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Re: “The Money in the District 7 School Board Race

Wow Zack's friend, Jason. How incognito of you.

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Posted by tracyhotd on 02/05/2016 at 6:01 PM

Re: “Dem Debate Recap: Artful Smear Edition

Emailghazigate, I'll admit I don't know all the facts, but here's what I know so far.

Powell and Rice had private email address on private servers. But, those servers were hosted in professional colocation centers, and presumably had either competent local or State IT to keep the server secure. Hillary physically had an email server at her house, almost certainly to dodge FOIA requests. That's at least one substantial difference.

Powell and Rice only had "a few" emails, and we'll wait and see how many "a few" is. They may have legal issues too because of this. Hillary admitted to having thousands, and (wink) "I'll give any government emails back. I'll only erase the ones that are personal. Promise." That's another substantial difference (probably, but we'll wait and see).

I've done security and email for years, I *could* set up an email server at home quite trivially, but I'm not stupid enough to try. There are far too many holes in software, both the disclosed kind, and the undisclosed ones that major power intelligence agencies like to keep close to their vest for special targets.

The NSA can, to a startling degree, hack any server they want at will, even those managed by extremely competent and vigilant admins. It's foolish to believe the Russians, Chinese, etc don't have similar capabilities. Now, those use "silver bullet" exploits, they aren't likely to waste them on me (unless the fate of the world somehow depends on my rips of "Wonderfalls" on my Plex server).

But a sitting Secretary of State? One who is likely to run for President? Any intelligence agency on the planet would kill, *literally*, to access that intel. They would be stupid bordering on criminally incompetent *not to*.

And given what we've heard about her server (it was managed by a low-level IT tech, not Marshall Flinkman from "Alias"), it's very likely that every email was Hoovered off and the server itself hacked six ways to Sunday soon after it was set up.

DoD/Intelligence agencies aren't stupid about security, the value of Clinton's emails, or the lengths other Great Powers intelligence agencies would go to acquire them. If you're merely a janitor with a security clearance, you have to sign a contract that very clearly states that you will be clapped in irons and sent to Federal prison for circumventing security. Clinton had to sign a similar contract, so she knows the rules, she just willingly chose to break them, and now there's a price to be paid for that.

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Posted by T.J Snodgrass on 02/05/2016 at 5:56 PM

Re: “Fletcher, Funk Deny Any Wrongdoing in Chase Case

Steve, you're on, though we may have a hard time figuring out who wins.
In my experience, cases like this are usually settled before going to trial and a confidentiality agreement precludes anyone from talking about whether money changed hands.

I think Channel 5 will pay something to settle this. It's a classic "false light" case, as the analysis by "nonguilty" explains. But here's my bottom line: whether Channel 5 pays or not, it is absurd---completely absurd--- to suggest that that Bill Fletcher and Glenn Funk (with the cooperation of the ADA who recommended dismissal of the criminal case) would attempt to extort $2 million from the Chance family. It didn't happen.

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Posted by Henry Walker on 02/05/2016 at 5:43 PM

Re: “The Money in the District 7 School Board Race

I'm an MNPS teacher. I donated to Jackson's campaign. Once again, tracyhotd leads with her condescending and offensive comments, but claims to support teachers. Par for the course, from a camp who believes teachers should "stay out of politics."

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Posted by mnpsteacher on 02/05/2016 at 5:25 PM

Re: “The Money in the District 7 School Board Race

Why does Pinkston look like he just farted in that picture?

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Posted by smelt it on 02/05/2016 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Fletcher, Funk Deny Any Wrongdoing in Chase Case


Not a dime. You're a lawyer and read complaints all the time. You know that this one starts thin and gets thinner. They're quoting tweets, for crissakes.

Since the bar's code of ethics likely prevents you from betting on the outcome of a case, let's just agree that you will come back to this thread and publish your mea culpa when Funk drops the case. And I will do the same if Scripps/Channel 5 has to pay out anything.


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Posted by scavendish on 02/05/2016 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Dem Debate Recap: Artful Smear Edition

TJ, okay, let's say that you're right and the FBI wants to prosecute. Since this seems to be State Department culture going back years, are they going to prosecute the last several Secretaries of State? And if not, why not? Simply put, I think that you are way overrating this as a scandal.

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Posted by Emailghazigate on 02/05/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “The Money in the District 7 School Board Race

Does the term "working poor" make you happier, Sniper?

I was using Mobile phone shorthand.

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Posted by tracyhotd on 02/05/2016 at 4:50 PM

Re: “Fletcher, Funk Deny Any Wrongdoing in Chase Case

As with prior dust-ups with Phil Williams, Glenn Funk seems to have forgotten the late Molly Ivins' First Rule of Holes: STOP DIGGING!

(Or as another commenter on the blog has reminded me, that witticism has also been attributed to Will Rogers.)

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Posted by notguilty on 02/05/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Beavers-Lynn Feud Flares Anew

I must be wrong. For decades Ive thought politics had a lot to do with voting records. The others commenting here seem to think differently.
Im a vet and a Conservative. Mae's voting record sure matches my position. Certainly cannot say that bout Rep Lynch.
To those who have commented already, Id suggest that you give up your 2nd or 3rd grade recess games and pay attention to what is important: WHAT A POLITICIAN STANDS FOR AND THEIR VOTING RECORD !! If your limited intellect denies you that ability then just cease.

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Posted by Bob Moore on 02/05/2016 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Dem Debate Recap: Artful Smear Edition

@bubbadog Astute commentary (as usual) ... I think you capture aptly the pioneer-establishment needle that HRC is threading. I don't think she is that vulnerable to Rubio, however. Sure he poses more of a threat than Cruz or Trump because he's pretty smart, articulate and not facially crazy, but once he no longer has the whacked GOP primary contest to hide behind, it won't be hard for Dems to paint him as the way-too-conservative fellow that he actually is (see for example this recent NR summary of his Rubio's right wing bonafides: ).

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Posted by bb on 02/05/2016 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Dem Debate Recap: Artful Smear Edition

I'm voting for Sanders, even though I'm not as far left as him, because he has shown a consistency and fundamental respect for the citizens of this country that you can't buy with all the PR experts, hired guns, and politicos in the land. Even if I don't agree with him, I *trust* him, and that's a rarity in modern politics.

Neither he nor HRC are going to have much/any luck getting progressive legislation through a Republican-controlled congress. He's a socialist, and she's a Clinton. Given that, I choose to vote for the decent person, instead of the "inevitable" one.

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Posted by T.J Snodgrass on 02/05/2016 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Documents Show Allegations of Extortion and Possible Bribery in David Chase Case

Henry, have you viewed the excerpts of the video depositions on the NewsChannel 5 website? Those may be heavily edited as well, but in the excerpts that appear online, Dean Chase does not make that allegation. He testifies that someone requested $2 million from him. He does not say that it was Bill Fletcher. There is a lot of back and forth between the deposing lawyer and another lawyer -- the latter appears to represent the Plaintiff, but that is not stated expressly; he may have represented the deponent. The lawyer asserted a privilege of some kind and directed Dean Chase not to answer. Mr. Chase does testify that the request was not for wages, a charitable contribution or certain other purposes suggested by the deposing lawyer.

The deposition of David Chase's mother states that the person who made the request of Dean Chase was Bill Fletcher. The deposing lawyer tries to goad her into saying that the deponent or her husband perceived the request to be for money to offer a bribe in reference to the criminal charges, but Mrs. Chase does not agree with the premises of the questions, and she says (several times) that she does not know what the purpose of the request was. Mrs. Chase is asked about text messages wherein David Chase refers to blackmail and his unhappiness with Glenn Funk.

I agree with you that the suggestion of a bribery scheme here is ridiculous. The "blackmail" that David Chase refers to, however, is Glenn Funk's conditioning the dismissal of a criminal prosecution, that his office had for other reasons determined to lack merit, on David Chase dismissing a damages action against Police Department personnel. That is dirty. It may be extortion. (If Glenn Funk wants to sue me for saying that, it is no secret who I am, and Glenn knows where to find me.)

Phil Williams juxtaposing the deposition testimony where the deposing lawyer was inquiring about bribery with David Chase's references to blackmail is a hatchet job.

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Posted by notguilty on 02/05/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Fletcher, Funk Deny Any Wrongdoing in Chase Case

I just posted this comment to yesterday's Pith story but it needs to be repeated here:

Let me say, right up front, the idea that Bill Fletcher, Glenn Funk, or Katy Miller, the assistant district attorney who handled the case against Chase, would be involved in a blackmail scheme is utterly, patently absurd. I predict Channel 5 will end up issuing an apology and writing a large check to Glenn Funk's favorite charity. (I'm not condoning or criticizing Funk's insistence that Chase drop his civil suit against members of the police department as part of the bargain. That's a separate issue. )

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Posted by Henry Walker on 02/05/2016 at 4:25 PM

Re: “The Money in the District 7 School Board Race

Funniest thing is that Austin Ray gave $ to Miller. Pinkston abuses his liver at ML Rose all the time. Must be where he comes up with all of his happy thoughts.

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Posted by Friend of Bill W on 02/05/2016 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Dem Debate Recap: Artful Smear Edition

"I'm a moderate who's voting for Sanders,"

Moderates don't vote for Sanders; Socialists and Marxists vote for Sanders because that's what we'll get if he's elected.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 02/05/2016 at 4:00 PM

Re: “Tennessee Legislature Joins Wacky Call for Constitutional Convention

"Our movement is made almost entirely of grassroots volunteers who love our country and want to restore our liberties that have become routinely discarded in favor of a more socialistic model."

Examples, please. What exactly does this grassroots organization plan on proposing at this convention?

Posted by madison tn on 02/05/2016 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Fletcher, Funk Deny Any Wrongdoing in Chase Case

the Nashville DA suing a TV reporter for $200 million is so embarrassing. What a shit-tier state.

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Posted by Hudson on 02/05/2016 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Fletcher, Funk Deny Any Wrongdoing in Chase Case

If Funk had a strong case he would, and should, have pursued it. Ergo, blackmail. Chase's reputation and life are already in tatters so he should say, "Eff you," to Funk, and refile his case.

I've noticed The Scene has avoided mentioning the name of the lying woman at the root of this mess. Oh, wait, she played no part in this, right?

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Posted by yoyo moi on 02/05/2016 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Fletcher, Funk Deny Any Wrongdoing in Chase Case

"Fletcher, Funk Deny Any Wrongdoing in Chase Case"

I doubt anyone was expecting them to say "You got me."

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Posted by Obvious on 02/05/2016 at 3:37 PM

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