — far ahead of Yemen, which comes in second with about 55 firearms for every 100 people, or Switzerland, which is third with 46 guns for every 100 people.
There are certain types of firearms that do require registration in the United States: those subject to the National Firearms Act, including machine guns, shotguns and rifles with barrels shorter than 18 inches, and silencers. … According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which handles that registration, there were more than 3.1 million National Firearms Act-registered weapons in the U.S. as of March 2012. That includes more than 488,000 machine guns and more than 2 million “destructive devices” such as grenades, which are also classified under the law. … Obama is pushing laws that will only affect law abiding citizens, not perps. What wrong with that? Everything. Fix the problems, don’t make new ones. … Guns were barred in the New Town school, that didn’t stop Adam Lanza. … When the laws fixes something, I’m all ears. These things just make things worse.
In what way shape or form do laws make things worse. DUI laws make drunk driving go up? Domestic violence laws make domestic violence go up? Car vehicle insurance laws make car wrecks go up? No it is a simple matter of social responsibility. For your information as well the Homestead Act was repealed in 1970. Law abiding citizens????? Now that is a good one—Read on the Boston investigation that these terrorists groups are looking for people with a clean record to help perpetrate the crimes. A clean record often means little more than comfortable affluence. Records can be expunged, vacated, or dismissed across the board. Really quite useless. They are like credit scores. If you got the money and the time a clean slate is there for the asking. … Got a good lawyer? The danger with high powered guns is they will fall into the wrong hands. A great misnomer of the gun advocates is that they actually believe there is such a thing as a criminal class. That is the joke. “We are the great American law -abiding American heroes,’ and everyone else including the kid caught shoplifting candy is a criminal, or the boys caught with beer and on and on.
In reality there is no such thing as the criminal class. It is a fiction. There are people who make mistakes. There are people who need to learn how to make a living. Society creates its own ills. When you have a materialistic mania that goes on in America with people on their heels ready to shoot each other over pennies then you have a sick society. America is a sick society bent on moral militaristic destruction, and you MR DR encompass the problem. You represent an intolerant class based on priveledge. I know you have your sob story about living on garden vegtables and on and on. But across the board yours is a story of priveledge. You gre up in acohesive society and a mono culture. You have no basis for evaluation other than your refractory limited experience. Unfortunately there are many like you. But you view the world slanted. Why would 33,000 gun deaths per year be something to be proud of? It shows the consciousness of an irresponsible nation. … It also shows a nation of affluent discrimination.
The irony of course is that your little group of bloggers is not a majority. Yours is a braggocio that you expect everyone to react to. … So you can take pot shots. Too bad too bad.
President Obama’s Comprehensive School Safety Program would give $150 million to school districts and law enforcement agencies to hire school resource officers, school psychologists, social workers, and counselors.
The U.S. Department of Justice would come up with a model on how to best use school resource officers, depending on the grade levels at a school.
“When equipped with proper training and supported by evidence-based school discipline policies, they can deter crime with their presence and advance community policing objectives,” according to the plan. “Their roles as teachers and counselors enable them to develop trusting relationships with students that can result in threats being detected and crises averted before they occur.”
For many Republicans, this is a good weekend to get away from it all.
With hundreds of thousands of Democrats traveling to nation’s capital for President Barack Obama’s inauguration activities, Republicans and supporters of last fall’s GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, are leaving town, or staying put and trying to avoid the crowds.
After failing to recapture the White House for a second straight presidential election, many are not exactly in a partying mood.
“It’s a good time to lay low,” said John Feehery, the president of Quinn Gillespie Communications and a former top congressional aide.
As Democrats prepare to mark Obama’s second inauguration on Monday by bundling up along the parade route or dressing up for balls, Republicans are spending the long Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with quick vacation getaways, quiet time at home or trips to the movie theater.
“He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” Tagg Romney told the Globe. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside.”
The Globe article also noted that “Tagg … worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency.”
When the Navy sends their elite, they send the SEALs. When the SEALs send their elite, they send SEAL Team Six
SEAL Team Six is a secret unit tasked with counterterrorism, hostage rescue, and counterinsurgency. In this dramatic, behind-the-scenes chronicle, Howard Wasdin takes readers deep inside the world of Navy SEALS and Special Forces snipers, beginning with the grueling selection process of Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S)—the toughest and longest military training in the world.
After graduating, Wasdin faced new challenges. First there was combat in Operation Desert Storm as a member of SEAL Team Two. Then the Green Course: the selection process to join the legendary SEAL Team Six, with a curriculum that included practiced land warfare to unarmed combat. More than learning how to pick a lock, they learned how to blow the door off its hinges. Finally as a member of SEAL Team Six he graduated from the most storied and challenging sniper program in the country: The Marine’s Scout Sniper School. Eventually, of the 18 snipers in SEAL Team Six, Wasdin became the best—which meant one of the best snipers on the planet.
Less than half a year after sniper school, he was fighting for his life. The mission: capture or kill Somalian warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid. From rooftops, helicopters and alleys, Wasdin hunted Aidid and killed his men whenever possible. But everything went quickly to hell when his small band of soldiers found themselves fighting for their lives, cut off from help, and desperately trying to rescue downed comrades during a routine mission. The Battle of Mogadishu, as it become known, left 18 American soldiers dead and 73 wounded. Howard Wasdin had both of his legs nearly blown off while engaging the enemy. His dramatic combat tales combined with inside details of becoming one of the world’s deadliest snipers make this one of the most explosive military memoirs in years.
This is more than just a conspiracy,” Peniel added. “I think this is fundamentally connected to white supremacism in this country.”
Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. in early April called for the connection to be publicly drawn between birthers and racism: “So it is time to call this birther nonsense what it is–not just claptrap, but profoundly racist claptrap.”
And columnist Michael Tomasky wrote for The Guardian Wednesday that the birther conspiracy “had to be the only explanation for how this black man got to the White House.” He added: “And if you think race isn’t what this is about at its core, ask yourself if there would even be a birther conspiracy if Barack Obama were white and named Bart Oberstar. If you think there would be, you are delusional.”
In a similar vein, Rev. Jesse Jackson told Politico yesterday that Donald Trump’s campaign to get Obama to release his birth certificate is deeply rooted in race.
“Any discussion of [Obama’s] birthplace is a code word,” Jackson said. “It calls upon ancient racial fears.” Jackson later added that, in his view, Trump “is now tapping into code-word fears that go far beyond a rational discourse.”