POTENTIAL BOMBSHELL: The Independent Reports US Warned Of Embassy Attacks, Did Nothing

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The UK’s Independent just published a potential bombshell story on the 9/11 anniversary assassination of US Ambassador Chris Stevens, reporting that the US was warned 48 hours prior to the attacks and did nothing.

Not only did the attackers manage to kill the US Ambassador on the anniversary of 9/11, they also discovered the location of the State Department’s safe house in the city and stole documents related to locals working with the United States.

As the press has been focused on making this attack a story about Romney’s criticism, we hope they continue down that path. If all of this reporting holds up, we wouldn’t want to be on the side of defending the Obama administration.

The killings of the US ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were likely to have been the result of a serious and continuing security breach, The Independent can reveal.

American officials believe the attack was planned, but Chris Stevens had been back in the country only a short while and the details of his visit to Benghazi, where he and his staff died, were meant to be confidential.

The US administration is now facing a crisis in Libya. Sensitive documents have gone missing from the consulate in Benghazi and the supposedly secret location of the “safe house” in the city, where the staff had retreated, came under sustained mortar attack. Other such refuges across the country are no longer deemed “safe”.

Some of the missing papers from the consulate are said to list names of Libyans who are working with Americans, putting them potentially at risk from extremist groups, while some of the other documents are said to relate to oil contracts.

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.

 

SHAME-FACED: REGENTS LUDWIG & GRIEGO

Sometimes politicians give themselves away.

That happened at Wednesday’s CU Regents meeting. The issue? Opposing Amendment 64 that pretends to legalize marijuana.

Regent Stephen Ludwig didn’t want the Regents to oppose the pot amendment in a timely fashion. He did what politicians do when they want to conceal what they are really up to. He moved to table it indefinitely; that’s parliamentarian-ese for “kill.”

Regent Irene Griego seconded Ludwig’s motion.

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FOOL’S ADVOCATE: Senator Evie Hudak Says Bad Economy Helps Democrats

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No one has ever accused State Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) of being the brains behind the Senate Democrats’ operation. In an AP article today about Obama’s visit to Golden, she clarifies why that is.

Hudak tells the AP‘s Kristen Wyatt, with a straight face we assume, that the bad economy is actually helping Democrats.

Democrats are seeing the economy play a big role this year, too, though of course they believe it plays in their favor.

“I see it in my own district as I walk through communities. I have a lot more people tell me they can’t find a job, that they’re afraid of losing their house,” said Democratic state Sen. Evie Hudak, locked in a tight race of her own against a Republican challenger.

“People are still struggling, but they also see it getting better,” Hudak continued. “They’re more realistic about Obama, they’re looking not at what he will do but at what he has done. I’m confident Obama will keep Jeffco.”

Hudak’s Baghdad Bob-like pronouncement is no surprise to those familiar with her legislative record. She’s not exactly known for her financial acumen. This past session, even the liberal Denver Post editorial board slammed her signature legislation as “muddled economic thinking.”

We know that Hudak has to toe the party line and push a positive outlook on the dismal economy, but actually claiming it’s improving and people are noticing that? Even BP had better spin.

For the last four straight months unemployment in Colorado has gone up. It hasn’t improved, nor even stagnated. It’s gone up.

And voters see that. In the Colorado Purple Poll in August, 27% of respondents said the economy was getting better, while 44% said it was getting worse, representing a 5 point shift towards more negative views of the economy from the July Colorado Purple Poll.

If Evie Hudak actually believes what she told the AP, then her Republican challenger Lang Sias can probably begin measuring the drapes for his office in the Capitol.

 

MESSAGE MELTDOWN: Comms Director Departure Precedes Pace Debate Difficulties

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UPDATE: The Federal Election Commission website further confirms that outside groups have abandoned Pace. There has not been a single dollar spent on advertising in his CD3 race in all of 2012.

Sal Pace’s embarrassing debate performance at the Club 20 debate last Saturday, where he refused to let the words “Barack Obama” pass his lips, may be a harbinger of things to come. His campaign has been slowly collapsing, going from the top targeted race in the state a few months ago, to practically an afterthought for national party committees and outside groups.

The latest sign in the Pace campaign collapse is the departure of his Communications Director, Megan Dubray, who, according to Colorado Peak Politics sources, left the campaign the week before the Club 20 debacle.

Dubray was previously the Deputy Communications Director for the State House Democrats. An email to the Pace campaign to confirm Dubray’s departure was not returned.

Our sources tell us Chad Obermiller, Pace’s campaign manager, has been forced into double duty with Dubray’s departure. Based on Pace’s performance at Club 20, it doesn’t appear communications is Chad’s strength.

Revealing Politics brings us video of that awkward moment Pace was asked who he is endorsing for President.

The message meltdown over at Team Pace follows a meltdown in outside group support as well. Over the last couple of months when outside liberal groups, like Nancy Pelosi’s House Majority PAC, spent money on Colorado Congressional races, Pace’s CD3 never seemed to make the cut. Recently, money has been going to defend Ed Perlmutter in CD7 or prop up Joe Miklosi in CD6. Pace, it seems, hasn’t been given a pot to piss in (get it?).

With Pace’s campaign seemingly collapsing — losing staff and outside support — it makes more sense why he was buying advertising time in the Denver media market recently. It wasn’t going to touch a lot of his persuadable voters, as the Denver media market covers barely any of CD3, but maybe it was intended to remind the Denver establishment he still exists. Hey guys — don’t forget about me!

 

LIAR, LIAR: Dem Economic Talking Points Denounced by American Banker

This morning, a loyal reader sent us a post from banking publication American Banker’s editor-in-chief, Neil Weinberg, who wrote a “myth vs. fact” piece on Elizabeth Warren’s talking points on the economy and banking from the Democratic National Convention. While the Peak typically focuses on Colorado issues, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to highlight this article because Warren’s misleading statements have been driving the talking points on the left nationwide, and in Colorado.

Warren, the self-described “mother of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” told a few whoppers at the DNC. Here are her particularly egregious points, plus Weinberg’s attempt to set the record straight.

A few of our favorites from American Banker:

Warren: “The system is rigged. Look around. Oil companies guzzle down billions in subsidies. Billionaires pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. Wall Street CEOs—the same ones who wrecked our economy and destroyed millions of jobs—still strut around Congress, no shame, demanding favors, and acting like we should thank them.”

Reality check: Demanding favors? Like the labor unions that helped push General Motors and Chrysler over the brink and then got the president to help cut in front of bondholders during a taxpayer-funded bailout? Or the class action lawyers who get rich suing job-creating corporations and then funnel some of the spoils to the Democratic Party?

Warren: “President Obama gets it because he’s spent his life fighting for the middle class. And now he’s fighting to level that playing field.”

Reality check: Obama fighting to level the playing field? With a Fed chairman whose near-zero interest rate policy is hurting retirees and other savers while rewarding the profligate—most notably Uncle Sam? Even Neil Barofsky, the former Tarp Special Inspector General who is quite fond of Liz Warren, has blasted the Obama White House and Treasury Secretary for lying to the American people and disguising a giant-bank bailout as a homeowner rescue.

Warren: “After the financial crisis, President Obama knew that we had to clean up Wall Street.”

Reality Check: Obama’s cleaned up Wall Street? Who’s gone to jail, Ms. Warren? In the wake of the tech bust a decade ago, George W. Bush’s Justice Department went after the deposed bosses at Enron, WorldCom and Tyco and put them in jail. President Obama’s Justice Department has taken a pass on the likes of Jon Corzine of MF Global, Angelo Mozilo of Countrywide Financial and the boatload of cads who ran places like AIG, Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers. Or, as Neil Barofsky said to me recently, given the “trillions and trillions of dollars of value that have been wiped out … it certainly seems like there should have been a rampant area for potential fraud cases.”

 

FREUDIAN SLIP? DNC Organizers Use Russian Warships to Honor Veterans

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Republicans use the wrong U.S state’s mountain ranges and Democrats use the wrong country’s warships. Seems like the latter would be worse, but veterans are still waiting for an apology from the DNC.In 2008, the media went nuts when then-Senate candidate Bob Schaffer released his first television ad featuring what was thought to be Pike’s Peak, but turned out to be Mt. McKinley.

We’re waiting for the uproar following the Democrats’ use of Russian warships as a backdrop to a retired four-star admiral, who honored veterans at the Democratic Natonal Convention.  From the Navy Times:

“On the last night of the Democratic National Convention, a retired Navy four-star took the stage to pay tribute to veterans. Behind him, on a giant screen, the image of four hulking warships reinforced his patriotic message.

But there was a big mistake in the stirring backdrop: those are Russian warships.

While retired Adm. John Nathman, a former commander of Fleet Forces Command, honored vets as America’s best, the ships from the Russian Federation Navy were arrayed like sentinels on the big screen above.

These were the very Soviet-era combatants that Nathman and Cold Warriors like him had once squared off against.”

The timing of this faux pas is particularly awkward.  Unfortunately, this mistake comes on the heels of Russian Prime Minister Vladmir Putin’s “endorsement” of President Obama (a dubious honor to be sure). And, of course, there was that hot mic episode in which Obama conveyed to Russian then-president Dmitri Medvedev that “this is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility [to deal with controversial issues].”

Importantly, some veterans, like Rob Barker, a former electronics warfare technician, are asking for an apology, according to the Navy Times.

“An immediate apology [from the committee] would be very nice,” Barker said. “Maybe acknowledge the fact that yes, they screwed up.”

Just add that to the list of apologies the Democrats and this administration owes the American people.

 

CEA Looks Anything But Collaborative in Adams 12

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The Denver Post‘s Kevin Simpson may need to hear from his own Inigo Montoya. No, not because he has any extra fingers or is in need of revenge. Early in The Princess Bride, after his Sicilian partner in crime has lisped out another “Inconceivable!”, the iconic swordsman offhandedly rebukes him with a famous line:

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

In the August 26 edition of the Post, Simpson offered up a flattering profile of new Colorado Education Association (CEA) president Kerrie Dallman. In the piece he notes her “collaborative work in Jeffco,” her “reputation for collaboration,” and “a leadership style that seeks to identify areas of collaboration.”

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THOUGHTS & PRAYERS: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Killed by Mob

Yesterday, Chris Stevens, U.S. Ambassador to Libya, was killed at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi during a rocket attack, following days of protests in Libya and Egypt.  Three additional embassy staff members also died in the attack, including Sean Smith, a ten-year veteran of the State Department.

The mob that stormed the embassy was thought to be angry over an obscure anti-Muslim movie, “The Innocence of Muslims” (trailer below).

This movie is definitely offensive… to well-made movies everywhere.

This is just the sixth time a U.S. Ambassador has been killed in an overseas post, with the most recent occuring during the Carter administration in 1979.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of all four who were killed in this senseless and violent attack.

 

FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT: Dem Running In HD58 Gets Caught Shoplifting, Vows To Continue Campaign

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UPDATE: The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel‘s Charles Ashby reports this wasn’t Theis’s first criminal act:

The charge isn’t Theis’ first run-in with the law.

A day after Thanksgiving last November, she was issued summonses on two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, having an open container in her vehicle and weaving in traffic, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation search of her criminal history.

Theis said she recently underwent surgery and was on painkillers at the time.

But she also mixed those painkillers with beer.

Fundraising must not be going well for Tammy Theis, a Democrat running for State House District 58 in Montrose. The Watch reports that Theis was caught shoplifting at a supermarket last week, but is vowing to continue her campaign against incumbent Republican Don Coram.

“Once police arrived, Montrose resident Tammy Theis was issued a citation for shoplifting miscellaneous merchandise under the value of $500,” [Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene] Lillard said.

…“It was my mistake,” Theis said. “I had a campaign on my mind and it was a human error. I am gravely sorry that it happened. It was a mistake and it has not changed the campaign at all. I am still running against Don Coram and I am looking forward to debating him in October.”

The stable of Democrats running for office this year is beginning to read more like a court docket every day.First there was Sal Pace, a Democrat running for Congress with a long and embarrassing criminal record that invites comparison to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner. Then there is the RTD candidate, Vince Chowdhury, who was arrested for assaulting his daughter for not opening the garage door quick enough.

Now this. And from what we hear, there’s plenty more rap sheets tied to Democratic candidates to come.

(H/T to Revealing Politics for catching the story)

 

Rahm Emanual Goes All Douglas County, Throws Gauntlet Down On Chicago Teachers’ Union

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Last week, the famed Douglas County School Board threw down the gauntlet against its teachers’ union, effectively running their Jimmy Hoffa butt out of the cozy confines of the Douglas County school district.

Yesterday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel decided to do the Windy City version of the Douglas County heave-ho…

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