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Sen. James Inhofe: Benghazi Is ‘The Biggest Coverup in History’

Republican rhetoric gets more and more absurd
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Notice that in this ridiculous video clip from Fox News (posted at YouTube by his office), arch climate change denier James Inhofe never actually says specifically why the Benghazi attack will “go down as the biggest coverup in history.”

The leaders of the Republican Party are determined to continue hideously embarrassing themselves with this bone-headed bogus issue, and there’s no talking them down from the ledge. I’m starting to think someone slipped LSD into the food at the Congressional cafeteria.

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105 comments

1 Kragar  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:04:13pm

The fact they cannot state one single fact that was covered up proves how fiendishly effective the coverup was.

2 Locker  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:04:15pm

I think he's trying to one-up Donald Trump when it comes to releasing statements with no content.

3 The Mountain That Blogs  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:06:00pm

The Moon landing, global warming being a ruse to get government money for research grants, the Kennedy assassination, secret FEMA camps...

Come on, there are so many more.

4 erik_t  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:07:46pm

In history, eh? He's going to need to shorten history even further than 6000 years. Maybe 6000 minutes would do it.

5 Kragar  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:08:26pm

re: #3 The Mountain That Blogs

The Moon landing, global warming being a ruse to get government money for research grants, the Kennedy assassination, secret FEMA camps...

Come on, there are so many more.

The mass graves after Katriana, Al Capone's vault...

6 Obdicut  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:09:32pm

Hey guys, the election is over. People didn't buy your bullshit then and they won't know either. You're just making asses of yourselves.

It's really starting to just look personal. I mean, no offense to Rice, but she's not the only person that could be in that role. So the GOP seems more interested in just trying to personally jab at Obama through this, in a way that doesn't even really affect him politically. I don't get it.

That epiphany some were predicting on the right-wing after the election was lost and they realized their truthiness and disbelief in polls was bullshit-- I don't think we're going to see that anytime soon.

7 Mattand  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:10:04pm

re: #3 The Mountain That Blogs

The Moon landing, global warming being a ruse to get government money for research grants, the Kennedy assassination, secret FEMA camps...

Come on, there are so many more.

My favorite is the existence of moderate Republicans.

8 RadicalModerate  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:11:25pm

So, according to James Inhofe, this is a bigger coverup than Area 51, the faked Moon landings, and mind-control via water fluoridation?

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9 Varek Raith  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:12:53pm

Dear Wingnuts,
WHAT FUCKING COVERUP?!

10 Kragar  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:12:59pm

re: #8 RadicalModerate

So, according to James Inhofe, this is a bigger coverup than Area 51, the faked Moon landings, and mind-control via water fluoridation?

//

THINK BIGGER!

This is Illuminati big!

11 Kragar  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:13:32pm

re: #9 Varek Raith

Dear Wingnuts,
WHAT FUCKING COVERUP?!

Lack of evidence proves the cover up occurred.

12 erik_t  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:14:04pm

re: #9 Varek Raith

Dear Wingnuts,
WHAT FUCKING COVERUP?!

Well,

BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI BENGHAZI

13 RadicalModerate  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:18:11pm

This must be a REALLY big coverup to Inhofe.

Remember, he was one of the original Birthers in the US Senate.

14 Varek Raith  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:18:40pm

Bigger than AGW hoax???
/

15 ProGunLiberal  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:19:14pm

Hey Obdicut, you here?

16 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:20:33pm

re: #9 Varek Raith

Dear Wingnuts,
WHAT FUCKING COVERUP?!

Sincerely,
Everyone with an Ounce of F---ing Common Sense.

17 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:20:53pm

Oh, and good evening, Lizardim.

18 Charles Johnson  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:22:15pm

re: #14 Varek Raith

Bigger than AGW hoax???
/

No, see -- climate change is a hoax. Benghazi is a coverup. Big difference.

19 Varek Raith  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:23:57pm

re: #18 Charles Johnson

No, see -- climate change is a hoax. Benghazi is a coverup. Big difference.

Ah, makes sense.
Bigger than Roswell?!?!

20 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:23:58pm

re: #18 Charles Johnson

No, see -- climate change is a hoax. Benghazi is a coverup. Big difference.

Potato, potato.

/Wait, that doesn't work as well in text

21 Varek Raith  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:25:07pm

re: #20 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too

Potato, potato.

/Wait, that doesn't work as well in text

Try tomato, tomato.
See?

22 Howl  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:27:18pm

They are just desperate for an Obama Administration scandal. Everything else they have gone after has turned up very little.

23 Bubblehead II  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:27:46pm

re: #5 Kragar

The mass graves after Katriana, Al Capone's vault...

You Forgot Vince Foster and various others killed by the Clintons.

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24 Bubblehead II  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:31:18pm

re: #22 Howl

Welcome Hatchling.

25 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:35:46pm

I must confess I find this whole scandal perplexing. I cannot for the life of me figure out what Sen. Inhofe thinks can be dug up to prove a cover up.

26 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:36:01pm

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There... now I feel better.

27 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:36:21pm

re: #26 freetoken

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There... now I feel better.

Tell us how you really feel.

28 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:39:01pm

In not unrelated news, I see that the rehabilitation of Mitt Romney continues with today's lunch at the WH.

This whole effort - not just on the part of media companies but apparently on the part of President Obama - seems to me to be particularly stuck in some notion of post-modern politics where a candidate can be anything as long as he's repackaged in a shiny new label, and as if the past has no truth, only interpretation.

29 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:40:50pm

re: #27 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too

Tell us how you really feel.

Well, given the clouds outside a bit discouraged to go walking to the gym. Perhaps that will have to wait until tomorrow, though there is a chance of rain tomorrow also.

30 Lidane  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:41:31pm

re: #25 Dark_Falcon

I must confess I find this whole scandal perplexing. I cannot for the life of me figure out what Sen. Inhofe thinks can be dug up to prove a cover up.

Please. As if Inhofe cares about anything except looking like an unhinged douchebag obstructionist.

31 watching you tiny alien kittens are  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:43:32pm

No way, it can't be bigger than the 9/11 cover-up, remember building Seven!!!11!

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32 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:43:44pm

Obama, Romney Pledge to ‘Stay In Touch’ at White House Lunch

Why?

I mean just... why?

Mitt Romney - go away. You have a house on the sea shore in La Jolla (San Diego), one of the nicest places in the world to live, in one of the nicer houses in the area. You can play with you grandchildren there, or your equally posh estate on the Atlantic, or in you Rocky Mtn. cabin, or anywhere else for that matter.

Just go away.

33 Turkey Jihad  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:43:46pm

Fox News is still referring to Benghazi as a scandal.

34 Lidane  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:44:33pm

re: #33 Turkey Jihad

Fox News is still referring to Benghazi as a scandal.

That's because they're still scandalized their fear-mongering didn't work. Obama won a second term. Clearly, something is amiss.

35 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:50:56pm

Quick poll:

With what should Americans' be most concerned?
1. Benghazi!
2. Football
3. Viagra

???

WR has "heard" of Viagra use to gain edge on field

36 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:52:40pm

re: #35 freetoken

Quick poll:

With what should Americans' be most concerned?
1. Benghazi!
2. Football
3. Viagra

???

WR has "heard" of Viagra use to gain edge on field

Football, and if the Bears can take down the Seahawks on Sunday.

Go Bears!

37 goddamnedfrank  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:53:18pm

re: #25 Dark_Falcon

I must confess I find this whole scandal perplexing. I cannot for the life of me figure out what Sen. Inhofe thinks can be dug up to prove a cover up.

This whole thing is now designed to get Scott Brown back in the Senate. There doesn't have to be a cover up, they'll just keep ginning up excuses for opposing the very idea of Rice as SoS, and presenting John Kerry as a nomination that will sail through confirmation hearings.

38 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:54:19pm

Inhofe, btw, is still pushing his stories of how the big evil EPA is going to destroy America and that the Obama administration kept secret EPA regulations they will someday force upon us.

Some how this BENGHAZI! thing works into that.

39 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:54:57pm

re: #38 freetoken

Inhofe, btw, is still pushing his stories of how the big evil EPA is going to destroy America and that the Obama administration kept secret EPA regulations they will someday force upon us.

Some how this BENGHAZI! thing works into that.

Just more Pwoof (tm) that the Obama administration is keeping secrets. THE AMURIKAN PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW!

40 erik_t  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:55:14pm

re: #37 goddamnedfrank

This whole thing is now designed to get Scott Brown back in the Senate.

Because obviously the only reason he lost is because Elizabeth Warren is the only electable Democratic candidate in the state of Massachusetts. It has nothing to do with the fact that Massachusetts voters were displeased with the nuttiness of the modern GOP and saw Brown as a representative of the party.

Dipshits.

41 dragonfire1981  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:57:03pm

Sometimes I wish the X files was still on, theyd never be at a lack for episodes with all this nonsense.

42 Obdicut  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:58:19pm

re: #40 erik_t

Brown's negative campaigning against Warren is going to hamper him in this run, too, if he did go again. He'd be saying a whole raft of other negative shit about someone that will obviously be ginned up quickly, whereas all his opponent has to do is point at Warren and say "What she said" and then make their case for themselves.

I don't think the Mass Democrats are going to royally fuck this up again. People forget that he got elected against an incredibly goddamn weak candidate, during the height of the tea party craziness.

43 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:00:42pm

Why push another senator into the SoS position?

There are many experienced foreign policy officials.

44 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:03:37pm

re: #43 freetoken

Why push another senator into the SoS position?

There are many experienced foreign policy officials.

Because it is easier to get the Senate to confirm a senator. Nominating Kerry would avoid a threat of a filibuster and would likely make for less contentious confirmation hearings.

45 Skip Intro  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:04:08pm

Why not try the only sane Republican left, Jon Huntsman?

46 Killgore Trout  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:04:30pm
47 Douchecanoe and Ryan Too  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:04:51pm

re: #44 Dark_Falcon

Because it is easier to get the Senate to confirm a senator. Nominating Kerry would avoid a threat of a filibuster and would likely make for less contentious confirmation hearings.

*snort*
"Less contentious confirmation hearings." Puleez. The Good Ol' Boys Club is not going to let ANYONE get confirmed without a fight.

48 Killgore Trout  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:08:45pm

re: #32 freetoken

Why?

I mean just... why?

Because these guys don't actually hate each other. They understand the game and it's not personal. The Clintons and Bush's all get along just fine. The hate resides mostly with the fan clubs.
I think this was a classy move on Obama's part and hope it becomes a regular feature after elections.

49 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:08:57pm

re: #45 Skip Intro

Why not try the only sane Republican left, Jon Huntsman?

He wouldn't take the job. He'd be pretty much read out of the GOP if he did so.

50 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:09:26pm

Today's big climate change news comes from a newly published (in Science) analysis of ice loss at the poles:

A Reconciled Estimate of Ice-Sheet Mass Balance

We combined an ensemble of satellite altimetry, interferometry, and gravimetry data sets using common geographical regions, time intervals, and models of surface mass balance and glacial isostatic adjustment to estimate the mass balance of Earth’s polar ice sheets. We find that there is good agreement between different satellite methods—especially in Greenland and West Antarctica—and that combining satellite data sets leads to greater certainty. Between 1992 and 2011, the ice sheets of Greenland, East Antarctica, West Antarctica, and the Antarctic Peninsula changed in mass by –142 ± 49, +14 ± 43, –65 ± 26, and –20 ± 14 gigatonnes year−1, respectively. Since 1992, the polar ice sheets have contributed, on average, 0.59 ± 0.20 millimeter year−1 to the rate of global sea-level rise.

The data used was only through 2011, so it does not include that well publicized melting in Greenland this year.

This new paper is getting wide play in the media, including this WaPo story:

New study affirms ice-sheet-loss estimates in Greenland, Antarctica

The giant polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are losing three times as much ice as 20 years ago, adding to the rising sea level that threatens low-lying coastal areas, according to a new study hailed by scientists as the most accurate assessment of polar ice melt to date.

In one startling finding, Greenland’s melt was five times higher than it was in the mid-1990s, representing more than two-thirds of the ice loss, according to the study, published online Thursday in the journal Science. Antarctica’s slower thaw accounted for the rest.

[...]

“This will give the wider climate science community greater confidence in ice losses and lead to improved mode predictions of future sea-level rise,” [co-author Shepherd] said.

[...]

Sure enough the derp has come out already in the comments.

51 DREd  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:10:00pm

Benghazi!

WHERE ARE THEY HIDING THE BODIES?

52 Charles Johnson  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:11:45pm

re: #32 freetoken

Obama, Romney Pledge to ‘Stay In Touch’ at White House Lunch

Why?

I mean just... why?

They parted with a promise to totally call each other.

53 Obdicut  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:11:55pm

re: #48 Killgore Trout

He doesn't have to hate Romney to consider him what he is: irrelevant.

54 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:13:16pm

re: #52 Charles Johnson

They parted with a promise to totally call each other.

Their first date must have been at a really nice restaurant.

55 goddamnedfrank  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:15:15pm

re: #40 erik_t

Because obviously the only reason he lost is because Elizabeth Warren is the only electable Democratic candidate in the state of Massachusetts. It has nothing to do with the fact that Massachusetts voters were displeased with the nuttiness of the modern GOP and saw Brown as a representative of the party.

Dipshits.

Scott Brown won his initial Senate Seat in the special election called after the death of Ted Kennedy. The danger is that he's a much more formidable candidate in such special elections than in large general contests, because of the lower turnout. If Kerry becomes SoS in Februrary/March then the election would be held in August/September. If Brown gets in to fill the rest of Kerry's term he'll face reelection in the 2014 midterms, where again turnout will be down from a presidential election year.

The odds are probably against him, but not by so much as some think. It'll take a strong, popular candidate to really put the election out of Brown's reach.

56 Bubblehead II  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:15:19pm

re: #45 Skip Intro

I could see that. Since He has experience with being both the Ambassador to Singapore and China as well numerous other accomplishments. Besides, It would be funny as hell to well to watch the RWNJs have to fight amongst themselves to come up with a reason to deny Him the appointment.

57 goddamnedfrank  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:17:46pm

re: #45 Skip Intro

Why not try the only sane Republican left, Jon Huntsman?

Because he's already been given a prestigious ambassadorship only to turn around and stab Obama in the back.

58 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:19:07pm

That TV show, the one which is the ultimate triumph for a fading star, may help prolong the rehabilitation of the Romneys:

Will Ann Romney don some ‘Dancing’ shoes?

She won’t be tripping the light fantastic at any inaugural balls, but “Dancing with the Stars” fan Ann Romney said it’s not impossible that a Romney might some day hoof it for the mirror ball trophy on the hot ABC dance contest!

“But I ... I don’t think so,” laughed Mrs. Mitt.

Well, why the heck not? Bristol Palin did it, and the two-left-footed political progeny got asked back for the all-star season! And let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to see the former GOP presidential candidate cheering on his latex-attired, spray-tanned bride from the cheap seats as she busted a jive with Derek Hough or Valentin Chmerkovskiy???

Ann, who surprised son Matt’s wife, Laurie, with seats to the hotly contested finale for Laurie’s 40th birthday, is a big fan of the show. Joining her in the audience were the aforementioned Matt and Laurie, son Craig Romney and his wife, Mary, and a few grandkids. Ann said one of the littlest Romney girls is also a big fan, hence the family outing to the finale, where All-Stars Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani samba-ed their way to the mirror ball.

[...]

59 erik_t  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:21:04pm

re: #55 goddamnedfrank

The odds are probably against him, but not by so much as some think. It'll take a strong, popular candidate to really put the election out of Brown's reach.

Of course. He is a threat to return.

But I wouldn't base my entire post-election party dialog around just maybe possibly getting him into a special election.

60 RadicalModerate  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:23:36pm

Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" has a rather inspired takedown of the Benghazi hubbub and Senators McCain and Graham's duplicitous grandstanding.

Part 1:


Part 2:
61 Bubblehead II  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:24:13pm

re: #57 goddamnedfrank

Because he's already been given a prestigious ambassadorship only to turn around and stab Obama in the back.

No he didn't. Just because Obama appointed him as Ambassador to China, doesn't mean he was disallowed from going after the nomination. There was no back stabbing by Huntsman.

62 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:29:08pm

re: #61 Bubblehead II

No he didn't. Just because Obama appointed him as Ambassador to China, doesn't mean he was disallowed from going after the nomination. There was no back stabbing by Huntsman.

Concur. That was just normal partisan politics.

63 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:31:07pm

Speaking of coverups and hoaxes, the DiscoTute is back at it again, now writing propaganda for online Indiana media:

Guest column: The case for academic freedom on evolution and in science class

A prominent Republican in the IN legislature is going to push a "controversy" bill, and Gov-elect Pence has danced around the issue quite a bit.

64 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:32:25pm

re: #63 freetoken

Speaking of coverups and hoaxes, the DiscoTute is back at it again, now writing propaganda for online Indiana media:

Guest column: The case for academic freedom on evolution and in science class

A prominent Republican in the IN legislature is going to push a "controversy" bill, and Gov-elect Pence has danced around the issue quite a bit.

65 goddamnedfrank  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:32:26pm

re: #61 Bubblehead II

No he didn't. Just because Obama appointed him as Ambassador to China, doesn't mean he was disallowed from going after the nomination. There was no back stabbing by Huntsman.

Yes, he did. He used the position given to him to build up his own gravitas then quit after less than two years only to go on the attack against the President and Administration he'd previously served and lavished praise upon. Only a masochist would reward that kind of behavior with another appointment.

66 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:34:56pm

And here's a Christmas story you'll like:

A photo of a New York City police officer kneeling down to give a barefoot homeless man in Times Square a pair of boots on a cold November night is melting even the iciest New Yorkers' hearts online.

On Nov. 14, NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo, who was on counterterrorism duty in Times Square, saw the older homeless man without shoes sitting on 42nd Street. DePrimo, 25, left and then returned with a pair of $100 boots he bought at a nearby Skechers store.

"It was freezing out, and you could see the blisters on the man's feet," DePrimo, a three-year veteran of the department who lives with his parents on Long Island, told the New York Times. "I had two pairs of socks, and I was still cold."

The random act of kindness was captured by Jennifer Foster, a tourist from Florence, Ariz., who was visiting the city. Foster, communications director for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office in Arizona, emailed the photo to the NYPD with a note commending DePrimo.

This is an act in the true Christian spirit: A good deed for one's fellow man done for their sake, not the doer's.

67 freetoken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:35:25pm

Have had the following tab open since last night, not quite sure where it would fit in...

But, if you thought non-sensical off-the-wall anti-Obama screed writing getting published in "mainstream" media was behind us, then you'll be disappointed. From the TC Palm:

Stanford Erickson: As a conflicted Mama's Boy, Obama, as history shows, is likely to be just as obstinate domestically, yet appeasing to other nations, in his second term

68 HappyWarrior  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:36:24pm

re: #67 freetoken

Have had the following tab open since last night, not quite sure where it would fit in...

But, if you thought non-sensical off-the-wall anti-Obama screed writing getting published in "mainstream" media was behind us, then you'll be disappointed. From the TC Palm:

Stanford Erickson: As a conflicted Mama's Boy, Obama, as history shows, is likely to be just as obstinate domestically, yet appeasing to other nations, in his second term

I'm surprised this isn't Fox News "psychiatrist" Keith Ablow. Really, where the fuck do these people come from?

69 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:38:19pm

re: #67 freetoken

Have had the following tab open since last night, not quite sure where it would fit in...

But, if you thought non-sensical off-the-wall anti-Obama screed writing getting published in "mainstream" media was behind us, then you'll be disappointed. From the TC Palm:

Stanford Erickson: As a conflicted Mama's Boy, Obama, as history shows, is likely to be just as obstinate domestically, yet appeasing to other nations, in his second term

Obama's search for father figures in his life weighs against his being a mama's boy. Not that he did not love his mother, for he surely did.

70 Obdicut  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:39:12pm

re: #66 Dark_Falcon

This is an act in the true Christian spirit: A good deed for one's fellow man done for their sake, not the doer's.

Oh boy. So that's 'Christian'? You even know if DePrimo is religious?

71 Skip Intro  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:39:20pm

re: #63 freetoken

Speaking of coverups and hoaxes, the DiscoTute is back at it again, now writing propaganda for online Indiana media:

Guest column: The case for academic freedom on evolution and in science class

A prominent Republican in the IN legislature is going to push a "controversy" bill, and Gov-elect Pence has danced around the issue quite a bit.

Such a policy, protecting teachers who introduce cutting-edge science — not religion — in their teaching, may come up for a vote by Indiana lawmakers in 2013.

Says the Discovery Institute lawyer for the creationists. Since when is creationism "cutting edge science", or science at all?

72 RadicalModerate  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:39:33pm

re: #65 goddamnedfrank

Yes, he did. He used the position given to him to build up his own gravitas then quit after less than two years only to go on the attack against the President and Administration he'd previously served and lavished praise upon. Only a masochist would reward that kind of behavior with another appointment.

I see it a little differently. I think that he saw how badly crazy the rest of the Republican field was in 2012, and out of a (maybe misguided) loyalty to his party, hoped to give at least a remotely sane alternative to the rest of the candidates. He only got single-digits in polling for his efforts because the push for ideological purity within the party effectively shut him out.

73 nines09  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:39:44pm

re: #35 freetoken

Quick poll:

With what should Americans' be most concerned?
1. Benghazi!
2. Football
3. Viagra

???

WR has "heard" of Viagra use to gain edge on field

Rumor has it that some nursing homes have some of the older gentleman take Viagra for safety purposes. They say it keeps them from rolling out of bed in the middle of the night. *rimshot*

74 erik_t  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:40:48pm

re: #70 Obdicut

Oh boy. So that's 'Christian'? You even know if DePrimo is religious?

Must be. Only the right kind of religious people act to help their fellow man. Why, this incident basically proves that that man doesn't need government help.

75 jaunte  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:40:50pm

re: #67 freetoken

Pseudoscience, can't get enough of it.
Without reading the book, I'll predict that paying attention to climate change is likely in the author's list of "Mama's Boy" traits.

76 Skip Intro  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:41:33pm

re: #70 Obdicut

Oh boy. So that's 'Christian'? You even know if DePrimo is religious?

Because things like this never happened before in the history of the world before the invention of Christianity.

77 Bubblehead II  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 4:44:36pm

re: #65 goddamnedfrank

Yes, he did. He used the position given to him to build up his own gravitas then quit after less than two years only to go on the attack against the President and Administration he'd previously served and lavished praise upon. Only a masochist would reward that kind of behavior with another appointment.

Welcome to politics, American Style. It is the way the game is played.

But the fact remains, he had the right to apply for the job and he did and did so in a public manner. There was no back stabbing.

78 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:08:28pm

re: #74 erik_t

Must be. Only the right kind of religious people act to help their fellow man. Why, this incident basically proves that that man doesn't need government help.

I'm not saying that. The man's religious beliefs aren't the important thing, what matters are his actions. And even if he isn't religious, his actions were in keeping with the ideas of Christian charity. I meant my post to praise a good deed, not run people down.

Again, my nickname here is 'Dark_Falcon, not 'Generic Wingnut'.

79 Tigger2005  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:13:24pm

I don't understand why Obama invited Romney to lunch at the White House. The man almost has too much grace and class for his own good, to invite the graceless and crass to break bread. Romney lost and he should fade away into as much obscurity as is possible for a rich empty suit.

80 Mentis Fugit  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:15:55pm

re: #54 freetoken

Their first date must have been at a really nice restaurant.

They had three dates at the really posh French place, De Bate's.

81 Decatur Deb  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:16:49pm

re: #79 Tigger2005

I don't understand why Obama invited Romney to lunch at the White House. The man almost has too much grace and class for his own good, to invite the graceless and crass to break bread. Romney lost and he should fade away into as much obscurity as is possible for a rich empty suit.

The Prez just wanted him to hear Don Shirley play at lunch:

82 jaunte  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:18:11pm

re: #79 Tigger2005

It did provide an interesting contrast, in that the President was more hospitable to Romney after the election than Romney's own party has been.

83 EPR-radar  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:18:45pm

re: #79 Tigger2005

I don't understand why Obama invited Romney to lunch at the White House. The man almost has too much grace and class for his own good, to invite the graceless and crass to break bread. Romney lost and he should fade away into as much obscurity as is possible for a rich empty suit.

I can live with this as a purely political ploy --- act like a civilized person and let the Republicans discredit themselves with their antics (outrage du jour etc.).

I can't believe there is any respect there. Nobody who has run against Romney (either in GOP primaries or in the general election) appears to have any respect for him.

84 HappyWarrior  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:19:09pm

re: #79 Tigger2005

I don't understand why Obama invited Romney to lunch at the White House. The man almost has too much grace and class for his own good, to invite the graceless and crass to break bread. Romney lost and he should fade away into as much obscurity as is possible for a rich empty suit.

Wouldn't be what I would do either but I guess I understand. I just read Team of Rivals and Abraham Lincoln's forgiving nature to those who had wronged him amazed me. Salmon Chase pretty much undermined him and even mounted a run against him in 1864, and Lincoln was still gracious enough to consider him for Chief Justice to the Supreme Court because he thought Chase was the best man for the job. I can definitely after reading that book see why Obama admires Lincoln. Though I think Lincoln too would admire Obama.

85 William Barnett-Lewis  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:19:54pm

re: #70 Obdicut

Oh boy. So that's 'Christian'? You even know if DePrimo is religious?

No, and for me it doesn't matter. I can still (and have) use it as a lesson for my son in what that "christian" spirit is supposed to mean. It is a very good example of treating your fellow as Matthew 25:35-36 prescribes. It's godly in a way we rarely see.

86 Decatur Deb  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:21:48pm

re: #85 William Barnett-Lewis

No, and for me it doesn't matter. I can still (and have) use it as a lesson for my son in what that "christian" spirit is supposed to mean. It is a very good example of treating your fellow as Matthew 25:35-36 prescribes. It's godly in a way we rarely see.

I have it on good authority that Christianity is a philosophy, not a religion.

87 Dark_Falcon  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:22:36pm

re: #85 William Barnett-Lewis

No, and for me it doesn't matter. I can still (and have) use it as a lesson for my son in what that "christian" spirit is supposed to mean. It is a very good example of treating your fellow as Matthew 25:35-36 prescribes. It's godly in a way we rarely see.

Thank you for that, Wlewisiii.

88 chadu  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:50:39pm

re: #25 Dark_Falcon

I'm with you, DF.

I'm a 2 month lurker, and new hatchling. Allo.

89 chadu  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:52:22pm

re: #37 goddamnedfrank

I really don't think that Rice was a candidate for SoS. This is RWNJ madness.

90 wrenchwench  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:53:20pm

re: #88 chadu

Welcome, hatchling.

91 chadu  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 5:56:33pm

re: #90 wrenchwench

Merci, lady. Your wise words have always been worth reading.

92 Lidane  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 6:03:40pm

re: #44 Dark_Falcon

Nominating Kerry would avoid a threat of a filibuster and would likely make for less contentious confirmation hearings.

Less contentious? ROFL.

Nominating Kerry would mean the GOP could groove to Swiftboat Veterans II: Vietnam Boogaloo. They'd bring back Jerome Corsi and all that shit, including the Purple Heart band-aids.

93 Obdicut  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 6:04:56pm

re: #85 William Barnett-Lewis

No, and for me it doesn't matter. I can still (and have) use it as a lesson for my son in what that "christian" spirit is supposed to mean. It is a very good example of treating your fellow as Matthew 25:35-36 prescribes. It's godly in a way we rarely see.

Do me a favor, and never call anything I do 'Christian', please.

94 chadu  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 6:08:04pm

re: #92 Lidane

Agreed.

And there's McCain, smiling like Gollum.

All the respect I had for him before 2000 has turned into ashes.

95 EPR-radar  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 6:10:53pm

re: #93 Obdicut

Do me a favor, and never call anything I do 'Christian', please.

It may not be intentional on the part of the writer, but there is an arrogance in attributing the altruistic act of another to Christianity.

It tends to come across as a denial of the fact that virtue can come from any (or no) religious tradition.

96 Decatur Deb  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 6:12:37pm

re: #93 Obdicut

Do me a favor, and never call anything I do 'Christian', please.

"Mighty White of you" still OK?

97 krypto  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 6:33:21pm

re: #37 goddamnedfrank

This whole thing is now designed to get Scott Brown back in the Senate. There doesn't have to be a cover up, they'll just keep ginning up excuses for opposing the very idea of Rice as SoS, and presenting John Kerry as a nomination that will sail through confirmation hearings.

Scott Brown won the special election here in Massachusetts for two reasons:
(1) It was a special election that by its nature was sure to get poorer turnout, in which extremist groups like the tea party can have greater weight, and
(2) MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, Martha Coakley was so elitest and overconfident that she didn't even bother to campaign seriously - she would disappear from public view for weeks at a time, and even openly flaunted her idea that it was beneath her to do the kinds of things Brown was aggressively and conspicuously doing, such as standing outside of the baseball stadium greeting voters, and trucking all over the state to greet voters at restaurants.

While (1) may not be controllable if Kerry gets the post and Brown tries the special election route to the senate again, we can all be sure that the Democatic Party in Massachusetts will never again allow its candidate to non-campaign the way Martha Coakley did.

98 EPR-radar  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 6:38:46pm

re: #97 krypto

Scott Brown won the special election here in Massachusetts for two reasons:
(1) It was a special election that by its nature was sure to get poorer turnout, in which extremist groups like the tea party can have greater weight, and
(2) MUCH MORE IMPORTANTLY, Martha Coakley was so elitest and overconfident that she didn't even bother to campaign seriously - she would disappear from public view for weeks at a time, and even openly flaunted her idea that it was beneath her to do the kinds of things Brown was aggressively and conspicuously doing, such as standing outside of the baseball stadium greeting voters, and trucking all over the state to greet voters at restaurants.

While (1) may not be controllable if Kerry gets the post and Brown tries the special election route to the senate again, we can all be sure that the Democatic Party in Massachusetts will never again allow its candidate to non-campaign the way Martha Coakley did.

Agreed. By all accounts, Coakley's "campaign" amounted to "I'm the D running in a MA statewide election, of course I'm going to win."

99 funky chicken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 7:15:51pm

re: #8 RadicalModerate

So, according to James Inhofe, this is a bigger coverup than Area 51, the faked Moon landings, and mind-control via water fluoridation?

//

CHEMTRAILS

100 funky chicken  Thu, Nov 29, 2012 7:21:57pm

re: #45 Skip Intro

Why not try the only sane Republican left, Jon Huntsman?

Richard Lugar would be an excellent choice if his health is still good enough. Nancy Landon Kassebaum and Jack Danforth are also moderate GOP folks I respect. It's tragic that I can't think of another sane young Republican besides Huntsman.

Chris Christie might be sane, but qualified to be the nation's top diplomat? LOL

101 steve_davis  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 6:11:01am

re: #32 freetoken

Obama, Romney Pledge to ‘Stay In Touch’ at White House Lunch

Why?

I mean just... why?

Mitt Romney - go away. You have a house on the sea shore in La Jolla (San Diego), one of the nicest places in the world to live, in one of the nicer houses in the area. You can play with you grandchildren there, or your equally posh estate on the Atlantic, or in you Rocky Mtn. cabin, or anywhere else for that matter.

Just go away.

I presume the same reason millions of people say, "I'll call you" after one-night stands.

102 Patricia Kayden  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 8:45:32am

re: #1 Kragar

What could have been covered up? And why would the Obama administration want to cover up anything?

Funny how I don't recall the Democrats making a political dust up over 9/11, which was a much bigger tragedy. I recall we were all pretty much told to fall in line and support the Bush administration and not point fingers.

But where are the Democratic politicians to speak up and defend the President and Ms. Rice? They need to get on television programs and fight back against the Republicans.

103 Patricia Kayden  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 8:47:25am

re: #13 RadicalModerate

This must be a REALLY big coverup to Inhofe.

Remember, he was one of the original Birthers in the US Senate.

Wouldn't you love to see a Democratic politician challenge Inhofe about his birtherism stance? That would make interesting tv.

104 Patricia Kayden  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 8:52:35am

re: #37 goddamnedfrank

This whole thing is now designed to get Scott Brown back in the Senate. There doesn't have to be a cover up, they'll just keep ginning up excuses for opposing the very idea of Rice as SoS, and presenting John Kerry as a nomination that will sail through confirmation hearings.

Even if Kerry is not nominated for Secretary of State, he may be nominated for Secretary of Defense which could open up his seat for Scott Brown. Either way, the Democrats need to start vetting someone to run against Brown.

105 Patricia Kayden  Fri, Nov 30, 2012 8:59:58am

re: #79 Tigger2005

Perhaps to show the Republicans that he is better than them. He had a get together with McCain after beating him in 2008, which I also found baffling. President Obama doesn't strike me as a person who holds personal grudges.


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