“Hey Barry, these are the red lines you should be worried about,” headlined a tweet which spun out across the social media universe, rapidly spreading this stunning visual worldwide.
The image depicts the iconic blood-smeared finger streaks left on a Benghazi wall after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three Americans were left to die when President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others in his administration ignored their pleas for help in a 9/11 attack in Libya one year ago this week.
By last Friday, the bloody image had spread like wildfire throughout the social media, generating yet another version, which seared the image further into the world’s consciousness.
The “red line” refers to the arbitrary line of demarcation President Obama drew against Syria’s use of chemical warfare – you know, the one he denied ever having said despite countless political cartoons and news reports indicating otherwise.
His denial, made during a press conference while at the G-20 Summit in Russia, earned the hapless POTUS yet another rash of derision and mockery, with tweets like this one from popular political satirist David “Iowahawk” Burge: “Congress will lose credibility if they don’t give me a rushed vote on my war that I will completely ignore. Or something.”
And National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru: “So we’re going to go to war to defend the credibility of a comment Obama won’t take responsibility for.”
Ben Shapiro, editor at Breitbart.com tweeted: “O: Not my red line, the world’s red line. Not my credibility, the world’s credibility. Not my fault, the world’s fault.”
Meanwhile, congressional tea-party conservatives say the upcoming 9/11 anniversary of the Benghazi massacre is haunting Obama’s effort to win support for a strike on Syria. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., earned online kudos for telling Secretary of State John Kerry what was on the minds of many Americans. Duncan subsequently tweeted a YouTube video of his confrontation with Kerry and posted a point-of-view photo of the hearing on his Facebook page.
Related: Here’s a list of House Republicans who have BLOCKED efforts to establish a select committee to investigate what happened in Benghazi.
“These are the moderates Kerry was talking about.” – Twitter
Social media lit up when an NBC news report called attention to the Facebook page of the al-Aqsa Islamic Brigades, a faction of the Free Syrian Army supported by the Obama Administration in its effort to remove Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.
Robert Windram of NBC News reported, “As debate grows over the extremism of some armed factions battling to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, an incendiary illustration on the Facebook page of one such group leaves little doubt where its leaders envision the uprising ending – with masked Islamic fighters marching through Washington, D.C., as the U.S. Capitol burns in the background.”
Tweeted one: “And Obama wants OUR military to fight alongside them?”
“From the ‘crease of his pants’ school of journalism?” – Right Words
Speaking of the Peacock network, NBC took some hits from astute observers who noted the “news” operation’s attempt to cast POTUS in a good light at last week’s G-20 Summit.
Jim Geraghty of National Review was the first to tweet: “NBC News headline beyond parody: ‘A dominant Obama meets a cool Putin at G20.’”
Retweets followed about the supposed “death stare” Obama gave the former KGB agent turned Russian president Vladimir Putin.
Zinged one: “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve read in years. As if a KGB agent would be intimidated by mom pants.”
Who do you love?
Who do Members of Congress most follow on Twitter? Not each other. A recent independent study of congressional Twitter accounts found that D.C. beltway insider The Hill is followed by the most number of congressional lawmakers. The study was conducted by New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer and Twiangulate.
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Let your voice be heard!
Congressional phone lines are busy. Voice mailboxes are full. Your emailed letter goes into a computer software program that’s never read by human eyes. And if you do get through, a dispassionate intern or low-level clerk notes your comments with a polite yawn.
Tired of banging your head against a congressional wall when you want to let fly with a piece of your mind? Or offer support and thanks to a member for doing the right thing?
The best way to get your message to a member of Congress is to tweet them. Make it public for all to see, or direct message them privately. Believe me, they read them all. It’s quick, direct, and the number of tweets you can send is unlimited. What’s not to like? Here’s how to find them on Twitter.
Want to grade them on their legislative actions and tell them why? Head here: GradeGov.com. They’ll get the message.
And finally, leave a message on their Facebook page. To find them, simply type their name in the search box on the Facebook toolbar.
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Keep a sharp eye …
A federal court will hear arguments Monday, Sept. 9, in a case that could shape the future of the Internet. The Hill reports that Federal Communications Commission lawyers will defend the FCC’s controversial ‘Net neutrality regulations against Verizon’s legal challenge in front of a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The outcome of the case will also have wide-ranging implications for the FCC’s ability to impose any regulations on broadband Internet service.