Doug Powers says, "U.S. officials denied request for military back-up during Benghazi attack".
CIA ordered to "stand down" during attack by higher-ups. Ace includes a flaming skull with this one.
Also from Ace: They had a laser designator but there was no air support. Guess what?
So there was almost certainly a platform capable of firing the weapon in the air.There were two gunships in Libya at the time which could have fired on the designated target.
And further: At that point, only two men would have been in a position to veto the strike.
The AFRICOM command, or the President.
So let's look at the facts:
1) Obama knew it was a terror attack. There was advance warning and it was clear what was happening at the time.Is that a fair summation of the situation?
2) Despite knowing that a terror attack was coming, nothing was done to enhance security of the US consulate in Benghazi.
3) There was no military rescue authorized to rescue the endangered personnel, and as a result people died.
4) The people who fought back against the terrorists were acting against orders--and rightfully so, because the orders were bullshit, sir.
5) Obama's response to this was to arrest a guy for making a film.
6) The rest has been backtracking and cover-ups.
CBS helped Obama cover up the fact that his administration knew it was a terror attack almost immediately.
Reuters, too, is helping their boy in the White House. The problem with telling lies all the time? You have to keep them straight. Sometimes it's hard to remember what you told someone weeks ago, and the instant someone catches you in a lie your credibility is sorely damaged.
And the White House refuses to discuss the answer to the question, "What did Obama know and when did he know it?" (Said quote being a reference to the Watergate scandal in the Nixon years, for those of you who weren't around at the time.)
If Obama wins re-election, this story is going to plague his Presidency. It would be kind of cool to see the Democrats have to endure a real impeachment and removal process. (Not the nonsense we had in 1995 which--while legally justified--was a farce.)
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Purges under a communist dictator? Well, who the hell could have seen that coming?
The North Korean vice minister of the army was executed with a mortar round for "drinking and carousing during the official mourning period" for the late Kim "Gargoyle" Kim Jong-il.
The execution of Kim Chol is just one example of a purge of members of the North Korean military or party who threatened the fledgling regime of Kim Jong-un.Reportedly "dozens" of military officers have been purged...and in this context, "purged" means "summarily executed" because communist dictators don't deal lightly with their enemies. Especially because they don't have to.
So far this year, 14 senior officials have fallen victim to the purges, according to intelligence data....
If you live in a communist country, you live at the whim of whoever's in charge. Plain and simple.
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Pedophilia runs rampant in the entertainment industry. Here's where I haul out the line yet again: "Well, who the hell could have seen that coming?"
Warning: creepy man is creepy.
Someday we might know just how bad things are for kids in Hollywood, too.
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Borepatch links to a fun bit of writing: Why Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones is denied tenure. Heh.
"In addition to multiple instances of public drunkenness, Dr. Jones, on three separate occasions, has attempted to set fire to the herpetology wing of the biology department." "Herpetology" means "study of snakes", you see.
There is only one thing wrong with this, and it's a minor detail.
In January of 1939, Hitler was still more-or-less respectable. He didn't invade Poland until September; particularly among the intelligentsia Hitler was a good example of how modern socialism would transform the world. See how well Germany is doing under socialism? That's why we in the US should immediately emulate the National Socialists of Germany and--
What? Hitler attacked RUSSIA? Why, that dirty skunk! I knew that vicious little kraut was up to no good! We must help our friends in Russia and begin bombing the Nazis immediately!
...all that needs be done to fix this is to increment the year--make it 1940 instead of 1939, and it works perfectly.
Then again, this is one of those nitty-gritty details that most people won't notice.
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Work on the bunker continues. I've now gotten two shelving units out of Mom's room.
The garbage toter was full last night. It's the first time I've filled it with bagged garbage from inside the house. Two bags of it was stuff that Mom could never have thrown away even as she would have recognized that it was junk she didn't need. The other half was stuff she kept for reasons only she knows.
The jar with a dried rose in it--okay, I know that there is some significance attached to the rose in question, but I have no idea what, and it's not labeled. Sorry, Mom, but it's gone into the trash.
The box for the "First Aid 98" program she bought for her computer in 1998? I kept the manual and disk and tossed the rest. (And even that is trash, really.)
An exhaustive list would be just that (exhausting) and there's no point to reiterating it as the junk's gone forever, but damn.
Two bags of regular trash, three of "clean out the bunker" trash--one from the basement--that's what I call progress, even if it is on the slow side.
I finally had the stomach to throw out the legal paper tray which I have never used for my Brother HL-8e. The whole printer's going to the recycler as soon as I dig it out of the morasse of crap downstairs.
I'll have to see if I can still trade used toner carts/ink carts for reams of paper at OfficeMax. I probably have enough carts here to get a case of paper....
The next big project is to empty out Mom's closets and make a pile of donatables. I missed the boat today; I want to take the clothes to my church, to donate to the church's thrift store, and I don't know how to do that on a Saturday. (Presumably I can ask about it on Sunday.) Still, I can get the stuff sorted and bagged up, and ready for donation.
I'll probably donate the books I don't want or need to the church, too. The thrift store sells more than clothes.
Lemonzen asked, "Why don't you just donate everything?" Tempting....
Still, there's a long way to go. A few hours a day, here and there, and the room will be clear of stuff and ready for its new purpose, which is to be the computer room here at the bunker.