I haven’t paid much attention to the Hillary Clinton email scamdal because I knew from the git-go that it was yet another Republican lie in a long parade of lies about the Clintons, a parade reaching back to and beyond the Republican fever dream that the Clintons somehow murdered Vince Foster.

One does not have to be a fan of the Clintons to be disgusted by the Republican lies.

Now Cynthia Dill has sacrificed her time to plough through the bureacratise of the report on Hillary Clinton’s email scamdal so we don’t have to. Her findings come as no surprise. As with an email sent to /dev/null, there’s no there there.

Here’s a bit (emphasis added):

This was no covert operation, for heaven’s sake. It’s not like Clinton was secretly selling arms to Iran and funding the Contras. The Clintons paid out-of-pocket for a few techies to work in their basement keeping this server humming and free from cyber breaches. Staffers from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security inspected the email system, looked at the logs and communicated with these people on a regular basis. The bureau even refused to help fix it when Hurricane Sandy disrupted power “because it was a private server,” according to the report.

Clinton reasonably believed her private server was allowed because the bureaucrats in charge of security allowed it. This present-day conviction for violating rule 12 FAM 544.2 after the fact means nothing of any consequence. Nobody was hurt. No security was breached. Who cares?

I think one reason that this particular scamdal has had some staying power is that, to most persons, an email server–hell, a computer–is a dark magic box, mysterious and alchemical.

An email server is, actually, nothing more than a program that relays mail from the persons who write it to the recipients over a network and from a network to the recipient(s).

You too can have your own email server, if you wish. I know folks who do. It’s a bit complex, but it’s not magic, it’s not alchemy, it’s not voodoo; it’s just a computer program. (If you think government servers are somehow magically more secure than other servers, think again. Governments don’t do security better than anyone else, except possibly Sony.)

(Be sure to check your ISP’s terms of service before setting up your own mail server; most US ISPs forbid public-facing servers–news, web, database, mail–unless you have a business-class account. That’s why I don’t run my own mail server–my ISP’s TOS forbid it for my level of account. Otherwise I’d set one up just to see whether I could make it work. I like crossword puzzles too.)


Emily Mills parses the testimony in the suit against Wisconsin’s gut-out-the-vote law.

Read it.

Meanwhile, regarding a related issue, Roger Chesley, writing in my local rag, parses the press releases about Virginia’s voting restoration kerfuffle.


Coleen Carlstedt-Johnson considers the complaints about Hillary Clinton and decides that there’s no there there. Here’s her take on one of them (emphasis in the original):

She’s too guarded. You would be a little circumspect about what you said and how you said it, too, if you had suffered 25 years of brutal verbal abuse, lack of respect and outright degradation by the opposing party. If I were she, I’d be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Wouldn’t you prefer a president who thinks about the ramifications of her statements before she speaks, rather than someone who blurts out what is expedient at the moment, then changes his stance, so that you can never rely on what he says?

Follow the link to see what she said about the others.

Remember, the Clintons have been targets of a quarter-century of conservative calumny. It’s effective to the extent that the lies have been repeated so relentlessly that folks who don’t pay close attention have come to accept them as true.


Chris Busby reflects of the media’s inability to dig out from under Donald Trump’s blizzard of lies. A snippet:

Trump’s endless parade of lies, half-truths and slander put the media in an awkward position. Writing in The New Yorker this week, Adam Gopnik observed that “Trump’s lies arrive with such rapidity that before one can be refuted a new one comes to take its place. … The media eventually moves on, shrugging helplessly, to the next lie. … If the lies are bizarre enough and frequent enough, they provoke little more than a nervous giggle and a cry of ‘Well, guess he’s changed the rules!’”

From where I sit, the broadcast media doesn’t even try to keep up. Print media is a little better.

They don’t report, not any more. They just repeat.

22 May 2016 · Comments Off on Haters Gotta Hate · Categories: Political Theatre, Republican Lies

Jack Ohman strugges to understand the Hillary haters. A nugget:

Why do these guys hate Hillary? I don’t know if it’s that she reminds them of their strict mother, their Catholic school nun, their first wife, their second wife, or their lack of any female presence in their life, but this spitting, aneurysm-inducing venom is spectacularly overblown even in an election year.

She might even lose to a guy who runs (enables) beauty pageants, which is the human equivalent of a stockyard auction for women. Last poll I saw, 65 percent of GOP women will vote for this sexist clown in November.

Do read the rest.

Frankly, I don’t see “likeability” as a qualification for anything, except perhaps game show host. Con artists are always likeable; being likeable is essential to the con. A significant percentage of voters found President George the Worst likeable, and you know how well that worked out.

Hillary Clinton has been the target of an almost three-decade campaign of conservative calumny. Persons view her through a veil of Republican lies, unable to tell where the lies end and the person begins. In the meantime, they choose to support Donald Trump, who is a veil of lies.

Words fail me.

18 May 2016 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud · Categories: Republican Lies

Republican Voter ID laws were a con from the git-go (we knew that, of course), and the Republicans supporting them knew they were a con (we were certain of that also, and now certainty becomes knowledge). From AmericaBLOG:

Todd Albaugh, former chief of staff to a Republican state senator in Wisconsin, testified in federal court yesterday that his state’s voter ID law was passed in order to make it more difficult for Democrats to win elections.

According to Allbaugh, as reported by the Wisconsin State Journal, “State Sen. Mary Lazich, urging fellow Republican senators to enact a voter ID requirement in a closed-door meeting in 2011, told her colleagues to consider its impact in the Democratic strongholds of Milwaukee and the state’s college campuses” and “Congressman Glenn Grothman, serving at that time as a state senator, said in the same meeting that he supported voter ID because it would help Republicans win elections.” Allbaugh also quoted Grothman as saying in a closed-door meeting with his Republican colleagues that “What I’m concerned about here is winning,” with respect to his justification for voting in favor of the law.

15 May 2016 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud · Categories: Republican Lies

I’m not so certain as Wasserman is about the “flip,” gaming electronic voter machines, but we have already seen that Republican find no trick is too low. The “strip” is well precedented.

24 April 2016 · Comments Off on “Everybody Must Get Roger Stoned” · Categories: Political Theatre, Republican Lies

20 April 2016 · Comments Off on Tax Frauds · Categories: Political Theatre, Republican Lies

They pop up every year (and it’s not who you think it is).

18 April 2016 · Comments Off on “And That’s the Way It Was” · Categories: Republican Lies

Actually, no, it’s not.

16 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud · Categories: "That Conversation about Race", Republican Lies

11 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud, Lost in Translation Dept. · Categories: Political Theatre, Republican Lies

The Republican gut-out-the-vote effort continues.

The Spanish-language voter guides from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office include two errors about registering to vote in the state, while the English guides do not include the same errors.

The Spanish-language guides said that voters could register up to 15 days before the election, while the English version included the correct deadline, 21 days before the election, as the Daily Kos flagged last week. And while the English guides told voters they could use their passport as a photo ID, the guides in Spanish did not include a passport in the list.

According to the story, Kansas is calling this an “administrative error.”

10 April 2016 · Comments Off on Facebook Frolics · Categories: Political Theatre, Republican Lies

Photoshop phrolics.

10 April 2016 · Comments Off on How Stuff Works, the Privatization Scam Dept. · Categories: Republican Lies, Titans of Industry

07 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud (Updated) · Categories: Republican Lies

TPM reports that a disillusioned ex-GOP staffer has confirmed that voter ID is a con and a fraud. An excerpt (emphasis added):

While Schultz, Allbaugh’s former boss, has notably spoken out against more recent restrictions on voting, he voted for the 2011 bill. According to Allbaugh, at this point in the point of meeting, Schultz brought up his own concerns with the voter ID legislation.

“He was immediately shot down by another senator who said, ‘What I am interested in is getting results here and using the power while we have it, because if the Democrats were in control they would do they same thing to us, so I want to use it while we have it,’” Allbaugh said.

Allbaugh said Schultz left the meeting in frustration after that, while he stayed behind to continue taking notes.

It left a pit in my stomach to think that a party that I had worked for for years and years and years was literally talking and plotting to deny someone, a fellow citizen, their constitutional right,” Allbaugh said.

That, of course, surprises no one who has been paying attention. What is notable is that Republicans are starting to admit it, some inadvertently and some, as in this case, shamefacedly.

Addendum, the Next Morning:

Speaking of voter fraudsters . . . .


Via Raw Story.

05 April 2016 · Comments Off on The Voter Fraud Fraud · Categories: Republican Lies

Amy Fried explains that the Republican gut-out-the-vote effort is working as intended. Here’s a bit:

Take 74-year-old Johnny Randle, an African-American from Mississippi who, after he fell ill, moved to Wisconsin to live with his daughter. He has been trying to get the ID Wisconsin requires since 2011. After being denied a waiver from the birth certificate requirement and then tracking one down to provide to the state, Randle was blocked again because the middle name on his birth certificate is “Marton” but he has used “Martin” through his lifetime. His only resort is to petition Social Security to change his name or to go through a costly court proceeding to have a legal name change.

Stuff like this happens in all innocence.

All his life, my Granddaddy, who was born in the 1880s, was known as “Bailey A.” He went through life thinking that his middle names was “Ames”; indeed, we were related to an Ames family. Only when he died did we find that the middle name on his birth certificate was “Alford.”

30 March 2016 · Comments Off on All the News that Fits · Categories: Republican Lies

Shorter John Romano: Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.

29 March 2016 · Comments Off on Dis Coarse Discourse · Categories: Political Theatre, Republican Lies, School for Scamdal

A newspaper editor who has spent two and a half decades covering the Clintons delivers her judgement on the Hillary Clinton scamdals. A snippet; follow the link for the full story:

I would be “dead rich”, to adapt an infamous Clinton phrase, if I could bill for all the hours I’ve spent covering just about every “scandal” that has enveloped the Clintons. As an editor I’ve launched investigations into her business dealings, her fundraising, her foundation and her marriage. As a reporter my stories stretch back to Whitewater. I’m not a favorite in Hillaryland. That makes what I want to say next surprising.

Hillary Clinton is fundamentally honest and trustworthy.

Remember that Republicans have spent 25 years lobbing made-up dirt at the Clintons.

When you find yourself thinking, “Hillary Clinton can’t be trusted,” ask yourself, are you basing your statement on facts or on what Republicans said?

28 March 2016 · Comments Off on Drug Wars and Mongers of Drug Wars · Categories: Republican Hypocrisy, Republican Lies