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Monday, October 22, 2012

Tonight is the final presidential debate in Florida on foreign policy, MNF between Lions and Bears, game 7 of the NLCS, and Taylor Swift's new CD "Red" is out on iTunes.

400-408 – David Barton, founder and president of Wallbuilders (wallbuilders.com), a national, pro-family organization that presents America's forgotten history and heroes with an emphasis on our moral, religious, and constitutional heritage.  David has archived over 100,000 pre-1812 documents, and the website is filled with a great many resources, and many of them are free.  David is a best-selling author and tireless speaker, appearing at over 400 events a year.  His America's Godly Heritage launched my interest in government and political philosophy back in 1990.  His latest book is The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You've Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson (2012) (Amazon).  And, check out his new The Founder's Bible (NASB) (thefoundersbible.com).

413-423 – David Barton, Are you pleased with how conservatives have been framing their views more explicitly upon the Constitution?  E.g., the size and scope of government, federalism, "dependency vs. earned success?"  

428-438 – David Barton, How did the Founders view the role of government in addressing the needs of the poor?  But, as liberals are fond of saying, Isn't it a good thing that government has embraced the role of the church to meet the needs of the poor?  What's "bad" about the government taking over this responsibility?  Government redistributes resources inefficiently, and cannot hold individuals morally accountable as the church can.

443-452 – David Barton, Your thoughts on Benghazi?

458-508 – (:41) Joe Klein of TIME Magazine on Face the Nation, "Tomorrow night is fascinating because, in truth, these guys don't disagree all that much on all this stuff. They essentially have the same positions on foreign policy. This business about the, you know, the Libya consulate has been like the October mirage - it really isn't an issue.  And so, once again, tomorrow, Obama is going to have a very strong position because his foreign policy has been largely successful in terms of substance, but in terms of style, he still has to climb -- re-climb the mountain and make a convincing case to the American people that they will be more comfortable with him in their living rooms the next four years."

• Noel Sheppard (Newsbusters, 10/21/2012) Joe Klein: Benghazi Consulate Controversy 'The October Mirage - It Really Isn't An Issue'.

(1:06) Helene Cooper, the NYT White House Correspondent, "I think as an American, you have to look at the, the question of embassy security is one that is definitely, you know, should be looked at. The administration has to study that. But the larger issue is the issue of the Arab spring and what's happening in this key area, a key region for American foreign policy. And that's where you're seeing in Libya, in Egypt, in Yemen and all over this region, you have new governments in place, you have democracy for the first time and the mess that comes with it.  And I think Americans need to be, I think Tom's point is excellent about the response of the Libyan people. I think in the Egypt case, you didn't see quite the same response, and I think that's very worrying for the United States and for the administration. But I think the far larger point is that we're right now in the middle of, the region is in the middle of such turmoil. And we're not, we don't seem to be addressing it in any meaningful way. Instead, we're like, we're talking about, you know, the death of four Americans, which is why while incredibly tragic, is something that I think is peripheral to what's going on right now."

• Noel Sheppard (Newsbusters, 10/21/2012)  NYT's Helene Cooper: 'Death of Four Americans Is Peripheral To What's Going on Right Now'.

• COMPILED TIMELINE

9/11 – Attack on Benghazi consulate at 10pm Libyan time (4pm Washington).  CIA Station Chief calls it terrorism.  Real-time phone calls continue from Benghazi to US, including drone video feed.

9/12 – Obama in Rose Garden refers to video and "no acts of terror..."

9/12 – Obama on 60 Minutes, "bumps in the road."

9/12 – Obama flies to Nevada for fund raisers.

9/13 – Secretary of State Hilary Clinton blames the video.

9/14 – Press Secretary Jay Carney blames the video.

9/14 – Clinton at Andrews AFB blames the video.

9/15 – Film-maker arrested.

9/16 – US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice goes on 5 Sunday talk shows and blames the video.

9/17 – State Dept briefing says "I don't think we know enough" [to call it terrorism.]

9/18 – Carney says he's not aware of anything that precipitated the attacks.

9/18 – Obama on Letterman says the video was used by terrorists as an excuse to attack our embassies.

9/19 – Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Matthew Olsen testifies before Senate says it was terrorism.

9/20 – Obama on Univision blames the video.

9/24 – Obama goes on The View makes no reference to video, says "no doubt the kinds of weapons that were used…" 

9/25 – Obama at UN blames the video six times.

10/08 – Obama in San Francisco says the threat from al Qaeda is on it's heels.

10/09 – State Dept offers blow by blow account of attack, with RPGs, etc.

10/10 – Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb testifies before House that they had "real time" info of terrorist attack.  They had been warned of attacks.

10/11 – Vice-Presidential Debate, Obama says he's offended anyone would make this a political issue.

512-523 – (6X) • Brett Baier (Breitbart, 10/20/2012) BRET BAIER'S THOROUGHLY DEVASTATING EXPOSÉ ON OBAMA ADMIN'S CHANGING STORIES ON BENGHAZI.  With Ed Henry.

528-539 – (5X) • Fox News (10/19/2012) Timeline of Benghazi terror attack, Part 1. Greg Palkot breaks down story of heroism and disaster.

544-554 – (6X) • Fox News (10/19/2012) Timeline of Benghazi terror attack, Part 2. Greg Palkot breaks down story of heroism and disaster.

• Bing West (NRO, 10/21/2012) First, Aid the Living.  Mr. West is former assistant secretary of defense.

• Awr Hawkins (Blaze, 10/22/2012) OBAMA DOCTRINE: BENGHAZI GUARDS NEVER TAUGHT HOW TO SHOOT GUNS.

• James Rosen (WSJ, 10/19/2012) The Three Benghazi Timelines We Need Answers About. Every White House sooner or later succumbs to the temptation to cover up an embarrassment.

// Assistant Secretary of State Charlene Lamb, who oversees diplomatic security, testified before the House on Oct. 10 that she and her colleagues had placed "the correct number of assets in Benghazi at the time of 9/11 for what had been agreed upon." While not the stuff of a perjury charge, this testimony cannot be true, given the known outcome of the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate and the pleas for enhanced security measures that we now know Foggy Bottom to have rebuffed.

The second Benghazi timeline encompasses the five or six hours on the evening of Sept. 11 when the attacks transpired. A State Department briefing on Oct. 9 offered an account that was riveting but incomplete. When all of the facts of these hours are compiled, we will have a truer picture of the tactical capabilities of al Qaeda and its affiliates in North Africa. We will also learn what really happened to Amb. Stevens that night, and better appreciate the vulnerabilities with which our diplomatic corps, bravely serving at 275 installations across the globe, must still contend.

The third and final Benghazi timeline is the one that has fostered charges of a coverup. It stretches eight days—from 3:40 p.m. on Sept. 11, when the consulate was first rocked by gunfire and explosions, through the morning of Sept. 19, when Matthew G. Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, publicly testified before the Senate that Benghazi was a terrorist attack.

Mr. Olsen's testimony effectively ended all debate about whether the attacks had grown out of a protest over an anti-Islam video. Three days before Mr. Olsen put a stop to the blame-YouTube storyline, U.N. Amb. Susan Rice, echoing Mr. Carney, had gone on five Sunday TV chat shows and maintained that the YouTube video has spurred the violence.

• LINER – As we head into the election, R. C. Sproul provides some great context for believers in his new teaching series "Chuch & State."  For your chance to listen to the series online, or to purchase it, go to kkla.com, keyword "Sproul."

558-608 – • NY Post (10/21/2012) Obama campaign accepted foreign Web donation -- and may be hiding more.

• Wynton Hall (Breitbart, 10/21/2012) OBAMA BAGGED OVER $2 MILLION IN INVALID DONATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER.

• Stephen Bannon (Breitbart, 10/21/2012) A CANCER AT THE CENTER OF THE PRESIDENCY: ROBERT ROCHE A CHINESE AGENT-OF-INFLUENCE?

• Erica Ritz (Blaze, 10/21/2012) REPORT REVEALS OBAMA CAMPAIGN BORROWED $15 MILLION FROM BANK OF AMERICA.

612-623 – Calls – We're in a "politics free zone" for the rest of the hour!  Question, how would you complete this statement:  "God, I want to thank you for…."?

• LINER – As we head into the election, R. C. Sproul provides some great context for believers in his new teaching series "Chuch & State."  For your chance to listen to the series online, or to purchase it, go to kkla.com, keyword "Sproul."

628-639 – Calls – We're in a "politics free zone" for the rest of the hour!  Question, how would you complete this statement:  "God, I want to thank you for…."?

644-656 – Calls – We're in a "politics free zone" for the rest of the hour!  Question, how would you complete this statement:  "God, I want to thank you for…."?

• Mark Steyn (NRO, 10/19/2012) The Great Binder Blunder: On the defining issue of our time.

• Mario Loyola (NRO, 10/20/2012) Dependency and the '47 Percent'. — Mario Loyola is director of the Center for Tenth Amendment Studies at the Texas Public Policy Foundation.

• Fox News (10/22/2012) Barbra Streisand asks for 'emergency contribution' from Obama supporters: Are Hollywood Democrats panicking?

• Buck Sexton (Blaze, 10/22/2012) IF MITT ROMNEY WANTS TO WIN TONIGHT'S DEBATE, HE BETTER READ THIS.

• Peggy Noonan (WSJ, 10/19/2012) The Year the Debates Mattered: Will Obama's crass presidential style become the rule or prove an exception?