Pentagon: No Guns, No Uniforms, and Closed Blinds At Recruitment Centers

We heard over the weekend that the Pentagon was ordering U.S. Marine Corps recruiters to stop wearing uniforms at work as part of an overall security strategy, post Chattanooga. This on top of the continued directive that no guns be allowed on military bases – a rule that Obama could change at any time at the stroke of his fabled pen. But that’s something a president who actually cares about the troops would do. And we’re talking about lame-duck, mask-slipping, in his most dangerous phase, Obama here. This honey badger really don’t give a sh*t.

Now this via Gateway Pundit: Pentagon Refuses to Arm Military Recruiters – Tells Them to “Close the Blinds”

Military recruiters are being told to “close the blinds” for added safety.

Gretchen Carlson reported:

We have just confirmed here at FOX from the Pentagon, that the head of the US Northern Command has now issued a directive to authorize recruiters not to be able to carry weapons at the centers but he wants them to implement new security measures like “closing the blinds at the office.”

Meanwhile, the Pentagon is moving swiftly on a much more pressing issue:

Transgender Ban to Be Lifted by Pentagon 

Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.

By golly, that’s just awesome.

Obama will be speaking at the 116th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at David Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA at 11:20, Tuesday morning.

Think about it: The Commander in Chief is fresh off his heinous nuclear deal with Iran that no one with a brain likes.

Will he address our new duck-and-hide posture for fighting terrorism on the home front and wax eloquent on our exciting, soon-to-be tranny forces?

Standard boilerplate for Obama speeches in front of military audiences now includes fervent warnings about (what the Regime considers to be ) the most dire national security threat facing the nation  – global warming. {{{dramatic chipmunk}}}

He’ll also talk about our amazing, outstanding successes fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  In case you hadn’t heard – we are seriously kicking butt over there.

Obama’s speech will be a lame rewrite of past VFW speeches – and his speechwriters won’t even bother to update the applause lines so they make sense in 2015. You watch.

Stay tuned –  I fully expect the reception to be exceedingly cool. And that at least will be good for a laugh.

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Clinton Camp Blocks Daily Mail Reporter From NH Events

A Daily Mail reporter with an eye for Clinton campaign plants was persona non-grata at some campaign events in New Hampshire, Monday.

David Martosko broke a story back in April exposing an “unscripted” Clinton campaign event in Iowa that turned out to be heavily choreographed with Democrat activists.

Martosko writes at the Daily Mail:

Driving through New Hampshire in the rain without knowing where you’re headed is an unnerving experience, but that’s where I found myself this morning after Hillary Clinton’s staff said I wouldn’t be allowed to do my job reporting on her campaign.

At the Clinton camp’s request, a group of journalists set up a traveling ‘pool’ so a single print reporter can be everyone’s eyes and ears at events where a room is too small to fit a crush of questions from a larger group.

Plus it saves more than a dozen news organizations the expense of having to be on the campaign trail every time Clinton decides to speak.

On Monday I was the designated ‘pooler,’ tasked by this informal group of my colleagues with going to two events in New Hampshire.

I landed at the Manchester, N.H. airport well after midnight, thanks to a lengthy flight delay in Washington. A message was waiting for me from one of the reporters who has the thankless task of coordinating the pool with the Clinton campaign.

There was a problem: Hillary’s press staff said DailyMail.com wasn’t welcome, and they decided it at the last minute.

The pool was asked to send a different reporter. It was too late to substitute someone else in the Live Free or Die state at that point, so I said I’d show up anyway.

Six hours earlier I had received emails from two different Clinton media liaisons – including the former secretary of state’s traveling press secretary, Nick Merrill – telling me where to show up and when.

So what happened? That’s the nagging question.

Monday morning I showed up at 7:45 in a parking lot where I was to hop on a Clinton campaign van for a drive to the town of Rochester, where the first event would be.

A very junior staffer told me I couldn’t climb aboard: I wasn’t ‘on the list.’

The Clinton Traveling Press Pool released a statement Monday evening to address the slight, saying, ‘Any Attempt By The Campaign To Dictate Who Is In The Pool is Unacceptable.’

“We would like to see all campaign events open to the public and the full press corps, but when that is not possible we have agreed to pool coverage,” McClatchy’s Anita Kumar wrote on behalf of the cited organizations below. “We haven’t yet had a clear explanation about why the pool reporter for today’s events was denied access. But any attempt by the campaign to dictate who is in the pool is unacceptable. The pool is open to any print organization willing to take part.”

AFP
Boston Globe
BuzzFeed
Daily Mail
Financial Times
Guardian
McClatchy
New York Daily News
New York Times
Politico
Time
Tribune Publishing
Wall Street Journal
Washington Post
Martosko appeared on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly to discuss what happened:
Martkoso said that when the Clinton camp initially tried to bar him from being the pool reporter for the event, “to a man and woman” all the reporters from the news organizations said, “No. The Clinton campaign does not get to choose who covers them.”
He added, “this is the kind of thing you see in other countries we don’t want to emulate.”
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As we reported earlier today, the Daily Mail’s editor for U.S. politics, David Martosko, was scheduled to be the pool reporter covering the Hillary Clinton campaign today. Team Hillary shut him out, just coincidentally a couple of days after Martkosko criticized some of the Clinton-covering media for their lapdog-ish behavior.

At an event Monday evening,  the Sec. Service agent wouldn’t let Martosko into the YMCA venue to go to the bathroom.  “Hit the woods,” he reportedly said.

DOJ: No Contempt Charges For Lois Lerner – Sen. Menendez Indicted

Let’s see. We’ve got two corrupt individuals, here, but two very different treatments under the law.

One of the above did everything she was asked to do and more, kept her mouth shut and destroyed evidence. She gets a gold star.

The other person did bad. He was critical of the administration’s negotiations with Iran and embarrassed the president. He gets indicted.

As Ace says, The masks are all off now.

The DoJ won’t press contempt charges against her for her busted attempt to plead the fifth (Here Is a Statement of Alleged Facts I Want to Introduce Into the Record/Having Done That, I Now Say I Don’t Want to Speak for the Record).

Supposedly the DoJ is still considering bringing some sort of charges against her over the Tea Party Targeting.

(Pssssst: There will be no meaningful charges. You read it here, first!)

As for Democrat Bob Menendez, (who earlier this year suggested that the  White House gets its talking points from Tehran) we have this: 

This is the the quasi fascist state of law enforcement in America today where the DOJ selectively and capriciously decides to enforce the law to the benefit of some and the detriment of others – depending on political considerations.

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Judicial Watch: Judicial Watch Accuses Obama Administration of Misleading Court on Hillary Clinton Email Scandal:

Judicial Watch accused the Obama administration of stalling and withholding information from a federal court in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and top aide’s emails.  Last week, Judicial Watch attorneys sought a status conference over the issue of the Hillary Clinton’s and other secret email accounts in order to “avoid further undue delays, prejudice and potential spoliation.” In response, the Justice Department, on behalf of the State Department, told the federal court handling the matter (U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth) that there was no need for a hearing until at least late April and that, contrary to statements by Mrs. Clinton and various administration spokesmen, it was not aware of the secret email issue until recently.  In its response (Reply in Support of a Motion for a Status Conference), Judicial Watch cited Mrs. Clinton’s press statement:

Secretary Clinton was the head of the agency and the State Department cannot claim it was unaware of the State Department’s failure to records-manage agency emails from the Office of the Secretary. In fact, the “Statement from the Office of Former Secretary Clinton” states that “[h]er usage [of non-“state.gov” email for State Department business] was widely known to the over 100 Department and U.S. government colleagues she emailed.”

Judicial Watch also accused the Obama administration of continuing to thwart the FOIA:

The State Department has yet to demonstrate how it is satisfying its obligations under FOIA in light of recent revelations that Secretary Clinton’s emails were not being properly managed, retained and produced. This also applies to emails received or sent by other officials or employees within the Secretary’s office to conduct government business who used non-“state.gov” email addresses. To determine the adequacy of the State Department’s search, both Judicial Watch and the Court should be informed by the Department directly of the details surrounding the retention of agency emails within the Office of the Secretary and the extent of the Department’s ability to search, request and retrieve those records …

Had Judicial Watch not challenged the State Department’s search, this case would most likely have been dismissed before any public revelations were made about the unlawful arrangement relating to the State Department’s handling of agency emails during Secretary Clinton’s tenure at the State Department …

Gowdy: We Learned The Day Before the NYTs Article Broke That Hillary Didn’t Have an Official Email Acct (Video)

Judge Andrew Napolitano and Congressman Trey Gowdy both appeared on The Kelly File Monday night to talk about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

Megyn Kelly asked Napolitano to weigh in on Obama’s take on the controversy.

“I’m glad that Hillary’s instructed that those emails that had to do with official business need to be disclosed,” Obama told CBS News’ Bill Plante over the weekend.

“Apparently the president has the same misunderstanding of federal law that his former secretary of state does,” Napolitano quipped.

He went on to explain the federal statute that says documents and records by high-ranking officials belong to the government. “A former official can ask the government for personal documents back, but Clinton did the opposite,” Napolitano said.

“She retained and concealed 100 percent of the documents with which she dealt while she was secretary of state in 48 months. She decided what was governmental and kept what she didn’t want to reveal,” he continued.

Kelly announced that Hillary will be addressing the email scandal within the next 48 hours. The forum has yet to be disclosed, but it is a safe bet that it will be hermetically sealed event with only friendly reporters allowed in with pre-approved questions.

Congressman Trey Gowdy, Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi came on next to talk about the State Department’s unimpressive reaction to HillaryGate.

“They’re not going to go back and look for responsive documents to subpoenas, to litigation inquiries, to FOIA requests, Kelly noted, after showing a clip of State Dept. Deputy Press Sec. Marie Harf telling a reporter that they have no plans to find documents that have been requested retroactively. “If you asked prior to the date Hillary’s 55,000 pages were turned over – a week ago, or two weeks ago – you’re out of luck.”

“Well, the State Department is not going to get to be the final arbiter of that,” Gowdy drawled. “I have lost confidence for a myriad of reasons – not the least of which  – they missed every single opportunity over the past six months to tell us that not only did she not have an official email account. They didn’t even have her records.  You would think that that would come up in all the conversations that we had with the State Department. Which is precisely why they are not the neutral, third-party arbiter that I would recommend.”

Gowdy then went on to describe the run-around he got from State, Hillary, and her lawyer, last summer when it was first disclosed that some of her emails were on her personal account. Gowdy was stonewalled for months as he kept pressing for the rest of them. It wasn’t until the day before the NYTs story broke that he found out that  she did not have an official email account.

Gowdy wants a neutral arbiter – “a federal judge, archiver, or inspector general” to take charge of getting the info he seeks from her server.

UPDATE: 

Via Mediaite: Hillary Clinton to Hold Press Conference Today on Email Story:

Hillary Clinton will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon to address the revelation of her exclusive use of a personal email account and private server to conduct State Department business while Secretary of State.

MSNBC’s Clinton beat reporter Alex Seitz-Wald confirmed the presser. The start time is unknown, but Mediaite will link to a livestream when it becomes available:

Morning Joe: Hillary’s Use Of Personal Email At State Dept “Staggering” And “Shocking”

So it has been revealed that for the entire span of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Sec. of State, she was using a private email account – totally against federal regulations.

“This is staggering,” Morning Joe Host Joe Scarborough said. “This is what happens every time she starts to run — it brings up memories of eight years that people looked back and glossed over a lot of things…”

He continued, “but every day in Washington DC, when the Clintons were there, there was another example of how they just didn’t play by the same rules as everybody else in Washington DC. And then they lawyered themselves up…” (Gee – who else can we say that about?)

“They. know. no. boundaries,” Scarborough declared. “This is shocking.”

What the Morning Joe team failed to note, of course, is that private email improprieties appear to be an Obama administration-wide issue. 

And as always, the MSM was asleep at the wheel as this example of government corruption was allowed to pass by without notice. We can thank Trey Gowdy’s Select Committee on Benghazi for this new revelation.

The existence of Mrs. Clinton’s personal email account was discovered by a House committee investigating the attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi as it sought correspondence between Mrs. Clinton and her aides about the attack.

Two weeks ago, the State Department, after reviewing Mrs. Clinton’s emails, provided the committee with about 300 emails — amounting to roughly 900 pages — about the Benghazi attacks.

Mrs. Clinton and the committee declined to comment on the contents of the emails or whether they will be made public.

Oh, and look who made Twitchy: Tweeters think they know the likely outcome of Hillary’s email scandal:

And just like clockwork – within the hour, in fact, came this:

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Zero Hedge: hdr22@clintonemail.com – How A Romanian Hacker Exposed Hillary Clinton’s Secret Email Life:

While the Hillary Clinton email fiasco is sure to be the talk of the town for the next few days, weeks, and months and may have seriously jeopardized the former SecState’s chances at becoming America’s next president, an even more important story is how the revelation that Hillary exclusively used a private, unencrypted and unsupervised email for 4 years of state-level, official business communications, emerged in the first place.

The answer, shockingly, comes courtesy of a Romanian hacker who was known by the handle “Guccifer”, and who is currently serving time in a Bucharest prison for his online attacks against countless public figures including the infamous leaks of George W. Bush personal paintings.

How is it possible that a Romanian convict may have helped accelerate the downfall of Warren Buffett’s presidential hopeful? According to the Smoking Gun, which first reported on this topic back in March 2013, “Guccifer” illegally accessed the AOL e-mail account of Sidney Blumenthal, who then worked as a senior White House adviser to President Bill Clinton, and later became a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

When “Guccifer” (who was later identified as Marcel Lazar Lehel) breached Blumenthal’s account, he discovered an assortment of correspondence sent to Hillary Clinton at the e-mail address hdr22@clintonemail.com. The “clintonemail.com” domain was registered in 2009, shortly after her nomination to become Secretary of State.

While Blumenthal, a longtime Hillary Clinton confidant, used her private e-mail to send personal messages (like a get well note after she fell at home and suffered a concussion in December 2012), he also forwarded the Cabinet member a series of “Confidential” memos about foreign policy matters.

A snapshot of one leaked email between Blumenthal and Clinton can be seen below:

Via Ace of Spades HQ: “the State Department is retracting previous claims that it gave a Good Bribe seal of approval to Hillary Clinton’s hundred million in foreign bribes.

>The State Department is stepping back from a spokeswoman’s comment last week suggesting that the agency’s ethics lawyers signed off on donations to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state.Asked at a daily briefing Thursday about the foundation’s failure to submit a $500,000 donation from the country of Algeria for a conflict of interest review in 2010, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters that the department did such reviews whenever the non-profit founded by former President Bill Clinton sent in information about a potential gift.

“We like to review — and we have reviewed every donation that was submitted,” Psaki said.

However, there are no indications any Clinton Foundation donations were ever sent to the State Department for approval.

Asked about Psaki’s comment, another State Department spokesperson said Monday that the reviews the agency did were of paid speeches Bill Clinton was proposing to make and business deals he wanted to enter into. From 2009 to 2012, hundreds of speech requests and a handful of consulting deals were sent to State Department lawyers for sign off. The vast majority were approved.

“We received requests regarding speeches and consultancies of former President Clinton,” State spokesman Alec Gerlach said.

Clarifying Psaki’s earlier comment, Gerlach said that State Department reviewed every request that came in, not every donation.

Will Hillary survive these scandals? Or is the deck being cleared for the left’s latest darling Lizzie (Fauxcahontas) Warren?

UPDATE I:

It gets worse:

AoSHQ: When a Veterans Group FOIA’d Hillary’s Emails, They Specifically Asked Her to List Her Personal Email Accounts. She Didn’t.

UPDATE II:

It gets even worse:

Weasel Zippers: Hillary Clinton Email Scandal Goes From Bad To Worse, Ran Her Own Private Server To Further Protect Her Messages…

Holder: I Cleaned Up Bush’s Politicized Justice Dept (Video)

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A favorite tactic of Obama and members of his Regime, is to run with the biggest, boldest lie possible, and dare anyone to question it. Eric Holder – easily the most corrupt Attorney General in our nation’s history –  fully embraced that tactic in spectacular fashion at a press conference Tuesday when he made the ludicrous claim that he cleaned up Bush’s Justice Dept. 

Yep. He actually said that.

Via The Washington Times: 

Attorney General Eric Holder pushed back against Republicans who said the Justice Department, under his leadership, had become little more than a political machine to push liberal causes — and said that he’s actually cleaned up all the politicking that had taken place under the former Bush administration.

In a press conference that began with his personal introduction — “For the record, I am Eric Holder” — the exiting agency head took shots at critics who suggested that nominee Loretta Lynch was his mirror image, and those who said the Justice Department was too political.

“It’s a little irresponsible for people on the hill to say that policy differences that we have with them … can be characterized as political,” Mr. Holder said, Mediaite reported. “There’s been no politicization of this Justice Department.”

He then went on to say that those who further such claims are wrong — that their jabs are “totally inconsistent with the facts,” Mr. Holder said in an ABC News video.

Mr. Holder also said with a bit of an bitter tone that former President George W. Bush’s Justice Department was the one that was truly political — and that he had been forced to clean it up when he took over as attorney general.

The unrepentant Holder also said that he was “proud of the historic things” his DOJ has done and expressed his hope that people wouldn’t pay attention to “interesting sound bites” that are “simply not consistent with facts.”

“I will leave this department in the way I found it when I came here back in 1976 — with high moral, with people who are dedicated to doing things only on the basis of the facts and the law,” he said in the ABC News video. “I’m proud of the historic things we have done. I hope the American people would not fall prey to interesting sound bites that are simply not consistent with facts.”

“The facts” have actually been quite consistent, as former DOJ Civil Rights Attorney J Christian Adams chronicled in his “Every Single One” series of articles at PJ Media about Holder’s hyper-political hiring practices.  (Read parts one, two, three, four, five,  six, and  seven.)

It is the hyper-politicization of the Justice Department that has led to the mind-blowing corruption and incompetence under Holder’s watch.

This is Eric Holder’s legacy and he is not happy about it.

Eric Holder, Most Corrupt Attorney General in the History of the USA (Oct. 6, 2014)

Eric Holder, possibly the most corrupt Attorney General in the history of the United States of America (May 30, 2013)

Buh-Bye: Most Corrupt Attorney General In American History Stepping Down (September, 25, 2014) 

Most extreme, corrupt Attorney General in history resigns (September 27, 2014)

Most Corrupt, Racist Attorney General In American History Finally Resigns (Sept. 25, 2014)

Sixteen Scandals: The Legacy of Eric Holder (June 26th, 2013)

Republican Lawmakers Mock Eric Holder on His Way Out (Sep 25, 2014) 

Maybe it makes him uneasy to know that he will always be remembered as the most corrupt Attorney General in our nation’s history?

Too bad. He should have thought about that before he politicized his office and abandoned his oath to uphold our nation’s laws.

The DOJ’s Press flacks did a yeoman’s job cleaning up this man’s messes and keeping the media at bay –  but history is not going to judge Eric Holder well. I hope he’s beginning to feel that.