A. Schow; Granny will not answer questions from the press (and they love her anyway)

Instead, Clinton has avoided the press (and even Americans until last week, as her first public appearance in 2015 was a month earlier in Canada), and only emerged for two speeches in two friendly venues. The first was to women in tech who say discrimination is the reason for fewer women going into the industry. The second was to EMILY’s List, a group dedicated to getting pro-abortion choice Democratic women elected.
She did not take questions from the general press either.
Nor did she address any of her current scandals in either speech.

via Why can’t Hillary Clinton take questions from the press | WashingtonExaminer.com.

LM laser can stop a truck from over a mile away

For the purposes of the test, the truck had its engine and drive train running, although the vehicle itself was up on props. Rather than causing the engine to explode, as per Hollywood, the truck was simply rendered unable to move. Reading between the lines, perhaps Lockheed believes that the gear will be a useful, potentially non-lethal precaution against explosive vehicles being driven, at speed, towards infrastructure points, guard towers or military bases.
ATHENA is based on Lockheed’s earlier ADAM system, which was designed to shoot down enemy rockets while in mid-air. This time out, the hardware used a technique called “spectral beam combining,” which involves taking multiple laser modules and pointing them in the same place to create a single, powerful, high-quality laser beam. Now, feel free to disagree with us, but doesn’t that sound an awful lot like how the Death Star’s main weapon worked?

via Lockheed Martin’s laser can stop a truck from over a mile away.

5 Sided War: Iraq / Iran (Qods Force) / Daeshi / US /Shiite militias

The Iraqi Security Forces, supported by several Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Sunni tribal fighters, have launched an offensive to retake Tikrit from the Islamic State, which has held the central Iraqi city since June 2014. Massive columns of Shiite militas, including some groups that are listed by the US as Foreign Terrorist Organizations, have been leading the fight in Tikrit.

The operation, which involves more than thirty thousand Iraqi security personnel and militia forces, started on the morning of March 2. According to Al Jazeera, Iraqi forces and allied militias attacked the city from three sides while Iraqi aviation launched an aerial bombardment.

As of yet, the US has not launched any airstrikes in support of the operation. The US has refused to support the Tikrit offensive because Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) elements are actively supporting the operation, anonymous US officials have told The Wall Street Journal.

Although the US military has refused to provide air support for the offensive due to Iran’s involvement, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that Iran’s involvement could be “a positive thing” if the Shiite militias do not lash out at Sunnis in and around Tikrit.

Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Qods Force, the external operations wing of the IRGC, has been spotted near Tikrit. Soleimani’s forces are tasked with supporting the Iraqi military and Shiite militias, including the Badr Brigade, Kata’ib Hezbollah (Hezbollah Brigades), Asaib al Haq (League of the Righteous), Kata’ib Imam Ali, and Muqtada al Sadr’s Promised Day Brigade (or Peace Brigade). The Shiite militias have been instrumental in reinforcing beleaguered and demoralized Iraqi forces, and have helped retake some areas in Iraq, including Jurf al Sakhar and Amerli.

All I can think of is the old military acronym FUBAR.

via Iranian-backed Shiite militias lead Iraq’s fight to retake Tikrit | The Long War Journal.

Granny: “I Want the Public to See My Email.” “Every Single One I Selected.’

At 11:35 p.m. eastern time last night, Hillary Clinton offered her first response to the email scandal that has made front-page news over the last several days, in which it was revealed that Hillary Clinton relied exclusively on a personal, privately controlled email account to conduct business while Secretary of State, contrary to federal records rules.

“I want the public to see my email, ” she wrote in the Tweet. “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

‘Sure!  AB-SO-LUT-LEY!  Every single email that I provide.  Take ‘em, go ahead, read ‘em and weep.’

via Hillary Clinton Tweets: “I Want the Public to See My Email.” She Doesn’t. – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

Why did Blumenthal have US Classified documents? (18 U.S. Code § 798)

Driving While Smug

Courtesy: Nashua Police Department

Who gave Blumenthal these classified documents?  I seem to remember a recent federal prosecution for passing along classified documents.

Relevant Federal Code: 18 U.S. Code § 798 – Disclosure of classified information

(a) Whoever knowingly and willfully communicates, furnishes, transmits, or otherwise makes available to an unauthorized person, or publishes, or uses in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States or for the benefit of any foreign government to the detriment of the United States any classified information

  • (1) concerning the nature, preparation, or use of any code, cipher, or cryptographic system of the United States or any foreign government; or
  • (2) concerning the design, construction, use, maintenance, or repair of any device, apparatus, or appliance used or prepared or planned for use by the United States or any foreign government for cryptographic or communication intelligence purposes; or
  • (3) concerning the communication intelligence activities of the United States or any foreign government; or
  • (4) obtained by the processes of communication intelligence from the communications of any foreign government, knowing the same to have been obtained by such processes—
    Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

The memos to Clinton carried titles like “Comprehensive Intel Report on Libya,” and included all-cap warnings that, “THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM EXTREMELY SENSITIVE SOURCES AND SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE.” Blumenthal has not held a public post since leaving his White House job in January 2001.
Each memo included a note on the sources of intelligence included in the document. One typical memo referred to “Sources with access to the highest levels of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the leadership of the Armed Forces, and Western Intelligence, diplomatic, and security services.”

Blum Security Breach

Who in Gvt provided and emailed classified documents to Blumenthal?

In 2012, when Congressional investigators sought documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, they were initially not supplied with emails from Mrs. Clinton’s private account. In 2013, Gawker submitted a Freedom of Information Act request seeking correspondence between Mrs. Clinton and a close adviser, Sidney Blumenthal. Though some of that correspondence had been made public already, the State Department told Gawker that it could find no records responsive to the request, Gawker reported.

In its requests, the AP asked for her full schedules and calendars and for details on the State Department’s decision to grant a special position to a longtime Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, among other documents. The oldest request, the news organization said, was made in March 2010.

Huma Abedin…. oh yea!  You mean Mrs. Huma Abedin-Weiner.  Right.  Dick-n-Twitter‘s wife.  Did Mrs. Abedin-Weiner ever receive a security clearance?

via Associated Press Threatens Legal Action Over Request for Hillary Clinton Information – NYTimes.com.

‘Well gosh, they’re Politicians, everyone knows they lie and break the law.’

Some Democrats expressed confidence that the email issue would eventually melt away like the season’s snow. It is “a chattering class issue that means nothing for her long-term prospects to win the election,” said Steve Elmendorf, a longtime Wa$hington $trategi$t and lobbyist.

So, that’s it.  Nothing to see here.  Move along, huh?

Try replacing the name Clinton with Palin and play another round with the ‘chattering class’.  See what the score is then.

via Revelation About Hillary Clinton Emails Catches Democrats Off Guard – NYTimes.com.

Marie Harf: ‘I’m just too nuanced for you stupid reporters.’

“Well, obviously, and part of this is coming up because three hundred of her emails were provided to the Select Committee. Somebody obviously had to go through all fifty-five thousand pages and determine if there was anything that was deemed responsive to the Select Committee’s request. So that process for that request was undertaken. If other requests come through in the future, they will be gone through as well to see if there’s anything responsive and appropriate to be provided. She and her team has said it was not used for anything but unclassified work. You know, we don’t undergo scans of everyone’s unclassified email to make sure they’re only doing unclassified work. So I think there was any indication she was doing anything but here, so I don’t think it’s really a pertinent question,” Harf replied.

watch the video.

via Marie Harf | Hillary Clinton | State Department | Emails.

“The beatings will continue until morale improves!”

“There’s an escape plan by all the marshals to leave the agency,” the marshal says. “I always tell the young guys to get out after three years, since that is the minimum amount of time other agencies want to see from transferees.”
While many marshals appear to be fleeing the agency because of its incompetence in protecting them, the agency also appears intent on thinning its own ranks. The TSA has indicated its plans to close several of its field offices, and has frozen hiring at several others.
Agency-wide malaise appears to have gotten so bad that a senior leadership team from TSA headquarters has begun visiting field offices across the country in an attempt to boost morale. The current marshal says agents aren’t buying it.

 

via National Review.

“The peasants need to learn their place.” (Kennedy Edition)

After being turned away from the club, she screamed: ‘I am a Kennedy, Google me!’, The New York Post reported, quoting a source.
One witness said Kyra, a great-niece of JFK, then threatened: ‘If you don’t let me in, the governor will be calling.’
When she was still refused entry to the over-21s club, she went to scream at the front desk staff that she would sue.
Turning Stone Resort Casino would not comment when contacted by Daily Mail Online on Tuesday.
Miss Kennedy was visiting friends for the weekend at Syracuse University. Andrew Warren posted a picture to his Instagram account of the pre-party in a hotel room where Kennedy and friends Gaia Matisse and Julia Moshy posed up in their lingerie in front of a table laden with vodka and tequila.

much-butthurt-in-you-i-sense

via RFK Jr’s underage daughter Kyra ‘freaks out after getting turned away from club’ | Daily Mail Online.

Horny Preteen British Slags Seduce Adult Pakistani Men (con’d)

Update: Oxford grooming scandal: ‘Stressed police don’t have time to keep girls safe’

Wot?  ‘Too many slags to keep up with?’

The Serious Case Review into the grooming of girls, some as young as 11, found that they had suffered “indescribably awful” ordeals. It also said that police and social workers were partly at fault.
Police actually ignored evidence of rape and violent sexual abuse.
There are claims that police officers told parents that their daughter’s life was none of their “business” and that one girl seemed “happy” with her abusers.

They also described victims as “prostituting themselves.”
No individual police officers have been called to resign – instead the report concluded that the failings happened because of general ignorance, and a “culture” of turning a blind eye to young children being sexualised.

Another: Update: Ten men arrested as part of child grooming investigation in Rochdale 

Is this going to dwarf the pervert priests of the Catholic Church?

Ten men have been charged as part of an investigation into child grooming and sexual exploitation in Rochdale against girls as young as 13.

‘The majority of the offences were committed between 2003 and 2013 and focus on reports that teenage girls were sexually exploited by older men.
The charges are; Shayfur Rahman, 31, of Prestwich, one count of rape; Kutab Miah, 34, of Rochdale, three counts of sexual activity and one count of rape; Rehan Ali, 26, of Manchester, one count of rape, three counts of sexual activity with a child when the offender was over 18 and three counts of sexual activity with a child when the offender was between 15 and 17.
Iklaq Choudhry Hussain, 37, of Rochdale, three counts of sexual activity with a child and two counts of rape; David Law, 45, of Ilkeston, Derbyshire, three counts of conspiracy to commit rape; Mahfus Rahman, 28, three counts of rape and three counts of sexual activity with a child.
Ashfaq Yousaf, 28, has been charged with one count of aiding and abetting rape against one victim. He has also been charged with one count of rape against a further victim.
Afraz Ahmed, 32, of Rochdale has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit rape and one count of rape against one victim. He also faces two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, relating to offences against to girls. He has also been charged with one count of rape against a further victim.
Ian Wiggett, assistant chief constable at Greater Manchester Police said 65 people have been arrested so far under Operation Doublet
Mohammed Davood, 37, of Burnley has been charged with one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm against one victim. He has also been charged with three counts of rape, one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of sexual assault against a further victim.
Mohammed Miah, 39, has been charged with three counts of sexual activity and one count of rape against one victim. He has also been charged with one count of rape against a further victim.

Ghads. Update: 300 victims groomed and assaulted by Oxfordshire gangs, report finds

It is expected to condemn Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire social services for failing to act.
Key findings are will expose how police officers and social workers failed to believe the girls when they detailed the abuse they were suffering, and dismissed their complaints. [The, “we thought they were slags” excuse, yes?]
The report will also put a figure on the extent of the abuse in Oxfordshire, and is understood to have identified 300 young people who have been subjected to grooming and abuse between 1999 and 2014. All have been spoken to by police or social services.

I dunno …. do they look Irish to you?

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“There was no awareness. The view was that they were little slags.” A key partner

“They didn’t understand the situation, and thought that the girls were happy, or complicit in it. The sense was that if there had been any offence it had been by the girls, for luring the men in.”

‘Child 3, aged 13, was found by the police at 3am…in a semi-derelict house alone with a large group of adult males. She was drunk, the result of having been supplied with alcohol, and there was evidence that her clothing had been disrupted. She alone was arrested for a public order offence, detained, prosecuted, appeared before the Youth Court and received a Referral Order for which the YOT arranged ‘reparation’, drug and alcohol counselling, art psychotherapy and victim awareness sessions.’

Did you hear about the gangs of white taxi drivers in the market towns of Southern England who over a period of decades have been grooming, drugging and serially raping under-age girls of Pakistani Kashmiri heritage?

“Rotherham Police, I would like you to meet, LA Unified School District.   LA Unified School District, Rotherham Police.  You should talk…. you both think young girls are sluts”

FFS

via Rotherham: Where Some Cultures Are More Equal Than Others – Breitbart.

5 Sided War: Syria/al Qaeda/Iraq/Qatar/Gulf States

Leaders of Syria’s Nusra Front are considering cutting their links with al Qaeda to form a new entity backed by some Gulf states trying to topple President Bashar al-Assad, sources said.
Sources within and close to Nusra said that Qatar, which enjoys good relations with the group, is encouraging the group to go ahead with the move, which would give Nusra a boost in funding.
The exercise could transform Nusra from a weakened militia group into a force capable of taking on Islamic State at a time when it is under pressure from bombing raids and advances by Kurdish and Iraqi military forces.

via Syria’s Nusra Front may leave Qaeda to form new entity | Reuters.

Montgomery County CPS: Responsible for Unsubstantiated Public Masturbation

The long-awaited decision from Montgomery County Child Protective Services has arrived at the home of Danielle and Alex Meitiv, and it finds them “responsible” for “unsubstantiated child neglect” for letting their kids walk outside, unsupervised. If that decision makes no sense to you, either—how can parents be responsible for something that is unsubstantiated?—welcome to the place where common sense crashes into bureaucratic craziness.

FFS

FFS

via CPS Decision in Maryland Parents Case: They Are ‘Responsible’ For ‘Unsubstantiated Neglect.’ Huh? – Hit & Run : Reason.com.

State Dept: ‘We all use outside email accounts. How else to hide our activities from discovery subpena.’

Update: Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests

In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related to the attack on the United States diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. The department eventually responded, furnishing House committees with thousands of documents.
But it turns out that that was not everything.
The State Department had not searched the email account of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton because she had maintained a private account, which shielded it from such searches, department officials acknowledged on Tuesday.
It was only last month that the House committee appointed to investigate Benghazi was provided with about 300 of Mrs. Clinton’s emails related to the attacks. That was shortly after Mrs. Clinton turned over, at the State Department’s request, some 50,000 pages of government-related emails that she had kept on her private account.

Records, schmeckerds.

The White House, in its first response to the news, said it frowned on the practice of officials using their personal email accounts.
“What I can tell you is that very specific guidance has been given to agencies all across the government, which is specifically that employees of the Obama administration should use their official email accounts when they’re conducting official government business,” the White House spokesman, Josh Earnest, said.

Pres. Jarret does not care.  [And probably prefers it this way.  Likely an unofficial policy.]  The word “should” used by the WH Talk Face, shows that it is  optional.

“However, when there are situations where personal email accounts are used, it is important for those records to be preserved consistent with the Federal Records Act.”

Update: (but, of course) Top Clinton Aides Used Secret Email Accounts at State Dept.

“Her top staffers used those Clinton email addresses” at the agency, said the source, who has worked with Clinton in the past. The source named two staffers in particular, Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin, who are said to have used private email addresses in the course of their agency duties. Reines served as deputy assistant secretary of state, and Abedin as Clinton’s deputy chief of staff. Both rank among Clinton’s most loyal confidantes, in and out of the State Department.
We were able to independently verify that Abedin used a ClintonEmail.com address at some point in time. There are several email addresses associated with Abedin’s name in records maintained by Lexis-Nexis; one of them is huma@clintonemail.com. An email sent to that address today went through without bouncing.

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However, Clinton’s team pointed to former State Department officials who defended her use of a personal email address and dismissed potential concerns.
Shortly after the Time story was published, Business Insider reached out to Clinton’s spokespeople. They put us in touch with two former State Department officials who argued Clinton was careful to utilize the address in a manner that went above and beyond regulatory requirements and ensured her communications were preserved.
The former officials, who requested anonymity in order to freely discuss Clinton’s emails and State Department policy echoed the notion the former secretary’s personalized email address was not kept secret. They said she used it to communicate with over 100 department staffers, other officials, and lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Granny must have fallen out of favor with The Illuminati.

via How Hillary Clinton used her personal email – Business Insider.

Shocker: EPA is incompetent and corrupt

Judge Lamberth singled out the actions of two employees.

One, Nena Shaw, he said, either showed “utter indifference” to the law or lied to the court about the efforts she made to provide records to Landmark.

The other, Eric W. Wachter, a key EPA official identified as overseeing the open-records search, told the court several years ago that he had conducted a thorough search for records Landmark requested. On Friday, however, the Justice Department quietly retracted those assertions.

Ronald C. Machen, the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, said Mr. Wachter was acting in good faith throughout and that the EPA never claimed it had conducted the search correctly, so Mr. Wachter didn’t lie to the court.

I’m sure they will mend their ways, now.  NOT.

via Judge rules EPA lied about transparency, tells agency to halt discrimination against conservatives – Washington Times.

Police Unions Apoplectic: Texas Town Sees 61% Drop in Crime After Hiring Private Firm

“Law enforcement officers are trained to be reactive. They’re out there to run calls, they’re running one call to another, so they’re reacting to something that’s already happened. Private security, the way that we train our guys, is more proactive, meaning that we’re in the community proactively patrolling to prevent those crimes.”

Not only has SEAL been more successful at preventing crime in Sharpstown than traditional law enforcement, they are cheaper. Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money, guns.com reported.

via Texas Town Sees 61% Drop in Crime After Kicking Out Cops / Sputnik International.

Does this make Howard Stern a 1%’er?

Technically, less than 1% of the male population has a “micropenis,” which in this group included men with flaccid length below 2.04 inches (about 5 cm). Other researchers have suggested that the smallest 2.2% of the population should be eligible for penile augmentation surgery, which would include those with flaccid length up to 2.36 inches (about 6 cm).

via Most penises are normal, more research says – Yahoo News Canada.

Inside Job: $4.8 million in gold stolen from truck

Update: Strange circumstances surround gold heist on Interstate 95

The robbers pulled up almost immediately after the drivers made an unscheduled stop on a dark stretch of highway in North Carolina, according to a warrant. When the crew got out of the truck, they left their firearms behind in violation of their employer’s security rules, the sheriff said. And while the workers told authorities they had to pull over because strong gasoline fumes were making at least one of them sick, a mechanic found no problems with the truck.
The circumstances led one detective to write that the heist on Sunday “could be an inside job,” though the sheriff declined to commit to that theory during a news conference Wednesday. One thing was clear, though: The heist was targeted and planned, down to the orange traffic cones the robbers put out while they unloaded 275 pounds of gold worth $4.8 million.

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Armed robbers stole about $4.8 million in gold bars on Sunday from an armored truck traveling north along Interstate 95 from Florida to Massachusetts, authorities said Monday.
The two security guards working for Transvalue Inc. of Miami reported pulling off to the side of the interstate about 6:30 p.m. Sunday after their armored truck began having mechanical problems in Wilson County, the sheriff’s office said.
They were then approached by three armed men driving a white van who ordered the guards to lie on the ground, tied their hands behind their backs and then marched them into nearby woods. The robbers then unloaded barrels filled with gold and made their getaway, according to a statement.

Someone, on one of the ends of the route, is going to be found out.  Will the TV version run on LMN or Law & Order?

via $4.8 million in gold stolen from truck in North Carolina | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com.

M. McArdle: Venezuela and Argentina running out of other peoples money

For about a decade, Venezuela under Hugo Chavez and, to a lesser extent, Argentina under the Kirchners were popular models for leftists seeking an alternative to the neoliberal consensus. The Chavez program of dramatically expanding social spending and the Kirchner refusal to kowtow to foreign investors finally offered alternatives you could point to when the neoliberals started chattering about market confidence and budget balances.
Those neoliberals frequently pointed out the problems with those policies. Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, diverted oil-investment funds into social spending, causing Venezuela’s oil production to fall; the only thing propping up the economy was the rapidly rising price of oil. Argentina cut itself off from world capital markets, and over the years it had to resort to increasingly desperate fiscal strategies; the only thing propping up its economy was a big commodities boom, driven by the same Chinese demand that was causing oil prices to soar. But these arguments failed to convince those who were gaga for Chavismo; all that free-market cant was just theory, and the Chavez acolytes could point to real, tangible advances in reducing poverty and boosting economic growth.

Spicoli's Paradise

“No bucks? That’s bogus, dude.”

via The Delusions of Venezuela and Argentina – Bloomberg

Hillary Campaign Saddened Andrea Dworkin Unavailable for Spokeswymen Position

“I can’t help noticing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker picks beautiful young women to be the spokespeople for his administration and his campaigns.”
“By my count there’s Laurel Patrick, Alleigh Marré, Jocelyn Webster and Ciara Matthews. Matthews, you recall, is the one who made headlines for being a former Hooters waitress. It reminds me of Fox News, which uses super-sexy women as on-air talent rather than a normal range of women who just happen to be good journalists. As with Fox, it’s hard to believe that the most talented females available to fill Walker’s frontline jobs also look like models…. What does it say to the young girls of Wisconsin who hope to do important work when they grow up, regardless of their looks? In my opinion Walker’s approach sets women back 50 years, to the pre-feminist Mad Men era.”

via Althouse: “I can’t help noticing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker picks beautiful young women to be the spokespeople for his administration and his campaigns.”.