Sorry — the little grey cells are resting tonight, so all I have is a few small items.

‣   The State Department recently announced that it would not be releasing some of the emails taken from the private, unsecured server Hillary Clinton kept in her bathroom in Chappaqua, because they are too secret.

Former Federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy comments here:

The reasoning behind that conclusion is alarming. It is not just that the intelligence community (IC) understandably wishes to keep top secret national-defense information under wraps. Because of how recklessly Clinton and her top aides handled classified information, the IC must operate under the assumption that there are copies of these 22 emails floating around – whether in the possession of current or former government officials but unaccounted for or, worse, in the possession of, say, foreign governments that managed to hack into Clinton’s unsecured private system. If the State Department were to release publicly even redacted copies of the emails, those who may have complete copies will be able to figure out the SAP information and use that knowledge both to compromise government sources and programs, and in analyzing other U.S. government information to which they’ve gained access.

In other words, it is potentially catastrophic.

Not to worry, Mrs. Clinton. We have it on good authority (well, actually we heard from one of our commenters) that there’s nothing amiss here.

‣   Meanwhile, an item at VDare reminds the GOP that its dream of burnishing the brand with Hispanic voters is a fool’s errand, and that Mexicans are not Cubans or Puerto Ricans.

‣   Here’s why we need to colonize outer space, and soon.

‣   This is cute.

‣   Stern words from Solzhenitzyn.

‣   Probably the top story of the day, however, is this weird fish.

Update, a few hours later: should also have included this.


  1. JK says

    Eh Henry?

    You bein’ the resident numbers guy – whatcha make of this?


    Posted February 2, 2016 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  2. JK says

    Too bad it’s not 2015 anymore and there’s so much 2016 to go.

    Otherwise I’d nominate this sentence as ‘best for the year’;

    In that sense, post-Iowa, Clinton’s real opponent for the party nomination is not Sanders, but the FBI.


    Posted February 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    1 in 64 on those coin-tosses (2^6).

    Pretty impressive luck, there.

    Posted February 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  4. Whitewall says

    Only 22 emails with thousands more in the pipeline? This is going to be a slow drip. By April, The FBI (and the CIA) will have accommodated Hillary long enough. Bring forth an official recommendation. Not the way Lois Lerner was let off after stone walling. That too will need addressing when we have an American president.

    Posted February 2, 2016 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  5. Whitewall says

    Mexicans seem to be content with life on a Democrat plantation. They’re taken care of and only need to vote “right” to keep it up. The black plantation must appeal to them. Look how well plantation life has treated black Americans. The difference among Mexicans can be found between a family-Gonzales- that has been on the same land in Texas for 200 years vs. a Gonzales that has lived in California for 20 years. The former may very well be Republican and conservative. The latter? Not likely. Cubans came looking for freedom. Mexicans are looking for benefits.

    Posted February 2, 2016 at 2:44 pm | Permalink
  6. Whitewall says

    Solzhenitzyn. Germany and France now, the remainder of the West soon. The truth will sink ten thousand careers in governments throughout the West.

    Posted February 2, 2016 at 3:47 pm | Permalink
  7. JK says


    Posted February 2, 2016 at 11:16 pm | Permalink
  8. JK,

    Think of the NCAA “March Madness” Tournament (held in March; duh). In a field of 64 teams, the winner (i.e., the last team remaining) has to beat 6 opponents (in a row, of course, because the first loss sends you home).

    Posted February 3, 2016 at 3:15 am | Permalink
  9. JK,

    About that admonition: “We might be healthier, on balance, smoking a bit more and eating a bit less.” I must be missing something, but wouldn’t it be even better just eating a bit less?

    Posted February 3, 2016 at 3:40 am | Permalink
  10. Whitewall says

    Fat-smoke-free. I grew up in NC which was always tobacco country and still has quite a bit. I don’t remember seeing that many fat people day in and day out. So I tell people from other states that “I can remember when tobacco products were good for you”. I smoked some in HS and college but then quit. So I’m not a smoker. I’m a quitter.

    Posted February 3, 2016 at 7:56 am | Permalink
  11. JK says


    Posted February 6, 2016 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

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