Did Powell tell Clinton to use private email?

Clinton supposedly told the FBI she set up a private email account on his advice, but Powell says he doesn't remember saying that. He does remember sending her an email on that topic, saying he used personal email for unclassified messages and a separate system for classified messages, but she was using the private server before then.

This doesn't excuse anything Clinton was doing, but it does need some context in order to understand it.

Colin Powell was appointed secretary of state in 2001. Believe it or not that was relatively early in the days of email. Small businesses might not have email at all, especially if they weren't focused on technology. Large organizations would often have an internal mail system, but those internal mail systems weren't necessarily email as we know it today and wouldn't necessarily talk to other mail systems. If a particular worker had a computer on his desk in his office, he wouldn't necessarily have access to a company network, much less the internet.

This is in the United States. Imagine how bad things could be in the hundreds of embassies the State Department maintains all over the world.

When Powell was advocated for the use of a private email account, he was advocating for its use compared to nothing at all.

He left office in 2005, and Hillary was named SecState in 2009. Those 8 years made a big difference in terms of technology and expectations.

UPDATE: I was mostly speculating in the above post, but the Washington Examiner found support for that speculation in the original documents. Powell asked (and received) permission to use private email, because the State Department's email system did not allow contact with those outside the government at the time.

Tue Aug 30 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

IRS to finally process Tea Party groups it had targetted

Washington TimesUnder pressure from the federal courts, the IRS did an abrupt about-face this week and said it will finally begin processing some of the tea party applications it has blocked for years — but the agency still refuses to say what the new process will be.

The Texas Patriots Tea Party, which first applied for tax-exempt status more than four years ago and has been blocked ever since, received a notice from the Justice Department on Tuesday saying it is finally going to see some action.

Yeah -- now that it's too late for those groups to conceivably influence the 2012, 2014, or 2016 elections, the IRS will finally process them. And then they will go to court and ask to dismiss the lawsuit now that there aren't any groups outstanding.

Mon Aug 29 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

A gem of insight into free college

According to HoytEven so, and returning to our point, I’m not sure those are good investments of the taxpayer’s money. Take my degree, when I went through it. Sure, languages are the most rigorous of the humanities, and I have no problem with that. But a lot of our training — literature, poetry — was less to develop the languages, and more, it seemed, designed to make us into “well rounded young misses.” Which is, arguably what the degree had been when it was first founded. Because it was paid by the state, only the state had the power to change the curriculum.

That's why Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Barack Obama, and every other leftist politician on the face of the earth wants to offer you "free college". So they can control what you are taught.

Sun Aug 28 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The immigration fraud molehill

The HillA top Republican is pressuring the Obama administration to investigate thousands of immigrants who may have gained access to the United States under false pretenses.

In a letter sent Thursday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) complained of massive immigration fraud, to which he argued the Department of Justice (DOJ) had turned a blind eye.

"Massive" in this case means not quite 4000 cases of potential immigration fraud, which is a non-trivial number to be sure, but also quite a ways away from seriously addressing the issue. Still, you have to start somewhere.

Sat Aug 27 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Cash for Hostages after all...

Clayton Cramer quoting APState Dept. says $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on American prisoners' release.

Will the FBI investigate this criminal behavior? Of course not.

Fri Aug 26 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Revolutionary Communist Party behind Milwaukee riots

According to the Milwaukee Police Chief, Chicago-based "Revolutionary Communist Party" members are responsible for the riots and violence in his city.

Thu Aug 25 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Prominent Democrats call for Clinton Foundation to shut down

The HillFormer Gov. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.) says the Clinton Foundation should be disbanded if Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is elected to the White House. “It’d be impossible to keep the foundation open without at least the appearance of a problem.” Rendell, who also served as a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said the Clinton Foundation would at the least need to go into a "period of inactivity" during Clinton's time in office if she is elected.

On Tuesday, the Boston Globe's editorial board also called for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down if the Democratic nominee wins the White House.

At this point, I'd like to remind everyone that when Hillary was serving as Secretary of State, she had signed an agreement to keep all Clinton Foundation activities separate from her government activities. That turned out to be very effective, didn't it?

Wed Aug 24 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Smug Style of Democrat politics

Brad TorgersenSpotted this in my news feed yesterday. I thought it was both interesting, and timely. Because it spoke about the same things this earlier piece also dealt with. Namely, the dumbing down of American liberalism to the point that being liberal — in the United States, in 2016 — isn’t about compassion, or critical thinking, or finding solutions to societal problems, as much as it’s about self image. The perception of cool. Possessing the intellectual trappings of knowingness — TED talks! Neil deGrasse Tyson! National Public Radio! The Daily Show! — without actually knowing anything in-depth. A kind of quasi or neo-liberalism that treats The Poor™ as both a receptable for endless governmental uplift, and a target for sniping and jibes; provided we’re talking about the conservative poor. You know, the ones who stupidly “Vote against their own interests.” Which is just code for unedumacated, Southern-drawlin’, gun-shootin’, red-neckin’, Trump-votin’, tobacky-chewin’ inbred yocal hick racist Bible-thumpin’ white-sheet Klan scum.

I had my own encounter with this brand of argument recently. Two people of my acquaintance, who had until recently lived as "moderate" liberals in a reasonably red state and more recently moved to a West-Coast liberal bastion, thought that it would be hilarious to show me -- a right-leaning libertarian in Texas -- a 10 minute comedy sketch of some comedian they thought was famous insulting Donald Trump. Not only did they think that unleashing a stream of contentless insults upon a presidential candidate was funny, they also seemed to think that it would be convincing. Of what, I'm not sure. Convincing me to hate Trump in the same way that they did, perhaps? I've never been a strong supporter of Trump but I was also not going to be swayed by any amount of irrational humor and deliberate misstatements.

They were completely oblivious to the total lack of content or argument. It was their daily 2-minute hate packaged in a convenient weekly bulk buy at Costco.

And they were completely oblivious to the fact that it was this very method of unargument, this very manner of appeal to unreason, the very decision to abandon all rational mechanisms for making decisions, that created Trump. He is the mirror image of their failure; he is the form of their destructor.

Tue Aug 23 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Welfare payments to jihadis

Boston HeraldAn ISIS fighter killed on the battlefield last year collected welfare while living in Maine as he was being self-radicalized over the internet, the Herald has learned.

Adnan Fazeli, 38, of Freeport, Maine, collected food stamps and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, officials said. The married father of three lost his payments in 2013, Maine officials tell the Herald, after he left for Turkey to join the terror group.

Paying people to sit at home and stew in their own anger and resentment is a recipe for disaster. The results won't always be terrorism, but they are rarely pleasant.

Mon Aug 22 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

CNN continues to mislead their audience...

Bayou Renaissance Man quoting NewsBusters quoting Sherelle SmithBurnin down shit ain’t going to help nothin! Y’all burnin’ down shit we need in our community. Take that shit to the suburbs. Burn that shit down! We need our shit! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”

I have placed in bold the portion of the quote that CNN aired. Lying by omission is right.

I can't really blame the person in the heat of the moment for trying to make an argument that the rioters would listen to, but CNN's reporting of her statement was absolutely and deliberately misleading.

Sun Aug 21 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Texas to appeal voter ID law

The Hill“To protect the integrity of voting in the state of Texas, our office will appeal the Voter ID ruling of the Fifth Circuit to the United States Supreme Court,” Paxton’s communications director, Marc Rylander, said in a statement.

There's nothing particularly unusual or controversial about the Texas voter ID law. It requires people who plan to vote to have a state-issued ID card, or one of a long list of alternative possibilities. Nothing unusual or tricky about it, and most people will already have the required documents... if they are legally in the country and legally eligible to vote.

Of course, this means the Democrats will freak out, because they desperately need the illegal alien votes to have any hope of ever having a foothold in Texas.

The Supreme Court will likely not decide the case, if it accepts, until 2017 and likely not until after the empty seat has been filled by the new president. However, past courts have generally upheld voter ID laws, despite the appeals court in this case (after 8 years of Obama stuffing his judges everywhere) striking down the law.

Sat Aug 20 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Obama frees more terrorists

This time he's sending 15 detainees to the United Arab Emirates, where they will be barred from traveling and any meaningful communications for however long it takes people to stop paying attention.

Fri Aug 19 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Pennsylvania Attorney General convicted on all charges

Those charges include perjury, obstruction of justice, and abusing her official position. Bitter has the details. Funny how the national media hasn't found this interesting enough to report on.

She's a Democrat, of course.

Thu Aug 18 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

House letter details potential perjury charge against Clinton over emails

The HillA pair of leading House Republicans on Monday laid out detailed instructions for the Justice Department to file perjury charges against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

More than a month after first requesting the department open a criminal probe into Clinton for alleged misstatements she made under oath, the GOP heads of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees told a federal prosecutor specifically where they believed Clinton had lied to Congress about her email setup at the Department of State.

Make no mistake, this is a political act. The Department of (In)Justice has already declared that it will not act on the various criminal offenses that Hillary's email setup produced. It will certainly not act on a letter from the other party's House members requesting a prosecution. The purpose of the letter is to convince the public to reject Clinton in the November elections, and perhaps to publicly humiliate the Obama administration for their openly political decision not to prosecute.

It's pretty effective, too, as it manages to highlight a number of times where Clinton's testimony flatly contradicts the facts as determined by the FBI.

What's it's not going to do -- and everyone knows, at this point, that it won't -- is convince the FBI and DOJ to actually issue an indictment. Hillary will win or lose the election, and that will be that. The fate of our republic will lie in the hands of the people.

We are so screwed.

Wed Aug 17 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How the Tea Party was murdered

The indictment is in Politico, so take with a grain of salt, but there are a lot of elements here that seem accurate from my perspective as someone who lived through that time and that political effort.

I would say that the death blow came at the hands of the IRS, tying up the grassroot's attempt to organize for the 2012 election. When that effort failed to remove Obama, the chance of getting actual results from people who actually cared about policy dropped, and the anger fueling that movement saw many of the people they worked so hard to elect coopted by the establishment of the party -- and the few who resisted, like Ted Cruz, were marginalized and shut out rather than supported. Note that Politico, reliably left, spins this as blaming Cruz for "promising too much" rather than blaming the Establishment for "failing to deliver what they promised."

Thus, Trump, who successfully cast himself as an America-first political outsider for the Republican primary despite a history of donations to Democrats and a contradictory set of expressed political principles (and that's being generous). If he wins, who knows what he might do? (It's pretty much certain to not be small-government, though it might be low-taxes). And if he loses, the Republican establishment will spend the next 4 years telling the Tea Party they were TOLD what would happen if they insisted on principles.

We're in a lose-lose situation.

Tue Aug 16 09:09:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Multiple FBI investigations of Clinton Foundation corruption underway

Daily CallerMultiple FBI investigations are underway involving potential corruption charges against the Clinton Foundation, according to a former senior law enforcement official.

I'm sure that those investigations will run normally all the way up until a week or two from the election, at which point FBI directory James Comey will announce that no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges and that he is closing the investigation.

Sat Aug 13 09:59:39 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

It's not just the left-wing media anymore...

... these days it's the left-wing tech oligarchy in Silicon Valley. Once upon a time the Internet was the alternative to a nakedly biased media; now we need new alternatives to the companies that run (large parts of) the Internet.

And yeah, there's a reason my blog doesn't run on any of the existing hosted blogging platforms.

Fri Aug 12 12:59:39 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Is Trump deliberately throwing the election?

Every time I see something like this I have to wonder. And I remember how Perot enabled BJ Clinton to win in a plurality against HW Bush.

Hillary may be an ancient, barely-coherent incompetent and walking security risk, but if she (and her handlers) are playing both sides of the board, it's hard to lose.

More evidence for the thesis:
Stephan Green at Instapundit quoting PoliticoFirst the Clinton press conferences and gaggles became rare. Now, the Trump campaign’s foot-dragging in allowing a basic press pool – a group of reporters that share travel duty to cover public events and minimize the logistics burden on the campaign – has given Clinton cover to not institute a protective pool, which would cover the candidate’s every move and ride on the campaign plane in the same way the White House press pool does and which typically begins when the candidates becomes the party’s official nominee.

One reporter covering the campaign said Clinton campaign officials directly cited Trump’s lack of a formal pool operation as part of the reason they have yet to set up a protective pool. Other reporters covering the Democratic nominee describe the situation as frustrating and “unlike anything in the past.”

It's like every time Hillary's campaign makes a mistake, the Trump campaign is there to match it with a similar scandal or a fresh outrageous statement that changes the topic of discussion away from one that damages Hillary. And when Hillary has to hide her multiple health issues by denying the traditional press pool access to her campaign, and persists in holding basically no press conferences despite being in the middle of a presidential campaign (!!), Trump is right there to match her.

I bet one of those 30,000 deleted emails Hillary won't let us see is one addressed to Trump, suggesting he run for the Republican nomination and throw the election if he gets it.

Fri Aug 12 11:59:39 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

An updated IRS scandal timeline

ACLJ has an updated timeline for the IRS scandal. Their timeline focuses mostly on the abuses, rather than the cover-up efforts, but it's absolutely damning.

Fri Aug 12 10:59:39 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

RNC files suit to obtain BJ Clinton's schedules

State revealed the existence of the large collection of Bill Clinton schedules after the RNC made an unusual legal move last month, asking a federal judge to declare that the former president’s schedules should be released in their entirety because the former president worked closely with State officials and his post-presidency office is funded with taxpayer dollars. The GOP also pointed to the ethical controversy over the Clinton Foundation soliciting donations abroad while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

The timing of this lawsuit suggests strongly that the RNC would love to spend the next 4 to 8 years attacking President Hillary for her corruption as Secretary of State.

As far as goals go, that seems... somewhat counterproductive.

Fri Aug 12 09:59:39 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What did Trump really mean about the 2nd Amendment and Hillary nominees?

Althouse quoting Trump"Hillary wants to abolish -- essentially abolish the Second Amendment. By the way, if she gets to pick, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don't know," Trump said.

Althouse, and many others, seem to think he was suggesting assassination. That's not just insane, it would be insane for a presidential candidate to suggest it, or even to joke about it. Trump may be insane enough (and filterless enough) to joke about it, but I doubt he's insane enough to really mean it. On the other hand, there are lots of other things he could have meant, many of which seem much more likely to me.

Let's note that we're in a hypothetical situation where Hillary won and is picking justices. The most commonly proposed alternative meaning, that gun rights voters can vote to keep Hillary out of the White House so she can't nominate anti-gun justices, seems a bit of a stretch under that hypothetical. If Hillary has already been elected, you can't stop her by voting until the next election cycle. The soonest that would be is two years after Hillary's election, and that would only effect the Senate. So it's not really likely Trump is talking about voting here.

But, the gun rights movement and the NRA have had dramatic success in blocking gun control legislation, and some success in blocking judicial nominees considered anti-gun. Right now, there is an empty Supreme Court seat that the Republican party (and the NRA in particular) are blocking nomination hearings for. This has been accomplished without intervening elections, simply by making their voices heard by their existing Senators. That is, right now, the gun rights movement and the right in general are successfully blocking an anti-gun Obama supreme court nominee.

It seems obvious to me that's exactly what Trump meant. No need to assume violence. If anyone can block Hillary's nominees and extract a concession from her, such as a Supreme Court nominee who at least claims to support the Heller decision and gun rights, it's "the 2nd Amendment folks" and the NRA. Hillary would hate it, and her nominee would likely lie about it, but no one else could possibly put up enough of a fight to get that kind of concession from Hillary.

And of course, it wouldn't hurt if the gun rights crowd got behind Trump and the cause of maintaining a Republican majority in the Senate. I'm not exactly enthused about Trump as a candidate, but the prospect of a Supreme Court filled with Hillary appointees is terrifying.

Thu Aug 11 12:59:39 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Reminder: The IRS deliberately avoided email for their targeting process

Wall Street Journal as quoted by TaxProfDiscovery has also revealed documents that show the IRS made early attempts to shield and obfuscate its special Israel policy. In a November 29, 2010 email, IRS deputy commissioner Steven Miller asked IRS employee Sarah Ingram about “an article on a letter we apparently sent to an org on Israel settlements. What can you tell me.” Ms. Ingram replied that she “Just told Ruth to pull me out when you have a minute. Not doing email on this.

This demonstrates high level involvement in the targeting (as if we needed more evidence of that), but it also demonstrates a deliberate avoidance of the use of email for handling questions and issues about the targeting.

The IRS knew their internal email was available to Congress in the context of investigations and oversight, and so they deliberately avoided putting anything in writing.

Wed Aug 10 11:39:57 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

NSSF to challenge Massachussetts' ban on semi-auto firearms

National Shooting Sports FoundationThe National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today announced that it will pursue legal action to challenge the “Enforcement Notice” issued by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that would appear to ban sales of semiautomatic rifles in the commonwealth.

That a variety of gun-rights groups would challenge the AG's likely-illegal action here shouldn't surprise anyone. The courts will likely deliver a significant smackdown... after the election.

The significant news here is that the NSSF itself is stepping up to challenge the law. Usually that group leaves the political fight over gun control to the NRA and focuses on narrow issues important to manufacturers. This is undeniably an issue important to manufactures, whose whole product lines would likely be banned by the AG's dictate. But it may also represent the industry recognizing gun control laws as an existential threat for them.

Wed Aug 10 10:39:57 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton openly calls for voter fraud

The HillIllegal aliens have never had more incentives and ability to vote in our elections as they do this cycle. After being told by the globalist elite they’re illegal entry into the country is without consequence, helps rather than hinders American workers, and unites the national culture, any existing moral qualms of further violating the law, such as by voting, have been thoroughly scrubbed away. Former president Bill Clinton all but ensured this in his speech at the DNC Convention last week.

Speaking directly to illegal aliens, Clinton stated to an applauding audience of delegates that “if you love this country, you’re working hard, you’re paying taxes and you’re obeying the law and you’d like to become a citizen, you should choose immigration reform over somebody that wants to send you back.” Unfortunately for Bill, illegal aliens (and non-citizens in general) aren’t supposed to be ‘choosing’ anyone. Like in every other country in the world, here in America only citizens are supposed to vote.

And this is why the left opposes any laws that try to protect the integrity of the voting system. They know that in order to win, they need as many votes from illegals, felons, and dead people as possible.

Wed Aug 10 09:39:57 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Father of Orlando killer at Hillary rallies

Washington Times as quoted by PattericoThe father of radicalized Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen is supporting Hillary Clinton for president and attended a rally for the candidate Monday, standing near the stage as she addressed the crowd.

Seddique Mateen, a native of Afghanistan, appeared in several TV shots behind Mrs. Clinton as she spoke in Kissimmee, Florida.

In general, I don't believe in corruption of the blood. The father of a vicious mass murderer and terrorist is not necessarily guilty of the same crimes by mere pedigree. Yet the media accounts at the time strongly suggested that the murderer's father had his own radical anti-US views and potential ties to terrorism in Afghanistan. While not enough to convict him of a crime, it would normally be enough to ensure he wasn't invited to attended media events with a presidential candidate or give interviews to the media afterwards.

I can only assume his presence with Hillary at this event was an attempt to send a message to radical Muslims who support violent terrorism by others that Hillary is a candidate who will protect them and appreciates their support.

That's an interesting population to be courting.

Tue Aug 09 11:39:57 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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