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Fwd: Hillary Clinton Supporters Slowly Realizing She Didn't Do Anything as Secretary of State







Hillary Clinton Supporters Slowly Realizing She Didn't Do Anything as Secretary of State

November 28, 2013 by Daniel Greenfield 56 Comments

But that's okay since Hillary Clinton also didn't do anything in the Senate. It could actually be a good slogan for her campaign. "Vote for Hillary: She Won't Do Anything as President Either."

But some people close to Mrs. Clinton worry that, because of the high profile given to her work for women's rights, and the headlines now being generated by the hyperkinetic Mr. Kerry, her efforts on trickier diplomatic situations have been eclipsed.

What exactly did Hillary Clinton do for women's rights? I mean besides give speeches about it.

What about her 13 trips to Libya in 2011 to build the coalition that led to the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, they ask. Why is no one talking about how she brokered a cease-fire in Gaza? Anyone remember that she furthered economic sanctions on North Korea?

Seriously?

Libya is on fire. Its cities are run by armed Islamist militias. Some of whom murdered 4 Americans in a diplomatic mission that Hillary and her staffers failed to provide security for while they were blowing millions on overpriced Kindles, art in embassies and a YouTube channel for Afghanistan.

Does anyone in her right mind want to give Hillary credit for Libya?

Negotiated a ceasefire in Gaza? You mean the one that consists of Hamas attacking Israel and Israel fighting back?

North Korea? The brutal Communist tyranny that keeps expanding its nuclear power base despite the useless sanctions?

In contrast, even when members of Mrs. Clinton's own party describe her achievements, they tend to point to a lot of miles traveled (956,733 to be exact).

Her biggest chance to shape how she is viewed may be through her memoir, which is due out next summer. Dan Schwerin and Ethan Gelber, who both worked under Mrs. Clinton in the State Department, are assisting with the book.

The New York Times means they're writing the book. Apparently it takes two people to write one Hillary memoir.

Former State Department officials say Mrs. Clinton and her advisers need to do a better job of highlighting how her work on women's issues ties into national security efforts and the progress now underway.

Also they need to explain what she did on women's issues.

"There's a direct correlation between countries that pose direct threats to our national security and those where the mistreatment of half the population is a root cause," said Philippe I. Reines, a longtime adviser who served as deputy assistant secretary of state. Mr. Reines said that while Mrs. Clinton often made this point, her team failed to articulate that connection publicly.

Yes, it's called Islam.

That's why you're 1. Not articulating the connection 2. Doing anything about it.

He added that "people should not confuse the unique tools and attributes only she could bring to the job as a replacement for being a hard-core diplomat."

Translated from Diplospeak… Hillary is a special unique sunflower. But she's not a diplomat.

While at the State Department, Mrs. Clinton enjoyed generally positive media coverage and some of her highest approval ratings. She was often portrayed as a pantsuit-wearing globe-trotter, hitting the dance floor in Pretoria, South Africa, and partying in Cartagena, Colombia.

This is sadly an actual paragraph.

She took on the job at a time when the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan had given rise to widespread anti-Americanism abroad. In 2006, favorable opinions of the United States had fallen in most of the 15 countries surveyed, including France, Germany, Russia and Japan, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project.

President Obama's victory in 2008 and Mrs. Clinton's frequent personal visits helped mend tensions, and by mid-2009 favorable opinions of the United States in Western Europe, Asia and Latin America were almost as high as before President George W. Bush took office.

And they dropped sharply before she left office. It's called the Honeymoon Effect.

Whether the public will ultimately embrace that view of Mrs. Clinton's role is unclear. But the fact that her supporters are eager to defend her tenure — and connect her work to Mr. Kerry's — suggests a level of concern about her legacy should she decide to run for president in 2016.

Hillary supporters are actually so desperate and neurotic that they're already trying to take credit for Kerry's disastrous bungling.

But at least Kerry did something. Bad, bad things. But he did them. Still, what difference does it make?

 



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Fwd: Illuminating The Billion Dollar U.S. Intelligence Budget: Project SpyLighter Documents NSA Surveillance Technology







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Illuminating The Billion Dollar U.S. Intelligence Budget: Project SpyLighter Documents NSA Surveillance Technology

Documents released by the U.S. National Security Agency in the last couple of months, following successful Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as part of a new crowdsourcing project called SpyLighter, reveal the agency purchased products from Packet Forensics and VUPEN Security in 2010 and 2012. The two companies are well known for selling Internet surveillance technology and software exploits to governments and businesses world-wide.

The requests were filed by Heather Akers-Healy just weeks after the Washington Post published top-secret documents, obtained from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, disclosing the $52.6 billion "black budget" that funds the NSA and other agencies in the United States intelligence community. In the requests, Akers-Healy asked for copies of contracts with VUPEN and Packet Forensics, and any final reports generated and delivered by the companies to the agency, over the past 10 years.

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency....

The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Inspired by projects such as WikiLeaks and Telecomix Blue Cabinet, the California-based human rights and privacy activist says she filed the requests in hopes of getting "more information regarding the tactics and technology in use by the NSA." "The Snowden files are illuminating but specific technological details have sometimes been withheld."

Project SpyLighter, led by Akers-Healy and Jason Gulledge, launched unofficially on Sept. 16, 2013, when the spy agency responded with a 19-page document detailing a contract with French security firm VUPEN, just 11 days after the request was filed. The goal of the project is to use FOIA requests to obtain "more information about vendors and technology in use by the NSA and other agencies," says Akers-Healy. "Anyone who signs up at the Muckrock website [which allows users to request, analyze, and share government documents] can participate in SpyLighter."

The contract shows that the agency purchased a 12-month subscription of the VUPEN Binary Analysis and Exploits Service in Sept. 2012. Though the amount paid to VUPEN for this service has been redacted by the NSA, analysts have estimated that VUPEN's clients pay around $100,000 annually for a subscription. The service includes in-depth analysis of vulnerabilities, exploits and proof-of-concept code for software such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Adobe Flash Player and many more.

Responding to the publication of VUPEN's one-year long contract with the U.S. spy agency, VUPEN's chief executive and lead hacker, Chaouki Bekrar, tweeted, "We all had great fun with yesterday news, let's extend the pleasure of transparency to US companies & laugh together." Bekrar went on to suggest that Project SpyLighter also file FOIA requests for information related to exploits sold by U.S. companies, including ManTech, Raytheon and Harris Corp.

VUPEN has not commented on whether the NSA renewed the subscription for another year.

Another response from the agency came on Nov. 15, 2013, when it released copies of contracts with Packet Forensics from 2010 and 2012. One of the main selling points for the privately-held U.S. company seems to be the simplification of surveillance; one of their sales brochures says that "if you can surf the Internet and use e-mail, you can perform a cyber investigation." According to the company's website, their products allow customers to perform "stealth packet filtering and transparent redirection" and surveil "networks using deep packet inspection."

Details about the product purchased have been redacted, but the 2010 contract shows the NSA spent $17,500 on products delivered to the agency's Interagency Training Center in Fort Washington, Maryland. In 2012, the spy agency purchased software and software licenses for a total of $500,000.

Akers-Healy says the "quick, successful response [to the request for contracts with VUPEN] provided impetus to expand and file for additional vendors," and more than 35 FOIA requests have so far been filed as part of Project SpyLighter. The requests are asking for copies of contracts and invoices between the NSA, as well as other U.S. spy agencies, and a number of different intelligence contractors, including Harris Corp., ManTech, Palantir and Gamma International.

It is far from common to receive responsive documents less than two weeks after filing a request with a U.S. government agency, as was the case with Akers-Healy's initial request to the NSA. Agencies often fight releases for months or years, and requests are often rejected for being too vague, too broad or too burdensome to complete. In some cases, agencies will respond saying the release of the information requested would be a threat to national security.

"Unfortunately subsequent requests have not gone as smoothly and many are currently in appeal," says Akers-Healy. She has already appealed the NSA's decision to redact the amount of the VUPEN contract and the product names in the contracts with Packet Forensics. "This has been a learning experience. We are learning as we go and will publish tips so that others will have an easier time in filing."



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Fwd: [New post] Feel The Warmth of Christmas




traildustfotm posted: " Let the Christmas fights begin! Here's a heart warming list of links from Drudge Report today. Would somebody pass the hot chocolate?  http://youtu.be/n_adgG8Ba2Q Black Friday violence reported as retailers usher in start of holiday shopping season"
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Feel The Warmth of Christmas

by traildustfotm

black-friday-shopping-fight

Let the Christmas fights begin!

Here's a heart warming list of links from Drudge Report today. Would somebody pass the hot chocolate? 

Black Friday violence reported as retailers usher in start of holiday shopping season

Charges filed after shoplifting suspect shot by police

Debbie Turner was leaving a Kohl's store in Romeoville with her daughter when she saw a police officer, his shirt off and his shoulder bandaged, getting into an ambulance. Other officers were taking a man into custody…

Two Arrested After Stabbing Over Parking Space At Wal-Mart

Shopper Claims He Was Kicked Out Of Walmart For Filming Black Friday Fight

ELKINS, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – A shopper at Walmart documented a fight between other customers. He said that, after store officials caught him doing so, he was asked to leave – even though those fighting were allowed to stay and shop…

Holiday Shopper Shot

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police are investigating a shooting that injured a holiday shopper.

It happened around 9:45 p.m. Thursday.

According to police, a man purchased a big-screen television from the Target store near Flamingo Rd. and Maryland Pkwy. While he was trying to unload the TV from his car at a nearby apartment complex, a man approached and fired a warning shot, causing the victim to drop the television, police said.

Officers tell 8 News NOW the gunman then took the television to a nearby car that was waiting, where a second man helped the gunman load the TV into the car.

The victim approached the two men and tried to get the television back. That prompted the gunman to fire several more rounds, shooting the victim in the leg…

Shoppers Knocked To Ground In Utah Walmart Rush

US-RETAIL SALES-HOLIDAYCLINTON, Utah (AP) — Police in Utah say at least two people were knocked to the ground by a crowd of Wal-Mart shoppers jockeying for a $49 tablet computer.

Officer Vicki Jeppson says neither person was seriously hurt in the incident Thursday night at a store in Clinton, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City…

SalvationArmyNorth Carolina store manager donates $100 after thief steals Salvation Army kettle from mall

A store manager in North Carolina donated $100 into a replacement Salvation Army kettle after police say a thief swiped one from a bell ringer helping a grandmother at the Hanes Mall in Winston Salem…

Hey, Shoppers: Black Friday Savings Are a Hoax

Forget the door-busters, coupons, and "friends and family" deals. U.S. shoppers on the whole will be paying more over the next few weeks than they do the rest of the year. Turns out, retail profit margins tend to be higher during the holiday period, despite all the promotions…

Santa (AKA Mark Dice) shames shoppers

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Zombie Plague Sweeps America: Video Proof!

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I don't know about you, but this makes me want to put on my soft slippers, add another log to the fireplace, take a sip of hot chocolate, and put on Bing Crosby Christmas music. :D

whitechristmas

 

 

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Fwd: [New post] Where are Obama’s daughters’ baby pics and birth records?




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Dr. Eowyn posted: "I got an email this morning from FOTM reader Dave McMullen, asking why there aren't baby pictures of Obama's two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Wikipedia says "Barack and Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann, born on July 4, 1998, and Natasha (kno"
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by Dr. Eowyn

I got an email this morning from FOTM reader Dave McMullen, asking why there aren't baby pictures of Obama's two daughters, Malia and Sasha.

Wikipedia says "Barack and Michelle Obama have two daughters: Malia Ann, born on July 4, 1998, and Natasha (known as Sasha), born on June 10, 2001."

So I did a Google Image search for Obama's daughters. I couldn't find any baby pics of Malia or Sasha; neither could Dave.

The youngest-looking pic of the girls I found (see below) was in an article extolling Michelle Obama, dated August 20, 2007, on the website Afrobella. The pic is undated. If we go by the date of the Afrobella article, Malia would be 9 years old and Sasha would be 6 years old.

Afrobella pic of O family

In contrast, Dave found a website with a pic of Laura Bush, wife of President George W. Bush, holding their two-month-old twins, Jenna and Barbara.

Laura Bush with babies

I have seen pics of Barack and Michelle's wedding, like this one below, but none of Michelle pregnant with child.

obama_Wedding

Then I went on the website Ancestry.com, and searched for birth records of Malia Obama, b. 1998, and Natasha Obama, b. 2001. These are the results:

Malia Obama 3

Natasha Obama3

In other words, Ancestry.com has no birth records for Malia or Natasha Obama.

Then I paid $9.95 for a trial membership in GenealogyBank.com so that I can search that website for the Obama girls' birth records.

Below is a screenshot I took from genealogybank.com of the result of my search for Malia Obama. I've circled in read the date and time when I accessed the website. Click the image below to enlarge.

Malia Obama1

As you can see in above, the only thing genealogybank.com has in its newspaper archives on Malia Obama is an article by Sen. Obama titled "Progress on campaign finance reform," in the Chicago newspaper Hyde Park Herald of August 26, 1998, in which Obama (presumably) mentioned Malia. Here's the newspaper clip (the words are rather blurry):

Malia Obama2

Below is a screenshot I took from genealogybank.com of the result of my search for Natasha Obama. I've circled in read the date and time when I accessed the website. Click the image below to enlarge.

Natasha Obama1

The only thing genealogybank.com has on Natasha Obama is an article in CHyde Park Herald of  July 4, 2001, again by Sen. Obama titled "Tallying wins and losses in Springfield Springfield report," in which he wrote "The newest edition to the Obama family -- Natasha -- was born on June 10th, and Michelle and I have been busy changing diapers." Click image below to enlarge.

Natasha Obama2

In other words, I couldn't find any birth records of either Malia Obama or Natasha Obama on either ancestry.com or genealogybank.com.

The same Wikipedia entry I had referenced at the beginning of this post states that Malia and Natasha Obama "were both delivered by their parents' friend Dr. Anita Blanchard at University of Chicago Medical Center."

Wikipedia's source of that assertion is an article of Jodi Kantor titled "Obama's Friends Form Strategy to Stay Close," in The New York Times of December 13, 2008. The article is about a group of Obama's closest friends in Chicago, among whom are Valerie Jarrett (now Obama's senior White House adviser) and a black man named Martin Nesbitt who is now a real estate estate. Nesbitt's wife is Dr. Anita Blanchard.

O's Chicago friends - Martin Nesbitt, Valerie Jarrett, Dr. Eric Whitakerl to r: Martin Nesbitt, Valerie Jarrett, BHO, Dr. Eric Whitaker

Alas, the NYT article does NOT say that Dr. Blanchard had delivered Obama's daughters. Instead, what the article says is "Mr. Nesbitt's wife, Dr. Anita Blanchard, delivered nearly all the children [of the group of Obama's close friends in Chicago], and the adults became their godparents."

If anyone can find baby pictures and birth records of Malia Obama and/or Natasha Obama, please let me know!

H/t FOTM's Dave McMullen

~Eowyn

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