Monday, August 31, 2015

Trump in first with 25.7 in latest Real Clear Politics GOP presidential poll average, 14.7 ahead of Carson, 16 ahead of Jeb

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley pulled a Clinton, made off with furnishings from the mansion before leaving office

Martin O'Malley is right. The Democrats need more debates so that he and Hillary can argue over who got away with more.

The Clintons, as you remember, were dirt poor when they left the White House and tried to make off with about $190K in goods, The New York Times reported at the time.

The Baltimore Sun reports here that Marty O'Malley had $62K worth of furniture in the residence declared "junk" and then bought it for less than $10K while he was still in office, and then took it with him when he moved out.

That there's a law against that in Maryland tells you everything you need to know about Maryland Democrats.

The Orange County Register is wondering why it's taking the Justice Department so long to decide whether to indict Lois Lerner

Indeed, we think there is ample evidence to indict Ms. Lerner, who has acknowledged “absolutely inappropriate” actions by her division, while casting blame upon low-level “front-line people” who worked for her.

The answer to why it's taking so long is that it's run by the Obama Administration, which intends to stall justice, get around justice, and actually commit injustice, not expedite justice, as in put a Holder on justice, and then Lynch it.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

If Ben Carson wins the Iowa Straw Poll, he'll be remembered like . . .

Meanwhile speaking of perverts, The Donald calls Anthony Weiner "one of the great sleazebags of our time"

Weiner is very popular with some people.

"Who is Huma married to? One of the great sleazebags of our time: Anthony Weiner."

Michigan has two top 10 universities . . . in the Ashley Madison hack

Story here, which twice calls the hack a "data leak".

Syriza goes from "hope is coming" to "only ahead" just as Obama went from "hope" to "forward"

Is this a shameless rip-off of a 2011 hit by Greek pop star Demy or what?

The vote of the young and the dumb, as always, is key to the advance of socialism.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Jeb Bush has a big expensive campaign, and you know what that means

He'll have a big, expensive government.

Seen here:

But Bush’s fundraising pace has slowed in the late summer months. Still, he’s likely to remain the GOP campaign’s top fundraiser, but Bush is also spending more than other candidates because he has a mammoth operation.

“Jeb has a big army, and that army needs to be fed,” said one campaign consultant familiar with the campaign’s internal numbers. “Jeb might not have a fundraiser problem. He might have a spending problem.”

Peter Morici says Trump's ideas really do make sense

Peter Morici of the University of Maryland, quoted here:

"One of the reasons he is winning votes is he's talking about the macro issues that so frustrate many Americans and seem so blatantly unfair," says Peter Morici, a professor of economics at University of Maryland's Robert Smith school of business. ...

"The big issues he talks about do make some sense," says Morici. "The question there really much substance there or is this just a few phrases?"

Friday, August 28, 2015

Hillary Clinton has taken the red arrow out of her logo: looked too much like the Cuba flag I guess


Flashback January 28, 2013: Obama called Hillary "one of the finest secretary of states"

To its credit, CBS preserved in "print" the supposedly smartest president ever flubbing the English language yet one more time. But then again how could they not preserve it? It's on tape.

Occidental? Columbia? Harvard? Still hard to make a purse out of a sow's ear, as my mother used to say.

President Obama: "Well, the main thing is I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say thank you, because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretary of states we've had. It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I'm going to miss her. Wish she was sticking around. But she has logged in so many miles, I can't begrudge her wanting to take it easy for a little bit. But I want the country to appreciate just what an extraordinary role she's played during the course of my administration and a lot of the successes we've had internationally have been because of her hard work."

Maybe if Obama had had more attorneys general Hillary would have been indicted by now just by luck.

h/t Chris Plante

Flashback to January 2011: Hillary said extremists shot Gabrielle Giffords, you know, extremists like terrorists and Republicans

Reuters had the quotations here, uttered by Hillary Clinton while in the United Arab Emirates :

"We have extremists in my country. A wonderful, incredibly brave young woman Congress member, Congresswoman Giffords, was just shot by an extremist in our country," she added.

"We have the same kinds of problems. So rather than standing off from each other, we should work to try to prevent the extremists anywhere from being able to commit violence." ...

"The extremists and their voices, the crazy voices that sometimes get on the TV, that's not who we are, that's not who you are, and what we have to do is get through that and make it clear that that doesn't represent either American or Arab ideas or opinions," she said. ...

More dogwhistle politics from Hillary: Republicans have extreme views about women just like the terrorists

Video here.

Hillary goes full-on dogwhistle out of desperation, compares Trump deportation policy to Nazi's boxcars full of Jews

Video here.

Hey Hillary! YOU politicized Benghazi by deleting your e-mails!

Video here.

Thirty-five years ago the economy mattered more than actual power

"[Economists] never offer anything but the same command approach to the obvious exception of everything else that used to be easily and conventionally embraced. The willingness of political figures across the spectrum to allow it and even strengthen it defies democracy. Thus Donald Trump".

Jeffrey Snider here.

Take down the fag flag: gay black man murders white news team on camera, tries to start a race war

The biggest bloc of voters is undecided in the upcoming September Greek election according to a new poll

Reuters reports here:

Syriza was supported by 23 percent of those polled, with the conservative New Democracy party second on 19.5 percent, according to the survey, carried out by pollsters ProRata and published in Friday's Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper. ... Popular Unity, the party formed last week by Syriza rebels who oppose the bailout, was backed by 3.5 percent in Friday's poll - just above the 3 percent threshold needed to enter parliament. But the Independent Greeks, the ally in Tsipras' former coalition government, scored just 2 percent, meaning Syriza would be forced to seek another coalition partner. ... It also showed 25.5 percent of voters were still undecided, making them the biggest bloc.

What nobody talks about in these reports, of course, is that the party polling third is Golden Dawn, well ahead of Syriza breakaway party Popular Unity as well as the communist KKE. Golden Dawn has increased its support from earlier in the year no doubt because Greece is being overrun by refugees from around the Mediterranean and the incompetent left running the show is failing to solve the problem. Golden Dawn is said to draw its support at elections from members of the police and the military.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scott Walker talks tough on China now, but used to wear a US flag, China flag lapel pin

Video here.

Pesky symbols.

Yanis Varoufakis calls far left party Popular Unity's plan for Grexit and a return to the drachma "isolationist"

In Greece the left calls the left isolationist.

In America the right calls the right isolationist.

Maybe the isolationism is where the real meaning is, the other monikers "left" and "right" being obfuscatory and Orwellian, and useless.

The two candidates for president in America with any energy in their campaigns are against free-trade because it is one-sided trade which slowly impoverishes the American middle class. A more insidious form of Fabianism is hard to imagine. One of the candidates is a patriotic socialist throwback to the FDR 1930s, the other a businessman whose hero was another Democrat in recovery, Ronald Reagan.

In our time it has been only some people from the left who have seemed capable of understanding that our capitalism-in-name-only actually requires the destruction of the economic ladder along which historically Americans have more or less freely traveled both up and down. This is because only people of the left are acquainted with the truth of the observation by Marx how free-trade was to be welcomed because it hastened the revolution. We get absolutely no insight from the American right about this and they run headlong unaware toward their fate. Accordingly we get no sympathy from them either for the plight of formerly prosperous millions of Americans who have crashed onto the rocks of the libertarian free for all. Their few children will become the next proletariat, the wealth of their parents and grandparents only a faint memory. 

The irony of the world situation is that it is creatures of the left who want to stop this, both here in America and in Greece. 

Yanis Varoufakis on the other hand is not one of them. Chalk it up to being an "erratic" Marxist, as he likes to say. What he is is a pan-Europeanist, a world citizen and globalist who is more at home in European capitals than he is on Aegina. He is not for what Greeks need most, which is the ability to feed themselves and export at a profit, for which they must have control over, and responsibility for, their own affairs. 

Seen here:

'The 54-year-old Varoufakis has already dismissed speculation that he would join the far-left Popular Unity party that broke away from Syriza last week, telling ABC that he had "great sympathy" but fundamental differences with them and considered their stance "isolationist".'

Trump surges in Quinnipiac poll, Real Clear Politics average takes him to +13.2 ahead of Carson, Bush slips to third

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Jorge Ramos acts just like an illegal alien: Won't wait his turn to ask Trump a question, stealing a march on his fellow reporters, so Trump boots his ass

. . . but you are going away.
Story here:

"Go back to Univision," Trump told Ramos.

Chris Plante: Hunter Biden exposed in Ashley Madison hack

Reports Plante on the air just now:

The son of Joe Biden denies it, says Putin or somebody fabricated it, says he's dropped the email address. Hunter Biden has an unusual business interest in Ukraine.


ABC News helpfully reminded everyone in the story about the hack that Hunter had left the Navy in 2014 under a cloud for testing positive for cocaine in 2013.

Breitbart reported here that his Ashley Madison profile was set up on June 17, 2014, four months after his discharge.

CNN reported here last October (!) that Biden was discharged in February (!) 2014.

Trump scores first perfect 100 with focus group saying VA is a mess that is still not fixed

Reported here.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Which first lady do you want to look at for four years?

This one?

Or this one?

Obama and McCain reverting to type, calling their respective opponents crazies

John McCain quoted here in Politico in July:

“It’s very bad,” the Republican senator said. “This performance with our friend [Trump] out in Phoenix is very hurtful to me,” McCain said. “Because what he did was he fired up the crazies.”

And here's Barack Obama now at the end of August, also quoted in Politico:

Ruddy from the sun, Obama described himself as “refreshed, renewed, recharged — a little feisty.” And he delivered, recounting the ride he and [Senator Harry] Reid had just taken from the conference to the fundraiser in his up-armored presidential limo, where they talked about old times and getting back to Washington to “deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems.”

If anyone should know crazy, it's Barack Obama and John McCain.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Scott Walker has nothing up his sleeve

In the last week Governor Scott Walker has stated he's for the 14th Amendment as currently (mis)interpreted, establishing birthright citizenship as the law of the land, for repealing birthright citizenship going forward, and against taking a position on the subject for now!

Scott Walker is a fish out of water, flopping on the pier.

CNN (justly) crucifies him for it, here.

On the merits of the issue Walker's flip-flops clearly show that he perceives the acceptable establishment view to be out of step with what he thinks the voters feel about it. Regular middle class folks with whom Walker identifies hate it that they're footing the bill for people who cut in line, go on government assistance and even commit crimes without serious consequences.

On the politics Walker looks unprofessional and unready for primetime, and when you get down to it, divided in his own mind about the issue.

The real Scott Walker has always been a little soft on illegal aliens but keeps changing his position because he senses voters aren't soft on them.

In view of his previously stated support for a pathway to citizenship, it's pretty obvious Walker has never had the fire in the belly on this subject which the Americans whose vote he's angling for possess.

And it's too late to do anything about it now.

He's done.

If he were wise he'd find a way to bow out, throw his support to Trump, and hope for a position in a Trump administration where he can do to government unions nationally what he's done to them in Wisconsin.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

In Greece the popular PM Alexis Tsipras resigned last week in order to consolidate his power

Alexis Tsipras, Greece's hope peddler
Most reports put the resignation of Alexis Tsipras last week down to an act of desperation due to a loss of support in his own coalition in Syriza. 25 MPs have split off to form Popular Unity, basically composed of Syriza's old Left Platform. This party intends to stay true to the Syriza platform of an end to austerity, evidently adding in Grexit and a return to the drachma as planks.

How wonderfully conservative of the lefties. The Greek left has moved so far to the left it's become the bourgeois nationalist right.

True as all this is, Tsipras' resignation was actually an exertion of his power in the current circumstances and a demonstration of his political acumen.

By resigning now instead of sometime later, Tsipras is able to do two important things. One, he can select the candidates himself according to the rules who will replace the defectors, for whom he will use his popularity to smooth their way to election, presumably on 20 September. But he also catches the opposition flat-footed thereby, giving them no time to prepare to stop him. If Tsipras is successful in this gambit, he will be able to form a less leftist government committed to the Euro but also committed to breaking the privileges of the Greek oligarchy, approximating a key leftist political aim of more social equality.

Tsipras is proving himself to be quite adept at discerning politics as the art of the possible, for which he is already much hated by the overly principled figures populating his own and the other political parties, even as the Greek people keep supporting him.

For all the mistakes he has made this year, Alexis Tsipras has proven himself remarkably capable for such a young man.

Greece could do a lot worse, and it has.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Donald Trump lives rent free in Larry Kudlow's mind

Larry Kudlow devoted his entire three hour radio show today on criticizing, ridiculing and caricaturing Donald Trump's campaign for the presidency. If there was a way to discuss Trump, he found it, and if the air in New York stank, that was Trump's fault, too. It reminded me of the relentless criticism of George W. Bush by the main stream media.

It was embarrassing. The callers to the show supported Trump and Trump's policy on illegal aliens, but Larry was having none of it, marginalizing every single caller as ignorant and uninformed about the real state of affairs despite the fact that they were living it.

That's what Larry Kudlow's big tent Republican Party stands for, inclusion for elite liberals and illegal aliens, but not for working stiffs and law and order patriots.

If Republicans lose in 2016, it will be Larry Kudlow's fault, not Donald Trump's.

Please explain to us how and why "and" is superfluous in the 14th Amendent

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens . . .."

This Amendment had a specific meaning, not a broad meaning. Its intent was to settle the citizenship of emancipated slaves who had hitherto been State-less, that is, in a kind of limbo with respect to jurisdiction because they had been property, not persons. The Amendment meant to state that once freed they became persons who came under the jurisdiction of the United States, whether they were born slaves here or abroad.

Indians were not understood to be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States at the time, but were subjects of the Indian nations, and were thus not granted citizenship by the Amendment in 1868, else the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act making them so had been unnecessary.

Children of diplomats born in the US while their parents were representing the countries whence they came were not thereby granted citizenship either, because they like their parents were subjects of foreign jurisdictions. Senator Jacob M. Howard of Michigan, the author of the citizenship clause, said the Amendment excluded “persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers.”

Thus children born here to illegal aliens, like their parents, are subject to the jurisdictions whence they came and should not be granted American citizenship now, unless it please the people to do so.

It's that simple.

And the Congress has every right to make that rule consistent AT ANY TIME if it has not been so in practice or in litigation, as Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution makes clear:

The Congress shall have Power . . . To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;

To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;

Meanwhile the importance of jurisdiction for citizenship is otherwise seen to be paramount because no one except an idiot or a malcontent questions the citizenship of a John McCain or a Ted Cruz because they were born to citizens while living abroad.

And even if it could be proven that a Barack Obama was born abroad it wouldn't make any difference to his citizenship because his mother was a citizen of the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof.

Anyone in the world can renounce jurisdiction and pledge allegiance to another flag if one chooses, and it is entirely within our rights as Americans to set the conditions for welcoming as well as bidding farewell to those who do so. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Taking a position on birthright citizenship is above Scott Walker's pay grade

What a disappointment this guy has become. He is so finished.

We might as well wait for Godot.

Rasmussen poll finds Trump is persuading Republicans to support him

  • Very likely to be the nominee two months ago 9%, 25% now
  • Likely to be the nominee two months ago 27%, 57% now

Libertarian Ben Domenech, like every sick liberal does, descends into the politics of personal destruction

Libertarian Ben Domenech, here, sensing his own marginality, states quite seriously that deporting law-breakers and enforcing the constitutional concept of jurisdictional citizenship is nothing short of racism and despotism:

"The idea that America is going to endure the blood and moral outrage over the deportation of 11 million people, including young children of illegals born here who are constitutionally American citizens, is absurd. Even one of the most prominent immigration hawks, Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies, dismissed this mass deportation as impossible on my radio show this week. But Donald Trump has proposed this, and loudly insisted he will do it. And the faction of the country that believes not in freedom but identity politics for white people adores it."

Sprinkled throughout he calls Trump supporters a bunch of narrow-minded, disaffected, angry street thugs who are motivated by an unprincipled and frankly anti-constitutional emotionalism to support a dangerous man who is only too willing to rule in a dictatorial and autocratic manner in the style of Obama but for the "right" reasons. Why, they'll even abolish the US Senate!

It's that simple you see. You knuckle-dragging conservatives have an insufficient concept of freedom. How dare you have a border and stop other people from exercising their right to be free by crossing it! How dare you successfully deport over a million illegal aliens in 1954 with just 750 agents!

The outrage! The horror!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has resigned today

Blow by blow coverage is provided in the UK by the Telegraph here and the Guardian here.

The next two largest political parties have a chance to try to form a government, but it is thought likely that they'll be unsuccessful and that snap elections will occur in a month.

Tsipras remains very popular, but will have to shed Syriza's Left Platform rebels to consolidate power in the new election with new blood, if he can get that far.

There is zero evidence Hillary's server was in Platte River Networks' Denver bathroom while Hillary was Secretary of State

The sensationalist tabloid article in the UK Daily Mail here admits Platte River Networks didn't begin working for Hillary until mid-2013, months after Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State had ended:

"Clinton's 'homebrew' computer system housed her emails while she was Secretary of State between 2009 and 2013. Platte River Networks provided its services in mid-2013 according to Barbara Wells, the company's lawyer."

That's why the employees interviewed for the article expressed disbelief that the small operation they knew and worked for long before 2013 could have had such an important client:

"Speaking to Daily Mail Online at her home in Castle Rock, Colorado, Tera [Dadiotis] said: 'I think it's really bizarre, I don't know how that relationship evolved. At the time I worked for them they wouldn't have been equipped to work for Hillary Clinton because I don't think they had the resources, they were based out of a loft, so [it was] not very high security, we didn't even have an alarm.' ... Tera thinks Platte River was an unsuitable choice for Clinton, she said: 'It's so weird, because it's just a small IT company. I know they've expanded quite a bit since I left but I do think it's strange, we only had the three owners and like eight employees. We didn't do any work in other states. No offense to them, but who are they?'"

The sneaky use of the word "homebrew" throughout the article is meant to unite in the reader's mind Hillary's server operation and the pre-Hillary bathroom of the fledgling company in the Denver apartment loft when there was no basis in fact for it. It's meant to make Hillary look bad, which is irresponsible, and unnecessary.

Hillary can do that all by herself.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The developing server story distracts from the basic fact that Hillary's Chappaqua server needs to be examined by the FBI

The many moving elements of this story can and do mislead and distract from the basic fact that Hillary late in 2014 set the server which currently sits in the Bill and Hillary Clinton Chappaqua home to save no e-mails older than 60 days. It was from this server that Hillary produced the record of e-mails she says she provided to the State Department. Older servers may or may not retain evidence of those e-mails.

The FBI needs to examine the Clinton's Chappaqua server, to which Hillary's emails were last transferred after June 2013 with the help of the Denver firm Platte River. Hillary has implied she provided e-mails to State from this server in December 2014 and then deleted everything, including her personal e-mails. Her lawyer has stated that the method employed to delete everything was to set the server not to save e-mails older than 60 days. The lawyer's letter to Congress says nothing about wiping the server. Sometime late in 2014 after copying out her State Department e-mails and providing them to State Hillary Clinton stopped saving e-mails on this server according to her testimony.

The Denver firm Platte River reportedly started work for Hillary in June 2013, removing the old server from the New York home to New Jersey after transferring everything to the new, present server. So this means the Denver "bathroom servers" we all went crazy over in recent days are irrelevant because those long pre-dated Hillary and had nothing to do with this story. The only relevant server Platte River had was the server removed in 2013 to New Jersey and now in the possession of the FBI. 

The New York Post reported here on August 13th:

"Platte River says it began work for Clinton in June 2013, after she left office, to upgrade, secure and manage her e-mail server. The company retrieved the server from her New York home and housed it at a data center in New Jersey, said company spokesman Andy Boian."

The Washington Post had reported here on August 12th:

'Before it was taken to the data center in New Jersey, the server had been in the basement of the Clintons’ private home in Chappaqua, N.Y., during the time she was secretary of state, according to people familiar with the Clintons’ e-mail network.

'After she left government service in early 2013, the Clintons decided to upgrade the system, hiring Platte River as the new manager of a privately managed e-mail network. The old server was removed from the Clinton home by Platte River and stored in a third party data center, which are set up to provide security from threats of hacking and natural disaster, Wells [representing Platte River] said.

'Platte River Networks has retained control of the old server since it took over management of the Clintons’ e-mail system. She said that the old server “was blank,” and no longer contained useful data. ...

'The Clinton’s private e-mail system passed through different hands. In 2008, responsibility for the system was held by Justin Cooper, a longtime aide to former president Bill Clinton who served as a special assistant helping the former president with his books. ...

'Those briefed on the server setup say the device installed for Bill Clinton was deemed too small for the addition of a sitting Cabinet official [Secretary of State Hillary Clinton]. Instead, a server that had been purchased for use by Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign was installed at the Chappaqua home.

'With the new server came an additional specialist who had worked as her campaign’s Internet technology director and later went to the State Department as an IT specialist.'

It's that 2008 server which ended up in New Jersey in 2013 when Platte River Networks entered the picture and helped Hillary transition to the post-Benghazi environment (9/11/2012).  Remember, it was early in 2013 immediately after she left the State Department that Hillary all of a sudden decided to upgrade the system hide the evidence.

Hillary needs to answer why a server upgraded to be suitable for a sitting US Secretary of State had to be replaced for a retired one. As surely as the sun also rises, the new 2013 server has not been wiped and must be investigated before it is.

The pea is under shell three.

Hillary's e-mail still exists: She admitted in March only that she set her server in 2014 "to retain only the most recent 60 days of e-mail"

An atypical report from last March had it that way here:

'Clinton's attorney has confirmed to a House committee on Benghazi that, after handing over work-related email to the State Department, the politician both "chose not to keep" personal messages and set a 60-day limit on what the server retains. In short, she effectively wiped it clean. There's no going back to mail from her Secretary of State days beyond the 30,490 messages on the record, or roughly half of what the server held during the period.'

But notice that Hillary wouldn't answer affirmatively yesterday that the server was wiped when she was directly asked. That's because it wasn't, and any such statement would conflict with her counsel's statement.

Hillary's position was stated clearly in March through her attorney's letter to Congressman Trey Gowdy here:

"After the review was completed to identify and provide to the Department of State all of the Secretary's work-related and potentially work-related emails, the Secretary chose not to keep her non-record personal e-mails and asked that her account (which was no longer in active use) be set to retain only the most recent 60 days of e-mail. To avoid prolonging a discussion that would be academic, I have confirmed with the Secretary's IT support that no e-mails from for the time period January 21,2009 through February 1, 2013 reside on the server or on any back-up systems associated with the server. Thus, there are no ... e-mails ... on the server for any review . . .."

That means that the e-mails are still recoverable. The unsaved mail would have to be overwritten actively to be truly deleted.

There has not been any statement by Hillary that the server was wiped. It's only been the assertion of the press, probably by design to buy time and throw investigators off the scent, and only by inference from her lawyer's letter, also intended to stymie further interest.

It also means that the server now revealed to be in Denver and seized by the FBI was likely the backup, and that the main one is still in the house located at 15 Old House Lane, Chappaqua, NY 10514, or perhaps it's really at 3067 Whitehaven Street NW, Washington, DC 20008.

Let's have some search warrants already, looking for evidence of obstruction of justice.

Eighty percent of likely voters favor some deportations, fifty-one percent a wall on the border

Rasmussen, here:

"Among all likely voters, 51% favor building a wall on the border; 37% disagree, and 12% are not sure. Eighty percent (80%) support the deportation of all illegal immigrants convicted of a felony; only 11% are opposed."

Deportation will not work without a wall, as Operation Wetback in 1954 proved.

Hillary Clinton wore orange yesterday in an omen of what's in store for her for wiping her server

Video here.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

In March Hillary said her email server was on property guarded by the Secret Service when it was in a Denver bathroom

Hillary, quoted here in March, lying through her teeth:

“Well, the system we used was set up for President Clinton’s office. And it had numerous safeguards. It was on property guarded by the Secret Service. And there were no security breaches.”

Uh huh.

Now we learn five months later from a former employee at the heart of the small operation that the servers were in some guy's bathroom in a Denver loft apartment:

'I don't know how they run their operation now, but we literally had our server racks in the bathroom. I mean knowing how small Platte River Networks ... I don't see how that would be secure [enough for Clinton].' ... 'At the time I worked for them they wouldn't have been equipped to work for Hillary Clinton because I don't think they had the resources, they were based out of a loft, so [it was] not very high security, we didn't even have an alarm.' ... The server is now in the hands of the FBI who took it off Platte River Networks hands last Wednesday.

And what will we learn five months from now?

And five months after that?

And . . ..

When will the Obama Justice Department stop stalling? And the State Department? There's a cell waiting somewhere with Hillary's name on it.

Hormones transcend thinking: Republican Carly Fiorina for Hillary in 2008

“She was a great candidate. She has helped millions of women all over this country. Women of any political party owe a debt of gratitude to Hillary Clinton and I will bet that every woman up here agrees with me.” ...

“I have such great admiration and empathy for Hillary Clinton,” she says. “I have great admiration for her because I know what it takes in some small measure to do what she has done. She is obviously incredibly intelligent, focused, tough, determined, empathetic of all the tens of millions of people that she was trying to represent in her quest to become the first woman president of the United States.”

Buzzfeed has the video here.

Back when America was great: Operation Wetback's 750 agents expelled 1.1 million illegals in 1954

Three post-debate polls show Trump still handily in first by 11.3 over Bush in Real Clear Politics average, liberal favorite Kasich in ninth

Monday, August 17, 2015

My favorite line in Trump's immigration policy paper

"Mark Zuckerberg's personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities."

Discussed in some depth here.

Liberal media love John Kasich, and so does Michigan's libertarian radio talker Steve Gruber

Liberal media love Governor John Kasich of Ohio.

For example:



MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell:

Fake conservative radio talker Steve Gruber on Lansing's 1240 WJIM loves him too: 

And here was Gruber's "me love you long time, sailor boy" in June:

It just goes to show once again that libertarianism has more in common with liberalism than it does with conservatism.

Liberal Stevie, John Kasich doesn't stand a chance!

Just 2% of registered voters believe Hillary Clinton has told the truth about her email

Wait until you see his war face

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Trump: I want to make America great again

Obama's going to give Iran nukes and George Will is worried about giving them to Donald Trump

Reminds me of the lefties who once worried about Reagan's temperament in an arms race against the USSR.

Trump comes out swinging with illegal immigration policy paper

Grab your box of Depends. The Donald means business.

Some highlights:

  • Triple the number of ICE officers
  • Implement nationwide e-verify
  • Mandatory deportation of all criminal aliens
  • No more catch and release
  • Cut-off federal funds to sanctuary cities
  • Criminalize visa overstays
  • Deploy ICE with local police in gang raids
  • End birthright citizenship
  • Increase prevailing wage requirements for H-1B visas to stem the tide of foreign hires at US workers' expense
  • Immigrants must prove they are self-supporting
  • Terminate the jobs program for foreign youth
  • Suspend issuance of green cards to foreign workers until employment improves for citizens
  • Make Mexico pay for the wall, or impound remittances derived from illegal wages ($22 billion in 2013) and increase fees on temporary visas of Mexican CEOs and diplomats, on all border crossing cards, on NAFTA worker visas and at all ports of entry from Mexico
  • Generally restore the rule of law and order by actually enforcing existing laws

New FOX NEWS poll boosts Trump to +12 lead over Jeb Bush in Real Clear Politics average for GOP nomination

Donald Trump threatens with a big stick, invokes Generals MacArthur and Patton this morning on NBC's Meet the Press

"General MacArthur, General Patton, they didn't talk, they got the job done. ... They're spinning in their graves when they see everybody talking."

Election 2016: bok jop hae

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Donald Trump said Chris Wallace had "blood pouring out of his eyes too" in the same interview about Megyn Kelly

Inquiring minds want to know: How much of Washington D.C. can he fire?
But you didn't know about that because the subsequent coverage made it all about Megyn Kelly.

Here's the full interview with Don Lemon on CNN and Trump says that at about 4:55 in.

So clearly what's on Donald Trump's mind in characterizing the debate is the mercenary character of the debate moderators, and he was completely within reason to suggest that different interpretations emanated from deviant thinking.

h/t Jim Goad here: "Why place things in context when there’s an agenda to pursue?"

Poor little rich girl Megyn Kelly complains she hasn't had a vacation in six months when many of us haven't since Obama became president seven years ago

Poor little rich girl, here:

Kelly talked on Wednesday's program about how she hasn't had a real vacation for six months. She'll be back on August 24.

New US oil swap with Mexico gives them light sweet crude, us heavier grades bypassing refinery mismatch

According to the story here, perhaps as many as 100,000 barrels a day of light sweet US crude oil will head south to Mexican refineries in exchange for heavier grades for which US Gulf refineries are a better match.

Rand Paul and Chris Christie, Nos. 8 & 9 in the polls, attack No. 1 Donald Trump

He's a lumberjack . . . he's OK
Rand Paul mocked Trump here in the middle of the week while affecting the country style, promptly fleeing the country to do a medical mission in Haiti this weekend. Not quite the same stuff as suspending the campaign to go to Washington to vote for bailouts like McCain did in 2008, but combined with his record of disdain for fundraising and his reaction to the legal trouble hitting his campaign team just before the Ohio debate, running away is what it looks like. Bad optics, so to speak.

And speaking of bad optics, an unsuited Chris Christie here called The Donald unsuited to be the president while wearing a pastel sport shirt, saying a President Trump simply can't tell Speaker Boehner he's fired. Well, not dressed like that.
Easter's over governor

Friday, August 14, 2015

Greeks pass third draconian austerity/bailout package 222 to 64 with 11 abstentions

Looks like Alexis Tsipras' Syriza MPs defected in a big way: 32 No votes this time with 11 abstentions and 1 absent. This could prove fatal to Tsipras' continuance as Prime Minister. The Syriza coalition of the Left with 149 members partners with Independents with 12 in the 300 seat parliament. Tsipras' core support in parliament appears to have fallen to 39%.

The "erratic Marxist" Yanis Varoufakis voted No, after voting Yes and No previously, and reportedly offered to resign his seat so that Tsipras may appoint a reliable vote to replace him. 

The Guardian has full coverage here.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Trump's Real Clear Politics poll average drops because Real Clear dropped the CBS poll

I took a screen shot of the poll average this morning at 9:32 thinking Real Clear Politics would replace the CBS poll it dropped, which reduced Trump's lead, but so far today RCP has not done so. Trump goes from 22.8 to 22.5 in the average as a result, and in the spread from 10.8 to 10.7. Did Real Clear Politics change the order also to deceive?

Here's the last average including the CBS News poll
Here's the average today with CBS News poll removed