Friday, March 06, 2015

She was thinking, "rules are for the peasants."

Breaking the law is hunky-dory if you are a Clinton.

//What can Hillary Clinton have been thinking? On January 13, 2009, she -- or, more likely, someone on her staff -- registered a new domain: And for her entire term as secretary of state, she would use private e-mail instead of government accounts for all her electronic correspondence. She never even got a government e-mail address, which must have taken some doing, because in most organizations, those e-mail accounts are created before the new employee even arrives.

As Politico points out, keeping Clinton's e-mails off government servers means that they were invisible to Freedom of Information Act requests about her communications with anyone outside the State Department. Her staff has turned over e-mails from the private account, but this is not the sort of job that should be performed by someone personally employed by Hillary Clinton. Decisions about what to turn over and what to keep private should be made by career government lawyers whose job comes from the agency, not Hillary Clinton.

It's difficult to avoid the conclusion that this was an attempt to avoid transparency and accountability for whatever it is she wrote. Such manipulations should severely hurt her presidential aspirations. Odds are, however, that Democrats will rally around her, because what choice do they have?

A spokesman for Clinton says that her actions comply with the "letter and spirit of the rules." To put it kindly, this seems to be complete nonsense. Federal officials are not supposed to have private e-mail silos that are their sole means of official digital communication and are reviewed only by their personal staff. And that should apply doubly to the holder of one of the most important cabinet roles. Moreover, the fact that she never even got a State Department address certainly gives the impression that this was a deliberate attempt to avoid the public eye. She didn't just sloppily default to her own personal e-mail address, as many people do; she also made sure that it was not possible to accidentally send her an e-mail on a work account that government oversight groups could access.

Even more troubling is the fact that a large number of people in the White House and the State Department must have known that she was using a private address that wouldn't leave copies on government servers. Why didn't any of them gently suggest that this was not OK?

If this were a normal campaign, Clinton's primary opponents would be cackling with glee as they fired up the oppo cannon. But this is not a normal primary season, and Democrats will instead devote their time to coming up with excuses for her behavior, or reasons that it's really not a big deal that the secretary of state structured her communications to avoid leaving a checkable record. They have to, because jettisoning Hillary Clinton at this point would almost certainly mean losing the race in 2016. She has drawn in all the donor funds and media attention that would normally have been spread among several candidates. There is no one ready to step into that vacuum, and it is already too late to start grooming someone new.//

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Whisky Tango Foxtrot

//It's a list with a lot of diversity — something that is valued seemingly above all else in American colleges and universities these days. The list includes highly respected flagship state universities (the University of Illinois, the University of Iowa), universities founded to nurture ancient religious traditions (Georgetown, Marquette, Brandeis), an urban college under severe stress (Chicago State), a suburban second-line college (Cal State at Fullerton) and a small city two-year institution (Modesto Junior College).

What do these diverse institutions have in common? Hint: it's not positive. All are on the list of the Foundation for Individual Right in Education (F.I.R.E>) of America's 10 Worst Colleges for Free Speech in 2014.

In the Huffington Post F.I.R.E. president Greg Lukianoff provides documentation. At Modesto Junior College, for example, a student was prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day.//

Anymore, it is hard to tell where reality ends and parody begins.

Head transplants seen as cure for transgendered individuals.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

From the annals of the Most Transparent Administration ever!

On the day that former CIA Director Petraeus pled to a misdemeanor for breaking security on classified information, we learn that Hillary Clinton used unsecure emails for all of her official communications as Secretary of State

And it seems to be sparking a rift on the left reminiscent of the time prior to Hitler's attack on the Soviet Union, when the Communists were attacking the liberals for being too hard on the Nazis.

Ah, yes, the eternal Bolshevik versus Menshivik split.

Always fun to watch.

Now she's worried about insulting the intelligence of Americans????

Where was that concern when she was telling Americans that she had to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it??????

Nancy Pelosi is saddened by "“the insult to the intelligence of the United States." 

Sunday, March 01, 2015

When someone says being "Pro-Choice" doesn't mean being Pro-Abortion... them these pictures.

10 Pictures of Pro-Choice People That Will Blow Your Mind…

if you are an honest, law-abiding person... everything!

Man serves abuse complaint on cop, then is arrested based on conspired testimony of fellow cops and attorneys.

//But here’s my question: Why aren’t the seven witnesses to Dendinger’s nonexistent assault on Cassard already facing felony charges? Why are all but one of the cops who filed false reports still wearing badges and collecting paychecks? Why aren’t the attorneys who filed false reports facing disbarment? Dendinger’s prosecutors both filed false reports, then prosecuted Dendinger based on the reports they knew were false. They should be looking for new careers — after they get out of jail.

If a group of regular citizens had pulled this on someone, they’d all likely be facing criminal conspiracy charges on top of the perjury and other charges. So why aren’t these cops and prosecutors?

I could be wrong, but my guess is that they’ll all be let off due to “professional courtesy” or some sort of exercise of prosecutorial discretion. And so the people who ought to be held to a higher standard than the rest of us will once again be held to a lower one.//

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Science P*rn

Could ancient people see the color "blue"?
This is interesting....

...and a first rate bit of historical detective work.

There is far too much pseudo-history in the world.

Atheists defame Catholic priest who led the way into rationality.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Don't know...but the big issue is the Bill O'Reilly is a windbag!

//SO WHY DID HILLARY, AND SUSAN RICE, AND EVERYBODY ELSE, KEEP LYING ABOUT A VIDEO AND GET THE FILMMAKER THROWN IN JAIL? Hillary Clinton’s Top Aides Knew from First Minutes that Benghazi Was a Terrorist Attack, E-mails Disclose.//

From the very first moments of the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top aides were advised that the compound was under a terrorist attack. In fact, less than two hours into the attack, they were told that the al-Qaeda affiliate in Libya, Ansar al-Sharia, had claimed responsibility. These revelations and others are disclosed by a trove of e-mails and other documents pried from the State Department by Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The FOIA litigation focuses on Mrs. Clinton’s involvement in the government actions before, during, and after the Benghazi attack, in which Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, was murdered by terrorists. Also killed in the attack were State Department information management officer Sean Smith, and two former Navy SEALs, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were contract security employees and who had fought heroically, saving numerous American lives. At least ten other Americans were wounded, some quite seriously. At 4:07 p.m., just minutes after the terrorist attack began, Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton’s chief-of-staff, and Joseph McManus, Mrs. Clinton’s executive assistant, received an e-mail from the State Department’s operations center (forwarded to her by Maria Sand, a special assistant to Secretary Clinton). It contained a report from the State Department’s regional security officer (RSO), entitled “U.S. Diplomatic Mission in Benghazi is Under Attack.” The e-mail explained that approximately 20 armed people had fired shots at the diplomatic mission, that explosions had been heard as well, and that Ambassador Stevens was believed to be in the compound with at least four other State Department officials.

If only Clovis teachers could marry...

...double-header in Clovis.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

MSNBC anchor incites racial violence...

...but let's keep the focus on Bill O'Reilly who may have been imprecise on his resume.

Melissa Harris-Perry hopes that Trayvon "whooped on" Zimmerman.


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