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What could go wrong? Candidate the FBI director called ‘extremely careless’ with classified info given even more classified into

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**Written by Doug Powers

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This person’s been labeled “extremely careless” in handling classified information that may well have fallen into the hands of foreign agents, and this morning was handed even more secrets in the event the most powerful office in the world is attained.

The above might sound like the premise for a Sgt. Bilko reboot, but it’s just another day in the life of the Hillary Clinton campaign:

Hillary Clinton spent Saturday morning at an FBI facility near her New York home meeting with staffers from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence who briefed her on major threats and emerging concerns around the world.

Clinton arrived at the office in White Plains, New York, which is roughly 20 minutes from her Chappaqua home, about 9 a.m. The meeting lasted more than two hours and Clinton attended it alone, a campaign aide said.

Well she’s certainly proven herself trustworthy enough, right?

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Maybe it’s time we got in on the ‘what was Hillary wearing at her Nantucket fundraiser’ pool

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 23:31

**Written by Doug Powers

When most women saw what Hillary Clinton was wearing at her Nantucket fundraiser with Cher, were they saying, “Hey, where can I get one of these”?

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There’s been plenty of discussion about Hillary’s wardrobe that day. Best guesses: A) The outfit was sent to her as a “thank you” gift from the Bleachbit people and the coat contains actual pieces of her destroyed email server; B) A gift from NASA, it’s a topographical map of the moon with squares drawn around the Apollo 11 and 14 landing sites accentuated with pants on loan from Pajama Boy’s fall collection; Or C) It’s a Jumble puzzle printed on Nomex describing for anybody who can solve it where Hillary’s speech transcripts are buried deep beneath Goldman Sachs’ Wall Street headquarters.

Whatever it is, I’ll bet she paid more for it than most people make in a month. Hillary has a huge campaign staff, but obviously none are tasked with the job of saying “you’re not going to wear that are you” before she walks out the door.

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Gee, Hillary REALLY didn’t want her deleted yoga emails to fall into enemy hands

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 21:59

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton keeps proving that she’s earned the title as…

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If only Hillary had wanted to be as careful about making sure classified info wasn’t recoverable as she was about her “personal” emails:

Hillary Clinton’s lawyers used a special tool to delete emails from her personal server so that “even God can’t read them,” House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy said on Thursday.

Gowdy (R-S.C.) said the use of BleachBit, computer software whose website advertises that it can “prevent recovery” of files, is further proof that Clinton had something to hide in deleting personal emails from the private email system she used during her tenure as secretary of state.
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Clinton has long said that the deleted emails were all of a personal nature, relating largely to yoga and her daughter’s wedding, but Gowdy said he did not know whether the Democratic nominee considered emails pertaining to the Clinton Foundation to be personal.

Clinton was just trying to make sure her thoughts on the lotus position never fell into enemy hands, because she’s a patriot!

Said Gowdy about Hillary’s scrubbed emails:

It’s a question he said he hopes reporters ask Clinton the next chance they get.

Well, reporters who wanted to ask her questions Thursday were distracted by chocolate, so that’s probably not going to happen any time soon:

By the way, BleachBit got some mileage out of Hillary’s super-transparency on their website:

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Who says Hillary wouldn’t be good for business?

**Written by Doug Powers

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‘I didn’t inhale’ v2.0: Hillary says Clinton Foundation scandal stories smoke but no fire

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 08:50

**Written by Doug Powers

The patented Clinton “I didn’t inhale” approach was given new life this week:

Hillary Clinton offered a full-throated defense of her family’s foundation after a week in which her critics suggested that donors sought special influence during her time as Secretary of State.

“We did provide a lot of life-saving work,” Clinton told CNN’s Anderson Cooper in a telephone interview. “I’m proud of the work that my husband started and he did.
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“My work as secretary of state was not influenced by any outside forces. I made policy decisions based on what I thought was right,” Clinton said. “I know there’s a lot of smoke and there’s no fire.”

Hillary and her apologists insist she stuck to an ethics agreement not to let State Dept business intermingle with Clinton Foundation concerns. Even Politifact couldn’t find a way to save Hillary on that one:

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The Team Clinton spin on the family foundation remains, “our pay-to-play shenanigans save lives, so shut up!

Also, Chelsea Clinton plans to stay on the board of the foundation, in spite of a previous claim that they’d greatly limit their involvement if Hillary’s elected. No way in hell Bill and Hillary aren’t going to keep a family member in the count room.

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Obama peace partner Iran spends some of that ‘definitely not a ransom’ windfall showing off their boats to the US Navy

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 22:59

**Written by Doug Powers

The Obama administration’s historic “deal partner” Iran went out of their way in international waters to stop by and say hello to U.S. Navy ships:

Four Iranian small boats harassed a U.S. Navy warship near the Persian Gulf, but no missiles were fired, the chief of naval operations said Wednesday.

Adm. John Richardson said the incident involving the guided missile destroyer USS Nitze reflects the greater competition the U.S. is facing at sea. He added it underscores the naval tensions with Tehran, which include other similar incidents as well as the brief detention in January of 10 U.S. Navy sailors who mistakenly steered into Iranian waters.

A U.S. defense official said the Iranian boats approached the Nitze at high speed on Wednesday, in an unsafe and unprofessional manner. The destroyer fired ten flares in the direction of the Iranian boats and sounded the ship’s whistle several times in an effort to warn the boats away, the official said. The Nitze also tried to communicate with the Iranians over the radio, and also changed course to avoid the vessels.

The official said two boats ignored the warnings and continued to speed toward the Nitze until they were within 300 yards of the U.S. ship.

Maybe the Iranians were just swinging by to say “thanks for being such a great deal partner”:

For a summary of the Obama administration’s progress on the diplomatic front these past 7.5 years, give a read to “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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Leo DiCaprio’s dirty dollars

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:32

Leo DiCaprio’s dirty dollars
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

Actor-playboy Leonardo DiCaprio walked away from a fender bender in the Hamptons this weekend without a scratch.

But the outspoken liberal should not escape unscathed from his train wreck of high-dollar financial dealings with donors and businessmen in one of world’s most rotten regimes.

Forget about the saving the environment, son. Clean up your entourage.

Tinseltown’s self-proclaimed “King of the World” is entangled with accused kleptocrats in Malaysia. The activist celebrity ostentatiously condemned the “politics of greed” at the Oscars in February. Yet, he’s been partying it up with some of Kuala Lumpur’s most corruption-stained elites.

Recent investigations by The Hollywood Reporter tied donations received by DiCaprio’s charitable foundation to a shady Malaysian government “sovereign wealth fund” known as 1MDB. Instead of being spent on economic development as intended, an estimated $3 billion from the public investment fund allegedly disappeared into offshore companies, shell accounts and the pockets of the prime minister’s cronies. The money-laundering scheme that spans three continents is the subject of a sprawling Justice Department probe and asset recovery case.

DiCaprio is not accused of any wrongdoing, but two key players named by DOJ are more than just passing acquaintances of his. They are Riza Aziz, the stepson of scandal center Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, and Malaysian billionaire businessman Jho Low, who financed Aziz’s film company, Red Granite, which underwrote DiCaprio’s 2013 flick, “The Wolf of Wall Street,” with $100 million.

Low — a frequent party pal of DiCaprio’s, with the around-the-world carbon footprint to match — allegedly used purloined funds to pay for lavish art (including a pricy Roy Lichtenstein sculpture donated for a DiCaprio charity auction); real estate (including a film production office housed in DiCaprio’s Sunset Boulevard complex); and a week-long, 11-million-dollar Las Vegas gambling jaunt with DiCaprio (who had publicly thanked Aziz and Low for their role as movie production “collaborators”).

This is not the first time DiCaprio has been enmeshed in funding funny business. In exchange for his equity investment and political advocacy of electric carmaker Fisker Automotive (an infamous beneficiary of President Obama’s crony green energy slush fund loan guarantee program), the company agreed to support his charitable foundation and join him in a “mutual promotional arrangement via his organization dedicated to global sustainability.”

Unfortunately for taxpayers who were forced to subsidize unsustainable Fisker to the tune of $529 million in green stimulus bucks, the company’s product was a bust. While DiCaprio proudly touted his ownership of the first Fisker product to roll off the production lines, the $100,000 luxury hybrid Karma, the government-backed vehicle became an embarrassing symbol of federal eco-scams.

For every car sold, Fisker squandered $660,000 in tax dollars and private investment. It outsourced manufacturing to Finland, laid off its American workforce, and went bankrupt in 2013. (So did its battery maker and fellow green crony loan recipient, A123.) A Chinese industrial giant bought out both companies and has now rolled out a new version this summer claiming that its solar roof will “create enough energy to power the car.”

If horse manure were sunshine, maybe.

Remember this rip-off rendezvous the next time DiCaprio’s lecturing you about your insufficient attention to the well-being of underprivileged or indigenous peoples.

What’s next? Champion of the downtrodden DiCaprio raised eyebrows this week when he bowed out of hosting a tony campaign fundraiser for his gal Hillary Clinton amid concerns that her own pay-for-play foundation troubles might invite more scrutiny of his. Pop star Justin Timberlake stepped in at DiCaprio’s request and raked in $3 million for the Democratic presidential candidate.

I can’t stop the feeling that if Hollywood gets its way in November, Madam Moneybags will soon be dispensing more government-funded quid pro quo favors disguised as DiCaprio-esque do-goodism to show her appreciation.

Dirty birds of a feather flock together.

Of course: Louisiana floods give Bill Nye opportunity to extend predictability streak

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 21:18

**Written by Doug Powers

This guy’s determined to be the loudest hee-hawing jackass in Al Gore’s AGW jackass sales force, and he’s definitely way in the lead:

As Louisiana tries to dry out and start rebuilding after last week’s catastrophic flooding, Bill Nye has an ominous message: It’s going to happen again.

“This is a result of climate change,” Nye told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day” Tuesday. “It’s only going to get worse.”

The unprecedented floods damaged more than 60,000 homes and killed 13 people. But because the flooding was caused by smaller individual storms, it didn’t attract the attention and response that larger storms — such as hurricanes Sandy, Katrina or Rita — garnered.

Nye said due to the effects of climate change, the region will be hit again by these smaller storms and suffer more catastrophic floods.
“As the ocean gets warmer, which it is getting, it expands,” he explained. “And then as the sea surface is warmer, more water evaporates. And so it’s very reasonable that these storms are connected to these big effects.”

The next time there’s a drought Nye will blame the same thing, and then later blame those inconsistencies on climate change. If anybody notices, Nye might then wonder if things would be better if doubters were in jail.

**Written by Doug Powers

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James Carville: The Clintons’ pay-to-play schemes save lives so their critics better prepare to go to hell

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:13

**Written by Doug Powers

For another example of the kind of lift that allows the Clintons to float above the law, look no further than James Carville describing how Bill and Hillary’s shenanigans save lives (via Ed Morrissey at Hot Air):

Pressed on whether the Clinton Foundation should have clamped down on foreign donations before Clinton became secretary of state, Carville responded, “If you ask me as a political adviser, of course.”

“If you ask me as a human being, eh, I’m not too sure. As a human being I think the foundation does an enormous amount of good. From a strictly political standpoint, yeah,” Carville said, invoking his Catholic sixth-grade teacher to say, “somebody is going to hell over this. Because somebody, now I’m not saying here—or somewhere is. This is saving people’s lives.”

Lawlessness, for the children!

Because there are only two choices in Carville’s world: Allow the Clintons to use the family foundation as their personal slush fund, or kill kids:

How many people are currently in prison because “but I did a lot of good charity work” wasn’t an acceptable defense?

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America’s pickled in Clinton corruption as Hillary performs feat of strength on Kimmel show

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:38

**Written by Doug Powers

We’ve reached the “shock & awe” phase of Clinton corruption, when the evidence comes out so fast it’s almost impossible to focus on any one thing. First off, remember when Hillary said she turned over all work related emails? Everybody knew that was a lie, and it was. The same FBI that just let her off the hook keeps being reminded why they shouldn’t have:

The FBI’s year-long investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server uncovered 14,900 emails and documents from her time as secretary of state that had not been disclosed by her attorneys, and a federal judge on Monday pressed the State Department to begin releasing emails sooner than mid-October as it planned.

Justice Department lawyers said last week that the State Department would review and turn over Clinton’s work-related emails to a conservative legal group. The records are among “tens of thousands” of documents found by the FBI in its probe and turned over to the State Department, Justice Department attorney Lisa Ann Olson said Monday in court.

The 14,900 Clinton documents are nearly 50 percent more than the roughly 30,000 emails that Clinton’s lawyers deemed work-related and returned to the department in December 2014.

A bunch of the deleted emails must be work related, unless we’re to believe that all 14,900 are all about yoga and wedding plans.

Shock & awe phase II: Not long ago, Clinton said this:

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And again, Hillary said it, which means it’s not true:

Call logs from the office of Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, show Mills had frequent contact with top executives at the Clinton Foundation.

The logs, which were obtained by Citizens United through the Freedom of Information Act, indicate the foundation’s chief operating officer, Laura Graham, called Mills often to discuss State Department business.
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Mills received regular calls from Douglas Band, a former Clinton Foundation employee who had, by 2012, decamped to start his own consulting firm. That company, Teneo Strategies, employed fellow Clinton aide Huma Abedin at the time that many of his messages appear in the logs.

In one message from Aug. 2011, Graham referred to “our boss,” but did not specify to whom she was referring.

Pay-to-play was the Clinton business model, and everybody knew it:

Joyce Aboussie, who has donated up to $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation, emailed longtime Clinton confidante Huma Abedin to ask if a company for which she worked as a consultant, Peabody Energy, could have a private audience with Clinton, according to emails made public Monday.

“Huma, I need your help now to intervene please,” Aboussie wrote. “We need this meeting with Secretary Clinton.”
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“It should go without saying that the Peabody folks came to Dick and I because of our relationships with the Clintons,” Aboussie wrote.

Abedin replied that Clinton’s schedule in the first six months of her tenure had been “insane.”

“[W]e are working on it and I hope we can make something work,” Abedin wrote.

Aboussie has bundled more than $100,000 in donations to Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“It should go without saying” sums up how the Clintons operate, and the fact that Aboussie said it might get her scrubbed from the Clintons’ Christmas card list.

Check out what steps are being taken to remove any appearances of impropriety:

The official name of the group will also be changed from “the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation” to the “Clinton Foundation.” Additionally, many of the organization’s international programs will be transitioned to management by outside groups, he said.

And if that’s not enough to convince America they’re not doing anything untoward, Hillary Clinton will legally change her name to “Eileen Forthright.”

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hillary laughed off the email and foundation stories, and confirmed she’s in good health after being asked to open a jar of pickles:

After Kimmel asked whether there was any truth to the rumors most recently raised by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Democratic nominee for president extended her wrist and told the late night host to take her pulse “to make sure I’m alive.”

Kimmel obliged, taking Clinton’s pulse with his thumb and joking: “Oh my God, there’s nothing there!”

He then dared the former secretary of state to open a jar of pickles to show her strength, which she did while pretending to exert great energy.
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Later in the interview, Kimmel, acknowledging the continued fallout from the Democratic nominee’s use of a private email server, suggested that Clinton maybe consider “FaceTime” as an alternative to email.

Here’s how Kimmel got Hillary to activate her super-human strength:

“There’s a check from the Saudis in there. GO!”

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**Written by Doug Powers

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WH: Iran payment a ‘tough diplomatic strategy’ — State Dept: Hey, if you go to Iran, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll get taken hostage

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 21:08

**Written by Doug Powers

If the Obama White House gets any “tougher” on Iran they’ll be the richest nation in the world but at least we’ll have all our couple million hostages back:

White House spokesman Josh Earnest defended the $400 million payment to Iran that was contingent on the release of four American prisoners as emblematic of President Obama’s “tough diplomatic strategy” on Monday.

The State Department acknowledged last week that the January payment, which was made in cash on an unmarked cargo plane, was in fact conditional on the release of the prisoners being held in Iran. Obama administration officials said it was a deft way to resolve an old debt stemming from a 1970s arms deal and get back American hostages, while critics charged it was effectively a ransom payment.
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“All of this was accomplished without a single shot being fired,” he said. “All of this was accomplished without U.S. troops being deployed, and it’s an indication of how effective the president’s tough diplomatic strategy has proved to be.”

Roll tape on the WeaselTron™:

Hopefully before he leaves office Obama uses a similarly “tough diplomatic strategy” on me — I could use the cash.

There are those who have said the payment to Iran contingent upon hostage release will only encourage the regime to take more hostages. The Obama administration disagrees so much with that assessment that Monday the State Department decreased the threat level to US citizens in that country warned of an increased risk to Americans in Iran of being taken hostage:

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Iran. This replaces the Travel Warning for Iran dated March 14, 2016, to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Foreigners, in particular dual nationals of Iran and Western countries including the United States, continue to be detained or prevented from leaving Iran. U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel. U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.

Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security. Iranian authorities have also prevented the departure, in some cases for months, of a number of Iranian-American citizens who traveled to Iran for personal or professional reasons. U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel. U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.

Our “deal partner,” ladies & gentlemen.

If you’re traveling in Iran, it might be a good idea to have access to a few hundred million dollars in euros and Swiss francs along with a friend who owns a plane and a sturdy pallet — just in case.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Candidate promising to battle ‘urgent threat’ of climate change uses private jet for 20-mile trip (Open thread)

Sun, 08/21/2016 - 11:41

**Written by Doug Powers

Is it Sunday again already? Since this lawn isn’t going to mow itself, here’s an open thread for whatever you want to talk about. A few starters…

Hillary Clinton says climate change is an “urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time,” and we should do all we can to reduce fossil fuel emissions. Well, that is unless she’s got a fundraiser nearby to get to quickly:

The presidential candidate, who is endlessly trying to tell factory workers in Ohio and Pennsylvania that she’s one of them, jetted approximately 20 miles from Martha’s Vineyard — where she was last night partying with President Obama — to Nantucket for a fundraiser on Saturday.

Candidate of the people! But Hillary did at least wave at the peasants on the Vineyard-to-Nantucket ferry as she flew overhead.

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Cher the wealth, Hillary!

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Here’s Obama in New Orleans in 2008 speaking about government leadership’s response to hurricane Katrina three years earlier:

We can talk about what happened for a few days in 2005. And we should. We can talk about levees that couldn’t hold; about a FEMA that seemed not just incompetent, but paralyzed and powerless; about a President who only saw the people from the window of an airplane. We can talk about a trust that was broken – the promise that our government will be prepared, will protect us, and will respond in a catastrophe.

Obama hasn’t even looked down from an airplane window yet because he’s been busy golfing with the likes of Larry David on Martha’s Vineyard. The president is going to Louisiana Tuesday after his vacay is over.

Also, Obama has some PR assistance that Bush didn’t: A loyal pack of media lapdogs to help him explain why it’s different this time.

To make things even more confusing, Team Obama says he didn’t go because Louisiana’s governor said it wouldn’t be helpful, but the same governor said Sunday morning that Trump’s visit was helpful in getting the country’s attention on the flooding.

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Get ready to pay even more for goods and services as yet another industry gets shaken down in order to “save the planet”:

The Environmental Protection Agency, with the help of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), announced Tuesday changes to fuel emission standards for work trucks, vans and over-the-road semi-trucks under the guise of fighting global warming.

Tucked deep inside the rulebook are a series of complicated stipulations allowing the U.S.’ trucking companies to pay fines if they are unable to comply with the regulators’ increasingly complicated rules.

The new standards will affect engine performance standards for truck model years 2018-2027, and for semi-trucks, large pickup trucks, vans, and all types and sizes of buses and work trucks.

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Rumor has it that the Clinton campaign pays UFC fighters to punch this guy in the crotch prior to each television appearance to keep him from laughing when he says ridiculous things like this:

Clinton campaign manager: "There's all this scrutiny because Hillary Clinton has been transparent" #CNNSOTU https://t.co/ZOa6iqsdFP

— CNN (@CNN) August 21, 2016

He’d prove how transparent she is but the evidence seems to be in those tens of thousands of emails Hillary deleted from her secret email server.

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Brace yourselves, because Obamacare’s collapsing and the lefties are going to go all out to blame Republicans. When Dems whine about that, Republicans should tell ’em they can’t do anything about it now because…

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Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

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