“Yet all the while, / the more they talk, / the more they lie, / and the deeper down the hole they goâŚ Just waitâŚ/ just wait and feed them the rope.â
Sharyl Attkisson, who lost her job for reporting the truth continues to produce astonishing exposes of the Obama Administration.
As the House Select Committee on Benghazi prepares for its first hearing this week, a former State Department diplomat is coming forward with a startling allegation: Hillary Clinton confidants were part of an operation to âseparateâ damaging documents before they were turned over to the Accountability Review Board investigating security lapses surrounding the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.
According to former Deputy Assistant Secretary Raymond Maxwell, the after-hours session took place over a weekend in a basement operations-type center at State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C. This is the first time Maxwell has publicly come forward with the story.
âShe told me, âRay, we are to go through these stacks and pull out anything that might put anybody in the [Near Eastern Affairs] front office or the seventh floor in a bad light,ââ says Maxwell. He says âseventh floorâ was State Department shorthand for then-Secretary of State Clinton and her principal advisers.
âI asked her, âBut isnât that unethical?â She responded, âRay, those are our orders.â â
This is a lengthy article. Go read it all. Trey’s Benghazi hearings begin this week. I’m sure we’ll hear about this.
Maxwell also criticizes the ARB for failing to interview key people at the White House, State Department and the CIA, including not only Clinton but Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, who managed department resources in Libya; Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs Andrew Shapiro; and White House National Security Council Director for Libya Ben Fishman.
âThe ARB inquiry was, at best, a shoddily executed attempt at damage control, both in Foggy Bottom and on Capitol Hill,â Maxwell says. He views the after-hours operation he witnessed in the State Department basement as âan exercise in misdirection.â
Maxwell says he has been interviewed privately by several members of Congress in recent months, including Chaffetz, a member of the House Oversight Committee, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
One of our email readers, my pal Pam, is involved with the McCormick County Republican Women’s Club. A few months ago she asked if I would come and speak to her group about a few issues, but two in particular … what we are doing in Spartanburg County re Precinct Strategy and how the tea party and the Republican Party work together in our county.
Today was the day! I drove over and met with them, they hold their monthly meetings in a beautiful location – Hickory Knob State Park! CLICK HERE to be jealous
What a spunky group of women! They are very engaged, very informed, and very active! They’ve been walking their precincts with the new app the GOP gives us. They attend and participate in their County Council meetings, they are involved in their community, several of them are on boards or commissions, or their family members are.
They pay attention to the school board, they are aware of which precincts lean Republican and work in the swing precincts. They support their candidates, they’re benevolent, and have big plans for their county!
Thanks for the hospitality and the inspiration, ladies!
We talk about having a voice and a vote through precinct strategy. This is one of those times … our quarterly county GOP executive committee meeting!
Come and network … learn … plan … engage.
We will be having a vote Thursday! So if you are an Executive Committeeman for your precinct be there. If you have to work, are out of town, or are otherwise unable to attend PLEASE DESIGNATE A PROXY VOTER FROM YOUR PRECINCT!!!
It really is your responsibility to ensure your precinct gets a vote. You can give a proxy with a written note, OR by text. Send a text to your proxy voter that they can show to the credentials folks on Thursday night. The meeting is at the usual location, County Council Chambers on Church Street.
Don’t make me call you
Cibby again with a great idea/find!
As we mentioned Atlas Shrugged Part III is out. However, our local Regal Cinema is NOT showing it. They offered Parts I and II. Don’t know why they balked at III. Cibby says:
I have politely lodged a complaint with Regal Cinema about the ‘missing’ Atlas Shrugged III showing. Maybe if the get deluged, they’ll reconsider? (The form may be long, but just skip down to the “Comment” box and speak your piece. I did specify the local theater and putting in your email address will supposedly get you some sort of answer.)
CLICK HERE to give feedback. I just did.
In the form of an ad placed in this weekend’s SHJ! Thanks to Cibby for the tip off!
This should be the price of entry into the GOP Presidential Primary. Every candidate should vow to do this.
In front of a boisterous pub crowd of young voters here, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) ripped into President Obama over executive overreach and even vowed to repeal âall previous executive ordersâ in one of his first acts as president, should he run.
âI think the first executive order that I would issue would be to repeal all previous executive orders,â Paul replied to resounding cheers through the Manchester pub, named for the beer bearing the namesakes of American revolutionary Sam Adams. âDemocracy is messy, but you have to build consensus to pass things. But itâs also in some ways good, because a lot of laws take away your freedom. So it should be hard to pass a law. And it, frankly, when you do it the proper way, is. Weâve done way too many things [the wrong way]: Signing statements, altering legislation by the president, are wrong and unconstitutional and shouldnât happen. Executive orders shouldnât either.â
âIâm very serious that the biggest problem with President Obama is his usurpation of power, destroying the separation of powers and not believing there are any checks and balances and believing that the executive branch can do whatever it wantsâand this is exemplified in immigration, Obamacare and moreâbut really itâs the most seriously destructive thing heâs doing to this country,â Paul said. âWhile Obamacareâs bad, Dodd-Frank is bad, immigration is bad, the problem is is heâs doing it in an unconstitutional way. You can see how the crowd really understands that. The problem is heâs acting like a legislature.â
âItâs not been one thing, itâs been many things,â Paul responded. âItâs been immigration, itâs been healthcare reform as well as war powers. He thinks he can do anything. In frankly almost all of these areas heâs usurped his authority. Itâs wrong from a constitutional perspective. I think with DACA [the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive amnesty], he has no authority to do DACA. Not only is it wrong from a constitutional perspective but then in doing so it becomes something that really messes up the border. It screws things up because if you provide sort of a beacon, or a grant of forgiveness to people and say âthis is okayâ without securing the border, what does that tell everybody else in Central America? âHey guys, itâs open season, letâs move to the United States.â So 50,000 kids have come also because of this Wilberforce Act which says weâre going to treat people differently if they come to the United States from a country other than Mexico. So, 50,000 kids are here.â
A lengthy article, read more at the link above.
On the agenda for Monday’s County Council meeting is this item:
Receive information and take desired action in reference to an Ordinance amending Section 2-121 of the Code of the County of Spartanburg, South Carolina regarding term limits for County Council Appointed Boards, Committees and Commissions. (Action Requested: Render first reading to Ordinance)
CLICK HERE for a reminder of what went on during that time.
CLICK HERE for another comprehensive post.
To me the most telling thing was this quote by Chairman Jeff Horton:
The current system creates awkward situations in which a single council member can vote to stop a reappointment of a board member and then face potential retribution from that board memberâs supporters, said County Council Chairman Jeff Horton.
âIt just takes away that tension,â he said.
They just do not want to raise their hands and be accountable for their votes.
I am glad to see Council is going to revisit this on Monday. Hopefully the votes will be there to set this right.
DANIEL NEWHAUSER at National Journal has this report on Mick Mulvaney’s bid for the chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
Last minute add to today’s email, please click the link above and catch up!
Whoever wins the RSC chairmanship will face the task of unifying a group that has left some core members disillusioned. Rep. Thomas Massie said he left the RSC within the last year over disagreements with the direction of the group. He and othersâincluding Mulvaneyâjoined a rival invite-only debate society called the House Liberty Caucus.
But he said any of the candidates for the RSC chairmanship would be good enough to lure him back.
“Eric Cantor was a member of RSC,” Massie said, noting an example of how the group had strayed. But, he added, “if they elect a good candidate, I’ll join.”
I gathered these links the other day and then forgot to post! Here ya go.
Scott Turner, District 5 superintendent, said he was disappointed with the results of Tuesday’s vote, adding that the district received a message from the community, loud and clear. âWe have a lot of planning to do with our board and our community,â he said.
Kerry Wood, executive director of Citizens for a Free Market, wrote a pamphlet and helped organize the movement against the referendum. He said he was brought the referendum information by someone living in the district, which piqued his interest, even though he is not a District 5 resident.
âI would’ve taken it up anywhere in the state,â he said.
Wood added that he hoped to drum up voter turnout, regardless of which way the vote went, because any increase in taxes is better decided by many voters than a few.
The school district said $58 million would go toward renovations of the 59-year-old high school, and the remaining $13 million would go toward building a new football stadium.
Opponents said a tax increase was not the solution, but a burden for citizens.
“We would like to see these things updated for the children, too,” said Wellford resident Jim McMillan last week. “But we know there’s a better way than spending. You can’t just throw $71 million at every problem that comes along.”
“I think the school board and government in general are not spending wisely the money they have so why should we give them more money?” said voter Chris Borei.
Others said the tax hike would have been worth it, if it meant a better learning environment for students.
“The children are our future and if they don’t have a good environment, a good school environment then they are not going to learn as much as want them to,” said Jane King.
Superintendent Scott Turner said the outcome of the election was a let down.
“We are disappointed, but we did receive a message that the community does not support a major expansion of Byrnes High School and we accept that,” said Turner.
Actually the accurate term is he suspended himself. Retains his Representative seat, but not the Speaker spot.
Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas then stepped up. According to procedure Lucas then sent the following letter to Harrell.