Hillary Clinton has said for months that her use of a private email server was a permitted, well-known fact in the State Department.
However, an audit released Wednesday by the State Department inspector general revealed that Clinton did not seek “guidance or approval to conduct official business via a personal email account on her private server,” even though she was obligated to. If information security officials had been consulted, the report stated, they would not have allowed Clinton to rely on private email for official business considering the “security risks.”
The report also found that the former secretary of state did not comply with the Federal Records Act by not immediately turning over her email records upon leaving the State Department.
Here are eight times Clinton claimed that her use of a private server was well known and allowed.
Her new story will be that she was never told it wasn’t permitted.
Ask not for whom the cock crows, Secretary Clinton, it crows for thee.
This detail is just priceless:
Clinton’s campaign factsheet on her emails ties these assertions together:
“Her usage was widely known to the over 100 State Department and U.S. government colleagues she emailed, consistent with the practice of prior Secretaries of State and permitted at the time. […] The laws, regulations, and State Department policy in place during her tenure permitted her to use a non-government email for work.”
Those people at the State Department weren’t her colleagues, they were her subordinates. Are we really expected to believe they would cross her on this?
Posted at 10:36 AM | Permalink
The Washington Post takes aim at a sniper [emphasis added]:
That Navy SEAL Chris Kyle served with distinction in combat is not in dispute. The celebrated Iraq War veteran braved enemy fire numerous times while deployed to some of that war’s most intense battlegrounds. During the 2004 fight to take back the city of Fallujah, for example, he exhibited “unparalleled bravery and skill as a sniper” and “served as an example to all,” according to a performance evaluation released to the website MuckRock last year.
But a new report Wednesday by the Intercept suggests that the number of valor awards Kyle claimed in his bestselling book “American Sniper” to have earned was erroneous. Kyle “embellished his military record” and was warned at least once before “American Sniper” was published that its description of his medal count was inflated, the story alleged, citing one current Navy officer who requested and received anonymity from the Intercept.
Kyle wrote that he received two Silver Stars, a prestigious decoration two levels below the Medal of Honor, and five Bronze Stars with a “V” device, signifying they were earned for valor. But records released by Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tenn., show that Kyle received one Silver Star and three Bronze Stars with V.
It could prove difficult to determine where the discrepancy originates. Kyle and a friend, Chad Littlefield, were murdered at a Texas gun range three years ago, and the Navy has previously released a copy of Kyle’s discharge paperwork — typically known as a DD Form 214 — that showed he earned two Silver Stars and at least five Bronze Stars with a V. Those documents are typically prepared by a clerk in a service member’s unit, and can be corrected if an error surfaces. However, those same discharge papers also are often used as a primary source to determine whether a service member has been lying about his military history — a so-called case of “stolen valor.”
So the Navy has two different stories and Kyle agreed with one of them. Where is the scandal?
Posted at 10:27 AM | Permalink
P. J. O’Rourke endorses Hillary! for president: “She’s wrong about absolutely everything. But she’s wrong within normal parameters!” He’s got a point. She promises authoritarian socialism and there’s no doubt she’ll try to deliver it. Trump offers a multiple choice on everything, letting us guess what he’ll do. He does violence to the very concept of a republic in a way she doesn’t.
Posted at 12:17 PM | Permalink
Charles Murray goes #NeverTrump:
In my view, Donald Trump is unfit to be president in ways that apply to no other candidate of the two major political parties throughout American history.
It’s not that Trump makes strategic decisions about what useful untruths he will tell on any given day — it looks as if he just makes up stuff as he goes along. Many of his off-the-cuff fictions are substantively unimportant: He says Rex Ryan won championships when he coached the New York Jets, when he didn’t. No one would care — if it were a one-shot mistake. But it happens repeatedly. Then it gets a little more important, as when he says Paul Ryan called to congratulate him after his victory in the New York primary, announcing a significant political event that in fact did not happen. Then the fictions touch on facts about policy. No, Wisconsin does not have an effective unemployment rate of 20 percent, nor does the federal government impose Common Core standards on the states — to take just two examples plucked at random from among his continual misrepresentations of reality. That he deals so heedlessly in those misrepresentations makes it impossible for an opponent to conduct an authentic policy debate with him.
It’s one thing when a candidate knowingly deceives the public on a few specific topics. Hillary Clinton has knowingly tried to deceive the public about her flip-flop on gay marriage and her misuse of her e-mail server. That’s bad. It should be condemned. This aspect of her character should affect one’s deliberations about whether to vote for her. It’s another thing entirely when a candidate blithely rejects Pat Moynihan’s (attributed) dictum, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion but not to his own facts.”
I know that I am unlikely to persuade any of my fellow Establishmentarians to change their minds. But I cannot end without urging you to resist that sin to which people with high IQs (which most of you have) are unusually prone: Using your intellectual powers to convince yourself of something despite the evidence plainly before you. Just watch and listen to the man. Don’t concoct elaborate rationalizations. Just watch and listen.
And contemplate this fact about history: We have had presidents whose competence once in office was better than we could have anticipated. Truman, for example. We have had presidents whose characters were subsequently revealed to be worse than they had seemed during the campaign. Kennedy, for example. We have never had a president whose character proved to be more admirable once he was in office than it had appeared during the campaign. What you see on your television screen every day from Donald Trump the candidate is the best that you can expect from Donald Trump the president. “Hillary is even worse” doesn’t cut it.
Posted at 12:09 PM | Permalink
Not smart: Hinting that Vince Foster was murdered, which contradicts all evidence and makes the hinter look a little bit nuts.
Smart: Claiming that Bubba and Hillary! drove Vince Foster to commit suicide by tasking him to do repugnant things, for which there is a mountain of evidence.
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For the first time in modern history, more 18-to-34-year-olds live with their parents than in any other living arrangement, according to a Pew Research Center report released Tuesday.
In 2014, nearly one-third of young adults lived in their parents’ home, a bigger group than those living with a spouse or romantic partner, living alone or with roommates, or living as single parents.
Posted at 11:06 AM | Permalink
... Mr. Alfred Hitchcock:
A swarm of bees sparked chaos in a high street when their queen got stuck in a car boot resulting in a swarm of 20,000 insects chasing the 4x4 for two days.
Carol Howarth, 65, was amazed when the swarm flew down onto her silver Mitsubishi Outlander with up to 20,000 of the insects covering the boot.
A team of three beekeepers, a national park ranger and passers-by helped capture the swarm into a box while Carol was away from the car shopping.
Posted at 01:25 PM | Permalink
Also known as ignoring the law:
Almost as soon as Uber and Lyft pulled out of Austin two weeks ago, a black market for unregulated ride-sharing emerged to meet the huge demand for transportation here.
Tens of thousands of riders and drivers are now connecting through Facebook and Craigslist, sidestepping onerous city regulations passed late last year aimed at traditional ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft that required drivers to be fingerprinted, among other things.
When a ballot proposal that would have replaced the city ordinance failed, Uber and Lyft left town as promised. Since May 9, there have been no ride-sharing services available in this city of almost a million people. Getting around town has become almost impossible unless you own a car.
[T]he city’s transportation department recently floated the idea of deregulating the local taxi cab industry to “level the playing field” with ridesharing companies. Austin Mayor Steve Adler even imagines a “third-party, cross-platform validator badge” the city could use to regulate everything from ridesharing to Craigslist transactions in the city.
In a moment of un-ironic cluelessness, Adler told The Atlantic’s City Lab: “My sense is we were innovating too quickly for Uber and Lyft. You get to be a big company, you’re less nimble. But these companies have to expect disruption.”
Adler gets it exactly backwards: city regulators and their government-backed taxi cab cartel are the ones who should have expected disruption—and a thriving black market—when they tried to shut down ridesharing in Austin.
Posted at 01:17 PM | Permalink
Brooks first offers that she was popular as Secretary of State, but not now. Goldberg points out that she was “above the fray” in that job. I’d say it’s even more that that. She didn’t just absent herself from domestic policy disputes. She became America’s representative in world affairs, our champion, like her or not. Further, she was arguably executing her boss’s vision, not her own. It was “Hey, I just work here” on a grand scale.
Brooks also says that “she’s dedicated herself to public service” and we dislike her because she’s a “workaholic.” Oh, come on! Her public service has made things worse for the public she claims to serve while making her wealthy and powerful.
Hillary! has earned our hatred.
Posted at 12:53 PM | Permalink
Well, the Washington Examiner, anyway:
Politico ignored Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday comparing long wait times at the VA to Disneyland, except to note that his comments angered Republican lawmakers.
“Republicans lash out at VA secretary for ‘Disney’ comparison,” read the story’s headline.
The article reported, “Republicans quickly seized on the comments, holding them up as the latest example of the Obama administration’s callous approach to veterans.”
Other than that, though, the Virginia-based political news group published nothing else on the issue.
At least one Republican treated the comment rather evenhandedly ...
Posted at 12:37 PM | Permalink
Here’s a non-politician at work:
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Monday compared the length of time veterans wait to receive health care at the VA to the length of time people wait for rides at Disneyland, and said his agency shouldn’t use wait times as a measure of success because Disney doesn’t either.
“When you got to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?” McDonald said Monday during a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. “And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”
McDonald’s comments angered House Speaker Paul Ryan, who tweeted out Monday afternoon, “This is not make-believe, Mr. Secretary. Veterans have died waiting in those lines.”
Then we should be measuring mortality, not wait times—and not “satisfaction” for that matter, although presuming that the dead are dissatisfied with their treatment makes that reasonable.
Robert McDonald: businessman.
Posted at 12:58 PM | Permalink
There’s no reason to chill when a con man turns his marks, particularly people who know better, into accomplices. There’s no obligation in the name of fairness, heroic or otherwise, to normalize a crazy man because he’s won the support of 5 percent of the voting-eligible public.
Posted at 10:30 AM | Permalink