Analyzing the Hack of Obama’s Email

CNN reported that hackers in the employ of the Russian government were able to access President Obama’s email system inside the White House.

The first question that springs to mind is this (and it’s an important one):

If spies were able to penetrate the (supposedly) tight security of the U.S. Government computer systems, just how secure were then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails which were kept outside of government control on equipment stored in her own home?

The most powerful woman in the world depended on a non-official email system to conduct business that potentially dealt with the security of every citizen of the United States, and if that doesn’t enrage you then nothing will.

But back to the Russians. The official line from the State Department is that this was reported last year and is no big thing.

Not exactly.

CNN citing unnamed U.S. officials that had been briefed on the investigation, reports that last year’s admission “understated the sensitivity of the information accessed.” 

I’m shocked (not). And if that’s true, what else are they lying, uh, I mean “understating” or just plain not telling us about?

Well let’s see … a WH National Security Council spokesman poo-pooed the CNN report, calling it speculation about a previously disclosed breach.

“Any such activity is something we take very seriously. In this case, as we made clear at the time, we took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity,” said spokesman Mark Stroh.

Really? Because it turns out that to access the White House servers, the Russian hackers used an exploit from an earlier hack in which the State Department’s network was breached.

My oh my. Where were the evaluation and mitigation activities then? And have these so-called activities increased in efficacy over time?

The White House does not believe its classified systems, which contain national security information, were compromised, White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes told CNN in an interview.

Color me cynical, but I am not convinced.

Posted April 8th, 2015 Filed in Clinton, Hillary, Homeland Security, Scandals

UnGreen: Ethanol Increases Greenhouse Gases

The Union of Concerned Scientists says that the EPA is misrepresenting facts when it comes to the case for labeling corn-based ethanol as a “renewable resource”:

According to Jeremy Martin, a senior analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Clean Vehicles Program, EPA’s decision to focus on anticipated biofuel emissions as of 2022 “distorts the picture of today’s biofuels.”  By 2022, the theory goes, corn crop yields will have increased and biorefining technology will be more efficient and green than it is today.  But for now, according to Joe Fargione, a scientist with the Nature Conservancy, “in the near term, natural-gas-powered, dry-milled corn ethanol production results in an increase of greenhouse gas emissions of 12 to 33 percent compared to gasoline.”  Worse yet, EPA’s analysis recognizes this.  However, ethanol has been redesignated, despite such indicators that it does not meet the renewable fuels criteria.

Critics point out that support for ethanol is more politically motivated than arising out of any concern for the environment:

EPA, meanwhile, has been under sustained pressure from pro-ethanol groups such as Growth Energy to approve an increase in the fuel blend ceiling from 10 percent ethanol to 15 percent ethanol—a move that observers say would constitute a massive giveaway to the ethanol industry that could prove helpful in shoring up support for the President and endangered Democrats in ethanol-producing “swing” areas, such as some Midwestern districts and states.

Focusing on turning corn into fuel has driven up the price of everything from milk to tequila. Yet once again, politicians use junk science to protect their jobs.

And Congress wonders why people don’t trust them.

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Posted April 23rd, 2010 Filed in Energy, Global Warming, Scandals

DNC Rewards Vulnerable Dems with $$$

Vulnerable Democrats that supported Obamacare are being rewarded with huge chunks of cash from Democrat PACs as well as other Democrats in Congress:

Several of these members were last-minute yes votes, which helped push the legislation to passage.

Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) raised more than $140,000 from PACs and fellow members in the final 10 days of the quarter — which was more than one-third of the $400,000 total he raised for the entire quarter.

Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) raised more than $100,000 from political committees after deciding to vote yes on the bill, and he raised about $475,000 overall.

Reps. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) weren’t far behind, each raising more than $90,000 from PACs and fellow members of Congress in the final week-plus of the quarter. Halvorson raised $410,000 total, while Giffords raised nearly $500,000.

Frequent givers included labor unions and left-leaning groups like the Human Rights Campaign PAC. Several liberal members of Congress who championed the bill, including Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), also rewarded those who voted yes with contributions.

While members flooded each other’s coffers in the final days of the first-quarter fundraising period, House leaders gave little to those who voted no on healthcare reform.

Public bribery and corruption in the halls of Congress. Vote ’em out.

Meanwhile, Alaska has joined the ranks of states that are challenging Obamacare:

Parnell and state Attorney General Dan Sullivan released a 48-page legal memo on the case, calling the law an unprecedented and unconstitutional exercise of federal power to regulate commerce.

“For the first time, the federal government is dictating economic choices,” Parnell said. If that power is upheld, the Republican governor said, it could lead to mandates for gym memberships or the purchase of GM cars.

Oklahoma looks to be joining the suit soon, as does Mississippi.

The Obamacare ship may never sail after all. Unfortunately, now that Congress has launched it once it will come back again and again, even if the suit wins on States Rights grounds. Washington will find a way to screw up the country. They always have and will continue to do so. We can only stave off the inevitable slide into socialism for as long as we can, for the sake of our children.

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Posted April 22nd, 2010 Filed in Healthcare, Scandals

Major Dem Fundraiser Pleads Guilty: $292M Fraud

From the Culture of Corruption files, comes the news that Hassan Nemazee, a major contributor and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton and Barack Hussein Obama, pled guilty to three charges of bank fraud and one charge of wire fraud.

Nemazee was listed as one of the top “bundlers” of contributions to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, according to, a website run by the Center for Responsive Politics.

He typically donated more than $100,000 annually to Democratic Party political candidates, including Obama and now-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. defines “bundlers” as:

Bundlers are people with friends in high places who, after bumping against personal contribution limits, turn to those friends, associates, and, well, anyone who’s willing to give, and deliver the checks to the candidate in one big “bundle.”

The Democratic National Committee claims that the “affected donations” will be given to “charity”. PETA and other domestic terrorist await in breathless anticipation.

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Posted March 19th, 2010 Filed in Clinton, Hillary, Obama, Barack Hussein, Scandals

Docs: Obama Justice Dept Shut Down Federal ACORN Investigation

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) detailing federal investigations into the alleged corrupt activities of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The documents reference serious allegations of corruption and voter registration fraud by ACORN as well as the Obama administration’s decision to shut down a criminal investigation without filing criminal charges.

The documents include background information on two specific complaints filed in October 2008 by Lucy Corelli and Joseph Borges, Republican Registrars of Voters in Stamford and Bridgeport, Connecticut, respectively, during the 2008 election season. . . .

The FBI and Department of Justice opened an investigation. However, the Obama Justice Department, while noting that ACORN had engaged in “questionable hiring and training practices,” closed down the investigation in March 2009, claiming ACORN broke no laws.

Read it all here.

The most transparent and least corrupt administration in history? I think not.

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Posted March 11th, 2010 Filed in Obama, Barack Hussein, Scandals

Democrat Mayor Sentenced in Bribe Case

Larry Langford, former mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, was sentenced to 15 years in prison today. Last October, a federal jury took less than two hours to convict Langford of taking nearly a quarter million dollars in bribes in exchange for $7.2 million in sewer-bond and derivatives business to an investment banker friend.

Jurors found in October that Langford, a Democrat, solicited cash, loan payoffs and designer suits from William Blount, the former head of a Montgomery, Alabama-based securities firm, and Albert LaPierre, a consultant. In return, Langford, then president of the Jefferson County Commission, used his power to bring Blount into deals, including a $3 billion refinancing of the county’s sewer debt led by JPMorgan Chase & Co. . . .

Jefferson County’s sewer financing nearly bankrupted the state’s most populous county during the credit crisis. Interest payments rose as high as 10 percent in 2008 after bond insurers guaranteeing the debt lost their top ratings because of losses on unrelated mortgage-backed securities.

The Democrat culture of corruption permeates deep into the party.

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Posted March 5th, 2010 Filed in Scandals

Herenton’s Dirty Lot

Memphis Mayor Herenton’s tied up in another scandal, this one involving a questionable land deal with a man that has received numerous no-bid contracts from the city.

Known as “King Willie” because of his tyrannical misuse of power, the mayor lives in a $529,400 house at 5281 Horn Lake Road, a rather nice neighborhood. Here’s an aerial view of his 5 bedroom, 4 full bath home.

He also owns an adjoining lot at the corner of Horn Lake and Dubois Drive, which has been appraised by the Shelby County Assessor of Property at $45,000.

In October 2005, Herenton sold the lot to E.W. Moon, LLC (view the warranty deed) for $50,000. Then just months later, in May 2006, Moon gave the property back. Gave, as in “for free”. (View the quit claim.)

Herenton is now building a home on the lot and sees “nothing improper” about the deal with Moon, even though Moon has received $702,000 no-bid city road design contracts from the mayor since 2002. (The mayor is the man that approves city contracts. As I understand it, the city council can’t do anything except make recommendations.)

Reached in his Los Angeles office, Moon said he didn’t give or loan Herenton $50,000, but said he forwarded the money to the mayor because he intends to buy the house when it’s finished. Moon said he doesn’t have a written contract on the house but does have an oral agreement to buy it.

“You don’t have to put everything in writing. We’re friends,” he said.

Indeed. And you don’t have to exchange money in the light of day, either. It takes really good, trustworthy friends to move money under the table. And this looks like a good way to move money under the table — only they got caught.

But so what? It seems that these actions don’t even violate Memphis’ ethics rules!

This is not the first time that this particular lot has made Willie money. According to records on the Shelby County Register of Deeds site, Herenton sold this lot to Joyce P. Kelly in 1996 for $35,000. Then in 2003, Kelly sold it back to the mayor for $28,000 — after seven years of real estate appreciation as high-dollar houses sprung up all around it. After all, it is located in Banneker Estates, a gated community that Herenton has developed and in which his own home is located.

The name Joyce Kelly is a familiar one in Memphis politics, as it is the name of the mayor’s girlfriend and sometimes fiancee. She first entered the public light in 1989, when County Commissioner Pete Sisson charged Herenton (who was Memphis City Schools Superintendent) with promoting Joyce Kelly to principal of Corry Junior High while she was having an affair with Herenton (Thaddeus Mathews has a scan of the story).

Cross posted at TennWatch.

Posted March 4th, 2007 Filed in Memphis, Scandals

Hooks Jr. Taken in TN Waltz

Michael Hooks, Jr. has been indicted on charges stemming from the Tennessee Waltz sting. I have the full story over at Volitics, including background and how this may affect what is currently a very hot race for this fall.

Posted June 21st, 2006 Filed in Scandals

Grinch Steals Fitzmas

Let the beating of breasts begin:

The prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case on Monday advised Karl Rove, the senior White House adviser, that he would not be charged with any wrongdoing, effectively ending the nearly three-year criminal investigation that had at times focused intensely on Mr. Rove.

The NYTimes spends most of the rest of the article indicting Scooter Libby, Vice President Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff. Typical.

Update: An Ldotter suggests creating a new word:

Fitzzle- the fizzling out of a manufactured, trumped-up charge.

Now that’s funny, I don’t care who y’are.

Vodka Pundit observes:

It’s really too bad this news didn’t come out on Friday. The reactions from the wackos at the Kos Konvention would have been priceless.

Yep, an opportunity missed.

Update II: RightWingProf reports that there is some good news for liberals.

Blackfive celebrates. A sample:

Bite me Joe Wilson and your silly, scarf-wearing wife. Suck it Firedoglake and Kos and every other deranged lefty collection of wankers who spent so much effort over nothing, well an attempt to bring down W’s brain isn’t nothing, but it sure didn’t work out now did it? Hey can we get a definitive ruling that Joe Wilson is a lying, self-promoting, man whore?

Michelle Malkin declares this Rove Derangement Syndrome Day.

Moonbats are hoping that Rove got a ride because he “flipped on Cheney”. Here’s just one comment extracted from those posted at AmericaBlog (via TigerHawk):

Well, it is possible he turned on Cheney, but does anyone think that ANY of these criminals will ever face justice? They are teaching young Americans to break the rules and laws of our country. I want to go back to the national discussion on oral sex. It was a much better conversation to have with your child. I keep telling my son that the behavior of Bush & Co. is traitorous and not the way ANY presidency is run.

For additional hilarity, check out the Top Ten (Themed!) ‘Progressive’ Reactions To The End of Fitzmas from Decision ’08.

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Posted June 13th, 2006 Filed in Scandals

House Republican Vote Fraud

I’m always quick to point out the number of dead and imaginary voters that show up for Democrats, so I guess this has to be reported as well:

House Republicans are taking a mulligan on the first ballot for Majority Leader. The first count showed more votes cast than Republicans present at the Conference meeting.

HT to Schneier on Security

Posted February 3rd, 2006 Filed in Scandals