29 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-24-16

  1. It is fascinating to see so few signs in our area for the Clinton ticket. I have had to really, really look to see even one. That is not just in one town, but at least four of the little towns near here and the country area. One site has many signs for area Democratic Labor Party candidates, but none for president. This is normally an almost exclusive DFL area.


  2. How can you fundamentally change the nature of a country without changing it’s founding documents?
    By changing it’s Supreme Court. That is, we can reinterpret the documents to fit the condition we want.
    That’s how.

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  3. The FBI once again does a Friday news dump of the Clinton investigation. We now know she deleted at least 2,8000 work related emails from her private server. Another lie exposed. We also now know Obama communicated with her on this private email using a fake name. Gee, I wonder why? Another lie exposed. We also now know that Clinton aides Mills and Huma were given immunity, which makes no sense. We won’t get to see what was in those 2,800 emails until after the elections. Gee, I wonder why?


    “At least 2,800 emails from the records recovered off Hillary Clinton’s server by the FBI were related to her State Department work, government attorneys revealed Friday.

    However, most of the files will not be made public until after the election, according to a schedule laid out by the State Department at a court hearing Friday.

    Of the 15,000 emails collected by the FBI, 9,400 were deemed personal in nature and will be withheld by the government. Up to 50 percent of the remaining 5,600 emails could be duplicates of documents already made public by the agency, leaving at least 2,800 official records that have never been disclosed.”


    “A congressman says Hillary Clinton’s former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz (CHAY’-fits), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells the Associated Press that Mills gave federal investigators access to her laptop on the condition that findings couldn’t be used against her. Chaffetz says, “No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case. They were handing out immunity deals like candy.”


  4. We also know now that she had a second private email she used as well.


    “Hillary Clinton created a previously undisclosed email account to communicate when her private server system was down, documents made public by the FBI Friday show.

    Monica Hanley, a former Clinton aide, told FBI investigators that Clinton likely created the second private account — a “gmail.com” address — to send messages when her server crashed in 2011 during a trip to Croatia.

    An FBI report made public earlier this month showed Clinton and her staff had been warned repeatedly about using private accounts while overseas. What’s more, Clinton and her staff have repeatedly said the former secretary of state used just one personal address.

    The 189 new pages of notes from the FBI’s closed investigative file came amid controversy over the five immunity agreements doled out to witnesses in the criminal probe.”

    Maybe in the next dump we’ll find out Clinton herself received immunity before testifying. No wonder no one was charged, they gave everyone involved immunity. This investigation was a sham from the start. And even Clinton’s flunkies knew there was a cover up going on. Seems everybody did, except for the FBI.


    “Employees at Platte River Network, the firm tapped to manage Hillary Clinton’s emails in 2013, sent emails describing the ‘Hilary [sic] coverup [sic] operation’ after Clinton’s staff asked them to begin wiping emails in Dec. 2014.

    The revelation came in 189 pages of FBI documents made public Friday evening amid controversy over the five immunity deals extended to aides involved in the case — including one that protected a key employee at Platte River from prosecution.

    The unnamed employee told FBI agents that his reference to the “cover-up” was a joke.”

    This entire investigation was a joke too.


  5. So much for the “it’s just women and children” nonsense. It’s also gang members and killers, and a whole lot of other criminals. Trump was right, they ain’t sending their best and brightest.


    “The village of Brentwood, on New York’s Long Island, is nearly 2,000 miles from the Mexican border, but with four dead teenagers, it has become a flashpoint in the debate over federal immigration policies and their possible links to gang violence.

    The murder last week of Brentwood High School students, Nisa Mickens, 15, and Kayla Cuevas, 15, and the discovery of two sets of human remains, males ages 17 and 19, in a wooded area adjacent to the Long Island Railroad have allegedly been linked to the MS-13 gang that has wreaked havoc in Brentwood.

    Mickens’ family said they believe gang members tried to kidnap Cuevas, and investigators say Mickens may have been killed trying to help her friend.”

    “Area residents are worried and frightened given the notorious El Salvadorean gang’s growth in the area, which they say has coincided with an influx of illegal immigrants.”

    “He said residents are supportive of immigrants, even undocumented, who have come to Brentwood to better their lives and who are law abiding, paying their taxes, and striving towards citizenship. It is the other, growing and nefarious immigrant element that concerns Mayo.

    Law enforcement officials say MS-13 is the largest gang on Long Island with Suffolk County “cliques” concentrated in the villages of Brentwood, Huntington, Copiague, Farmingdale, and Islip.”


  6. Shane was a great movie, Ricky, with a great cast. I’ve always enjoyed Jean Arthur, who played Van Heflin’s wife. (I wish we got TCM, but we have very basic cable.)

    Another movie that I’ve enjoyed more than once, & wonder if it’s one you like, is 1953’s 3:10 to Yuma, which Van Heflin was also in.

    The remake of that from a few years ago, with Russell Crow as the outlaw & Christian Bale as the farmer, had more characterization, that I found interesting, but was much more violent, & had a sad ending.

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  7. I think Jean Arthur was 50 when she made Shane and she was good. Jack Palance was the perfect villain. The mountains around Jackson Hole made a great setting even as Monument Valley was made famous by John Ford’s best Westerns.

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  8. Yesterday we visited the Gen. Patton museum in Plzen, Czech Republic. As I was reading the history of how the American army freed the areas of West and South Bohemia, I was wishing that Chas could be there with me so that we could talk about it all…

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  9. Tychicus, I had a client that served under Patton. At age 90, he was still bitter that they were ordered to withdraw to the west after liberating many of the Czechs.


  10. rw: Yes, Patton wanted to go on to Moscow – he knew what was coming.

    I still wonder about Patton’s car accident that led to his death – was it really ‘accidental’?

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  11. Gerald Posner should write a book on Patton’s death. His book on John Kennedy’s assassination was brilliant. He punctured all the myths, solved the case beyond a reasonable doubt and created a wonderful picture of life in Dallas in the early 60s.

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  12. I had an interesting conversation with Jim Chen and one of his buddies on Twitter last night. Jim is a conservative. He was a law clerk for Clarence Thomas. He is also brilliant. He was a Fulbright Scholar. Jim is supporting Hillary for the same reason that some of you are supporting Trump. He thinks that Hillary can be defeated by a conservative in 2020. He thinks four years of Trump would destroy the country. He is specifically concerned that Trump’s appalling ignorance and his temperament of a three-year old could easily lead to a catastrophic (possibly nuclear) war.

    I appreciate his argument, but I don’t agree with him. The argument would be better if Trump was running against Kaine. Hillary’s temperament may be as bad as Trump’s. It just isn’t on public display as often. Trump is more ignorant on foreign policy, but her judgment has proven to be faulty and her cavalier attitude toward top secret info is inexcusable.

    I told Chen I couldn’t tell which one was worse. To answer that question, you would have to know who Trump is presently trying to con, and I’m not sure even Trump knows the answer to that question.


  13. Enough of the emails already — there’s nothing there but technological incompetence.

    I don’t think a Trump or Clinton presidency will differ in domestic policy much esp in terms of economics. Although I think Trump will be more eager to cut his own taxes and end the IRS audit on his taxes (given his refusal to release them, they must be pretty sketchy). However, its foreign policy where the difference is profound.

    Clinton will pursue an active foreign policy on the basis of what she and her advisers think is the best for America’s interest at home and abroad, similar to any president in the post war era. People may agree or disagree with the results of various policies but the motivation is the same. Trump, on the other hand, will pursue a foreign policy that is in his best interest. And if this conflicts with America’s interests, we know which will win out. For that reason alone, people should not vote for him. (Not to mention he is a sexist bigot……..)


  14. The emails involved technological incompetence, but there was also Hillary’s fetish for secrecy that trumps all other concerns. Her secrecy about Whitewater led to years of problems for her and her spouse. Her secrecy about her health led to her ignoring her doctor’s advice about pneumonia, keeping the matter secret even from her running mate and having the embarassing public collapse. Her use of her private email server placed a higher value on her own secrecy than the nation’s security.

    Both Trump and Hillary want to be loved and respected by the people AND by the liberal elite. They both want to be praised by the editorial boards of the New York Times and The Washington Post. Trump is profoundly ignorant, but Hillary does not have a good record (Iraq, Libya, Syria) of applying her knowledge. I do not trust Hillary to put America’s interests above her own any more than I trust Trump, nor do I trust either to recognize what is In America’s interest.

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  15. I have to reluctantly agree with Ricky on that.
    Obama may not have anything else, but he has dignity.
    And there is no way dignity can get into the WH next year.

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  16. HRW,

    Perhaps as a Canadian you are unfamiliar with US law. She broke numerous laws on the handling and dissemination of classified info, as well as lied and deleted to cover it up. Maybe up there that’s not criminal, but it sure as heck is here. Stop giving her a pass just because she’s a liberal Democrat.


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