Ash Carter admits using personal email for govt. business

We’re governed by hypocrites who continually show us that they don’t have to live by the rules that they put in place for the rest of us:

This is relevant because 1) he started as Secretary of Defense after Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email account became an issue and 2) the Defense Department won’t say when Carter stopped. From the A.P.:

The Pentagon acknowledged Wednesday that Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a personal email account to do some of his government business during his first months on the job.

Carter’s press secretary, Peter Cook, released a statement saying Carter believes his use of personal email for work-related business was a mistake. Cook declined to say whether it was a violation of Pentagon email policies. Cook said Carter stopped the practice, but Cook did not say when.


Why did Carter think it was OK in the first place? From the New York Times:

In a written statement on Wednesday, a spokesman for Mr. Carter said that the defense secretary had determined that he had been wrong to use the personal account.

After reviewing his email practices earlier this year, the secretary believes that his previous, occasional use of personal email for work-related business, even for routine administrative issues and backed up to his official account, was a mistake, said the spokesman, Peter Cook. As a result, he stopped such use of his personal email and further limited his use of email altogether.

And why is the use of a government email account to conduct government business such a hurdle for those in the highest level of our government?


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Oh snap! CBS News’ Mark Knoller zings Obama’s book purchases!/markknoller/status/406852639658217472

CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller took to Twitter to report on President Obama’s Small Business Saturday shopping trip.!/markknoller/status/406854107891503104!/markknoller/status/406856112130899968

Obama picked up over a dozen books, but Knoller noticed something glaringly absent from the list provided by the White House.!/markknoller/status/406857550416445440

Funny ’cause it’s oh-so-true! Obama can always borrow “Web Sites for Dummies” from his pal Kathleen Sebelius, but he’s got other books to get to first.!/SamLitzinger/status/406860587054804992

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18 Of The Creepiest Billboards Ever Seen On People’s Drives To Work

Coming across strange and sometimes hilarious billboards has always been the best part of driving for me.

One of my favorites that I get to see every day in my city reads, “Real Christians Obey Jesus’ Teachings” in a completely threatening way. But trust me, that is nothing compared to the other strange and disturbing billboards people have driven past.

Whether they’re threatening you with going to Hell or using animal corpses to get their point across, the following billboards will seriously creep you out.

1. Meet your next president, America — Dollary Clump.

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2. These are the same people behind the “Real Christians Obey Jesus’ Teachings” billboard.

3. I’m really not sure what this is trying to promote.

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4. None of your damn business.

5. “Did I really die?”

6. I’m onto you, forest demons.

7. What exactly does this creep have to do with hair loss?

8. “Or you’ll swim in a pool of blood.”

9. You’d better hide, litterers. The hunt is on.

10. Well, this is completely disturbing.

11. Using a quote from Hitler on anything is a really bad idea.

12. Seriously, WTF?

13. Wait, what?

14. Here’s a great way to freak out everyone on the road.

15. For what?

16. There is a billboard that actually bleeds in New Zealand.

17. I know what my next nightmare is going to be about — and it’s not “The Grudge.”

18. That’s not intimidating at all…

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Well, I’ll give them this. They definitely aren’t boring. I’m not sure that’s a good thing, though.

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These Photos All Have One Thing In Common, And It’s So Chilling

When it comes to capitalizing on loss, 19th-century photographer William H. Mumler was an expert…for a while, anyway.

In 1861, he noticed that a second figure appeared in the background of a photograph he was developing. Although it was obviously a flaw in the process, he knew that he could cash in on that error by capturing basic portraits, superimposing additional faces in the background, and presenting them as spirits.

Fittingly enough, the phenomenon of spirit photography was born in a small, Boston-based studio.

Up to that point, Mumler had little to no known attachment to paranormal activity.

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And he didn’t even delve into photography until after he worked as a silver engraver for a few years.

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As he was developing a self-portrait one day, he noticed that fateful second face in the image.

Quickly flipping the script on what was probably a rookie mistake, he claimed that the face belong to his deceased cousin. After that, “spirits” started showing up in more and more photos.

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Conveniently enough, the receptionist at the studio moonlighted as a medium. With a little support on her part, Mumler’s technique turned into a full-fledged phenomenon in Boston.

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National acclaim soon followed. At that point in history, mysticism was on its way to being a prevailing school of thought over rationalism.

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For that reason, spirit photography could not have come about at a more appropriate time.

Because objective truth was not held in high regard in mystic circles, people rode the waves of this bizarre phenomenon without a shred of evidence in sight.

When Mumler made his way to New York City in 1869, however, a legal wrench was thrown in the gears.

The mayor wasn’t exactly enthused about the situation, so he sent a reporter into Mumler’s shop disguised as a client.

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After the photo was taken and Mumler added an additional face, he released it and claimed that the figure was the subject’s late father-in-law. There was just one problem with that.

His father-in-law was very much alive at the time, which meant that Mr. Mayor received a detailed report of the photographer’s fraudulent ways.

That landed the artist in court, but he was eventually acquitted for lack of evidence and testimony.

Although that dealt a crushing blow to his New York business, he was still revered in mystic communities in Boston.

But after a while, the Spiritualist movement — the same one that accelerated Mumler’s rise to fame — folded. Needless to say, that wasn’t good for business.

William Mumler died completely destitute in 1884.

While he did go on to make contributions to the photography industry — most notably with the discovery of a wood-cut printing method then known as the Mumler Process — his career didn’t really survive (much less thrive) after the court revealed his true colors.

(via Mashable)

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Sen. Ted Cruz pulling no punches on amnesty, Sandy pork!/watsonwfaa/status/296036552633638913

As Twitchy reported, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz wasted no time putting his new @SenTedCruz Twitter account to work, coming out of the gate to accuse President Obama of scaring people with talk of a default on the nation’s debt. Don’t think that Cruz is reserving the tough talk for the president only; tonight’s tweets take on his Senate colleagues.

Appreciate efforts to fix broken immigration system. However, I have deep concerns w/ proposed path to citizenship:

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 28, 2013

I appreciate the good work that senators in both parties have put into trying to fix our broken immigration system. There are some good elements in this proposal, especially increasing the resources and manpower to secure our border and also improving and streamlining legal immigration. However, I have deep concerns with the proposed path to citizenship. To allow those who came here illegally to be placed on such a path is both inconsistent with rule of law and profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who waited years, if not decades, to come to America legally.

Hold the line, @sentedcruz. Thank you. #shamnesty

— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) January 28, 2013

Just last weekend, Cruz had reporters clutching their pearls after he appeared on “Meet the Press” and accused Obama of exploiting the Sandy Hook massacre within minutes to push for stronger gun control. Will the blowback from that comment have a chilling effect on the freshman senator? Don’t count on it — Cruz defended his vote tonight against the pork-laden Sandy relief package by accusing senators of “exploiting victims of natural disasters.”

Emergency relief for Hurricane Sandy victims should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending:

— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 29, 2013

Hurricane Sandy inflicted devastating damage on the East Coast, and Congress appropriately responded with hurricane relief. Unfortunately, cynical politicians in Washington could not resist loading up this relief bill with billions in new spending utterly unrelated to Sandy.

Emergency relief for the families who are suffering from this natural disaster should not be used as a Christmas tree for billions in unrelated spending, including projects such as Smithsonian repairs, upgrades to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration airplanes, and more funding for Head Start.

Two thirds of this spending is not remotely “emergency”; the Congressional Budget Office estimates that only 30% of the authorized funds would be spent in the next 20 months, and over a billion dollars will be spent as late as 2021.

This bill is symptomatic of a larger problem in Washington – an addiction to spending money we do not have. The United States Senate should not be in the business of exploiting victims of natural disasters to fund pork projects that further expand our debt.

There’s no way Cruz is going to get a big bear hug from Gov. Chris Christie if he keeps talking like that.

@sentedcruz Keep talking Ted.I like what I am hearing!!!

— Ohio Conservative (@43202guy) January 29, 2013

Hey, is Sen. McCain still using that “Maverick” nickname? If not, it might be time to pass it on.

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BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: Don’t you worry about the owner in China!/BuzzFeedBen/status/255310175777484800

There’s a reason it’s called BenSmithing when lapdogs pretending to be journalists spin wildly to protect President Eye Candy.

@BuzzFeedBen Yeah because nothing speaks transparency like fraudulent foreign donations…

— JamesKirkLives (@JamesKirkLives) October 8, 2012

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, a “real journalist,” thinks it’s totally no biggie that the shady website, owned by an American Obama bundler in China, exists to forward foreign visitors to an official Obama donation page.

Since web metrics is the raison d'etre for BuzzFeed, you'd think the #ObamaDotCom story would be square in their wheelhouse. You'd be wrong.

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) October 8, 2012

He did journalism and stuff and figured out there’s nothing going on here.

What? China might be funding Obama's re-election? Yeah, but Big Bird.

— jon gabriel (@exjon) October 8, 2012

The Government Accountability Institute’s exhaustive investigation into President Obama’s online fundraising (PDF) revealed that 43 percent of traffic to the campaign’s primary website comes from foreign countries. But that astonishing number is dwarfed by the foreign traffic to — a whopping 68 percent of visits.

BREAKING: 68% of internet traffic to comes from foreigners, TIP OF THE ICEBURG > #ohio #virginia

— Precious Liberty (@preciousliberty) October 8, 2012

And it’s not that Team Obama doesn’t know this is going on. The campaign is able to identify the traffic from the major donor’s website through a unique affiliate number.

Fun fact about company behind Owned by an Obama bundler, located in China, and (waitforit) registered in the Caymans.

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) October 8, 2012

Oh, and the bundler, Robert Roche, has extensive ties to the Chinese Communist Party government.

Obama bundler tied to China govt – foreign donation website Doodad Pro II: Chinese Boogaloo

— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) October 8, 2012

From the GAI report, excerpted at Hot Air:

In 2008, was purchased by an Obama fundraiser living in Shanghai, China, whose business is heavily dependent on relationships with Chinese state-run television and other state-owned entities.

Roche is a politically connected Democratic Party contributor whose nineteen visits to the White House since 2009 included a private meeting with Obama in the Oval Office. And just for fun, his company is called Acorn International.

Icing on the cake? Company's name is "Acorn."

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) October 8, 2012

So why should Ben Smith and BuzzFeed have some inkling this is a huge story?

@jeffemanuel implication is that since 68% of the traffic to is non-US, then there are foreign donations occurring.

— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) October 8, 2012

But no. The BenSmithing has begun. Nothing to see here. Move along.

If Obama was a republican, @buzzfeedben wouldn't be dismissing it.

— Against Obama (@against_obama) October 8, 2012

A real journalist would be interested in the story. But of course, that's not you, is it… #lapdogmedia @BuzzFeedBen

— Moira Fitzgerald ن (@Moira1987) October 8, 2012

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This Professor Was Just Doing His Job On Live TV But The Kids Had Other Plans

If you’re a parent and you work from home, you know how hard it can be to get the job done with little ones running around.

Fortunately for you, however, you probably don’t have to deal with any of the fallout on live television. That wasn’t the case for this guy who’s probably too embarrassed to go outside at this point. It all started during a live interview with the BBC as Professor Robert Kelly was outlining the intricacies of South Korea’s current presidential problem. You know, easy stuff.

But these kids? They didn’t give a damn about his nonsense. If he got to be on TV, why shouldn’t they? Wanting to get that promo, an older kiddo sashayed right into the frame and because Murphy’s Law is a thing, a baby quickly followed suit. Watching it all unfold is top-notch comic relief now that it feels like the world is falling apart and whatever.

Prof: “I just want to live my life and do my job.” Kids: “OH HELL NAW.”

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Be sure to share this with the parents in your life to let them know that the next time their kid embarrasses them at soccer practice, they’ve still got nothing on this. And to Professor Kelly, I’m so sorry the internet exists.

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America rejoices as Twinkies head back to store shelves!/ibeasmart1/status/311594963379040256

If all goes well, Twinkies and Ho-Hos will return to store shelves by summer, as private equity firm Apollo Global Management and Metropoulos & Co. submitted a $410 million bid to buy the bankrupt Hostess Brands. The news might disappoint Michael Bloomberg, Michelle Obama and anyone who had stashed boxes of Twinkies in the freezer as an investment, but for the most part, Americans are thrilled that Twinkie-pocalypse wasn’t necessarily the end.

Just heard a rumor floating around #SXSW that Twinkies are going to be back by summer!!!

— SiteGoals Web Design (@SiteGoals) March 12, 2013

Hopefully they aren’t playing with my emotions….but the twinkies are making a comeback?!!!? #Yes!!

— Rachel McKoy (@MzMcKoy) March 12, 2013

Twinkies are returning.All is well in the world.

— Alan (@cuppingmaster) March 12, 2013

First, the soda ban was overturned. Now, Twinkies are returning.

— EMP_Waldangerous (@waldangerous) March 12, 2013

HALLELUJAH! I may get to finish the Twinkie stash in my office.

— Jigbie Aguirre (@CMPLICATD) March 12, 2013

Twinkies are coming back this summer!!! I repeat, TWINKIES ARE COMIN BACK!!! Lol

— Mr. 100 Bottles (@boobiegotti2) March 12, 2013

So I can start eating my stash? RT @kfyi Twinkies may be back on store shelves by this summer. That’s the word from the new owner of Hostess

— Kristen Jarnagin (@krisjar) March 12, 2013

Twinkies are coming back!!! Thank the good Lord above! :)

— Erik Lyons (@3ML21) March 12, 2013

@moviepastor We serve a great and powerful God…Twinkies are coming back!!!!

— Chris Elrod (@ChrisElrod) March 12, 2013

Hah told my mom twinkies are coming back she felt pretty dumb for freezing 40+ twinkies in our freezer

— Sam Moreno (@Sam_iAM12) March 12, 2013

The news isn’t good for unions either. The New York Post reports that Apollo will outsource production to existing bakeries and distribution to third-party drivers rather than reopen shuttered Hostess plants.

Twinkies are back! The market got rid of one set of entrepreneurs and replaced them with no government bailout!…

— Mark Thornton (@DrMarkThornton) March 12, 2013

Billionaire buys Twinkies; will restart production. Won’t rehire union workers who drove company out of business.

— Brian Faughnan (@BrianFaughnan) March 12, 2013

Twinkies are back, dude.But the unions lost big. Apollo will use third-party groups to bake and…

— Dustin Tate (@dustintate) March 12, 2013

Will Twinkies taste better when they are NOT made by union thugs with pensions that outlast the product? via @nypost

— Georgette Orwell (@Orwell_2012) March 12, 2013

Hostess gets $410M for Twinkies brand and union thugs get pink slips. I love America #p2…

— Nathan Hale (@NathanHale1775) March 12, 2013

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