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Reading some message-board comments here in Texas about the ongoing Republican obsession with Benghazi, I was moved to do some research for a reply.  Obviously, simple statistics cannot completely capture such issues.

But maybe Republicans should have it pointed out that the deaths in Benghazi amount to:

  • 13.33%, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, of fatally violent hate crimes committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender victims in 2011 (4 out of 30);
  • 4.17%, according to journalist Bob Cesca, of those killed in attacks on consulates and embassies during George W. Bush's administration (4 out of 96);
  • 3.81%, according to the "Officer Down Memorial Page", of law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2013 (4 out of 105);
  • 1.66%, according to Wikipedia, of American deaths in the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing under President Reagan (4 out of 241);
  • 0.18%, according to the Associated Press, of U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 (4 out of 2,179);
  • 0.13%, according to CNN, of immediate casualties from the 9/11 attacks (4 out of 2,977);
  • 0.09%, according to OSHA, of American workers killed on the job in 2012 (4 out of 4,628);
  • 0.01%, according to the CDC, of U.S. firearm deaths in 2010 (4 out of 31,672);
  • 0.009%, according to a recent Harvard Medical School study, of estimated annual U.S. deaths associated with the lack of health insurance (4 out of 45,000);
  • 0.007%, according to MIT’s Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment, of U.S. early deaths attributable to pollution solely from power generation (4 out of 52,000);
  • 0.0008%, according to the CDC, of estimated annual U.S. deaths due to smoking tobacco (4 out of 480,000);
  • 0.0007%, according to the CDC, of estimated U.S. pregnancies annually ending in miscarriages (4 out of 600,000).
Of course, I haven't heard the Republican Party accused of an abundance of perspective lately….

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  •  Republicans? Think? You funny fella! n/t (7+ / 0-)

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed May 07, 2014 at 10:59:33 AM PDT

  •  Cutting the State Department's budget had a lot (5+ / 0-)

    to do with it.  

    Gee, if you hadn't cut our security budget, we could protect our people better!


    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Wed May 07, 2014 at 11:09:09 AM PDT

  •  And remember, it's the *talking points* they're (1+ / 0-)
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    actually so incensed about.  

    Since they know Obama Hillary didn't personally pull the trigger they have to go for the next best smear.

    I honestly don't think it would make a difference to these Republicans — given their actual end game — if it were 4, 40 or 400.

    Also too:

    Tip O’Neill, the Democratic Speaker of the House, was no pushover. He, like today’s opposition leaders in the House, demanded an investigation—but a real one, and only one. Instead of playing it for political points, a House committee undertook a serious investigation into what went wrong at the barracks in Beirut. Two months later, it issued a report finding “very serious errors in judgment” by officers on the ground, as well as responsibility up through the military chain of command, and called for better security measures against terrorism in U.S. government installations throughout the world.

    In other words, Congress actually undertook a useful investigation and made helpful recommendations. The report’s findings, by the way, were bipartisan. (The Pentagon, too, launched an investigation, issuing a report that was widely accepted by both parties.)

    Ain't no such things as halfway crooks.

    by here4tehbeer on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:04:49 PM PDT

  •  Again with the facts. Another rational approach (3+ / 0-)
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    hadrons, OleHippieChick, gfv6800

    to debunking lies and all we have is reality.  As if that were enough to convince any RWNJ that she lives in a bubble. Their minds (loosely defined) cannot grasp such finely nuanced details like - numbers. That's why 8 million insured is worse than 7 million; why four dead is far worse than 3,000 killed (in a truly preventable disaster in which W's ass was covered) and the beat goes on.  As long as the president remains black, there will be hand-wringing and bemoaning from the traitors who call themselves patriots.  As long as white people decline in terms of overall population, the nonsense will continue to pour like lava from Pompeii and the spoiled children will keep on throwing tantrums. And Americans will continue suffering.
    Thanks, teabaggers, for taking this country into the gutter and into the 14th Century.

    You all laugh because I'm different; I laugh because you're all the same

    by sajiocity on Wed May 07, 2014 at 12:05:08 PM PDT

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