Monica Lewinsky knows all about it. From a Ted Talk.
Monica Lewinsky knows all about it. From a Ted Talk.
How did I miss this?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) joked Tuesday morning about the intense coverage of his “your world is on fire” comments, saying overblown stories painted him as a “Freddy Krueger” who made a little girl cry.
Mr. Cruz, who is considering a presidential run, gave a talk in New Hampshire over the weekend in which he called President Barack Obama‘s health-care law a train wreck and said that the “Obama-Clinton foreign policy” leads from behind. “The whole world is on fire,” he said.
A little girl in the audience interjected: “The world is on fire?”
Mr. Cruz responded: “The world is on fire, yes. Your world is on fire. But you know what? Your mommy is here and everyone is here to make sure that the world you grow up in is even better.”
On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday, Mr. Cruz said he spoke to the girl’s mom on Monday, who was “dismayed” by all the attention the story was getting. “And I’ll tell you, it was funny because Julia, the little 3-year-old, she was in the background and her mommy said, ‘Ted Cruz is on the phone! Who’s Ted Cruz?’ And Julia at the top of her voice said, ‘The fireman!’ “
Keep it classy, Fox News minions. Looks like it’s not enough to scare old people. Let’s go across generations.
I don’t know who many of these characters are, but if you’re in those states, they’re obvious. Via Vox, which gives a rundown on every one of them at this link. (Click to enlarge):
So, Hillary Clinton had her own e-mail account and the frenzy begins:
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.
It was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.
Let’s point out something here. The lead says that this may have violated federal requirements. But when did those requirements go into effect?
The Federal Records Act requires government agencies to preserve records documenting the “organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures and essential transactions” of an agency’s business. But it was only last year that Congress passed, and President Barack Obama signed, a law with a series of modern-day changes to improve recordkeeping and preservation. …
The National Archives and Records Administration in September 2013 issued guidance to federal agencies that said federal employees generally shouldn’t use personal email accounts to conduct official business, except in limited situations, such as during emergencies when an official may not be able to access an official account.
That little bit of information comes from the Wall Street Journal, definitely not a Clinton loving news organization. So why is this relevant?
Because Hillary left the State Department in February 2013. The rules that are now twisting everybody’s panties in a bunch DIDN’T EXIST WHEN SHE RAN THE STATE DEPARTMENT!!!
I guess everybody must be upset then because by not having her e-mail handled by the State Department, hackers might have accessed her account and embarrassed the U.S., right?
In November 2010, WikiLeaks collaborated with major global media organisations to release U.S. State department diplomatic “cables” in redacted format. On 1 September 2011, it became public that an encrypted version of WikiLeaks’ huge archive of unredacted U.S. State Department cables had been available via BitTorrent for months and that the decryption key (similar to a password) was available to those who knew where to find it. WikiLeaks blamed the breach on its former publication partner, the UK newspaper The Guardian, and that newspaper’s journalist David Leigh, who revealed the key in a book published in February 2011; The Guardian argued that WikiLeaks was to blame since they gave the impression that the decryption key was temporary (something not possible for a file decryption key). The German periodical Der Spiegel reported a more complex story involving errors on both sides. The incident resulted in widely expressed fears that the information released could endanger innocent lives.
Oh, that’s right. Tons of State Department information was hacked. And guess what. None of it was Hillary’s e-mail.
Do we really have to go through GOP congressional hearings on Hillary’s hidden e-mail, which will morph into the next season of “Benghazi’s greatest hits?”
And are we going to get a wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth from the pundit class who’ll say that this is just a sign that Hillary shouldn’t be president because she won’t be able to work with the Republican Party and we’ll have four to eight years of conflict if she’s elected?
But remember. We heard that in 2008, when everyone said we should pick Barack Obama because it was obvious that he was willing to work with all sides to do what’s best for America, regardless of party affiliation. I mean, we didn’t want to lead to an election result that would produce rancor in out political environment.
And how did that work out for us?
Well, the moral equivalent of Ozzie and Harriet are now in the White House, and Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are accused of being Muslim, Kenyan, socialist, communist, fascist usurpers. I mean, who could have seen that coming? (Other than anyone who was sentient during the Clinton administration?)
The Republican Party will never consider a Democrat as a legitimate resident of the White House. I doesn’t do it with Barack Obama. It didn’t do it with Bill Clinton and it sure as hell isn’t going to do it with the Democrat who inevitably wins the next presidential election, considering the clown show the GOP is preparing to give us when the primaries start.
This is a measure of human noise from the National Park Service.
I’m sorry, I’m on the East Coast and can’t hear you (click to enlarge)
Two things: First from the West Virginia House (via Jezebel):
The West Virginia House has begun the process of approving a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the state; Like other version of the same bill, West Virginia’s proposed law has been dubbed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It’s based on the bunk science that fetuses are capable of feeling pain after 20 weeks, and that pain should trump the desire someone might feel to not carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.
The body’s health committee passed the bill Thursday. But first, as the Charleston Gazette reported, in comments that were picked up by both Huffington Post and Think Progress, Delegate Brian Kurcaba said he couldn’t quite see why there should be an exception in the bill for victims of rape or incest.
“Obviously rape is awful,” Kurcaba said. “What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”
And now, from the Utah House of Representatives (from the Salt Lake Tribune):
If someone can’t consent, it’s rape.
A Utah measure seeking to make that legal clarification won early approval in a state legislative committee Tuesday, but some lawmakers qualified their support, questioning whether the law would designate sex with an unconscious spouse as rape.
“If an individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious … a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape, theoretically,” said Rep. Brian Greene, R-Pleasant Grove.”That makes sense in a first date scenario, but to me, not where people have a history of years of sexual activity.”
Your GOP in action. Sticking their noses in your lady parts. If you’re unconscious.