Yet exasperatingly once again we’ve lost the true narrative, the meat of the story everyone should be unsettled over, worried about in drama and dross; make no mistake there are things about Benghazi the American people should know, deserve to know. It just doesn’t revolve around who gave Susan Rice her talking points, accusations Hillary Clinton was in bed asleep as Chris Stevens was dying, she told military personnel to stand down that night, ignored e-mails, phone calls that were pleas for help, nor is it epitomized in Hillary killed my friends t-shirts, the mother of one of the 4 killed there who blames Hillary for her son’s death, the Hillary Clinton murdered an ambassador twitter meme. You feel sorry for grieving people duped by hype, lied to, yet not by Hillary Clinton rather republicans, members of the latest committee, staunch conspiracy theorists who won’t let their debunked nonsense go; that’s a section of the story worth investigating, worth dragging some names through a very public walk of shame for, in the name of Benghazi effected families/friends. There is an embedded story within e-mail-gate, private server-gate; it just isn’t what she was trying to hide from the American people, what she was trying to hide from her bosses, how many laws she broke or the extreme carelessness with which she handled sensitive, secret, classified government materials, negligence, maleficence and incompetence revealing god knows what level of U.S. intelligence, information, strategy, vulnerabilities to the wrong people. Republican dominated panicked chicken-little-ism masking solid, legitimate questions about parts of our government and do they function well in the modern era, are they keeping up with the modern age, are we providing adequate tools and allocating monies in the right places to ensure they do…. Omitted completely, republican proposed, later enacted, budgets cuts to foreign diplomatic missions prompted a warning from then Secretary Clinton outlined cuts would endanger our diplomats, workers abroad. Despite Jason Chaffetz (R Utah) admitting on national television (seeing a pattern here) senate appropriations, again run entirely by republicans, prioritized funding “didn’t need to go to Libya” citing gargantuan amounts spent on contractors, ‘Obama’s private army’ in Iraq, economic tough times and equally tough choices. Sounding remarkably flippant about the 2 dozen or so personnel asked for considering the uproar doled out over 4 American lives their own choice caused them to lose, uttered for the first time a month after it all blew up in their faces, metaphor intended… that set of facts should make Americans exceedingly upset. When you have military leaders testifying their assets changed clothes 3 times in 4 hours because entities from the state department and the pentagon couldn’t decide whether or not they should wear their uniforms accounting for huge delays between what defense secretary Leon Panetta ordered and getting wheels up; that should make the American people angry…Leon Panetta who was watching in real time, seeing some type of live stream video and still couldn’t accurately interpret what he was viewing, neither could the guy next to him, blindly unprepared for the second attack there; that’s where outrage should be directed and not let up until heads rolled, until high level personnel were fired. Military planes not at the ready, the Tripoli force making their own command decision to deploy themselves in an attempt to rescue and save American lives, no military resources close enough to the region to get there in time, almost regardless of what was or wasn’t on its way, the feel good effort of trying that clearly would have fallen short, that’s what should make the American public angry…security so lax they had no evacuation plan in the event of an attack, something as basic as a fire, a rebel threat, a drunk bozo with a knife, even though they were in a volatile area and had made repeated requests for additional security; they had to depend on Gaddafi former guards. That should make the American people angry… These facts should be what’s riveting everyone’s attention; that the state department is so electronically out of touch they don’t have a policy, they didn’t notice for her entire tenure as secretary of state she was using a non-government account and look into it, not deleted personal e-mails about her daughter’s wedding, doctors’ appointments and vet visits for any Clinton pets…These facts should be what’s riveting everyone’s attention; that the national archives is so bad at record keeping, complying with known law itself, it didn’t notice for 2 years, in Clinton’s case, it was missing documents, 17-18 years if you start at the beginning of Ms. Albright’s term in the position. Systematic weaknesses should be raising a lot more red flags among people than why Hillary Clinton did this especially taking a passing glance at nightly national news to hear about hacks, successful hacks at the pentagon, Whitehouse non-classified computers, the military’s twitter account; signifying a much bigger problem than Hillary Clinton’s private server…Legal precedent and the existing standard saying both flagrant violation and overt intent/knowledge of wrongdoing must be found to warrant prosecution…legal truths still valid, operational notwithstanding who met who on a tarmac and who might have been trying to influence the outcome of an investigation; like Loretta Lynch, current attorney general, was supposed to tell President Clinton to get off her plane, run screaming down that same tarmac fingers in her ears, onlookers catching snatches of sentences about conflicts of interests and impropriety—that wouldn’t have made headlines at all… But because they spent X minutes trading stories about grandchildren, travel sites and activities of mutual friends, it’s suddenly irregular for an attorney general to follow recommendations suggested by the FBI in an investigation of this kind— please..What they’re not telling you is things are in the state they’re in because republicans refuse to allocate the money to do technological upgrades, infrastructure repair, rebuild and creation projects, saving a few bucks is how we got the Flint water crisis… Lois Lerner’s hard drive crashed, because who knows how old it was…Of course records were missing because their system didn’t back up anything longer than 6 months; after that it necessitated physical, manual printing to meet archival requirements. What they’re not telling you is that there was a reason for the excess review, prolonged wait times given to sudden tea party, republican, conservative 501c4 filings, a direct outcropping of Citizens United and ensuring they would not be used for covert, illegal political campaigning, or in the end, totally apart from the scandal, the grilling, Lerner’s resignation, they all got what they were seeking, designation as non-profits, no one found to be subverting campaign laws, disclosure of donor rules, meaning the screening process worked as designed….Glaring reason she never asked anyone for permission to use a private account ‘let alone’ a private sever, ‘even though she had an obligation to do so,’ wasn’t fear she could be denied, foreknowledge she was doing something wrong, dubious, but identical to the reason she had to, should have gone out and gotten a .gov., Whitehouse, government account instead of one easily and expediently being provided for her upon taking office. There was no one to ask, no one tasked with providing such IT services to government personnel. And if there was a state department IT team, why didn’t they issue Mrs. Clinton a .gov. account; because, the accusation that’s never been laid is she was provided a .gov. e-mail address and, refused, chose not to use it…Highlighting something else Chris Mathews said in his hour long cohosted show with Maher, all the American people, and by extension the Benghazi families, wanted to know was she did her best, the people handling the crisis that night did their best, and if a person or persons didn’t do their best they would be punished, but throughout all the hearings, especially their most recently concluded one, he’s correct, they never asked the questions to get a minute by minute, hour by hour account of what she did from the moment she heard about what was happening in Benghazi, knew her friend, her friend, these people so full of righteous indignation in Washington didn’t even know him, Chris Stevens was in trouble until the moment he was reliably conformed among the dead…It follows public interpretation of shakeups within the DNC, removal of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman-Shultz, resignations, as this goes to press, of the CEO and 2 top adjacent positions after an alleged Russian hack exposing e-mails, proving in the court of public opinion at least, DNC operatives favored Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders….show America it made a substantial difference at the ballot box, at the polls in terms of who turned out to vote, who stayed home, who checked a box beside a different candidate based exclusively on information that ‘scandalous’ e-mail contained…All topics funneling into the same distorted perspective not of proffered scapegoats’ lying, cheating hiding, but what’s lurking behind agenda driven stories reviving that old saying: there are 3 sides to every story his, hers and the truth somewhere in the middle
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The One Thing Charles Krauthammer Got Right: Do We Really Have An Epidemic Of Transgender People Being Evil In Bathrooms Across The Country?
Going against the panic stricken, farfetched, absolutely ridiculous trope, transgender persons are far more likely to be harassed, physically or sexually assaulted, even raped in a bathroom, should anyone discover their transgender status than be the ones doing the assaulting, harassing or raping… Law maker ignorance, what if preponderances to the contrary aside, they, transgender individuals, aren’t rapists, pedophiles, perverts of any sort, they aren’t interested in your children apart from educating them, which they aren’t apt to do in a bathroom unless asked a direct, curious question; worth clarification, you won’t/aren’t suddenly being asked to share a bathroom stall with a potentially trans person. Fact going in and coming out of the bathroom, entering, exiting a stall you would be hard pressed to tell them apart from biological men or women respectively; another fact a transgender male (born female) absent surgery is going to continue going into a stall siting down because of their anatomy and a transgender female (born male) desiring to use the women’s restroom isn’t going to have access to a urinal there. Nor are you being asked to share a fitting room stall with a possibly trans-person; they will bring X items into the fitting area, go behind a stall, try on clothes, decide what they want to purchase, walking out fully clothed. Again you would be hard pressed to tell them from their purely biological counterparts rendering moot the horrors of what kids might see argument; leaving locker rooms where, despite majority right wing opinion, transgender females will not be flaunting their giant genitalia for other showering, changing persons to see. Transgender males won’t be advertising they are flat down there; they don’t like their physical anatomy any more than you like looking at it, dislike so intense they go to great lengths to hide their sexual anatomy as opposed to ‘leaving nothing to the imagination.’ Republicans sudden interest in bathrooms, renewed fervor against trans-persons carrying a special ironic twist, particularly replaying Ted Cruz’s remarks about grown men in the bathroom with little girls, considering we’ve had the unisex bathroom for decades. The family bathroom, common in malls, high traffic family oriented, kid centric places, open to mom, or dad, and kids, mom, dad and kids all three was a conservative, parent desired construct so that parents, caregivers could take their opposite gender child, young charges to the toilet safely without sending 5-10 year olds into the men’s room alone, looking like a pervert loitering outside the women’s restroom waiting for your daughter. Same idea behind baby changing stations in men’s rooms enabling single fathers to change their infants, change their child during a daddy and baby day out; tell us Mr. Cruz does that grown man in the bathroom with a little girl scenario still stand when that man is her father, grandfather, uncle, older brother—thought not. Kids are just as much at risk going into their gender appropriate bathroom alone, pedophiles are just as likely to be drawn to the family restroom due to the high volume of children yet there are few instances of either; child abduction, usually by non-custodial parents, relatives, more common relating to bathrooms, none of which has anything to do with transgender people who simply want a safe place to relieve themselves if out in public, something gender conforming people take for granted daily… Have to love the signage at a counter protest against LGBT discrimination, at least in terms of who uses what bathroom. Please Don’t Use My God’s Name To Justify Your Discrimination.
Further all the conspiracy theories A to Z and back again have officially been thoroughly debunked; findings revealed in the House intelligence committee’s republican led report concluded last year….Example, turns out the culprit in the faulty talking points was the CIA…Equally there was no intelligence failure on behalf of the CIA, they weren’t caught with their pants down, playing on social media instead of comprehending a quickly escalating situation in Benghazi, there was no delay in sending a rescue team comprised of members from the same agency or the military. Shredding the allegation Hillary Clinton ordered either to stand down…Effectively cutting the legs off more outlandish GOP assertions she sat callously by and let her friend Chris Stevens die, cravenly ignoring phone calls, pleas for help from him, people stationed there… reiterating the 4.5 million in taxpayer dollars clearly wasted chasing those types of beyond erroneous claims, so called investigations still ongoing, still draining U.S. government coffers despite what Kevin McCarthy said reverberating across national television, 2 separate whistleblowers and one formal letter, similar to the one sent by republicans to Iran, sent by democrats to the committee and to speaker Boehner demanding they stop the already established witch hunt disguised as an investigation.
The problem for Trump and Bush, candidate Mike Huckabee who trotted out the tired cliché, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” isn’t that they dared swim upstream, dared go against the tide, dared disagree with the Obama administration’s stance, fixation on gun control; it was they didn’t tell us what they planned to do instead to combat these “very intelligent sickos,” not that they named the problems mental illness and our knee jerk tendency to throw more laws at things… If you want to blast a really lame-brain comment coming from a presidential candidate review Ben Carson’s statements just after it happened…Who had what many would deem an astonishing amount of nerve to say, were he held at gunpoint, he wouldn’t cooperate, he wouldn’t just stand there, he would say “everybody tackle him he may shoot me but he can’t get us all,” seeming to chastise students at Umpqua for not thinking of his suggestion, taking similar action…. and when an Umpqua survivor dared use news outlets to communicate his understandable upset at the implication he and others should have done more to prevent what happened, it was open season on the media accusing them of distorting his words, taking them out of context and hoping voters see that.
Carly Fiorina who thinks your only criteria to support women’s rights is to be a woman according to a confrontation with a Planned Parenthood supporter who asked her why she was against women’s healthcare, naming her statistics wrong and when asked how she could be called a supporter of women’s rights considering her position on healthcare, Fiorina’s almost flippant response was ‘I am I woman.’ But she’s who won the night; she’s who’s moving up in the polls along with her fellow policies outsiders, never held an office Trump and Carson. God bless America; sadly the plea of sane people is got help America, because no one else will, not even itself.