Monthly Archives: April 2014

Hillary Clinton: Source of the Benghazi Video Lie

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Yesterday we reported on the revelation that the White House made a conscious decision to blame the sacking of our Benghazi consulate on a silly and sparsely distributed internet video called Innocence of Muslims. In an email distributed by Ben Rhodes, senior policy makers, among them Susan Rice, are told to 1) blame the internet video for the violence, 2) deflect attention from greater policy failures (one presumes he’s talking about everything the Obama regime had touched), and 3) emphasize Obama’s cool and collected leadership.

[It was noted in the post yesterday that Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS News David Rhodes and this might explain some of the difficulty former CBS reporter Sharly Atkisson had in getting Benghazi stories aired on CBS.]

Now that we know that the White House was actively involved in pushing a blatant lie about the genesis of the Benghazi attack in order to deflect blame it is only fair to ask who came up with the story to begin with.

What we know

A two minute clip of the Innocence of Muslims video was shown on Egyptian television on September 9.

On September 11, an Egyptian mob (actual or astroturf, no one knows because astroturf mobs were the norm in Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood) demonstrated outside, and on, the US Embassy in Cairo.

From a timeline produced by Factcheck.org, we know that there were no demonstrations in Benghazi on September 11, the day of the attack.

2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8:30 p.m. Benghazi time): U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens steps outside the consulate to say goodbye to a Turkish diplomat. There are no protesters at this time. (“Everything is calm at 8:30,” a State Department official would later say at an Oct. 9 background briefing for reporters. “There’s nothing unusual. There has been nothing unusual during the day at all outside.”)

The attack began at around 4pm, EDT, by 8:30pm our ambassador was dead, at 10pm Hillary Clinton issued this statement:

I condemn in the strongest terms the attack on our mission in Benghazi today. As we work to secure our personnel and facilities, we have confirmed that one of our State Department officers was killed. We are heartbroken by this terrible loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack.

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Violence Policy Center Adopts Gibberish As Official Language

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The Orwellian named Violence Policy Center is back at it. They are trying to push into circulation a collection of numbers that simply to not mean what the VPC says they mean.

In a web feature called “Concealed Carry Killers,” they blame concealed carry permits for 636 deaths, nationwide, between May 2007 and March 2014. This, for the statistically minded, is about 9 fatalities per year some number of which will be criminals killed in self-defense. Not to make light of anyone’s death, but, according to CDC, more people die of overexertion each year.

John Lott, writing in National Review, parses the numbers further:

The VPC collects cases of permit holders’ abusing their permitted concealed handguns for each state. For Michigan, for example, it cites state-police reports on permit holders indicating that 185 died from suicide during the period 2007 through 2012. Surely some alarm bells should have gone off, with Michigan suicides supposedly making up 29 percent of all 636 deaths nationwide the VPC attributed to permitted concealed handguns.

But more importantly, the suicides are not in any meaningful way linked to the issue of carrying a permitted concealed handgun outside of one’s home. If you look at page 2 in the latest report from the Michigan State Police, you will see that in the listing of suicides, there is no indication of specific cause of death. The report merely notes that 56 permit holders committed suicide, without saying whether any or all of them used a gun. Interestingly, the suicide rate among permit holders in Michigan in 2010 (13.3 per 100,000 permit holders) is lower than the rate in the general adult population (16.30). But typically suicides — with or without guns — take place at home. So, again, what would these numbers have to do with the concealed-carry debate?

Shills are gonna shill and there is nothing we can do about it other than highlight the sophomoric incompetence that produces “data” like that in this report. By any standard, citizens with concealed carry permits are much less likely to use their weapons for illegal purposes than any other group and even when taken in the worst possible light, as VPC does, they do not present a great a problem to society as bee stings.

At some point the gun control movement needs to wake up and realize that the VPC makes them look ridiculous. Sloppy analytical work like this makes …read more    

Obamacare America

Read the following three articles and you will quickly realize what it means to live in Obama’s America – one of permanent stagnation and socialism.

U.S. Regulatory Costs Are World’s No. 10 Economy [IBD]
After years of rapid growth during the Obama administration, the cost of federal regulations is now bigger than the entire economies of all but nine countries in the world.

That’s according to the latest annual report on the regulatory state issued by the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute, titled “Ten Thousand Commandments.”

Compiling reports of compliance costs from various government agencies and outside sources, author Clyde Wayne Crews found that the “regulation tax” imposed on the economy now tops $1.86 trillion.

By comparison, Canada’s entire GDP is $1.82 trillion. India’s is $1.84 trillion. […]

On a per-household basis, federal regulatory costs average $14,974, which is more than the typical household spends on just about anything else.

This is something Republicans must point out on a regular basis. Even for those who pay little or no federal taxes, they are saddled with almost $15,000 in annual hidden taxes in the form of highers costs on vital goods and services thanks to regulations.

Now take a look at this:

Health care spending spikes at fastest rate since 1980 in first quarter of Obamacare [Washington Examiner]

With millions of Americans gaining coverage through President Obama‘s health care law, health care spending spiked by a staggering 9.9 percent in the first quarter of 2014 — the fastest rate since 1980 — according to data released Wednesday by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

With the former two articles in mind, is it any surprise that five years after a recession we are still seeing headlines like this?

GDP Slows to Crawl in 1st Quarter, Up 0.1% [WSJ]

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