Trump to Hispanic Reporter (and Illegals): Wait Your Turn

Donald Trump’s masterful handling of an impatient, disrespectful Hispanic reporter from Univision illustrated perfectly Trump’s argument for stronger immigration policies.

Even before Trump took the podium at the press conference in Dubuque, Iowa, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos began shouting out, “Mr. Trump, I have a question!  I have a question!”

Trump immediately dismissed him, telling him to sit down, that he wasn’t called.

“Go back to Univision,” Trump said.  He then tried to continue his conversation with the first reporter he selected, but Ramos persisted in interrupting them.

“I am a citizen.  I have a right to ask a question.”

“No, you don’t,” Trump responded curtly.  “You haven’t been called.”

“I have a right to ask a question,” he insisted.  “You cannot deport 11 million people.”

Trump denied knowing the reporter.  But evidently he recognized his television network.  Seconds later, security escorted Ramos out of the room.  Afterwards, Trump remarked that he would have happily answered his questions, as long as Ramos waited his turn.

Eventually, the reporter was allowed back in.  A testy exchange occurred between Trump and the reporter, who is known for his immigration activism and his support of La Raza, a controversial Hispanic organization that calls for open borders and a return of the American Southwest and California to Mexico.

Millions of illegal immigrants cross the southern border of the United States every year, knowing that they are committing a felony.  Some are Mexican; some come from farther South.  Millions of other potential new immigrants have been waiting their turn for years to enter this country.  Poverty and joblessness are no excuses for violating our customs’ laws.

We were here first, an argument with which an activist like Ramos would debate, citing indigenous peoples who fought savagely against invaders themselves and lost.

Article 1, Section 8 – The Powers of Congress – grants Congress the power “to establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization.” Furthermore, it permits Congress “to provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.”

Finding a legal loophole in the 14th Amendment – “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside” – illegal aliens (including Mexicans, South Americans, Asians, and Middle Easterners) have regularly flouted this law to have their babies born in the United States.

Chain Migration refers to the endless chains of foreign nationals who are allowed to immigrate because citizens and lawful permanent residents are allowed to bring in their non-nuclear family members.

Chain Migration is the primary mechanism that has caused legal immigration in this country to quadruple from about 250,000 per year in the 1950s and 1960s to more than 1 million annually since 1990. As such, it is one of the chief culprits in America’s current record-breaking population boom and all the attendant sprawl, congestion, and school overcrowding that damage Americans’ quality of life.

Chain Migration is about family reunification beyond the nuclear family. Until the late 1950s, America’s immigration tradition of family unity had only included spouses and minor children. But since then, the law has been changed to enable immigrants to also send for their siblings, parents and adult children. These non-nuclear family members actually get precedence over an immigrant’s nuclear family.

This ill-conceived system also encourages illegal immigration because adult relatives of legal residents are known to overstay their visas (becoming illegal aliens) hoping to become legal immigrants. The claim that chain migration is about “family reunification” ignores the fact that each U.S. immigrant “disunites” another family by leaving relatives behind.

While it is understandable that immigrants wish to live alongside many members of their extended families, it is simply impossible to accommodate all of them in the United States, given this country’s current high rate of unemployment and future liabilities for programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

The “Comprehensive Immigration Reform” bill from the 113th Congress (S. 744) exacerbated the chain migration problem by facilitating the movement of growing numbers of poor elderly immigrants to the United States, adding to the spiraling costs of Medicare and Medicaid. To address this problem, Marta Tienda, a professor of sociology and demography at Princeton University, has suggested strengthening requirements that Americans financially support their elderly parents “by enforcing those requirements currently on the books.”

Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) has introduced the Nuclear Family Priority Act (H.R. 604) for the current Congress. The bill would end Chain Migration by eliminating several of the family preference visa classes that allow adult relatives to receive legal permanent residency status in the United States. Parents of U.S. citizens would be eligible for a renewable visa provided the immigrant’s son or daughter can prove that they can financially support their parents and provide health insurance coverage.

Different groups of immigrants to the United States throughout its history have employed different strategies to enter, work, and live in the United States. Some groups, such as Eastern European Jews, emigrated in families en masse from the Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires of the late 19th Century. Many groups have immigrated to the United States throughout history via chain migration. These social networks for migration are universal and not limited to specific nations, cultures, or crises.

Chain migration is an overarching theme of many of the immigration experiences in American history. One group of immigrants to the English colonies in North America (and later the United States) was African slaves brought over forcibly; the circumstances of their migration do not fit the criteria of chain migration of free labor.

Italian immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries relied on a system of both chain and return migration. Chain migration helped Italian men immigrate to the United States for work as migrant laborers. Italians generally left Italy due to dire economic conditions and returned wealthy by Italian standards after working in the United States for a number of years. Italian immigrants were called “ritorni” in Italy and grouped with other Southern and Eastern European migrant laborers under the term “birds of passage” in America.

However, after the passage of the Immigration Act of 1924, return migration was limited and led more Italians to become naturalized citizens. The networks that had been built up by information and money due to chain and return migration provided incentives for Italian permanent migration.

Mexican migration to the United States followed some of the same patterns as Italian immigration. The history of Mexican migrant labor in America and return migration to Mexico produced a network that allowed for chain migration once more restrictive legislation was passed hardening the border between the two nations.

Chain migration based on the knowledge gained from migrant labor experience and relationships with American residents or citizens again provided some ease of immigration. From 1942 to 1964, the American government sanctioned the Bracero Program, which allowed hundreds of thousands of Mexican migrant workers to assimilate into the American way of life.

After the Hart-Celler Act of 1965, which disbanded the Bracero Program, the incentives and effects of chain migration perpetuated undocumented immigration to the United States. Absent any of the economic incentives, the Mexican-American immigration relationship has a long-standing history and the effects of chain migration are pervasive, considering the number of Mexican-American citizens, legal residents, and illegal aliens. Social capital provided by chain migration has helped perpetuate Mexican migration, whether it is undocumented or legal.

While immigrants from European nations during the period before the McCarran–Walter Act of 1952 were able to immigrate legally if with relative levels of ease depending on country of origin, the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 barred almost all Chinese from immigrating to the United States. Nonetheless, many Chinese immigrants arrived in America by obtaining false documents.

The Chinese Exclusion Act allowed Chinese-Americans already settled in America to stay and provided for limited numbers of family members to immigrate with the correct paperwork. This loophole and the fateful 1906 earthquake that destroyed San Francisco’s public records provided Chinese immigrants, almost entirely men, with the potential to immigrate with false documents stating their familial relationship to a Chinese American.

These Chinese immigrants were called “paper sons,” because of their false papers. “Paper sons” relied on networks built by chain migration to buy documentation, develop strategies for convincing authorities on Angel Island of their legal status, and for starting a life in America.

A sparsely-populated country will welcome immigrants, particularly those equipped with the skills or education to help build the nation.  An already-flourishing nation with a sizeable native population that has an expectation of population growth will be less accommodating of immigrants.  The standards for immigration will be stricter, but not necessarily exclusive.

A wealthy nation imprudent in its finances and expenses, lax in its educational standards, and myopic in its social policies and national security, becomes a target for invasive, predatory immigrants.  Seeking largesse from the affluent but compromised population, with the help of socialist activists, they violate the nation’s borders, its laws, and its social customs.

Disrespect breeds anarchy.  Trump was the schoolmaster bringing a nihilistic student back into line.  The reporter was not seeking to ask a question but to make a declamation, which was not the purpose of the press conference.

Trump received accolades for his command of the situation from everyone except Hispanics and Hispanic groups agitating for open borders.  His Republican opponent, Chris Christie did not receive the same consideration for doing the same thing at town hall meetings in New Jersey, even though the situations were identical.

The New Jersey Town Hall meetings were held for the specific purpose of allowing town residents to ask the governor relevant questions pertaining to their town and their relationship to the state government.  Activists who tried to commandeer the meeting and expound upon their own agendas were, indeed, told by Gov. Christie to sit down – and shut up.

The Media never reported the overwhelming applause Christie received from his local audiences.  The incidents were not isolated or rare; they were a regular habit with the activists and Christie soon acclimated himself to these disturbances.  His popularity at New Jersey town hall meetings rose.  Audiences were SRO – standing room only.

The only difference between Christie’s town hall meetings and Trump’s press conferences is that the town hall meetings were not televised.  Had television cameras not been present, the Media would have given Trump the same moniker as Christie – “bully.”

Trump’s (and Christie’s) messages to out-of-line reporters and illegal immigrants:  wait your turn.

Bully for Chris Christie!  And bully for Donald Trump!

Published in: on August 28, 2015 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

We Are All WDBJ Today

Murderer Yester Lee Flanagan II, aka Bryce Williams (perhaps a play on the name Bryan Williams?), complained in a 23-page rant that he faxed to ABC News 90 minutes after he slaughtered WDBJ reporter, 24 year-old Alison Parker, and cameraman, 27 year-old Adam Ward, in cold-blood that he was a victim of racial and sexual harassment.

A third victim, Vicki Gardner, whom Parker was interviewing as part of piece on tourism, survived a shot in the back, when she turned in horror from the Smartphone camera-toting gunman.  As Ward fell, he managed to capture a screenshot of the murderer before he died and the camera fell to the deck of the balcony on which they were recording.

The quality of the screenshot was poor.  In the shadow of the balcony, with the camera lights (which were located on a separate, stationery tripod) flaring out his already light-brown skin, he, ironically, looked white.  In the brief seconds in which the camera caught him walking past, one (me for one) could have (and did) mistake him for a woman, due to the blue of the coat or jacket he was wearing.  As it turns out, the cameraman was wearing the same color, which may have been a station-oriented piece of clothing.

Having done his evil deed for the day, locating the pair after their first early-morning broadcast, he drove off in his car.  Police say that his filthy apartment was filled with disguises, indicating a well-planned execution.

Flanagan then switched to a rental car and drove north on I-81/66.  On that five-hour drive, he downloaded his own video of the murders to his Twitter and Facebook accounts.  The video has a surreal look as a still of the video (haven’t watched it, don’t plan to) shows him pointing his gun at a gaping, wide-eyed Alison Parker.  This monster tweeted how he etched the pair’s initials into the bullets he had planned for them.

Other Twitter and Facebook users pleaded with the two social media sites to close down his account, which they certainly did.  As Flanagan headed east on I-66, apparently headed towards Washington, D.C., his car went off the road about the same time his account was closed.  The episode ended with his suicide.

Flanagan was, as Rush Limbaugh expertly explained in his opening broadcast today, that the only victimization role Flanagan played was that of Affirmative Action.  The policy began in the early 1970s, Limbaugh explained, when television stations were required by the FCC to hire inexperienced and often incompetent minorities as on-air personalities, to give them the desired “exposure” to satisfy what would become known as “political correctness.”

Flanagan was fired from numerous television station jobs for not only incompetence, but belligerence and imagined racial grievances which the stations claim never happened.  Some have hinted that he was ridiculed for his inability to meet broadcasting standards.  His inability to accept criticism got him fired, however.

WDBJ station manager Jeff Marks noted that when Flanagan was fired in 2013 for untoward outbursts in the newsroom, the police had to escort him out of the building, with Flanagan insisting that he was not going to be forced out.  WDBJ employees were disconcerted to learn that Flanagan was still residing in the area.

Before his firing, he was told to seek help for mental illness or he would be terminated. Well did the station insist on this step.  Flanagan proved himself to be narcisstic (pictures of himself filled his apartment), paranoid, possibly delusional, and psychopathic (according to the U.K. Daily Mail, which read and posted his manifesto – another sign of mental illness – he admitted to killing his housecats in the woods; the combination of events “made” him do it)

By noontime yesterday, most of us had had enough of this crazy man and his horrible, horrible deeds, playing over and over on television.  Networks were kind enough not to replay the videos; the unfortunate Alison’s and Ms. Gardner’s screams were enough to leave this blogger depressed for the rest of the day.

One piece of good news was that Vicki Gardner survived the attack.  Friends and associates said that she completely devoted to the community of Smith Mountain Lake as the head of the local Chamber of Commerce.  Hurray for Ms. Gardner, and hurray for community.  The associate said that she was going to come back, stronger than ever.  Her husband saw her shot on live television.

Alison Parker showed every promise of being a great reporter and storyteller.  Fox News played a video of her introducing herself to station WDBJ.  She told a wonderful and funny story of how her parents took her to vacation in the Grand Canyon.  Their guide got them to the bottom of the canyon and, telling them that he’d be right back, vanished.  At the appointed time, their horses (or donkeys) took off on schedule, minus the guide, to go back to the stables at the top of the canyon, with the Parkers hanging on for all they were worth.

What a great story!  How many other stories that area of Virginia as well as future viewers of other news stations will now never have the opportunity to hear, thanks to this crazy man who complained that Parker had uttered a racial epithet within his hearing.  Did she?  Or did she just gently recommend to him that he seek employment in a market area more in tune with his particular point-of-view?  We’ll never know.

Adam Ward made the “error” of reporting the unstable Flanagan/Williams to Human Resources.  Generally, “going HR” is a breach of office etiquette, especially after a first offense.  Flanagan certainly complained of it in his Twitterance.  One can’t help observing that Flanagan must have done something more than jerk out of the box (out of the camera frame – which subsequent videos of Flanagan doing his job show him just about to do) for Ward to report him to HR.

Both reporters were engaged to be married.  Ward’s fiancee’s wedding dress arrived today.  Ott also worked at the station as a producer.  She watched as the shootings occurred, live.  It was to be their last day at WDBJ.  Parker was also leaving to take a new job.

Meanwhile, opportunistic media and politicians are taking this opportunity to “blame the gun” for the murders, a gun that Flanagan purchased legally.  The blame lays squarely on the shoulders of the murderer, grimly looking down at the dying Ward as they both took one, final shot.  Flanagan reminded me of Mohammed Atta;  he had that same death’s head demeanor.

We may well ask why background checks for mental illness are failing.  Is it reluctance of employers like WDMJ to report violent, mentally ill workers for fear of reprisal or out of sympathetic humanity?  Was Flanagan arrested for disturbing the peace after he was escorted off the premises of WDMJ?  Or didn’t the station want to press charges?

Is there some change of law that needs to take place so that the police can arrest such offenders without involving the employer, spouse, family, or retail establishment?

As for the racial and sexual harassment elements of this story, it’s time for the Media to cease reporting these stories.  The Media needs to stop serving as the public relations arm for activist groups who stir up resentment, hostility and violence in minority communities.  Yesterday, black activists posted tweets hailing Flanagan as some sort of black homosexual hero.

WDBJ’s morning anchor Jean Jadhon, who listened – and presumably watched – the killings with wide, horrified eyes – did an admirable job remaining calm and bringing the broadcast back into the studio.  She called the story Parker and Ward were working on a “fluff” story, in which no violence or danger was expected, in comparison to covering riots, bank robberies or severe weather

But I think that we owe all reporters, camera operators and photographers a debt of gratitude for not only putting themselves in harm’s way, as much as soldiers, police officers and firefighters but also for reporting the “fluff stuff.”

The fluff stories, the puff pieces about real community organizers like Vicki Gardner, though considered less “newsworthy,” are as important as the gritty, hard-nosed stories about murderers like Flanagan.

His name will live now in infamy (whether we want to or not, we will remember him).

Wouldn’t it have been better if we remembered Vicki Gardner’s name, for her community efforts, and the future Alison Parker-Hurst, Emmy-winning newscaster, and Adam Ward for whatever achievements he might reached someday?

Now we’ll only remember Parker and Ward for having been murdered.  May they rest in peace and their loved ones’ hearts find comfort in God.

As for Vicki Gardner, whose condition has been upgraded to good, we wish her the very best of luck in the future with a vengeance.  Smith Mountain Lake is a very lucky community to have her.

Discipline seems severe to the one forsaking the way.  But whoever hates reproof will die.  The Grave and the place of destruction are in full view of Jehovah.  How much more so the hearts of men!  The scoffer does not love the one correcting him.  He will not consult the wise.  A joyful heart makes for a cheerful countenance, but heartache crushes the spirit.  The understanding heart seeks knowledge.  But the mouth of the stupid feeds on foolishness.  All the days of the afflicted one are bad.

But the one with a cheerful heart has a continual feast.”   Proverbs 15:10-15

Published in: on August 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Democrat Placekeeper Go-with-the-Flow Joe to Seek Presidential Nomination

As the good ship S.S. Hillary founders on the political rocks of scandal and ignominious town hall performances, the Democrat Party is holding lifeboat drills in case they must abandon ship.  Someone must serve as the masthead for the next ship.

The nominee need only serve as a placeholder for a better-qualified candidate.  The next candidate is still months away from being prepared to launch their own campaign.  The Party didn’t realize the extent of the damage to the S.S. Hillary.  To their horror, they’ve discovered the captain of the Hillary inadvertently drove spikes into the planking of her own ship and sent up a prison orange distress flag just for good measure.

Hillary is still flailing about on the deck of her ship, wondering why all the rats have deserted the ship.  Admiral Obama has issued the new XO his orders, giving him at least temporary command of the Democrat fleet, complete with his own flagship.

That captain of the bounding main is none other than Joe “Ho-Ho” Biden.  The cartoonish, buffoonish oaf of a vice president who is most deserving of the National Clown Nose; the idiot who once invited a paraplegic veteran to stand up to be honored; the most cringe-worthy Vice President of the United States ever to embarrass that noble, if under-appreciated, office.

Have Democrat voters absolutely no shame at all, no sense of dignity, no depths to which they will not plunge in their desperation to someone, anyone up for office, that they would resort to nominating this fool for office?

Remember these gems?

  • “J-O-B-S is a three-letter word”
  • FDR promoted his economic recovery program on television in 1929
  • “Remember, I said it standing here… we’re going to have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy [Obama].”
  • “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy. I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
  • “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.”
  • “Hillary Clinton is as qualified or more qualified than I am to be Vice President of the United States of America. Let’s get that straight. She’s a truly close personal friend. She is qualified to be President of the United States of America. She’s easily qualified to be Vice President of the United States of America. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me. But she’s first rate.”
  • “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”

And these gaffes were just from the 2008 Presidential campaign.

Joe Biden is not merely a clown; he’s a corrupt clown.  Michelle Malkin devoted an entire chapter of her book, Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies (2009, Regnery Publishing) to Obama’s running mate (what better insurance against assassination could a president ask for than a loser for vice president?).

In introducing his running mate “in front of the Illinois Statehouse in Springfield in August 2008…Obama introduced his partner as an insider’s outsider, a ‘working class kid from Scranton and Wilmington’ who ‘has always been a friend to the underdog.’  Obama praised his choice for the vice-presidency as a ‘unique public servant who is at home in a bar in Cedar Rapids and the corridors of the Capitol; in the VFW hall in Concord, and at the center of an international crisis.’

God help us.

“Above all, Obama said, ‘Joe Biden is that rare mix – for decades, he has brought change to Washington but Washington hasn’t changed him.

“Biden was only too eager to claim the mantle of Working Class Hero in his acceptance speech.  ‘Ladies and gentlemen, your kitchen table is like mine,’ he said.  ‘You sit there at night after you put the kids to bed and you talk, you talk about what you need.  You talk about how much you are worried about being able to pay the bills.’

“Your kitchen table, however,” Malkin writes, “is probably not like the one in the Biden family’s $3 million, custom-made, lakefront home – built and paid for with generous help from wealthy banking executives and developers.”

She cites the International Herald Tribune (in the text of the book, she writes “New York Times” but the footnote refers to the IHT), which reported in its Oct. 2, 2008 edition, “A review of his finances found that when it comes to some of his largest expenses, like the purchase and upkeep of his home and his use of Amtrak trains to get around, he has benefitted from resources and relationships not available to average Americans.”

Readers of the Wilmington News Journal wrote in to dispel Biden’s folksy image:

“Twenty years ago, Biden lied about his academic record and assumed (with conviction and sincerity) the life story of a British politician (Neil Kinnock).”

“It’s not just that he lies; it’s that he lies SO well that you think he really believes the stuff he makes up.”

“Joe makes things up, and repeats them even when he knows they aren’t true.  The worst one was about the truck driver who was driving when Neilia [Biden, Joe Biden’s first wife] was killed in 1972.  He maliciously lied, repeatedly saying that the (now-deceased) driver was drinking.  Lying about a dead man is the lowest of the low things one can do.  That is not “being human” or “flubbing the facts.”  That’s just plain evil.”

He’s also just plain corrupt.  Malkin writes:

“While Biden boasts of being one of the Senate’s least wealthy members, he has profited mightily from the perks of entrenched incumbency – earmarks, sweetheart real estate deals, and lucrative positions for his children.  Biden prides himself on shaking up business as usual in Washington, but he used his clout to install his sons in positions of influence and fill the family coffers…Biden helped grease the wheels for his son Hunter’s entry into…corporate law and hedge-fund management.”

Among the many corporations that flocked to Delaware to avail themselves of the state’s friendly tax laws (no income tax) and corporate governance rules, Malkin tells us, was MBNA, the world’s largest independent issuer of credit cards (MBNA was bought by Bank of America in 2006).

“Former MBNA president Charles Cawley pioneered the ‘affinity card’ concept by marketing credits branded by sports teams, unions and other special interest groups.  The 1990s saw business boom and jobs skyrocket.  Spending ballooned, too:  MBNA splurged on private golf` courses, vintage cars, expensive watercraft, Lear and Gulfstream jets, a helicopter, a lavish $56 million downtown Wilmington headquarters, and even an in-house barbershop and nail salon.  Managers gave away cars to top call-center employees.  The company amassed a $65 million art collection, and in 2001, surpassed DuPont as the state’s largest employer.”

“MBNA spread wealth in other ways, too.  United States Senator Joe Biden was a prime beneficiary of the credit card behemoth’s largesse.  Since 1993, the company has been the number one donor to his campaigns.  In 1996, Biden sold his two-decades-old mansion (a fixer-upper that had been slated for demolition) to MBNA Vice Chairman John Cochran.  The asking price was $1.2 million.  Cochran forked over the full sum.  Biden then paid $350,000 in cash to real estate developer Keith Stoltz for a 4.2 acre lakefront lot.  Stoltz had paid that same amount five years earlier for the undeveloped property.

“Stoltz told the Wilmington News Journal that “the residential real estate market was soft” at the time he sold the land to Biden.  But “soft” for whom? “

Comparable prices, reporter Byron York found, went ‘for a good deal less than their appraised value.  In comparison, it appears Cochran simply paid Biden’s full asking price.”  MBNA reimbursed Cochran $330,115 for the expenses, to make up for a loss he suffered on the sale of his Maryland home.  Biden tapped campaign funds to pay for his home’s lawn needs – costing a few thousand dollars every year, according to the International Herald Tribune.

“Soon after Biden’s 1996 re-election,” Malkin writes, “MBNA hired Biden’s son, Hunter.  By 1998, Hunter was a senior vice president.  Meanwhile, “Dad” was representing the credit card giant on it pet project:  bankruptcy reform (Biden would end up voting four times in favor of the company’s agenda.  The changes MBNA pushed for would make it more difficult for credit card holders to abandon their debt (That’s not a bad thing, in my opinion, Malkin adds, but the bill hardly matches Biden’s class-warfare populist rhetoric about the ‘rich’).”

In any case, a decade later, that’s exactly what credit card holders and risky mortgage holders would do.

“According to the Center for Responsible Politics, the lobbying industry kicked in$344,000 for Biden’s campaigns since 1989, making lobbyists his tenth largest contributing industry.  During the 2008 election cycle, he took in $43,000 more than the average $81,700 that lobbyists gave senators.

“What was the effect of these lobbying contributions?  Joe Biden himself said it best at a campaign event in December 2007, addressing a supporter named ‘Lynn.’

 

Lobbyists aren’t bad people.  Special interest groups are not bad people, but guess what?  They’re corrosive.  People who accept the money from them aren’t bad people.  But it’s human nature.  You go out, Lynn, and bundle $250,000 for me – all legal – and then you call me after I’m elected and say, “Joe, I’d like to come and talk to you about something.”  You didn’t buy me, but it’s human nature.  You helped me.  I’m going to say, “Sure, Lynn, come on in.”

Guess Donald Trump got that one right.

Malkin cites page after page of shady deals and corporate cronyism.

“Senator Biden’s good friend of thirty years, Joseph Cari, served as Biden’s Midwest Field Director for the 1988 Biden for President campaign.  Cari raised money for the Democrat Party for decades, serving as a key fundraiser for former president Bill Clinton, former vice president Al Gore, the Democrat Senatorial and Congressional Campaign Committees, the democrat National Committee, and scores of individual candidates.  Biden returned to Cari for advice on his second presidential run in 2008.  Cari’s advice should have been:  Stay away from me, buddy.

“Three years earlier, Cari had confessed to his role in $850,000 kickback scandal tied to the political fund-raising operation of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (who was later impeached).  The scheme was directed by Barack Obama’s old Chicago crony, Tony Rezko.

“Cari pleaded guilty to attempting to commit extortion in his role as a partner and managing director of a private equity firm that had received $35 million from the Illinois state teachers’ public pension plan.  Cari threatened to withhold $85 million in teacher retirement system funds from a real estate investment firm unless it hired a consultant of his choosing.

“At the behest of co-defendant Stuart Levine, who sat on the Teachers Retirement System board, Cari executed a plan to squeeze political or charitable contributions from their cherry-picked consultants, who were to be hired by the private firms in exchange for public pension fund investments.”

A few weeks after Obama signed the $787 billion, pork-stuffed “economic stimulus” into law and appointed Biden as the stimulus watchdog, Biden announced that the “sinkhole” known as Amtrak would get a $1.3 billion of stimulus funds to expand passenger rail capacity and boost Delaware’s economy.”  Only, the Northeast Corridor is only one of two regions where Amtrak is making any money; the rest of its rail operations are bleeding Amtrak dry.

“Nobody messes with Joe,” Biden bragged after being named head of the “RAT” Board (Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board).

A well-stocked library is an essential commodity for those watching our country sink into the abyss of Socialism.  Only in the United Socialist States of America could ignorant voters possibly contemplate a “President Biden.”

The theory is that Biden is serving as “placekeeper” or “bookmark” until John Kerry deems the time is right “to save the day” and like a political Mighty Mouse, dive in to rescue the Democrat from its Damsel-in-Distress and Biden the Bumpkin.

Published in: on August 26, 2015 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

Putting Out the Sustainable Development Fires

The five-alarm fire that destroyed the Avalon Bay complex in Edgewater, N.J., this past January swept through the building almost as quickly as Obamacare passed through the U.S. Senate, destroying half of the 408 units in the apartment.

According to Monday’s Bergen Record, Robert Beattie, Second District Vice President of the Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey described the apartment as “a virtual vertical lumber yard.”

The PFANJ joined with other firefighters associations at a news conference on Sunday at the razed Edgewater complex to demand stricter fire code regulations for Avalon Bay projects.

“[S]ome lawmakers called for changes to the state building codes to require sturdier material, firewalls and enhanced sprinkler systems.  But none of the bill introduced has been voted on.”

Furthermore, various bills have been presented to the N.J. legislature by both Democrats and Republicans.  Republican bills call for a two-year moratorium on the approval and construction of multi-unit residences using light wood frames – the type of construction used at not just Avalon Bay’s complex in Englewood, but also in Bloomingdale and probably other sites, as well.

Light wood frame construction is prone to collapse in fires, like matchsticks, as materials burn quickly.  Home builders like Avalon Bay prefer it because construction is cheaper and faster.  Recommendations from fire safety experts also call for limiting wood-frame construction to three floors and 20,000 square feet per floor, more sprinklers, including in attic and closet spaces and between masonry firewalls between buildings.

They also advise restricting pedestal construction – such as concrete parking garages upon which the apartments are built – to one storey.

Avalon Bay representatives have given assurances that it has voluntarily agreed to upgrade the systems in projects under construction in Princeton and Maywood, but would not commit to enhanced sprinkler systems for other proposed, future projects such as Wayne and Teaneck.

New Jersey Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto (D-Secaucus) is considering presenting his own bill next month.  A construction code official, he has met with offices from the Department of Community Affairs and building trade unions and understands, according to the Bergen Record, “what it will take to create legislation that will improve building standards to not only protect lives but also prevent the devastating property damage and life disruptions suffered by residents in the Avalon fire in Edgewater,” his spokesman Philip Swibinski said.”

Far down in the article, the Bergen Record finally reveals that Prieto is also reviewing bills that have proposed requiring sprinklers in new single- and two-family homes.  Gov. Chris Christie conditionally vetoed the bill in May.

“The governor issued statement saying that requiring sprinklers in all new-home construction would increase homeowners’ costs by thousands of dollars at a time when many are stilling rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy.  He also said that different structures have different needs and recommended that the bill be amended to have the Department of Community Affairs determine if sprinklers should be required in new town homes.”

So there is the smoking gun of the Sustainable Development agenda of suburban destruction.  The Democrat-majority New Jersey legislature will stall any bills reforming the state fire code regarding multiple-dwelling units until they can force their agenda upon New Jersey homeowners.

The substandard Avalon Bay Bloomingdale complex was a thicket of “vertical lumber.”  Anyone with eyes to see – except, apparently Bloomingdale’s mayor, town council, and zoning board – could see all that open space, with inadequate firebreaks to prevent a fire from spreading, constituted a tremendous fire hazard.  The town got away with this negligence by declaring the brush-strewn thicket an “urban blight zone.”

They couldn’t see the forest (right across Union Avenue) for the fees.  Should Avalon Bay Bloomingdale burn down, as its sister complex in Edgewater did, Union Avenue will become an urban blight zone.  Thanks to the number of welfare residents already living there, the site is already halfway there.

Depending on where such a fire would start, we locals wonder how the fire company will stop the fire from spreading to the nearby woods overhanging the development.  In a dry season, a fire could easily spread all the way up the nearby hill to the elementary school and even across Union Avenue to Federal Hill, which hangs hard-by over Union Avenue.

No wonder the town built a new firehouse just down the road from Avalon Bay.  No worries, though.  Bloomingdale has already sold that hill – or set of hills – to Tilson Construction.  A fire would just make it easier to clear more forest for more building fees.

However, our firefighters are already busy helping to put out those fires before they start.

Published in: on August 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

DJIA Drops Nearly 1,100 Points

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged  777 points, the biggest ever single-day crash, on Sept. 29, 2008, allegedly after the U.S. House of Representatives rejected the government’s $700 billion bank bailout plan. The drop obliterated $1.2 trillion in market value.

This morning, the DJIA dropped, at opening, nearly 1,100 points.  We won’t know until the end of the day what the total loss will be.  The DJIA must climb another 400 points to avoid recording a new low for a one-day stock market loss.

Looks like I sold off my own stock just in time.  I was worried because I feared Wall Street might panic at China’s imploding economy and stampede into a sell-off.  I needed my money.  I should have sold it back in the Spring.

Unlike the Wall Street gang, I wasn’t jittery about the stock market.  Well actually, I was.  But my reason for selling off my stock is that I’m broke and having trouble finding another job.  Another job that doesn’t involve standing up all day, as in Wendy’s across the street or Burger King down the road.  Arthritis has caught up with me and I just can’t do a stand-up job.

I didn’t think finding another position was going to be this difficult.  I thought surely I’d be able to sign up with a temporary firm.  Whatever company engaged me would find I’m more than capable of doing the work, especially keeping them organized and I’d find my place again among honest, working people.

Instead, they want to review my resume ahead of time to make sure I’m not a long-term unemployed casualty.  Damaged goods.  Someone behind the technical curve.  The situation is frustrating and depressing.

I’m up-to-date on Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  I’m fluent in programs like InDesign because I’m so old I learned the language when I was a young 20-something like the young people they’re hiring now or making the hiring decisions.

You’d think I was begging for charity.  All I want is some 9 to 5 office job.  At this point, even part-time would be okay.

However, this is a buyer’s market, the buyers being the companies and they can afford to not only be picky, but discriminating and outright nasty.  The hiring e-mails coming through from hiring consultants say that if you use AOL or know MS-DOS, your skills are outdated (DOS language isn’t outdated in InDesign; the application is based on DOS language).

But this is Obama’s scheme.  The Baby Boomer Generation is the up-and-coming Social Security generation that will turn 65 in the next decade.  The Social Security coffers are barren, thanks to corruption of this entitlement program that rewards illegal immigrants instead of those who earned the benefits.  So we’ve been thrown out of work, deliberately I believe, in order to lessen the benefits we can claim.

Our benefits not only will be reduced, but we will also have spent our retirement pay struggling to get by these next ten years.  Those stocks were meant to see me through retirement.  Now they’re only going to last another few months.  Then I’ll be back to mounting up debt on my credit card, unless a job miracle comes through.

Seeing the DJIA drop nearly 1,100 points this morning was discouraging.  This will mean more lay-offs and more competition for non-existent jobs.

Did this Baby Boomer help set off a stock panic?  Well, maybe one of those companies should have hired me.  Or someone like me.  Then we wouldn’t have had to sell our stocks in order to meet the next mortgage payment, rent, or property tax payment.

With every drop of the Dow, we’re transforming into Obama’s socialist state where the very wealthy – who get bargain prices on our cast-off stocks – will enjoy vacations to Disneyworld, the Caribbean, and Fiji.  Meanwhile, the hoipoloi will be branded “losers” and dropped off into the economic abyss, wondering how we’re going to keep a roof over our heads.

My younger brother is building a gigantic new shed on my mother’s property.  When you’re his height, you tend to build big.

“Install insulation,” I said.  “I may have to live here.”

Published in: on August 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iran’s Side-Step Deal

What a relief! What a comfort it is to know that Iran will be inspecting its own nuclear proliferation sites! The IAEA can relax! Their inspectors won’t have to march through the burning desert for 40 days with their geiger counts and into the Elbutz Mountains trying to find where the Iranians are hiding their nuclear weapons!

According to a document obtained by Fox News, Iran is going to Fed-Ex photos, videos and soil samples of their Parchin nuclear weapons site.

A draft document exclusively obtained by Fox News supports reports that Iran would play a major role in inspections at its controversial Parchin nuclear site, by providing U.N. inspectors with crucial materials.

The so-called side deal, labeled “Separate Arrangement II,” says Iran will “provide to the [International Atomic Energy Agency]” photos and videos of locations and environmental samples, “taking into account military concerns.”

Details of the arrangement were first reported by the Associated Press.

The agreement also provides that the agency would ensure the “technical authenticity” of activities — in other words, ensuring nuclear work was not meant for weapons development — but the IAEA would use Iran’s “authenticated equipment.”

This would be followed by a visit from the IAEA director general.

The details of the agreement for Parchin, where Iran has long been suspected of trying to build nuclear weapons, have fueled concerns from critics.

“The agreement looks like Iran calls the shots, vetoing technical inspections when they want, where they want at the Parchin military site,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., said in a statement.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told Fox News the side agreement is a “joke” and threatened to withhold millions of taxpayer dollars “until I get to look at this side deal.”

The IAEA, though, has called the original AP report — which also suggested Iran would be able to self-police inspection of the Parchin site and use its own experts — a misrepresentation.

“I am disturbed by statements suggesting that the IAEA has given responsibility for nuclear inspections to Iran. Such statements misrepresent the way in which we will undertake this important verification work,” IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in a statement.

A senior Obama administration official also told Fox News, “There is no ‘self-inspection’ of Iranian facilities, and the IAEA has in no way given responsibility for nuclear inspections to Iran. Not now and certainly not in the future.”

The official called the IAEA-Iran arrangements “technically sound and consistent with the agency’s long-established practice.”

State Department officials say under this agreement, Iran won’t be able to avoid layers of scrutiny.

But here’s what the document, dated July 11, 2015, says (go to link):

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/interactive/2015/08/21/iran-iaea-side-agreement-on-nuclear-inspections/?intcmp=hpbt2100%

The notorious Max Fisher of Vox World.com, this generation’s Noam Chomsky, declared that the Associated Press got it all wrong, that Parchin is an old site.

That’s exactly the problem:  Parchin is an old site, last used, according to Fisher and Iran, around 2002 to test nuclear explosions.  That sounds suspiciously like they have all the materials they need to make a bomb.  All they need now is the delivery system.

Still, what comfort to know that Iran is, indeed, going to “self-inspect” its Parchin site and mail the photos, videos, and soil samples to the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), as though they’d had a car accident and were sending photos of the crash and auto body damage to their insurance company in order to save time.

The Iranians have graciously agreed to play host to the IAEA general director – and his bodyguard – at some later date.

Isn’t that nice?  The people living on Long Island (a high number of Jewish people and extremely rich Hamptonites) will be relieved to hear that.  They live east of New York City and any radiation plume would travel eastward on the prevailing westerly winds.  Oh, right now we’re getting a lot of mucky weather traveling up from the south.  One storm squeezed itself out right over Scotch Plains, N.J., a wealthy community in central New Jersey (but don’t tell the terrorists that).

Iran’s main North American target is New York City.  However, they will probably feel obliged to bomb Los Angeles, far to the south, and San Francisco.  Unless the Big One hits, in which case, Iran can save those bombs for some other targets.  The Iranians will be disappointed if those two cities aren’t there to bomb.  Those same westerly winds would eventually carry the radiation plume over the San Fernando Valley, over the Rockies and into the Midwest, contaminating our food supplies for the next 30,000 years or something.

The San Fernando Valley is already shriveling up thanks to a long drought and the imperiled smelt.  In order to protect the smelt, the EPA has cut off the water supplies to California’s Central Valley, where all the farms are.  Since they can’t very well cut-off water to the fabulously wealthy cities of San Francisco and Los Angeles, the authorities are considering a water tunnel, which will undercut the Central Valley.

Right now, not only are the farm owners being driven out of business, but there’s no work for their illegal immigrants, either.  The illegals are living in makeshift huts, according to an article in the National Review.  The illegal have been arriving in droves, even though the drought has been going on for a number of years.  The only main hospital in the area has been flooded with the uninsured undocumenteds.

You’d think California, of all states, would have more compassion for their sanctuary citizens.  But no; the smelt come first.

Now that the Iranians can self-inspect, however, the Central Valley’s misery will soon be over.  If the Iranians don’t get California, God will.  The meek will inherit the Central Valley.

See there?  Yet another benefit of the Side Deal.  While the IAEA is busy waiting for the DHL package to arrive, Iran scientists will be busy manufacturing enough bombs to turn the entire United States into the Central Valley.

Those of us who are unemployed and have been rejected by Millennial human resource managers (charitable organizations will help veterans and welfare recipients find work; wouldn’t it be nice if someone would give those of us in our mid-50s a break and vouch for us?) because we don’t use Instagram, Hangouts, or Snapchat and use “ancient” e-mail services like aol.com or yahoomail, can take comfort in The Iranian Bomb that’s headed for New York City.

No one will, though.  The coming tyranny needs useful idiots, not experienced workers who don’t need to be trained on programs like InDesign because we already know the “ancient” MS-DOS language upon which InDesign is based.  That’s what useful idiots do – they reinvent the wheel.  We also remember what telephone rings originally sounded like, how to replace typewriter ribbons, and how to read maps (but I love my Garmin all the same).  We also remember analog watches, roll-down windows, and record-players.

We used to make fun of our elders, too.  But then again, back during those 13 days in October, most of our equipment was manual or we had recourse to manual equipment, even manual washing machines and washboards.

Just wait, Millennials.  Once the Iranians set off their EMP devices, if the device doesn’t fry your brains, it will certainly fry all your electronics and you’ll know why these things are important.

Getting into the city would be impossible, of course, because emergency management would reverse the inbound lanes on all the Hudson River bridges and tunnels.  However, there’s a very nice spot in Fort Lee Historic Park, overlooking the George Washington Bridge.  We rejects would have a front-row seat to the show, assuming the Iranians provide enough time.  Fort Lee is about a 30-minute ride from here.

Think the Iranian deal is just fine, Millennials?  You should; you helped vote in the guy responsible for it.

So you can watch your freedom and your civilization disappear in a flash, just like an image on Snapchat.

Published in: on August 21, 2015 at 12:13 pm  Leave a Comment  

Orange Suits Hillary Clinton at Las Vegas Presser

You had to know it wasn’t going to be a good night for Hillary Clinton when she showed up for her presser at the Pearson Community Center in North Las Vegas clad in an orange jumpsuit.

My colorblind friend said the jumpsuit was red. I told him, “No. Look at the flag behind. Those stripes are red; the jumpsuit is orange.”

Coming off her amazing comment about Snapchat on Saturday in Iowa – “You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account,” she said. “I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves.”

OMG! Did she just say that?! Gee, if only Richard Nixon could have had Snapchat. Yes, indeed, those pesky messages just vanish into cyberspace and will never come back to bite you. Network servers on the other hand, are a little harder to joke about. You can never be too sure that everything is erased, or wiped, to use the jargon systems administrators use. Her “joke” was as near a confession of her guilt as we’re ever likely to get out of her.

We just didn’t think Hillary could get any funnier. The Bergen Record reported today that the Democrats consider Ted Cruz an easy target because he had the audacity to try to shut down the runaway government. Talk about David and Goliath. That’s the best they’ve got? Donald Trump is not as easy a target as they thought. He keeps coming on like a tank. The New York Daily News should take that red clown nose and plant it on Hillary.

The Democrats need to keep an eye on their own walking, talking target. Remember, you’ve read it here many times: John Kerry is waiting in the wings to take a second swipe at the presidency. Once he wins his Nobel Prize, he’ll step out of the shadows to take over from Hillary.

Meanwhile the Clinton Collapse keeps rolling on. “What difference does it make?” didn’t make a very convincing impression on the public. Neither did yesterday’s performance, where she stammered, flailed her arms and rolled her bulging eyes at the notion that anyone would question her trustworthiness. Or good judgment.

Fox News’ Ed Henry took the lead, noting that she’s blamed Republicans and she made a Snapchat joke. Shouldn’t she take responsibility?

“Look, I take responsibility,” she replied. “Look, I just told Jeff, in retrospect, this didn’t turn out to be convenient at all and I regret that this has become such a cause celebre.”

Not convenient at all. The truth never is.

“But this does not change the facts and no matter what anybody tries to say, the facts are stubborn. What I did was legally permitted, number one, first and foremost, okay? Number two, I turned over — out of an abundance of an attempt to be helpful — over anything that I even thought was even vaguely related. In fact, they’ve already concluded more than 1,200 of the e-mails I gave them have nothing to do with the work, and I said make them public. And that’s the process that one goes through to make them public. So, I know there’s a certain level of, you know, sort of anxiety or interest in this, but the facts are the facts.”

The “fact” is that the FBI has concluded that over 300 “hold classified information” e-mails were discovered, at least two of which hold information of a very high security classification. People with a security clearance culled them. And she had a lawyer without a security clearance store them. You’d think someone wearing an orange jumpsuit would realize that’s a problem.

Henry then had Clinton stammering over a question about another official report that she had Top Secret information:

“Ed, you’re not listening to me — Ed, if it were — well, if it were a government account, they would be saying the same thing. The fact — no, no, no. Well, look — first of all, that is not in any way agreed upon. The State Department disagrees. That happens all the time in these efforts to say what can go out and what can’t go out. That is a part of the ordinary process.”

If sending out classified information over private, unprotected servers is an “ordinary process” then the State Department has a big problem. Perhaps we should return to human couriers with attache cases handcuffed to their wrists. It couldn’t be any worse than sending e-mails that can be easily hacked.

“Everybody is acting like this is the first time it’s ever happened. It happens all the time. And I can only tell you that the State Department has said over and over again, we disagree. So, that’s what they’re sorting out and that’s what happens a lot of the times. But whether it was a personal account or a government account, I did not send classified material and I did not receive any material that was marked or designated classified, which is the way you know whether something is.”

“What you’re seeing now is a disagreement between agencies saying, you know what? They should have. And the other saying no, they shouldn’t. That has nothing to do with me. If it had been a government account and I said release it, we’d be having the same arguments.”

She’d be making the same arguments in a courtroom already. The FBI has stated that given the information they’ve seen so far, and it’s only the tip of the iceberg, that there’s no way the information could have been sent or received without the “Top Secret” designation.

Ed Henry kept after her.

“The FBI believes you tried to wipe the entire server. Did you try to wipe the entire — so that there would be no emails, no personal or no official?”

“Well, my personal e-mails are my personal business, right?”

Wrong. By sending personal and official e-mails using the same server, she legally loses control of the personal emails and she does not have the authority to personally decide what is and is not a government record, although she claimed she does.

Again, Henry asked her about the server being wiped

“Did you try to wipe the entire–so that there’d be no email, no personal and no official?”

“I don’t know,” she said. “I have no idea. What you – you mean, did I like wipe it with a cloth or something?”

 

Here, she made a mocking gesture of wiping a screen with a cloth.

 

I don’t know how it works digitally at all. I know you want to make a point. I will just repeat what I have said: in order to be cooperative as possible, we have turned over the server….we turned over everything that was work-related. Every single thing.”

“In order to be as cooperative as possible, we have turned over the server. They can do whatever they want to with the server to figure out what’s there and what’s not there. That’s for the people investigating it to try to figure out.”

And then she ended the press conference. The total time: 4 minutes and 40 seconds..

During the Snapchat controversy, Clinton said:  “You know what, it’s not about emails or servers either — it’s about politics.  I will do my part to provide transparency to Americans.  That’s why I’m insisting 55,000 pages of my emails be published as soon as possible. I didn’t offer to answer questions for months before Congress.  I just provided my server to the Justice Department.  But here’s what I won’t do. I won’t get down in the mud with them. I won’t play politics with national security or dishonor the memory of those who we lost.”

What nerve – invoking the memory of the Ambassador Stephens and the others who died in Benghazi.  This is the same Hillary Clinton who, as a Senator from New York, decried Pres. George Bush’s presence at a September 11th anniversary memorial.

“I won’t pretend that this is anything other than what it is:  the same old partisan games we’ve seen so many times before.  So I don’t care how many super PACs and Republicans pile on.  I’ve been fighting for families and underdogs my entire life, and I’m not going to start now.”

What difference, at this point, does it make?

Then, yesterday, Clinton’s campaign stated that emails on the private server she used when she was Secretary of State contained material that is now classified, the clearest explanation thus far of an issue that has roiled her bid for the presidency.

At the same time, The Washington Post reported, “the campaign sought to downplay the disclosure by saying the material had been retroactively classified out of an abundance of caution by U.S. intelligence agencies.”

“She was at worst a passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became deemed as classified,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.

Here we have yet another Hillary Howler:  “unwitting information.”  So this virtual freight train of classified information, stripped naked of its “Top Secret” cloak,  “unwittingly” wandered into her e-mail and onto her public/private server?  And finding a naked e-mail train on her server – GASP! – Hillary compassionately placed another “Top Secret” cloak upon it so it wouldn’t get “lost” again?

Platte River Networks, a 40-person company in Denver, Colo., was hired to handle the server in June 2013 after Mrs. Clinton left office. Platte River specializes in handling tech chores such as network monitoring and cybersecurity for banks, law firms and construction companies. The company’s Facebook page features photos of its sales team dressed as nurses and patients inspired by the 1975 film “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Platte River Networks’ spokesman Andy Boian said yesterday that the company didn’t know about any classified material on the server.

The Clinton server was picked up at the Clintons’ home in New York and moved to a “secure data center in New Jersey,” where it operated until last week. The computer was operational when Platte River took possession of it. “It was an email server,” Boian said, “That’s what they used it for.”

Pointing to two emails that helped spark the FBI probe, the Clinton campaign said State Department officials considered the material unclassified at the time it was sent. The controversy, said Mr. Fallon, amounts to a dispute between different agencies within the Obama administration about what constitutes classified material and what should be released publicly.

The two emails in question were written by lower-ranking State Department officials and forwarded to Mrs. Clinton by top aides Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin, who both now work for her Democratic presidential campaign.

An inspector general for the intelligence community said earlier this year he found four emails containing material that were classified at the time they were written.

Fox News on Wednesday identified two of them as being emails that already have been released publicly as part of an investigation into the death of the U.S. ambassador in Benghazi, Libya. Both the State Department and the Clinton campaign say neither was classified at the time they were sent to Mrs. Clinton.

“Nobody talks to me about it other than you guys.”  Other than the F.B.I.

Will those two hapless Clinton aides, Sullivan and Abedin (wife of the King of Cringe, Anthony Weiner – did he introduce Hillary to Snapchat?), take the pratfall for Hillary?  If convicted and sent to prison before Obama’s time is up, will he pardon her (almost certainly)?

Clinton is probably hoping that the laughter will die down by the time the primaries begin (in about six months or less).

If she wants the laughter to die down, she’d better burn that orange jumpsuit.  Or it’s going to take its place in the Clinton skeletal closet alongside Monica Lewinksy’s infamous blue dress.

Published in: on August 20, 2015 at 10:20 am  Leave a Comment  

The Eight Percenters

If you look at Fox News’ metadata in their recent post-debate poll, you find some rather curious information.

In theoretical races between Hillary and Jeb Bush, and Hillary and Marco Rubio, both men would beat Hillary by 2 percent. In other words, it would be a statistical tie”

Total

Hillary Clinton (D)       42%

Jeb Bush (R)                 44% þ

Hillary Clinton (D)       42%

Marco Rubio (R)        44% þ

In races between Hillary and Carly Fiorina, and Hillary and Donald Trump, Hillary wins:

Total

Hillary Clinton (D)       47%   þ

Carly Fiorina (R)           40%

Hillary Clinton (D)       47% þ

Donald Trump (R)       42%

Where does The Donald pick up the extra 2 percent of votes over Fiorina? From Democrat voters who would vote for him rather than Carly. Yet they wouldn’t vote for Carly. In fact, overall, Trump gains more votes than Fiorina. But it’s the Democrats who make up that difference. One percent of Republicans who said they would vote as Independents if given the choice between Hillary and Carly, switched to the Independent vote when given a chance between Hillary and Trump.

Fiorina edges out Hillary by one percent with college-educated voters, but they swing back to Hillary by 5 percent when given the choice of Clinton versus Trump.

Either Jeb or Rubio would defeat Hillary if the election had been held at the time of this poll. Fiorina, a relative unknown, would have lost by 7 percent, and Trump, definitely not an unknown, would have lost by 5 percent.

But in a three-way election, with Trump running as an Independent, Clinton would still win, as a minority candidate, with only 40 percent of the vote, while Bush or Rubio would only get 29 percent and 30 percent of the vote, respectively, with Trump making up the other 22 to 23 percent.

The split vote would send Hillary to the White House. What’s ironic is that totaling the votes up between Bush/Rubio and Trump shows a greater percentage of votes than any of the three of them garner individually: 52 percent of the vote.

Where does that other 8 to 10 percent of the vote come from? Independents favor Bush or Rubio over Hillary, in a two-way race by 11 percent and 18 percent. Throw Trump into the mix, and they lose 13 percent and 19 percent. Trump himself loses by 19 and 20 percent.

Among Republicans, they also lose another 28 and 30 percent of those voters. Out of the 11 to 12 percent of Democrats who said they’d vote for either Bush or Rubio, 4 to 5 percent of those voters flee, while Hillary’s and Trump’s numbers among those voters remains the same.

More Republicans vote in the three-way: 9 percent. More Men vote in the three-way: again, 9 percent. More women vote in the three-way:   5 to 6 percent. More Whites vote in the three-way, especially if the race includes Rubio: 22 percent more voters. And slightly more college-educated voters: about 3 percent.

Republican voters, it appears, would rather fight than win, especially Men. A Republican election is thus endangered. Even with 9 percent of the voters fleeing from Hillary, she would still win. But the race is not over. Is it the 9 percent of Men or the 9 percent of Independents who are causing this polling mayhem?

How does that 9 percent of Independents know to flee Hillary, rather than 11 percent, which would put her in a tie with Bush? How does that small number of randomly polled voters know for whom they should cast their vote in a poll so that the numbers come out the way they do?

Do they text one another and say, “Heads up! A pollster is going to call you”? Do they all sit in one room together so that two percent of the room of say, 20 Independent voters, knows to say “Bush” or “Rubio” or “Trump” instead of “Hillary” when their cell phone rings? Are they Democrats posing as Independents, throwing off the scent of the scientific pollster hound dogs?

If it were a huge majority of Independents, there would be no question; it’s just that the way the numbers come out is suspicious.

With 16 Republican candidates, Trump is in the lead with 25 percent of the voters. But 75 percent of Republican voters still think someone else should be in office. They just haven’t made up their minds who that should be, or when the race narrows, they might throw their chips in for Trump.

One thing is clear: without him, many more Republican voters will stay home. Still, Bush or Rubio will win or so it seems by a very narrow margin in these early stages of an election that won’t take place for another year yet.

Rubio stands more of a chance among Independents than Bush, with a 7 percent lead in this poll. More voters vowed to stay home if Bush or Trump was in the race than Rubio. In a three-way, those stay-at-home numbers go down to 3 to 4 percent.

The GOP is between a rock and a hard place, which is exactly where it deserves to be.

Glenn Beck asked on his radio program today why it’s so hard to convince Trump supporters to rethink their vote. His competitors/friends have urged him to remain silent on the matter; his rhetoric will only cause Trump supporters to dig in their heels.

Glenn’s just not a poker player, it seems. He doesn’t have a poker face. Trump does, and so did Ronald Reagan. Now that Trump has gotten rid of Roger Stone and signed a truce with Fox News, he may improve upon acquaintance. The argument that Trump has changed stances over the years will not hold water with frustrated Conservative Republican voters.

That’s exactly what the people they’ve voted for in the past have done. At least Trump, if he has in fact switched as he claimed, has switched in the right direction.

Published in: on August 18, 2015 at 3:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

The American Embassy in Cuba: Another Triumph for Communism

The American Embassy in Cuba: Another Triumph for Communism

410 – Alaric sacks Rome

1385 – Portuguese defeat Castilians at Aljubarrota, retain independence

1842 – Seminole War ends; Indians removed from Florida to Oklahoma

1846 – Henry David Thoreau jailed for tax resistance

1848 – Oregon Territory created

1862 – Lincoln receives first group of blacks to confer with U.S. president

1900 – International forces including U.S. Marines enter Beijing to put down Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at ridding China of Foreigners

1910 – 6th International Congress of Esperantists held in Washington D.C.

1912 – 2,500 U.S. Marines invade Nicaragua; U.S. remains until 1925

1935 – Social Security Act became law

1945 – V.J. Day; Japan surrenders unconditionally, ending World War II

1947 – India and Pakistan gain independence for Great Britain

1973 – U.S. begins bombing Cambodia

Which one of these dates do you suppose is the reason the Obama Administration and the Castros chose August 14 to raise the American flag over the new American embassy in Cuba?

Alaric sacked Rome in 410. That would be a good day to celebrate yet another triumph of Communism over freedom. The U.S. Marine helped put down the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. Communism had not yet taken in place in China. But it would soon thereafter.

In 1910, the 6th International Congress of Esperantists was held in Washington, D.C. An Esperantist is someone who hopes (from Esperanto esperanto “a hoping one,” “someone who hopes,” from esperi “to hope”). Although definitions of “Esperantist” vary, according to the Declaration of Boulogne, a document agreed at the first World Congress of Esperanto, an Esperantist is someone who speaks Esperanto and uses it for any purpose. An Esperantist is also a person who participates in Esperanto culture

Kazmierz Badowski, founder of the Communist Party of Poland, promoted Esperanto as part of Trotskyist movement.

Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil of Chelwood, one of the architects of the League of Nations, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Jean Jaures, French politician who proposed to the International Socialist Congress at Stuttgart in 1907 the use of Esperanto for the information diffused by the Brussels Office of the organization.

Josip Broz Tito, head of state of Yugoslavia

J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings, professor of English and linguistics at Oxford University

Leo Tolstoy, Russian writer and philosopher, who claimed he learned how to write Esperanto after two hours of study

Jules Verne, French author, incorporated Esperanto into his last unfinished work

Louis Lumiere, French inventor of cinema; said: “The use of Esperanto could have one of the happiest consequences in its effects on international relations and the establishment of peace.”

George Soros, Hungarian-American billionaire and son of Esperantist parents (“Soros,” a name selected by his father to avoid persecution, in Esperanto means “will soar”).

Not a particularly notable date, but an interesting selection of Esperantists.

Throughout the late 19th century, the United States and several European powers considered a scheme to build a canal across Nicaragua, linking the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic.

In 1909, the United States provided political support to Conservative-led forces rebelling against President Zelaya. On Nov. 18, 1909, U.S. warships were sent to the area after 500 revolutionaries (including two Americans) were executed by order of Zelaya. Zelaya resigned later that year.

In August 1912, the President of Nicaragua, Adolfo Diaz, requested the secretary of war, General Luis Mena, resign for fear he was leading an insurrection. Mena fled Managua with his brother, the chief of police of Managua, to start an insurrection. When the U.S. legation asked President Díaz to ensure the safety of American citizens and property during the insurrection, he replied he could not, and asked the United States to intervene in the conflict.

United States Marines occupied Nicaragua from 1912 to 1933, except for a nine-month period beginning in 1925. In 1914, the Bryan-Chamorro Treaty was signed, giving the U.S. control over the proposed canal, as well as leases for potential canal defenses. Following the evacuation of U.S. Marines, another violent conflict between Liberals and Conservatives took place in 1926, which resulted in the return of U.S. Marines.

From 1927 until 1933, Gen. Augusto Cesar Sandino led a sustained guerrilla war first against the Conservative regime and subsequently against the U.S. Marines, whom he fought for over five years. When the Americans left in 1933, they set up the Guardia Nacional (national guard), a combined military and police force trained and equipped by the Americans.

After the U.S. Marines withdrew from Nicaragua in January 1933, Sandino and the newly-elected Sacasa government reached an agreement by which he would cease his guerrilla activities in return for amnesty, a grant of land for an agricultural colony, and retention of an armed band of 100 men for a year. The Somoza family came to power as part of a U.S.-engineered pact in 1927 that stipulated the formation of the Guardia Nacional to replace the marines who had long reigned in the country. Dictator-General Anastasio Somoza slowly eliminated officers in the national guard who might have stood in his way, and then deposed Sacasa and became president on January 1, 1937, in a rigged election.

A growing hostility between Sandino and Somoza, however, led Somoza to order the assassination of Sandino. Fearing future armed opposition from Sandino, Somoza took the decision to order his assassination. Sandino was invited by President Juan Bautista Sacasa to have dinner and sign a peace treaty at the presidential house in Managua. Sandino’s car, after leaving the Presidencial House, was stopped by soldiers of the National Guard and kidnapped. Later Sandino was assassinated that same night on Feb. 21, 1934, by soldiers of the national guard.

So what does that have to do with Cuba? Nothing, really. Except that Secretary of State John Kerry was instrumental in supporting the Communist-led Sandinistas in Nicaragua. He even went so far as to lead Congressional opposition to, and finally outlaw, any American involvement in opposing any Communist-led coups.

As a young man, after having spent only 14 months in Vietnam, he came back to join the anti-Vietnam War movement. The uniform gave him the proper credentials to join the anti-war movement. When he ran for election in 2004, he was “swift-boated” by real Vietnam War veterans who countered his claims of merit in that conflict.

Then came Nicaragua, and now the triumph of Communism in Cuba, not to mention the Iran nuke deal. Somehow, wherever a dictatorship is opposed, Kerry is always there to lend it support and ultimate victory.

August 14, 1945 is celebrated as the end of World War II. Perhaps Kerry would like to see August 14, 2015 celebrated as the official end of the Cold War, with the restoration of relations with human-rights violating, murderer-worshipping Cuba.

Keep the Nicaraguan history in mind, because it figures greatly in the fight to build a second canal through Central America. Begun by the French in 1881, the U.S. took over the project in 1904 and completed it on – wait for it – August 15, 1914.

The American flag may fly over the American embassy in Havana. But it’s a sign of surrender, not triumph.

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Obama and the Common Cause of a Nuclear Iran, Part II

The Cuban Missile Crisis happened in 1962, just past the middle of the 20th Century. Has anything changed since the beginning of the new century?

“The agreement now reached,” Obama continued in his American University speech on Aug. 5, “between the international community and the Islamic Republic of Iran builds on [America’s] tradition of strong, principled policy diplomacy.

“After two years of negotiations, we have achieved a detailed arrangement that permanently prohibits Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. It cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb. It contains the most comprehensive inspection and verification regime ever negotiated to monitor a nuclear program.”

“Today, I want to speak to you about this deal and the most consequential foreign-policy debate that our country has had since the invasion of Iraq, as Congress decides whether to support this historic diplomatic breakthrough or instead blocks it over the objection of the vast majority of the world.”

Congress is due to vote on the Iranian nuclear deal in September. What poll did Obama use to come to this conclusion about the opinion of the rest of the world, and what has that to do with the opinions of Americans?

“It was a mindset [regarding the Iraq War] characterized by a preference for military action over diplomacy, a mindset that puta premium on unilateral U.S. action over the painstaking work of building international consensus, a mindset that exaggerated threats beyond what the intelligence supported.

“Leaders did not level with the American people about the costs of war, insisting that we could easily impose our will on a part of the world with a profoundly different culture and history,” Obama proclaimed.

Those words are a clue to his anti-colonial, anti-imperialist mindset.

“When the Bush administration took office, Iran had no centrifuges, the machines necessary to produce material for a bomb that were spinning to enrich uranium. But despite repeated warnings from the United States government, by the time I took office, Iran had installed several thousand centrifuges and showed no inclination to slow, much less halt, its program.”

“I’ve had to make a lot of tough calls as president, but whether or not this deal is good for American security is not one of those calls; it’s not even close. Unfortunately, we’re living in a time in American politics where every foreign policy decision is viewed through a partisan prison, evaluated by headline-grabbing soundbites, and so before the ink was even dry on this deal, before Congress even read it [they haven’t been allowed to read it], a majority of Republicans declared their virulent opposition. Lobbyists and pundits were suddenly transformed into armchair nuclear scientists…(Laughter)…disputing the assessments of Secretary [of Energy Ernest J.] Moniz, [a nuclear physicist who teaches at MIT, who assured Obama that concessions important to the Iranians would not pose a major threat]

“…there are those who say the inspections are not strong enough, because inspectors can’t go anywhere in Iran at any time with no notice. Well, here’s the truth. Inspectors will be allowed daily access to Iran’s key nuclear sites.”

But only if and when Iran agrees to allow the inspections. Having reassurances from a PhD from Stanford in theoretical physics is all very nice, but a reassurance from our Secretary of Defense along with some real proof that Iran won’t renege on the deal before the check is even cashed would be even more comforting.

“And – and by the way, nuclear material isn’t something you hide in the closet. (LAUGHTER). It can leave traces for years.”

Nuclear material is something you can hide in granite mountains, however. (LAUGHTER).

Then, Obama contradicts himself within two paragraphs:

“Second, there are those who argue that the deal isn’t strong enough, because some of the limitations on Iran’s civilian nuclear program expire in 15 years.

“Let me repeat. The prohibition on Iran having a nuclear weapon is permanent. The ban on weapons-related research is permanent. Inspections are permanent.

“It is true that some of the limitations regarding Iran’s peaceful program last only 15 years. But that’s how arms control agreements work. The first SALT treaty with the Soviet Union lasted five years. The first START treaty lasted 15 years.”

Fifteen years. That’s how adversaries put their targets off-guard, by agreeing to long-term agreements while they busily go about violating the treaty. While we’re lowering our guard because we think we’re safe for another 15 years, Iran is finalizing its targeting of our cities through nuclear weapons placed on cargo ships coming into the Ports of New York-New Jersey, New Orleans, and Los Angeles-Long Beach.

“…if 15 or 20 years from now, Iran tries to build a bomb, this deal ensures that the United States will have better tools to detect it, a stronger basis under international law to respond and the same options available to stop our – “our”? – weapons program as we have today, including, if necessary, military options.”

“Without this deal,” Obama claims, “the scenarios critics warn about happening in 15 years could happen six months from now. By killing this deal, Congress would not merely [clear] Iran’s pathway to a bomb, it would accelerate it.”

Obama’s logic is amazing. By giving them everything they want, he will save the world. By standing firm, keeping the sanctions in place, we guarantee World War III or IV. Huh.

You don’t need to have a PhD in theoretical physics to know that this deal might work, “in theory,” but that in reality, it’s a bad deal.

Published in: on August 13, 2015 at 3:41 pm  Leave a Comment