Wikileaks email reveals campaign concerned about her record as SoS re. San Bernadino Terrorists

Wikipedia: Ronald A. “Ron” Klain (born August 8, 1961) is an American political operative and lawyer who on October 17, 2014, was named for the newly created position of “Ebola response coordinator” or, less officially, Ebola Czar. He served as Chief of Staff to two Vice presidents – Al Gore (1995–99) and Joe Biden (2009–11).
Executive VP and general counsel at Revolution LCC, an investment firm launched by AOL Co-Founder Steve Case to back disruptive, innovative companies that offer consumers more choice, convenience, and control in their lives. Prior to joining Revolution in 2005, Mr. Klain spent four years as a partner and National Practice Group Chair at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, where his practice focused on constitutional and commercial litigation, antitrust, and corporate transactions. (from here)

He emailed the Clinton campaign the following:

Sleeping on it, and having a chance to read the story about the Malik visa
in the NYT, I think we need to devote some thought to Jim Margolis’s
concern about HRC’s record as SecState and visas. I could easily see a
question like this:

“We’ve known since 9/11 that people intending to do us harm were getting
visas to come here, and now it turns out that Tashfeen Malik got a visa to
come to the United States just a few months after you left the State
Department – even though she had posted material online, while you were
Secretary of State – indicating support for violent jihadists. President
Obama has now ordered a review of these visa programs, and is talking about
suspending some. Why didn’t you do more as Secretary of State to tighten
visa programs that are now – after the fact – under review, and why didn’t
you order officials to review social media postings as part of the visa

That is, it is just a matter of time before the Republicans (certainly) and
the media (likely) begin to try to use San Bernandino as a sign that things
were broken while she was Sec State and that she did not do enough to fix
them. And I don’t know if saying, “Hey, this really wasn’t a problem
until after I left State” is going to cut it. That is, someone (a
Democratic opponent now, a moderator, or a Republican opponent later) takes
her line – “the first job of any President is to keep the American people
safe” – and says, “Well, it’s also the first job of a Secretary of State
too – and what did you do about it while you were Sec State?”


Did the media ever ask this question? Isn’t it interesting that he assumes Republicans will definitely pick it up (did they? I don’t doubt their desire. I do doubt their ability to find a single acorn on a silver tray in an otherwise empty room), but the media only might.

By their own tacit admission, really, at least a couple people in her campaign reveals they think Hillary blew it as secretary of state and did not protect the American people.

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Musical Interlude: I’m Your Puppet, The Purify Brothers

The Presidential debate a couple nights ago gave me an ear-worm when one candidate accused the other, sans any real evidence, that he was a puppet and he ever so cleverly shot back, “No, you’re a puppet,” sounding about as grown up as you’d expect that line to sound.

I need to exorcise that ear-worm and I can do it best by sharing it with you. However, I promise this is much more pleasant to listen to than that other exchange:

I am probably not only revealing my age, but far too much about my shallow, simpering youth when I tell you I am pretty sure the version of this song that I remember was performed about ten years later by the DeFrancos, Italian-Canadian imports, a group of siblings, and of course, I was sworn to undying devotion to the youngest, Tony, and I was a faithful purchaser of Tigerbeat issues which had anything about the DeFranco family for about a year. I think this was probably their first and most well-known hit:

You’re welcome.

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1956 Fire Reports

Here are some local news reports of the fires my great-grandmother refers to in her journal entries for October.

Apologies for the typos and missed words- I was working from some badly done OCR texts which garbled columns into one long scrambled piece of text.

Logansport Press (Newspaper) – October 7, 1956,

Von Tobel Lumber Yard Taken By fire
Fire late Saturday destroyed the Von Tobel Lumber Co yard and mill with loss estimated unofficially at a quarter of a million dollars. Firemen from several surrounding towns helped local firemen keep the flames from spreading to the main business district. Cause of the fire was undetermined. It started on the south side of the lumber yard and spread east across a street to the saw mill. Several tanks of liquid gas exploded and spread the flames. The direction of the wind helped prevent the fire from spreading to the Farmers Cooperative grain elevator to the south of the lum

Logansport Press (Newspaper) – October 9, 1956,
Arson Caused Preserve Fire Acre Blaze Fought For 20 Hours

fires from one quarter to one half mile apart in a straight line from north of south caused the blaze at the Jasper Pulaski game preserve … said that a speeding car was seen leaving the preserve over a sand road that paralleled the line on which the fires started about ten minutes before the smoke was first noticed The blaze which swept through acres was brought under control Sunday afternoon about 20 hours after it started It was located four miles north of here state road 421 four miles west of the highway Most of the burned section consisted of scrub oak and underbrush suitable for game cov er State prison inmates conserva tion officers state police and farm ers of the area worked to bring he blaze under control A west wind threatened to spread the fire 0 the administration buildings a mile west of the highway…

Note of Thanks by The Von Tobel Lumber Company: We wish to convey our sincere thanks to our many friends and customers for their expressions of sympathy on account of the burning of our lumber yard and store Oct 6 AND ANNOUNCE that we will immediately have an office open for business and receipt of payments on account just east of our old office. Signed and Bob Von Tobel and Staff

Logansport Pharos-Tribune
October 9, 1956
Major Forest Fire Is Halted Flames Sweep 2,000 Acres in Preserve Hundreds of Firemen and Volunteers Battle Conflagration in Jasper-Pulaski Game Preserve WINAMAC, Ind.–The third major forest fire near here in three days was brought under control early this morning at the Jasper- Pulaski game preserve after waste to more than 2,000 acres of the preserve. Arson was suspected in the fire, and two state fire marshals arrived to investigate. It was the second conflagration at the game preserve and came while firemen and volunteers were battling another forest fire at the Tippecanoe River State Park north of here. Harley G. Hook, state conservation director, has said it may be necessary to close the state parks and forests unless rain comes soon. The fires have swept through an estimated 1,200 acres of the park and more than half of the 8.000-acre game preserve. The park covers 6.000 acres six miles north of here and the preserve is in the north- vest corner of Pulaski county and northeastern Jasper county. The second major blaze at the preserve was spotted in mid-afternoon Monday, while a huge fire at the park was being fought and at the same time flames broke out anew at the scene of the disastrous weekend fire. An estimated 300 firemen and volunteers battled for nearly 12 hours
hours before bringing it under con trol.
The fire Monday was discovered when Jim Nicolas, acting superntendent at the preserve, saw smoke and sent a prison inmate up B tower to see where it was coming from.
…inmate quickly spotted two fires, about half a mile apart, in the northern part of the game preserve. The fires, which soon spread and joined, were believed deliberately set. as was the one which swept 2.000 acres Saturday. High winds and the tinder dry condition of the woodlands
the fire particularly difficult to combat as firemen from Medary- ·ville, Francesville, North Judson and LaCrosse answered the alarm. Farmers, boy scouts and other volunteers joined the firemen in battling the flames along with 10 conservation officers and about 50 prison inmates. The Winamac fire departmenl also assisted after the state park forest fire was brought under control about 6 p.m. The fire-fighting force was divided for a time, since the scene of the Saturday fire to the south broke out in new flames and threatened a three-story barracks where prison inmates are housed.
The major blaze was believed under control about 7:30 p.m., but broke out anew nearly two hours later. It was finally controlled by 3 a.m. Tuesday.
Arson Suspected The state park fire, discovered the middle of Monday morning, was also believed to be the work of an arsonist. Firemen from Winamac, Knox, Bass Lake, North Judson, Culver and Monterey fought the park fire, with the help of National Guardsmen. 300 men from the Bunker Hill air base and many volunteers from the area and Winamac, including a Pennsylvania railroad section crew. The park fire quickly spread (Continued on Page Eleven)
Fire Sweeps Miami Forest PERU, Ind. — Fire swept :hrough 30 acres of the Frances Slocum State Forest southeast of Piere Monday evening before an estimated 200 firemen and volunteers brought the blaze under control. The flames were discovered about 4:30 p. m. by Virgil Sloane, caretaker at the park. The fire was brought under control three hours later. Firemen from this city, Galveston, Bunker Hill, Amboy, Marion, Wabash, Mexico, Laketon/Kokomo and the Bunker Hill air base were joined by volunteers :rom the Boy Scouts. National Guard’ and Internal Security Division in the battle. Sloane and half a dozen other men at the park attempted to extinguish the blaze, which started along the west side of the park by the Mississenawa River, but were unable to do so and Mrs. Sloane issued the alarm. The firefighters used shovels, picks and other equipment, and Charles Martin of Oakdale used a Bulldozer to cut a fire lane. It was believed that the fire was caused by a campfire or a fisherman’s match or cigarette.

FLAMES– . across U. S. highway 35, which runs through the park, and threatened the home of Harold Zanger, superintendent of the park The blaze was thought to have been caused by two small fires which were spotted Saturday night shortly after the first game preserve fire and which were thought to have been under control. A state fire marshal is scheduled to investigate the theory that a fire-bug was responsible for the three fires, which have laid waste to nearly 6,000 acres of woodlands. At Tippecanoe, the blaze was under control about midnight after about 1,200 acres of timber, were destroyed. Forestry Si-pt. Harold Zanger reported the fire leaped U.S. 35, a 100-foot wide cleared out-area, and went over the heads of firemen in two fire trucks who could do nothing. They were uninjured.

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Great Grandma’s Journal, second week of October, 1956

October 8, Monday Cleaned up the place. It is so dry down here- was afraid to heat the water or start the fireplace.  Chuck brot me a big load of  (slabs?)- sure is good to see that much firewood.  Watched Mrs. Kinell’s television.  It was very cold down here.

October 9, Tuesday

Worked around, then went to the garden club party- such a good program, good eats.  So many fine people.  I’m one of the hostesses for the next meeting in November.

So many mosquitos in the house. Mrs. Kennel brot over her spray. Got bit up each night- watched Mrs. Ks television. Such good sleeping – furnace keeps the house good and warm.

October 10, Wednesday

Got up early- did odd jobs. Turned off the water.  Put antifreeze in traps- took the 11 a.m. bus for home. Stopped at the tri-city for meat and supplies.  – No letter from Joa….. expected to hear from them.  Called Lois, Philip called me. good to hear that little voice again.  A card from Esthers said Carol Schroders’ Edna Beattie husband died in the hospital. Edna will be so alone.  I feel sorry for her.

Thursday, october 11

Resting, and reading dad’s Riley poems (usually when she refers to dad, she means her late husband) came to this paragraph- means so much to me-

“Think of him still as the same, I say. He is not dead- he is just away”

Long years to wait until we meet again.

Joe and Winnie came near supper time.  Joe phoned from Chicago- went over to Roger’s after supper. (Joe was her oldest boy, probably in his forties by this time, maybe older)

Friday, October 12

Hot and windy

Went to Rogers for supper. Winnie went antiquing with a Hammond friend.

Saturday, October 13

Packed up. Bot groceries at the Tri-city market.  Stopped at Rogers, then Anne’s.  Unloaded our stuff at the cottage, turned on the furnace. Went back to Anne’s for supper.  Had a good supper. Invited them to dinner next day.

October 14, Sunday

Got the table pulled out and set. Put the meat in to cook.  A lovely rolled rump roast.  All of Annes and Mrs T came to dinner (this means my grandmother Anne, and all of her family plus her mother-in-law)- had such a good dinner. In the afternoon went to an antique show.  A very good show.  Came home and had a cold supper of leftovers and ice-cream- visited.  Had such a good day.  Such a grand family.

Monday, October 15

Left around 10.  Stopped at an antique store on 30.  Winnie bot me a dish to match my cane variant pattern (I am not positive it’s cane).  Paid gas and lights- (a total of 11.27, which included an upstairs apartment for which she paid utilities).


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Great Grandmother’s Journal, October Week 1, 1956

I haven’t done any of these for a while, so I’ll review.  My great grandmother and her husband raised 4 children in the Chicago area. He was a supervisor at one of the steel mills.  He had been a teacher and really loved it, but she didn’t think teaching would bring in enough money to raise a family.  They were active in their church and community. He served on the school board and they often hosted the school board members at all day outings in what was considered ‘their cottage,’ a couple hours outside of Chicago, which later became our rattery.

This set of great-grandparents had four children, two girls and two boys.  All of them graduated from college. My grandmother graduated with a degree in science (botany) in the 1920s.  She was also a remarkable athlete. I know one of her brothers also had a science degree. Not sure what degrees the other two took.  I know one of them was very interested in art.  Their youngest son served in WW2 (he was a gap baby and a bit of a surprise).

My great grandfather died suddenly, just before he would have retired I believe.  For a while she continued to live in the home up near Chicago, coming down to the cottage for weekends and holidays (it was closer to one of her married daughters, my grandmother).  At some point she moved to the Rattery completely.  She broke her hip and had increasing difficulty getting around.  They installed a small quarter bath in her downstairs bedroom so she didn’t have to do the stairs (it’s gone now, The Rattery is back to one bathroom upstairs).  Eventually, she moved to a nursing home, largely bedridden.  I am told I visited her in her ‘cottage’ home (it’s a 3 bedroom house with a great kitchen, an attached garage, and a basement).  But I only remember visiting her in the nursing home.  She died around my 8th year, well into her nineties.

When cleaning out the Rattery after my beloved uncle’s death (one of her grandsons), we discovered she had kept journals for about ten years in the fifties, up until the time she moved into the nursing home.  She kept them in bank calendar books, essentially, daybooks, she got from a local bank.  She also slipped various ephemera into them, notes, cards, newspaper articles.  From time to time I share some of her entries, a peek at another era and another way of living.

Her house in the Chicago area was a kind of townhouse or something- she rented out a couple apartments upstairs.  One of the tenants was also a good friend who did a lot of things for her.  When at the ‘cottage’ people in town stopped by to check on her and see how she was doing, brought her eggs and gifts from their gardens, and once two teenaged girls set up a projector and screen and showed her some homemade film footage they’d taken because she was unable to visit the church where they’d shared it earlier that week.

Most of the entries I’ve shared are from the earlier journals. This is one of the latest.  My mother was a teenager, busy with her social life.  I was born in 1962, while my parents were in college (Mom may have graduated the previous year).



Monday, Oct 1 (1956)

Did some working. Talked to R. (youngest son of her 4 children) about my roof leaking.  Advises to sell, just what to do I don’t know.  I worked hard all the years, helped to get the 4 thru college- all turned out so good.  Now I’m on the spot to decide just what to do.  I don’t want to live with any of the 4 or live in an institution.


Tuesday October 2

She paid the bills and watched television with Mrs. P, one of her renters.

East Chicago water- 2.10

Bell telephone, 7.16

Electric for cottage, 3.43

Cottage tax, 39,79 (I’m not sure this was annual, it seems like she paid it a few times a year)

Received thirty dollars in rent from Mrs. Otto Greers (? Not sure of last name, her handwriting sprawls a bit)

Wednesday, October 3

Paid cottage water, 2.00 (this drives my Pip crazy. She and her family currently live in The Rattery, and their water bills are really quite high)

R (youngest son) came over and put roof cement on the third floor sun parlor.  Went back with him.  Got a ate with the hairdersser for a shampoo, thinks my permanent is going to hold. So good seeing the children.  L. (her daughter-in-law) had Swanson Turkey pies for supper.  They were good.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Came in near 4 with R. It was anice day with the family.  Had roast pork and sauerkraut for dinner- a good meal. Storm off the lake.  Gee, how the wind blew.

Friday: October 5,

Worked around the place.

Washed and hung up curtains.

Saturday, October 6

Mrs. P took me to the 4 corners, got a —? for gary  A (my grandmother, her second child) met me at the hotel- had a good supper. Took me to Krogers (I think), bot several things. Heard that Van Tobles lumber yard on fire.  Chuck (my grandfather, A’s husband) picked up his mother and we drove over. Boy such a fire- they were afraid it would take the town, cars of Bu…(Poultry? at a lumberyard?)  on the trucks caught fire, and such explosions-  (maybe it’s cars of something or other on the tracks?  Perhaps the lumberyard was near street cars or train tracks?)


Sunday, October 7

Breakfast and then we went to church, communion services- church was filled. Drove north to see where a (?) burned- could see the smoke from P… (can’t read it but it might say Pulaski) state park. It was on fire. 2000 acres burned over. Brot me home after Ed Sullivan’s program. (here I think ‘home’ is the cottage) Turned on my furnace. Went to Mrs. Kensell’s. Watched her television. It isn’t as clear as up here. Took a while to get warm.  The furnace works good.


Updated: barn.  I think they went to see where a barn had burned.  And if she was at the cottage and they drove north, it’s possible it was a barn on my other great-grandparents’ property, or just a friend or relation.

Update the second: I have found some newspaper reports of both fires– there seem to have been a number of them that month, nearly all arson-related. The news reports refer to several tanks of liquid gas exploding. That must have really been something to see. I hope my looky-loo relatives did not get close enough to make the firefighters work harder than it needed to be, but since all those relatives are long gone, and probably most of the firemen at the time are gone as well, it’s a silly thing to ‘hope’ for.=)

ggrandma-journal-fire-at-van-tobles-whats-this-wordI’m not sure what word my great-grandmother was trying to spell there- butane makes sense, but it doesn’t look like butane.

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