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jghedge

climber
May 11, 2013 - 03:07pm PT


http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/topoftheticket/la-na-tt-ridiculous-republican-rhetoric-20130509,0,841119.story


Republicans could make an easy hit on the Obama administration by highlighting the State Department’s apparent bureaucratic blundering during and after the deadly terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last fall, but they refuse to settle for such a small political prize. Instead, they have got themselves all steamed up and snarling about heinous, impeachable offenses that are figments of their imaginations.

The latest round of House hearings about the Benghazi incident provides a perfect example of how American politics has been warped and gummed up by bombastic, partisan extremism. A cool, methodical inquiry could well uncover serious mistakes and provide remedies so that future incidents can be thwarted before more American diplomats are killed in the line of duty. But the current generation of Republican lawmakers does not know how to do cool. Hot rhetoric more suited to a Glenn Beck tirade seems to be the only way they know how to communicate.

A prime example is Rep. Steve King of Iowa. On Wednesday, he said he did not know “what took place, and who was where doing what and why,” yet he declared, “I believe that it’s a lot bigger than Watergate, and if you link Watergate and Iran-Contra together and multiply it times maybe 10 or so, you’re going to get in the zone where Benghazi is.”

Yup, King does not actually know any details, but he is sure Benghazi is vastly bigger than the two biggest political scandals of the last 40 years.

Either King does not really have a clue what Watergate and Iran-Contra were all about or he simply thinks if he really, really believes, wishes upon a star, picks a crop of four-leaf clovers and asks Santa, he and his party will luck into a scandal big enough to topple a president they despise.

That seems to be what Mike Huckabee is praying for. On Monday, the former preacher and presidential candidate said on his radio show, "I believe that before it’s all over, this president will not fill out his full term. I remind you, as bad as Watergate was, because it broke the trust between the president and the people, no one died. This is more serious because four Americans did in fact die.”

Of course, none of these folks were calling for impeachment of President George W. Bush in 2001 when he and his top advisors ignored warnings of an impending attack and 3,000 people died on the morning of Sept. 11. That was a failure that went right to the top. Whatever lack of foresight there may have been at Benghazi, it pales in comparison to 9/11. With Benghazi, the fault appears to lie with mid-level bureaucrats (and perhaps with a myopic Congress that saw no need to provide adequate funding for State Department security).

It is a fever dream for Republicans to think they can bring down President Obama with this pipsqueak of a scandal. Possibly, though, they could do some harm to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, the strongest Democratic prospect for the 2016 presidential election. A smartly targeted investigation might do that.

More likely, though, Republicans will continue to overreach and come off looking like hyper-partisan, blustering witch hunters.
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
May 11, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
In addition to a previous post on the subject of fat-arrogant-self-important pricks finally getting what they need from the free market.


With All of His Advertisers Gone, Rush Limbaugh Becomes A Right Wing Welfare Bum

By: Jason Easley ; May. 10th, 2013 ; more from Jason Easley

Rush Limbaugh’s advertisers have deserted him, and the only way his radio remains financially sustainable is by being bankrolled by right wing organizations. In short, Rush is now taking handouts.

After the news that 48 of Cumulus Media’s top 50 advertisers have requested that their ads no longer appear on Limbaugh’s show, the other shoe dropped. Media Matters reported that, “Rush Limbaugh’s syndicator, Premiere Radio Networks, is the single largest independent contractor to the Heritage Foundation according to their latest 990 filing with the IRS, receiving $2,236,555 from the think tank. With advertisers fleeing his show, and as a result radio companies suffering major losses, the fiscal sponsorship of the conservative movement is now fiscally critical…Without wingnut welfare, which has also included sponsorships from FreedomWorks, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity’s shows would not be financially viable.”



Conservatives argue that the free market should be left alone. They make entire careers out of “keeping the government out of the free market.” They oppose any government regulation or taxation because it interferes with the free market, but when the free market decided that Rush Limbaugh’s show was not financially sustainable they threw their ideology out the window, and started subsidizing Limbaugh’s program.

What Limbaugh is doing is even worse than welfare. Rush Limbaugh and his fellow right wing talk show hosts are engaging in payola. Groups like FreedomWorks and the Heritage Foundation spend millions of dollars a year paying the likes of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and Rush Limbaugh to talk up their efforts without disclosing to their audiences that they are being paid to do so. Right wing talk radio is a pay to play business, and thanks to the advertiser boycott, payola is the only thing keeping Rush Limbaugh’s show financially afloat.

The advertiser boycott has been so effective that Rush Limbaugh is living off of corporate welfare.

Rush Limbaugh, who once suggested that poor people shouldn’t be allowed to vote, can’t generate enough advertising revenue for his show to financially sustain itself. The glory days are over for Limbaugh. He is now dependant on the generosity of his fellow ideologues. The same right wingers who want to defund PBS are secretly slipping Rush Limbaugh cash under the table.

If Big Bird should be subjected to the whims of the free market, Rush Limbaugh should too.



Thanks to the advertiser boycott, Rush Limbaugh’s show is in worse shape than anybody thought.



Who will the republitards get to do their big thinking for them when Limbagg is done? Will it be Fannitty or Michael Sewage…. or wil it be strictly Faux Bias News once the plug is pulled?
johnboy

Trad climber
Can't get here from there
May 11, 2013 - 04:01pm PT
Benghazi is nothing but a cheap carnival trick to keep the focus off all the other things the Republicans are doing that really deserve the attention of the media.
dirtbag

climber
May 11, 2013 - 04:54pm PT
Let's see, Rong.

The guy who was running the security response, and the highest ranking officer in Libya, was demoted.

What do you think should have happened to him, Rong?

Appoint him head of FEMA?
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
May 11, 2013 - 05:39pm PT
What do you think should have happened to him, Rong?

um,

Obama!

I mean, Obummy, or Obamamama, ...or something

what should happen?

Well, of course first of all Obama should resign or be impeached

But hey, as I have said, I am an "independent"

that means I am completely impartial, non biased, and give everyone from each party the same equal examination, why some of my best friends are, um, liberal women Democrats, and blacks, and Mexicans, see?
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 11, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
dirtbag

climber
May 11, 2013 - 06:08pm PT
zzzzz...
Jingy

climber
Somewhere out there
May 11, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
^^^ The realization is starting to set in…. their position holds no water without their talking heads ^^^
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - May 11, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
I've been saying this for Years, It's a Cult!, Only cultists can be brainwashed as a group to be wrong about everything



The Right Wing Cult Machine Exposed

http://www.alternet.org/media/right-wing-cult-machine-exposed?paging=off
By Thom Hartmann


People are waking up and recognizing the far right-wing media for what it is, and the dangers it poses to this country.


Far right Conservatism has become a cult, and Rush Limbaugh is its leader.

By definition, a cult is a group or sect bound together by adoration of the same thing, person, ideal, etc.

A cult promises you redemption. It tells you that if you do what it says, and as it believes, you will be protected from the evil people that are out to get you and the rest of society.

A cult purges the non-believers. And it actively tries to vilify all those who are not part of the cult, saying that they're doomed and destined to go to hell.

So how did Limbaugh become the leader of such a large, and influential, cult?

Like with any cult, the power that Limbaugh has over his flock as grown over time.

Right wing radio started out in conflict with mainstream society, and outside of mainstream politics.

What was once a little cult guided by Limbaugh has transformed into a massive cult that today has enveloped much of the Conservative movement.

So how did this transformation occur?

Well, like cult leaders do, Limbaugh offered up a theatrical flair, and accompanied that with a marketing genius.

He offered his followers redemption. He offered them protection from what he told them they should fear – liberals and feminists. He demanded ideological purity, and absolute devotion to the ideology of far-right "conservative" corporatism. And he vilified all those who didn't see things his way.

Limbaugh then managed to convince his followers that faith in his word was more important than facts. No matter what everyone else said, if Rush said it, it must be true. Only information that supports Limbaugh's positions can be believed, and everything else is just lies.

Since his first successes, he's been followed by a succession of other right-wing cult leaders, from Glenn Beck to Mark Levin to Alex Jones.

Which brings us to today.

Rush Limbaugh and the rest of the right-wing talk radio cult have conjured up such a large following that they're helping the Koch Brothers drive the polarization within the Republican Party, and within America's political discourse.

Ironically, so says Frank Luntz, a top Republican consultant and campaign guru.

Earlier this week, Luntz told a group of college students at the University of Pennsylvania that Limbaugh and his fellow right-wing talk-radio cult leaders are "problematic" for the Republican Party because they're responsible for the stark polarization within the party.

In a secret recording of his comments, Luntz can be heard saying that, "And they get great ratings, and they drive the message, and it's really problematic. And this is not on the Democratic side. It's only on the Republican side...[inaudible]. [Democrats have] got every other source of news on their side. And so that is a lot of what's driving it. If you take—Marco Rubio's getting his ass kicked. Who's my Rubio fan here? We talked about it. He's getting destroyed! By Mark Levin, by Rush Limbaugh, and a few others. He's trying to find a legitimate, long-term effective solution to immigration that isn't the traditional Republican approach, and talk radio is killing him. That's what's causing this thing underneath. And too many politicians in Washington are playing coy."

Basically, Luntz was saying that the right-wing media and its cult following are not serving the national political debate and not helping the Republican Party widen its appeal beyond its declining base of aging boomer cultists.

But no matter what Luntz says, Limbaugh and the rest of his right-wing media pals will continue to rally their followers, and continue to vilify those who dare think otherwise.

They will continue to paint President Obama as America's anti-hero, using terms like "socialist" and "Muslim" to further scare their cult followers into seeing things their way.

The good news is that there are still some semblances of a normal, and non-cult media in America.

Unlike the right-wing media, real media – and even progressive media – is not cult-like. It talks about ideas that are widely accepted (social safety net, clean environment, nondiscrimination, a solid middle class), and that are not in conflict with the rest of society.

It's not based on fear or faith. It's based on facts. And it respects other beliefs and ideas, instead of vilifying them.

And perhaps, most importantly, real media doesn't fear or hate our government, and certainly doesn't suggest we should be armed and ready to attack our own government.

Sadly, that cult is coming dangerously close to having complete control over the Republican Party and much of the political discourse in our country.

Thankfully, people are waking up and recognizing the far right-wing media for what it is: a cult.
jghedge

climber
May 11, 2013 - 09:00pm PT
"Thankfully, people are waking up and recognizing the far right-wing media for what it is: a cult."


And, thankfully, their acolytes are dying out faster - much faster - than they're being replaced.

Meanwhile the opposition (us) is growing at a rate unprecedented in US history.

1 more election cycle - 2 at the most - and they're politically exterminated.


Just Another Failed Ideology Consigned To The Ash Heap Of History.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 12, 2013 - 02:47am PT
Incompetence can often lead to a demotion.

Curt

Wow. So this was all Hicks' fault, and he should be demoted?

Not a demotion for those that called off Hicks' calls for support? The Spec Ops team that WANTED to go in and get the people? Demote them too?

You're sick. And rotten.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 12, 2013 - 02:52am PT
I just read the rest of the page.

Try to find a soul, people. Do you understand what happened there? You are being lied to.

Sometimes the truth is hard. But it is the truth. Fact.
Norton

Social climber
the Wastelands
May 12, 2013 - 05:24am PT
^^^

arrested development
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 12, 2013 - 06:54am PT
Joe Klein now comparing Barry to Dick

http://swampland.time.com/2013/05/11/irs-mess/
dirtbag

climber
May 12, 2013 - 07:36am PT
LOL.


An Obama-Bashing blurb written by a tired old beltway mouthpiece and built entirely on speculation: no wonder TGT loves it.

I think TGT masturbates to this stuff.
jghedge

climber
May 12, 2013 - 08:09am PT
Issa just called Petraeus a liar on Meet The Press - which is really the only option Issa has left, since Petraeus, the most honored General in recent US history, completely and totally contradicts the entire repub accusation over Benghazi.

So let's get Petraeus up on the Hill to testify (again) and Issa can call him a liar to his face.
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 08:11am PT
BlueRing Try to find a soul. Do you understand what happened there? You are being lied to.

Sometimes the truth is hard. But it is the truth. Fact.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
May 12, 2013 - 08:12am PT
Sometimes the truth is hard. But it is the truth. Fact.

So it really was a spontaneous demonstration over a video?




The house ought to get everyone involved in front of the committee.



get the liars Hillary, Rice and Barry up there too.
jghedge

climber
May 12, 2013 - 08:18am PT

And Pickering just called Issa a liar to his face on Meet The Press.

Issa - and his story - is disintegrating on national TV right now.
bluering

Trad climber
Santa Clara, CA
May 12, 2013 - 08:23am PT
Issa just called Petraeus a liar on Meet The Press - which is really the only option Issa has left, since Petraeus, the most honored General in recent US history, completely and totally contradicts the entire repub accusation over Benghazi.

So let's get Petraeus up on the Hill to testify (again) and Issa can call him a liar to his face.


I understand that Petraeus was pissed off that they changed his CIA talking points. He didn't lie, they changed his agency's story.
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