Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Larwyn's Linx: Hillary Clinton Lives the High Life While Unpaid Staffers Struggle to Survive

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Nation

Hillary Lives the High Life as Unpaid Staffers Struggle to Survive: Andrew Stiles
How Obama's Actions Line Up Exactly With "Rules For Radicals": Scoop
The Real Goal of the Same-Sex Marriage Movement: Ben Shapiro

Liberty or Equality? Founding Fathers knew you can’t have both: Myron Magnet
The Dred Scotting of Religious Liberty: Jeffrey Lord
The Emissary: On the Trail with Rafael Cruz: Andy Kroll

No Truce With the Left: Sultan Knish
No, intentionalism didn’t kill the rule of law: Protein Wisdom
Constitutional Ignorance and Dereliction: Walter Williams

NY Mayor Bill DeBlasio Wants to Make it Illegal to Smoke in Your Own Homes: Ace
Efforts to Draft Biden for 2016 Gain Steam: Andrew Desiderio
FBI investigating 11 attacks on San Francisco-area Internet lines: USA Today

And Chris Christie makes 14... It's not a horse race, it's a cavalry charge: WyBlog
Christie buys $300K of food & booze with NJ expense account: Mark Lagerkvist
If You Expect Chris Christie To Defend Your Second Amendment Rights, Think Again: Kevin Boyd

Economy

U.S. debt headed toward Greek levels: Jason Russell
The Warren Buffett Economy——Why Its Days Are Numbered (Part 4): David Stockman
Chicago Public Schools lays off 1,400 so it can make pension payment: Marathon

Scandal Central

Blumenthal's State Dept. role went far beyond Libya: Sarah Westwood
Ted Cruz on John Roberts: ‘He violated his oath,’ ‘he changed the law’: Times
Cruz: If you don’t like gay marriage judgment, you can just ignore it – it doesn’t apply to most states: Hot Air

Climate & Energy

On Global Warming: Follow the Money: John Hinderaker
EPA Raked Over the Coals: Betsy McCaughey
National Geographic: Yeah, Climate Change Part Of Reason For NC Shark Attacks: Cove

Media

Elites vs. Us: William Murchison
The New Religious Wars: LI
VIDEO: How Well Do We Know Hillary Clinton?: NRO

New York Times: The Ultimate in Hypocrisy: John Hinderaker
Kurtz: Golly, the media have turned into an intolerant mob lately: Ed Morrissey
Mob of 50 Black Teens Storm Georgia Walmart, Destroy and Steal Store: RWN

Hillary’s Homes are a Shocker for Young Adults: Kim Quade
45 times Secretary Clinton pushed the trade bill she now opposes: Jake Tapper
George Will goes Medieval on Greece: Moe Lane

World

Revealed: Feds predicted surge of illegals, see another 127,000 this year: Paul Bedard
Total Number Of Syrian Rebels Obama Spending $500 Million To Train: “Fewer Than 100″: WZ
NYPD: Williamsburg Paintball Attacks Being Investigated as Pattern Of Bias Assaults: Mark Hirshberg

US Giving up on Military Inspections of Iran Nuke Sites: RS
Turkey Plans an Invasion of Syria: Michael J. Totten
This Is What World War III Will Look Like: P.W. Singer and August Cole

China crosses Obama’s cyber ‘red line’: Marc A. Thiessen
The World of Espionage in 2015: The XX Committee
OPM shuts down eQip system: Teri Robinson

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

It Is Time to Scrap the F-35 And Simply Begin Building Somewhat Updated F-15s Again: Ace
HP Sprout Is Perfect for Budding Artists: Mordechai Luchins
How do you solve a puzzle like neutrinos?: Lauren Biron

Cornucopia

The Left’s Hatred of July Fourth Explained: Glob
The Awakening Of A Conservative: Springer's Blog
Debris from failed relationships litter New York prison escape: LAT

Image: Markets bounce on leaked Athens bailout memo
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QOTD: "I’ve seen [this hatred of traditional Chiristians] among many liberals I know. I’m not talking about leftists, who tend to hate religion in general (unless they’re members of one of the aforementioned leftist-oriented churches, or unless the religion is Islam). For decades I’ve heard casual comments about how awful fundamentalist Christians are, and this is from liberal Christians themselves, or at least liberals who were born Christian. Conservative Christians now equal hatemongers in many people’s eyes, and so whatever is done against them legally will not, I predict, ruffle so many feathers.

I’m not a Christian. I’m not even especially socially conservative. But it will ruffle my feathers if it happens, and I believe it will happen." --Neo-neocon

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ted Cruz’s New Book Blisters Mitch McConnell and Other Members of the RINO Surrender Caucus

Wherein I highlight some of the key findings of Ted Cruz's new book, starting with MSNBC, which I read so you don't have to subject yourself to the filmy and unhygienic commentary.

“During my time in the Senate, I’ve been amazed how many senators pose one way in public — as fiscal conservatives or staunch tea party supporters — and then in private do little or nothing to advance those principles,” Cruz says in his new book, “A Time for Truth.”

... The Texas senator titled the first chapter of his book “Mendacity,” and spends its pages cataloging the ways Senate Republicans betrayed him and the conservative movement he stands for.

“[O]ne particular Politico reporter often seems like he is Mitch McConnell’s press secretary; nearly every attack from leadership gets echoed and amplified in his stories.”

... The chapter casts Mitch McConnell as its chief villain, accusing the Senate Majority Leader of cowering in fights over the debt ceiling and Obamacare, too afraid of bad headlines from the liberal media to stand up for conservative principles. But McConnell isn’t portrayed as merely a coward — he’s also a tyrant, who threatens Cruz with media smears and withheld funding unless he, too, capitulates to the liberal agenda.

“The Republican leadership’s attacks are amplified and made more effective by using friendly media outlets,” Cruz wrote. “When leadership is displeased, they place hit pieces with journalists only too happy to cooperate. Indeed, so much so that one particular Politico reporter often seems like he is Mitch McConnell’s press secretary; nearly every attack from leadership gets echoed and amplified in his stories.”

Union Bosses Simply Love the Obama NLRB’s New Rules Allowing Ambush Elections

By Labor Union Report

It has been barely over two months since the National Labor Relations Board enacted its controversial new rules to speed up union recognition elections and, already, union organizers appear thrilled with the progress.

Dubbed the NLRB’s “ambush-election rules,” the new rules went into effect on April 14th and are primarily designed to shorten union recognition elections from a then-median time of 38 days down to as little as 14.

The purpose, of course, is to give employers as little time as possible to respond to union organizing.

“Delay hurts,” says Kate Bronfenbrenner of the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations, “because they [employers] can fire one more worker, or engage in five more captive-audience meetings or three more supervisor one-on-ones per person.”

It was Bronfenbrenner, the Director of Labor Education Research at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a former union organizer and long-time union advocate, whose flawed studies have been used in pr-union propaganda to first, attempt to effectively eliminate secret-ballot elections through card-check legislation then, later, to argue for the so-called ambush election rule.

Nothing to see here. Nothing at all. Just move along, Jake Tapper

Relayed by James:


Uhm, because it's Hillary Flippin' Clinton?

Or maybe the State Department's search function got copied over to her secret email server, but there was no hard drive installed, so it disappeared into the ether?

Or, because it's Hillary Flippin' Clinton?
 
 

Comments o’ the day, spotted at – of all places – The New York Times

Looks like even the denizens of the fever swamp have had enough of old Granny Catlady (e.g., "Benghazi Emails Put Focus on Hillary Clinton’s Encouragement of Adviser") as every day seems to bring new and scathing revelations of corruption and poor judgment. Some of the more upvoted comments are, in fact, quite derogatory of the Godmother.

Robert Dana NY 11937
I don't care for Mrs. Clinton. She is untruthful and extremely overrated. Much of her support is based on sympathy because she married a serial philanderer.

But lying is now, for the Democrat Party, the state of the art with respect to campaigning and governing. It's an indispensable part of modern liberalism. The whole point is that the Democrat elite and their bureaucrats know better. They know what's good for the masses. The masses are dumb and do not know what's good for them.

Almost every major action and policy initiative by Obama was based on a lie. Obamacare, the release of Bowe Bergdahl (or should I say the closing of GITMO), an "evolving" opinion on gay marriage, Al Qaeda being on the run precisely when an emabassy was sacked in Northern Africa, a withdraw from Iraq without consequences, an incipient ISIS characterized as the "JV", an effective deal with Iran on its nuclear program. I could go on and on.

Add to that a compliant media, and uneducated electorate and you have a perfect storm for disaster.

MP FL
Dems better find an ethical, honest person or there may be a big surprise come November 2016. There are millions of people who will not give their vote for this broke, incompetent liar.

jmr belmont
She is, for those of us old enough to remember, the reincarnation of Nixon with the bound transcripts of the WH taping system. The very act of having her own private email SERVER whilst she was SOS stinks to high heaven. And then being allowed to prepare by herself and her hand-picked staff, which emails to print onto paper...so Nixonian. These are public records, not here. She is a thoroughly and completely dishonest, disagreeable person, just like Nixon.

Larwyn's Linx: Hillary Clinton, Get This, Edited the Emails She Turned Over to the State Department

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Nation

Hillary Clinton, Get This, Edited the Emails She Turned Over to State: Ace
It Was Always About The Christians: The Z Man
Slave or Rebel? 10 Principles for Standing Up to Tyranny: John W. Whitehead

OPM and Obama's Politicization of the Federal Bureaucracy: Jim Geraghty
The Wildfire Burns: Erick Erickson
Obergefell v. Hodges and Tax Exemption for Churches: Lee Cary

Supreme Court Disasters: Thomas Sowell
John Roberts, Intimidated by the Left?: Carl M. Cannon
Jeb Bush Calls Southerners and the Confederate Flag ‘Racist’: Publius

The Formal End to Judeo-Christian America: Dennis Prager
Gay Marriage Still Doesn’t Exist, No Matter What SCOTUS Says: Matt Walsh
Same-sex marriage is only the beginning: Cal Thomas

The United States Of Calvinball. It's Time The Right Got In The Game.: Ace
President Obama Sends Out Email Calling For New Gun Control Measures: GSL
Illinois 24 hours away from government shutdown: Marathon

Economy

The Greek Crisis: Too Little Democracy, Too Much Bureaucracy: John Fund
Great Graphic: IMF and Sovereign Exposures to Greece: Marc to Market
Europe’s Attack on Greek Democracy: Joseph E. Stiglitz

Scandal Central

Oh Weird: The IRS Deleted 422 Backup Tapes With Lerner Emails: ATR
White House Blocking Release of Clinton/Obama Phone Call During Benghazi Attack: Treehouse
Newly Released Documents Confirm White House Officials Set Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi Response: JW

Climate & Energy

Lawless, Politically-Rotten Supreme Court Randomly Rules that Obama's EPA Rule is "Unconstitutional": Ace

Media

Media Outlets Kept This SCOTUS Decision Quiet: Sara Noble
Did the Gay Marriage Ruling Just Legalize Concealed Carry Nationwide? Legal Experts Weigh In: Benny Johnson
I Am Now a Blogger For Hire…: Glob

Reality Is Now Discretionary: Peter Kirsanow
Non-White Politicians Are Running for President and Liberals Can’t Stand It: Andrew Stiles
Όχι: Andrew Stuttaford

NBC Hack Savannah Guthrie Asks Ted Cruz If He Opposes Interracial Marriage: WZ
Why the College Board's New Standards Would Make Teaching History Even Worse: Kevin Gutzman
Terrell Owens Has Some Advice for Social Conservatives: Leon H. Wolf

World

Khamenei's 'Red Lines' Speech: MEMRI
Obama’s secret message to Iran ahead of Vienna talks: MEHR News Agency
Longtime Obama Official Rewrites Bush's Letter on Israel: Rafeal Medoff

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

Could this new Google Techology lead to a new Era of Mankind?: The Spirit Science
The Automobile as We Know It Is Dead: Rob Enderle
Forrester Picks Social Depth Platform Leaders: Virginia Backaitis

Cornucopia

Charleston, SC & Detroit, MI: Compare and Contrast: MOTUS
Democrats 2016 -- 'THE YOUTH PARTY?' It's their SAME OLD SONG!: Obiter Dictum
PhotoShop Dump: Sondrakistan

Image: How Escaped Killers Richard Matt, David Sweat Were Caught
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QOTD: "If the establishment press treated Richard Nixon’s missing audio the way they are treating the destruction of emails by the Obama IRS, Nixon would have served a full eight years as President." --Grover Norquist

Monday, June 29, 2015

THEY CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH: State Dept. Ejects, Threatens Journalist Covering Iran Nuke Talks

By The Tower

The State Department today refused to allow a reporter for the Washington Free Beacon to attend a press briefing given by lead negotiator Wendy Sherman and threatened to call security to have him removed. The Free Beacon reported:

Two State Department officials booted the Free Beacon from a room where Wendy Sherman, the undersecretary of state for political affairs, was talking to reporters, despite the Free Beacon’s being credentialed by the Austrian government for the ongoing Iranian nuclear talks. …

Melissa Turley, a State Department official, approached a Free Beacon reporter and demanded that he leave the room...

“You have a press pass from the [European Union], not from me,” Turley said, after being informed that the Free Beacon was officially credentialed to cover the event.

Both Turley and a second State Department colleague threatened to call “security” to remove the reporter.

The Free Beacon cited Western observers at the talks who attributed the State Department’s behavior “to jitters over media coverage revealing a still growing list of concessions being made to Iran by the Obama administration.” Such concessions include the administration’s reported willingness to allow Iran to limit inspections of military sites, which many experts consider a necessary element of verifying that Iran’s nuclear program is strictly civilian.


Read more at The Tower
 

NETWORK SPYING: This is really weird. And not in a good way weird.

So last month I was hacking together some software tools as a side project to make it easier for some folks I work with to compare Excel spreadsheets. For the techies reading along, it's some HTML 5 and jQuery, jQueryUI and Backbone that does everything in the browser. It handles all of the weird, one-off spreadsheets that have extra columns added, superfluous columns, etc. so you can quickly determine month-over-month what's changed.

Anyhow, the URL for the web page was completely private. It was never published anywhere. It couldn't be reached unless someone knew the URL.

Two people knew the URL; myself and a co-worker who tested the tool during the second half of May. Now check out who visited the page, courtesy of Google Analytics (the two redactions are my host networks) a couple of weeks after I launched the page.


I'm guessing that list represents the DOD, German intelligence, a European intelligence agency (likely the GCHQ, the UK's version of the NSA), China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), Korean intelligence, Japanese intelligence, Saudi intelligence and several others.

The question is how?

Let's back up the tracking to the first 24 hours the site was operating with Google Analytics. The very first external visitor was Google, which makes sense because I installed Google Analytics to track usage of the page.

Less than 24 hours later, the visitors looked like this:

Larwyn's Linx: Ayatollah Roberts and His Sharia Council

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Nation

Ayatollah Roberts and His Sharia Council: Kevin D. Williamson
Elena Kagan 2009: “There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage”: LI
Post-SCOTUS Gay Marriage: Religious institution tax exemptions at risk: LI

Will Democrats Apologize for Slavery and Segregation?: Jeffrey Lord
The Top Five Most Racist Presidents: Renee Nal
Obama's Casual Slander of American Christians: Mark Hemingway

Hillary Clinton tickets given out free after they don’t sell: FAM
Why Does John Kasich Keep Lying About Obamacare?: Jason Hart
Al Gore: ‘Too Early’ To Back Hillary Clinton: iOTWreport

America – It’s Time To Go On Offense: Russ Hepler
If Dems Don’t Compromise On Gun Reciprocity, They Could Lose Big: Bob Owens
NYC Elected Officials Attend Meeting with Anti-Semitic Minister Louis Farrakhan: JPupdates

Gay marriage: Another reason Muslims may want to reconsider emigrating to America: John Ruberry
ISIS marks gay marriage ruling by throwing 4 gay men off a roof: Robert Spencer
Post-SCOTUS Gay Marriage: Religious institution tax exemptions at risk: LI

Economy

Ignoring Tsipras Plea For Calm, Greeks Storm ATMs, Stores, Gas Stations: ZH
What a Grexit Could Mean For the Euro: Walter Russell Mead
Everything to Know About Greece’s Economic Crisis: Geoffrey Smith

Scandal Central

Trey Gowdy Says He May Call On ‘Recalcitrant’ John Kerry To Testify About Hillary’s Emails: Chuck Ross
ATF’s Left Hand Doesn’t Know What Its Right Hand is Doing: David Codrea
Boehner Got $5M, Ryan $2M, McConnell $9M – Any Doubt Why TPA Passed?: Rick Wells

Media

Stay Classy, Gays! Priest Walking By NYC Pride Parade GETS SPIT ON!: Sooper
The Washington Free Beacon inadvertently narcs out school pepper smuggling rings.: Moe Lane
Ted Cruz Shows How to Handle Moonbats Who Exploit Tragedies: MB

‘Nobody is more read for Hillary than the mainstream media’: Ted Cruz strikes at the ‘docile’ press: Scoop
Coulter to PJM: Cut Off All Immigration, Focus on White Voters to Win: Nicholas Ballasy
Obergefell and the roadmap to drive Christianity from the public square: RS

World

Witness to French terror attack: I'm moving to Israel: Hayom
Turks break up gay pride parade with rubber bullets and water cannons: Marathon
Desmond Tutu: Once a hero, now forlorn anti-Israel loser: Michael Curtis

Islamic State uses US-made anti-tank missiles in Hasakah offensive: Caleb Weiss
ISIS and the Lonely Young American: Rukmini Callimachi, NYT
Unhappy anniversary: Islamic State calls for violence on first birthday: Marathon

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

EPA Administrator Says Over Half of Americans are Not ‘Normal Human Beings’: Frank Camp
Is facial recognition a threat on Facebook and Google?: Mike Elgan
Israeli Computer Expert Works to Simplify Cyber Security: Maayan Jaffe

Cornucopia

Why Four Justices Were Against the Supreme Court's Huge Gay-Marriage Decision: NatlJrnl
Greece: At Least It’s Not Detroit: MOTUS
NASA'S Put Space Shuttle Wreckage Into This Heartbreaking Exhibition: Attila Nagy

Image: Ayatollah Roberts and His Sharia Council
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QOTD: "Based on the research Coulter conducted, she concluded that a legal fix is not going to improve the immigration system.

“The entire thing has to be shut down. No more immigration for 10 years. We get our books in order. We assimilate the ones already here. Build a fence. Repeal anchor babies and then we start up with the pre-1970 immigration policies,” Coulter said.

“It’s not just Obama; Bush was the same way. Bush didn’t enforce it, either. The entire immigration bureaucracy is corrupt. It is run by and staffed by left-wingers who hate America who in other times would have been fighting with revolutionaries in Latin America and getting themselves arrested. Now they punish Americans here at home. They say we are racist, sexist, imperialistic, greedy, they want to transform America because they hate America,” she added.

Coulter told PJ Media that Republicans can win in 2016 without substantial support from the Hispanic community." --Nicholas Ballasy