Skip to comments.Chevy Volts For War-Torn Vienna, Nothing For Benghazi
Posted on 10/12/2012 4:15:39 PM PDT by raptor22
Priorities: While our consulate in Benghazi was guarded by unarmed Libyan contractors making $4 an hour, our embassy in Vienna received an expensive charging station for its new electric cars to help fight climate change.
Even MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell says Vice President Joe Biden lied during Thursday's debate when he said twice that no one in the Obama administration knew that requests for extra security had been made by our Libyan ambassador, Christopher Stevens, and other members of our consulate in Benghazi. The State Department knew "in real time," as Mitchell put it in her post-debate analysis, that requests had been made.
The requests were denied, despite 230 security incidents in Libya between June 2011 and July 2012. With 48 taking place in Benghazi, two at the U.S. diplomatic compound where Ambassador Stevens and three other Americans were murdered on Sept. 11, 2012, a date that by itself should have prompted enhanced security.
What Biden was denying was pointed out by Eric Nordstrom during his testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last Wednesday. Nordstrom, a regional security officer of the U.S. Mission to Libya from September 2011 to July 2012, said that, among other things, he was told in a phone call in July that the deployment of the site security team, a 16-member American military unit based in Tripoli, could not be prolonged.
According to Nordstrom, the State Department not only refused his requests for greater security, but also actually reduced the number of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agents assigned to foreign service officers based in Libya. Security was left to one DSS agent, four armed members of the 17th of February Martyrs Brigade and unarmed Libyan contractors employed by the British-based Blue Mountain Group.
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I’m watching it.
So far we got 2 green laps out of 15
No TV in my office, only in the living room. But the excercize runnin’ back and forth might do me good. ;)
“Theres a race on.”
race? What race? horse race?
I was a nuts and bolts guy who worked 20yrs, with teletypewriters and their systems on Wall St. It would amaze you how many times customers would forget that an outlet was needed for power to run the machine....or even realize that they had to turn the darned thing ON! It was ALWAYS my experience that the higher up in the pecking order someone was, the more bereft they were of basic common sense. I'm not saying they were dumb, just ignorant and disdainful of “details.”
Remember “Challenger”? Remember how none of the big shots wanted to be bothered about some O rings?
It’s all been so miserable. Miserable.
“I was a nuts and bolts guy who worked 20yrs, with teletypewriters and their systems “
Well, I did have a 15 and a 19 that I used for RTTY.
I did know to plug them in, both power and signal, haha.
I was trained on 15s, but I doubt I worked on a dozen. The old timers jumped on them. Models 28, 33, 35, 37, 40, 43, 4540 and ALL their attendant systems, 8 to 5 dataspeed converters and ALL data from vacuum tubes to digital. Finished out my career with a decade of cable splicing.
I loved working on those 28s though. They were my bread and butter. Here’s one woking at only 60 speed
I took the motor out of mine and it is now a polishing machine
I chunked the rest
My Dad did the same with a motor I gave him. LOL!! (Thanks for that memory)
Well, it’s like Dad always said, “It ain’t the Volts, it’s the Amperas that hurt you.”
It's a classic!
“I was trained on 15s,”
While I was in the two-way radio business, RTTY was only a
ham radio adventure around 1965-1972. I had a few DX contacts from around the world, using my model 19.
I also remember a portable tty machine that I got through Army MARS, but do not remember the make or model.
I had no training on tty, much less any professional or business with them.
I also remember teletype art being popular. The most famous was the nude girl sitting on a stool. While I had a perf unit and tape reader, I never got into the art gig.
Although I don’t remember it, I flew in one as a tyke. Cross country from Washington, home to NY shortly after V-J Day. In NYC I grew up near LaGuardia airport and we saw lots of ‘em. Always liked the “thrumming” sound of their engines. :)
“Just a little somethging about that “ancient” DC 3”
I think the DC-3 was considered to be one of the best airplanes ever made in that generation.
I still remember a few Southern Airways flights in a DC-3.
I gotta believe that the guys that created that became our first programmers. lol
IIRC, one of the safest airframes ever.
(talk about hi-jacking a thread......guilty grin)