Via 90 Miles From Tyranny
A former cybersecurity advisor to President George W. Bush says a sophisticated computer hack could have been the cause of the automobile accident that claimed the life of journalist Michael Hastings last week in Los Angeles.
Richard Clarke, a State Department official-turned-special advisor to several United States presidents, said the early morning auto crash last Tuesday was “consistent with a car cyberattack,” raising new questions about the death of the award-winning journalist.
Hastings died last week when his 2013 Mercedes C250 coupe collided with a tree in Los Angeles, California on the morning of June 18. He was reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a red light moments before the single-car crash. He was only 33.
Speaking to Huffington Post this week, Clarke said that a cyberattack waged at the vehicle could have caused the fatal collision.
“What has been revealed as a result of some research at universities is that it’s relatively easy to hack your way into the control system of a car, and to do such things as cause acceleration when the driver doesn’t want acceleration, to throw on the brakes when the driver doesn’t want the brakes on, to launch an air bag,” Clarke told The Huffington Post. “You can do some really highly destructive things now, through hacking a car, and it’s not that hard.”
“So if there were a cyberattack on the car — and I’m not saying there was,” Clarke continued, “I think whoever did it would probably get away with it.”
The Los Angeles Police Department said they don’t expect foul play was involved in the crash, but an investigation has been opened nonetheless.
In an email reportedly sent by Hastings hours before the crash, he told colleagues that he thought he was the target of a federal investigation.
“Hey [redacted}, the Feds are interviewing my ‘close friends and associates,’” Hastings wrote 15 hours before the crash.
Personally, I would bet Hastings was drunk, or stoned, or just driving like an idiot, and the crash was his fault, but this is an interesting theory
I know, that sounds way off base, but allow Bob Belvedere to explain
From Newsbusters, Noel Sheppard reporting, we learn [tip of the fedora to Rareand Smitty]:
NBC’s Chuck Todd told an inconvenient truth about Barack Obama on Sunday’sMeet the Press.
“The rise of the internet media and social media and all that stuff – he hates it”
You know, this past five years have been tough for all of us who love and cherish our freedom and liberties. It’s been damn depressing, too. So it’s nice to know that the King Of Rat Bastards really hates us. We must be doing something right.
And, as Mr. Sheppard writes:
Todd was likely quite correct, but chose not to disclose why Obama hates new media. It’s because most of it isn’t in the tank for this President and can’t be controlled by him.
I consider this a badge of honor. We must be doing something right!
Yes, the huge tax hikes are there, you knew they would be. Yes, the massive increases in spending, leading to more debt are there too. But one bit of info that struck me was the plan to invent yet another right, and further indoctrinate our kids at the same time. $100,000,000,000 for universal pre-K
“The taxes figure is the $600 billion in tax hikes admitted to by the President in today’s leaks, plus the $100 billion from the CPI change noted on the WH website, and $100 billion for tobacco taxes to pay for universal pre-K. We don’t know what the President’s exact proposal will be, but we know those taxes can be set to hit whatever number the President needs to pay for his pre-K policy. The media today reports that the president will raise tobacco taxes to pay for universal pre-K. We know from earlier reporting that the President’s pre-K plan could cost between $10 and $25 billion, so $100 billion over 10 years is a reasonable number for the first 10 year cost of the program, and the new taxes needed to pay for it.
Reasonable you say? More spending, more taxes all to what? Have 2-4 year-olds in preschool? This is now a “right” somehow? No, of course it isn’t. It is a way to further dumb down our kids, and turn them into good little Leftists. I mean add this to the “right” to go to college, which is also the “right” to accumulate massive student loan debt, and what do you have? Twenty years, at least, to fill the children’s minds with Liberal talking points and propaganda.
Imagine how much anti-gun, anti-individualism, anti-capitalist crap they can sling at a child in 20 years.
Someone should buy this tool a dictionary, or maybe better yet someone could read the definition of racism to him
Via Newsbusters’ Noel Sheppard:
RUSH LIMBAUGH: That’s an interesting take that the President inspires it, inspires racism. It may well be the case. So Obama’s presence inspires this guy to go all divisive, all racist and start jamming on the Republicans for wanting blacks in the back of the bus and women back in the kitchen when he can’t name a single person who does. But the President of the United States, you may be right, may have inspired that in this preacher.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
MATTHEWS: Well actually, Rushbo, racism is the belief that one race – whites – should rule all others. Get your definitions straight.
OK Matthews, here you go. From Dictionary.com
1.a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human races determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving theidea that one’s own race is superior and has the right to rule others.
a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine discrimination.
hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.
a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race
While you are there look up the word stupid as well Matthews!
Not sure what a crap weasel is, maybe it is like a regular weasel, just more crappy, but that definition fits Team Obama like a glove!
Via American Power Liz Cheney calls the Benghazi Debacle one of the worst cover-ups in our history
She is right, they are desperate to paint Obama as competent on foreign policy, which he is clearly not. And, ultimately, we can blame whomever we want, but it is the President who is in charge, and garners the blame. The most disturbing element for me is that repeated pleas for extra security were denied.
The State Department scaled back U.S. security staff in Libya in the weeks and months before the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi that killed four Americans, despite requests for additional personnel, former U.S. security officials told a politically charged congressional hearing.
The requests were detailed on Wednesday in testimony by two former security officers in Libya to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and in diplomatic correspondence released by the panel.
These four Americans would be here, alive, today, if that security had been given. And I do not want to hear any excuses. If we have an embassy then we get to control the security, period! If a nation wishes to tell us we cannot have the security measures we need, then we get the people out immediately! Of course, I am sure the president would call such an attitude arrogant, and might even launch another apology tour over it, but for me this is easy. You can call us arrogant, but by God you will never accuse us of weakness. And let me remind you the cost of the weakness Team Obama has shown. Four dead Americans, sacrificed on the altar of appeasement!
You know it is bad. BC has details
It looks like even the liberal press has discovered that manchurian moron is a slow-witted teleprompter reading embarrassment.
They even bother lipsticking up their title.
The Washington Post) If you are president of the United States and you don’t have anything to say, don’t have a press conference to say it. If you’re the president of the United States and by Thursday it’s widely believed you’ve had one of the worst weeks of your presidency, take Friday off, and specifically avoid having a press conference.
Anytime you are president and you’re speaking in public at an ill-timed press conference after a bad week, try to have something to say, and do a good job in saying it. I watched the whole thing, but it’s not easy to think of one useful thing that he had to say. And what he said, he said very poorly. Was it just me, or did the president seem a little dazed and confused? He should have had a cup of coffee before the press conference.
And one more thing that’s a pet peeve. The president says “uhhh” too much. When I was a cable television news extra during the ‘90s and early 2000s, you learn early to purge your presentation of “uhhh.” Saying “uhhh” suggests uncertainty and is distracting. (And in my case, when it was accompanied by a Southern accent, it was even worse.) I don’t know what the president had in mind, but his own meandering, stuttering performance could not have done him any good with any audience. What was he, uhhh, thinking?
Read the rest here
I seem to recall hearing, over and again, the Left cry that dissent was the highest form of patriotism. But maybe that only applied to the Bush years. Or maybe Obama is not a big fan of dissent
So much for Freedom of Speech.
Ted Nugent has been removed from his scheduled concert performance to entertain our Army soldiers in Fort Knox. Even though the Secret Service determined that recent remarks the musician made regarding the president did not violate any laws, our Obama-led government still decided to mete out its own Obama-style punishment. Never mind the ones being punished are our soldiers.
According to CNN,
It’s lights out on Ted Nugent’s scheduled performance at an Army base in Kentucky.
Commanders at Fort Knox have decided against allowing the “Motor City Madman” to take the stage at the base in June, the latest fallout over Nugent’s comments that he would be “dead or in jail” if President Barack Obama were re-elected.
“After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation,” according to an announcement posted Saturday on the base’s Facebook page.
The concert at the base is part of the “Midwest Rock n’ Roll Express” tour featuring co-headliners Nugent, REO Speedwagon and Styx
Anyone want to take a bet on how many Liberals rise up and support dissent now?