Never let it be said that conservatives do not take every opportunity no matter now despicable, no matter how immoral, no matter how contemptible to slam liberals for every tragedy that occurs on the entire planet at any time, under any circumstance.  According to Newt Gingrich (who I have already predicted will be The Donald’s Vice President pick) it is us liberals’ "One World" philosophy and our refusal to use the term “jihadist terrorist” that was the cause of the deaths of 36 41 people in Istanbul yesterday.  And, trust me, I am not making this up no matter how dumb and stupid this may sound.  

I can’t even think about a response to this crap.   And, just as surely as the Earth continues to revolve around its axis, Hannity and Fox News trotted out Trump with another “It’s bad, folks. It’s really, really, bad.” videoclip for some reason that escaped my liberal pea brained mind.  Does Trump think that we need to be reminded that the death of 49 people and the wounding of 230 by terrorists is "bad, bad, really bad?" Fucking idiot.  And, of course,  the traditional “It’s Obama’s Fault” was dragged out by bloviating Gingrich who went on and on with Hannity serving as Cheerleader In Chief to this nonsensical diatribe.   On the other side of the liberal/conservative media spectrum, I could not unearth a single pundit on MSNBC or CBS or even that “not quite sure who we are yet” cable outlet, CNN, who were placing the blame on this latest Turkish terrorist attack on conservatives. 

Here's classic Newt following the Orlando massacre:

Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House in the Bill Clinton era, is the perfect match for Trump.  Both men have been married three times, both rode to fame on populist appeals, both are huuuuuge Family Values folks, and both have been continuously embroiled in public controversy during their careers.  Gingrich violated campaign finance laws while in Congress and his House colleagues reprimanded him and fined him $300,000 for his breach of ethics standards in 1997. The entire House passed the ethics report by a 395 to 28 vote, including by a 196-26 margin among Republicans. He was the first Speaker in American history to be sanctioned in this way.

Like Trump, Gingrich also has a precarious relationship with the truth. Politifact and FactCheck has consistently found that many of Gingrich statements are misleading or outright lies. When he was running for president in 2012, for example, he repeatedly claimed that “more people have been put on food stamps by Barack Obama than any president in American history.” He was wrong. More people were added under George W. Bush than under Obama. Over the years, Gingrich has been a bottomless pit of wacky ideas. During his presidential campaign he proposed doing away with child labor laws, which he called “truly stupid.” He suggested that children should be allowed to work as janitors at their schools.

As I said, The Donald and "Contract On America" Republican, Newt Gingrich, are the perfect match. 


In other “They Both Do It” Breaking News, here’s what  House member John Barrasso (R-WY) said yesterday after a Zika virus funding bill failed to pass:
“The Democrats are more focused on protecting the mosquito than they are in protecting people." 
The above quote will be used by Republicans to slam Democrats for being obstructionist Cretans ignoring the health and well being of America’s women as the virus spreads across the United States this summer. (There are already an estimated 1,000 confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico.) But here’s the truth:  Democrats voted against the bill because Republicans included poison pill riders that restricted Planned Parenthood and other clinics from providing contraception services, (a particularly brilliant yet typical Republican move given that the virus is spread through sexual intercourse), cut $540 million from Obamacare funding, borrowed $107 million from Ebola funds and stripped provisions of the bill to prevent the flying of Confederate flags in Federal cemeteries.   The vote that downed the Zika bill was 52 to 48.  Sixty votes are needed to pass the legislation.   

This sort of political gaming might be justifiable if we are talking about a bill to rename a U.S. Post office in Nevada or New Hampshire, let's say, but we are facing a crisis here.  Republicans - who rejected the Obama Administration's request for $1.9 billion in emergency funds back in February to stem the spread of the Zika virus - don't seem to understand the difference.  


In even more mind boggling Breaking News, after the expenditure of $7 million in taxpayer dollars, a series of 7 or 8 official reports and two years of investigations, the House Benghazi Committee released its final report.  And what did the report find?  Absolutely not a single piece of information that was new.  Not a single “smoking gun.”  Nothing that wasn’t already contained in the U.S. State Department’s rather thorough "Accountability Review Board’s" report released on December 18, 2012, three months after the attack.  Check it out if you like. I found it extremely informative and laid to rest a whole bunch of conspiratorial Benghazi nonsense that has inflamed the right wing. 

The House Committee’s final report apparently did not find any fault with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s actions or performance over the deaths of four Americans.  No stand down order, no sleeping through the attack, no reduction of security at the consulate, no countermanding of CIA and Department of Defense orders, no massively, criminal incompetence on the part of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 
This, of course, is what we knew all along.  So why then were we treated to the embarrassing spectacle of Committee Chair, Trey Gowdy (R-SC) hammering away at Hillary Clinton for 11 hours at a pubic hearing with no discernible results except for a widely viewed televised display of Hillary Clinton's competence, knowledge, experience and ability to remain calm, cool and collected under fire?   Well, I suppose that not-to-be Speaker of the House but current House Majority Leader, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), had it right all along back in September of last year:

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

Seven million dollars and two years of dragging around Benghazi like some Pit Bull's chew toy, embarrassing the entire country (at least the rest of us who do not glom onto wacked conspiracy theories like the current Republican candidate for President) and finally releasing a report that contains nothing new, and all along it was only about damaging Hillary Clinton.  Sad.   

NOTE: Just finished reading Jonathan Rauch's The Atlantic article about how "reforms" have brought us to the point where Donald Trump can be seen as a legitimate candidate for the Office of the President of the United States of America.  I think he's onto something.  More later. 


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