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Thursday, August 13. 2015
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David Warren's Household hints
Finally, Unorganized Hancock hires a bass player
Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?
The Illogic of All Sex Laws - A new book traces a century of legislative prudery.
Mich. State students protest Boy Scouts for 'cultural appropriation'
If You Love Lions, Let People Hunt Them, The New York Times Says
My Tank: Driving the Sherman M-4A3
Obama, Clinton Foundation Donors Sold ‘Green’ Fuel to Military for $149 per Gallon - San Francisco’s Solazyme also received millions in stimulus funds from DOE
From Steyn: "A Disgrace to the Profession" - The World's Scientists - in their own words - on Michael E Mann, his Hockey Stick and their Damage to Science
Police kill more whites than blacks, but minority deaths generate more outrage
California has now banned use of the word “alien” (as in ‘illegal alien’) from Labor Laws because it discriminates against illegal aliens looking for jobs and gives preference to American citizens.
The ObamaCare Individual Mandate's Harsh Reality
The return of the Showtrial
Is Obama taking Hillary out?
Carly Fiorina Shows How to Address the Left on Climate Change
Army Leaders: Changes to Basic Training Will Produce Better Soldiers
Cuban dissidents say being snubbed from Embassy opening is ‘slap in the face’
America Naively Swoons While Communist Cuba Cracks Down
The U.S. has been complacent and lazy in responding to cyberattacks
ISIS Organizing Small Armies Inside America
How President Erdogan Mastered the Media - Turkey's once-feisty press has succumbed to an artful mix of bribery, muscle, and ideology.
Film preview: The Unknowns is a documentary film by U.S. Army Veterans Neal Schrodetzki and Ethan Morse.
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City of New York, one of the worst urban cesspools of our time, a borderline third-world metropolis run as a combination nanny state and dictatorship
Re: Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails
Hillary should have been awaiting trial for her malfeasance related to her use of her private email server for the last six months. Sadly, she will probably never have to worry about legal action against her even though it is obvious that in the first case, she went to a lot of trouble to use her own private email server - the only plausible, and least damning reason being to control what the State Department and the public knows about what she did while Secretary of State - and now we have evidence that (giving her every benefit of the doubt) at the very least, she was reckless in her treatment of sensitive intelligence. This is just one case of malfeasance in an administration that is rife with malfeasance.
If we as a nation haven't lost our collective minds and elect someone who has an ounce of sense (i.e. ANY of the pubbie candidates), one of the first tasks of the Justice Department should be to build cases of the malfeasance and illegality that came from the Obummer administration and prosecute those individuals, firing those still in the the government's employ, canceling the pension of them and any who have retired, and putting as many of them behind bars as possible. This effort might start with Hillary.
More on the email scandal.
Wretch at Belmont Club says:
"Hillary won’t be prosecuted because to do so would open a can of worms. Hillary Clinton could not have handled such a vast number of sensitive documents in that manner without the tacit knowledge and tolerance of a large number of high ranking administration officials. At the very least those to whom she sent such emails or who sent her material on her server must have been aware of it.
In March, president Obama admitted he knew about Hillary’s email private email server. The Daily Mail reported:
The White House confirmed on Monday that President Barack Obama knew about Hillary Clinton’s private email address because he emailed her at it during her tenure of secretary of state.
When Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday that he found out Clinton used a private email account to conduct official business at ‘the same time as everybody else learned it through news reports,’ what he meant was that was the first he’d heard of her exclusive use of use of personal email and of her private server, his spokesman clarified this afternoon.
‘The president, as I think many people expected, did over the course of his first several years in office trade emails with his secretary of state,’ White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters.
‘I would not describe the number of emails as large, but they did have the occasion to email each other.’
Could it be that the president did not know of Hillary’s practices over an extended period involving so many messages? How could it be possible except for the incompetence of her boss? Charles Cooke’s dictum bears repeating in this context: “legally speaking, however … intentions are wholly and utterly irrelevant. In this area of federal law, the standard isn’t intent, it’s negligence.”
Negligence. There is no plausible way of advancing this Clinton scandal without turning it into an administration scandal.
Of course it might not have been negligence so much as a Secret Mission. Her ultimate defense is “someone authorized it” or “we did it for reasons that I cannot disclose.” Cloak and dagger. What were you cloaking? And who were you stabbing? Nobody wants to go there."
And a Crowley piece from the Wash Times
In a nutshell she says 0bama is going to take HRC down. He wants Biden to win because he can then be the puppet master. He cannot control Shrillary. So . . . as was done when he ran for office, he will try to take out the opponent before the vote.
Agreed. This administration will shaft Hilary when they can but they won't put her in any legal jeopardy. After all, with all the corruption that has been going on, they can't risk the discovery process in a legal action because, as you say, they would all get caught in it. That's why a pubbie has to do it. Sadly, even if Cruz wins, I doubt he would go after any reprobates in the Obummer administration.
Good question fjord. You are of course referring to the $6b that disappeared from State during Shrillary's reign.
I don't know if it is even being looked for. She could have stolen some or all of it to be sure, but it could also have been spent as allocated and is 'missing' due to sloppy record keeping. Government seems to hold themselves to a lower standard of record keeping than they have set for the rest of us.
40 years ago when I was taking a management accounting course, our prof said that government auditors thought they had done a good job if a million dollars was all they couldn't account for. The paper work was that bad. It is probably much worse today as there is so much more money sloshing through the system.
Or perhaps it is playing out like this:
0bama has demanded HRC pay some sort of price for the FBI and Justice Dept to conduct a faux investigation that will clear the Hildebeast of any wrong doing. That would have the added benefit of getting all the officials referred to in Wretchard's post at Belmont Club off the hook.
What's particularly distressing though is the way the law is selectively enforced, a hallmark of the 0bama administration.
From Glenn Greenwald:
"When it comes to low-level government employees with no power, the Obama administration has purposely prosecuted them as harshly as possible to the point of vindictiveness: It has notoriously prosecuted more individuals under the Espionage Act of 1917 for improperly handling classified information than all previous administrations combined.
NSA whistleblower Tom Drake, for instance, faced years in prison, and ultimately had his career destroyed, based on the Obama DOJ’s claims that he “mishandled” classified information (it included information that was not formally classified at the time but was retroactively decreed to be such). Less than two weeks ago, “a Naval reservist was convicted and sentenced for mishandling classified military materials” despite no “evidence he intended to distribute them.” Last year, a Naval officer was convicted of mishandling classified information also in the absence of any intent to distribute it.
In the light of these new Clinton revelations, the very same people who spent years justifying this obsessive assault are now scampering for reasons why a huge exception should be made for the Democratic Party front-runner. "
"Justice Department should be to build cases of the malfeasance and illegality that came from the Obummer administration and prosecute those individuals, firing those still in the the government's employ, canceling the pension of them and any who have retired, and putting as many of them behind bars as possible."
100% agreed, but it will not happen - all swept under the rug. There needs to be a "de-Obamafication" of the Gov. The plants installed in all the departments need to be terminated.
"students protest Boy Scouts for 'cultural appropriation'"
The new racism from the radical left. But wait. "the Indigenous Graduate Student Collective" "wrote a letter"!! Are you kidding me? They should have used smoke signals. They are appropriating OUR culture by writing letters. And what are they doing in OUR colleges and learning OUR culture. And the even used OUR internet! What the hell! Where is the outrage. I just hope none of them drive cars...
I've spent years culturally appropriating Dave Brubeck as payback because Dick Dale culturally appropriated Hava Nagila.
Yes, Obama is taking Hilary out, but not to give the presidency to a white cretin with hair plugs. He's going to back someone as left as himself or find a way to run again.
Men may never truly get over a relationship break-up, says study
Is this satire? I can't tell anymore.
and in our next study.. why water feels wet and dogs wag their tail.
Well, my father told me that I should attempt to learn a 'new' thing every day.
But these days everything new that I'm 'learning' is stupid. Isn't this the same bunch that wants to rip out the 'oppressive' seated toilets and install 'Squat' facilities. Isn't that 'cultural appropriation'?
Had a good laugh about the squat when I heard about it, until I found out that Harvard and other colleges had installed them.
My Tank: Driving the Sherman M-4A3
the M4 was a war-winning design, one of the best.
Hey, Hey, BD take a look at this
On raising kids -- time out is just a new name for "sitting in the corner".
The gist of the comment on the article is good, but the throw-away disapproval of the "Time Out Generation" is hyperbole and I hope no one takes it seriously.
The only change I've noticed is one I approve of as an 'old fart' grandmother. Start doing it sooner... like with 12-month old children instead of waiting until they are 4 or 5.
If it works, there's nothing better. If it doesn't... well, you try something else. There's no need to start off with harsh, physical punishment if a time out accomplishes the goal of compliance.
My kids were all different. With one, a stern and disapproving look got compliance, with another it took the look and a time out in the corner to "think about it", and with another -- nothing worked very well, including spanking.
I always had the sneaking suspicion that the kid that didn't respond well to any "punishment" I could think of was just like me. This suspicion was confirmed by my parents' laughter when they told me I was "paying for my raising".
My kids were all different.... And how. Six here, with all three responses among them. The one who didn't react to much of anything, including spanking, has turned out the best socially and economically. All six are grandparent age now.