Saturday, August 29, 2015

Democracy!

If you're a big fan of debate and the open exchange of ideas, well, you're gonna love the Democrats: "Wasserman Schultz blocked Iran resolution at DNC meeting."

This would be the same meeting where non-Hillary Clinton candidates complained that the DNC debate rules were designed to facilitate the Hillary coronation.

Because let's get this over with.

Friday, August 28, 2015

The FBI "A-Team" loves it when a plan comes together

Hot Air: "FBI “A-team” getting “extremely serious” on Hillary e-mail probe."  Pay close attention here:
A separate source, who also was not authorized to speak on the record, said the FBI will further determine whether Clinton should have known, based on the quality and detail of the material, that emails passing through her server contained classified information regardless of the markings. The campaign’s standard defense and that of Clinton is that she “never sent nor received any email that was marked classified” at the time.
Emphasis mine.  In my mind, this is the unforgivable crime: Hillary was receiving emails from the NSA and defense departments in charge of spy satellites.  Oh but the email wasn't marked?  You must be joking.

Nothing surprises me when it comes to the media

Gateway Pundit: "WaPo Fails to Identify ‘Close’ Clinton Adviser Used in Ignatius Column to Clear Hillary in Email Scandal."
Ignatius’ lead defense witness for Clinton is one Jeffrey Smith who is given four paragraphs of quotes defending Clinton. Ignatius identifies Smith as “a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information.”
Smith is the only named source in Ignatius’ column.
Ignatius and The Post failed to disclose that Smith served as a ‘close’ national security adviser for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and that Smith has a history with the Clintons going back to at least President Bill Clinton’s election in 1992.
Shame: I always considered the Washington Post to be a good, balanced paper unlike those left-wing hacks at the NY Times.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dude, you can totally trust us

Hot Air: "Great news: Iran all set to inspect its new Parchin annex any day now."

"Yeah, uh, we didn't find anything wrong."

By most accounts, this embarrassment of a non-treaty will not reach the two-thirds threshold to override a veto so then the new question is when will Israel start bombing.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Sick

The only story today is the horrifying shooting in Virginia, captured on live TV.  I was at work today and sometimes the best place for fast-moving stories like this is Free Republic.  At some point, a poster said: "He's live-tweeting" and, incredulous, I hit the link.  Sure enough, there was a Vine-type video that showed the start of the shooting.  I managed to see it exactly once before Twitter quickly took down the page.

Monday, August 24, 2015

It's all about control

Say, there, John Q. Public: what are you spending those loose bills on?  Zero Hedge: "Why government hates cash."

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The trouble with triffids

My son wanted to visit the Grey Matter Bookstore here in Western Massachusetts (very nice collection!) and it was there that I picked up from the "Staff Recommendations" table "The Day of the Triffids."

I finished this 1951 sci-fi classic over the weekend and...it was good but not terrific (pardon the pun).  Set in England, a cataclysm makes most of the world blind opening the door for a species of flesh-eating plants to take control.  What I found interesting about this work of fiction is how many aspects of it were co-opted into other sci-fi works.

Here's a partial list off the top of my head:

Blindness by Jose Saramago - everybody in the world goes blind
Guy wakes up alone in a hospital - "28 Days Later" and "The Walking Dead."
Man-eating plant - "Little Shop of Horrors"
Implacable, unstoppable, masses of semi-sentient beings looking to feast on human flesh - every zombie movie
Mysterious disease kills everyone - "The Last Ship" and "The Stand."
You ladies better have some babies to save the species - "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Seveneves."

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Fake Labor Party leader - Fake Indian 2016

Legal Insurrection: "Biden-Warren 2016".

In case you forgot about Joe Biden's plagiarism, here's an article from Slate insisting we should not forget his crime.  Watch Slate embrace a policy of amnesia (for the greater good!) if Biden is the nominee.

Acceptance? Never.

Bookworm Room: "Hillary and the five stages of grief."
That being the case, Hillary’s last line of defense can only be, as her supporters in the USA Today argue, that she was too stupid to recognize classified information. Good luck selling that one to the voting public or a jury.
Also, she was too stupid to figure out how to run two email accounts out of a single device, and has no idea what you mean when you wipe a computer as opposed to just deleting emails.  Dead candidate walking.

Let the trees burn

Maggie's Farm: "Why do we fight forest fires?"  I was wondering the same thing.

Friday, August 21, 2015

God bless the United States Marines

Fox News: "3 injured on Paris-bound train after gunman armed with AK-47 opens fire."
The suspected gunman was overpowered by off-duty U.S. soldiers when the train stopped in the northern French city of Arras, La Voix du Nord reported. He was later arrested.
This Telegraph report identifies the soldiers as Marines.  Early reports are filing in:
The identity of the gunman and the motivation for the attack is unknown, officials said.
Yeah, right.  Take a wild guess.

But did he have to talk about racism?

Boing Boing: "How a jerk scams a free quadruple espresso at Starbucks 365 days a year."

"Born classified"

Reuters: "Dozens of Clinton emails were classified from the start, U.S. rules suggest."  Here's an eye-opening section:
In an email from November 2009, the principal private secretary to David Miliband, then the British foreign secretary, indicates that he is passing on information about Afghanistan from his boss in confidence. He writes to Huma Abedin, Clinton's most senior aide, that Miliband "very much wants the Secretary (only) to see this note."

Nearly five pages of entirely redacted information follow. Abedin forwarded it on to Clinton's private email account.
For all to see.  Sorry guv'ner!

Extra - From Hot Air.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Wiper no wiping!

Shot:
The federal judge handling the Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch said Thursday that Hillary Clinton violated government policy by using a private email server. He also ordered the State Department to confer with the FBI and Department of Justice to find out if those agencies had recovered any additional Clinton emails from the server and a thumb drive that was turned over by her attorney earlier this month.
Chaser:
On June 16, 1994, Judge Sullivan was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as United States District Judge for the District of Columbia.
LOL.

Speaking of jokes

Charles C.W. Cooke: "The comical dishonesty of Clinton's email press conference."

I'm just a befuddled, old grandma: elect me President.

This joke Iran deal

Right Turn: "The latest Iran revelation is utterly humiliating."