GOP House Intelligence Committee again debunks Doug MacEachern’s wild-eyed conspiracy theories on Benghazi

BenghaziThe Rush Limbaugh of The Republic, Doug MacEachern, simply regurgitates the right-wing noise machine talking points he internalizes from listening to talk radio and FAUX News all day, while surfing right-wing web sites on the “Internets.”

MacEachern, like FAUX News, has been a purveyor of the Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! wild-eyed conspiracy theories. Just search his previous columns and his Twitter posts. Every one of his wild-eyed conspiracy theories have previously been thoroughly debunked. Benghazi in context and perspective:

The State Department Accountability Review Board (ARB) and the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) investigated Benghazi and found an opportunistic attack that should have been prevented but was not due to poor intelligence, inadequate security on the ground, and inadequate information sharing between the U.S. military, the State Department and the CIA. There was no military response that could have been launched in time to save Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. And there was no cover up by the Obama administration.

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Inequality’s Final Victims: The Affluent 9 Percent

I’ve often wondered how much income we could cram into the top 1 percent before the bottom 90 percent erupts.

I never focused on the 9 percent in between. The folks in this 9 percent, I figured, are too affluent to rock any boats, so I left them out of my calculations.

But I’ve reconsidered. This “affluent 9 percent” may be inequality’s final victims. They may play a pivotal role in determining when our unequal society gets too unequal.

The affluent 9 percent are those households with annual incomes roughly between $100,000 and $400,000, the 30 million Americans both affluent enough and numerous enough to maintain our facade of prosperity.

They fill our restaurants, populate our shopping malls, and fill the coach sections of commercial airplanes. They trade in their cars before running them into the ground, simultaneously propping up our auto industry and creating a used-car market for those unable to buy new.

The question may not be how much income we can cram into the top 1 percent, but how long we can sustain the affluent 9 percent while the income share of the top 1 percent soars. If the affluent 9 percent feel pinched and cut back, our consumption-based economy could implode.

Indeed, data compiled by economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty indicate that may be the case, and that another implosion awaits us. Continue reading

Political Calendar: Week of November 23, 2014

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Political Calendar for the Week of November 23, 2014:

Sunday, November 23, 2:00 p.m.: [Note: meeting cancelled] Legislative District 11 meeting, at the Mountain Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 3601 W. Cromwell Drive (Tucson). For more information please contact Tom Cuevas at (520) 440-5458. Find us at www.AZLD11Dems.org.

Monday, November 24, Noon: Democrats of Greater Tucson luncheon, Dragon’s View Restaurant (400 N. Bonita, South of St. Mary’s Road between the Freeway and Grande Avenue, turn South at Furr’s Cafeteria), buffet lunch costs $8.50. Featured speaker is Don Jorgensen, Pima County Democratic Party Chair, on election postmortem; nominations for DGT Board. Next Week: Tucson City Councilman Paul Cunningham. DGT Board Election is December 8.

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Unofficial 2014 El Tour de Tucson results

Congratulations to all of those who rode in today’s various rides (104, 75, 55 or 40 miles) of El Tour de Tucson 2014.  Hope you all had a great time riding and celebrating afterwards.

Here’s the link to the unofficial results from the website of Perimeter Bicycling at www.perimeterbicycling.com.

http://www.perimeterbicycling.com/el-tour-de-tucson/results/

Couple of odds and ends post-President Obama executive order announcement

Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com

Here’s the very first bill filed in the Georgia Senate for their upcoming session.

First Reader Summary
PF: A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapters 5, 11, and 16 of Title 40 of the O.C.G.A., relating to drivers’ licenses, abandoned motor vehicles, and the Department of Driver Services, respectively, so as to provide that persons who possess a lawful alien status are the only category of noncitizens who may obtain a license, permit, or card; to require the Department of Driver Services to participate in the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify initiative of the United States Department of Homeland Security; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes…

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(11) ‘Lawful alien status’ means an alien status provided for by the federal Immigration
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and Nationality Act or any other provision by the United States Congress; provided,
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however, that lawful alien status shall not include a grant of any deferred deportation
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action from the United States Department of Homeland Security

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