Hillary and her competing theories on openness. Emails released okay. Speech to Wall Street- maybe not so much

Of course the key here is one the government will not ever release– because they are secret, so she can safely bleat all she wants, like a lonely goat.  The other, well, THAT one is some trouble, but she controls them, so she’ll hedge and wait and stall until another headline comes along.

Yikes! I can’t show them that!

That plan may not work.

The media have been so focused on these two points — campaign contributions and hefty speaking fees — that they’ve mostly forgotten to ask a seemingly obvious question: What did Clinton say when she addressed those bankers, anyway?

That changed during Thursday’s debate in Durham, N.H., when MSNBC moderator Chuck Todd asked Clinton whether she would be willing to release transcripts of her remarks. Actually, Todd simply relayed a question that had been submitted by a voter. It wasn’t even a media professional who thought to ask.

The only time this question has come up before, as far as I can tell, was when a reporter for the Intercept raised it on the rope line after a Clinton campaign event in Manchester, N.H., last month. Video of the exchange shows Clinton laughing and ignoring the inquiry, but the issue didn’t attract much attention afterward, even in the conservative press.

(in our defense, we were focused on the CRIMINAL violations, so giving speech for money to fat cats so they can buy her off is a far more accepted form of corruption. )

It’s getting plenty of attention now, though — especially since Clinton offered another weak answer: “I will look into it. I don’t know the status, but I will certainly look into it.”

The ensuing coverage of the Goldman transcripts — suddenly everywhere — hasn’t been great for her.

Politico: Asked whether she would be willing to release the transcripts from her paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and other organizations, Hillary Clinton dodged.

CBS News: Hillary Clinton isn’t exactly promising to release the transcripts of her paid speeches to firms like Goldman Sachs, after taking heat on the issue from Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders.

Marketwatch: If you’re curious about what Hillary Clinton said to companies like Goldman Sachs in paid speeches, you may be about to find out. Emphasis on “may.” Asked at Thursday night’s Democratic debate if she would release those transcripts, the former secretary of state said, “I’ll look into it.”

CNBC: She stumbled again when asked if she would release transcripts of her speeches to Goldman and others, saying only that she would “look into it.” It’s hard to figure out how Clinton has not managed to come up with a better approach.

The transcript issue came up again at a Wall Street Journal breakfast event on Friday, according to a Bloomberg report. Clinton pollster Joel Benenson said — rather unconvincingly — “I don’t think voters are interested in the transcripts of her speeches.”

Ah, Joel, Joel, Joel, you mensch. Of COURSE we are interested, in every single one of them.

Buddy, pal, friend.  We want to know. The nation wants to know.  Why is Hillary hesitating?  She says she is so smart every word is pure gold.

So shower us Hillary….with your wisdom.

Update: Zerohedge has one. (linked to Politico story)

But Clinton offered a message that the collected plutocrats found reassuring, according to accounts offered by several attendees, declaring that the banker-bashing so popular within both political parties was unproductive and indeed foolish. Striking a soothing note on the global financial crisis, she told the audience, in effect: We all got into this mess together, and we’re all going to have to work together to get out of it. What the bankers heard her to say was just what they would hope for from a prospective presidential candidate: Beating up the finance industry isn’t going to improve the economy—it needs to stop. And indeed Goldman’s Tim O’Neill, who heads the bank’s asset management business, introduced Clinton by saying how courageous she was for speaking at the bank. (Brave, perhaps, but also well-compensated: Clinton’s minimum fee for paid remarks is $200,000).

Certainly, Clinton offered the money men—and, yes, they are mostly men—at Goldman’s HQ a bit of a morale boost. “It was like, ‘Here’s someone who doesn’t want to vilify us but wants to get business back in the game,’” said an attendee. “Like, maybe here’s someone who can lead us out of the wilderness.”

Clinton’s remarks were hardly a sweeping absolution for the sins of Wall Street, whose leaders she courted assiduously for financial support over a decade, as a senator and a presidential candidate in 2008. But they did register as a repudiation of some of the angry anti-Wall Street rhetoric emanating from liberals rallying behind the likes of Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). And perhaps even more than that, Clinton’s presence offered a glimpse to a future in which Wall Street might repair its frayed political relationships.

Oh, that speech, with Bernie running up her rear, and Biden strapping on his Nike’s while texting Elizabeth Warren.

Nope, can’t find it. Nowhere.

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Closing the loop on Trump, Carson and Cruz in Iowa

First of all politics is like Rugby  If you pick up the ball, don’t bitch if someone tackles you.  That is a lesson Trump likes to teach, but not learn. He called Carson all kinds of names including pathological, all based on Carson’s book about his tough youth and how GOD brought him back from the brink and changed his life.

It says volumes about Trump that he misses the point of the story, for political advantage.

Some Christian….

But when Cruz’s team takes advantage of a Carson meltdown, Trump is now Carson’s best friend and suddenly it is all about Cruz being a fraud and stealing Iowa- from Trump of course.

But back in the real world, Trump pivots again and says that he’s over it all.  Probably because someone whispered in his ear he is looking a little nuts.

One Red State diarist wonders whether Trump’s four-day journey from gracious concession to sober self-reflection about his ground game to shrieking about fraud and a do-over in Iowa to low-key “it’s in the past” dismissal means that he’s actually insane. Old theory: Trump is erratic. New theory: Trump is bananas.

I don’t think he’s bananas. I think this is what it looks like when a candidate decides to test out new lines of attack in real time, with the entirety of the media hanging on his every word, instead of with focus groups behind closed doors.

In a striking reversal of rhetoric, Donald Trump would not rule out Ted Cruz as his hypothetical vice-presidential pick.

“Well, I don’t know. Look, I have nothing against him. It was sort of a sad thing that happened, but I’ve always liked him,” Trump told Hugh Hewitt on his radio show Thursday, after weeks of trashing his primary rival as nasty, hypocritical and disliked.

Trump added that he has “always gotten along well” with Cruz, but that “I’m so much now focused on New Hampshire.”

What happened between Wednesday and now? My guess is that Trump concluded that crying “fraud!” over Iowa had backfired, partly because it made him look erratic and sore-loser-ish and partly because it risked annoying New Hampshirites who don’t want to spend their week listening to Trump re-run someone else’s election. That’s where the part about being “so much focused on New Hampshire” comes in. He said nearly the same thing verbatim to Anderson Cooper last night in the interview Ed blogged earlier, suggesting that that’s his new “message” when asked about the results of the caucus — even though that message, that the past is the past, is 180 degrees opposite his demand for a do-over 48 hours ago. What’s going to happen tomorrow night when he’s inevitably asked about fraud in Iowa, probably in the opening minutes of the debate? Even if he tries to duck it, Cruz is going to use it as evidence that Trump’s too unpredictable and prone to “Trumper tantrums” to be president. Does Trump double down on “fraud!” at the point or does he double down on “let’s move on”? There seems to have been no strategy here beyond him rashly tossing the charge about cheating out there, seeing if it stuck, and then dropping it cold turkey when it didn’t. It’s just like when he started calling Cruz a “maniac” for not being able to work with his Senate colleagues before the December debate, took some heat for it on the right, and then was all chummy with Cruz again on debate night. Given how serious the accusations are — election fraud! Cruz unhinged! — these aren’t trial balloons Trump is floating so much as trial zeppelins. And then, a few days later, when it doesn’t work out as well he planned, he turns around and essentially says: What zeppelin?

I’ll buy that. Trump thinks in real time when he should be quiet and be working out the details BEFORE he blurts them out.  It’s a personality fault, just like his horrible english is a fault of his mental processing.  ADHD/rich and spoiled would be accurate- after throwing in a narcissistic personality.

Trump says Cruz as no friends because he’s mean.  Here’s a serious question- How many friends would Trump have if he wasn’t rich? Or hot model wives?

One of the posters on Hotair sums up the argument pretty well.

First, let’s look at the facts. BEFORE Iowa, Carson’s lead guy defected to Cruz. 7 of his SuperPAC supporters also defected to Cruz. Carson started downsizing his employees. Then he says he’s going home to Florida before the Iowa results are even in, and then to D.C. NOT to NH or SC – and that’s in fact what’s happened. Now he’s laid off 40% of his staff. I’d say claims by ANYONE that voting for Carson in Iowa was a wasted vote looks pretty darned correct. Now let’s go to your replies to my earlier post.

They saw the original story, Steve King referenced tweets, the Carson campaign issued a statement to the press and CNN also stated it too.

So was the Cruz campaign incompetent?

So let’s look at WHICH tweets Steve King referenced – the ONLY ones we know he actually saw. Oh, gee, it was the ones from Chris Moody saying Carson was going to Florida and not continuing the campaign trail. Of course, Jake Tapper also tweeted saying pretty much the same. Here are the Steve King tweets – with the actual Moody tweets he referenced:

5:19:

Steve King ✔
@SteveKingIA

#iacaucus Skipping NH & SC is the equivalent of suspending. Too bad this information won’t get to all caucus goers. https://t.co/lW5Js50EMA

Chris Moody @moody
Carson won’t go to NH/SC, but instead will head home to Florida for some R&R. He’ll be in DC Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast.

5:20:

Steve King✔
@SteveKingIA

Carson looks like he is out. Iowans need to know before they vote. Most will go to Cruz, I hope. https://twitter.com/moody/status/694320149432651776

Chris Moody @moody
Carson won’t go to NH/SC, but instead will head home to Florida for some R&R. He’ll be in DC Thursday for the National Prayer Breakfast.

So King did NOT say that Carson had withdrawn from the race – only that it’s looking like he will. That’s quite honest. King says nothing about any on air CNN correction – or the SINGLE tweet from a Carson spokesman. Exactly how is any of this indicative of Cruz being incompetent? Oh, that’s right, it’s NOT and it’s a patently stupid thing for you to claim, because you’re trying to smear him regardless of facts and reality.

Why didn’t Carson’s people simply CALL Cruz?

Because they believed that Cruz wouldn’t stoop to that low level? Because they believed that since they categorically denied it that maybe the Cruz campaign would have the integrity to not lie about Carson?

ROFLMAO! I see. So in your twisted world, it was incompetent for Cruz to not verify a CNN report that was aired on national TV and tweeted by not only Chris Moody, but also Jake Tapper by directly calling Carson – and yet it’s NOT incompetent for Carson to fail to call Cruz directly to correct Carson’s OWN disseminated bad information. And it’s incompetent of Cruz’s people missed a single tweet from a Carson spokesman, but it’s NOT incompetent for Carson to ensure that the correction really got out and was actually KNOWN. It’s fine for Carson to make an assumption that a single tweet from ONE of his spokesmen would necessarily be seen by all and disseminated. Got it. Sheesh.

They also didn’t know that Cruz was sending calls out to precinct captains to tell people that Carson was suspending his campaign. No one did until Breitbart got the audio.

I see, so Carson was horribly incompetent and naive, and failed to realize that Cruz’s people would spread important news to the precincts where they had people placed to convince others to vote for Cruz, you know, the way CAUCUSES actually work – and where of course the voting was actually occurring. And Carson was also so horribly incompetent and naive that he did NOT have his OWN people at each precinct to make sure that the right information was being put out. Got it. Again, SHEESH.

Why didn’t Carson’s people at the precincts let everyone know that he wasn’t quitting?

They tried to after the Cruz people spoke their lies. The Texas Tribune had tweets from people at the caucuses that were not allowed to speak by the Cruz people. There were several stories about this.

WHOA BOY!! Climb down off your super sized manure spreader and stop doing a job on us all. There is NO way Cruz’s people could PREVENT Carson’s people from speaking at the caucus precincts. What’s more, that would be a HUGE story and wouldn’t be merely in a TEXAS paper no less, not even an IOWA paper.

Carson claims his WIFE saw Cruz people saying Carson was taking a break and countered it – so why didn’t SHE call Carson, tell him, and then Carson contact Cruz directly?

The Carson campaign came out against the tactics being used and issued a statement later after the caucus.

ROFL!! So you have no answer whatsoever for why Carson didn’t directly contact Cruz up front when it could have mattered, even when he supposedly was very much aware that it was a problem. As to “Carson came out…” Sorry, but initially Carson ONLY blamed CNN. What’s more, your “explanation” is: Carson was so incompetent, he couldn’t make sure the RIGHT information was being put out about his campaign BEFORE AND DURING the voting, only afterwards when it was too late.

Why is it that that night, and the next day, Carson blamed only CNN, NOT Cruz? Carson only started blaming Cruz AFTER Trump did. Why isn’t Carson also still blaming CNN? Why isn’t Carson blaming his OWN people for initially putting out confusing information? Why isn’t Carson also blaming Rubio and Paul for spreading the same information?

Because there isn’t widespread evidence that those campaigns went to the same extent that Cruz did.

So again, you have zero answers. Again, WHY did Carson ONLY blame CNN until AFTER Trump started his attacks? WHY isn’t Carson STILL blaming CNN? Why isn’t Carson blaming his own people for their initial error? And even if Rubio and Paul didn’t spread the incorrect info to the extent Cruz did, all that means is they didn’t have a good ground game like Cruz did – and Carson still should be blaming them ALL – yet all he’s “angry” about is Cruz. It’s transparently disingenuous on Carson’s part.

Carson did attack the Cruz campaign:

Carson said Tuesday he accepted the apology, but questioned whether there was a deeper “cultural issue” with Cruz’s campaign….

Again, that was LONG after the fact, and after TRUMP started the entire meme, not before. Nor does Carson attacking Cruz over it in any way answer all the questions I’ve posed – in fact it just makes those questions totally valid, and there are NO answers that puts Trump or Carson in a good light. They’re both playing dirty tricks of their own against Cruz.

All Cruz’s people did was pass along ACCURATE information that is demonstrably TRUE. Carson did go home to Florida, he went to D.C. afterwards, and he’s NOT going to either New Hampshire OR S. Carolina next – nope, he’s going to N. Carolina. All of which makes zero sense for a serious candidate.

Liar.

What you mean to say is that you disagree with the position stated, but you are entirely unable to articulate any sort of cogent, meaningful, rational response supporting your own position. You therefore resort to the logical fallacy of an ad hominem attack – childish denigration and name calling in an attempt to win absent any logic or facts.

What’s more, this was a CAUCUS, not a primary. At caucuses, each candidate has people there to speak for them and try to convince people to vote for their guy instead of the other candidates. That’s the way they are SUPPOSED to work. If Carson didn’t have people there for him, that’s his fault, not Cruz’s.

You don’t smear other candidates using lies. Cruz played dirty and smeared Carson.

There was no “smear.” Nor is there any evidence of any “lies.” Again, get a dictionary and learn the meaning of the word. Being incorrect is NOT the same thing as lying. You’ve got ZERO evidence of any “lies.” In fact the evidence strongly supports a simple very understandable error – that was primarily the fault of Carson’s own people and CNN, not Cruz.

Trump’s claim that Cruz “stole” the election is similarly insane. Do the actual math. Carson did BETTER than polling would have suggested, not worse.

But only Cruz and Rubio could significantly outdo their polling right?

I have NO idea what you are trying to say with that. Carson DID outperform his polling. But perhaps you haven’t bothered to look at the DEGREE to which Carson would have had to outperform to even manage third… or the degree of “Carson votes” that would have had to go ENTIRELY to Cruz for Cruz to have “stolen” a Trump win. Little hint, the numbers don’t work and make both virtually impossible, especially since Carson DID outperform his polling results.

All I’m seeing is a bunch or irrational Cruz supporters backing corruption and fraud in the political process and then whining that Cruz is paying the price for it in New Hampshire by dropping to 5th place and that Carson is now fundraising off of it.

NWConservative on February 5, 2016 at 3:51 PM

 

That’s because you’re a blind Trump supporter who’s unwilling to be reasonably unbiased in your assumptions and conclusions, twisting everything to support Trump and smear Cruz. Thanks for proving that beyond doubt with your claim that Cruz is 5th in NH, when he’s THIRD and in fact in a statistical tie for 2nd. http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2016/president/nh/new_hampshire_republican_presidential_primary-3350.html Nor have I “whined” about New Hampshire – or seen any Cruz supporters do so. It’s far too early yet to have a clue how NH will even turn out.

Silly rabbit, Carson IS fundraising off it, so is Trump. Or do you think they’ve magically stopped fundraising entirely, and that their news coverage and rally statements have nothing to do with their fundraising efforts? Facts are facts, whether you like ’em or not.

Rational Db8 on February 5, 2016 at 5:40 PM

In this battle, Rational Db8 learns a valuable lesson, the people attracted to Trump are looking for a strong man leader, and those types tend to be strident as they are uninterested in being objective.

Over at the TCTH website they LOVE Trump.  He hates Cruz, they hate Cruz. He says Cruz is a plant (evidence to the contrary abounds), they say he’s a plant.  He says Cruz can’t be President because he was born in Canada, they say Cruz can’t be President. He says he likes Cruz and thinks he would be a good VP, …and their heads explode.

Like Rugby politics is a game, a rough game, but a game. Don’t take it, or what anyone says, too seriously.

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Chief Keef and the madness that is our world.

Lucky for his fans they didn’t come to my house. Keef would be short a few.  And I’d sue him for mental anguish for what he made me do, plus ammo costs.

Three Minneapolis women were forced from their shared home after rapper Chief Keef ordered his Twitter followers to attack the house using eggs, feces and rocks, in retaliation for a reported video game slight. But the rapper got the wrong house.

According to local Fox affiliate KMSP, the Chicago-born rapper ordered his 1.1 million Twitter followers last week to “throw eggs and sh-t in a bag and rocks and all that at this address,” listing the address of a home in a Minneapolis suburb.

According to one of the young women living at the house, the rapper — real name Keith Cozart — was upset after someone trash-talked him while playing a video game. The only problem: none of the home’s residents were involved in the altercation with the rapper in any way.

Though Keef later deleted the tweet, so many of the rapper’s fans responded and showed up at the house that Minneapolis police were reportedly forced to park a patrol car both in front of and behind the home.

“It’s really not safe to be in the neighborhood anymore,” college student Ashley, one of the women who had been living at the house, told KMSP. “There’s a lot of suspicious activity going on and it’s not in our best interest to put ourselves in harm’s way.”

One of Ashley’s neighbors was reportedly robbed at gunpoint in his yard.

“It’s heavier than just their little tweets someone types with their hands,” the unidentified neighbor told the outlet. “You got all these knuckleheads running around looking for their five seconds of fame.”

Here’s our guy.  Chief, soon to be arrested- again, Keef

no hope

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Two titles; “Don’t mess with Texas” and “The ‘why’ behind police having long guns.”

All in the same video.

A man attempting to rob a check-cashing store in Irving, Texas, had his robbery thwarted when an employee triggered the alarm. Police quickly responded to the robbery in progress, and the handgun-armed robber decided to take a hostage.

This turned out to be the worst decision of his day, and the last decision of his life.

The officers simply could not let the armed robber leave the scene with his hostage.

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One of the Irving Police officers on the scene retrieved his patrol rifle out of the back of his SUV and posted up alongside his vehicle (red arrow, above). The officer braced against if for stability took aim at the hostage taker’s head (green circle, above), remembered his sight offset, exhaled, and “solved the problem.”

H/T Bearing arms.  Visit the site to see the unlocked video.   It is short and kind of funny since the videographer was a black guy.  The dead guy was a black guy, the hostage appeared to be a black woman.  The cops were white.  But in this case, there was no question in fact;

Best line was the guy saying he deserved it.

 

 

 

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Mark Steyn is brilliant- again.

A master artist with a word brush takes on the candidates. He hits the home run with the dems.

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Smart, witty, and a soothsayer. He predicted the end of Europe as we see happening now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Trump and the gang.

Thank God that’s over. You don’t have to be an Amtrak conductor to want to punch the next guy who says, “There are three tickets out of Iowa.” In the end, Ted Cruz won eight delegates and Donald Trump seven. Which doesn’t sound so bad for Trump. Except that Marco Rubio also won seven delegates. Had the caucus been held 24 hours later, Rubementum might have pushed Trump to third place.

There’s no point pretending it wasn’t a setback for the billionaire party-crasher. Who knows why it happened? Perhaps he should have taken his own advice and shot a guy on Fifth Avenue: That’s gotta be worth a couple of points in Polk County. For over six months, each supposedly fatal misstep – from McCain to Muslims – only made him stronger. Now the first actual votes of this interminable process have made him weaker. For a candidate running on the platform that he’s a winner and the other guys are losers, the aura of invincibility depended on the perception of invincibility. So it’s not helpful to let five thousand hayseeds shuck Trump Tower like a corncob. Doing without consultants, doing without ads, doing without Fox News, doing without National Review, doing without debates …great, great, love it. But doing without voters is a trickier proposition. This week the Trump campaign sent my 15-year-old kid, who lives in New Hampshire, a reminder to make sure he caucuses in Iowa.

Rubio did the usual caucus-night thing. He came third so he hailed himself as the most stunning victor since Wellington at Waterloo and then segued into the stump-speech bollocks about being the son of a bartender and promising a new American century. Ted Cruz followed with a victory speech that lasted most of the new American century. It was the kind of ruthless Canadian triumphalism older Americans haven’t seen since the War of 1812, which, like Cruz’s speech, went on into the following year. If he wins again next Tuesday, let’s hope he cuts to the chase and burns down the White House.

But is comments on HRC and Bill.  I’m still laughing.

~On the Democrat side, I was rooting for Bernie, and have been for seven months, back when Hillary was at 63 per cent in Iowa and Bernie at 14:

He would be the oldest man ever elected president and 83 years old at the end of two terms – which we won’t have to worry about because the entire country will have slid off the cliff long before then. But he’s enthusing the base, and any base wants to be enthused.

Hillary, by contrast, is in trouble not because she’s a sleazy, corrupt, cronyist, money-laundering, Saud-kissing liar. Democrats have a strong stomach and boundless tolerance for all of that and wouldn’t care were it not for the fact that she’s a dud and a bore. A “Hillary rally” is a contradiction in terms: the thin, vetted crowd leave more demoralized and depressed than when they went in. To vote for Bernie is to be part of a romance, as it was with Obama. To vote for Hillary is to validate the Clintons’ indestructible sense of their own indispensability – and nothing else. Hillary is a wooden charmless stiff who supposedly has enough money to be carefully managed across the finish line. But that requires Democratic electors to agree to be managed, too, and the Sanders surge is a strong sign that, while they’re relaxed about voting for an unprincipled arrogant phony marinated in ever more malodorous and toxic corruption, they draw the line at such a tedious and charisma-free specimen thereof.

All of that was fully in evidence at last night’s rally. The only personable Clinton stood behind Hillary looking like an emaciated wraith of the Slick Willie of yore. Decades of interns appear to have literally sucked all the life out of him, leaving only (one presumes from friend Epstein’s Lolita Express flight records) his distinguishing characteristics with any flicker of vitality. Judging from her brief but disastrous intervention in New Hampshire the other week, young Chelsea appears to have inherited her mother’s warmth and personal touch. That left Hillary barking across the midnight hour like a malign Speak-Your-Weight Machine with a jammed quarter.

You can’t beat this man’s mind. You can’t.

I’m tired from laughing. Enjoy…  (emaciated wraith of Slick Willie of yore…)

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On the subject of “educating Muslim immigrants in proper behavior”we have this Russian version

On the “educating the European Muslim immigrant front” we have this.

From Gateway. Apparently, some Muslims decided to try their “rapey dating” technique in Russia.

Russia ain’t Norway, bub…

“…A group of 51 refugees were brutally assaulted outside a night club in Murmansk, Russia, after they groped and molested women at a night club Saturday.

The refugees had previously been ordered to leave Norway for “bad behavior” and tried their luck in Russia. What they didn’t realize when they went out clubbing in Murmansk is that Russians have less tolerance when it comes to sexual assault on local women than other European countries.

The refugees allegedly groped and harassed women in a similar manner as the assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. A group of male Russian took them aside to “educate” them that “Cologne is 2,500 kilometers south of here.”

The refugees tried to flee but were quickly captured by the Russians. They then took them out to the street and gave them a beating they will remember. Police arrived to break up the fight but locals report that they threw a few punches at the refugees before arresting 33 of them. …”

Literally my favorite part is when the Russian police show up to break up the fight, figure out what is going on and beat the immigrants too.

I swear Russians. They do make their point felt.

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In all fairness to the candidates- the Trump financial and the hard question his fans won’t face- why would he do anything different?

Trump is a salesman.  Trump is selling that he can challenge the establishment. The people who feel that Leviathan is crushing them are all looking for a rope.  To a drowning man, even a chain can look like a rope.

Trump says he hates what is happening to his nation.  I believe him. But during the time it was happening, Trump was making money dealing with the players that were making it happen.

So ask yourself this hard question- If the guy is made himself a billionaire using the tools the Leviathan offers, why would he change anything? We have already seen just how far the rot has gotten when dealing with HRC and her treasonous emails.

Imagine the conversation to a banker from one of the many major banks he deals with AFTER his Presidency.

“Hey guy, how’s things? Man, I loved being President. Huh, listen I’m sorry about those laws I passed that cut hundreds of billions of dollars from your profit line and imprisoned some of your friends. Fun times huh!  How’s that hundred million dollar loan coming along?”

The Trump fans seem to be blocking out this part of his life based solely on his word. A word that can and has changed to suit his objectives.  Trump isn’t a bad guy, but he is a constantly hungry guy who covets.  On his bucket list is the White House and he is serious this time on obtaining it.

Will he do a good job? I don’t know.  I think Trump is so self absorbed he doesn’t realize at times he is the bull in the China shop.  I personally do not favor a man who has constant negative reactions to critics or challengers like Trump does, it is tiring.  The New York Times took the effort to link to all of Trump’s criticisms of lesser humans, on Twitter no less.  But only people that disagree with him.  If you love him, he loves you – as he said about Mike Huckabee who flipped to his side.  That all or nothing mindset- all built around whether you like HIM or not- is frankly erratic.

 

On top of that, we have Trump’s financial statement.  Take the time to read it, even if you aren’t an expert. It is fascinating.

Trump is a billionaire and by definition is wrapped up into thousands of different economic and business ventures, often with the same companies and countries screwing us over; like Dubai, Merrill Lynch, Halliburton, JP Morgan, Apple, etc.

Trump is a businessman who intends to pass his business onto his kids and through that will love forever.  Do you think he will burn his own playhouse down?  Something his supporters so desperately want to happen?

If this was Cruz in the group instead of Trump, some websites would lose their minds!! But it is what it is.

Just keep an open mind and remember, if given the choice between Trump an any democrat vote Trump.  At least he loves his country. And Davos fears him.

 

 

 

 

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Is the fix in? Some say yes. I think it is up to Valerie.

I keep circling back to the HRC email scandal because it rubs the “cop” in me the wrong way.  Heck, I had a partner, a great guy from New York, who would have already jacked her up, and “cuffed and stuffed her” in the back of our unmarked for the trip to the jail.

It is far, FAR over the limit.

But that’s not the real issue. This is the LIVING embodiment of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.  “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

As a Senator in 2011, Sec. of State John Kerry sent an email containing information that the State Department now says is classified as “Secret” from a non-government account to Hillary Clinton, agency spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday.

The tranche of Hillary Clinton records released on Friday contains the sensitive May 11, 2011 email, which is heavily redacted because it contains foreign government information. In the email, which Kerry sent from his iPad and was first reported on Friday, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee discussed negotiations between India and Pakistan. (RELATED: State Dept. Records Show John Kerry Sent Hillary A ‘SECRET’ Email From His iPad)

Kirby was asked Monday whether Kerry sent the email from a personal email address, but the spokesman did not have an answer at the time. By Tuesday, he did.

“The one that we talked about being upgraded to ‘Secret’ was sent from a non-official account, and the account from which it was sent is no longer active,” Kirby said during the daily press briefing.

As Associated Press reporter Matt Lee noted in his questions to Kirby on Tuesday, the Clinton emails also show that Kerry sent an email on Feb. 4, 2012 that is now completely redacted and classified as “Confidential,” the lowest classification category.

Let me give you a scoop. You pull on any of these threads it will unravel to this guy. One more perfect template describing what we know as the “federal government employee”.

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What did I do? Worse, he really doesn’t get it. Total federal toady.

If there is one person to credit for Hillary Clinton dodging the bullet for her malfeasance and misfeasance at State Department it is a guy named Patrick Kennedy who is the Under Secretary for Management. He is a career employee and arguably the most powerful single person in the State Department as he controls basically everything that happens there.

There are now emails from Kennedy to Clinton’s crew talking about setting up a separate server for her- for her convenience- even though that circumvents the very GOD-DAMNED RULES of the department he WORKS FOR!  (Take a breath, breath in and out. I swear all of this is stroke inducing!)

The State Department is lying when it says it didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was improperly using personal emails and a private server to conduct official business — because it never set up an agency email address for her in the first place, the department’s former top watchdog says.

“This was all planned in advance” to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008.

The Harvard-educated lawyer points out that, from Day One, Clinton was never assigned and never used a state.gov email address like previous secretaries.

“That’s a change in the standard. It tells me that this was premeditated. And this eliminates claims by the State Department that they were unaware of her private email server until later,” Krongard said in an exclusive interview. “How else was she supposed to do business without email?”

He also points to the unusual absence of a permanent inspector general during Clinton’s entire 2009-2013 term at the department. He said the 5½-year vacancy was unprecedented.

“This is a major gap. In fact, it’s without precedent,” he said. “It’s the longest period any department has gone without an IG.”

Because the IG is the LAW ENFORCEMENT arm of the agencies.  They help keep everybody honest, and there was no way you could put HRC in charge of anything and expect it to be honest. (Seriously, look at her history!)

And who knew there was no IG but never made a peep? Mr Kennedy, who is also the guy in charge of NOT finding any of the emails belonging to HRC, et. al. Can’t find one, and he knew why, but didn’t talk.

Why? Because you can’t fire him, arrest him, indict him or even move him!  And he knows it!

A new focus emerged Tuesday in the sprawling litigation over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server: the State Department official who may have authorized the private setup Clinton used for most of her four years as secretary of state.

A conservative watchdog group pressed a federal judge to order Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy to appear in court to explain who greenlighted Clinton’s private server and who kept it running.

 “He would be able to easily answer … did she have the authorization to use Clintonemail.com?” Judicial Watch attorney Michael Bekesha told U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan. “Mrs. Clinton either was approved or authorized to use this system of records or she was a rogue employee.”

Truth is, this mess is so screwed up I’m not sure Obama can let anyone indict HRC.  That  move would take out about 1/2 of his administration- including him!

But if he could find a way, he needs to take it. And I think Valerie Jarrett, who HATES Hillary, is working on it.

This mess will further taint his already tainted legacy.  Now the MSM said recently that Obama’s administration was the least scandal ridden of all of the administrations.  This based on the fact nobody has been arrested or charged or implicated in anything.  (Yes, I know. But the Left media are fools and liars.)

However, this one everybody understands.  HRC broke the law, a law people have been arrested for- including a popular general, so….

My advice, drop the hammer, take the lick and make her go away or she’ll bleed  Obama’s administration out completely. I can call my ex-partner and we can be suited up in about 30 minutes.  Let us know where to go, and we’ll handle the cuffing and stuffing.

Happily.  My blood pressure needs the break!

 

 

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A Bernie Sander primer. Who is this guy? When you are done, you’ll shake your head no way.

He was a loser until he got a government job.

His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago. Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check.

“I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington.

Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”

One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there.

Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. “He was a shi**y carpenter,” a friend told Politico Magazine. “His carpentry was not going to support him, and didn’t.”

Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment — and this is what his friends had to say about him.

The only thing he was good at was talking … non-stop … about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

So he tried politics, starting his own socialist party. Four times he ran for Vermont public office, and four times he lost — badly. He never attracted more than single-digit support — even in the People’s Republic of Vermont. In his 1971 bid for U.S. Senate, the local press said the 30-year-old “Sanders describes himself as a carpenter who has worked with ‘disturbed children.’ ” In other words, a real winner.

He finally wormed his way into the Senate in 2006, where he still ranks as one of the poorest members of Congress. Save for a municipal pension, Sanders lists no assets in his name.

I can’t make it up.  The guy is a mess and ONLY in government can a mess manage to make a living as a politician.  Now he wants to apply his personal mess to the rest of us- but that would be only fair.

Seriously, he didn’t get elected, he’s in a homeless shelter.

I have a job! I have a job!

 

A million years later in Congress, he still can’t believe he got away with it. Worried someone will figure out the scam.

Bernie if the votes didn’t go his way! Still protesting.

No, thanks, I think I’ll pass.

 

 

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The Cruz/Trump/Rubio rundown. Any three are miles above the cheating crew on the other side.

The victors last night were the Tea Party folks. They started this, and after years of being beaten down and targeted by EVERYBODY in Washington, their guys are now running 1-2-3.

The establishment is now trying to figure out which one they can make a deal with to keep their jobs and power.  Trump will, Rubio might, Cruz scares them.  If Cruz gets in, McConnell, et. al. will be scurrying out the back with is “bug out” bag and cash in hand.

First, with hard work and dedication to the cause Cruz won.  He took a lot of Christians with him.  Unfortunately, his victory speech was too long, and frankly, as Beck points out, a little too preachy. Hey, when Beck complains you are too preachy, you need to reassess your speeches. (The downside of growing up in a preacher’s house I assume! “Now, son…you know what you need to do… pause and then softly , clean your rooom..”)

That would drive me crazy.  Cruz also spoke clearly about what he believed in, and was constant in his approach. If nothing else, he is a sincere man.

 

Rubio is just a great speaker. My worry is his skeletons are going to be raised by someone either in the primary or the general, and there is some smoke here.  He has been in politics for a long, long time.  A smart guy, but he’s cut deals and done things like most men.

However, his concession speech was a victory speech.  Well done. His personality is infectious.  However, he is the establishment candidate as Jeb and the rest fade.  And yes, they need to get out.

 

Trump did great, considering he intentionally violated the way of doing things to prove he could. Sometimes it works, sometimes it blows up in your face. That’s life. Will he learn from it is the question.

 

I posted on a Trump loving site why I think Trump lost.  As much as he says he loves Iowans, he was not willing to stop being Trump long enough to earn their respect.  It really is about putting in the time to prove your worth.

Big jets and helicopters and vague promises to change things may work for an angry populace, but once they start considering the character of a man, things change.

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Why did Trump lose in Iowa? He should have won.

Let me use an analogy anyone here that worked at something for a long time would understand.

Let’s say you are working in an industry that takes a long time to learn the ropes. You learned from the last veteran, took your time, listened and paid him respect. Now you are the veteran. The “way of things” is the new guy does certain things to earn your respect and show you respect. Now he may be full of very good ideas, but he’s not seasoned.

At some point, after the tenth time he flies in, tells you how he thinks ought to be, then flies back out, not taking the ground time to learn and really listen, you are going to punish him just a little, not because you hate him or his ideas, but he has to learn respect. You are doing him a favor in the long run.

Trump disrespected the process twice. Now you can say so what! But listen closely to this, it is important. In places like Iowa the process IS the people. They have come to expect this. Trump doesn’t demand he win because he’s Trump. They own the votes, they own their own free will and they will CHOOSE to support Trump because Trump proved to them he’s worth it by acts.

Mistake one- He didn’t take the time to do a long ground game.

Now, I don’t fault him for it, it was a new approach, and it may have not cost him the win by itself. But if you are the guy on the line, you expect the new worker to show up every day and listen to you. He shows up once a week, you will dismiss him out of hand.

This is Cruz doing just that.

Whether he is telling the truth or lying or just having a different opinion than the farmer he is listening and trying to persuade the man. With respect.

Mistake two- He intentionally dumped the debate- IN Iowa.  (That gave the people a chance to see Rubio and Cruz- alone on stage- compete.  Never give free time to the opponent.)

Again, a new approach. However, when I heard he was doing that, I said “That will cost him.” Why? Two reasons- disrespect for the process (people), and it made it look like he avoids tougher questions.

Farmers don’t avoid anything tough. Over at Hotair they asked the same thing and found an interesting little table inside a polling result.

The other Trump landmine being considered this morning by the punditocracy was his decision to skip the last debate. My prediction of the outcome yesterday was, er, not so smart, but I’ll mitigate it slightly by noting that I did think Trump’s decision to pass on Fox and Megyn Kelly wasn’t the genius move that most of the rest of the media seemed to think at the time. Emerson College, which got closer to the actual result in Iowa than any other pollster, tucked this bit of data away in their crosstabs yesterday. Hmmm:

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That’s a lot of Iowans who say Trump skipping out made them less likely to vote for him. Nate Silver made that connection too last night, before even a quarter of the votes were in:

With 19 percent of Iowa precincts reporting, Donald Trump has 27.1 percent of the Iowa vote. That’s not a bad result by any means: Trump trails Ted Cruz by just 3 points and could very easily win the state. Still, a case can be made that (contra the pundit conventional wisdom at the time) Trump was mistaken to have skipped last week’s debate. Trump stood at 31.1 percent in our Iowa polling average on the night of the debate, so if he finishes at 27.1 percent, he’ll have lost 4 percentage points since then.

He knew FOX was going after him and complained about it, but so did Cruz and Rubio. But Cruz and Rubio showed up and took their beatings- but fought back hard.

Trump took off. He can hold rallies all he wants, but the people who vote- who commit- look at that and wonder what that makes Trump.

Think of it like a pro football try out, where the talented wide receiver says he’ll only try out if all the other guys are slower so he’ll look good. You can’t do that, not in life.

Now he’ll win in NH. Depending on how that goes, the southern states may or may not jump on board as much as you think. Southerners, and I am one, respect a person who gets up after a licking or wades into a fight they know they may not win because it is the right thing to do or expected of him.

Run to the sound of the guns. That’s leadership.

It will be a long campaign and remember we have three better people on our side, a mile better, than those lying thieves and whiny government employed traitors on the other.

Make sure one of our guys win!

— Update they did post it, good-

Bottom line, as I said in the post, we have a half dozen better men and women than the tow old retread hippies on the other side. Sanders is a flaming idiot that couldn’t hold a job before they foolishly elected him to public office.  Then he used other people’s money to bribe voters to keep him there.

Seriously, look at our guys,

This is twenty years of intelligence and principle moving the future.

Look at theirs

I’m waiting for one to just keel over!

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