Saturday, February 27, 2016

Saturday Saturday at

Following its schedule, and the bureaucrat's usual ploy of releasing bad news late Friday, where it can be ignored by newsmenpeople all weekend, only to be branded as "old news" on Monday morning, the State Department released another tranche of 881 of the emails off of Hillary private, underground server, whose contents are known only to the coveted email holders, and every foreign group with the ability to figure out that the server existed, as well as private hackers, in for fun or profit. Of the latest batch, 88 contained information the State Dept. deemed too sensitive to fully release to the public, and classified. It being Saturday morning, the postmortem is only just begun, but we already see one where:
. . . a former Marine and Iraq veteran sends a heartfelt and somewhat prescient email to Secretary Clinton after meeting with her and discussing the U.S troop withdrawal.

“America has a habit of leaving these types of places and turning our backs on our allies,” Zachary Iscol wrote. “We’ve lost a lot of blood and treasure in Iraq in the last 8 years and many of the relationships developed by military and state personnel were hard won. Those groups are now incredibly fearful that we will abandon them to the Shi’a majority and Iran’s will.

“And as we divest ourselves of direct military engagement throughout the world it is even more important to send a message that the [U.S.] does not abandon those who throw in their lot with us….”
At Doug Ross's Journal,  they have already combed through the manure heap, and come up with a few gems:
1. Neera Tanden, a frequent emailer with Clinton, had her account hacked by a Filipino counterfeit pharmaceutical company. This email underscores how unsecure a private server like the one Clinton used can be. This is especially true in light of the fact that we have already know Clinton was the target of similar hacking.

2. Wendy Sherman thanked Clinton for making her confirmation as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs happen. As Sherman was one of the key negotiators of the Iran nuclear deal, this is another example of Clinton’s responsibility for the awful deal the Obama administration struck with Iran. This email is also a good reminder of Ed Henry’s recent story that Wendy Sherman once bragged about Clinton sending “sensitive information on unclassified systems.”

3. Back when Clinton actually supported trade, Jake Sullivan forward Clinton positive talking points on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, including the fact that it was the State Department’s “strong determination to complete the agreement.” In fact just months after Sullivan sent Clinton these talking points, Clinton claimed that completing the trade deal would be “one of our great projects in this century.”

4. Clinton’s flawed approached to technological security is highlighted in the email below. In it she tells Sullivan that she is “fighting w the security technology.” Sullivan then proceeded to mock Clinton’s lack of technological prowess by putting technology in scare quotes.

5. Clinton also received an email from then-Senator John Kerry. This email’s release coming in the same week that Secretary Kerry claimed that he had “no knowledge” that Clinton had a private email, makes that claim look ridiculous.
In the same week that Twitter was testing the waters of banning conservative for speaking out on issues of concern to them, Twitter was also accused by Bernie Sanders supporters of shutting down Hillary critics. For a scary vision of how social media can be used to shape elections, I suggest reading this article: The new mind control.

In South Carolina, Hillary is spending heavily on the race card: Hillary Clinton’s South Carolina Salvation - The black voters who sunk Clinton in 2008 are bound to save her in 2016. Which explains  why her rather craven cave on her  ‘super-predator’ concession is such a big moment for political protest.

Speaking of Black Lives Matter, Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post advised Hillary to prepare to fight dirty against Trump. Was there ever any expectation she wouldn't?

The Quote of the day is from the Bookworm Room, evaluating the various presidential candidates:
My take on Hillary is that her frequent flier miles do not offset her spectacularly bad decisions with regard to Russia, Syria, Libya, etc.
And aging soft-core porn actress (NSFW link) Susan Sarandon continues to rant against Hillary and for Bernie:
"I think that she's isolated. I don't think she's... a victim — playing this female part — I don't think she is. She's been connected to power for a very long time, and when she was on the board of Walmart for 9 years, she did nothing to raise that wage or stand by women and all the things she could have done. And I think that her name recognition is helping her quite a bit in the South, but I don't think that she's been there, like Sanders has, getting arrested, all through his life standing up for rights...."
She has a point.

Now for some Saturday morning Bollywood:

Wombat-socho's "Rule 5 Sunday: Animal Magnetism" is ready at The Other McCain.

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