BTL: You. Won’t. Believe. This.

Beverly Scott, formerly of the MBTA, appointed to NTSB

Now, some of you might consider this a sleeper, but that’s because you don’t know what we know. Beverly Scott had run the transportation department in Atlanta, and had to resign because she put them $60 million in the hole. Naturally, she was hired in Boston, and ran the MBTA, which is the subways, light rail, and busses. Now, you may recall that we had a winter so ugly that many of us still wake up with nightmares, trapped in ten feet of snow, our cries for help ignored. We couldn’t drive because the streets weren’t plowed; we couldn’t park because the streets were the width of a single car, people with children committed suicide due to daily school closures (I just made that up.) And, spectacularly, the MBTA failed completely. Not for a day, or a weekend or a week, but for weeks. Most of the problem was incompetence.

So I and all other bitter clingers are delighted to welcome the leader of the MBTA fiasco to the board of the NTSB! You go girl!

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Beverly Scott

President Obama has nominated Beverly Scott, the controversial former head of the MBTA to a key administrative position.
The White House announced on Thursday that Scott was nominated as a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.
Scott resigned in April from her position as MBTA General Manager after the organization struggled to keep up with snowfall throughout the winter.
“I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service. I look forward to working with them,” Obama said in the Thursday announcement.
NTSB board members are paid $155,000 annually, according to the Boston Herald. The Senate will be tasked with approving Scott and other of Obama’s nominees for five-year terms.

BTL, we need a tag for incompetence. That is a big part of what we write about every day. Lame, useless incompetence.

– Aggie

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Kerry Over Coals

Earlier today, we shared John Kerry’s blithe and condescending dismissal of concerns over the Constitutionality of this Iran fiasco, as well as the new era of terror it will usher in.

It got better:

A tough, focused, relentless cross-examination of the Secretary of State by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton — an Iraq war veteran and a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Cotton makes clear that the Corker/Cardin legislation, which was signed into law by President Obama, requires that Congress receive every single word of the finalized Iran deal. Having discovered and confirmed the existence of secret side agreements within the overall accord, Cotton wonders whether or how the administration will adhere to that provision of the law. Kerry responds that such matters must be classified in order to respect the privacy of the IAEA. Cotton’s framing is outstanding: “The Ayatollahs will know what they agreed to, but not the American people.” Brutal.

Brutal, yes. Fatal…not necessarily.

The Arkansas Senator drills down on reports that Iran may be permitted to provide its own soil samples as part of an important nuclear “inspection,” likening this alleged concession to allowing an athlete to submit a urine sample for a drug test without supervision. Kerry says that the US government is “satisfied” that this arrangement — which he’ll neither confirm nor deny — will “provide the answers we need.”

With Gen. Dempsey’s help, Cotton demonstrates that Iran is chiefly responsible for providing specialized IEDs to terrorist insurgents in Iraq, who have used the deadly devices to kill hundreds of American soldiers. Cotton’s point is obvious: This is a regime with a great deal of American blood on its hands and whose leaders still chant “death to America.” This deal rewards those very people with a huge cash injection that can and will be used to promulgate terrorism. The agreement does not require Iran to cease or even diminish its terrorist activities, regional meddling, and human rights abuses.

“Human rights abuses” like these?

Iran’s “execution spree” is continuing full force, according to opposition activists – and at an alarming rate.

A recent Amnesty International report revealed the Islamic Republic was executing an average of three people per day, with nearly 700 people executed in the first half of 2015 alone, many for political crimes or on trumped-up charges.

At that rate, the theocratic regime is expected to surpass 2014’s execution rate of 734 by mid-August.

However, it looks like that grim record may be set far sooner, as at least 31 people were reportedly executed over the past nine days.

According to the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), one of the most recent execution was of a 43-year-old mother, who was hanged in a prison in the city of Karaj, north-west of the capital Tehran.

In its report last week, Amnesty said the alarming rate of execution was particularly disturbing given the fact that the courts imposing the death penalty are “completely lacking in independence and impartiality.”

“Iran’s staggering execution toll for the first half of this year paints a sinister picture of the machinery of the state carrying out premeditated, judicially-sanctioned killings on a mass scale,” said Said Boumedouha, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North AfricaProgramme.

“If Iran’s authorities maintain this horrifying execution rate we are likely to see more than 1,000 state-sanctioned deaths by the year’s end.”

And we trust these monsters. We are in business with them. We get what we deserve. But what about all the people, foreign and domestic, who will die? What did they ever do to be sentenced to death by John Kerry’s fecklessness?

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Lerner Hard Drive “Scored” In Concentric Circles

Sounds like a paperclip accident to me.

The computer was undamaged but the hard drive was scored in concentric rings. Hmmm. Don’t they spin? Couldn’t you just hold a paperclip or a pin of some sort over it and gouge away?

“Using the CI unit’s digital forensic facilities, Minsek opened the hard drive and conducted additional tests. Once he opened the hard drive, Minsek noticed “well-defined scoring creating a concentric circle in the proximity of the center of the disk.”

Here’s a bit more:

Last month, testimony from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) revealed that Lois Lerner’s hard drive had “scoring on the top platter of the drive.” The testimony also noted that the IRS technician that inspected the hard drive believed that additional steps could have been taken to recover data, although this did not occur and the hard drive was later destroyed by an industrial strength AMERI-SHRED AMS-750 HD shredder.

Given these facts, it is logical to question how the “scoring” occurred and whether there was foul play involved. Here it what is known thus far:

– According to TIGTA testimony submitted to the Oversight Committee on June 25, 2014, Lerner’s laptop stopped communicating with the IRS server on Saturday June 11, 2011, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

– According to the same testimony,the laptop was likely physically located in Lerner’s office the moment it stopped communicating with the server:

“Based on consistent network reporting for more than a week, the laptop computer was likely located in Ms. Lerner’s office.”

Well, how about that! Are you suggesting that someone entered her office on a Saturday evening and destroyed the hard drive? When probably nobody was around? And that this happened in The Most Transparent Administration Evah? And if you read on, you learn that later the entire hard drive was shredded, just for good measure. This is just fabulous stuff, dems. :) :) You rock!

– Aggie

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Judge Blocks Release Of More Planned Parenthood Videos [Update]

It appears that the releases are limited to the material from one company, because this came out today. Note: If you don’t want to see the gross stuff, stop at about 8:57. The material leading up to 8:57 is all about money, lawyers, etc. Having said that, the conversation is fascinating and informative after 8:57. Eyeballs, brain, another boy!!

This is what free speech looks like in the Age Of Obama

The pro-life group behind a series of undercover Planned Parenthood videos accused the bioservice firm StemExpress late Wednesday of trying to “cover up this illegal baby parts trade” after the company obtained a court order blocking the release of footage.

The Los Angeles Superior Court issued a temporary injunction Tuesday stopping the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video showing three officials from StemExpress, a company that transfers fetal tissue from abortions performed at Planned Parenthood and other clinics to medical researchers.

I understood that there are nine more tapes. Most of us get it by now, but this is a typically fascist move. Next they will arrest the videographer in the middle of the night, perp walk him to jail, and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will blame the riots in Baltimore on him.

– Aggie

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Open Season

Have at it, Iran. Jew-hunting season has commenced:

REP. MO BROOKS: Less than two weeks ago, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khomenei led a rally that was frequently punctuated by chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.”

Do you beleive his comment accurately reflect Iranian government goals?

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: I think they reflect an attitude and a rehtorical [sic] excess, but I see no evidence they have a policy that is implementing that against us at this time.

BROOKS: Do you beleive that Iran is the world’s foremost sponsor of terrorism?

JOHN KERRY: Yes.

MO BROOKS: And that they will use the conventional weapons made available by the Iran nuclear treaty to kill Americans or Israelis?

KERRY: Well, they may. And we have, as you know, responded to that, as you know responded to that from 1979 when they took over our Embassy forward. We put sanctions in place, specifically.

The Secretary of State acknowledges that Iran will revert to form and sponsor the killing of Americans and Israelis. (Did they ever stop?) But that’s okay, because we have “sanctions”.

And if we find this state of affairs deplorable and unacceptable, tough:

REP. REID RIBBLE: For 228 years, the Constitution allowed treaties to [pass] with the advice and consent of 67 U.S. Senators. Why is this not considered a treaty?

SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: Well Congressman, I spent quite a few years trying to get a lot of treaties through the United States Senate, and it has become physically impossible.

That’s why. Because you can’t pass a treaty anymore. It has become impossible to schedule, to pass, and I sat there leading the charge on the Disabilities Treaty which fell to basically ideology and politics. So I think that is the reason why.

At least that’s honest, if unconstitutional. This atrocity is not a treaty only because they could never pass it as one and for no other reason.

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Fabulous Economic News!

1 in 3 millenials live with mom and dad

It appears that culture has as much to do with this as the economy; it is a preference.

Even though the number of people in the 18-34 age bracket has gone up by around 3million since recession started to bite in 2007, half a million fewer of them are now living independently.
In 2010, the U.S. economy’s lowest ebb, 69 per cent of young adults lived apart from their families, but five years on the proportion has fallen to 67 per cent – leaving a full third still in the family nest.

The findings, published by the Pew Research Center, come as youth unemployment fell from 12.4 per cent in 2010 to 7.7 per cent now, while average weekly earnings have increased to $574, from a low of $547 in 2012.
The figures do not include students who are enrolled full-time.
Although it remains true that better-educated young adults are more likely to branch out on their own, both those with and without degrees have become less likely to be independent householders.

Obama has transformed America – back to the olden days. Now, instead of branching out, getting jobs, starting families, people live in vertical arrangements; they remain in the family home, and if they have kids they just raise them in the basement. Now we can have (great) grandma and grandpa, grandma and grandpa, mom and dad, Sally, and the three kids. It is a new America, perhaps with shades of the Lower East Side in the nineteenth century.

But, of course, it isn’t all cultural. We are experiencing the Worst Expansion Since WWII

The economic expansion—already the worst on record since World War II—is weaker than previously thought, according to newly revised data.

From 2012 through 2014, the economy grew at an all-too-familiar rate of 2% annually, according to three years of revised figures the Commerce Department released Thursday. That’s a 0.3 percentage point downgrade from prior estimates.

The revisions were released concurrently with the government’s first estimate of second-quarter output.

Since the recession ended in June 2009, the economy has advanced at a 2.2% annual pace through the end of last year. That’s more than a half-percentage point worse than the next-weakest expansion of the past 70 years, the one from 2001 through 2007. While there have been highs and lows in individual quarters, overall the economy has failed to break out of its roughly 2% pattern for six years.

While exercising this morning, I learned that the second quarter increase was 2.3%, lower than the expected 2.5% And one of the reasons given was that businesses refuse to invest. Elizabeth Warren will have something to say about that one, let me assure you!!! But until the government takes over the means of production, I think we need to acknowledge that businesses are afraid to invest because they never know what sorts of weird regulations or taxes will be imposed. ObamaCare was a disaster, and continues to be a disaster. And of course, there is the attitude of hatred toward any individual or any business that doesn’t toe the progressive line.

I had the thought – please tell me, Gentle Reader, if this is crazy – that the Donald Trump phenomenon is largely that he is the anti-Obama. He struts around, loudly proclaiming how rich he is. He is relatively clear about labeling our problems (whether he is accurate is a different matter; he is clear), he is dismissive on the metrosexual thing. He is pro-conservative. He is easy to understand. He doesn’t have perfect creases in his trousers.

Now, the case has been made that in many ways he is similar to Obama, Mr. I-Will-Make-The-Oceans-Recede. That they are both pompous assholes. Personally, I’d rather have Walker, Rubio, Kasich, Perry, Carson, etc., in other words, a grown-up, but Trump is resonating. I think it is that people are so sick of double-speak, lawyerly crap.

– Aggie

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The Hall Pass of Justice

Three stories that illuminate what passes for justice these days.

Planned Parenthood faces the music—and dances:

A temporary restraining order has been issued preventing an anti-abortion group from releasing any video of leaders of a California company that provides fetal tissue to researchers. The group is the same one that previously released three covertly shot videos of a Planned Parenthood leader discussing the sale of aborted fetuses for research.

The Los Angeles Superior Court order issued Tuesday prohibits the Center for Medical Progress from releasing any video of three high-ranking StemExpress officials taken at a restaurant in May. It appears to be the first legal action prohibiting the release of a video from the organization.

Without the videos, we would know nothing. Just the way they like it.

What else?

Someone’s at the end of his rope over the IRS:

A federal judge threatened to hold IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in contempt Wednesday after the IRS failed to produce, as ordered, newly recovered emails of former IRS official Lois Lerner.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan had ordered the IRS on July 1 to turn over Lerner emails on a weekly basis in response to a lawsuit by the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

However at a U.S. District Court hearing in Washington Wednesday, Sullivan threatened to hold officials, including Koskinen, in contempt for not producing the documents as ordered every Monday.

“If there is further noncompliance, I will haul into court the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service to show cause why that person should not be personally held in contempt of court. I can’t make that any clearer,” the judge told Geoffrey Klimas, the Justice Department attorney representing the IRS, according to the minutes published on Judicial Watch’s website.

The judge dismissed the reasons provided by the IRS and the DOJ for not producing the documents, at one point saying, “I think the government’s position is clearly indefensible. It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd.”

Sullivan went on to warn Klimas that he was not immune from being held in contempt either.

You’re in a very difficult position, but you’re walking out of court with your colleagues,” Sullivan said. “That might not always be the case, okay?”

Tough talk, sure. But until that ghoulish Democrat hack, Koskinen, is perp-walked out of IRS HQ, talk is all it is.

In a related story:

A judge on Wednesday chided a State Department official for the department’s slowness in responding to Associated Press requests for documents from Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.

The AP sued in March after the department failed to satisfy repeated document requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act, including one made five years ago.

In a court hearing arising from the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon appeared incredulous at times about the amount of time it was taking and suggested the government should be able to move much faster in turning over thousands of pages of documents.

Under questioning, John Hackett, the head of the State Department’s FOIA operations, said the department was working to satisfy the document demands while processing thousands of others requests and coping with limited staff resources. But Leon on several occasions appeared unsatisfied with the responses.

He said one of the categories of records being sought — 68 pages of documents related to a former top Clinton aide — could be processed within a matter of days “by the least ambitious bureaucrat.” And he suggested that the State Department should be quicker in processing AP requests for Clinton’s schedules and calendars.

“It’s just schedules and calendars,” Leon said. “It’s not detailed memos or position papers or policy papers or anything like that.”

A State Department lawyer said the agency was prepared to release many of the records by the end of the calendar year. But Leon said that schedule didn’t seem “anywhere near aggressive enough,” and suggested that he might come up with a court order that would require a faster document production.

In sports terms, the Obama regime is trying to run out the clock. On this alone, I have complete faith in their success.

PS: With nuggets like this (an email from the Cincinnati office in response to Lerner asking how the work was going), it’s understandabl why they’re stalling:

The backlog of work involves advocacy organizations. As of about a month ago, there were 161 of these cases sitting idle and we probably have more by now. The control dates for these cases go back to the end of 2009 and all through 2010. We’ve been waiting for EO in D.C. to get us a guidance/reference document with lessons learned from the c4 and c3 cases they worked and coordinated with Judy Kindell and Counsel. We’re getting calls from POAs wanting to know who has put the halt on working these cases and threatening to contact their Congressional offices. Just today, I instructed one of my managers to get an additional information letter out to one of these organizations — if nothing else to buy time so he didn’t contact his Congressional Office.

This was written in November 2011, which means that some of the 501(c)(4) requests were already two years old. Lerner didn’t go public for another year and a half.

And now it’s the summer of 2015; Lerner is retired on a comfy pension (and a contempt of Congress citation); Koskinen sits on his hands; and Obama dismisses “phony scandals” without a “smidgen of corruption”.

What a joke. I actually have to laugh.

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Simba-Killers for Mitt!

Not The Onion, I swear:

Cecil the lion’s killer donated to Romney

The Minnesota dentist who authorities say killed a beloved Zimbabwe lion named Cecil donated to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Federal Elections Commission (FEC) forms show Walter James Palmer, a dentist in Eden Prairie, Minn., donated $5,000 to the Romney campaign in 2012.

He probably approved of Romney strapping his dog to the top of the car. What do you wanna bet he’s a Trump man this time around? I just know it.

Kevin Cirilli, the cub (heh) reporter who broke the story, will go far in the “journalism” business.

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Auf Wiedersehen!

Samir Kuntar has assumed room temperature.

In Hell:

Reports are coming out that Israel targeted and killed the notorious child murderer Samir Kuntar today (Wednesday).

According to the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the Israel Air Force struck a vehicle carrying five fighters loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad. Three of the passengers were from the Syrian People’s Committees, while Kuntar and the fifth person belonged to Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

Kuntar was born in Lebanon to a Druze family. In 1978 he and three other terrorists from the now-defunct Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) snuck into Israel by boat and attempted to kidnap the Haran family from their home in Nahariya. The wife managed to hide in a crawlspace with the two-year-old daughter, but the husband and four-year-old were taken.

Kuntar and his associates took their hostages to the nearby beach, where Israeli soldiers and police officers encountered them. According to the official account, Kuntar shot the father in the back, then beat the daughter to death.

Back at the house, the wife accidentally smothered the younger daughter to death while trying to prevent her from crying out and giving away their hiding spot.

At the time of the attack, current Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was in charge of the PLF.

Kuntar served 29 years in prison before being released in exchange for the bodies of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev in 2008.

After his release, Kuntar returned to a hero’s welcome in Lebanon. The President, Prime Minister, and Speaker of the Parliament greeted him as he stepped off the plane. Several months later Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad presented Kuntar with the Syrian Order of Merit.

Kuntar has given a number of interviews since his release, and frequently spoke of his desire to kill more Israeli civilians.

Sarry, Sammy. You and your badass Nazi salute won’t be down for schnapps.

Couldn’t happen to a sweatier guy.

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Hot Enough For Ya?

As we in Boston sweat through another “scowchah”, with days more of it to come, it must be time for…wait…yes, there it is, right on time.

The Climate Change Express! All aboard!

How much does the climate have to change for it to be “dangerous”?

Judging by who’s asking the question—The New Yorker magazine—I guess not very much.

ccording to an agreement known as the Copenhagen Accord, which was brokered by President Barack Obama, to avoid danger, the world needs “to hold the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius” (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Now a group of climate modellers is arguing that the danger point is, in fact, a lot lower than that. In a paper set to appear online this week in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, the modellers, led by James Hansen, the former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, warn that an increase of two degrees Celsius could still be enough to melt large portions of Antarctica, which, in turn, could result in several metres’ worth of sea-level rise in a matter of decades.

What’s a metre? Is that a meter putting on airs? Which is only a yard with a big head?

And would this be the same James Hansen who once said:

In the U.S. there has been little temperature change in the past 50 years, the time of rapidly increasing greenhouse gases — in fact, there was a slight cooling throughout much of the country.

Only to later fiddle the data to show warming where there had in fact been “slight cooling”?

That James Hansen?

[H]is 1981 graph of 20th century temperature shows the “global cooling” period from the Forties to the Seventies, when it starts heading up again. The tree rings match mid-20th-century “global cooling” perfectly. Unfortunately for them, since then Hansen & Co have been airbrushing “global cooling” out of the record like a disappeared Politburo comrade. The Climategate emails read awfully like chaps who’ve decided on the result and are just having a wee spot of bother forcing the science to comply with it.

Just what we need: another climate “model” from another discredited “scientist”. What a surprise the New Yorker was taken in.

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The Daily Sham

The job of the journalist is “to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable”.

Which is why Jon Stewart is merely an entertainer:

“Daily Show” staffers routinely call up the White House to get the administration’s input.

Austan Goolsbee, a former top economic adviser to the president, frequently e-mailed with his college classmate Scott Bodow, a “Daily Show” executive producer, to offer spin. Obama flunky David Axelrod often reached out directly to Stewart.

Obama himself would summon Stewart to Washington for meetings.

It turns out Jon Stewart isn’t our Edward R. Murrow or our Mark Twain. He’s more like our…Jay Carney.

That’s not fair. To Carney. As Mr. Claire Shipman, at least he was openly in bed with the media when he was press secretary (and just as openly promiscuous with Democrats when he was Washington Bureau Chief at Time).

Stewart has been Obama’s butt-boy under the guise of America’s newsman for Millennials. And the Millennials have been fine with it. The rest of us were offended, but that’s our age showing. We remember journalism, even as practiced by Sam Donaldson. Jon Stewart is a lapdog. If you rub his tummy, he’ll do anything for you.

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Sunni Cleric No Longer Supports Suicide Terror

A day late and a dollar short…

Youssef al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian sheikh who is considered Sunni Islam’s preeminent scholar and religious arbiter, says that he no longer supports the tactic of suicide bombing.

In a post on his web site, al-Qaradawi wrote that the use of suicide bombers was only permissible to those living under Israeli occupation.

However, since Palestinians are now able to hit Israel with rockets, missiles, and mortars, the use of suicide bombers, which is euphemistically known in the Arab and Muslim world as “martyrdom operations,” is superfluous and unnecessary.

Huh. You know, outside of Israel, maybe suicide bombings should be supported? How many Muslims have killed other Muslims with suicide bombs, sending all involved to Paradise? For so many years I railed against suicide terror because initially it was only used against Israel. Now it’s a “thing,” used everywhere for just about any slight. But it’s damn hard for them to enter Israel and use it, knock on wood. All these religious people who supported suicide terror, plus all the westerners who refused to take a stance against it, have gotten, and continue to get, a taste of their own medicine. Karma sucks, guys.

– Aggie

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