Some middle-managers tried to make their job easier in Cincinnati, to deal will the overwelming number of petitions by some "right leaning groups" for tax exemption to cover political dealings. Their idea was correct, but their technique backfired. This was a mile below the presidential level.
1. The CIA had a secret operation there, that they tried their best to hide, and are covering-up even now. Stevens may have been part of that operation.
2. Stevens was offered military support twice, which he refused twice, unfortunately,contributing to his own demise.
3. Stevens thought he could walk among the people, and promote USA "good relations". He never got the chance.
I agree that nothing is certain. Health and age are considerations. However, no extreme right wing-nut has a chance. Christie could win if he gets himself in shape, and the GOP moves that far too the center.
Hillary's election certain because GOP extreme right wing-nuts have lost the WHOLE CENTER (right of center and left of center).
The IRS scandal is also going to backfire on the GOP. Tax avoidance will be 100% non-political, going forward, so no GOP group will qualify. The groups that have qualificified in the pass will not make it in the future. The word "Exclusive" will mean just that, and it will be enforced.
Soon we will find the traitors who outed the undercover agent in Yemen. This will be another GOP mis-step. Freedom of the press is not absolute.
It backfired on Romney, and will continue to backfire on the GOP trouble makers. Hillary, if her health holds up, is a shoe-in for 2016, and will be our first female president. Steven's death was sad and tragic, but for reasons unknown, he refused military support twice. Why was he in Benghazi, a h-ll hole of a place? It appears that he wanted to try things, on his own, that were much too dangerous.
If the South had won, there would be three countries: North, South and Texas. Slavery would still be with us in two of them. Women would still be treated as inferior beings.
The North-South divide that goes back to Lincoln's time, and has never been resolved. On one side is the extreme right in the form of the NRA, and on the other side are moderates in the form of the Bloomberg-Giffords-Kelly group.
Most of the problems that Baytex is facing are due to bottleneck and other related transportation issues. There is frankly not enough pipeline to transport Canadian crude to the areas that need it. Q4 2012 saw a major 'glut' of oil accumulating in Western Canada from a sudden drop in demand from Midwestern refineries due to maintenance. However, there has been some recent good news. Refiners, such as Northern Tier Energy (NTI) and Phillips 66 (PSX) are taking advantage of cheap Canadian crude to boost profits. US imports of Canadian crude have increased by more than 250,000 bbl/d since November 2012. The Seaway Pipeline expansion in January 2013 is providing a potential 100,000 bbl/d outlet for Canadian heavy oil to the US Gulf Coast refineries. In addition, other refineries, such as the BP Whiting refinery in Indianapolis and the Marathon Detroit refinery, are repositioning themselves to add much more heavy oil to their feedstock mix. Refiners and oil producers are using rail cars to transport this cheap oil to where it is needed.