Apple and Google make the right decision on privacy
Last Thursday, FBI Director James B. Comey had a bit of a hissy fit over the news that Apple and Google are outfitting their phone operating systems with encryption that will be virtually impossible to break: FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to | Read More »
No, The DoD Did Not Invent AIDS And Ebola.
The powerful and the wealthy nations of history have always been blamed for far more than their fair share of the world’s iniquities. From Xerxes, to Constantine to Gladstone and on forward to even George W. Bush, anyone in charge of the most powerful nation on the planet gets wrongfully blamed for all the things that go wrong. President Barack Obama now gets his turn | Read More »
Tech at Night: Barack Obama’s FBI director takes a stand against cryptographic privacy
Imagine a safe, one used to store important papers, extreme valuables, or even guns. When we put our things into a safe, to keep things secure against a determined thief. It’s very important they aren’t able to get in and take these things, so we ensure our safes are very difficult to open without authorization. The idea that we’d have a secret back door that could be exploited to gain unauthorized access, perhaps by the manufacturer, bypassing our control of the lock, would be unthinkable.
Yet, this is exactly what Obama’s FBI head, James Comey, is asking for when it comes to the safes protecting our online data. It’s madness.
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The Federalist has officially arrived: the Left is trying to delete its Wikipedia entry.
The folks at the Federalist might take some comfort in the fact that you really haven’t arrived as a conservative/Republican/Righty online publication until a progressive Wikipedia editor attempts to delete your site’s entry.
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Americans forced out of US military; illegal aliens allowed to enlist
This is an interesting juxtaposition of events. On the one hand, the armed forces are undergoing a reduction in force, thousands of junior enlisted men and women are being denied the opportunity to re-enlist while a few thousand junior and mid-grade officers and non-commissioned officers are being involuntarily separated or retired. Many of those are currently serving in combat: Of the more than 1,100 Army captains | Read More »
Introducing The Senate Breakers Report
Today I’m introducing a quick-and-dirty metric for examining the state of play in the Senate races: the Senate Breakers Report. As I explained eleven days ago, the history of the last six Senate election cycles shows that the final results can and do differ from where the polls stand in mid-September, and the strong tendency has been for the final results to move in the | Read More »
Yes, You Should Support Rob Maness for US Senate
Look at how the NRSC races have gone. We may lose Kansas because the NRSC did not vet their candidate there. We may very well lose North Carolina too. But the NRSC told us their candidate there was the best candidate. Now, in Louisiana, the NRSC is telling us not to support Rob Maness for the Senate. “Trust us,” they tell us. Look at their | Read More »
Not one cent more. The @NRSC is about to reap what it has sown
Politico is reporting that former candidate for the US Senate from Kansas, Dr. Milton Wolf, is in talks with independent candidate Greg Orman: Milton Wolf, the tea party candidate who battled Sen. Pat Roberts in a bitter Republican primary fight, is considering some political payback: Endorsing Kansas independent Greg Orman, sources said Thursday night. But there’s a big catch: To win Wolf’s endorsement, Orman must | Read More »
Colorado Democrats are Stumbling, Beauprez and Gardner are Reaping the Benefits
Colorado’s incumbent Democrat Senator and Governor have not had a good summer. Both are now down in the polls to their Republican challengers, Gardner and Beauprez. While Governor Hickenlooper once again fumbled the gun issue in a recent debate, Senator Udall decided to speak for the beheaded victims of ISIS, offending many Colorado voters, to whom Udall was forced to apologize. Shortly after these events | Read More »
Seeking Attorney! Startling New Craigslist Ad Surfaces
President Obama is a new kind of President, we’ve been told. His staff is young and inexperienced, his ideas are new and terrible, and his campaign has revolutionized the way politicians reach the lowest common denominator. From Obamacare ads to hashtag activism, this White House uses the cool new way to do everything. It’s all about the internet, because that is young and hip and | Read More »
Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane’s (D) on-again, off-again blame-the-victim tactics in rape lawsuit.
PA AG Kathleen Kane (Democrat) tried to blame a rape victim for being raped, then tried to blame a subordinate for blaming the rape victim. …Charming.
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Justice Ginsburg advocates aborting the poor
Yesterday I posted on a recent essay by Obamacare architect, Ezekiel Emanuel, who claimed that he only intended to live until he was 75. He made a point of saying that he didn’t wish to inflict his vision on anyone else, but the metrics he laid out for continuing life are sadly widespread in a medical profession that has ceased to see its role as | Read More »
First Infantry Division Headquarters ordered to Iraq
This is a follow up to my post yesterday. Via the Army Times: The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq in the coming weeks as the U.S. expands its war against the Islamic State, officials announced Thursday. The Big Red One, of Fort Riley, Kansas, will be the first division headquarters to go to Iraq since the U.S. withdrawal in 2011. About 500 | Read More »
Combat pay authorized for US advisors in Iraq; combat operations on case-by-case basis.
Back in June, when the potential October Surprise of military action against ISIS was only a dim gleam in Obama’s eye, some 300 US advisors were deployed to Iraq. What was notable about this deployment was that they were not authorized combat pay. As I noted at the time: It is difficult to see how we help Iraqis “take the fight to the terrorists” if | Read More »
WaPo on Hillary: This “Middle East” thing isn’t looking good
It’s not exactly a story you’d see out of a media that seems to be going all-in for Hillary otherwise, but it’s one I’d gladly accept: “I support what they are doing,” Clinton said in the interview Wednesday, referring to her former colleagues in the Obama administration. “I personally believe the way they have thought this through and planned it and limited our involvement, avoids | Read More »