Chris Matthews Clueless On Why Hillary’s Private Email Account Is Suspicious

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The New York Times piece by Michael S. Schmidt on Hillary Rodham Clinton using a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state has many of her supporters scrambling to justify her actions. Mrs. Clinton’s exclusive use of a personal email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department is a serious breach of federal law since these communications are considered government records.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews thinks that Mrs. Clinton not using a secure government email account is not worthy of scrutiny. He compared the use of personal email for official government correspondence with the petty violation of stealing office supplies for use at home.

I don’t know with this formal custom how often it’s honored, how often it’s not. It’s almost like don’t take your pens home and use them at home. I wonder if it’s one of those roles.

Matthews asked former campaign strategist David Axelrod if this should be a NYT front page story.

David Axelrod, you’ve got experience with this. What did you – you think this is something worth the top of the fold of the New York Times? Hillary Clinton didn’t use her email instead of her government email? Is this worthy of this kind of hootin’ and hollerin’?

Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News D.C. Bureau Chief, explained to the Hardball host that all government letters and emails belong to American citizens.

I think what’s interesting about this story, it used to be the criticism that the Clintons wanted to re-write history. Now it seems that Hillary Clinton doesn’t want to have history recorded at all with these emails. I mean, it’s disturbing on the level, you know, as Ron pointed out today, these are our emails. This is our information and I think it goes to a larger question.

Matthews interrupted with a weak analogy that Mrs. Clinton should be able to send her husband an email to meet at a restaurant for dinner through a private email account. Mr. Allen responded that a private email is permissible for personal communications, but all government business needs to be conducted on a government email server.

You can have a private email for your private conversations. But you shouldn’t be conducting government business from your private email account. And honestly, if you look at the way this is set up, it was set up with a forethought to evade the spirit of the open records laws. I mean, it’s the pattern almost of paranoia.

Matthews interrupted Allen in an attempt to defend the former secretary of state.

What was the law at the time she did this? What was the law at the time she did this? I thought the law didn’t come into effect after…

h/t: Newsbusters

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Iran Labels Obama’s Ten-Year Nuclear Demand As ‘Unacceptable’

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Iran rejected Barack Obama’s demand that they stop all sensitive nuclear activities for at least ten years, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.

This happened as the U.S. and Iran met for a second day of negotiations and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a speech before Congress on Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by Fars as saying that “Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands,” and “Obama’s stance … is expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases.”

The U.S. and its allies believe that Iran is using its civil nuclear program as a cover for a military nuclear program, a charge that Iran vehemently denies.

Netanyahu stated yesterday in his speech before Congress:

If the deal now being negotiated is accepted by Iran, that deal will not prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons – it will all but guarantee that Iran will get those nuclear weapons, lots of them.

However, Obama insisted that Netanyahu had presented no “viable alternatives” to dealing with Iran.

Zarif met with Kerry for more than five hours on Tuesday and stated, “The only way to move forward is through negotiations.”

Kerry said, “We’re working away. Productively.”

The U.S. has played a lead role in the talks with Iran, although it represents five other powers: Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia, a group known as the P5+1 and the E3+3.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stated, “I would even go so far as to say that in 10 years of negotiations, we never achieved as much progress as we have made this year.”

What do you think of Iran rejecting Obama’s demand? How should the U.S. deal with Iran going forward? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.

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Mark Levin: I’m ’Scared To Death’ With Obama In Office

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Syndicated author and talk show host Mark Levin joined Sean Hannity on his show Tuesday night to discuss Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech before Congress and Obama’s negligence regarding Iran’s nuclear deal.

Levin did some digging in the world threat assessment done by the U.S. intelligence community last year and found that Obama’s regime knew exactly what Iran was doing. They were researching and had the technology to build ballistic missiles that could deliver nuclear payloads. The report also noted the Iranians were motivated to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

“That hits Europe, that hits the United States,” Levin said of the ICBM’s. “This is no joke and I’m scared to death with this president in office.”

Later, Hannity asked Levin why there was so much hostility toward Israel from the Obama administration–yet still no utterance of the words ‘radical Islam.’

Levin answered by comparing Netanyahu to Obama in both character and service. He called Netanyahu a “warrior,” a “combat veteran,” and a leader who takes his commander-in-chief responsibilities seriously. However, he called Obama a “community activist,” a “rabble-rouser,” an “ideologue,” and an “appeaser.”

He concluded by saying that Obama was seeking a “like-minded leftist” for Israeli leadership to help “accommodate his agenda.”

h/t: Right Scoop

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Caught On Camera: Alabama Pastor In Hot Water For Dropping His Wife Off Here

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According to recent reports, the pastor of a Baptist church in Montgomery, Ala., and his wife are at the center of controversy surrounding the latter’s apparent part-time job at an abortion clinic. New Elam Baptist Church Pastor Louis Chatman was caught on video pulling up to the clinic in a Mercedes sedan and dropping his wife, Callie, off near the front door.

David Day Sr., a missionary with the North American Mission Board, captured the video and posted it on YouTube along with some details about the Chatmans.

“Sadly,” he wrote in the video’s description, “this is a Montgomery pastor dropping off his wife who works at the abortuar [sic] here in Montgomery.”

He went on to assert that Callie Chatman has been asked repeatedly about her work at the clinic, “and the only response we get is that God forgives and we are not to judge.”

Chatman herself seemed to support that characterization in an interview with the Christian Post this week.

“I feel that we have all sinned,” she said. “None of us are perfect. No sin is greater than any sin.”

She continued her rationalization, alleging women have a “right” to murder their unborn children “because that’s her body.”

Louis Chatman, his wife said, has no problem with her position at the clinic.

After citing the Chatmans’ purported ties to the abortion clinic, including the fact that the couple’s son works at the location “as the security,” Day offered some context, conceding that this incident merely “shows the heart of man.”

He went on to state that Jesus’ love is so great that He died even for the sins of those who “twist His word” by supporting abortion.

“Pray for the family,” he concluded, “pray for those who work at the abortuary, pray for the parents who each week come to murder their baby.”

h/t: The Blaze

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Going Bananas: A Case Study In Media-Manufactured Racism

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Political correctness is a pathological disorder.

You can’t say “niggardly” or “black holes” or “chink in the armor” without provoking protests or risking your job. You can’t invoke the Constitution or call illegal behavior “illegal” without being accused of hatred. And now, you can’t goof around at a high school basketball game in silly costumes without the world accusing you of “racial insensitivity.”

Last week, thanks to hyperbolic grievance-mongers and irresponsible reporters, the students of Holy Spirit High School in Absecon, N.J., garnered international headlines and Internet infamy. “Shocking moment students at Catholic school dressed as monkeys and a banana and taunted black basketball players … and DIDN’T get punished,” the U.K. Daily Mail blared last week. “Students who taunted black players at New Jersey basketball game get warning, no punishment,” USA Today decried.

Bossip.com, “the premier destination for African-American pop culture and entertainment,” exclaimed: “Really?!? White High School Students Taunt Black Basketball Team in Monkey and Banana Costumes.”

No, not really.

If any of these media outlets had bothered breathing into paper bags before making abject fools of themselves, they might have actually committed journalism. Holy Spirit is a tight-knit community with a 50-year tradition of excellence in academics, sports, and character education. I know more than a little about the school and its student body because I am a proud alumna of H.S.H.S. and have stayed in touch with many of its dedicated teachers and administrators over the years.

Part of Holy Spirit’s half-century legacy includes a storied athletic rivalry with nearby Atlantic City High School. The competition between the Holy Spirit Spartans and the Atlantic City Vikings has always been fierce but friendly. At a basketball game two weeks ago, Holy Spirit students decided to show their team spirit by recreating Arizona State University’s famous “Curtain of Distraction” during their rivals’ foul shots.

Unlike the pot-stirrers who’ve turned an innocent prank into an international p.c. incident, Holy Spirit’s senior class president Pat Shober was actually in the stands on Feb. 18 during the game. He donned a green ballerina tutu for the foul shot skits. Other students scrounged up a bumblebee suit, monkey pajamas, costumes for Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz,” a jack-o’-lantern, and a banana.

“The fan section was louder than it had been all season long, and the fans, of both sides I may add, were thoroughly amused and actually complimented many of us on our actions numerous times both at the game itself and throughout the time since then,” Shober recounted in an open letter to the public. “Racism was not brought up once by a student, player or spectator that night. We intended no racist connotations during our performances that night.”

The Spartans had used the costumes at previous games without controversy. Ray Ellis, a black Holy Spirit alumnus and former football player, had dressed up as the banana at a sports match three years ago. The 19-year-old athlete tweeted a photo of himself in costume after the manufactured brouhaha, which he rightly called “ridiculous.” Ellis explained to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Phil Anastasia — one of the few responsible journalists who covered the story — that “we get creative at games, we dress up in costumes, we show a lot of enthusiasm. … Other people see what they want to see and try to make it into something it’s not.”

Indeed, race didn’t enter the picture until two error-riddled reports from the Press of Atlantic City appeared a week after the game occurred and snowballed into global tabloid hysteria. The paper extensively quoted an Atlantic City high school coach who wasn’t even there. The paper failed to mention that the vast majority of the Holy Spirit basketball team is black. The paper neglected to describe the full array of costumes involved. Nor did it quote any of the kids involved in the skits.

Anastasia, who was in attendance, noted, “I was there that night in Absecon. There were black kids along with white kids in that student section, yelling at Atlantic City’s players and cheering for Holy Spirit players. And for the record, there were times during that game when Atlantic City had more white players on the floor (two) than Holy Spirit.”

Stephen Brown, a Holy Spirit alumnus who graduated last year and has many friends at the school, told me, “It is a classic example of how the race card is so unfairly pulled, and in this case is being used to vilify innocent high school students.” Showing more maturity than the Chicken Little instigators in newsrooms around the world who defamed his fellow Spartans, Brown reflected, “This is not only a perfect example of poor journalism, but an example of how members of the biased media like to stir the racial pot.”

What we have here is a textbook case of media-manufactured racism. Knee-jerk race-baiters who see bigotry at every turn are an embarrassment to the profession. Shame on the smear merchants and their enablers who go bananas over every last imagined slight and recklessly monkey around with students’ lives and reputations.

The cage-rattlers don’t care about truth, honor, or integrity. Lesson learned: It’s a social justice jungle out there, kids. Be prepared.

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