Month: January 2013

Hillary Clinton Screams At America, Takes Responibility For Benghazi By Not Taking Responsibility

Finally speaking out about the State Department’s ineptness in protecting the US Embassy in Benghazi, which led to the death of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans, (two of whom were US Navy Seals) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton answered questions about the inadequate security, and the deception of the American people in the aftermath. She took responsibility from the start, and then spent the rest of her testimony not taking any responsibility at all.

In addition, the rest of her testimony was an emotional “hot mess.” Secretary Clinton resorted to crying and screaming to get her point across. That point being, “Not Me.”

  • The selection of Susan Rice as US Ambassador to the United Nations? Not Me.
  • The decision on what talking points would be used by Ambassador Rice on the Sunday shows? Not Me.
  • Blaming a video for the attacks? Not Me.
  • Those cables that Ambassador Stevens sent repeatedly about security in Benghazi, including one on the day he was murdered? Never saw ’em. Not Me.
  • Who is at fault? I’ll claim to take the blame. But, as my answers clearly show, Not Me.

Seems Secretary Clinton got her talking points from Family Circus.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was clear with Secretary Clinton, stating that if he were the Commander-In-Chief he would have relieved her of her post, calling her actions a “failure of leadership.”

In her opening statement, Clinton stated:

As I have said many times since September 11, I take responsibility. Nobody is more committed to getting this right. I am determined to leave the State Department and our country safer, stronger, and more secure.

Taking responsibility meant moving quickly in those first uncertain hours and days to respond to the immediate crisis and further protect our people and posts in high-threat areas across the region and the world. It meant launching an independent investigation to determine exactly what happened in Benghazi and to recommend steps for improvement. And it meant intensifying our efforts to combat terrorism and support emerging democracies in North Africa and beyond.

HotAir’s Allahpundit sums it up – “So you see, “taking responsibility” in this case is actually just a pretext to list all of the things she did right afterward, not to revisit her and her underlings’ shameful negligence…”

Allahpundit is right, and Sen. Paul is dead on. Clinton’s answers and deflections are not the actions of a leader. Her constant claims of no guilt for a litany of poor decisions and her own lacking leadership should not be acceptable to any Americans. Her histrionics during her testimony only make them more glaring. Those who accept responsibility are contrite. Secretary Clinton was anything but.

As always, may all our prayers be with the families of Ambassador Stevens, US Navy Seals Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods and US Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.

 

Piers Morgan Tries To Bully Ben Shapiro, Calls Constitution “Your Little Book”

Piers Morgan has wasted little time turning the tragedy of Sandy Hook Elementary into his own, personal ratings factory. Day after day on his CNN program, Morgan has taken to a relentless assault on the 2nd Amendment and gun rights, while insulting anyone who dares recognize the Founder’s understanding of history and tyranny.

When author and Breitbart.com’s Editor at Large Ben Shapiro appeared on the program to promote his book, Bullies, Morgan attempted the same tactics. Shaprio pulled out a copy of the US Constitution to fully engage the importance of the 2nd Amendment as a safeguard for the American people against tyrants. Morgan mocked this idea, and referred to Shapiro’s copy of the Consitution as “…your little book.”

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The video is stunning. Not for Shapiro’s understanding of the situation and his cool, calm and collected style of refuting Morgan’s ignorance while elevating the level of debate. Rather it is for the expose of Morgan’s ignorance.

Morgan, as Shapiro pointed out, is philosophically inconsistent. Like far too many Liberals, he is hot to ban “assault weapons,” like those used in Sandy Hook and the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. Yet, he has no answer for the hundreds of murders that have taken place in Chicago in 2012, the majority of which used a handgun. It would be “consistent,” or at least honest, if Leftists stated clearly that they wanted to ban all guns. (This is, of course, their desire. They are, as we know, not honest.)

Morgan’s unwillingness to recognize that government can become tyrannical is beyond the pale. He openly mocked Shapiro for acknowledging the reality of history, saying that he sounds “absurd.” There is nothing absurd about the recognition that governments can, and have throughout history, turned on their citizens. The Declaration of Independence reads as much, stating:

…when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies

Either Morgan is a dunce, or, like we know, he is not honest. In Morgan’s own words, “People aren’t stupid. They can make up their own minds.”

Gun Stores Should Not Be Abused By Bank Of America

My family has been in the credit card processing industry for years, edging close to two decades now. For a few of those years, I worked in the business. I provided credit card processing services, also known as merchant services, to all types of business – large and small, retail and on-line.

When I heard that Bank of America froze the account of American Spirit Arms, a gun manufacturer, I became infuriated. While I mount daily opposition to those opposed to Gun Freedom and Gun Rights (because Gun Rights Protect Human Rights!) I found it disgusting that BOA should take such a heavy handed, immoral approach to this political maelstrom.

When asked by the business owner why his account had been frozen, he was told by BOA:

We believe you should not be selling guns and parts on the Internet.

That was enough for me. I called my family, I worked with them to put together a simple website – GunProcessing.com

This is my family, this is their business. If you own a gun store – retail or online – or if you sell ammunition or gun accessories, and your processor is giving you a hassle, freezing your accounts, being too invasive, then please call them.

It is not acceptable that banks can set parameters with merchants, then unilaterally make changes to those parameters. Changes that leave the merchant paralyzed, and in massive financial straits.

The 2nd Amendment is about freedom. It is the safeguard against tyranny. What Bank of America did, even for a day, is tyranny. Their buckling to the political pressure of the Obama Administration, of the threats of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) or to the Mainstream Media elites like Piers Morgan is sickening. Their treatment of law-abiding business owners is unacceptable.

We must stand up for our rights, and stand with those who stand up for theirs. I’m proud of my family, and proud to be a part of it.