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'Get Out and Push', Says Maddow of the Useless, U.S. Congress

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Maddow finally did it! Put her head on the desk in despair and choked out a couple of frustrated, choked "Gaah!!!"s in the opening block of her Friday evening show … on the gobstoppingly absurd absenteeism of 25% of the American diplomatic forces.

Key positions are vacant because the actual Do Nothing Congress is Out of Order. They won't even appoint or confirm - it's the mind-blowing equivalent of laying off 1 out of every four American diplomats and foreign service personnel around the world.

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For sheer spite. Obstructionism and putting some degrading 'asterisk' next to Obama's presidency is more important than our national security - to the GOP, neo-hawks.

The capper: Congress is currently less popular than Putin with the American people. As they are about to go on vacation themselves, it's going to be a race to do as little as possible.

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We currently have no ambassadors to Russia, Guatemala and more than a few other hotspots in foreign affairs this summer.

Bernie Sanders was slightly optimistic about the hopes of VA Reform early this afternoon. Despite both houses having passed the actual bill - Bernie Sanders and John McCain were the bloody co-sponsors, they had it down. Congress looked ready to pass a bill, #wtfbbqlaw??

Partisan bickering and final budget wrangling have ground even the Veterans Administration reform efforts to an astonishing new level of Gonzo Gridlock.

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Bernie joined Rachel at quarter past the hour to offer his perspective. He was no longer just optimistic. He seemed to be working his way up to projecting the announcing of an imminent deal. "Yesterday was a very rough day … but we will look abysmal if we cannot produce legislation to help the Veterans. … We plan on working tomorrow and Sunday, and despite the huge ideological differences … we can come together." {paraphrasey} Have a look.

Earlier in the day a veteran called Sanders 'intractable' and a bit of a problem in the gridlock, which raised my hackles but nonetheless deserves a look. Sanders is indeed determined to include mental health and traumatic brain injury as high priorities, and perhaps he is holding out for ideals. But he is fighting hard for progress within this dysfunctional congress.

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By contrast, the sub for Hannity had Paul The Younger on to bloviate about the Middle East, then let little Randy suggest an Iron Dome for the U.S.. Isolationist much?! Then he had a spin around the entire feeble Feck question on Ukraine, and did the obligatory 'lack of leadership' schtick.

"Staring down Putin" … he has been reading his Ayn.

Sorry for the early bird Fvx, but these side by side comparisons between the two cable networks, one delivering actual news with a stated liberal slant and a fan of facts, one that sells hysteria and propaganda like it's a new investment op; are critically important in the two views of this Dysfunctional Congress and the state of breaking bad they have sunk to.

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These compare and contrasts are so critical - the harsh disinfectant of light shining on the murk and hate at Fox Noise and diagnosing the brainwashing for what it is, a propaganda and cult network bent on guarding the wealth of the upper tier.

Oh, and that Rand Paul baldly boasted of calling the president to advise him was just that last bitter note that Fvx Nation is addicted to.

It's going to take the mother of all Twelve Step Programs to sort out those zombies and zombettes when they stumble away from the mother ship … a wrecked and listing Tea Party clipper.

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"It's Arm the Rebels o'clock. Do you know where your Senator John McCain is?"

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How many times have we been subjected to John McCain's myopic rants about arming the rebels in any given civil war or in any given area of conflict?

Rachel Maddow:

It's Arm the Rebels o'clock. Do you know where your Senator John McCain is?

Per McCain, it really doesn't matter much where or who they are, if they're rebels, just arm them. Especially if President Obama is taking a more measured approach. Grampy McDrumbeat is just itching to hand over lethal weapons of war to someone, anyone, because if fits into his whole Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb [insert country here] mentality: the more explosions the better. Especially if we aid and abet some of them. Blow 'em up! Kill [insert bad guys' name here]! What a blast! (Pun intended.)

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There's just one problem with that mania, Senator McDrumbeat. It can backfire.

Take Guatemala, for example. Via the Los Angeles Times:

Perez Molina said the violence and crime in Guatemala were a byproduct of the Cold War when the U.S. and the Soviet Union were funding opposite sides of civil wars in Central America to gain influence.

Perez Molina was a top intelligence officer in the Guatemalan military in the 1980s and ’90s.

Moral of the story: Don't listen to John McCain.

Real moral of the story: A more rational, measured approach is most often very wise and can save lives.

Other moral of the story: The road to more violence and crime is paved with shortsighted intentions.

Immoral of the story: Stop treating horribly abused child refugees like criminals.

In related news, there was an L.A. Times letter to the editor that is worth a share. I'd link to it, but I can't find it on the Times site, so I'm transcribing it verbatim:

Re: "Texas to send Guard troops to border," July 22

I hear echoes of Kent State University. What are the National Guard troops to do to these migrant children in Texas: shoot them?

Pat Mauer, Pasadena

What is it with Republican presidential hopefuls and violent troubleshooting? (Pun intended.)

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Shooting Down Another GOP Talking Point On Benghazi

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Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. That's the war cry from the Republicans. It's the tragedy that became a scandal that became a fund raising cause célèbre. Now that the ringleader has been caught, the Republicans don't know what to do. They'd already held seven hearing trying to place the blame on Obama. All seven failed.  Then recently, to huge fanfare, Speaker John Boehner named a special House select committee to try to pin blame on the president. Then the inevitable happened. Obama rained on their parade. He authorized the capture of Benghazi mastermind, Ahmed abu Khatallah.

So first the Republican alarmist tried to diffuse and obfuscate the capture by questioning the timing. It had to do with Hillary Clinton's going on CNN and Fox News to talk about her book sales. Really? Like Obama would really time the capture to coincide with a book signing tour for Hillary Clinton? C'mon Republicans, you can do better than that.

And they tried. They then claimed that Al Qaeda ringleader Ahmed abu Khatallah wasn't really hiding. He could have been captured earlier. This guy was so visible he was even giving interviews to news journalist over the past two years. The administration was dragging its feet because they knew he'd blow the lid on how Al Qaeda was planning the Benghazi attack for weeks and it had nothing to do with an anti-Muslim video as the US had initially claimed immediately after the attack.

So why hadn't the administration captured or killed abu Khatallah?  What were they waiting for? Were they afraid he would prove Obama lied and was involved in a cover-up?

According to The Daily Beast:

Unlike the October 5, 2013 capture Abu Anas al-Libi, an accused planner of the 1998 al Qaeda attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the authority to capture abu Khatallah did not derive from the congressional authorization to go to war against al Qaeda.

While House and Senate investigators have said their probes have turned up evidence that the Benghazi attacks were coordinated and planned by people working with al Qaeda affiliates, the U.S. intelligence community has not determined that abu Khatallah was himself connected to al Qaeda. Without such a connection, the U.S. president was not authorized to kill or capture him under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force against al Qaeda.

So, we followed the law. And while we were gathering information, collecting evidence against the Benghazi ringleader, we had him on our radar and were shadowing him, getting Intel on him and his cohorts. Evidence that would be crucial during the trial and also lead to other arrests/captures as Obama promised the night of the attacks.

As for the reason abu Khatallah has given for the Benghazi attack he's accused of masterminding that killed the four Americans? According to the New York Times:

But Mr. Abu Khattala told other Libyans in private conversations during the night of the attack that he was moved to attack the diplomatic mission to take revenge for an insult to Islam in an American-made online video.

This all leads back to square one. Obama told the truth as he knew it. Hillary Clinton told the truth as she knew it. And Susan Rice delivered the truth as it was known at the time on the Sunday Talkers.

Where's all this leave the House special committee? In the toilet, where they belonged in the first place.

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Susan Rice was right, John McCain "living in fantasyland"

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As former ambassador and U.S. diplomat in Iraq Joe Wilson (married to Valerie Plame) and Chris Hayes said on All In, "fall person" (now National Securtiy Advisor) Susan Rice was absolutely on target when she appeared on Sunday talkers and referred to the video that inspired the Benghazi attacks. To combine quotes from Wilson and Hayes, "All this time later, Susan Rice was actually right. They just make things up."

And all those self-righteous Republicans in DC were dead wrong. They were dead wrong as they smeared Rice, tried to destroy her career, and eventually managed to prevent her nomination as the next Secretary of State.

Susan Rice deserves an apology. The Congress members and right wing talking heads who did this should start berating their own incompetence and disgraceful tactics instead of sabotaging our national security efforts.

As Joe Wilson said, "It is really dishonorable what these people are doing up on the Hill, and the right wing echo chamber." Watch:

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Joe Wilson:

"For John McCain to say we somehow had won the [Iraq] war, he's living in fantasyland. It was a time bomb waiting to go off and it's now going off.

"My view is we should just stay out of it. We've killed enough Arabs for a lifetime."

Also included in the video is an interview with Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.

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GOP Men Spill Democracy Seed, Now Hate Their Bastard Child

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One of the many excuses the Republicans gave for invading Iraq was that we needed to sew the seeds of Democracy. Yes, really, those are their words-- the seeds of Democracy. Forget 911, Saddam's nuclear threat or his weapons of mass destruction. Revisionism history by the current crop of Republicans declares our reasons/goal for invading Iraq was really Gardening 101 -- planting seeds of Democracy.

Where do these seeds of democracy come from? Burpee? Miracle Grow? Henry Jones or Gurney? C'mon, this is America. You get the seeds of Democracy from the GOP. After all, where else can you find something to germinate that comes in its own fertilizer?

Curiously though, what do you do if when the seeds finally take root, the plant springs up through the sand and you don't like the plant you cultivated? You do what you would with any weed. You look for ways to eliminate it. Forget all the plant food (money) and insecticide you wasted (lives) and just plain take out the weed-whacker (the U.S. military) and mow that sh*t down.

Gardening expert and news/comedy show host Jon 'Mr. Green Jeans' Stewart has the full story for us. After listening to him, we're going to need some of that John McCain/Lindsay Graham fertilizer to bring our new crop of Democracy in Iraq to harvest. But if anything has the magic of Miracle Grow, it's John McCain/Lindsay Graham's 90-10 blend: 90% moronic, 10% nuts. They've joined together (which means Mrs. Green Jeans, Kelly Ayotte has linked with them) and figured out what went wrong. It's that stupid farmer, Barack Obama. His Kenyan green thumb is really brown and he's the problem the Iraq Democracy plant crop has gone bad.

Here's the Daily Show 'How To Grow A Healthy Democracy' segment:

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The Full Palin Lands Clumsily on the Chelsea Clinton Pregnancy

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Sarah Palin apparently has a pair. She just reserves them for kicking other women.

Even preggers women … she is, ergo, on the Short List once again … this time, for Queen in Madeleine Albright's Special Level o' Hell for woman-on-woman terrorism.

Never was I so jazzed to have ABC's Extra start blaring when the remote was too far away to escape it, as last night at the top of their 7:00 hour, Vermont time. From the quiet end of the room - my bloody meditation area - screeched the grating voice of John McCain's Least Favorite Mistake …

… half-Guv'nor and Lipton Grenade Pin-up Churl,  La Palin.

#Whiplash. Serene country evening out the window, I rushed to the tee vee machine when I improbably heard Mario Lopez (Yes, Mario freakin' Lopez) ask her, Sarah Palin, her opinion of Hillary Clinton's candidacy -- and added a sly quip about their impending shared Grandma-Hood. They were seriously re-broadcasting this??

Gag was the first response.  "Its a Real ba-bey. It's not some disposable something … "

Again, wish we were kidding.

Image courtesy our pal Wes Smith @wessmith123

Image courtesy our pal Wes Smith @wessmith123

Did Sarah Freaking Palin's ghastly rant about how Hillary Rodham Clinton would now … join the ranks of grandmas and grandpas across 'Murika who valued the sanctity of life … perhaps rethink her stance on the demon policy of Abortion … might soften old Hill up a bit and turn her into a Compassionate Conservativey Lady … and really get a replay right along with "Hard Choices" Book Tour?

It's perfectly fitting that Palin has been reduced to spouting off at Fvx News, Rabid Lipton Brigadier tent revivals … and Extra.

Forgive the Ick, but if you haven't caught it before, buckle up and reach for a cocktail.

They used the some month-old footage to intro an exclusive with Chelsea herself (lovely if you care to catch it but no news there, no matter what the Batshite Crazy A-lass-ka Barracuda bloviates) but I had to agree with Mario Lopez that this story needs a rerun since #YesAllWomen happened.

Where does that delusional Granny Grump Grizzly get off? Is it finally menopause cray cray time for Her?!

As the hours tick down to the actual release of Hillary Clinton's Big Book, you can betcha' someone on tour is going to ask her what she thought of Ms. Palin's urges to think of that little baby in there and just change the convictions of a lifetime.

Wrong party, Palin.

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McCain Earns An Upside-Down Pinocchio

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Maybe John McCain should take his own advice. He certainly has plenty for National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

According to The Hill:

“My recommendation is that from now on Susan Rice stay home with her family and not go on any of the Sunday talk shows,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

McCain questions the veracity of her comments over the release of POW Bergdahl. He's entitled to his opinions, just not his own facts.

So if what's good for the goose is good for the gander, Senator McCain must also curtail his visits to the Sunday talkers due to his inaccuracies -- lies -- regarding the prisoner swap-gate.

HuffPo:

John McCain has spent much of the past week denying that he changed his position about exchanging Taliban prisoners for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl. So he probably wasn't happy on Friday morning, when the Washington Post's official fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, sided with the people who think McCain flip-flopped on Bergdahl.

McCain told Jake Tapper on Thursday that, although he previously expressed his willingness to exchange prisoners for Bergdahl, he would never have done so if he'd known exactly which prisoners would be exchanged.

What's really amazing is that McCain claims he never knew which prisoners were going to be exchanged. This potential deal had been discussed for two years. Maybe if McCain went to briefings on the subject instead of microphones and cameras complaining he wasn't getting informed, it might help. But in this case, to say that McCain didn't know which five Taliban were to be released, or that it was for Bergdahl (he was our only POW, the last one)  seems totally ludicrous to the point of being laughable.

But then he can’t object to the most important detail–the identity of the prisoners–that was known at the time he indicated his support. McCain earns an upside-down Pinocchio, constituting a flip-flop.

So, John "I talked while I was a tortured prisoner" McCain, it's time for you to refuse the politically motivated invitations to speak on the Sunday shows or else you'll be earning another upside-down Pinocchio, only this time with a big red cherry on top.

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