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Saturday, August 15, 2015

The TGOP Week in Review


A Dark Furry Thing said...

Politico published this report in March: “Like Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State Colin Powell also used a personal email account during his tenure at the State Department, an aide confirmed in a statement.’

MSNBC’s Alex Seitz-Wald added at the time:
Colin Powell, George W. Bush’s first secretary of state, wrote in his memoir about how outdated technology infrastructure at the State Department led him to install a personal laptop in his office to use a personal email account to “shoo[t] emails to my principal assistants, to individual ambassadors, and increasingly to my foreign-minister colleagues.”

Powell, who served from 2001-2005, apparently did not keep a record of personal emails, unlike Clinton.
As best as I can tell, no one ever cared about the Republican secretary of state using a personal email account. It was, to borrow a phrase, a non-story.

Clearly, Republicans and some of Clinton’s media critics see an opportunity here. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), still hoping for some modicum of attention, has even begun telling people that Clinton might go to jail. I haven’t seen anything to suggest Clinton is guilty of any wrongdoing at all, but the probe is apparently still ongoing and we’ll see if anything of interest turns up.

But to suggest Democrats would pounce if the shoe were on the other foot doesn’t appear to be true. We already know how Dems would respond to a Republican secretary of state using a

Pissant Pedant said...

The trilemma portrayed in these posters are similar to the ones faced by Kent, Clark, in his 'absolutist' application in fighting for truth, justice, and the "American Way Imperative." OTOH, John Holmes would have acted as Kent, had the porn industry given him the chance.

Shaw Kenawe said...

ADFT, don't confuse the Tea-Pee-ers with facts when they can ride their self-satisfied wave of "Hitlery" indignation.

PP, That's a bit arcane, but funny. I think.

D.K.J. said...

Top Army General Ray Odierno: Jeb Bush Is Wrong About Iraq War

“I remind everybody that us leaving at the end of 2011 was negotiated in 2008 by the Bush administration."

If Jeb can't get that simple point right, how will he handle complicated issues as president?

Anonymous said...

Donald Trump Tells His Biggest Lie By Claiming To Break Bernie Sanders’ Crowd Records

Just what this country needs, a jerk who bullsh*ts enough to cover the state of Kansas.

Shaw Kenawe said...

This is who the Tea-Pee-ers support, a guy who says he'll be phenomenal, but never tells his adoring chumps how he'll accomplish anything, and they lap it up:

"In a speech light on policy details but heavy on flair, Donald Trump told a raucous New Hampshire crowd Friday that he’d make a smarter president than any of his competitors when it comes to the economy, the military and everything else.

“We will make great trade deals, we will save Social Security without cuts, we will come up with health care plans that will be phenomenal — phenomenal,” Trump told a packed high school auditorium in Hampton."

We always knew there was a certain percentage of dimwitted, know-nothings who'd fall for a loud-mouth bloviator telling them nothing and promising them everything. It's not difficult to understand who the gullible are who think just talking about something phenomenal is the same as explaining how that phenomenal thing will be done and how much it will cost. Rabies Radio and FAUX NEWS have prepared a percentage of our population to accept a stupidly dangerous demagogue in the form of Donald Trump. All Trump needs is a balcony and a fake military uniform to convince a few more easily fooled lunkheads of how phenomenal he is.

Ahab said...

I'm not sure I can cope with 15 more months of Republican buffoonery.

Flying Junior said...

I was thinking about the cost of the Iraq war and my thumbnail estimate that I put together nine or ten years ago. Having read first-hand in the local fishwrap about the Bob Hope Class supercargo ship(s) that were loaded to the gunwhales with Bradley fighting vehicles, tanks, every type of weapon system imaginable not to mention every comfort of home, and then set out for the Panama Canal on their way to the Persian gulf. Then seeing one actually tack NW off of the coast of La Jolla out towards the sea lanes.

I observed that a great deal of the Army's equipment was being shipped off to the fun zone with all of the volunteers. I also observed that very little of that equipment would ever make it back to the U.S. We are talking about hundreds of millions of $$ of equipment! Can you say, "F.O.B?" That cost is never calculated in the reckoning. It still represents resources squandered. Or as Rand likes to point out, in the hands of ISIS and their allies.

So, when you think about it, it really was a pretty good deal. For the defense contractors and the Army brass that wanted to get all new stuff!