Thursday, September 8, 2016

American Flag Burned at School - and You Won't Believe How Students React
Todd Starnes / Townhall Columnist
American Flag Burned at School - and You Won't Believe How Students React
A reader alerted me to this incredible story of patriotism at a high school in Heber City, Utah:

Student Ben Schofield is known around Wasatch High School for his American spirit. He flies an American flag from the back of his red pickup truck.

"I think it's really important," Ben told Fox 13 in Salt Lake City. "It's not just the material part of the flag, it's the meaning behind it."

The other day someone set fire to Ben's flag in the school parking lot. Part of his truck was scorched by the blaze.

Some of his classmates saw what happened and rushed over to extinguish the fire.

"They pulled into the parking lot and they saw it on fire so they stopped and got it out and then they went and told the office," Ben told Fox 13 in Salt Lake City.


                                                                                                                                                                      The Government is Eviscerating Private Property Rights. Again.The Fifth Amendment of the Constitution reads, in part, as follows: “No person shall…be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

Meaning if you own property - government can’t arbitrarily take it from you. In whole, or in part.

Sadly, taking private property is something at which the government is becoming expert:

“Most property rights scholars would probably tell you that property is sort of the redheaded stepchild of constitutional law….(T)he (Supreme) Court says something like, ‘The Government could hardly go on if to some extent the values incident to property couldn’t be diminished without paying for it every time the law changed.’”

Get that? For nearly a century, the Supreme Court has for the most part pretended the Fifth Amendment doesn’t exist - as per it being an impediment to government regulating without compensation property out of private existence.

Which, of course, the government has been exceedingly happy to do.

Did someone say regulatory takings?

American-trained sniper now Islamic State “minister of war”
By Christine Williams / Jihad Watch


American-trained sniper now Islamic State “minister of war”
The Department of State announced at the end of August that its Rewards for Justice Program was offering “up to $3 million for information leading to the location, arrest, and/or conviction of Gulmurod Khalimov”, an Islamic State member and recruiter. Khalimov is now the top dog “minister of war” for the Islamic State. The 41-year-old […]

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Marco Rubio's Bill Would Force Iran to Return $1.7B Payment for Hostages
By Todd Beamon / NEWSMAX
Image: Marco Rubio's Bill Would Force Iran to Return $1.7B Payment for HostagesSen. Marco Rubio said Wednesday legislation he introduced to require Iran to return the $1.7 billion in cash it received for releasing four American hostages seeks to hold the Obama administration "accountable for its lies."

"After pressure, the administration admitted the timing of the payments in relation to the hostage release was not as coincidental as it had initially claimed," the Florida Republican wrote in an op-ed piece in the Tampa Bay Times. "This proves that the president lied about his intentions behind the payment.
"This was a ransom payment, pure and simple."

The Obama administration told Congress on Tuesday it had transferred a total of $1.7 billion in cash to Iran between Jan. 17 and Feb. 5 — about four times the initial $400 million it initially disclosed.

The subsequent $1.3 billion was provided to Tehran as the earlier amount, via two shipments on a cargo plane leaving Switzerland. The cash payments were in Swiss francs, euros and other currencies.

Obama nominates first Muslim federal judge

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

President Barack Obama has nominated a Washington lawyer (with no experience outside the civil law arena and no clerkships) to the US District Court bench, who would become the country’s first Muslim federal judge if he is confirmed.

Islamic terror-tied groups like CAIR (Council of American Islamic Relations) hailed the move.

I wonder how this Muslim judge would rule in my First Amendment cases before the Federal court. Would he stand firmly with the freedom of speech enshrined in the First Amendment, or would he defer to his belief system and rules in accordance with the sharia?

By the way, Mr. Abid Riaz Qureshi’s law firm has recently been accused of violating a protective order and used highly confidential documents from a...

‘C’ is for Confidential, Crooked, and Concussion
By: Diane Sori / The Patriot Factor / Right Side Patriots

“Clinton never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her email to avoid complying with the Federal Records Act, [the Freedom of Information Act], or State or FBI requests for information.”
- One notation in the F.B.I.’s recently released 58-pages of notes regarding Hillary’ deleted emails

And so the woman who has hidden her emails from the public for six years…32,000 emails to be exact…32,000 she called “boring” emails she and her staff deleted, now has a red face as 17,448 of those emails have been recovered by the F.B.I., including work related emails that were supposed to be but were never turned over to the Department of State. And we also just found out that when she was Secretary of State, Hillary had in her possession 13 separate cell phones, including 11 ‘smart phones’ linked to two different phone numbers and that eight of those phones were used to communicate with others via her private…”I didn’t know it was wrong to have one”…home computer server. 

And this self-proclaimed anything but computer and techno savvy person…yet another lie for why have 11 'smart phones' unless you knew how to use them…had the audacity to claim a whopping 39 times when interviewed by the F.B.I. that she could not “recall” certain things the FBI asked her about (that's in addition to the 327 times her aides and others interviewed could not remember or recall events either) as well as claiming that she did not know that the letter ‘C’ meant confidential…confidential and obviously classified as the two do go hand-in-hand when dealing with someone in her high-up in the governmental peeking order position.

And yet Hillary and her cohorts in crime…yes crime…ignore the fact that in today's political whelm ‘A’ is taken to mean aiding and abetting, ‘B’ is taken to mean bribe, and ‘C’ actually does mean confidential…as in 'Top Secret' as per Department of Defense Directive 5200.01. But Hillary, a 2-term Senator and a woman who has spent her entire adult life in politics and who had countless security briefings and training sessions on classified information while a senator including during the six years she spent on the Armed Services Committee...suddenly and oh so conveniently says she did not have any such briefings or if she did have them she forgot that she did because let’s not forget that in Hillary Clinton’s world ‘C’ also means concussion.

Concussion…something we’ve suspected for a long time. In fact, ever since she fell (drunk perhaps) in her private bathroom and went splat…banging her head on the toilet…concussion personified complete with the required for effect bump on her head…this has been something Hillary has denied time and again. But recently she a had a slip of the tongue and admitted to not only having had a concussion but to now...years after the fact...having ‘memory lapses’ because of said concussion. And these ‘memory lapses’ just oh so conveniently happened to kick in this past July when she was being interviewed by the F.B.I. regarding her missing “boring” emails.

And during said F.B.I. interview some of Hillary’s ‘memory lapses’ included her not remembering receiving emails she thought should not be on an unclassified system… meaning that if she knew about an unclassified system she surely knew about a classified one…yet she claimed that she did not know the difference between the government’s classifications of 'Top Secret,' 'Secret,' and 'Confidential'…another obvious lie. 

In fact, Hillary…who used her private unsecured email server to send at least 22 specific emails that included information classified as ‘Top Secret’ as well as eight ‘Top Secret’ chains, 36 containing ‘Secret’ information and eight more that were 'Confidential' with another 2,000 that were classified ‘Confidential' later in the game…had the audacity to tell the F.B.I. that she “did not pay attention to the ‘level’ of classification and took all classified information seriously.” Oh really, she cannot have it both ways…she either knew about the levels of classification or she did not, but to be honest no one in the position of U.S. Secretary of State can, with a straight face, seriously claim they did not know about said levels and have it be believable.

Hillary damn well knew about those levels when the emails were sent but the true question should be just who were they sent to…something we have yet to discover.

And so Hillary’s ‘memory lapses’ continued on when asked about conversations regarding the creation of the domain, Bryan Pagaliano’s upgrading of said home server, or that she even contacting Pagaliano for technical support for her email account… all quite unbelievable as he was a guest in her Chappaqua, New York home, and on many occasions to boot.

And also forgotten was her not recalling whether she received any actual guidance from the Department of State regarding generalized email policies outlined in the Foreign Affairs Manual or about a specific agenda for deleting or not deleting emails from her account while in her official capacity as Secretary of State. Also including in this guidance would be instructions about how to secure personal email accounts sent to employees and what to do about any others having an account on, that is besides her BFF and muslim advisor Huma Abedin. And Hillary also did not "recall”… her word not mine…her top foreign policy advisor Jacob Sullivan using his private Google email account for official Department of State business.

Amnesia on demand I call it…amnesia as the scapegoat…and done with that famous Hillary wink, nod, and a cough...and a now suddenly and oh so conveniently admitted to concussion being the cause of it all.

"The FBI identified three email chains, encompassing eight individual email exchanges to or from Clinton's personal email accounts, which contained at least one paragraph marked '(C),' a marking ostensibly indicating the presence of information classified at the CONFIDENTIAL level."
- Another notation in the F.B.I.’s 58-pages of notes 

And all I can do is deeply sigh for the truth is that Hillary Clinton was very well aware that as Secretary of State her emails would most assuredly contain classified information. In fact one specific email chain recovered did contain information that was highly classified yet Hillary knowingly chose to "remove it from its proper place of custody"…this being on an official government server...a felony under US Code 793 f...and had it "retained at an unauthorized location"…this being her private home server which is a misdemeanor under US Code 1924 a. And this proves it was no an accident that the information was removed…“gross negligence” F.B.I. Director James Comey called it…but it was a conscious and willfully intentional act to remove classified information from its rightful and "proper place of custody."

And this means, in no uncertain terms, that Hillary should have been prosecuted under the above stated statutes and would have been if she was not a Clinton. And that coupled with her theatrically well-played boo-boo that caused a concussion which led to her supposedly not being able to “recall” her actions let alone remember or know what the letter ‘C’ means ...translates in her mind into a reality that she has once again not only pulled 'pulled the wool' over 'We the People's' eyes but that she has gotten away with still more of her, I believe, traitorous actions…or has she.

But before I continue, let's discuss a few important facts about the logistics of government emails…sort of a ‘government emails 101’ civics lesson that even those new to government and those of us who have been following ‘emailgate’ closely know. Fact one: the Federal Records Act requires that all government agencies hold onto all official communications, including all work-related emails, and government employees cannot destroy or remove relevant records. Fact two: the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regulations dictate exactly how records should be created and maintained stressing that materials must be maintained "by the agency," that they should be "readily found," and that the records must "make possible a proper scrutiny by the Congress." Fact three: Section 1924 of Title 18 relates to deletion and retention of classified documents and stresses that "knowingly" removing or housing classified information at an "unauthorized location" is subject to a fine or a year in prison. 

Fact four: the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was designed to "improve public access to agency records and information." Fact five: government emails containing so-called “sensitive” information have the letter ‘C’ at the top of the message received and/or in the subject line. And lastly fact six: government emails that have a ‘C’ in parentheses in the body means that a specific paragraph is classified. This is known as ‘portion marking’ and in no way does it change the reality that the document in question is indeed classified.

And so the woman who claims to know government operations inside and out, and who had previously told the F.B.I. that she understood that an email labeled with a ‘C’ was classified but that she did not know what the symbol meant when appearing in the body of an email, has now on numerous occasions claimed that many of the emails in question had been “retroactively classified or up-classified”…as in the information was not classified when it was emailed to her but is now…which is really something quite hard to believe as most people believe that the majority of deleted emails pertain to the happenings at Benghazi and its aftermath. 

And Hillary’s story about her thinking that the letter ‘C’…which appeared in parentheses before certain paragraphs of her Department of State emails…was a direction to organize paragraphs in alphabetical order is beyond a doubt the stuff of fairy tales for why would anyone alphabetize paragraphs…content yes but actual paragraphs doing so makes no sense. And you would think that logic alone would dictate that if Hillary by some outside chance did not get what the ‘C’ meant before she read some of the so-marked emails, it would be expected that she would have made the association from the very context of said emails.

Like I said, basic facts but basics facts ignored as Hillary Clinton plays yet another infamous game of word semantics…a game she, Hillary Clinton, and not he F.B.I. is controlling for the F.B.I. and especially its Director James Comey is indeed complicit in her dubious actions.

Complicit indeed for not only did Comey…the very man who said that some of Hillary’s emails “bore markings indicating the presence of classified information”…buy into Hillary’s concussion story complete with its memory loss nonsense, but he chose not to seek criminal charges against her as well. And he did so even after laying out more than enough evidence of serious security breaches that can be summed up in his words that Hillary was “extremely careless in her handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” But the simple truth is that Comey rushed to decision before anyone had time to digest what Hillary had said during the 3-1/2 hour F.B.I. interview or to see the actual notes from said interview…notes that took almost two months to release when said notes could have been easily transcribed in a day or two. Also, remember that Comey’s decision came a bit too close for comfort to the infamous Loretta Lynch’s supposedly impromptu meeting with Billy-Boy only a week before.

And so while ‘emailgate’…yet another ‘gate’ in Hillary’s ever expanding list of ‘gates’…still rightfully hoovers over her head…and as Republicans try to get her indicted on something…on anything…especially Benghazi…before the November 8th election…(and now as I write this new information is starting to surface that evidence might have been deleted while it was under subpoena and questions are being asked as to why Hillary's attorneys, the very persons who sorted through her emails, were handling classified information when they did not have proper security clearance to do so)...the fact is that when this very same agency recommends charges be brought against others facing similar accusations…General David Petraeus comes to mind…but not against her even with more incriminating evidence surfacing almost daily…you just know that Hillary Clinton and her in-name-only husband Billy-Boy are truly above the law. 

Equal justice in America is now officially dead…and let the F.B.I. put that in their damn notes for all the good their notes did them or us…case closed.