Emoji madness: My bracket’s Final Four

The NCAA tournament has begun (Hampton just beat Manhattan for the honor of being slaughtered by Kentucky in the Second Round), so this is the Final Four I’m looking for:

In the East

louisvilleCardinals

In the Midwest

kentuckyWildcats

In the West

uncTarHeels

And in the South

dukeBlueDevil

Yes, I know some of these picks are insane, but that’s why they call it March Madness. (For the emojis for every team in the tournament, click here and make your own bracket.)

Obama in Selma

On March 7, 1965, about 600 people gathered to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

This is what happened:

It’s important to remember the history to fully appreciate Obama’s words. Some of us are old enough to remember when this happened. A lot of us weren’t even alive then and see it as ancient history.

Fifty years is a lifetime. But for some of us who watched the persecution and the beatings on television that night a half century ago, it really was only yesterday.

Let the Clinton derangement syndrome begin!

cjones03042015So, 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;[22] 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).[23] The German periodical Der Spiegel reported a more complex story[24] involving errors on both sides. The incident resulted in widely expressed fears that the information released could endanger innocent lives.[25][26]

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?”

Yep.

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?

Yep.

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.