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We hope she had a lovely, long holiday weekend with her grandkids and dogs. Hillary was back on Twitter today addressing the GOP Senators.  She responded to a tweet from the GOP.

That’s our girl!  She never cares about getting the credit for the work. She just cares that the work gets done.  She sent them, many are her former colleagues in the Senate,  her health care plan from her campaign website. If she were still in the Senate, she would be encouraging them to work cooperatvely with her on this.  Since she is not, she presented them with her plan for their use. Well done, Hillary! Thank you.  We hope they accept your offering in kind and save health care for Americans.

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It’s Not Just Trump – Islamophobia Is Widespread In the GOP Field

Last week, Donald Trump made news offering a dangerous and un-American proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States. But while some of his opponents have offered lip service to distancing themselves from this extreme proposal, the truth is that many of those Republican candidates have been pedaling the same Islamophobia as their party’s inflammatory frontrunner.

You don’t have to just take our word for it…

New York Times Editorial: The Trump Effect, and How It Spreads

“Do not make the mistake of treating [Donald Trump] as a solitary phenomenon, a singular celebrity narcissist who has somehow, all alone, brought his party and its politics to the brink of fascism. He is the leading Republican candidate for president. He has been for months. The things he says are outrageous, by design, but they were not spawned, nor have they flourished, in isolation. The Republican rivals rushing to distance themselves from his latest inflammatory proposal — a faith-based wall around the country — have been peddling their own nativist policies for months or years. They have been harshening their campaign speeches and immigration proposals in response to the Trump effect. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush want to allow only Christian refugees from Syria to enter the country, and Mr. Cruz has introduced legislation to allow states to opt out of refugee resettlement.”

Huffington Post: Donald Trump’s Islamophobia Is Bad, But His Rivals Aren’t Much Better

“But Trump is not the only candidate presenting Islamophobic proposals. The refugee and immigration policies put forth by several Republican presidential hopefuls would effectively bar a huge percentage of the world’s Muslims from entering the United States…. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced legislation last week that was ostensibly designed to prevent would-be terrorists posed as refugees from entering the U.S. In reality, the amendment would ban refugees from 33 countries – almost all of which have Muslim-majority populations…. Cruz was one of a handful of Republicans who voted in favor of the failed amendment last week, but he has advocated for a religion-based admission process for refugees ever since the terror attacks in Paris last month.… Kasich and Rubio slammed Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigration as outrageous and divisive, but they failed to point out the explicit racism in Trump’s comments.

Associated Press: Donald Trump’s Call For ‘Shutdown’ On Muslims Entering US Escalates GOP Rhetoric On Islam

“Amid fear of terrorism, Republican presidential candidates for months have escalated their rhetoric about the place of Muslims in the United States. A Muslim shouldn’t be president. Muslims fleeing war-torn Syria and Iraq should be barred from the country. Mosques should be placed under surveillance and shut down if people are radicalized in them.”

Washington Post’s EJ Dionne: The slippery slope to Trump’s proposed ban on Muslims

Trump’s embrace of a religious test for entry to our country did not come out of nowhere. On the contrary, it simply brought us to the bottom of a slippery slope created by the ongoing exploitation of anti-Muslim feeling for political purposes. You don’t have to reach far back in time to see why Trump figured he had the ideological space for his Muslim ban. Last month, it was Jeb Bush who introduced the idea of linking the rights of Syrian refugees to their religion. He said he was comfortable granting admission to “people like orphans and people who are clearly not going to be terrorists. Or Christians.” Asked how he’d determine who was Christian, he explained that “you can prove you’re a Christian.” Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) took a similar view, saying , “There is no meaningful risk of Christians committing acts of terror.” Trump took limits on Muslim access to our country to their logical — if un-American and odious — conclusion.

Associated Press: Republicans see little downside to railing against Muslims

Some leading Republican presidential candidates seem to view Muslims as fair game for increasingly harsh words that they might use with more caution against any other group for fear of the political cost. So far, that strategy is winning support from conservatives influential in picking the nominee. Many Republicans are heartened by strong rhetoric addressing what they view as a threat to national security by Islam itself, analysts say. Because Muslims are a small voting bloc, the candidates see limited fallout from what they are saying in the campaign.

Politico: Trump plan pushes Muslim Republicans toward exit

Many Republicans have rushed to condemn Trump this week…But most have simultaneously walked a wobbly tightrope to say they would nonetheless support Trump, if he became the party’s nominee….That is not enough for many Muslims in America, especially after Ben Carson has said a Muslim shouldn’t be president, Ted Cruz has suggested a religious test for accepting Syrian refugees and Marco Rubio has doubted whether “discrimination against Muslims” is widespread in America.

Republican Muslim Coalition founder, Saba Ahmed

“Our candidates aren’t being very welcoming and they’re making absurd comments, one after another.”

Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson: Republicans pander to anti-Muslim bigotry

The founders of this nation recognized Islam as one of the world’s great faiths. Incredibly and disgracefully, much of today’s Republican Party disagrees….Indeed, the Constitution states that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Some of the GOP candidates for president, however, simply do not care.

Vox: Donald Trump’s Islamophobic rhetoric resonates with many Republicans

But Trump’s Islamophobic comments are part of a broader trend within the Republican field: Over the past few months, particularly in the weeks following the terrorist attack in Paris, Republican candidates have increasingly targeted Muslims in their rhetoric…. What’s worse, Republican candidates are not making these types of comments off the cuff. They know they are pandering to a very sizable portion of Americans, particularly within the Republican base.

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Hillary for America is offering plenty of push back on Donald Trump’s outrageous and dangerous remarks on the campaign trail. He appeals to a narrowness in some, but appalls all who believe in fairness and even-handedness in our thriving democracy.

Trump’s Immigration Proposal: The Inevitable Progression from the GOP Field’s Agenda and Rhetoric

Donald Trump has ignited a firestorm with his disturbing proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the United States. As Hillary Clinton said today, “At a time when America should be doing everything we can to fight radical jihadists, Mr. Trump is supplying them with new propaganda.  He’s playing right into their hands.”

Some Republican primary contenders are now trying to score points by distancing themselves from Trump’s latest toxic proposal, but they might have some trouble with that. Because the truth is, there isn’t all that much distance.

Every single Republican candidate has vowed to support Trump if he wins the GOP nomination, and not one has backed away from that pledge, even in the wake of his un-American plan to apply a religious litmus test to everyone entering the United States. Moreover, across the board, Republicans have embraced similar rhetoric and policies in the course of this campaign.

Clinton said it best herself: “When you take a step back and see what the Republican field says about Muslims – not just one or two candidates for President, but nearly all of them – it’s hard to take seriously their attempts to distance themselves from Mr. Trump.  He’s just articulating the logical conclusion of what the rest of them have been saying.  As Mr. Trump said in an interview this morning, ‘They condemn practically everything I say, and then they always come to my side.’”

Take a look:

Ted Cruz introduced legislation that would bar refugees from entering the United States from countries with a large terrorist organization presence. He’s called President Obama “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists.” And pressed on Trump’s proposal, he said, “I do not believe the world needs my voice added to that chorus of critics.”

Marco Rubio invoked Nazis to attack Hillary Clinton for not saying “radical Islamic terrorism” and asked “Where is there widespread evidence that we have a problem in America with discrimination against Muslims?”

Jeb Bush previously called for a religious test on Syrian refugees, explaining, “You’re a Christian – I mean, you can prove you’re a Christian,” he said. “You can’t prove it, then, you know, you err on the side of caution.”

Ben Carson said in an analogy about Syrian refugees, “If there is a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you’re probably not going to assume something good about that dog.” He also said “I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation. I absolutely would not agree with that.”

Chris Christie on Syrian refugees: “I don’t think orphans under five…should be admitted into the United States at this point.”

Rand Paul introduced legislation to ban refugees from Syria and up to 30 other countries with “jihadist movements” and would institute a 30-day waiting period on entries into the United States including from France. And he said, “I’ve called for something similar” to Trump’s plan.

John Kasich previously “proposed creating a new government agency to push Judeo-Christian values around the world.”

Carly Fiorina said we should “stop the flow of Syrian refugees” into the US.

Mike Huckabee said regarding Syrian refugees: “It’s time to wake up and smell the falafel. … We are importing terrorism.”

Rick Santorum said Muslims from “specific countries” shouldn’t be allowed for the time being.

Ultimately, Trump’s latest proposal is disturbing, wrong and dangerous, but not shocking, given where the rest of the field stands.

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For the truly adventurous, the well-informed,  and political nerds who love tests and quizzes, and lest you think Trump is the only dangerous GOP candidate, there is this.

This quiz is (terrifyingly) harder than you’d think.

Donald Trump—the Republican frontrunner—has called for a total and complete prohibition on Muslim people immigrating to the United States.

Trump’s fellow candidates might try to distance themselves from him—but when it comes to hateful rhetoric, it’s difficult to tell the difference between the Republicans running for president.

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In a Republican Presidential debate, Carly Fiorina referred to a video she claimed to have seen with her own eyes of an aborted baby, kicking while its brain was harvested. Turned out that video was a myth.  Donald Trump, in one of his ubiquitous phone calls to Sunday talk show hosts today referred to a video he also saw with his own eyes.  It was of “thousands” of Muslims in Jersey City celebrating the fall of the twin towers on 9/11/01.  George Stephanopoulos, the host to whom he was speaking, noted that the JCPD denied such a phenomenon ever occurred.

If you were ever in Jersey City prior to that date, you know how those towers loomed over the city almost as if no river flowed between the two cities.  I knew some teachers from Jersey City in those days.  None ever spoke of such a demonstration there.  What they did talk about was the rampant fear among the kids as the towers burned before their eyes and the kids whose parents did not show up to collect them at the end of that day for the saddest and most final of reasons.

Donald Trump Again Insists He Saw Celebrations in New Jersey on Sept. 11

By Nick Corasaniti

It’s a scene that, as Donald J. Trump describes it, would seem to be seared into the American consciousness.

“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down,” he told a crowd in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday. “And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.”

No news reports exist of people cheering in the streets, and both police officials and the mayor of Jersey City have said that it did not happen. An Internet rumor about people cheering in the streets, which said it was in Paterson, not Jersey City, has been denied numerous times by city and police officials.
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I live in Paterson.   No such thing happened that day or afterwards.

On a day when this article appeared in The Daily Beast,  The Most Important Film of All Time: 26.6 Seconds by Abraham Zapruder, we have to think that if such a demonstration occurred, certainly someone would have recorded it and we would have seen it all over the media.

… when I try to pinpoint a turning point in our attitudes toward violence—whether on film, in journalism, or in real life—I keep going back to Dealey Plaza on Nov. 22, 1963. Everything changed in the aftermath of that moment—captured in frame 313 of Zapruder’s home movie.

And even today, when events such as the Paris terrorist shootings take place, we are living in a world in which almost any one of us might be called upon to be an Abraham Zapruder, documenting and sharing world-shaking news and blurring the line between journalist and participant. Even Citizen Kane and The Godfather, for all their merits, can’t claim that distinction.

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It could be that Republican candidates are prone to hallucinations.  It is more likely that they simply make things up.  They spin tales, and some who are not familiar with Snopes.com simply believe what they say.

While the attacks in Paris have temporarily distracted them from their full-on, multilateral assaults on Hillary Clinton and drawn them to sow fear of the refugees of terror, Donald Trump, in the same phone conversation made it clear that the person we do not need to protect us from the non-existent threat posed by imaginary terrorists masquerading as  refugees is Hillary Clinton.  In words he repeated at least three times like a magic spell, she has no strength or stamina.  This is evidently his latest mantra which people will come to believe simply from hearing him repeat it again and again.

No strength or stamina?

From DOS Website:

Total Travel Time: 2084.21 Hours / 86.8 Days
Total Mileage: 956,733 Miles
Countries Visited:112
Travel Days: 401

Secretary Clinton: 2009 Travel

-Copenhagen, December 16-18, 2009
-Brussels, December 4, 2009
-Europe and Asia, November 8-19, 2009
-Pakistan, the Middle East, Morocco and Egypt, October 27-November 4, 2009
-Zurich, London, Dublin, Belfast, Moscow, and Kazan, October 9-15, 2009
-New York (United Nations 64th General Assembly), September 21-30, 2009
-Africa, August 3-14, 2009
-India and Thailand, July 17-23, 2009
-Travel to Canada, June 13-14, 2009
-El Salvador, Honduras, Egypt With the President, May 31-June 4, 2009
-Middle East, April 23-26, 2009
-Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Trinidad and Tobago, April 16-19, 2009
-The Hague (International Conference on Afghanistan) and Europe, March 30-April 5, 2009
-Mexico, March 25-26, 2009
-The Middle East and Europe, February 28 – March 8, 2009
-Asia, February 15-22, 2009
Secretary Clinton: 2010 Travel

-Canada, December 13, 2010
-Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, and Bahrain, November 30-December 4, 2010
-Portugal, November 18-20, 2010
-Asia, October 27-November 8, 2010
-The Balkans and Brussels, October 11-14, 2010
-New York United Nations 65th General Assembly, September 19-27, 2010
-Sharm el-Sheikh, Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman, September 13-16, 2010.
-Pakistan, Afghanistan, Republic of Korea, and Vietnam, July 18-23, 2010
-Ukraine, Poland, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia, July 1-6, 2010
-Latin America and the Caribbean, June 6-10, 2010
-Japan, China, and Korea, May 20-26, 2010
-Estonia, April 21-23, 2010
-Czech Republic, April 7-8, 2010
-Canada, March 29-30, 2010
-Mexico, March 23, 2010
-Moscow, March 18-19, 2010
-Latin America, February 28 – March 5, 2010
-Qatar and Saudi Arabia, February 13-16, 2010
-London and Paris, January 26-29, 2010
-Canada, January 25, 2010
-Haiti, January 16, 2010
-The Pacific, January 11-14, 2010

Secretary Clinton: 2011 Travel

-Germany, Lithuania, Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands, December 4-8, 2011
-Republic of Korea and Burma, November 30 – December 2, 2011
-Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, November 9-19, 2011
-London, United Kingdom and Istanbul, Turkey, November 1-2, 2011[Cancelled]
-Malta, Libya, Oman, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, October 17-23, 2011
-Dominican Republic, October 5, 2011
-New York United Nations 66th General Assembly, September 18-27, 2011
-San Francisco, September 14-16, 2011
-Paris, September 1, 2011
-Turkey, Greece, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and China July 14-25, 2011
-Budapest, Vilnius, and Madrid, June 29-July 2, 2011
-Guatemala and Jamaica, June 22, 2011
-U.A.E., Zambia, Tanzania, and Ethiopia, June 8-14, 2011
-London, Paris, and Islamabad, May 24-27, 2011
-Nuuk, Greenland, May 11-12
-Rome, May 4-6, 2011
-Berlin, Seoul, and Tokyo, April 13-17, 2011
-London, March 29, 2011
-France, March 19, 2011
-France, Egypt, Tunisia, March 14-17, 2011
-Switzerland, February 27-28, 2011
-Germany, February 4-6, 2011
-Haiti, January 30, 2011
-Mexico, January 24, 2011
-United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Oman, and Qatar, January 8-13, 2011
-Brazil, January 1, 2011

Secretary Clinton: 2012 Travel
Czech Republic, Belgium, Ireland, and Northern Ireland, December 3-7, 2012
-Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Cairo, November 20-21, 2012
-Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Burma, and Cambodia, Nov. 11-20, 2012
-Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, and Croatia: October 29-November 2, 2012
-Haiti, October 22
-Peru, October 15-16, 2012
-New York United Nations 67th General Assembly, September 23 – October 1, 2012
-Cook Islands, Indonesia, China, Timor-Leste, Brunei, and Russia, August 30 – September 9, 2012
-Turkey, August 11-12
-Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, and Benin July 31 – August 10
-France, Afghanistan, Japan, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Egypt and Israel, July 5-17, 2012
-Finland, Latvia, Russia, and Switzerland, June 27-30
-Brazil, June 20-22
-Mexico, June 18-19
-Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey, May 31-June 7
-Chicago, May 19-21
-China, Bangladesh, and India, April 30-May 8
-Colombia, Brazil, Belgium, and France, April 13-19
-Saudi Arabia and Turkey, March 30-April 1, 2012
-United Kingdom, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco, February 22-26, 2012
-Los Cabos, Mexico, February 18-20, 2012
-Germany and Bulgaria, February 3-5, 2012
-Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, and Cape Verde, January 16-17, 2012

There was this.  Hillary Clinton’s State Department Legacy September 29, 2013 which included these.

>For the first time in its history she completely overhauled the State Department , USAID, and interagency cooperation with her Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR).

>For the first time in history she called all of the chiefs of mission together at the State Department for annual conferences.

>She instituted an Office of Global Women’s Issues.

>In June 2009 she  provided benefits to domestic partners of foreign service diplomats for the first time.

>She brought previously neglected countries back to the table with numerous memoranda of understanding and countless business initiatives.

>She kept the alliance between Afghanistan and Pakistan stable despite enormous challenges.

>She reopened the vital supply route from Pakistan into Afghanistan.

>She ensured U.S. access to the vital Manas airstip in Kyrgystan.

>She Salvaged the Turkey-Armenia accords which  she was supposed to simply witness when they suddenly nearly fell apart.

>She brought issues like human trafficking as well as violence against women and LGBT communities to the international table.

U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton is greeted by human trafficking victims Van Sina and Somana at the Siem Reap AFESIP rehabilitation and vocational training center

Hillary Clinton visited many dangerous and forgotten places, confronted dangerous men, delivered tough messages, brought home hard-won accords.  She reached out to those who were slighted by the previous administration and brought opponents together.

Secretary Clinton at U.S. – Angola MOU Signing Ceremony

July 8, 2010

Hillary Clinton Makes History: A Trilateral Agreement with Pakistan and Afghanistan

July 8, 2012


Hillary Clinton has dealt with tough customers and brought smiles, peace, and understanding  to a world that is often inhospitable to many.  Just this past week, these were her words.

 

You have to work with institutions and partners, like NATO, the EU, the Arab League, and the UN.  Strengthen alliances and never get tired of old-fashioned shoe-leather diplomacy.

And, if necessary, be prepared to act decisively on our own, just as we did to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. The United States and our allies must demonstrate that free people and free markets are still the hope of humanity.

This past week, as I watched the tragic scenes from France, I kept thinking back to a young man the world met in January, after the last attack in Paris. His name was Lassana, a Muslim immigrant from Mali who worked at a kosher market. He said the market had become a new home and his colleagues and customers, a “second family.”

When the terrorist arrived and the gunfire began, Lassana risked his life to protect his Jewish customers. He moved quickly, hiding as many people as he could in the cold storage room and then slipping out to help the police.

“I didn’t know or care,” he said, “if they were Jews or Christians or Muslims. We are all in the same boat.”

What a rebuke to the extremists’ hatred.

The French government announced it would grant Lassana full citizenship. But when it mattered most, he proved he was a citizen already.

That is the power of free people. That is what the jihadis will never understand and never defeat.

She could never have imagined that the next terrorist attack would be upon that young man’s native country.  Hillary Clinton has never shrunk from a challenge, backed away from a threat, or failed to go the extra mile to stand up for what is right and fair.  That requires the essence of stamina and strength.  Let’s remember her legacy as secretary of state while Donald Trump spins his latest toxic myth about her.

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A nation of drones.  Marco Rubio thinks we should all be welders.  Donald Trump thinks we should all work harder (and longer – i.e. keep on welding past age 70).  Ben Carson said today that Donald Trump is wrong about immigrants because farms and hotels need them – you know to pick the crops and clean the rooms.

In the Republican Futureworld, there is no middle class, so whyever would we expect it to be mentioned?

For the only female on the stage, there is a special circle in Dante’s Inferno.  Her closing statement.

” Imagine, a Clinton presidency. Our military will continue to deteriorate, our veterans will not be cared for, and no, Mrs. Clinton, that situation is not exaggerated. The rich will get richer, the poor will get poorer. The middle class will continue to get crushed. And as bad as that picture is, what’s even worse is that a Clinton presidency will corrode the character of this nation.

Why? Because of the Clinton way. Say whatever you have to, lie as long as you can get away with it. We must beat Hillary Clinton. Carly Fiorina can beat Hillary Clinton. I will beat Hillary Clinton. And under a President Fiorina, we will restore the character of this nation. The security of this nation. The prosperity of this nation. Because as citizens, we will take our government back.”

 

Yes indeed! On the day Hillary did this.

Hillary Clinton Addresses Veterans Affairs at Truman Project Event in Derry, NH

And this.

Fact Sheet: Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Overhaul the VA

Just wondering what Fiorina’s plan is, if she has one.  She certainly was not watching the back of that vet who told Hillary about how he was among the tens of thousands she laid off right before buying herself two planes.  Hillary Clinton has no plane.  Never has had one. But she is getting slapped around for not “correcting” his remark about Fiorina.

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So much nonsense!  So many forked tongues but plenty of distance among them.  Ben Carson, who has no grip on American history whatsoever,  says Americans need to be educated on what happens when we raise the minimum wage.  Marco Rubio pretty much thinks we need no education at all except for how to use power tools.  They all think the minimum wage is fine right where it is.

A dystopia of major proportions, Futureworld under Republicans promises more misery and hardship for the struggling and more profits off the backs of labor for the wealthy.

In post mortem interviews, the GOP participants thought that was a pretty good debate last night.  I thought it made The Hunger Games look like Candyland.
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Carly Fiorina, who fired 30,000 people, says joblessness is a problem.  Well, yup!  While Becky Quck pointed out that the guy who endorsed her so publicly thinks votes should be weighted according to income.

Jeb Bush says his record is great.  Right. Great job stealing the 2000 election!

Huckabee’s only God-given message that has value is the focus on curing illnesses and chronic conditions.

Trump immediately tromped the moderators early on about a question and fizzled out after that.

Carson and Paul decided to go as economists this Halloween.  They fooled no one, but we gave them each a Tootsie-Roll pop anyway.  (Saving the Reese’s cups for kids in Hillary costumes.)

Christie, a NJ bully/mobster, took every moment he had to attack Hillary Clinton.

Was anyone else there?  I don’t know.

CNBC’s moderators were incisive, smart, and well-prepared.  Reince Priebus later complained about them and CNBC.  Yes it is sad and unfortunate when you somehow end up competing in the wrong league.  Just ask Abby Lee.  This was the Big League. The RNC is not happy. They peed in their pants and yelled “Hillary!” every time they did.

But, hey!  That’s how the game is played!  If it was easy, everybody would do it.

You didn’t really think I was going to put a picture of that stage there, did you?

To quote All the Way Mae Mordabito, “That was some great peein’!”

Here is the transcript. Exciting reading! >>>>

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When I was a kid, we raked the autumn leaves and burned them right in the yard – carefully.  You never wanted to do that on a windy day because you didn’t – you know  – want them to fly around and start more fires.  You had a hose handy and stamped on stray embers.  Got that pic in your head?  Good, because that is the situation the Republicans are dealing with.  Thought you might enjoy that little mental image.

Another Congressman Admits Benghazi Committee Is All About Hillary Clinton

Marina Fang 
Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher) ASSOCIATED PRESS
© ASSOCIATED PRESS Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles during the CNN Democratic presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

ASSOCIATED PRESS A second congressman admitted on Wednesday that the Republican House committee created to investigate the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, is solely “designed to go after” Hillary Clinton.“This may not be politically correct, but I think that there was a big part of this investigation that was designed to go after people and an individual, Hillary Clinton,” Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.) said on a morning radio show in upstate New York.

Republicans say they formed the House Select Committee on Benghazi to investigate the attack. Democrats have complained that the committee, which has cost taxpayers about $4.5 million during its 17 months of existence, was primarily a political stunt.

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Of course this committee came up in last night’s debate. Here is the segment. Emphasis here is mine.

COOPER: And welcome back. We are live in Nevada, in Las Vegas, at the Wynn Resort for the first Democratic presidential debate. The questions continue. We begin with Secretary Clinton. Secretary Clinton, you are going to be testifying before Congress next week about your e-mails. For the last eight months, you haven’t been able to put this issue behind you. You dismissed it; you joked about it; you called it a mistake. What does that say about your ability to handle far more challenging crises as president?

CLINTON: Well, I’ve taken responsibility for it. I did say it was a mistake. What I did was allowed by the State Department, but it wasn’t the best choice. And I have been as transparent as I know to be, turning over 55,000 pages of my e-mails, asking that they be made public. And you’re right. I am going to be testifying. I’ve been asking to testify for some time and to do it in public, which was not originally agreed to. But let’s just take a minute here and point out that this committee is basically an arm of the Republican National Committee. (APPLAUSE) It is a partisan vehicle, as admitted by the House Republican majority leader, Mr. McCarthy, to drive down my poll numbers. Big surprise. And that’s what they have attempted to do. I am still standing. I am happy to be part of this debate. (APPLAUSE) And I intend to keep talking about the issues that matter to the American people. You know, I believe strongly that we need to be talking about what people talk to me about, like how are we going to make college affordable? How are we going to pay down student debt?

COOPER: Secretary…

CLINTON: How are we going to get health care for everybody…

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COOPER: Secretary Clinton, Secretary Clinton, with all due respect, it’s a little hard — I mean, isn’t it a little bit hard to call this just a partisan issue? There’s an FBI investigation, and President Obama himself just two days ago said this is a legitimate issue.

CLINTON: Well, I never said it wasn’t legitimate. I said that I have answered all the questions and I will certainly be doing so again before this committee. But I think it would be really unfair not to look at the entire picture. This committee has spent $4.5 million of taxpayer money, and they said that they were trying to figure out what we could do better to protect our diplomats so that something like Benghazi wouldn’t happen again. There were already seven committee reports about what to do. So I think it’s pretty clear what their obvious goal is.

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Really?  I have to talk about this again?

I just did that YESTERDAY!   <<<<Please just go there to see the history on this (including the letter from the Democrats on the committee dated July 15). 

Hillary registers her distress.  I register my frustration.  Apparently it is not NEWS until we get it from a Republican. Democrats (and I) have been shouting into the wind evidently all these years. The evidence has been clear all along.  Just go back to yesterday’s post up there to see ↑↑↑↑↑↑↑↑.

“Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.”

– House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy 09/30/15

Hillary registered her distress speaking with Reverend Al on Politics Nation. The interview will air Sunday morning.

Transcript from David Wiegel at WaPo

SHARPTON:  Let me raise another issue.  House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, he said this week, quote — I’m quoting him — “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee. What are her numbers Friday? What are her numbers today? Her numbers are dropping.” That’s the quote.

CLINTON:  Um-hmm.

SHARPTON:  You’re expected to testify before the Benghazi Committee on October 22. What’s your response to McCarthy’s comments?

CLINTON:  I have to tell you, I find them deeply distressing. I knew the ambassador that we lost in Benghazi. Along with him, we lost three other brave Americans who were representing us in a very dangerous part of the world.

There have already been eight investigations in the Congress. One independent investigation. We have learned all we can learn about what we need to do to protect our diplomats and our other civilians and we need to be enforcing and implementing those changes, which is what I started and what Secretary Kerry has continued.

So when I hear a statement like that, which demonstrates unequivocally that this was always meant to be a partisan political exercise, I feel like it does a grave disservice and dishonors not just the memory of the four that we lost, but of everybody who has served our country.

We’ve had lots of different situations, as you know so well. We’ve had embassies run over. We’ve had them blown up under Ronald Reagan, under Bill Clinton. We’ve had lots of attacks where we lost Americans or foreigners working for America, under George W. Bush. We can go back and there’s a wall in the State Department, there’s a wall in the CIA where we lost those civilians we lost.

It’s never been turned into a partisan political battle by the majority in Congress the way the Republicans in this Congress have done. And I just wish that they would really start tending to the people’s business, deal with the many problems that we face and figure out how we’re going to move our country forward.

You know, I — I really regret the way that they have treated this serious matter.

SHARPTON: There’s a lot of cynicism, a lot of people don’t trust what’s going on in government. Does this add to it, when you hear a statement by the majority leader? Does this add to the kind of cynicism that many of us are trying to counter?

CLINTON: I think it does. I mean when this happened, I immediately said, I want an independent review board. I want to know everything that we could have done differently. I want to change the procedures. I took responsibility because I wanted us to get to the bottom of what we could understand about that attack.

And that’s been my position from the very beginning. When I was asked to testify before this committee, it was after a year of my asking to go testify, because I said I’d be willing to go. I hope they actually ask me about Benghazi and what happened and what we need to do better to protect our people while we still are in dangerous parts of the world.

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Wednesday, September, 30th, 2015

After Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) admitted that Republicans lied about the purpose of the Benghazi investigation, several top Democrats are calling out the House Republicans’ abuse of power and calling for an immediate end to the investigation

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The ranking member of the Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said, “This stunning concession from Rep. McCarthy reveals the truth that Republicans never dared admit in public: the core Republican goal in establishing the Benghazi Committee was always to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and never to conduct an even-handed search for the facts. It is shameful that Republicans have used this tragedy and the deaths of our fellow Americans for political gain. Republicans have blatantly abused their authority in Congress by spending more than $4.5 million in taxpayer funds to pay for a political campaign against Hillary Clinton.”

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Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) called for an immediate end to the Benghazi investigation and for Republicans to apologize to the families of the Benghazi victims, “Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy pulled the curtain back on the true purpose of the Select Committee on Benghazi – not to get the facts – but instead as a political ploy against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This stunning admission shows a gross misuse of millions in taxpayer dollars for a purely political purpose. I believe it is time to end this investigation and for Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader McCarthy, and Chairman Trey Gowdy to apologize to the families of the four Americans who died during the attack and the American people for abusing the memories of Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods.”

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In 2014, CNN’s Erin Burnett has hosted a conversation at the Clinton Global Initiative.  She devoted last night’s program to CGI 2015, which wrapped up yesterday, and spent the hour interviewing Bill Clinton.

It is impossible for Bill Clinton to be before TV cameras without being asked about Hillary and the 2016 campaign.  That was the case last night.  He pointed out weaknesses in Republican debate and campaign substance saying that so far all he has heard are claims of who hates and blames Democrats more.  He asked, “What would you actually do?”

Is there an Americans who has not heard Donald Trump claim that Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state … ever?  Burnett played that remark for Hillary’s loving husband who nearly spewed the water he was sipping and launched into a litany of Hillary’s accomplishments (a host of which are listed here addressed to Carly Fiorina).

He mentioned  the New START treaty, about which everyone on both sides of the aisle appears to have developed amnesia.  This was the exchange of instruments of ratification.

He talked about her phenomenal success in exponentially increasing PEPFAR’s effectiveness without increasing costs.  (President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief began as a George W, Bush administration initiative.)

Directly contradicting Trump’s claim that Hillary lost friends for us,  WJC said that all of the countries that benefited from the PEPFAR efforts liked us a lot after her work and that our approval rating was 20% higher when she left office than when she arrived.

And there were the Iran sanctions.  He told Burnett and the audience that even people who do not like the agreement liked the sanctions.

At the end of July,  Hillary was “Skimmed.”   That day, the newsletter mentioned  that all of the candidates would be “Skimmed.”  Today it was Marco Rubio’s turn, and he said this.

THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL.

When I’m president, we’ll cancel it on my first day in office. We’ll reimpose the sanctions that are on the books. I’ll ask Congress to increase them on every sector of their economy. And it’ll make it very clear to Iran, if they want a peaceful nuclear program, they have to pursue it the way South Korea does, the way Japan does, by importing the enriched material. And if they try to build weapons, we’re going to destroy their weapons program.

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Hillary has called canceling the agreement reckless, but at least he liked the sanctions. Clearly, once the Republicans really get into issues as opposed to their sterling and stunning resumés, the Iran agreement will be one of the hot-button issues.

I thought this might be a good juncture at which to share again a 2010 article from Esquire by Tom Junod who has said more than once that yes he would … he certainly would vote for her.

Apr 22, 2010

Inside Secretary Clinton’s Iran Strategy: Forget the Gates Memo Flap — We Have a Plan

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I felt better about myself as an American after spending time with Hillary Clinton for the profile of her that appears in the May issue of Esquire. Seriously. It’s not just the obvious — it’s not just the fact that she never appears so quintessentially American, as simultaneously Daisy-Millerish and Tracy-Flickish, as when she stands smiling on a stage with a bunch of European guys with permanent five-o’clock shadows. It’s not even that I wind up applauding my country for producing a woman whose genius is for a kind of can-do level-headedness that somehow manages to drive both enemies and admirers around the bend. No, it’s that after traveling to Montreal, London, and Paris with the secretary of state — after listening to three of her speeches and attending at least a dozen diplomatic ceremonies and then interviewing her — I’m a little less concerned than I was about the problem of American power. And because of Hillary Clinton, we should all be a lot less concerned about the problem of a nuclear Iran (no matter the war games nor the cautious talk).

But first, let’s face it: The problem with American power is that there seems to be less of it these days. We’re fighting wars we can’t win and incurring debts we can’t pay, and the upshot of all that is that we can’t tell other countries what to do. “You have to approach this [diplomacy] with humility,” Secretary Clinton told me. “Even if you think we’re right — and in fact I do believe we’re right about the major issues — you can’t just assert it.” Now, on the face of it that sounds like a pretty standard, Obama-era formulation, right down to the encoded reference to the Bush administration, whose policy of diplomacy-by-assertion only wound up making us look at once decisive and ineffectual — decisively ineffectual, if you will. But the thing that makes it also a classic Hillary formulation is the parenthetical insistence that she, and we, are right. She has never been given to apology, and while this has caused her some problems politically — think the Iraq war vote — it serves her well as President Obama’s secretary of state. She does not give you the sense, as Obama sometimes does, that she’s conducting foreign policy in expiation of the sins of the previous administration, or for that matter of the previous 234-odd years of American history. She’s not guilty about anything, least of all American power, and standing next to her is like standing next to a Minuteman missile — you can have all sorts of opinions about her, but ultimately you’re glad that she’s one of ours.

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Going forward into the debates and the next phase of the campaign, Junod’s articles are handy pieces for us all to keep in our back pockets.

I see a lot of cheering. “Hillary 2016”  “I will vote for her!”  “She will be our next president!”  We need to arm ourselves for the battles.  Yesterday I shared an article from HuffPo explaining how doctored video footage was used to eradicate ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) in 2010 and is being used  do the same thing to Planned Parenthood now.  That article also explained how manufactured information is used against the Clintons.

It time to move on from the sloganeering and find out whence potential attacks might emanate and what the facts are.  A great many people who are supporting Hillary know very little about what she has done.  We welcome new teammates.  Junod’s article is a good place to start getting proficient in Hillary Clinton foreign policy.  Today is a great day to begin.

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