Well done. Very, very well done



I’ve never seen the television show Scandal, but apparently its creator, Shonda Rhimes, is hosting a $32,000 a plate fundraiser for Obama in Los Angeles. What purpose this fundraiser serves, one cannot be sure. Perhaps his administration feels his oligarch consolidation program has yet to achieve its fullest realization, thus necessitating the extra funds. It’s hard to say.

So in reaction, an LA artist has decided to take matters into his or her own hands, by welcoming Barry to town in a special way. The result is very powerful. We learn from Truth Revolt that:

As President Obama arrives in Los Angeles for his $32,000 per plate fundraiser at the home of Shonda Rhimes this week, a local street artist is pointing out the irony of the producer of the hit TV show Scandal, a show about a Washington public relations firm that specializes in managing political scandals, hosting the producer of such actual scandals as the cover-up surrounding the Benghazi attack, the lost hard-drives of IRS officials targeting conservatives, and the Fast and Furious gun running scheme.

Posters went up Monday night all over Hollywood around Rhimes’s Hancock Park home and the Sunset Gower Studios where Scandal is filmed.

A New Scandal? White House Defies Congressional Subpoena, Keeps Top Obama Aide from Testifying


July 16, 2014 By Greg Campbell

As the Obama administration remains mired in countless scandals of varying severities, one would presume they would try to fly below the radar of the American people who have grown alarmed at the increasingly unilateral direction presidency is taken in recent years.

While President Obama operates outside the lawn repeatedly, apparently, the law holds no relevance for his subordinates either as the White House has refused to produce a top Obama aide who has been subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee.

The White House argues that David Simas, a top political director for President Obama, is immune from being forced to testify before the House Oversight Committee even though the committee is currently investigating the House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, an office which Simas directs.

The committee is investigating the possibility of taxpayer money being used by the office to support Democrat candidates during elections, including this year’s midterm elections. Democrats have kept with their go-to reaction by claiming that Republicans are making much ado about nothing.

However, this reaction becomes less and less meaningful as time goes on as Democrats have continually maintained that there were no scandals to be found in Benghazi, NSA, AP, Fast and Furious, IRS and a litany of other outrages perpetrated by this administration.

White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in a letter to Chairman Issa that the subpoena for Simas,

“threatens longstanding interests of the executive branch in preserving the president’s independence and autonomy, as well as his ability to obtain candid advice and counsel to aid him in the discharge of his duties.”

Issa was not swayed and informed Eggleston, “Mr. Simas is still under subpoena and is expected to appear at tomorrow’s hearing.”

Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest boldly doubled-down and claimed on CNN that this administration is “the most transparent administration in history,” an oft-repeated campaign promise that has left many Obama supporters feeling cheated as this administration has operated with a level of secrecy that has been unprecedented in American history while maintaining a fiercely hostile relationship with the free press and any outlets that challenge the official Obama Administration narratives.

This latest dust-up has the early signs of a scandal as Obama has been criticized for his continued willingness to simply disregard laws he does not favor and create and implement laws that he does. Many have taken to label this presidency as the “imperial presidency” for the monarchial fashion in which this regime rules.

This latest refusal to produce a public official to a Congressional committee is likely to only strengthen Obama critics’ arguments.

Suspect in Benghazi attack killed under mysterious circumstances | Special Operations Speaks PAC


2014-07-15 Source: Hot Air by: Ed Morrissey

Faraj al-Shibli did not lack for enemies, it would appear. The Libyan government held him for a time after the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, at least long enough for the FBI to interrogate him. Two days ago, another militia grabbed him in the former Cyrenaica capital of Marj, a town just off the Mediterranean, 96 kilometers from Benghazi. Yesterday, locals found his body:

Faraj al-Shibli, who was suspected of involvement in the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, has been found dead, a Libyan source and locals in the town of Marj said.

Al-Shibli, whose name is also spelled Chalabi, was last seen being detained by a local militia in Marj two days ago, a Libyan source said.

It is unclear what happened to al-Shibli since then, but his body was found Monday in the eastern Libyan town of Marj.

Locals in Marj also confirmed that al-Shibli’s body was found Monday.

Shibli didn’t lack for friends, either. CNN reports that investigators have discovered links between Shibli and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which operates out of Yemen. That’s a different organization than al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which has operated in North Africa for years, and which became one of the biggest winners from the US-NATO war against Moammar Qaddafi. The removal of Qaddafi left a huge vacuum for the Islamist terror networks, which took advantage of the failed Libyan state to recruit, mobilize, and attack. The link to AQAP undercuts the narrative that the Benghazi attack was just a target of convenience for local networks, if Shibli was part of it.

But there’s more, according to the initial CNN report. Shibli also had friends in Pakistan and the al-Qaeda network there. That’s the so-called “core” al-Qaeda, the group behind the 9/11 attacks as well as attacks on the USS Cole, the Khobar Towers bombing, and the bombings of our embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. If those contacts have been established and if they existed prior to Benghazi, then that puts an even more interesting twist on the fact that the Benghazi consulate got sacked on the anniversary of the original 9/11 attacks. Read more at Hot Air – See more at: https://specialoperationsspeaks.com/news/suspect-in-benghazi-attack-killed-under-mysterious-circumstances#sthash.ReDL5B3x.dpuf

Obama the pariah


By Amie Parnes – 07/14/14 06:00 AM EDT

Democrats in tough reelection races have a blunt message for President Obama: Keep away.

Obama’s approval ratings are in the basement and show no signs of improving, so Democrats are keeping their distance. On the stump, in campaign ads and at fundraisers, Obama’s absence is increasingly conspicuous.
Democrats are voicing their displeasure with his policies and campaign advisers are telling candidates to avoid being photographed with him, so as to deny Republicans effective visuals for campaign ads.

“It’s a no-brainer,” said one operative who works for a senator up for reelection in 2014. “The second term has been a bit of a disaster, his approval ratings are the lowest of his presidency and Washington is in disarray.”

Many of the Democratic senators elected in 2008 rode to office on Obama’s coattails. Six years later, they’re asking, “Barack who?”

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) last week avoided being at his own fundraiser while Obama was there, excusing himself on the grounds that he had to attend votes at the Capitol.
It is not just Senate Democrats who are displeased with the president. Some House members have expressed dissent over his approach to the surge of young illegal immigrants streaming across the southern border.

Last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) described Obama’s behavior over the border crisis as “aloof,” “detached” and “bizarre.”

Referring to a staged photo opportunity for news media when Obama drank beer and played pool in Colorado while thousands of Latino children crossed the southern border illegally, Cuellar added, “I mean, the optics are just horrible.”

The centrist Texas congressman was not the only critic. Liberal Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) told MSNBC that “the borderlands deserve a presidential visit.”

He added, “I think a visit by the president is reaffirming that the borderlands along the southwest border are vital and important to this nation. So I think a visit would be important and very symbolic.”

Many Democrats in Congress complain that Obama is indifferent to their concerns. There is also a broader sense on Capitol Hill that Obama just isn’t the guy they thought he was, who would deliver on his vaunted promises of hope and change.

“He’s not the most popular man these days,” one senior Senate Democratic aide said. “A lot of people think it’s been one disappointment after the next and he can’t really get his bearings.”

Political observers say the White House understands the need for some Democrats to distance themselves from Obama. That is especially true in Senate contests where Democrats are seeking reelection in conservative states.

“They understand that President Obama is not the best messenger in all of these races,” said Christy Setzer, a Democratic strategist. “The White House understands this is about … doing whatever it takes to save the Senate. In some places, that’s going to mean the president goes out and does events and, in other places, he takes a more behind the scenes role.”

Jamal Simmons, another Democratic strategist, added that Democrats such as Cuellar “have to do what’s best for themselves.

“It’s probably not making the White House happy, but he’s doing what he needs to do back home.”

Obama knows he’s radioactive but that hasn’t hurt his fundraising. Democrats love his prowess filling their campaign war chests. They just don’t want to be seen publicly embracing him.

If Republicans wrest control of the Senate from the Democrats, it will be seen as a repudiation of Obama.

Setzer suggested that Democrats in competitive races should try to fight not on national politics but on a record of local achievement.

“I think what you’re going to see is a lot of people following the Thad Cochran strategy: Talk about how you’ve been delivering for your state,” she said, referring to the Mississippi GOP senator who recently defeated a Tea Party challenger.

The latest Gallup daily tracking poll shows that Obama has a 42 percent approval rating, about the lowest of his presidency.

His pariah status contrasts starkly with that of two power brokers who are feeling the love from Democratic candidates: Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Several campaigns have already expressed an informal interest in having one of the Clintons appear alongside them on the stump.

Obama sought to poke fun at the awkward situation during an appearance at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in May.

“Of course now that it’s 2014, Washington is obsessed on the midterms,” the president said. “Folks are saying that with my sagging poll numbers, my fellow Democrats don’t really want me campaigning with them. And I don’t think that’s true — although I did notice the other day that Sasha needed a speaker at career day, and she invited Bill Clinton.”

The president, with no more campaigns to run himself and pushed aside as a proxy, has no forum in which to display his strengths as a campaigner.

“A lot of these candidates who are in tight races are just in a place where they’re just running on their own things,” said one senior Senate Democrat. “It’s so commonplace, and he’s so unpopular, that people don’t even talk about it anymore.”

But Setzer said what Obama is experiencing is common for this place and time, nearly halfway through a president’s second term.

“We see this with every president and it’s not surprising,” Setzer said.

Still, even candidates in places where Obama could help are keeping a safe distance, choosing to stay away from the president’s policies while focusing on their own.

“We’re focused on putting our candidate out front and center,” an adviser to a 2014 Senate candidate said. “Not the national figures.”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/212098-obama-the-pariah#ixzz37TjIg55K
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BOMBSHELL: Obama Was Trying to Silence Fox News Within 24 Hours of Benghazi [VIDEO]

Although the State Department has released tens of thousands of pages of documents to the House committee investigating the Benghazi attack and Obama administration public position statements about it after the fact, Congressman Darrell Issa says that they are relying on the sheer volume of that information to disguise the fact that they are not releasing key documents that could incriminate President Obama or members of his administration.

The latest example of this sleight-of-hand comes from a comparison of two copies of the same email chain detailing efforts to silence or at least respond to Fox News reports that the administration knew early on that the September 11, 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission and nearby CIA annex were the result of terrorism and not, as administration spokespeople claimed, a response to an anti-Islamic video.

On the copy of the email provided to congressional investigators, almost all the names of the email’s recipients had been redacted by the State Department. On the copy provided to watchdog group Judicial Watch, the names were not redacted and indicate that senior level administration officials were part of the media damage control efforts.

Did President Obama know that the attacks were an act of terror but lie about it in order to get re-elected in 2012? He would certainly not be the first politician to act so. Would such dishonesty rise to the level required for impeachment? That seems highly unlikely.

That being the case, why isn’t the State Department being more forthcoming with regard to this investigation? If President Obama truly has nothing to hide aside from some election cycle media spin, he should order his administration to comply fully with all congressional requests for information and put this scandal behind him.