50 Days to 50 Years: Day 19, Hope for the next Generation

13 07 2016

“We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. And we’ll put you in your neighborhood, and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.” — Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown

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I do not have any children of my own, but I do have grand nieces and nephews; and I mourn for the world we are making for them. Just looking at our two presidential choices lets you know that we lack integrous leaders who can speak to the tragedies we have been facing, and offer an example for our children to look toward.

Like cream, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown has risen to the top. With the recent murders of four Dallas police officers, his handling of the ongoing situation, as well as his honest and forthright assessment of the role of police in society, and being a black man in uniform has been refreshing, transforming, and has set a much needed tone in the conversation of police brutality and urban violence.

A New York Times article said, “He was hurting, self-effacing and, as he put it, a little fried. At a news conference on Monday, he spoke about the crisis facing law enforcement, his experience as a black man in Texas, guns and division, and what kept him going — ‘God’s grace and his sweet, tender mercies, just to be quite honest with you.'”

Another refreshing thing: someone who speaks of God and actually means it.

I believe Chief Brown will be a voice in these days of unrest. My prayer is that more leaders like him begin to rise; our nation, and the next generation, desperately needs them.

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50 Days to 50 Years: Day 25, Morning Coffee with Roger Barkley

7 07 2016

“You can tell a man is clever by his answers.
You can tell a man is wise by his questions.”
— Naguib Mahfouz

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I was extremely blessed to have Pastor Roger Barkley kick off Day 25 of these 50 Days to 50 Years at Priscilla’s in Toluca Lake. I had heard of Priscilla’s, and drove by it a million times, but never stopped for coffee—it was definitely worth the trip!

I have been fortunate to have two spiritual fathers in my life. Glenn Kirkpatrick was instrumental as a healer and a covering, who opened the way for Lynn to come into my life. Pastor Roger Barkley has been a spiritual father and shepherd to both me and Lynn for over 8 years.

Roger married us, and was a spiritual shepherd and support for my sister June as she walked through the last days of her battle with cancer. He was the first one there for us when she passed away, and gave the eulogy at her memorial service. Roger walked us through the grief of her loss, and the compounded grief from the loss of jobs, home, finances, and stability.

For many years he has been a touchstone for bedrock faith, resilience, and the gentle, brooding presence of the Holy Spirit.

So it was a delight to catch up with him, and on the happenings at the Congregational Church of Northridge (CCN). Roger asked some very insightful questions (as only a good shepherd can) about Montrose Church (our new church home), and what drew us in and keeps us coming. He honored me further by commending me for embracing and pursuing life on the entrance of this new decade. “You are someone who is open and committed to growth, so this next decade is going to be rich and fulfilling for you,” he said.

Coming from the wisdom of 69 years, that holds great weight. Roger is vibrant and still pursuing life to the fullest, and supporting the spiritual life for an entire congregation—so his words and support are of great worth.

We would have been hard pressed to get through those difficult years had it not been for Pastor Roger and the CCN, and we are thankful that even though we have transitioned to a new church home, we still maintain a friendship with him, and other members of CCN.

Like anything that matters, his resilience was not easily acquired. Roger’s faith journey is a testament to God’s hand, and how he uniquely weaves his plan for every life. Roger lived the first part of his adult life as an atheist before powerfully encountering the living God. The encounter was so profound that he left a high-powered career in sales and pursued the ministry. That alone is amazing; but the subsequent years of pursuing ministry and living life has been peppered with pain and suffering, highs and lows, and health struggles for himself and his loved ones. So when he expresses understanding, compassion, and gives counsel, you know it comes from a deep well of empathy and experience, and not just momentary emotions or spiritual platitudes.

What most blessed me about our time was his prayer before we parted. With the recent tragedies in our nation and around the world, there are many who are mocking those who offer prayers, as though the fact that these evils exist and continue is an indication that prayer is anemic, and makes no impact. Roger, me, Lynn, and many others that I know are a testament to the truth and power resident in prayer to not only mark a life, but cause it to overcome and thrive; not in an instant, but over the long term.

Without prayer, action and activism devolve into human error and destructiveness, and we are seeing this play out in our nation in ways that make me sick at heart. So do your activism and your outcries, but what will truly change these situations are inviting God’s power through prayer. No other way.

What many fail to understand is that the power is not in the mere act of prayer, but to whom the prayers are directed. Through Roger’s spiritual leadership, we have always been pointed to Jesus, and our prayers are directed to the one who came to save and give life, and that to the full. Because we have that fullness, we can be conduits of it to a world that is dying and desperate.





In My Orbit: the Boston Marathon Bombers

19 04 2013
Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Whose eyes, thoughts, and prayers are not on Boston this evening? The entire city has been on lockdown for almost 24 hours while Boston Police and FBI  hunt for the remaining suspect in the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon that left three dead and over 160 injured.

Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Chechen immigrants and radical Muslims, were at large after photos of them were distributed Thursday afternoon. The brothers went on to kill Sean Collier, a 26-year old MIT police officer, then got into a firefight with law enforcement in the wee hours this morning. Tamerlan was severely wounded, and died in the hospital; he is meeting his 72 virgins as we speak. The search for Dzhokhar continues.

The closest I have come to being locked into one space for a period of time was after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, when everything in my part of Los Angeles came to a standstill. In the surrounding communities that make up Boston, the police insisted people stay in their homes and not answer the door unless it is law enforcement. I heard reports that during the firefight, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ran over his own brother’s body to get away. That is not surprising for this 19-year-old who’d set a bomb near to 8-year-old Martin Richard and his family, knowing the consequences. It sends chills up my spine.

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I wrote this post on September 11, 2006, In remembrance of 9-11. I hearken back to it, because the same thoughts rattle through my brain today on the motives behind acts of terror:

Or perhaps their goal is to push our infrastructures to such a chaotic state, that they grind to a halt? On that front, we are fighting tooth and nail, and may we continue to do so.

 “Then there’s the aspect of just everyday life. I’m thankful that terrorists plans are being thwarted, but how much does all the news increase people’s fear and suspicion to the point where it immobilizes them to the point where they have altered the way they function, or the way they perceive the wide world?”

Nothing more life-altering than losing a loved one, or having your limbs blown off. Not to mention  having your entire city on lockdown. The lost income and revenue from the Marathon carnage and the shut down of entire industries has yet to be calculated, but I’m sure it’s considerable.

I don’t end the above-referenced post with my running thoughts, but with points of hope. If you’re inclined, give it a read.

People know I’m a newshound, so some friends have asked me for the best sources of information on this unfolding and ever-evolving story. Here’s my rundown of where I’m getting my intel.

Say what you will about Fox News, they have been doing yeoman’s work on their coverage of this, without the ridiculous hypothesizing done by CNN (“dark-skinned”) and a few other networks. If you are one of those Fox haters, I say, hold your nose and float over there for detailed, relevant, and informative news.

Local Boston Station WCBV is also giving minute-by-minute coverage, and I’m following their tweets on Twitter: @WCBV

Buzzfeed‘s stellar coverage and updates are also worth following. Two of the posts I’ve been distributing quite a bit today:

The Epic, Crazy, Horrifying, Ongoing Story of the Boston Marathon Bombers.

What We Know About Boston Marathon Suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlin Tsarnaev.

But even I have to walk away, and I’ve done just that: to deal with life, to take some moments to count my blessings, and just be thankful. I snuggled with one of my fur babies, went to get a pedicure, and ran some errands to clear out the head space and get some distance from the coverage.

Our fellow Americans in Boston do not have that option. As of the last update, the lockdown has been lifted, but Governor Deval Patrick is encouraging all citizens to stay vigilant. I pray this monster is caught quickly for everyone’s sake.

I do love that Boston’s spirit of fight has not been diminished. One friend posted this on Facebook:

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I stand with you!

UPDATE 04-19-2013 6:06 PST: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was taken into custody, Alive! The Boston Police Department, Watertown Police Department, and other law enforcement did a magnificent job.

According to Reuters, three people are being questioned in New Bedford, Massachusetts in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings.

Now to find the answers… Sleep well tonight, Boston.





Epic Fail: Benghazi-Gate and Lying Hillary Clinton

24 01 2013
Words that will live in infamy. Courtesy of Right-handed Cartoons

Words that will live in infamy.
Courtesy of Right-handed Cartoons

Well, that was a waste. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave over eight hours of testimony, and all we discovered is that she is a consummate liar who gets lauded and praised for being such. To watch the fawn-fest that masqueraded as a Congressional testimony was at times too much for me to stomach. Thanks to the video embed on CSPAN, I could fast forward through some of it.

What is there to fawn over about this woman? She has effectively used the men in her circle as rungs up the political ladder. Married Bill and managed his Bimbo eruptions so she could finally get to the White House, used his influence to help her get elected Senator of New York, and in her run for the Presidency in 2008, she was effectively told by her party that she needed to step aside to let the Black man win. We all know Hillary Clinton was placed in the position of Secretary of State as payment for her loyalty to the leftist agenda. And what has she done in that position? If burning embassies, a more nuclear Iran, and an even crazier leader in North Korea are any indicator: Not much.

Benghazi will be her legacy as Secretary of State, and the Obama administration’s albatross. Four dead Americans deserve justice, and their families and the American people deserve answers. We got no closer to either after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s testimony.

The Democrats did their best playing sycophantic lapdogs. One or two even expressed their excitement to see Hillary run in 2016. Seriously?

The Republicans weren’t much better. Senator Rand Paul, Senator John McCain, Senator Marco Rubio and a few others played the scold and the speechifier, but I didn’t see their questioning or their speeches any more effective than the panting of Secretary Clinton’s Dem fanboys and girls.

Senator Ron Johnson came off very effective, poking holes in the Obama administration’s and Secretary Clinton’s string of falsehoods after the Benghazi attack. The exchange is here:

“What difference at this point does it make?” is the most egregious thing she said in the entire testimony–and she said plenty that was egregious. It makes a difference, Madame Secretary, because you didn’t bother to read Ambassador Stevens’ cables requesting more security. It makes a difference, because you and Barack Obama went on record blaming a video for the attack, then had U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice posit the same story five times on national television. It makes a difference, because the creator of that video is still languishing in jail for doing nothing but exercising his First Amendment rights as an American, while the one credible suspect, Ali Harzi, was released for insufficient evidence–despite it being almost 200 days since the attack.

Senator Ron Johnson in this morning’s op-ed in USA Today personally answered Secretary Clinton’s egregious statement:

“To answer Secretary Clinton, it does make a difference. It matters enormously for the American public to know whether or not their president and members of his administration are on top of a crisis and telling them the truth.”

After this dog-and-pony show, we know for sure they can do neither. Personally, I’m rooting for an insider who will come forward and bring more evidence to support the truth, and expose the cover up. We are certainly not going to get anything from the Obama administration or the supposed FBI investigation.





In My Orbit

17 01 2013
Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Digital Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Too much swirling in the universe in general, and in my own world; so I’ll touch on the hot topic for the week: President Obama signing 23 executive orders in yet another step toward attacking the Second Amendment and trampling the Constitution. Ed Morrisey’s column in The Fiscal Times does a good job of pointing out the incompetence and pretentiousness of this latest action from the Smoke and Mirrors Presidency.

“The President also announced almost two dozen executive orders that he will sign to bypass Congress on gun violence, a threat that had civil libertarians outraged over potential abuses of power. Instead, the list is a demonstration of executive impotence, procrastination, and an approach that has little to do with the actual Newtown mass murder.”

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On the other side of the spectrum, Gary Younge of the Guardian waxed eloquent about how principled President Obama is for doing something about this problem of gun violence and starting a national conversation:

“His address implied that, after four long years, he had finally worked out what both the office of the presidency in general and his presidency, in particular, were for. Appealing over the heads of a stubborn and gridlocked Congress to the nation at large, the president sought to rally the nation to both a moral cause and much-needed civic engagement.”

Excuse me while I yawn. It appears Mr. Obama is very selective about what rallies him to action. Why did it take the tragedy at Sandy Hook for the President to take action? Were the 532 homicides in his adopted hometown of Chicago in 2012 alone not enough of a clarion call?

Urban Grounds blog points out that Illinois has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation; yet, this does not prevent young black men from shooting other young black men on the regular, with young girls and teenagers caught in the crossfire. “10-year Old Daughter of a 24-year Old Mother Shot While Playing Outside on Chicago Street at 11:20 p.m.” and “Obama Visits Chicago, Gun Violence and Murders Drastically Reduced in the Presence of The Won“.

When has Obama sermonized, lectured, and vowed to do something about it? From my general Google search, next to never.

So much for sweet home, Chicago.

So while President Posturing did his dog and pony show with children in tow on Tuesday, Charles “Chuck” Hicks chose to use Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday to walk for Civil Rights and the Second Amendment. Courtland Malloy in his Washington Post column profiles this Civil Right’s leader and his dual stance that marching for Civil Rights includes marching for gun rights:

“‘The Klan would drive through our neighborhood shooting at us, shooting into our homes,” recalled Hicks, 66, who grew up in Bogalusa, La., and has been a civil rights activist in the District for more than 35 years. “The black men in the community wouldn’t stand for it. You shoot at us, we shoot back at you. I’m convinced that without our guns, my family and many other black people would not be alive today.'”

Malloy points out that Hicks and his family are under constant threat for their stance and presence in the Civil Rights struggle:

“In the current debate over gun rights vs. gun control, predominantly white pro-gun groups such as the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation cite oppressive British rule over the American colonies as the basis for the “right to bear arms.” The terrorism cited by black gun owners such as Hicks, however, is much more recent.

“Just last year, for instance, on the King holiday, arsonists burned a car that belonged to Hicks’s sister in Bogalusa and attempted to burn the home where she and their mother live. His sister is an outspoken advocate for civil rights in Louisiana. Last week, a car was seen circling the block around their home, parked, then suspiciously sped away when neighbors approached. The FBI is investigating both incidents.

“According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, more than 1,000 hate groups are operating today in the United States, most of them neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white nationalists, neo-Confederates and racist skinheads with a particular antipathy for black people.

“Infringe on the Second Amendment? No way, say 30 percent of African Americans (myself included), according to a recent Pew poll. No doubt many of them believe, like Hicks, that it’s better to have a gun and not need it than not have one and wish you did.”

Damn skippy–count me among them.





Election 2012 Post-mortem: Still looking for the Silver Linings

7 11 2012

This is the last post I expected to write on November 7, 2012. But life, often gives unexpected results.

As opposed to 2008, when I went to bed early already knowing the outcome of that election (and wrote about those “silver linings” the next day), this time around, I was much more optimistic that Americans wanted to oust this fraudulent leader. A friend even invited me to an election night party with other like-minded Conservatives, and I was excited to go and have a room full of people to potentially share in victory. So I prepared to stay up late, but be happy in doing so.

The stay up late part came to pass, the happiness and victory, not so much. President Obama was re-elected for a second term, and this grieves me beyond measure. After watching the demise of the America I thought I knew last night, I did what I do in good times and bad: look for God’s perspective on this. For my life, this is best found in God’s word.

So my comments will be interspersed with scriptures that come to mind or that fit the focus of my thoughts. Take it for what it’s worth. I will start off my rant with railing at the storm clouds first, because that’s always the first thing you. But take heart, after gazing at the dark clouds, if you look deeply enough, you can still find silver linings.

In honor of PBS funding and Big Bird being saved by an Obama re-election, this rant is brought to you by the Letter “D”.

It is Disastrous and Disgraceful that a Leftist media protected and propped up this President in order to ensure he be re-elected. Former-Hurricane-now-reduced-to-SuperStorm-Sandy is the most recent example, but they are legion. The most egregious is Benghazi, which I have written about, and will continue to write about until justice is done for Ambassador Stevens and the other Americans who lost their lives because of the incompetence of this President.

Concerning this corrupt and gangrenous entity called the mainstream media, Isaiah 5:20-21 came to mind, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.”

Describes the MSM to a “T”. But what they do not know is that any shred of credibility they may have had left is now completely gone. I portend that their Demise will continue to be swift and Decisive–more than we know. I plan to dance on the graves when this happens. The collective lot of them are a Disgrace to Democracy.

It is Disheartening that American people refused to watch both the Republican and Democrat conventions, the debates, or read anything the candidates were saying and critically compare their messages. More important, the refusal to look at the false and inaccurate claims on both sides and weigh the information accordingly. Some of these people are culled from my Facebook and Twitter interactions, but if this is even a microcosmic representation of a cross-section of our population, then we are in a world of hurt as a country. Laziness and Ignorance really do great harm.

It is Disturbing that a sector of Blacks are perfectly fine with having a Black President for the sake of having a Black President. No care about his lack of character, his ability to lie, blame, and obfuscate, along with his inability to keep his promises. Again I go back to the aftermath of Former-Hurricane-now-reduced-to-SuperStorm-Sandy as a shining example of who this President is and how he operates. President Obama showed up, made promises, took lots of photos, pretended to “feel their pain” , and then left to continue campaigning. Yet the people of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut continue to hurt, continue to be without food and power, and most frightening, as the weather turns colder, remain homeless. FEMA is failing in its execution of emergency aid to a degree that exceeds Katrina. But this crop of voters is still blaming Bush for the bad economy? Well, you can’t blame Bush for Sandy, or for the next four years. It’s all on our “first Black President” Obama.

Even with all this evidence, some Blacks still laud Obama as a hero and hold him up as a shining example for the Black race. How Delusional is that?

It is beyond me that some Blacks are content with 14.3% black unemployment, preferences of another race group’s voting power over their increasingly dwindling one, and black genocide in the form of highly-funded and unfettered abortions among minorities. I doubt that I will feel any sympathy toward them when they come to see that they have been bamboozled. What I do have is Hosea 8:7: “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.” Matter of fact, they should read the whole chapter, as it is a frightening reality on what America has become and what may be in store.

So glad I got that off my chest. Now on to that flash of light in the darkness.

God is in Control. Daniel 2:21 “He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.” I navigate in lots of worlds, and in my Christian world, lots of people were fasting and praying for the outcome of this election; I believe God’s will was done. What that means for me as a Christian is that I continue to pray for President Obama and our nation, according to 1 Timothy 2:1-2 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

What it also means is that I do what I can to fight and stand for what is right. And much about this administration is not right. I am also praying Luke 8:17: “For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.” I will work for this revealing to unfold, and for believers to know their role and place when it does happen.

I gave 2 Corinithians 4:8 to another Christian Conservative who was very disheartened at last night’s results: “We are hard pressed on every side, but not defeated, crushed, but not in despair.” For those who believe like me, if we pray and we seek, we are going to see God’s intended plan for this time, and hopefully make a difference for righteousness–no matter what the circumstances.

Black Conservatives have become more visible and vocal. I’m not just talking about Herman Cain, Congressman Allen West (who continues to fight for his seat), and the “acceptable” ones they trot out on Fox and CNN. I’m talking about all the grassroots brothers and sisters I have found (and who have found me) on Twitter, Facebook, and some organizations of which I have recently become a part. These fired up folks represent and fight with reasoned thought, penetrating words, facts, and their presence. We will no longer be ignored.

I know I have increased in my conservative thought and activism over the years. It started in 2000, crystallized in 2004, and became more strong in 2008. Now on the other side of 2012, I am no less fired up, and no less motivated to see Leftist memes about Black monolithic thinking destroyed. Not every Black supports everything this President does just because he is Black. His policies and practices are the problem, not his race. I and other Black Conservatives will continue to trumpet this, and hopefully join together to make our stance known. A fellow Black Conservative, Demetrius Minor said it best on Twitter: “The racial division will only continue to widen under Obama. Conservatives: We need one another. Let’s unify.” Amen to that. Let’s demonstrate Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”

Finally, Grassroots activism is still alive and well. Now that this national election is over, I can turn my attention to local affairs of city and state, which is where leaders are built and real change can occur that affects the national level. While I still plan to point out the falsehood and hypocrisies of this Obama administration, I’m shifting some of my to focus the Los Angeles mayor’s race. Antonio Villaraigosa has overseen the decline of Los Angeles business and it’s economy, while feathering his nest for whatever place he will be rewarded with in the Obama administration. Many of the candidates running to replace him willingly aided and abetted Mayor Eleven Percent, and I plan to point this out, while promoting candidates who truly want to reverse the damage Villaraigosa has incurred on this city through his negligence, neglect, and power mongering. Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

Please don’t misunderstand me that I want a theocracy or only “religious” people in elected office. I take the textbook definition of “righteous” which says, “morally upright people.” I know moral atheists and immoral believers, and I’ll take the moral atheist any time. If you hold to a worldview that embraces, uplifts and seeks to further the good of a people and a community, then you are righteous in my book. On the converse, are leaders like Obama and Villaraigosa who use people and communities as a tool for the furtherance of their own agenda–and damn the consequences.

We need “righteous” leaders locally and regionally, so we can have better choices nationally.

I’ve said my peace.





Epic Fail: Benghazi-Gate Unraveling

27 10 2012

“Because some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.” Alfred Pennyworth, “The Dark Knight” 2008

How can you look into a grieving parent’s eyes and lie?

That is my first question. I said in my last Benghazi-Gate post that “When families begin to call for your head, there is bound to be a reckoning.”

Evidence of this just keeps on coming.

Charlie Woods is the father of Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who gave his life trying to defend the consulate and safe house in the Benghazi attacks–even after calling TWICE for help. Both calls were denied, and SEAL Woods was given orders to stand down. He disobeyed those orders, and with fellow SEAL Glen Doherty, defended both the consulate and the safe house for 7 hours while the State Department and White House officials watched.

Yet, for 14 days after the Benghazi attack, the White House and State Department did a song and dance about an anti-Islamist video being the cause of the 9/11/12 uprising, when they knew this was not the case. Due in no small part to strong reporting from Breitbart.com, Eli Lake of Newsweek, Fox News, and others in the conservative blogosphere, this blatant cover up might have been allowed to stand.  Once the Congressional Oversight Committee did its investigations, the facts were codified on record, and allowed a deeper unfolding.

Charlie Woods said it best:  “I do not appreciate cowards, and I do not appreciate lies.” Neither do the American people, and the Obama administration and State Department have exhibited both over this last month and a half since the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack.

The video of the interview with Charlie Woods from Fox’s America Live with Megyn Kelly is heartbreaking. Mr. Woods tells his story of the lies and obfuscations from the Obama administration that dishonor the memory of his son, a true American hero.

As more facts are revealed, the falsehoods told by the White House and the State Department continue to unravel, exposing the shocking degree of the cover up.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asserted on Thursday that there was no way they could have sent in outside assistance, because they did not have enough intel at the time to take action, and he did not want to put American forces at risk.

Retired General Bob Scales, appearing Friday On the Record with Greta Van Susteren debunked Panetta’s claims, and confirms the information given by Investigative reporter Jennifer Griffin:

“[T]wo military surveillance drones redirected to Benghazi shortly after the attack on the Consulate began. They were already in the vicinity. The second surveillance craft was sent to relieve the first drone, perhaps due to fuel issues. Both were capable of sending real time visuals back to U.S. officials in Washington, D.C. Any U.S. official or agency with the proper clearance, including the White House Situation Room, State Department, CIA, Pentagon and others, could call up that video in real time on their computers. “

The drones had night vision capabilities, the ability to see through the fog and the fire of battle, and to even pinpoint and target certain weapons (like the mortar shells).

The CIA continues to distance itself of any culpability, placing the failure to act directly into the lap of the Obama Administration. The CIA confirmed that they requested help and were denied. As confirmed by Jennifer Griffin’s on-ground sources, during the attack Special Operator Woods and Navy SEAL Doherty reported back to base, giving relevant intel that would allow anyone assisting to know exactly where and when to strike:

“According to sources on the ground during the attack, the special operator on the roof of the CIA annex had visual contact and a laser pointing at the Libyan mortar team that was targeting the CIA annex. The operators were calling in coordinates of where the Libyan forces were firing from. ”
CIA Operations were denied request for help during Benghazi attack sources say.

This raises other questions: Who gave the order to stand down? Why was help refused, when the technology to assess the situation, and the ability to help was already in place?

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has announced it will hold a closed hearing on November 15 (after the election) into the circumstances surrounding the terrorist attack, including the intelligence and security situation there. There is word that additional hearings are also set to follow.

Of course, President Obama continues to dodge direct questions about this continuing debacle. After doing a fluffball interview with MTV, he sat down with Denver’s local News 9 reporter Kyle Clark who asked direct questions about the Benghazi tragedy:

“President Obama discussed the situation in Libya during a satellite interview Friday afternoon with 9NEWS reporter Kyle Clark, who also asked if it’s fair for Americans to be told to wait until after the election to learn what truly happened in Libya.

“‘The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened,’ President Obama said. ‘Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do.'” (emphases mine)

“President Obama was directly asked twice whether pleas for help on the ground in Libya were denied during the attack. Both times, he repeated his standard call for a thorough investigation.”

The full transcript of the interview and the video can be seen here. The President looks haggard, tired, and like he doesn’t even believe the regurgitated talking points that are coming from his mouth. He fails to make a convincing argument.

If President Obama wins re-election (which looks less and less likely) then his administration will be under investigation, not just for Benghazi, but for his other domestic policy failures (Fast & Furious, Solyndra/Sun Power). If he is found to be culpable in the cover up of Benghazi-Gate, he could possibly be impeached.

If there is any justice, he will wear his Foreign Policy decisions like an albatross around his neck.

If President Obama is not re-elected, then Benghazi-Gate will be the legacy. A Middle East foreign policy that was supposed to bring peace and new relations with Islamic countries, that only added more fuel to the fire of Islamist hatred, opened America up to further attack (the Underwear Bomber, Times Square Bomber, Fort Hood), and precipitated the death of Ambassador Christopher J. Stevens and three American heroes.

For many, November 7 cannot come soon enough.

UPDATE: More unraveling from Nice Deb and The Blaze. Sources place President Obama in the Situation Room while the Benghazi attacks were happening. According to Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer on Fox’s Judge Jeanine Pirro, “He and only he could issue a directive for Sec of Defense, Panetta to do something.”

Nice Deb nails it: “Once again, Obama voted ‘present’.”








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