Democrats Fight Back Against GOP’s Phony Benghazi Investigation

In addition to the video released by Democrats on the Select Committee on Benghazi, the American embassy where Democrats died because Republicans gutted embassy security, Democrats released this important fact sheet detailing the crimes of Trey Gowdy and his select group of RWNJs (my emphasis).

How the Benghazi Committee Targeted Hillary Clinton

Gowdy Cancelled All Planned Hearings Other Than Hillary Clinton’s After NYT Email Story

  • Before the New York Times broke its story on March 2 about Hillary’s Clinton’s emails, Gowdy had sent to Committee Members an investigative plan that set out monthly hearings  with all the different agencies involved in preparing for and responding to the attacks in Benghazi, including the State Department, the Defense Department, and the Intelligence Community.
  • After the New York Times’ email story broke on March 2, however, Gowdy completely abandoned this plan and began focusing almost exclusively on Hillary Clinton.
  • Since then, Gowdy has not held any of the hearings on his schedule, and his upcoming hearing with Hillary Clinton is the only hearing now scheduled.
  • For example, Gowdy abandoned the hearing he had planned for April with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary Leon Panetta.
  • The Committee has never held even one public hearing with anyone from the Department of Defense.  The Committee has held only one hearing with an intelligence official, but it was with the CIA’s head of Legislative Affairs regarding the status of document production.

Gowdy Dropped Key Interviews with Top Defense and Intelligence Leaders

  • Gowdy also abandoned plans he had made in February to start conducting interviews of the following top defense and intelligence leaders in April:  former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former CIA Director David Petraeus, General Martin Dempsey, and former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matt Olsen.
  • He never invited any of these defense or intelligence leaders for interviews.
  • Gowdy then announced that he planned to start conducting the following interviews in June:  former Defense Secretary Panetta, General Martin Dempsey, and General Carter Ham.
  • Those interviews were also abandoned.

Gowdy Scheduled New Interviews and Depositions of Hillary Clinton’s Associates 

Gowdy Stepped Up Aggressive Press Campaign Against Hillary Clinton

  • Since March, Gowdy’s press releases have focused almost entirely on Secretary Clinton.
  • Over the past nine months, he has issued 22 press releases related to Secretary Clinton (including one on Sidney Blumenthal’s emails with Clinton), but only 5 press releases on any other topic during that period.
  • Of the 5 non-Clinton press releases, three (1, 2, 3) are about the State Department’s compliance with document production, one marks the anniversary of 9/11, and one is Gowdy’s interim progress report.
  • The only documents Gowdy has publicly released over the past 17 months were Clinton’s emails with Sidney Blumenthal, and Gowdy did this unilaterally with no debate or vote by the Select Committee.
  • At the same time, he has blocked the public release of Blumenthal’s deposition transcript, which would reveal all the questions Republicans asked about Hillary Clinton and other issues that have nothing to do with Benghazi.
  • Almost immediately after the interview with Cheryl Mills, Republicans began leaking inaccurate information to damage Clinton with unsubstantiated or previously debunked allegations, while refusing to release the complete transcript.
  • Gowdy refused to investigate or condemn a leak that made more unsubstantiated allegations against Clinton despite the fact that Politico was forced to correct a front-page story that relied on apparently doctored information about an email produced to the Select Committee.

Gowdy’s Taxpayer-Funded Political Campaign Against Clinton

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GOP’s Benghazi Committee Could Not Have Picked a Worse Person for Damage Control

I don’t care if he is the Chairman, what a dunce! Has he never heard of video recording? Or YouTube?

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Clinton Ad Puts Spotlight on Republican Scandal

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Florida Will Make It Easier to Kill

Florida Plans To Make a Bad Law Worse

d180d56ec54fab6b9d8373e1c131d030 In one of the most glaring NRA-has-us-by-the-nuts moves, Florida is attempting to make it easier to claim a “stand your ground defense, and they’ll pay you for it too. From the Orlando Sentinel:

In a bizarre, dangerous and costly new expansion to the NRA-backed “stand your ground law,” GOP legislators want to increase the burden of proof on prosecutors trying to convict anyone who claims self-defense.

… If you get off, the state may have to pay you up to $200,000 for “court costs, reasonable private attorney fees and related expenses” according to House Bill 169.

But Florida already has generous laws for those claiming self-defense. … a 2012 investigation by the Tampa Bay Times of nearly 200 “stand your ground” cases found that 70 percent of the accused killers and assaulters went free.

The law, the paper reported, “has allowed drug dealers to avoid murder charges and gang members to walk free. It has stymied prosecutors and confused judges.”

“One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail,” the paper continued. “Another shot a man as he lay on the ground … In nearly a third of the cases … defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.”

Jeb Bush signed the first “Stand Your Ground Law” (Not to be confused with the Castle Doctrine) in 2005. Speaking to NRA members in April, he said:

“… in Florida we protected people’s rights to protect themselves.”

Like Zimmerman, the guy the 911 operator told to stay in his car and wait for the police. The guy who instead, got out, went after, and shot, Trayvon Martin. The guy who claimed “stand your ground” and was acquitted, when the only thing Trayvon could have done to Zimmerman was pelt him with Skittles. Scary shit right there.

Resorting To Deception?

In February of 2014, Reuters released a graph of Florida’s gun statistics showing the before and after of its “stand your ground” law; this is that graph:

reuters-chartLooks like that all guns all the time/ stand your ground thing is working for Florida. Wait a minute… the chart’s upside down! As Live Science reported:

… sharp-eyed observers noticed that a graph accompanying many news reports seemed to suggest that gun deaths actually dropped, rather than jumped, after Florida adopted the law. “It is so deeply misleading that I loathe to expose your eyeballs to it,” Lisa Wade, a professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, wrote in Pacific Standard.

Christine Chan, who drew up the graph, claimed the inversion was just a matter of her personal preference. Right. This is how it should have been presented:


So much for the law making people safer; if anything, it seems to have given Floridians carte blanche to murder. This newly proposed law will just make it harder to convict them for it.

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The President’s Weekly Address: Congress Should Do its Job and Pass a Serious Budget

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Oregon Shooter Described Himself as a “Conservative, Republican”

By now you’ve heard about the latest mass shooting in America, this time at an Oregon university. Right wing sites like Breitbart were quick to imply the shooter, Chris Harper-Mercer, was a dangerous Muslim because he was reported to have asked students to state their religion and began shooting Christians. But was able to locate the shooter’s dating profile in which he describes his “Political Views” as “conservative, republican“. So it turns out he was just another angry RWNJ with easy access to guns.


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Fox Anchor and O’Reilly Blow The Radical Right’s Fetal Tissue Argument Out of the Water

No, RWNJs; there is nothing taken out of context here. Your man, Billo, and a guest that Fox News described as a “Fox News Anchor and Senior Correspondent”, had this to say about fetal tissue research (my emphasis). Hat-tip to the always excellent Media Matters.

BILL O’REILLY (HOST): All right, so now the congresswoman says that fetal tissue, the selling of body parts by Planned Parenthood, has wiped out measles and everything else. What is the truth?

ERIC SHAWN: Well, fetal tissue research has saved millions of lives, Bill. Look at polio, 1954. That vaccine was created through a kidney cell from a fetus. You’ve got the vaccines now, chicken pox, rubella – that’s German measles, hepatitis, shingles, rabies, are all from fetal tissue research. Those from two aborted fetuses in the 1960s, they’ve grown the cell lines since then. But the scientists say a lot of research now on Parkinson’s, spinal cords, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Down syndrome, degenerative eye disease, and the Ebola vaccine that was created this year, all came from and are being researched by using fetal tissue. They say it’s really invaluable.

O’REILLY: All right, so, there is a point that you say fetal tissue from aborted babies can be used for good. That’s true.

SHAWN: That’s correct. Yes, yes, absolutely. Yes.

O’REILLY: OK. So it’s all a matter of regulating the situation jasonand making sure that it isn’t abused or isn’t used for — it all goes into this good research. And I think that’s what everybody is wanting to see.

[Everybody except this woman-hating douchebag.]

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GOP Swaps Big Tent For Big Rubber Room

The Right Wing is seriously losing its collective shit. Plans for the “big tent” that never materialized will be scrapped to make way for a much needed rubber room. Conservatives are flailing about like they’re possessed, ranting and raving about everything, seeing persecution around every corner, while Michele Bachmann runs around yelling “The Rapture is coming, the Rapture is coming” like some Evangelical Paul Revere. Here’s a look at some of the latest craziness:

Mark Levin, not the most rational guy to begin with, had this to say at the “Values” Voters Summit (my emphasis):

mark-levin-2015-cpac-Flickr-640x480“The federal government is not supposed to establish a religion,” he said. “What we have now though is the federal government as a religion, secularism has become a religion. And just as in Muslim countries they have these Sharia courts to enforce Sharia law, well, we have a Supreme Court that exists to enforce apparently secularism.

You don’t say. Reminder: Secularism is

“…the belief that religion should not be part of the affairs of the state or part of public education…”

Mark Levin is Jewish, is he complaining that his life isn’t being dictated by Christianity?

Star Parker at the VVS (my emphasis):

parker“We have 500,000 orphans in our foster system,” she said. “Most God-fearing Christians don’t even know we have an orphan system, but those homosexuals know because now that they’re married, that’s where they’re going to get their children, right out of our foster system!”

I’m sorry, “most God fearing Christians don’t know there are orphans”? Gay couples are of the devil because they might give these kids homes? Who TF are these people?

Kim Davis, the Right’s latest cause celeb, was also at the VVS. She received the “Cost of Discipleship Award” (Yes, there is such a thing) for her Very Very Christian actions of not doing her taxpayer funded, government job, and refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay people. Matt Staver of Liberty Council told attendees that God is:

davis staver“…looking for people who love Jesus Christ and who will stand for Him, who will not flinch when their time is called and that person is Kim Davis…”

No mention was made of course about Davis’ Not So Christian Actions of divorce and adultery, even though Liberty Council’s Issues menu includes a page about “Protecting Marriage and Family” that states:

Society begins with marriage and the family. Marriage is the preeminent and the most fundamental of all human social institutions: A bond between one man and one woman, intended for life …

Uh huh. So you can screw around as much as you want, having children with men that are not your husband, then play the phony martyr in front of “Values Voters”, as long as it’s all in the name of bashing gays. Maybe Staver’s angling to be Davis’ 5th husband; seems nobody does the Voodoo like she do.  A few more lunatic tid-bits:

Marco Rubio thinks having an abortion could become a lucrative gig:

rubio“I just think you’ve created an industry now — a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue…”

Whoever’s closest, slap that punk.

Continuing his display of foreign policy [I-don’t] know-how, tough guy Ted Cruz threatens to kill Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

ted cruz“If you vote for me, under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. And If the Ayatollah doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to his 72 virgins.”

I’m sure the Ayatollah’s beefing up security as I write this. Mike Huckabee gave his latest ironic quote to Newsmax reporter Ed Berliner:

huckabee“I’m less concerned about what faith a person has. I’m more concerned about the authenticity of their faith and how that plays out in their policies…

I’m disappointed if a person says, ‘I’m a Christian,’ but you invite the Pope into your home and then you invite a whole bunch of people who are at odds with the Catholic Church policy. I think there’s something very unseemly about that.”

Then Huckabee had to dash off to jam with his BFF- the adulterous, pants-shitting, President threatening pedophile, Ted Nugent.

If these people are the product of intelligent design, someone needs to get their ass back to the drawing board. Anyway… we got a sneak peek at one of the rubber rooms currently available to the Right’s biggest crazies (chosen by lottery) while the rest of the suites are being completed.

rubber room

What, you didn’t think they’d have to share their crazy with a roommate? You know God only talks to them when they’re alone.

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Boehner’s Resignation is Bad News For Everyone

Stay tuned for a year of teabagger bullshit. I’m expecting continuous investigations of Hillary Clinton until the 2016 election, government shutdowns based on social issues, capped off with President Obama’s impeachment hearings.

ThinkProgress: John Boehner May Have Been The Only Thing Standing Between America And Madness

When Boehner’s successor is selected, the GOP’s hardliners will have the fresh taste of blood in their mouths. They are likely to demand that candidates for the job show much more appetite for extortionate tactics than Boehner did. With Boehner gone, the next shutdown is much less likely to be averted — and it is likely to stretch on for much longer.

Moreover, a poll from last May found that 75 percent of Republicans “want GOP leaders to challenge Obama more often.” The hardliners have every reason to believe that their voters are on their side.

RawStory: With Boehner vanquished, conservatives turn their sights on Mitch McConnell

Asked why conservatives were taking aim at their own leaders, [Arizona Representative Matt] Salmon said, “The American people expect us to get the job done and there’s no person that is more important than getting the job done.”

RawStory: Here’s why John Boehner’s abrupt exit spells trouble for a fractious GOP

Why did he [Boehner] have such a tough time with the reactionary wing of the GOP conference? … the Tea Party faction represents constituents fraught with fear and anxiety that their country is being “stolen” from them; it’s changing too fast. For these people, as Richard Hofstadter pointed out many years ago, compromise is commensurate with capitulation to evil. The battle between establishment and reactionary conservatives will continue for the foreseeable future. However, the reactionary faction won’t have John A Boehner to kick around any longer.

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The President’s Weekly Address: Dispose of Your Expired and Unwanted Prescription Drugs

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