Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Let's go to prison!

As we reflect on today's headlines, keep in mind that we still have 75% of Hillary's emails to be revealed, drip-drip-dripped over months.  Here's the latest:

Fox News: "Sources: Clinton email markings changed to hide classified info."  "At least four classified Hillary Clinton emails had their markings changed to a category that shields the content from Congress and the public, Fox News has learned, in what State Department whistleblowers believed to be an effort to hide the true extent of classified information on the former secretary of state’s server."
Federalist: "Breaking: Hillary Intentionally Originated And Distributed Highly Classified Information."  She sent classified information to the one person the Obama White House said could not serve in the Administration.
Politico: "Feds move to consolidate lawsuits over Hillary Clinton emails."  For FOIA speed and efficiency.
Powerline: "The ultimate empty pant suit?"  What should I say to Harry Reid, guys?

But the Clinton people have a defense ready to go!  Daily Caller: "#Hillary2016: Not criminal, just incompetent."

Monday, August 31, 2015

There is no classified data except for all this classified stuff

Hot Air: "Who’s up for another 150 Hillary e-mails containing classified information?"

Of all the excuses designed to insult the intelligence of an average American, the one that drives me bonkers is that "the information wasn't classified at the time but it was classified later."  All 150 emails in this latest release.

How often does it happen that information becomes classified after the fact?  That is, in what situation would the passage of time make information more secret?  Let's put it this way: I imagine that information on the D-Day landings were somewhat less important on June 7th, 1944.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Travelling in a fried-out Kombi

I've just started a new book called "Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee and came across this line:
"There is an old VW kombi packed in the driveway."
Which immediately evoked the Men at Work song "Down Under":
"Travelling in a fried-out Kombi, on a hippie trail, head full of zombie."
So, of course, I went on the Internet and found out the "kombi" is the Volkswagon "Type 2" which we here in America call the "Microbus", the Brits call a "Camper" but elsewhere is called the "Kombi."


The Coetzee book is set in South Africa and the song "Down Under" is (of course) from Australia.



The more you know!

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.

Extra - From Hot Air.

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."