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Friday night doc dump….Benghazi

It’s become a tradition for both D-words and R-words to hide behind this maneuver, especially since all the press and news orgs have closed up shop for the day. AP received the timeline of events from the PENTAGON, and their response, two months after the incident in Libya. What a mess! It took them 19 hours to respond which begs another question; Why weren’t they better prepared?

Why so long?  The Pentagon claims that the situation was “murky,” that they didn’t understand whether a hostage situation might develop, and also claimed not to have been aware of any specific threats.  That would be news to anyone following the Benghazi story in some depth.  Ambassador Chris Stevens warned repeatedly of threats to the Benghazi mission for months, requesting more security.  On the day of the attack, three hours before it began and roughly five hours before Stevens was killed, the Benghazi consulate alerted State that radical Islamist terrorists had begun “gathering weapons and gathering steam,” plus a note that their security team of Libyan militia had taken pictures inside the compound for no apparent reason earlier that day.

We’re “leading from behind” in Mali. War plans leaked on Friday (anyone see a pattern here?) Another “splendid little war” the French are involving us in to bolster their shadow government, just as they did in Libya to preserve their oil interests. Gaddafi was going to nationalize the Libyan oil industry and the French oil interests were not pleased. Via Meadia

Something must be done in Mali. Open sanctuaries for aggressive jihadis cannot be tolerated. But what’s the strategy? In Libya there’s an argument to be made that even though the United States ‘led from behind’ we were nevertheless used by French oil interests among others to increase French prestige and power in the neighborhood. The French are very good at getting other people to do their dirty jobs for them. Mali is part of France’s ghost empire in Africa; there’s a case to be made for remaining well in the rear and not even leading.

More broadly, where is our policy heading in Africa? Have we started playing whack-a-mole with terror groups across the Sahara? And, if we manage to whack the moles on the head in Mali, where do they pop up next? And what’s our fallback plan if the first push doesn’t work?

Via Meadia hopes the wizards in the State Department and National Security Council have thought these issues through more thoroughly than they did when we rushed into Libya. The ‘victory’ in Libya helped make the Mali war necessary; what new wars will another ‘victory’ in Mali bring?

Business has responded to Obama’s re-election and policies, which we wrote about yesterday, not only laying off people but, moving production to more business friendly countries. Those who believe government creates jobs are in for a huge rude awakening. All the talk about hiring new teachers, firemen and police is one of the biggest frauds in this government’s lexicon. All those are local hires and have zero to do with Obama or his Dept. of Education or any other government entity. So, with the tax base even more depleted in various localities, good luck with that hiring. It won’t happen unless local taxes rise.

The report also includes a state-by-state breakdown of pension funding gaps, including estimates of how much each household would need to pay in tax increases to close the gap.

The list includes a few surprises: California comes in sixth at $1,900 per household, while New Jersey, Ohio, Wyoming, Oregon and New York households would all be on the hook for more than $2,000. New York’s $17 billion shortfall is particularly bad; taxpayers would have to pay an additional $2,250 per household, for 30 years, to make up the difference.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the list, states like Idaho, Arizona, West Virginia, Utah, Arkansas, and finally Indiana would require more modest increases of $800 per household or less. Indiana is in particularly good shape, with a per household shortfall of only $329.

When looking at the list, it’s hard to miss how the costs seem to break down according to the red-blue political divide. This raises an interesting conundrum: The states that require the biggest tax hikes are those where taxes are already highest. If this isn’t a powerful argument against the blue model, we’re not sure what is.

Absorbing all the costs of Obamacare, pensions and benefits, bailouts and regulations will fall on the middleclass businessperson and consumer. How’s that for redistribution of wealth?

Update…. Happy 237th to the US Marines

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2012/11/10/Marine-Corps-Turns-237

open thread………

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59 Comments

  1. Going off topic here…another Muslima murdered by her husband as her kids get ready for school……tried to make it about a “hate crime”.

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2012/11/as-predicted-husband-of-murdered-iraqi-woman-in-san-diego-arrested-for-murder/

    • Waiting for 2012

      I have a sickening feeling that the next 4 years are going to be even more “hating whitey”-ish.

      • at least the a**hole was arrested….his kids looked so scared…why I never believed his story in the first place. I know he threatened to do the same to them, Muslims don’t accuse their own, Quran says it’s wrong and they will be punished. Hateful book!

        • Waiting for 2012

          With 2 whole chapters on how to abuse women and kill the infidels. I know, I’ve read it.

          • That is the real “war on women” the left will never admit to

  2. Francine

    I am so news weary that I can’t see straight. Daily it is murders, corruption, rapes ( a woman riding a bus in CA!) and of course the re-election of Satan. So I was happy to see this in my email from my daughter. http://imgur.com/zbfVK

    Humanity starts with those around us and is something government can’t provide.

    • Yep, that’s why it’s so important to find something to do that makes someone’s life just a little better. even a short conversation over a cup of coffee is time well spent. So much to learn about, so little time to learn it.

    • Annie's Mom

      With tears in my eyes…reminds me of my Dad. After his hip replacement, he walked 1/4 to 1/2 mile every day. One day, taking a little rest on a bench, a gal, about 40, who was out running, stopped and asked him about his WWII baseball hat. They chatted, and Dad invited her to the house for happy hour. Julie, in the Naval Reserve, became a family friend, and we spent quite a few happy hours enjoying her company. What a dear person she is.

      • Francine

        Such a nice story! My daughter and I have a “thing” for elderly men, we just want to protect them for some reason. I used to visit a friend out at the base and would see a group of elderly veterans wearing their caps, talking and enjoying each other’s company when I would sign in at security. It always made me tearful because like you, it would remind me of my Dad. We talk so much about skin racism in our country but not many talk about the elderly and how they have become nobodies in our youth and looks obsessed culture.

    • The Original

      My Dad is still alive. He is a part of the “Greatest Generation”. We have lost so much since those days. They were rough times, but at least the nation had a decent moral compass.

      • Annie's Mom

        You are so very lucky to still have your Dad. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss mine. My prayers to you…and on Veteran’s Day, please thank your Dad for his service.

        • The Original

          Thank you! He is an awesome man! He was a wonderful father. A great farmer. He still will do anything for anyone. I also still have my Mom who is a real sweetheart. I am blessed.

  3. Germany and the latest wake up call 😀
    […]”The childish excitement over Obama, that once again took hold over Germans during this election — fully 93 percent of the country would have voted for him in this election — is the flip side of this desire for America’s demise. That the Germans, of all people, should see themselves in a black civil rights attorney from Chicago can only be explained by the fact that they see him as the opposite of what they consider to be normal Americans.

    Since Obama spoke to the world in front of the Victory Column in Berlin during his first presidential campaign in the summer of 2008, he has found a firm place in the hearts of German citizens. They will always be grateful to him for this honor. That’s why they forgive him for keeping Guantanamo open and for sending out drones like other people would send postcards.

    In the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, Andrian Kreye correctly pointed out that for Europe, life with Republican presidents is usually easier, because the US then takes the obligations of its alliances seriously.

    Obama has no interest in Europe, and all of his attention goes to Asia. If this president calls the German chancellor’s office, it is only to try to sweet talk her into finally implementing euro-bonds, so Wall Street can sleep again. But that is one of those facts that is better to suppress.”

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/commentary-on-why-germans-want-america-s-downfall-a-866153.html

    • srdem65

      Why not? because she’s basically stupid, can’t put together a complete sentence and hates America and all White people.
      What is wrong with people? What do they see that we don’t, what is it that makes her so “popular”, when all we see is a self-centered, un-American, mooch who takes everything for herself and wants to tell people what to do, eat and live.

      • srdem65

        And another thing; any one of us would make a better President than either Obama because we know our limits, our expertise, and would surround ourselves with the best and brightest minds to advise us.
        We would do everything we could to make our country better, would never consider using taxpayer’s money for our own pleasure, and would follow protocol so as to never embarass the USA.
        If we made a mistake, we would humbly ask for forgiveness and move on.
        If world affairs were detrimental to the US, we would treat Americans as adults and let them know what was going on.

        • Great rant srdem, I’ve missed the Moo-chats that kept me so sane. The problem with that slobbery article, I’ve still found nothing that she’s accomplished in her adult life that helped anyone but herself. The “oh she’s more popular than Hillary” is b.s., Clinton is an accomplished woman whether we like her or not. As is Sarah Palin and Mia Love (who lost her race ;( ) …. and they were brutalized by the media too.

          Gonna be a long 4 years, yes indeed 😉

          • So was Geraldine Ferraro and Nicki Haley…The left is definitely out of step with feminism…

        • Waiting for 2012

          Heck, the dead stink bugs I just found out in my garage (I’ve spent the day cleaning it and adding new storage cabinets–amazing what you find behind stuff) would make a better president than Bam Bam or the Cow.

      • “wants to tell people what to do, eat and live”
        and does it on our dime …. seems so hypocritical to me considering the way those two live, also on our dime

    • {sigh} yes it is…. butt, we’ll have some fun with MO … 🙂

      • I’m looking forward to the “revenge” ValJar was speaking of. Bet MO will bring it bigger and better than ever, she still hates half the country ! Let’s see, I think her 2nd term agenda was turning all grocery stores into Whole Foods. Yummy …. not.

        • The fact BO and MO spent 1.4 billion on their personal funtimes last year still ticks me off…..

    • Waiting for 2012

      The Worst Lady will become the Worst President Ever…imagine THAT being possible now.

    • Annie's Mom

      Golly, I wanted to go back to bed and pull the covers up over my head after that! Especially since we just saw the most qualified candidate defeated. What a nation of mindless sheeples we’ve become.

    • The Original

      I saw that . . . with all of the voter fraud, she just might win. Isn’t that a great thought? Let’s just hope that they can find something to nail BO.

  4. We’ve been accused of being gleeful over the layoffs that are hitting us all. I am definitely not gleeful about any of it…pointing out how hard hit everyone will be over fiscal irresponsibility, new regs (68 being applied every single day for the last 60 days), and a possible downgrade of the US is simply the facts. I don’t gloat over American’s hardships. And, this is not about minorities or women, it’s about all of us who are and will be affected by economic policies that make the whole country’s inhabitants suffer, particularly the middle class, no matter their race or culture. The left just can’t seem to handle the truth…time for them to put their big boy/big girl panties on.

    • Over an egg cream today with friends, I was discussing how I was going to handle my finances. I was being matter of fact and practical when I discussed my charitable situations. “I can only help the libertarian and conservative children, because that way there will be a return for my money.” They will go on to produce and perhaps help other people in the future. “The other children, the liberals, I’m going to have to cut off, they are a money pit.”
      A woman one table over from me got up, glared at me, and walked away disgusted. (When you snoop and listen into other people’s conversations, you might miss an important bit.
      Lady, they aren’t my kids.)
      But in my casual conversation, I realized a truth about this give it all away government. Looking at the bottom line, as they are wont to do, they will do the same as I’m doing. They will invest in the ones that can return the investment. How many of the government’s ‘worthless’ are going to be cast on the wayside when it comes to divvying up the goods?
      A lot of those people that thought they were going to get all the pie simply by voting and then occupying their couches are going to be in for an unpleasant surprise.

      There’s bit something niggling in the back of my mind lately- it’s about the free birth control. Essentially, the government controls the birth control, they dole it out as they choose. I recall a doctor suggesting to my sister that she had too many kids, and maybe… the fourth kids just didn’t need to be (that advice was tossed out, thank God). How long will it be, now that the government has all the uteruses, will it be suggested, or even commanded, forced abortions and sterilizations?
      When you hand the government one thing, their meaty beast paw mitts take the rest.

      • Well, wasn’t that suggested by Cass Sunsteen? Stop the babies for the sake of the environment? Babies are considered vermin or some sort of bacteria that needs to be controlled….or even eliminated. Even foreign aid is now tied to birth control and abortion in Africa.

        • Francine

          Look at China and the mess they have with so many males compared to females.

          • This is what’s itching the back of my brain. Once the germ of control gets into someone’s mind, it spreads. What happens to the ‘pro choice’ crowd when they no longer have the choice of choosing a baby?

  5. Waiting for 2012

    After this week, I’m so glad to be attending the Marine Corps Ball tonight. At we’ll be spending the night with like-minded people (mostly). Happy Birthday today, USMC!

    • Waiting for 2012

      Sorry–“At least..”

    • Have a good time! 😀

    • Annie's Mom

      Sounds wonderful! Have a great time!!

    • Sounds wonderful!

      • Waiting for 2012

        Thank you, everyone! As usual, the food was abysmal, but the companionship was top-rated. I don’t know how familiar you are with the ball, but they have a few traditional ceremonies.How heartening it was to see a hand over each heart/a salute when the flag was paraded. How lovely it was to sing the National Anthem, and not to have to worry about someone chattering in the background, and otherwise being disrespectful. How stirring the simple ceremonies were. How proud I was to be in a roomful of men and a few women of many age groups, who serve/served our great country with dignity and respect, and who would have given their lives for it, if called upon to do so. For a few hours, I forgot about Obama and the world. I really needed that.

        • Annie's Mom

          Any pictures? Otherwise, it might just cost you! Thank you and your DH from our country. Job well done! 🙂

          • Waiting for 2012

            No, we didn’t take pics. 🙂

            Last night, as I was undressing for bed, I thought about how our Worst Lady, should she lower herself to attend such a patriotic function (after all, she might–as there are copious opportunities to say, “All THAT for a flag?!?!”), would’ve dressed, compared to me:

            I wore a bright red (Marine Corps red) cocktail dress, street-length. It was made from silky knit fabric, with long sleeves, a jewel neckline, with side ruching, and the front hem rose up a tiny bit at the knee (made my stubby legs look longer!). I wore matching red satin high heels, plain except for some pleating across the toes. I wore a fabulous sterling silver pearl necklace. Imagine those Ancient Egyptian collar necklaces, but in silver, with 420+ genuine white freshwater pearls, and in 2 layers of dangles. It’s one of those necklaces that, when I look at it, I think it’s kind of gaudy, but, when I put it on with a very simple evening gown, it makes the ensemble. It does something for my face; gives it a glow, maybe. I wore very simple, large white pearl stud earings, and a simple teardrop-shaped white pearl/silver bracelet. I carried a small, black, quilted patent evening clutch. And I pinned on a small American flag brooch–the one I bought on 9/12/01, in a drugstore–as it was the only place that had any left that week. I received a few compliments from both ladies and gentlemen. The dress was sexy, but in a subtle way. Clingy, but not trashy. (The best part–I bought it for $3 last year at Kmart, on clearance!!!!) And I wore the appropriate, lightweight containment sytems underneath, as I share one thing with Moo: lumbar hyper-lordosis. It’s very hard to wear clingy when you have that problem.

            Now, imagine what Moo would have worn. I can betcha there’d be NO flag pin, unless they needed the military votes. And, even then, that pin would’ve been taken back to Big White, and burned in one of the fireplaces when they got home. Her neckalce would be that gawd-awful diamond thing that looks like a toddler played in her jewlery box, and she didn’t have the time to untangle it. Her dress would be inappropriate and too shiny, even for eveningwear. She’s have mis-matched prints, and would have a nice gown altered to show off her toned arms. I’m sure she’d manage to get a camel toe in there somehow, despite it being a gown. Then, she’d proceed to show disrespect for the ceremony and the flag, and open her big, ugly mouth to insult our Marines and their families (remember, though, she “knows what it’s like to be a military wife/mother”).

            Now, imagone what Moo would’ve worn

            • Waiting for 2012

              Sorry, disregard that last “Now,,,,” sentence. Cat’s butt was in the way when I was typing; though I had backspaced over it!

            • Sounds lovely….not the MO part LOL 😀

            • Annie's Mom

              Don’t forget her wildly flailing her arms in everyone’s faces. 🙂
              I’m sure you looked lovely.
              I got up this morning to a dusting of snow…in a good mood, turned on the TV and had to listen to the _resident talking about how much he has done and will do for our Vets. What a liar.

              • Pearls do such and excellant job of complimenting complexion. They softly reflect one’s own coloring. Sounds like an excellant choice of dress wear. I’m sure you looked dashing.

  6. Funny how the NY Times get so much info from “anonymous” officials….

    “The F.B.I. investigation that led to the resignation of David H. Petraeus as C.I.A. director on Friday began with a complaint several months ago about “harassing” e-mails sent by Paula Broadwell, Mr. Petraeus’s biographer, to an unidentified third person, a government official briefed on the case said Saturday.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/11/us/fbi-said-to-have-stumbled-into-news-of-david-petraeus-affair.html

  7. if it doesn’t work the first time…..double down and do it again… LOL

    http://hotair.com/archives/2012/11/10/chicago-creating-great-jobs-for-tobacco-pirates/

  8. Cinda L.
    • I’m not sure it’s a bad idea. All sorts of STDs affect the LGBT the same as Heteros….informing kids is more helpful than hurtful IMHO. If it keeps kids from being bullied to the point they commit suicide or, become so furious they decide to shoot a bunch of their classmates, wouldn’t that be a good thing?

  9. and more on the J Jackson Jr. scandal ….. another sad ending…jail time is “inevitable”…

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/09/former-u-s-prosecutor-negotiating-plea-deal-for-jackson-jr/

    • The Original

      I sure hope so, but I doubt it. Look at how Maxine Watters has gotten away with all of the stuff she has. If you are a black, liberal politician, you can get away with anything.

  10. Waiting for 2012

    Some levity: on Twitter, someone’s started a tweet about Obama Christmas carols! 🙂

    My faves: It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Socialism; It’s Starting to Look a Lot Like Treason (the best!); Frosty the Tax Man; Rudolph the Government-Dependent Reindeer.

  11. Francine

    Sigh…Obamacare, rage inducing is the best way to describe this.
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/06/29/Seven-new-taxes

    • and one of my leftist friends thinks if you pay 8 dollars for an aspirin while in the hospital (which helps pay for research and wages) is exorbitant….it is, but look at what it will cost with all the taxes and restrictions. Nothing like throwing severely handicapped children and adults under the bus….real compassion isn’t it?

      • I knew he was going to dip into the middle class income. There’s no way his grand scheme would work without skimming the pockets of those that can ill afford it, and I highly doubt he’d mug his Hollywood buds with the same fervor as he would mug us.

        • His backers get “Presidential benefits”, the rest get screwed….that includes his “low income” voters too and “minorities”.

  12. Silly leftists….say layoffs are “revenge” for Obama winning…..comprehension is hard…we told them and told them the costs of Obamacare.

    http://twitchy.com/2012/11/09/despicable-libs-claim-layoff-bomb-is-revenge-by-un-american-business-owners/

    • It was Obama that said to vote out of “revenge” for him……well they did

    • They don’t want to own it. They know it is their own selfish choices affecting their friend’s job. When I hear blame coming from someone, I look to see how neck deep into guilt they are.

      • Of course not….always blaming someone else or something else for their problems and their votes…elections have consequences….the left bought into the “hype and blame” politics of BO and this is where they end up….pretty pathetic they can’t see the forest for the trees.

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