Friday, May 22, 2015

Not only are these Hillary emails dropping on Friday before Memorial Day weekend, but the format makes it incredibly slow to read them.

Fantastic piece by @michellemalkin on Obama's efforts to radically transform America's patent system

Clinton likely did not know when she requested a copy of the movie — in a 6 a.m. email to Philippe Reines and Huma Abedin, two of her top aides — that her Libyan legacy was about to go south.

“Can you get us a copy of Bernard Henri-Levi’s film about Libya?” asked in the email to Reines and Abedin. “I think Harvey made it and it showed at Cannes last spring.”

On Day Of Benghazi Attack, Hillary Sent Email Requesting Copy Of Libya Documentary She Starred In - Chuck Ross/Daily Callerµ

But she wasn’t thinking about “The Innocence of Muslims,” the short YouTube film that the Obama administration erroneously blamed for the Benghazi attack. Instead, Clinton sought a copy of “The Oath of Tobruk,” a documentary about the Libyan civil war directed by French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy and brought to America by her friend, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

LEVIN: Ted Cruz hit it OUT OF THE PARK on gay ‘animosity’ question

Rand Paul was right: Rifles, RPGs and missiles flowed from Benghazi to ISIS ports

The U.S. watched as rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, and missiles flowed from Benghazi to Syrian ports where they would become part of the Islamic State's arsenal of weapons, a Defense Intelligence Agency memo reveals.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denied any knowledge of this when Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky asked her about it during a Benghazi hearing in January 2013. Think Progress said Paul's questions were "pushing a conspiracy theory."

Clinton Foundation: We Just Found Another $26 Million We Forgot About

ISIS retakes ancient city of Palmyra

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Getting It Wrong in Britain, as Cameron Rocks

The lesson for the next five years: Don’t underestimate him. - Peter Hannaford/American Spectator

Who got it wrong in last week’s British election? The pollsters did, consistently concluding it was too close to call. The news media did—both there and here— by dutifully repeating the same message and predicting it would result in a shaky coalition of parties. Labour got it wrong by promising to take the United Kingdom backward. Only the Conservatives got it right: they won an outright majority of seats in the House of Commons.

Now, Prime Minister David Cameron has another five-year mandate, having promised “renewal” after a period of austerity. In the campaign he promised he would appoint women to a third of the cabinet, and he has. The cabinet has several members who will provide a strong talent bench for the future.

Meanwhile, the Conservatives’ coalition partner, the Liberal Democrats, were reduced to a shadow of their former representation in Parliament and their leader resigned. So did Ed Milliband, the leader of the Labour Party.

Labour’s one piece of business now is to find someone who will take his place and replace his yesteryear message with something more closely reassembling the years of Tony Blair: pro-business, and pro-growth.

One astute observer, a veteran of both British politics and government, pointed out the polls got it wrong because they did not separate “haven’t decided” voters from “I don’t know” ones (a different breed). He said, “The ‘haven’t decideds’ had decided a long time ago, but were not saying so because they were either disaffected Tories who had been flirting with the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP) or left-center people who had written off Ed Milliband. They did not want to be bestirred by canvassers.”

Having incorrectly predicted the election outcome, the news media then stroked their collective chins and wrote that Cameron might well be the last prime minister of a United Kingdom. Why? Two reasons: the muscular victory in Scotland for the Scottish National Party and the possibility that a promised plebiscite on membership in the European Union might result in the country’s withdrawal from it.

As to the first, much was made of the SNP’s performance, sweeping 56 of 59 Scottish seats in the House of Commons—at the expense of Labour which had a firm grip on them for years. (The Conservatives held on to their one seat, and their member has been named Secretary of State for Scottish Affairs.).

Without a moment’s reflection, the media concluded that the SNP would demand more autonomy for Scotland and, if they did not get it, would mount another referendum to secede. Forgotten was the fact that they mounted a huge campaign for independence last year and were defeated by Scottish voters, 55-45 percent.

Also, close observers note, most of the new MPs from Scotland have no idea of how House of Commons procedures work and will have to learn them. Their delegation makes up only eight percent of the total membership of Commons. They will be treated fairly by the leadership, but without deference. And, once they are assigned to bill committees and select committees, they will have their hands full grappling with procedural details. Like elections here, what looks to be a rosy election aftermath is more likely to be a chastening experience. Don’t look for another Scottish independence referendum any time soon.

As for the EU plebiscite, Cameron has long promised it midway through a new term, with plenty of time in between to negotiate reforms in the UK’s arrangements with the organization. UKIP was founded on the idea of withdrawal from the EU. That party is still alive, but gasping for breath.

Note to the news media: Don’t underestimate Cameron again.

Peter Hannaford was closely associated with the late President Reagan for a number of years. He is a member of the board of the Committee on the Present Danger. His latest book is ◼ “Presidential Retreats.”

Nevada was already a toss-up seat for 2016, but with Harry Reid retiring, the race will be more competitive than ever.

ISIS sacks cities, brutalizes enemies. Obama babbles about global warming. The stark contrast in willpower is clear.

CHAOS: First Batch of Hillary Emails Captures Concerns Over Libya...

Fake Rape: Posters are appearing around Columbia's campus calling Emma Sulkowicz a "pretty little liar."

The Complaint

Fundraiser puts spotlight on Clinton Foundation finances

Fox to Limit First GOP Primary Debate to Top-10 Candidates

Fox News Channel will limit the first 2016 Republican presidential debate to candidates who place in the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls, the cable network said on Wednesday.

The limit will encourage the party’s second-tier candidates to improve their standing ahead of the Aug. 6 debate. Fox hasn’t decided which polls it will use. The network may invite more than 10 candidates, should there be a tie for 10th place.

The rule could exclude as many as eight candidates. Already the party’s long-shot candidates have begun jockeying for inclusion in officially sanctioned debates.

If @PamelaGeller - a free woman in a free country, can't challenge fundamentalist #Islam, how do we expect moderates in Muslim countries to?