Power To The People

Latest

Move, Change, Or Delete – Hillary’s Email Cover-Up

An interesting story about Hillary’s continuing email scandal broke on Reddit this morning.

According to the screenshots on Reddit, Hillary’s IT guy, Paul Combetta – you know, the guy who refused to testify before Congress even AFTER the DOJ had granted him immunity…yeah, that guy.

Well, it looks like back in 2014, while Hillary’s emails were being investigated, he was posting on Reddit looking for advice on how to strip someone’s email address out of PST or MSG files…someone VERY VIP, according to the Reddit post.

You see, he posted under a username that led back to him – never a smart idea when you’re looking for advice on how to obstruct a Congressional investigation.  This was, after all, back when the Benghazi Committee was trying to get Hillary’s emails from the State Department.

 

7jfvbr

 

Reddit removed the original thread, but you can see an archive of it here.

Basically, Combetta states that he has an Exchange (email) server, and a PST (email archive) file, and he wants to remove the email address of a certain “VERY VIP” individual from the To: and From: fields on the server and in the archive file.  This isn’t something that’s very easy to do, for the very obvious reason that, as one user notes in the thread, “having that functionality would create the ability to screw with discovery.”  Another user points out that “it could result in major legal issues.”

But when you’re engaging in a cover-up for the former Secretary of State to screw with discovery for emails that are being requested by a Congressional committee, I guess the potential legal issues are a goal more than a concern.

The Reddit thread doesn’t make it clear whether Combetta was able to scrub any addresses from the server or the PST file, but the fact that he later used software to scrub the server, preventing Congressional and DOJ investigators from getting their hands on evidence that hadn’t been turned over to the State Dept, it’s likely that he was unsuccessful, and became desperate.

 

Culture of Corruption

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

A lot of hay has been made of Hillary’s email scandal, and as time goes on, the scandals surrounding the Democrat presidential nominee continue to deepen. But one thing that strikes me as I watch the latest Clinton scandal news is just how little so many in government and the media understand about the basic principles behind the ins-and-outs of just what it was that Hillary did.

and_image_1429523031
After all, if we, as a nation, are going to examine the corruption that is Hillary Clinton, it is important to know the relevant details, so we aren’t getting swept up in the latest headlines, which all too often get colored by political biases.

Not that I’m coming at this as an unbiased observer…my biases are pretty obvious, and they don’t favor Hillary Clinton in any way, shape, matter or form. But in terms of practical experience, I have a Master’s Degree in Information Systems, and I am a Certified Records Manager. For the past 8+ years, I have worked in Information Technology and Records Management, particularly as it pertains to digital records and data. I know more than a little bit about digital records management, digital security best practices, and e-discovery. While I have no love for Hillary Clinton, I cringe whenever I hear some politician’s ignorant commentary, as they dissect the latest scandal with hardly any knowledge of what in the heck is really going on.

Continue reading here.

It’s Time To Party!

A vote for anyone but Donald Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

A vote for anyone but Hillary Clinton is a vote for Donald Trump.

A vote for a third party is a wasted vote.

So much bullshit has been thrown around during this election cycle, all of it on the assumption that all Americans MUST vote for one of the major parties’ candidates, or they are committing some sort of treason.

14046121_1187582921285593_1064745124591285054_n

A couple of weeks ago, when Meg Whitman announced that she was endorsing Hillary Clinton, Rush Limbaugh took to Facebook and said just that:

 

Now, I don’t agree in the slightest with Whitman’s decision to endorse Hillary, but this is ridiculous.

What it basically comes down to is this: if you have traditionally voted Republican, if you believe in the Constitution, if you care about liberty, you have a duty to vote for the GOP candidate, no matter how little regard the GOP candidate has for the Constitution or liberty.  It’s reached such ridiculous levels that Laura Ingraham went on FOX News and alleged that it’s immoral for conservatives to NOT to vote for Donald Trump.

The assumption seems to be that, since I originally planned to vote Republican, I owe my vote to the GOP, no matter how unpalatable the candidate is.  I guess that explains how enough people thought it would be a good idea to run the corrupt, lying business mogul against the corrupt, lying career politician.  Since there’s basically a 99.9% chance that either the Republican or the Democrat will be elected in November, most people end up flocking to those parties, making it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

But let’s face it: in modern America, we don’t “swear allegiance” to political parties.  The very idea is really rather ridiculous.  The fact that I once checked a box marked “Republican” on a voter registration form doesn’t mean that the party owns my soul, or my vote.

And the more people tell me that my vote is wasted unless I cast it for Trump, or that I’m supporting Hillary by not jumping on board the Trump Train, or that I’m immoral, or a closet liberal, the more it makes me want to leave the GOP behind, and NEVER vote for Trump.

Over the course of President Obama’s two terms, the Republican leadership has failed to put up any significant resistance to Obama’s agenda.  They get in front of the cameras and spout conservative talking points, but when the rubber meets the road, they cave, and the Democrats’ agenda gets implemented anyway.

Perhaps the best example of this is the federal budget.  When Democrats controlled the House and the Senate during President Obama’s first years in office, they abandoned the budget process, choosing instead to pass “continuing resolutions,” massive spending bills that authorize funding for the federal government.  The practice was highly criticized by Republicans…until they took control of Congress in 2011.  Since then, the practice has continued under Republican leadership, though they’ve been sure to throw in some symbolic measures, like the symbolic ‘budget’ they passed last year.

When they passed yet another continuing resolution last December, the excuse given by the Paul Ryan, who had just become Speaker of the House, was that the omnibus bill had been in the works for some time before he became Speaker, and he couldn’t possibly stop it.  Fast forward to this year, and Congress hasn’t passed a budget yet again.  I guess for Christmas this year, we can expect yet another continuing resolution.

Or, when they tried to stop President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, they included a provision denying funding for the amnesty program in a DHS funding bill.  Stopping the executive amnesty was one of their top agenda items for 2015, but as soon as the Democrats called their bluff, the Republicans folded.  They claimed that the courts would take care of it for them, which ended up being true – just barely.  Executive amnesty ended up dying in the Supreme Court on a 4-4 decision.  The courts have been anything but reliable when it comes to upholding the Constitution, so Republicans got lucky that time, while conservatives got played.

It’s been like this for years.  The Republican Party has made themselves experts at being a minority party – it gives them the opportunity to complain about the other side, but doesn’t require them to take any risks, like actually standing up for what they say they believe in.  In fact, over the years that they have held the majority, they have taken every opportunity to criticize any Republican who actually took a stand for reducing the size of the federal government.  Just look at how they criticized Rand Paul and Ted Cruz for standing up in the Senate.  Taking stands for conservative values just isn’t allowed in the GOP.

While it’s true that Donald Trump has changed the dynamic of this election cycle, he hasn’t changed much of anything where it really counts.  The only consistent thing about his policy positions is his inconsistency: he will consistently come down on every side of nearly every issue…and while there have been all sorts of wildly optimistic predictions about what will happen once Trump takes office, none of them are supported by any real evidence.  And after the Trump campaign’s second major shake-up, cementing the alliance between the Trump campaign and Breitbart News, which has functioned as a pro-Trump propaganda machine since the primaries.

For the conservative movement to move forward in any real and meaningful way, we have to look at the big picture.  I don’t want to disparage anyone who has chosen to vote for Trump in the hopes of preventing Hillary from re-shaping the Supreme Court.  While I understand the sentiment, I personally don’t trust that Donald Trump will follow through with his promises regarding the Supreme Court.  Like so many other issues, Trump has talked a big game, but throwing out a list of potential SCOTUS nominees that his campaign got from the Heritage Foundation doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence, especially when there has been little basis for trust built up by the Trump camp.

And while the Supreme Court is an important issue, conservatives need to face reality: in the presidential field today, none of the candidates are reaching out to conservatives for votes.  Donald Trump abandoned conservatives as soon as it became clear that he would win the primary.  His main outreach has been to disaffected Bernie Sanders voters.

The same is true of Gary Johnson – while there has been a huge opportunity for the Libertarian Party to pick up votes from Cruz and Rubio supporters after a particularly down-and-dirty primary fight, Johnson has shown that he, too, would rather reach out to Sanders voters than to court conservatives.  He wants the government to force Christians to violate their religious beliefs, he advocates for instituting a carbon tax, and has come out in favor of TPP and gun control.

There are no good options for conservatives this time around.  We have become the marginalized minority, with the GOP assuming that we will flock back to them in order to stop the Progressive bogeyman.

13767258_1635764206713678_1963050870318777326_o

But why should I rush back to the very same GOP that keeps stabbing me in the back over and over and over again?  Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Fool me for the last 16 years, and I’m taking my vote elsewhere.

For the current election, I’m not going to tell anyone how they should vote.  Personally, the best advice I can give is the advice that Ted Cruz gave in his speech at the Republican convention:

VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE.

If that means voting for Donald Trump to stop Hillary, then vote for Donald Trump to stop Hillary.

If that means voting for a third-party or a write-in, then vote third-party or write someone in.

If that means not voting for anyone for President, then leave that one blank.

For me, that means I’ll likely end up voting for the Libertarian candidate.  I disagree with Gary Johnson on a lot of issues, but I agree with a lot of Libertarian principles, and I would like to see the Liberty movement gain some ground…and some maturity.

But regardless of who you vote for for President, make sure you get out and vote.  Don’t let the idiocy of this election season drive you away from the voting booth on election day.

Just remember this:

The Democrats don’t care about you, they just care about money and power.

The Republicans don’t care about you, they just care about money and power.

71158355

If you want to change the corrupt system, you have to stop voting for the corrupt system.  It’s time to free our minds from the trap of the Rs and the Ds, and choose another option.  The corrupt politicians only keep gaining power because we keep on giving it to them.

 

The Next President

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

1461691790This morning, my 5-year-old daughter asked me, “Dada, who is going to be the next president?”

“Well, it’s either going to be a criminal, or a liar,” I told her.

“You’re joking, right?”

“No, actually, I’m not.”

She looked confused and concerned…and who can blame her? Even my 5-year-old knows that we should be better than this.

Continue reading here.

How To Stop The System

vote.jpg

From Republicans, we’re told that a vote for anyone but Donald Trump is a vote for Hillary Clinton.

From Democrats, we’re told that a vote for anyone but Hillary Clinton is a vote for Donald Trump.

Therefore, by voting for neither of them, I am actually voting for both of them.  I’m not quite sure how that works, exactly, but it’s the only thing that makes sense.

And as I have discovered through many hours of laborious research watching various scientific documentaries such as Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Back to the Future, The Universe doesn’t tend to handle paradoxes like this very well.

tumblr_m1as7mZVfQ1r28wcf.jpg

In small numbers, it might go unnoticed, but if enough people get on board and buck the corrupt 2-party system, we might just tear a hole in the fabric of space-time, and bring an end to politics as we know it.

One can hope.

 

e06a35d3454305661e995dca5fd30155.jpg

High Ideals and Dumb Politics

Ted Cruz gave a speech tonight about the importance of standing up for freedom and the Constitution. It was about believing in and advocating for the values that the Republican Party used to be all about. It was about rejecting the establishment and standing up for the American People.  It was about putting Freedom, Liberty, and the Constitution ahead of the cult of personality.

It was a message that has been noticeably absent from the Republican convention thus far, as speech after speech has either attacked Hillary Clinton or talked about what a great guy Donald Trump is.  The hero worship has reached disgusting levels.  Aren’t we supposed to be the ones who aren’t always looking to government officials & politicians to save us?

Cruz’s speech was a message the Republican Party desperately needs to hear, but it’s a message that too many will ignore.

f_cruzrncboos_160720.nbcnews-ux-1080-600

Because Ted Cruz didn’t explicitly endorse Donald Trump…because he urged people to get to the polls and vote their conscience up and down the ticket – an important message in an election season where a divisive candidate could very well squelch voter turnout & lose not only the presidency, but the House and the Senate for Republicans – the positive message of his speech has already been lost in a swarm of dumb politics.

During the campaign, Trump dragged Cruz’s name through the mud. He lied about him on a daily basis, went after his wife, lied about his dad, had his buddy at the National Enquirer throw together a hit piece accusing him of multiple affairs. No reasonable person would put their name behind someone who had treated them that way, and it’s ridiculous for anyone to expect Cruz to jump on the Trump train for that reason.

If someone did that to you, would you endorse him for political office?  Most people would rather just punch him in the face.

The pledge was only brought into play because Trump threatened to run third-party if he didn’t win, and then Trump demanded that the party leadership give him a special deal, where he could only be held to the pledge as long as he was “treated fairly.” He then proceeded to build his campaign on lies and name-calling…basically, treating every other candidate in a manner that he would have used to weasel his way out of that same pledge, had those tactics been used against him.

And while he ran one of the most dishonest campaigns in modern history, Donald Trump kept the party elites in check by constantly threatening a third-party run because he felt that he was “treated unfairly.”

 

Just in the fact that he hasn’t spoken out against Trump, Cruz has given Trump much more than he owes him.  I have seen multiple interviews with Ted Cruz where the interviewer tried to goad Cruz into bad-mouthing Trump, but he never took the bait – something that I wouldn’t expect to happen if the roles were reversed.

 

But Ted Cruz has fulfilled his pledge.  He has supported the nominee.  He hasn’t mounted a third-party campaign – heck, he even congratulated Trump for winning the nomination!  Are we really getting into such a hubbub because he didn’t utter the phrase “I endorse and worship the Lord and Savior Donald J. Trump?”

And let’s not lose the irony in all of this that the political party that’s supposed to be all about decentralizing power is at this very moment tearing itself up over a loyalty oath that was foisted upon the candidates because the very man they now worship as their savior from the evil Hildabeast wouldn’t stop threatening to mount a third-party run that, had it become a reality, would literally have handed the election to her.

When it was announced that Ted Cruz would speak at the convention, it had been made abundantly clear that he would be speaking, but not endorsing Trump.  This was an agreement that was made between the two of them well before Cruz took the stage.  To act outraged and offended that Cruz refused to fulfill a pledge made meaningless by Trump’s own refusal to stand by it makes no sense.  Party officials even released the text of the speech to the media before Cruz took the stage, though they are now trying to claim that he went off-script.

The whole spectacle is ridiculous, and the backlash over Ted Cruz’s speech shows all the more that the actual message of that speech is one the Republican Party cannot ignore if they want to win an election ever again.

It’s just a shame that so many were so eager hear the word “endorse,” that they completely missed a vital message about freedom.

Just Turn It Off

My latest column is up at AND Magazine!

Here is an excerpt:

1468351701

The other night, I was watching a live feed out of Dallas – coverage of the assassination of multiple police officers, and the chaos on the streets as they tried to locate and stop the shooter. In the end, five officers are dead, and the politics have already begun.

One thing that has caught many people’s attention was a young black man who was openly carrying a rifle at the protest. Open carry is legal in Texas, so there was nothing wrong with what he was doing – but someone had snapped his picture, and after the shooting started, they sent it to Dallas police, who put it on Twitter, saying that he was a person of interest, and they needed help in locating him. Within minutes, his picture was plastered on TVs across the nation.

It didn’t take long for word to get back to him that police were looking for him, so he sought out Dallas police officers, handed over his rifle, and turned himself in. He was questioned, and then released.

So while police officers were being shot at in Dallas, a young black man approached officers while carrying a rifle, and he was not killed.

This is the problem with the sensationalism that happens when a black person is shot by police. We see a cell-phone video that shows part of an incident, or hear unreliable descriptions from people who saw part of whatever went down, and it gets spread all across the nation. Millions of people jump to conclusions, so that by the time the fact come in, everyone’s opinions have already formed, and it no longer matters what the facts are – our minds are made up.

Continue reading here.