Brian Tashman's blog

Conservative Pundit: 'Deflategate' Is Really About Benghazi

Washington Times contributor Robert Knight reacted this week to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s suspension for his role in “Deflategate” by explaining that the scandal is really like Benghazi.

Despite the fact that all of the official reports have debunked the conspiracy theories surrounding the 2012 attack, Knight still insists that administration officials, including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were deliberately lying about the incident, and like Brady, must be punished.

If nothing really painful happens to Mr. Brady or the Patriots, it would be one more high-profile example of people in public life getting away with dishonesty, which is culturally corrosive. I say this in sorrow, having rooted for the Pats for many years.

Cynicism and misconduct grow when certain people seem to be beyond accountability.

The cultural damage was enormous when Bill Clinton not only was caught in lies about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, but also that he got away with it and has prospered mightily since leaving office. Think of the messages sent to America's children: Character doesn't count, marital vows are a joke, and changing the definitions of words like "is" are just something you do to get people off your back.

On April 14, we learned that the Internal Revenue Service, whose wrath knows no bounds for "everyday American" taxpayers who make mistakes on their tax forms, has retained thousands of IRS employees who violated the tax code and even gave many of them promotions and raises. Above the law? It certainly seems to be the case.



This is the same IRS whose officials flatly denied that orders had come down from the top in Washington to target Tea Party groups before the 2012 elections and deny them nonprofit status. It was just some rogue officials in Cincinnati, we were told.

The head of the nonprofit division, Lois G. Lerner, not only refused to testify under oath to Congress about the IRS jihad against conservatives, but somehow also managed to "lose" thousands of pertinent emails. Hillary Rodham Clinton one-upped her by not only ditching thousands of emails from her stint as secretary of state but also by wiping her personal server clean.

And while we're on the subject of cover-up, nothing has happened to those who got caught brazenly lying about what triggered the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

For two weeks, Obama administration officials, most notably then-United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice, President Obama himself and Mrs. Clinton, insisted that an obscure anti-Islamic video triggered a spontaneous riot. Thanks to State Department emails obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests by Judicial Watch, it has become clear that officials in Washington knew about the nature of the attack in real time.

It had nothing to do with a video. Is anybody ever going to face any repercussions about the lies surrounding the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans?

Compared with these scandals, Deflategate is small potatoes, despite the outsized media attention it's getting because of America's obsession with sports and celebrities.

Pat Robertson: Conservative Christians Must Take 'Dominion' Of US From Obama

Today on “The 700 Club,” Pat Robertson said that conservative Christians need to take “dominion” over the world, or at least the U.S., in order to stop President Obama.

“God has made us in charge of this planet and He’s given us dominion and we’re supposed to exercise dominion,” Robertson said. “When the Christians exercise dominion, good things happen. When we surrender dominion, bad things happen. It’s happening in our country, we’ve got a president that thinks we should surrender dominion, that we should not be involved, that we should lead from behind and all of this stuff, and the world is just going to chaos all around.”

Conservative Christians, Robertson said, must fill Obama’s leadership vacuum: “All around you see these horrible breakouts. Why? Because the leaders aren’t leading. So, we have to lead. God has given us dominion, we have to do that.”

End Times Prophets: Gay Marriage, Legal Abortion Will Lead To Apocalypse

Last month, Anne Graham Lotz issued a “Mayday!” prayer alert predicting that the Rapture could come any day now: “Institutions will collapse. Banks will close. The Stock Market will plunge. Planes will fall out of the sky. Cars will crash on the road. Government in America at every level will disintegrate.”

The far-right outlet WorldNetDaily discovered that other End Times preachers agreed with her assessment, particularly due to U.S. foreign policy, abortion rights and marriage equality, with one WND source pointing to Blood Moons as proof.

Joel Richardson, author of “When a Jew Rules the World: What the Bible Really Says About Israel in the Plan of God,” agrees it is time for Americans to repent.

Richardson told WND: “I do believe the United States may very well be on the brink of judgment. No doubt, the church should pay heed to the warnings of voices such as Anne Graham Lotz or Rabbi Jonathan Cahn. There is no question that now is the moment for the nation to turn to its Creator with prayer and fasting.

“Yet it is important to state that God does not want to chastise this nation, He does not take pleasure in bringing calamity. The Lord’s desire is always that we choose to repent on our own. But in the same way that any good parent will discipline their children in the hopes of training them to do what is right, so also will God discipline nations for the purpose of awakening them and causing them to turn back to Himself.”

Among the reasons Lotz gives for her urgency in declaring a time of prayer and fasting is the “Blood Moons” phenomenon discovered by pastor Mark Biltz.



Biltz, author of “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs,” agrees, declaring America “is facing an ugly judgment time.”

And while no one can say for sure when such a time could arrive, Biltz cautions, he believes it “could be this year or definitely by the end of next year.”



“God’s judgment will come on America because of our treatment of Israel and being at the forefront of dividing the land of Israel by pushing for a two-state solution,” he said. “And all of this is in the light of the Blood Moons as well.

“Americans should be fasting and praying and interceding as Abraham did before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.”

But Carl Gallups, pastor, radio host and author of the end-times bestseller “Final Warning: Understanding the Trumpet Days of Revelation,” says America is already becoming like those doomed cities.

“I am frequently asked if God’s judgment is really getting ready to fall upon America,” he said. “My answer is that it has already begun! Most Americans don’t want to hear that answer. But the facts are staring us in the face. There is already a monumental moral collapse taking place in America.

“Because God has been removed from our schools and our culture, we can see the tangible results of this kind of anti-Christian thinking. Americans feel free to kill our babies for convenience, declare biblical marriage is no longer valid, encourage our children to engage in premarital sex, and persuade our culture to indulge all manner of deviant sexual behaviors. Once you go far enough down this path, a society will grow to hate the Word of God and the people of God who hold to that foundation. We are now there … and the tide continues to rise,” he said.

“Yes – the judgment of God is already falling upon America. But, I agree with Anne Graham Lotz and her biblically bold proclamation, ‘The worst is yet to come and it’s going to be ugly.’”

Rios: 'Cleanse' Your School Board Of Those 'Homosexualizing Schools'

Andrea Lafferty of the Traditional Values Coalition stopped by “Sandy Rios in the Morning” today to discuss the Fairfax County, Virginia, school board’s recent decision to approve a gender identity nondiscrimination measure. Lafferty, who in her last appearance on the show called for schools to ban transgender teachers altogether, lamented the vote’s passage, decrying the “crazed board members” who backed the change.

Rios, the director of governmental affairs at the American Family Association, told Lafferty that LGBT rights advocates have been “homosexualizing schools” for over two decades, warning that LGBT themes are “folded into the texts of almost every discipline.”

“Look at the polls showing how our kids feel about homosexuality, even Christian kids,” Rios continued. “Does anybody think that’s by accident? It’s because they are inundated with a steady flow — even in those nice, good schools that you think you have. Good teachers have been silenced and for the most part they have folded.”

She warned that parents only have two options: “You’ve either got to run for school board and cleanse your local governance of these kinds of people making these horrible decisions or you’ve got to pull your kids out of school. I don’t see another choice.”

“You are putting your children in such great danger now,” she said. “Danger because of the confusion, because of the temptation, because of the indoctrination. You’re not helpless to do something about it, but you will be.”

Michael Savage: Obama Prepared To Ban Guns, This Time For Real

Every year, we hear from right-wing outlets some new way that President​ Obama is going to secretly ban guns. Such gun bans, of course, never materialize, prompting the pundit to just move on to the next conspiracy theory.

Take Michael Savage, for example. Last year, the right-wing radio talk show host claimed that Obama would “use Ebola as a pretext” to “take the guns.” Since that never happened, Savage now has a new theory for his fans: Obama will sneak a gun ban into the Trans Pacific Partnership, a controversial free trade deal, without the public ever knowing about it.

“This is a dictatorship as sure as I’m sitting here,” Savage told his listeners on Friday. “Obama’s the most dictatorial president in American history, he was never fit for office, he was voted out of office in November.”

Savage cited a memo from Gun Owners of America that was posted on the conspiracy-theory outlet InfoWars, which claimed that the TPP may include “full implementation of the anti-gun UN Arms Trade Treaty” and an “illegal amnesty which locks in millions of new, anti-gun voters.”

Savage said that while he has no idea if such language is part of the TPP, he predicted that the “sneaky socialist” Obama will make sure that the trade agreement gives him “dictatorial power over America.”

Fox Pundit Todd Starnes: Obama 'Radically Dismantling The American Family' With LGBT Rights

Last week on the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” program, guest-host Craig James addressed a recent vote by the Fairfax County, Virginia, school board to add legal protections for gender identity to the school district’s non-discrimination policy, despite protests from Religious Right activists.

Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, who championed the effort to block the nondiscrimination provision, appeared on James’s show to denounce the board and attack the Obama administration for barring such discrimination under Title IX. “Your public schools are being turned into public indoctrination centers,” Starnes told James. “Moms and dads, they’re going to have to take back their schools or else this is going to happen in other districts around the country.”

James, incensed by the board’s decision, warned that similar protections for gender identity are “going to invade the rest of America, these other school districts.” “What in the world are we doing not waking up and seeing what’s taking place to our country?” he asked.

Starnes told listeners to rise up and fight Obama administration officials who are “radically deconstructing the American family … through the public school system.” Parents, he said, should “indoctrinate” their own children “the way we see fit.” He alleged that the administration was willing to “risk poor children going hungry by yanking the funding for free lunch” if the school district didn’t approve the non-discrimination measure.

James Dobson: America Eclipsing Nazi Germany

Speaking on Family Research Council President Tony Perkins’ radio program this weekend, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson warned that “immoral behavior” is leading America to be worse than Nazi Germany.

Dobson’s fellow guest, pastor Jack Graham, warned that America is about to witness an “implosion,” either in the form of “revival and restoration or judgment.” Lamenting “the disintegration of the moral fabric of this country,” he suggested that the U.S. was a moral country until only recently, explaining that while the Soviet Union wasn’t able to destroy the U.S., Americans are destroying our own country through immorality.

Dobson went one step further: “America has killed over 55 million babies, 55 million. You know, the Holocaust involved 6 million Jews, we’re talking 55 million babies. There’s a Planned Parenthood about two blocks from my house and I drive past it every day and I see these cars out there and I fear for the women who are making, I think, the biggest mistake of their lives and certainly the implications for their babies. We need, as a nation, to repent of the immorality, what we see on television and in the movies and how young people are being led into immoral behavior, there’s just so much.”

End Times Fanatics Defend Bachmann: 'They Don't Want To Believe The Truth'

Over the weekend, the host of the End Times radio program where Michele Bachmann repeatedly asserted that President Obama was ushering in the End Times defended the former congresswoman’s comments.

“Understanding the Times” host Jan Markell chided Obama, who joked about the remarks at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and others who poked fun at Bachmann’s comments, calling them intolerant people who despise Bachmann for merely “telling the inconvenient truth.”

“Those who celebrate diversity have been busy showing a remarkable display of a lack of diversity in recent weeks from the president all the way on down,” Markell said. “The tolerant ones are having violent fits of intolerance, the open-minded left have once again revealed themselves to be 100 percent close-minded.”

Of course, Markell didn’t consider the fact that Bachmann’s assertion that the president is responsible for bringing about the Apocalypse might also be categorized as a personal attack that represents gross intolerance.

Producer Larry Kutzler agreed with Markell’s assessment: “Michele was right in what she said, it’s just that they don’t want to believe the truth.”

Savage: Obama Wants To Burn Down America

Yesterday on “The Savage Nation,” right-wing talk show host Michael Savage was incensed that President Obama recently quoted a speech Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered to the Daughters of the American Revolution about how Americans are “descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

Savage pointed to that quote, along with First Lady Michelle Obama’s remarks about how many people of color feel out of place at museums, as proof that the couple want race riots to sweep the country.

Savage, who recently predicted that Obama will begin arming Crips and Bloods gang members, told viewers that the Obamas are a “communist revolutionary couple” who want to “foster dissent and discord in the people and foment revolution.” 

“So they’re not happy enough with what they just did in Baltimore? Now what, what are they on to next? What city is next for them? What’s on their horizon?” Savage asked. “Detroit, minority-ruled, a basket case hollowed out; Baltimore, minority-ruled, set fire, a basket case, a bust-out job; now what has been done under minority rule in Detroit and in Baltimore is being done on a national level by Barack Obama. He is busting out the country the way Detroit was busted out and the way Baltimore burned he’d like to burn the nation.”

“Burn, baby, burn,” he added.

Paranoia-Rama: Obama Launches Race War & Military Prepares For Jade Helm 'False Flag Pscyho-Coup'

Even as America — save Texas — is about to fall under a military dictatorship, the right-wing media has also found time this week to stoke fears about gay marriage and race riots.
Share this page: Facebook Twitter Digg SU Digg Delicious