Thursday, March 5, 2015

Is the NY Times lifting Clinton email scandal info from libertarian-conservative

Who first uncovered the mysterious link to in-the-shadows Clinton aide Justin Cooper? 

From Eric Dondero: 

Note - Chuck C. Johnson, formerly with Reason magazine and, a self-described "libertarian" who lives in California, reported the following a full 24 hours ago, March 5, at his site for investigative journalism,

BREAKING, Exclusive: We Can Connect Senior Clinton Adviser, Ghostwriter to Hillary Clinton Email Scandal
Hillary Clinton’s private email is connected to a Clinton aide and part of a wider private email network used by associates of the Clinton family, has learned. 
In particular we can connect Justin Cooper, a former ghostwriter for Clinton Clinton and current senior aide in the Clintons’ influence peddling operation nexus. (Emphasis added.) 
Clinton has come under fire from the New York Times for illegally circumventing the federal records laws that require turning over emails and discourage the use of private email accounts. Cooper traveled with Clinton extensively and helps the Clintons with their “finances, business matters, public relations, politics, the Clinton Family Foundation and the Clinton Foundation’s initiatives as well as the Clinton Global Initiative,” according to a fawning Wikipedia page. He is also on the board of the American University of Dubai. 
Cooper also accompanied Clinton to North Korea when Clinton successfully secured the release of two American journalists, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, in August 2009. Did Clinton open his unsecured email in North Korea?
Times' Hillary beat reporter been getting her scoops from a libertarian site? 

More from Got News:
The revelation of personal and political intermixing suggests that the Clinton Inc. world is far more intertwined. A tipster sent us this analysis earlier today. Here are some basic details and the steps I took to find them about Hillary’s email server. Also some comments/thoughts. I initially decided to look into it when I saw Anil Dash’s tweet about the MX Logic. 
As I mentioned on the phone, I had a client who had some issues with messages bouncing going into the MX Logic service before, so I was somewhat familiar with WHAT it was. It is a service owed and operated by McAfee that does SPAM filtering and virus/malware detection of inbound email. (I believe McAfee is now wholly owned by Intel.) In my client case, the MX Logic service front-ended a corporate Microsoft Exchange server; that got me wondering if that was in fact what was going on here...
Read the full text of the wonkish investigation into the email trail at our friend Chuck's

More importantly for the purposes of this post, note the similarities with information on the emails printed in the ever-so-prestigious New York Times by Hillary beat reporter Amy Chozick just an hour ago:
Membership in Clinton’s Email Domain Is Remembered as a Mark of Status 
Just before Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as secretary of state in January 2009, she and her closest aides decided that she should have her own private email address as Mrs. Clinton moved away from the Blackberry address that she had used during her 2008 presidential campaign. 
Private email would allow Mrs. Clinton to communicate with people in and out of government, separate from the system maintained at the State Department. 
An aide who had been with the Clintons since the 1990s, Justin Cooper, registered the domain name,, which had a server linked to the Clintons’ home address in Chappaqua, N.Y. Obtaining an account from that domain became a symbol of status within the family’s inner circle, conferring prestige and closeness to the secretary. (Emphasis added.) 
In fairness, the Times goes on to advance the story, quoting a number of techie professionals and Clinton associates and critics about the growing scandal.  However, there is not a single footnote or even a simple hat tip crediting Johnson in the entire Times piece.

First attacks on Clinton over email scandal from... Republicans Walker, Cruz, Rubio, Bush? Nope... from DEMOCRAT Martin O'Malley

"Those aren't some tabloid scandals... Those are job related, national security related issues that matter" -- Top O'Malley for president aide H. Boyd Brown 

From Eric Dondero: 

And so it begins... We are now officially in the presidential nomination season on the Democrat side. (C-PAC last weekend was the launching of the campaign for Republicans.) 

From WaPo
Amid Clinton controversies, Democrats yearn for an alternative
Democratic activists in early presidential nominating states say that new controversies swirling around Hillary Rodham Clinton have made them more eager than ever for alternatives in 2016. 
The undercurrent of anxiety about Clinton’s vulnerabilities has grown in recent days with potentially damaging news of foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and the former secretary of state’s use of private email accounts to conduct official business. 
“The problem is, there’s nobody out there who’s not Clinton who’s the equivalent of Barack Obama,” said Larry Drake, chairman of the Portsmouth Democrats in New Hampshire. “He was a fresh face ... and he gave great speeches and he turned out to be electable.” 
The angst among Democrats offers new evidence that opportunities remain for other candidates despite Clinton’s commanding lead in early polls. 
H. Boyd Brown, a member of the Democratic National Committee from South Carolina who supports former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, said Clinton will not wear well as Democrats are exposed to a continuing drumbeat of press scrutiny. 
“Nobody down here wants a coronation,” Brown said. “We need options. Who knows what could happen. It’s always good to have more than one candidate running.” 
“Those aren’t some tabloid scandals,”he said of the Clinton controversies. “Those are job-related, national-security-related issues that matter.” (Emphasis added.)
So, will Dems go for the beefcake male over the sagging old lady? As the Post, O'Malley's 2nd hometown paper next to the Baltimore Sun points out, Clinton is nearing 68, O'Malley a Kennedy-esque 52. 

Editor's note - As a fellow 52 yr-old I can attest it's the prime of one's life. I've never felt more vigorous, intellectually capable, and thanks to Viagra - ahem - more of a tiger in the sack.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New Democrat Governor of Pennsylvania seeks - tax increases!

by Clifford F. Thies 

Well, Duh! 

The people of Pennsylvania have nobody to blame but themselves. Elect Democrats, get higher taxes. It follows like messy diapers follow feeding babies. 

While calling for selective tax reductions (mostly to cut taxes on Democratic constituencies), newly-elected Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's proposed budget includes a net increase in taxes of $2 billion, including hikes in the state income tax and the state sales tax, along with a new severance tax on natural gas (with tracking, Pennsylvania is back in the business of producing energy). The increased revenue is to fund the expensive promises Wolf made during last year's campaign. As to whether he will get the tax increases through the Republican-controlled state legislature remains to be seen.

Israel: March 17 election too close to call

by Clifford F. Thies 

Our tracking poll of the upcoming election in Israel only indicates that the outcome will be close, and the possibility of post election intrigue. The parties of the right and the Hasidic parties look to win half of the 120 seats in the next Knesset, and the parties of the center, of the left and the Arab parties also look to win half. 

Benjamin Netanyahu's center-right Likud Party is in a neck-and-neck race with the combined center-left Labor-Hatnuah joint list for the largest single party. Post-election, it is possible that Likud - if it were to finish in first place - would seek the center parties to join in a revamped center-right/center coalition (yellow, orange and the three shades of blue), similar to the one that preceded the snap election. 

It is also possible that Labor-Hatnuah - if it were to finish in first place - would reach out to the Hasidic parties rather than to the Arab parties to form a ruling coalition (yellow, orange, the two lighter shades of gray, and the two shades of red).

If the IRS is threatening to seize your assets and put liens on your bank accounts, ignore it: IRS officials confirm, it's all a scam

Fraudsters from Overseas (Nigeria, Syria, Lebanon, India, Pakistan?) are "absolutely ruthless" 

From Eric Dondero: 

One poor guy, a reverend from North Carolina no less, got scammed for over $16,000 from his bank account. So, the IRS is now advising U.S. taxpayers that if they receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, to just hang up. 

From, "Dangerous "IRS" scam unfolding on your phone":
Phone bank scammers,
There's a new alert about a massive phone scam involving criminals posing as IRS agents. It's something you need to know about with the income tax filing deadline only a month and a half away. 
The people behind this scam are calling at least 10,000 Americans every week, and federal investigators say they are absolutely ruthless, reports CBS News correspondent Chip Reid.
Terrifying ordeal in North Carolina 

Al Cadenhead is senior pastor at Providence Baptist church in Charlotte, North Carolina. Last fall, he got a message on his cell phone from someone claiming to be with the IRS. "Don't disregard this message as delay in calling us back might end up in a legal matter for you," the message said. 
He did call back -- and it was the beginning of a terrifying ordeal. 
phone bank scammer Fareez Malik
"This woman gave me her name and her badge number and said she was informing me that they were filing a warrant for my arrest," Cadenhead said. "For tax fraud; and she started listing all the things they were going to do." 
He said she told him they would freeze his accounts and put a lien on his house. "My heart was racing. It was racing. I am very afraid at that point," Cadenhead said. He did not believe he had done anything wrong, but the stakes were too high to fight. 
"I don't want to cause embarrassment to my family, to my church. I'm retiring in a few months. This is not how I want to be remembered, being arrested," Cadenhead said. So he reluctantly followed orders. Again and again he drove to his bank and withdrew money, then went to drug stores, where he bought prepaid debit cards. 
Finally, he read the scammers the PIN numbers on the cards -- all they needed to get the money.
ALERT!!! If you get a call from someone at the IRS hang up immediately: "You are being scammed" 

The IRS said if you get a call from someone claiming to be with the IRS demanding immediate payment and threatening you with arrest, you are being scammed and you need to hang up the phone.
Editor's note - Catch that? Someone calls you, or contacts you from the IRS, just hang up, tear up the letters, toss them in the trash. Thank you IRS for such helpful advice!

(Photos of suspects recently busted, unrelated case H/t counter-Jihad

BOOM! Scott Walker within 5 points of Hillary in new Rasmussen poll

"It's Very Close"

From Eric Dondero: 

Well, well, well, well, well... This has got to send shivers up the spines of Democrat insiders, Beltway establishmentarians and "Ready for Hillary" activists. A largely unknown Governor from the Mid-West is now within 5 points of Clinton. 

 Rasmussen, "Clinton vs. Walker: It’s Very Close":
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has surged to the front of the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls in recent weeks, and he now gives likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a run for her money. 
Forty-six percent (46%) of Likely U.S. Voters say they would vote for Clinton in a matchup with Walker if the 2016 presidential contest were held today. But a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that nearly as many (41%) would choose Walker instead. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, while six percent (6%) are undecided.
Note - The WI Senate just passed right-to-work. It goes to the House next week and then for Gov. Walker's signature. 

Editor's comment - Gotta be really, really discouraging for Wisconsin liberals to see Walker's rise on the national scene right at the same time he's enacting hardcore free market agenda items like RTW.

Lovely... Man dressed up like Batman character Bane scales fence, breaks into ammonium nitrate and sodium cyanide factory in Queensland

This is not a joke: This is not a spoof post 

From Eric Dondero: 

Receiving very little media attention outside of Queensland, Australia. 

From the, "Man in gimp mask and wetsuit let off after trespassing in explosives factory":

AN INTRUDER who broke into a major explosives factory wearing a gimp mask, a wetsuit and a dog collar...
Startled police arrested Anthony John Weston at Gladstone’s Orica explosives factory after he scaled a fence to get inside. 
One of the officers told a court Weston refused orders to lie down and instead silently raised an arm and pointed at police. [He also] refused to tell police his name and was charged with trespass and unlawfully entering a premises. 
Documents lodged in the District Court as part of the police appeal show Weston scaled the fence at 10.30pm disguised in a full wetsuit, motorcycle armour, hiking boots, a studded dog collar and a leather gimp mask.  
The factory is the world’s largest manufacturer of technical-grade ammonium nitrate and sodium cyanide. (Emphasis added.) 
Four Orica employees and two police officers gave evidence that Weston was found in the factory, and CCTV showed him scaling the fence.
H/t - Dave Blount, Moonbattery 

Islamists now threatening the lives of Western politicians if they don't vote for Sharia Law

Suspected Muslim group sent letter to Australian senator threatening to cut her head off 

From Eric Dondero: 

She's a first-termer, a member of the somewhat eccentric Palmer United Party. She recently appeared on the Australian version of the Dating Game. She is a single mom at 41. She represents Tasmania. 

From the Australian Business Insider
Senator Jacquie Lambie has received a death threat letter calling her the enemy of Islamic State
Tasmanian Senator Jacquie Lambie has received a letter saying that IS terrorists plan to behead her. 
The letter, which includes images of a man being beheaded, warns Lambie that she is the enemy of Islamic State... the letter has been referred to the Australian Federal Police. 
News Corp reports the letter could be from the Adelaide Islamic State Mujahideen, which the letter says is a supporter of Lindt cafe gunman Haron Monis’s philosophy.
Editor's note - Hey, there's nothing to see here... The Ron Paul people, Lew Rockwell and the folks at assure us that Islam poses no threat to the West. They don't mean us any harm. If we just leave them alone, they'll leave us alone. So, drink up. Have another pretzel. Turn on those Philadelphia 76ers and those Toronto Maple Leafs on your TV... nothing to fear from Islam... nothing to fear at all.