BENGHAZI – THE MANUFACTURED SCANDAL THAT WON’T GO AWAY
Well, there’s now been more hearings on Benghazi than there was on the 9/11 attacks. And would someone ask the Republicans why they didn’t try to impeach Bush after these attacks on U.S. Consulates:
- January 22, 2002: US Consulate at Kolkata, 5 Killed.
- June 14, 2002: US Consulate at Karachi, 12 Killed.
- February 28, 2003: US Consulate at Islamabad, 2 Killed.
- June 30, 2004: US Consulate at Tashkent, 2 Killed.
- December 6, 2004: US Consulate at Saudi Arabia, 9 Killed.
- March 2, 2006: US Consulate at Karachi, 2 Killed.
- September 12, 2006: US Consulate at Syria, 4 Killed.
- March 18, 2008: US Consulate at Yemen, 2 Killed.
- July 9, 2008: US Consulate at Istanbul, 6 Killed.
- September 17, 2008: US Consulate at Yemen, 16 Killed.
Total Deaths – 60
Outraged Republicans – 0
Please give it a rest, guys.
THE NRA MOVES EVEN FURTHER RIGHT
As you may have heard, the National Rifle Association has a new president, and we’re all breathing a huge sigh of relief! FINALLY someone has stepped up to the plate who will bring a semblance of balance, reasonableness and common sense to the important gun-related issues of today. Ha ha. Just kidding. In the past several days the new president, Jim Porter, has made his politics clear when he referred to the Civil War as the “War of Northern Aggression.” He called President Obama a “fake president” and Attorney General Eric Holder a “rabidly un-American.” Most importantly, this week he advocated for arming the citizenry so that we are prepared to fight our own government! I’m wondering if he’s heard of the Shay Rebellion? Or the Whiskey Rebellion? FYI, Jim – the constitution has a thing or two to say about treason.
BACKGROUND CHECKS – WE’RE NOT GIVING UP!
And speaking of gun laws – the fight is far from over. After gun-control legislation was defeated last month, Senate Democrats now believe that they may have several new votes in favor of a bill that would expand background checks for gun buyers, an idea which 91% of Americans support, but that was defeated by the GOP in congress last month. Why are these folks changing their minds? Because you/we freaked out on them! Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) is a case in point: She voted against the measure, and has been punished by her constituents ever since. Her polling numbers are falling, she’s being shouted at in town hall meetings, and she’s faced a wave of criticism from dozens of grass roots groups, internet bloggers, emailers and callers. Then this week, after experiencing the backlash, she wrote an op-ed suggesting she may support measures to strengthen the existing background check system.
Another example: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — who apparently switched his position at the last minute and voted against the bill — told CNN Monday that he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks, in part due to the backlash he experienced by his constituents.
The White House vows gun-control legislation will be back for a vote in the Senate, and these wavering Republicans make that prospect increasingly likely. Way to go, folks!
FAMILY VALUES IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Family values? Not so much. Republican (and “family values” activist) Mark Sanford this week defeated Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch (sister of Stephen Colbert of the “Colbert Report”) in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Remember Sanford? He is the scandal-tinged former governor, whose political career was left for dead four years ago when he was caught lying about an extramarital affair with a woman in Argentina. (Ring a bell? The “I was hiking on the Appalachian Trail” guy?)
STOCK MARKET REACHES RECORD HIGH – TIME TO IMPEACH OBAMA
Today, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at 15,105, an all-time record. For one conservative group, this can only mean one thing: it’s time to impeach President Obama. Remember Citizens United? The infamous “corporations are people” group? Well, Tuesday they accused President Obama of “wrecking the stock market” and asked readers to take a poll about whether he should be impeached as a result.
From the email:
Dear Concerned Reader,
Fearing the very worst, the nation’s super-rich are unloading their stocks at an alarming rate.
Even more troubling, the wealthiest 1% of Americans, who typically know the most, are the ones most anxious to sell.
You see, Obama just allowed 13 new tax increases to further slow the economy, wreck the stock market and make it even harder on the 12 million Americans already looking for work.
The bigger question is this…
Is Obama’s Latest Tax Screw Up Grounds For Impeachment?
When Obama took office on January 20, 2009, the Dow Jones was at 7,949. Over the last 4 years, it has gone up approximately 90 percent before reaching a new high today. Of course, it’s important to remember that the health of the stock market is very different from the health of the overall economy. Middle class wages are stagnating and millions are still unemployed or underemployed. But when a conservative organization ignores reality in such a blatant way, one can’t help but quote former Rep. Barney Frank: “On what planet do you spend most of your time?”