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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Email Scandal: Bad Day For The Hildebeest, A Good Day For U.S.
[InvestorsBusinessDaily] Corruption: The third installment of released emails fell hard Friday on the Hillary Clinton campaign. If her candidacy lasts until the end of the summer, there's much more wrong with this country than we thought.

Friday had to be an extraordinarily trying day for the Democratic front-runner. On the same day she releases a letter from her doctor saying she is fit to run for president, the latest tranche of emails showed that she is not fit to hold office.

Even before the 2,000 pages containing 1,300 emails were dumped, the McClatchy newspaper chain was reporting that classified emails stored on the former secretary of state's private server held "information from five U.S. intelligence agencies."

It also included "material related to the fatal 2012 Benghazi attacks."

An evening earlier, the Washington Times reported the intelligence community was preparing for the possibility that Clinton's private email account was filled with "hundreds of revelations of classified information" that could damage national security
...have already damaged is more likely, with regard to national security. The impact on the former Secretary of State's political career is what is under threat...
if not contained. These accounts, of course, are in direct contradiction to Clinton's previous statement she never handled classified material on her private email.

That statement was wrecked again by the Friday release of the emails. Much of the material from this third batch was redacted, indicating that it is classified. Maybe some were marked as classified just before release and well after they were sent. But all? Not likely.

Some of the more interesting emails of the ones that could be read included:

* Clinton's admission that "damn I am getting old."

* A note from aide Huma Abedin telling Clinton that Defense Secretary Robert Gates' "office just called to say they needed call to be secure" -- apparently sent and read with no thought that Clinton's email server needed to be secure, as well.

* An email from a State Department official complimenting Clinton on the coat she wore when landing in Kabul. Another said "she looked great in that blue outfit" she was wearing while saying some "gutsy" and "needed" things about Pakistan.

No, it was not a good end to the week for Clinton.

But after recent developments, perhaps a bad day for her is a good day for the country. Based on her record and her shambolic campaign, a Clinton return to the White House would take the country deeper into the malaise of the past 6-1/2 years.

Sure, there are worse possibilities. Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is one, and he's certain to become the Democratic front-runner if the Clinton campaign succumbs to scandal. But we doubt Sanders' appeal will go beyond the zealots who now back him. We don't think it would be taking a risk to say he's unelectable.

Vice President Joe Biden is another possibility. He could take Clinton's spot. Yes, he's more electable than Sanders. But he's not quite as far left as Clinton. That's to America's advantage, small though it might be.

Don't count Clinton out until she's gone. She has the favor of the press and the minds of devotees who would vote for her even if the emails showed she wants to establish Shariah law here. That's what scares us.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [185 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I can't help but think her campaign is a distraction.
Posted by: gorb || 08/02/2015 4:08 Comments || Top||

#2  The word you want is "Disaster".
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/02/2015 6:03 Comments || Top||

#3  No RJ, gorb could be right. The question is a distraction from what?

I've never been a member of the tin-foil hat brigade but the list of things this could be a distraction for is long and contains some really frightening things.

My imagination runneth over.
Posted by: AlanC || 08/02/2015 9:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Not-so-odd thing: Sanders is getting the support of the young, the harder-left, the higher-ed types, the gays, and they all tend to be white.

Rodham, on the other hand, is being supported by the more traditional elements of the Democratic Party, such as unions and minorities, The money-changers are also lining up behind her (as well as a certain ex-guv from Florida.)
Posted by: Pappy || 08/02/2015 9:50 Comments || Top||

#5  Quick! Someone kill another Lion!
Posted by: CrazyFool || 08/02/2015 9:55 Comments || Top||

#6  If it weren't for Friday afternoons we'd never find out what was happening.
Posted by: Matt || 08/02/2015 10:12 Comments || Top||

#7  Saunders' appeal to the young is to a large degree due to his appearance of honesty. Heck, that appeals to me too, and I'm far from young. He says the same thing in the same accent regardless of audience, and we know where he stands, even if we disagree, which is rare these days. I even find an issue or two where I even agree with him - e.g. 'Too big to fail is too big to be', but unfortunately he cannot comprehend that the logic applies to government as well as banks.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/02/2015 10:16 Comments || Top||

#8  >'Too big to fail is too big to be', but unfortunately he cannot comprehend that the logic applies to government as well as banks.

Since governments control the volume of credit in the economy via reserve ratios, the too big government caused the too big banks.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/02/2015 11:11 Comments || Top||

#9  Someone somewhere was stripping classification markings from documents and electronic communications and using cut and paste to send unmarked emails to Hildy. That person(s) is the key to getting this into a rolling prosecution of all of the top tier of the Clinton Machine. Don't tell me that a CART Team of the FBI can't work this if unleashed.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 08/02/2015 13:03 Comments || Top||

#10  Agree with Glenmore, Sanders is borderline commie, but he's honest. Amazing what honest can do.
Posted by: Shipman || 08/02/2015 13:54 Comments || Top||

#11  On the same day she releases a letter from her doctor saying she is fit to run for president

That ain't sayin anything. You can buy a doctor to say whatever you want these days. I want an independent, non-lying, honest, Constitutional loving psychiatrist to speak out. This woman is a narcissistic power hungry, lying leftist who believes the end justifies the means. She will only finish the job Obama started of dismantling this country.
Posted by: JohnQC || 08/02/2015 15:08 Comments || Top||

Africa Subsaharan
Saving Niger’s Uranium Before Boko Haram Gets It
Things I hadn't thought about #47,013,225. Key bits:
[Spectator] Since February, Niger’s army has been battling Boko Haram
... not to be confused with Procol Harum, Harum Scarum, possibly to be confused with Helter Skelter. The Nigerian version of al-Qaeda and the Taliban rolled together and flavored with a smigeon of distinctly Subsaharan ignorance and brutality...
in its Diffa region. It borders Nigeria's northeastern region where Boko Haram is trying to establish an Islamic state. This terrorist organization has killed more than 15,000 people and created 1.5 million refugees, some 100,000 of which are in Niger.

Niger's government has declared a state of emergency in Diffa. If Boko Haram could establish a base there, it would be within striking range of Niger's Agadez region. The country's uranium output is produced from three Agadez mines. Boko Haram, which has declared allegiance to the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not really Moslems....
, must not be allowed to control one of the world's largest reserves of uranium ore.

In Van Hipp's recent book, The New Terrorism, he proposes we help Niger deplete its uranium reserves before bandidos Lions of Islam can get them. The author is a friend and his efforts to bring attention to this issue are commendable.

This idea may take years to complete and Hipp believes we should coordinate with the French since French companies work in two of the main uranium mines. The third is run by the Chinese. The Chinese should be cooperative due to their long-term demand for energy.

We must also work with other G7 countries to push for economic aid to Niger in order to get them to extract as much uranium as possible. Intelligence cooperation against Boko Haram from Nigeria and potential Tuareg separatists in the north will also be crucial. Niger is one of the world's poorest countries. Uranium is its leading export. Our allies and we must make sure it's sold to the right people and that Niger has a way to safely keep the proceeds.
I don't know if safely keep the proceeds is possible for a reasonably corrupt, very poor Third World country... And then there's this:
If all politics is local in the United States, all politics in Africa is tribal. Van Hipp explains how Niger has experienced rebellions from Tuaregs in northern Niger where the uranium mines are located. The Tuareg are a Berber people, who have waged separatist rebellions in both Mali and Niger. The most recent one in Mali ended with a ceasefire a few months ago. We must not wait for another Tuareg rebellion before working to deplete Niger's stockpile.

Boko Haram is also a tribal phenomenon, as well as Islamic. Both the founder of Boko Haram, Mohammed Yusuf, and its current leader, Abubakar Shekau, are from the Kanuri tribe. While the Hausa and Fulani tribes make up much of the Moslem elite in Nigeria, the Kanuri are marginalized and live in the Borno State, its poorest area.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2015 08:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [33 views] Top|| File under: Boko Haram

#1  Miss that colonial era yet?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/02/2015 15:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Could the Uranium reserves actually be the Boko Haram end game with all of this terrorism???

Funny that makes more sense than their slaughter of thousands of Muslims in random attacks and their senseless scorched earth behavior.

So who benefits from having the Uranium reserves in the hands of an organization possibly more brutal and fanatical than ISIS?
Posted by: Bill Clinton || 08/02/2015 16:04 Comments || Top||

Document: Chinese Military Strategy
For the first time, China has publicly revealed parts of its Chinese Military Strategy white paper. The document, outlining a new policy of "active defense," was released by the Chinese Ministry of National Defense on May 26, 2015.
Posted by: ryuge || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [102 views] Top|| File under:

David P. Goldberg: Trump Deserves a Darwin Award
[PJ Media] My inbox is full of emails touting Donald Trump's "Time to Get Tough" book, now with Rush Limbaugh's endorsement. He blames most of America's problems on a "tidal wave" of illegal Hispanic immigrants and unfair Chinese trade practices. He reminds me of H.L. Mencken's classic one-liner: "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong." One might add, "dangerous," because Trump appeals to our desire to blame someone else for problems we created. If you want something to worry about, have a look at the math questions that Chinese high school students have to answer to qualify for college admission. Let's review the facts.
Goldberg attacks the consumer as well as messengers Trump and Limbaugh. Nicely done, if you can find a believer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2015 05:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [109 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Funny thing is, these Chinese that Goldberg enjoys telling us are so much smarter than we are are have been aggressively protectionist for the last forty years.

Everything they do is smart, but if we want to do the same things we're stupid?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 08/02/2015 9:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Too many nuanced credentialed thinkers never heard of the Gordan Knot. Remember these are the same 'thinkers' who believed that by integrating China into the world economy they'd give up thousands of years of aggressive culturally based nationalism.

BTW, I was taught by the esteem credentialed lecturers that the tariffs and trade restrictions of the 20s and 30s were a contributing cause of and/or the extension of the effects of the Great Depression. Given by the employment metrics of the 30s we are in a Depression and do not have similar trade obstructions, maybe its time the 'conventional' wisdom be reexamined as instead of thinking about importing goods in trade, it's time to think of exporting unemployment.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2015 10:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Does he mention that immigration from the low productivity people will
a) reduce wages for those aboriginal inhabitants of a similar productivity to the migrants, thus making higher profits for employers.
b) increase rents making the cost of living for inhabitants higher while those who live off rents will be richer.

Only someone being deliberately ignorant of basic economics could say immigration was cost free. So I assume he's lying by ommision because he's in the group that benefits from the subsidy caused by not charging migrants for the right to work.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 08/02/2015 10:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Everything they do is smart, but if we want to do the same things we're stupid?

I wonder if he and Tom Friedman trade dim sum recipes?
Posted by: Pappy || 08/02/2015 13:04 Comments || Top||

#5  and dey smell funny
Posted by: Shipman || 08/02/2015 14:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Remember, he's a Wall Street guy first, last and always. Wall Street is all in on free-for-all immigration.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2015 15:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Goldberg or Golman? Who the hell is this guy?

McCain called Trump's supporters crazies and Goldberg is calling them simpletons. As far as I'm concerned his answers are the ones that are a little too easy because they don't answer anything at all.

So Goldberg is a pillar of wisdom? First of all he presents these charts purporting to show that illegal immigration from Mexico is less now than it was before 2008. His source is the Pew Hispanic Center and I never heard of them either. So, right off the bat, he has a credibility problem.

Besides, the border is still wide open. Drugs and illegals are still flowing freely. A lady in San Francisco was recently murdered by an illegal alien and a drug lord who just escaped from a Mexican jail has threatened to assassinate Trump. How many months ago was it that we had that little Children's Crusade? You want some anecdotal evidence? Try visiting a school or a hospital emergency room in southern California. You better learn Spanish.

Then he says the Chinese are intellectually superior to us and besides, the growth in trade with China has slowed. Oh yeah? Who invented the Internet? Which country put the first men on the moon? But maybe they are smarter because these days you simply cannot buy a computer that wasn't made in China. Go to a Target, WalMart, Macy's or any other store of your choosing and try to find an item that wasn't made in China. Well, you can. But you'll have to look pretty hard.

But no. I don't blame the Chinese or the Mexicans. I blame crooked morons like McCain and Goldberg for saying that anyone who wants to do something about it is either crazy or a simpleton.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 08/02/2015 15:44 Comments || Top||

#8  It's Goldman, or Spengler, if you wish...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 08/02/2015 18:09 Comments || Top||

The Grand Turk
Suicidal Turkey
[Hurriyet Daily News] Why do we do this? Is it that we like to torture ourselves? Is it that we like pain? Are we masochists who strive for sorrow, pain, humiliation, destruction, poverty, violence and death? Do we have such low self-esteem that whenever we are near to some form of happiness, we sabotage ourselves?

Why on earth do we love lies and lying politicians so much? Why do we credit hypocrisy so much? Why are we so attached to power, our positions, seats and political supremacy that we miss the essentials? Is it a disorder that goes back to the Ottoman times when the sultan was always right?

Are we not able to see what "the state" is actually doing? We have been indoctrinated, since our childhood, to worship our state, its inseparable integrity and we grew up to be ready to sacrifice our lives in order not to give one inch of the homeland... Do we see now, how this thinking brought us to these days?
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Posted by: Fred || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [161 views] Top|| File under:

#1  1. Koran
2. Protocals of the elders of Zion
3. Mein Kompf

Any questions Turkey?
Posted by: newc || 08/02/2015 2:00 Comments || Top||

#2  I read of early christianity,it occured th same way, we survived the start, will moslemism survive the next 300 years (We have better weapons now, we can destroy it sooner if needed)
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/02/2015 6:00 Comments || Top||

#3  Why on earth do we love lies and lying politicians so much?
Certainly not unique to Turkey. The answer is we don't believe they are lies, because we want them to be true.
Posted by: Glenmore || 08/02/2015 10:19 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Count Galeazzo Slineting3327 || 08/02/2015 15:04 Comments || Top||

Mark Levin: Republican Leaders '€˜Smother' The '€˜Few Voices Of Liberty' In Congress
[Daily Caller] Talk show host and bestselling author Mark Levin believes the "ineffective" leadership of congressional Republicans is alienating conservatives and pushing some of them to embrace Donald Trump.

In the first installment of a three-part interview with The Daily Caller over his new book, "Plunder and Deceit," Levin shared his views on the latest actions of the Republican-controlled Congress and how it's affecting presidential politics.

In his opinion, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell knocking down Sen. Ted Cruz's amendments to a highway bill -- which included measures to defund Planned Parenthood and the Export-Import Bank -- Sunday night was Washington at its worst.

"Those who are paying attention and are informed would be more repulsed by what McConnell, Lamar Alexander, Orin Hatch, John Cornyn et al. have done to the few voices of liberty in the Senate," Levin told The Daily Caller. "They smother them and try to silence them and then go to liberal media outlets to trash them."
Posted by: Besoeker || 08/02/2015 05:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Talk show host and bestselling author Mark Levin believes the "ineffective" leadership of congressional Republicans

Oh, I don't know...I think they're pretty effective at doing they actually want to do.
Posted by: charger || 08/02/2015 12:25 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
The State GOP Wave
[CityJournal] Republican governors and local lawmakers push back against Obama-era progressivism with an array of pro-growth policies.
In pondering the state of the Republican party as we meander toward the next presidentil election, I found this typically long and thorough City Journal article very comforting. I could wish to read something comfortng about the Democratic party, but I have no expectations in that direction.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [83 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Get 3/4 of the state governments and you can not only call a Constitutional Convention, you can control it, and take home amendments you can subsequently pass regardless of the Big City controlled states.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 08/02/2015 10:10 Comments || Top||

#2  And yet, Obama has had more success promulgating his policies and solidifying his gains than at any time since the passage of Obamacare.

At this rate, any more Republican officeholders, and we'll all be living on kolkhozy or working on the White Sea Canal.
Posted by: charger || 08/02/2015 12:22 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
Congress must demand the Iran/ Al Qaeda documents
Posted by: ryuge || 08/02/2015 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under:

#1  MUST

This means MUST
Posted by: newc || 08/02/2015 2:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Yup, then what?
They won't provide them.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 08/02/2015 5:53 Comments || Top||

Israel’s Choice: Conventional War Now, or Nuclear War Later
By Norman Podhoretz
Key paragraphs:
[WSJ] Unfortunately, however, I am unable to escape the conclusion that Mr. Obama is right when he dismisses as a nonstarter the kind of “better deal” his critics propose. Nor, given that the six other parties to the negotiations are eager to do business with Iran, could these stringent conditions be imposed if the U.S. were to walk away without a deal. The upshot is that if the objective remains preventing Iran from getting the bomb, the only way to do so is to bomb Iran.

The brutal truth is that the actual alternatives before us are not Mr. Obama’s deal or war. They are conventional war now or nuclear war later. John Kerry recently declared that Israel would be making a “huge mistake” to take military action against Iran. But Mr. Kerry, as usual, is spectacularly wrong. Israel would not be making a mistake at all, let alone a huge one. On the contrary, it would actually be sparing itself—and the rest of the world—a nuclear conflagration in the not too distant future.
Posted by: trailing wife || 08/02/2015 09:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

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