The Spin Begins!

Spider Harlotte

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And So It Begins..

Good Morning, Breakfastpoppers. Today is Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Our dear friend, Spider Harlotte, is with me this morning at the breakfast table. She has brought a delicious assortment of crepes with her. Won't you join us for breakfast this morning? Harlotte has a lot on her mind.

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The President Says

Hello, my cherished human family. The events of the last few days have finally got people talking. Hopefully, they are thinking, as well. President Obama and President Obama alone decided that it was a grand idea to exchange five vicious terrorists housed in GITMO for one deserter living with the Taliban. The law requires that Congress be consulted 30 days in advance of any such exchange. That law was broken. Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee reported that the Pentagon notified the panel by phone five hours before the swap took place.

Now for the spin. President Obama defended his handling of the exchange by saying that when the opportunity, and I repeat that word with great reservations, presented itself, he took it. He went on to say that if he had complied with the congressional notification rules, lives of Americans abroad and soldiers would have been compromised. A spokeswoman for the White House, Caitlin Hayden, made the following statement. " Because such interference would significantly alter the balance between Congress and the president, and could even raise constitutional concerns, we believe it is fair to conclude that Congress did not intend that the administration would be barred from taking the action it did in these circumstances," Now, I ask you, how is that for spin?


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Stop the Wheel!

If I may, I would like to stop this particular spin with a few observations of my own. A law was put in place that required the President to notify Congress of any prisoner exchanges 30 days before any such move took place. Five hours is not 30 days. The law was really quite straightforward. The President of the United States broke that law and in doing so he broke his promise to the American people. No amount of "spin" can change the fact that, once again, Congress was bypassed. This is not the way the nation is supposed to work which explains quite nicely why it isn't working at all!

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Another Day, More Spin

President Obama's handling of the VA scandal is another example of the spin machine in full gear. When President Obama announced the resignation of Veteran Affairs Secretary, Eric Shinseki, he made it quite clear that the problems predate his presidency. His statement was mind-boggling. On the one hand he said that he always takes responsibility, but that the VA scandal started with Bush. President Obama can try to "spin" this baby any way he wants, but the facts are this. Obama was on the Veterans Affairs Committee from 2005-2008. That's a long time to know about a problem and do nothing. Obama has been in the White House long enough to have tackled this problem. Not only did he not address a situation that he already knew about, he allowed it to get worse, much worse.

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The Queen of Spin

An article of this sort would not be complete without mentioning Hillary Clinton. Her version of the Benghazi debacle is a classic example of "spinning to win." Clinton has denied playing any sort of personal role when it came to the process of providing security to the compound in Benghazi. She has said that she did not see any of the cables from the compound asking, or should I say begging, for added security. According to Clinton, cables of this nature, although addressed to her, were not meant for her. I don't know about you, but right now my head is spinning.

The problem with Clinton's spin on Benghazi lies in the fact that a report released in January 2014 by the Senate revealed that the facility in Benghazi required special waivers to be legally occupied because it did not meet the minimum security standards set by the State Department. The waivers had to be signed by Clinton. Sometimes the truth can be so inconvenient.

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A Tangled Web

The bottom line is this. Those we have chosen to represent us are failing miserably. The Obama administration has taken "the art of the spin" to new heights. Truth is only in the eyes of the latest person giving his or her version of the facts. The facts the American people hear about are very rarely the truth. The other word for "spin" is lie. The American people are lied to on a daily basis. The media spins the news. Most of the Democrats in Congress spin the facts and the news. The White House spins it all. The end result is that Americans are duped constantly and it is accepted and expected. It is time to change all of that, because if you don't demand something better, things can only get worse. It's your nation, now take it back!


Harlotte's Song

Oh, what a tangled web we weave

When first we practice to deceive...

Sir Walter Scott

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Comments 41 comments

taxlarry 2 years ago

Harlotte, now we know Obumma broke the law. He violated his oath (to faithfully enforce the laws of the US) and violated the Constitution. The remedy for this is impeachment.Why don't I hear anyone talking impeachment? Chicken?


Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

Yes, they are all liars. Dems, Repubs, liberals and conservatives. Liars. When it suits them they'll tell the truth, but that's rare. Then there's all the stuff they hide. A prime example of this is the NSA spying. Hell, how long did our government LIE about the existance of the NSA by not telling us it exists?

I seriously doubt that any of the clowns in Washington want to benefit the country. Let's take Marco Rubio, sponsor of the Dream Act for example. This was for the benefit of our country?? Give me a freakin' break. And this was the man so highly touted for his "conservative" credentials. Sorry. Rubio is a liar just like the rest. What about Rand Paul? We'll see if his actions match his words, but I wouldn't bet $5.00 on that.

Name them, if you can. Name the politicians that aren't compromising their beliefs or downright lying. Name the dogs....oops, I mean politicians, who aren't in politics simply for their own gain, politicians who won't sacrifice the interests of our country for their personal benefit. I can't find one.

Only thing different with Obama is how blatant he is about his lies. Nothing subtle. He'll lie even when it's clear to everyone that he's lying. New heights of lying - setting new precedence for the next president who'll be able to do the same.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning taxlarry,

More like brain dead! To the Inn, the last safe place on the planet.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Hxprof,

I would rename this Congress, 'THE DO NOTHING CONGRESS". Oh, they have their inquiries, but nothing ever happens. I do like Trey Gowdy, so at least I found one person who I think shoots straight. Of course, I may end up disappointed. As for the rest, you can have them, I don't want them, they're too hideous for me! See you at the Inn, no lying politicians allowed!


Pino Krisio 2 years ago

POP: (I commented on your hub over an hour ago, and nothing registered. I just received an email showing the hubs that I follow, and when I clicked on yours, Monday's hub came up. What is going on with Hub Pages)

Anyway, I will try to remember what I said.

Obama can free a deserter from prison, and yet he doesn't even try to free the doctor who outted Osama Bin Laden nor the marine rotting in jail in Mexico. He does this because he knows that he can get away with it. Just pray that we take the Senate back in November, then he will have to play nice with everyone, knowing that he can get impeached. I am spinning so much, I am gettng dizzy. Off to the bar. I hear that the bar stools can spin about 50 MPH. Let's have a race.....


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Pino,

HP is all screwed up and I am very frustrated. President Obama is all screwed up and I am very frustrated. Can anyone say impeachment? See you at the Inn. I need a bar stool that doesn't move. I am already spinning out of control! See you soon.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

One might think that Congress is deeply disturbed by the failure to communicate. It could be worse, I suppose. Imagine the five former detainees in charge of the VA.


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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pop and Harlotte,

Ambassador Susan Rice covered herself in "glory" showing that she is a pure political hack with her pronouncements on the Bergdahl affair.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear FitnezzJim,

You have a very twisted and interesting mind. Meet me at the Inn and drinks are on me.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Tom,

I can't even force myself to write about Susan Rice and her blatant lies. This is all too much, isn't t? See you at the Inn. I'm saving you a seat and Harlotte wants some quality time with you.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

I commented here earlier and the comment is gone. :(

The do nothing congress with a know nothing president.

I don't like that we had to let 5 bad guys go who will live another day to come back to possibly harm us again. All for one guy (GI) whose allegiance now is questionable at best. Obama said we don't leave anyone (soldiers) behind and that's why he did what he did when he had the "opportunity." We've had lots of opportunities when it came to POW's in the past, and our Presidents weren't one man voting machines, so his reason doesn't hold water. I'm pretty sure that the 30 day rule isn't hard set, because my cousin was a POW in Vietnam and he had less than 7 days notice that he was getting sprung. He was in the 3rd flight of prisoner exchange. I know there are executive decisions made all the time, but this one smells bad all around.

For Bergdahl, AWOL should equal treason here, but I don't know the whole story. The little I do know is Bergdahl walked off his post, left his equipment (gun, etc.) behind and after many hours, six men went looking for him and all 6 got killed. So we sacrificed 6 Americans and we gave up 5 enemy prisoners for one American soldier who by the looks of it, had a lot of comforts while he was supposedly a POW.

When I saw his father on TV the other night, it painted a picture I didn't like seeing. I think we are going to hear a lot more about the "real" Bergdahl family (all of them) as well as exactly how much of a prisoner he actually was.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

On to another topic. Did you see that candidate in South Dakota who found out she lost the race on national television, and then was arrested the next day for falsifying campaign information? I didn't know whether to laugh or cry for her. :)


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning billy,

Do both, it's too insane to react any other way!!


AnitaFrancine 2 years ago

Pop,

So true! Everything in this wonderful country is spinning out of control. When I watch the news and see the likes of Harry Reid defending the president's decision to make this trade, all I can think is that he's not even qualified for the janitor's job to sweep the halls of Congress! Save me a seat at the inn.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

When I heard about this, my first thought was that Obama is going to empty Gitmo, and he doing it by releasing the worst in the first round. That way, it won't seem so bad when he begins releasing the lesser criminals.


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The Frog Prince 2 years ago from Arlington, TX

If people were paying any attention, and obviously too many were not, they would have seen what the sane among us saw from the start. Obama is a complete fraud, a pathological liar and as incompetent as they could ever come to run this nation, other than to run it into the ground. He has done that in an excellent fashion.

Obama now thinks he is above the law because our Congress has, time after time, given him a free pass about either breaking this nation's laws or ignoring them and picking and choosing which one's he thinks should be enforced.

Liberals only need to read the US Constitution to understand the role of the executive branch of our government. Obama might want to lead the reading class for the idiots who walk among us.

The Frog Prince


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Will,

My thoughts exactly! With the WORST OF THE WORST out of there, he'll empty the whole place by calling them less threatening than the THE FIVE! What does this man have to do to get himself impeached? He has broken the law by releasing, on his own, such dangerous animals. It's time he was held accountable and stopped. Actually, it's way past time. I'll see you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear AnitaFrancine,

Reid is out of his mind and so are the people who put him in office. We are just like a third world country now, thanks to people like Reid, Pelosi and Obama. I'll be at the Inn. Get there on the early side.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Rachael,

Thanks o much for persisting even though your comment disappeared. With all the trouble of late on HP I'm surprised my hub is still here. As for this latest fiasco, clearly Obama is gong for broke. He will not have to face re-election, so he seems determined to "change" everything he can in the time he has left. I hope this nation survives. I believe that Obama broke the law when he knowingly released five of the most dangerous men in GITMO. He admitted on national television that the 5 terrorists will probably pose grave danger to us once again. I am sick of asking, but where is Congress? See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Frog Prince,

Judge Napolitano is of the opinion that releasing the five most dangerous men in GITMO and admitting that they will probably pose danger to us again is a criminal offense. The fact that there are still people in this nation who support Obama is one huge frightening fact. They foisted this incompetent and dangerous man upon us and now they are trying like hell to keep him in the WH. What exactly does Obama have to do to be impeached? See you at the Inn.


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Gawth 2 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

Here's what I want to know:

Eric Holder was a senior partner in Covington & Burling before coming AG. That firm represented 18 Gitmo prisoners who wanted release. Does anyone know if that law firm represented any of those five prisoners who won release under this sucker-punch the president just laid on the jaws of America?


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tsadjatko 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Gawth, I was thinking the same thing! The fact that NOBODY has brought this up in the media says you can bet Holder has a lot to do with this and after Attorney General Eric Holder lost his bid to try 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in New York, he has been looking for more ways to stick it to America. He is the skunk in the woodpile, bet on it.

How has American leadership sunk to such low levels of depravity?


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tsadjatko 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

And Bpop, since the subject is spin, how about the latest ... 5 days after giving us reasons for not telling congress we get a new reason - The Obama administration has told senators it didn't notify Congress about the pending swap of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban officials because the Taliban had threatened to kill him if the deal was made public, three congressional officials have told The Associated Press.

Like these people threatening to kill one American is reason to cave to their demands? Obama could trump that - you kill Bergdahl and your 5 generals die in Gitmo and not of old age while we hunt you down. He's holding all the cards, it didn't have to go down like it did.

This is nothing but a case of kidnapping for ransom? They kidnap a victim and hold him for ransom with the threat that if you don't meet their demands they will kill the victim. You can't tell me they weren't paid a fortune besides getting the 5 Taliban generals. What's a few million or a billion added to the 17.5 trillion we owe?

Looking at it that way Columbo would have done a better job of negotiating than Obama. He'd have gotten Bergdahl back, captured or killed the Taliban kidnappers and the 5, still in Gitmo, would never even know what happened.

Wait another five days, they'll find a way to blame Bush for not telling congress.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning Gawth,

What an excellent question! At this point, Holder's involvement in this mess wouldn't surprise me at all. Now isn't that a sad thing to say. Obama should be impeached, plain and simple. Holder should be fired. Reid should be admitted to the loony bin and Pelosi should go with him. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning tsadjatko,

As of this morning, word has come out that the "prisoner" often took target practice with his "captors." He seemed to be free to move about the universe. One more thing...The "prisoner" is said to have converted to Islam and calls himself a jihadist. Hmmm..... It has also been revealed that the "prisoner" had a habit of walking off the base in Afghanistan and in the U.S. when he was in training. This isn't the army I thought I knew. Soldiers don't wander off and if they do there is hell to pay. See you at the Inn.


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tsadjatko 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

This is one soldier who obviously cared more about staying alive than dying for the principles of life and liberty he took an oath to defend. Makes one appreciate even more the fortitude of Christians all over the world and throughout history who chose to be martyred, even tortured, rather than renounce their Christianity. Yet Bergdahl served with honor and distinction? What, was that? The names of the military dogs in their platoon?

"Honor", here boy! "Distinction", go fetch.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear tsadjatko,

I think he ended up serving the Taliban and enjoying. himself.This is an infuriating story, but I have to say your comment made me laugh! See you at the Inn.


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FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

Any day now, it's going to be officially declared 'the inmates are running the asylum'.


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tsadjatko 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

If this is a "whipped up" controversy why does the Obama administration have to carefully "ration all lies" about their actions?


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

This probably tops all the other things Obama has done that destroy a bit of our country. I think this is an impeachable offense. How can he get away with ignoring the constitution? Releasing the five worst inmates is reprehensible and something no other president has ever done. You hit the nail on the head again with this hub!


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tsadjatko 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Actually it has to be a crime to impeach and releasing prisoners is not a crime however "Whoever . .. knowingly provides material support to a foreign terrorist organization" is guilty of a crime. So if the Haqqani (designated terrorists) got money for the exchange that would be a crime committed by Obama, an impeachable offense. Of course that could be why there is no mention of money in this swap, because as ususual, although incompetent in everything his administration does Obama is adept at covering up his crimes ... at least so it appears.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear FitnezzJim,

That announcement is long overdue and will come as no surprise to anyone with an intact mind. Enjoy the day and I'll see you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear tsadjatko,

When he said that I almost attacked my television. He believes, truly believes, he is king. He did this all on his own, consulted no one. He never asks the people who actually know the situation their advice. It's time for impeachment. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Pamela,

If this isn't an impeachable offense, what is! He arranged for this sickening event without consulting Congress or the CIA or the Defense Department. He has gone rogue in my view. Have a nice week-end and I'll see you at the Inn.


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I am tired of leaders who make excuses like little children. We need accountability from those we elected. This hub shows lack of this necessary element, and the time is ripe for change. Thank you pop for taking a stand with this well written hub. I believe that bribes and threats may prevent action by Congress. Surely I am wrong. Sharing hub. Blessings. Audrey


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear tsadjatko,

I believe it is also a crime to knowingly release prisoners who you admit will probably cause harm again. He did that on national TV, so there is no spinning the story. I can't stomach the harm, this guy has done to our country. See you at the Inn.


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Dear Audrey,

Obama is running like a mad dog trying to fulfill the promises he made to everyone but the American people. He isn't finished. Quite soon he will be releasing another terrorist and then it will be all of them. Meanwhile, the soldier who got stuck on a road that leads to Mexico rots in prison. Thanks so much for coming to the breakfast table. Enjoy the week-end and I'll see you at the Inn.


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tsadjatko 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Hey Bpop, Guess what - you might be right. Shepard Smith asked Judge Andrew Napolitano whether or not the Taliban prisoner exchange was legal under the NDAA H.R. 1960 Statute.

The judge explained that the swap was illegal because taxpayer dollars were spent to remove these prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without giving Congress 30 days notice.

However, Napolitano goes a step further by pointing out that Obama has provided material assistance (human assets) to the Taliban, which has been identified by Congress to be a non-state terrorist organization. This is a crime punishable by imprisonment of 10 years to life, which covers all Americans–including the President.

Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/judge-napolitano-...


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Deat tsadjatkp,

Obama and Queen Obama were thinking of moving to NYC after his term expires. I think the Men's House of Detention is a great place for his re-location!


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tsadjatko 2 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

Well now, since we are living through an "Alice in Wonderland" administration

http://s3.hubimg.com/u/8425178_f520.jpg

why not just say "off with their heads"!


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breakfastpop 2 years ago Author

Good Morning tsadjatko,

Simple impeachment works for me! To the Inn!

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