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March 06, 2015

Morning Thread (3-6-2015)

—Andy

Friday!

Posted by Andy at 06:20 AM Comments



Overnight Open Thread (3-5-2015)

—Maetenloch

Of Course: 'Hillary's State Dept. Forced The Resignation Of An Ambassador For Using Private E-Mail'

Hillary's Email Hacking Problem

As for the "security" of Hillary's e-mails, that train left the station a long time ago.  The infamous hacker Gucifer, now cooling his heels in a Romanian jail, first disclosed existence of the back channel system when he hacked into the e-mail account of Sidney Blumenthal, the long-time aide and confidant to the former Secretary of State.  While rooting around in Mr. Blumenthal's e-mails, he found a series of messages sent to Mrs. Clinton.  Many contained intelligence information, apparently gathered from Blumenthal's various contacts.  In some instances, he cautioned, the summaries contained "extremely sensitive" information, drawn form sources close to various foreign groups and governments.  Details of the e-mails were published at The Smoking Gun, but the information did not include Mrs. Clinton's responses.

Obviously, if a lone hacker was able to uncover Mrs. Clinton's e-mail domain, it wouldn't be very hard for the intelligence services of Russia, China and other U.S. adversaries to access her messages as well.  And it raises legitimate questions about the type of information the former secretary of state was sending via unsecure e-mail.

Now Would Be a Good Time For GOP Politicians To Shut Up For a Week or Two

Piece of advice to all Republicans; don't say a damn word about social issues, immigration, etc for 3-4 days. Just let is play out.

- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 6, 2015
Go dark except for Expressing Deep Concern over the national security implications of Mrs. Clinton's Chinese-friendly email honeypot.

- Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) March 6, 2015

Reaching Peak Racism

When everything is racist, nothing is - which tells you that actual real racism is mostly extinct.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:42 PM Comments



Lawrence O'Donnell: Hillary Clinton Has Betrayed The Liberal Cause of Transparency

—Ace

Eh, worth a watch.

And check out the directness of Andy Levy's statement, in the sidebar.

Open Thread.

Posted by Ace at 07:32 PM Comments

Bob Shrum: "This is [just] a 'process' story"
Catherine Herridge: Internal State Cable Sent From Clinton's Office Forbade Personal Email Accounts, For Security Reasons

—Ace

The "process" involved is "self-immolation."

Fox Exclusive: Clinton Internal Cable Forbids Use Personal Accounts

Fox News has exclusively obtained an internal 2011 State Department cable that shows Secretary of State Clinton’s office told employees not to use personal email for security reasons, while at the same time, HRC conducted all government business on a private account.

Sean Connery as "Malone:" Are we done, then? Is that all, then?

Politico: Politico, People Magazine For Ugly People (TM), finally gets on the board, reluctantly, with this inadvertently useful story: The State Department has had a "clear cut" directive since 2005 forbidding the "routine" (habitual) use of personal email for official business, and mandates that all such email (except for the occasional one) be done on official State email accounts, using State's secure servers.

But the 2005 policy was described as one of several "clear cut" directives the agency’s own inspector general relied on to criticize the conduct of a U.S. ambassador who in 2012 was faulted for using email outside of the department’s official system.

"It is the Department’s general policy that normal day-to-day operations be conducted on an authorized [Automated Information System], which has the proper level of security control to provide nonrepudiation, authentication and encryption, to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the resident information," the Department’s Foreign Affairs Manual states.

Spokespeople for the State Department and Clinton stressed earlier this week that the agency had "no prohibition" on the use of private e-mail for work purposes.

The most dangerous part of this for Her Worshipfulness is the fact that she knowingly, willfully endangered (and likely damaged) US security all due to her obsessive paranoia that she NEVER BE SUBJECT O PUBLIC CRITICISM, EVER, YOU PROLES.

She has always had this grasping, cloying Little Miss Can't Be Wrong dementia to her. She will break any law necessary to stop people from saying she's not a A+ student.


And that includes exposing her emails to Russia, China, and Iran, who would merely blackmail her privately over the emails, rather than criticizing her publicly.

This evil aged Tracy Flick must not be permitted the power of the presidency.


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Posted by Ace at 06:08 PM Comments

BADASS: State Department Refusing to Answer Perfectly-Fair Questions About How It Handled FOIA Requests Concerning Hillary's secret, hidden Email Accounts

—Ace

Because when people FOIA'd to get information about Hillary, the State Department never disclosed the existence of these accounts, even when specifically asked about the mere addresses of any private accounts Hillary might use for official correspondence.

In other words: They just lied.

And now they won't answer questions about their previoujs lying.

As The Daily Caller, The New York Times and others noted on Tuesday, Clinton’s use of a personal email account --— HDR22@clintonemail.com -- thwarted the FOIA request process.

Because you can't FOIA that which the government will not admit even exists.

Since 2009, federal regulations have required agencies to preserve emails generated on outside systems. By failing to make those documents available to the Department, Clinton avoided having her emails made subject to numerous FOIA requests.

TheDC wanted to know how the State Department handled those FOIA requests once they were submitted by media outlets and special interest groups.

Did the FOIA office search State Department email systems for Clinton’s records and then, because she had not made them available to the agency, determine that no records existed? Or did the FOIA office contact Clinton or her aides only to be told that no such records existed?

Figuring that out would shed light on who was responsible for the agency being in violation of federal regulations. It would also help determine whether Clinton went out of her way to avoid transparency, an allegation which was bolstered by Wednesday's revelation that the former first lady operated a private email server out of her Chappaqua, N.Y. home.

TheDC asked the State Department these specific questions and others. The agency answered some questions, but ignored the ones pertaining to the FOIA handling process.

I can't quote this all because I have to give the Daily Caller the benefit of its reportage.

But you should read the article. I am leaving several delicious things out of the excerpt, including... Oh just read it. It'll take you three seconds.

Posted by Ace at 05:45 PM Comments

Experts: Hillary Clinton's Bad Ass Homebrew Server Was So Insecure It's a Virtual Certainty Hostile Foreign Governments Intercepted Her Emails

—Ace

She was so determined to hide her correspondence from IG's and the American people that she shared them with China, Russia, and Iran.

Posted by Ace at 04:47 PM Comments

Politico Publishes Hillary Clinton's Opposition Research on Republicans Without Attributing It To Anyone; Politico's Glenn Thrush Calls Hillary's "Possibly Illegal" Flouting of the Law "A Teensy Bit Badass"

—Ace

A great Washington Examiner article from T. Becket Adams. First, I would like to share with you why I even know of this article:


Was it "twaddle"? Well the night this story broke, I watched on Twitter, mouth agape, as Glenn Thrush paraded out a series of unlikely defenses of Hillary, including the assertion that Hillary didn't understand "computery" things and this was therefore entirely the fault of her aides.

Naturally, he had to arrogantly insult anyone who didn't enthusiastically take this hard-to-believe line:


But that didn't fly, so he went from claiming her to be an ignorant and confused old lady to claiming she was "badass" for willfully breaking the law.


But he insists that to characterize his alternating apologetics and even praise of Hillary for the scandal as "defending" her is "willfully ignorant twaddle."

I have asked him what other possible descriptor could apply to his Stalwart Service on behalf of The Queen. He has not responded.

But Adams' article is worth linking for another reason: Therein is contained a list of Talking Points, first reported by National Review, propagated by pro-Hillary forces (I would guess either David Brock's MMFA or Hillary Clinton's campaign itself, though the two are difficult to distinguish from each other at this point).

The talking points contain a swill of derogatory and misleading claims about Republicans' use of private emails. And wouldn't you know it, those claims show up in the #ReadyForHillary blogsite @Politico today, without any attribution to Team Hillary.

Note this is a form of bias. Voters do not like "attacks," nor the dark arts of opposition research. And note that the media always reports derogatory information about Democrats by saying, "Republicans attack Hillary on Emails," or the like.

That is to say, the GOP's authorship of -- or even their mere acknowledgement of -- derogatory information about a Democrat is always blasted in the headline, strongly hinting that, if there's any wrongdoing here, it's on the part of those uncouth Republicans, who are forever "attacking" people and releasing nasty talking points about Democrats.

But when Team Hillary releases a bunch of attacks on Republican front-runners, does anyone in the media forthrightly note the actual authorship of this attack? Did @Politico headline this story, "Hillary's forces counter-attack GOP with white-paper slam"?

NO, they did not, as they never do. As always, they hide the actual moving party -- here, Team Hillary -- and pretend that the information just came out of the ether, or that the Reporterette herself dug all this stuff up.*

This is a form of Immaculate Denigration. The GOP's dirty little fingers are always highlighted when the #ReadyForHillary media reports, reluctantly, on what they've dug up on Democrats, but when the media regurgitates Democratic talking points about Republicans, the media deliberately and willfully conceals from the reader the source of the claims in question.

You will not be surprised at the various network consultants and, in Kasie Hunt's case, actual alleged non-partisan "reporters" who are pushing this line:

The line from pro-Clinton groups — that there are comparisons between Bush's use of a personal account along with his government account and Clinton's exclusively conducting State business from an unauthorized and likely unsecured personal account — has since been repeated by a reporters and pundits.

"Romney used [a personal] email for Mass state biz in office," CNN contributor Sally Kohn said, adding that former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, even "deletes all emails after [seven] days."

"Jeb Bush used his personal account to conduct state, political & personal business. His team released state business emails to the public," MSNBC's Kasie Hunt reported. "Jeb Bush owns the server that hosts his personal email, his spokeswoman says."

"But this is different. Jeb isn't a Clinton. Why would we cover his private email server the same as hers?" CNN contributor and Democratic strategist Paula Begala said.

I did not see Kasie Hunt's live reports, but I have read her Twitter feed. If she acknowledged that her reportage on GOP email use came from an email tip from an interested party, I certainly did not see it.

Now, watch how she reports damaging information about Clinton -- she lets the viewer know right away this arrived "in my mail," that is, was farmed to her by opposition:


Why does Ms. Hunt refuse to make the same kind of minor disclosures with regard to the derogatory information received from Hillary? **

* The writer of the Politico piece flagged below makes one partial admission along these lines: that the derogatory information about Jeb Bush specifically was "circulated" by David Brock's American Bridge.

[Jeb Bush] quickly received a comeuppance: Democratic opposition research shop American Bridge circulated a story Wednesday suggesting that, like Clinton, Bush also operated his own email server to give him a greater ability to keep some of his emails private.

But what about the rest of it, about Scott Walker and Rick Perry and on and on?

You know whose story Politico links to there? Kasie Hunt's, who does not in her article reveal where she got her information.

So David Brock is circulating Kasie Hunt's article, and Friends of Hillary are putting these talking points out there, but Kasie Hunt fails to say something like "Pro-Hillary groups are putting out the word that Jeb Bush..."

** Note: I actually cannot read that Romney piece she links, so I don't know what it says, nor what Hunt means when she says "Hillary's practices don't stand up." I assume she means that Hillary's secrecy fails by the standards already established by Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself), and that this Romney piece shows that the media once cared about such things.

That is my belief, though, again, she doesn't really elaborate enough for me to be completely sure.

And that's why I say that when a piece is sent to her from (assumedly) Republican hands, she notes that it "showed up in my email" (that is, was turfed to me by opposition researchers), and yet when she publishes all of Team Hillary's opposition research, the illusion is perpetrated that this was just some stuff Kasie Hunt dug up all by her lonesome.


Posted by Ace at 02:58 PM Comments

TMZ Dares to Ask Hillary a Question About EmailGate; Politico Brands This Uncouth Act of Journalism "Stalking"

—Ace


You can see this case of Aggravated Stalking at Hot Air.

Rothman was right; Politico has now changed the headline to TMZ asks Hillary a Question, though the url continues to include, naturally, tmz-hillary-clinton-stalking.

But Politico's not giving up yet; one of their lead stories is Hillary Clinton email flap creates awkward GOP silence, with, yes!, a big picture of Scott Walker, because you know that Hillary's lawbreaking is really the Shame of the Conservatives.

If it seems like the GOP presidential field has been unusually silent this week as scrutiny mounts over Hillary Clinton’s email practices, there's a logical explanation: Many of them are tormented by their own email demons.

At least a half-dozen 2016 Republican prospects have felt the sting of sustained negative press coverage over their email practices, with the common denominator being an attempt to sidestep public scrutiny attached to official government accounts. While the scope and scale of the controversies range widely -- and they're not comparable to the Clinton circumstances -- their histories with electronic communications have left them with their own unique vulnerabilities on the issue.


In part, it’s a reflection of the governor-heavy nature of the field of Republican 2016 prospects: Gubernatorial offices tend to be subject to rigorous open records requirements, making email standards and practices a politically combustible part of their portfolio. Senators, by contrast, don't face similarly demanding transparency standards.

...

In Wisconsin, as a result of a three-year probe of Gov. Scott Walker's tenure as Milwaukee County executive -- an investigation that ended in 2013 -- prosecutors asserted that some of Walker’s aides set up a separate, private Internet network. Through that, staffers could send emails, via Gmail and Yahoo accounts, about both political and official business, and the use of private accounts took place even beyond that server. While Walker never faced charges, the private emails and the mixing of county and political work proved central to charges levied against two former staffers. Both pleaded guilty, though one is appealing.

The investigation into Walker's tenure as a county executive, which was prior to 2008.

So that's where Politico is -- asking Hillary about this is "stalking;" the real journalism concerns ages-old allegations about Scott Walker's aids from when he was a county executive.

Posted by Ace at 01:45 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Frederic Remington, "The Hunters' Supper" (c. 1909)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:19 AM Comments

Morning Thread. (3-5-2015)

—Andy

Clinton email follies, day 3.

Posted by Andy at 06:48 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (3-4-2015)

—Maetenloch

Quote of the Day I

I remember going around China with a friend of mine who owned some steel foundries and a pelletized iron ore plant. He's an American, but he lives in Hong Kong. Anyway, we're wandering around mainland China, and I remember saying that I hadn't heard any political discussions. Is it because people are afraid to talk about politics? He said, "no, they're not afraid to [talk about politics]. You get 'em started, and they'll go on. But you've got understand the fundamental Chinese attitude toward government is 'shhhhhhh..don't wake it up when it's sleeping.'" And I think our Millennials have a little bit of that same attitude. Fortunately, what they would wake up would not be as terrifying as [China's cultural revolution.]

-- PJ O'Rourke

Quote of the Day II

To federal prosecutors, that last paragraph of facts is like "Free Handjob And iPad Day" at Walt Disney World.

-- Popehat on the David Petraeus Plea Deal

Prager University: He May Look But He Wants You

Curiouser and Curiouser Details on Hillary's Private Email Server

Via Fritzworth from the sidebar.

To summarize: according to DomainTools.com, the domain clintonemail.com has been hosted by Confluence Networks since 12/22/2011, more than three years. Confluence Networks, based out of the British Virgin Islands, has only existed as a domain (confluence-networks.com) since April 2011, appears to be closely related to a Dubai-based media advertising firm, and has always had its domain name managed by PrivacyProtect.org, a registration privacy firm that lists addresses out of Luxembourg and Australia, but gives a phone number apparently out of Denmark, and that shows up repeatedly in connection with fraud, scam, and spam-related domains.

No, no questions or issues there.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:07 PM Comments

Young Conservative Danish Woman Promotes Freedom, Underboob

—Ace

Nikita Klaestrup.

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'Sup?

By the way: If you search her name, it turns out she's a model. She posts pictures of herself.

"Arty" pictures, know what I mean?

Posted by Ace at 06:09 PM Comments

Terrific: Kennedy Seems to Be Leaning Towards Adopting the Government's Position on Obamacare, Because If He Doesn't, He'll Be Forced to Strike the Whole Law Down as Unconstitutional

—Ace

The law was written to coerce states into setting up their own exchanges. The threat/inducement was that if you set up your own exchange, your citizens got federal subsidies; if not, then not.

If you don't believe me, you can ask the Architect of Obamacare, Jonathan Gruber.

I mean, you once could have asked him. Now he lies about it, but no one prosecutes him, because The Caste makes its own rules and protects those who break the law to advance Caste goals.

But there is a doctrine of constitutional law which states that a law which would presume to coerce states into action -- which would order them to act, with penalties imposed if they don't -- are a violation of the federalist principle and thus are facially unconstitutional.

There was a lot of talk about this during the last go-round on Obamacare, with various judges noting that Obamacare presumed to take away all Medicaid subsidies for states which refused to expand Medicaid per Obamacare's dictates, that would constitute "coercion," and that would invalidate the act.

I think what they did there, if I remember right, was to strike down that business about losing all subsidies, while, of course, keeping the bulk of the law intact.

Well, in the current case, if you read the law as written -- rather than the Dream Logic manner of reading our chief fantasist Obama urges upon us -- then it is quite coercive indeed as regards subsidies. And that would make that provision unconstituitional.

So what then? Well, I think then Kennedy's preferred reading would be to strike down that line -- that is, read that line out of Obamacare -- and otherwise retain Obamacare as currently implemented.

So, the idea is that Obamacare was drafted so egregiously that it's unconstitutional, but none will dare call it unconstitutional, so instead Kennedy will rewrite the law to achieve conformity with the Constitution, thus delivering President El Jefe Maxima everything he wants from his Enabling Act.

So we've got that going for us.

Posted by Ace at 05:12 PM Comments

NYPD "Quietly" Planning for Mumbai-Style IS Attack on NYC

—Ace

Wonderful.

The 2008 Mumbai attacks were a larger-scale version of the mayhem the But the Crusades folks randomly perpetrated in Paris -- multiple teams running around setting bombs and shooting people.

he NYPD has quietly spent the last six months making preparations for a potential ISIS assault in Manhattan, which police fear could be similar to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, sources told The Post.

Cops have been trained to deal with coordinated bombings and shootings, as in the four-day terror assault that killed more than 160 people in Mumbai, the sources said.

Police trainers have even placed a map of Manhattan over a map of Mumbai to show the geographical similarities, one source said.

I don't know how seriously to take this, because, frankly, this seems like routine preparedness brainstorming turned into PLANNING for purposes of a catchy story.

But I think it's accurate in this sense: We probably don't think about this stuff enough. When these attacks happen in Copenhagen, Paris, Sydney, or Oklahoma City, they're a surprise. They should not be. Because of course IS is planning a Mumbai style attack in NYC. Of course they are. It should not take a NYP article to alert us to that; we should have already have known it.

This article should not have drawn a "wonderful" response from me at all. To the extent I had any reaction whatsoever, I should have been grateful the NYPD was planning to counter obvious and inevitable IS attacks in NYC.

We -- even those of us who bother reading about terrorism and who actually take American terrorist casualties seriously, unlike our president -- are still not really fully updated to understand that the New Normal is that Islamist religious maniacs will kill a couple dozen of us every month, except in those months when they kill very much more than a couple of dozen.

Posted by Ace at 03:09 PM Comments

#RacistDOJ: "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Was a Lie From the Start; "Gentle Giant" Likely Punched Wilson and Went for His Gun

—Ace


Cleared of all possible civil rights violations charges.

The Justice Department has cleared a Ferguson, Mo., police officer of civil rights violations in the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager whose death set off racially charged and sometimes violent protests last year.

...

But federal agents and civil rights prosecutors rejected that story, just as a state grand jury did in November. The Justice Department said forensic evidence and other witnesses backed up the account of Officer Wilson, who said Mr. Brown fought with him, reached for his gun, then charged at him. He told investigators that he feared for his life.

"There is no evidence upon which prosecutors can rely to disprove Wilson’s stated subjective belief that he feared for his safety," the report said.

The report found that witnesses who claimed that Mr. Brown was surrendering were not credible. "Some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witnesses’ own prior statements with no explanation," it said.

"Although some witnesses state that Brown held his hands up at shoulder level with his palms facing outward for a brief moment, these same witnesses describe Brown then dropping his hands and 'charging' at Wilson," it added.

"Those witness accounts stating that Brown never moved back toward Wilson could not be relied upon in a prosecution because their accounts cannot be reconciled with the DNA bloodstain evidence and other credible witness accounts."

Now note that they are releasing this information today -- but yesterday they put out "cover" for this finding by declaring the entire city of Ferguson to be racist, thus almost guaranteeing some new riots over what has been found to be, yes, a complete lie from the start.


Oh my goodnesss. Look, no offense intended, but civil servants -- almost all Democrats, by the by -- are not exactly the pinnacle of refinement and education. So what we have here are some not-super-refined people spreading a handful of racist joke emails, privately, over the course of a decade.

What am I expected to do with this information?

Well, riot, I guess.

And Holder and Obama do want those riots, because any riots empower Obama and Holder, and give the rioters an outlet for their rage (and thus will not hold it against Obama and Holder that they're not prosecuting Wilson).

This crew is actually willing to sacrifice some mid-sized cities rather than take a small PR hit.

Posted by Ace at 01:34 PM Comments

With Hillary Imploding, Now Traveling to Caucus State Iowa Is... Al Gore

—Ace

Oh, yes.

Okay this isn't really a real story (yet); more just people basically making things up because they need (as I need) something to post.

But it is worth asking: If Hillary goes down, who do they have?

Everyone forgets Joe Biden. Which is sort of proof that Joe Biden is not a winning ticket. Jim Webb is considered "too conservative," and also, who the hell is he? Martin O'Malley presided over the third worst Obamacare debacle (after No. 1. Obama and No. 2 the Love-Gov of Oregon).

Elizabeth Warren? Well, call me a racist, but I don't think the country is ready for an Indian President, so...

Hey, wait! She's not an Indian! She just lied! So who knows, maybe there's your damn nominee!

Or, of course: Albert Alphonse Gore.

Posted by Ace at 12:58 PM Comments

Thoughts On Netanyahu's Speech: Much Ado About Nothing

—DrewM.

My overwhelming reaction to yesterday’s speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is, “that’s it?” Maybe part of my reaction is based on having seen only part of the speech on TV but having read the transcript. Delivery and the setting can give an average speech a much bigger feel, which was the whole point of inviting him to address Congress. But mostly, aside from a few up to date reference to the current negotiations, I’d heard it all before from him. Go back and watch or read any of Netanyahu’s speeches to the UN or AIPAC over the last few years and it’s basically there.

The problem is that while Netanyahu is right, it doesn’t matter.

Obama has proven to be impervious to outside pressure when he’s committed to doing something stupid and or dangerous, which is to say most of the time. If anything Netanyahu’s high profile challenge to him will probably make it more likely that Obama will see himself as doing the right thing.

But remember this isn’t just Obama. Sure the US is the big player here but which of the other members of the P5+1 group (the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) is going to be any harder on Iran than Obama? The UK maybe. But France and Germany? And you can forget about Russia and China.

Netanyahu’s speech amounted to “get a better deal”. Well that’s not on the table. Not only will the Iranians not agree to a deal which in anyway makes it harder for them to get nukes, no one on the other side will force the issue. They are all looking for an off-ramp so they can say, “I hold in my hand a piece of paper….” And by God they’ll get that.

Unfortunately for Netanyahu, he isn’t dealing with Churchill/FDR, Reagan/Thatcher or Bush/Blair but Obama/Cameron/Merkel/ Hollande

And if Bibi is successful in killing the deal being worked out in its current form, then what? Do you really think we’ll return to the status quo ante sanctions regime? Let’s say I have…doubts.

Sean Davis of The Federalist posited on Twitter the idea that the real aim of the speech, or at least one of them, was to stiffen Democrats for a veto override vote for a tough US sanctions bill. Again, I have doubts about how effective that will be. The Democrats have been steadfast in their support for Obama. The idea that enough of them will undercut the President on such a major issue seems unlikely. In the House it would take about 45 Democrats to override. Nancy Pelosi seems to have her finger on the pulse of her caucus. If her contemptuous response to Netanyahu is any indication getting that many Democrats (in what’s essentially a liberal rump caucus) is going to be a very steep climb.

The only way I could see getting enough Democrats to throw Obama under the bus would be if Hillary Clinton strongly and loudly opposed the deal. That’s the only cover that would suffice. And she won’t. Why would she? Better to have it off the table and deal with it when she’s President that to pick this fight now. Remember, any opposition to a deal will be spun as “supporting war with Iran” by the left. Hillary is at best on thin ice with that crowd. There’s no reason to stir them up for no real gain. She’ll say weak sauce stuff about it, promise to be tough in monitoring it and promise to be Israel’s BFF and move on.

As shopworn as Netanyahu’s speech was he has the better of the argument. What he doesn’t have is anything resembling enough pull to implement them. His only real course of action is a unilateral attack by Israel. I honestly doubt that will be a real option should the P5+1 talks produce a deal.

The response by all parties, including the US, would be so costly to Israel. It would probably lead to the start of full recognition of “Palestine” by all parties, including the US. And then things will get really bad. At least for the rest of Obama’s term.

If the deal falls through Israel might be able to go it alone and not pay that high of a price or they may just wait him out and hope a Republican wins. But even if the next President is someone like GOP super-hawk Marco Rubio, it’s not like he’s going to launch an attack at 12:01pm on January 20th, 2017. He’ll have other things he’ll want to do first domestically (like amnesty!), and will have to at least try diplomacy. So you’re looking at another year or so beyond that.

We need to face a rather obvious fact…Iran wants a nuke and they won’t stop until they have one. We can’t negotiate them out of that because we simply don’t have anything they want more to offer them in exchange. They’ll bet, correctly, that once they have it they are safe and we’ll do business with them because reality will force us to.

Netanyahu was right and has been for a while but the last best chance to stop Iran from going nuclear died with the fraudulent NIE in 2007. Once Bush’s hands were tied and Obama was elected, the die was cast. The rest is just killing time until the inevitable.

Posted by DrewM. at 12:06 PM Comments

Open Thread

—rdbrewer


Sergei Arsenevich Vinogradov, "Beach Morya, Alupka" (1917)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:42 AM Comments

Morning Thread (3-4-2015)

—Andy

"I, for one, am shocked to see Hillary Clinton involved in recordkeeping and fundraising scandals," said no one who remembers 1996.

Posted by Andy at 06:06 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (3-3-2015)

—Maetenloch

Thanks to CAC for filling in last night with very short notice. All of us should help out with AOSHQDD on the next election to say thank you for all he does around here.

Do Not Mess With Former Major League Baseball Star Curt Schilling's Daughter

Because he has a very particular set of skills which include the four-seam fastball, the split-finger fastball as well as tracking down and putting the hurt on Twitter trolls who tweeted vile things to his daughter. And it turns out that not only is Schilling an amazing ball player, but that he's also quite computer savvy, a very loving and protective father, an interesting writer, and a general mensch. (H/T Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt)

Now I've been using computers since 1981. I was a professional baseball player for 22 years. I played 10+ years in Philadelphia. I played 5 in Boston. I shared a locker room with well over a thousand teammates and I played and lived at school a year before doing so.

That's all to say I am absolutely aware of social media and how it works. As someone who's said about 2.34 billion things he shouldn't have, I get it.

...Now let me emphasize again. I was a jock my whole life. I played sports my whole life. Baseball since I was 5 until I retired at 41. I know clubhouses. I lived in a dorm. I get it. Guys will be guys. Guys will say dumb crap, often. But I can't ever remember, drunk, in a clubhouse, with best friends, with anyone, ever speaking like this to someone.
This is a generation of kids who have grown up behind the monitor and keyboard. The real world has consequences when you do and say things about others. We're at a point now where you better be sure who you're going after.

If I was a deranged protective dad I could have been face to face with any of these people in less than 4 hours. I know every one of their names, their parents, where they go to school, what they do, what team they are on, their positions, stats, all of it. I had to do almost nothing to get ANY of that information because it is all public.

What part of talking about a young woman, my daughter or not, makes you even consider the possibility that this is either funny or makes you tough?

I found it rather funny at how quickly tone changed when I heard via email from a few athletes who'd been suspended by their coaches. Gone was the tough guy tweeter, replaced by the "I'm so sorry apology used by those only sorry because they got caught.

It was EXACTLY like the Scared Straight episodes you watch where "tough" kids get brought to tears when they face the real world.

What these kids are failing to realize, what this generation fails to realize is this; Everything they've just said and done? That is out there now, forever. It can, and in some cases will, follow them for the rest of their lives.

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How Spock Became a Sex Symbol

That's why he fit the part of Spock. "All I wanted at first was pointed ears and a faintly satanic appearance," said series creator Gene Roddenberry in "The Making of Star Trek," published in 1968.

Spock's "alien features" - as Roddenberry called them in the book - weren't limited to prostheses. Nimoy was handsome, but not in a way that Hollywood in 1966 recognized. He didn't look like a leading man. He looked like what he was: the son of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants. And if you looked like that, you were a character actor, not a star.

But Nimoy became a star. He was a Method actor and in creating Spock, he gave what could have been a gimmicky, two-dimensional character hidden depths. Those hidden depths in turn gave him sex appeal. Within the show's plots, Captain Kirk was the lady killer. But Spock was the one who made female viewers swoon.

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Posted by Maetenloch at 10:05 PM Comments

Neil Tyson Has Nothing to Say But He Says It An Awful Lot

—Ace

Sorry, I'm just so sick about what Obama's done to this country, and what this country has permitted him to do.

Enjoy, if you can, alleged Master of Science Neil Tyson repeatedly saying the same stupid shit to his sheep and garnering literally thousands of retweets for each identical iteration.

Oh, and Boehner and his people claimed there was no "deal" struck with the Democrats for the DHS vote.

Boehner and his people were, get this, lying.

Great piece on Obama's pompous, "provincial" foreign policy.

In November 2009, German chancellor Angela Merkel invited US President Barack Obama, still in his first year in office, to attend the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall....

The leaders of Europe were all in attendance, from the prime minister of Britain to the presidents of France and Russia. Obama, however, was not.


The president was busy, the White House said, citing "commitments for an upcoming Asia trip."

The Europeans were shocked. "Barack is too busy," read the acerbic headline in Der Spiegel.

The event didn’t really clash with his schedule, but rather with his foreign policy sensibilities. Obama would travel to Copenhagen a month before the event to lobby the International Olympic Committee to grant the 2016 summer games to his hometown of Chicago, and would return to Europe a month after the commemoration to accept the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. His travel itinerary as president signaled something about his vision of the world, and of America’s and his administration's place in it. The commemoration of America’s rescue of Europe did not rank high in that vision.


...

At a recent gathering of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, the eminent former director general of the Foreign Ministry, Prof. Shlomo Avineri, called Obama's foreign policy "provincial." It was a strange choice of words to describe the policies of a president with such a cosmopolitan outlook and so much eagerness to engage the world.

But Avineri had a point....

"In every society, young men are going to have violent tendencies," an educator in one majority-black Chicago high school told him in the late 1980s. "Either those tendencies are directed and disciplined in creative pursuits or those tendencies destroy the young men, or the society, or both."

The book is full of such ruminations, and they echo throughout Obama’s rhetoric as president. In his last speech to the UN General Assembly, he asserted that "if young people live in places where the only option is between the dictates of a state or the lure of an extremist underground, no counterterrorism strategy can succeed."

For Obama, terrorism is, at root, a product of social disintegration. War may be necessary to contain the spread of Islamic State, for example, but only social reform can really cure it....

Posted by Ace at 07:34 PM Comments

"Failure Theater," Or Why I Am Now a Democrat

—Ace

Someone Storified this for me.

I'm done.

Posted by Ace at 05:08 PM Comments

It's Over: Boehner, Boehner's Establishment Allies, and Democrats Unite to Fund Obama's Executive Amnesty

—Ace


I'm personally done with this party.

In fact, I will vote for Democrats.

An old communist friend of mine voted for Bob Dole.

Why? Because this communist was convinced, inaccurately, as it would later turn out, that he would never see his dream of a communist USA via conventional politics, and therefore his hopes were pinned on outright revolution.

And as far as revolution, there are four words to remember: The worse, the better.

It is now clear that none of us will see the America we want via any kind of politics that includes the Republican Party. Ergo, they must be erased from the pages of history as quickly as possible, so that a better party can replace them.

So I'm now a Democrat. The worse, the better.

It may be time to begin supporting things like an increase in the minimum wage, too:


He's talking about the National Association of Restaurants which, of course, would prefer to hire immigrants over Americans. Actually, restaurants have been doing that for like 30 years; they wish to do it legally.

So if they're going to fight for cheaper labor, let us then mandate that all labor must cost $15/ hour, no exceptions, so that they do not get their wish.

My politics is now entirely punitive.

Oh, by the way, conservatives are now reduced to begging Republicans not to save Obamacare.

Begging, actually.


Posted by Ace at 03:23 PM Comments

As Expected, John Boehner Sells Out the Conservatives In Yet Another Performance of "Failure Theater"

—Ace

Failure Theater is the process by which the Establishment deliberately fails to do achieve anything, but wants credit from the Dumb Conservatives they're playing to for allegedly "trying."

Each of Boehner's and McConnell's "defeats" are in fact planned in advance. They are not trying to advance the conservative agenda; they are attempting to con conservatives into believing they have attempted to implement conservative policy, when in fact they were delivering their political deliverables to their Donor Class paymasters all along.

Uneducated, gullible, and easily led: if we stand for this, we are exactly what the Washington Post slurred us as 30 years ago.

Posted by Ace at 02:21 PM Comments

When a Veterans Group FOIA'd Hillary's Emails, They Specifically Asked Her to List Her Personal Email Accounts. She Didn't.

—Ace


Unrelated to this new revelation, but on point:


Well I'll say.

What a b!rd br@!n this fucking bitch is.

Posted by Ace at 01:45 PM Comments

Confirmed: The Left Pretty Much Freaks Out When a Jew Tells Them They're Wrong

—Ace


Spazzy McDewers objected to people smiling.

Update [JohnE.]: And the cherry on top...

Posted by Ace at 12:21 PM Comments

Netanyahu Speaking Now Before Congress

—Ace

Live player at at FoxNews.

It's early. He's... talking about being grateful to Obama for stuff, so you know he's just getting started.

Posted by Ace at 11:16 AM Comments

Open Thread

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Albert Julius Olsson, "Waves Breaking on the Shore" (n.d.)

Posted by rdbrewer at 10:29 AM Comments

Good Morning

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The sun.


Posted by rdbrewer at 08:35 AM Comments

Overnight Open Thread (3-2-2015)

—CAC

Maetenloch locked himself in his own car, and with him out of the picture I was called in to bring you all the finest medicine for your late night needs. Besides, Hillary will be President anyway in two years time, and the country has gone to pot enough as it is, so you might as well take up a new habit early.

So roll that towel under your door, aim that window fan just right, and come join me on the first and last time the cobs ever trust me to an ONT.


Or is it OOT?

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Posted by CAC at 04:20 AM Comments

Against the Law and the Constitution, Hillary Clinton Took Lavish Donations Bribes to Her "Foundation"

—Ace

In case you were wondering, "How is it legal that the Clintons can take half a billion in donations bribes, almost a hundred of million of which are from foreign governments?," the answer turns out to be "It's totally not legal."

Now, the one exception to the Emoluments Clause is that the executive can review the bribe -- let's not pretend this is not a bribe, okay? -- and okay it. Earlier the State Department indicated that it had cleared Hillary Clinton's foreign bribes as "Obama-approved foreign bribery."

But now, via @JohnEkdahl, the State Department is retracting previous claims that it gave a Good Bribe seal of approval to Hillary Clinton's hundred million in foreign bribes.

>The State Department is stepping back from a spokeswoman's comment last week suggesting that the agency's ethics lawyers signed off on donations to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

Asked at a daily briefing Thursday about the foundation's failure to submit a $500,000 donation from the country of Algeria for a conflict of interest review in 2010, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the department did such reviews whenever the non-profit founded by former President Bill Clinton sent in information about a potential gift.

"We like to review -- and we have reviewed every donation that was submitted," Psaki said.

However, there are no indications any Clinton Foundation donations were ever sent to the State Department for approval.

Asked about Psaki’s comment, another State Department spokesperson said Monday that the reviews the agency did were of paid speeches Bill Clinton was proposing to make and business deals he wanted to enter into. From 2009 to 2012, hundreds of speech requests and a handful of consulting deals were sent to State Department lawyers for sign off. The vast majority were approved.

"We received requests regarding speeches and consultancies of former President Clinton," State spokesman Alec Gerlach said.

Clarifying Psaki's earlier comment, Gerlach said that State Department reviewed every request that came in, not every donation.

What a shock -- Jen Psaki is at the center of a snafu involving poor messaging and mental retardation.

The below video is a Dramatic Recreation of the State Department retracting its blessing of Hillary's bribes.

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Posted by Ace at 09:15 PM Comments

Democrats: Yeah, Your Boy Boehner Cut a Deal With Us on DHS Funding

—Ace


Pull the plug already.

Conservatives were, in the Washington Post's notorious phrasing, "uneducated, gullible, and easily led."

If we let this pass without tumult and retribution, we are just as the Washington Post said of us.

I don't consider this all that important, but the Establishmentarians are running ads against conservatives, or at least pressuring them to vote for this Comprehensive Piece of Shit.

It's not about the ads, exactly; it's just about the attitude generally.

The time for a third party is now upon us. The Establishment has refused to compromise and find common ground; they are determined to just win and deliver their political deliverables to the Wall Street wing that serves as their paymasters.

A failing organization which will not be reformed must instead be destroyed.

BTW, the first order of business of the new party? Jacking up taxes on the wealthiest 1% and on corporations.

Can't keep taxes on the rich and corporations low, you know; it's not politically smart.


Posted by Ace at 06:52 PM Comments

Buzzfeed: The NY Observer Seems to Have a Kremlin Stooge Writing "Slavishly" Pro-Putin Stories for Them

—Ace

"Slavishly." See what they did there?

Not only is this "writer" a stooge, but Buzzfeed raises the question (via raising the question) as to whether this "writer" actually exists in the form of an actual person, rather than (this is my supposition) as the work-product of several Kremlin hands pushing disinformation to the low-paying-but-content-hungry rags of the west.

A New York Observer editor says he's met this "writer," but who knows-- every propaganda effort needs a frontman.

Posted by Ace at 05:32 PM Comments

It's Been Three Years Since Andrew Breitbart Left Us

—Ace

Twitchy noted this sad anniversary over the weekend.

Jim Geraghty won the ACU's Journalist of the Year Award on Friday, and has posted about what he would have liked to have said, had he more advanced warning that he'd be winning something and should prepare a speech for it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about Andrew Breitbart lately. It was three years ago he addressed this conference for the last time. People look back and I see him described as this angry guy, a fighter – he titled his autobiography "Righteous Indignation." I wouldn’t claim to be his best friend or to have known him well, but I don't think he’s given enough credit for being a man who was really driven by love.

That may sound kind of sappy or like it belongs on a Hallmark card, but he demonstrated an amazing kindness and generosity of spirit to those around him.

The day Andrew died, it seemed like everyone on my Facebook page posted a picture that they had taken with him. For a guy who was always on the go, he rarely if ever seemed like he didn’t have time for other people. So many people offered their tale of meeting him at a conference or gathering, getting to talk to him for ten minutes or so, and walking away from that conversation feeling like for that ten minutes, they were the most important person in the room. A lot of his fans, friends, and contributors to his site offer some version of the same story, meeting Breitbart and sharing a news tip and then being told by him, "that is a really good story idea, and you're the one who should write it." That’s what happened to my friend Kurt Schlichter, and there are so many people who got into writing or journalism because instead of holding onto a scoop or an idea for himself, Andrew told them they could do it. You don't treat people with such enthusiastic encouragement if you don’t have a lot of love for people.

I've mentioned this before, but Andrew's death kind of woke me up to thinking seriously about both Life and Death. 90% of the reason I post about health-related issues is because of Andrew's death -- he was the first contemporary of mine to die. When you're young, you really do think you're sort of Immortal, or at least you never think about mortality at all (which makes you a passive, ignorant believer in your own mortality).

Then one day a great big Surfing Bear of a man dies at a young age and you start thinking about it a lot.

But the fact that Andrew died young is just happenstance; that says little about him. The other thing his death forced me to think about was Life. There's no point fearing death if you're not loving life.

And Andrew's death forced me to confront the different ways we were living life -- to wit, he was and I wasn't. He was really alive, just excited and plugged in and enthusiastic and brave, so g**damned brave about everything.

I'm not really doing a terrific job of Living Each Day As If I Were Andrew Breitbart, but I am trying, here and there, to engage more with Actual Life and not treat it as something to be avoided.


Posted by Ace at 03:51 PM Comments

Jim Jordan Denies Plot to Demote John Boehner, While Rumors Swirl of a Plot to Demote John Bohner

—Ace

Jordan says there is no plot, but the Plotters are indeed Plotting to Plot.


Two senior House Republican sources tell CNN there's a serious concern among those close to the Speaker that if he allowed a vote on a clean DHS funding bill, conservatives would make a motion to vacate the chair, a direct challenge to his job.

That is basically a no-confidence vote. The way CNN puts it -- and the way AllahPundit interprets it -- is that Boehner could be saved by Democrats, who would be part of the vote, and may prefer his incompetent leadership to a competent conservative's.

But I've heard some version of it where the vote takes place in the Republican caucus only.

I'll have to check on that.

Boehner clearly has to go. He cannot deliver for the Establishment -- he fails each time he tries to deliver political deliverables to the liberal anti-populists of the Establishment.

And he of course does not deliver to the conservative populists -- rather, what we ultimately pressure him into delivering unto us is Failure Theater, a dumbshow in which Republicans pretend to oppose Obama up until their scheduled capitulation.

We get all the pain of the media attacks on us for daring to oppose President Precious Perfect without actually opposing President Precious Perfect.

I don't think Confusius ever said Never leave a man who has staked his reputation on the claim that your plan will result in failure in charge of executing your plan, but he might have, if this celestial joyboy wasn't always obsessing about getting his weenie wet.

This is a case of being in the middle of the road where it's the most dangerous. Either deliver your deliverables to the Establishment elite, or deliver them to the populist rebels; but this shit by which you attempt to deliver to the Establishment, then fail, then go through the political damage of a shutdown without the political reward of a shutdown (that is, actual leverage over Obama), is, and please excuse my language here, For the Birds, and something only a (trigger alert) actual Bird Brain would support.

Here's a bit of trivia: I'm told the very best office in all of Washington DC is the Speaker of the House's office. It looks, via a wide and imperial balcony, over the national Mall.

A man might make a lot of decisions which are actually bad for his caucus to keep such a desirable blandishment.

A long time ago I read a trenchant criticism of McCain that always stuck with me. The writer (forget who) noted that there was indeed a "Reaganism" apart from the man himself -- that is, there were a series of propositions, ideas, and values which composed a freestanding "Reaganism" that was independent of the man himself.

But was there such a McCainism? No, of course not. There was nothing to any "McCainism" except the idea, dearly held by McCain and his hangers-on, that John McCain really ought to be in charge.

The same criticism obviously applies to Boehner. There is no "Boehnerism," no coherent "Boehner Agenda," apart from the very dubious proposition that Only One Man can lead the country and thus and so Providence has delivered unto us John Boehner.

Posted by Ace at 03:05 PM Comments

Australian Parachuter Has Grand Mal Epileptic Seizure Falling at 12,000 Feet Above the Earth

—Ace

The camera is mounted on one guy's helmet, and he largely keeps the camera trained on the other guy.

Keep your eye on that other guy; he's the one who has the seizure.

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Revealed: Painter of Official White House Portrait of Bill Clinton Says He Included Monica Lewinsky's Shadow in Portrait, As a Goof

—Ace

I did not want to write "portrait" twice in one sentence but what are you going to do.

What's done is done. Let's move on.

Aren't we all, in a way, to blame?


Man, that hands-on-hips, hips-bucked-forward is
kind of a giveaway now that it's pointed out


Philadelphia area painter Nelson Shanks cunningly included a shadow over the fireplace cast from a blue dress on a mannequin.

Shanks said painting Clinton was his hardest assignment because "he is probably the most famous liar of all time." So he added the nod to the Lewinsky scandal because it had cast a shadow over Clinton’s presidency.

If you look at the left-hand side of it there’s a mantle in the Oval Office and I put a shadow coming into the painting and it does two things. It actually literally represents a shadow from a blue dress that I had on a mannequin, that I had there while I was painting it, but not when he was there. It is also a bit of a metaphor in that it represents a shadow on the office he held, or on him.

He says Bill and Hillary Clinton are "aware" of the "symbolism" in the painting, and of course hate it.


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