Afternoon Links

Look at Iran. Moderating before our very eyes, just like Obama said they would.

Bob Gates, who is a gentleman, calls out Obama as a strategic ignoramus and natsec fool in the classiest way possible.

Get ready to pay $3k for an iPhone if Trump becomes POTUS.

LOL

Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s gasoline supply.

Fuck Russia. Forever and always.

New directive orders Pentagon/military to plan all future ops with impact of ‘climate change’ in mind because we’re a very serious country.

With all these Lefties boycotting the Academy Awards, the Oscars might actually be watchable this year.

Dumbest. Administration. Ever.

A State Department source told CBS News that the U.S. embassy received threat information last week that an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group wanted to seize an American or an American contractor. Officials in Washington had hoped the Iranian government would tell the militia group to hold off because of all the negotiations surrounding the prisoner swap that saw the release of five Americans.

Insane. IC IG had to up his clearance just to view info on Hillary’s server.

The declarations cover “several dozen emails containing classified information determined by the IC element to be at the CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET and TOP SECRET/SAP information.” An intelligence official familiar with the matter told NBC News that the special access program in question was so sensitive that McCullough and some of his aides had to receive clearance to be read in on it before viewing the sworn declaration about the Clinton emails. Clinton’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Excellent piece by Charles C.W. Cooke  on Palin’s endorsement of Trump:

a silly, self-indulgent, shallow age in which Kanye West thinks he can be the president of the United States and the president of the United States thinks he can be Kanye West…Today, at about ten minutes past six, P. T. Barnum beat out Hayek for the soul of the insurgent Right. Today, the rebels became the charlatans they had set out to depose. What comes next will be anybody’s guess.

Good Rick Wilson piece on Ted Cruz and Trump:

Cruz made a political category error in assessing the Trump supporters he so coveted; he thought they were driven by the talk-radio and fever-swamp media complex and a hatred of the Establishment alone. He was wrong; they’re also driven by their desire to be part of Trump’s personality cult. At the point Trump entered this race, I assessed how the major actors in the GOP would respond to him. I was wrong. I believed the campaigns would individually and collectively recognize the danger Donald Trump posed to their candidacies. I believed that the donor class would cringe at the vast threat Donald Trump poses to the entire Republican Party, its brand, its prospects for expansion, and the nation. I believed conservatives would reject a man who demonstrably loathed almost every conservative value and principle until he decided to run for president. The candidates who understood the risks of Trump didn’t have the resources, but those with the resources to fight back instead operated from a combination of political cowardice (as in the case of Cruz) or in utterly misplaced hostility toward Marco Rubio, in the case of Bush. All of them, however, have come to realize, in the words of Gov. Rick Perry, that Trump is a cancer on the conservative movement and the Republican Party. Unfortunately and regrettably, their responses have been late, slow, fearful, and inadequate.

AP embeds with FARC, produces boring, eyeroll-inducing report on sad terrorists with “heavy hearts” because they can’t go see Star Wars

The Obama administration – aka Iran’s lawyers – wants you to believe Iran-backed militia could kidnap and hold 3 Americans without Iranian consent. That’s how stupid they think you are.

WaPo got trolled into making a fantastic argument against gun registries, on both practical and constitutional grounds.

Headline is hyperbolic, but I agree with the main point of this post.

Donald Trump is the embodiment of this evolution. The result of a decade of people finding their voice online, shouting at the top of their lungs, and creating the need for a character that Trump was more than willing to play. A leader of trolls. A guide to the blind, deaf, and dumb. Someone who would say whatever he had to say at any particular moment, regardless of how much it may have contradicted a statement he made earlier, or even within the same speech. This disenchanted “base” was so upset with the Establishment and their attempts to go soft on immigration policy, that they latched on to Trump’s brash attitude early on, declaring him the only hope. As time went on and more and more of his conservative credentials died, immigration became the last pillar. The only one many of these fans cared about to begin with. To call it detrimental to the party, to conservatism, to the nation as a whole, is an incredible understatement. This is a guy who finds more in common with Vladimir Putin than he does with Megyn Kelly.

So what does all of this have to do with my bombastic headline? It’s really quite simple. For a long time now, the media has attempted to present the Republican Party as a group of racist xenophobes who hold no real devotion to principles as much as they do to enriching cronies. And now, in perfect alignment with their stereotypes, the base is pushing a xenophobic candidate who holds no real devotion to principles and is himself a crony who spent a great deal of time and effort enriching himself at taxpayers expense. To top it off, I’ve seen nothing that indicates he would have better economic ideas, better foreign policy ideas, more honesty, or more transparency, than Hillary Clinton.

Let’s be clear: I think Hillary Clinton would be equally detrimental. This isn’t a question of choosing the lesser of two evils. Hillary and Trump are equally evil and untrustworthy in my estimation. So in a situation where two devils are my only option, where I’m certain the outcome of 4 years will be bad for the country, where I’m positive the party responsible for nominating them will be held accountable and suffer the wrath of voters for years to come… I choose to let the other party take the hit. I will not participate in destroying my own party’s brand by helping to elect a dangerous and untrustworthy person to office and declaring him a representative of my ideological beliefs.

Don’t airdrop food to starving Syrians because it might fall on them and hurt them is an honest-to-god argument made here.

Obama, Iran, and the kidnapping of realism

Why Iran takes American hostages and will continue to do so

Fairytales much older than previously thought, say researchers

New evidence suggests a ninth planet lurking at the edge of the solar system. Just lurking. Waiting. What does it want? Should we be worried?

Losing control of 22 million SF86s will have long-lasting counterintelligence consequences? You don’t say…

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