Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

The spooks are out.


Another Banner Day at Clinton.com

Another yuge day of news and opinions, thanks to the FBI Director Comey's announcement to Congress that he was looking into further emails from the Clinton.com server because FBI agents found such emails on a computer owned jointly by Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin, as a result of a probe into Weiner's alleged sexting with a 15 year old girl.

So what's new in terms of actual facts or actions. We found out that the emails were discovered 3 weeks ago in the course of the Weiner inquiry. It is reported that some 600,000 emails were found, of which some tens of thousands show metadata that suggests origins in the Clinton email system in a file labeled "life insurance". Hmmm. We found out, in the course of yesterday that the FBI needed a warrant to look into the suspect email because they were found in a probe not related to the Clinton emails. If Clinton wants those emails released she should ask why Comey doesn’t have a warrant yet/ Orin Kerr of the Volokh Conspiracy explains the legal problem: Was it legal for the FBI to expand the Weiner email search to target Hillary Clinton’s emails? By the end of the day, multiple sources were reporting that the FBI had obtained the required warrant. We found out that the FBI had an investigation into corruption at the Clinton Foundations, and that the Poobahs in the DOj tried hard to squelch it which has the FBI and DOJ Feuding Over Hillary Clinton Probe. Family feud: FBI, DoJ roiled by Clinton probe disputes. The FBI’s Clinton Foundation Probe. Althouse wonders Will the Weiner email cache revive the investigation of the Clinton Foundation?

Most of the chatter continued to center on Comey's decision to inform Congress at this point.
PREDICTION: “Comey broke precedent about announcing a criminal investigation near an election because he saw something disqualifying.” If so, Hillary may regret the demand that he release everything ASAP . . . .

Meanwhile, as to the timing, note this: FBI agents knew of Clinton-related emails weeks before director was briefed. Does this mean that the agents were afraid to tell him for fear of Loretta Lynch-style interference, like last time?
"But what I'm hearing from everybody... The F.B.I. is in full revolt right now. The F.B.I. has been in full revolt since the decisions made last summer."Resignation letters piling up from disaffected FBI agents, his wife urging him to admit he was wrong: Why Director Comey jumped at the chance to reopen Hillary investigation. Surprisingly Andrew McCarthy is not a fan of Comey's letter.  Unaplogetic known liar Harry Reid says Comey ‘may have broken the law’ by disclosing new Clinton-related emails. HOWARD FINEMAN ON JAMES COMEY: His carefully maintained nonpolitical image is now starting to fray. "So we're not worried about de-legitimatizing the foundational systems of our democracy any more, I guess."
"Conan! What is best in life?" "To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"



Giuliani thinks it's 'Outrageous' that FBI didn't discover emails sooner. I agree. That laptop should have been taken into evidence before the Weiner scandal broke. Clinton Campaign Asks Ex-Prosecutors to Criticize FBI Director James Comey. A screening system for appointments in a Clinton administration. “Aka job application,” John Podhoretz tweets. “You don’t sign, no US attorneyship for you.” And as expected Former Attorney General Holder and Other Former DOJ Officials Pen Letter Criticizing Comey. Clinton campaign wages new war against James Comey.  Democrats are responsible for politicizing FBI and DOJ.
INDEED: “Observe the behavior of Democrats towards Comey this weekend, and never again presume to lecture me on lockstep partisanship of the GOP.”
Related (from David Sirota!) “Comey may or may not be screwing up. But Eric Holder is an unconvincing voice on how law enforcement should act.” Also true! But hey, they’ve got Jamie Gorelick, too, so . . . .
The DOJ is always political, the FBI is an new Clinton thing. Shockingly, the White House Sees No FBI Meddling as Clinton Allies AttackClinton’s Attacking Strategy to Blunt Comey Damage Has Risks. Hillary Reboots ‘Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’ PlaybookConway: Clinton 'playing the victim now'.
Four Ways Forward For Clinton After The FBI News She's gone with #1 and #2, with #4 pending,
Strategy No. 1: Demand more details from Comey
Strategy No. 2: Rile up Democratic partisans by attacking Comey and other targets
Strategy No. 3: Let it go
Strategy No. 4: Drop an opposition research bomb on Trump
The instant impact of the revelations? Is FBI’s Clinton probe is the black swan that could throw election off course?  Stacy McCain: SHOCKING: TRUMP SURGES IN POLL; HILLARY DOOMED BY F.B.I. PROBE?  REALCLEARPOLITICS: Trump’s average in the four-way race now the highest it’s been all year.  Dick Morris: Trump Took Lead Before FBI Announcement. Grain of salt taken. Pokitiko reports Comey’s bombshell changes few votes, but then how many do you need to change? Ann Althouse looks at the tracking polls, today vs. yesterday. Click to enlarge.
That's a big drop, but not enough, if the polls are right. Are the polls right this year? I have my doubts, they show more variation between polls than usual, and more variation in time than seems reasonable. Do you know anybody who has changed their mind lately? 45% say emails worse than Watergate, 61% fear probe to drag into White House34 percent 'less likely' to vote for Clinton after new email revelations. Hillary continues to scrounge for every possible vote including alcoholic atheists and agnostics: IT’S COME TO THIS=> Hillary Clinton Campaigns at Bar, In Florida, Mid Morning, On Sunday…
UPDATE: From the comments: “So, did anybody in the MSM bother to ask Hillary if she will accept the results of the election if she loses?”
Will Hillary stand by her woman? NYT: A Scandal Too Far? Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton, and a Test of LoyaltyTrump: 'I wonder, is she going to keep Huma?'

John Fund: If Hillary wins, we’ll have a potential blackmail target in the White House. Not a big surprise since even a Clinton ally says Bill, Hillary sometimes have 'the worst judgement' in Wikileaks email. Why Hillary Can't Govern. Insty, writing for USA Today: A President Clinton would be out of control Chris Matthews seems to agree:
“I’ll make a judgment. Every time I watch a politician engage in a certain pattern of behavior before they go to the White House, they continue to engage in that pattern afterwards. People don’t change because we swear them into the White House.”
Hillary Clinton and Richard Nixon: Cover-ups, Lying, Enemies Lists.

A Lesson in Cognitive Dissonance

Get it? And speaking of Wikileaks. How about that Donna Brazile? New Email Shows Donna Brazile Also Gave Clinton Questions Before CNN Presidential Debate
“Her family has lead poison and she will ask what, if anything, will Hillary do as president to help the ppl of Flint,” Brazile said in the body of the email. Sure enough, one of the questions directed to Clinton during the debate was from a woman who spoke about the Flint water crisis’ effect on her family, asking what Clinton would do in her first hundred days in office.
This was too much even for CNN: CNN severs ties with Donna Brazile. Now they'll have to depend on George Suffinenvelopes. Trump to Media: Ask Hillary Why She Didn't "Turn In" Donna Brazile. Yep, she went along with it. Heh indeed.
Remember when Marco Rubio drank some water while giving the Republican response to the president’s 2013 State of the Union address? Do these people have any decency? Gawker’s Feminist Blog Jezebel Mocks Death of Mike Pence’s Dog

AT PROMINENT DEMOCRATIC LAW FIRM, “Bonuses” Are Linked To Donations. Remember, Dinesh D'souza went to jail for paying for a relative to make a campaign donation. Will the DOJ care this time.

This SJW Needs to Get Out More

Professor: "Canoes Reek of Genocide & White Privilege"
A Canadian English professor says that because canoers are generally white men, the boats are a symbol of ‘colonialism, imperialism and genocide.’
I have yet to see a modern example of colonialism, imperialism or genocide carried out using canoes.

Misao Dean, who teaches at the University of Victoria, made her remarks during an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
You would think a Canadian would know better, given the importance of canoes in Amerindian societies.
“Certainly the majority of wilderness canoers are people who have a very privileged place in society,” she said. “They’re frequently highly educated people. They’re almost completely white.”
Maybe in your lily white university department.
“We have a whole set of narratives that make the canoe into something that seems ordinary,” she also stated. “But I think if you look a little further that narrative obscures or erases another narrative – and that narrative is about, to be blunt, it’s about theft and genocide.”
Well, societies who have to rely on canoes instead of battleships tend to be at a disadvantage, which is not to say that canoes can't be exactly the right tool for many other important activities or even recreation, if you live in a society with enough wealth to permit recreation.
Dean went on to suggest that all non-indigenous people rethink canoeing.

Judging by those statements, it seems Dean is a bit fuzzy on the actual history of canoes.
Well, duh.
While canoes are prominent in indigenous history, as Andrew Cross mentions in the tweet below, people from virtually every culture used some sort of canoe throughout history.

In fact, the oldest-known canoe on the planet actually came from the Netherlands. So much for Dean’s moral pandering on behalf of indigenous people.
What do facts have to do with the religion of the Social Justice Warrior?
Even academics chided Dean for her asinine comments, to which the self-proclaimed ‘old-school feminist’ cried ‘oversimplification and anti-intellectualism.’
Wow, when even the academics see the error, you know you've jumped the shark. The stupid prof probably saw some white men happily canoeing, and decided she needed to do something about it.

Named Blog of the Day for 11/1/17 for this post at Pirate's Cove "If All You See…" Wombat-socho has "Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday" up at The Other McCain.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Beach Report 10/30/16

For Oct. 30, the weather was unusually hot, peaking out around 75, under partly cloudy skies, and with a slight southwest wind, which barely stirred the water near the shore.
Skye had a bonus she found this naive young lab to loom over.
The Great Blue Heron was fishing off one of the groins,
While the peeps (Semipalmated Sandpipers) combed the beach for goodies on their way south.
Fossiling was pretty decent. I managed 15, including this small, but nearly perfect Hemipristis (Snaggletooth) lower tooth.








And this nearly matching Hemipristis upper tooth.



 I guess there was enough wind to fill his sails out away from the cliffs.
Fall is getting going, but is not well along here. The leaves are still thick on the trees, but most are still green, but there is some hint of color.

A Whole Lotta Developments Clinton.com

In the wake of the news that the investigation into Hillary's emails has been reopened by the FBI as more emails have been discovered on (at least) a laptop shared by Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner as a part of an FBI investigation into allegations of sexting with a minor, Say What? FBI With New Leads On Hillary's Email? I have the longest list of related articles ever. Bear with me as I try to makes some connections between them.

First, what new purported facts have emerged since yesterday's post? A few: FBI Found "Tens Of Thousands Of Emails" Belonging To Huma Abedin On Weiner's Laptop. That alone means it will be weeks necessary to sort them and see which ones have already seen the light of day. However, Huma Abedin Swore Under Oath She Gave Up ‘All the Devices’ With State Dept. Emails and has told people she doesn’t know how her emails wound up on her husband’s computer. We also found out that the FBI Never Destroyed Laptops Of Clinton Aides as they promised as part of pleas deals with Cheryl Mills at all. Well good. Why should they ever destroy evidence in a criminal investigation. And finally, and most weirdly FBI still does not have warrant to review new Abedin emails linked to Clinton probe. How can they not have a warrant to review the emails they found in child sexting investigation, and a separate investigation into the release of classified data. Breaking on Fox this morning. Weiner cooperating, and the FBI don't need no stinkin' warrant.

Now, reactions to the developments. First, it appears that Comey may have defied Attorney Gerneral Loretta Lynch in this revelations: Justice Department disapproved Comey's decision to tell Congress about renewed Clinton probe, James Comey broke with Loretta Lynch and Justice Department Traditions. Justice Department Advised FBI Against Clinton Email Letter. A lot of speculation about Comey's motivations; National Review - This is Not Normal, Hot Air has two, Just a reminder: Democrats and their lousy candidate left Comey with no good options and Caught between the Devil and the deep blue [C].

From WaPo, FBI Director James B. Comey under fire for his controversial decision on the Clinton email inquiry. He hurt their candidate. Democratic coalition files complaint against FBI Director for interfering in the election. Joe Biden's reaction was priceless:

Anger, disbelief in Clinton camp. Paul Callan at CNN: Time for FBI director Comey to go. Yeah, Obama ought to fire him, that would help. Hacks at New York Times and Washington Post Rather Perturbed About FBI Dropping Bomb on Hillary's Campaign. Hacks will hack. Flashback: Washington Post editorial blasts Republicans for attacking FBI Director Comey. Oops: Tim Kaine Heaped Effusive Praise On “Wonderful” Jim Comey On Sunday. Funny what can happen in a week. Another flashback: Clinton cheered 11th hour indictment that doomed Bush re-election. ""I got a lot of respect for Jim Comey, but I don't understand this idea of dropping this bombshell which could be a big dud."" From that Mistress of Disaster, Jamie Gorelick: James Comey is damaging our democracy. Dana Milbank: Mr. Comey’s dangerous October surprise WaPo: Clinton campaign scrambles to respond to renewed FBI investigation and urges her supporters to vote early and often. Old wisdom, calling the race rigged was evil, new wisdom: Dems adopt Trump's 'rigged' line after FBI bombshell.

INEVITABLY: Hitler Finds Out Comey Has Reopened The Email Investigation.



On the anti-Clinton camp: Rush Limbaugh thinks It’s possible this FBI thing is a ploy to distract from the Wikileaks revelations. American Power Blog: F.B.I.'s Announcement Re-Frames Election as Referendum on Hillary Clinton. HEH, INDEED: “I Did Not Have Classified Relations With That Woman, Mrs Clinton.” Always verbal, Camille Paglia on Hillary Clinton: ‘The woman is a disaster!’ John Kass: Democrats should ask Clinton to step aside. From Noah Rothman Downfall. OK that might be a bit premature. What if Hillary Wins the Election, but then is Indicted by the FBI? As we've seen, the FBI doesn't indict anybody, they recommend an indictment to the DOJ, which must convene a Ham Sandwich Grand Jury. What do you think the chance is that are with a Clinton DOJ? But go ahead and assume and Lawnewz has Here’s What Could Happen if Hillary Clinton is Indicted or Steps Down. Smitty at The Other McCain: Suggestion For What To Do With Hillary. Shockingly, non-NSFW, he wants the entire nation to vote on her guilt in 2018. Michael Godwin: Hillary only has herself to blame for the mess she’s in. With big assists from Huma, Cheryl, and Heather. Is it time to rethink the 19th amendment? The Jawa's are jumping up and down with joy: Weiner's Wanker Haunts Hillary's Halloween (Update: Episode II Joe Biden Dies Inside).
Hillary's delusional media courtiers "Clinton acolytes can't seem to grasp that Beltway-insider status doesn't exempt from prosecution."
Spanning the gap: Reaction to the Hillary/Weiner Email ‘Bombshell’ is Hilarious, Hypocritical, & Predictable. WSJ: FBI’s Revelations on Hillary Clinton Email Probe Leave Campaigns Scrambling to React.

And now, with the section on the FBI probe over, I'm left with nearly as many as on a normal day. So on to Wikileaks. "Sometimes Bill And Hillary Have The Worst Judgment": Wikileaks Releases Part 22 Of Podesta Files; 36,190 Emails TotalALERT – Huma Email Exposes TRUTH About Hillary’s Email Server, It’s CONFIRMED. It was hacked. Isn't everything? Emails show Clinton coordinated with environmental group to receive endorsement. "Environmental" groups have been a 5th branch of government during Democratic administrations for years. I'm shocked, shocked. Speaking of the 4th branch of government that is mostly controlled by democrats, New York Times Reporter Sought Quote Approval from Clinton Campaign, but I've already used "I'm shocked, shocked." How Podesta's Gmail Account Was Breached. He fell for a routine spear phishing scam.

A humor piece by David Masto:  The Clinton-Weiner email conspiracy: The 2016 campaign only makes sense if Hillary and Donald are both fighting to stay out of office.

Yes, 'It's a Scandal' Is there a word bigger than scandal? Ann Althouse thinks Hillary Clinton is so imbued with email that her public speech sounds like email messages between political insiders. Insty receives the message: I Am Not a Crook!. Slow Joe Biden Has No Interest in a Clinton Cabinet Position:
It's been a good run, Joe. You were in the Senate for almost all of America's existence, and you came within a spot on the organizational chart of the job you coveted.

Now please leave us alone.
In the "Laws are for the Little People" dept, Clintons remodeled home without getting required permits. Not exactly a mortal sin, but these are the people who really believe in government regulation. Ex-FBI official: Clintons are a 'crime family' and Hillary has been the Bag Lady. Hillary Clinton’s Forgotten Career: Corporate Lawyer - For 15 years she defended big companies for the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas, a chapter all but excised from her official story. So what do you call a plane load of lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start. A Former Federal prosecutor calls the Clinton’s State Department A RICO Enterprise. With prospect of gangster government, America Is at Its Most Perilous Crossroads Since World War II.

A one-off article from Reason that makes a good point: Trump Effect? School Bullying Isn’t Increasing, But Hillary Clinton Wants to Spend $500 Million Fighting It. It's a twofer for the Clinton campaign, attack Trump (falsely) and plead for more money for more government and more control.

Colion Noir: "Clinton and her entire campaign don’t care about black people"



And the horse race? Howie Carr says With less than two weeks to go, this thing's not over yet. ABC: Shift in the Electorate's Makeup Tightens the Presidential Contest or alternatively, ABC/Wapo Effectively Admit To Poll Tampering As Hillary's "Lead" Shrinks To 2-Points. Remember the Podesta wikimail about rigging polls? Flashback: New Podesta Email Exposes Playbook For Rigging Polls Through "Oversamples". 2006 Audio Emerges of Hillary Clinton Proposing Rigging Palestine Election "We should have made sure that we did something to determine who was going to win"


And finally, a bit of lightness (and an excuse for some Rule 5) as Rain Falls on Hillary and J-Lo.
Hillary Clinton took to the stage with Jennifer Lopez in Miami late Saturday when the music superstar performed a free concert in the rain to encourage early voting in the battleground state of Florida.

The 47-year-old actress, singer and dancer whose toned physique appeared to defy gravity, powered through some of her greatest hits, including "Let's Get Loud" and "On the Floor" before an exuberant crowd who cheered and danced as rain drenched the outdoor amphitheater.

Clinton arrived for the last segment of the gig, after Lopez's ex-husband, Marc Anthony, had already performed. She enveloped Lopez in a bear hug, before thanking the former couple for their support.
She does look good wet.

Wombat-socho has "Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday" and "FMJRA 2.0: As Falls Wichita…" up at The Other McCain.

The Jawshank Redemption

An article by an old younger friend of mine from the Smithsonian, Heather Soulen: Understanding shark behavior through science, suitably illustrated.
Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the movie Jaws, regarded by many as “the movie that changed Hollywood.” While true, Jaws shaped more than just Hollywood. With its ominous, adrenaline pumping two-note score and imagery of a bloodthirsty, torpedo-shaped predator with rows of razor-sharp teeth, Spielberg’s film shaped our perception of sharks.

After Jaws, fear of the unknown arrested us, and our lack of knowledge helped demonized sharks. But the winds are shifting. New research initiated by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center’s Fish and Invertebrate Ecology Lab aims to investigate habitat use, migration patterns, and species interactions of four underrepresented shark species found in the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic Coast.
Heather is in the midst of trying to switch fields from field biologist (she's a good one) to science writer. Go hit the original link to give her a boost.
The Atlantic Coast is one of the global hotspots for shark biodiversity, and with biodiversity being a vital component of healthy and productive ecosystems, this kind of research is long overdue.

“Sharks are a lot like wolves in Yellowstone National Park or lions in the Serengeti. They can be indicators of healthy ecosystems because they’re likely to be found in places that support large numbers of prey species,” said Matt Ogburn, the lab’s principal investigator.

Ogburn, post-doctoral fellow Chuck Bangley and their colleagues plan to catch and tag four species of sharks found in the Chesapeake Bay and along the Atlantic Coast: smooth dogfish (Mustelus canis), blacktip sharks (Carcharhinus limbatus), dusky sharks (Carcharhinus obscurus), and bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas).
Sharks are rare here in the middle and upper portion of the Bay. A few Bull Sharks get caught up here by commercial fisherman, and maybe a recreations fisherman, but they are pretty common at the mouth of the Bay near the Bay Bridge Tunnel.
“Right now there’s a very broad idea that certain sharks are here in the summer, certain sharks are here in the winter,” Bangley said. “But nobody’s really defined what temperature range they like, what salinity range they like, are they following certain species of prey, things like that.”

Their toughest challenge will be spending enough time on the water to find, catch and tag 80 sharks, 20 of each species. To get that water time, the team joined forces with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science’s (VIMS) Shark Monitoring and Assessment Program and North East Area Monitoring and Assessment Program. Five sharks have already been successfully tagged through the efforts of VIMS and the team, and tagging will continue through 2017 to reach the team’s tagging goals.
 I volunteer!
The majority of the sharks will be tagged with a special acoustic tag that taps into the Atlantic Cooperative Telemetry Network, a network of scientist-maintained acoustic receivers located along the Atlantic Coast. Whenever a tagged organism comes within about a half mile or less of a receiver, it transmits a signal to the receiver and a record for the location, tag number, date and time is logged. Ogburn and his team have already participated in the network through their cownose ray and non-native blue catfish studies.

While the information the receivers collect is useful, it’s restricted to the stationary location of that receiver. To understand more “day in the life” shark behavior, the team plans to outfit a few sharks with satellite tags that beam up location information when a shark surfaces anywhere in the world for 90 seconds or longer. Some satellite tags on the market can log temperature, salinity, and depth as the shark swims – valuable information for behavior and migration studies.
Small, long lasting, electronic tags that can radio home are revolutionizing field biology.
Social media and the internet are already helping turn the tide of how the public views sharks, in ways many never thought this possible after Jaws. Last year, OCEARCH’s satellite-tagged great white shark “Mary Lee” became an overnight Twitter star and made news when their website showed her track off the Maryland coast. Because satellite tags make collecting track data and sharing it online relatively easy, Ogburn plans to incorporate shark track maps to engage the public in his research.

“People are fascinated by [sharks] now more than they fear them. So when people hear that a shark’s in the area they’re more likely to run to the area with a camera than to flee from it,” Bangley said. “Gone are the days when the only good shark was a dead shark.”
 I've featured a few "Mary Lee" posts.
But, beyond the gadgetry and social media, the team’s study has real potential to reshape the perception of sharks and their management.

“We hope to excite the public’s interest in the positive role of sharks in coastal ecosystems,” Ogburn said. “We hope that the data from this study, which will fill a local-regional data gap, will contribute to coast-wide shark fisheries management and conservation efforts.”
 It sounds like a good project. Best of luck, Matt, and thanks, Heather.

Wombat-socho has "Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday" up at The Other McCain.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

It's That Low?

"Half of academic papers are never read by anyone other than their authors, peer reviewers, and journal editors."
"So what’s the reason for this madness? Why does the world continue to be subjected to just under 2 million academic journal articles each year?"

Asks Daniel Lattier in "Academics Write Rubbish Nobody Reads." I believe him that few academic articles are read and that they are written for the sake of the writer's resume. But that doesn't make them "rubbish." The process of writing develops the mind, and any given academic with his mind duly developed has a shot at benefiting colleagues and students who never read a word of it. And more importantly, there's something else, something that's the flip side of a negative point Lattier makes.
Ideally, the great academic minds of a society should be put to work for the sake of building up that society and addressing its problems. Instead, most Western academics today are using their intellectual capital to answer questions that nobody’s asking on pages that nobody’s reading.
What a waste.
Oh, I don't think we really want to put academics to work building up society and addressing its problems. It might be a very good thing to contain these academic types in a place where they won't do too much damage. It may be that we have marginalized these very intelligent people who live deeply in their own minds and conjure up new ideas because it's best to keep them separated and deactivated.
I do know that at least a few people read at least some of the papers I wrote, because they asked me about them in person, and I had hundreds of reprint requests. But I'm pretty sure that most people didn't get far past the abstract. I rarely did.

Half Naked Clown Disturbs Tennessee Traffic

Proving that Florida does not have a complete monopoly on weirdness, in a pre-Halloween warm up, Partially-nude female clown charged with chasing cars in Tennessee.
A woman was arrested Thursday after numerous witnesses called 911 to report that a partially nude woman wearing clown makeup was chasing cars and jumping in and out of traffic on a country road in Cunningham.

Candice A. Kreidel, 37, was charged with disorderly conduct, public intoxication and making non-emergency 911 calls.
Not Candice Kreidel

According to an arrest warrant, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the scene after "a series of calls about a white female wearing clown-like makeup, a stocking cap, and was either partially or completely nude that was running up and down Louise Road, chasing cars and jumping out in front of other cars."

While a deputy was on the way to the scene, 911 received four calls from Kreidel "in which call takers were berated, threatened and cursed," the warrant states.

When the deputy went to Kreidel's home on Louise Road, he found her in a sports bra, pajama-style bottoms, a stocking cap and wearing clown makeup on her face and body. She was also holding a beer.
Not Candice Kreidel
Alcohol was involved? I'm shocked.
When asked why she called 911 and berated dispatchers, she said it was because "they need to do their jobs."

Kreidel was determined to be intoxicated and a danger to herself and others and booked into the Montgomery County Jail on $1,500 bond.
I'm looking forward to the trial.

Wombat-socho has "Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday" and up at The Other McCain.

New FBI Email Investigation at Clinton.com!

Yesterday, James Comey, director of the FBI dropped a bombshell, perhaps nuclear into the last days of the 2016 Presidential campaign when he sent at letter to Congress that because of emails found in the course of an "unrelated" investigation, that he had found more emails pertinent to the investigation of Hillary's email, and that he was reopening the investigation. Federal officials told NBC News that the Emails Related to Clinton Case were Found in Anthony Weiner Investigation into charges of his having sexted with a 15 year old. Speculation is rampant, but the best guess is that Huma's lap top, unsearched in the original investigation (pardon me?) was found to have additional emails between Huma and Hillary, and some of them get to the motive behind the super secure Hillary Clinton basement/bathroom email system. Veteran journalist Carl Bernstein: Bernstein: FBI Would Not Reopen Case Unless New Evidence Was "A Real Bombshell"

Political impact? How to judge? Democrats, of course, are outraged, having thought to have put the matter, if not to in the grave, at least in a closet out of sight. Podesta Calls on FBI Director to 'Immediately Provide Full Details' of New Email Probe knowing full well, of course, that Comey can't do that for all kinds of really serious legal reasons. Initially silent while the news sunk in, later in the day, Hillary followed suit: Clinton calls on FBI to release 'full and complete facts' of email review although up until this moment she was all deny and delay. Paul Krugman goes full conspiracy theory on FBI Director Comey’s letter to congress tweeting, among other things:

As for Republicans? They were as happy as ants at a candy store explosion: ‘This Changes Everything’: Donald Trump Exults as Hillary Clinton’s Team ScramblesTrump reinvigorated by FBI Clinton probe. In the Washington Post's big article this morning: Computer seized in Weiner probe prompts FBI to take new steps in Clinton email inquiry
“A total bombshell,” said Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. King predicted that the FBI would not close its inquiry before the election and said he believed that Comey wanted the public to know of his move regardless of the outcome.
But a little more interesting than mere off the cuff responses by politicians and other idiots, Megyn Kelly and Curt Gowdy had a real discussion:



Markets Rattled By Fresh FBI Review of Clinton Email. I could go on and on and on with links about this topic alone; but for now, that's about all the real information we have. I wonder if any more will develop by the election.

Believe it or not, the Clintondotcom digital bin was full before this story broke, so I'm not done yet. In retrospect, this one seems quaint: Biden: Hillary didn’t understand the “gravity” of secret e-mail server She doesn't understand or accept any limits on her power and authority. But still, Hillary wants Biden for Secretary of State. Hillary allies on secret e-mail server: “Whole thing is f****** insane.”  The FBI-Clinton-McAuliffe nexus takes on a new layer of stink as Hillary Clinton Personally Headlined Fundraiser for PAC That Gave $500,000 to Wife of FBI Head Overseeing Her "Investigation":
It is crucially important that conservatives join the liberals in vouching for the integrity and good intentions of government, no matter how corrupt it appears to be.

Otherwise your're a deplorable radical who hates stability, corporate profits, and small children.
Gratuitous Angelina Jolie picture
Glenn Reynolds: Kissinger's lessons in FOIA evasion Two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead, and don't put anything in writing, or say it in front of a camera or recorder. From before the Comey announcement: A Retired FBI Agent Addresses James Comey on the Hillary Clinton Investigation. But are you happy now? FBI questions Jolie for 4 hours over child abuse charges against Brad, but only 3.5 hours with Hillary over a matter of grave national security. Wouldn't you rather sit down with Angelina?

Wikileaks continue to dribble in: Clinton Staffer Speechless on How to Address Bill's Sexual History. Hey, what can you say? Team Hillary Feared Clinton-Cosby Comparisons. Rightly so. Clinton Adviser Tanden Calls Israel Govt. “Ruthless Wingnuts” Not to worry, the Jewish vote is still locked up. Podesta tries for the lions share of the vote by attacking Walter Palmer, the man who killed "Cecil the Lion." WikiLeaks Dumps Mean Hillary’s Presidency Would Be Tainted from Day One No, the Presidency would be tainted because of Hillary's actions. Wikileaks is just some of the evidence. More evidence Hillary’s allies don’t think much of David Brock. Some slight evidence of character discernment on their part. Again, this was before the Comey bombshell which put the crosshairs of any purported Clinton hired assassins clearly on Anthony Weiner but Howie Carr suggests you Don't hang around Doug Band this weekend for his role in the Wikileaks on the Clinton Foundation Slush Fund. Erica Garner blasts Clinton campaign over discussions staffers had about her father’s death in WikiLeaks emails. It was pretty shameless. Democratic Party Operative Robert Creamer Used Terror to Wage War on Honesty "Team Clinton appears to approve of violence and 'bird dogging' in WikiLeaks hack of Podesta"emails". GIVE ‘EM A ‘TASTE OF BLOOD’: Federal Report Exposed Robert Creamer's Thuggery LONG BEFORE Obama Joined With Him in 1980sIf The Media Investigated Hillary Like They Did Watergate, We Wouldn’t Need WikiLeaks When Republicans are involved the subject of the leak is investigated, when Democrats are involved, the source of the leak is questioned. Example: The media is rigging the election by reporting WikiLeaks emails

But as soon as I write that You Need To Watch MSNBC Go After ‘Sleazy’ ‘Clinton, Inc.’ And Their Cronies



Tim Kaine claims Bill Clinton made his money the old-fashioned way, you know. I guess for Tim Kaine, selling government influence is the old-fashioned way. Andrew Klavan Democrat Corruption is Much Worse Than Trump with bonus "Simpsons" clip. Montel Williams: NYT reporter threatened to publish my address over Trump story. News flash Clinton supporter lives in Trump named (but not owned) building, finds good value, is threatened by press for not attacking Trump. Ace's take on Scott Adams of Dilbert: I'm Endorsing Donald Trump, Because My Only Care In Politics Now Is To Push Back Against the Relentless, Remorseless Social Bullying of the Liberal Media and Political Establishment
I agree with this wholeheartedly. My politics have basically changed to be about only this about two or three years ago.

I have noticed, with great chagrin, that many conservatives support the Social Bullying Model -- the Social Justice Warrior coordinated group pile-on mass-shaming -- when it's someone else's ox being gored.

I don't. Enough. Enough of it all.
Washington Post: Press Telling Trump Supporters ‘Your Candidate Is Virtually Certain to Lose’. Yes, I've noticed. But That Was Yesterday, and Yesterday's Gone: Apropos of the Clinton campaign:
I loved you all the summer through
I thought I'd found my dream in you
For me you were the one
But that was yesterday and yesterday's gone

We walked together hand in hand
'cross miles and miles of golden sand
But now it's over and done
'cause that was yesterday and yesterday's gone

We had such happiness together
I can't believe it's gone forever

Wait 'til summer comes again
I hope that you'll remember when
Our love had just begun
I loved you yesterday and yesterday's gone
Don't Look Now, But CNN Just Reduced Hillary's Electoral College Take Down to 272. That was B.C. (Before Comey) too. Hillary stumbles boarding campaign plane. Snockered in midday again? Tequila, dance parties and Adele: Hillary Clinton finally lets loose  But 12 Days from Election, Clinton World Still Has No Good Answers on Russian Uranium Deal. Ten, but who's counting?

Biden Blames “Lazy American Women” For The Economy: “They Sit Around Doing Nothing, Only Hillary Can Force Them To Work”Dear Kurt: I Can’t Believe Someone With Such A Terrible Record On Women Is Running For President

Dear Kurt: I find it outrageous that someone with a record of treating females like garbage is running for President! It is terrible and unacceptable when a person trying to be elected leader of the Free World has such an ugly history of insensitivity toward the abuse of women. What should I do? Signed, 21st Century Girl.

Dear Miss Missing Chivalry: Wait, I’m confused. Which one are you talking about?
Homeless black woman attacked for defending Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood sidewalk. News from WaPo: Liberals are preparing blacklists of appointees they want Clinton to avoid

Via Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 10.28.16"“Go Home, Newt, You’re Drunk!”Hillary Clinton – A Drunk For President?Trump Supporter Gets Revenge On Lawn Sign Vandal, also, #SCHLONGED!Clinton E-Mail Investigation Reopened – Because Of Anthony Weiner?,  Dwarf And Tequila For Hillary’s BirthdaySo Endorse Trump, ThenTop Clinton Aides Discuss How To Please The Boss – “Make Soros Happy”Hillary Caught Red-Handed Fixing A Foreign Election?, Say What? FBI With New Leads On Clinton’s E-Mail?Beyond The Margin Of Lawyer

Wombat-socho has "Late Night With Rule 5 Sunday" and "FMJRA 2.0: As Falls Wichita…" up at The Other McCain.

Rule 5 Saturday - The Other Raquel - Raquel Zimmerman

This week's Rule 5 bonus post is dedicated to Raquel Zimmerman (no relation to Bob). Despite the name, she is a Brazilian model. She's been in the digital bin for a few years, and I decided it was finally her time.
Zimmermann was discovered by a scouting agency in Porto Alegre, Brazil at the age of 14 and made her way to Japan and on to Paris. Shortly thereafter, Steven Meisel booked her for the cover of Vogue Italia, September 2000, and her modelling career began in earnest.

Zimmermann has done campaigns for brands such as: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bloomingdales, Bottega Veneta, Cavalli jeans, Cerruti, Chanel eyewear, ChloĆ©, Christian Dior, CK by Calvin Klein, Clairol, Dolce & Gabbana, DSquared², Emanuel Ungaro, Escada, Fendi, GAP, Gucci, Giorgio Armani . . .
and on and on.

Amusing random Raquel factoids:
Zimmermann was ranked number one on international model ranking website models.com from December 2007 until February 2010. As of April 2011 she is, because of her long run on the Top 100, ranked 14 on the Top Model Icons of All Time list.
She starred in the Lady Gaga music video for "Born This Way", where she was featured wearing designer clothing and helped give birth to a non-prejudice race from the "Mother Monster".
 She reports that she practices the Transcendental Meditation technique
Being Brazilian, she's not particularly body shy, and there's plenty of hot NSFW material: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,  and 7.

This week's edition of GOODSTUFFs BLOGGING MAGAZINE (265th Issue)  features Retro Chick  Hot Lips Houlihan (Loretta Swit), who hosts this monstrous meta blog post. This issue also celebrates Halloween and space out science. Linked at Pirate's Cove in the weekly "Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup" and linkfest. Wombat-socho has "Rule 5 Sunday: Wonder Girls And Indians" and "FMJRA 2.0: Go Tribe!" up in time and under budget at The Other McCain.

Friday, October 28, 2016

140 Arrested in Access Pipeline Protest Violence

Dakota Access Pipeline Standoff Lapses Into Violence
A standoff between Dakota Access Pipeline protesters and law enforcement degenerated into violence Thursday when two protesters opened fire in separate incidents, wounding a “private individual” and narrowly missing a sheriff’s deputy, according to North Dakota officials.

A man was shot in the hand after being “run off the road by protestors,” according to state Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong, who noted that the victim also was armed. A protester was taken into custody, the Morton County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.
In this HuffPo post, protesters claim the man fired on was a pipeline company employee and an armed "instagator." Protesters also burned his vehicle.
In a separate incident, a woman was arrested after firing three shots that almost hit a deputy, Fong said. As darkness fell, more than 100 protesters had been arrested.

“We do believe there are people down there that are peaceful and prayerful but we’ve also known from the beginning that there are some bad actors,” Fong said, referring to the hundreds of Native Americans and activists who’ve camped in protest of the oil pipeline for months. “The last thing we want is for anybody to get hurt.”

The violence erupted Thursday morning, when law enforcement began removing Native Americans and environmental activists from a protest camp they built on private land.  The site, known as Cannonball Ranch, will be used by Energy Transfer Partners for its 1,172-mile pipeline. 
There is another camp on federal land, which the authorities seem to be in no hurry to clear.

Also today, arrest warrants were issued for two protesters who threatened journalists and trapped them in their car until police arrived:
Authorities say the Oct. 18 attack on the journalists involved protesters taking a reporter’s microphone, blocking a vehicle in which the journalists locked themselves, and shaking and hitting the vehicle. Law officers eventually rescued the journalists after they called 911.

That incident involved Phelim McAleer and Magdalena Segieda, creators of the documentary film FrackNation. They published video of the incident online last week. . .
Now imagine the Federal government's response if the Malheur protestors had behaved in a similar way. 

A Bunch More Obamacare Schadenfreude

There's been a lot of water under the Obamacare bridge since the last time I summarized.

Well, it's official, on average, Obamacare policies are going up 25% on averageObamacare premiums to go up by double digitsConfirmed: Obamacare premiums going up an average of 25% in 2017, And that's just average, Obamacare Premiums Up 30% In TX, MS, KS; 50% In IL, AZ, PA; 93% In NM: When Does The Death Spiral Blow Up? But Arizona wins the 2017 ObamaCare sweepstakes: 116% increase in benchmark premium. Steve Wynn: Printing Money Degrades Living Standard, Causes Anger; Healthcare Goes Up, Product Doesn't Get Better. For Pennsylvania Open Enrollment In Affordable Care Marketplace Will Bring Unpleasant Changes To Consumers. Mary Katherine Ham explains how her Defective Obamacare Health Insurance Product Just Blew Up, with a 96% premium increase to the cost of a small house mortgage.

Naive CBS anchors flabbergasted.



Flashback To Obama 2010: Under ObamaCare Your Premiums Will Fall “By As Much As 3000%”



But now: ‘I Had Nothing to Do With That!’ Obama Dodges Blame For Skyrocketing Premiums and compared Obamacare to a Sumsung Galaxy S7, catches fire but is still better than a rotary phone. ObamaCare is like a defective cellphone, or something. Which could be true if it's not your house that catches fire.

And it's not just premiums. Obamacare is insuring far less people than was promised: Obamacare Exchanges -- Enrollment Is Depressed by Their High Cost & Poor Value | National ReviewAetna CEO: Young people pick beer over Obamacare. At least you get a buzz with a beer. For a healthy young person, you get nothing but a bill for Obamacare, between premiums and high deductibles. Health Law Tax Penalty? I’ll Take It, Millions Say

And with the plans not making money even with ridiculous premiums, insurers and provider continue to flee the program: Obamacare Premiums Skyrocket as Insurers Flee the ProgramAP Analysis: Obamacare consumers face fewer choices next year. What if your Obamacare insurer has left the business? Chicago Hopenchange: Major hospitals bail on ObamaCare for 2017.

Obamacare and the Prognosticators
Many conservatives are rightly feeling vindicated by the rolling failures of Obamacare this year. The economic logic of the exchanges is proving untenable in a way that many predicted when the Democrats set the country on this path. And some of the particular problems behind the failures, perhaps especially the way in which the system’s requirement for fairly comprehensive coverage has made insurance less attractive to the consumers it wants most, were evident before this all began. But it’s important to also see what hasn’t turned out as anyone quite expected, especially as it would helpfully moderate expectations about what people on all sides are predicting now. . .
The law of unintended consequences will not be denied.

(Most) Liberals are still holding out: CNN - Obamacare: Sick - but not in death spiralJonathan Gruber: Obamacare is ‘working as designed’, well yes, designed to destroy the American health care system. Grey Lady Worried on Obamacare, well, they do have a lot of emotional investment. Why Obama Won’t Listen to Reason on Obamacare. Does he listen to reason on anything else? When Will Liberals Answer For Obamacare’s Failures? Never. Obama Blames Media on Obamacare Failures. Well, obviously, they passed the law without reading or understanding it.  Colbert Mercilessly Mocks Obamacare. Of course, he thinks it didn't go far enough.

What about the politics of this? Harvard poll: Majority says ObamaCare faring poorly — even before WH acknowledged steep premium hikesObamaCare premium hikes fuel Trump, GOP case in key swing states Did your health care plan go up by 25% or more? Blame the democrats; they voted for it, exclusively. ObamaCare hikes leave Dems exposed They had clothes? I didn't see . . . GOP rebuffs Obama's entreaties to fix health law. Yeah, it's not their fault; none of it. If you want their cooperation, you need to compromise. I don't see that happening. Next prez has to plug health care holes. You mean fix the democrats mistakes?  Will the Fight for Obamacare Be Less Bitter Without Obama? I doubt it.Evidence? Hillary Clinton Hints at a Health Care Takeover to Keep Obamacare Alive. It was always the liberal plan. Break insurance, and use that as an excuse to take control of it.