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9/11/2012 — One Year Later, Still No Answers

By David Howe

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Just over one year ago, an organized mob of terrorists attacked a US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya; and four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. The Ambassador had previously asked for increased security, and it was denied. The attack lasted for about six hours. The Ambassador and Sean Smith were killed in the “safe room” soon after the attack began; security operatives Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed on the rooftop of one of the buildings in the compound by enemy mortar fire several hours later, near the end of the attack.

Almost immediately, the Obama Administration’s official position was that the attack grew out of a demonstration against the existence of an internet-based video that appeared to demean the prophet Mohammed. The maker of the video was arrested and jailed in Los Angeles, ostensibly for a parole violation. President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton pointedly promised to bring the actual killers to justice. Some days or weeks later, the Administration announced that the video was not to blame, but that a terrorist attack was. More than thirty other American State Department employees and American operatives were present during the attack, and they escaped with injuries of varying severity. The video maker was recently released from jail.

These are almost the only aspects of the incident that everyone agrees on, even though there have been several Congressional hearings attempting to learn more about what happened; and an Accountability Review Board investigation was commissioned by the Administration to look into the matter as well.

Doesn’t the fact that all these investigations can’t fill in the rest of the picture tell us that something is very wrong?

The unanswered questions boil down to these:

Who refused to provide more security when the Ambassador insisted it was needed? Why was his request denied?

Who carried out the attack? What was the reason behind it?

Who was tracking the incident in the White House?

Who was making decisions and giving orders throughout the night? And who was carrying them out?

Why was there no significant attempt to make any kind of response to the attack when it began?

Where was the President during the attack? What was he doing?

Why did he not think an attack on a diplomatic post required some of his personal attention?

Who decided to blame the attack on the video, when the evidence is that everybody involved knew that wasn’t the case? And why?

Who ordered that the survivors be kept away from the Congressional investigators (even keeping their names secret), and why?

These questions have all been asked by various people in various venues, some of them many times, but none of them have been answered credibly by those who know the answers.

And three questions unasked by the traditional media:

Why was the Ambassador put in that position in the first place?

How can anyone look at this list of unanswered questions and not conclude that the Obama Administration is executing a cover-up of something by stonewall?

What is being covered up?

The primary question in every case starts with “Who?” Until that’s answered, the rest remain speculation. “Who” can tell us “why,” and nobody else.

President Obama has called this a “phony scandal.” His surrogates appear on television regularly to repeat that claim; and if they want to engage at all on the subject, they fall back to the law-enforcement approach–”We are working every day to identify who the killers are and to bring them to justice”–as if that were the only fact and action yet to be known and taken and as if the only reason to ask questions is to “make sure it never happens again.” But in the greater scheme of things, the much more important questions all have to do with actions in Washington, not in Libya. And because of that, the next favorite statement from those surrogates is “Republicans are just on a witch hunt to get dirt on the President.”

But wasn’t that exactly the motivation behind the 1973 Watergate hearings? Certainly they weren’t held just to make sure another hotel room break-in would never happen. Even if placing blame is the motive this time, the best response is to show that the dirt is not to be found at the President’s door.

The President has told us that he wants to get to the bottom of things; but today, we still have most of the same questions we had a year ago. And supporting the suspicion of a stonewall cover-up is the fact that almost all of those questions could be answered easily with three short sentences from the President to his immediate subordinates–”Answer the committee’s questions and tell the truth. If you don’t know the answers, find them. If you can’t do that, please find another line of work.”

I wonder why he hasn’t spoken to them.

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Religious Freedom Lawyers Say RI, Minn. Officials Don't Have to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses

As gay couples made final preparations for marriages to be held on Thursday in Rhode Island and Minnesota when the states become the 12th and 13th in the U.S., along with the District of Columbia, to allow same-sex marriage, a religious liberty law group advised officials that they do not have to personally issue marriage licenses to same-sex applicants. …read more

Source: The Christian Post

egress window

By Pablo Vergara

Hi all

I’m in the process of finishing a basement room for my mother in law.. currently there is a very small window so very little natural light. thinking of doing something like this


I live in New Brunswick Canada, so winters have lots of snow…are there any concerns regarding water, flooding, etc? in my eyes this is no different from a window with a window well.. just deeper…but maybe I’m missing something


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Congress To Consider 'Keep The IRS Off Your Health Care Act Of 2013' This Week

By Kelly Phillips Erb, Contributor

Ever since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 was made law, there have been those in Congress trying to figure out how to get rid of it. The House amendment to the Senate bill – the one that actually counted – just squeaked by with a final vote of 219-212 just two days before the President signed the bill on March 23, 2010. Those numbers made the law feel vulnerable. But was it really? …read more

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2 Guns Review

By Scott Collura

Have I seen this movie before? I think I’ve seen this movie before.

Universal’s new action-thriller/buddy-comedy 2 Guns is the kind of picture that’s full of been-there, done-that characters, twists, and action beats that are as familiar as houseguests who have overstayed their welcome, know it, and don’t care.

Denzel Washington should know better than this. Mark Wahlberg, well… maybe not. But come on, Denzel. We expect more from you.

The pair play undercover law enforcement agents hot on the trail of a Mexican drug lord (Edward James Olmos). The trick is neither Washington’s DEA agent Robert “Bobby” Trench or Wahlberg’s Navy intelligence officer Michael “Stig” Stigman knows the other guy is secretly on the side of the law. Bobby thinks the undercover Stig is a crook and vice versa, so much confusion and comedic interplay is meant to result from this arrangement — amid the gun battles, fistfights, and car chases, of course. (That includes a memorable car chase/fistfight combo scene that is perhaps the highpoint of the film.)

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at IGN Movie Reviews

I Can't Play This 2008 Game Online Forever, Plaintiff Complains

By Kevin Underhill, Contributor

Well, the ever-roiling, always-turbid waters of California consumer law have just coughed up yet another ridiculous creature whose slowly decomposing corpse will stink up the once-pleasant beach that is the federal docket for the next several months. (Previous sentence ©2013 Kevin Underhill, all rights reserved.) …read more

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Groups oppose proposed change to Internet content 'safe harbor'

A proposed change to U.S. law that would allow state attorneys general to hold websites liable for content posted by users is a “dangerous path,” a group of tech trade groups and legal scholars said Wednesday.

A proposal by a group of state attorneys general to modify the so-called safe harbor provision in section 230 of the Communications Decency Act “would jeopardize the continued growth of the entire Internet industry and the free expression rights of Internet users everywhere,” the groups said in a letter to top U.S. lawmakers.

Section 230 of the law broadly protects Internet publishers and service providers from responsibility for user-generated content on their sites. But in June, a group of state attorneys general proposed a change to the law that would allow prosecution of publishers in cases where user-posted content violates state law.

Federal prosecutors now can hold Web publishers liable in cases involving federal criminal law, intellectual property law and electronic communications privacy law, and the state attorneys general want the same authority.

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Source: FULL ARTICLE at PCWorld

Inside Stephen King’s Writing-Obsessed Family

By Evann Gastaldo

In Stephen King’s immediate family, just one member is not a professional writer. King’s wife, both of his sons, and his daughter-in-law all have published books to their names; his daughter, the outlier, is a Unitarian Universalist minister. An extensive New York Times Magazine profile on the family calls it… …read more

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Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Is Upheld

By avandagriff

In a significant victory for law enforcement, a federal appeals court on Tuesday said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant. Read More: Warrantless Cellphone Tracking Is Upheld – NYTimes.com.

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San Antonio Proposal Could Bar Christians From City Council

By avandagriff

Churches across San Antonio are expressing outrage over a proposed anti-discrimination law that would protect LGBT workers but would not provide a religious exemption and would effectively prohibit anyone who opposes homosexuality from holding public office or getting a city contract. Read More: San Antonio Proposal Could Bar Christians From City Council | FOX News […]

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Researchers discover universal law for light absorption in 2D semiconductors

From solar cells to optoelectronic sensors to lasers and imaging devices, many of today’s semiconductor technologies hinge upon the absorption of light. Absorption is especially critical for nano-sized structures at the interface between two energy barriers called quantum wells, in which the movement of charge carriers is confined to two-dimensions. Now, for the first time, a simple law of light absorption for 2D semiconductors has been demonstrated. …read more

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Video: Watch one man drive a KTM X-Bow at the track, then get the girl

By Brandon Turkus

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C’etait un Rendezvous is a legendary film with a very simple premise – a man drives very quickly to be with the woman he loves, careening through the streets of Paris with a blatant disregard for things like road signs, speed limits and pigeons. This film, from South African director Seagram Pearce, has a similar but much more law-abiding plot.

An unnamed racer arrives a track, gets his safety gear on, and zips around at the wheel of a KTM X-Bow. All the while, a beautiful woman watches on, with the driver finishing the film alongside his leading lady.

Take a look below for the stylized, beautifully filmed piece.

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Obama reassures Democrats on health care, immigration

President Obama sought Wednesday to reassure Democrats nervous about the impact of his health care law and the prospects for immigration legislation, telling them “You’re on the right side of history.” In the first of two closed-door meetings on Capitol Hill, Obama focused on financial gains as the economy emerges from the worst downturn since the Depression. He was warned about nominating former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers as chairman of the Federal Reserve and faced questions about his health care law. Some lawmakers complained that three years after its passage, the law still baffles many Americans.

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The Supreme Court's Gay Marriage Decisions Reverberate Through The States

By David Davenport, Contributor

The U.S. Supreme Court dropped a rock in the same sex marriage pond, and the ripple effect has spread rapidly to state and local governments across the land.  After the Supreme Court held that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional, but declined to find a federal right of same sex marriage, Justice Scalia said that a second state-law shoe seemed likely to drop in the Court next year.  He might have been wrong on both the timing and location—state law shoes are already dropping from Pennsylvania to Ohio to California and beyond.  In fact, the muddled Supreme Court reasoning in the two same sex marriage decisions invited the unsettled and confusing reaction we now see. …read more

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Secretary Sebelius: Medicare Helps Millions

By Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

Ed Note: This is a cross post from The Huffington Post. You can find the original post here.

My 92-year-old father first ran for public office after he finished his military service in World War II. He served on the city council, and later was elected to Congress. In 1965, he helped write and voted for Medicare and Medicaid, which celebrate their 48th anniversary today.

Since then, Medicare has been a guaranteed benefit earned after a lifetime of hard work for millions of America's seniors. Medicaid has provided affordable health coverage for millions of low-income working Americans and families. Both programs have helped keep people from falling into poverty. Both have been lifelines to better health and sources of peace of mind and security.

That's why President Obama has made it a top priority to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid so that our seniors and future generations can get the health care they need and peace of mind they deserve.

Because of the health law, seniors are seeing more dollars saved in their wallets and better benefits to their health.

More than 6.6 million people on Medicare have saved an average of more than $1,000 on prescription drugs since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act. That's money that has been used for groceries, utilities, and visits with grandchildren instead of being sent to drug companies — and that's how the Affordable Care Act is closing the “donut hole” that too many seniors fall into.

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Senate moves toward filling labor board posts

Democrats pushed the Senate toward approving more of President Obama’s nominees on Tuesday as senators cleared the way for approval of the first of five nominees for the National Labor Relations Board and pivoted to other top diplomatic and law enforcement vacancies.

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Health Care Law: Delay Of Employer Penalties Will Cost Gov’t $10 Billion

By The Huffington Post News Editors

WASHINGTON — The nonpartisan budget scorekeeper for Congress says the Obama administration’s recent decision to delay a health law requirement for larger employers to offer coverage will cost the government $10 billion in fines that won’t be collected.

But the Congressional Budget Office says that’s a relatively small amount.

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