Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s 15,000 New Emails to Get Timetable for Release
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:40 PM
AP Top News
Many donors to Clinton Foundation met with her at State
Excerpt: The meetings between the Democratic presidential nominee and foundation donors do not appear to violate legal agreements Clinton and former president Bill Clinton signed before she joined the State Department in 2009. But the frequency of the overlaps shows the intermingling of access and donations, and fuels perceptions that giving the foundation money was a price of admission for face time with Clinton. Her calendars and emails released as recently as this week describe scores of contacts she and her top aides had with foundation donors.
The AP's findings represent the first systematic effort to calculate the scope of the intersecting interests of Clinton Foundation donors and people who met personally with Clinton or spoke to her by phone about their needs.
The 154 did not include U.S. federal employees or foreign government representatives. Clinton met with representatives of at least 16 foreign governments that donated as much as $170 million to the Clinton charity, but they were not included in AP's calculations because such meetings would presumably have been part of her diplomatic duties.
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:14 PM
Never Trump. And Never Hillary Clinton Either.
Posted by TartanMarine at 3:10 PM
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Watch: U.S. Pole Vaulter Who Serves in Army Stops Mid-run to Stand at Attention for Anthem
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:28 AM
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:28 PM
Trump Is Doubling Down On A Losing Strategy
By Nate Silver
Excerpt: All presidential candidates face some version of this problem. But most make at least some effort to expand beyond their base and build a majority coalition. Trump hasn’t — and he has his work cut out for him like no nominee in history. Trump’s decision this week to make Stephen Bannon of the combative, anti-establishment website Breitbart News his campaign’s chief executive suggests that he’s moving in the opposite direction.
In January, even as he stood atop Republican primary polls, Trump was exceptionally unpopular with general election voters. At that time, Trump had a 33 percent favorable rating and a 58 percent unfavorable rating with the general electorate. Today? His numbers are even worse. His favorability rating is just 32 percent, according to the HuffPost Pollster aggregate, while his unfavorable rating has risen to 65 percent.
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:07 PM
It was February this year when camel drivers first spotted the Chinese troops staking out a patch of coastal scrubland about 8 miles from the largest U.S. military base in Africa.
ChiComs foothold to eventually steal natural resources of Africa and "intimate" any others from the region. --DH
What Riots Are Good For: Pay Up, or Else
Posted by TartanMarine at 1:02 PM
THE END OF THE LIBERAL TRADITION?
Excerpt: For example, the percentage of people in Western Europe and the United States who say it is “essential” for them to live in a democratically-governed country has declined dramatically across generations. In the United States, less than one-third of millennials—defined as people born since 1980—say it is essential for them. Think about that: More than two-thirds of American young people say democratic government is not a crucial factor in where they would want to live.
According to Foa and Mounk, these numbers do not reflect growing indifference to liberal democracy, but growing opposition. In the surveys, young people increasingly express openness to authoritarianism—especially young people who are rich. An astonishing 35 percent of wealthy young Americans say it would be “a ‘good’ thing for the army to take over” the country! This is a profound change from prior generations, in which “affluent citizens were much more likely than people of lower income groups to defend democratic institutions.”
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:58 PM
A New Europe
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:53 PM
Hugh Fitzgerald: How Muslims In Europe Treat Non-Muslim Migrants
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:24 AM
Islamic Republic of Iran arrests 11 Christians in raid on house church
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:19 AM
Suicide bomber who attacked Turkish wedding was as young as 12, president says
Excerpt: The suicide bomber in a Turkish wedding party attack that killed dozens of people was between 12 and 14 years old, Turkey's president announced Sunday, blaming the Islamic State terror group for the massacre.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke in a live nationally-televised address in front of Istanbul city Hall. At least 50 people were killed and dozens of others wounded in the attack late Saturday in the southeastern city of Gaziantep.
Erdogan added that there was “absolutely no difference” between ISIS, Kurdish rebels and the movement behind the U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, calling them terrorists.
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:11 AM
Saturday, August 20, 2016
What a Trumpian Supreme Court Might Look Like
Excerpt: We have already gone on record in opposition to this position, in our op-ed for the Los Angeles Times titled “Filling Supreme Court Vacancies Isn’t a Good Reason to Vote for Trump.” Among other things, people who think this way imagine that because Trump said he would appoint justices recommended by the Federalist Society, he will actually follow through. He may flip-flop and walk back and reposition himself on everything else, but not on his pledge to support conservative judges because . . . there does not seem to be any “because” to support this faith in Trump’s integrity, except the forlorn hope that he respects constitutional conservatives too much to throw them overboard.
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:27 PM
Trump Is Losing, and Losing It
Excerpt: Unless something radical and unexpected happens, Donald Trump is going to lose the 2016 presidential election — he’ll lose it more than Hillary Rodham Clinton will win it — for more or less the reasons that his critics on the right have been explaining for more than a year now: In short, the sort of thing that makes hearts go pitter-patter out in derka-derka talk-radio land doesn’t necessarily fly in the rest of the country and may in fact even come off as creepy and weird, which is why three times as many people watch The Middle — a show I’d never heard of — as watch Sean Hannity’s nightly Trump-fest on Fox News. There’s more to America than your Uncle Bob’s right-wing Facebook circle, and Trump isn’t very well prepared for that.
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:18 PM
Men Are Getting Weaker — because We’re Not Raising Men
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:15 PM
Being Donald Trump Means Never Having To Say You’re Sorry
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:13 PM
The welfare of our cities
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:11 PM
Muslims killing Muslims for Allah. The history of the religion of Peace for almost 14 centuries.
Turkish officials say at least 22 people have been killed and 94 others have been injured in a bomb attack at an outdoor wedding in the southern city of Gaziantep. There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but a ruling party lawmaker tweeted that ISIS is believed to be responsible.
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:09 PM
GENDERLY, A MESS - ALL MIXED UP AND WORSENING
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:02 PM
Trump is right. This election is rigged for Hillary. It was rigged by the GOP primary voters, including by all reports a lot of Democrat crossovers wanting the weakest GOP candidate. When they nominated a person without the character, knowledge or experience to be sewer commission, a person that not only principled conservatives, but millions of young, female and/or minority voters, not to mention centrists, could never support, they rigged November for Hillary. Of course, she may yet blow it, despite the primary voters giving her the only republican she could beat. ~Bob
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:55 PM
Worth Reading on the pursuit of power.
House Clinton and the Wages of Corruption
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:41 AM
Friday, August 19, 2016
Bob's Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings Comfort Food
I found an easy recipe on the Internet, and, of course modified it. It came out excellent, BUT I used two packages of biscuits, a mistake as there were four times as many dumplings as chicken and took longer.
1.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
3 (10 3/4 ounce) cans cream of chicken soup
2 cans of water
1/2 cup chopped onion or 1 small onion, chopped (optional)
1 (8 count) package Grand refrigerated biscuits
- Place cut up chicken breasts in slow cooker.
- Mix onions, soup and water and pour over chicken breasts.
- Cook on high for 5 hours, or on low for about 8 hours.
- About 60 - 90 minutes before you are going to eat, separate each biscuit into quarters and mix in with the chick & soup mix.
- Cook for about 60-90 minutes or until biscuits are no longer doughy.
Posted by TartanMarine at 8:00 PM
A federal judge ruled that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton must answer written questions from Judicial Watch about the use of her private email server.
More on this story: http://www.foxnews.com/
politics/2016/08/19/judge- orders-clinton-to-answer- questions-on-email-use.html
More on this story: http://www.foxnews.com/
Posted by TartanMarine at 6:24 PM
The Killer Hiding in the CDC Map http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/foreigners/2016/04/what_caused_haiti_s_cholera_epidemic_the_cdc_s_museum_knows_but_won_t_say.html
(The Islamic Republic of) Mauritania Sentences 13 Anti-Slavery Activists to Prison
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:50 PM
Wasn't that what she said as Secretary of State?
If Hillary Clinton Wins, Foundation Will Stop Accepting Foreign Donations
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:48 PM
University of Missouri estimates show enrollment decline to cost campus $36 million
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:43 PM
College Students Protest, Alumni’s Fondness Fades and Checks Shrink
Excerpt: A backlash from alumni is an unexpected aftershock of the campus disruptions of the last academic year. Although fund-raisers are still gauging the extent of the effect on philanthropy, some colleges — particularly small, elite liberal arts institutions — have reported a decline in donations, accompanied by a laundry list of complaints.
Alumni from a range of generations say they are baffled by today’s college culture. Among their laments: Students are too wrapped up in racial and identity politics. They are allowed to take too many frivolous courses. They have repudiated the heroes and traditions of the past by judging them by today’s standards rather than in the context of their times. Fraternities are being unfairly maligned, and men are being demonized by sexual assault investigations. And university administrations have been too meek in addressing protesters whose messages have seemed to fly in the face of free speech.
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:41 PM
He surrounds himself with the best people, you said...
Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort resigns
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:22 PM
Socialism on the move.
Debate Flares on China’s Use of Prisoners’ Organs as Experts Meet in Hong Kong
Posted by TartanMarine at 12:20 PM
Third Trump Foreign Policy Advisor Discredited
Posted by TartanMarine at 7:37 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2016
So it was a ransom....
The State Department says that the $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners. Complete coverage on Fox News and FoxNews.com.
Posted by TartanMarine at 4:09 PM
Why Putin wants a Trump victory (so much he might even be trying to help him)
Posted by TartanMarine at 4:07 PM
For obvious reasons, and as indicated below, a "two state solution" must be off the table. "Palestinian" leaders, whether Fatah or Hamas, want nothing more than to obliterate Israel and conduct a slaughter of Jews. The time has come and gone for "two states living side-by-side in peace. All reasonable deals have been rejected out of hand by Arafat and Abbas. A Hamas-ISIS entity in Judea and Samara would be disastrous, giving safe haven to Muslim terrorists. It would soon lead to war which would forever put an end to a "Palestinian" state. The only workable solution is to establish disarmed Andorra-like and Monaco-like semi-autonomous entities in Judea and Samaria. In fact, it exists now, but its central government must be disbanded. It is an irredentist, anti-semitic, corrupt tyranny over a brainwashed populace.
"No Room for the Zionist Entity in the Region"
by Khaled Abu Toameh | August 18, 2016
The dreamers in English still have it: "Hamas and Israel, Israel and Hamas. Maybe one day...who knows." And then the Arabic-language truth rolls in: "Death to Israel, always!"
Some Arab and Western political analysts have mistakenly interpreted Hamas's agreement to participate in the Palestinian local and municipal elections, scheduled for October 8, as a sign of the movement's "pragmatism" and march toward recognizing Israel's right to exist.
They falsely assume that Hamas's readiness to take part in the democratic process shows that the leaders of the extremist movement are also prepared to abandon their dream of destroying Israel and abandoning the "armed struggle" against it.
Posted by TartanMarine at 4:04 PM
To Begin Again Anew
By Erick Erickson
There really are not going to be very many silver linings for conservatives coming out of this election season. Hillary Clinton is going to be President. That is a given. The Supreme Court is going to move left. That is a given. The regulatory state is going to expand. That is a given. Congressional Republicans, in an effort to appear reasonable, will cut bad deals. That is a given.
All of these things are the logical outcome of Donald Trump’s disastrous campaign. His supporters are now fixated on the idea that those of us who warned them of the consequences of their actions are to blame for those consequences. It is akin to being blamed for a death when you warned the person the gun was loaded so they shouldn’t point it at their head and pull the trigger.
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:50 AM
Tit For Tat
By Erick Erickson
Excerpt: Neither side ever steps back and thinks maybe it shouldn’t take the next step because if it doesn’t take the next step, it loses. The tit for tat eventually takes the nation to the brink where the two major party choices are Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But neither side can help itself because neither side is willing or even able to declare a time out and walk back from the brink.
This is why the founders were suspicious of political parties. This is why the Founders wanted checks and balances. And this is why the federal judicial system really has to be reined in. But it cannot be reined in because that would mean both sides would have to fight at the state level and embrace federalism and differences an heterogenous cultures spread out across the nation.
So Campaign 2016 is not as bad as it will get. It is the beginning of it getting worse.
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:47 AM
Inside the Real U.S. Ground War On ISIS
by Mike Giglio
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:43 AM
Where’s Obama? Hillary? Trump?
Excerpt: Hillary devoted three times that number of tweets to congratulating US women athletes at the Rio games. Hey, I have no problem with celebrating their victories. But let’s see: over 100,000 people have lost their homes in Louisiana. More than half of them are women, it stands to reason. This is not a secret. If you want to win the attention of the Democratic nominee for president, it’s much better to be a woman athlete than a Louisiana woman made homeless by the flooding, it would appear.
By the way, she devoted seven tweets directly or indirectly to immigration. It wouldn’t be fair to say that immigrants matter to Hillary seven times more than her own countrymen who have lost everything in the floods, would it? Maybe not. But I will say that Mrs. Clinton has an interesting set of priorities.
Let’s check out Donald Trump’s statements in the same period of time. He’s said nothing to the media. On Twitter, where he is famously logorrheic, he has sent out 35 tweets since Friday. Number of tweets that mention the Louisiana disaster: zero. Number of tweets that gripe about media bias: ten.
Posted by TartanMarine at 9:32 AM
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Never Trump. By Jim Geraghty, Morning Jolt
But at this moment, the argument about #NeverTrump feels pretty moot. With few if any Trump ads on the air, campaign offices few and far between, a campaign schedule that keeps sending the candidate to rallies in deep blue states, every indicator showing the GOP nominee getting obliterated among Latinos, African-Americans, young people and women, and the polls looking abysmal for both Trump and Congressional Republicans, reluctant conservatives are among the least of Trump’s problems. If all Trump-skeptical Republicans put aside all of their concerns and jumped on board, the outlook for his campaign wouldn’t be all that different.
It’s hard to get emotionally invested in the need for Trump to win when the candidate finds a new way to botch things every single day. If he’s not fighting with a slain soldier’s dad, he’s serving up a dozen tweets about how unfair the media is to him; if he’s not pre-emptively claiming the election will be rigged, he’s implying gun owners will assassinate Hillary Clinton; if he’s not calling President Obama the founder of ISIS and insisting it’s not a metaphor, he’s whining about the debate schedule. Trump’s longtime right-hand man Roger Stone just claimed, without any supporting evidence, that “Scott Walker and the Reince Priebus machine rigged as many as five elections including the defeat of a Walker recall election.” The entire Trump circus is a deep dive into paranoid conspiracy theories and seething resentment that does nothing to advance the cause of limited government or individual liberty. Trump gives his GOP skeptics nothing to latch onto as a sign of genuine hope.
I keep hearing from Trump fans that the future of the Republic is at stake. If that’s the case, why are there bigger expectations and demands of the reluctant conservatives than on the candidate himself?
Posted by TartanMarine at 4:20 PM