Clinton_Hillary_pretty_in_orangeRead slowly, if you must, Mrs Clinton takes a Clinton crony, Bryan Pagliano, and puts on the public payroll to manage her supposed private email server.   When Mrs. Clinton resigns, Paglaino goes back on the Clinton family payroll, from Daily Caller:

The State Department IT worker who managed Hillary Clinton’s private email server while she was secretary of state will plead the Fifth Amendment if called to testify about his work on the Democratic presidential candidate’s mysterious email setup, his attorney informed the House Select Committee on Benghazi this week.

The committee subpoenaed Bryan Pagliano on Aug. 11, according to The Washington Post. In addition to testifying on Sept. 10, committee chairman Trey Gowdy asked Pagliano to produce documents related to the servers he managed on behalf of Clinton.

Evidently, the woman formerly known as the Smartest Woman in the World, never studied conflict of interest while she was a Yale Law School.    So why did Mrs. Clinton feel it was necessary to insert her political operative in the State Department technological support staff?  I assert it was done by Mrs. Clinton to facilitate the removal of classified information, for Mrs. Clinton’s personal convenience.  What say you?

Eric Florack on September 3rd, 2015

Here’s a bit of George Will from the archives

But Reagan is 63, and looks it. His hair is still remarkably free of gray, but around the mouth and neck he looks like an old man. He’s never demonstrated substantial national appeal. His hardcore support today consists primarily of the kamikaze conservatives who thought the 1964 Goldwater campaign was jolly fun. And there’s a reason to doubt that Reagan is well suited to appeal to the electorate that just produced a democratic landslide. If a Reagan third party would just lead the “Nixon was lynched” crowd away from the Republican party, and into outer darkness where there is a wailing and gnashing of teeth, it might be at worst a mixed course for the Republican party. It would cost the party some support, but it would make the party seem cleansed.”

So said George Will during the 79 80 election cycle.

Now, please understand before we go any further. This post is not specifically about George Will, but about a line of thinking that he represents here, and it’s one apparently has never recanted. His insistence in the 76 cycle for Gerald Ford to be the nominee, and his insipid in objections to Reagan’s campaign even them, are of an exact match with his current objection to anyone who dares be conservative these days. And understand, I do not consider any of the establishment GOP to be of the right.

And yes, we’re talking about his whining about Donald Trump.
Do I consider Donald Trump to be the next Ronald Reagan? No.

That said, I can’t help but notice that his comments as regards Trump and for that matter to a lesser degree Ted Cruz and so on are so close to match to his rhetoric during the 1980 cycle that one could easily substitute one for the other with a simple change of names and dates. Does anyone really suppose, that assuming Trump is moved out Of The Way by some event, that Will wouldn’t be breaking out his poison pen to use against the new non establishment frontrunner?

The fear that Will shows us when he mentions the 64 cycle and Goldwater, is a cancer among the GOP leadership, that has long since metastasized. Despite being shown that their fears are unfounded and being shown a specific path to victory, and an overwhelming victory at that, the GOP establishment is so wrapped up in its fears, that it refuses to actually be conservative. So deeply rooted are those fears, that it’s my belief that even assuming somebody like a Cruz is elected and ends up being a wildly successful president from a conservative point of view, those fears will never be put to rest.

If Reagan and his successes did not teach the GOP establishment the truth of the matter, simply repeating those successes under another name isn’t going to teach them either. Remember, gang, the GOP establishment wasn’t too happy about Reagan back in the day either. That’s how we ended up with Bush for a vice president. The leadership felt the ticket needed what they called balance. They thought Reagan was…. sing along together children…., “too conservative”.

So long as people like John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are running the show, the lesson will never be learned institutionally speaking.

To try and explain this, I’m going to draw a parallel from the Christian world, that I hope will give you a framework to understand my thought here. It has long been observed by Christian scholars that there is a large Delta between Christian doctrine and Christian tradition. So steeped in that tradition are many people that when it’s pointed out that that tradition runs directly afoul of Christian doctrine, and specifically the Bible, the tradition still thrives. It’s by far the easier path to lean on tradition then it is to actually examine the Bible to find the actual doctrine.

Alas, so it is with me GOP leadership. The rank and file of the GOP is by far more conservative than the leadership is, and has a better idea of what we are supposed to be about. The leadership is so wrapped up in its fearful traditions, that it stands no chance whatsoever to fight for the values they claim to support. Which, in turn, is how we end up with the John McCains the Mitt Romney’s and the Jeb Bush’s of the world. And how it is that we have a huge number of the of the rank and file sitting on their hands during every election cycle.

One can easily understand why the conservative gets disrespected by the GOP leadership. After all, they are being asked by the tenants of the conservatism to reject the use of the power that they have in their hands to “effect change”. It doesn’t take too many years for somebody with power in their hands to start seeing it as a good thing as opposed to the evil that needs to be controlled as the founders saw it. I suggest that this is precisely why the founders never foresaw the terror of multi-decade “service” in government. Do you know, that if there was a 12 year limit on service in Congress for example, was that over a half of the congressman and senators would have to go find themselves a real job?

Clearly the intent of the founders was to make sure that people coming into both houses of Congress would not be there long enough to become infected by the love of power. By the love of government power.

There’s something else, here too. The GOP establishment is deathly afraid of being seen as conservative, because they’re still shooting at the political center. Well, children, the political center is a myth. It does not exist in this country. Never has.

Consider the liberal reaction also to George W Bush, whom they compared to Adolf Hitler. And Bush wasn’t a conservative. Neither was his old man. Both of them wear at best centrists. Trust me when I tell you, that the left isn’t going to like this any less if we actually stand up for our beliefs.

Which brings me to my final point for this lesson. There’s a reason they don’t stand up for our beliefs, the leadership. It’s because they don’t believe in them. I’ll say this again, the GOP leadership needs to be replaced immediately.

We are now seeing indications that the GOP rank and file has had enough and is about to go nuclear on the leadership. 15 years ago I argued against such an eventuality. Its to the point now where I’m actually looking forward to it because I see it as the only way to save the GOP.

davidl on September 1st, 2015

It goes without saying that the best way to end talk of yet more gun control is to ask the hoplophobes, hello Geraldo Rivera, to give up their guns, video:

Nobody ever accused Rivera of either being very smart or basically honest.   For example, Rivera admits that his loudly proclaimed eighty-five thousand guns death since Sandyhook, include more suicides than homicides    Look, Geraldo suicide is a choice, not a problem   If you don’t like suicide, don’t commit it.  Now shut up.

More guns in the hands of law abiding citizens means less crime, from Breitbart

The NRA tweeted, “Since ’91, Americans have acquired over 170 million new firearms and violent crimes have declined by 51%.”

This information squares with the findings of a Congressional Research Service (CRS) study covering the slightly shorter period of time from 1994 to 2009. For those years, CRS found that Americans purchased approximately 118 million firearms, and the 1993 “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide” rate of 6.6 per 100,000 fell to 3.6 per 100,000 by the year 2000. It eventually fell all the way to 3.2 per 100,000 in 2011.

That is more than a 50 percent reduction in “firearm-related murder and non-negligent homicide.”

The only good gun control is the ability to hit at what you aim.

davidl on September 1st, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, from Deborah C. Tyler:

Unless you are referring to pronouns, never use the word “gender.” It is a harmful humanist hoax. There is no such thing as gender discrimination, only sex discrimination. If your tax dollars are going to support gender studies, you are being fleeced.

Hat tip:  American Thinker

davidl on September 1st, 2015

From the Department of Self-Congratulation, Nanny State advocate concludes Nanny State is good, from Fox News:

Regulating fast food kids’ meals that include toys may end up making the meals healthier, according to a new study.

If a proposed new policy in New York City is approved, then fast food meals that come with toys would contain fewer calories overall, and fewer from fat and sodium, researchers report.

“We can create policies that will nudge us toward healthier behaviors,” said senior author Marie Bragg, of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.

The proposed policy, which was introduced to the New York City Council, says fast food meals that come with a small toy must include a serving of fruit, vegetable or whole grain. The law would also limit meals with toys to no more than 500 calories, and it would place additional restrictions on fat and salt.

Mind you, everything the government has told you about food has been shown to be wrong.  But damn the facts, and full speed ahead with yet more government regulation.

davidl on August 29th, 2015

I doubt that Mrs. Clinton has any memory surfing the ‘Net and engaging in an on-line discussion.  For if such knowledge still resided in her brain cells, she would have never made such an amateur mistake, from Urban Dictionary, Godwin’s Law:

A term that originated on Usenet, Godwin’s Law states that as an online argument grows longer and more heated, it becomes increasingly likely that somebody will bring up Adolf Hitler or the Nazis. When such an event occurs, the person guilty of invoking Godwin’s Law has effectively forfieted the argument

Elian Gonzalez
From Daily Mail(UK}

And, she [Mrs. Clinton] said, continuing, ‘I find it the height of irony that a party which espouses small government, would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort, including perhaps, national guard and others, to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their work places, round them up, put them in, I don’t know, buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border.’

Master Gonzalez, then age six, was in our country legally and protected by court order, yet Clinton administration jack-booted thugs kidnapped Gonzalez at gun point in order send him back to Fidel Castro’s Cuba.  No one was ever prosecuted for the Gonzalez  kidnapping.

Hat tip and BSWK, Kate, Small Dead Animals.

Lucky for what these estimated eleven million wetbacks, Mrs. Clinton only appears interested in arresting legal immigrants.

Note to Mrs. Clinton, removing some eleven million illegal aliens and sending back to their homes in Mexico, or where ever, is not analogous to yanking over six million Jews from their home to send the to death camps.   At least not in the mind of a sane person.

davidl on August 28th, 2015

Clinton_Hillary_pretty_in_orange Maybe in her younger days, before all her brain trauma, Mrs. Clinton was smart enough to distinguish real terrorism from opposition to her particular political agenda. Yet I digress,for even if Mrs. Clinton once could, she is no longer capable, from Buzz Feed:

During a speech in Cleveland Thursday, Hillary Clinton compared her Republican challengers’ views on women to those of terrorist groups.

“Marco Rubio brags about wanting to deny victims of rape and incest access to health care, to abortion. Jeb Bush says Planned Parenthood shouldn’t get a penny. Your governor right here in Ohio banned state funding for some rape crisis centers because they sometimes refer women to other health facilities that do provide abortions,” Clinton said.

“I would like these Republican candidates to look a mom in the eye who caught her breast cancer early because she was able to get a screening for cancer. Or the teenager who didn’t get pregnant because she had access to contraception. Or anyone who’s ever been protected by an HIV test.

Mean while back in the real world, from Daily Mail(UK)

ISIS executes 19 girls for refusing to have sex with fighters as UN envoy reveals how sex slaves are ‘peddled like barrels of petrol’

The women refused to practice ‘sexual jihad’, a Kurdish official has claimed
He also claimed money, distribution of women has created a rift within ISIS
ISIS published ‘price list’ of captured Yazidi, Christian sex slaves last year
UN envoy verified the document as genuine after spending time in region

The same woman who gave us the Cold War Redux, with her inane reset button, now fancies herself as capable of leading the Free World.   Spare me.

Eric Florack on August 27th, 2015

Ran this one by Billy at his place a short while ago..,

Billy, I’m still chewing on the comments you made what, almost two weeks ago now? …. about the Planned Parenthood tapes, and with the additional tapes that are now out, there was a quote that popped into my mind that I couldn’t quite identify.

I’m sure you know how it is, you get a little snippet going, and for some reason can’t seem to make the rest of it in your memory.

Understand, that the search for this quote was being driven by the need to describe what we see in those videos as simply one more attempt at dehumanization have a certain class of human being. We’ve seen it several times in the past, & I believe I posted a graphic that describes that.

The quote comes from Viktor Frankl, he a death camp survivor. Says Frankl…

The gas chambers of Auschwitz were the ultimate consequence of the theory that man is nothing but the product of heredity and environment–or, as the Nazi liked to say, of ‘Blood and Soil.’ I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some Ministry or other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”

What about that quote cannot be applied directly to what we are now witness to in those videos?

I totally understand that these moral midgets consider that they are operating in the interest of the greater good. That said I offer a challenge. Can anyone name a historical atrocity where in the perpetrators weren’t operating under that illusion?

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To this I will add the graphics that I posted a while back.

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Then we have the specter of mrs. Clinton today telling us that she feels that pro-life people are terrorists. Or worse than terrorists. Then again, I don’t think there’s very many people anymore who don’t have a firm understanding of mrs. Clinton’s lack of a moral soul. The most recent video has representatives from Planned Parenthood describing glibly to each other about shipping severed heads through the US mail. And mrs. Clinton fully supports these animals.

I fear that history will judge us severely, and correctly, as being the most barbarous in history. Given human history, that’s saying something.

Will get into discussing the motivations for this tomorrow, but I think I’ve given you enough tonight to think about.

davidl on August 27th, 2015
Photo by Adam Ward

Photo by Adam Ward

The perpetually enraged, black, homosexual Obama supporter, and the murder of Alison Parker and Adam Ward, Vester Flanagan is dead, to be missed only by CNN, which will be deprived of going 24/7 on his murder trial.

I pose a question, why does our media continue make celebrities of a mass murders and yet purport to be puzzled when mentally unstable young men resort to murder to become celebrities, even if only the postmortem kind?  No film at eleven.

Hat tip and more, Amy Miller, Legal Insurrection:

This morning, Virginia reporter Alison Parker and her cameraman Adam Ward lost their lives after a former co-worker ambushed their live shot with his own camera and a handgun. The attack was aired on live TV, horrifying both their colleagues, and viewers of the WDBJ’s early morning show.

Ward managed to capture footage of the shooting before falling to the ground; things went dark on the broadcast, but his camera caught a shot of the gunman.

Black, homosexual, Obama supporter, Loretta Lynch gets to take this case off.

davidl on August 27th, 2015

Peggy Hubbard is not the first person with this message, nor even the first black. Ben Carson has similar, if more eloquent thought. However, Ms Hubbard does offer the message with the primal passion of a momma grizzly. Enjoy the video”

Hat tip: Darleen Click, Protein Wisdom

davidl on August 25th, 2015

Wannabe president Bernie Sanders is not willing to defend his own microphone. Is there any doubt that he would likewise refuse to defend our national borders. In contrast, Donald Trump believes in national borders. Jorge Ramos, a democrat operative, posing as Univision reporter, does not believe that the United States should have a national border. Trump showed Ramos how to treat a political operative who tries to hijack a press conference, video:

I quibble, Trump told Ramos to go back to Univision.  He should have asked him to go back to Mexico.

Eric Florack on August 25th, 2015

Well look at it this way. At least Ashley Madison had better web security than the Obamacare website. And probably cost about 2 billion less to create.

Eric Florack on August 25th, 2015

In the end, Ashley Madison is simply a modification of the age old dance of trying to avoid consequences under the illusion that it’s possible.

I will suggest among other things that there is much in the way of social legislation that operates on the same principle. That consequences for both one’s actions and attitudes can be avoided. What, in the end, is abortion after all, but precisely that? What is the universal Wage that the left has been trying to move us toward? The removal of the consequences of lack of training lack of effort , lack of ambition. What is the liberalisation of the divorce process but the attempt to remove the consequences of it? Those are just a few examples.

In the end, everything has a cost. And, this data breach is a reminder of that point.

davidl on August 25th, 2015

Dean  Wormer Old Dominion University, has a problem.   Some person, or persons, who may or may not be male and who may or may not be students at Old Dominion University may have a sense of irony and let it their sense of humor get the better of them, from Fox News:

The national office of the Sigma Nu fraternity suspended all activities at its Old Dominion University chapter Monday as it opened an investigation into three sexually suggestive banners that were hung from the front porch of the group’s off-campus house over the weekend.

“The Fraternity condemns the derogatory and demeaning language used on the banners,” the fraternity’s executive director Brad Beacham said in a statement. “Such language has no place in our Fraternity or within any caring community, such as that of ODU.” Beacham vowed that any fraternity members deemed responsible for what he called the “reprehensible display” would be held accountable.

Dean Wormer could complain about this would be student coarsening the culture at ODU, is only ODU did not present the Vagina Monologues yearly:

The Vagina Monologues 2014

ODU VDAY 2014 is proud to present the annual benefit production of “The Vagina Monologues” which celebrates women’s sexuality and strength through wit and grace. All proceeds raised will support VDAY’s Spotlight Campaign and our community partner, Response of the YWCA, to end violence against women and girls.

Dean Wormer gets all upset than an apparently heterosexual male(men) were trolling for willing heterosexual females.  Oh the same.  Yet the Vagina Monologues celebrates rape of minors, albeit, female predication of females below the age of consent.   So in the spirit of helpfulness, here are edit and politically correct versions of the bed sheets.

  • “Rowdy and fun hope your baby girl boy is ready for a good time…”
  • “Freshman daughter son drop off”, with an arrow pointing to the house’s front door
  • “Go ahead and drop off mom younger brother too…”

Dean Wormer, and Old Dominion are simply not in the position to lecture anybody on sexual morality.

Note, Social Justice Warriors believe that while women are strong enough to be Army Rangers, they to too delicate to handle a inept invitation for sex.  Go figure.

davidl on August 23rd, 2015

Clinton_Hillary_pretty_in_orangeEric wandered into the cesspool that is Mrs. Clinton.   I don’t suggest this is the total answer to Eric question, but is does illuminate Mrs. Clinton’s thought process, such as it is.   Part of Mrs. Clinton ignoring of security requirements was her need to keep her  pet snake Sidney “Sid Vicious” Blumenthal. On 19 May, Paul Mirengoff, wrote about a New York Slimes piece of Blumenthal, from Powerline:

The New York Times presents an account of Sidney Blumenthal’s memos to Hillary Clinton concerning Libya. For the benefit of our younger readers and those with short memories, I should say that during Bill Clinton’s presidency, Blumenthal was probably the slimiest of Team Clinton’s operatives, earning the nickname Sid Vicious.

For example, according to Christopher Hitchens, once Blumenthal’s good friend, vicious Sid spread defamatory stories about Monica Lewinsky. Hitchens swore in an affidavit that Blumenthal had told him this. Blumenthal denied both smearing Lewinsky and admitting it to Hitchens.

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Blumenthal reprised his role as Clinton hatchet man during the 2008 campaign. Team Obama came to despise Blumenthal so much that President Obama barred Hillary Clinton from giving him a spot at the State Department.

Which brings us to 2011 and Libya. According to the New York Times account, a group of U.S. businessmen who hoped to do business in post-Qaddafi Libya retained Blumenthal. From all that appears, the Clintons’ hatchet man had zero experience with Libya or with the businesses the Americans hoped to establish there.

Plainly, Blumenthal was retained because of his connection to Secretary of State Clinton. The Times points out that the projects contemplated by the U.S. businessmen — creating hospitals and building schools — would have required State Department sign off (but they never got that far).

The Obama regimes barred Blumenthal, from Swampy Bottom, a/k/a the State Department. As Mrs. Clinton was not allowed to legally include Blumenthal in the security loop, she ignored inconvenient regulations and simply passed government secrets to her personal adviser.

Blumenthal was likely not the sole reason Mrs. Clinton created her home brewed internet system, but does illustrate her mindset, such as it is. To think, people used to call Mrs. Clinton, the Smartest Woman in the World. No more.