Saturday, February 06, 2016

Upgrades by the State Department as to what is "confidential" or "secret" find that former Secretaries of State Condollezza Rice and Colin Powell may now be in violation of the guidelines as well. Oops.

Courtesy of CNN: 

Colin Powell and top staffers for Condoleezza Rice received classified information through personal email accounts, according to a new report from State Department investigators. 

Hillary Clinton has received severe criticism -- particularly from Republicans and computer security experts -- for using her personal email account while serving as the nation's top diplomat under President Barack Obama. 

Thursday's revelation about the two secretaries of state under former President George W. Bush gave her supporters an opportunity to claim the Democratic presidential candidate was being singled out over the practice. 

The emails were discovered during a State Department review of the email practices of the past five secretaries of state. It found that Powell received two emails that were classified and that the "immediate staff" working for Rice received 10 emails that were classified. 

The information was deemed either "secret" or "confidential," according to the report.

So I assume that we can now look forward to Condi and Colin having to sit before some Congressional investigative committee as well now, right?

Oh no I'm sorry that only happens if your name is Clinton.

Colin Powell is not exactly happy that he has been dragged into this BS either:

"The State Department cannot now say they were classified then because they weren't," Powell said. "If the Department wishes to say a dozen years later they should have been classified that is an opinion of the Department that I do not share." 

"I have reviewed the messages and I do not see what makes them classified," Powell said.

Okay we need to move onto a new scandal, this one is boring.

I think the new shiny object is that Hillary is supposedly the mascot of Wall Street.

Well at least it's relatively new.

0% of Icelanders 25 and under believe that the God created the world.

Courtesy of Iceland Magazine:  

Iceland seems to be on its way to becoming an even more secular nation, according to a new poll. Less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of young Icelanders identify as atheist. Remarkably the poll failed to find young Icelanders who accept the creation story of the Bible. 93.9% of Icelanders younger than 25 believed the world was created in the big bang, 6.1% either had no opinion or thought it had come into existence through some other means and 0.0% believed it had been created by God.

Gee, yet another country that is far more enlightened than America. 

Oh well, I think we're getting there.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Sarah Palin has come up with some new requirements for the job of President of the United States, and they seem oddly specific.

Courtesy of the Tassel Twirling Trump Tramp's Facebook page: 

For President: who is best on national debt, the economy, jobs? 

*Who's the only candidate who hasn't voted to add to our $19 trillion debt, and... 

*hasn't voted for Obama's devastating fast-tracked TPP trade deal; 

*is expert on national and international trade and economics, actually understanding our destructive, unbalanced trade deals that are struck as favors for the cause of crony capitalism; 

*operates in the real world on balanced budgets instead of supporting annual unsustainable deficits, recklessly rolling along spending other people's money; 

*actually creates private sector jobs to secure the middle class instead of supporting bureaucratic agencies that chase our businesses out of country; 

*hasn't enticed illegal immigrants with taxpayers' "free stuff" - and even their gifts of teddy bears and soccer balls - to illegally cross the border and take American jobs for corporate campaign donors' cheap labor; 

*inappropriately prioritized tax dollars that's led to illegals receiving better care than our Vets; 

*understands and supports Constitutional government and rule of law - which is abused by politicians supporting their exemption from laws they foist on you, including Obamacare; citizen's tax laws; FOIA, disclosure, and privacy rules; etc. 

*has self-funded months of his campaign to break donor class shackles that own other candidates; 

*hasn't lived off the government teat an entire career but, like you, has had to put up with an out-of-control government while working, building, employing, generously giving, and creating equal opportunity for families to reach their American dream? 

*... and whose unarguable record of success proves the will and ability to fight victoriously for our country, which will empower We the People to make America great again?

I don't know guys who do you think she could be talking about here?

Boy that's a stumper.

You know I'm not a Republican by any means, but I have come up with a list of criteria that I would certainly assume that conservatives would look for in their next Commander-in-Chief.

I mean they certainly USED to be among the prerequisites.

How about:

*Has not been married three times.

*Did not cheat on his wife.

*Did not donate money to Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton, on a regular basis.

*Has not had four businesses declare bankruptcy.

*Did not openly disrespect a former GOP presidential candidate, and war hero.

*Doesn't misquote the Bible

I could of course go on. And on. And on. But I think you get the gist.

Now once again I am certainly NO conservative, but in my many years of following politics evidence has shown that usually any one of these would have disqualified a Republican candidate from being seriously considered for the job as President.

Not only that but from what I have seen during my time reporting on Sarah Palin she should by all rights be shouting from the mountaintops against any person that had one or more of the above black marks on their record.

But something seems to have changed (money) and try as I might (money) I cannot seem to figure (money) out what.

You know it's almost as if every thing we have heard about what it means to be a conservative was pure bullshit all along. But that can't be right, can it?

People magazine flatly states out loud that Bristol Palin's newest child was born in November.

So People magazine has up a rather innocuous article about some new photos that Bristol posted to Instagram featuring Tripp holding Sailor Grace.

It's all mostly fluff of course, until you get to this portion:

Palin welcomed the newest addition to her family in November, announcing the news in a sweet Instagram snap of herself and her bundle of joy. 

Wait, November? 

Well that is certainly not in line with the official Palin family version of events, now is it?

Of course we have long argued that the baby was born on November 4th, but the official, Palin family approved, version states that Sailor Grace was born on December 23, 2015.

So did People magazine make a boo boo? Or do they know something that we are not supposed to know?

Jeb Bush brings his mommy onto the campaign trail with him, and then jokes that she was an abusive parent. Yeah that should help.

Courtesy of Mediaite:

Jeb Bush brought his mother Barbara Bush to a campaign rally in New Hampshire tonight and made things just a teensy bit awkward. 

Bush said he’s heard from plenty of people about how much they love his mother, before saying, “She’s not as great as everybody thinks she is. I can tell you that one.” 

“I jokingly say,” he quipped, “that when we were growing up in Midland and Houston that mom was fortunate not to have a child abuse hotline available, because the discipline of learning right and wrong was her doing.”

"Hey everybody here's my mom, but she's not really that great, and she used to beat the shit out of me when I was a kid. Hey vote for me!"

But don't worry about how awkward that was, because his Right to Rise SuperPAC completely outdid it by having his brother, you know the guy who trashed the economy and started two unnecessary wars that cost thousands of American lives, make a commercial for him.

See now you completely forgot about the fact that Barbara Bush used to physically abuse her children, because now you are in shock that anybody would think that having George W. Bush make a commercial for his brother was a good idea.

What's on the agenda for tomorrow? Will one of Jeb's kids talk about how their father's parenting forced them into a life of drug addiction?

Because you know that's a thing too.

Sarah Palin accuses Ted Cruz of being a "typical politician" and begs the Carson and Trump supporters to grab their pitchforks and torches and storm the "GOP machine."

Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz before Donald Trump bought her support.
Courtesy of the the Trump Tramp's Facebook page:  

Phony GOP Establishment Preaches "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" 

Dr. Ben Carson and Donald Trump are RIGHT for trying to get SOMEONE IN AUTHORITY to hear what We, the People are saying!  (I swear every time she says "We the people," I visualize it as being "We the people who have never read the Constitution.") The shenanigans in the bogus Iowa vote count tell you what the GOP machine is all about. It's sick. It rails against Obama's unethical practice of never holding his people accountable when they engage in obvious deception, yet must idolize the guy because they're doing the same thing he does. 

(I actually had NO idea what that last part meant.) 

No more politics as usual! These corrupt, unaccountable actions of typical politicians are why our Republic is in jeopardy. (She does know that this is HER party she's talking about, right?) Carson and Trump: you are right, and shame on these establishment shills and candidates for trying to sweep their deception under the rug. THIS is why the status quo has got to go. 

Carry the torch on this (You thought I was joking about the torches didn't you?), Carson and Trump supporters. Ignore the pundits telling us to sit down and shut up. Don't make our candidates do it alone. We, the People must be heard. 

- Sarah Palin

To be fair there really WERE voice mails sent out during the Iowa caucus that claimed Carson was shutting down this campaign. Whether or not that had any significant impact on the final tally is debatable.

Besides the voice mails may in fact ultimately have been accurate.

Courtesy of the Washington Post: 

Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has struggled to keep pace with rivals, will cut more than 50 staff positions Thursday as part of an overhaul and downsizing of his campaign. 

Salaries are being significantly reduced. Carson’s traveling entourage will shrink to only a handful of advisers. And instead of flying on private jets, Carson may soon return to commercial flights.

Of course the Carson campaign claims that they are staying in the race, but isn't that what ALL failing campaigns say before they close up shop?

Let's face it nothing that happened in Iowa is going to mean jack shit in determining who will be the GOP nominee.

The only people who seem upset about this thing in Iowa anymore is Sarah Palin and, believe it or not, Karl Rove.

According to his Twitter page it looks like Trump himself is moving on to more important things.
Actually I think the fact that Palin was assigned to continue beating this dead horse is an indication of how little value Trump places on her participation in his campaign.

Bill Cosby's attempt to have his sexual assault case thrown out has been rejected. "Hey, hey, hey, you're going to pay."

Courtesy of the LA Times: 

A bid by Bill Cosby’s lawyers to have the sexual assault charges against the entertainer dismissed was rejected by a judge here Wednesday evening, clearing the way for a potential trial. 

The judge, Steven O’Neill, said that he found “no basis to grant the relief request” by the attorneys. They had mounted a case over the last two days arguing that former Montgomery County Dist. Atty. Bruce Castor had made a non-prosecution agreement with the comedian’s lawyer more than a decade ago. 

Cosby has been charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault stemming from a 2004 interaction involving drugs and alcohol with former Temple University basketball staffer Andrea Constand.

I am still not convinced that Cosby will face any jail time, but I think it will be cathartic for not only his victims, but all victims of sexual assault, to see that even money and fame cannot protect these assholes from justice.

I will predict that if Cosby is convicted of ANY of these charges that it will open a floodgate which will see multiple assault charges brought against attackers who their victims once saw as untouchable.

How much does your state support public education? Not as much as you would hope.

Courtesy of the Washington Post:

The report card is being issued Tuesday by the Network for Public Education (NPE), a nonprofit group co-founded several years ago by education historian and activist Diane Ravitch to advocate for America’s public school system. The authors evaluated states on criteria they see as promoting a professional teaching force, equitable and sufficient funding and equal opportunities for all students to succeed — all critical to the health of public schools. 

Specifically, the reports looks at how states approach high-stakes standardized testing and school finance as well as how much they promote teachers as professionals and resist privatizing public education. How states spend taxpayer money is another criterion, as is whether states promote policies that affect the income, living conditions and governmental support for students to give them all a chance to succeed in school. Some states earned A’s in a category or two but none earned higher than an overall C. 

I am both pleased to see that my state of Alaska is one of only thirteen states to achieve a grade of C, while also being horrified that C is the highest grade ANY state had achieved.

Public education is one of my sore points, and in my opinion NO state should feel satisfied with any ranking below an A, or an A- with extenuating circumstances.

However these days public education, and our teachers, are undermined, underfunded, and under empowered, and the result is dumber children, moronic adults, and voters who cannot find their asses with both hands and a road map.

Which by the way is really the driving force behind the conservative attacks on public education.

I mean come on, would an intelligent, well educated person vote for a Ted Cruz or Donald Trump?

Here's a wake up call to anybody who still thinks that Jeb! is not a Bush through and through.

Jesus, just looking at that kick starts MY PTSD.

I am not at all sure I could survive another Bush presidency.

Or a Cruz presidency, or a Trump presidency, or a Rubio presidency, or a.....hell let's just keep the whole lot of them out of the White House why don't we?