Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Maryland Moron Arrested Topless in Rehobth Beach

Topless Md. Woman Resisted Arrest In Rehoboth Beach
The Rehoboth Beach Police Department says 37-year-old Jennie Lee D. Martin, of Chevy Chase, Maryland was walking around with no shirt in the area of of Wilmington Avenue and First Street.

Police say they tracked the woman near the boardwalk, but she declined to put her shirt back on at the officer’s request.

Witnesses tell police that they observed the woman along with several other families as they attempted to hide their children’s views of Martin.

When one observer requested Martin to put on her shirt she allegedly responded with profanity and spit on the man, police say.
I'm sure she was just peacefully protesting for her right to show her nipples, like any man at the beach might. Free the nipple!  It's legal in New York!
When officers attempted to take Martin into custody she refused to allow officer to place her in handcuffs. Officers were forced to restrain Martin and forcefully place her into handcuffs.

Further investigation revealed the odor of alcohol on her breath. Martin’s purse was also searched and officers located marijuana consistent with personal use and a broken pipe inside.
Alcohol and weed were involved? I'm shocked, shocked.

She should come visit us in Long Beach. We need the excitement.

How Clean is Too Clean?

in the Anacostia River? Seriously? We're not close enough we need to worry about it yet: How clean is clean enough on the Anacostia?
That's the question raised recently over the effort to rid the Anacostia River of the mountains of trash littering its banks and waters.

The Natural Resources Defense Council argues in a lawsuit filed last week that the trash "pollution diet" on which the Anacostia has been for the last six years is destined to fail.

That’s because the plan that directs trash removal efforts for the three Washington, D.C. area jurisdictions in the river's watershed does not set a specific limit on the amount of trash it can handle while maintaining water quality, the environmental nonprofit said in a suit filed Sept. 19.

Rather, the total maximum daily load (TMDL) approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2010 only states how much trash must be removed or prevented from entering the heavily urbanized Potomac River tributary each year.

“It doesn’t set a maximum load, so it’s missing the ‘M’ and the ‘L’ in TMDL,” said Becky Hammer, staff attorney with the NRDC’s water program. “The reason a maximum limit is established is so plans like this can have a fixed target for measuring progress. If you don’t have that, you’re left with a paper exercise that lacks real world accountability.”

When it was established, the plan used a baseline estimate of the amount of trash that was entering the river around 2010 — about 1.2 million pounds, or 600 tons. It required the three jurisdictions that drain into the Anacostia -- the District of Columbia and Maryland’s Prince George’s and Montgomery counties -- to remove their share of that trash tally each year. That would, at least in theory, result in a nearly trash-free river.

But the NRDC’s suit argues that the overall estimate of trash entering the river was based on limited surveys, making the figure both inaccurate and quickly outdated as the region’s population grows. A one-time baseline does not account for above-average trash years, Hammer said, when removing a few hundred tons of trash would still leave plenty floating downriver.

Food wrappers, plastic bottles and foam containers floating down the river or collecting on its shores can be hazardous to fish and wildlife and​ impair public recreation in the waters
A classic photo I took of the Anacostia, up at the railroad bridge, where they station a floating barrier to catch the trash that floats up and down the river with the tide. There are parts of the river that would be downright scenic, if it weren't for all the floating trash and trash washed up on the banks. And almost all of it comes from the streets of Washington D.C. Most of it could be solved by getting effective screening on the many outlets from the storm water system of D.C. It would also help ir D.C residents didn't consider the streets to the the trash can of convenience.

Whew! That Was a Gully-Washer

A little after we got up this morning, it started to rain slightly. Then the thunder started, and it got serious. So far, we have 2.24 inches, 2 of which fell in about 1 hour.:

So much for the grass seed we recently spread on the bare spots in the lawn. If it wasn't sprouted by now, I'm afraid it's down in the woods behind the house.

Graph from the AcuRite weather station I recently put on the back deck:

Post-Post Debate Debates Over

The day after the day after the debate Instapundit finds: TRUMP WINS MOST IMMEDIATE POLLS:
“The newspaper collected screen shots of 19 ‘snap’ polls conducted immediately after the debate, and in 17 of them, most respondents said Trump won the debate, often by a wide margin. It isn’t just Drudge and Breitbart; Trump also got more votes than Clinton in instant polls at Time, Slate, Variety and other liberal outlets. I can’t explain it, other than to say that perhaps it tells us more about how people view Hillary Clinton than about how Donald Trump actually performed.”
Althouse cite Scott Adams:  "Clinton won on points.... Clinton won the debate last night. And while she was doing it, Trump won the election.". On points, in the Breitbart post-debate poll, Clinton won 48/43. From celebrity row, A broken clock? Michael Moore Says Trump ‘Won’ The Debate and Mika Despondent Over Debate: Hillary ‘Amazing’ But Trump Will Win More Voters. The Washington Examiner posits Three ways Hillary Clinton won the debate — and why it might not matter. The men (and women) in the bar view: How Trump won over a bar full of undecideds and Democrats. The Fix is in at the Washington Post: Why Trump is close: He’s winning voters who see little difference between him and Clinton, and the Examiner: Did Donald Trump deconstruct Hillary Clinton with marginal voters?

On the other hand fromTuesday morning links at Maggie's Farm: Mirengoff: Thoughts on an unpleasant evening, 'Bizarre' Donald Trump seemed 'dreadfully unprepared', He winged it, had no plan. Thinks he is better than he is. Trump’s debate incompetence a slap in the face to his supporters, Dick Morris on Trump at Debate: 'He's Coasting', and Commenter here: "I expected more from him. I believe average citizens did too."

The "moderation" was still at issue: AND THE ROLE OF CANDY CROWLEY WAS PLAYED BY… Lester Holt
“not only made himself part of the game on Monday night, he ran up to the scrimmage line, then sacked the quarterback three times,” Kyle Smith writes.

Related: Debate Wrap-Up: Media Bashing of Lauer Has Desired Effect as Lester Holt Lets His Bias Fly.

Or as Heat Street asks, Lester Holt: The Third Debater?
Alicia Machado
Across the pond the Brits at the Mirror are asking: 'Was Lester Holt auditioning for Hillary's press secretary?' NBC moderator is criticized for Clinton bias by failing to ask about her emails or Benghazi. Ashe Schow at the Washington Examiner, always alert to false claims of sexual inequality asks Where are the fact checkers for Clinton's pay gap claims? Ashe also notes that Clinton appears to only care about the rights of some young men, black urban criminals, rather than white college students. Tom McGuire at Just one Minute is Checking The Fact Checkers on the issues of urban violence. Trump claimed violence in cities is up, Clinton claims they are down. The facts support Donald. At the debate Hillary mentioned Alicia Machado, the 1996 Venezuelan Miss Universe/Piggy, who Clinton cited as an example of Trump's misogyny. You can see "truth" behind the charges at my Rule 5 post on Ms. Machado. She did pork up a bit after winning. But the Mirror catches the fact that she was involved in a murder, and threatening a judge in Venezuela in 1998. Why do democrats always support the criminals?

The State Dept. email scandal keeps on keepin' on. Of course, the State Dept misses court's deadline on Clinton docs. The judge needs to to what he'd do if lawyers for a private firm missed deadlines repeatedly; put someone in jail for contempt. I'm reminded of the story of the Caribbean dictator who ordered three men to carry his grand piano up a flight of stairs. When they said it was too heavy, he shot one, and then the remaining two found the means to move the piano. Too good to check. This Ain't Hell found A Few More “Private” Email Facts that Came to Light. The one that seemed most novel to me was:
One of Clintoon’s longtime aides reputedly possessed a thumbdrive containing an archive of Clintoon’s emails, which she said was “something she happened to have laying around the house.” When the FBI requested she produce it, she was “unable to find it” – purportedly after searching “several times”. 
That sounds like something Cheryl Mills would come up with; she once had "burglers" steal some inconvenient documents from her house. Speaking of Cheryl, noted conservative legal expert Jonathon Turley (I jest, I jest) sees Clinton confidant's immunity deal looms over debate. The Wall Street Journal questions The Secrets of Cheryl Mills - If there was no evidence of criminal activity, why all the immunity?
Andrew McCarthy, a former U.S. attorney, puts it this way: “It’s like telling a bank robbery suspect, ‘If you turn over that bag, I’ll give you immunity as to the contents’—which means if the money you robbed is in there, I can’t use it against you.”
The Wall Street Journal also has More questions about the FBI’s special handling of the email case, especially James Comey’s Clinton Immunity.
Why the courtesy? “If the FBI wanted any other Americans’ laptops, they would just go get them—they wouldn’t get an immunity deal,” Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan told Politico. He’s right. The FBI merely had to seek a subpoena or search warrant. By offering immunity, the FBI exempted the laptops and their emails as potential evidence in a criminal case.
Afraid to upset the next boss? Speaking of which a  Former NSA analyst says the FBI may reopen investigation if Clinton loses. Of course, suck up to the new boss. However, the FBI claims time crunch necessitated immunity deal for Clinton aide Cheryl Mills. I though Comey said he was going to do it right, and not fast, regardless of the pending election. How long does it take to get a warrant and grab a computer? Sarah Westwood at the Washington examiner has Five unanswered questions for Comey on Clinton email case "1) Why did Cheryl Mills need an immunity agreement to cooperate with the FBI? 2) Did the FBI know about the suspicious Reddit posts? 3) Why did two of Clinton's lawyers receive immunity deals?, 4) Was anyone at the White House questioned about their knowledge of the server? and 5) Why was John Bentel protected?" A good start.

Would you be shocked to learn Hillary never took mandatory security training on classified material? She's much too important for such mundane affairs as protecting the country rather than herself.

Also news, Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Forwarded Classified & Top Secret Emails to Yahoo & Webmail linked to Anthony Weiner, so she could get it to a printer!
Abedin said, according to FBI documents, she would then access those email accounts via webmail from an unclassified computer system at the State Dept. and print the documents, many of which were classified and top secret, from the largely unprotected webmail portals.

Clinton did not have a computer in her office on Mahogany Row at the State Dept. so she was not able to read timely intelligence unless it was printed out for her, Abedin said. Abedin also said Clinton could not operate the secure State Dept. fax machine installed in her Chappaqua, NY home without assistance.
While I'm ragging on Huma, it's worth noting her background again. Abedin's Dad might be shocked at his daughter's conduct: Daddy’s Issues, Archive video exposes Weiner in-law
Abedin said that Arab states must police the upholding of Sharia, or Islamic law, and explained why the majority of Muslims view Israel and the Western world in primarily “hostile” terms.

The video provides a window into the Abedin family’s ideology, which has been marred by accusations it is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood.
Enjoy some blue on blue action? Lesbian Trump supporter slams gay Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook
“And it’s really flooring the hell out of me that he’s supporting a woman that took money from these countries, from these countries that would take him and his friends or his lover or his partner and throw them off a building and kill them,” she said.
Clintons go where the money leads them.

FBI probes hacks targeting phones of Democratic Party officials - sources, but there's just no way that Hillary's openly "secret" basement/bathroom server was ever hacked, right?

NRA Hits Hillary in New Ad to Run in Five Swing States

Links from Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 09.27.16"Post-Debate MusingHoward Dean Hangs Tough (And Mostly Alone) On Charge That Trump Was On Coke During DebateDebate Mashup – I Told Ya!The “Refugee” AgendaAnimal’s Daily Debate Recap NewsAnother Debate “Win” Or Two Like That For Hillary And She’s FinishedWhat Trump Won Last NightMedia Research Center Slams Last Night’s Debate “Moderator”Checking The Fact-CheckersClinton Reportedly Received Questions A Week Before The DebateTrump Wins Most Immediate PollsNear As I Can Tell…A Few More “Private” E-Mail Facts Come To Light, and the mostly sensible Megan McArdle: Maybe Crime’s Not Rising, But If Voters Think It Is…

Are You Tough Enough?

Love those 80s dancers.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Post Debate at

I broke my long standing rule of never, well hardly ever, watching politicians give speeches and debates. It was amusing and irritating at times. I guess Ace covers my feelings pretty well in his Post-Debate Thread: Final Thoughts
Trump made lots of errors -- I can't believe he brought up taking the oil again, for example -- but Hillary's goal here was to disqualify him.

What did she do? She painted him like every other Republican gets painted in a debate. She did not succeed in extraordinizing him -- making him an extraordinary threat the Republican can not bear.

By repeating the same sorts of attacks lodged at every Republican -- wants to cut taxes, "racist," etc. -- she actually ordinized him.

Trump's demeanor was generally strong and calm. He got rattled a few times. He looked pissy when she was dropping her programmed attack modules on him.

But by and large, he kept it together.

Was he good? No. He wasn't sharp. I know people's jaws were falling open when Trump failed to pounce on her for daring to bring up emails, disclosures, and cybersecurity. He was meh.

Hillary delivered the exact same message that all of her ads are playing around the clock. The viewer really got no new information on that front.

On the other hand, Trump stood up at the podium and kept to his basic message without melting down. (Well, except that "take their oil" like.)

Her goal was to disqualify him; his goal was to seem like an ordinary Republican. Or, at least, ordinary enough to not seem scary (while attempting to seem like a big change agent).

Neither did a very good job. But Trump did a slightly better job at is job than she did at hers.
Stacy McCain generally agrees: No, Donald Trump Won the Debate
What was Trump’s basic challenge going into the debate? That he was “not presidential,” without the necessary standing to challenge an experienced politician like Hillary. And yet there he was, side-by-side on stage with her, clearly unintimidated by her.

Did he score any knockout blows? No. Did he persuade any liberals? No. But no one could have reasonably expected such an outcome. Trump committed no great gaffes or blunders, he evaded moderator Lester Holt’s “gotcha” questions and, if at times Trump was “not presidential,” he was not so un-presidential as to disqualify himself in the eyes of any voter who prior to Monday night had considered voting for Trump.

Ross Douthat makes some apt criticism of Trump’s debate performance, but it’s not Harvard-educated pundits who are Trump’s core constituency. This is one of the basic problems with political punditry: Highly educated (and highly ideological) commentators have difficulty imagining how things look to the average voter in Ohio or Florida. Remember how the Bernie Sanders boom during the Democrat primaries caught much of the journalistic world by surprise, in much the same way that Trump’s success in the GOP primaries shocked professional pundits on the Right.
My take? Could have been better, could have been worse, but not bad considering he was debating against two, as Lester Holt appeared to have drunk the kool-aid, and decided to intervene repeatedly on Hillary's behalf. Lester Holt learned the ‘Matt Lauer Lesson’  and Lester Holt: The Third Debater?
The game of two-on-one saw Holt ask no questions about:
  • Hillary’s emails
  • Benghazi
  • The Clinton Foundation
While ignoring these issues, Holt grilled Trump on stop-and-frisk, the birther story, his comments about women, his many bankruptcies, why he hasn’t released his tax returns — and a host of other issues the media sees as unfriendly to the Republican candidate.
In debate, Clinton gets no follow-up questions, Trump gets 6. I think Donald did a decent job of rebutting Lester's attempt to fact check him on when he became anti-Iraq war, but he got a little hot and dwelt on it too long. As Dana Perino on Fox pointed out, he wasn't a Senator, and didn't have access to any secrets the way former first Lady and Senator Clinton did when she made the same "error" (I won't concede that point). At least he didn't sit by quietly as Lester "Candy Crowlied" him.  12 Hillary Lies Debunked that Lester Holt let slide. Neil Cavuto helps Trump prove he did NOT support the Iraq war – whips out 2003 clip!

Cuban Admits He Lied About Front Row Seat; Wanted To Get Under Trump’s Skin. Not much was said about the front row seats last night, although I believe Hillary made one reference to a woman who she claimed was a Trump "victim" at some point. Despite the name, Cuban is Russian, BTW.

Well, duh: Clinton email server broke government rules, watchdog finds
Hillary Clinton broke government rules by using a private email server without approval for her work as U.S. secretary of state, an internal government watchdog said on Wednesday.

The long-awaited report by the State Department inspector general was the first official audit of the controversial arrangement to be made public. It was highly critical of Clinton's use of a server in her home, and immediately fueled Republican attacks on Clinton, the Democratic front-runner in an already acrimonious presidential race.

The report, which also found problems in department record-keeping practices before Clinton's tenure, undermined Clinton's earlier defenses of her emails, likely adding to Democratic anxieties about public perceptions of the candidate. A majority of voters say Clinton is dishonest, according to multiple polls.

The report concluded that Clinton would not have been allowed to use the server in her home had she asked the department officials in charge of information security. The report said that staff who later raised concerns were told to keep quiet. Several suspected hacking attempts in 2011 were never reported to department information security officials, in breach of department rules, it said.
Nothing new here, but it's good (and somewhat amazing) to see the State Dept. acknowledge it.

Former Federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy is still hot about the fact that Obama was found to be emailing Hillary at her super secure basement email server under an alias, and thinks that explains why the James Comey let her off the hook: Obama’s Conflict Tanked the Clinton E-mail Investigation — As Predicted
. . .Indeed, imagine what would have happened had Clinton been indicted. The White House would have attempted to maintain the secrecy of the Obama-Clinton e-mails (under Obama’s invocation of a bogus “presidential communications” privilege), but Clinton’s defense lawyers would have demanded the disclosure of the e-mails in order to show that Obama had engaged in the same misconduct, yet only she, not he, was being prosecuted. And as most experienced criminal-law lawyers understand (especially if they’ve read a little Supreme Court case known as United States v. Nixon), it is an argument that Clinton’s lawyers would have won.

In fact, in any other case — i.e., in a case that involved any other unindicted co-conspirator — it would be the Justice Department itself introducing the Obama-Clinton e-mails into evidence.

As noted above, the FBI told Huma Abedin that the name she did not recognize in the e-mail with Clinton was an Obama alias. For the agents to do this ran afoul of investigative protocols. The point of an FBI interview is for the interviewee to provide information to the investigators, not the other way around. If agents give information to potential witnesses, the government gets accused of trumping up the case.

But of course, that’s only a problem if there is actually going to be a case.
Cheryl Mills makes another nefarious appearance: FBI: Clinton aide asked Pagliano for information on “wiping” servers, and not with a cloth
Hillary Clinton’s State Department chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, asked Clinton’s email server technician, Bryan Pagliano, about “wiping computer data,” new FBI documents reveal.

According to notes released by the FBI on Friday, Pagliano also told investigators during his Dec. 22 interview that Mills, who now serves as Clinton’s attorney, dismissed concerns he raised in 2009 or 2010 about the then-secretary of state’s use of a personal email server.

The bombshell revelations comes just hours after news broke that the Justice Department granted Mills immunity in exchange for her cooperation with the FBI’s email probe.
Watch as Hillary's Mook attempts to talk around a Platt River employee reference to the "Clinton cover up" in an email:

Hillary and the dishonesty of "Environmental Racism": New Leftist Meme: Blame Urban Riots on ‘Environmental Racism’, But Hillary would like the DOJ and the EPA to help end both, through more . . . regulation. The left has a couple of nail, "racism", and "environmentalism", and only one hammer, more federal governmental control over our lives to hit them with. If Hillary wants to stop fracking somebody should tell the voters in Ohio. There's still time.

Ann Althouse caught Hillary Clinton's unchallenged, illogical statement about private prisons.
Government prosecutes criminals and obtains convictions and prison sentences. If government uses privately run prisons, it must pay these private businesses to house its prisoners. The entity filling the prison therefore has an economic incentive against putting more people in prison. The private business — the one with the "profit motivation" — has no power to create more prisoners. I can see opposing private prisons for other reasons, but Hillary's justification made no sense to me other than a random expression of disgust for business.
The National Review sees Hillary As an Embodiment of the Left’s Disdain for Democracy.

From Wombat-socho's "In The Mailbox: 09.26.16"Brutal New Trump Ad Uses Hillary To Mock Hillary, Corrupt Judge Rules to Keep Hillary E-Mails Hidden From Voters Until After Election, The Mark Of Soros – Charlotte, NC., John Ruberry – Why Trump Will Win Tonight’s Debate, “Mostly True” When Bernie Said It, “Mostly False” When Trump Says ItGlenn Kessler Indicates Why Moderators Shouldn’t “Fact Check”Trump Receives First Ever ICE Endorsement,

Some Teigen for Tuesday