Monday, March 30, 2015

Clinton E-Mail Server Receives Secret Service Protection

What Difference, at this Point, Does it Make?
At a news conference this month, Mrs. Clinton appeared to provide two answers about whether she still had copies of her emails. First, she said that she “chose not to keep” her private personal emails after her lawyers had examined the account and determined on their own which ones were personal and which were State Department records. But later, she said that the server, which contained personal communication by her and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, “will remain private.” The server was kept at their home in Chappaqua, N.Y., which is protected around the clock by the Secret Service. (New York Times, 3/28/2015)

Our next president.

America weeps. 

Dirty Harry
Mr. Reid’s admirers seem to think Mr. Reid is their champion, but the reason he has carried so much water for Mr. Obama isn’t liberal ideals. It’s the result of a crude political bargain in which Mr. Reid agreed to do the President’s dirty work on Capitol Hill if Mr. Obama blocked the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. (Wall Street Journal, 3/30/2015)

Reid will be feted at his retirement by Democrats and the media who will use words like "tireless" and "unflinching." We are glad to be reminded of his crass political deals. And, of course, we will always cherish his description of Barack Obama as  "a light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." If John Boehner used such language he would be in a nursing home now. No such banishment for Reid, however, because Obama 'knows what is in Reid's heart.'

Measures similar to that signed into law by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence this week are already in place at the federal level and in some 30 states. The law covers a relatively complex issue—setting a legal framework for those who claim a government rule or requirement is hampering their exercise of religion. (Wall Street Journal, 3/29/2015)

The Gay Mafia along with its Liberal enablers are apoplectic about a new Indiana law. 

Which is exceedingly complex to understand, never mind explain. 

Which mirrors federal law. 

And state law in thirty states. 

It does not matter, however, because any opportunity to cry "homophobe!" is an opportunity not to be missed.

One of Silicon Valley’s most famous venture capital firms prevailed on Friday over a former partner in a closely watched suit claiming gender discrimination, but hardly got away unscathed. The plaintiff, Ellen Pao, had accused the firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, of discriminating against her in the course of her employment and eventual dismissal.
After the jurors rejected each of her four claims, they were found to be one vote short on a claim about her termination. For two hours, doubt reigned, the media unspooled possible outcomes and the jury went back to work. In the end, the problem seemed more juror confusion than anything else, and the claim went down with the others. (New York Times, 3/28/2015)

We have absolutely no idea whether Ellen Pao's lawsuit against Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers had any merit. We don't know if either party is good or bad. What amazes us, however, is the way in which the New York Times and feminists can claim that the case 'prompts a debate' and 'sends a powerful signal.' 

How exactly? She lost. 

On every single count.

What does failure look like?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Obama Fails to Learn the Lessons of History

"The very foundation of the United States, without which this nation could not survive as a democracy, is that its citizens shall be kept informed, so that on the truth, and the truth alone, they may build their judgments. The public has a right to know when the executive branch of the government makes far-reaching commitments which affect millions of persons and which might seriously endanger the security of the United States. The support of the public is equally essential to our government in carrying out a policy toward other nations. The peace of the globe itself calls for the maintenance of a policy of firmness by the United States backed by military strength. History has already proved that such a policy is a far more effective deterrent of international aggression than a policy of inertia, vacillation or appeasement." (from I Saw Poland Betrayed: An American Ambassador Reports to the American People, Arthur Bliss Lane, United States Ambassador to Poland, 1944 - 1947)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elbows and Backs

Let the Liberal media feeding frenzy on Ted Cruz begin now that he has announced for president. Here are some facts you should know first:

- He graduated cum laude from Princeton.

- He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law.

- Harvard's Alan Dershowitz (no great friend of conservatives) said about him: "Cruz was off-the-charts brilliant." (Wikipedia)

Liberals are enamored of people who are smart. Or in the case of Barack Obama, people who they think are smart, even though those same people never released their academic transcripts. What will they say about Cruz?

The police here said Monday that they had found no evidence that a woman was gang raped at a University of Virginia fraternity house in 2012, and they were suspending their investigation, after a lengthy inquiry in which the alleged victim refused to cooperate. (New York Times, 3/23/2015)

Prediction: This will have absolutely no effect. Feminists will continue to scream ad nauseum about the "culture of rape" on American college campuses.

To avoid a future built on the unsustainable ground of permanent Israeli military subjugation of the Palestinians, the question now is what Palestinians, Americans and the rest of the world should do next to keep the hope of peace alive. (New York Times editorial, 3/24/2015)

What can Palestinians do to "keep the hope of peace alive?" That's a tough one. We do not have any good ideas there. Oh wait! How about this idea: stop building tunnels into Israeli territory in order to launch terror attacks on Israeli civilians. Maybe, just maybe if Palestinians stopped doing that they could keep the hope of peace alive.

Extra Extra
Vermont had a very small uninsured population and paid out extra subsidies that made its program extremely attractive... (New York Times, 3/24/2015)

Wait, not only is Vermont subsidizing eighty percent of its insured population, but it also paid "extra subsidies?"

How did we not know about this before now? Get Shumlin on the line!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Casting Spells

Yemen: Another Obama Foreign Policy Success!
The evacuation of 125 United States Special Operations advisers from Yemen in the past two days is the latest blow to the Obama administration’s counterterrorism campaign, which is already struggling with significant setbacks in Syria, Libya and elsewhere in the volatile region, American officials said Sunday. (New York Times, 3/23/2015)

“This strategy of taking out terrorists who threaten us, while supporting partners on the front lines, is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.” President B. Hussein Obama

But they did show that Mrs. Clinton’s top aides at times corresponded with her about State Department matters from their personal email accounts, raising questions about her recent assertions that she made it her practice to email aides at their government addresses so the messages would be preserved, in compliance with federal record-keeping regulations. (New York Times, 3/23/2015)

Reminding us - once again - of the late William Safire's depiction of Hillary Clinton as a "congenital liar."

No Conflicts Here
When Mr. Mezvinsky and his partners began raising money in 2011 for a new hedge fund firm, Eaglevale Partners, a number of investors in the firm were longtime supporters of the Clintons, according to interviews and financial documents reviewed by The New York Times. Tens of millions of dollars raised by Eaglevale can be attributed to investors with some relationship or link to the Clintons.
Mr. Mezvinsky is a Stanford graduate who is the child of political parents himself. His father, Edward M. Mezvinsky, was a two-term member of Congress from Iowa, and his mother, Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, served a term in Congress from Pennsylvania. (New York Times, 3/23/2015)

First, a reminder to all that the Clinton's son-in-law is a hedge fund executive. How Hillary is going to square this with the Elizabeth Warren-Bernie Sanders wing of the Democrat party is anyone's guess.

And then there is the small matter of Edward M. Mezvinsky. What is the New York Times forgetting to tell us? Thinking..... Oh, that's right! It's this:

His father, Ed Mezvinsky, was a two-term Democratic congressman, representing Iowa’s first congressional district from 1973 to 1977. But in 2002, the former congressman pleaded guilty to swindling more than $10 million from family and friends in a Ponzi-esque scheme. (, 9/27/2014)

Perhaps the New York Times did not know this. Or - and it pains us to even think this - Times reporters knew it and simply chose to omit it because they are dishonest journalists. 

Coffee Black
Howard D. Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, said in a letter to employees on Sunday that baristas would no longer be encouraged to write the phrase “Race Together” on customers’ coffee cups, drawing to a close a widely derided component of the company’s plan to promote a discussion on racial issues. (New York Times, 3/23/2015)

Sources say that Starbucks intends shortly to roll out a new communication campaign in which baristas will ask customers to rate the job performance of President Obama on a scale of 1 (high) to 10 (low). All customers who rate him 5 or below will be given a free latte. 

We Can Breathe (Again)
Giving implicit credence to the named sources who described Michael Brown as having his hands up as he was fired on by Officer Darren Wilson, I criticized the use of unnamed sources who offered opposing information: They said that the officer had reason to fear Mr. Brown. I even went so far as to call those unnamed sources “ghosts” because readers had so little ability to evaluate their identity and credibility... But I want to go further now and say that what I wrote was substantially flawed. (Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor, New York Times, 3/23/2015)

The New York Times confesses. Too bad they do not put it on the front they did the initial slander. 

“We take him at his word when he said that it wouldn’t happen during his prime ministership, and so that’s why we’ve got to evaluate what other options are available to make sure that we don’t see a chaotic situation in the region,” Mr. Obama said in the interview, which was taped Friday. (Wall Street Journal, 3/23/2015)

Obama on Netanyahu. 

And we took Obama at this word when he said that we could keep our health insurance....

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Don't Forget to Pay Your Obamacare Tax Penalties

Failure to Improve
Gov. Peter Shumlin says the state will consider abandoning the Vermont Health Connect insurance exchange and moving to a federally supported system if the state-based marketplace fails to improve.

"We now have a vendor with a proven delivery record to finish the job," Shumlin said in a statement. "Ideally, Vermonters will continue to benefit from the Vermont-focused health insurance marketplace that we all envisioned, a system that builds upon our history of health reform and advances our goal of health coverage for all Vermonters.

"But if our system can't deliver for Vermonters by next fall," Shumlin continued, "we'll need to take action to move permanently to a system that can." Vermont Health Connect has suffered back-end technological problems and cost overruns since launching in October 2013. (Burlington Free Press, 3/20/2015)

So everything is going swimmingly as far as health care reform in Vermont goes...except for that pesky website. Which is where people go to buy health care. (As a user of VHC we can confirm: it is a nightmare). 

And how about that tough accountability from Gov. Shumlin? 'If we can't fix the website - two years after its launch, mind you - we are going to abandon it!'

The Logic of Obama's Foreign Policy
The sharpened tone indicates that the Obama administration may be re-evaluating its relationship with its closest ally in the Middle East, having lost patience with Mr. Netanyahu in the closing days of an election campaign in which he spotlighted deep disagreements with President Obama over a Palestinian state and a nuclear deal with Iran.....The moves confirmed that instead of acting quickly to smooth over tensions with Mr. Netanyahu that burst to the fore in the weeks running up to the Israeli elections, the White House is stoking the acrimony. (New York Times, 3/21/2015)

Country Obama Improves Relations With: Cuba
Country Obama Wants to Isolate: Israel

Friday, March 20, 2015

Source: Starbucks Seeks to Initiate Conversation about Abortion with Customers

Burnt Grounds
Scrawled on Starbucks cups, the words “Race Together” were intended to stimulate conversations about race relations in America, beginning just days before the company’s annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday. But the coffee company’s campaign has instead unleashed widespread vitriol and derision. (New York Times, 3/19/2015)

So try this: head into Starbucks and suggest to your barrista that you believe Officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense and that Michael Brown committed felonious assault on a peace officer. That's a conversation about race that might stimulate some discussion! Of course, you might get slipped a decaf coffee...

The Passion
Allies, antagonists and average Israelis have long struggled to understand just what Mr. Netanyahu, a deft political strategist, actually believes in, beyond his passionate commitment to Israel’s security and to the Jewish people. (New York Times, 3/19/2015)

So Netanyahu is passionately dedicated to the security and fate of Israelis. And somehow the New York Times claims there is confusion on the part of observers with respect to his core beliefs. Sounds like Bibi has it just about right. Of course the Times would say there was no confusion if Netanyahu were publicly in favor of, say, gay marriage or legalized marijuana. Then they would say that everyone knows where he stands on the issues.

The Census Bureau asks Americans about subjects as varied as race, religion, annual income and even their source of home heating. But there is one glaring demographic omission: The census does not ask people about their sexual orientation. (New York Times, 3/20/2015)

Glaring omission? Since when has the Census Bureau been tasked with determining the sexual practices of Americans. Wouldn't Liberals be outraged that the government is prying into the private sex lives of ordinary citizens?

Quote of the Day
“It is amazing that people who think we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication somehow think that we can afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.” (Thomas Sowell, Knowledge And Decisions)

It has been too long since we have quoted Sowell.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ready for Hillary: E-mail Scandal Officially Declared "Old News"

The question moving forward for Mr. Obama may be whether he should essentially write off the Israeli prime minister in much the same way he has written off building any relationship with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, another frequent antagonist. (New York Times, 3/18/2015)

Relationships that Obama has not written off (in fact they are thriving!) include: the Iranian mullahs and the Castro brothers.

Never Never Land
But personally, Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu have never become close, aides said. The Israeli prime minister is known for being difficult. James A. Baker III, the former secretary of state, once barred Mr. Netanyahu, then a more junior government official, from the halls of the State Department. President Bill Clinton famously disliked Mr. Netanyahu. (New York Times, 3/18/2015)

Liberals are beside themselves that Netanyahu was resoundingly re-elected. They haven't been this upset since... well, since the recent U.S. mid-term elections. And so the New York Times decides that the best approach is to trash-talk Bibi.

Meanwhile, over at MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell takes the democratic election of Netanyahu as a sign of the end of days. Helpfully, she interviews Palestinians who provide objective analyses of the horrible consequences that this election has for the region. 

Just kidding about the "objective" part! 

Monday, March 16, 2015

How NOT to Convince Someone That Climate Change is Real

For the third time in the last few years, Al Gore, founder and chairman of the Climate Reality Project, spoke at the festival on Friday. Naturally, his interactive discussion focused on addressing the climate crisis. The former vice president focused on the need to “punish climate-change deniers, saying politicians should pay a price for rejecting ‘accepted science,'” said the Chicago Tribune.

Gore said forward-thinking investors are moving away from companies that invest in fossil fuels and towards companies investing in renewable energy. “We need to put a price on carbon to accelerate these market trends,” Gore told the Chicago Tribune, referring to a proposed federal cap-and-trade system that would penalize companies that exceeded their carbon-emission limits. “And in order to do that, we need to put a price on denial in politics.” (, 3/16/2015)

If you want to convince RedStateVT that man-made climate change is real... are some things that you should not do or say:

Please do not insult us or call us names.  If we are "climate-deniers" then you are "climate-truthers."

Please do not threaten to punish us (see above). That just makes us dig in our heels.

Please do not tell us that the answer to climate change is a tax. How does that make sense? Plus we think Americans pay too much in taxes already.

Please do not announce that climate change is "settled science." You can't say "accepted science" either. We have studied the issue and come to a different conclusion.  Plenty of people, including many scientists, disagree with you.

Please do not blame oil companies. No one, including you can live one day without fossil fuels. Oil is legal. Thank God for oil. are some things that you should do or explain:

Please explain Climategate. Remember when scientists were found to have been colluding on the "science" of climate change? We do. Please explain.

Please explain exactly how Federal and state grant money flows to scientists and others who believe in man-made climate change. Just how much does Bill McKibben pull in?

Please separate out what you believe to be man-made climate change from naturally occurring climate change. 

Please factually refute just one thing found on 

Please tell Al Gore to shut up. Really, do you want this phony to be your spokesperson? By the way, please ask Al Gore how many millions of dollars he has personally made from ginning up this issue.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Lighten Other Skies

H. 395. An act relating to establishing a carbon pollution tax. This would tax carbon at $50 per tonne in its first year, then raise that by $10 per tonne each year until the tax reached $100 per tonne. 80 percent of the revenue from the tax would be dispersed through various income redistribution streams. The remaining 20 percent would be used to subsidize weatherization and other thermal energy efficiency projects and something called a Vermont Sustainable Transportation Fund. (, 3/15/2015)

With Liberals the solution to any problem - real or imagined - is taxes. Always taxes.

Old And In The Way
On MSNBC last week, 70-year-old James Carville denounced the coverage of his old friend Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a personal email account at the State Department, ticking off two decades’ worth of scandals surrounding the Clintons that he attributed to an irresponsible news media.

Mr. Carville complained to the host, Andrea Mitchell, that he had “lived through this.”

“Do you remember Whitewater?” he asked. “Do you remember Filegate? You remember Travelgate? You remember Pardongate? You remember Benghazi?” (New York Times, 3/15/2015)

Thank you to James Carville for reminding us of previous Clinton scandals.

Spreading It
“My contacts and friends in newspapers and TV tell me that they’ve been contacted by the White House and offered all kinds of negative stories about us,” one of Bill’s friends quotes him as saying. “The Obamas are behind the e-mail story, and they’re spreading rumors that I’ve been with women, that Hillary promoted people at the State Department who’d done favors for our foundation, that John Kerry had to clean up diplomatic messes Hillary left behind.” (, 3/15/2015)

Bill Clinton continued: "They're lies! All lies! Except for the part about me being with other women..."

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Breaking: Hillary Clinton concedes, will release e-mails related to her yoga routines

Hillary Clinton said today she has deleted more than 30,000 “personal” emails from her days as Secretary of State and won’t allow access to the private server she used to send them. “The server will remain private,” she declared. (, 3/10/2015)

This is now.

In 2007, Mrs. Clinton, then a senator from New York and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, accused the George W. Bush administration of using “secret White House email accounts” along with secret wiretaps and military tribunals. “You know, our Constitution is being shredded,” she said at the time. (New York Times, 3/11/2015)

That was then.

Attorney General Eric Holder has used three different email aliases during his six years in the top job at the Justice Department, officials say. (, 3/11/2015)

RedStateVT can confirm that among the aliases used by Holder were the following:, and

Cooled Off
It is a cool, businesslike approach, similar to the way Mr. Obama deals with members of Congress, donors and activists at home. But historians and some of the president’s former foreign policy advisers say the distance the president keeps from foreign leaders leaves him without the durable relationships that previous presidents forged to help smooth disagreements and secure reluctant cooperation. (New York Times, 3/10/2015)

Liberals love the idea of Obama as a too-cool-for-school hipster. The politics is beneath him. He is playing a different game than everyone else, etc. 

The truth is that he is a loner who does not connect with people. He does not like others and generally they do not like him. 

Not Viable
The two most viable alternatives to Clinton spoke at the IAFF gathering Monday: Biden, who projects sincerity, blue-collar appeal and solid competence; and Warren, who, with her passion and righteous indignation, could ignite a populist movement. But the senator from Massachusetts doesn’t want to run, and the vice president would like to but sees no way to upend the Clinton juggernaut. (Dana Milbank, Washington Post, 3/10/2015)

Biden projects "sincerity" and "competence?"

OK, it is official. Nothing Milbank says can ever be taken seriously again. 

Say It Again
The Obama administration said Tuesday that 11.7 million Americans now have private health insurance through federal and state marketplaces, with 86 percent of them receiving financial assistance from the federal government to help pay premiums. (New York Times, 3/11/2015)

Eighty-six percent of Americans getting health insurance through the exchanges are getting subsidies! To Liberals, this is success. To others, this is further evidence of the nanny state gone awry.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton: I Urge Me to Release My E-Mails

Trader B
At the White House, Josh Earnest, the press secretary, told reporters that President Obama traded emails with Mrs. Clinton while she was secretary of state, but that the president did not understand that her messages were not being made available to the government in some form. (New York Times, 3/10/2015)

Said the president: "I don't really understand how all this computer stuff works."

Preparation H
Hillary Rodham Clinton is preparing in coming days to address her use of a private email account while serving as secretary of state, according to people close to Mrs. Clinton, even as she continued to avoid questions about the matter on Monday after speaking at a Clinton Foundation event in New York. (New York Times, 3/10/2015)

Hillary has a few things to do before she addresses the issue of why she violated State Department policy including: choosing an outfit to wear (will she go with pink?), speaking out for women's rights, getting photographed with Chelsea's baby, poll-testing possible excuses, and finally, deleting any embarrassing e-mails. 

Muscle Bound
Beyond that, Democrats assert, the new laws throughout the region are intended to help Republicans build a favorable electoral map for 2016, by weakening the labor groups that have traditionally provided muscle and money to Democratic candidates in crucial swing states. (New York Times, 3/9/2015)

So right-to-work laws which "help Republicans" are bad because they disadvantage Democrats.

Question: How do they disadvantage Democrats? 

Answer: Democrats get less money from unions.

Question: Why does this matter?

Answer: See below.

...In Mr. de Blasio’s case, the parent union of the United Federation of Teachers made a $350,000 contribution to the fund last spring, as City Hall and the teachers’ union negotiated a labor contract. (New York Times, 3/10/2015)

So union bribes to Democrats are jeopardized by right-to-work laws. Score one for democracy.

The fractious debate over a possible nuclear deal with Iran escalated on Monday as 47 Republican senators warned Iran about making an agreement with President Obama, and the White House accused them of undercutting foreign policy. (New York Times, 3/10/2015)

So President Obama does not like it when Republicans act unilaterally. Who else acts unilaterally? 

Last week, at a gathering convened without the mayor, the commissioner turned the city’s attention to marijuana again, delivering a darker message: Homicides were up — to 54 through March 1, compared with 45 over the same period the year before. Shootings too. And marijuana, Mr. Bratton said, was a factor in the violence.

“The seemingly innocent drug that’s being legalized around the country,” he said. “In this city, people are killing each other over marijuana.” (New York Times, 3/10/2015)

Like Vermont's Shumlin, NYC mayor, Sub-commander de Blasio cannot wait to legalize marijuana. Meanwhile NYC returns to chaos. Could it have ANYTHING to do with the mayor's directive to police to cease "stop-and-frisk?"

Monday, March 9, 2015

Yonder Tomb

Slow Learner
President Obama said Saturday that he had learned only last week that Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private email system for her official correspondence while she was secretary of state. (New York Times, 3/8/2015)

Furthermore, Obama said, he only realized last week that Clinton was no longer secretary of state!

In an interview with Bill Plante of CBS News, Mr. Obama said the policy of his administration was to “encourage transparency” and that he was pleased that Mrs. Clinton had instructed the State Department to turn over her emails for archiving. (New York Times, 3/8/2015)

And this, of course, demonstrates just how utterly corrupt both Clinton and Obama are and how little regard they have for the American people. The State Department does not have Clinton's e-mails. She does! They are locked up in Chappaqua on her private server!

Heads Spin
As Hillary Clinton Stays Quiet About Private Emails, Republicans Seize Moment to Criticize Her (New York Times headline, 3/9/2015)

Senator Charles Schumer, Democrat of New York, attempted to tone down the rhetoric, calling it a political attack that would soon blow over. (New York Times, 3/9/2015)

Well, the New York Times (and Democrats) seemed to have settled on a strategy for dealing with the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal: blame Republicans. If your head is spinning, it is no surprise. Yes, news of the scandal first appeared in the New York Times which continues to report on it...but it is somehow a Republican issue. We're guessing that the Times and Hillary are eventually going to go with the "War on Women" defense. 

We also note that perennial Clinton apologist James Carville has crawled out from under a rock. With Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC (of all people!) he employed his patented defense whenever a Clinton scandal erupts: he yells. 

Former President Bill Clinton spoke out in defense of his family foundation’s acceptance of donations from foreign governments on Saturday, after a series of news reports that raised questions about the practice, which quietly resumed after Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped down as secretary of state.....“My theory about all this is, disclose everything,” Mr. Clinton said. “And then let people make their judgments,” Mr. Clinton said. (New York Times, 3/8/2015)

Bill Clinton said further: "You may recall that during my presidency when it came out that I was having an adulterous sexual relationship with one of my young White House employees, I followed this same practice and immediately disclosed everything."

Mrs. Clinton’s glide path to a likely April announcement that she will seek the presidency was built around women’s issues. Advancing women has been her central life’s work, as she and her admirers say proudly; she made it a priority as secretary of state and focused on it as a philanthropist. But that focus also allowed Mrs. Clinton, who played down her gender in 2008, to frame her second attempt at the White House in what could be one way to make it special and new: as a shot at history for her and for all women. (New York Times, 3/9/2015)

Left unsaid by the Times, of course, is the work that Hillary Clinton did in her "other" central life's work: disparaging the numerous women with whom her husband was having affairs. That was also a "priority." Call it "the War on Bill's Women."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Another Day, Another Clinton Scandal

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. (New York Times, 3/3/2015)

Question: How do we know that the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal is serious? 
Answer: ABC News yesterday featured the story fourth...after reporting on an imminent East Coast snow storm.

Question: Why would the New York Times even bother to report the story?
Answer: This is a bit more difficult to ascertain, but RedStateVT has a theory. Goes like this...

We believe that some "Ready for Hillary" staffers working at the New York Times may have broken ranks. Recent revelations that Hillary has accepted money from foreign governments including Saudi Arabia, Oman, United Arab Emirates, ISIS, etc. may have led these staffers to conclude that Hillary was unelectable. With much regret, this group may have decided to trade in their pantsuits for native American headdresses and get behind Lizzie Warren. Hence the e-mail-gate story effectively putting both Bill and Hill out to pasture. The silver lining for Bill, of course, is that he does not have to tone down the skirt-chasing for the next ten years. 

By the way, here is Hillary's defense:
Mrs. Clinton’s aides have said her use of private email was not out of the ordinary, pointing to the fact that former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used a personal email account, before the current regulations went into effect. (New York Times, 3/4/2015)

So Colin Powell used his personal e-mail account before the policy was changed to prohibit the SOS from using his/her personal e-mail account. Therefore, Hillary Clinton - who used her personal e-mail account AFTER the policy was changed to prohibit such usage - is in the clear. 

Got it. 

Boom Time
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received numerous standing ovations and booming cheers from both sides of the aisle when he addressed a joint meeting of Congress Tuesday. Netanyahu’s remarks focused on the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran.

A deal with Iran, the prime minister said, will permit the country to keep its large nuclear infrastructure of thousands of spinning centrifuges intact. This will enable Iran to get to the bomb in a short period of time, he said. (, 3/3/2015)

Left unsaid in Netanyahu's statesman-like address was the following:

"Hey people, is there anyone left on the planet who thinks that Obama is a good negotiator? I am NOT going to have the fate of Israel decided by a community organizer who has screwed up every negotiation he ever engaged in."  (See Russia, Cuba, Iraq, etc.)

Monday, March 2, 2015

To Bind the Free

G.O.P. Race Starts in Lavish Haunts of Rich Donors (New York Times headline, 3/1/2015)

Hillary Clinton Rakes in Foreign Money for 2016 Campaign (RedStateVT headline, 3/2/2015)

How the New York Times Describes Wealthy Donors to Each Political Party (3/1/2015)

Republican donors:
Bruce Rastetter, a businessman and prominent “super PAC” donor
Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson
TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts 
Robert Mercer, a publicity-shy hedge fund executive
John Childs, a Florida-based investor 

Summary: greedy, rich, secretive Wall Streeters

Democrat donor:
Tom Steyer, the billionaire environmental activist*

Summary: wealthy philanthropist

* actually, isn't Steyer a fossil fuels hedge fund manager?