Tuesday, November 8, 2016

A Collection of Recent Election Observations 11/8/16

Trump is not what is wrong with this horrid election, what is wrong is what has encouraged his emergence. He is a sideshow animal who has escaped his cage and has wandered into the Big Top, blinking and snorting in the lights. He has no real political history so he has no real political vulnerability except for the inanities he periodically announces. And his history of vulgarities, bullying and insults. Hillary of course has almost forty years in some form of what is laughingly referred to as "public service." Sort of like Jesse James being a "bank examiner." Good luck making a decision on how to vote today. And good luck to us all after it is over.

A collection of recent electoral observations:

Bordeaux on Free Trade, a concept in some disrepute despite being opposed by our totally disreputable candidates: "Protectionist arguments rest on the premise that your tomato-growing neighbor has some positive claim on your income.  If you are prohibited from buying tomatoes from Mexico, or – more commonly today – penalized with a tariff for doing so, the state is insisting that domestic tomato growers have an ethical claim on part of your income.  If you do not spend your income as the state, or as domestic tomato growers, deem best, you will be penalized.  Tomato-growers’ economic well-being is elevated above yours.  I find this presumption, which undergirds nearly all protectionist policies, to be reprehensible and ethically indefensible."

Politicians are often demeaned for stooping to childish rhetoric and displays in their campaigns. As if they were not basically childish. Yet here, in the United States in New Jersey, Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, and Bill Baroni, a Christie appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey  were convicted of engineering a traffic jam as political retaliation. These are grownups.

This appeared in The Guardian: "Deep antipathy to Hillary Clinton exists within the FBI, multiple bureau sources have told the Guardian, spurring a rapid series of leaks damaging to her campaign just days before the election."
Reminiscent of the IRS scandal with agents taking the Fifth.  If true, these agencies "are risin' above their raisin'." The infrastructure strikes back. Bureaucrats as Vader. Partisanship within the government is dangerous but somehow has been tolerated for a while. There are government employee unions; is that a good idea? Is a political action group in the IRS or FBI worse than one in the teachers union? This looks unhealthy. And dangerous.

Veteran economist Larry Kudlow told Newsmax TV he is "absolutely" convinced that members of Hillary Clinton's senior staff may go to prison on charges of lying to the FBI. This may be a zombie election. It may go on forever. Ford pardoned Nixon as Ford arrived, should Obama pardon Hillary and her cronies preemptively as he leaves? Or will she pardon herself?

In a 2014 email made public by Assange’s WikiLeaks last month, Hillary Clinton, who had served as secretary of state until the year before, urges John Podesta, then an advisor to Barack Obama, to “bring pressure” on Qatar and Saudi Arabia, “which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL [Islamic State, IS, ISIS] and other radical Sunni groups.” In his interview, Assange said that this showed that such support was not an individual, rogue support but actually state policy. Then this zinger: 
Pilger: Of course, the consequence of that is that this notorious jihadist group, called ISIL or ISIS, is created largely with money from people who are giving money to the Clinton Foundation? 
Assange: Yes.

A large group of economists have come out against Trump. This was their first point: He degrades trust in vital public institutions that collect and disseminate information about the economy, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, by spreading disinformation about the integrity of their work. Their first point.

The Clinton Foundation has confirmed it accepted a $1 million gift from Qatar while Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of state without informing the State Department, even though she signed an "ethics agreement" to do just that. Oh, well.

Apparently the National Archives has lost a two-terabyte hard drive record of part of the Bill Clinton administration. (Now Sandy Berger did not die until 2015.)
Sandy Berger, Bill Clinton's national security adviser from 1997 to 2001, removed several documents from the National Archives between Sept. 2, 2003, and Oct. 2, 2003.
Berger removed the classified documents from the National Archives by sneaking them out in his socks and pants. Berger then stored and retained the documents at his place of employment. He pleaded guilty in 2005 but received no prison time .
There must have been different rules we did not know about.
....Don't worry. We are in good hands. And more good hands are coming with the election.

Obama sent eighteen (18) emails to Hillary Clinton on her unsecured server while she was head of State and he was President. He used an alias. An ALIAS! The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WAS COMMUNICATING USING AN ALIAS! Fortunately, not Carlos Danger. Then he said he found out she had a unsecured server from the news. The news! What's next, pallets of money on unmarked planes?
These people will say anything...because we people will ignore or believe anything. We deserve this election. Everyone with a brain should wear black armbands on election day.

"The Guardian" has an uncomfortable article about the Wikileaks email release by Thomas Frank. It is filled with the insider activity of the rich and famous as they serve and devour political meals. "In one now-famous email chain, for example, the reader can watch current US trade representative Michael Froman, writing from a Citibank email address in 2008, appears to name President Obama’s cabinet even before the great hope-and-change election was decided (incidentally, an important clue to understanding why that greatest of zombie banks was never put out of its misery)."
This is really an outrage.

Innocent until proven guilty, unless someone in the FBI doesn’t like you? Okay to have a political opinion unless the IRS doesn't like you? Run for office unless the Press doesn't like you? Investigate a potential crime unless the DOJ doesn't like your conclusion? What is happening to us?

A new theory on the Wikileaks emails has emerged from Craig Murray, the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan, who tells Sputnik (a Russian media outlet) that the source of the leaks are not Russian hackers but a Washington insider. Like some sort of palace coup, in slow motion. Now this all sounds pretty suspicious....except for what Assange says below.

Two sources with "intimate knowledge" of the FBI's investigations into the Clinton emails and Clinton Foundation leaked new information about both of the probes to Fox News Wednesday. The sources say that the latter investigation has been going on for more than a year and is being led by the white-collar crime division of the FBI. They also say that the Clinton Foundation "pay to play" probe has taken a "very high priority," and the FBI has re-interviewed multiple individuals involved in the case. Sources within the FBI have said that an indictment is "likely" in the case of pay-for-play at the Clinton Foundation, "barring some obstruction in some way" from the Justice Department. (I saw an interview with Baer last night and he was much less definitive about the "indictment" line, even regretful.)
FBI sources say with 99% accuracy that Hillary Clinton's server has been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, and that information had been taken from it.
Now, this is FOX.... and they have a big ax but....

This is interesting:
In a John Pilger Special, to be exclusively broadcast by RT on Saturday courtesy of Dartmouth Films, whistle-blower Julian Assange categorically denied that the troves of US Democratic Party and Clinton work and staff emails released this year have come from the Russian government.
“The Clinton camp has been able to project a neo-McCarthyist hysteria that Russia is responsible for everything. Hillary Clinton has stated multiple times, falsely, that 17 US intelligence agencies had assessed that Russia was the source of our publications. That’s false – we can say that the Russian government is not the source,” Assange told the veteran Australian broadcaster as part of a 25-minute John Pilger Special, courtesy of Dartmouth Films. Now, the guy is a thief....but....??
So...maybe the guy saying these are government leaks is right? If so, when she wins, a purge will come, right? A Night of the Long Knives?

Obama said yesterday that this country does not run on "innuendo." When did that start? When did politicians decide to stop using innuendo? It may have been at its worst with Obama and his innuendoes against Romney. They probably decided after that.

"Are you in earnest resolved never to barter your liberty for the lordly servitude of a court, but to live free, fearless, and independent?  There seems to be one way to continue in that virtuous resolution; and perhaps but one.  Never enter the place from whence so few have been able to return; never come within the circle of ambition; nor ever bring yourself into comparison with those masters of the earth who have already engrossed the attention of half mankind before you."--Adam Smith!!

I took a course this year, mandated by my employer, where the essential point was that all people are, by nature, bigots. If one did not confess that on the exam, you failed. Grownups were forced to lie to pass the exam--in order to work. To hold a job.
One can only wonder what kids are taught and forced to do.

This is an email sent by Peter Kadzik of the DOJ to John Pedesta (personal email, that is) on May 19, 2015:
"There is a HJC oversight hearing today where the head of our Civil Division will testify. Likely to get questions on State Department emails. Another filing in the FOIA case went in last night or will go in this am that indicates it will be awhile (2016) before the State Department posts the emails."
The DOJ is prepping the people being investigated!
He, amazingly, is the DOJ representative chosen to head up a "thorough" review of the new Huma Abedin emails. And, and, Kadzik was also the attorney for Marc Rich.
They are just asking too much of us.

When the Clintons decamped from Washington in January 2001, they took some White House furnishings that were public property. They also finished accepting more than $190,000 in gifts, including two coffee tables and two chairs, a $7,375 gratuity from Denise Rich, whose fugitive former husband had been pardoned in President Clinton's final hours. A Washington Post editorial ("Count the Spoons") identified "the Clintons' defining characteristic: They have no capacity for embarrassment. Words like shabby and tawdry come to mind. They don't begin to do it justice." (from Geo. Will's column)

During the recent reports about the Clintons’ self-dealing through their charity that has been very charitable to them, the New Yorker quoted Mrs. Clinton's aspiration: “I want to really marry the public and the private sector.”
Think about this as an ambition in a republic. "...marry the public and the private sector?” What must she be thinking?
Of course it would help Mrs. Clinton with her own inability to separate public and private business by simple merging them.

Speaking to the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Hillary Clinton declared that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.” "Changed." There are religious beliefs that have to be changed? By whom, the federal government? Says who? And who would have the authority--or the arrogance--to suggest changes in someone's religion? Are these government people? Our representatives and employees?
John Podesta is now the chairman of the Clinton campaign. Voices for Progress president Sandy Newman wrote to him that “there needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic church” and proposed that the Clinton team “plant the seeds of the revolution” to change Catholic teaching. Podesta replied, “We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this . . . Likewise Catholics United.” Politicians have planted seeds to cause a religious revolution?

During the presidential debate, Hillary Clinton denied being Secretary of State when President Obama said in 2012 that Syria President Bashar Assad would “cross a red line” by using chemical weapons on civilians in the country’s years-long civil war. Most believe this statement and development of policy afterwards seriously weakened the presidency, the nation and the West. It was important.
Clinton's response? “I was gone,” Clinton said. “At some point, we need to do some fact-checking here.”
That is simply not true. But no journalist cares. Actually, no one cares.  Hillary Clinton served as the 67th United States Secretary of State under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. Obama made the infamous "red line" comment in 2012. She just looks at the American public and lies. Or, worse, she doesn't remember. But Trump was so incompetent, he did not know.

"Auditioning for the title of panderer in chief during this election cycle are two potential masters. On one side, you have Hillary Clinton constantly offering “free” stuff, such as college tuition. On the other side, you have Donald Trump promising to protect Michigan’s cars, Idaho’s potatoes, Harley-Davidson in Wisconsin, Caterpillar in Illinois and corn-based ethanol in Iowa. But nothing beats Trump’s contention that there is a “war on the American farmer” requiring his help to end. The truth is that if there’s a war on anyone, it’s on taxpayers and individual freedom."--de Rugy

All this....and Trump too. Good luck, indeed.

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