Monday, January 11, 2016

Clinton defends telling aide to send data through 'nonsecure' channel (still a felony)

The Hill ^ | 1/10/16 | Jonathan Easley 

Hillary Clinton on Sunday defended instructing an aide to send information to her through a "nonsecure" channel, saying the data she requested was not classified and accusing her presidential rivals of seeking to score political points over a non-issue.

The State Department released more than 3,000 of Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of State on Friday. One of the emails has drawn scrutiny because in it, Clinton, who was awaiting a secure fax detailing talking points, instructed an adviser to turn the talking points into "nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure" because the fax wasn't coming through.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has called the email "disturbing," but Clinton on Sunday defended her actions and said the talking points were "never sent" in a non-secure fashion.

"This is another instance where what is common practice - I need information, I had some points I had to make, and I was waiting for a secure fax that could give me the whole picture, but oftentimes there is a lot of information that isn't at all classified," Clinton said Sunday on 'Face the Nation.' "So whatever information can be appropriately transmitted unclassified often was. That's true for every agency in the government and everybody that does business with the government."

In the email marked June 17, 2011, Clinton told aide Jake Sullivan that she hadn't yet received a set of talking points.

"They say they've had issues sending secure fax," Sullivan says. "They're working on it."

Responded Clinton: "If they can't, turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure."

"The important point here is that I had great confidence because I worked with Jake Sullivan for years," Clinton said. "He is the most meticulous, careful person you could possibly do business with and he knew exactly what was and wasn't appropriate."

American Muslims plan massive voter drive to make sure "bigots" like Trump are not elected! ^ | Jan 5 2016 | Ann Corcoran 

This morning when I wrote about how important it is to get voters registered for the Republican primary election, I was reminded of an article at the Daily Caller by reporter Chuck Ross that I had set aside just days before Christmas.
A cabal of Muslim organizations met at the National Press Club, not to voice their sorrow over San Bernardino, but to announce they will change America at the ballot box and have launched a massive voter registration drive "to use the ballot to fight bigotry."
Here is a small portion of the Daily Caller story:
A coalition of U.S.-based Muslim groups claiming that anti-Muslim backlash is on the rise in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino hopes to register one million people to vote before the 2016 election as part of a "civic empowerment initiative."
Oussama Jammal, the secretary general of the U.S. Council on Muslim Organizations, also announced in a press conference held Monday at the National Press Club that the group will "seek to increase emergency preparedness for Islamic institutions and individuals to address the rising number of incidents of hate crimes that are unfortunately happening nationwide."
While the press conference participants -- who hailed from such groups as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) -- focused little attention on the recent terrorist attacks, they focused on some of the political rhetoric that has followed.
To address what they perceive as public and political backlash, the groups plan the massive Muslim voter outreach as well as a "major educational outreach" which will include a "One America" program aimed at helping non-Muslims understand Islam.
Responding to a reporter's question on the matter, Jammal said that the coalition will mobilize the Muslim community through early voting efforts and by busing and shuttling voters to polling stations.
More here....
Now go back to my post earlier this morning and do it! And, then make sure everyone you know is registered. Better still, find a voter registration drive near you and go to work!

First Lady Launches Counterattack (1998 repeat)

WaPo ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 1998; Page A01 | David Maraniss 

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday launched a vigorous counterattack on behalf of her husband's beleaguered presidency, declaring that the president is the victim of a "politically motivated" prosecutor allied with a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
Using a nationally televised interview as her forum, she assumed a familiar and crucial role as Bill Clinton's first defender. She said she knew him better than anyone in the world, still loved him, and fully believed his denial of allegations that he had entered into a sexual relationship with a White House intern and had urged the young woman to lie about it.
The first lady's determined performance on NBC's "Today" dramatically reshaped the debate over the sex scandal that erupted last week and now threatens President Clinton's political survival. Her words at once established a clear line of counterattack for Clinton's loyalists, whose defense strategy until yesterday had seemed confused if not half-hearted, boosted morale at the White House, and drew a swift rebuttal from her main target, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, who labeled the conspiracy claims "nonsense."
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Republicans Are Trying to Block Syrian Refugees Yet Again

Mother Jones ^ | January 8, 2016 | Max J. Rosenthal 

Republican politicians have restarted their push to stop Syrian refugees from entering the United States after the FBI announced on Thursday that it had arrested two Iraqi refugees on charges of providing material support to ISIS.
"The arrests of these men present a stark warning about the deficiencies of our programs for accepting refugees from Iraq and Syria," Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said in a statement on Friday. "Continuing these programs in their current form poses unacceptable risks to our national security that are growing more acute by the day."
The House passed a bill called the American SAFE Act in November after the terrorist attacks in Paris stoked fears that terrorists were trying to infiltrate the United States by posing as refugees. The legislation would temporarily halt all Syrian refugee resettlement, and within the current refugee vetting process it would require the FBI director, the Homeland Security secretary, and the director of national intelligence to all personally sign off that each admitted Syrian posed no security risk....
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"Nothing to do with Islam" - Liberals just don't get it

US Defense Watch ^ | January 10, 2016 | Ray Starmann 

Last week's shooting of a Philadelphia police officer by a crazed gunman, acting in the name of Islam, shed more spotlight on the worldwide threat of Islamic terrorism and the continued denial of the threat by liberals.
Edward Archer, a 30 year old Muslim, said he acted in the name of Islam, when he fired eleven shots at Philadelphia Police Officer, Jesse Hartnett, who miraculously survived the attack.
Homicide Captain James Clark, confirmed the fact that Archer said he acted in the name of Islam.
Yet, in another press conference, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in reference to the shooting, It's terrible and it does not represent the religion in any way, shape or form or any of its teachings. And this is a criminal with a stolen gun who tried to kill one of our officers, has nothing to do with being a Muslim or following the Islamic faith. That is abhorrent. It’s terrible and it does not represent the religion in any way, shape or form or any of its teachings.”
No, Archer had nothing to do with Islam. He was dressed like a Muslim, and was yelling Allah Akbar when he shot Officer Hartnett. Islam had absolutely nothing to with it.
Archer’s subsequent confession to police officers that he conducted the assassination attempt on behalf of the Islamic State also had nothing to do with Islam.
Mayor Kenney’s outrageous comments are indicative of a trend among liberals to blame any Islamic inspired terrorist attacks on the Second Amendment, or anything else, other than the real culprit, Islam.
President Obama can barely say the words, radical Islam, much less put the blame on ISIS. Secretary of State John Kerry made the ludicrous pronouncement in November, that the Paris attacks were illogical, versus the Charlie Hebdo attacks that in Kerry’s mind were logically inspired.
How is the murder of innocent people ever logical, Mr. Secretary?
After the San Bernandino shootings by Mr. and Mrs. Jihad, President Obama blamed gun owners, the NRA, the Second Amendment and only when the FBI put pressure on him, did he finally state that the murderous acts were “probably terrorism.”
But, he didn’t say ISIS or Islamic terrorism.
Obama and Kerry’s state of denial is only matched by Sanders and Hillary. Neither of those two knuckleheads can say radical Islam. Nor, can they come up with a coherent strategy to battle ISIS.
It’s obvious that President Obama and the current batch of Democrat Presidential candidates simply do not want to fight radical Islam. And, that is a problem for all of us.
Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany is not a liberal on paper, but her policy of opening the country to a flood of millions of un-vetted Muslims has all the reckless naiveté of traditional liberal policies.
Several of the ISIS thugs responsible for the Paris attacks had entered Europe, posing as refugees. As more and more evidence accumulates about how dangerous letting these people into Europe really is, Merkel doubles down by completely denying the terrorism, the rapes, the petty crimes and the murders committed by Muslim migrants.
Merkel has swallowed the basic liberal tenets of viewing the world they want it to be, rather than the way it is.
What else does ISIS have to do to convince the left that they are out to murder all of us?
ISIS has one mission, the murder of anyone who doesn’t agree with their twisted ideology and the implementation of a worldwide caliphate of Islamic evil.
Their goals are not unlike the goals of the Nazis or Imperial Japan. They too, wished to dominate and control the planet and to implement the New Order on all of us. Thankfully, our parents and grandparents had the backbone to stand up to evil and destroy it.
Where is such backbone today? It certainly doesn’t reside in the Democrat Party or with any liberals across the free world. Obama is willing to surrender all of us to the monstrous representatives of radical Islam.
Unless ISIS is destroyed; meaning every member of ISIS killed or captured, every ISIS piece of equipment made inoperable or captured, every ISIS financial asset frozen, every vestige of ISIS eradicated from the earth, the shootings and the bombings and the murder and mayhem will continue unabated across the globe.
And, as the attacks continue and the body count continues to rise, the liberals of the world will make excuse after excuse why they can’t take the fight to ISIS and radical Islam.
The liberals of the world are nearly as much a danger to freedom as ISIS.
It’s time for Obama and the Democrat Party to face reality.
Until then, it will be game, set and match to the madmen of ISIS.

CNN Anti Gun Op Ed Calls For MARTIAL LAW, Obama To Go Full Dictator

The Gateway Pundit ^ | 7JAN2016 | Aleister 

Elliot Fineman, of the National Gun Victims Action Council, has penned an op ed on calling for Obama to declare a "National State of Emergency for the Gun Violence Epidemic."
He says this needs to "include universal REAL backgrounds checks, suspending the gun industry's immunity from lawsuits, monitoring ammunition sales and banning those on the terror watch list from buying guns."
Fineman goes on to say:
It is clear why a National State of Emergency scares the gun lobby and pro-gun lawmakers - it would neutralize them. My organization is encouraging a petition. As we tune in to CNN's town hall meeting with Obama, here are my questions. What are yours?
1) Gun violence is a raging epidemic claiming 30,000 lives per year at a cost of $229 billion per year. Why have you not declared a state of emergency to halt the Gun Violence Epidemic?
2) Since the government is the largest purchaser of firearms, why not force the gun manufacturers to make smart guns (guns that will only fire if the fingerprint of the owner matches the trigger) by requiring that the government only purchase smart guns?
He also complains that the "gun lobby" has blocked "a computerized crime gun database at the ATF and a registry of gun owners so that we can identify people who have become unstable or radicalized since buying their guns", that Obama's recent executive orders "are largely symbolic because they won't really solve the problem", and says that “real background checks” would "include interviews with people who know the purchaser (family, neighbors, local police) and with the purchaser himself."
Fineman's son, Michael, was shot in gun control haven San Diego in 2006, and he claims that the killer was "legally" able to buy his gun, despite having served two runs in mental institutions.

Five Times Elderly People Used Guns To Save Themselves

The Daily Caller ^ | January 10, 2016 | Casey Harper 

The Daily Caller News Foundation analyzed 195 cases where gun owners used their firearms to successfully defend themselves from crooks and home invaders, and found an impressive number of elderly people used guns to defend their lives and property.
In light of President Barack Obama's executive action on gun control Tuesday, The DCNF looked at incidents in a period between July 2014 and July 2015. From our analysis, we've compiled five of the most incredible times people 60 and older protected themselves by pulling out a gun.
1. "It was self-defense"
A 71-year-old Texas man defended his wife from a robber outside a grocery story in October, 2014. A man in his thirties walked up to the elderly couple and ripped a necklace off the woman's neck, pushing her to the ground. But her husband pulled out his handgun and fired at the criminal several times. The robbery suspect got in his car and drove away, but crashed his car and died not far from the scene.
"She was really shaken up," a witness to the incident told WFAA. "She was shaking and scared. ...It was self-defense."
2. "Jumped up and started shooting"
Phyliss Law, a 63-year-old Alabama grandmother, had been a victim of multiple robberies to her home and had even boarded up her windows to keep thieves out. But in July of 2014, when a male robber broke into her home, Law hid with her 9mm pistol, while her granddaughter hid in the closet.
"We heard this crackling," Law told Fox10 TV. "... Like wood popping and stuff. I said oh my god. He trying to come in. So I backed up to my room and got my gun and got my extra clip."
"I jumped up and just started shooting," she added. "And he hollered, and turned around and ran. A lot of them come in people's house, kill them, take what they want and leave. Like I said, not here."
3. "Anything but frail"
An 89-year-old World War II veteran in Florida defended his jewelry store from an armed robber in August, 2014. Arthur M. Lewis was working at a jewelry store when an armed robber busted into the store. Without hesitating, Lewis whipped out his .38-caliber handgun and started shooting. The two exchanged gunfire, but Lewis put 6 shots into the suspect and only had one arm grazed by a bullet.
"People think because he's 89, he's frail," Vivien Bresnahan, Lewis' girlfriend, told the Palm Beach Post. "That irritates me because he's anything but (frail)."
4. This one didn't go as planned
A 67-year-old North Carolina grandfather opened fire on three criminals wearing ski masks, who broke into his home and attempted to rape his teenage granddaughter in October, 2014. The grandfather was shot, but he was able to shoot all three home invaders, killing one and protecting his wife and granddaughter. Police told WBTW they believe the home invasion was one of many for the three men, but this one didn't go as planned.
5. "Already attacked one homeowner"
A 61-year-old Indiana man defended his brother and 86-year-old mother from a knife-wielding home invader in November of 2014. When the two brothers heard something suspicious, they hid their mother in a bedroom and went to investigate. That's when the criminal attacked Barry Frost, 59. But his older brother Terah Frost, 61, was looking out for him and pulled out a gun, fatally shooting the intruder three times.
"He's already attacked one homeowner," Indiana State Police Sgt. Philip Hensley told WLKY. "What's to say he's not going to take the knife and attempt to kill all three residents?"
In the interactive graphic below, clicking demographics boxes will narrow your results to see specific data points. For example, see handgun incidents in Texas by clicking "TX" in the State category and "handgun" in the Gun category. Click on individual pins on the map for more details.

Obama's continuing Iranian appeasement: The next president must reverse course

Trib Live ^ | 1/9/16 | John Bolton 

Even Iran's ayatollahs must be amazed at what they have gotten away with since last July's Vienna deal, which purportedly eliminated their nuclear weapons program. The mullahs now act like they call the shots on the deal and throughout the Middle East. Trashing the Saudi embassy in Tehran, “spontaneous” in appearance only, is just the latest evidence, recalling a 1979 “spontaneous” demonstration that resulted in U.S. diplomats held hostage for 444 days.
Barack Obama repeatedly acquiesces in Iran's egregious behavior; President-in-waiting Hillary Clinton shows no sign of breaking with him or the Iran policies she initiated as Obama's secretary of State.
The administration's latest act of appeasement is to delay new sanctions against Iran for its ongoing ballistic missile development work. This retreat is inexplicable except as part of a desperate effort to keep the Vienna agreement alive no matter what the costs or risks to America and its friends.
For our country's safety, the Obama-Clinton appeasement of Iran must be central in voters' minds as they consider candidates for president this November.
Cataloguing Iran's recent provocative behavior would produce a long list, including firing rockets dangerously near U.S. warships; threatening reprisals against us for tightening visa requirements against states engaged in terrorism, like Iran; and Tehran's chutzpah-heavy charges that Washington is breaching the Vienna agreement. Iran is pushing to speed the arrival of “Implementation Day,” when long-standing restraints imposed because of its nuclear-weapons efforts begin disappearing, unfreezing over $100 billion of assets and lifting economic sanctions.
To obtain these benefits, Iran is taking the limited, easily reversible steps the Vienna deal requires, like reducing the number of operating uranium-enrichment centrifuges and transferring low-enriched uranium to, of all places, Russia. Simultaneously, however, it has repeatedly flouted innumerable prior assurances about the “peaceful” nature of its nuclear efforts.
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