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.

Unbelievable.

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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Read more: http://twitchy.com/2015/12/17/cant-make-this-up-defense-sec-ash-carter-admits-using-personal-email-account-for-government-business/


Oh snap! CBS News’ Mark Knoller zings Obama’s book purchases

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/406852639658217472

CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller took to Twitter to report on President Obama’s Small Business Saturday shopping trip.

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/406854107891503104
http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/406856112130899968

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

http://twitter.com/#!/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.

http://twitter.com/#!/SamLitzinger/status/406860587054804992

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/11/30/oh-snap-cbs-news-mark-knoller-zings-obamas-book-purchases/


Sen. Boxer: Congress shouldn’t be paid unless they approve of more debt

http://twitter.com/#!/SXMPOTUS/status/344834834419568640

And by “pay off their debt” they mean “raise the debt ceiling indefinitely”:

http://twitter.com/#!/SenatorBoxer/status/344902797168369665

Have you ever worked at a private sector job where your paycheck was directly tied to how “successful” you were at driving the company deeper into debt? Of course not, but the rules in the business of public sector liberal politics are much different.

Boxer considers driving up the debt ceiling as “paying the bills,” but all that does is create more bills to pay.

http://twitter.com/#!/banjowailer/status/344862856031924224

It’s a shame that so many in D.C. consider driving up the debt as “doing their job”:

http://twitter.com/#!/RepJimMcDermott/status/344907915590762496

There you have it, senators. If it’s up to Barbara Boxer and others, if you want to keep being paid in full you’ll follow Joe Biden’s time honored advice:

Note: The title of this post has been changed to correct a grammatical error.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/06/12/maam-sham-sen-boxer-says-congress-shouldnt-be-paid-unless-they-approve-of-more-debt/


‘What happens when Obama comes to your hood’? Ask Sarah Michelle Gellar [photos]

http://twitter.com/#!/BuffySummers_96/status/492353073063288832

President Obama was in L.A. yesterday for some very important presidential business. Just kidding! He was fundraising, natch. And, just like so many times before, making L.A. traffic even more hellacious than usual.

“Buffy the Vampire Slayer” actress Sarah Michelle Gellar was just trying to run some errands. Obama had other plans:

http://twitter.com/#!/RealSMG/status/492352834990379008

Typical.

http://twitter.com/#!/LHayes86/status/492353528958943233

Silver lining? At least Gellar wasn’t in labor! And misery loves company, so that’s something:

http://twitter.com/#!/EvelynLozada/status/492093633617608704
http://twitter.com/#!/DavidFaustino/status/492086366377746432

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Related:

1%-ers Clooney and Obama jam L.A. traffic; 99%-ers revolt on Twitter

Obamajam: President’s ride to fundraiser creates traffic nightmare in Los Angeles

Former Miss Hawaii Teen USA complains about Obama-caused traffic jams on Oahu

Thanks Obama: New York fundraisers snarl traffic, fray nerves

Obama motorcade stops woman in labor from crossing street to hospital [pics, video]

‘Buffy the shade thrower’? Here’s Sarah Michelle Gellar’s theory on the Solange Knowles outburst video

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/07/24/what-happens-when-obama-comes-to-your-hood-ask-sarah-michelle-gellar-photos/


They Usually Call It Business

Read more: http://www.ifunny.com//pictures/they-usually-call-it-business/


But Thats None Of My Business

But Thats None Of My Business

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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.

Read More: What This Person Found In Their Chocolate Is Disgusting — Nothing Is Sacred!

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…

Read More: These 10 Quotes From A Poll About Women’s Ability To Vote Will Make Your Blood Boil

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

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/creepy-billboards/


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)

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/spirit-photos/


Sen. Ted Cruz pulling no punches on amnesty, Sandy pork

http://twitter.com/#!/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: 1.usa.gov/WK4MOW

— 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: 1.usa.gov/XGUgWR

— 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.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2013/01/28/sen-ted-cruz/


Unconfirmed rumor: Gaga, Beyonce, Jessie J to appear in next Bruno Mars album

http://twitter.com/#!/HabbGaga/status/224437394257100800

https://twitter.com/dustin_scheisse/status/224467662531604480

The rumor is being attributed to OK Magazine, but there is no mention of it on OK Magazine’s Twitter feed.

Is it true? its it false? Is it the best thing since sliced bread? The most horrible news since The Sing-Off was canceled? Everyone, it seems, has an opinion:

https://twitter.com/gagaftbruno/status/224471147855618048

https://twitter.com/BadKidNilo/status/224471797867876353

https://twitter.com/KingWlthNoCrown/status/224417392921559040

https://twitter.com/PureGaganess/status/224466326368960512

https://twitter.com/ItsLadyVoGue/status/224467738809204736

https://twitter.com/Eva_Cone/status/224469933076127744

One thing’s for sure: Bruno Mars is one of the most talented male singer-songwriters in the business. With or without Gaga et al.,  his next album will be playing on repeat at Twitchy HQ.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/07/15/unconfirmed-probably-false-rumor-lady-gaga-beyonce-jessie-j-to-appear-in-next-bruno-mars-album/