VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE: Lessons From A Benghazi Hearing

Posted: February 3, 2013 at 1:55 a.m.

Recently, as congressional leaders were supposed to probe Hillary Clinton to get to the bottom of what happened in Benghazi, I got an affirmation of why the congressional approval rating continues to approach single digits.

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Opinion, Pages 11 on 02/03/2013

I have a question for Ken Caufield. How many times were the Secretaries of State hauled before a Senate committee when SEVEN U.S. embassies were bombed during Bush's presidency?

Posted by: cdawg

February 3, 2013 at 1:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Who decided to title this bit a radical right wing opinion a VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE?

Secretary Clinton's "fainting spell" as described by Canfield, led to a traumatic subdural hematoma. That's a serious injury, sometimes requiring neurosurgical intervention with craniotomy, so spare me the sarcastic "guesses" about how someone recovering from this degree of brain trauma was able to complete her testimony, and in fact, come out a "winner." Even with a blood clot on the brain, Secretary Clinton was able to trounce the GOP political opportunists trying to play gotcha with her.

Canfield, you surely must know that the purpose of these Congressional hearings is not to arrive at any incontrovertible version of "truth." It's political theatre - entertainment for the gullible masses, represented by the likes of you.

And spare me your pathetic assessment of a talk show appearance as "the height of callousness, deception or incompetence." Wouldn't the deceptive Bush/Cheney decision to invade Iraq be closer to those particular heights?

Posted by: FrankLloydLeft

February 3, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Amen to above.

Posted by: Coralie

February 3, 2013 at 3:29 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

FrankLL: "Who decided to title this bit a radical right wing opinion a VIEW FROM THE MIDDLE?"

Yeah, well said. Canfield is in the middle like Bill O'Really is an independent. The far right, perhaps out of shear boredom with their own impotent political agenda, has shamelessly tried to grandstand and make political hay out of this tragedy but it seems to have blown up in their faces like Fast & Frivolous and all the rest. And they had such high hopes. Canfield just passes along the fragments of what is left of the bogus conspiracy theory. This is revealed by the fact that he is reduced to mustering his main plank feigned shock on a purposeful and plainly uncharitable reading of Hillary's "What difference, at this point, does it make?”

On to the next trumped up fake outrage of the day.

Posted by: fayfreethinker

February 3, 2013 at 5:27 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I think there are two great mysteries in this world that are left for man to solve. Is there intelligent life on other planets and how much Hillary's butt will expand once she takes off the girdle.

Posted by: JailBird

February 4, 2013 at 12:22 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

I very much dislike personal attacks on women based on their physical attributes, no matter what their politics.
When I was a kid I overheard lots of ugly jokes about Eleanor Roosevelt.
She wasn't a beauty (mainly because of buck teeth that today could be fixed by orthodontia) but she was an intelligent, charitable, and activist.woman with a lot of accomplishments. She was a Red Cross volunteer in both World Wars. She was active in the Suffrage movement, worked with poor children, became an expert on humanitarian issues, and much else.

Posted by: Coralie

February 4, 2013 at 12:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Coralie, I agree with you. I don't like anyone put down because of physical attributes. That is why so many feel they need to be perfect and have the surgeries be so.

Posted by: mycent

February 4, 2013 at 2:14 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I've got some Eleanor jokes also.

Posted by: JailBird

February 4, 2013 at 3:37 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I swear this computer drops words out of my posts.

I do like a good joke, MM. I'm not that sensitive.

Posted by: mycent

February 4, 2013 at 5:07 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Did you hear the one about Eleanor when she got a rose named after her? She was just pleased as punch until someone pointed out the printed attributes of the rose. (Not very good in a bed, but does very well up against a wall in full sunshine.)

Posted by: JailBird

February 5, 2013 at 2:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Sorry, I encouraged you, mm.

Posted by: mycent

February 5, 2013 at 8:25 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

This thread had some substance until MM started with the woman-hating dirty jokes.
That is what is meant by "a troll."
So why does the Christian mycentworth enable him?

Posted by: Coralie

February 5, 2013 at 2:51 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I find much of what MM says humorous, however, I don't like putting anyone down or derogatory remarks. Some women jokes are just plain vulgar, as I've heard plenty especially when I was younger.

I don't think I enable MM. He has a mind of his own.

Posted by: mycent

February 5, 2013 at 4:06 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

At the time I thought it funny since Eleanor was the one who told it about herself. Use Google, Coralie.

Posted by: JailBird

February 5, 2013 at 4:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

I don't believe the quote has been verified. Things can repeat 20 or 200 times on the Internet without their being true to begin with.
As an avid reader of garden catalogs during the winter months, I've rarely seen any negatives about a plant. Roses are unlikely to be "no good in a bed."
It is hard to believe that a woman of Eleanor Roosevelt's standing would publicly relate such a vulgar joke about herself..

Posted by: Coralie

February 6, 2013 at 5:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

"Deep yellow Hybrid Tea.
Registration name: Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Discovered by Traendly & Schenck (United States, 1933).
Hybrid Tea.
Golden-yellow. Mild to strong fragrance. Very large, double (17-25 petals), globular bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Long, pointed buds.
Large, glossy foliage.
USDA zone 6b through 9b. Can be used for cut flower or garden. Very vigorous. "

Posted by: Coralie

February 10, 2013 at 2:25 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The rose fell out of favor because it wasn't enough of an improvement over its parent rose, "Talisman."
However there is also a peony named after Mrs. Roosevelt:

Posted by: Coralie

February 10, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Someone named a pony after me, also.

Posted by: JailBird

February 10, 2013 at 4:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Which part of it?

Posted by: Coralie

February 12, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. ( | suggest removal )


Posted by: fayfreethinker

February 12, 2013 at 4:11 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The part you are thinking about, Coralie. I don't know how you knew this Freeby, but the name was "Awesome A-s". He was finally was put down because the output was more than the input, kinda like Freeby.

Posted by: JailBird

February 12, 2013 at 4:59 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Awesome, Moneymyst. Ha!

Posted by: Tankersley101

February 12, 2013 at 8:01 p.m. ( | suggest removal )