Friday, October 9, 2015

Fire Sale at

New Emails Show Clinton Promoted Blumenthal Interests in Libya
The House Select Committee on Benghazi will be making public next week new documents that demonstrate Sidney Blumenthal was seeking business in Libya as he was advising then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in the country. According to a letter from Chairman Trey Gowdy to Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, at least once Clinton sought to aid Blumenthal's business interests in Libya.

The 13-page letter also details new concerns about compromised security on Clinton's email, noting that in one unsecured email Blumenthal appears to name a top CIA source in Libya --a revelation that could compromise the safety of that source if it became known publicly.
And more from Hotair: Newly discovered e-mails suggest Clinton influenced by Blumenthal’s business in Libya
At the time, Blumenthal was pushing for an American military intervention, but not exactly for altruistic reasons. His first point in his argument, and his fifth point out of five as well, was a 2011 Quinnipiac poll showing Obama down 41/50 for re-election. “No time for panic,” Blumenthal wrote, “[t]ime to prevent panic.” Blumenthal further argued that stopping a massacre in Benghazi wouldn’t be enough to win an election, because “seeking gratitude from people … soon reaches a counter-productive point.” Blumenthal then tells Hillary this:

At this point, Gowdy notes in his letter, Hillary forwards this to Jake Sullivan, saying that “I agree about the need to keep the attack tempo up.” Note that this exceeded the stated mission for the US and NATO in Libya, transforming it from a genocide-prevention operation to a full-blown war of regime change on Qaddafi. The motivation, at least as expressed to Hillary and then forwarded by her to her team, appears to be entirely related to the need to look tough for the re-election campaign.
Muslim Brotherhood official, former Clinton Foundation employee arrested in Cairo
A senior Muslim Brotherhood official who, until recently, had been employed by the William J. Clinton Foundation was arrested in Cairo on Tuesday and charged with inciting violence.

Gehad el-Haddad served as one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s top communications officials until Egyptian security forces seized him as part of a wider crackdown on officials loyal to ousted former President Mohamed Morsi.

Before emerging as a top Brotherhood official and adviser to Morsi, el-Haddad served for five years as a top official at the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit group founded by former President Bill Clinton.

El-Haddad gained a reputation for pushing the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamist agenda in the foreign press, where he was often quoted defending the Brotherhood’s crackdown on civil liberties in Egypt.

He was raised in a family of prominent Brotherhood supporters and became the public face of the Islamist organization soon after leaving his post at the Clinton Foundation.
And speaking of the Muslim Sisterhood: It's Chelsea vs Huma! The two competitive, power-hungry women vying to become Hillary Clinton's official First LADY
Guess who's coming to state dinners and other official White House functions as first lady if Hillary wins the presidency?

The top two contenders on Clinton's very secret potential first lady list are her close aide and controversial confidante, Huma Abedin, and popular former first daughter, Chelsea Clinton-Mezvinsky, Daily Mail Online can report exclusively.

A Clinton campaign source revealed that Chelsea and Huma 'are being seriously discussed' for the first lady spot.

'Hillary firmly believes both Huma and Chelsea can handle the duties of the first lady with aplomb,' said the source.

'But in the end she also knows it can be as big a decision to make as selecting her vice presidential running mate because the personality and image of the first lady can be a key to the success of an administration.

From Evi L. Blogger Lady, by way of Wombat-sochos  "In The Mailbox, 10.08.15"

Hillary Clinton Supporters Were Asked About Her "White Privilege Tax

Because a man would have to be stupid or crazy to vote for her: Hillary Clinton’s Problem With Men
When Hil­lary Clin­ton entered the pres­id­en­tial race, she ex­pec­ted to win over­whelm­ing sup­port among wo­men in her bid to be­come the first fe­male pres­id­ent. In­stead, she’s find­ing out that an un­pre­ced­en­ted level of res­ist­ance to her can­did­acy among men is un­der­min­ing the con­ven­tion­al wis­dom that she’d be the strongest Demo­crat­ic nom­in­ee in the gen­er­al elec­tion.

Put an­oth­er way: Clin­ton is now nearly as un­pop­u­lar with men as Don­ald Trump is with wo­men. That’s say­ing something.

The latest round of polling for Clin­ton is bru­tal. This week’s NBC News/Wall Street Journ­al/Mar­ist sur­vey in Iowa shows her fa­vor­ab­il­ity rat­ing with men at a mere 27 per­cent, while two-thirds view her un­fa­vor­ably. Her minus-39 net fa­vor­ab­il­ity with men is 28 points worse than Vice Pres­id­ent Joe Biden and 27 points be­hind Sen. Bernie Sanders. The story is the same in New Hamp­shire, where the NBC/WSJ/Mar­ist poll found both Sanders and Biden with net-pos­it­ive rat­ings, while Clin­ton’s ap­prov­al is deeply un­der­wa­ter, stuck at 30 per­cent.
Make that a Hillary sticker too
Clinton heckled at Hispanic Caucus event
Hillary Clinton was briefly interrupted by a heckler during her award presentation at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute’s gala Thursday.

The front-runner for the Democratic nomination did not address the individual but Roselyn Sanchez, the actress and singer emceeing the event, said she didn’t know how politicians were able to keep talking while they were being yelled at.

“That was real intense, my Puerto Rican temper would be like ‘excuse me?’” Sanchez said after Clinton finished presenting her award.

The protester, from United We Dream Action, was protesting private-prison corporations' donations to Clinton's campaign.

Juan Carlos Ramos issued a statement through United We Dream about why he protested.

“Our message to Hillary Clinton is simple: immigrant youth do not trust you. It is time to drop the prison money and stand with our community — you can’t have it both ways,” he said. “Each dollar of private prison money accepted by the Clinton campaign undermines her pro-immigrant policy promises, and our community will not be fooled.”
 McCaskill: How dare you criticize Hillary for claiming TPP as an achievement and then opposing it!

Even Rolling Stone:

There Is No Real Hillary Clinton
People aren't meant to be relaunched as often as phones, but here we are

Save The Squirrels!

While some hunters like the challenge and the meal, then discard the carcass of squirrels they kill, others use the skin to make hats, glove linings, or even jackets. And some hunters save the tails, which they find are pretty to look at, but a little bit difficult to do anything useful with.

Luckily for them, the Mepps lure company has just the answer to the question of what to do with those tails, and it can provide a link between hunting and fishing for outdoorsmen who enjoy both. The Mepps Squirrel Tail Program gives hunters the chance to have their squirrel tails turned into the dressing on spinning lures. Mepps will either pay for the tails or allow hunters to double their value by trading for lures. It’s a win-win situation that has made Mepps the largest recycler of squirrel tails in the world.

After trying many different tails of many different animals, Mepps has found that no other tail works as well on fishing lures as squirrel tails. The secret, they say, is that unlike most other animals, squirrel tails have no fur; it’s all hair, and hair moves with water in a much more lifelike and realistic way than fur moves. This makes it the perfect addition to lures like Mepps Aglia and Black Fury lures, which are used to catch virtually every fish on the planet.

But beware the demon squirrel

Midnite Music - "Cool for the Summer"

A little late I suppose:

So. have you seen Demi's new photoshoot?

Thursday, October 8, 2015

First Post-Storm Beach Report

Our first visit back to the beach since the nor'easter. It's a fine day, with temperatures in the low to mid 60s, no wind to speak of, and sunny skies. We hit it at near high tide, which is still above normal. Our first sight (besides a high wrack line) was a couple of herons on the jetty. First this Great Blue Heron across the harbor silhouetted by the sun and then. . .
. . . this Green Heron on our side.
 You can see how the high tides from the storm chewed into the dune faces and tore out a bunch of sand, but piled up a thick layer of branches, leaves and other floating garbage.
Even Bald Eagles have to preen some times. I haven't seen an Osprey in over a week; I think they're gone for good.
Nope, not a dead Horseshoe Crab, just a molted carapace. They make OK souvenirs if you rinse the sand out carefully, and let them dry. Lot's of them wash up this time of year.
 The best of 11 shark's teeth for the day. A pretty decent Snaggletooth.
We couldn't get around the cliff at the corner because of the high water. Note the brown in the vegetation. That's not fall, that's just that Kudzu doesn't appreciate salt spray.
Crabbers are still hard at work. October is a good month for crabs.
Did an A10 Warthog just fly by?  Sure looks like one.
Seagulls take flight from the North Jetty as a dog encroaches. Server Woes Continue

It's got to have been another rough day at's Chappaqua corporate center. The FBI is still digging despite Hillary's shrill complaints that there's nothing to see here.

FBI Seizes Four State Department Servers in Clinton Email Probe
The FBI has seized four State Department computer servers as part of its probe into how classified information was compromised on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email system, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The four servers, which were located at the State Department’s headquarters building, were seized by the FBI several weeks ago. They are being checked by technical forensic analysts charged with determining how Top Secret material was sent to Clinton’s private email by State Department aides during her tenure as secretary from 2009 to 2013, said two people familiar with the probe. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation.
FBI probe of Clinton e-mail expands to second data company
The FBI’s probe into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail has expanded to include a second private technology company, which said Tuesday it plans to provide the law enforcement agency with data it preserved from Clinton’s account.

The additional data, provided by Connecticut-based Datto Inc., could open a new avenue for investigators interested in recovering e-mails deleted by the former secretary of state — now the Democratic presidential front-runner — that have caught the interest of GOP lawmakers.

Datto’s work on the Clinton e-mail system became public Tuesday when the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee sent the company a lengthy letter seeking information about the role it and other firms played in managing the Clinton e-mail system.
And that second set of servers opened up a new area of vulnerability: Clinton e-mails were vulnerable to hackers, tech firm warned
A technology subcontractor that has worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s e-mail setup expressed concerns over the summer that the system was inadequately protected and vulnerable to hackers, a company official said Wednesday.

But the concerns were rebuffed by the company managing the Clinton account, Platte River Networks, which said it had been instructed by the FBI not to make changes. The FBI has been reviewing the security of the e-mail system.

The subcontractor, Datto, which specializes in backing up data, had not been aware that it was handling Clinton e-mails until media reports in August noted Platte River Networks’ involvement with the controversy surrounding the former secretary of state’s e-mails.

Datto officials, worried about the “sensitive high profile nature of the data,” then recommended upgrading security by adding sophisticated encryption technology to its backup systems, said the Datto official, who requested anonymity to discuss an issue involving a client.
Since Datto didn't know that they were housing secret and top secret State Department emails, they did not use the highest security standards: Cyberattacks & a Clinton Hack
Three Associated Press reporters collaborate on an article exploring cyberattacks on Hillary Clinton’s email server after she left office in 2013. The attacks originated in China, South Korea, and Germany; they appear to have been blocked by a threat monitoring product connected to her network in late 2013. I assume that the attacks were detected (not just blocked, if they were blocked) by software, though that is not entirely clear. However, according to the article, “there was a period of more than three months from June to October 2013 when that protection had not been installed[.]” The AP helpfully adds: “That means her server was possibly vulnerable to cyberattacks during that time.”
. . .
SECNAP is not a well-known computer security provider. The company’s website and promotional literature describe CloudJacket as a monitoring system designed to counter unauthorized intrusions and monitor threats around the clock. Corporate documents show SECNAP has been in existence since at least 2002, selling computer spam filter and firewall products.
A SECNAP representative declined to comment, citing company policy.
The AP reported last month that Russia-linked hackers sent Clinton emails in 2011 – when she was still secretary of state – loaded with malware that could have exposed her computer if she opened the attachments. It is not known if she did.
The attacks Johnson mentions in his letter are different, according to government officials familiar with them. They were probing Clinton’s server directly, not through email.

I think that by now we can assume the Russians, the Germans, the French, the Israelis, the Norks, and well, damn near everyone knows more about the contents of Hillary's email than we do: State Department tells Hillary Clinton to search for more emails to fill ‘gap’
The State Department has told former Secretary Hillary Rodham Clintonto go back and search for still more emails, releasing a letter Tuesday urging her to see whether her Internet providers can recover any of the messages believed to be missing from a “gap” during her first months in office.

The move, which administration attorneys revealed in a court filing, was made as the legal case to pry messages loose takes a new turn.
But that may yet change, if Obama hates Hillary enough to try to torpedo her presidential run in favor of Slow Joe Biden. Experts See Hillary's Deleted Emails as Recoverable
Tonight, Sean Hannity had two cyber-security experts on his program: Morgan Wright, proprietor of his own cyber strategies company, and Brian Finch, cybersecurity co-chair at the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Wright said he thinks the likelihood of fully recovering Hillary’s deleted emails is 90 percent or more. Finch did not disagree.

Frankly, I’m not sure that Wright and Finch have enough information reliably to set odds with precision. However, I wouldn’t discount the view that the chances of something like full recovery are good.
Occasionally a member of the chattering classes writes something that is not just wrong, that is not just irritating, but that is genuinely dangerous. Matthew Yglesias’s latest essay at Vox is just such a piece. Writes Yglesias:
From her adventures in cattle trading to chairing a policymaking committee in her husband’s White House to running for Senate in a state she’d never lived in to her effort to use superdelegates to overturn 2008 primary results to her email servers, [Hillary] Clinton is clearly more comfortable than the average person with violating norms and operating in legal gray areas.
This is, for him, a point in her favor:
Committed Democrats and liberal-leaning interest groups are facing a reality in which any policy gains they achieve are going to come through the profligate use of executive authority, and Clinton is almost uniquely suited to deliver the goods. More than almost anyone else around, she knows where the levers of power lie, and she is comfortable pulling them, procedural niceties be damned.
She truly is the perfect leader for America’s moment of permanent constitutional crisis: a person who cares more about results than process, who cares more about winning the battle than being well-liked, and a person who believes in asking what she can get away with rather than what would look best.
For many Democrats, dishonesty is a selling point.

I guess you probably heard that Hillary has come out against TPP after helping to write it, and defending it on many occasions? Hillary's Liberal Media Defenders Got the Word From Hillary HQ, I Guess

Well, I guess Jeff Zelazny and Chuck Todd just got a phone call, huh?

MSNBC recently did a focus group about Hillary, and this very special lady's lovely flexibility was not the first attribute of hers that sprung to mind.
How Hillary Clinton’s Loyal Confidants Could Cost Her the Election
Throughout her many years in public life—through all the disappointments and triumphs, the scandals real or alleged—Clinton has surrounded herself with protectors: a tightly knit Praetorian Guard, mute and loyal. The result has been the opposite of what was intended. When troubles arise—sometimes of Clinton’s own making, sometimes not—she retreats into a defensive crouch, shielding herself inside a cocoon of secrecy, with a small circle of intimates standing watch. With each new round of trouble and scandal, the circle seems to draw tighter. The penchant for secrecy—for all operations to be closely and privately held—increases by yet another increment. But this never proves to be a solution. The secrecy and the closed nature of her dealings generate problems of their own, which in turn prompt efforts to restrict information and draw even more tightly inside a group of intimates. It is a vicious circle. The current controversy over Clinton’s State Department e-mails—the use of a private “” account for government business—is a classic case in point.

Clinton’s way of doing business is by now so entrenched that it is hard to imagine she could ever behave differently. And the people around her have their own interests to consider. There certainly are many who believe in Clinton. But, for some, she is also the world’s most high-maintenance and high-profile meal ticket. To get into her circle, one must behave with extraordinary loyalty. Once you’re in, it’s like Fight Club. The first rule is to never talk about it. The State Department e-mails provide ample evidence of the hermetic circle that exists around Clinton—a world of gatekeepers and advisers, but favor seekers too. “I consider you to be the best friend and the best person I have met in my long life,” wrote Lanny Davis, a Washington lawyer and longtime Clinton associate, who went on in the e-mail to ask Hillary for some help. A top aide, after a television appearance by Clinton, wrote to her of the public reaction: “Three people even told me they teared up.” Another top aide sent Clinton an e-mail, linking to a video of Hillary dancing, with the subject line “Secretary of Awesome.”
"You can tell a woman who boozes by the company she chooses  - and the pig got up and slowly walked away."

Female voter calls Hillary ‘bitchy’ during MSNBC focus group

And these were nominal supporters. . .

TMI From JLaw

Jennifer Lawrence Pees In Sinks
During an MTV News segment in which the Hunger Games cast answered fan questions, one of the written inquiries came from “fan” Amy Schumer. The question read, “Have you ever peed in a bidet?” Lawrence laughed and explained, “This is an ongoing conversation with me and Amy.” She then dropped the bombshell, “I’ll take it one step forward. I’ve peed in some sinks.”

Co-stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson looked baffled by Lawrence’s admission, so the actress clarified, “When two girls go into a bathroom, someone's gotta take sink … and I actually like taking sink.” Regarding that logic, Hutcherson reponded, “That’s not true. One can wait.” Lawrence shot back, “One could wait. But if the one waiting is me, she’s going in the sink.” For his part, Hemsworth remained speechless throughout the exchange.

It should also be noted, Lawrence admitted earlier in the interview, “I don’t wash my hands after I go to the bathroom.”
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Besides, who's going to argue with Katniss Everdean?

Who am I to object? Yesterday I wiped the fish slime off a can of soda with a dirty cloth and sucked it right down. Besides, I don't use the women's restrooms, although this might make a compelling case against same sex restrooms.

Ted Cruz vs. The Sierra Club

Off to Ace for trenchant commentary:
The amazing thing here is not that the guy disagrees -- what's amazing is that he doesn't seem to know what Ted Cruz is even talking about. He does not know what "the pause" refers to (it's the 18 year long pause in predicted global warming), and has to rely on advisors throughout the questioning.

At no point does he seem to even show a glimmer of recognition of this fact. This is all new news to him.
I think it's pretty clear the President of the Sierra Club was an affirmative action beneficiary.

And that 97% consensus? Totally bogus.