Monday, July 27, 2015

We have to give Iran the nukes before we find out what's in the agreement

What fresh hell is this?  Washington Post: "Obama’s secret Iran deals exposed."  "President Obama promised that his nuclear deal with Iran would not be “based on trust” but rather “unprecedented verification.” Now it turns out Obama’s verification regime is based on trust after all — trust in two secret side agreements negotiated exclusively between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that apparently no one (including the Obama administration) has seen."

Extra - Vodkapundit: "John Kerry: Rube of State."

More - Breitbart: "Monday on  MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said it is a “big assumption” to think the Iranians will comply with the restrictions and inspections in the nuclear deal recently announced by the Obama administration."  Why do you want war!?!

Great news: no Olympics in Boston

Boston Globe: "Boston’s bid for Olympics is withdrawn."  Here in Western Massachusetts, the desire for the Games ranged from cold to tepid.


The Daily Signal: "The Clinton Emails: Will DOJ Conduct a Real Investigation?"  Can anybody seriously dispute this:
Any other federal employee found to have discussed high-level, sensitive government business in her personal emails, including possibly classified materials, would not have been treated with such kid gloves.
I heard on NPR this morning that some of the emails reviewed by the State Department IG were from either the CIA or the NSA.  Wouldn't any federal employee reasonably assume that anything from these intelligence agencies involve classified data?  They're not exchanging recipes.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Here come the entitlement cuts

WashPost: "A cut to Social Security disability benefits may be around the corner."
The disability trust fund will be depleted by the fourth quarter of 2016, leaving the administration with enough income to pay 81 percent of benefits, according to the report, which is updated annually.

The health of the Social Security program didn’t change by much, and the cut to disability benefits has been expected for years. But now that Congress has still not come up with a compromise for boosting the funding, the shortfall is more imminent.
Yes, there have been some bloggers who have pointed out for years now that automatic cuts are baked into the cake once the various "trust funds" run dry.  I can't wait to hear all the great solutions to be proposed by the Democrats, since Republicans would be crazy to put out proposals just so they can be accused of pushing Granny over a cliff.

Friday, July 24, 2015

For all the world to see

Found this on Voat: "Why the Hillary Clinton email server scandal is a BFD"
If I was able to find all of this out within 20 minutes of passive probing, imagine what someone could do with that was an IT major league all star and had the resources of a government agency behind them. I would be freaking amazed if that server was not compromised within a few weeks of it going online.

That is why it is a BFD.
Basically, this IT guy says that the security on Hillary's private server was shoddy and you can safely conclude that any classified information sent to it was Hoovered up by the Chinese.

Let's see if Loretta Lynch pulls an Eric Holder

NY Times: "Criminal inquiry is sought in Clinton email account"
WASHINGTON — Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.”
I look forward to the affected insouciance of the NY Times editorial page over Hillary's crimes.  Yes, crimes.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Conspiracy theory

I was at a concert tonight so i'm just going to throw up this Ask Reddit thread: "What is your favorite conspiracy theory?"

I had not heard the one about Michael Jordan.  Hmmm.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Race relations meeting goes about as expected

About a week ago, a series of roundtable discussions on race issues held in Worcester under the guidance of the Department of Justice wrapped up.  It was a train wreck:
WORCESTER – "Dear white people," started Joyce McNickles, a local activist who was allowed to share her reflections on the city's seven discussions on race at Monday night's final meeting. "I want you to know the most frustrating thing about these dialogues about race was the reluctance to admit that racism actually exists."
It seems that some of those crackers had the white-privilege nerve to disagree:
Etel Capacchione described mixed reactions with many "painful moments" when comments from people of color were "dismissed, attacked or redirected."

"How can you have a dialogue if you can’t speak open and honestly?" Questioned Wanda Alvarado-Eaton.
Let’s have an open discussion about your hateful comments, whitey.

But wait: it gets better and/or worse depending on your viewpoint.  In 2015, the great threat to civil rights is anonymous bloggers:
In talking about her reactions to Worcester's series of talks on race, Wanda Alvarado-Eaton talks about being attacked online by anonymous blogger Turtleboy Sports.

"We need to address issue of this blog," Alvarado-Eaton said. "The people associated with the blog need to be addressed. He and anyone associated with it need to be prosecuted for libel, defamation of character and inciting a riot or race war, as many of his commenters have talked about. It's inappropriate and ultimately a hate crime."
Uh-huh.  Well, I would dispute that but I don’t want to cause “painful moments.”

After seven meetings of fruitless and circuitous chatter, a big flipboard was set up asking this question: “What action will you take as a result of these dialogues?”  Virtually every answer was some variation of “more dialogue” except for one honest soul who wrote “go on vacation.”

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A brief moment of glory

I got a kick out of this: top 10 ball boy/girl catches:

Chicago-style accounting

Zero Hedge: "Pension Shocker: Plans Face $2 Trillion Shortfall, Moody's Says."

The nut root nation

WashPost: "Activists disrupt forum featuring candidates O’Malley, Sanders."  The Black Lives Matter crew wasn't having any of it.  This is my favorite part:
The Vermont senator faced chants and heckling as well, but Sanders continued talking. Asked what he had done in the Senate to benefit black Americans, he started to talk about the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

We can’t afford that!” heckled Elle Hearns, a 28-year-old Ohio-based coordinator for the LGBT rights group GetEqual.
When you're to the left of Bernie

Another day at the office

Washington Free Beacon: "Clintons Facilitated Donor’s Haiti Project That Defrauded U.S. Out of Millions"
A federal agency rushed to approve funding for a Clinton donor’s sham Haiti recovery project that ended up defrauding the U.S. government out of millions, according to court transcripts and internal government documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Miami businessman Claudio Osorio, who is currently serving 12 years in federal prison on fraud charges, leveraged his relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton to help his company InnoVida obtain a $10 million loan from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) for a Haiti housing project in 2010.
OPIC is an independent government agency that submits its annual budget requests through the State Department and works closely with the agency.
Bill Clinton helped arrange for a high-powered Florida law firm to represent Osorio during loan negotiations with OPIC, according to court testimony. An internal OPIC memo said Hillary Clinton was prepared to marshal State Department resources to assist with the donor’s project.
Now we know what motivates Hillary to marshal resources in a crisis.

Friday, July 17, 2015

That guy's a real pistol

Tonight we saw "The Merry Wives of Windsor" at the Hampshire Shakespeare Company.  I hadn't read or seen this play before and there's a comic relief character in it named "Pistol."

I was wondering if this was the origin of the word that has come to mean a "jokester" - a funny guy.  I can't seem to find confirmation on the web but it seems as good an explanation as any.