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Why wasn't this bigger news?

Why wasn’t this bigger news?

Why do Democrats continue to push for economic policies that have failed in the past (and the very recent past at that)? Well, I will say that it does play well on the campaign trail. It just doesn’t work in real life.

The Republican’s front runner for President says outlandish things. The Democrat’s front runner is under investigation by the FBI. Your choice. Choose well.

My question to any of you that wanted to just bring in Syrian refugees without doing what is normally done, and vet them before they come to our country, are you prepared for a situation like they just experienced in Cologne, Germany? Do you know what happened? Germany tried to cover it up or minimize it, so it’s understandable that you wouldn’t know.

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Student Loan Subsidies Cause Almost All of the Increase in Tuition

Forty-Nine of 50 States Will See Premium Hikes in 2016

Hillary’s EmailGate Goes Nuclear

Cologne, Germany: Hundreds of sexual assault charges from New Year’s Eve

Cologne mayor’s ‘arm’s length’ advice to avoid sex attacks draws ridicule

SEX CRIMES ACROSS GERMANY: THE COVERUP UNRAVELS

‘We told you so,’ Eastern Europe tells Germany

Mass shooting stopped by responsible gun owners in Iowa

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If Jeb knew then what he knows now...

If Jeb knew then what he knows now…

A number of Republican candidates for President are being asked a question that I’d like to pose to you. This is a hypothetical that is really trying to “Monday morning quarterback” decisions from the past, but let’s try this exercise. I’ll pose the same hypothetical question to you. Or will I?

And once again, it’s time to Name That Quote! Can you guess the person before I reveal it (or before you read it below in the show transcript)?

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United States military casualties of war [Wikipedia]

Singling Stephanopoulos out misses the point

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We need to get specific on "violent extremism".

We need to get specific on “violent extremism”.

The Right got upset when the summit was called “Countering Violent Extremism”, not mentioning the very real, global threat we face today; Islamic extremism. What’s in a name? Well, if you won’t call it by name, you run the risk of ignoring the main threat and inflating other, smaller ones. The Administration has done just that.

Do you want a President who didn’t finish his last semester of college, or one that turned a state’s economy around? You can have both, actually.

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DHS Reports: Greatest Threat Is Domestic Right-Wing Extremism, Not ISIS

DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat

Scott Walker, college drop-out or kicked-out?

Howard Dean calls Scott Walker “unknowledgeable” over college degree question

Gov. Scott Walker reveals the secrets to Wisconsin’s $1 billion surplus

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Benghazi: Smoking Gun, or All Smoke?

Busy times, both at work and at home, have given me little time to prepare something for the podcast, so I’m going to throw a blog post out here. If you have any ideas for what you’d like me to cover, comment on this post, write me a considerthis@ctpodcasting.com, or call me at 267-CALL-CT-0 (267-225-5280).


What about Benghazi? (ABC News)

What about Benghazi? (ABC News)

When the latest memo to come out of the Benghazi investigation came out…

OK, let me back up. Actually, the memo was never given to the Congressional investigation. It took a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by Judicial Watch for this memo to come out. So for starters, it really looks like the administration did not want this out in public.

The thrust of the message was clear: Protect Obama’s image (and re-election efforts) at all costs; American interests and the American public’s right to know be damned. It contained four bullet points:

–”To convey that the United States is doing everything that we can to protect our people and facilities abroad;

–”To underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure of policy;

–”To show that we will be resolute in bringing people who harm Americans to justice, and standing steadfast through these protests;

–”To reinforce the President and Administration’s strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.”

Remember, this all happened in the heat of the President’s re-election campaign. As to the bullet points, we now know that the US was not doing everything it could to protect the consulate, the protest were not rotted in an Internet video (and the administration knew that almost immediately after the incident), we did not bring anyone to justice (not even now, 20 months after the incident), which goes to show that the President and the Administration do not have strength and steadiness in dealing with difficult challenges.

But the kiester-covering was in full swing and scapegoats were worth their weight in gold.

In his congressional testimony, former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said that then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice is the one who linked the video to the Benghazi attacks but that the video was not part of the CIA analysis. In other words, the administration made it up out of whole cloth to deflect blame for its policy failures in relaxing the war on terror…

Indeed, the day after the event:

An email on Sept. 12, 2012, to Rice from Payton Knopf, deputy spokesman at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, confirmed the attacks were “planned in advance” and “complex,” not spontaneous in reaction to a video.

Poor Jay Carney had the unenviable job of trying to deny that these memos had anything to do with Benghazi, even though they were provided due to a FOIA request about…Benghazi.

The fact that they, indeed, speak to the Benghazi issues specifically, but the administration hung on to these memos and did not give them to Darrell Issa and the committee, shows just how revealing they are.

But only now are the mainstream media noticing this story. The Benghazi hearings have been pitifully covered. The idea that this has been a “Fox News story” (as though they made it up) only came because they gave it the coverage it deserved, while the rest of the media sat on its collective hands. Now, even ABC news reporters found themselves amazed at the stonewalling and dissembling.

But even with that, ABC has been very reluctant to report on it. Even the President has called out Fox on this — no other network — so you know it’s been getting short shrift elsewhere. And at other networks, without coming out directly and saying it, the news executives suddenly wouldn’t find time to report on it.

Yes, the daily interviews from the committee can be yawners, and it’s not always breaking news. That much is true. But it’s also true that the latest revelations are news, and even that is getting reported primarily by Fox.

Oh, and MSNBC? Yeah, never mind about them. If it doesn’t have a link to Chris Christie and “Bridgegate” (where nobody died), they don’t care much about it.

This is important. If you news outlet isn’t covering it, you may need to switch sources.

Right-wing extremists

Right-wing extremists

This is a special edition of “Consider This!” I wrote an essay back in 1996, when the label “right-wing extremist” was being slapped on anyone who leaned conservative. With a few edits, this essay still has something to say to us today. See if you can figure out who this “right-wing extremist” is or was, and consider how his or her view may be more “mainstreamist” than you think. (No fair reading the show transcript below before listening to the episode.)

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Original 1996 essay, “Portrait of a Right-Wing Extremist” (includes footnotes)

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Invade Crimea? That was easy!

Invade Crimea? That was easy!

This time, I spent all my time on one topic, but it’s one that spans over 30 years. (But I’ll still be done in 10 minutes or less.)

During the presidential debates between Mitt Romney and President Obama, Obama mocked Romney’s thoughts on what was the biggest geopolitical threat. Romney said “Russia”. Fast forward to today, and it turns out he was right. With a little history as the backdrop, today’s foreign policy looks like it could use a little help from Ronald Reagan.

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Romney: The Price of Failed Leadership

Moscow signals concern for Russians in Estonia

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