Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Email fun with Hillary plus some non-mythical political news


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General News and Comment

Huma Abedin: Clinton's Unindicted Email Co-Conspirator
Excerpt: The email plot thickens with news that Hillary Clinton's deputy chief of staff also used a private email account on the Clintons' server to conduct government business. Watchdog group Judicial Watch, which doesn't like being lied to or jerked around any more than the House Benghazi Select Committee does, has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of State seeking all communications, including emails, between Secretary of State Clinton and Huma Abedin with Nagla Mahmoud, wife of ousted Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi between Jan. 21, 2009, and Jan. 21, 2013.

Hillary’s System Probably Let Obama’s E-Mails Get Hacked. Probably. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
Let’s review. 1. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama traded e-mails while she was Secretary of State. 2. The communications of the U.S. Secretary of State would be an extremely high-value target for foreign-intelligence services. 3. Hillary’s e-mail system used “obsolete and insecure” protocols and earned an overall “F” rating for security. We already know about one mostly mischievous hacker who broke into Hillary’s account in 2013. If he could do it, it seems like a safe bet that the Russians, Chinese, Iranians, or others could do it. Conclusion: Because of Hillary Clinton’s decision to use her own server and e-mail system instead of the official State Department systems, she exposed the president’s personal e-mails to her and his e-mail address. If that likely scenario is the case, maybe this explains why President Obama, David Axelrod, Congressional Democrats, and other liberals aren’t rushing to Hillary Clinton’s aid in this accelerating scandal. She’s actually fouled things up on a scale so serious and consequential, not even they can excuse it or forgive it. Remember, the most recent spin from Team Hillary is that this is “all about nothing.” If the spin isn’t even remotely plausible, it isn’t really a good lie.

Excerpt: Polls show that right now Hillary would both win the Democratic nomination and be elected president. But that likelihood assumes that four considerations will go her way. The first is that she will not have to run on her record as secretary of state. Instead, she is betting that her iconic status and her years in Washington as first lady and then as a senator will trump her four years as Barack Obama’s chief foreign-policy architect. Her record as secretary was dismal — perhaps the worst since the tenure of Cyrus Vance under Jimmy Carter.

The Clinton Foreign Fundraising Machine. By Rich Lowry
Excerpt: Not so long ago, President Barack Obama and the rest of the Democratic party were obsessed with the possible taint of foreign money. They saw it everywhere, even where it didn’t exist. They couldn’t stop talking about it. They practically ran their 2010 midterm campaign against foreign dollars, especially the phantom threat of secret, illegal donations funneled through the Chamber of Commerce. They called it, breathlessly, “stealing our democracy.”

Liberal Writer: New scandals and reasons to wonder if Hillary is hiding something. By Eugene Robinson 
Excerpt: The Hillary Clinton e-mail controversy is a reminder of one inescapable fact: She comes with baggage. Not the kind that fits in the overhead bin, either. I’m talking steamer trunks. How could anyone serve four years as secretary of state with no official e-mail account, instead conducting business from a private address with its own domain and server? The answer is: Deliberately. The only reason for Clinton to go through the trouble of setting up this system — rather than just call the State Department’s version of the IT help desk — would be to ensure that nobody got to rummage freely through her communications, personal or official.

NBC Reporter: Democrats "Knew" About Hillary's Private Emails Months Ago, "Made Decision Not To Deal With It"
Excerpt: On MSNBC this afternoon prior to Hillary Clinton's press availability about the controversy swirling around her private email server, NBC correspondent Kasie Hunt revealed Democrats "knew" about Clinton's use of a private email when she was Secretary of State. "They knew this was potentially going to be a problem several months ago and they made a decision not to deal with it," Hunt said. "They thought, 'You know what, we're just going to let it go for now. It's not going to potentially going to be the deal it is turned into being.' And I think a lot of Democrats are sitting there and saying here is another situation where the Clintons took actions that are questionable and then responded in a way that comes across as defensive."

Ya Think? Clinton says it ‘might have been smarter’ to use State e-mails
Excerpt: Hillary Rodham Clinton acknowledged Tuesday that she had erred in using only a private e-mail server for work correspondence at the State Department, saying that she sent about 60,000 e-mails from her private account during her four-year tenure as secretary of state. Scrambling to extinguish a growing controversy over her unconventional use of a private e-mail server ahead of the expected launch of her 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton said “there were no security breaches” with her private account. “I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my e-mail,” Clinton said in a rare news conference at the United Nations. ... “Looking back, it would have been better for me to use two separate phones and two e-mail accounts. I thought using one device would be simpler, and obviously, it hasn’t worked out that way.” (How does she know there were no security breaches? How does anyone know if only personal emails were deleted? We will never know. ~Bob)

VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Admits To Having Two Phones
You mean she [gasp!] lied? ~Bob

Carrying an extra phone vs. installing a server. Which is more "convenient"?

I wonder if she had a mild stroke, and her yes men are too invested in a campaign to tell her it's over.

SERIOUS Q: How many employees, much less govt employees, get to pick & choose what emails their employers archive?

To trust Hillary Clinton on use of personal email for official State Department business+that her server wasn't hacked is to trust the devil

"She can't be vindicated now because the records were destroyed." --Dana Milbank

Hillary said some of the personal e-mails she deleted were between her and Bill. I wonder if they discussed a private plane and an island...

most important thing here: hrc deleted the account so we'll never know what else she didn't hand over to state

Regarding Hillary's & Obama's emails, they'll get back to you shortly-- they're still in the middle of changing their stories.

Cuban Accountability. By John Lowery 
Excerpt: Most Americans are unaware that Cuba was deeply involved in the Vietnam War. In fact they had an engineering battalion called the “GirĂ³n Brigade,” that was maintaining Route Nine, a major enemy supply line into South Vietnam. Their facilities included a POW camp and field hospital very near the DMZ, just inside North Vietnam. Meanwhile Cuban interrogators worked in Hanoi at a prison known as the Zoo. We know of these operations and some of what happened to our servicemen after so managed to survive and be repatriated in the winter of 1973, during Operation Homecoming. Following his release Major Jack Bomar, a Zoo survivor, described the brutal beating of Captain Earl G. Cobeil, an F-105F electronics warfare officer, by Cuban Major Fernando Vecino Alegret, known by the POWs as “Fidel.”

Right-to-Work Laws Have More Benefits over Unions
Excerpt: Yesterday, Wisconsin became the 25th right-to-work (RTW) state after adopting laws that prevent unions from forcing workers to pay dues as a condition for employment. Democrat legislators argue RTW would lower wages in Wisconsin, yet, right-to-work laws have little effect on private-sector wages. Besides, right-to-work states have 1.3 percentage point lower unemployment rates than non-right-to-work states. A recent Gallup poll finds widespread support for right-to-work. Respondents said they support RTW by a 71 percent to 22 percent margin. Right-to-work laws can have the following advantages: Right-to-work laws protect a workers' freedom. In the absence of RTW, unions force workers to purchase their representation. They collect dues no matter how well or poorly they represent them. Forced dues also compel Wisconsin workers to support highly politicized organizations. RTW ensures workers do not have to give their money to groups whose agenda they oppose.

Chris Christie’s inevitable doom — and what that means for his 2016 rivals. By James Downie
Excerpt: Monday’s NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was just the latest nail in the coffin of Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential hopes. Fifty-seven percent of Republican voters said they could not see themselves supporting him in the GOP primary. The only candidate more disliked was Donald Trump. Between the dislike of GOP voters and the souring of GOP donors, it has been a long fall for the New Jersey governor, once thought by many in the media to be the Republicans’ 2016 front-runner. 

You Again? Man Gets Parole, Robs Same Toms River Store That Got Him Jailed In 1999
Excerpt: If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Except, of course, when it comes to robbing a store one day after being paroled for robbing that same store 15 years earlier. Perhaps Christopher Miller has learned that lesson. He’ll certainly have time to think about it.

Calif. Hires Indian Workers to Process Unemployment Claims. By Michael Reagan
Excerpt: I’m beginning to sympathize more and more with the average man who thinks the system is rigged against him. The current unemployment rate in California, where I live, is 6.9 percent, according to California's own records. This hovers around a full percentage point higher than the unemployment rate for the nation as a whole. So you can imagine how the average unemployed Californian feels when he reads that the state Employment Development Department in Sacramento has hired citizens of India to process Golden State unemployment claims. (Wow, this is really rich. The irony of foreign workers processing unemployment claims of Americans is just too much. Only in CA could this happen. I'm laughing about it, but I bet some people in CA are not. --Del)

Gun News

ATF shelves controversial bullet ban proposal
Excerpt: The ATF is shelving a controversial proposal to ban a popular type of bullet, amid opposition from hundreds of congressional lawmakers. 

Home invaders take note: Republicans are twice as likely as Democrats to live in a household with a gun. By Philip Bump 
Excerpt: Republicans are more than twice as likely as Democrats to live in a household with a gun, according to data released this month from the General Social Survey, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago and analyzed by The Washington Post. It continues a long-term trend tracked in the biennial survey, in which the percentage of those who identify as Republicans and live in a household with a gun has stayed flat, while the percentage of Democratic and independent gun owners has dropped.

Race Card News

Worth Reading: The 'Disparate Impact' Racket. By Thomas Sowell
Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Justice issued two reports last week, both growing out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown. The first report, about “the shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson” ought to be read by every American. It says in plain English what facts have been established by an autopsy on Michael Brown’s body – by three different pathologists, including one representing the family of Michael Brown – by DNA examination of officer Darren Wilson’s gun and police vehicle, by examination of the pattern of blood stains on the street where Brown died and by a medical report on officer Wilson, from the hospital where he went for treatment. The bottom line is that all this hard evidence, and more, show what a complete lie was behind all the stories of Michael Brown being shot in the back or being shot while raising his hands in surrender. Yet that lie was repeated, and dramatized in demonstrations and riots from coast to coast, as well as in the media and even in the halls of Congress. (The hiring practices of the NFL and the NBA have a disparate impact on whites and Asians. can we sue? ~Bob)

Worth Reading: Spinwheel. By Samuel L. Skogstad
Dr. Skogstad is a retired professor of economics, a blog reader and contributor and a brother Marine. ~Bob

White House crops George Bush out of Selma photo in blog remembering Obama's visit
Excerpt: The White House cropped former president George W. Bush out of the official photo of last Saturday's march through Selma to commemorate Bloody Sunday. (Petty is as petty does. they didn't invite black senator Tim Scott to the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's speech because Scott, like King, is a Republican. ~Bob)

"You're Greener than Gore" News

Settled Science: The Most Trusted Man in America Warned of Global Cooling in 1972
Excerpt: Most people don’t realize that climate change was the talk of the town more than 40 years ago: “On September 11, 1972, Cronkite cited scientists’ predictions that there was a ‘new ice age’ coming. He called that prediction from British scientist Hubert Lamb ‘a bit of bad news.’ “‘But then there is some good news,’ Cronkite continued. ‘That while the weather may be just a little colder in the immediate years to come, the full extent of the new ice age won’t be reached for 10,000 years.’

More Evidence Of Climate Data Tampering By NOAA?
Excerpt: When Dr. Roy Spencer looked up summer temperature data for the U.S. Corn Belt, it showed no warming trend for over a century. But that was before temperatures were “adjusted” by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration climate scientists. Now the same data shows a significant warming trend. Spencer, a climate scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, said that the National Climatic Data Center made large adjustments to past summer temperatures for the U.S. Corn Belt, lowering past temperatures to make them cooler. Adjusting past temperatures downward creates a significant warming trend in the data that didn’t exist before. (Figures don't lie, but liars figure. And Global warming research brings in big bucks from taxpayers to universities and researchers. ~Bob)

I'm shocked. Shocked, I say! Oil spill settlement makes lawyers, administrators rich while disaster victims await payments
Excerpt: Nearly five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a legal watchdog group is calling into question who is benefiting most from the unprecedented class action settlement set up to compensate victims in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill. “Class action lawsuits are notorious for producing highly lucrative legal fees, but the lawyers and administrators profiting off of the BP settlement have brought this unscrupulous practice to a whole new level,” said Louisiana Lawsuit Abuse Watch (LLAW) executive director Melissa Landry.

Religion of Peace News

Worth Reading: In fight against ISIS, Obama should look to Churchill. By George R. Nethercutt Jr.
Excerpt: By its very names — the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the alternative Islamic State of Syria and the Levant (ISIL) — Islam is at the heart of ISIS efforts. Islamic terror subverts traditional Islamic principles. Reluctant to identify the growing threat by militant terrorists, who behead and blow up innocents with impunity and without a hint of conscience, President Obama has been properly criticized for failing to call Islamic terrorists what they are: Islamic terrorists. Unlike Churchill in World War II, who opposed the appeasement of Hitler by those who downplayed the threat he posed, Obama is excessively deferential to today's enemies of freedom, the growing group of Islamic terrorists who spread their brutality under the dignified Islamic banner. He can easily articulate the difference between terrorists and millions of faithful Islamic followers who don't subscribe to the terrorists' barbaric acts, but his silence is evident of his fear of offending Muslims in general. His silence also underplays the threat he is charged with repelling. If Obama dares to utter the words "Islamic terrorists," no Muslim will be confused by his intentions. Failing to do so only feeds the president's reputation for unfounded intransigence. Not recognizing evil when it confronts the world ignores World War II's history. (A simple comparison between threats at different times, and how to confront them. Nicely logical, common sense all the way, but of course it will go absolutely nowhere. Sadly. --Del)

Poll: 71% Say Iran Deal Won't Make a Real Difference in Preventing Bomb. By Carrie Dann
Excerpt: Seventy-one percent of Americans say that the nuclear negotiations, which are backed by the Obama administration and strongly opposed by most Republicans, will not make a real difference in affecting Iran's potential production of a nuclear weapon. About a quarter of respondents - 24 percent - disagree.

Not all Muslim sects equal
I wonder if you would consider pointing out to the folks that not all Muslim sects are equally violent and dangerous to the West. all of the terror groups, such as Taliban, ISIS and al-Qaeda, the ones that behead and burn people alive for not being Muslim or for belonging to the wrong sect are SUNNIS, every single one and get much of their funding from SUNNI countries like Saudi Arabia. And that, while there is a militant SHIITE group, ie, Hezbollah, this group does not behead people just for being non Muslims or the wrong sect of Islam. They are politically motivated militants generally trying to protect their holy Muslim territory (not an excuse, but there is a significant difference). Iran is SHIITE and Syria has a SHIITE government, which protects Christians and minorities. Can we try for a little more balance? I keep hearing from people that say all Muslims are exactly the same and that is not true. I understand Israel's fears and they may be legitimate, but it seems odd to me that Israel is not in the fight against ISIS, which keeps destroying ancient art treasures and slicing throats of the kuffar just for being who they -- we -- are. They can target Iran if they want, but if we all just let ISIS run loose, they will be at Israel's doorstep quicker than Rouhani's boys. Best, --Don. (Not sure my brother Marines who were guests of the Iranian Shi'a would agree, nor would Col. Rich Higgens who was kidnapped and murdered in Lebanon over 20 years ago. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_R._Higgins] Shi'a Iran is listed as a leading states sponsor of terrorism, is seeking a nuclear bomb, hangs gays, executes apostates and stones women for adultery. And of course, not all Sunni groups are terrorists either. Trouble is knowing which is which, and which are dangerous. Before you die finding out. see the next [older] post. ~Bob

From 2008, but interesting: Sunni and Shi ’a Terrorism: Differences that Matter. By Thomas F. Lynch III
Executive Summary: There are significant and little appreciated differences in the trajectory of Sunni extremist terrorism and that of Shi’a extremism. The differences exist across six key areas that impact American policy considerations, especially in light of steadily escalating tensions with Iran. First and foremost, Sunni radicals and Shi’a extremists differ in the overall approach and main objectives for their use of terror. The former tend to operate in a continuous, midtohigh intensity manner, seeing war against infidels and apostates as a perennial condition featuring overlapping waves. Outside of an ongoing and seemingly openended campaign against Israel, terrorist attacks by Shi’a groups have by and large featured discrete terror campaigns tethered to state and organizational objectives. Second, Sunni terrorists and Shi’a extremists manifest different patterns for recruiting terrorist operatives and developing terrorist missions. Shi’a terrorists, unlike their Sunni counterparts, enjoy direct state support and for that reason are far more likely to originate from Iranian embassies, consulates and staterun businesses. Third, despite holding a minority viewpoint within the wider Sunni Islamic community, Sunni extremists, especially SalafiJihadis, rely more extensively on the support of their coreligionist expatriate communities in facilitating terrorist activities. Fourth, while employing similar tactics and methods, Shi’a terrorist groups have shown a much greater propensity to kidnap innocents to barter, while Sunni extremists more frequently abduct to kill. Fifth, Shi’a terror groups exhibit a much higher incidence of targeted assassinations for specific political gain, rather than the highcasualty killings featured in Sunni terrorism, and particularly of the SalafiJihadist variant. Finally, each sect’s extremists manage publicity and propaganda differently. The Sunni approach to information management tends to feature doctrine and resources geared to take immediate credit and widely amplify a terrorist event. Shi’a terrorists, while not averse to normal media publicity and amplification, by and large take a much lowerkey approach.

Worth Seeing: I ended the war in Iraq
Interesting if you haven't seen this--only a minute long. ~Bob

Obama's Legacy: Libya violence: Foreign oil workers 'kidnapped'
Excerpt: Islamic State (IS) militants are said to have kidnapped nine foreign oil workers in a raid in Libya, when they reportedly beheaded eight guards. Four Filipinos, an Austrian, a Bangladeshi, a Czech and a Ghanaian were taken with an unidentified ninth foreigner, Austrian officials say.

Devout Muslims, not Putin, murdered Boris Nemtsov. By Theodore Shoebat
Excerpt: There are a total of six, so far, found to be involved in the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and all of them are Muslim. Not one of them is Putin. This flies right into the face of all those who were blaming Putin on the murder of Nemtsov. (Cui bono? ~Bob)

Nigeria war expands as Chad, Niger send troops to fight Boko Haram. By Kevin Sieff 
Excerpt: The fight against Boko Haram is escalating, with troops from Niger and Chad crossing into northeastern Nigeria to fight the insurgency in a further sign that what began as a Nigerian problem has grown into a volatile regional one. The troops began their push Sunday, a day after a series of suicide bombings in northeastern Nigeria killed as many as 100 civilians, and weeks before the country’s presidential election, which many worry could turn violent.

Kuwaiti researcher: Islamic State is product of Islamic heritage
Excerpt: He says, referring to the ideology of the Islamic State: “Our Islamic heritage is a minefield of these deviant ideas…The problem of us Arabs is that we are not being honest with ourselves…All the books of Islamic heritage, without exception, from all Islamic sects and denominations, have enough ISIS ideology to turn your hair white.” He then says that this ideology doesn’t come from the Qur’an or Muhammad, which is, of course, false, but understandable that he couldn’t indict the Qur’an and Muhammad while sitting in a TV studio in Kuwait.

Two teenage girls join ISIS, become pregnant, and are now begging to come home
"You made your bed, lie in it," comes to mind. ~Bob

Excerpt: Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Iraqi security forces have taken control of key towns outside of Tikrit and are preparing to attempt to seize the central Iraqi city that has been under the control of the Islamic State since June of 2014. The Shiite militias, which are directed by Iran’s Qods Force, have led the fight to regain control of Tikrit.

Pelosi’s Theatrics Disrespect Netanyahu and Israel. By LT. COLONEL JAMES G. ZUMWALT, USMC (RET)

Excerpt: And the envelope, please... The Academy Award for best theatrical performance during a speech before a joint session of Congress goes to...Nancy Pelosi! As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke before Congress making the case for preventing Iran from becoming nuclear-armed, it was embarrassing to watch House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi's Chamber antics.

Robert A. Hall is a Marine Vietnam Veteran who served five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate. He is the author of The Coming Collapse of the American Republic. http://www.amazon.com/Coming-Collapse-American-Republic-prevent/dp/1461122538/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1304815980&sr=1-5 For a free PDF of Collapse, e-mail him at tartanmarine(at)gmail.com. Hall’s eleven books are listed here:

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