Benghazi! Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi!!!!!!

So yesterday there was this:

A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was contradictory, the report found. That led Susan Rice, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to inaccurately assert that the attack had evolved from a protest, when in fact there had been no protest. But it was intelligence analysts, not political appointees, who made the wrong call, the committee found. The report did not conclude that Rice or any other government official acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the American people.

The House Intelligence Committee report was released with little fanfare on the Friday before Thanksgiving week. Many of its findings echo those of six previous investigations by various congressional committees and a State Department panel. The eighth Benghazi investigation is being carried out by a House Select Committee appointed in May…

Of course this will not be the end of it: for some reason yet an 8th investigation is still under way.

Despite yet another damning report the conservatives are not embarrassed that their lies have been thoroughly documented and then trashed. They don’t care that you know they lied; you’re not the target audience. Those people are the idiots who came out for the just past midterms sure that whatever president Obama did next would be illegal, and doubly so if it had anything to do with immigration.

In fact what the conservatives’ plan is to lie some more.

This is exactly why many of us were happy that Obama went ahead with his Executive Authority plans for immigration reform: the conservatives, no matter what lies they spout to the contrary, never had any plans to put the bipartisan Senate bill on the House floor for a vote. Why? Because they knew it would easily pass.

Which makes the calls for president Obama to “work” or “reason” with the GOP laughable; the gentleman has tried on numerable occasions, only to be rudely rebuffed at every turn. You can’t work with people who refuse to work with you. [1.I expect the talking heads early tomorrow morning to excuse this arrant nonsense with the non standard both sides do it bullshit. The fact of the matter is both sides don’t do it – in the last six years lies of this caliber have been the exclusive domain of the Rethugs.]


Au Courant

This week’s au courant links:

And finally, grandma’s smoking weed for the first time:

BONUS VID: Ursula Le Guin accepting a special 2014 National Book award:

Au Courant

The Color of His Boots

LONDON (AP) — In January, freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson returned home from vacation to find a brown paper envelope in his mailbox. He opened it to find nine years of his life laid out in shocking detail.

Twelve pages of police intelligence logs noted which protests he covered, who he spoke to and what he wore – all the way down to the color of his boots. It was, he said, proof of something he’d long suspected: The police were watching him.

“Finally,” he thought as he leafed through documents over a strong black coffee, “we’ve got them.”

Parkinson’s documents, obtained through a public records request, are the basis of a lawsuit being filed by the National Union of Journalists against London’s Metropolitan Police and Britain’s Home Office. The lawsuit, announced late Thursday, along with a recent series of revelations about the seizure of reporters’ phone records, is pulling back the curtain on how British police have spent years tracking the movements of the country’s news media.

This sadly falls under the I’m shocked, shocked to find that government spying is going on in here news category; it barely rates a raised eyebrow.

Which is in itself sad and worrisome for democracy, both in the UK and here at home. 1

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  1. Though I don’t suppose the reporters at the Star have anything to worry about – they haven’t covered anything of significance in years, much less done anything investigative.

Jonathan Gruber

The only other  time I remember Jonathan Gruber popping up from behind my political blind spot was back when he called Romney a liar.

However so many people have called Romney a liar (and president Obama, for that matter) that using Gruber’s utterance as a time marker is insufficient to pin down the exact date of the non-news event; I’ll go out on a limb and say it was around the time SCOTUS granted certiorari to the original ACA challenges.

What Romney had said that irritated Gruber was that Obamacare was nothing like the Massachusetts health care bill Cash Money enacted while governor. Gruber responded –in essence– that Romney was a lying liar.

So when American Commitment posted a video clip of a 2013 conference at the University of Pennsylvania with Gruber saying “lack of transparency is a huge political advantage” and that “the stupidity of the American voter . . . was really critical for the [ACA] to pass”, it wasn’t a total surprise – the man obviously speaks his mind.

It was, however, yet another needless example of incredibly stupid partisanship, the sort of eye candy Faux News loves to endlessly loop. Major faux pas, Jonathan.

But I can’t get too worked up about it.

While the GOP and the religious right scream and holler about the White House’s disingenuousness in said strategy, the lack of respect the Dems apparently showed the American public in willfully pulling the wool over their eyes, the fact that Obamacare was also going to destroy America…I just look at it and shrug my shoulders.

To my mind it’s the exact same thing Shrub and The Dark Lord did with Iraq.

Except instead of killing over a million people and wasting over a trillion dollars, Obama and the Dems gave us health care.

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