22 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-30-16

  1. Twenty five years ago, I had a friend at church who claimed to be a conservative and liked to talk politics. I was appalled to learn that he didn’t read books, or magazines or newspapers. He got his news from Rush Limbaugh. I used to listen to Rush when I was in the car on weekdays. Like Steven Colbert, he is very funny. Unfortunately, Trump is what happens when 10 million voters get their news from Limbaugh.

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  2. Kim,

    It only took a minute and a half to dismiss Johnson as a choice. Ten seconds into him talking, I was done with him. I don’t vote for pro-choice candidates. That’s just a nice way of saying I support a woman’s right to kill her baby. Sorry, that’s a deal breaker for me. I would imagine many of you feel the same.


  3. The media has become a joke. Or should I say, an even bigger joke… Many, like CNN, the NYT, and Google, are just flat out completely biased frauds.


    “Hillary Clinton and her media allies have been working overtime to put out numerous fires that continue to pop up and spread during the final weeks of her campaign for president. Recently, the flames have gotten more difficult to smother as reports of Clinton’s frail health have bled into the mainstream media, despite the unanimous and unilateral decision by the MSM to treat anyone who even raises a question as akin to a Holocaust denier. (On Sunday night, for example, Huffington Post fired contributor David Seaman and deleted his columns simply for linking to a Hillary health video that’s been viewed four million times.)

    Julian Assange stoked more flames when he suggested a murdered DNC worker was the Wikileaks source for the DNC hack. Most recently, the Associated Press released a blockbuster story concluding that more than half of the people Clinton met with as secretary of state gave donations to the Clinton Foundation.

    Despite these ongoing scandals, Clinton’s close yet questionable ties to media outlets such as Google, CNN, PBS and The New York Times have seemed to pay off. These entities have gone out of their way to censor negative stories about Clinton, particularly ones involving the Clinton Foundation. There’s one common thread though these media outlets suppressing harmful Clinton stories all share: they’ve donated to the Clinton Foundation.”

    “A report came out Friday revealing that PBS’s “Newshour” removed negative comments about Clinton in Judy Woodruff’s interview with Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein. A Stein supporter discovered the edits after he compared the FaceBook Live version with the broadcast and YouTube versions. The edits PBS removed from the interview included Stein’s criticism of Clinton’s support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Obamacare.

    “Newshour” has done one report about the Clinton Foundation scandal in a softball piece titled “A glimpse inside operations at the Clinton Foundation.” In the segment, Woodruff’s co-host Hari Sreenivasan, conducted interviews with James Grimaldi of the Wall Street Journal, Columbia University’s Doug White and Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala. A Media Research Center study found that the Clinton Foundation “charity fraud” story has only received a total of four minutes and 24 seconds devoted to it from the three big networks this year.”

    “To understand why The New York Times, Google, CNN and PBS would censor negative information about Clinton, particularly, stories revolving around the Clinton Foundation scandal, all you have to do is follow the money. All of these companies have donated—in some cases up seven figures—to the Clinton Foundation. Carlos Slim, Chairman & CEO of Telmex, the largest New York Times shareholder, donated between $1 and $5 million. Google donated between $500K and $1 million.

    The parent company of CNN, Time Warner Inc., gave between $50k to $100k to the foundation. (Woodruff, who serves as co-host and managing editor of PBS “NewsHour”, gave $250 to the foundation’s Clinton Haiti Relief Fund in 2010.) It’s no wonder these media entities are reluctant to report harmful stories on Clinton, specifically ones surrounding the Clinton Foundation, since in doing so they could be implicating themselves in this evolving scandal.”


  4. And even more have joined the Obama admin, or left the Obama admin for Google.

    “Google’s controversial relationship with Clinton has raised enough eyebrows that the Oracle Corporation is using its resources to launch the Google Transparency Project. The mission is to shed sunlight on Google’s relationships with Clinton and President Barack Obama. The GTP has already produced a series of investigative reports on Google including one that reveals that there were 18 former State Department officials that joined Google as executives and five Google officials who acquired senior positions at the State Department.”


  5. Then voters shouldn’t commit to giving him another term.


    “Marco Rubio on Monday refused to commit to serving a full six-year term in the Senate should he win reelection. And the former Republican presidential candidate subtly suggested that if he ran for the White House again, he would be prepared to leave politics behind if he lost.
    “No one can make that commitment because you don’t know what the future’s gonna hold in your life personally or politically,” the Florida senator told CNN on Monday, opening the door for a presidential run when asked if he could commit to a full Senate term before seemingly slamming it shut in the next breath.”

    How about instead of another failed presidential bid, voters just make this a failed Senate bid and skip the rest.


  6. This has the potential to turn out like those pesky hanging chads.


    “It’s 2016: What possible reason is there to vote on paper? When we use touchscreens to communicate, work, and shop, why can’t we use similar technology to vote?

    A handful of states, and many precincts in other states, have already made the switch to voting systems that are fully digital, leaving no paper trail at all. But this is despite the fact that computer-security experts think electronic voting is a very, very bad idea.

    For years, security researchers and academics have urged election officials to hold off on adopting electronic voting systems, worrying that they’re not nearly secure enough to reliably carry out their vital role in American democracy. Their claims have been backed up by repeated demonstrations of the systems’ fragility: When the District of Columbia tested an electronic voting system in 2010, a professor from the University of Michigan and his graduate students took it over from more than 500 miles away to show its weaknesses; with actual physical access to a voting machine, the same professor—Alex Halderman—swapped out its internals, turning it into a Pac Man console. Halderman showed that a hacker who has access to a machine before election day could modify its programming—and he did so without even leaving a mark on the machine’s tamper-evident seals.”

    “Paper ballots are harder to fudge than votes stored in bits and bytes: A manual recount can help assuage fears of a rigged election. Even voting machines that spit out a voters’ choices on a piece of paper before submitting them are verifiable. But machines that record votes directly without providing a physical receipt aren’t terribly easy to audit if accusations of fraud begin to fly.”

    It’s hard to believe the system is safe and legit when stuff like this is so easy to do.


    “The Federal Bureau of Investigation has found breaches in Illinois and Arizona’s voter registration databases and is urging states to increase computer security ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election, according to a U.S. official familiar with the probe.”

    “Accessing information in a voter database, much of which is publicly accessible, does not necessarily suggest an effort to manipulate the votes themselves. When registering, voters typically provide their names, home addresses, driver’s license or identification numbers, and party affiliations.

    But U.S. intelligence officials have become increasingly worried that hackers sponsored by Russia or other countries may attempt to disrupt the presidential election.”

    “Citing a state election board official, Yahoo News said the Illinois voter registration system was shut down for 10 days in late July after hackers downloaded personal data on up to 200,000 voters.

    State voter systems are often targeted by hackers, and 200,000 is a relatively small number compared to other recent incidents. An independent computer security researcher uncovered in December of last year a database on 191 million voters that was exposed on the open Internet due to an incorrect configuration.”


  7. Another of Hillary and Huma’s terrorist buddies. I posted a link last week that mentioned him, and his name keeps popping up.


    “Did a big donor of the Clinton Foundation use those links to get “face time” while financing Hezbollah? Gilbert Chagoury’s name keeps popping up in the Clinton Foundation-State Department nexus, but it’s Chagoury’s run-in with Homeland Security that has eyebrows raised at the moment. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that Chagoury landed on the no-fly list prior to Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, and two years ago got denied entry over questions about his connections to Lebanese partners of the radical Islamist terror group:”

    “By the time Hillary Clinton became secretary of State, the relationship was strong enough for Bill Clinton’s closest aide to push for Chagoury to get access to top diplomats, and the agency began exploring a deal, still under consideration, to build a consulate on Chagoury family land in Lagos, Nigeria.

    But even as those talks were underway, bureaucrats in other arms of the State Department were examining accusations that Chagoury had unsavory affiliations, stemming from his activities and friendships in Lebanon. After a review, Chagoury was refused a visa to enter the U.S. last year.

    Let’s take a moment to recall that Chagoury was Marc Rich’s business partner — the same Marc Rich that got a presidential pardon while still on the run from the Department of Justice. Eric Holder played a key role in facilitating that pardon, readers will recall, despite the fact that Rich would not return to the US to face charges of tax evasion and questions about violating sanctions against Iran — Hezbollah’s state sponsor. That pardon made Chagoury an even better friend to the Clintons, as the New York Post noted not long ago;”

    “There had always been questions about Chagoury’s unsavory business dealings. He got convicted of charges related to money laundering on behalf of Nigerian dictator General Sani Abacha at around the same time as the Clintons were getting ready to pardon Rich (Cagoury later got the conviction expunged). Thus, when the FBI heard from informants that Chagoury was routing cash through Lebanese politician Michael Aoun to Hezbollah, they raised enough red flags to stop Chagoury from entering the country in 2014. Those suspicions got raised at a very coincidental time, emphasis mine:

    After Clinton left the State Department, Chagoury again found himself under suspicion by U.S. security officials. A 2013 FBI intelligence report, citing unverified raw information from a source, claimed Chagoury had sent funds to Aoun, who transferred money to Hezbollah. The source said Aoun was “facilitating fundraising for Hezbollah.” The U.S. put Chagoury in its database used to screen travelers for possible links to terrorism, interagency memos show.

    Last summer, when Chagoury planned a trip to Los Angeles, he applied at the U.S. embassy in Paris for a visitor’s visa and was refused, according to interviews and government documents. Based on the FBI report and other allegations from intelligence and law enforcement sources, the State Department denied the application. It cited terrorism-related grounds, a broad category that can apply to anyone believed to have assisted a terrorist group in any way, including providing money.”

    They should just change the name to the Clinton Corruption Foundation.


  8. Hey why not? After all, Bill Ayer’s is a terrorist too, and he’s a professor now so…….


    “Jesse Morton has been hired as an Islamic terrorism expert to work in George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. Mr. Morton used to go by the name Younus Abdullah Muhammad when he served as a recruiter for the al-Qaeda terrorist network.

    That’s right, George Washington University has hired a “former” Islamic terrorist as an expert on homeland security: (CNN)

    During his days as an extremist, Morton earned a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
    (Program Director Seamus) Hughes said before making the hiring decision, he discussed Morton with the FBI, leaders in the security community and the lawyers that prosecuted Morton.

    He said he’s sure Morton is completely reformed from the days he served time in federal prison after inciting people to join a terrorist organization.

    “I trust him,” he said. “We did our due diligence.”

    So what could possibly go wrong?

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  9. OK, I’m almost done hogging the thread. One more….

    A new low for Obama. Seriously, I know you think it’s not possible, but he seems intent on outdoing himself.


    “One of the top guardians of American freedoms just entered the fight against the Obama administration’s insane excesses in the name of “trans rights.”

    The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued rules telling doctors they can’t decline to perform gender-reassignment surgery on kids if it’s recommended by a “mental health professional.” Refusal could be a career-ender.

    How crazy is the rule? Well, for starters, most trans teens identify differently later in life — yet reassignment surgery is often irreversible, and even less-radical procedures can be harmful, as HHS’ own medical experts note.

    Not to mention that the Hippocratic Oath (and basic human conscience) enjoins doctors from doing procedures they believe harmful to their patients.

    On top of that, the rule also orders private insurers and employers to cover the procedures — even though Medicare and Medicaid, which HHS oversees, don’t.

    Headed to court to toss the HHS rule is the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is undefeated before the Supreme Court — capped by four wins when going up against the Obama administration.”

    It’s child abuse.


  10. “Paper ballots are harder to fudge than votes stored in bits and bytes”

    If I remember correctly, LBJ was elected to the Senate the first time because they found an uncounted box of ballots somewhere in West Texas. And JKF beat Nixon because they found some ballots in Chicago.


  11. What I find amusing are those folks who think that the issues with electronic voting would be solved if they received a paper confirmation of their vote when it is cast. I guess they just don’t have a clue about how computers work.

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  12. Looking for a reason to vote for Trump?
    This from Drudge:
    Acclaimed singer Barbra Streisand is joining the list of disgruntled celebrities threatening to leave America if Donald Trump is elected president. She made the comments during an interview with Sydney-based journalist Michael Usher during an Australian news program broadcast on Sunday

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  13. AJ — I think its quite apparent that Clinton is a big supporter of the capitalist/corporate elite and the support is returned to her. No doubt, this should put to rest any rumours for her support of socialism.

    Its interesting that the money to Hezbollah was funnelled by Aoun. Michael Aoun is a Maronite Christian who fought against Syrian involvement in the Lebanese Civil War. Now he works with Hezbollah to aid Syrian rebels against Assad. In Syria, the US works with Hezbollah (and Iran) against Assad and ISIS (and our supposed allies the Saudis). And given the corruption, graft and intricacies that are Lebanese politics I’m sure Aoun took a fair chunk of change as his cut for services rendered. (The current Yemen dispute is even more fun to figure out the conflicting sides). And the arms dealer wins in every case — sort of like the house in Vegas.

    My worry in the transgender article is the definition of a “mental health professional”. Is a degree from the University of Phoenix good enough?? There are of course legitimate reasons to begin gender reassignment as early as possible. The most obvious is a mistaken gender assignment at birth. Occasionally, gender genitalia isn’t clear cut and the doctor simply guesses. As the child ages, the mistake may become obvious and surgery can help the genitalia to be more clear. However, in cases where gender identity is based on a mental incompatibility with the physical genitalia, I would wait for surgery until puberty settles but of course mental health counselling should be offered immediately by a competent “mental health professional”.

    I like Samantha Bee (hey she’s Canadian) but her support for Hilary over Bernie in the primaries was too obvious to be funny. Jon Oliver is the best of the late night satire.

    That being said, Colbert had an amusing bit on Giuliani claiming Clinton was too sick to be president. Needless to say, the Clinton illness story is another example of the right wing echo chamber repeating each other’s claims so much that it appears true to them since its a self-reinforcing repeating loop.

    I like paper ballots, but Canadian elections are simple as each jurisdiction is done separately. There’s only one “x” to make. When its done, each polling station simply dumps the ballots on a table and sorts them out. Observers from any party can observe and even help.


  14. Fox has lost a lot of stature, I think — Guys like Brit Hume were excellent, but the commentators who dominate the station now — Hannity and O’Reilly, for example — become just tedious and knee-jerk, there’s nothing thoughtful about their shows really. Only people who already like them and their approach watch them. I’m wondering what’s in store for the station once this election is over and they’ve had some time to be under some new management.

    I expect some of their biggest stars, such as Megyn Kelly, to jump ship and go elsewhere.

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  15. The article sums up the problem — the best on-air example is still Karl Rove and his refusal to accept the Ohio call in 2012. A liberal commentator, I think Rachel Maddow, made a similar comment on why there were so many Republican candidates — sell books and appear on FOX, which of course is probably why Trump ran initially.

    It appears Roger Ailes and Cannon from Breibart might partner up after the election. And Megan Kelly is definitely looking elsewhere as her conflict with Trump has resulted in positive attention beyond the FOX bubble


  16. I read somewhere that Trump, if he loses, is interested in creating some kind of branded political media outlet of his own. Mercy.


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