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Let’s compare politics to fact

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From page A8 | May 12, 2014 |

This is the fourth of a series of topical columns titled “The Right Stuff” to promote thought and ensure accuracy within political campaigns and issues. Our objective is to promote interest among voters to separate fact from opinion or fiction. It is time for voters to demand representatives who promote the founding principles of our country at every level of government.

It is clear that President Barack Obama and his “lock-step liberal” yes men are willing to lie about anything. It is proven that the administration knew immediately that the attack in Benghazi was not a street protest (spontaneous protesters do not carry rocket-propelled grenades), but the game was successful in hiding the truth past Election Day. Contrary to Hillary Clinton’s question, it does matter and answers to several questions will possibly prove criminal negligence.

As a former air rescue controller for a year in Southwest Asia, I present the following questions and facts.

Question 1. Who denied the ambassador’s early request for additional security and why?

Question 2. Why were not additional security measures provided based on the anniversary day of 9/11 – a normal procedure worldwide for politically significant dates? Fact: Other American and foreign embassies in the theater took precautionary security measures for that time.

Question 3. Why were not U.S. Air Force C-130 gunships on alert that day at Sigonella Naval Station, Italy? Fact. These gunships are very effective for this situation because of their extreme accuracy and would have been on scene within two hours of call.

Question 4. Why were not U.S. Air Force F-16 fighters launched from Aviano Air Base, Italy? Fact: F-16s, if alerted when the initial reports came, could have been fully loaded with armament and over the consulate by midnight during the attack.

Question 5: Who ordered the military to stand down from providing assistance? Fact: The military has a long history of never leaving behind someone under attack or in danger. We sometimes put rescue crews in extreme danger for a rescue, but we never ceased operations until the endangered member was saved or recovered. Some saves were complete in an hour, one took 11 days, one required 23 days.

Question 6: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta stated that rescue could not be effected because we do not put rescue crews in danger if we do not have good intelligence on the battle scene. Does anyone believe that? Fact: You hope to have an aircraft in the area for the pilot to serve as on-scene commander to make visual observations, but that was unnecessary for this scenario. Sometimes you have nothing except radio contact with the survivor. Never did I have a real-time video of the entire scene.

Question 7: Two flag officers (Navy and Army) were allegedly fired because of this operation. What are the official reasons provided?

Question 8. Is it true that the president, the only person authorized to make certain political decision for this rescue operation, departed the command center while the outcome was unknown and went to bed?

Question 9. If the answer to Question 8 is affirmative, please explain how the president could go to sleep with the battle underway. To be answered only be a psychologist.

Question 10: Where does Rep. John Garamendi stand in this dust-up? Is he in lock-step with Obama and Clinton? Most importantly, where does he stand on the various cuts to our military?

To voters: Demand the truth. Watergate was nothing to this – that was a two-bit burglary. Four men died in Benghazi or no reason except incompetence at a minimum and possible criminal dereliction of duty.

Earl Heal is a Vacaville resident and member of The Right Stuff Committee, a committee of the Solano County Republican Party. Reach him at healearlniki@att.net.

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  • Teach5thMay 12, 2014 - 6:40 am

    Additionally - as Trey Gowdy pointed out yesterday in an interview, the question he really wants to ask Hillary is, "Why were we still in Benghazi after everyone else had left?" Just answer that question, Hillary. Pelosi and pals are really trying to persuade folks that there's no there there. The same gal who said that they had to pass Obamacare so they could find out what's in it. More importantly -four Americans died, Hillary. That's reason enough to convene this team (with or without Democratic support) because IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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  • rlw895May 12, 2014 - 7:01 am

    Oh no, ANOTHER Pelosi misquoter! Where is FDC and his accuracy police?

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  • CD BrooksMay 12, 2014 - 7:15 am

    rlw895, the Teach5th MO, dump and run. This person never brings an iota of solid information just those typical bizarre and unfounded accusations then repeat, repeat, repeat. OH NO! Could it be a Republican?

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  • rlw895May 12, 2014 - 7:21 am

    CD: Dump and run is fine with me. Others then get the last word for the benefit of our vast reading audience;-).

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  • WAKE UP DEMOCRATSMay 12, 2014 - 11:56 am

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuinaIm-kd4May 12, 2014 - 11:59 am

    Youtube...Rockefeller Reveals 9 11 FRAUD and New World Order to Aaron ...............Hollywood director Russo goes in-depth for first time on the astounding admissions of Nick Rockefeller, including his prediction of 9/11 and the war on terror hoax, the Rockefeller's creation of women's lib, and the elite's ultimate plan for world population reduction and a microchipped society Aaron Russo joins Alex Jones for a fascinating sit-down in depth video interview on a plethora of important subjects. Aaron begins by describing how the draconian and mafia tactics of Chicago police woke him up to the fact that America wasn't free after his nightclub was routinely raided and he was forced to pay protection money. Aaron and Alex then cover a broad range of topics including the private run for profit federal reserve, Aaron's experience in the late 80's with the IRS when they retroactively passed laws to punish silver and gold traders, the real meaning of the word "democracy," what really happened on 9/11 and Aaron's relationship with Nick Rockefeller, who personally tried to recruit him on behalf of the CFR. Aaron also relates how Rockefeller told him that the elite created women's liberation to destroy the family and how they want to ultimately microchip and control the entire population. Rockefeller also told before 9/11 Russo that an unexpected "event" would catalyze the U.S. to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.«

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  • rlw895May 12, 2014 - 7:59 am

    T5: That IS an interesting question, and a lot better one than any surrounding the accusations that the administration lied about the incident. What do you think the answer most anti-Hillary would be? That's what this is all about now, isn't it? Obama got reelected and is not running again, so it's not about him. Hillary and congressional Democrats running in November, Earl makes that clear.

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  • The MisterMay 12, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Hillary.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 12, 2014 - 7:23 am

    Weren't any of these questions answered in the first 7 or so Benghazi inquiries? Is Issa that inept? Talk about dereliction... I would do another Benghazi column, but you guys have twice as many column inches as me to spew foxist hatred and innuendo. By the time i answer one, you've had time to spawn two others. Jack and Rick, Fairfield needs you.

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  • rlw895May 12, 2014 - 7:44 am

    If I were paying any attention to Benghazi, I could probably quote the answers chapter & verse. Will Earl and the other "fact" authors swear the answers don't already exist in the public record?

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  • The Usual SuspectMay 12, 2014 - 8:08 am

    OK, wiseacres: Answer just one of the questions, and cite your reference. As it stands, rlw895, Mikey, and CD are just spouting the usual left wing squeals. And please, rlw895, do you dare to show how Pelosi was misquoted? Thought so! And rlw895: You just don't care about the Administration's complete debacle regarding Benghazi, do you? You don't care that 4 of your fellow citizens were brutally murdered, do you?

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  • rlw895May 12, 2014 - 11:49 am

    TUS: Seriously? You really don't know. This is an infamous misquote that I've written about more than once. Mr.S will vouch for me. Look it up. Anyone else want to join TUS in his challenge?

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  • CD BrooksMay 12, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    rlw895, welcome to my world!

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  • rlw895May 13, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Nobody wants my dissertation on the infamous Pelosi misquote? Or did you all look it up under some reliable source and find out what it is? We must await TUS's retraction if he can admit an error. Come on, TUS, don't be like GWB!

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  • Wise Man SayMay 12, 2014 - 7:48 am

    "One crazy man can ask more questions than 1,000 wise men can answer."

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  • StRMay 12, 2014 - 8:37 am

    That was not me above

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  • WAKE UP PEOPLEMay 12, 2014 - 7:37 am

    The Presidents Republican and Democrat are controlled by the Banking Powers... 9/11 was an inside job by both Republicans and Democrats to set the stage for justifying endless wars of consolidation for the International Banking powers... The real question should be ... Why are we now allowing The Obama Administration/Killary/Kerry/Hagel/NATO/CIA/MI6/Mossad to do the bidding of the International Bankers country consolidations for the NWO.... Why were "we" gun running munitions into Syria in the first place.... Why no outrage over the Obama administration totally disrupting Syria the way the Bushs did Iraq and Afghanistan... Why are we in the Ukraine... All wars are Banker wars ( youtube this ) this Ukraine thing was set up by them also and Russia is not necessarily the bad guy here.... The Media is controlled by these same bankers... so they program us to cheer for their wars... WAKE UP

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  • TommyGMay 12, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Hey Earl, great article. The deranged Liberals are once again circling the wagons trying to defend the indefensible. Liberals don't want the REAL truth to come out; they only want their own version of the truth to come out. Can you imagine the Liberal outrage if this was a Republican administration? The Mike Kirchubels and CD Brooks' of the world are now feigning false indignation because the adults are now running the show. There's a new Sheriff in town, and his name is Trey Godwy, and his job is going to be to get at the truth behind what really happened in Benghazi, A to Z. Not the lying Obama administration's version of the truth. The American people deserve the real truth, not the Liberals version of the truth.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 12, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Hey, tommy, what is the "truth" about Benghazi? Can you let us non foxophiles in on it?

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    Ask him if mini nukes took out the twin towers..

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    Michael Hayden (general) really creeps me out..... What is the one world plan for money? A "gold standard" or it doesn't matter the Beast Computer will just keep track with fiat digital one world currency which is accessed by RFID chips?

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    Are the Chinese Illuminati a real threat to the European Rothschild/ Rockefeller US Illuminati.... Is there really infighting within the Illuminati? You are not going to change anything if AWAKE people do not take back the Party structures of the Democrat and Republican parties... We are a representive Republic .... we have to take back our Representation... NO MORE CAREER POLITICIANS

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  • Rick WoodMay 12, 2014 - 8:03 am

    "Watergate was nothing compared to this." Speak up if you agree. Indeed, let's compare politics to fact. That statement taints Earls whole column.

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    Google...Hunt's Deathbed Confession Reveals JFK Killers The Last Confession Of E. Howard Hunt - US government/CIA team murdered JFK By Larry Chin........... Watergate was about covering up info that almost came to light at the time about the JFK killing.. Johnson, Bush, Nixon, and Ford were all in on it... Basically the CIA contracted a mafia hit, with their own backups in place if necessary... and remember Bushs and Clinton are actually friends they imported cocaine into Arkansas together... Google... Obama creation of the CIA

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  • rlw895May 12, 2014 - 8:06 am

    If Republicans didn't figure out the right questions until now, whose fault is that? Not very bright bunch I guess.

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  • The Usual SuspectMay 12, 2014 - 8:10 am

    Sure, rlw895: deflect, change the subject, and do anything you can to muddy the situation: Repeat, you just don't care about the deaths of 4 Americans at the hands of our enemies.

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  • rlw895May 12, 2014 - 10:44 pm

    When you say someone doesn't care about those deaths you lose all credibility. And it's deflection too.

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  • LarryMay 12, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Another Benghazi Committee more of the same. It must be mid-term coming up. When will the Republicans stop wasting our tax dollars on having these committees when they think they have a chance to blast Hillary Clinton. Our Congress needs to take care of the true business on hand, the business of moving this country forward with jobs, education, immigration. If you cannot handle it or if you're stuck on this Benghazi crap you should be replaced. Earl Heal you and your right wing Republicans will never accept any truth from our President or Hillary Clinton, just another Republican feel good column from a right wing republican who thinks his way is the right one to take, and if you disagree with his comment you're class as "Another Liberal."

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  • Teach5thMay 12, 2014 - 9:34 am

    If any of the liberals watched the interview with Trey Gowdy yesterday, they would have heard the answer to the "We've already had 7 hearings. Why do we need more?" question. None of the other 7 hearings had subpoena power over folks like Hillary Clinton or Susan Rice. Trey Gowdy stated quite clearly that this committee will have the power needed to get Hillary, Susan Rice, and any of the other folks to the hearing. For those not paying attention, e-mails that were requested 19 months ago by the Issa committee were finally turned over just 2 weeks ago because Judicial Watch sued and the folks in power had to turn over the docs. If there is nothing to hide, why has the "most transparent administration" so blatantly lied/hid/objected to finding out about the truth?

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  • CD BrooksMay 12, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Hear that sound Republican apologists? That's the rattle from yanking your chains. There is nothing to see here yet you keep playing into their hand. Stop embarrassing yourselves, this dog and pony show needs to stop.

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  • I am having a bad day...May 12, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Say something nice about me CD Brooks?

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  • rlw895May 13, 2014 - 1:40 pm

    T5: None of the other investigations were headed by Trey Gowdy is probably a better answer, but even he couldn't say that. This is an old trick used against the other Clinton: Force testimony under oath, then ask embarrassing questions unrelated to the authorized investigation to try to force perjury. Notice Bush II didn't fall for it. He not only refused to testify under oath, but he insisted it be in closed session and Cheney be there to hold his hand.

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  • @ Earl HealMay 12, 2014 - 9:43 am

    You may find this interesting... Google/Youtube Chip tatum operation red rock.... He tried to leave the Pegasus? program.... He said he had a bargaining chip... they eventually killed him anyway... but the bargaining chip I believe was a tape of Bush implicating Bush in the JFK assassination... But Johnson was in on it BIG TIME... See Republican/Democrat same same

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  • Mr. SmithMay 12, 2014 - 9:51 am

    Great column. No wonder the usual liberal suspects on this board are squawking louder than ever about "nothing to see here." Several of us have already told them many times why this new investigation is necessary--yet all we get in return is mocking and derision. I'm beginning to think it is a classic case of "whistling past the graveyard."

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  • LarryMay 12, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Did you know that some conservative feel that if you disagree with their political views you will be class as a Liberal. What is a Liberal? I Served my country in the USAF, I pay my yearly taxes, to the state and federal government. I am now retired, I don't get any help from the government. I am a American born and bread. I have the same rights you conservative have so please don't call me a Liberal because I have earned the right to be a Liberal in good standing.

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  • Mrs SmithMay 12, 2014 - 10:36 am

    I second that Larry, exactly right!

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  • Mr. SmithMay 12, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Here is the ultimate in liberal whack-job cynicism: Eleanor Clift, Daily Beast columnist, stated on national television YESTERDAY that Ambassador Stevens was not "murdered," he actually "died of smoke inhalation in the compound safe room." She then went on to repeat the initial lie by the administration that the attack was caused by the anti-muslim video--a story that even the white house abandoned long ago. This, folks, is what we are up against when we waste our time trying to reason with the libs on this forum about Benghazi or almost any other topic. They, like Clift, are buying into these and other lies being put out by the most duplicitous administration in our history. Even in the face of contradictory evidence. SMH!

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  • Mrs SmithMay 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    So waging a false war that led to thiusands of innocent Americans dyings and leaving us a trillion dollar deficit does not make the Bush Cheney administration the most dupliticious?

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  • Mr. SmithMay 12, 2014 - 4:21 pm

    Hey, I have a stalker! Mrs. Smith, please check with rlw895 about the difference between a lie and a mistaken belief. And let's not forget that the mistaken belief in those weapons of mass destruction was widely held by others, including most democrats at the time. Oh, and what's for dinner, sweetheart?

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  • CD BrooksMay 12, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Mr. Smith, I never wavered in my initial assertion there were no WMD's. The fact is Bush and Rumsfeld created the lie and implicated the rest of his staff by getting them to lie as well. Then when the lie became public, they continued murdering innocent citizens. That is the most duplicitous worst administration in US history period. Obama could drop a bomb on Arizona and not be as dangerous as Bush. Well that might be a bad example…

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  • mike kirchubelMay 12, 2014 - 5:30 pm

    CD, im with you. We all knee that they were lying about the emds. Now the foxiphiled are having fake spams about mentioning the antimuslim movie, which was happening at the same time and actually caising riots the same day,. Where is the outrage about the totally fake talking points that led us into war, with thousands of American deaths and trillion dollars wasted? Where is the outrage?

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  • CD BrooksMay 12, 2014 - 5:37 pm

    Cheney made trillions for him and Halliburton. Rumsfeld added to his bank account with Tami flu. Remember when he and Bush called a conference and made their plea? What friggin joke...criminal doesn't begin to describe that dishonorable treasonous bunch. I keep hoping they all make a trip to the Hague.

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  • Mr. SmithMay 12, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    CD: So you "never wavered in your initial assertion that there were no WMD's?" What else did your trusty ouija board tell you? Even Sadam Hussein said he had WMD's. John Kerry believed him, too. You should have loaned Kerry and Bush your board, man.

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  • CD BrooksMay 12, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Mr. Smith, just in case you all missed it, there were investigations and high end operations in the region. They determined there were no WMD's and reading between the lines pretty much spelled out what was going to happen. To think you'd accept Saddam's ruse shows your interest in supporting anything your party says or does. Furthermore, my political acumen has been pretty near right on the money since I came aboard. You can challenge argue and deny but I have followed a very strict honest and factual line. Opinions are one thing but if I cite something as fact you can be certain I looked it up first. You may not like what I say but you will be hard pressed to find my information incorrect. But then you’d have to look and none of you have ever chosen to do so. You’d rather say you’re not going to take the time or I’m just wrong. Nice.

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  • Mr. SmithMay 12, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    CD: I will try one more time (a little slower). If I told you I could supply you with the names of more than a dozen high-ranking democrats who agreed with Bush about the WMD's supposedly in Sadam's possession, and could provide you with word-for-word quotations by those folks proving my point, would you believe me? Not that I would doubt your obvious superior knowledge to these mere politicians and administration officials. Or, you could "research" it yourself and avoid the embarassment.

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  • mike kirchubelMay 12, 2014 - 9:13 pm

    Mr. S, your list of democrats who agreed with bush and cheney about w.m.d.s rings hollow, since the "information" was provided by the executive branch... that is, bush and cheney. Ask colin powell about the veracity of their "information"

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  • CD BrooksMay 13, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Mr. Smith, sometimes you have to go beyond what you see and hear. My record is clear I sleep good.

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  • Mr. SmithMay 13, 2014 - 8:49 am

    Glad to hear you have no trouble sleeping, CD. As for the rabbit hole of the Bush/wmd/Iraq war, I will let that one go back to sleep, also. But I still have the list of prominent Dems who believed, plus their exact quotes about it:>)

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  • CD BrooksMay 13, 2014 - 9:41 am

    Mr. Smith, I appreciate there were plenty of "believers." I cannot be counted among them and I am not responsible for their inability in seeing the truth. Believe it or not, I don't support everything or agree 100% with my party all the time. My goal has been an attempt to inform those less willing to see the truth specifically because they have shown reluctance in finding it on their own. You're welcome.

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  • Joshua ChambersMay 12, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    All fantastic questions that need to be answered by the Commander in Chief and his administration.

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  • Mrs SmithMay 12, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Listening to Smith comment on this one sided column by a right winger is like watching the blind leading the blind. Who can reason with people who's heroes are the likes of Cheney and Rumsfeld? I bet Smith believes that witches should be burnt at the stake........Seems these people belong in Saudi Arabia. As Oprah said, its about hating the commander in chief not because he's unqualified, they can't bear a black man in office. Well Smith, you can rant and rave and call us Libs! It's a new day in the USofA, and you are a citizen of a brand new world where a poor lil black boy grew up to become the first BLACK president of our great nation! Not a rich white Papa's coke head boy, who caused this country to the brink of a recession and needless wars. No, an honest, hard working, compassionate, brilliant black boy from the hood! Take that and smoke it in your red neck pipe!

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  • Mr. SmithMay 12, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Well, "Mrs. Smith!" Obviously you are one forked up dude. So it's goodbye. It's not you, it's me. No, really. It's me.

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  • Mrs SmithMay 12, 2014 - 7:19 pm

    If I never see you again it will be too soon.

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  • Mr. SmithMay 12, 2014 - 7:41 pm

    @Mrs. Smith: Another sad "conscious uncoupling." LOL!

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  • Mrs SmithMay 12, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    So you are consciously uncoupling with a 'forked up dude'? Smith, you maybe more liberal than you admit, oh wait, you must be one of those closet gay republicans who have wives and kids and make out with boys in public restrooms, you know the story......

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  • rlw895May 13, 2014 - 1:56 pm

    Mrs. Smith: That's MR. Smith to you. Though I prefer the shortened Mr.S, I mean no disrespect, and he knows it. Keep it elevated.

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  • Mr. SmithMay 13, 2014 - 2:20 pm

    Mrs. Smith: Though this forum can get a little raspy on occasion, your comment was way over the top. Like rlw said, keep it elevated. I will try to do the same.

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  • Mike KirchubelMay 13, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    October 22, 2012 | The Benghazi shuffle As informed Daily Republic readers know, Mitt Romney is no foreign policy guru. His European trip this summer was a gaffe-fest which, while providing entertaining reading here at home, irritated citizens and leaders of several allied nations. Rumor has it that Romney was stung so badly in last week’s debate by his Benghazi blunder, that he is now actually checking news sources outside of the Fox bubble, cramming for Monday’s foreign policy debate. Expect another round of major policy reversals. In the Daily Republic article, “Romney sees Libya from his kitchen,” I wrote “Gov. Mitt Romney, either confused about the details and timeline or not caring and simply wishing to score cheap political points, blasted President Barack Obama, saying, ‘An apology for America’s values is never the right course.’ . . . By Wednesday, major newswires had explained the timeline clearly and as facts were compared with statements, both Republican and Democratic Party leaders condemned Romney’s appalling lack of judgment.” Well, Republican strategists have successfully buried Romney’s “appalling lack of judgment” under a mountain of editorials condemning President Obama for the terrorist attack in Benghazi, including one by this paper. I asked last week: “Does it make sense for congressional Republicans to cut U.S. embassy funding by $500 million annually and then complain about inadequate security in Benghazi?” Apparently it’s “Yes,” if you can convince voters the attack was Obama’s fault and distract them from Romney’s blunders and malarkey. When Republicans voted to slash $1.2 billion from State Department operations in 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned that reducing the State Department budget would be “detrimental to America’s national security.” Romney blusters he will increase the defense spending $2 trillion, but you can expect deep State Department cuts with Romney/Ryan budgets. It is truly naïve to believe the State Department and preventing wars are not essential factors determining our security. Question: Should U.S. embassy deaths be used as a football, kicked around to score cheap political points? In the Libya column, I said, “Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed by terrorists, grew up right next door to us, in Davis. You have to wonder how his family feels about this crass politicization of his death.” Well, now we know. Chris Stevens’ father said it was “abhorrent” that his son’s death has been politicized. “It does not belong in the campaign arena.” Barbara Doherty, mother of a Navy SEAL killed in the attack, also asked Mitt Romney to stop mentioning her son’s name while campaigning. “I don’t trust Romney. He shouldn’t make my son’s death part of his political agenda.” Now, let’s see where Benghazi fits into the Big Picture; here’s a list of U.S. Embassy attacks under the last five presidents: – Ronald Reagan: 1983, Beirut and Kuwait. 1984, Beirut and Bogota. 1986, Jakarta. 1987, Rome. – George H.W. Bush: 1989, Bogota, Panama, Bolivia and Santiago. 1990, Tel Aviv. – Bill Clinton: 1993, Lima. 1995, Moscow. 1998, Beirut, Kenya, Tanzania. – George W. Bush: 2002, Calcutta, Pakistan and Indonesia. 2003, Pakistan. 2004, Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia. 2006, Pakistan and Syria. 2007, Athens. 2008, Yemen and Serbia. – President Obama: 2010, Pakistan. 2012, Cairo and Benghazi. Terrorists don’t really care which political party is in power and obviously no previous president had the god-like, omnipotent qualities Republicans are now demanding of President Obama. Republican strategists don’t want you to dig too deep into this matter; just accept their spin at face value. But now you know, so let’s move beyond their artificial distraction and discuss Romney’s bogus budget math, bipolar policy swings, the blatant lies that permeate his campaign and real issues affecting us right here in Fairfield.

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  • rlw895May 13, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    Mike: Thanks for the encore! How soon people forget how on top of issues you've been. The Republicans failed to ask my the right questions, instead choosing to go down the Susan Rice rabbit hole. You knew the right questions right from the get-go. Ambassador Stevens risked his life to do his job, Republican-deprived security notwithstanding. It probably wasn't the first time. Only this time he lost the gamble. May we always have such courage in our diplomatic service, and may we learn from our mistakes. If only Trey Gowdy would make THAT his mission...

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