America's Anchorman, Rush Limbaugh, returns to the airwaves tomorrow, so, as EIB's very own Anchor Baby, I enjoyed a second day behind the Golden EIB Microphone. You can find a few moments from the show here:
The Republican Party has become the party of 'Nothing Can Be Done.' It's the Council of Despair. Donald Trump is the symptom, but the disease is a do-nothing Republican Party.
I asked the question during the show "What is the Republican Party for?" I'm not sure I got a satisfactory answer. One chap who might have provided one is Rick Wilson, the self-proclaimed top GOP strategist last heard from asking Ann Coulter if Donald Trump paid her more for anal sex. (Don't worry, he focus-grouped the line.) Mr Wilson spent yesterday Tweeting that I was a sniveling milquetoast pantywaist who didn't have the cojones to go mano a mano by having him on the show, so today we DM-ed him to ask for a phone number where we could reach him to put him on the air - and heard nothing back other than that he was "in a meeting".
In a two-party system, one party is useless and the other is corrupt. A few weeks ago I said to Hugh Hewitt:
I'm not a conspiracy theorist â€“ but one thing that's struck me about events around Benghazi, not just in Libya, but also to do with other embassies in the region â€“ is that the guys causing all the trouble overrunning the embassies and all the rest of it â€“ were incredibly well-informed. I think it's highly likely that people hacked into Mrs. Clinton's emails early and often.
Last week Hugh invited me to return to the point:
HH: Now Mark, you were the first to hint at this, and I think you've been very cautious, but I think the question has to be raised â€“ you hinted at what would be the consequences of the opponents of the United States reading in real-time the Secretary of State's internet traffic, and you hinted that would have been very bad. Increasingly people realize that was in fact happening...
MS: No, and as I said when I first mentioned that, I don't like to seem like a conspiracy guy, but I think it's clear that once it was known that this was the Secretary of State's email address, that the Russians, the Chinese, and other major sophisticated nations would've no problem getting into it. The question then is, who do they share it with? But it was interesting to me all around that period around Benghazi how well-informed America's enemies were. I mean, for example, just those guys in Benghazi knew the ambassador was not going to be in Tripoli but was going to be in Benghazi, where he was going to be in Benghazi that very night.
That's crazy talk, huh?
From way, way down deep in this New York Post story:
US intelligence officials so far have determined that at least four â€” and as many as 305 â€” of the more than 30,000 emails Clinton and her aides have printed out and turned over to investigators were classified at the time they were written.
They include a 2011 message from Clinton's top aides that contains military intelligence from United States Africa Command gleaned from satellite images of troop movements in Libya, along with the travel and protection plans for Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was later killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
This email was classified TS/SI - "Top Secret/Signals Intelligence*" - but Hillary Clinton kept it on a server in the toilet of some guy's apartment in Colorado. So in 2011 she's chit-chatting on an insecure email account about the movements and security of Ambassador Stevens - and a year later he's dead at the hands of people who knew he wouldn't be at the embassy in Tripoli that night but at the compound in Benghazi.
Did America's enemies know her email was insecure? Of course! We can surmise that for no other reason than that America's allies knew it was insecure and wouldn't use it. Information from foreign governments is presumed classified from the get-go, so David Milliband, then Britain's Foreign Secretary, had a five-page memo about Afghanistan he wanted his US counterpart to see. Obviously he had Hillary's email address, but instead it was sent to Huma Abedin because "he doesn't want to send through the system" - ie, Hillary's system. Instead, Huma just forwarded Milliband's memo to Hillary at her private email.
So America's allies knew Hillary's system was insecure and tried to work around it. We can assume America's enemies also knew, and tried to burrow within it. So emails about Ambassador Stevens' travel and security plans wind up on a mom'n'pop server in a Colorado toilet - and Ambassador Stevens ends up dead.
The pajama boys at Daily Kos don't like the cut of my jib. But, as we discussed on Rush, it is remarkable to me that Hillary is still in the race at all.
~We also chewed over immigration:
Your grandmother in the wheelchair has to lift up her skirt and show her colostomy bag to the TSA until the end of time. Your grandfather, who got blown up serving his country in a war and has a leg brace, has to be degraded and show that to officialdom at the airport until the end of time. But millions and millions of people can just walk into the selfsame country across the southern border, and we're supposed to just accept it.
And lessons from the thwarted French train attack:
Six free born citizens accomplished what the state was not able to do and manage to protect the passengers on this train. In the same way courage is contagious, cowardice is demoralizing.
And some good news from Washington State:
Fiscal conservatism, a rare victory, and the people who benefit are not the special interest groups, but the citizens.
More from my Rush stint here.
~As for that new book of mine I mentioned on the air, it's called "A Disgrace to the Profession" and it's available from Amazon in print and Kindle. I'm thrilled to see it's currently Number One on the Climatology hit parade. "A Disgrace to the Profession"'s sister book Climate Change: The Facts is at Number 14, but that loser Michael E Mann's book, Dreary Predictions, is down at Number 19. We're in the Top 300, which isn't bad ahead of release date, and in Canada "A Disgrace To The Profession" is tickling the Top 250.
*CORRECTED: I originally said "Special Intelligence".