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GUN PORN. Happy Friday!

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Your daily reminder that Valenti is a moron.

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Holy. Shit.

According to emails obtained by The New York Times, Mrs. Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time, took Mr. Blumenthal’s advice seriously, forwarding his memos to senior diplomatic officials in Libya and Washington and at times asking them to respond. Mrs. Clinton continued to pass around his memos even after other senior diplomats concluded that Mr. Blumenthal’s assessments were often unreliable. But an examination by The Times suggests that Mr. Blumenthal’s involvement was more wide-ranging and more complicated than previously known, embodying the blurry lines between business, politics and philanthropy that have enriched and vexed the Clintons and their inner circle for years.

While advising Mrs. Clinton on Libya, Mr. Blumenthal, who had been barred from a State Department job by aides to President Obama, was also employed by her family’s philanthropy, the Clinton Foundation, to help with research, “message guidance” and the planning of commemorative events, according to foundation officials. During the same period, he also worked on and off as a paid consultant to Media Matters and American Bridge, organizations that helped lay the groundwork for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign. Much of the Libya intelligence that Mr. Blumenthal passed on to Mrs. Clinton appears to have come from a group of business associates he was advising as they sought to win contracts from the Libyan transitional government.

In January 2012, for example, Mr. Blumenthal sent Mrs. Clinton a memo describing efforts by the new Libyan prime minister to stabilize his fragile government by bringing in advisers with experience dealing with Western companies and governments. Among “the most influential of this group,” Mr. Blumenthal wrote, was a man named Najib Obeida, who worked at the fledgling Libyan stock exchange. Mrs. Clinton had the memo forwarded to her senior State Department staff. What Mr. Blumenthal did not mention was that Mr. Obeida was one of the Libyan officials Mr. Grange and his partners hoped would finance the humanitarian projects. The day before Mr. Blumenthal emailed Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Grange wrote to a senior Clinton aide at the State Department to introduce the venture with Mr. Obeida in Libya and seek an audience with the United States ambassador there. Mr. Grange said he had not received a reply.

Mr. Blumenthal sent Mrs. Clinton at least 25 memos about Libya in 2011 and 2012, many describing elaborate intrigues among various foreign governments and rebel factions. Mrs. Clinton circulated them, frequently forwarding them to Jake Sullivan, her well-regarded deputy chief of staff, and requesting that he distribute them to other State Department officials. Mr. Sullivan often sent the memos to senior officials in Libya, including the ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens, who was killed in the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. In many cases, Mr. Sullivan would paste the text from the memos into an email and tell the other State Department officials that they had come from an anonymous “contact” of Mrs. Clinton. Some of Mr. Blumenthal’s memos urged Mrs. Clinton to consider rumors that other American diplomats knew at the time to be false. Not infrequently, Mrs. Clinton’s subordinates replied to the memos with polite skepticism.

Read that story. It’s insane. This woman CANNOT be President.

Jesus Christ

Officials found noise violations in 4.7% of visits to bars, so DC may force every place to buy and install a sound meter. Unreal.

Out of control. What country is this?

BACON ON ALL THE THINGS. ‘MERICA.

“Hey, I’m going to give something of value for free to people who can’t afford it.”
“NOT GOOD ENOUGH!”

Yes, thank you. Either stop watching Game of Thrones or stop crying about it. Pick one.

It takes a special innocence to imagine that nothing in life is irreversible, that everything can be put right, that fanaticism yields to reason and facts yield to wishes, and that the arc of Mideast history bends toward justice.”

In which Mike Doran walks through the fictional world Obama – who has creative writing majors advising him on foreign policy – lives in.

Awesome. Go Asians.

Oh good. We’ve exported our dumb gay wedding cake controversy across the pond.

“Lindsey Graham is a kook who shouldn’t be taken seriously.” Yes, thank you.

No lobsters and no room dedicated to family achievements at the turtle farm. Who wouldn’t be upset?

“If some sort of museum wants to buy it, then I’m open to that” As Ian Tuttle points out, Crazy Lying Mattress Girl is the perfect icon for the insane feminist Left.

If this family sues the bakery over this they are real a-holes. It was an honest mistake…and a hilarious one.

Putin’s special services are murdering enemies abroad in a manner not seen in Moscow since Stalin. Another case here?

It’s not that you haven’t read him Ta-Nehisi, it’s that you haven’t heard of him. That’s stunning cultural ignorance from a person in your position. One does not need to “be in possession of a super-abundance of information” to know Augustine EXISTED. That requires the bare minimum of cultural knowledge.

These videos of people being asked to name a Hillary accomplishment and being unable to do so are starting to stack up. It’s an ad waiting to happen, RNC.

Like I always say, pandas WANT to go extinct. Just let them.

Serious question: Is there any cause of the Left’s that DOESN’T involve lying about/completely fabricating data?

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Video of the Day

Finally watched the Louis CK SNL opening monologue the Left had a That’s Not Funny stroke over. It’s hilarious and awesomely offensive. Good for him.

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Afternoon Links

What country is this?

Hillary will only nominate Supreme Court justices who agree that videos critical of Hillary can be banned under the First Amendment.

Oh my god. How awful.

Endless salad, duh.

The NYT writes about the cancellation of a play whose title references Mohammed...without printing the title. Brave.

Even millennials hate millennials.

Yes, they most certainly do. I’ve been saying this for weeks.

LOL I think you mean Iran learned lessons from North Korea, John.

Obama inherited Iraq and Afghanistan. But the Iran debacle, with the nuclear Middle East that his WH is birthing, is all of his own making. Heckuva job, Barry.

The White House really needs to stop spiking the football after these raids. It quiets networks and we lose intel that is much more valuable than the PR Obama so loves. Just shut up about it. It’s also pretty clear Sayyaf wasn’t the target of the raid, despite the administration’s attempts since the raid to inflate his role in ISIS. They obviously thought someone bigger was there and that didn’t turn out to be the case. You don’t do that kind of SOF raid for a mid-level manager like Sayyaf.

This reads like an episode of Veep. There’s nothing more enjoyable and hilarious than watching the Left eat its own over their ridiculous rules.

Feminists have spent years emasculating men, telling them to stop being chivalrous and opening doors for them and now they’re upset that men listened. Hint to these constantly whining shrews wondering where better men are: They’re with better women.

The Struggle is Real

Tom Nichols advises the GOP on the obvious correct way to answer the Iraq question. Victor Davis Hanson reminds the country what we knew and what people thought at the time, since the revisionist history tactic is already beginning.

Ugh. A reminder that nothing good comes from biker gangs. Thugs. The Left, of course, has used this shooting to say extraordinarily stupid things. Kevin Williamson takes on some of them here.

Meanwhile in Chicago, around 50 people were shot in the city just last weekend.

The petty tyrants are coming for your movie theater popcorn.

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Afternoon Links

IRGC open fire on Singapore-flagged vessel in international waters. Evidently control of Hormuz was ceded to Iran as part of this wonderful “deal” too.

Meet your new weakened, gender-neutral military, where time is wasted worrying about whether uniforms are too girly or too manly rather than what the military should worry about – killing our enemies.

So pumped that the incompetent government that just told us the advice they’ve been giving on salt and cholesterol is crap is now going to advise us on mammograms and determine whether our insurance should cover it or not. Yay Obamacare!

President Idiot Know-Nothing doesn’t know the name of Saudi Arabia’s founder or crown prince.

Aaron Rogers beat a NASA engineer and a billionaire investor on Jeopardy. He also said “fuck” on air. Even as a Bears fan I must admit the dude is pretty awesome.

Oh FFS

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!: “a 19-year-old college student with a passion for the finer points of Middle Eastern policy…influenced by books like Howard Zinn’s ‘A People’s History of the United States.'” I love that she not only has no idea what she’s talking about re: the Middle East (as Dexter Filkins points out here) but she also doesn’t know what ‘pedantic’ means.

King of Bahrain skipped Obama’s Clown Show Camp David Summit to go to a horse show. King of KSA skipped it to hang with some radical clerics.

Yes. The answer is yes.

Oh.

Amtrak had installed the “Positive Train Control” system on the track where a speeding train fatally crashed Tuesday, but the system was not switched on.

For everything you need to know about Amtrak and the Left’s bogus funding accusations, read Sean Davis here and here. John Nolte has good stuff here as well and Charles C.W. Cooke notes how unseemly the immediate politicization of this tragedy is.

Mollie Hemingway nails it:

The theodicy of federal government requires an explanation that defends the goodness of government control or subsidies into the given sphere. So just as some religious groups might blame a weather event on insufficient fealty to the relevant god, some progressives blame — before the National Transportation Safety Board has even shown up on site to investigate the cause of a crash — insufficient fealty, sacrifice and offerings to the relevant god of federal government. Yes, it’s annoying how some progressives politicize everything. But if it’s understood as a sort of primitive religious reaction to confusion about holy government’s many failures, it at least helps explain why they do it.

Wow. This poor guy.

Ben Demonech rips Matt Boyle a new one. I think birthright citizenship is overrated. The young illegal serving honorably in the military is worth more to the republic than any Oberlin student. Let them earn their citizenship through the service. I have no problem with that.

Elite team of border collies called in to take care of the National Mall’s geese problem.

I approve. Let every Democrat-run city sit in darkness at night. Climate change is too serious an issue to let progressives have electricity at night. Shut that shit down.

“Don’t be neutral”: Jorge Ramos tells journalists to continue to be part of the problem.

Someone died, so naturally President Obama mourned their death by tweeting a photo of himself. You may remember I’ve written about this pathetic habit before.

The new normal: As US officials say Russia has serially violated Minsk, the Global Village Idiot offers sanctions relief to Putin.

ISIS has taken Ramadi in arguably the biggest victory yet for the group. ISIS now controls three provincial capitals: Raqqa, Mosul and Ramadi. When our coalition airstrikes began, it had two.

This may be the dumbest thing I have ever read.

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Music Monday

If you haven’t watched the Kurt Cobain documentary on HBO, I recommend it. The way they end it is terrible, but it’s still worth watching. I think it’s on Netflix too.

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Oh my god. This is a real thing that happened.

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