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Thursday, May 16, 2013
Today President Obama held a joint news conference with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House. It began to drizzle during this Rose Garden presser and POTUS did not hesitate to call in the Marines to hold up umbrellas.
Strangely, one of Mr. Obama's answers touched on the dangers on the outpost in Benghazi, Libya, where the State Department repeatedly denied additional security and refused to send in the Marines (or special forces) when terrorists killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.
But of course Mr. Obama alluded to others to blame for all mistakes. President Obama urged called on Congress to fully fund Embassy Security. But for the 9/11/2012 Benghazi attack, it was the White House's call to not send in forces to rescue Americans in distress. It's better to have Marines look good holding an umbrella as well as the bag for foreign failures.
Post Scriptus-- It seems that ordering Marines to carry umbrellas while in uniform is a violation of Marine Corps regulations. But what do rules matter in the Obama Administration?
|Dzhokhar Tsarnaev surrendering in boat after manhunt [photo: AFP/CBS News]|
While Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was held up hiding in a backyard boat in Watertown, MA after the Boston Marathon Bombing, he scrawled a confession. The U.K.’s Daily Mail reports that the 19 year old thought that he was dying while hiding from the police. Tsarnaev found a pen where he was hiding from the police and wrote on the interior wall of the boat.
The younger Boston Bomber’s apologia reveals that Dzhokar did not mourn his brother Tamerlan’s death as he was a martyr living in paradise. Dzhokhar opined that he expected to join his brother soon. Of course, Dzhokar may have been confused about his final destination.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev claimed that the bombings were retribution for American actions against Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. The younger Boston Bomber claimed that the three innocent civilians killed and the 175 people maimed by the Boston Bombings were “collateral damage”, like the thousands of Muslims who were victims of American violence. Dzhokhar defiantly declared: "When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.”
|Abdul Ali Alharbi [photo: Okaz]|
If the Boston Bombing investigators are seriously pursuing the theory that the Tsarnaevs acted alone and letting other conspirators "slip away", they themselves are lost at sea on a ship of fools. Unfortunately, such a pleasure cruise could run America’s ship of state aground.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Kudos to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield who performed and produced an out of this world music video redition of David Bowie's 1969 hit "Space Oddity" while aboard the International Space Station. The music video was made with the full cooperation of the Canadian Space Agency and has gone viral as it has been played over 11 million times.
This was the third time that the 53 year old former Royal Canadian Air Force officer has been to space. This time Hadfield was ISS Commander of the Soyuz capsule as part of Expedition 35's five month mission orbiting the Earth.
|ISS Expedition 35 landing|
|Crew of ISS Expedition 35 after landfall.|
A small price to be paid for sitting in a tin-can far above the moon and cutting a music video which truly makes Hadfield a renowned Starman.
The summer of 1973 was a hot time in the District of Calamity when it seemed like every day news broke about scandals connected to the White House, which eventually lead to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
In the span of one week, three emerging scandals have embroiled the Obama Administration. The long festering Benghazi Bungle became critical, with the straight-forward testimony of three career diplomat whistle blowers before Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa's (R-CA 49th) House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The fact that Libyian Chief of Mission Gregory Hicks was a Hillary Clinton for President supporter and twice voted for President Obama added fuel to the fire, as the Congressional probe could not be deftly dismissed as a partisan witch hunt.
|Libyan Chief of Mission Gregory Hicks testifying before Congress|
On Friday at an American Bar Association meeting, the head of the IRS Exempt Organization Division Lois Lerner apologized for targeting conservative groups for special tax-exempt scrutiny. At first this was attributed to a couple of low level IRS agents in Cincinnati and was part of a Friday DC data dump. But it became clear that such intimidation occurred all over the country for several years. Then it came out that right wing groups teaching about the Constitution received the "special" treatment. This was odd since the educational element was sine qua non for a 501(c)(4) organization. The drip-drip continued when it was exposed that conservative Jewish groups were interrogated about their feelings about the State of Israel.
If that was not bad enough, the Associated Press reported that , Eric Holder's Department of Justice surreptitiously surveilled a score of journalist's phone records for two months supposedly to plug a leak about a planned terrorist attack. The Obama Administration scrutinized reporters' home, cell and office phones for two months, without informing the Associated Press. As the Associated Press was cooperative once it learned of the DOJ investigation which calls into question whether such a broad and secret warrant was necessar. .
With the daily drip of scandal, it seems like it will be a hot summer in the city. It might be time for Ben and Jerry to craft a culinary creation to make this summer of scandal more palatable with Impeach-Mint.
It is dubious if this fanciful flavor would ever get off the drawing board, as progressives would waffle at profiting from the indiscretions of an ideology whom they idealized as a light worker of hope and change.
h/t: Mad Magazine