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Calling Tom Steyer, Or Anyone Not Named “Hillary”

Sunday, May 24, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My Monday Washington Examiner column asks whether within the entire Democratic Party there is anyone willing to step up to run against Hillary Clinton, an individual whose reckless disregard for the national security as evidenced by her private server makes her manifestly disqualified from the job of Commander-in-Chief.  Not one man or woman in uniform would see their career’s survive such a terrible exercise in judgment. (Recall that every one of her emails –the ones that still exist and those that have been erased– are almost certainly in the hands of foreign intelligence agencies –in their “unredacted” form.)

Powerline’s John Hinderaker has begun the process of sifting through the various releases, and his very well-trained litigator’s eye will find the most important details, but the big reality of the story is already obvious: Hillary’s judgment is so flawed she ought not to be anywhere near the chain of command, much less on top of it.

 

 

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To Win or To Destroy?

Saturday, May 23, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

The results remain outstanding, but as I write it looks like Ireland is going to approve same sex marriage in a national referendum.  Responding to the polling and early returns, a columnist in The Telegraph had this to say:

Never mind that both stories crumbled under scrutiny – the popularity of them spoke to a growing sense that everything wrong with Ireland was due to the imported tyranny of Catholicism. Shake off the last remnants of traditional religious authority, it was reasoned, and Ireland could finally join the 21st century. Au revoir, Father Ted.

To emphasise, the Yes vote was undoubtedly a reflection of growing tolerance towards gays and lesbians. But it was also a politically trendy, media backed, well financed howl of rage against Catholicism. How the Church survives this turn, is not clear. It’ll require a lot of hard work and prayers. [emphasis added]

The most recent issue of Imprimus features NR writer Davids French on the Indiana aftermath:

First, the battle is not between gay rights and religious liberty—although religious liberty is certainly at stake—but between the sexual revolution and Christianity itself. This means that Christians are faced not with allegedly “minor” or “insignificant” theological changes to gain leftist acceptance, but with wholesale changes to the historical doctrines of the church.

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry On NSA, Benghazi, Hillary’s Emails And ExIm

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry joined me today to discuss a wide range of 2016 issues:

Audio:

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Transcript:

HH: So pleased to begin this hour with Governor Rick Perry, four term governor of Texas. Governor Perry, welcome back, always a pleasure.

RP: Good to be with you, sir, how are you?

HH: I’m terrific. As we speak, Senator Paul has launched a filibuster in the United States Senate, and last Friday on this show, former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell says he wants Section 215 of the Patriot Act renewed. And obviously, Senator Paul doesn’t. What does Rick Perry think?

RP: Well, number one, I’m glad that Senator Paul’s in the United States Senate. Debate, transparency, really good things. I think it’s good to have people like Rand Paul in the United States Senate out there pointing out from time to time when things might be getting a little bit off track. I’m not saying this is. But it’s good to have a voice, a contrarian from time to time that’s thoughtfully, intellectually engaging in a process like that. Now from my perspective as an individual who’s been the commander-in-chief, if you will, of the Texas military forces and our National Guard for the last 14 years until January, having worn the uniform of this country, seeing what’s going on in this country and in the world over the last decade, it is very, very important for us to be able to have a technological advantage, and use every advantage that we have to be able to identify these people that would come into our country or would put our allies in jeopardy. And so I happen to think that the Patriot Act, again, we’ve been a country that always balanced our civil liberties against protecting our citizens. And that’s what this debate is about. But I will always, I will always err on the side of defending our citizens’ safety, but again being very mindful that our civil liberties don’t need to be trampled on. And if there are agencies or people that are abusing that, they need to be held accountable, and use every bit of the power of this country to punish anyone who is using the Patriot Act in a way that is not appropriate. And when I talk about appropriate, we all, I think, understand what I’m talking about here. Continue Reading

Congressman Mike Pompeo On The Loss Of Ramadi And The Pending Depositions Of Sidney Blumenthal And Huma Abedin

Wednesday, May 20, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, a member of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, was my guest today.  After we discussed the recent rampages of the Islamic State, our talk turned to the pendinging questioning of Hillary friend/aide/confidant Sidney Blumenthal and Huma Abedin.

The audio:

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The transcript:

HH: Right now, I’m joined by Congressman Mike Pompeo, our friend from Kansas’ 4th Congressional district. He is of course a member of the House Intel Committee and a veteran of the long war. Congressman Pompeo, the loss of Ramadi has got to be like a gut punch. This is a replay of a bad movie.

MP: It is. It is all of that. It is devastatingly bad as a tactical matter. The exposure that creates throughout the rest of Iraq is enormous. But as we’ve talked about on the show before, it is a symptom of a failure to develop a strategy that at all pushes back on the threat of ISIS in a material way, and leaves, frankly, the playing field wide open for the Iranians to continue their advance throughout Iraq as well.

HH: Now I am troubled. I saw a piece on the three-level web, Congressman Pompeo – the surface web, the deep web, and the dark web. And apparently, Islamic State is breeding in the dark web. And when you give them a town like Ramadi, you’re giving them monitor and communications facilities. You’re giving them industrial base. You’re given them all sorts of capacities they didn’t have before.

MP: Massive infrastructure, telecommunications infrastructure, industrial infrastructure, we’ve seen articles about the equipment that they fell in on top of. You know, it hasn’t been too long ago that we used that as a major operations center as well. And so it is the case that this is not, as Dempsey had said, an insignificant place. This is not, as others have said, just another step. I think the President’s spokesman said well, you have good days and you have bad days, or something like that. That’s not what this is at all. This was an enormous victory for the Islamists, and one that I have not heard any plan to correct. Continue Reading

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