But what's really amazing to me here is the journalistic and political legerdemain required to transform Republicans promising to enforce the law and Democrats blocking investigations into Republicans abusing political power. The reality distortion field is in full effect.
Notice the similarity to the message Ben Carson released during the Iowa caucuses which caused the kerfluffle with the Cruz campaign, and how there are no screaming allegations of misconduct or miscommunication.
I've never really been a fan of Christie as a candidate for president. As a tough-on-crime-and-teachers'-unions candidate in New Jersey, he's fine. For national office on the Republican ticket he's a disaster, so leaving the race is a welcome development.
Fiorina pretty much never had a chance. Not because of her gender, but because her only prior political experience was running for Senator in California and losing. You don't run for president with only that and some business experience on your resume and expect to win. She was hoping for a VP pick, and may still get it. I'm not convinced she would be a good president, but with 8 years as VP under a good president, it's not out of the question.
For the present, both Christie and Fiorina belong out of the race.
Russian submarines operating at cold war levels with improved technology
Technology gaps are never permanent. We've been taking a vacation from military R&D for at least 8 years, and the 8 years before that were mostly focused on terrorism not cold war threats. I think that's about to come back to bite us in the ass.
Read the whole thing to learn about how Obama and Clinton shut down the investigation that could have stopped the San Bernardino attack.
It's worth noting, however, that "could have stopped" is tricky. Denying a K-1 visa is a good place to start. Placing Farook on the no-fly list wouldn't have stopped his attack or stopped him from entering the country (since he is a citizen). The only thing likely to have stopped his attack, aside from speculating whether Malik's presence was what tipped him over the edge, would be an investigation close enough to him to take a look inside his apartment and see the pipe bombs, or perhaps spook Enrique into talking.
First, the easy bit: Bernie beats Hillary like Bill wishes he could. I get the impression this was the expected result and that the only surprise was the magnitude of the victory after the squeaker in Iowa. But still, primaries are about catering to the base, and the Democratic base is young, stupid, socialist, and sexist -- at least if you listen to the Clintons.
On the Republican side, Trump wins. Expected due to polling dominance in that state. As of this writing he was leading the next in line by 20 points. Very different from the close Iowa race. And the next in line is... Kasich? What the fuck? I can only assume that there was a lot of strategic crossover voting driving that result. I assume the media will use this opportunity to push Kasich as a new face to distract the not-Trump crowd from more viable alternatives.
Ted Cruz is leading Jeb Bush for third by under a point. That's disappointing, but I understand that polling had Cruz down around 5th place, so 3rd or even 4th is still doing better than expected. It's not good, mind you, but it's still in the race, especially after taking first in Iowa.
Rubio is following Bush by an even tighter margin. I think at this point Bush and Rubio are basically trading supporters back and forth as Rubio glitches and Bush's batteries run down. Neither of them have a first-place or second-place finish in Iowa to fall back on, but they are tight enough with Cruz that they are still in the race too.
Chris Christi and Carly Fiorina are both in the single digits. Neither will win, so they should drop out already and let voters coalesce. Ben Carson is down at 2%, so even as he protests that he hasn't dropped out, he's out for all practical purposes unless something really big happens. Rand Paul was doing better than that and he dropped out already.
Oh, and a message to Jim Gilmore: when "Other" gets more votes than you do, it's time to give up, go home, and get out of politics, because you suck and voters hate you.
If Kerry sent a classified email to Hillary on Hillary's private account from his private account... Kerry is just as much on the hook as Hillary for negligent handling of classified information. Arguably more (at least on the basis of a single email) because Kerry sent the email from a private account (meaning, he entered the data himself) and knowingly sent it to Hillary's private account.
Now, one email is technically enough to prosecute, but in context it's likely Kerry will get a wrist-slap or a deal of some kind. Or just a blanket pass by Obama's DOJ. But if they charge Hillary, they will suddenly have a difficult time not charging Kerry with something too.
Media chief admits to taking government orders on what to air
This is not merely a theoretical situation in the US. There have been many reports of media figures being pressured to report favorably, or stop reporting unfavorably, or generally being pressured. In some cases, journalists have been screamed at on phone calls, and had complaints filed with executives at their networks. In other cases, their phones were tapped, their computers hacked, homes bugged.
It's not as simple as government giving orders on what to cover, but it's for damn sure not the way things are supposed to work.
What, did you think the IRS had stopped putting its thumb on the scales? Why would they stop when they aren't being punished for it and they can destroy hard drives with evidence of their nefarious activities with impunity?
Obama admin to require companies to report pay by gender and race
This is how the left works: they get their foot in the government door, and then they use that to leverage more division and strife to advance their policies as the "solution" to a problem they created.
Do we really have a lot of pilots who are perfectly healthy, of sound mind and body, who have gone through a gender transition or experiencing gender dysphoria? How pressing is this problem exactly? Does the FAA have their priorities straight or are they taking political dictation from Obama? (That's rhetorical, by the way).
Frankly, I could care less whether a pilot's plumbing matches his brain cells and clothing. I do care whether any medical or psychological conditions a pilot has make him/her/it/them significantly more likely to decide that flying the airplane I'm in into the ground is a good idea.
It never happened. Let me tell you what probably did happen: a guy with long hair did some dangerously unsafe driving that pissed off someone who was almost involved in a car wreck because of it. Rather than own up to his dick move, of which he is utterly oblivious due to a fundamental lack of self-awareness, the author imagines that his long, flowing locks somehow provoke drivers to go into fits of road rage. And, when the offended driver has had his say and drives off, the author declares himself to be a white knight and the whole incident a victory for women.
In other words, he's a social justice warrior writing about a fantasy he had, half saving women in a shiny suit of fantasy armor and half being one.
There's a surprising amount of disgust involved as I consider this person. Not for growing "his" hair long, not even for indulging in a bit of gender-confusion. The disgust is for the person who engages in this fantasy, in public, pretending to a real persona he is not and cannot be, and in the process smears his stereotyped view of masculinity on the basis of nothing more than what he imagines a masculine man would do.
It's a pity he didn't name names; then someone could sue him for libel. It's also a pity he didn't pitch this article to a science fiction magazine; likely he would have won the Hugo.
Damaging to national security, they say, not to Hillary. Hillary herself is spinning the failure to release the emails as a partisan attack, which is amusing because a few days ago Hillary was spinning the investigation releasing her emails to be a partisan attack.
So is it partisan politics to leak them or partisan politics to withhold them?
Or is it partisan politics at all?
So the Obama administration has something to hide after all. I wonder what it is?
In any case, this makes it very difficult for Obama to maintain he didn't know Clinton was using a private email server. Or it would, if he had any respect for the truth to begin with.
LAPD riddle wrong truck with over 100 shots and face no charges
Notice how it took them years to decide not to file any charges in this blatant case of (negligence and mistaken identity) attempted murder. Why did it take them years? To let the presumed public attention span lapse.
I doubt the police are their only customers. The problem is, we don't have laws to address this sort of thing (whether by government or private actors) because it has never been possible to engage in this sort of widespread data collection before. Sure, you could follow someone. But you needed at least one person to follow every suspect (or potential customer, even worse). This outfit just needs a few drivers, an automated license plate reader, and a database.