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-Lurid Crime Tales-
What a fish rotting from the head down looks like: Hillary Clinton's no-secrets State Department
[American Thinker] Wonder what a country without secrets looks like? Take a look at the State Department, home of Hillary Clinton's illegal private email operation, which had a lot more than just that doozy as a security violation. Turns out there were nearly two dozen violations, suggesting that maybe there was a problem of tone at the top. Apparently, no one kept national security secrets at Hillary Clinton's State Department, judging by the widespread number of violations now getting out.

Sara Carter has the scoop:
In a letter to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, the State Department revealed that it has identified "multiple security incidents" involving current or former employees' handling of Hillary Clinton's emails, and that 23 "violations" and seven "infractions" have been issued as part of the department's ongoing investigation.

"To this point, the Department has assessed culpability to 15 individuals, some of whom were culpable in multiple security incidents," Mary Elizabeth Taylor, the State Department's Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs, wrote to Grassley. "DS has issued 23 violations and 7 infractions incidents. ... This number will likely change as the review progresses."

"In every instance in which the Department found an individual to be culpable of a valid security violation or three or more infractions, the Department forwarded the outcome to the Bureau of Diplomatic Security's Office of Personnel Security and Suitability (DS/PSS), to be placed in the individuals' official security file," Taylor wrote. "All valid security incidents are reviewed by DS and taken into account every time an individual's eligibility for access to classified information is considered.

Obviously, none of these people considered national security secrets terribly important. And if Putin, or China, could get his hands on them, well, so what?

Secrets and security clearances, see, were status symbols, not a burden of responsibility linked to protecting America. And if Ben Rhodes could get a security clearance, who the heck couldn't, and why would it matter what one does to determine one's merit for security clearances?
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/19/2019 02:58 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's important to understand the terms;
--Security Incident: any situation where classified material was not secured in accordance with established procedures.
--Security Violations: unsecured classified where the likelihood of compromise was possible/likely/occurred.
-Security Infraction: unsecured classified where the likelihood of compromise was low/nil.

I could give examples of both but suffice to say 30 incidents assigned to 15 people - there's a big big problem. Multiple people should lose their clearance.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 06/19/2019 7:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Multiple people should lose their clearance.
Posted by Bangkok Billy

The Deep State takes care of it's own. The Klingon SSO didn't even suspend or revoke John Brennan's access after a WH prompting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/19/2019 7:50 Comments || Top||

#3  These people should be in jail.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 06/19/2019 12:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Private email server + senior government position = (criminal) avoidance of FOIA regulations. At the very least it is questionable and needs "proof of innocence"... eh?
Posted by: magpie || 06/19/2019 16:19 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Speed Holstering: Why It's a Bad Idea by Sheriff Jim Wilson
[Shooting Illustrated] I’m not really sure where this business of speed re-holstering a handgun got started. Possibly, it began among competition shooters who thought it looked cool and was an indication of savvy gun handling. It might also have started with some defensive trainers for the same reasons. On the other hand, it really doesn’t matter. What folks should know about speed re-holstering is that it's dangerous and not a good idea at all.

Problems and injuries often occur when the hands move faster than the brain does. We get in a hurry and forget to get our index finger out of the trigger guard and put it alongside the frame. The one negligent discharge resulting in an injury that I personally witnessed was just such a case. The student was an old-time revolver guy who just couldn’t remember to get his finger out of the trigger guard when putting his gun away. His finger hit the top of the holster, and it came in contact with the trigger. There was a loud noise, when no one was expecting one.

The danger of speed re-holstering is increased if the shooter is using a striker-fired pistol with no external safeties. Not only can the trigger finger be the culprit, but pieces of clothing or some portion of the holster can also inadvertently impact the trigger, causing a discharge. This is not a condemnation of the striker-fire design but rather an indication that the shooter does not know and understand the mechanics of his or her chosen handgun.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/19/2019 03:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6539 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The danger of speed re-holstering is increased if the shooter is using a striker-fired pistol with no external safeties.

"Speed" and firearms...generally don't mix. Striker-fired pistol without a safety? Never owned one, never will.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/19/2019 7:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Not much of a hands-on sheriff, I guess.

When a citizen is momentarily subdued by the threat of the gun a one-handed grab is used for further control. A speedy reholstering frees the gun hand for a cuff reach or other grab (stun baton, pepper spray, taser,...) before the citizen thinks to make a 'break-away' move.

Not a lot of time to find an open holster mouth when the potential for violence looms in close proximity.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/19/2019 8:02 Comments || Top||

#3  I disagree completely with this man. At first I thought it was a joke. Speed holsters are a good thing. The second you save might just save your life. His points talked all around the truth. Whoever shoot himself using a speed holster does not practice using it. We go to the range and shoot hundreds of rounds so we can hit out target. But how often to people work on the reflex of proper drawing and aiming a gun? If you draw and your finger goes to the trigger, you need a few hundred hours of draw practice.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/19/2019 10:50 Comments || Top||

#4  The worst part of the "gun culture" is all the know-it-alls it attracts. It's always interesting holding a loaded gun at the range while someone tells you you are doing everything wrong, often in an uncomfortably rude fashion.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/19/2019 11:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Whoever shoot himself using a speed holster does not practice using it

That would seem the crux of the matter. Train like you fight, fight like you train and all that.

By no means an expert, but keeping your finger off the on-switch unless you mean it is a good general rule. Same with power tools.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/19/2019 12:21 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't know about "Gun Culture". Sort of has a negative connotation in the way your saying it. Ya want arrogant know it alls? Go to a cooking or fashion convention. They are on every group, loudly proclaiming to know the truth. I chimed in because when there is an AD event, the root cause analysis more often than not, comes back to training deficiency. We see it in guys buying high end 700 HP cars and crashing them within 100 miles. We see it boat owners, and aircraft pilots.
To B point, every weapon and holster is a personal choice, and responsibility to learn how to use effectively. I don't have a problem with no safety, like B does - and he is all good for his choice, I wont own a Glock because you cant control the hammer. Before you all jump me as Glock being the safest gun on earth, its personal preference- nothing more.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/19/2019 14:15 Comments || Top||

#7  Re-holstering. Isn't this returning your weapon to the holster (how I envision it)? What's the point of rushing that?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/19/2019 18:46 Comments || Top||

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Egypt’s Morsi, dead at 67, never had a chance
[IsraelTimes] Why the revolutionaries of the Arab Spring failed their followers, and other lessons from the blunder of a democracy in a society not set up for it.

Mohammed Morsi represented the Egypt’s Moslem Brüderbund, and they’re fundamentalist Islamist terrorists. Everyone "knows" that.

But Morsi was the first freely, democratically elected president of Egypt in 7,000 years. And so far, the only one. Morsi died after fainting in court, where he was on trial for his life on many charges, including espionage and murder.
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Posted by: trailing wife || 06/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

#1  Wouldn't muzz fundamentalist types lean toward "allan struck him down" as an explanation for going from "animated" to "inanimate" in an instant?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/19/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Wouldn't muzz fundamentalist types lean toward "allan struck him down" as an explanation for going from "animated" to "inanimate" in an instant?

Nope. Muzz fundamentalist types lean toward "Yehud done it".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 06/19/2019 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Unmentioned is the fact that Morsi opened the prisons and Islamist terrorists took off. Many settled in Sinai where the results continue to be felt today.
Posted by: Chereting Pelosi1889 || 06/19/2019 9:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Morsi may be the first elected Egyptian Prez in millennia, but al Sisi is doing better than expected. Certainly better than if the MosBro were running the show.

I have a vague recollection of the voting being a bit hinky, but that may just be the ME in general. Saddam did well in Iraqi elections, IIRC.
Posted by: SteveS || 06/19/2019 9:30 Comments || Top||

#5  opened the prisons

Isn't that a dem platform item too?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/19/2019 10:02 Comments || Top||

#6  "..Morsi and democracy". Riiiiiiiight
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 06/19/2019 15:11 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Biden: 'Republicans May Have Standards, But We Have Double Standards'
[Babylon Bee] PHILADELPHIA, PA‐During a campaign speech Tuesday, Joe Biden proudly declared that while Republicans have at least some standards, Democrats are going above and beyond with their "double standards."

Biden pointed out that by having two sets of standards, Democrats are leading the race for having the most sets of standards.

"That's two times as many standards," he said proudly. "Double is a lot more than single. Anyone who's ever watched a baseball game knows that."

"Isn't that right, sweetie?" he said to a young girl in the front row of the crowd, asking her to come up and stand on the stage while he put his hands on her shoulders for the duration of the speech.

The presidential candidate then went on to slam Trump for his treatment of women, confident in the knowledge that no one in the Democratic Party would dare call him out for being a hypocritical little creep.

Not to be outdone, Trump quickly took to Twitter to announce that the Republican Party would shortly be debuting its brand new triple standards.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/19/2019 06:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sad thing about this is it could be true...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 06/19/2019 10:43 Comments || Top||

#2  Double Secret Standards.
Posted by: Large Untervehr3733 || 06/19/2019 18:59 Comments || Top||

Dem Politicians admit to mental health struggles
[Washington Examiner] Presidential candidate Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., and Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., recently delivered confessions that are rare for members of Congress: They once struggled with and were treated for mental health conditions, he for post-traumatic stress disorder and she for depression.

Discussing such problems out loud is a gamble in politics, and over the years, few others in Congress have been forthcoming, but the chances are high that a number of politicians have faced mental health problems. An estimated 47 million people in the U.S. in any given year struggle with conditions such as anxiety or depression, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/19/2019 02:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I hope Seth Moulton faces another health struggle - the voters getting sick of him in the next election.
Posted by: Raj || 06/19/2019 7:38 Comments || Top||

Hezbollah could be a fatal ally for future Lebanese presidential candidates
[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] In the murky world of Lebanese politics it is sometimes difficult to find rhyme or reason. But it is increasingly evident that the name of the game in Beirut today is an aggressive early bid for the Lebanese presidency.

The few apparent candidates are fully aware of the importance of local alliances, but also realize that local players are eventually swayed by their regional sponsors and allies. Candidates who are quick to dismiss the influence of the United States in the selection of Lebanese presidents do so at their own peril. The leading candidates realize that a newly resurgent and assertive US policy to contain Iran, Hezbollah, and Syria will cast a long shadow over the next presidential election.

Arab rapprochement with the Syrian regime seemed initially to have benefitted the pro-Syrian candidate Suleiman Franjieh. However,
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Fred || 06/19/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under: Hezbollah

#1  Lie down with scum, maybe just stay down...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/19/2019 9:35 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
Black Education Decline
[Townhall] New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says that the city's specialized high schools have a diversity problem. He's joined by New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, educators, students and community leaders who want to fix the diversity problem. I bet you can easily guess what they will do to "improve" the racial mix of students (aka diversity).

If you guessed they would propose eliminating the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test as the sole criterion for admissions, go to the head of the class. The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test is an examination that is administered to New York City's eighth- and ninth-grade students. By state law, it is used to determine admission to all but one of the city's nine specialized high schools.

It's taken as axiomatic that the relatively few blacks admitted to these high-powered schools is somehow tied to racial discrimination. In a June 2, 2018 "Chalkbeat" article, de Blasio writes: "The problem is clear. Eight of our most renowned high schools -- including Stuyvesant High School, Bronx High School of Science and Brooklyn Technical High School -- rely on a single, high-stakes exam. The Specialized High School Admissions Test isn't just flawed -- it's a roadblock to justice, progress and academic excellence."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/19/2019 02:04 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Well phooey, the Wheel was very unkind to you, but in all honesty, it appears you couldn't spell shi* if you had a hand full. We enjoyed having you, and here's a $1000."
Posted by: Besoeker || 06/19/2019 2:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Admissions Test isn't just flawed -- it's a roadblock to justice

Selective standard testing then. Different question papers for wakandans/retards/delinquents. At least it won't reduce the efficacy of testing for other students who are not complaining.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/19/2019 2:37 Comments || Top||

#3  It's been a lowering of expectations and standards now for three generations. Who's the real racists? /rhet question

You get what you tolerate.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/19/2019 8:59 Comments || Top||

#4  See: Crime
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/19/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  "Eight of our most renowned high schools", so, they want to get rid of their reputations. Soon there will be no renowned schools in SJW districts.
Posted by: Beau || 06/19/2019 10:26 Comments || Top||

#6  You get lower quality from things you subsidise

"school" is subsidised
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 06/19/2019 18:19 Comments || Top||

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  Spain busts gang that helped finance al-Qaeda in Syria
Tue 2019-06-18
  Iran says it dismantled a U.S. cyber espionage network
Mon 2019-06-17
  Mohammed Morsi titzup
Sun 2019-06-16
  Maldives seek foreign help to deal with IS fighters
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  Iranian boat fired missile at US drone prior to tanker attack, US official says
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  Tanker Front Altair is on fire according to Bloomberg
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  Middle East on alert as two oil tankers are hit by explosions and one 'sinks' in suspected 'torpedo attack' in Gulf of Oman
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  Boko Haram kills at least 26 people in Cameroon
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  At least 95 killed in central Mali village attack
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  Iran ammonium-nitrate stash in London and around the world ignored for 2015 Iran deal
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  Tunisian-German couple in court over ‘ricin attack plot’
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  U.S., Mexico: Trump Announces Deal With Mexico, Suspends Tariff Threat
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