ALLEN WEST: Speaker Boehner, find the courage to establish a Benghazi select committee

Guest post by Allen West

This morning I had a chance to visit with a former colleague, someone for whom I have the utmost respect, Virginia Representative Frank Wolf. Rep. Wolf is the author of House Resolution 36, which calls for a Benghazi select committee with subpoena powers to formally and singularly focus on the incidents surrounding the US Consulate attack in Benghazi Libya.

Rep. Wolf shared with me today that he now has 182 cosponsors, all from the House GOP. One has to ask if the Democrats are more aligned with their political party or truth? The 182 cosponsors represent approximately 80 percent of the House Republican conference, and according to former Speaker Dennis Hastert, meet the standard of the “Hastert Rule,” a majority of the majority. Yet this piece of legislation is blocked from being brought to the House floor for a vote.

Rep. Wolf and I mused — actually we both became infuriated — considering how in the State of New Jersey Democrats have established a select committee and are pursuing subpoenas against Governor Chris Christie over traffic lanes being closed. Is it possible that traffic lane closures are more important than the abandonment, murder, and lying that hangs like a dark cloud over the events of September 11, 2012? Have we become so degraded that we do not see the utterly despicable hypocrisy of the Democrats in New Jersey and the liberal progressive media?

Over the weekend, we witnessed the arrogant dismissal of President Obama, who has already referred to Benghazi as a “phony scandal,” as he chided Bill O’Reilly, stating that Benghazi, among other nefarious actions, are just talking points driven by Fox News. The belligerence of President Obama has been enabled by a House GOP leadership reluctant to stop the diluted process of five different committees who must ask for information by way of FOIA requests. Just yesterday before a House Intelligence Committee hearing, Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, and others were asked when will someone be held responsible for the incidents surrounding Benghazi? The question was met with nearly 10 seconds of silence.

Losing an American Ambassador is not the new normal. Abandoning brave Americans to die is not the new normal. Supplying arms to Islamic terrorist and jihadists and running a covert weapons program is treasonous and represents high crimes and misdemeanors.

And liberals, just stop it. Stop telling America there is nothing there. You all know that if it were Speaker Pelosi and a Republican president, there would have been a select committee, an incessant screech calling for impeachment, and calls for imprisonment. If Democrats can become frenzied over the closing of traffic lanes and create a select committee to investigate a Republican governor, we all know what you would do in this case to a Republican President — lying hypocrites that you all are.

However, I am beginning to develop an even stronger concern about House GOP leadership, primarily Speaker John Boehner. Speaker Boehner, you know very well, your approach on this has not been effective. President Obama and Hillary Clinton, as well as the entire Democrat party are laughing at you. You have a majority of your conference supporting this select committee — explain why you do not? It can’t be that resources do not exist and there’s not enough time.

Here is my recommendation. Select five individuals to make up this committee, three Republican and two Democrat. We don’t need a committee of pontificators who will not get to the bottom of this. I recommend you select from House GOP Representatives Jim Jordan, Jason Chaffetz, and Trey Gowdy as head of the Select Committee. I really don’t care who the House Democrats are since they lack any integrity and concern on the matter. They’d all be the same. If you do not want a select committee, then appoint a special investigator with subpoena powers. I would be happy to volunteer. All I ask for is a staff of five and cranberry juice.

Whether you pursue a select committee or special investigator with subpoena powers here is the initial list to be called: President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Leon Panetta, General David Petraeus, John Brennan, Victoria Nuland, Michael Morell, General Carter Ham, General Martin Dempsey. As well, they would need to have their Chiefs of Staff prepared for subpoena and testimony. This would be a public hearing and all subpoenaed would present themselves in person before the committee.

Speaker Boehner, this should make you angry — angry at what happened in Benghazi, which cannot be the new normal. I implore you to find the courage to make the right decision and establish the select committee with subpoena powers on Benghazi, and operations in Libya. If you cannot find the courage to do so, Americans will see it as one of two things: cowardice or complicit. Neither are good, combined they are disheartening.

Speaker Boehner, Thomas Paine once stated, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in the crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

The choice is yours, summer soldier and sunshine patriot, or will you win the love and thanks of all Americans? One thing I know, in keeping with the finest traditions of our Founding Fathers from Virginia, Representative Frank Wolf has earned the love and thanks of man and woman, especially those who lost their loved ones at Benghazi.

Read more at AllenBWest.com.

Doug Ross @ Journal

BOEHNER ON LENO: An embarrassing, wheezy, boozy debacle that proves he’s unfit to be Speaker

Guest post by Ken McIntyre

House Speaker John Boehner didn’t show leadership in his late-night chat with Jay Leno by blaming fellow Republicans for a government “shutdown” over Obamacare, the CEO of The Heritage Foundation’s political action arm said today.

“By now, everyone should understand President Obama was the driving force behind the partial government shutdown because his first and only priority is protecting his failing health care law,” Michael A. Needham, chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America, told The Foundry.

The ever-shakier implementation of Obamacare proves that conservatives who tried to stop it were correct, Needham said.

Boehner, making his debut last night on NBC’s “Tonight Show,” said some in the Republican conference created “a very predictable disaster” in October by disagreeing “tactically” over how to delay Obamacare.

“You learn that a leader without followers is simply a man taking a walk,” Boehner told Leno. “So I said, ‘Do you want to fight this fight? I’ll go fight the fight with you.’ But it was a very predictable disaster.”

The Ohio Republican also took a veiled swipe at Heritage Action [Ed: and other groups], which had argued in favor of efforts by conservatives to defund Obamacare. “My problem was with some Washington organizations who purport to represent the Tea Party, who I think mislead them,” he said. “There’s nothing I could do that was ever conservative enough for them.”

Asked about Boehner’s comments, Needham told The Foundry:

“Leaders lead — they don’t blame their conference. Americans are learning every day why those legislators who had the courage to do everything they could to stop Obamacare before it took root in America were correct to do so.”

Boehner did sound a conciliatory note about the GOP’s internal disagreements, telling Leno:

“Listen, you know, the funny thing about the so-called infighting is that we agree on all the goals. We think Obamacare is bad for the country, we think we shouldn’t spend more than what we bring in, we think the president’s ignoring the laws. It’s all a fight over tactics, it’s not over what our goals are.”

Read more at The Foundry

Doug Ross @ Journal

EVERY SINGLE PENNY: The Obamacare Speech a Real Speaker of the House Would Give

Line in the Sand, a speech by Speaker of the House ___________________

The ill-named Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — has been a “trainwreck” according to its very architects since day one. From the CLASS Act, to the delay of the Employer Mandate, to exempting Congress from the law, the sheer size and complexity of this partisan bill makes it virtually impossible to implement.

I and my peers, all of us, we took an oath to uphold the Constitution. And today we are going to stand by that oath and defend the Constitution of the United States.

This bill was passed in an unconstitutional fashion — with bribes and payoffs and other skulduggery — by a single party that temporarily held power during the 110th Congress. The bill consisted of thousands of pages and not one person was permitted to read the bill before it was voted upon.

This bill fundamentally changes the relationship of the citizen to the government.

This is an unconscionable violation of representative government. Nancy Pelosi famously told us we had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it. Now we know, and it’s an unconstitutional disaster.

Because a single judge bows to some unknown pressure, and changes his vote at the last minute to rewrite a bill that is clearly unconstitutional… because, unlike every other entitlement program, Democrats had no Republican support for this bill…

Because Democrats used every underhanded tactic — bribes, payoffs and corporate reacharounds — possible to pass a bill that not one of them read before voting upon…

Because the IRS, already caught punishing groups based upon their political and religious affiliations, will be the enforcers of Obamacare… because radical, left wing groups like La Raza and ACORN will be hired as “Obamacare Navigators” with access to their political opponents’ most sensitive health care data…

Because jobs are being destroyed. Because good jobs are disappearing before our very eyes as small businesses are driven not to hire by the law. Because full-time jobs are turning to part-time jobs. Because employers are slashing benefits for spouses and other family members to adapt to a law no one read.

Because the lies that were told to sell this bill were as awful as they were brazen… Because you can’t keep your policy, you can’t keep your doctor, you can’t keep your plan, you can’t keep your insurer, and you will pay far more, not far less…

Because Democrat lobbyists and staffers are raking in million advising companies how to comply with the tens of thousands of pages of regulations that this law has spawned… Because they have built a law so complex that no one can possibly understand its effects without paying off the very people who created it!

Most of all, because the people who want Obamacare most are the very same people who have exempted themselves from the law! Obamacare waivers have been issued for Congress, staffers, unions, special interest groups…

I have a question for President Obama and the Democrats? Aren’t the American people the most important special interest group Congress serves? The vast majority of Americans want a waiver from Obamacare, just like the lobbyists and the other Beltway elites.

True to my word, Republicans will not shut down the government. We have passed a continuing resolution that funds every single aspect of the federal government except for Obamacare. Every single penny.

But we are drawing a line in the sand when it comes to the trainwreck of Obamacare. We want at least a year delay in its implementation, just like Congress, just like the unions, just like the employers subject to the mandate, and just like other Democrat special interests got.

So if Democrats want to shut down the government, so be it. The House Continuing Resolution funds the entirety of the government — every single penny — just not the trainwreck called Obamacare, which President Obama has already defunded for his pals. The vast majority of the American people have told us over and over again: we want a waiver from Obamacare too, just like Congress got.

Call up your Representative and Senators now and tell them: we want a waiver too. Pass the House Continuing Resolution and delay Obamacare now.

Doug Ross @ Journal

EXCLUSIVE: House Speaker Unveils Official Portrait

Biff Spackle scoops the world, snapping an exclusive look at the Speaker’s official portrait.

Obamacare is melting down, no one knows what the president did for 8 hours after learning American diplomats were being murdered in Benghazi, the IRS was caught targeting Obama’s political opposition, journalists are being monitored and harassed by the White House, and the Attorney General of the United States has been exposed as a serial perjurer.

And what is John Boehner’s top priority? Not defunding the IRS. Not defunding Obamacare. Not naming a special investigative committee for these scandals. No. Boehner’s top priority is granting amnesty to tens of millions of illegals, the vast majority of whom are net drains on the national treasury and who will vote Democrat.

It will take all of us — each and every one of us — making our voices heard to stop this madness. Call Boehner now at (202) 225-0600 and tell him it’s not border security first. It’s border security period.

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: Shut It Down–An Open Letter To Speaker Boehner

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Nation

Shut It Down–An Open Letter To Speaker Boehner: Ace
Tea-party group targeted by Democrats hit IRS, FBI, OSHA, and ATF: NRO
DOJ IG: Justice Leaked Documents to Smear Whistleblower: Breitbart

Obama and the IRS: The Smoking Gun?: Lord
It Can Happen Here: Hanson
Exclusive: Hillary’s Benghazi ‘Scapegoat’ Speaks Out: Daily Beast

For Barack Obama, speech isn’t free when it criticizes him: Exam
Tyranny is no longer ‘lurking’: RWN
McCaskill: Fire Everyone Involved in Obama’s IRS Scandal: RWN

Economy

White House demands colleges adopt unconstitutional speech codes: CEI
Do Our Republicans Have a Pass on this One?: RS
Tax-exempt Obama Foundation doesn’t exist at listed addresses: DC

Scandal Central

The cracks in Obama’s story on the IRS scandal are adding up: Lott
Hillary’s Benghazi ‘Scapegoat’ Speaks Out: Beast
Illegal Alien Rapes Baltimore Girl 1 Year after City Becomes Sanctuary: JW

Obama: I Fantasize About Dropping the Act and Just Telling Everyone My Truth: Ace
AP President: Government successfully intimidating people from talking to us: Scoop
Brit Hume: CHILLING that Obama admin treats ordinary news gathering of reporters as possible crime: Scoop

Obama IRS Scandal Will Go Down in Infamy: JW
Bombshell: Not just Rosen; A livid Megyn Kelly reports more at Fox News targeted by DOJ: Twitchy
Anti-Fraud Group ‘True the Vote’ Harassed NOT JUST by IRS, but FBI, OSHA… then ATF!: Reaganite

Climate & Energy

Dem Senator Uses Moore, OK Tragedy to Berate Republicans on Global Warming: GWP
Heartbreaking: 24 children dead, some drowned underneath collapsed elementary school building after tornado: Scoop
Oklahoma Tornado Kills at Least 91, Twenty of them Children: Riehl

Media

AP Chief: “Sources no longer want to talk. They fear they will be monitored by the Government.”: WZ
Internal Memo Proves That CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson Did Not Get Benghazi Emails Story Wrong: Mediate
The White House is taking a hard line on scandal talk. Can they make it stick?: WaPo

WaPo Fact Checker Blasts Obama’s IRS’ Stooge, Lois Lerner, For Lying, Gives Her Four Pinocchios: WZ
15 People Who Wrote Out Big Checks To Mitt Romney And Within 90 Days Got IRS Audited: RightPundit
Chuck Todd: This is “Absolutely Chilling”: Dossier

Reporter Deemed “Co-Conspirator” in Leak Case: FAS
The Tipping Point? Liberals Reporters Outraged Over Obama’s Targeting of Fox Reporter James Rosen: JWF
KMOV’s Larry Connors Told to Shut Up: Tatler

MSNBC ratings hit 7-Year low with Obama scandals: FAM
Why Do Bloggers Speak Out?: Blaze
An incredible discussion by Fox’s “Political Insiders” about the Impact of the Scandals: Lott

World

Muslims fly Nazi flag next to mosque near Jerusalem: JihadWatch
Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan Praised at White House as He Puts Knife In U.S.’s Back: BRubin
Israel fires back at Syria after gunshots at its troops: Reuters

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue.com/Tech)

LG to demo 5-inch unbreakable and flexible plastic OLED panel at SID: Engadget
Inside AT&T’s 83GB/hour mobile cell tower: 9to5mac
High School Student Creates Storage Device that Can Charge in 20 Seconds: DailyTech

Cornucopia

Weekend Roundup: Zoolander Meets Joey Wonka: MOTUS
Media To Add Laugh Track Audio to All Future Jay Carney Press Conferences: iOTW
Mount Everest Crowded, Littered with Corpses: OTB

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QOTD: “Fraud flows from the top down, not the mid-level up. Mid-level officials in the White House and the State Department do not call the shots — they carry out orders. They also were not running for reelection in 2012 or positioning themselves for a campaign in 2016. The people doing that were, respectively, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton.

Obama and Clinton had been the architects of American foreign policy. As Election Day 2012 loomed, each of them had a powerful motive to promote the impressions (a) that al-Qaeda had been decimated; (b) that the administration’s deft handling of the Arab Spring — by empowering Islamists — had been a boon for democracy, regional stability, and American national security; and (c) that our real security problem was “Islamophobia” and the “violent extremism” it allegedly causes — which was why Obama and Clinton had worked for years with Islamists, both overseas and at home, to promote international resolutions that would make it illegal to incite hostility to Islam, the First Amendment be damned.

All of that being the case, I am puzzled why so little attention has been paid to the Obama-Clinton phone call at 10 p.m. on the night of September 11.” —Andrew McCarthy

Doug Ross @ Journal