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Oops: Rep. Wilson unwittingly pokes holes in Dems’ Benghazi narrative

13 hours 5 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

From the House Democrats’ Benghazi report released last year:

“We have been hampered in our work by the ongoing Republican obsession with conspiracy theories that have no basis in reality,” said the Democratic report, which underscored the fierce political divisions between Republicans and Democrats over the attack on a U.S. consular post and a CIA annex in the Libyan port city. “Rather than reject these conspiracy theories in the absence of evidence — or in the face of hard facts — Select Committee Republicans embraced them and turned them into a political crusade.”

“We hope our report will put to rest the conspiracy theories about Benghazi once and for all and return the focus to where it belongs—on the goal of improving the security of Americans serving abroad,” the report continued.
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“Decades in the future, historians will look back on this investigation as a case study in how not to conduct a credible investigation,” the Democratic members wrote. “They will showcase the proliferation of Republican abuses as a chief example of what happens when politicians are allowed to use unlimited taxpayer dollars — and the formidable power of Congress — to attack their political foes.”

Remember the Left’s favorite GIF at the time of Hillary Clinton during the Benghazi hearing?

via GIPHY

The Democrats framed the Benghazi investigation as a witch hunt, “false controversy” and conspiracy theory aimed at unfairly casting Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a bad light.

Fast forward to this week and “rock star” Dem Rep. Frederica Wilson:

Niger is @realDonaldTrump's Benghazi. He needs to own it.

— Rep Frederica Wilson (@RepWilson) October 22, 2017

Make up your minds, Dems! Does that mean if Trump tells his national security adviser to appear on several Sunday morning shows and blame it on a video, Rep. Wilson and other Dems will consider that an acceptable conclusion?

It’s unlikely that any DC reporter will be curious enough to ask Rep. Wilson this question:

How can something be Trump's Benghazi if the real one didn't belong to Hillary or Obama.

— Razor (@hale_razor) October 21, 2017

If Wilson’s going to say Niger is Trump’s Benghazi, she’d better be prepared to admit that Benghazi was Obama’s Benghazi. But of course the actual facts regarding either tragedy run a distant second to their usefulness as tools for scoring cheap political points.

**Written by Doug Powers

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United Nations shores up legacy as world’s biggest comedy club

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 16:35

**Written by Doug Powers

Nothing sums up the U.N. and its agencies better than this:

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From the bureaucratic body that put Iran on a women’s rights council comes another effort to outdo themselves:

Provoking global head-scratching and more than a little outrage, Robert Mugabe, the longtime president of Zimbabwe — who faces international sanctions for human rights abuses including violent crackdowns on political dissent — has been appointed as a “goodwill ambassador” for the World Health Organization.

The outcry rocketed around the world after this week’s announcement and seemed centered around one primary point: Can you be a “goodwill ambassador” if the world widely regards you as a violent, tyrannical despot?

Why Mugabe? Because Kim Jong-un turned down the gig after being told the honorary position wouldn’t include free all-you-can-eat pizza.

It’s possible that Mugabe’s goodwill ambassadorship will be withdrawn due to all the blowback, at which point I’d expect the U.N. to create an “ambassador of irony” seat for him on one of their LGBT councils.

Update:

#Breaking: W.H.O. cancels appointment of Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe as ambassador amid outcry (AFP) pic.twitter.com/ZSmMdcLe6y

— CGTN Africa (@cgtnafrica) October 22, 2017

That the U.N. didn’t see anything wrong with the choice going in tells you all you need to know about them.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Heh: Obama warns decimated Dem Party that divisive politics is a dead-end street

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 15:51

**Written by Doug Powers

Former President Barack Obama is on the campaign trail for Dems, and he’s bringing some wisdom with him:

Obama: "If you have to win a campaign by dividing people, you're not going to be able to govern them. You won't be able to unite them later" pic.twitter.com/TPAkycVMXQ

— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 19, 2017

Obama’s so self-unaware he has no idea he’s projecting, which means at the same time he has no idea just how correct he is:

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That’s where the “politics of division” took Dems!

It’s funny to see Obama pretend he didn’t take part in the politics of division. Maybe he hopes nobody remembers “get in their face”:

Remember when Obama said Iranians chanting “death to America” were “making common cause with the Republican caucus”? Good times:

Don’t forget “you didn’t build that”:

And “climate change deniers” are a grave threat to humanity and national security was also a nice, non-divisive touch:

Obama made it known very early in his presidency that he would bend over backwards to avoid being polarizing:

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So the Dems should listen to Obama’s lecture about divisiveness and heed his warning. He knows what he’s talking about whether he realizes it or not

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**Written by Doug Powers

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Nauseating: Dem Rep. thrilled by how she just became a ‘rock star’

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:33

**Written by Doug Powers

In a year where new lows seem to be reached almost hourly, this one might not be eclipsed for quite a bit longer than that:

Democratic Rep. Frederica Wilson (Fla.) laughed on Thursday that she was now a “rock star” and called it “phenomenal” that she’s embroiled in a feud with the White House over a conversation President Donald Trump had with a military widow.

Wilson set off a firestorm this week when she told reporters that Trump upset Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, when he called her on Tuesday night. Wilson characterized Trump as insensitive in remarks she overheard to the widow of the soldier, who was killed along with three others in an ambush in Niger.

Wilson then did a series of television interviews on the subject and called Trump a “liar” when he denied any inappropriate comments.

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said at Thursday’s press briefing that he was “stunned” and “brokenhearted” at Wilson revealing a “sacred” conversation between Trump and Mrs. Johnson.

“Rock star.” Yes, that’s what Wilson actually called herself after using a horrible situation to try and score political points for The Resistance:

She’s almost certainly secured a prime-time speaking slot at the 2020 Democratic Convention.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Bernie Sanders: You should WANT to pay higher taxes (For the ‘free’ stuff!)

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:44

**Written by Doug Powers

Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz debated about taxes on CNN Wednesday night, and the Vermont socialist senator described the reason taxes on everybody need to go up, not down. Why? For all that “free” stuff:

.@BernieSanders on taxes: "Yes, you are going to pay more"
But says you will get "free health care, free child care," kids can go to college

— Teddy Davis (@TeddyDavisCNN) October 19, 2017

The crux of Bern-ocracy is that the government should get your money and decide what you need — no thought or freedom required! Heck, Americans should want to pay higher taxes, or so Sanders would like everybody to believe. Hopefully the Democratic Party parrots that message in 2020.

Sanders’ attempt to invoke Robin Hood also blew up in his face:

**Written by Doug Powers

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Beware the rape allegation bandwagon

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 09:44

Beware the rape allegation bandwagon
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

“#MeToo” is the social media meme of the moment. In a 24-hour period, the phrase was tweeted nearly a half million times and posted on Facebook 12 million times. Spearheaded by actress Alyssa Milano in the wake of Hollyweird’s Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal, women have flooded social media with their own long-buried accounts of being pestered, groped or assaulted by rapacious male predators in the workplace.

Count me out.

It’s one thing to break down cultural stigmas constructively, but the #MeToo movement is collectivist virtue signaling of a very perilous sort. The New York Times heralded the phenomenon with multiple articles “to show how commonplace sexual assault and harassment are.”

Women are using the #MeToo hashtag to show how commonplace sexual assault and harassment are https://t.co/NIemU53XV3

— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 16, 2017

The Washington Post credited #MeToo with making “the scale of sexual abuse go viral.” And actress Emily Ratajkowski declared at a Marie Claire magazine’s women’s conference on Monday:

“The most important response to #metoo is ‘I believe you.'”

“The most important response to #metoo is ‘I believe you’

NY Times: Economy’s getting better, and here’s how that might kill you

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:16

**Written by Doug Powers

With the mainstream media being what it is, the Trump era means that even good news is bad news. Below is one such example featuring the two top economic stories from a Google search. How’s this for a shot & chaser?

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The Dow hit another record high this week and there are other signs of economic turnaround, but don’t get too excited about any of it. According to an article in the NY Times, an improved economy could kill you:

But a surging economy does more than generate greater income. An industrial economy also pumps out more air pollution as more goods are produced. Polluted air, it turns out, is a major contributor to the mortality-increasing effect of an economic boom. In their analysis of how economic growth increases mortality, David Cutler and Wei Huang, of Harvard University, and Adriana Lleras-Muney, of U.C.L.A., found that two-thirds of the effect can be attributed to air pollution alone.
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Other factors contribute to rising mortality during expansions. Occupational hazards and stress can directly harm health through work. Some studies find that alcohol and tobacco consumption increases during booms, too. Both are associated with higher death rates. Also, employed people drive more, increasing mortality from auto accidents.

During recessions, people without jobs may have more time to sleep and exercise and may eat more healthfully. One study found that higher unemployment is associated with lower rates of obesity, increased physical activity and a better diet.

We’d better have a good old fashioned economic depression fast or we’re all gonna die of heart & lung disease along with a lack of sleep.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Dare to dream: ‘Constitutional law expert’ lays out Hillary’s path to the WH

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:37

**Written by Doug Powers

This is such a ridiculous pipe dream that regular pipe dreams are laughing at it, but hardcore Clinton fans might be intrigued and filled with fresh hope, so here goes — Hillary’s path to the White House as it stands now:

Here’s how constitutional law expert Lessig lays it out:

If number 1: If Trump is definitively found to have colluded directly with Russia, he would be forced to resign or be impeached.

If number 2: If Trump is removed, Vice President Mike Pence would become president.

If number 3: If Pence becomes president, he should resign too, given that he benefited from the same help from Mother Russia.

If number 4: If Pence resigns before appointing a vice president, Ryan would become president.

If number 5: If Ryan becomes president, he should do the right thing and choose Clinton for vice president. Then he should resign.

“The answer seems unavoidable: He should nominate the person defeated by the treason of his own party, and then step aside and let her become the president,” Lessig writes. “Without doubt, if Ryan did the right thing, that would be the most extraordinary event in the history of America since the Confederate Army fired on Fort Sumter. But unlike that, this event would build the union, not divide it.”

Sounds like a solid strategy!

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Too bad the Clinton campaign didn’t try something like that before the election:

If number 1: Hillary doesn’t tell coal country she’s going to put them out of work.

If number 2: Hillary campaigns in Wisconsin.

If number 3: Hillary spends time in swing states instead of schmoozing rich celebs in L.A. and on the Vineyard.

If number 4: Hillary’s campaign doesn’t assume the election is in the bag three months before it takes place.

But anyway, all Hillary needs to do is put on these ruby slippers (after her broken toe heals of course) and do this three times while saying “there’s no place like the White House.” At that point… nothing will happen.

**Written by Doug Powers

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‘Take a knee’ reaches city council level

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 10:34

**Written by Doug Powers

It was inevitable, I suppose:

Four #a2council members #TakeAKnee during the Pledge of Allegiance at tonight's meeting https://t.co/PIG4Uv6jHS

— Lauren(Fitch)Slagter (@LaurenSlagter) October 16, 2017

At some point the whole “take a knee” movement will grind to a halt simply because it’ll become untrendy, like designer jeans that were really cool until your parents started wearing them:

Four Ann Arbor city council members chose to kneel during the Pledge of Allegiance at a meeting on Monday, Oct. 16.

Chip Smith, 5th Ward; Chuck Warpehoski, 5th Ward; Sumi Kailasapathy, 1st Ward; and Jason Frenzel, 1st Ward; moved in front of the council’s table, turned toward the flag and took a knee when it came time to recite the Pledge of Allegiance after the meeting was called to order.

Warpehoski said the move was an act of attention, concern and respect.

The “attention” part is easy to believe.

During the meeting, Kailasapathy said she knelt during the Pledge to demonstrate her commitment to upholding democratic values.

“For me, taking a knee is also showing solidarity with the group of people who have been doing this at the national level,” she said.

The council members apparently wanted to show solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, and they’re now just like him, at least in the sense that none of the above are currently playing professional football.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Shiv-alry is not dead: Hillary says WH hopes got shanked by Comey

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 22:49

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton was interviewed recently by an Australian Broadcasting Corporation journalist who noticed that the former presidential candidate has descended into madness. Well, the interviewer didn’t put it that way but still…

I have been following Hillary Clinton’s career since the mid-1990s as a journalist in Washington reporting on the first term of Bill Clinton’s presidency.

The Hillary Clinton I knew then would not have said publicly she had been “shivved” by the former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey.

Sure, but the Hillary Clinton the reporter knew back in the 1990s hadn’t lost to Donald Trump after an inept campaign for president weighed down by hypocrisy and arrogance. That said, Hillary basically painted an ironic picture of Comey trying to take her out in a prison yard:

She referred to Comey’s handling of the investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of state, in particular the letter written by Comey days before the election re opening the investigation: “He did shiv me, yeah … we also know that opponents of mine, like former mayor Rudy Giuliani, knew something was coming.

“So there was clearly an effort to derail my campaign at the end.”

What makes that even more hilarious is that Comey is one of the reasons that Clinton isn’t one of the newest cast members of a real-life knockoff of “Orange is the New Black.” But Clinton has to keep pretending the ex-FBI director didn’t do her a huge favor when he could have made it so much worse for her.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

John Kerry, Susan Rice very concerned that Trump’s treating Iran unfairly

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:39

**Written by Doug Powers

President Trump’s announcement that the U.S. won’t certify Iranian compliance with the Iran Deal has former Secretary of State John Kerry worried that the current administration is treating unfairly the country headed by a man who leads “death to America” chants.” From CBS News:

Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday blasted President Trump’s decision not to re-certify Iran’s compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, accusing Mr. Trump of jumpstarting an “international crisis.”
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Kerry was the country’s top diplomat in 2015 when the U.S. entered into the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), better known as the Iran deal.

“President Trump’s decision today is dangerous,” Kerry said in a lengthy statement he posted to Twitter. “He’s creating an international crisis. It endangers America’s national security interests and those of our closest allies.

What’s NOT dangerous, as far as Kerry’s concerned? Shipping hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to the world’s #1 state sponsor of terrorism.

Another former Obama administration official was troubled by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s support for scrapping the Iran Deal:

.@POTUS’ important speech today accurately outlined the history and continued dangers of Iran’s aggression.

— AIPAC (@AIPAC) October 13, 2017

To which former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice replied:

BS https://t.co/dgSF86kH3a

— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 14, 2017

“BS.” But keep in mind, that accusation is coming from the person who blamed the Benghazi attack on a “hateful video” five times in a single morning:

Also, the “BS” accusation comes from the ex-NSA who said something in 2014 about Bowe Bergdahl that looks stupid considering today’s news:

Pretty much just as accurate as any other claims she made. pic.twitter.com/ip2bsSy77s

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) October 16, 2017

I might not always be certain who to believe when it comes to some issues, but I’m damn sure who to never believe.

**Written by Doug Powers

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