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Thursday, November 15, 2012

“Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions. Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful, good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean: more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero

Hat tip: Bob


170 comments:

  1. Did Romney lose because he was black?

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  2. Imagine those awful people that required a written test to prove you can vote intelligently.

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  3. America, the land of fat, dumb and ignorant.

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    1. I AGREE.

      And now? 50% of American voters will get what they deserve.

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  4. The voting majority have no clue

    Far from having broken with his Republican predecessor, Democratic President Barack Obama has now reinforced the law of exception that he criticised when he was a senator. It is now possible to deprive United States citizens of their fundamental rights because they have taken part in armed action against their own country, but also when they take a political position favourable to those who use military action to resist the Empire. Worse – Barack Obama has added to the law John Yoo’s “Unitary Executive theory,” which puts an end to the principles of the separation of powers as defined by Montesquieu. The security policy of the United States President now escapes all control.

    The Presidential elections, and the game of a possible changeover between Democrats and Republicans, cannot hide a marked tendency towards mutation in the form of the United States executive, regardless of the colour of the Presidential ticket. And it seems that the most significant change in the law has taken place under President Obama.

    Barack Obama was elected by evoking a future based on respect for the fundamental rights of individuals and nations. But assessment of his presidency reveals an entirely different picture. The visible aspects of this, such as the failure to close down Guantánamo Bay, the maintenance of exceptional military tribunals or the practice of torture in Afghanistan, are only the tip of the iceberg. These elements only allow us to note the continuity between the Bush and Obama administrations. However, there has been such reinforcement of the previous political structure that the form of the state has now changed, creating a hitherto unseen modification of the relation between the authorities and the citizens of the United States.

    The possibility of treating US citizens as foreign ’terrorists’ has been a constant objective of the government executive since the attacks of 9/11. By the new prerogative which has been awarded him by the National Defense Authorization Act – that of being able to nullify Habeas Corpus for US citizens and not just for foreign nationals – the Obama administration has achieved what the previous government had only planned but never instituted.

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  5. Obama was elected because a historic number of white men, faced with the choice of voting for a black man who represented their interests, or a rich, white crook that represented the interests of the 0.1%, just stayed home.

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    1. If white working class men think Obama represents their interests, they are nuts.

      The turnout, so we are told, was down. Just who stayed home is a question. It may have been the evangelicals.

      The military vote seems 'to have stayed home' as well. I posted that on the last thread. Please explain that to me. I cannot believe the military people were not interested in this election.

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    2. the military voted, the ballots sat in a supply depot labeled as ammo, then sent to afghanastan and then blown up, what wasnt blown up was set to the persian gulf, during transfer most of the votes ended up sitting at the bottom of the persian gulf, as they were dropped over the side in "windy conditions". the air craft that had the last few ballots sat on the runway for 30 hours to make sure the pilots got their 30 days of tax free pay, putting them a day late. they couldnt be counted because they missed the cut off. so yeah, they wasted their time voting.

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  6. In Praise of Lindsey Graham for Confronting the True Benghazi Culprit
    November 15, 2012 By Frontpagemag.com


    We commend Senator Lindsey Graham for forcefully answering President Obama’s chest-beating challenge at yesterday’s press conference. Senator Graham, along with Senator John McCain, had rightly said that UN Ambassador Susan Rice should be denied confirmation if Obama nominates her to be his second-term Secretary of State, as it is rumored he intends to do.

    At the White House’s direction, Rice serially lied to the American people about the cause of the Benghazi massacre — audaciously portraying the murder of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, as the consequence of spontaneous rioting over an obscure video about Mohammed, although the administration well knew the murders were the result of a coordinated jihadist terror attack.

    At yesterday’s press conference, Obama vigorously defended Rice and her shameful performance, warning Graham and McCain that if they opposed Rice, they would have a problem with him. Far from backing down, Graham sharply countered that he already had a problem with Obama for it was the president’s abdications before, during, and after the hours-long siege that directly led to the loss of American lives.

    That is precisely why the Watergate-style hearings that congressional Republicans have called for are imperative.

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  7. Petraeus is going to break some itty bitty, racist, republican hearts tomorrow.

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    1. so he is gonna break NO hearts? as there are no republicans that are racist, just you, and your democrat/kkk slave owning party. so maybe spell check is in order. lets fix it so you dont look like a moron!
      'Petraeus is going to break some itty bitty, racist, democrat hearts tomorrow."
      there we go all fixed!

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    1. He's going to testify as to the "timeline."

      Then, of course, Panetta will testify as to the timeline from the DOD perspective.

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    2. Well, Panetta and Hillary are still in Australia tasting wine, and getting their stories straight there. I don't know what will happen tomorrow, Rufus. I think we need a Watergate type look see. If someone did not obey President Obama's order to secure the folks, I want to know who, and why. Don't you? Insubordination is a serious business. People can get killed because of it. Heads should roll, if they happen to be white heads, they should roll. No?

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    3. Rufus, has it EVER occurred to you immoral leftists like you that it is WRONG to play around on your spouse? Has it ever occurred to you that NOTHING good comes from it?

      Infidelity HURTS people, and in a Judeo-Christian world, it's sinful. Giving into lust at the moment with another person only brings pain and bad karma. And what is happening in the news is what happens when you let the head of your brainless dick dictate your life. It ruins lives, careers, reputations and families.

      I am astonished that a married man such as yourself is so morally out of touch with the consequences of NOT doing the right thing. But you are a typical liberal. No wonder they call Americans "infidels". You need Jesus.

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    4. What the fuck are you talking about?



      And, btw, for your information, Petraeus, Broadwell, Jones, and the Dominatrix Twins are ALL Republicans.

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  9. Questions from Ron Paul:


    Why is patriotism thought to be blind loyalty to the government and the politicians who run it, rather than loyalty to the principles of liberty and support for the people? Real patriotism is a willingness to challenge the government when it’s wrong.

    Why is it is claimed that if people won’t or can't take care of their own needs, that people in government can do it for them?

    Why did we ever give the government a safe haven for initiating violence against the people?

    Why do some members defend free markets, but not civil liberties?

    Why do some members defend civil liberties but not free markets? Aren’t they the same?

    Why don’t more defend both economic liberty and personal liberty?

    Why are there not more individuals who seek to intellectually influence others to bring about positive changes than those who seek power to force others to obey their commands?

    Why does the use of religion to support a social gospel and preemptive wars, both of which requires authoritarians to use violence, or the threat of violence, go unchallenged? Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world’s great religions.

    Why do we allow the government and the Federal Reserve to disseminate false information dealing with both economic and  foreign policy?

    Why is democracy held in such high esteem when it’s the enemy of the minority and makes all rights relative to the dictates of the majority?

    Why should anyone be surprised that Congress has no credibility, since there's such a disconnect between what politicians say and what they do?

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    1. Aggression and forced redistribution of wealth has nothing to do with the teachings of the world’s great religions.

      He is wrong there as concerns aggression and we all know who the culprit is, but we all get his point. The doctrines of most of the religions aren't at fault, it is the practitioners who are faulty.

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  10. Well, Panetta and Hillary are still in Australia tasting wine, and getting their stories straight there. I don't know what will happen tomorrow, Rufus. I think we need a Watergate type look see. If someone did not obey President Obama's order to secure the folks, I want to know who, and why. Don't you? Insubordination is a serious business. People can get killed because of it. Heads should roll, if they happen to be white heads, they should roll. No?

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    1. Bob, I have explained before why there was, absolutely, Nothing anyone could do. There was nowhere near enough time to institute any type of Reasonable rescue mission.

      The real world really isn't very similar to popular, shoot'em up television shows.

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    2. And everyone else I have read disagrees with you.

      You are just defending Obama and your stupid vote.

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    3. This whole thing is just a Primal Scream from a few goofy old republican men that feel their power slipping away.

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    4. Then they don't know what they're talking about, Bob. I've been there, "and got the "camos" to prove it."

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    5. :)

      :)

      I try not to take sides but that's funny.

      Anyway nasty day ahead. I can use the laugh.

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    6. Can’t we all just hate each other and get along?

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    8. obama gave the order to NOT HELP THEM!! the order was "Stand down". there was real time data as drones were in the air, and as we military people all know, there is no such thing as "not enough time to react". there were a few days of warning, and there were many assets in place on the ground. the 2 seals that were killed ran there to help after they were told to let everyone be murdered. obama committed treason. 4 people died!

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  11. Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin is first openly gay person elected to Senate.

    On October 10, 2002, Baldwin was among the 133 members of the House who voted against authorizing the invasion of Iraq. She described the 'postwar challenges,' saying 'there is no history of democratic government in Iraq,' that its 'economy and infrastructure are in ruins after years of war and sanctions,' and that rebuilding would take 'a great deal of money.'[32] In 2005 she joined the Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus.

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    1. She was, actually, kind of wrong about part of that. You could make a pretty good argument that the Mesopotamians Invented Democracy (some 5,500 years ago,) but they were never able to expand it beyond the City/Provincial stage.

      However, pedanticism aside, she was right, and those of us that believed the Bush/Cheney/Rice bullshit were wrong. She appears to be a very high-quality individual, and those that voted for her over the warmed-over, political hack Thompson are to be commended.

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    2. I believed the B/C/R BS as well, until Fallujah II. For the record.

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    3. We have not taken a position on "pedanticism”. i see no reason to start now.

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  12. Where does she stand on military involvement without the authorized support of Congress? As a senator, will she hold the President to account if he engages regular or mercenary US forces without the legal inconvenience of congressional support; will she do anything about it?

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    1. I wouldn't bet against it, Deuce. Her "hackery" level seems to run pretty low.

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  13. Those of you who appreciate numbers should try to catch Jared Bernstein on Squawk Box this morning. He's good at making the quantitative case accessible.

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    1. I would have to listen to Joe Kernan interrupting him, Doris. I'd rather just read his article.

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    2. Joe's off today - Steve Liesman as replacement! They're making suggestive jokes about consummating deals behind closed doors. It's not quite up to your level of wit but it's pretty funny. Bernstein is as courteous as Neel Kashkari.

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    3. NOW you tell me. :)

      I got out of the CNBC habit when they sent me a defective cable box, and now that I've replaced it I hardly ever tune in. Joe Kernan is just an ignorant fuck, and I refuse to let him start my day any longer.

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  14. The insanity continues, first the French and now the British

    The UK’s most senior general said on a BBC interview Sunday that Britain had in place contingency plans for a “very limited” response in the case of a worsening humanitarian situation in Syria within the next few months.
    The admission from Chief of the Defense Staff General Sir David Richards is the most serious warning yet that Britain is preparing for some kind of military involvement in Syria.
    It seems that British policy has now shifted from trying to support and organize the disparate rebel groups to considering full-blown military action.
    “The situation this winter I think may deteriorate and may well provoke calls to intervene in a limited way,” General Richards told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.
    “It’s my job, amongst other people in my sort of position, to make sure these options are continually brushed over to make sure we can deliver them,” he continued.
    Defense Secretary Phillip Hammond, who was interviewed on the BBC’s Sunday Politics program, also confirmed that the UK had not ruled out military intervention – but was still focused on trying to overcome objections from Russia and China to get a strong UN Security Council resolution condemning the Bashar al-Assad government.
    “At the moment we don’t have a legal basis for delivering military assistance to the rebels. This is something the Prime Minster keeps asking us to test – the legal position, the practical military position, and we will continue to look at all options.” he said.
    However, he stressed that Britain’s main focus at the moment was making sure the crisis in Syria doesn’t spill into any neighboring countries like Lebanon, Turkey or Jordan.

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  15. Now this morning the Telegraph is reporting Cameron has the itch.

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    1. British Petroleum would love to get their mitts on that Iranian Oil, and Gas.

      As would Total (French,) of course.

      I hear Exxon, Chevron, and Halliburton are on board, also.

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  16. President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as "Delphi" to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. That's according to a four-hour briefing delivered to Republican state senators at the Georgia state Capitol last month.

    The Stepford President

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    1. They've gone from "Party of Stupid," to "Party of Batshit Crazy."

      :)

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    2. Did you see where the Ohio Republicans (they control the legislature) are Defunding Planned Parenthood?

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    3. They're not "slow learners," they're "No Learners."

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    4. planned parent hood, specificity designed by the most liberal nutcase racist cunt on earth, to exterminate the black race. hmmm no wonder dems want to keep it.

      "They've gone from "Party of Stupid," to "Party of Batshit Crazy."...yes the democrats have certainly done that.

      They're not "slow learners," they're "No Learners."...also exactly correct about democrats.

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  17. Gen. David Petraeus will testify before a House Committee on the Libya embassy attack Friday morning, despite the ongoing FBI investigation into an extramarital affair that led to his resignation as director of the CIA.

    The hearing to be held by the House Intelligence Committee is closed to the public and the media. Petraeus is expected to answer questions about the CIA's knowledge and handling of the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead. Two of those Americans were with the CIA.


    Behind closed doors?

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    1. You have ongoing CIA operations there, Deuce. You'll notice that, as I predicted, once Romney got His National Security briefing, he never uttered the word "Benghazi," again.

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  19. A U.S. military shaken by the resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus and the investigation of its top commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, announced Wednesday that one of the largest sex scandals in its history has widened, enveloping at least eight commanders and nearly 50 possible victims.

    The Air Force released its report on the scandal at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, where members of the Air Force go through basic training. Investigations of at least 25 military training instructors have led to charges against 11, and have resulted in five convictions, from rape to inappropriate relationships with recruits. Two commanding officers have been removed, and Air Force Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., commander of Air Education and Training Command, said at a press conference Wednesday that six more have received "disciplinary action."

    Chief of Air Force Safety Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward, who conducted the investigation, found evidence of a weakness in safeguards, leadership and accountability at Lackland, leading to an "ever-present" abuse of power, according to a Department of Defense statement.

    Never ONE cockroach

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  20. It's a Rufus world folks...

    Romney lost...

    If you voted for Gary? You voted for Obama..

    Good luck when your pensions are devalued by cuts and quantitative easing.. Well not actually "good luck" more like h a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Fools...

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    1. Yeah, your pensions did so well under Bush (on the Government side,) and Romney (on the business side.)


      The third party candidates got less than 1% of the vote, between them. Obama won by 3%.

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    2. On the other hand, I don't know about you, but MY 401k is way up under Obama.

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    3. Speaking of nasty, capitalist things: Nat Gas is UP 96% from the now legendary "Rufus Low."

      :)

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    4. your 401k may be up but what does a dollar buy?

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    5. Obama has probably presided over the lowest rate of inflation of any President since the Great Depression.

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    6. as long as you take out food and fuel...

      keep smoking that weed and drinking that booze...

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    7. oh yeah, things like electric bills dont count, gas prices and bread and meat dont count..

      as for your 401k? LoL...

      I hope you hold on to your Dow Jones because I for one will laugh my ass off when it's value gets corrected...

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    8. I sold a month ago; announced it at the time.

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  21. Charlie Webster, the outgoing Maine Republican chairman, claimed Wednesday in an interview that "hundreds" of black voters cast ballots in rural Maine towns, contributing to the party's losses.

    "In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day," he said in an interview with WSCH TV. "Everybody has the right to vote, but nobody in town knows anybody that's black -- how did that happen? I don't know. We're going to find out."

    Pressed on where it happened, he said it happened in "several rural Maine towns." He added that without a voter ID law or "way to check," voting was "fraught for abuse."

    Webster stood by the claim in an interview with the Portland Press Herald. "I'm not talking about 15 or 20. I'm talking hundreds," he said. "I'm not politically correct and maybe I shouldn't have said these voters were black, but anyone who suggests I have a bias toward any race or group, frankly, that's sleazy."

    Webster alleged that 200 college students engaged in voter fraud in August 2011, which was later found to be baseless.

    The Party of Batshit Crazy - Coast to Coast

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  22. The people who voted for Obama are a Conferacy of Dunces. My 401k is up so he must be a good president.

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    1. Your buddy brought it up; not me.

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      Please, Gag.

      You are asking for miracles.

      I was just running through the posts today and noticed the following. Those who question what happened in Benghazi don't know what they are talking about and Ruf has the camos to prove it. Ruf called the now legendary "Rufus Low" in natural gas. The fact that others on CNBC were calling the same low, well, they must have been channelling the old Rufster. Then there was Ruf's 'prediction' about Romney. The fact that Ruf's first 'statement' on the subject came out days after it was suggested in the major newspapers and blogs, well...nevermind, let's talk about ethanol where anyone who disagrees with Ruf on anything is either nutz, ill-informed, or simply a liar.

      Ruf doesn't deal in opinion. He is a promulgator of "the truth". And if you don't believe that you are either ill-informed or a liar.

      :)

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    3. Might I recommend "Gingko Biloba?"

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      If that is what gives you your clear and unencumbered vision, Ruf, I may have to try it.

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    5. btw, did I mention that nat gas in storage topped out at 3,928 Billion,

      Not the IEA's 4,100 Billion?


      per youknowwho? :)

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    6. Actually, for the "vision thing" I mostly rely on Bud Light.

      Ginkgo Biloba is for "Memory."

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      Memory?

      :)

      I usually watch CNBC for a little while most every day. Within the past week, they had one of the guys on who had called the low in NG. I recognized the guy’s face although I didn’t listen to the interview since the subject bores me. As for Romney not talking about Benghazi, that was only a couple weeks ago. Even in my decrepit condition, I think I am still able to remember that far back, especially as at the time you were advising "Move along boys, nothing to see here" while Bob and I were reading every post or column that bore on the subject. As for oil or ethanol, if would be redundancy absurdum to lay out examples of that.

      Perhaps, it’s you who need to take a trip to GNC.

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    8. All I was seeing on CNBC at the time was "nat gas could actually go to "zero" nonsense.

      Anyways, it don't matter.

      And, if you live another couple of years you'll see that I was right on oil/ethanol, also.

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      I've never denied you could be right about oil/ethanol, merely that your horizons were too short and your expectation for alternatives too grandoise.

      Oh yea, and I think there was some mention of pedantics earlier.

      :)

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    10. Hillbillies don't get many chances at Pedantism. We takes it when we can get it. :)

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  23. While some business owners threaten to cut workers' hours to avoid paying for their health care, a West Palm Beach, Fla., restaurant owner is going even further. John Metz said he will add a 5 percent surcharge to customers' bills to offset what he said are the increased costs of Obamacare, along with reducing his employees' hours.

    "If I leave the prices the same, but say on the menu that there is a 5 percent surcharge for Obamacare, customers have two choices. They can either pay it and tip 15 or 20 percent, or if they really feel so inclined, they can reduce the amount of tip they give to the server, who is the primary beneficiary of Obamacare," Metz told The Huffington Post.

    The Party of Princes (very, very stupid princes)

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  24. Women who attempted get abortions but were denied are three times as likely to fall into poverty than those whose efforts were not blocked, a recent study conducted by researchers at University of California San Francisco found.

    UCSF's Bixby Center on Global Reproductive Health examined 3,000 interviews conducted with over 1,000 women from across the United States who had either received abortions or were turned away because their pregnancies had already passed the clinic's gestational limit. The study aimed to determine the effects carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term had on women's mental, physical and socio-economic health.

    Researchers found that a year after seeking an abortion, more than three-quarters of the women turned away were on public assistance and 67 percent were below the poverty line. Fewer than half of those turned away held a full time job.

    Figures dropped significantly for the women who received abortions.

    "When a woman is denied the abortion she wants, she is statistically more likely to wind up unemployed, on public assistance, and below the poverty line," lead researcher Dr. Diana Greene Foster explained to io9. "Another conclusion we could draw is that denying women abortions places more burden on the state because of these new mothers' increased reliance on public assistance programs."

    Abortion Study

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      Sorry, but a 'statistical link' does not necessarily mean causation. Coorelation still does not mean causation.

      The study makes the point about the number of women denied abortion being on public assistance or in poverty a year after being denied an abortion. It says nothing about how many of them where on public assistance or in poverty before asking for the abortion.

      The second conclusion drawn that "denying women abortions places more burden on the state because of these new mothers' increased reliance on public assistance programs" may be true but it ignores the fact that the women involved in the study didn't bother to ask for an abortion until 'after' the gestational limit. Of course, to those who equate a developed fetus to a tumor, that is likely to make little difference.

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  25. American doctors tend to be the highest paid in the world, with salaries that can double that of their counterparts outside the United States. That makes it all the more surprising that doctors here tend to have way lower rates of job satisfaction, according to new research from the Commonwealth Fund.

    The nonprofit surveyed primary care doctors in 10 industrialized countries. American doctors turned out to have the lowest rates of job satisfaction. When asked whether our health-care system worked well, about 15 percent agreed.

    1 out of 7 Doctors say the U.S. system "words well."

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    1. You know, we still haven't seen all those ex-Massachusetts Doctors wandering around Mississippi looking for jobs.

      They musta got lost on the way, huh?

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    2. Most Satisfied Doctors? Netherlands, and Norway.

      Most Pleased with System? Netherlands, and Norway.

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  26. If they are wealthy they must be crooks and liars, right Rufus?

    Confederacy of absurd dunces.

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    1. No, but Mitt Romney certainly is.

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    2. That might even be why all those white voters stayed home, don't you think?

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  27. McCain did not show up at the "Classified Security Briefing," yesterday.

    What an asshole.

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    1. The "Benghazi Classified Security Briefing."

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  28. It must be tough. First you lose the election, and then your "mancrush," Petraeus lets you down.

    It's enough to give a party a nervous breakdown (esp. one that was teetering on the verge, already.)

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  29. When the CIA’s acting director, Michael Morell, testifies Thursday before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, he is expected to say that the agency never requested Europe-based special operations teams, specialized Marine platoons, or armed drones on the night of the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official.

    The disclosure may put an end to one line of inquiry into the Benghazi affair about why reinforcements from the region were not sent on the night of the attack. “Assistance from the U.S. military was critical, and we got what we requested,” the senior U.S. intelligence official said.

    Rat had it right all along.

    Sorry Nutjobs; You'll have to Impeach Someone Else

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      Rat implied the CIA screwed up when, in fact, they were the only ones doing their job.

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    Rat had it right all along.

    Are you saying in regards to it was wrong for the CIA to go to the aid of the Americans in the compound?

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    1. No, I'm referring to his comment on the "chain of command."

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  31. One more mystery solved.

    It's been a busy morning.

    Nap time. :)

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      Nonsense.

      Not the nap. That sounds like a pretty good idea.

      However, the mystery remains. The main question in this whole affair hasn't been the sins of either commission or omission but rather the apparent cover-up. It's not a matter of there not being enough security available that night but why there wasn't enough. It wasn't a matter of who did or didn't ask for assistance that night or even whether any assistance would have helped. It's a matter of who if anyone made the decision to not send the assistance and why. We have received mixed messages from the parties involved. We are told that there were no assets available to help; yet they sent in two unarmed drones instead of two armed drones. It may have been a fog of war situation that precluded the use of the armed drones but we don't know that nor who made the decision. There are reports in the foreign press saying that UK and Turkish troops were available in the area but weren't asked to help. Where the people in charge unaware of that? If they were aware, what were the reasons for not asking? Who made the decision and why?

      Everyone in this whole fiasco has accepted responsibility for actions taken that night which in effect means that nobody has. Certainly, no one has accepted any blame.

      Sure it's being pursued for political reasons on one side. However, for those same political reasons, everyone on the other side is trying to sweep it under the rug so they can get back to their nap.

      At the end of this, it just might be a trajedy that couldn't have been prevented. However, it's been over two months since 911 and we still don't have any answers. We may never know the truth of what happened but let's not pretend we do by assigning a scapegoat.

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  32. A good time for a general house cleaning, should be more fun than a major house cleaning.

    BANGKOK — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered the Pentagon to find out why so many generals and admirals have become embroiled in legal and ethical problems, a trend exacerbated by recent investigations of two of the military’s best-known commanders.

    The Pentagon disclosed Panetta’s directive on Thursday after he arrived in Thailand as part of a visit to Asia. But aides insisted that he had been considering the review for some time and that it was not prompted by revelations that the FBI has been investigating former CIA director David H. Petraeus, a retired Army general, and Marine Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

    “I will emphasize very strongly that the secretary was going to embark on this course long before the matters that have come to light over the past week,” Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters traveling with Panetta here.

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  33. “I will emphasize very strongly that the secretary was going to embark on this course long before the matters that have come to light over the past week,” Pentagon press secretary George Little told reporters traveling with Panetta here.

    Yup. I believe that.

    ...
    Info-graph to help you keep relationships and players in mind -

    http://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2012/11/15/inforgraphic-of-the-day-jill-ted/

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  34. John NcCain's recent point of view -

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2012/11/15/mccain_the_president_has_not_informed_the_american_people_of_the_facts_on_benghazi.html

    Video from the Senate floor.

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  35. NO SHIT AWARD

    By Greg Robb, MarketWatch
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Mortgage lending standards now appear to be “overly tight,” and are preventing creditworthy borrowers from buying homes, Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday.

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  36. CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

    Sources tell FOX 32 News that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is willing to give up his 2nd Congressional District seat if he's given disability when he steps down.

    Jackson Jr. was re-elected to his tenth term but last month, sources say, he applied for a disability package--what could be his only income if he resigns. It is expected to take a couple of weeks for Congress to approve or deny the request.

    http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/20101351/jackson-jr-wont-resign-until-he-gets-disability-pay-exclusive

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  37. "This president and this administration has either been guilty of colossal incompetence or engaged in a cover up, neither of which are acceptable to the American people."

    John McCain from the Senate floor.


    Hmmm, might be both.

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  38. Hmmm, this might be a good question -

    btw… where are the survivors? why aren’t they talking? does anyone know??

    Sachiko on November 15, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    I posed this question here weeks ago, and the best reply I recall was that “the survivors” are all CIA employees, have been strategically scattered around the world with reassignments, and warned/ordered to disappear (or else).

    bofh on November 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM


    Hot Air

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  39. Yep, Crazy John is so concerned that he didn't even bother to attend the "Benghazi Security Briefing."

    Are you poor fools going to let these crazy old losers keep you "riled up" until 2014? That IS looking like the plan.

    Obama Won; get over it.

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      That you would think that concern over Benghazi has anything to do with the election or John McCain is telling. It bespeaks of a particular mindset.

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      Poor fools?

      Man, you never change.

      I believe the current hearings are being run by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of which McCain is not a membed. In fact, I don't think any of the committees McCain is on will be involved in investigating Benghazi.

      As for attending intelligence briefings, you will recall all the criticism Obama was taking for skipping intelligence briefings leading up to the attacks. Instead of worrying about McCain you might be asking yourself why Obama on 9/12/12 skipped his intelligence briefing in favor of heading to Vegas for fundraising.

      Let it play out, Ruf. If there is nothing there, there is nothing there.

      Besides, hasn't it been a couple of weeks now that you indicated you were through with this subject and wouldn't be bothering to say anymore about it?

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    3. Well, fuck you, Quirk. I was responding to Bob's 02:28.

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      So, what you meant to say is, "I won't be saying anything about this subject unless one of you poor fools have the temerity to mention it."

      Got it.

      .

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    5. What's wrong with my 2:28?

      Wouldn't you what to cover up your incompetence if you were in a pickle?

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      I was wrong about, "I don't think any of the committees McCain is on will be involved in investigating Benghazi."

      Evidently, Homeland Security and Government Affairs will be one of four involved. Looking at the committee's mandate, I am not sure why they are involved unless it is to review the interaction of various government agencies.

      Perhaps the "government affairs" includes...naw...couldn't be that.

      Four committes? Refer to my comment above in which I pointed out that when everyone accepts responsibility it merely muddies the waters and amounts to nobody accepting responsibility.

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  40. Attorney General Eric Holder said Thursday there was "no threat to national security" in the probe that inadvertently uncovered an extramarital affair involving then-Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus.

    Mr. Holder, speaking at a news conference to announce a settlement of criminal charges against BP in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department handled the investigation properly, rejecting criticism from some lawmakers that Congress should have been notified ...

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  41. The new Islamist government in Cairo has pledged to honour its 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

    Russia, whose cordial relations with Syria, born of shared intelligence, have been central to unsure response of the international community, called for an end to the raids.

    Arab League foreign ministers will meet on Saturday to discuss the crisis.

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  42. A French push to allow Europe to supply some arms to Syria's opposition forces met a lukewarm response Thursday, with European officials saying caution was required before watering down the broad weapons embargo.

    The European Union introduced an arms embargo on Syria last year and has moved in recent months to make it tighter. Brussels initially aimed the measure at President Bashar al-Assad's regime, but the ban also applies to the opposition.

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  43. And in the 1980s and 90s, popular culture began to explore dysfunction in families, as in The Simpsons and Married With Children, both objects of consternation from the GOP at the time. And of course many sitcoms portrayed completely new ways of being a family.

    That’s what Full House was all about, and as we watched that show we saw a lot that we didn’t recognize in our own families—unless, of course, you grew up in a huge house in San Francisco and were raised by three straight, single men—which was subconsciously stretching our definition of what it means to be a family. But there was also a lot that we did recognize.

    And it was the combination of these two, the familiar and the new, that prepared us to accept the coming changes.

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  44. On this day in 2011, the Occupy Wall Street movement in Zuccotti Park was raided by NYPD officers, prompting hundreds of protesters to flee their longtime encampment in lower Manhattan.

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  45. Maine Sen. Susan Collins, the top Republican on the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, backed up her chairman, Lieberman, and dinged McCain, a member of the panel, for missing Wednesday’s nearly two-hour briefing in the Capitol.
    Both Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, “who was there at briefing, and Sen. McCain, who was not, are members of our committee, and I know they would play very important roles,” Collins told POLITICO after the briefing.

    “I do not see the benefit of creating a brand new committee when we already have the Senate’s chief oversight committee, plus the Intelligence Committee, examining this very important matter.”

    { }

    When CNN approached McCain in a Capitol hallway Thursday morning, the senator refused to comment about why he missed the briefing, which was conducted by top diplomatic, military and counter-terrorism officials. Instead, McCain got testy when pressed to say why he wasn’t there.
    “I have no comment about my schedule and I’m not going to comment on how I spend my time to the media,” McCain said.

    Asked why he wouldn’t comment, McCain grew agitated: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?”

    When CNN noted that McCain had missed a key meeting on a subject the senator has been intensely upset about, McCain said, “I’m upset that you keep badgering me.”

    Nah, he ain't crazier than a bat in a hat

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    2. "...crazier than a bat in a hat?"

      Slow down, tiger. You seem to be wound a little too tight, today.

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    3. Maybe he already knew what the testimony was to be and had better things to do.

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  46. Transocean said in an October filing that it has discussed settling some federal civil and criminal claims for $1.5 billion, but an agreement hasn't been reached.

    A federal task force based in New Orleans has spent the past 29 months investigating the accident. Prosecutors have reviewed thousands of documents and conducted dozens of interviews, including bringing individuals before a grand jury.

    At stake are billions of dollars that would flow to five states affected by the spill, which gushed 4.9 million barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico.

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  47. Didn't Rufus go to the VA recently? He sounds like he has a medication imbalance.

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    1. It's the Bud Lit and the Ginkgo biloba mix. VA tried to get him off of it, but failed, at last report.

      :)

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  48. TEL AVIV – Advisers from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Units are in the Gaza Strip helping to oversee the firing of long-range rockets by jihadist groups there, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.

    The information comes as the Iranian-backed Islamic Jihad group today claimed responsibility for what it said was missile fire at Tel Aviv. The organization has claimed it fired Iranian Fajr-5 missiles aimed at Tel Aviv.

    Earlier today, one rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in Rishon Letzion, some seven miles south of Tel Aviv. About three hours later another explosion was heard in the Tel Aviv area.

    No casualties were reported in either Tel Aviv or Rishon Leztion.

    Since yesterday, Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has intercepted 105 rockets, while 274 rockets have struck Israel, mostly in cities near the Gaza Strip.

    The escalation began last week, when Hamas fired more than 120 rockets and mortars into Israel in a four-day period.

    Yesterday, Israel eliminated Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas’ so-called military wing. Israel also launched dozens of surgical strikes in Gaza targeting the Hamas militant infrastructure.

    IDF spokesperson Yoav Mordechai addressed the media regarding Operation Pillar of Defense.

    “The IDF continues to operate surgically in the Gaza Strip – precise strikes, not against outposts, not against police stations, but against rocket-launching sites,” he said. “So far, a very harsh blow has been dealt to the long-range fire of Hamas and Islamic Jihad.”

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  49. Panache, or, Paula from behind -

    http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/14/15174356-as-their-secret-dissolved-petraeus-broadwell-chatted-at-awards-dinner?lite

    Broadwell shows her backside at Awards Dinner.

    photo

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  50. This news, or assertion, or admission, that Iranian advisers are helping launch Iranian made missiles from Gaza at Israel is a big deal, I'd think. How long can they stand this? It would seem like an act of war.

    Once we re-elected the weak horse maybe the Iranians thought that gave them the green light.

    I doubt the Israelis are buying Obama's rhetoric about 'having their back'.

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  51. Now we have the trifecta in place, Britain, France and now the ass-stabbers…

    The Turkish foreign minister has called on Muslim countries to recognise a new Syrian opposition coalition and said that Turkey has both the will and capacity to defend its borders if violence continues to spill over.

    Speaking at an Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) ministerial meeting in Djibouti on Thursday, Ahmet Davutoglu praised the formation of the Syrian National Coalition as an "important achievement" and said that President Bashar al-Assad's regime was on the verge of collapsing.

    "Turkey once again reiterates its recognition of the Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people and calls upon all our brothers in the OIC to do so," he said.

    Members of Syria's opposition, including rebel fighters, veteran dissidents and ethnic and religious minorities, forged a coalition on Sunday to try to end the infighting that has hampered their struggle against Assad.

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    1. Deuce, you really are one confused dude! You've got your panties in a twist over Turkey supporting the rebels when they wouldn't support the US invasion of Iraq which you now think was a colloloso mistake.

      Meanwhile, a general widespread war may be breaking put on the ME and you guys are wringing your hands about a tiny, tiny battle (Benghazi) on that much larger conflagration.

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      Ignore the man behind the screen ladies and gentlemen. He's Canadian.

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    3. Well, Ash, I am a dude that understands that you have one life and it is three days long. One day to be born and one day to die leaves only, today. On my todays I think, learn and evolve. Facts change and change makes new facts. Iraq was a grievous error and I bought Tony Blair’s bullshit about WMD. When the WMD were not found, it was time to leave and I said so at the time.

      Since that time and experience I have become convinced that we don’t know enough about the Middle east to be there and if we ever did learn enough, we would learn that we should not be there.

      I want them to be there and not here, and I want to return the courtesy.

      What else is on your mind?

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  52. TEL AVIV – A missile launch site in the Gaza Strip was set up by Hamas just half a block from a mosque and children’s playground, according to aerial photographs provided to KleinOnline by the Israel Defense Forces today.

    Really wonderful mental image for islam, mosque and missile. That's it. Used to be mosque and sabre. Times change, koran is eternal, they say.

    http://kleinonline.wnd.com/2012/11/15/photo-hamas-missile-launch-pad-near-mosque-playground-civilian-factories-gas-station-also-half-a-block-from-fajr-5-site/

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  53. Where is Obama today? A quick check of Drudge and others gives no clue. Hillary and Panetta are still in Australia or Asia, I think.

    People are gonna be pissed if Ding Dongs and Hostess Cupcakes are no longer available.

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    1. Ah, found it. He's in New York, working the politics of Sandy.

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    3. The unions are killing the Hostess Cupcake, Quirk, and the Ding Dong. Can't you do something about it? Do you even care?

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      Care? CARE?

      Damn your eyes, Bob. I love Hostess Cupcakes. (Ding Dongs not so much).

      But it the way of the world. Our time is passing. Now, it's the age of the 4G phone, energy drinks, and lattes, gay 'marriage' and uppity women, metrosexuals, and Maureen Dowd, Facebook, and BHO, and...well..., just ask your pal, Rufus.

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    5. Little Debbies - much better value

      Which is, probably, what is really killing Hostess.

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      Damn your eyes, Rufus, you philistine.

      Comparing Little Debbies to Hostess Cupcakes? Fie.

      You're a barbarian, a churl, a Missssissssippppiaann.

      .

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  54. In Kiryat Malachi, the rocket there destroyed a fourth-floor apartment, killing two Israeli men and a woman from different families. Two others were seriously hurt in the building .

    Sirens sounded across the south of Israel every few minutes as rockets rained down in a radius of 40 miles from the border with Gaza. More than 20 rockets were fired at Ashkelon, 13 miles north of the enclave, of which at least 17 were destroyed in mid-air by Israel's Iron Dome air anti-missile system.

    Paz Azaran, a 17-year-old schoolgirl from Ashkelon, welcomed the Israeli military operation. "We're standing behind our army and we are very proud."

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    1. Hell of a shot, looked like there was a chance he might lose a leg. But nope.

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  56. FBI found classified information on mistress's computer, gov't documents in home: sources

    By GEOFF EARLE in Washington, JOSH MARGOLIN and DAN MANGAN in New York
    Last Updated: 11:32 AM, November 15, 2012
    Posted: 12:52 AM, November 15, 2012

    The FBI found a substantial amount of classified information improperly secured on the personal computer of disgraced CIA director Gen. David Petraeus’ mistress, sources said yesterday.

    The files were discovered on a machine removed from Paula Broadwell’s Charlotte, NC, home as the feds investigated her sordid affair with the military commander whose biography she co-wrote.

    Investigators also found documents Broadwell admitted taking from secure government buildings, a source told ABC News, adding the government demanded that they all be returned.


    ---MATA ‘HOTTIE’: David Petraeus with biographer and mistress Paula Broadwell, whose computer was seized with unsecured secret information on it, sources revealed.

    AP

    PHOTOS: PAULA BROADWELL

    PETRAEUS CLAIMS HE NEVER SHARED STATE SECRETS WITH MISTRESS

    JILL KELLEY LOSES MILITARY BASE ACCESS

    GOODWIN: 'OBAMA PART 2' A LOUSY SEQUEL----

    The network said the FBI and military were going through the material this morning and prosecutors were deciding whether to charge her with a crime.


    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/paula_had_top_secrets_WukhCN61iSxyauU5ErBAtK

    It is possible she is not as smart as she thinks she is, and as her background certainly would suggest. Most people probably would have thrown the computer in a river, at least.

    MATA ‘HOTTIE’ is good.

    MATA HOTTIE BIMBO might be better.

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  57. Tax, Spend, Elect is the Magic Formula.

    This makes the working people of America slaves of the lazy.



    If all 47 million food stamp recipients voted for President Obama, it would account for 75.4 percent of Obama's 62.3 million votes.

    Harry Hopkins, FDR's close adviser who ran the non-defunct Works Progress Administration (WPA), once described Roosevelt's strategy as "tax & tax, spend & spend, elect & elect." He believed that if Roosevelt put everyone on the federal payroll, either through aid or federal jobs, that Roosevelt would never lose. FDR won four presidential elections in a row before his death removed him from office.

    Did Obama use his idol's model to win this election?

    Food stamps rolls have grown by nearly 50 percent-by more than 15 million recipients-under the Obama administration. During that same time, the unemployment rate has stayed the same. Either those outside of the workforce have been decimated by the Obama economy or this administration is making a conscious effort to get more Americans reliant on government. Or both.

    Welfare programs now cost taxpayers a record-high $750 billion. While government "charity" has grown, so has poverty-and so has the Democrats' poll numbers.


    http://cnsnews.com/blog/ron-meyer/if-every-food-stamp-recipient-voted-obama-it-would-account-75-his-total

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  58. Among the other interesting factoids:

    –Food stamps may be emerging as a lifeline for families after their unemployment insurance expired. Just 6.7% of households who received food stamps were getting jobless benefits.

    Nearly half of all food-stamp recipients, 47%, were children under the age of 18. Another 8% of recipients were age 60 or older.

    – Whites made up the largest share of food stamp households, 35.7%. Some 22% of households receiving food stamps were counted as African American and 10% were Hispanic.

    47% of recipients are children

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  59. Employers are not hiring full time people so as to avoid having to chip in on the benefits. This problem is getting worse.

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  60. Ralph Peters doesn't have anything good to say about the military leadership.



    Petraeus has one shot at redemption, though. He’s scheduled to testify on the Hill this Friday. (Put him under oath!) He can do his country a last great service by telling the truth about the Benghazi debacle: What did the president know and when did he know it?

    General failure
    Senior officers’ ethical collapse

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/general_failure_E3xLo8eCljhAVVutURLjoL

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  61. Nominating John Kerry for SecDef would be "bat shit crazy".

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    1. He wouldn't be My first choice.

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    2. He really probably wouldn't be in my first 1,013 choices.

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  62. Yeah, this is what happens when you ship all your small factories to China (or, Mexico, etal.) There's a glut of low-skilled workers, and you can push them around pretty much at will.

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    1. Do you think that a company has an obligation to employ noncompetitive labor?

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    2. I guess I really shouldn't have put Mexico in there. We have a balanced FTA with them, and they buy about as much from us as they sell to us.

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    3. I'm not sure we should expect our workers to compete with slave labor.

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  63. Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions was declared unconstitutional Thursday by a deeply divided federal appeals court, six years after state voters said race could not be an issue in choosing students.

    ...

    The court said having supporters and opponents debate affirmative action through the governing boards of each public university would be much fairer than cementing a ban in the constitution, which it referred to as home of "the highest level" of public policy.

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  64. Israel's sworn enemy Iran, which supports and arms Hamas, condemned the Israeli offensive as "organized terrorism."

    Lebanon's Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militia Hezbollah, which has its own rockets aimed at the Jewish state, denounced strikes on Gaza as "criminal aggression," but held its fire.

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation condemned Israel's action.

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  65. Once again, The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.
    The winners are:

    1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
    2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
    3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

    ...

    The Washington Post's Style Invitational also asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
    Here are this year's winners:

    1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
    2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
    3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

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    1. 1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

      Is this is any way related to that there 'Budzone' with which folks here are familiar?


      Buck

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  66. A DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) officer stopped at a ranch in Texas, and talked with an old rancher.

    He told the rancher, "I need to inspect your ranch for illegally grown drugs."

    The rancher said, "Okay, but don't go in that field over there.....," as he pointed out the location.

    The DEA officer verbally exploded saying, " Mister, I have the authority of the Federal Government with me!"

    Reaching into his rear pants pocket, the arrogant officer removed his badge and proudly displayed it to the rancher.

    "See this fucking badge?! This badge means I am allowed to go wherever I wish...On any land !! No questions asked or answers given!! Have I made myself clear......do you understand ?!!"

    The rancher nodded politely, apologized, and went about his chores.

    A short time later, the old rancher heard loud screams, looked up, and saw the DEA officer running for his life, being chased by the rancher's big Santa Gertrudis bull......

    With every step the bull was gaining ground on the officer, and it seemed likely that he'd sure enough get gored before he reached safety. The officer was clearly terrified.

    The rancher threw down his tools, ran to the fence and yelled at the top of his lungs.....

    "Your badge, show him your fucking BADGE........ ! !"

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  67. Ash
    Thu Nov 15, 08:12:00 PM EST

    Deuce, you really are one confused dude! You've got your panties in a twist over Turkey supporting the rebels when they wouldn't support the US invasion of Iraq which you now think was a colloloso mistake.

    Meanwhile, a general widespread war may be breaking put on the ME and you guys are wringing your hands about a tiny, tiny battle (Benghazi) on that much larger conflagration



    Well, Ash, I am a dude that understands that you have one life and it is three days long. One day to be born and one day to die leaves only, today. On my todays I think, learn and evolve. Facts change and change makes new facts. Iraq was a grievous error and I bought Tony Blair’s bullshit about WMD. When the WMD were not found, it was time to leave and I said so at the time.

    Since that time and experience I have become convinced that we don’t know enough about the Middle East to be there and if we ever did learn enough, we would learn that we should not be there.

    I want them to be there and not here, and I want to return the courtesy.

    What else is on your mind?

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  69. Ash to dunce teepee.

    Chief Plenty Coups

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  70. New evidence from a recently-published scientific study indicates that humans started crafting stone-tipped weapons 200,000 years earlier than previously believed.

    A team of scientists that included researchers from Arizona State University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Cape Town have uncovered signs of hafting, or the art of attaching a stone tip to a spear, at an archaeological site in South Africa called Kathu Pan 1. Hafting was a significant advancement in human weaponry and hunting since it made spears more lethal and durable.

    "There is a reason that modern bow-hunters tip their arrows with razor-sharp edges. These cutting tips are extremely lethal when compared to the effects from a sharpened stick. Early humans learned this fact earlier than previously thought," said co-author of the study Benjamin Schoville, who is affiliated with the Institute of Human Origins, a research center of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

    Hafting was previously attributed to Homo sapiens and Neanderthals around 300,000 years ago, but the new findings indicate that a shared ancestor between the two, Homo heidelbergensis, was practicing the craft 500,000 years ago.

    "Rather than being invented twice, or by one group learning from the other, stone-tipped spear technology was in place much earlier," said Schoville. "Although both Neanderthals and humans used stone-tipped spears, this is the first evidence that this technology originated prior to or near the divergence of these two species."

    The dating of the recovered spear points was done by Naomi Porat from the Geological Survey of Israel, and Rainer Grün from the Australian National University.

    Read more at http://www.latinospost.com/articles/6938/20121115/oldest-stone-spear-tips-found-came-200.htm#vIw1LTTvuIri4sx4.99

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    1. I've noticed everything continually seems to get pushed back, back.

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    2. That doesn’t surprise me. Attribute it to the arrogance of youth.

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    3. I was far back, farther than anybody else
      On the jack pine plains I hunted the bird nobody knows


      Theodore Roethke, in revery

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  71. Just a few minutes ago on CNN, Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr reported that a high-placed source informed her that former CIA Chief David Petraeus will use his upcoming testimony to amend his previous testimony. According to this source, Petraeus will tell the closed door congressional hearing that he knew "almost immediately" that the September 11 anniversary attack on our Libyan consulate was a terrorist attack committed by the al-Qaeda-linked militia Ansar Al Sharia.

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2012/11/15/CNN-Petraeus-To-Testify-He-Knew-Libya-Was-Terrorism-Almost-Immediately


    The other issue, and this is something I've been pushing for weeks now, is that both White House spokesman Jay Carney and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice told the media repeatedly that there was absolutely no evidence that Libya was premeditated.

    Now we know there was.

    It's one thing to say you believe the attack was over a video, it's an entirely different tightrope to walk when you're saying in no uncertain terms that there's "no evidence" of a terror attack.

    Other than the tragic loss of life and intelligence, nothing is more troubling about Libya than the fact that the White House narrative blaming the attack on the video actually strengthened and sharpened over time -- over almost two weeks.

    Nothing can can make sense of that; at least, nothing acceptable.

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  72. Nothing can can make sense of that; at least, nothing acceptable.

    Allow me to explain.

    Forget the can can. Nobody does that anymore.

    General Obama and General Clinton are merely dust covered action figures within the White House souvenir shops and George Bush was roundly lampooned because his dad secured him a safe posting in the National Guard.

    Joe Biden is a chipped umbrella stand.

    While it’s true General Obama waged a successful guerrilla campaign on Chicago bankers during the war over mortgage loans to bad credit risks, that bloody conflict isn’t widely discussed within our popular media.

    Our military heroes haven’t been presidential material for quite some time now and they can’t win those lengthy popularity contests we refer to as elections.

    Analyzing our American macho traditions we switched to a Constitutional Matriarchy a few decades back since our American women have the good jobs and can consistently bring home the bacon, as we say over here in God’s country.

    And our female American generals are relatively obscure unlike our female White House interns.

    Genitalia over generals.

    After our forthcoming budget crisis is resolved, all combat will be carried out with paintball guns and our military training will consist of long sessions playing Call of Duty on the Xbox.

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  73. Dang it all, I think I got it. Constitutional Monarchy. I like that, Jenny. That's what we is.


    Buck

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    1. Joe Biden a chipped umbrella stand, hahaha. Almost fell off my horse.


      Buck

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  74. One lady's opinion:

    pdxlady

    I read yesterday that Petraeus will be testifying from an "off-site" location. I was happy to read this for his protection.

    I hope that he destroys Barry & Co. & then immediately gets on a plane out of the country with his family; because if he does tell the truth, he's a dead man.


    Wonder if she is right, an off site location.

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  75. Your life/death under ObamaCare -

    3. Yes, Virginia, there really is a death panel

    Yes, supposedly to save costs, a panel of bureaucrats will decide, for example, that a 60-year-old cancer patient will not get chemotherapy. It's too costly, and younger patients need it. Elderly, go home and take a pill. If you believe the Independent Payment Advisory Board's cost-cutting measures won't ration medical care, which will involve life and death decisions at the end of the bureaucratic process, you still believe in the tooth fairy. Let's hope the bureaucratic fairy isn't mean and requires you to fill out paperwork just so you can be considered for the operation.


    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/11/this_is_your_life_under_obamacare.html


    4. Incredibly Shrinking Doctors

    The number of doctors will shrink, possibly by eighty-three percent, if doctors carry out their threat. But even if they don't, America will still face a shortage of doctors.

    Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama's health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.

    [...]

    Even if doctors do not quit their jobs over the ruling, America will face a shortage of at least 90,000 doctors by 2020. The new health care law increases demand for physicians by expanding insurance coverage. This change will exacerbate the current shortage as more Americans live past 65.

    [...]

    By 2025 the shortage will balloon to over 130,000, Len Marquez, the director of government relations at the American Association of Medical Colleges, told the Daily Caller. (Source)

    But wait. There's more.......much more......

    10. Penalties for Noncompliance, Courtesy of the IRS

    The CBO reports:

    People who do not comply with the individual coverage requirement will be charged a penalty, assessed through the Internal Revenue Code, although exemptions from that requirement or its associated penalties are provided for several categories of people-including those with taxable income below the threshold for mandatory tax filing (projected by CBO and JCT to be about $10,000 for a single filer and about $19,000 for a married couple in 2016), unauthorized immigrants, members of certain religious groups, people who would have to pay more than 8 percent of their income for health insurance, and those who obtain a hardship waiver. In 2016, the penalty for noncompliance with the requirement for obtaining insurance is set to be the greater of a flat dollar amount specified in statute ($695 per individual and up to three times that amount for a family) or a percentage of income in excess of the filing threshold (2.5 percent of income). (p. 3 footnote 5)



    Though it is hard to bear for leftist utopians, sometimes there are no ultimate solutions to social inequalities from big government. Maybe the solution was to keep the local family clinics so that when a homeless guy, reaching into a dumpster, cuts his hand on glass, he can go to the clinic and gets his stitches. Yes, we can have soup kitchens too.

    However, ObamaCare doesn't fix the problem.

    Utopian dreams and schemes can be worse than the problem, the cure worse than the disease.

    Dr. Frankenstein cried, "It's alive! It's alive!" Then the monster was unleashed.

    Thanks, Obama voters. You just unleashed the monster.









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  76. Judge Andrew Napolitano -


    Silencing General Petraeus
    No keen observer could believe the government's Pollyanna version of these events.

    Andrew Napolitano | November 15, 2012

    The evidence that Gen. David Petraeus, formerly the commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, the author of the current Army field manual, Princeton Ph.D. and, until last week, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, was forced to resign from the CIA to silence him is far stronger than is the version of events that the Obama administration has given us.


    The government would have us believe that because the FBI confronted Petraeus with his emails showing a pattern of inappropriate personal private behavior, he voluntarily departed his job as the country's chief spy to avoid embarrassment. The government would also have us believe that the existence of the general's relationship with Paula Broadwell, an unknown military scholar who wrote a book about him last year, was recently and inadvertently discovered by the FBI while it was conducting an investigation into an alleged threat made by Broadwell to another woman. And the government would as well have us believe that the president learned of all this at 5 p.m. on Election Day.

    We now know that the existence of a personal relationship between Broadwell and Petraeus had been suspected and whispered about by his senior-level colleagues and by his personal staff in the military, who worried that it might become publicly known, since before the time that he came to run the CIA.

    We also know that when he was nominated to run the CIA, that nomination was preceded by a two-month FBI-conducted background check that likely would have revealed the existence of his relationship with Broadwell. The FBI agents conducting that background check surely would have seen his visitor logs while he commanded our troops and would have interviewed his military colleagues and regular visitors and those colleagues who knew him well and worked with him every day, and thus learned about his personal life. That's their job.

    And that information would have been reported immediately to President Obama and to the Senate Intelligence Committee, prior to Petraeus' formal nomination and prior to his Senate confirmation hearing.

    In the modern era, office-holders with forgiving spouses simply do not resign from powerful jobs because of a temporary, non-criminal, consensual adult sexual liaison, as the history of the FDR, Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, and Clinton presidencies attest. So, why is Petraeus different? Someone wants to silence him.

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    1. Petraeus told the Senate and House Intelligence Committees on September 14, 2012, that the mob attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, three days earlier, was a spontaneous reaction of Libyans angered over a YouTube clip some believed insulted the prophet Muhammad. He even referred to that assault—which resulted in the murders of four Americans, now all thought to have been CIA agents—as a "flash mob." His scheduled secret testimony this week before the same congressional committees will produce a chastened, diminished Petraeus who will be confronted with a mountain of evidence contradicting his September testimony, perhaps exposing him to charges of perjury or lying to Congress and causing substantial embarrassment to the president.

      It's obvious that someone was out to silence Petraeus. Who could believe the government version of all this? The same government that wants us to believe that FBI agents innocently and accidentally discovered the Petraeus/Broadwell affair a few months ago and confronted Petraeus with his emails a few weeks ago is a cauldron of petty jealousies. From the time of its creation in 1947, the CIA has been a bitter rival of the FBI. The two agencies are both equipped with lethal force, they both often operate outside the law, and they are each seriously potent entities. Their rivalry was tempered by federal laws that until 2001 kept the CIA from operating in the U.S. and the FBI from operating outside the U.S.

      In one of his many overreactions to the events of 9/11, however, President George W. Bush changed all that with an ill-conceived executive order that unlawfully unleashed the CIA inside the U.S. and the FBI into foreign countries. Rather than facilitating a cooperative spirit in defense of individual freedom and national security, this reignited their rivalry. FBI agents, for example, publicly exposed CIA agents whom they caught torturing detainees at Gitmo, and Bush was forced to restrain the CIA.

      Isn't it odd that FBI agents would be reading the emails of the CIA director to his mistress and that the director of the FBI, who briefs the president weekly, did not make the president aware of this? The FBI could only lawfully spy on Petraeus by the use of a search warrant, and it could only get a search warrant if its agents persuaded a federal judge that Petraeus himself—not his mistress—was involved in criminal behavior under federal law.

      The agents also could have bypassed the federal courts and written their own search warrant under the Patriot Act, but only if they could satisfy themselves (a curious and unconstitutional standard) that the general was involved in terror-related activity. Both preconditions for a search warrant are irrelevant and would be absurd in this case.

      All this—the FBI spying on the CIA—constitutes the government attacking itself. Anyone who did this when neither federal criminal law nor national security has been implicated and kept the president in the dark has violated about four federal statutes and should be fired and indicted. The general may be a cad and a bad husband, but he has the same constitutional rights as the rest of us.

      No keen observer could believe the government's Pollyanna version of these events. When did the CIA become a paragon of honesty? When did the FBI become a paragon of transparency? When did the government become a paragon of telling the truth?

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  77. We also know that when he was nominated to run the CIA, that nomination was preceded by a two-month FBI-conducted background check that likely would have revealed the existence of his relationship with Broadwell. The FBI agents conducting that background check surely would have seen his visitor logs while he commanded our troops and would have interviewed his military colleagues and regular visitors and those colleagues who knew him well and worked with him every day, and thus learned about his personal life. That's their job.

    And that information would have been reported immediately to President Obama and to the Senate Intelligence Committee, prior to Petraeus' formal nomination and prior to his Senate confirmation hearing.


    Trying to blackmail him to silence.

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