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You Better Put Some Ice on That, Bernie

When Bill Clinton bitch-slaps you, you know you’ve been bitch-slapped: [NY Times piece, if you’re counting]

Bill Clinton uncorked an extended attack on Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday, harshly criticizing Mr. Sanders and his supporters for what he described as inaccurate and “sexist” attacks on Hillary Clinton.

“When you’re making a revolution you can’t be too careful with the facts,” Mr. Clinton said, deriding Mr. Sanders’s oft-mentioned call for a political revolution.

But Mr. Clinton’s most pointed remarks may have been when he took aim at Sanders supporters who, he said, use misogynistic language in attacking Mrs. Clinton. He told the story of a female “progressive” blogger who defended Mrs. Clinton online through a pseudonym because, he said, the vitriol from Mr. Sanders’s backers was so unrelenting.

“She and other people who have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat.” Mr. Clinton, growing more demonstrative, added that the liberal journalist Joan Walsh had faced what he called “unbelievable personal attacks” for writing positively about Mrs. Clinton.

Isn’t it funny how avowed feminists cower behind the pantlegs of men when politics gets dirty—and it’s always dirty? Women can do the same job men can do—but any criticism of them for that job is SEXIST!!! As any criticism of Obama was necessarily RACIST!!!

Bill can go after Bernie, and Bernie can go after Hillary. It’s not sexism. It’s politics. Oh, and it’s Twitter, too. A sewer, if you hadn’t noticed. Grow the hell up, all of you.

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Try Not to Let This Destroy Your Faith in Hillary Clinton

It’s just one lie, remember:

Hillary Clinton used misleading language in Thursday night’s Democratic debate to describe the ongoing FBI investigation into her use of a private email server to conduct official government business while she was secretary of state, according to former senior FBI agents.

In the New Hampshire debate with Senator Bernie Sanders, which aired on MSNBC, Clinton told moderator Chuck Todd that nothing would come of the FBI probe, “I am 100 percent confident. This is a security review that was requested. It is being carried out.”

Not true says Steve Pomerantz, who spent 28 years at the FBI, and rose from field investigative special agent to the rank of assistant director, the third highest position in the Bureau.

“They (the FBI) do not do security reviews,” Pomerantz said. “What they primarily do and what they are clearly doing in this instance is a criminal investigation.”

Pomerantz emphasized to Fox News, “There is no mechanism for her to be briefed and to have information about the conduct, the substance, the direction or the result of any FBI investigation.”

Separately, an intelligence source familiar with the two prongs of the ongoing FBI probe, stressed to Fox that the criminal and national security elements remain “inseparable.” The source, not authorized to speak on the record, characterized Clinton’s statement “as a typical Clinton diversion… and what is she going to say, “I’m 95 percent sure that I am going to get away with it?”

The Clintons are like vampires: they cannot be killed (figuratively speaking!) by conventional means. You need a Clinton-slayer.

And we may have one:

Fox recently learned that one of the FBI’s senior agents responsible for counterintelligence matters, Charles H. Kable IV, is working the Clinton case, another indicator the intelligence source said that the FBI probe is “extremely serious, and the A-team is handling.”

Kable, known as “Sandy,” was appointed special agent in charge of the counterintelligence division at the Washington field office by Director James Comey in December.

He had recently served as the chief of the counterespionage section at FBI headquarters. In that capacity, a bureau press releases says the 15-year, well-respected FBI veteran, “provided leadership and oversight to the field offices engaged in espionage, economic espionage, and insider threat investigations.”

While his responsibilities are not publicly known, Kable was described to Fox as “tough and no-nonsense FBI.”

Sandy the Clinton Slayer—has a nice ring to it. But it may bear no more resemblance to reality than Buffy.

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Ready For…Joe?

Joe who?

You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out…

Panic among some Democrats about Hillary Clinton running into trouble with Bernie Sanders is spreading so rapidly that the idea of drafting Vice President Joe Biden is popping up yet again.

Fox News has learned that a prominent backer of the “Draft Biden 2016” movement, Tulsa businessman Bill Bartmann, fired off an email Friday afternoon to several dozen Democratic allies musing about the possibility of reviving the push for Biden.

“I would urge all of you to join me in ‘keeping our powder dry’ until we see if for the good of the party and the country, we should resurrect (sic) the Draft Biden movement.”

Draft Biden…that rings a bell:

Biden received student draft deferments during this period, at the peak of the Vietnam War,[29] and in 1968, he was reclassified by the Selective Service System as not available for service due to having had asthma as a teenager.

Asthma. Is that a fact?

Biden attended the Archmere Academy in Claymont,[14] where he was a standout halfback/wide receiver on the high school football team; he helped lead a perennially losing team to an undefeated season in his senior year.[11][15] He played on the baseball team as well.

[A]nd he played halfback with the [University of Delaware] Blue Hens freshman football team.

I guess the pollen is worse in Vietnam. Anyway:

There is absolutely no evidence that Biden is re-thinking his decision to skip the race, though in January he said he was sorry that he had not launched a bid.

“I regret it every day, but it was the right decision for my family and for me, and I plan on staying deeply involved,” Biden told NBC affiliate WVIT in Hartford, Conn.

That sounds like at least a little evidence that he is re-thinking his decision. “Every day.”

Aren’t we all?

During his first year [at Syracuse Law School], he was accused of having plagiarized 5 of 15 pages of a law review article. Biden said it was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and he was permitted to retake the course after receiving an “F” grade, which was subsequently dropped from his record (this incident would later attract attention when further plagiarism accusations emerged in 1987).

That darn asthma! Oxygen deprivation can make a man do crazy things.


Circling The Wagons

Colin did it! Condi did it! Why couldn’t Hillary do it?

The MSM is going into protective mode here.

State Department officials have determined that classified information was sent to the personal email accounts of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the senior staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NBC News has learned.

In an interview with NBC News, Powell challenged the conclusion, saying nothing that went to his personal account was secret. A Rice spokeswoman said the emails were about diplomatic communications.

In a letter to Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy dated Feb. 3, State Department Inspector General Steve Linick said that the State Department has determined that 12 emails examined from State’s archives contained national security information now classified “Secret” or “Confidential.” The letter was obtained by NBC News.

Two of the messages were sent to Powell’s personal account, and 10 were sent to personal accounts of Rice’s senior aides, the letter said.

None of the messages were marked classified when originally sent, and none were determined to include information from the intelligence community, Linick said in the document.

Powell told NBC News he strongly disputed that the information in the messages sent to him was classified, and characterized the contents as “fairly minor.”

“I wish they would release them,” Powell said, “so that a normal, air-breathing mammal would look at them and say, ‘What’s the issue?'”

General Powell, the issue is that Hillary Clinton is in trouble. You are a human shield.

– Aggie


PUMA’s Sharpening Their Claws

I have a pretty strong stomach, as made evident by my slumming through antisemitic backwaters of Arab media, my explorations of Mexican cartel violence, my happy journalistic jaunts into oppressive regimes like China, Venezuela, and other socialist paradises.

But the American Left? I won’t go near it. You think I’m crazy?

Poor Hillary. She just can’t seem to catch a break. Recall that in 2008, Hillary lost Iowa not only to a young, fresh, and charming Barack Obama. She also lost, albeit by one point, to the very smarmy John Edwards. This time around, when the stars were allegedly cast her way, a whopping 84 percent of Democratic voters under the age of 30 “Felt the Bern,” pulling for Sanders; Hillary, for her part, dominated the senior demographic.

This has led certain feminists to the verge of a nervous breakdown. Why, the chorus goes, is Bernie cast as the future, while Hillary gets painted as “the establishment”? Hillary Clinton is a woman, didn’t you notice? She is by her very nature oppressed; by definition, she cannot be the establishment. Never mind her questionable treatment of the many women who accused her husband of sexual assault; never mind her current classified e-mail quagmire, in which she may have put national security at risk. She is a woman, America. Everything else is chump change.

On Tuesday, Wendy Davis, another national “feminist icon,” sent out a completely crazed pro-Hillary/post-Iowa tweet. You might remember Davis as the Democratic media darling who got creamed in the last Texas gubernatorial race, and who now serves as a slightly unhinged full-time abortion enthusiast, because today’s feminists don’t seem to choose their icons very well. I won’t quote Davis’s tweet because it contains the f-bomb, but please know it was written in all capital letters, as most rational thoughts are. It also praises a now-viral feminist Internet rant, which includes the following quote:


Well. That seems reasonable.

I give Wendy Davis a pass because she’s attractive, as is only natural. But who are the rest of these gnomes?

Hillary’s critics, Traister argues, fall into “a very old, very well-worn gendered pattern,” where women are seen as “know-it-all bores” and “wet blankets.” Bernie, on the other hand, can get away with anything: “The bigger truth is that what Bernie does, to great acclaim, that Hillary Clinton could never do is make big promises of institutional overthrow, tug on our imaginative heartstrings by laying out a future that might not be grounded in reality, and urge a revolution,” she writes. “Here is a truth about America: No one likes a woman who yells loudly about revolution.”

It’s not the revolution that’s a problem, it’s the yelling loudly:

I get that feminists are out of their minds over the seeming unfairness of it all. Many are out of their minds to begin with—and I say that as someone (a man, I confess, if only anatomically) raised in the turgid broth of feminism. But it’s only seeming. What’s fair about a career politician’s career wife deserving to be the party’s nominee for president, let alone president herself? She has to win more votes than the other guy, be it Barack or Bernie. If she can’t persuade the American electorate, how is she going to persuade Sergei Lavrov to push her Reset button? It’s only unfair if she’s “owed” the office.

Everybody threatens to leave the country if an unpalatable politician wins the race (Trump most notably). My red line was a Bush-Clinton race in November. Looks like I can stay, on both counts!


Ready For PUMA II?

You’d have to be pretty long in the tooth—and we are—to remember the fun we had here in 2008 over the civil war in the Democrat Party between the Hillaristas and the Obamaniacs, all summarized by the acronym PUMA: Party Unity My Ass. Aggie was a regular Saulina Alinsky, tossing bombs and cackling at the incendiary fury. (Or do I exaggerate?) Comments on some of our posts numbered in the hundreds.

Are happy days here again?

Incidentally, Salon has been even more of a delight than usual of late. In addition to the usual attacks on Republicans, it has featured equally vitriolic infighting between supporters of Mrs. Clinton and Sanders. Examples: “I Have Had It With Naive Bernie Sanders Idealists” (John Avignone); “I Have Had It With Cynical Faux-Realists Attacking Bernie Sanders Idealists” (Cat J. Zavis); “The Clintons’ Sordid Race Game: No One Will Say It, but the Clintons’ Rise Was Premised on Repudiating Black Voters” (Corey Robin); and our personal favorite, “Bernie Bros, Stop This Meme: Your Dumb Joke About Hillary’s Music Taste Isn’t Funny—It’s Predictably Sexist” (Annie Zaleski).

I don’t think Team Sanders can match the nastiness, the gutter politics, of Team Obama—Vermont Nice compared to Chicago Goon. But either one beats the Chappaqua Cheater. Leftist-on-leftist crime is perhaps America’s greatest spectator sport. Here’s hoping the PUMA is on the prowl again.


Stickers Where the Sun Don’t Shine

If God was on Hillary’s side with the six coin-flip wins, so was Satan:

There was a clear winner in Iowa not named Clinton, Sanders or Cruz — it’s the kid who totally upstaged Hillary Clinton with stickers on his face.

Peter Clinkscales is the guy you saw in the background during Hill’s speeches after the Iowa caucus — y’know, the guy who looked like he was trying to chew the campaign stickers off his cheeks.

Clinkscales, a freshman at Drake University, is now trying to cash in on his 15 minutes. He tweeted that he’s selling the stickers, and hoping to score up to $35k to pay for one year’s tuition.

Despite his position at the Clinton rally … Pete says he’s undecided on who’s getting his vote, but thinks Bernie Sanders is pretty “rad.”

Rad in every meaning of the word.

But a campaign about nothing might as well be about Peter Clinkscales as about anything else.

PS: Of course his name would have to be that absurd.

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Hillary’s Amazing Luck Continues

Remember how she won $1000.00 back in Arkansas on a cattle futures bet? That was nothing compared to her amazing coin toss luck!

The probability of six coin tosses in a row coming up heads is 1 in 64, or 1.56%:

One of the most bizarre details to emerge from Monday’s Iowa caucuses was that in six Democratic counties, the ownership of six delegates was decided by a coin flip.

A single delegate remained unassigned at the end of caucusing in two precincts in Des Moines, one precinct in Ames, one in Newton, one in West Branch and one in Davenport, The Des Moines Register reported.

In all six instances, the coin toss was won by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

There may have been more coin tosses, but those are the ones we know about for now.

Now, get ready to do some math.

In a single coin toss, the probability of calling the toss correctly is 50 percent, or one in two. Heads or tails.

But the probably of winning every flip out of six flips is one in 64, or 1.56 percent.

The online study tool “Coin Toss Probability Calculator” has a really intense formula that explains why, but the bottom line is, the probabilities stack on each other.

Yeah. The Sanders camp should have checked the coins.

– Aggie

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Who Owns ObamaCare And Why Does She Want To Claim It?

Hillary claims she birthed ObamaCare

She is such an odd duck! Why in the world would anybody want to own this monster?

On the campaign trail in Iowa, Hillary Clinton claimed that President Obama’s Affordable Care Act is little different than her health-care plan in 1993. “It was called HillaryCare before it was called ObamaCare,” she told supporters on Jan. 21.

Her timing was awkward. That same day, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that health-insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act exchanges rose an average of 9% between 2015 and 2016.

If only we were just receiving a 9% tax increase! It is so much worse:

The findings: Nationally, premiums for individual health plans increased on average between 2015 and 2016 by 14.9%.

Consumers in every state except Mississippi faced increased premiums, and in no fewer than 29 states the average increases were in the double digits. For a third of states, the average premiums rose 20% or more.

Health-insurance premiums rose by more than 30% in Alaska and Hawaii; Oregon’s average rate increase was 23.2%. California’s premiums on average rose by a modest 1.5%.

Consumers in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois faced increases exceeding 20% on average. The East Coast north of Maryland was the least hard hit (New York’s average premium increase was 6%), although Pennsylvania and New Jersey consumers faced premium increases of 14.6% and 13.1% respectively.

In 11 of the 16 states defined as southern by the U.S. Census Bureau, premiums rose by more than 10%. Premiums rose on average by 13.9%, and by more than 20% in Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Alabama, North Carolina and Oklahoma. In Texas, where data was only available for 98.5% of individual-market health-care plans, premiums rose by 14.1%.

Average premiums in Tennessee rose 35.2%—mostly because of the state’s largest individual-market insurer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, which sold 82% of all exchange plans in 2015. After losing $141 million on these plans last year, the company had little choice but to request average premium increases of 36.3%. The state insurance commission approved this request, lest the company leave the exchange altogether and leave 231,000 Tennesseans in the lurch.

Minnesota holds the dubious honor of having the highest year-over-year premium increases, 47.7%. Why? Because that state’s BlueCross BlueShield, the largest insurer, with over 90% of the market, lost tens of millions of dollars during the Affordable Care Act’s first two years. The company requested an average 49% rate increase, which was approved by state regulators.

Ahh, Minnesota – you won!!!! Congratulations. And one quick question: Did you vote for Barack Obama twice? I thought so. And this time will you either vote for Hillary or Bernie? Yup.

Elections have consequences. And on that note, let me regale you with one tale from our most recent dinner party outing: Progressives want the MIDDLE CLASS to pay more in taxes. Specifically, they want the middle class paying roughly 50% in taxes. If you are self-employed, you effectively already do, based on the ObamaCare tax. But the stated goal of the Sanders club is to raise all taxes, even those on the middle class.

You can run, but you can’t hide. These guys are insidious.

– Aggie


Former State Department IG Says State Department Knew About The Email Issues All Along

and had to have facilitated the process

The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal e-mails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency e-mail address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says.

“This was all planned in advance” to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008.

I guess we ought to just ignore him, right? He served in the evil Bush administration. But might as well hear what he has to say, just for grins:

The Harvard-educated lawyer points out that, from Day One, Clinton was never assigned and never used a e-mail address like previous secretaries.

“That’s a change in the standard. It tells me that this was premeditated. And this eliminates claims by the State Department that they were unaware of her private e-mail server until later,” Krongard said in an exclusive interview. “How else was she supposed to do business without e-mail?”

He also points to the unusual absence of a permanent inspector general during Clinton’s entire 2009-2013 term at the department. He said the 5¹/?-year vacancy was unprecedented. In fact, it’s without precedent,” he said. “It’s the longest period any department has gone without an IG.”

Inspectors general serve an essential and unique role in the federal government by independently investigating agency waste, fraud and abuse. Their oversight also covers violations of communications security procedures.

Unprecedented!!! We haven’t heard that one in a while, have we?

He says “the key” to the FBI’s investigation of Emailgate is determining how highly sensitive state secrets in the classified network, known as SIPRNet, ended up in Clinton’s personal e-mails.

“The starting point of the investigation is the material going through SIPRNet. She couldn’t function without the information coming over SIPRNet,” Krongard said. “How did she get it on her home server? It can’t just jump from one system to the other. Someone had to move it, copy it. The question is who did that?”

Who indeed? Is there a flunky out there who will go to jail for Hillary, does she have a Susan McDougal?

FBI agents are focusing on three of Clinton’s top department aides. Most of the 1,340 Clinton e-mails deemed classified by intelligence agency reviewers were sent to her by her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, or her deputy chiefs, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan, who now hold high positions in Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“They are facing significant scrutiny now,” Krongard said, and are under “enormous pressure to cooperate” with investigators.

Ok, just by the names, which of these three could potentially take the fall: Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin or Jake Sullivan? Place your bets, folks. My bet is definitely on Jake Sullivan, if anyone at all has to answer for this.

He says staffers who had access to secret material more than likely summarized it for Clinton in the e-mails they sent to her; but he doesn’t rule out the use of thumb drives to transfer classified information from one system to the other, which would be a serious security breach. Some of the classified computers at Foggy Bottom have ports for memory sticks.

Either way, there would be an audit trail for investigators to follow. The SIPRNet system maintains the identity of all users and their log-on and log-off times, among other activities.

“This totally eliminates the false premise that she got nothing marked classified,” Krongard said. “She’s hiding behind this defense. But they [e-mails] had to be classified, because otherwise [the information in them] wouldn’t be on the SIPRNet.”

Added Krongard: “She’s trying to distance herself from the conversion from SIPRNet to [the nonsecure] NIPRNet and to her server, but she’s throwing her staffers under the bus.”

And finally, the former IG goes on to state what everyone knows: There will never be an indictment of Hillary Clinton:

Still, “It will never get to an indictment,” Krongard said.

For one, he says, any criminal referral to the Justice Department from the FBI “will have to go through four loyal Democrat women” — Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, who heads the department’s criminal division; Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Even if they accept the referral, he says, the case quickly and quietly will be plea-bargained down to misdemeanors punishable by fines in a deal similar to the one Clinton’s lawyer, David Kendall, secured for Gen. David Petraeus. In other words, a big slap on the wrist.

“He knows the drill,” Krongard said of Kendall.

I doubt that anything at all will come of this. It is such a shame that our country is so corrupt, but given the way we treat each other, what decent person would ever consider running for President or Congress? I am sure that there are a few out there, but they are few… and far between.

– Aggie


Fun With Hill and Bill

See Hillary lie. Lie, Hillary, lie!

Chelsea Clinton, who is expecting her second child after giving birth to baby Charlotte in 2014, has a new book to read to her little ones at bedtime.

A children’s book about their grandmother Hillary Clinton chronicles her ascent from a young girl in Illinois to a politician in Washington D.C.

Titled Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead, the book starts: ‘In the 1950s, it was a man’s world.

‘Only boys could grow up to have powerful jobs. Only boys had no ceilings on their dreams.

‘Girls weren’t supposed to act smart, tough or ambitious. Even though, deep inside, they may have felt that way.

‘But in the town of Park Ridge, Illinois, along came Hillary.’

Indeed she did.

I can think of nothing that would delay reading more.

Published by Balzer and Bray for readers between the ages of four and eight, the book presents Clinton as the ultimate girl-power role model.

From ‘acing tests’ and ‘upstaging boys in class’ Clinton is also shown at her wedding, presenting key speeches and working on the campaign trail.

Although the book doesn’t directly state Clinton’s ongoing presidential run, it ends: ‘No matter what Hillary does next, if she wants to change the world, she’ll find a way.’

Possibly. If John Gotti and El Chapo could run their shady enterprises from a jail cell, I don’t see why Hillary couldn’t.


Hillary: The Sitcom

I don’t know how else to describe the email server scandal.

Though I think it’s already jumped the shark.

The State Department announced Friday that it will not release 22 emails from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton because they contain “top secret” information, the highest level of government classification.

The decision, coming three days before the Iowa caucuses, could provide fodder for Clinton’s political opponents, especially Republicans, who are likely to make note of the emails’ “top secret” designation. Clinton’s email use has haunted her on the campaign trail since it became public early last year that she maintained a private server while leading the State Department.

This month’s release was supposed to be the final one and include just over 9,000 pages of documents — the largest number to date.

But last Thursday, the State Department filed a motion to extend the final productions until February 29 because the department had failed to send more than 7,000 pages of those emails to other government agencies for review, only recognizing the mistake earlier this month.

That delay was then compounded by a huge snowstorm that shut down the federal government for several days, according to the State Department’s motion.

And don’t forget the dog! I’m sure Bo ate some of the emails. In case you missed last week’s episode of Hillary-ous!

Some of Hillary Clinton’s emails on her private server contained information so secret that senior lawmakers who oversee the State Department cannot read them without fulfilling additional security requirements, Fox News has learned.

The emails in question, as Fox News first reported earlier this week, contained intelligence classified at a level beyond “top secret.” Because of this designation, not all the lawmakers on key committees reviewing the case have high enough clearances.

This alone seems to undercut the former secretary of state’s and other officials’ claims that the material is “innocuous.”

In an interview with NPR, Clinton claimed the latest IG finding doesn’t change anything and suggested it was politically motivated.

“This seems to me to be, you know, another effort to inject this into the campaign, it’s another leak,” she said. “I’m just going to leave it up to the professionals at the Justice Department because nothing that this says changes the fact that I never sent or received material marked classified.”

Despite Clinton’s claims, it is the content that is classified; the markings on the documents do not affect that.

A former Justice Department official said there is another problem — warnings from State Department IT employees and others that she should be using a government account.

“If you have a situation where someone was knowingly violating the law and that they knew that what they were doing was prohibited by federal law because other people were saying, you’re violating the law, knock it off, and they disregarded that advice and they went ahead, that’s a very difficult case to defend,” Thomas Dupree said.

The only “leak” in this case, Madame Secretary, is the one you’re taking on our head, while telling us it’s raining.

I’ve seen the preview of next week’s episode, but no spolier alerts here! You’ll just have to wait.


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