Time to boot them out. “Yet again, North Korea is playing hostage politics with America — sentencing a US citizen in its custody, Kennth Bae, to 15 years at hard labor. It’s time we stopped giving in to this extortion. . . . So US authorities have cause aplenty to usher North Korea’s diplomats out of Manhattan. . . . [I]t is indecent that the diplomatic bagmen of hostage-taking, war-mongering, nuclear-threatening North Korea should be permitted to stroll the streets of New York, and pursue their government’s murderous agenda at a United Nations paid for in large part by billions in US tax dollars.”

(J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press) (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

You can pretty much toss out the “nothing to see here, move along” meme about Benghazi. “As the weakly protected U.S. diplomatic compound in eastern Libya came under attack the night of Sept. 11, 2012, the deputy head of the embassy in Tripoli 600 miles away sought in vain to get the Pentagon to scramble fighter jets over Benghazi in a show of force that he said might have averted a second attack on a nearby CIA complex. Hours later . . . .American officials in the Libyan capital sought permission to deploy four U.S. Special Operations troops to Benghazi aboard a Libyan military aircraft early the next morning. The troops were told to stand down.” A lot of Obama officials insisted this never happened.

Another reason to cast aside most of what the Obama team has been telling us: “On the night of Sept. 11, as the Obama administration scrambled to respond to the Benghazi terror attacks, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and a key aide effectively tried to cut the department’s own counterterrorism bureau out of the chain of reporting and decision-making, according to a ‘whistle-blower’ witness . . .”

The American Enterprise Institute drop kicks the Heritage Foundation’s report that says more immigration will make us poorer. “Unauthorized immigrant men have the highest labor force participation rate of any group in the US. These workers primarily fill arduous and hazardous jobs that many Americans are unwilling to take. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the majority of unauthorized immigrant workers pay income or payroll taxes despite being ineligible for almost all government transfer programs, including Social Security (although their US-born children are eligible on the same basis as all other US natives).”

You can basically throw out any report coming out of the United Nations, so this is no surprise: “The U.N. panel investigating claims of human rights abuses in Syria walked back on Monday reports that it has evidence of sarin use by the rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.”

About time conservatives started to dismiss right-wing recklessness posing as conviction. “It takes a person of unusual ideological brittleness to mock those who are intelligent enough not to join a lawmaker and his colleagues in their version of Pickett’s Charge. The issue here isn’t who is more principled, since it’s not particularly principled to lose in a manner that sets back one’s cause. The issue is who is wiser.” Read the whole thing.

Too bad we have a president who gives democracy groups the back of the hand. “Tens of thousands of people turned out for a protest in central Moscow on Monday marking one year since a demonstration ahead of Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin inauguration ended in mass arrests, organizers said.”