“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, September 02, 2016

If Donald Trump Can Continue to Show America What He Did In Mexico City, That He Can Be Presidential, He May Just Become President




Pat Buchanan: Gnashing of teeth at New York Times testifies to candidates triumph

In accepting the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto to fly to Mexico City, the Donald was taking a major risk. Yet it was a bold and decisive move, and it paid off in what was the best day of Donald Trump’s campaign.

Standing beside Nieto, graciously complimenting him and speaking warmly of Mexico and its people, Trump looked like a president. And the Mexican president treated him like one, even as Trump restated the basic elements of his immigration policy, including the border wall.

The gnashing of teeth up at the New York Times testifies to Trump’s triumph:
“Mr. Trump has spent his entire campaign painting Mexico as a nation of rapists, drug smugglers, and trade hustlers. … But instead of chastising Mr. Trump, Mr. Pena Nieto treated him like a visiting head of state … with side-by-side lecterns and words of deferential mush.”

As I wrote in August, Trump “must convince the nation … he is an acceptable, indeed, a preferable alternative” to Hillary Clinton, whom the nation does not want.

In Mexico City, Trump did that. He reassured voters who are leaning toward him that he can be president. As for those who are apprehensive about his temperament, they saw reassurance.

For validation, one need not rely on supporters of Trump. Even Mexicans who loathe Trump are conceding his diplomatic coup.

  • “Trump achieved his purpose,” said journalism professor Carlos Bravo Regidor. “He looked serene, firm, presidential.” Our “humiliation is now complete,” tweeted an anchorman at Televise.
  • President Nieto’s invitation to Trump “was the biggest stupidity in the history of the Mexican presidency,” said academic Jesus Silva-Herzog.
  • Not since Gen. Winfield Scott arrived for a visit in 1847 have Mexican elites been this upset with an American.
  • Jorge Ramos of Univision almost required sedation.

When Trump got back to the States, he affirmed that Mexico will be paying for the wall, even if “they don’t know it yet.”

Indeed, back on American soil, in Phoenix, the Donald doubled down. Deportations will accelerate when he takes office, beginning with felons. Sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants will face U.S. sanctions. There will be no amnesty, no legalization, no path to citizenship for those who have broken into our country. All laws will be enforced.

Trump’s stance in Mexico City and Phoenix reveals that there is no turning back. The die is cast. He is betting the election on his belief that the American people prefer his stands to Clinton’s call for amnesty.

A core principle enunciated by Trump in Phoenix appears to be a guiding light behind his immigration policy.

“Anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time Washington. … There is only one core issue in the immigration debate, and that issue is the well-being of the American people. … Nothing even comes a close second.”

The “well-being of the American people” may be the yardstick by which U.S. policies will be measured in a Trump presidency. This is also applicable to Trump’s stand on trade and foreign policy.

  • Do NAFTA, the WTO, MFN for China, the South Korea deal and TPP advance the “well-being of the American people”? Or do they serve more the interests of foreign regimes and corporate elites?
  • Some $12 trillion in trade deficits since George H.W. Bush gives you the answer.
  • Which of the military interventions and foreign wars from Serbia to Afghanistan to Iraq to Libya to Yemen to Syria served the “well-being of the American people”?
  • Are the American people well served by commitments in perpetuity to 60- and 65-year-old treaties to wage war on Russia and China on behalf of scores of nations across Eurasia, most of which have been free riders on U.S. defense for decades?

Trump’s “core issue” might be called Americanism.

Whatever the outcome of this election, these concerns are not going away. For they have arisen out of a deeply dissatisfied and angry electorate that is alienated from the elites of both parties.

Indeed, alienation explains the endurance of Trump, despite his recent difficulties. Americans want change, and he alone offers it.

In the last two weeks, Trump has seen a slow rise in the polls, matched by a perceptible decline in support for Clinton. The latest Rasmussen poll now has Trump at 40, with Clinton slipping to 39.

This race is now Trump’s to win or lose. For he alone brings a fresh perspective to policies that have stood stagnant under both parties.

And Hillary Clinton? Whatever her attributes, she is uncharismatic, unexciting, greedy, monkish, scripted and devious, an individual you can neither fully believe nor fully trust.

Which is why the country seems to be looking, again, to Trump, to show them that they will not be making a big mistake if they elect him.

If Donald Trump can continue to show America what he did in Mexico City, that he can be presidential, he may just become president.



    Deuce ☂Wed Aug 31, 06:51:00 PM EDT

    Watched the Trump / Nieto news conference.

    Trump spoke respectfully and as if he was already president.

    Trump’s speech was substantial but Nieto scrambled a bit realizing that Trump was speaking as if he were in office and Nieto went out of his way to say he invited Clinton as well.

    I give Trump an “A” for his political audacity, a “B+” for delivery and an “A+” for holding to his convictions and not doing the usual political weasel.

    1. Expectations are so low for Trump, if he stands at a podium with an unpopular foreign president and keeps his tail between his legs, supporters give him A's and B's just for trying. Outcome based Special Education.

  2. Trump beat Obama to Louisiana and bushwhacked Clinton in Mexico.

    He outwitted and out maneuvered the politicians. Trump threw the pundits into a St. Vitus Dance.

    I am sure there is a smelly, size 18 short, designer pantsuit, in some D.C. dry cleaner over this move.

    1. :)


      The dry cleaner may know just how to handle the task by now....

      Fox News just had a short piece about a 'Benghazi bombshell' coming Hillary's way.

      Didn't quite catch it all but one of the guys that was there (?) or was in the Situation Room (?) is coming out and saying that from moment one Hillary knew it was no protest over a video.

      I'll watch for it.

      Who knows, maybe Trump will win, the gods being willing....

    2. The gods may bring out that new category of voter, the New Likely Voter, NLV.

      Who Will Vote In November ?

      Jesse Ventura was way behind but was carried to victory by NLVers.

    3. Trumpsters: "Hey, there's exciting new revelation about Clinton I have to tell you about!"

      American voter: "Really? What is it?"

      Trumpsters: "We found thirty new emails about Benghazi that were deleted from Hillary's server! Sure, twenty-four of them were reconstructed from the in-boxes of her recipients, but there's SIX new ones nobody has ever seen!"

      American voter: "Oh." (Yawn).

    4. Who knows, maybe Trump will win, the gods being willing....

      Theology is a subject without an object.

    5. So says our uber confused Catholic Woman/Taoist.

  3. Newt Gingrich ✔@newtgingrich

    Mexican President by day, firm immigration speech by night. Good example of how energetic and audacious a Trump Presidency will be.
    4:23 AM - 1 Sep 2016


    The Romanian hacker who first exposed Hillary Clinton's use of personal email for government business was sentenced by a federal judge Thursday to 52 months in prison -- and in a surprising development, Romanian authorities now want the 44-year-old “Guccifer,” who continues to cooperate with U.S. investigators, sent home "right away."

    The hacker, whose real name is Marcel Lehel Lazar, breached the AOL account of longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal in 2013, and posted online the address. It was this revelation that ultimately led to the identification of Clinton’s personal account and multiple servers, where sensitive government records were transmitted along with personal communications and Clinton Foundation business.

    Lazar, looking alert and with neatly trimmed hair, appeared in the Alexandria, Va., courtroom for the 35-minute hearing before U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris. Prosecutors said the hacker took responsibility for his actions but showed no remorse for accessing the private online accounts of at least 100 Americans, and causing the public release of their information.

    His high-profile victims include Dorothy Bush Koch, the sister of former President George W. Bush; former Secretary of State Colin Powell; and Blumenthal, among others. After breaching Powell's account, Lazar said he identified Blumenthal in the contact list and successfully targeted him. Court documents filed Monday by the government say by "the defendant's own estimate, his quote 'success rate' at gaining entry into private accounts was only 8-10 percent of his attempts."

    Lazar said he used a color-coded system to show which accounts were successfully breached. “From what I remember I was using red for accounts I hacked, orange for the ones I could hack, and green for the ones I tried to hack and was not able to,” he said, according to a heavily redacted FBI interview released by the court on Monday.

    1. Anyone over at CIA with a brain, should have him sent to a Club Fed and make him a work-release day job offer he can't refuse.

      Lazar is not a programmer, but appears to have a strong understanding of social networks and did extensive research on his targets, using publicly available biographical information, a cell phone and an old computer to successfully guess security questions to reset the account passwords.

    2. Now the NSA and a half dozen contractors would need about $3.2 billion to do that.

    3. Mexican President by day, firm immigration speech by night. Good example of how energetic and audacious a Trump Presidency will be.

      And he changed his tone and content so radically between the two appearances, when we put Trump on Mount Rushmore we'll need to make two faces.

    4. You can easily chisel even more faces than that of your own on a mountain.


    5. Not that any of your many faces are in any way Presidential.

  5. We are ruled by the assholes you hated in high school.

    1. We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

  6. WASHINGTON—A new set of Hillary Clinton emails shows how politics, diplomacy and philanthropy would periodically converge during her tenure as secretary of state, with top aides drawing on Clinton Foundation contacts to cope with crises facing the U.S. government overseas.

    A batch of emails released Thursday by the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch, which received the documents from the State Department under a court order, includes an exchange from July 2009 involving Clinton Foundation official Douglas Band. In the exchange, Mr. Band asked Mrs. Clinton’s senior deputy, Huma Abedin, for diplomatic passports for himself and two others, saying theirs had lapsed. Ms. Abedin wrote back, “OK” and “will figure it out.”

    Officials on Thursday said the passports were tied to a humanitarian mission: former President Bill Clinton’s trip to North Korea later that summer to help free captive journalists. The passports were never granted. Instead, the North Koreans agreed not to stamp the passports of Mr. Clinton and the aides, including Mr. Band, who traveled with him to help free Euna Lee and Laura Ling. A person familiar with the matter cited concerns about having a North Korean stamp on individual passports.

    A previous cache of emails released last month showed Mr. Band seeking a meeting between Mrs. Clinton and the crown prince of Bahrain, calling him a “good friend of ours.” The Kingdom of Bahrain has donated between $50,000 and $100,000 to the foundation.

    Critics have said such contacts underscore how the Clinton Foundation enjoyed special access to the highest reaches of the State Department during Mrs. Clinton’s watch. Now, in the final stretch of the presidential bid, Mrs. Clinton is facing growing scrutiny over the entanglements between the foundation and her work as the nation’s top diplomat.

  7. The messenger gets punished and the Hildabeast is trundled on by her courtiers.

    BUT HOLD ON...

    It started with the visit to flood-ravaged Louisiana three days after the worst disaster to hit the U.S. since Superstorm Sandy. President Obama dithered on Martha's Vineyard, not even making a public statement on the devastation. Hillary Clinton — in-between multiple million-dollar fundraisers across the country — only issued a statement indicating she didn't want to tour the area until she was sure it wouldn't disrupt recovery efforts (now 20 days later, she still hasn't gone).
    Enter Trump, who, along with running mate Mike Pence, stole the media spotlight and even received generally favorable reviews (a rarity) after a Friday trip to the state.

    Again, optics: Obama stayed on vacation. Clinton issued a terse statement. Trump got on a plane and surveyed a situation firsthand.

    Trump won the week as a result. And the RCP average shrank from Clinton ahead by 7.9 points to just 5.7.

    Week 2 saw more negative news for Clinton in the form of The Associated Press's disastrous report showing more than half of her non-governmental meetings as secretary of State were with donors to the Clinton Foundation.

    Even Trump — who time and again would muffle bad news for Clinton with his own comments or actions at the time drawing attention back to him by a clicks-and-ratings obsessed media — didn't step on Clinton's bad week.

    But Week 3 — this week — appears to be another winner for Trump. The visit to Mexico to meet with its president, a risky proposition but one a trailing challenger had to make in an attempt to look presidential, paid off big.


    2. Three PM, Trump "strikes a Presidential tone" in Mexico City, impresses Deuce. Gets told Mexico ain't paying for the wall, lies to the American people and says he didn't discuss funding. Nine PM, Trump goes full Triumph of the Will in Phoenix, loses 15 of the 30 members of his Latino advisory committee. Head of Latinos for Trump goes on AM Joy's show on MSNBC, says if Trump doesn't win there will be a taco truck on every corner in America. Chris Christie jumps for joy, and considers withdrawing his support for Trump.

  8. Trump's angry about immigrants with temporary work visas who stay longer than legally allowed. Also known as "The Melania Trump Story."

  9. .

    Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

    No air, no soul. So not baby parts. Fetus parts maybe.

    Flippancy and euphemisms. Your stock in trade.

    The decadent musings of the self-indulgent liberal…er…excuse me, 'libertarian’.


    1. Fellow at work is a Jewish Navy lieutenant, just got picked up for O4, says most rabbis go with the idea that human life begins at birth based on that very passage.

    2. .

      Who gives a shit what the Rabbis think. They mix the issues of potentiality and actuality with religiosity and base it on bubblegum and bullshit (albeit great poetry) written a couple millennia ago. Religion doesn't even have to be part of the conversation.


    3. What have you got against bubblegum and bullshit?

  10. Really crappy jobs report for August. Period.

    1. 150K is still accounts receivable.

    2. Ehh, the tick down in hours worked more than negates the 150,000 jobs. The good news is that August is almost always revised upwards, substantially. Still, it Was a crappy report. :)

    3. So Yellen won't raise by 25 basis points this month, but maybe in December.

    4. June and July were really good months, but the economy seemed to really slow down in August.

      Maybe it was just too damned hot; maybe it was all the negativity from the Presidential Campaign, and, maybe, we're just at the point in the business cycle where it's hard to string together too many good back to back months.

    5. Yeah, if we're not in the throes of The Great Depression II (and, maybe if we are) a December rate hike is metaphysical certitude.

    6. We've been at the zero bound for 8 years. 25% of the world's economies are at negative rates. The only ones afraid of getting back to normal are funds managers who moved everything over to equities in a hunt for return on investment, thus creating a bubble. If we stay at zero, we've got no arrows in our quiver when the business cycle goes south once more, as it will.

    7. I mean, what the fuck - you have an economy that's gasping for air, and a year on year 0.8% inflation rate, God knows we gotta raise rate right now. :/

    8. Janet Yellen put it very succinctly: We raise rates to slow the economy, and put people out of work - thus lowering wages, and demand.

      Is that what we really need, right now?

    9. Eight years out, and baby boomers are fucked if they thought they'd retire before 75 and live on a fixed income. If we were losing jobs that would be one thing, but coming in 25.000 jobs below analysts' expectations is no reason to stay on the zero bound.

    10. UPS is raising their rates 4.9% for 2017

    11. "Interest Income" affects a very small percentage of the population. A very small percentage.

      The Republicans really wanted some rate increases, starting last year, because they knew it would throw us back into recession, and help the republicans in the election.

      Janet Yellen was able to hold them off for awhile, but she's probably getting tired of the fight.

    12. If there is indeed a bubble in equities then when it pops the FED will have little power to help other than QE. Do they have enough power in QE to mitigate the deflating equity markets without cratering the currency?

      If there is no bubble in the equity markets then they should withstand a rising interest rate. Politically, though, do you want to risk being the one that popped the bubble? I'm guessing they'll keep rates low until they can't anymore.

    13. P/E Ratios are in the "normal" range; it doesn't really look like a bubble, there.

      YOY Inflation is running less than 1%.

      There's still "slack" in the labor market - Participation Rate is at 62.8, and there's still considerable room for improvement in the "Part-time for Economic Reasons" number.

      Any increase in interest rates at this time is strictly for the benefit of the banks, and the super-duper rich.

    14. .

      Healthcare costs affect a large part of the population.

      The costs of education affect a large part of the population.

      Stagnant wages affect a large part of the population.

      The FEDs mandate used to be to concentrate on stable interest rates and full employment. Under Yellen and her predecessors it has gone all 'supply side' and trickle down. Now, the stock market has been elevated above the other two under the assumption that what is good for the market is good for wall street is good for business and that these companies will take those profits they are making and invest it and once that investment is in place 'demand' will suddenly appear. Bubblegum and bullshit. The 'field of dreams' philosophy. The economist view. Business owners know better.

      The FED has been using the same tactic for the last 8 years. The FED's balance sheet has stopped growing but it hasn't been reduced. QE is alive and well. The only people that have made any progress are the people at the top. Lots of people don't have the money to invest in the market and many more are too scared to after what they lost in the last go round. Yet, the FED keeps pushing risk.

      The FED shot it's last bullet years ago.

      Eventually, they will have to raise rates. They can do it gradually or the markets will end up doing it for them.

      A .25 rate hike once a year hardly presages Armageddon.


    15. I've been a "small business owner," and I never once went to bed and prayed for the bank to raise the interest rate on my loans.

      As for "stagnant incomes," do you really recommend higher rates as an elixir for those?

    16. .

      What I'm saying is that it's not going to make a difference in the short run and in the long run it will be beneficial.

      A quarter percent rate hike will have no affect on the issue of stagnant wages, a problem that has continued for the last 30 years through low and high rate environments. That trend has continued over the last 8 years with extremely low interest rates.


    17. Higher interest rates are never, ever, short run, or long run, beneficial to anyone but the owners of banks, and the very rich.

    18. Higher interest rates are never, ever, short run, or long run, beneficial to anyone but the owners of banks, and the very rich.

    19. If you're a saver, you might as well be in cash. Inflation is eating your nest egg like a termite. Don't tell me "core inflation is sub-two percent", look at your cable bill.

  11. After Labor Day, almost every single Democrat in a House and Senate race will be tying their GOP opponent to Trump. So up and down the ticket, hundreds of millions of dollars in Democratic messaging will be "Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump." And when there's been that kind of disparity in messaging when one party is talking about one thing and the opposition is talking about everything else -- see 2006 and 2008 ("Bush, Bush, Bush") or 2010 and 2014 ("Obama, Obama, Obama") -- there's been a wave.

  12. Donald Trump volunteers are signing a lifelong contract never to criticize him

    Sign up to volunteer for Donald Trump’s campaign, and you might be giving up more than you bargained for.

    Earlier this week, reporters began poring over the 2,271-word nondisclosure agreement that Trump’s campaign requires its volunteers sign. The forms are extraordinarily broad, virtually prohibiting any volunteers from criticizing Trump or his family for the rest of their lifetimes, according to Rachel Sklar, a lawyer and CNN contributor.

    On Twitter, Sklar noted that the forms also bar volunteers from criticizing Trump’s brands, disclosing anything personal about Trump (including his taxes), or from even employing people who work for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. (That last one’s illegal, Sklar says.)

    Rachel Sklar ✔ @rachelsklar

    (1) I took a look at the legal form agreement mandatory for Trump online volunteers. Many flaws!

    5:56 AM - 2 Sep 2016
    Photo published for Dial for Trump? First, sign this legal form
    Dial for Trump? First, sign this legal form
    Online volunteers who want to make phone calls supporting Donald Trump might be signing up for more than they bargained for.
    135 135 Retweets 111 111 likes
    Rachel Sklar ✔ @rachelsklar

    (3) It's literally framed as an offer on the website, where you click to agree:

    Rachel Sklar ✔ @rachelsklar

    (4) Also it's called a "Non Disclosure Agreement" and the URL is " …" but it includes WAY more
    6:12 AM - 2 Sep 2016

    Grifters gonna grift

  13. Here's a Shocker: He's Stiffing the Staff

    By Crashing Vor
    Friday Sep 02, 2016 · 9:23 AM CDT

    Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has run an unusually cheap campaign in part by not paying at least 10 top staffers, consultants and advisers, some of whom are no longer with the campaign, according to a review of federal campaign finance filings.

    Those who have so far not been paid, the filings show, include recently departed campaign manager Paul Manafort, California state director Tim Clark, communications director Michael Caputo and a pair of senior aides who left the campaign in June to immediately go to work for a Trump Super PAC.

    While this should surprise precisely no one who’s paid the least bit of attention to Himself’s business career, it is far from the norm in the business of running political campaigns, particularly those playing in the biggest of big leagues.

    Among the stiffees listed are Manafort, Rick Wiley, Barry Bennett, Rick Gates and the latest hand on the good ship Himself, Ms. Conway.

    One of the 10 who were unpaid, Michael Caputo, told a Buffalo radio station in June after he resigned from the campaign, that he was not volunteering. Rather, he said he just had not gotten paid. Caputo confirmed to Reuters on Thursday that the Trump campaign has still not paid his invoices.

    So, how’s it feel, Team T? You starting to understand what those cabinet makers and maintenance contractors in Atlantic City are so pissed about now?

    Crashing Vor - Daily Kos

  14. The Quirky People are getting out of hand -

    Fear of Clowns Suddenly Sweeping World...

    Creeps Knocking on Doors of Homes...

    Student Chased With Knife....DRUDGE

  15. Good political news about the Obama/Rufus No/Never Growth Economy.....people vote on the's always the big underlying deal....shitty economy means more support for Trump....

    Hillary is doooooomed.....

  16. Hillary 'can't remember' ever being trained about how to handle secrets.

    hah ha ha ha

    She and Huma skipped those classes.....


    What Women Voters Need to Know About Hillary and Huma Abedin
    Michael Bargo, Jr.

    That Hillary would choose an aide who is also married to a sexual predator is a very bizarre thing, something that has not been seen before in American politics. More

    This is an excellent article about the sexual confusions of Hillary and Huma, both married to sexual freaks.....

    .....and totally unconcerned about it.....which says exactly what about these two....what ?.....these the article to find out.

    Makes the mysterious relationships between Miss T, Miss Feely, and Mr. Redinger seem simple by comparison.....after all these three are not criminals, that we know of, and don't sell their very souls to grasp the levers of government power.

    Watch out, folks.

    A vote for Hillary is a vote for Huma....

  17. One thing we should have all learned by now is that Hillary BleachBitch Clinton has an exceedingly poor memory.

      Relied on others' judgment on classified material....DRUDGE

      Hillary can't recall when she first got her security clearance, either.

      Seems like she has no memory whatsoever, especially when she's being interviewed by the FBI.

      This is a problem.

      Which is why it got dumped on the Friday before Labor Day.....

    2. I've got a couple of words for all of this unending craparoo.....fucking farce

    3. She Lost Cell Phones With Classified Info....DRUDGE

      That's what happens when you can't remember where you are, or what you are doing....or when you are trying to cover something up and hide it from the FBI....

  18. Dan Merica ✔ @danmericaCNN

    From FBI: "Clinton never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her email to avoid complying with" FOIA.

    12:43 PM - 2 Sep 2016

  19. 45,000 thousand deleted emails.....and she never deleted one to avoid Freedom of Information Requests.....and The Fix wasn't in between BillyGoat/Loretta Lynch/Comey.....

    BillyGoat and Loretta were talking about their grandkids on that plane on the tarmac.....


  20. One wonders why Judicial Watch and others had to sue, Sue, SUE, Sue, sue forever to get what little access they finally got.....

  21. galopn2 Fri Sep 02, 01:54:00 PM EDT

    Dan Merica ✔ @danmericaCNN

    Excellent source.

    1. That little check mark makes it authentic, too....

    2. The Check ✔ means it is a tweet.

    3. .

      I'm glad we have one person here who is social media savvy.


  22. I can't wait until Pooty and/or Julian Assange drop their dimes....

    1. CBS: Hillary told FBI she didn’t know “(C)” stood for classified information

      Hoot Hoot Hoot

    2. Hoot Hoot Hoot continued.....

      FBI interview: Hillary said no biggie if SECRET/NOFORN data got exposed? More Hillary: Are pending drone strikes sensitive information?

      posted at 2:01 pm on September 2, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

      Earlier today, the FBI released its investigative notes on the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal, including its notes on their interview of Hillary in June. It makes for an interesting read, and a couple of eye-popping moments. For instance, agents showed Hillary the e-mails containing information that investigators had verified had been classified at the time of transmission, including Top Secret/SAP — programs so sensitive that even their names were classified. According to pages 26-7 of the first part of the 302, Hillary told them that she believed that the information wasn’t classified, and was not a problem even if the data had gotten into the hands of foreign governments:....

  23. Clinton campaign blasts Trump's pay-to-play scandal

    By Laura Clawson

    The Clinton campaign lays out the contrast between what Donald Trump—with an eager assist from media outlets like the New York Times—has been falsely accusing the Clinton Foundation of doing and what the Trump Foundation really did do:

    "Donald Trump has been falsely attacking the charity run by President Clinton when it is Trump's own Foundation that has been caught in an actual pay-to-play scandal.

    "While the Clinton Foundation has received the highest ratings from independent charitable watchdogs, Donald Trump's use of foundation money to donate to the Florida Attorney General actually broke the law.

    Worst of all, it appears the payment may have been intended to stave off an investigation into the sham Trump University that has ripped off unsuspecting students.

    "Donald Trump has no standing whatsoever to question the Clinton Foundation, which works to make AIDS and malaria drugs more accessible, when it's been proven he uses his own foundation to launder illegal campaign donations."

    Look for the traditional media to jump on this contrast sometime around the fifth of never. What does not suit the narrative does not make the headlines.

    Grifters Gotta Grift

  24. All In w/Chris Hayes ✔ @allinwithchris

    Latinos for Trump founder @MarcoGutierrez: "you're gonna have taco trucks on every corner" #inners

    7:36 PM - 1 Sep 2016
    1,223 1,223 Retweets 1,437 1,437 likes

    Dave Gilson ✔ @daudig

    Food-related deaths in US, 1998-2015:

    🌭 Hot dogs = 21

    🌮 Tacos = 1 …
    11:22 AM - 2 Sep 2016

    1. You are really reaching now, Rufus.

      In fact, you are making a goddamned fool of yourself.

      Please continue....


  25. Behind that ‘four stars’ rating for the Clinton Foundation from Charity Navigator - 9/2/16

    A shocking conflict of interest. Why do so many fail to notice the long string of people and organizations that end up ruined, their reputations in tatters, after playing along with various Clinton schemes?


    Hoot Hoot Hoot

  26. From honest hard drinkin' Joe Biden -

    Why Joe Biden refuses to say that Clinton Foundation has been ‘100% ethical’ - 9/2/16

    Behind the façade of unity and Trump disdain, Democrats understand what they have on their hands with the Clintons at the helm of their party. And they are planning for contingencies.


    1. HUNT: “Do you think Americans should be concerned at all about the ethics of the Clinton Foundation? Has the Clinton foundation been 100 percent ethical in your view?”

      BIDEN:”I think the Clinton Foundation, like all foundations, have found themselves in a position where things are changing and I think she’s going to change, adjust to the realities of how complicated it’s become.”


      Good ol' Joe

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  27. Hillary is now trying to blame it all on 'other people' - "other people's judgment" -

    WITHHELD 17,500 EMAILS...

  28. Replies
    1. Reaching, reaching....


      Ah,Shit, you CAN'T make this stuff up.....




      Took a fall
      No recall

      Hoot Hoot Hoot

    2. The Old Hag is admitting she's brain damaged....

  29. OOHH!! oooo -

    Look at Virginia

    Emerson: Iowa: Trump +5 | Virginia: Clinton +1

    While Rufus snores, the American People are waking up.....

  30. 60 pages of FBI notes.

    60 pages of

    "I don't recall"

    "I can't recall"

    This is what all lawyers tell their clients to say when they are up against it.

    "I don't know nothin'"

    1. Even though I was Secretary of State of the World's Greatest Superpower:

      "I don't know nothin'"

    2. Boston Globe Revealed: Hillary’s archived email inbox was wiped after the NYT revealed her private email account


      IBD Poll: Trump 39, Clinton 39, Johnson 12, Stein 3

      She's sinking like a rock.

  31. Here's The Big List Of Things Hillary Couldn't Recall In Her FBI Interview

    Clinton Told FBI She Couldn’t Recall Key Details 26 Times

    In interview with investigators Hillary struggled to recollect major briefings, especially after 2012 fall

    Jim Stinson | Updated 02 Sep 2016 at 3:06 PM

    1. Keep digging into the emails, Benghazi thing, and A-1 rated charity Bobbo, there must be a pony in there somewhere.

    2. I've already given you a whole herd of horses, Miss Confusion.

    3. Finding 3 out 30,000 Hillary emails that were mistakenly marked confidential cost taxpayers over 7 million bucks.

  32. I'll tell you where the pony ain't. :)

    It ain't in the IBD Troll Poll.

    Go HERE

    scroll down to question 13 - the who would you vote for question

    He only nets 15% over her with whites (Romney netted 20% with whites - 59 to 39.)

    And, he's only dragging 15% with blacks and hispanics - Romney got 21% of non-whites.

    Bottom Line: He's not doing as well as Romney, and Romney lost by 4.

    Oh, and Clinton will out-perform her polling due to a good ground game vs. No ground game. :)

    1. Btw, the IBD has good Methodology, and in the last couple of polls will get right in line with the solid pollsters: ABC/Wash Post, NBC/WSJ, CNN/ORC, etc.

  33. Selfies and Meat Missiles

    “[At first] people were interested in how far the suits could fly, more than getting close to terrain. Then people started diving down to terrain and flying right over the ground or the trees, what I used to call ‘mowing the lawn’,” she said.

    “This style of flying was being done by only the most advanced and experienced jumpers, but it coincided with small helmet cameras becoming accessible and affordable, as well as the rise of social media. Suddenly every jumper had a camera and wanted to show their footage and it had to be more and more impressive to get a positive reaction from others.”

    Like Brennan and others, Davis identifies overconfidence as a key issue. “The recent spike in fatalities is a reflection of many different things, all involving decision making: overconfidence and a desire to continuously push (and get closer and closer to terrain, and then show footage of it) or lack of experience and/or understanding of consequences and mountain environments.”

  34. Lawlessness and Open Borders, that's the ticket.

    And more Syrian Refugees.

    Hillary voter's suicidal death wish.

    1. Some are moving in near Quirk.

      If I were Quirk I'd worry about my mutt, in addition to the kids and grandkids.

  35. There Are More White Voters Than People Think. That’s Good News for Trump.

    Long article. Takeaway is that, rather than being 33% of the electorate, the non-college whites will more than likely be 35 or 36% of voters.

    The Bad news for the Trumpeters is that these shadow whites tend to vote more Democratic than thought (by pollsters.)

    Good (and Bad) News


    ABC Hillary spokesman: She’ll hold press conferences once she’s elected



    2. (spokesperson Rufus will have to do her talkin' for her)

      (hoot hoot toot toot)

    3. Miss T would make a wonderful spokesperson for Hillary.

      Miss T is great at spinning a long convoluted self contradicting yarn....

    4. She'll do it right after Donald does one.

  37. From FBI: "Clinton never deleted, nor did she instruct anyone to delete, her email to avoid complying with" FOIA. In other words, Hil has been cleared. Put keep looking, Bob. OMG! Ponies!!

  38. .

    Hillary uses the concussion ploy: "I forgets."

    The many things Hillary Clinton couldn’t recall in her FBI interview

    "Clinton stated she received no instructions or direction regarding the preservation or production of records from [the] State [Department] during the transition out of her role as secretary of state in 2013," the report says. "However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot. Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received."


    1. .

      Among the other things Clinton could "not recall" or "did not remember," according to the summary of her interview with the FBI:

      - a briefing or training given by the State Department on the retention of federal records or handling of classified information

      - how often she used her Original Classification Authority (OCA) or any training or guidance that State Department provided on that

      - any specific briefing on handling classified information associated with Special Access Programs (SAP)

      - a specific process for nominating a target for a drone strike

      - why the State Department was unable to provide her with a secure BlackBerry

      - receiving any emails she thought didn't belong on an unclassified system

      - receiving guidance from the State Department about the email policies contained in the Foreign Affairs Manual

      - specifically which aides had access to her BlackBerry and email accounts

      - the compromise of State Department employees' Gmail accounts

      - ever using an iPad mini until after her time as secretary of state

      - receiving any Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to her email

      - who advised her to change her email address after Sidney Blumenthal's email account was compromised in 2013

      Lying, concussion, or loss of short-term memory due to the onset of Alzheimer's?


    2. .

      Which is worse for a presidential nominee?


    3. All three.

      She's REALLY fucked up.

      Which is worse ?

      In her case they can't be untangled.


    4. Vote Trump for the Sake of the Republic.

  39. .

    If Donald Trump Can Continue to Show America What He Did In Mexico City, That He Can Be Presidential, He May Just Become President


    Trump gets into Twitter feud with former Mexican president

    That didn't last long.


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  41. .

    Mexican President Says He Made Trump Pay for Lunch

    MEXICO CITY (The Borowitz Report)—The war of words between Donald J. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto continued on Thursday as Peña Nieto vehemently asserted that he made the Republican Presidential nominee pay for lunch during his visit to Mexico City.

    “As soon as we sat down to order, I made it very clear that I had no intention of paying for lunch,” Peña Nieto said. “And when the check arrived, I made absolutely no move to pick it up.”

    To support his claim, Peña Nieto tweeted out a photo of himself seated at a table with an aggrieved-looking Trump, who appears to be placing an American Express card on top of a restaurant check.

    Responding to the Mexican President’s claim, the Trump campaign issued a statement of its own. “As anyone who has read ‘The Art of the Deal’ knows, Donald J. Trump is a master negotiator,” the statement began. “While he did pay for Peña Nieto’s lunch, he extracted a commitment from the Mexican President to pick up the check the next time they go to dinner. It’s a well-established fact that dinner is far, far more expensive than lunch. Yet again, Donald Trump entered into a negotiation and won big.”

    Minutes after the Trump campaign released its statement, Peña Nieto took to Twitter again, where he indicated he had “no intention” of ever having dinner with Trump.

    And so it goes.


  42. Replies
    1. What a crock of shit.

      She's hiding from the Press.

      And the Press is mostly on her side.

      Word was earlier today she's not going to give a Press conference.

      I hope The Donald turns the first debate into the missing Press conference.

      You're as wacky as you always were, Miss T.

      You have changed at all.


    2. You haven't changed at all, Bless You.

  43. Federal District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel has ruled that Donald J. Trump, founder of Trump University, must face civil trial for fraud and racketeering under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”).

    But, emails.

    1. Trump is an easy target.

      He could have settled it long ago.

      Some of the evidence is very shaky.

      The Clintons have their own 'university' problems.

      Is that the spic judge that The Donald didn't like ?

      The Clinton Foundation is the entity that truly deserves to be RICO-ed.

      Yup, you ought to be the mouth piece for the real crooks in the play.....the Clintons.

    2. You know what La Raza means, don't you Miss T ?

      It means 'The Race'.

      It is a racist organization.

      That's why I call the judge a spic.

      Cause he's a member of the legal arm of it.

      The Judge is the Racist.

      That's a big no-no Miss T, belonging to a Racist organization.

      It would be like me being a member of an organization called The White Race.

      You wouldn't approve of that, would you ?

    3. If I belonged to an organization called The White Race, I would deserve to called a cracker.

      Which is even worse than a Peckerwood, your endearing term for me.


    4. peckerwood

      A peckerwood is a rural white southerner, usually poor, undereducated or otherwise ignorant and bigoted, the term gained popularity in the deep south during the early twentieth century and was meant to be derogatory. It is a reversal of the name of the red bellied woodpecker which had a patch of red on the back of it’s head and neck, therefore a peckerwood is a redneck, terms that describe similar groups of people are trailer trash or white trash but neither of those have the same effect or ring to them as peckerwood does.
      From: "Peckerwood Nation" \storyonly/2006/6/28/181447/773

      That man was a true peckerwood, born and raised.

  44. Here are the Interrogatories from Judicial Watch to BleachBitch

    JW v State Hillary interrogatories 01363

  45. Ben Carson is saying on Fox, reasonably enough, that if HRC can't recall anything about her emails and server, she is obviously unfit to be President, lacking a memory as she would have to be.

    And, if she is lying, which she is, she is also unfit to be President.

    So, Dr. Ben Carson concludes that, one way or the other, she is unfit to be President.

    I would think even Quirk would certify this as good reasoning.

    Only Rufus, Ash, and Miss T might not.

    1. This Peckerwood backed Ben for President.

    2. Ben Carson? Isn't that the fellow who thinks the rocks of Stonehenge are the toes of a giant Easter Island statue that extends through the entire Earth?

    3. He's the only guy on earth that just might be able to operate on your brain, and actually improve it.

      It desperately needs improving.

      Alas, he is no longer in business, but retired.

  46. Absolute, Categorical Lies

    Sep 12, 2016 | By Stephen F. Hayes

    On March 10, 2015, Hillary Clinton told reporters at a rare press conference that she had “absolute confidence that everything that could be in any way connected to work is now in the possession of the State Department."

    No parsing required. Absolute confidence, she said. In any way connected to work.

    On August 8, 2015, Clinton submitted a signed declaration to the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., swearing "under penalty of perjury" that she'd directed all emails that "were or potentially were" work-related be turned over to the State Department.

    Emphatic. Were or potentially were related to her time as secretary of state.

    Then on October 22, 2015, Clinton testified under oath before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. "I provided the department, which has been providing you, with all of my work-related emails—all that I had."

    Unqualified, absolute. All that I had.

    In May of this year, Clinton told ABC News: "I have provided all of my work-related emails, and I've asked that they be made public, and I think that demonstrates that I wanted to make sure that this information was part of the official records."

    Categorical. All of my work-related emails.

    Clinton used such unequivocal language on purpose, of course. It was meant to convey certitude about her disclosure of work-related emails, to signal to voters (and reporters) that she was unafraid of being contradicted and, most important, that she had nothing at all to hide.

    We know now that her claims were false.

    FBI Releases Notes From Hilary Clinton Interview

    A report by the State Department's inspector general concluded that Clinton had not turned over any of the work-related emails she sent in her first three-plus months on the job, between January 2009 and April 2009. The Defense Department found 19 emails Clinton and General David Petraeus exchanged that were not included in her production to the government. The Benghazi committee uncovered a batch of undisclosed work-related emails between Clinton and Sidney Blumenthal, a longtime Clinton adviser who wrote to share privately sourced intelligence on Libya and other pressing State Department matters. (At the time of their correspondence, the Clinton Foundation was paying Blumenthal $10,000 per month to serve as a consultant.)

    1. It was clear long ago that Hillary Clinton and her team did not, in fact, turn over all work-related emails to the State Department. And in July, we learned that the number of missing work-related emails was exponentially higher than previous reports had suggested. FBI director James Comey stunned even reporters who had long worked on the story when he disclosed just how many Clinton had failed to produce.

      "The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related emails that were not among the group of 30,000 emails that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014. .  .  . It's also likely that there are other work-related emails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere and that are now gone."

      How could this happen? Comey concluded that Team Clinton did not intentionally withhold the emails and may well have just missed them because their search wasn't comprehensive enough.

      We are skeptical. Is it possible that a search of 60,000 messages might somehow miss a few work-related emails? Sure. A few dozen? Plausible. But several thousand? In a search conducted shortly before Hillary Clinton would launch her presidential campaign and conducted by people employed to protect her interests? Dubious.

      Then, this past week, we learned that there was yet another set of work-related emails Clinton had failed to produce. Up to 30 emails related to Benghazi were among those Clinton deleted from her private server. We haven't yet seen those latest emails. The Clinton campaign is downplaying their significance, arguing that they may well be duplicates of earlier emails posted by the State Department. Perhaps. But there's little reason to take their word for it. Given that the inquiry into Clinton's emails grew out of the investigation into the Benghazi attacks, one might expect that anyone searching for work-related emails would have included Benghazi as one of the most important search terms. Anyone searching for work-related emails whose goal was to find them, anyway.

      It doesn't take much guesswork to understand why Hillary Clinton set up a private email server and why she has lied so aggressively ever since: She didn't want her emails available to the American people.

    2. She did it for convenience.

      It was much easier to maintain her own server than use the State Department's, or Gmail.
      (Which is more secure than her server.)

  47. Hillary had 13 (thirteen) devices over the four years she was Sec. of State.

    Not one, or two, or three....

    1. One accidentally got flushed with the depends.

    2. Sometimes they went twixt her nethers.

    3. BillyGoat ran off with three or four, same with Huma, even Weiner got a in the end she was down to three or so.

    4. I never thought about humming a Weiner until I heard it on a podcast this morning.

    5. May I ask what you do?

      "Huma Weiner"

    6. She also had five Ipads....nobody knows what happened to them....they may have run off to Marrakesh by themselves, or perhaps with Quirk....

    7. It wasn't a Weiner Huma was humming, but that's as far as I go, it's just too disgusting....

    8. Yeah, humor has to have an element of the truth. Huma had more important "work" with The Boss.

  48. I just don't get it.

    I thought Hillary wanted the simplicity of just using her own one device, located in her bathroom I think it has been said.

    Report: Hillary's Email Server Was Kept in a Bathroom ...

    Aug 18, 2015 · Video embedded · ... Hillary's Email Server Was Kept in a Bathroom Closet in ... new revelations that Hillary Clinton's private email server was housed in …

    Images of Hillary's server in her bathroom:'s+server+in+her+bathroom&qpvt=hillary%27s+server+in+her+bathroom&qpvt=hillary%27s+server+in+her+bathroom&qpvt=hillary%27s+server+in+her+bathroom&FORM=IGRE

    Now we hear of 13 (thirteen) devices, some of which have 'gone missing'.

    It's just too much.

  49. ...and she clicked on a Porn link and got hacked!

    You couldn't make this shit up, or if you did, you'd get panned for it being unbelievable.

    Or better yet, write a story where the MSM covers it all up and two dunces here pretend to believe the bullshit.

  50. Remember When Progressives Said Hillary Was Smartest Person in World? -Yeah, Genius Hillary Clicked on Porn Link and Got Hacked

  51. Richard Hine @richardhine

    After leaving office, Bill Clinton started a Foundation that helped over 400M people. George Bush painted his dog

    11:29 AM - 2 Sep 2016

  52. two dunces here

    I'll take a wild guess at your reference.....

    1) Miss T
    2) Rufus

  53. "A Clinton Foundation laptop and a thumb drive used to archive Hillary Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state are missing, according to FBI notes released on Friday."
    The release of the records is the latest of several instances in which the Clinton White House has declared a document search to be exhaustive, only to later stumble on important material. For example, White House officials initially said that Vincent W. Foster Jr., the deputy White House counsel, left no indication of why he committed suicide on July 20, 1993. But later, an aide found the remnants of a note describing Mr. Foster's disenchantment with Washington.

    Mr. Kendall said the Rose billing records were discovered in the White House on Thursday night by Carolyn Huber, a White House aide and former office manager of the Rose firm.

    He also said Mrs. Clinton was not aware until today that the records had been in the White House.

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