Don't worry your pretty little head, Chelsea. IRS Commissioner Koskinen would never let that happen, at least not in the one year left in his term. And if Momma gets elected president you're home free.
Don't worry your pretty little head, Chelsea. IRS Commissioner Koskinen would never let that happen, at least not in the one year left in his term. And if Momma gets elected president you're home free.
A news show was playing a scene from a Hillary Clinton speech on the subject of income equality. More particularly, it was the old theme of women's earnings vs. men's earnings. They should be equal, you see.
In the dreamland Hillary wants us to imagine, one has to assume that when taken to the ultimate end, the ideal paycheck would be exactly equal to every other paycheck issued in the nation during a given time.
Equalism. The Centre is not dictating output, and the government isn't managing the economy. It's not socialism, and it's not communism. It's a hybrid. Actually, "equalism" is too simplistic a word for someone of Ms. Clinton's prestige. "Equalitarianism" might better convey the complexity of it since most people won't understand it.
The work a person performs or the product he/she produces, and the demand for that work or product is irrelevant*. It turns human nature on its head, but it's utopia, and everyone is happy because equality is its own reward.
*Of course, exceptions must be made for government leaders who would earn more because their work is so important.
Boy, did he pay a price! But it's a learning opportunity for us.
Apparently John Podesta had his email hacked, and as a result some emails that proved very embarrassing to Hillary Clinton and her campaign became public knowledge. The best I can determine is that he opened a phishing email, then opened an attachment containing malware. Big mistake.
Peter Mackenzie at Sophos.com provided a helpful lesson on how to avoid that outcome at Why you should be cautious of emails from friends or colleagues. He used a real life example with a bogus email that purportedly came from his solicitor.
It worked this way. A hacker hijacked his lawyer's email address and sent phishing emails to Mr. Mackenzie and maybe other clients. The email contained what looked like a legitimate attachment, e.g., a contract for the client's approval. He rolled his cursor over the attachment link and found something suggesting it wasn't what it seemed. The pdf had an additional suffix: pdf.htm. Clicking on that led him to a link for a fake Gmail login page, but it didn't really go to a website, it was code included in the HTM file. If he had entered his login information it would have been forwarded to the hacker which would have given the hacker access to his email account.
The important take-away from this is to be especially wary of any pdf with an additional suffix, e.g., pdf.htm.
Read the whole thing and you'll be more knowledgeable than Hillary Clinton's most trusted adviser.
"A good narrative is better than evidence." Johnnie Cochran didn't coin the phrase, but he probably gave it more exposure than any others before.
Cochran was on the O.J. Simpson dream team of defense lawyers that got their client off. The narrative was indeed better than evidence, at least for that jury.
Edward Snowden is applying the principle to his own situation. A friend announced that the movie "Snowden" was a must see. I declined. Seems to me to be a propaganda film to aid his effort to get a free pardon from President Obama. Will it work?
Well, Snowden is three things:
1. A hero for exposing the government's spying on citizens;
2. A traitor for stealing so many classified documents and potentially exposing them to enemies of the U.S. and
3. A master politician for convincing so many people that the hero part should outweigh the traitor part.
My movie going friend said I just needed to see the movie. Apparently, it's that persuasive. However, I prefer not to pay to be persuaded.
There was a discussion on NPR shortly after the movie premiered. And individuals argued both sides of the subject. The conclusion I came away with was that there is no proof that Snowden shared the purloined material with Russia or China.
"No proof" is not the same as "Innocent." But like the O.J. verdict, it's good enough.
Snowden needs to face trial here in the U.S. If he's innocent, or if indeed there is no proof, his high powered supporters would be trying to encourage his return.
Meanwhile, for all the spying the U.S. is supposed to be doing on citizens, the recent terrorist operations in the U.S. suggest it isn't doing much good. Americans might be more tolerant of said spying it it appeared to be doing some good and the agencies themselves weren't so susceptible to being spied on.
This should be convincing evidence that the Ferguson Effect exists, at least in this one case.
There are a couple of reasons why the racial rioters come out in force after a police shooting of a black person. There may be some people who have a sense of justice that they feel needs fulfilling. But they often fall into the other two camps. One group is there for political reasons. Racial discontent might drive up voting among African Americans. The Black vote is traditionally a reliable Democrat voting bloc.
The other is an effort by a smaller group with the intent of scaring police away so that war lords can rule the neighborhoods.
Anyway, to the story. Here's the headline: Chicago Police Superintendent: Officer Being Beaten Chose Not to Shoot Due to Media Scrutiny. According to the story, a man crashed his car into a corner liquor store, the police were called, and cops went to see if the driver was OK. The driver was combative, and a female cop tried to cuff him at which time he threw her onto the pavement. A police superintendent said this:
“This attack went on for several minutes,” he said. “As I was at the hospital last night visiting with her, she looked at me and said she thought she was going to die and she knew that she should shoot this guy but she chose not to because she didn’t want her family or the department to have to go through the scrutiny the next day on the national news.”
Blue lives matter. Maybe after the election the national news media won't be such active accessories in those BLM demonstrations.
When someone describes a fantasy about bashing a co-worker's skull in with a baseball bat they are giving us an important clue about their own psyche. A cursory look around the internet reveals such things as "Telling others about violent thoughts or fantasies" is a warning sign for workplace violence.
Similarly elsewhere we learn that "discussions of an attack, threatening co-workers or the boss" are warning signs of workplace violence.
So when Obama appointee Sonya Sotomayor fantasizes about attacking Justice Antonin Scalia with a baseball bat we shouldn't be too dismissive of it. She's broadcasting a violent tendency loud and clear.
Let's hope she can keep that hot temper under control. She'll take it out on litigants in the cases she hears. We're pretty much stuck with that. But we should all hope she doesn't take a bat to someone with whom she disagrees. And her co-workers should keep a wary eye on her but not let the fear of violent behavior influence their opinions.
Donald Trump said he would put forth a constitutional amendment putting term limits on congress. Whether it would pass or not is a question to answer after the election. But it certainly is a great idea, and it's about time someone suggested it seriously.
Remember Jack Abramoff? He did prison time for bribery committed while he worked as a lobbyist. But according to him, he wasn't doing anything any one else was doing. It was only business.
There's a rather long youtube video in which he explains how it works. When a freshman congressman comes along, some old pro pulls him aside and explains how to prolong his tenure into a life time job and introduces him to the best (most generous) lobbyists.
A company wants something from a congressman, so the lobbyist pays him a visit. A few days later the people who hired the lobbyist announce a fund raiser for said congressman. The money rolls in, and the congressman goes to work trying to pass the law they want.
Bernie Reeves explains it like this:
He says what he did is what everyone else did -- and he's right. He just did it better than anyone else.
He went beyond the usual lobbyist protocol of giving lavishly to campaigns and individual senators and representatives by spending over one million dollars a year on tickets and box seats to entertainment and sports events. Golf outings were important venues to transact business -- and to learn the true character of his enemies and associates.
His most effective ploys were to offer congressional staffers high-paying jobs to work for him when they left government service -- and to enlist an army of private company executives to bombard state and federal offices demanding they to cease harming entities they did business with. This was highly effective with casino clients and, late in Abramoff's career, for the TYCO conglomerate that was facing a $4-billion retroactive tax bill.
Abramoff bought a lot of influence. The only practical way to end the practice is term limits so that congressmen won't dedicate all their time to maintaining that job of a lifetime.
Side note: Make what you will of this. Our own Texas District 11 Congressman, Mike Conaway, pulled in over $2 million dollars in donations for his 2016 campaign. His only opponent on the ballot is a Libertarian no one has ever heard of. Do those donors want something from him, or do they simply like his politics?
Special interest groups have been influencing the U.S. entertainment industry for a long time, and more recently foreign governments have insisted on changes to movies that make them look good. China is probably the most notable example as the Chinese government has direct control over which American made movies get shown there.
But this could be worse. With the ownership of AMC theaters and Legendary Entertainment, the Chinese company, Dalian Wanda, now wants Carmike Cinemas. The theaters can show Chinese movies all day long if they like, or they can exert influence on film makers to get what they want into or out of American made movies. For background, see Hollywood, Chinese-style, which contains this glimmer of suspicion:
Fortunately, Congress is aware of China’s subtle power play. The promised GAO review came in response to a request from 18 bipartisan members of Congress to investigate Mr. Wang’s dealmaking and the effects of Chinese propagandizing through state-supported companies. Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican, also asked the Department of Justice to launch a review of the Foreign Agents Registration Act to see if the “foreign propaganda influence over American media” was being sufficiently addressed. Wang Jainlin, the Wanda CEO, will be in Hollywood this week on a public relations tour promoting his government’s offer to subsidize American film making in China.
Television probably takes a passive view of the Chinese as the networks are currently so obsessed with Donald Trump, having gotten him the nomination and now hoping to tear him down. E.g., Count of Trump-Lampooning TV Shows Nears 30.*
Fortunately, Americans have a healthy skepticism when they view main stream media and their products. Right? Right? Well, I can dream, can't I?
*Going against the grain was the recent decision by NBC to pull a Donald Trump themed episode. Maybe they made a hero out of the Billy Bush character, and the suits couldn't have that incongruity.
We recently learned from the released emails that Team Hillary, aided and abetted by the msm, targeted Donald Trump as their preferred winner of the Republican nomination for president, because they thought he would be the easiest to defeat in the national election.
With the msm releases of video of Trump's offensive language and new sexual assault complaints, independents and wavering Dems are supposed to be ready to abandon Trump in favor of Clinton. If it happens, then Team Hillary bet on a winning strategy, however underhanded it might seem to those of us at whom it was aimed.
But there were two others on Hillary's wish list: Ted Cruz and Ben Carson. What if one of those other two had won the primary? Democrats probably have already dug up the dirt on them, but we may not learn their worst secrets unless/until either of them runs for president again, and then not until Democrats and the msm decide disclosing them will do the most damage.
As for Trump, conservatives who fear Clinton don't have much choice but to vote for him now that Ms. Clinton herself has facilitated his primary election. But it's hard to forgive Trump for self sabotage like this: Trump Said to Block Campaign’s Requests to Do Self-Opposition Research. Presumably, he had an inkling of what might come out, but he was so confident in his own power of persuasion that he didn't want any help. After all, he's going to make America great again, right?
Obama shows some back bone on occasion. But it's consistent with what we've all seen already -- the only enemies Obama recognizes are his domestic political enemies. Sad but true.
Now we read that Obama has drawn another red line. This one is a warning to Donald Trump not to go after Michelle Obama.*
What chivalry! And so far it's holding.
*Ted Cruz probably had a palm to forehead moment -- "Why didn't I think of that!" Actually, it must be disheartening to Cruz to realize that Trump has more respect for Obama than he does for Cruz.
Stephen Green remarks, " It’s an incredible thing that a ship named John S. McCain is making port calls in Vietnam."
Forget that strong horse/week horse metaphor. Let Obama convince them a transgender man is the real stallion.
Private citizen space travel is not a common event yet, but with all those billionaires working on it, it's inevitable.
Before I sign up for a trip, however, I want a cheap seat with a safe track record. Maybe I'll live that long.
In the meantime, I keep my phone on "airplane" mode most of the time. Seems that when someone tries to call I'm either driving, with people, or too far from the phone to answer it. So "airplane" seems like the right status to be in.
But I'm not a jet setter. So the "airplane" mode is a fiction. If it's going to be a fiction anyway, I want a space craft mode. Our local airport can get away with calling itself a space port, then by golly, I want that cell phone space craft mode.
Voters are really at a dead end. Gallop tells us that most Americans think the federal government does too much. (Federal government should do more = 41%; is doing too much 54%.)
Those stats cause Investors.com to offer this advice:
Before November, voters need to ask themselves why, if they really think government is too big and does too much, they should vote for a candidate who promises to make today's obese government seem anorexic by comparison.
Why do voter keep putting Democrats in office when Democrats are the party of big government?
Well, the truth is, Republicans aren't much better. Donald Trump was a blank slate in the beginning to most of his supporters, and they painted him the way they thought he should be. Unfortunately, he's no more small-government than his Democrat opponent.
In fact, the same can be said for most of the Republicans in office, too. We are left focusing on issues the candidates want voters focused on, whether it's building walls or groping women.
Gun owners are assuming that a Supreme Court packed with Hillary Clinton's appointees will probably ratify a law or executive order banning most if not all guns from possession by private citizens.
So what to do? Start digging holes in the back yard? Stock up on ammo and plan to go out in a blaze of glory when they come to your house like they did at Ruby Ridge and the Branch Davidian compound?
Michael Filozof has an idea. See The Coming National Gun Ban – and How the States Can Resist, to wit:
Should Stevens’s dissent [in Heller] become the majority opinion in a future case, conservative, pro-gun state legislatures could turn the “militias only” argument against the gun-banners by passing legislation expanding the membership of their state militias to all adult residents of the state, and specifically empowering all adults to purchase military-style semi-automatic rifles and magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.
Governor Abbott should get started on that right away.
Post Script: It would only be a stop-gap. Once it hit the Supreme Court those "living constitutionalist" on the bench would suddenly be saying, "Hey, it's not that alive!"
There have been some interesting revelations from the Wikileaks release. See for example, 14 things we learned from WikiLeaks' new Clinton-related emails for one list. However, there's something that hasn't yet been highlighted by the big league bloggers.
FBI Director James Comey declared that they had no proof that Hillary Clinton had been hacked. Specifically, he said:
"With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked."
But here comes thehill.com with WikiLeaks releases third batch of Podesta emails. Go there for a Wikileaks hyperlink to the purloined emails.
When you do, look at the addresses in the emails. There certainly are a lot to or from someone at hillaryclinton.com. For example, see the one that can be read here:
From:email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Doesn't that put the lie to Comey's remark? The only way Comey's statement can be correct is with a claim that the hack wasn't by a "hostile actor." Well, Comey would know. But unfortunately, we're at a point where we need corroborating evidence before we can believe a talking bureaucrat.
Meanwhile, there having been no court case, there would be no double jeopardy involved should the case against Clinton be reopened. Will Comey do anything? Doubtful. Will the Attorney General do anything. We can probably assume "definitely not" on that one. Will Barack Obama pardon her? Now that one is a possibility.
Team Hillary was yearning for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination as part of her grand strategy, although Ted Cruz or Ben Carson would do. The goal was to try to help build up these conservative Republicans to help them get the nomination so that Hillary Clinton could more easily roll over them. What? Another Mitt Romney would be too hard to beat?
This information comes from a Wikileaks leak which Redstate.com tells us about in Leaked Emails Show That Trump Was a Tool Used by the Hillary Campaign From Day One.
Democrats are remarkably wily politicians, and this is a good example of the type things they do. Saul Alinsky would smile. Make the opposition take an extreme position, then brand them with it.
Donald Trump was the ideal candidate for "Operationalizing the Strategy" to draw in primary voters for a candidate that could be painted as too extreme for the populace.
One of the goals was quite functional: muddy the waters against any attacks against HRC.
Do Republicans do this? If so, with the msm as Democrat operatives, Republicans are working with one hand tied behind their backs.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has been counted out before, and if his boasts about sexual conquests don't score a knock out for Hillary, he's still got a chance. So Hillary, be careful what you wish for. If you lose, you could end up Operationalizing a new theme: "I fought the law, and the law won."
A Face in the Crowd starred Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes, a hard drinking, boisterous, knockabout singer, and song writer, who was "discovered" in the drunk tank of a small town jail in Arkansas by Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal), a runner for a local morning radio show.
He became a popular feature on the radio show, and before we know it, an important sponsor wanted him in Nashville for a big TV show. He became a show biz success story, and Marcia was in love.
Supporters of a politician recruited him to enhance their candidate's chances for a big office. Rhodes had become a king maker. And poor Marcia got dumped in favor of a cute blond.
Then -- the hot mic.
A drunken Rhodes was doing his live TV show. They broke for a commercial, and Rhodes was all smiles, thinking he was off mic, as he cut loose with a diatribe about his audience and how he had those morons eating out of his hand. Marcia surreptitiously pushed up the control lever to release his words over the airways.
The TV show ended with Rhodes thinking he was on top of the world. The editing in the movie was superb as we watched the elevator indicator tick off the floors cut with scenes from random dinner tables where his fans were aghast at what they heard. By the time his elevator reached the ground floor, he was a has-been.
It was a pretty good movie. TCM brings this classic back during election season, and it was broadcast the other night. I suppose the Rhodes character is supposed to be Donald Trump this time -- it was broadcast before Trump's hot mic moment went public, so the timing was pretty good. But the first time I saw it was during the Bill Clinton administration, and the connection with a charismatic Arkansas hillbilly's rise to fame was unmistakable.
In any event, whichever politician one wants to place in the lead role, the movie's message is timeless.
Someone once made the observation that rodeo bulls must be easily distracted. A rider tries to ride out the time on the back of one of those bad boys. The bull is mad as hell, and once the rider is off, the bull is ready to rip the guy apart, then trample the guy into the ground.
Hey wait. Where did that rodeo clown come from? In an instant the bull forgets about the rider and goes after that clown.
Donald Trump is that bull. Strong and focused, until he gets distracted by that clown in the colorful suit. The Clinton campaign has figured it out and applied it to their advantage. Remember that first debate between Trump and Clinton? All it took was a reference to alleged remarks he made about Alicia Machedo. And there went Trump like a bull after a rodeo clown. The rider calmly walked away and watched from behind the fence.
There are probably more clowns hidden away, waiting for the bull to throw the rider.
P.S. Maybe all those strange clown sightings we hear about are actually Clinton supporters simply rubbing our noses in bull manure.
We recently learned that team Hillary had a young actress prepped to ask her a question at a recent event. The kid performed perfectly, Hillary answered perfectly, the audience was moved, and the msm dutifully reported this example of Hillary Clinton's skill on the hoof.
Now we are getting ready to watch the second debate, called a town hall meeting. We know that Hillary is working harder than a KGB spy to stack the deck in advance. But those of us out here in flyover country aren't going to be as easily impressed as the reporters are.
If I were in charge I would publish the questions in advance. Not 13,000 random questions, but the actual questions to be used that night. Let the candidates prepare their best answer, and we'll hear what they've got. After all, we want to see them at their best. Sure, they would have had help, but impromptu speeches are fine as far as they go. However, we expect the best from the president. And we want to know what that is, not how good they are at improv.
Editor's note: Send in the clowns. Scary clowns, HA HA!. -- Robo-ed.
The Hill tells us about it in Bill Clinton goes way off message on ObamaCare. He sets the trap:
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people that are out there busting it, sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” Clinton said. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
Then he springs the trap:
He then called for more a government-driven system in which people could buy into Medicare and Medicaid. Without that option, Clinton said, the law “doesn’t make any sense” and “the insurance model doesn’t work here.”
People calling for more enrollees in Medicare and Medicaid are misleading their listeners. Many doctors won't take new Medicare patients. And even more refuse Medicaid patients. It isn't just because of the increased paper work. It's because the government price controls are so stingy with money that a doctor simply can't afford those patients.
Tough luck, progressives may say. Doctors should learn to do with less money. No one would dare point to the Veterans Affairs as an example of how it might work. But they might point to the government health care in Britain. So maybe this is what we might look forward to: Junior doctors go on strike AGAIN forcing another 5,000 operations to be cancelled during the 48-hour walk out.
Progressives might say "it couldn't happen here." Well, they've been wrong on just about everything about Obamacare, and if history repeats, they'll be wrong about this.
But if the Clintons tell their fans a lie they can believe, then we may be in the thick of it before we know what hit us.