Thursday, May 21, 2015

Whoops-a-daisy!

Washington Post: "Clinton Foundation reveals up to $26 million in additional payments."
The Clinton Foundation reported Thursday that it has received as much as $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups.
The disclosure came as the foundation faced questions over whether it fully complied with a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal its donors and whether any of its funding sources present conflicts of interest for Hillary Rodham Clinton as she begins her presidential campaign.
You know, for an operation that shelled out $50 million in travel expenses since 2003, you'd think they could hire a few accountants to keep track of all the illegal contributions.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ruins about to be ruined

NY Times: "ISIS Fighters Seize Control of Syrian City of Palmyra, and Ancient Ruins."  "Control of Palmyra gives the Islamic State command of roads leading from its strongholds in eastern Syria to Damascus and the other major cities of the populated west, as well as new links to western Iraq, the other half of its self-declared caliphate."

Arrests in "Oceans Eleven" heist

Remember those guys who rappelled down an elevator shaft to steal from a bank vault?  BBC: "Hatton Garden raid: Nine men arrested."

Unclear on the concept

Hot Air: "Disgrace: 51% of Democrats, 37% of Republicans support making “hate speech” a crime."

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

You're not going to believe this but Hillary lied about her emails

Hot Air highlights a story from the New York Times about how Clinton flunky Sydney Blumenthal used his position in the Clinton Foundation to influence policy in Libya.  Remember Libya?  "NYT: Banned from State Dep’t, Clinton Foundation crony advised Hillary on Libya anyway — while pursuing business there; Update: Another e-mail lie."

If you read the story, it seems that the Blumenthal emails were obtained by a hacker.  But wait!  Weren't we told by Hillary that relevant policy emails were printed out while irrelevant emails about yoga workouts were wiped clean?  Are the Blumenthal emails part of the Hillary email dump?  Don't bet on it, because Hillary set up a separate email address for Blumenthal:
Nice catch by the GOP, noting that some of Hillary’s exchanges with Blumenthal come from the e-mail address “hrod17@clintonemail.com.” Two months ago, Hillary’s office issued a statement claiming that she only used one e-mail address during her time at State, the “hdr22″ address. Her lawyer, in response to a specific question about the “hrod17″ e-mail address, claimed flat out that that address didn’t exist until after she’d stepped down as secretary. Today’s e-mail revelation proves him wrong. Did Hillary lie to her staff and her attorney about that or did they lie for her? How many other “nonexistent” addresses did she use to try to keep her communications away from State Department and GOP investigations?
Every day is like pulling another layer from the onion.

Extra - Vodkapundit: "Hillary Clinton belongs in jail."

More - From Gateway Pundit.

And this - Commentary: "While Democrats may continue to dismiss all questions about the propriety of this sordid tale, even many liberal partisans must be beginning to wonder about what sort of person it is that they are trying to put back into the White House."

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Can't post

Watching "Mad Men."

I hope Don makes it back to his family and redemption.  We'll see.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Saturday morning flashback

Biased George

Victor Davis Hanson: "George Stephanopoulos’s Clinton Foundation Hypocrisy Is Staggering."  "The problem with George Stephanopoulos’s Clinton-gate mess is that his own words prove him to be both a bully and a hypocrite, as well as abjectly unethical."

I think this is an opportunity for the Right to finally acknowledge its adversarial relationship with the mainstream media.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Death for Tsarnaev

I have to say that I was surprised.  I thought for sure there would be one person on the Boston jury who would hold out for life imprisonment.  By all accounts, Tsarnaev was cold as a fish during the trial.

Shopping out stories

WashPost: "Dear ABC News PR: Tell us you didn’t shaft the Washington Free Beacon."

Captain Awesome strikes again!

I was reading this article by Michelle Malkin about the disintegrating Obamacare exchanges and was blown away by this paragraph:
At a recent White House science fair celebrating inventors, a Girl Scout who helped design a Lego-powered page-turning device asked President Obama what he had ever thought up or prototyped. Stumbling for an answer, he replied: “I came up with things like, you know, health care.”
"Suck on THAT, little Susie!  Your plastic bricks are crap next to health care!"

Seriously, what's wrong with this guy?  Was it so hard to give Susie her moment in the sun?  Is his ego so fragile that he couldn't let it go without trying to one-up an eight-year-old?  Apparently not:
With the sand running out on the Obama presidency, it’s finally dawning on the president’s friends and fans that he can be a real jerk.
Oh yeah!?!  Know who's a real jerk?  Susie and her page-turning Legos.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Germanwings in Philadelphia

This does not sound good at all: "NTSB: Amtrak train sped up before crash."
Right before its fatal derailment on Tuesday night, Amtrak Train 188 accelerated significantly as it approached the Frankford Junction curve, the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday.
In barely a minute, its speed jumped from 70 m.p.h. to 102 m.p.h. three seconds before the crash, said NTSB member Robert Sumwalt at a news briefing. The speed limit in that area is 50 m.p.h.
This story implausibly says it's "unclear" whether the engineer accelerated manually.  I happen to know a little bit about a train throttle from family experience and it's not unclear at all.  It's not like passing out in your car and mashing the accelerator with your right foot.  All the controls in a train engine are designed to cut off power if the engineer is somehow incapacitated.  The throttle needs to be applied.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pass the popcorn

In case you missed it today, the Senate failed to move forward with Obama's trade agenda due entirely to opposition from his own party.  A couple of hours before the vote, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank wrote of Obama: "Why he's in danger of losing."

Here's why: Obama doesn't deign to explain his position and convince even members of own party to his point of view.  There is no principled opposition: only sheer stupidity and base politics practiced by everybody else.
Instead of coming clean, Obama prefers to inform fellow Democrats that he’s the smartest guy in the room. “Some folks are just opposed to trade deals out of principle, a reflexive principle,” Obama told an audience at Nike headquarters in Oregon on Friday. “If you’re opposed to these smart, progressive trade deals, then that means you must be satisfied with the status quo,” he added, also suggesting critics are stuck in the 1993 NAFTA fight, when “I was just getting out of law school.”

Then, with Bai, he mocked those who would “deal with climate change by shutting down global trade,” and he derided Warren as “a politician like everybody else” and one who is “absolutely wrong.” Warren’s arguments “don’t stand the test of fact and scrutiny,” he said.
Oh Dana, it's precious that you think this is a new thing.  The only reason this is newsworthy is because Obama is aiming his standard vitriol at Democrats.  And how!
Mr. Obama’s tirades on trade have included accusations that these liberal Democrats are ignorant about trade policy, insincere when offering their opinions, motivated by politics and not the national interest, and backward looking towards the past. Obama’s repeated attacks against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), in which he charged that Warren’s concern about the trade bill is motivated not by a reasoned view of what is right for America but by her personal political motivations, is one of the most dishonest and repellant examples of character assassination and contempt by any American president, against any leading member of his own party, in my lifetime.
As I've said before, if you want to understand Obama's modus operandi, look at everything through the prism of his own vanity.  By dismissing opposing viewpoints, he confirms his own wonderful resolve and principled leadership against all those jerks who are probably getting paid by the Koch Brothers.  And Fox News.

Speaking of which: when you can't debate worth a damn, break out the straw men:
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more stunningly brazen example of Obama’s preferred debating tactic than this. The president just loves erecting slanderous straw men in order to reject a “false choice” that precisely no one is suggesting in favor of a more reasonable course. This is a prime example of his compulsive need to engage in that manner of juvenile self-flattery.
Yup.  If you want to understand why virtually all the Gulf State leaders are snubbing Captain Fantastic's Camp David jamboree, here's why:
There are two reasons for the boycott.

The first is that the “key Arab allies” already know that Obama, who genuinely believes he is always right, does not listen to anybody.
Everybody knows, dude.