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Dear Republicans, It Is Time to Get Over Benghazi

by Jessica B. May 6th, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
benghazi 2 pdAfter stamping their feet and shouting very loudly about the non-controversy that was Benghazi for most of 2013, the right wing is at it again, because well, Benghazi. And those of us on the left are still shrugging our shoulders saying "Huh? Why are you all worked up about this?”

So what exactly happened? There is still a lot of confusion about actual events due to changing and heavily politicized reports, but mostly the crux of the matter is the tragic death of a U.S. ambassador and three embassy employees in an attack against the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. Initially,
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The Dirty Lowdown, At Last

by Eric M. Blake May 5th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
benghazi pdWhen I heard the breaking news this week, my mood could best be described like so: my slumping back in my seat, looking upward and howling out, "FINALLY!!!"

By that, I mean that at last — after all the delays, all the stonewalling via redaction after redaction … a smoking gun has been found.  And this time, the serial number has not been blacked out by constant double-talk and evasion — and said number leads where we all knew it led: to the Obama Administration.

I’m referring to the e-mails wrung out by watchdog group Judicial Watch via a Freedom of
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The Problem With “A Strong Leader”

by Jessica B. April 22nd, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
putin obama wh2While the right wing claims to fear socialism and fascism most of all, they seem to have a bizarre fetish with the "strong" leadership of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Maybe they are too distracted by his muscular physique, but over the last month right wing pundits have called Putin "a strong and gifted leader", with Sarah Palin saying Putin is “a dynamic and powerful leader with a clear vision."

But what is it exactly is it that the right wing is applauding? When Obama pushed the Affordable Care Act through congress by using democratic methods to win votes for his
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The Times They Are A’Changin’

by Ronald A. Rowe April 10th, 2014 Winners & Losers
irs protest pdThe United States of America -- Winner -- USA! USA! Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit the silver screen this weekend and it delivered. Not only was it one of the best action / adventure movies to come down the pike in a long time, but the living embodiment of the American spirit was able to shine as the beacon of hope he was meant to be. Not to spoil it for you or anything, but Captain America overcomes incredible odds to save the world from the insidious villains who seek to take away our most basic and cherished
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President Obama Goes After For-Profit Colleges

by T Akery March 18th, 2014 Republican Reflections
student parkingPresident Obama has now decided that for-profit colleges are the new enemy. Whether this is an attempt at a distraction from the low enrollment in Obamacare or an attempt to refocus the conversation off a poor economy, it doesn't matter. Both conversations are more important than this one. But then again, this is one of his strategies. Pick out a target and use that to distract the country from the real problems.

For-profit colleges do deserve a lot of criticism. Many are just in the business of getting in as many students as possible and then graduating them as fast
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Those Who Cannot Remember History

by Ronald A. Rowe March 13th, 2014 Winners & Losers
sevastopol monument pdAh, the world of politics. It can always be counted upon to provide us a weekly treasure trove of winners and losers. This week we had a good sampling of both, from both sides of the aisle and beyond into the international.

President Obama/Ukraine – Losers, Vladimir Putin/Russia -- Winners – I don’t care how partisan you are, it’s tough to come up with a reasonable defense for the Obama Administration’s foreign policy weakness in light of Russia’s offensive into the Ukraine In the words of George Santayana, “those who cannot
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Winner Winner Turkey Dinner

by Ronald A. Rowe March 6th, 2014 Winners & Losers
victoryOK, maybe I’ve been a little grumpy lately. It was brought to my attention this week that I’ve been selecting far more losers than winners of late. In my defense I would argue that the American political system creates far more losers than winners on an ongoing basis. But in a spirit of joy and brotherhood* I have caved in and hereby present Just Winners this week. As my grandfather used to say: “Winner, Winner, Turkey Dinner!”**

Winners:

Rush Limbaugh -- The Right Wing’s loudest mouthpiece was vindicated this week when his words from a quarter of a century ago
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Obama’s Weak Foreign Policy Comes to a Head

by T Akery March 4th, 2014 Republican Reflections
ukraine nasaIn the past, Presidents have been pretty strong with foreign policies. Even some of the worst Presidents have conveyed some kind of strength overseas. While things haven't always gone as planned and mistakes happened, this perception has helped America become a world power. Now, all of that power is being threatened by Obama's inexperience and his obvious lack of leadership as one of the free world leaders. It is so obvious, that countries like Russia are now using that weakness against him.

In many ways, it did start in Iraq. While it was absolutely necessary to pull out troops, it was
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Red Phoenix

by Eric M. Blake March 3rd, 2014 Conservative Considerations
putin at mic usaIn the late 1980s, Rush Limbaugh wrote the original 35 Undeniable Truths Of Life.  The first two are as follows:

1) The greatest threat to humanity lies in the nuclear weapons arsenal of the Soviet Union.

2) The greatest threat to humanity lies in the Soviet Union.

Following the end of the Cold War, the Godfather wrote the 35 "Revised" Truths, which are, with few exceptions, so different they might as well be Truths 36-70.  Gone are the references to the Soviet Union, naturally, but there is still this:

54) The first 35 Undeniable Truths are still undeniably true.

The first has proven obvious:
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The Earth Does What?

by Ronald A. Rowe February 20th, 2014 Winners & Losers
earth n sunThe United Auto Workers -- Loser -- The UAW tried to gain a foothold in the South by unionizing Tennessee this week but came up short.

President Obama -- Loser -- The U.S. President’s recent power grab has rankled many people this week. Camp Campaign’s Eric Blake explains just what’s so wrong with Absolute Executive Power.

Comcast Cable Company -- Winner -- It’s good to be the king, and after a $45 Billion buyout of Time Warner, Comcast is definitely the King of Cable.
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Unimpeachable Acts

by Eric M. Blake February 17th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
obama points whThis article may be interpreted as my beating a dead horse.  Maybe it is, I don’t know.  But when the big story is a continuing issue — and those in a position to do something end up doing nothing — well … I guess that leaves the rest of us who are aware of what’s going on to speak out … and speak out … and speak out some more.  Believe me, I don’t like it … but when that’s all you can do, and you feel it is your duty to do what you can to change society
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More Bad News for Small Business

by Ronald A. Rowe February 13th, 2014 Winners & Losers
food store signKen Ham – Winner – Creationist Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, hosted well-known Evolutionist Bill Nye for a debate last week. The debate was ostensibly over whether Creationism or Evolution better explains the origins of the universe but if you followed the build up to the event more closely there was a different spin from both sides. The debate was not actually about which side is right. If that were the case there would be no winner and no loser since no one’s mind was changed during the course of the two hour debate. No, the event
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