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Ambassador Rice Thanks Servicemembers In Afghanistan


By Jueseppi B.



Patrick Ventrell
November 29, 2013
04:06 PM EST


On her first foreign trip as National Security Advisor, Ambassador Susan Rice spent three and a half days in Afghanistan to thank our troops and civilians around the holidays, and assess the situation on the ground.


National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hugs a soldier at the Niagara DFAC at Kandahar AirfieldNational Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hugs a soldier at the Niagara DFAC at Kandahar Airfield.


Afghanistan continues to be one of the United States’ top national security priorities, and this was opportunity for Ambassador Rice to take stock of our efforts and meet with American troops serving in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and our civilians at the U.S. Mission to Afghanistan.


National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice meets with soldiers at Camp Gamberi National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice meets with soldiers at Camp Gamberi


On behalf of President Obama, she thanked the men and women who are away from their families this Thanksgiving and serving in harm’s way. She heard directly from U.S. troops, diplomats, and development professionals about our efforts as we move toward the responsible conclusion of our combat mission at the end of 2014 and as we continue to strengthen Afghanistan to ensure that it can provide security, governance, and opportunity for its people. Ambassador Rice also met with Afghan civil society leaders and Afghan officials, as well as visited U.S.–supported assistance projects.










U.N. Ambassador Susan Elizabeth Rice, MIGHT, Gets A Promotion And TeaTardedRepubs Have A Stroke!


By Jueseppi B.


UN Ambassador Susan Rice Briefs The Press On The UN General Assembly

Insiders with ties to the Obama administration tell The Cable that U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice has become the heir apparent to National Security Advisor Tom Donilon – a post at the epicenter of foreign-policy decision making and arguably more influential than secretary of state, a job for which she withdrew her candidacy last fall amid severe political pressure.



Report: Susan Rice Likely To Be TappedFor Promotion




Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is likely to be tapped as the next National Security Advisor, according to a report in Foreign Policy.


The report quotes a pair of sources who said that Rice will inevitably succeed current National Security Advisor Tom Donilon whenever he leaves the post.


“It’s definitely happening,” one source said.


Rice was thought to be the favorite to succeed Hillary Clinton at the State Department, but her would-be nomination never got off the ground ostensibly due to Republican criticism over her appearances on Sunday talk shows following the attack in Benghazi, Libya.









Will Benghazi furor keep Susan Rice out of the White House?


Posted By John Hudson for Foreign Policy


“It’s definitely happening,” a source who recently spoke with Rice told The Cable. “She is sure she is coming and so too her husband and closest friends.”


“Susan is a very likely candidate to replace him whenever he would choose to leave,” agreed Dennis Ross, a former special assistant to President Obama and counselor at the Washington Institute. “She is close to the president, has the credentials, and has a breadth of experience.”


Both sources said the timing of succession was uncertain. “I don’t believe Tom Donilon is about to leave but would be surprised if he were to remain for the whole second term,” Ross said. “But in answer to your question, [Rice's appointment] is very logical.”


Rice’s candidacy for secretary of state imploded in November after she recited talking points about the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi on five Sunday talk shows that turned out to be erroneous.


The question now is whether Benghazi’s return to the spotlight will affect her potential appointment at a time when the White House is reeling from revelations about the IRS’s scrutiny of conservative groups and the Justice Department’s subpoena of the calling records of AP journalists.


For now, prominent Republicans don’t seem inclined to make a fuss.


In November, Arizona Sen. John McCain pledged to “do everything in my power to block her from becoming secretary of state”; South Carolina Sen.Lindsey Graham said, “I don’t think she deserves to be promoted”; and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said she’d make a better DNC chair: “I think most of us want someone who is more independent minded.”


But now — even as Benghazi fever reaches a crescendo following last week’s dramatic “whistleblower” hearing and Wednesday’s release of 100 pages of Benghazi emails — the GOP’s desire to check her rise has seemingly evaporated, and Republicans have few tools to prevent her appointment, which would not require Senate confirmation.


When asked if he was concerned about a future National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Corker, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told The Cable he was sitting this one out.


“In the case of national security advisor,” he said, “whomever serves in that position serves at the pleasure of the president. So it’s totally his prerogative.” When The Cable asked Graham and McCain the same question, their spokesmen declined to comment.


In some ways, the deflated interest in Rice is only natural. Though the testimony of State Department witnesses last week served to highlight the inaccuracy of Rice’s talk-show appearances, new details of the editing process of her talking points show her nowhere near the drafting process — just as the administration has long maintained.


Meanwhile, a more tantalizing GOP target has emerged in the form of Hillary Clinton, the overwhelming favorite to assume the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. Democrats, Republicans and witnesses fixated on Clinton 32 times during discussions in last week’s hearing.


Rice spokeswoman Erin Pelton declined to comment for this article. White House National Security Council Spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said, “We don’t have any personnel announcements to make at this time, and Mr. Donilon has no plans to depart at this point.” She added that Donilon is “fully engaged in managing our national security agenda, from his recent trip to Moscow and major address on global energy, to planning for a trip to China in late May and more upcoming speaking events.”


The administration hasn’t shied away from heaping praise on Rice. Last week, at a gala for the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Vice President Joe Biden told the audience that the U.N. ambassador has “the absolute, total, complete confidence of the president,” and that when she speaks on issues of foreign policy, nobody doubts she’s speaking for Obama.


Back in March, when colleague Colum Lynch first reported whispers of Rice’s comeback, Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, spoke glowingly of Rice’s relationship with the president. “Susan always maintains close relations with the president and his national security team, and that continues to be the case,” he said. “If anything, the way she handled the Benghazi situation — and then the withdrawal — only enhanced her relations here, because she did so with grace and good humor.”


The president himself has gone out of his way to wink at an expanded role for Rice within his administration. “I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend,” Obama said in a December statement.


Thank you John Hudson & Foreign Policy.














I make no excuses or apologies for these gratification photos…..Ambassador Rice is fabulous.













Ambassador Susan Elizabeth Rice Withdraws Her Sacred Name From Consideration For Secretary Of State

By Jueseppi B.









From NPR: 


Ambassador Rice Asks Not To Be Considered For Secretary Of State


by   December 13, 2012



Moving to withdraw her name from among those being considered to be the next secretary of state, embattled U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice has told President Obama she does not want to be nominated.




U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice. Allison Joyce /Reuters /Landov



The White House just released a statement from the president that says, in part:


“Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America‘s interests. …


“I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues. …


“While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.”



NBC News broke the story, minutes before the White House statement was released, reporting that:


“Embattled U.N. envoy Susan Rice is dropping out of the running to be the next secretary of state after months of criticism over her Benghazi comments, she told NBC News on Thursday.


” ‘If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly — to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,’ Rice wrote in a letter to President Obama, saying she’s saddened by the partisan politics surrounding her prospects.”



Rice has been the target of sharp criticism from many Republicans because of what they have charged were misleading statements she made in the days after the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which the ambassador and three other Americans were killed. Critics say she downplayed the role that terrorists played. The administration says she relied on information provided by the intelligence community.


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said she plans to step down sometime in the coming months. Among others thought to be leading contenders for the job is Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.



Update at 4:05 p.m. ET. The Letter:


We’ve put a copy of Rice’s letter to the president online, and you can read it in the box below. Click on the title — “Susan Rice Letter” — to pop up a larger view.



Read The complete story at The NPR web site.


View Ambassador Rice’s letter to the President by visiting here.



Now that the official news is supplied for you, lets get down to the real reason Ambassador Rice has been degraded in the press and on Capital Hill.


Pure and blatant racism.


It started with false and unfounded allegations against Attorney General Eric Holder. The Reich wing TeaTardedRepubliCANTS forged ahead against AG Holder with a flimsy assed attempt to tie him into George Dubbya Bush’s Fast and Furious operation, which allowed weapons into Mexico from America. The Fast and Furious operation was conceived and started during Dubbya’s administration, AND STOPPED UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.


Fast forward to this fake ass Benghazi scandal. Ambassador Rice goes on a Sunday morning political talk show to discuss the assassinations in Benghazi, to relay the intelligence report that the White House has received from the “intelligence” community. That information is upgraded on an hourly & daily basis as it is uncovered during any investigation.


What she said on that Sunday morning talk-fest was no longer valid 25 minutes later because as new information/intelligence is uncovered, the old intelligence/information is updated. Ambassador Susan Elizabeth Rice HAD NO INVOLVEMENT IN BENGHAZI WHAT SO EVER!


Based on THAT flimsy ass reason, unimportant old assed racist caucasian politicians in D.C., refused to endorse or confirm a possible candidate for the office of Secretary Of State….BEFORE SHE WAS EVEN NOMINATED. The TeaTardedRepubliCANTS falsely think they have say so in choosing whom the President nominates for HIS Presidential cabinet.




Now I shall play the race card: AG Holder & Ambassador Rice are both Black Americans.


AG Holder & Ambassador Rice were both crucified by a racist caucasian element in Washington over fake, false, pseudo issues that had jack shit to do with them.


Why? Because for the first time in American history, America would have had a Black American President in Barack Hussein Obama. A Black American Attorney General in Eric Himpton Holder, Jr. and a Black American Secretary Of State in Ambassador Susan Elizabeth Rice.




A First for America.








I am tired of old crusty ass racist caucasian males, and a few racist weak confused caucasian women, taking the forward advancement of America backwards and reversing years of civil rights accomplishments.


I’d personally like to line every racist obstructionist of all skin colors who occupy an elected office in the House Of Congress in Washington….stand them up against an old musty garage wall on the South Side of Chicago…..and…..


Well you get my drift.


Whether you agree with my desires to rid America of evil racist TeaTardedRepubliCANTS or not, you will agree that racism is killing America’s readily available pool of talent.


Who in America really wants to serve in public office, serve “We The People”, if you have a cross-hairs on your back, if your back happens to be anything but caucasian.


John Kerry? Really? Really??


Never accept anyone The TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual  Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBT Anti-Feminist  Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag racist caucasian Party wants to shove down your throat.


John Kerry? Seriously?? Endorsed by: The TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual  Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBT Anti-Feminist  Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag racist caucasian Party.




Because his confirmation by the Congressional committee, as Secretary Of State, were he nominated, means his Senate seat in Massachusetts will be vacant and up for special election. The TeaTardedRepubliCANT Pseudo-Freudian Psycho-Sexual  Secret-Whore Pro-caucasian Pro-Racist Anti-LGBT Anti-Feminist  Reich Wing GOPretender Conselfishservative NRA-Gun Loving Nut Bag racist caucasian Party loves that scenario.


That garage idea sounds better & better.







The GOP Tries To Eat Rice For Lunch….And Gets An Upset Tummy

By Jueseppi B.






The ugly racist head of the GOP has risen once again. For the first time in American history, America has a Black American President, a Black American Attorney General and If Secretary Of State Clinton resigns, we’ll have a Black Secretary Of State in Ambassador Dr. Susan Elizabeth Rice.


The GOP’ers, who are as racist as ever, are suggesting Sen. John Kerry must be appointed by the Obama Administration. Since when does any TeaTardedRepubliCANT get to tell a Democratic administration who to nominate for it’s cabinet?


Since the fear of racism guides the TeaTardedRepubliCANT Party. Thats when.


You see, the caucasians don’t want the top 3 jobs in the United States Presidential administration to be help by 3 Black Americans. That Fear Of A Black Presidency” is a fierce thing.


The second issue is this, IF Sen. John Kerry is appointed as Secretary Of State, his Senate seat will become vacant, and that seat has a chance of being won by a TeaTardedRepubliCANT, which is NOT good for Democrats OR America. So of course that appointment is what the GOPretenders want to happen. Badly.


Lets be crystal clear, Ambassador Dr. Susan Elizabeth Rice is the most qualified candidate to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary Of State. That is an unquestionable fact.


Susan Elizabeth Rice (born November 17, 1964) is an American diplomat, former Brookings Institution fellow, and the current United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Rice served on the staff of the National Security Council and as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairsduring President Bill Clinton‘s second term. Rice was confirmed as UN Ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009.


Rice married Canadian-born ABC News producer Ian Officer Cameron in 1992 at the St. Albans School chapel. They met as students at Stanford. They have two children.


At only 24 years old and while still a college student Rice was a foreign policy aide to Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential election. With her degree in history, she was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, the global management consulting firm, from mid-1990 when she received her degree from Oxford to early 1992 when she worked for the Clinton campaign. Rice worked in McKinsey’s Toronto office for a time.


Rice served in the Clinton administration in various capacities. With only 18 months’ experience in the workplace as a consultant for McKinsey, she was given senior jobs at the National Security Council from 1993 to 1997; first as Director for International Organizations and Peacekeeping from 1993 to 1995 and then, with only three and a half years working after getting her degree from Oxford and having never worked in Africa or had any prior work experience on the continent, she was promoted to become Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs from 1995 to 1997.


Rice was managing director and principal at Intellibridge from 2001 to 2002. In 2002, she joined the Brookings Institution as senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program. At Brookings, she focused on U.S. foreign policy, weak and failing states, the implications of global poverty, and transnational threats to security.


During the 2004 presidential campaign, Rice served as a foreign policy adviser to John Kerry.


Rice went on leave from the Brookings Institution to serve as a senior foreign policy advisor to Senator Barack Obama in his 2008 presidential campaign. Rice took a disparaging view of Obama’s Republican opponent in the campaign, John McCain, calling his policies “reckless” and dismissing the Arizona Senator’s trip to Iraq as “strolling around the market in a flak jacket.”


On November 5, 2008, Rice was named to the advisory board of the Obama-Biden Transition Project.


On December 1, 2008, Rice was nominated by President-elect Obama to be the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, a position which he also upgraded to cabinet level. Rice is the second youngest and first African American woman US Representative to the UN.


Rice serves on the boards of several organizations, including the National Democratic Institute; the U.S. Fund for UNICEF; board of directors of the Atlantic Council; advisory board of Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University; the board of directors of the Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (Bloomberg BNA); board of directors of Partnership for Public Service; the Beauvoir National Cathedral Elementary School; and a past member of the Internews Network’s board of directors.


She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.


  • Rice was a recipient of one of the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards, in 2009.


  • She was inducted into Stanford’s Black Alumni Hall of Fame in 2002.


Now for the recap of this tummy ache the GOPukes have given themselves:


From the lips of the President Of The United States On Ambassador Dr. Susan Elizabeth Rice


“Ambassador Rice has done an extraordinary job, I couldn’t be prouder of her”.



What started The GOPretenders tummy Ache:


Susan Rice ‘This Week’ Interview: U.S. Ambassador to UN Discusses Muslim Protest (09/2012)


Published on Sep 16, 2012

The U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. on violence in the Middle East.

‘This Week’ Transcript: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice:

TAPPER: Hello again. George Stephanopoulos has the morning off.

We are now in the homestretch, just 51 days until the election, and our powerhouse roundtable is standing by to get to all the week’s politics. But first, the crisis that has the potential to shake up the presidential race, the murder of four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador, in Benghazi, Libya, on Tuesday, and the wave of anti-American protests and violence now sweeping the globe.

For more on what happened and why, let’s bring in the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Susan Rice. Dr. Rice, thank you for joining us.

RICE: Good to be with you, Jake.

TAPPER: So, first of all, what is the latest you can tell us on who these attackers were at the embassy or at the consulate in Benghazi? We’re hearing that the Libyans have arrested people. They’re saying that some people involved were from outside the country, that there might have even been Al Qaida ties. What’s the latest information?

RICE: Well, Jake, first of all, it’s important to know that there’s an FBI investigation that has begun and will take some time to be completed. That will tell us with certainty what transpired.

But our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that, in fact, what this began as, it was a spontaneous — not a premeditated — response to what had transpired in Cairo. In Cairo, as you know, a few hours earlier, there was a violent protest that was undertaken in reaction to this very offensive video that was disseminated.

We believe that folks in Benghazi, a small number of people came to the embassy to — or to the consulate, rather, to replicate the sort of challenge that was posed in Cairo. And then as that unfolded, it seems to have been hijacked, let us say, by some individual clusters of extremists who came with heavier weapons, weapons that as you know in — in the wake of the revolution in Libya are — are quite common and accessible. And it then evolved from there.

We’ll wait to see exactly what the investigation finally confirms, but that’s the best information we have at present.

TAPPER: Why was there such a security breakdown? Why was there not better security at the compound in Benghazi? Why were there not U.S. Marines at the embassy in Tripoli?

RICE: Well, first of all, we had a substantial security presence with our personnel…

TAPPER: Not substantial enough, though, right?

RICE: … with our personnel and the consulate in Benghazi. Tragically, two of the four Americans who were killed were there providing security. That was their function. And indeed, there were many other colleagues who were doing the same with them.

It obviously didn’t prove sufficient to the — the nature of the attack and sufficient in that — in that moment. And that’s why, obviously, we have reinforced our remaining presence in Tripoli and why the president has very — been very clear that in Libya and throughout the region we are going to call on the governments, first of all, to assume their responsibilities to protect our facilities and our personnel, and we’re reinforcing our facilities and our — our embassies where possible…

Read the full transcript at ABC News:http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/week-transcript-us-ambassador-united-nations-s…





The President Reacts:


Obama To GOP On Susan Rice: “If They Want To Go After Somebody, They Should Go After Me”


Published on Nov 15, 2012

President Obama answers the Susan Rice question during his Press Conference on November 14, 2012. Reporter Jonathan Karl of ABC News ask the President about Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham´s comments concerning the possible nomination of UN Ambassador Susan Rice to be Secretary of State.






What The President is reacting to, A number of dumbass racist TeaTardedRepubliCANTS:


McCain And Graham Still ‘Significantly Troubled’ By Rice’s Statements After Meeting With Her


Published on Nov 27, 2012

McCain And Graham Still ‘Significantly Troubled’ By Rice’s Statements On Benghazi After Meeting With Her

On Fox News Tuesday morning, Senator John McCain stated he is still “significantly troubled” by UN Ambassador Susan Rice’s statements about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Rice met with several senators who were critical of her remarks about the attack, as well as with acting CIA Director Michael Morell.

Senator McCain also questioned whether Ambassador Rice was sufficiently prepared to address the American public. He went on, stating, “It is clear that the information that she gave the American people was incorrect when she said that it was a spontaneous demonstration triggered by a hateful video. It was not. And there was compelling evidence at the time that that was certainly not the case.”






Graham ‘More Disturbed’ About Benghazi Now






Sen. Kelly Ayotte: Amb. Susan Rice Said “Absolutely” the Information She Gave Was Wrong


Published on Nov 27, 2012

Senator Ayotte: I’m more troubled today… It’s certainly clear from the beginning that we knew that those with ties to Al-Qaeda were involved in the attack on the embassy. And, clearly the impression that was given, the information given to the American people was wrong and in fact Ambassador Rice said today that Absolutely it was wrong… They have not cleared this up with the American people to date.






Senator Susan Collins Meets with Ambassador Susan Rice


Published on Nov 28, 2012

Senator Collins speaks to reporters following her meeting with Susan Rice.






MSNBC Host Joe Scarborough Says Republicans Should Attack Susan Rice


Published on Nov 28, 2012

On Wednesday morning’s Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough was doing a fine job of illustrating the dishonesty and capriciousness of the vendetta against Ambassador Susan Rice that’s being carried out by GOP Senate Power Trio John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte, but just when it seemed like all was lost, and Republicans might actually get some good advice from Scarborough (which they would ignore anyway), he offered a suggestion. “There are so many ways to go after Susan Rice,” Scarborough said, beginning with “whether she even has the temperament to be Secretary of State.”






Best NOT to piss off Barack Hussein Obama:


Obama defends Susan Rice against GOP attacks


Published on Nov 14, 2012

President Barack Obama on Wednesday gave a fierce defense of United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, declaring that Republican senators who go after her have “got a problem with me.”

Obama was responding to comments made earlier Wednesday by Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) calling Rice unacceptable as a possible replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because of her initial comments calling the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya a response to an anti-Islam video.

“She has done exemplary work,” Obama said of Rice. “She has represented the United States and our interests in the United Nations with skill and professionalism and toughness and grace. As I’ve said before, she made an appearance at the request of the White House in which she gave her best understanding of the intelligence that had been provided to her.”

He continued, “If Senator McCain and Senator Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. And I’m happy to have that discussion with them. But for them to go after the U.N. ambassador, who had nothing to do with Benghazi and was simply doing a presentation based on information she had received, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous.”

Saying “we’re after an election now,” Obama called it imperative to find out precisely what happened in Benghazi and vowed to cooperate fully.

“But when they go after the U.N. ambassador apparently because they think she’s an easy target, then they’ve got a problem with me,” Obama said. “And should I choose, if I think she would be the best person to serve America in the capacity of the State Department then I will nominate her. That’s not a determination I have made yet.”






Ambassador Susan Rice Defends Benghazi Remarks






Don’t Piss off the House Democratic Women either:


House Dem Women Press Conference In Support of Amb. Susan Rice Part 1


Published on Nov 16, 2012

A group of House Democratic women Members, led by Reps. Gwen Moore (WI-4), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Karen Bass (CA-33), Eleanor Holmes Norton (Del-District of Columbia) and Terri Sewell (AL-7), held a press conference in support of U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice following what they deemed unfair attacks from various Senate and House Republicans.






House Dem Women Press Conference In Support of Amb. Susan Rice Part 2






House Dem Women Press Conference In Support of Amb. Susan Rice Part 3





Once again let me be crystal clear: Barack Hussein Obama is not the man to be messing with, in the last term of his two term Presidency. The GOPretenders aka The TeaTardedRepubliCANTS, don’t get to pick ONE DAMN cabinet post in The Presidents Administration.


You GOPukes lost the election…..






Oh Yeah….About Sen. John McCain…….











Stuff You Might Be Interested in…..

By Jueseppi B.








The GOP’s Misguided Crusade Against Susan Rice


By Nov. 20, 2012

Nearly 100 House Republicans sent a letter to President Obama on Monday urging him not to name Susan Rice as Hillary Clinton‘s successor at the State Department. Its tortured reasoning exposes the flimsiness of the GOP‘s crusade to make Rice a scapegoat for the Benghazi tragedy.



The letter’s signatories, led by South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan, are among the many Republicans angry and suspicious over the the way Rice characterized the deadly September 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in multiple television appearances five days after it occurred. To be sure, some important unanswered questions linger here, including why security was so inadequate and why the White House was slow to acknowledge that a premeditated terrorist attack had occurred.

But Rice’s role isn’t an especially interesting or important one. In her Sept. 16 television appearances Rice contended that the attacks seemed related to worldwide protests against an infamous anti-Islamic video, protests that we now know never occurred  in Benghazi. Judging by the outrage of some Republicans, you would think Rice had left the consulate’s front gate unlocked. Far from arguing that Rice knowingly did anything wrong, the letter’s Republican signatories complain that she has been perceived, by non-specified actors, as having lost “credibility” in the affair. Here’s the meat of the letter, obtained by the Hill:

Though Ambassador Rice has been our representative to the U.N., we believe her misleading statements over the days and weeks following the attack on our embassy in Libya that led to the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans caused irreparable damage to her credibility both at home and around the world….

Ambassador Rice is widely viewed as having either willfully or incompetently misled the American public in the Benghazi matter. Her actions plausibly give U.S. allies (and rivals) abroad reason to question U.S. commitment and credibility when needed. Thus, we believe that making her the face of U.S. foreign policy in your second term would greatly undermine your desire to improve U.S. relations with the world and continue to build trust with the American people



The problem here is that no one has offered evidence that Rice distorted or concealed any facts known to her. To the contrary, we know that Rice, quite responsibly, spoke from talking points crafted by the U.S. intelligence community. Those talking points have since been shown to be seriously flawed. But that’s not Rice’s fault. As one clever Washington Post reader put it: “Since she presumably does not operate a private intelligence agency, sensible people will wonder what else she could have said.”

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2012/11/20/the-gops-misguided-crusade-against-susan-rice/#ixzz2CnFGDHdS


Vulture Capitalism Ate Your Twinkies


John Nichols on November 18, 2012

What happens when vulture capitalism ruins a great American company?


The vultures blame the workers.


The vultures blame the union.


And vapid media outlets report the lie as “news.”


That’s what’s happening with the meltdown of Hostess Brands Inc.


Americans are being told that they won’t get their Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos because the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union ran the company into the ground.


But the union and the 5,600 Hostess workers represented by the union did not create the crisis that led the company’s incompetent managers to announce plans to shutter it.


The BCTGM workers did not ask for more pay.


The BCTGM workers did not ask for more benefits.


The BCTGM workers did not ask for better pensions.


The union and its members had a long history of working with the company to try to keep it viable. They had made wage and benefit concessions to keep the company viable. They adjusted to new technologies, new demands.


They took deep layoffs—20 percent of the workforce—and kept showing up for work even as plants were closed.


They kept working even as the company stopped making payment to their pension fund more than a year ago.


The workers did not squeeze the filling out of Hostess.


Hostess was smashed by vulture capitalists—“a management team that,” in the words of economist Dean Baker, “shows little competence and is rapidly stuffing its pockets at the company’s expense.”


Even as the company struggled, the ten top Hostes executives pocketed increasingly lavish compensation packages. The Hostess CEO who demanded some of the deepest cuts from workers engineered a 300 percent increase in his compensation package.


“Wall Street investors first came onto the scene with Hostess about a decade ago, purchasing the company and then loading it with debt. All the while, its executives talked of investments in new equipment, new research and new delivery trucks, but those improvements never materialized,” explains AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka.


“Instead, the executives planned to give themselves bonuses and demanded pay cuts and benefit cuts from the workers, who haven’t had a raise in eight years,” said the AFL-CIO head. “In 2011, Hostess earned profits of more than $2.5 billion but ended the year with a loss of $341 million as it struggled to pay the interest on $1 billion in debt. This year, the company sought bankruptcy protection, the second time in eight years. Still, the CEO who brought on the latest bankruptcy got a raise while Hostess demanded that its workers accept a 30 percent pay and benefits cut.”


When BCTGM workers struck Hostess, they did not do so casually.


They were challenging Bain-style abuses by a private-equity group—Ripplewood Holdings—that had proven its incompetence and yet continued to demand more money from the workers.


“When a highly respected financial consultant, hired by Hostess, determined earlier this year that the company’s business plan to exit bankruptcy was guaranteed to fail because it left the company with unsustainable debt levels, our members knew that the massive wage and benefit concessions the company was demanding would go straight to Wall Street investors and not back into the company,” recalled BCTGM president Frank Hunt, who described why the union struck Hostess rather than accept a demand from management for more pay and benefit cuts.


“Our members decided they were not going to take any more abuse from a company they have given so much to for so many years,” Hunt explained. “They decided that they were not going to agree to another round of outrageous wage and benefit cuts and give up their pension only to see yet another management team fail and Wall Street vulture capitalists and ‘restructuring specialists’ walk away with untold millions of dollars.”


On November 6, American voters rejected Mitt Romney and Bain Capitalism.


But that didn’t end the abusive business practices that made Romney rich. They’re still wrecking American companies, like Hostess.


Instead of blaming workers, we should be holding the incompetent managers to account and cheering on any and every effort to rescue Hostess from the clutches of the vulture capitalists.


Hostess isn’t the only company squeezing American workers. Check out Josh Eidelson’s coverage of the Walmart workers’ nationwide strike.






Predictably, the last person to realize that Rep. Allen West’s political career is over—for now, anyway—seems to be Allen West himself.


The Florida congressman famous for instructing a Muslim Republican to quit trying to “blow sunshine up my butt,” asking his supporters to “grab your muskets,” and suggesting that the Bureau of Labor statistics had fabricated the October jobs report, trailed Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy by 2,500 votes when the dust settled on November 7. For two weeks, though, West challenged the results, refusing to concede while charging that there had been “a willful attempt to steal the election” by St. Lucie County elections supervisor Gertrude Walker.


West’s request for a full recount in St. Lucie County was officially rejected by a judge, and because his margin of defeat exceeded 0.5 percent, he had no grounds to demand a recount under Florida law. But the county went along with one anyway, and over the course of two days, double-checked their math, after which point West found himself trailing by an additional 274 votes. Womp womp. Despite conservative howls of voter fraud and West’s pledge to fight on, it’s almost impossible to imagine a scenario in which Murphy isn’t seated come January.


Here are some of the highlights from West’s one term in Congress:

  • The time he alleged that “78 or 81″ members of the House Progressive Caucus—as well as former President Woodrow Wilson—were secretly members of the Communist Party.



  • His aforementioned request to the South Florida director of the Council on America-Islamic Relations not to “blow sunshine up my butt and tell me it’s warm and fuzzy.”


  • The suggestion that Planned Parenthood and Code Pink had “neutered” the once-proud American male.


  • His insinuation that the country’s first Muslim congressman represents “the antithesis of the principles upon which this country was established.”


  • His lamentation, in the wake of a critical Broward-Palm Beach New Times blog post, that “next time I will put on a tie-dyed shirt and jeans, dance around singing anti-war, anti-American songs, and burn a flag.”



  • The time he asked Democratic leaders to flee the country: “You can take it to Europe, you can take it to the bottom of the sea, you can take it the North Pole, but get the hell out of the United States of America.”


The good news for West is that 2,500 votes is not an especially large margin in a presidential election year in which Democrats dominated the ground game in the Sunshine State. So maybe he’ll be back in two years to take back the seat.


Well, that or he’ll land a cushy job at Fox News.




Following Obama’s Victory, Wisconsin Governor Proposes New Limits On Voter Registration


By Scott Keyes on Nov 19, 2012


Two weeks after Barack Obama and Sen.-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) carried the state of Wisconsin with the support of minorities and young voters, Gov. Scott Walker (R) announced one of his major policy proposals for the upcoming session: ending the state’s 40-year old law that allows citizens to register to vote on Election Day.


And with Republicans now back in control of the Wisconsin state legislature, Walker may well get his way next year.


In 2008, Wisconsin enjoyed the second highest turnout of any state in the nation (72.4 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot), due largely to the fact the Badger State law allows residents who aren’t registered or have recently moved to register at the polls. That year, approximately 460,000 people used Election Day Registration, 15 percent of all Wisconsinites who cast a ballot.


Walker pressed his case for ending same-day registration during a speech at the Ronald Reagan Library in California on Friday:

“States across the country that have same-day registration have real problems because the vast majority of their states have poll workers who are wonderful volunteers, who work 13 hour days and who in most cases are retirees,” Walker said. “It’s difficult for them to handle the volume of people who come at the last minute.It’d be much better if registration was done in advance of election day. It’d be easier for our clerks to handle that. All that needs to be done.



Wisconsin was the first state to enact Election Day Registration in 1971, followed soon by states like Minnesota and Maine. Today, eleven states have laws allowing citizens to register at the polls. These states enjoy the highest turnout in the nation not by chance, but because Election Day Registration boosts turnout by 7 to 14 percentage points. In addition, studies show that minorities, poorer voters, and students benefit the most from being permitted to register on Election Day.


Republican legislators in Maine attempted a similar move last year, repealing the state’s 40-year-old Election Day Registration law. However, a citizen backlasherupted, sending the matter to a statewide referendum where voters rebuked the legislature and restored the law by a 2-to-1 margin.


The last time Walker and his Republican allies won complete control of the legislature in 2010, they immediately passed a discriminatory voter ID law that would have disenfranchised people like 84-year-old Ruthelle Frank had it not been blocked by a state judge.


Now, with Wisconsin State Republicans riding high, they appear to again be setting their sights on chipping away at voting rights.



Just some Stuff you might be interested in knowing…..




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