Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Maybe they should rethink voter ID.
In the end, it came down to a coin toss in 6 districts.
Anyone surprised Clinton won all six?
The biggest story coming out of Iowa was the virtual tie between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Throughout the night, Sanders and Clinton were separated by only a few votes. It was not until this morning that Clinton was officially declared the winner. Based on how close the race was, many thought a recount would be taking place. The Iowa Dems have now announced that no recount will happen and Hillary Clinton will remain the winner in Iowa. Bernie Sanders is not happy about the decision to not have a recount.
During the course of the evening, it was reported that 90 precincts had lost their votes. Bernie Sanders alleged that the 90 caucus sites where the votes were lost were not staffed properly and that these missing votes could have been enough to sway the caucus in his favor. Based on how the democrats run their caucus, a recount is not possible even if they wanted to have one.
(Missing votes, missing emails...what difference does it make)
Many people would think that both the Democrats and Republicans would have similar voting procedures in the caucus. The Republicans wrote on paper who they wanted to vote for and those votes were then counted. The Democrats did not use paper balloting. They didn’t even have to write the name of their candidate down on anything. The people who wanted Sanders to win grouped together on one side of the room while the Clinton supporters grouped on another side of the room. Precinct chairs would then count how many people were in each group and whoever had the most people, won.
(Surely, nothing could go wrong using this method)
Since the Iowa Caucus was not an official election like the one for President, each party can set their own rules for the process. No paper trail exists to allow a recount based on the method that the Democrats used last night. With only tenths of a percentage point separating Sanders and Clinton, the vote total accuracy could have swayed the election in the favor of Clinton. The votes that were lost in the 90 precincts were estimated to have been up to five percent of the total votes in Iowa.
(Most of them were probably for Sanders. Strange how this stuff happens. Then we wonder why there is so much voter fraud in their party in the general election)
Bernie Sanders was said to not have much of a chance in Iowa against Clinton. At one point, Sanders was down by over 20 percent in the Iowa polls. Many political experts are saying that even though Sanders lost the caucus, he won by being able to essentially tie Clinton and split the Democrat delegates.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 2/03/2016 04:34:00 AM
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
On a tip from Ed Kilbane
Hillary Clinton is getting called out on her latest attempt to explain away the email scandal that's been hanging over her campaign.
The questionable comment happened today during an interview with Iowa TV station WHO-DM.
She related an illustrative anecdote that she said she heard from a man in Des Moines yesterday having to do with speed limits.
The story was unremarkable in itself, except for the fact that she told it almost three weeks ago when speaking at a Des Moines Register event.
Clinton: "You know it’d be like somebody in the Department of Transportation setting speed limits that had cameras where cars were going down a road, and pictures of license plates were being taken and let’s say the speed limit was 35. And then retroactively the police say that speed limit should’ve been 25, so let’s go back and look at anybody who drove down that road and exceeded 25."
Ed Henry said: "Gives you an idea of one of the reasons why this whole question of trust, being honest has dogged her throughout the campaign."
Apparently Killary is still suffering from BSFS.
(Bosnian Sniper Fire Syndrome)
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 2/02/2016 08:15:00 AM
Howie Carr Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Savor the moment, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton, because this morning, the presidential campaign doesn't just enter a new time zone, it enters a whole new world.
Welcome to New Hampshire.
Enjoy your victories in last night's caucuses, because it's going to be a little different a week from tonight. Bernie Sanders wins for sure, and as for Donald Trump, how did he describe New Hampshire last night?
"I think we're going to be proclaiming victory," he said, sounding subdued for once. "I hope."
As for Hillary, did she really screech that she "stands in the long line of American reformers" or that she would defend women's rights, as her misogynist husband stood behind her, slack-jawed, looking as ancient as Bob Dole?
"I stand here tonight breathing a big sigh of relief," she said. That's the spirit — of someone who just walked away from a car wreck she herself caused, and who is about to get into a new vehicle … with no brakes.
So now the candidates head back east, for a final sprint in New Hampshire. Here are a few predictions about the next few days:
At the last moment, Hillary's campaign will cancel an event in Goffstown, after realizing that it's where the N.H. women's state prison is located.
Marco Rubio will campaign door to door in Londonderry with his celebrity surrogates — the Fox News anchors.
Sid Blumenthal will arrive, and immediately be assigned a designated driver, who will be instructed to drive around Nashua if necessary.
Hillary will weep — especially when she gets her overnight tracking poll numbers against Bernie.
Bernie Sanders will use the "w" word — working, as in working-class, even though practically none of his supporters actually work.
Jeb Bush's handlers will be hampered by their inability to find the right-sized venues for their campaign rallies — phone booths.
Cruz will shake hands with hundreds of voters, and say to each one, "God bless, my friend."
On Saturday, Chris Christie will hit six all-you-can-eat school pancake breakfasts in Hillsborough County, before repairing to the Red Arrow Diner for King Moe's Breakfast and a Maple Sausage Patti Benny — at all three locations!
The Seabrook tattoo-parlor owner offering free Donald Trump tramp stamps will get his 15 minutes of fame, and then some.
John Kasich will brag about his endorsement by the Union Leader, to which most voters will reply, "What's that?"
The Hearst family, which owns Channel 9 WMUR, will make so much money this week from the anti-Rubio TV spots bought by Jeb Bush's super PAC that they will be able to buy not one, but two, new San Simeons.
Bill Clinton will map out his campaign itinerary by googling the words "New Hampshire" and "gentlemen's clubs," after which he will announce to Hillary's advance man, "Y'all ever been to this here 'Gold Club' in Bedford?"
As she concedes to Bernie Sanders a week from tonight, Hillary will shout, "On to South Carolina!" — in a Southern accent.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 2/02/2016 07:33:00 AM
Monday, February 1, 2016
This article will make you sick. On its face, the fact she deleted 31,000 emails after served with a subpoena, to me, is an obstruction of justice charge right there. If the emails she’s releasing now are this incriminating imagine what was on the 31,000 she deleted! Can’t understand why the FBI, or some other agency, didn’t secure her emails when the story first broke.
PS: Corruption in spades.
Imagine if Trump or Cruz was currently under investigation by the FBI.
The State Department is lying when it says it didn't know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal emails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency email address for her in the first place, the department's former top watchdog says.
"This was all planned in advance" to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency's inspector general from 2005 to 2008.
The Harvard-educated lawyer points out that, from Day One, Clinton was never assigned and never used a state.gov email address like previous secretaries.
"That's a change in the standard. It tells me that this was premeditated. And this eliminates claims by the State Department that they were unaware of her private email server until later," Krongard said in an exclusive interview. "How else was she supposed to do business without email?"
He also points to the unusual absence of a permanent inspector general during Clinton's entire 2009-2013 term at the department. He said the 5½-year vacancy was unprecedented.
"This is a major gap. In fact, it's without precedent," he said. "It's the longest period any department has gone without an IG."
Inspectors general serve an essential and unique role in the federal government by independently investigating agency waste, fraud and abuse. Their oversight also covers violations of communications security procedures.
"It's clear she did not want to be subject to internal investigations," Krongard said. An email audit would have easily uncovered the secret information flowing from classified government networks to the private unprotected system she set up in her New York home.
He says "the key" to the FBI's investigation of Emailgate is determining how highly sensitive state secrets in the classified network, known as SIPRNet, ended up in Clinton's personal emails.
"The starting point of the investigation is the material going through SIPRNet. She couldn't function without the information coming over SIPRNet," Krongard said. "How did she get it on her home server? It can't just jump from one system to the other. Someone had to move it, copy it. The question is who did that?"
As The Post first reported, the FBI is investigating whether Clinton's deputies copied top-secret information from the department's classified network to its unclassified network where it was sent to Hillary's unsecured, unencrypted email account.
'It tells me that this was premeditated. And this eliminates claims by the State Department that they were unaware of her private email server until later.'
- Howard J. Krongard on the State Department never giving Hillary an agency email address
FBI agents are focusing on three of Clinton's top department aides. Most of the 1,340 Clinton emails deemed classified by intelligence agency reviewers were sent to her by her chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, or her deputy chiefs, Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan, who now hold high positions in Clinton's presidential campaign.
"They are facing significant scrutiny now," Krongard said, and are under "enormous pressure to cooperate" with investigators.
He says staffers who had access to secret material more than likely summarized it for Clinton in the emails they sent to her; but he doesn't rule out the use of thumb drives to transfer classified information from one system to the other, which would be a serious security breach. Some of the classified computers at Foggy Bottom have ports for memory sticks.
Either way, there would be an audit trail for investigators to follow. The SIPRNet system maintains the identity of all users and their log-on and log-off times, among other activities.
"This totally eliminates the false premise that she got nothing marked classified," Krongard said. "She's hiding behind this defense. But they [emails] had to be classified, because otherwise [the information in them] wouldn't be on the SIPRNet."
Added Krongard: "She's trying to distance herself from the conversion from SIPRNet to [the nonsecure] NIPRNet and to her server, but she's throwing her staffers under the bus."
"It will never get to an indictment," Krongard said.
For one, he says, any criminal referral to the Justice Department from the FBI "will have to go through four loyal Democrat women" — Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, who heads the department's criminal division; Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates; Attorney General Loretta Lynch; and top White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Even if they accept the referral, he says, the case quickly and quietly will be plea-bargained down to misdemeanors punishable by fines in a deal similar to the one Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, secured for Gen. David Petraeus. In other words, a big slap on the wrist.
"He knows the drill," Krongard said of Kendall.
Posted by Merchant of Venom at 2/01/2016 12:24:00 PM