State Department not sure if Clinton Email server was hacked

Where to even begin on the latest from our gal Hillary and the I.G. report on her Email escapade. This one caught my eye because I enjoyed watching the fill in guy over at State, Mark Toner, spin in the wind. Actually the whole State Department presser was worthy of a watch, but I’ll take this for a start.

State Department Can’t Definitively Say Clinton Email Server Was Never Successfully Hacked

Chuck Todd: ‘Wave of manufactured outrage over VA heads comment on wait times’

Faux outrage over the comments made by the head of the VA over wait times? Chuck Todd was at it again this morning on Morning Joe ripping those who are critical of the VA remarks. The panel was strangely silent. I guess this week, the week in which we will celebrate the sacrifice of the very best of us, is not worthy of a foot note on the care they are receiving at the VA. They may have survived our wars, but cannot survive the healthcare dictated to them by bureaucrats. Here tis.

MSNBC host Chuck Todd ripped what he called a “wave of manufactured outrage” Tuesday over Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald comparing wait times for vets to people waiting in line at a Disney theme park.

“When you go to Disney, do they measure the number of hours you wait in line? Or what’s important? What’s important is, what’s your satisfaction with the experience?” McDonald said during a Christian Science Monitor event on Monday. “And what I would like to move to, eventually, is that kind of measure.”

However, Todd, in an unusually strong tone on Meet The Press Daily, dismissed the rhetoric from upset politicians as mere pandering in an election year.

“It seems we are not living in a post-political correctness world,” Todd said. “This week, you saw lawmakers on both sides get their sense of righteous indignation up, wrapping themselves in the flag following these comments from Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald.”

After playing audio of the remarks, Todd snarked that candidates who were facing tough campaigns in 2016 were among those expressing criticism.

“Well, a wave of manufactured outrage, and some of it real, washed over McDonald in the day since those inartful comments made headlines,” Todd said.

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Obama dines at the Hanoi Hilton? Parts Unknown

Just a week ago, Obama opined that the Presidency wasn’t a reality show, while taking a swipe at the Donald. Am I the only one who finds Obama’s junket to Hanoi insulting? Disrespectful to all those that gave so much and are still suffering because of our military involvement there. Not a peep in the media. But let me at least post a refresher. And this dinner? Aptly named “Parts Unknown”

President Obama had dinner with celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain during his foreign policy trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, on Monday after winding down last week with a golf trip to Andrews Air Force Base right outside of Washington, D.C.

The conversation between the two was taped for an episode of CNN’s travel and food show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown and will air in September.

“Bourdain will explore the purpose of the President’s trip and his interest in the people, food and culture of Vietnam,” a CNN spokesperson told Politico.

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All this for six bucks.

This is what it really cost:

Obama lifts ban on arm sales to Vietnam

Oh I suppose I am just being silly. How does Obama lift a ban on arms sales to Vietnam? I assume the ban was placed by Congress. Try as I might, I could find nothing regarding this little matter. I can’t imagine how the wounded and families who lost loved ones deal with this. We arm a Communist country. That is what we do. We have no clue what the turn of events will be and where Vietnam’s future will end up. But this is how we show our love.

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U.S. President Obama on Monday lifted a half-century ban on selling arms to Vietnam, a move that is raising concerns among some Vietnam War veterans.

“At this stage, both sides have established a level of trust and cooperation, including between our militaries, that is reflective of common interests and mutual respect,” said Mr. Obama during his first visit there, The Associated Press reported. “This change will ensure thatVietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a lingering vestige of the Cold War.”

Every U.S. arms sale would be reviewed case by case, AP said.

More than 58,200 U.S. soldiers were killed in Vietnam before the fall of Saigon in 1975. But the administration saw advantages in easing the embargo, both as a warning to expansionist China and as leverage to compel the communist regime in Hanoi to improve its record on human rights.

“They are still a communist country,” said retired Army Maj. Wulf Linden, a Georgia resident who served two tours in Vietnam. “If it’s the cream of our crop [of weapons systems], obviously that would be a bad mistake. It would be nice if we’re not selling to a regime that’s a documented communist regime. That’s my concern.”

Bao Nguyen, the mayor of Garden Grove, California, has written a letter to Mr. Obama and to Secretary of State John F. Kerry about Vietnam’s “atrocious” human rights record, including its imprisonment of dissidents in solitary confinement without charges.

“While we have an arms surplus to deal with, I don’t think dumping those arms on developing nations is the most effective way to counter China,” Mr. Nguyen said. “That’s because there’s no way to know that the government won’t use those weapons against its own people. Especially a government as corrupt and autocratic as Vietnam.”

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Sunday Respite – Monster Fish with fangs

We have more interest in outer space then that which is lies beneath our ocean. This one caught my attention. Note the fangs. For more, after the clip finishes, click on the clip to the right for even more amazing scenes of what lies in our oceans. Enjoy.

A rare video of a living fangtooth fish of the Anoplogastridae family of deep sea fish. Their teeth are the biggest (in proportion to their body) of any animal. This one was trawled from 600 metres off San Clemente Island, California. Notice too the massive lateral line along the back, which is a very sensitive detector of water movement in the dark world where they live.

It’s 1968 again – a look back at the Democratic Convention

Fox news reports that the Democrats are working on more rules to control the angry mobs – er, those who are feeling the Bern. Meanwhile Philadelphia is ramping up to give lots of space to the Bernie folks convention time. The clip visits some of the old wounds back in 1968 that cost the Democrats the election. Here we go:

Philadelphia has approved four demonstration permits in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders at the July Democratic National Convention — including a large rally planned near the convention’s epicenter.

One of the permits is for an event consisting of four days of all-day rallies at FDR Park in support of Mr. Sanders. The city said it expects 30,000 participants, and organizers said in an interview they hope turnout will be much higher.

The park is adjacent to the Wells Fargo Center, where many of the Democratic National Convention events will be held — raising the possibility of a large demonstration in support of Mr. Sanders just steps away from where delegates will officially select the Democratic nominee. A growing number of Democrats are concerned the conventioncould turn out to be divisive and disorderly due to activities planned by Sanders supporters.

The city has also granted permits to three smaller demonstrations at Thomas Paine Plaza, a few miles from the Wells Fargo Center. The city says it expects 2,000 to 3,000 participants at those events.

More at WSJ

 

Charlotte Observer: ‘Girls must get use to seeing male genitalia’

Where to even start on this one. And boys? They should get use to seeing little girls in the nude? Oh I think they will do just fine. Especially all of our new “refugees” – many can’t control their base instincts. So any boy on a given day can claim he is transgendered and gain access to not just girls, but adult locker rooms as well. Here we are, welcome to the end days of Rome.

A leading North Carolina newspaper issued an editorial last week telling girls to attempt “overcoming discomfort” at the sight of “male genitalia,” should transgender bathroom laws be enacted.

In a defense of President Obama’s order compelling schools to allow access to restrooms on the basis of gender identity, the Charlotte Observer editorial board compared the discomfort of school-aged girls seeing male genitalia in locker rooms to the discomfort of white people being around black people in post-segregation America.

“This is what the Obama administration nudged the rest of the country toward Friday,” the editorial said. “Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms — and vice versa — might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort — with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage — then realizing it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”

While admitting that exposure to male genitalia is a possible outcome of transgender bathroom laws, the editorial said the notion that such laws constitute a threat to the privacy and safety of women and children is a “political fiction” pushed by Republicans.

More at Washington Times

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