Sunday 9/4/16

  1. The FBI’s latest bomb
  2. Balancing #1
  3. He “didn’t build it”
  4. Mutable and immutable
  5. Hacking school

1

The FBI dropped a new load of incendiary information about Hillary’s private email server Friday afternoon.

My first reaction to the timing was outrage, that FBI was doing someone’s bidding to minimize the impact of the story, as Friday afternoon is notorious for being a good time for obligatory releases of bad news.

But you can also spin it as an effort of the FBI to maximize the damage, as Labor Day is the “traditional” starting gun for the final election sprint (see emphasis below) — the FBI serving as “just-in-time” provisioner of ammo to Trump.

The Hillary-Friendly New York Times covered the release prominently (at least online; I rarely see a paper NYT) on Saturday, perhaps because it first broke the story that there was a private server:

The documents provided a number of new details about Mrs. Clinton’s private server, including what appeared to be a frantic effort by a computer specialist to delete an archive of her emails even after a congressional committee had requested they be preserved.

In a 3½-hour interview with the Justice Department’s top counterintelligence officials on July 2, Mrs. Clinton defended her handling of the private email system by repeatedly saying she had deferred to the judgment of her aides, an F.B.I. summary of the interview showed.

Mrs. Clinton’s use of the private server has shadowed her presidential campaign for a year and a half. And the newly disclosed records, while largely reinforcing what had already been known about the F.B.I. investigation, provided Republicans more ammunition to attack the Democratic nominee’s judgment and honesty as she heads into the final, post-Labor Day phase of the campaign.

The F.B.I. documents show that an unnamed computer specialist deleted the archive of Mrs. Clinton’s emails weeks after the existence of the private server became public in March 2015.

Days after The New York Times first reported that Mrs. Clinton had used a private email system exclusively as secretary of state, the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, asked that her emails be preserved and subpoenaed those that were related to the attacks.

About three weeks later, however, the unnamed specialist “had an ‘oh shit’ moment” and realized that he had not destroyed an archive of emails that was supposed to have been deleted a year earlier, according to the F.B.I. report.

The specialist then used a program known as BleachBit to delete an unknown number of emails, according to the report. Mrs. Clinton told investigators that she was unaware that the aide had deleted the emails.

If Trump weren’t such a, well, unconventional candidate, you could assume that his team would be poring over this as I write. I’m not sure he has it in him to take his gaze off the mirror and make devastating use of this.

Unless its Editorial Board lets fly with a strong editorial, I’ll have to treat the New York Times story as relatively lame obligatory coverage of a scandal involving its anointed one.

And don’t fail to read that strong editorial, predictably from the Wall Street Journal, but — hey! — the Journal didn’t “design Hillary’s uniform.”

2

Lest I be thought to have gone over to the dark side — no, not that dark side! the other dark side! — this Tweet from one of the SCOTUS nominees on the list some flunky put together for Trump (“these are the kind of jurists I’d appoint”) in May:

(H/T Mark Shea)

3

Remember how the rage-monkeys went after Obama when he said “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that”?

Well, that was then. This is now.

Now Colin Kaepernick has discovered that his accomplishments are not his own:

In short, all of a sudden, the entire libertarian narrative of the Self-Made Man who owes society and the state nothing vanished without a trace and this uppity black man was being denounced soundly for failing to recognize how much he owes society.  All of a sudden the white libertarian Right was echoing and mimicking “You didn’t build that!” to denounce the black guy in just the way they had denounced Obama ….

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(Mark Shea, who has more to say as well.)

4

But I’ve got to wonder which part Wells Fargo sings in the corporatist chorus against religious freedom, because sexual orientation and gender identity aren’t grown out of and religious freedom is just a guise for “discrimination.”

5

I ranted the other day that we don’t care about children. There are exceptions.

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“In learning as in traveling and, of course, in lovemaking, all the charm lies in not coming too quickly to the point, but in meandering around for a while.” (Eva Brann)

Some succinct standing advice on recurring themes.