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It’s the Corruption Stupid. The only policy that matters…

TUS Flag, US Election. 2016.

Oh for the luxury of an election about policies!  But when corruption rules, it gazumps the rest — no point in discussing  the policies (whatever they are) if they might be managed by friends for the benefit of donors instead of the needy. All hail the slush fund.

Indeed why even discuss candidates if your vote might be flipped? Things are suddenly silly-electric. Last week Hillary mocked Trump for his talk of vote rigging, and contesting the election, but this week her team is assembling a voter protection program with thousands of lawyers. (And all the Dems had to do to avoid this was to approve voter ID checks.)

As the last week of the endless election begins Trump is jumping in the polls as the media churns with stories about the FBI investigating practically everyone,  and voter volunteer watchdog teams are springing up.

There is not just one but five separate investigations of the inner Clintonworld clan:

The scale of the FBI’s interest in some of America’s most powerful political fixers – one of them a sitting governor – underlines just how difficult it will be for Clinton to shake off the taint of scandal if she enters the White House.

There are, in fact, not one but five separate FBI investigations which involve members of Clinton’s inner circle or their closest relatives – the people at the center of what has come to be known as Clintonworld.

The five known investigations are into: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin’s estranged husband sexting a 15-year-old; the handling of classified material by Clinton and her staff on her private email server; questions over whether the Clinton Foundation was used as a front for influence-peddling; whether the Virginia governor broke laws about foreign donations; and whether Hillary’s campaign chairman’s brother did the same.

Imagine Clinton wins — somewhere out there are the receivers of 30,000 missing emails.

Democrat Donkey Symbol. US Election 2016.Assuming some of those emails contain things a President would not want seen, especially if the FBI is investigating her, that hands rather lot of negotiating power to the people who hold copies of those emails.

It’s a pretty weak president who may have to please so many masters.

Though, there is a chance all the emails will be released before the election…

Both sides are getting their first thousand lawyers ready

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are arming up for a possible post-Election Day battle.

Clinton is assembling a voter protection program that has drawn thousands of lawyers agreeing to lend their time and expertise in battleground states, though the campaign isn’t saying exactly how many or where. It is readying election observers in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Hampshire, Iowa, Nevada and Arizona to assess any concerns — including the potential for voter intimidation — and to verify normal procedures.

The Republican National Lawyers Association, which trains attorneys in battleground states and in local jurisdictions where races are expected to be close, aims to assemble 1,000 lawyers ready to monitor polls and possibly challenge election results across the country. Hedge fund manager Robert Mercer, one of Trump’s biggest backers, has sunk$500,000 into the group, its biggest donation in at least four presidential elections, Internal Revenue Service filings show.

“We are fighting for open, fair and honest elections,” the association’s executive director, Michael Thielen, said in an e-mail.

Watchdog Alleges Virginia Prepping For Mass Fraud…

The state of Virginia has five million voters, but they printed six million ballots. Sites that needed an extra 700 ballots in 2012 (provisional ones) have been sent 84,000. Other sites are crazier:

“In 2012, Fairfax used 2,500 provisional ballots. In 2016, they received over 265,000. This is ridiculous.”

Still, a thousand illegal voters were registered to vote in Virginia in one sample of eight localities. Perhaps they’ll need the extra ballots?

Top 7 Charges Hillary Clinton Could Face While President, by John Hayward — Breitbart.

1. Perjury: Did she turn over ALL the work related emails on orders of a federal judge?

2. Obstruction of Justice: Did she destroy evidence?

3. Bribery: Among others, there is the donations from Clinton friends to the wife of the number 3 at the FBI…

4. Pay for Play: Selling favors from the US for donations to the Clinton Foundation.

5. Illegal Use of a Nonprofit Organization: The Clinton Foundation violates the laws for charitable organizations.

6. Racketeering: Former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy observed that Hillary Clinton’s abuse of the State Department looks an awful lot like a “racketeering enterprise”.

7. Fraud: Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel has been building a case that the “Clinton Charity Network,” as he calls the complete system of Clinton operations, has committed “charity fraud of epic proportions.” In part, he refers to discrepancies between donor accounts and the Clinton Foundation’s books.

h/t to David.

See also The top 100 most damaging wikileaks

1. Obama lied: he knew about Hillary’s secret server and wrote to her using a pseudonym, cover-up happened (intent to destroy evidence)

2. Hillary Clinton dreams of completely “open trade and open borders”

3. Hillary Clinton took money from and supported nations that she KNEW funded ISIS and terrorists

4. Hillary has public positions on policy and her private ones

etc ad nauseum,

Who to vote for? One team hides everything

They even hide how they are hiding things.

YouTube Censors Video on … Left-Wing Censorship

A video titled “The Dark Art of Political Intimidation” was posted last week by WSJ columnist Kimberly Strassel as a PragerU lecture. “Within several hours of PragerU posting the video,” said a WSJ editorial, YouTube placed it in ‘restricted mode,’ making it inaccessible to schools, libraries and young Americans whose parents have enabled YouTube technology filters.”

The stakes are do or die, especially for Clinton.

Thanks to Pat and other commenters for all the great links and discussion.

US Flag photo adapted from Wikimedia: Image Clément Bardot

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187 comments to It’s the Corruption Stupid. The only policy that matters…

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    Roy Hogue

    It’s obvious that Joanne Nova has been doing the job our American press has refused to do and my purpose for commenting on this thread is to say THANK YOU Joanne. I’ts unlucky for America that those who most need to read at least your last 3 threads wouldn’t go near your blog even if paid to go do a little reading. But even if no one else will say it, I will, you have taken up the job our own journalists won’t do and I appreciate it.

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      Roy Hogue

      Who to vote for? One team hides everything…

      For me it has become a matter of necessity to vote for Trump but only because he’s by far the lesser evil, perhaps not even an evil at all but just out of his area of competence.

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        RobK

        Roy,
        I think Trumps potential hinges on his ablity to choose Savy advisors on the various areas that he is not experienced in. In that sense I think he does offer hope because he wouldn’t have been very successful if he was unable to seek good council and act accordingly. The resources available to him, should he make it to the top job, are vast. It’s entirely possible he will be a good deal maker and a great president who is a good communicator and can cut through to deliver the message. He is the only hope.

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          Analitik

          think Trumps potential hinges on his ablity to choose Savy advisors on the various areas that he is not experienced in

          That is exactly what I have been saying to people who have been forecasting doom and ruin with a Trump presidency – he is a businessman and has experience in being advised and delegation in areas he is unfamiliar with. If he wasn’t good at this, there is no way he would have survived in business (yes, he had suffered bankruptcies – so have the Clintons).

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            Oliver K. Manuel

            I am grateful to JoNova for using her enormous talents to help save society from worldwide tyranny.

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              Oliver K. Manuel

              As noted elsewhere, racketeering in Clinton’s State Department was matched by racketeering in the National Academies of Sciences and in the federal research agencies controlled by NAS – NASA, EPA, DOE, NOAA, etc.

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            Egor TheOne

            Well said!

            Of course if Trump can manage his empire successfully, then he obviously surrounds himself with good and competent people.

            If he didn’t he would be broke, which is where most politicians would be if it were not for their raiding of the tax dollar as a buffer for their incompetence.

            He,the Donald, is exactly what is needed, a builder, a self achiever, not a wrecker and corrupter such as proposed Fuhrer Hitlery, or El Presidente O’Bummer.

            Also he is not owned by the scum that own the others, which is the real grief of the powers that be:

            The criminal elite(all organizations and other wealthy individual indoctrinators, and leftoid actors)are against Trump, because he is about to derail their gravytrain/s.

            Which is the key to his popularity.

            If he even does some of what he says, he will become the peoples champion.

            He would be the only one capable of ‘Draining the Swamp’ as he describes it, which would be an essential first step.

            The next most obvious step would be the abolition of the Marxist Conglomerate HQ:
            The ‘Unelected Nutters’, and ushers of unwanted and unanswerable to the general public of a new Totalitarian World Government.

            Go the Donald. Hitlery for the Rock Pile

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              PhilJourdan

              An amusing new attack line from the left is saying that Trump is actually broke. Desperation has set in.

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            Raven

            (yes, he had suffered bankruptcies – so have the Clintons).

            Yeah, but with The Donald it’s his own money . . . ;)

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              Russ Wood

              Years ago, an interview with the president of De Beers (which seemed to own half of South Africa at the time) went something like:
              Q: To what to you owe the success of this enormous comglomerate you control?
              A: To making good decisions.
              Q: But how were you able to make these good decisions?
              A; By making BAD decisions at first.

              Yep – everything has a learning curve. Looks like Trump learned – but did Hillary?

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            Gail Combs

            If you look at Trumps bankruptcies they were all during an economic down turn. Something beyond his control. (I think oe was due to a change in tax law.) I found 4 in five decades, Given 80% of start-ups fail that is really not a bad record at all.

            Also he sold of personal assets and went for bus. reorganization and not closure saving as many jobs as he could.

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              Ted O'Brien.

              Interesting, Gail, your comment re changing tax laws.

              Huge losses were sustained by Australian businesses during the 1980s as a result of frequent policy switches by the Hawke government in tax laws. It was clear to me that this was part of a deliberate plan to destroy the capitalist system.

              One day somebody will notice and write a book about it.

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              Rod Stuart

              Gail
              This is purported to come from ProjectVeritasAction. If it is even partly true, it is an A-bomb. How could Clinton possibly get a single vote?

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              PhilJourdan

              One has to understand Bankruptcy laws as well. Trump filed Chapter 11s. Not 7s. The former is just a way to restructure your debt in order to be able to pay it off. It does not absolve the company from paying it. Which means Hillary is a bald faced liar. He stiffed no one (except perhaps out of exorbitant late fees which are usually negotiated away – a Chapter 11 is a negotiation between creditors and debtors).

              Chapter 7s are when you walk away and investors ARE stiffed because the company is dissolved and the assets go towards the debt in a hierarchical payoff (and most companies do not file for bankruptcy if their assets exceed their debt).

              Chapter 11 (for companies) and 13 (for individuals) hurt your credit rating because you are late in paying, and usually you negotiate away fees and interest, so are just paying back the amount owed. But no one is “stiffed”. GM however, the great success story of Obama and Clinton, DID stiff the little guys (except the unions). It was illegal and also improper, but then neither of those seem to affect democrats.

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          Gail Combs

          RobK,

          That is EXACTLY it!

          I spent the last year watching most of the Trump rallies. What came across was
          #1. The man is SMART– IQ 156
          #2. He knows how to delegate.
          #3. He promotes based on ability and not on sheepskin, gender or color.
          #4. He knows how to think outside the box.
          #5. He knows how to have a lean and mean and effective organization.

          In other words the guy is an TOP FLIGHT EXECUTIVE!

          As the best boss I ever had said, “I do not have to know the subject all I have to know is how to pick the best person for the job” and Trump has proved that is exactly what he can do.

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        Raven

        . . think Trumps potential hinges on his ablity to choose Savy advisors on the various areas that he is not experienced in

        I expect everyone will agree with that.

        However, isn’t that precisely what the left would say about Hillary? . . . or was said about Barry Obama or George Bush or Ronnie Reagan?
        Just sayin’ is all . .

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          RobK

          Hilary has been marketed by Obama as the most qualified person to be president. She has foreign affairs experience. Sure, every president’s performance is influenced by their advisors. Trump has made a living out of picking advisors. On that front I believe he’s as qualified as the best.

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            Gail Combs

            Hillary’s foreign affairs experience is a really BIG PLUS… for the other side.

            From FBI SITE (Can not be copied so I typed it in. The mistakes are mine.)

            On July2, 2016, the FBI interviewed Clinton. Clinton was aware she was an Original Classivication Authority (OCA) at State; however,she could not recall how often she used this authority nor could recall she recall any training or guidance provided by State. Clinton could not give an example of how the classification of a document was determined; rather she stated there was a process in place at State before her tenure, and she relied on career foreign service professionals to appropriately mark and handle classified information…. When asked whether she believed information should be classified if its unauthorized release would cause damage to national security, Clinton responded “yes that is the understanding”

            Clinton did not recall receiving any e-mails she thought should not have been on an unclassified system….

            Clinton could not give an example of how the classification of a document was determined; rather she stated there was a process in place at State before her tenure, and she relied on career foreign service professionals to appropriately mark and handle classified information. Clinton believed information should be classified when it relates to [Redacted] the use of sensitive sources, or sensitive deliberations.”

            She relied on State officials to use their judgment when e-mailing her and could not recall anyone raising concerns with her regarding the sensitivity of the information she received at her e-mail address. The FBI provided Clinton with copies of her classified e-mails ranging from CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET/SAP and Clinton said she did not believe the e-mails contained classified information.” (Page 26)

            CONTINUED

            Upon reviewing an e-mail classified SECRET//NOFORN dated December 27, 2011, Clinton stated no policy or practice existed related to communicating around holidays, and it was often necessary to communicate in code or do the best you could to convey the information considering the e-mail system you were using. In reference to the same e-mail, Clinton believed if the foreign press was to obtain information from that e-mail, it would not cause damage to the US Government. When asked Clinton recalled being briefed on SAP information but could not recall any specific briefing on how to handle SAP information. Clinton stated she knew SAP information was of great importance and needed to be handled carefully. [page 27]

            And then there was this careless handling:
            Clinton Left Classified Documents in China Hotel Room, Lawmaker Charges

            Hillary Clinton left behind classified documents in a hotel room in China during her tenure as secretary of state, a leading U.S. lawmaker wrote in a letter to FBI Director James Comey….

            Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, wrote in a letter sent Monday that he learned that “Clinton left classified documents in her hotel room in China and that U.S. Marine Corps security officials filed a report related to the possible compromise of the documents.”….

            Nunes, who also cited publicly-released documents indicating that Clinton aides left classified documents in Russia and India, asked the FBI director to disclose how many incidents the bureau uncovered during which Clinton or her aides “mishandled hard-copy classified documents while overseas” and how those revelations affected the decision not to recommend charges in the case.
            freebeacon(DOT)com/national-security/clinton-left-classified-documents-china-hotel-room-lawmaker-charges/

            Either the woman has brain damage/dementia or she really hates the USA/free world. I suspect the latter.

            *Hillary Clinton Said Her Dream Is A Hemispheric Common Market, With Open Trade And Open Markets. *
            “My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.” [05162013 Remarks to Banco Itau.doc, p. 28]

            *Hillary Clinton Said We Have To Have A Concerted Plan To Increase Trade; We Have To Resist Protectionism And Other Kinds Of Barriers To Trade. *
            “Secondly, I think we have to have a concerted plan to increase trade already under the current circumstances, you know, that Inter-American Development Bank figure is pretty surprising. There is so much more we can do, there is a lot of low hanging fruit but businesses on both sides have to make it a priority and it’s not for governments to do but governments can either make it easy or make it hard and we have to resist, protectionism, other kinds of barriers to market access and to trade and I would like to see this get much more attention and be not just a policy for a year under president X or president Y but a consistent one.” [05162013 Remarks to Banco Itau.doc, p. 32]

            Snippets from Private Hillary Speeches:
            Download file: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails//fileid/927/180

            Note it is OPEN MARKETS aka access to consumers she is worried about and NOT business/job creation. That takes a rollback of regulation, cheap energy and fair trade deals. Hillary wants to continue to protect Wall Street and its goal of globalization and not help Main Street Americans.

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            Gail Combs

            Just to make it clear. The Clintons have been consistent in their Anti-American policies over decades.

            Bill Clinton’s fingerprints all over the 2008 foreclosure mess.
            Clinton and the five banking laws that set-up the financial mess and ‘Too big to fail Banks.

            The McFadden Act of 1927 or Amendment to the National Banking Laws and the Federal Reserve Act (P.L. 69-639, 44 STAT. 1224): Prohibited interstate banking.

            Law: Negating above:
            Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994
            (P.L. 103-328, 108 STAT. 2338).
            Permits bank holding companies to acquire banks in any state one year Beginning June 1, 1997, allows interstate mergers.

            The Glass-Steagall Act or Banking Act of 1933 (P.L. 73-66, 48 STAT. 162): Separated commercial banking from investment banking, establishing them as separate lines of commerce.

            Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (P.L. 84-511, 70 STAT. 133): Prohibited bank holding companies headquartered in one state from acquiring a bank in another state.

            Law: Negating both of the above laws:
            Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999
            (P.L. 106-102, 113 STAT 1338)
            Repeals last vestiges of the Glass Steagall Act of 1933. Modifies portions of the Bank Holding Company Act to allow affiliations between banks and insurance underwriters. Law creates a new financial holding company authorized to engage in: underwriting and selling insurance and securities, conducting both commercial and merchant banking, investing in and developing real estate and other “complimentary activities.”

            Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Improvement Act of 1991 (P.L. 102-242, 105 STAT. 2236).
            Also known as FDICIA. FDICIA [b]greatly increased the powers and authority of the FDIC. Major provisions recapitalized the Bank Insurance Fund and [b]allowed the FDIC to strengthen the fund by borrowing from the Treasury.

            Housing and Community Development Act of 1992 (P.L. 102-550, 106 STAT. 3672).

            RTC Completion Act[/b] (P.L. 103-204, 107 STAT. 2369):
            implement provisions designed to improve the agency’s record in providing business opportunities to minorities and women.. Expands the existing affordable housing programs of the RTC and the FDIC by broadening the potential affordable housing stock of the two agencies.
            Increases the statute of limitations on RTC civil lawsuits. In cases in which the statute of limitations has expired, claims can be revived for fraud and intentional misconduct resulting in unjust enrichment or substantial loss to the thrift.
            The Source was https://www.fdic.gov/regulations/laws/important/index.html
            ……..

            As well as NAFTA, Clinton ratified the World Trade Organization Treaty giving away some of the US sovereignty. He then worked very hard to get China into the WTO less than a decade after the Tiananmen Square massacre (1989) and removed the US trade sanctions.

            Not only did Clinton get China into the WTO he then gave them access to US military and nuclear secrets in return for campaign contributions! Gee, doesn’t that sound familiar…

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            Gail Combs

            (Other Clinton comment in moderation)

            [I reviewed it and it has to wait for Jo to make the decision to approve it or not.] AZ

            When I was looking over my old notes on Bill Clinton, I tripped over none other than US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch!

            This is what Ted Turner’s CNN left out of the Timeline…. Interesting.

            Federal Reserve Bank of New York:

            The Board of Governors also appointed LORETTA E. LYNCH, Partner, Hogan & Hartson L.L.P., New York, N.Y., a class C director of this Bank for a three-year term beginning January 2003.

            This is amusing —- I can’t find a darn thing about Lynch’s bank/FED connections in the US MSM I have to go to Aljazeera.

            http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/6/fifa-indictments-reveal-loretta-lynchs-hypocrisy.html

            ….What’s most ludicrous about Lynch’ prosecuting FIFA officials for financial crimes is that she has, for much of her legal career, defended some of Wall Street’s worst financial criminals. When she left Harvard, she took a job as a litigation assistant for Cahill Gordon & Reindel (CG&R) — the go-to law firm for New York’s financial crooks — from 1984 to 1990. CG&R attorneys represented some of the more notorious figures behind the savings and loan scandal of the 1980s and 1990s. The “securities litigation and white-collar criminal defense” section of CG&R’s website describes the type of clients the firm represents. Headliners include the bankers behind the $5 trillion-per-day LIBOR market scandal, which Lynch’s office recently slapped with a $6 billion fine, and the ratings agencies that knowingly rated doomed-to-fail mortgage-backed securities as AAA.

            Lynch’s legal career is emblematic of the revolving door between Washington and Wall Street. After 11 years of working for the U.S. attorney’s office, Lynch took a job at Hogan & Hartson (now known as Hogan Lovells), working alongside John Roberts, now the chief justice of the United States. Lynch’s first case at Hogan was defending an Arthur Andersen partner who got caught cooking the books for Enron. From 2003 to 2005, she served on the board for the New York Federal Reserve, working directly under Tim Geithner, who became famous for turning a blind eye to Wall Street’s high-risk gambling schemes that led to the 2008 financial crisis. Lynch stayed at Hogan until President Barack Obama appointed her as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. No wonder Lynch hasn’t ever put a banker in jail during her legal career: They’re her former clients.

            Should FIFA officials do jail time for their crimes? Of course. But football fans around the world following the FIFA investigation would be wise to hold off on praising Lynch as a paragon of justice even if she convicts them all. If the FIFA executives accused of financial crimes were Wall Street bankers, they would never have to worry about spending one day inside a prison cell….

            Clinton appointed Lynch to the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York straight from law firm Cahill, Gordon & Reindel

            New Attorney General: As Much of a Hack as Eric Holder

            By Carl Gibson*

            After the news broke of Eric Holder’s departure from the DOJ, I called on President Obama to nominate Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, based on his exemplary record of defending consumers and citizens from predatory banks, big oil, insurance companies, and the pharmaceutical industry. My more cynical readers commented that Obama was too much of a corporatist to nominate Hood, and that whoever Holder’s successor would be, they would be completely subservient to the banks. And after the news of Lynch’s nomination and looking into her past, I can say with confidence that those readers were right.

            Lynch went to work as a litigation assistant for the prestigious New York-based law firm Cahill Gordon & Reindel between 1984 and 1990. CG&R attorneys represented some of the more notorious figures behind the Savings and Loan Scandal of the 1980s and 1990s, including a man who had personal dealings with Charles Keating. In its profile of Lynch, the DOJ’s own website describes her as someone with extensive experience in “white collar criminal defense.” It’s very likely that Lynch went from Harvard straight to defending some of the worst financial criminals the country had ever seen at the time….
            …..

            *Carl Gibson, 27, is co-founder of US Uncut, a nonviolent grassroots movement that mobilized thousands to protest corporate tax dodging and budget cuts in the months leading up to Occupy Wall Street.
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            Lordy you just can’t make this stuff up! A publisher of fiction would say it was too unbelievable!

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          Raven,

          “isn’t that precisely what the left would say about Hillary?”

          They may say that, but reality disputes those claims. Hillary has consistently surrounded herself with sycophants and those who think that the pursuit of political agendas is above all else.

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            Raven

            Yep . . I guess the difference comes down to a question of intent.
            i.e. the hiring of someone due to their political allegiance or their portfolio expertise.

            If we consider the rate the DNC is going through senior campaign staffers, one could make a pretty good case that expertise wasn’t high on the priorities.

            While on the subject of expertise, Hillary seems to be somewhat adrift on the ocean during these last few days. My thinking is she looks far less capable since Huma went to ground. While she seems to be on message, that’s all it is . . no punch through.

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            PhilJourdan

            To emphasize CO2′s statement. Obama has a reputation (well deserved) with PURGING those around him that do not agree with him. He has been told by his inner circle that he is the “smartest man in the world”, and so he sees those that disagree with him as less intelligent (that is a trait with the left demonstrated throughout their administrations). Hillary has the same type of inner circle (smartest woman in the world).

            The argument that Trump is the same way can be made. But unlike government, in business you may hear it, but if you want to be successful, you do not listen. The repercussions in business are immediate and painful if you do NOT surround yourself with smart people who are willing to challenge your decisions. The ash heap of companies is littered with “Harvard MBAs” that were very intelligent. But did not know how to recognize their own shortcomings, and so never listened to others.

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              Raven

              But unlike government, in business you may hear it, but if you want to be successful, you do not listen.

              Yep . . because in business the buck always stops with you.
              In politics, there’s always a scapegoat available.

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      Roy Hogue

      To make it clear, last 3 threads includes this one.

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        Rod Stuart

        Roy, there is something that bothers me constantly.
        The “norm” seems to be that Donald Trump is seriously flawed, and will cause problems if he is a president, but the concession is that he is not as bad as his opponent.
        In Gettysberg he outlined his goals for the first 100 days.
        While it may be unrealistic to thinik that he can accomPlish them in a mere three months, WHAT THE HELL IS IT IN THAT PLATFORM WITH WHICH PEOPLE FIND DISAGREEMENT????????
        Have people simply been brainwashed by the press to think “four legs good two legs bad”?

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          Gail Combs

          Actually I think he can get them all done in a 100 days since many of them are proposals to Congress asking for new laws and in once case a new Constitutional Amendment. The rest are administrative where he has control.

          I had the pleasure of being in a corporation they hired a new manager who hit the ground running. It is really amazing what an effective executive with his head screwed on right and decent back-up can do.

          People forget that Trump has been thinking of running for decades. He has had plenty of time to bounce ideas off many many people and assemble a really good team. On top of that he has a mandate from a major number of wide awake, energized Americans including those in the bureaucracy who have been completely disgusted with the way this country has been run.

          Why in heck do you think the Globalists are so scared of him?

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          PhilJourdan

          It is disinformation. The media, which is supposed to act like a check on the government, long ago threw away any facade of impartiality. This year it got to the point where they openly proclaimed their support for the democrats. The only thing saving us from a dictatorship of the left is that very few pay attention to the mainstream press now. The internet has given people other options to find the truth. Wikileaks has been releasing emails for weeks, yet it is only in the past week that they have been getting a mention from the mainstream press.

          But that did not mean people were not learning.

          Trumps platform is as hostile to the far right as it is to the left. Probably more so. It is not his stated policies that they are scared of. It is the fact that he is not getting money from Wall Street or Soros, so cannot be controlled like most politicians.

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          Roy Hogue

          Rod,

          You ask an important question.

          Answer: There is for the most part nothing wrong with that platform. People may disagree with this detail or that. But it’s a sound conservative platform and if he can get us started down that road it will be nothing short of fantastic.

          What is wrong is that Trump has consistently alienated a whole lot of the Republicans and yes, Democrats too, whose cooperation he will need in order to accomplish his agenda. He’s alienated a large part of the American population as well. And frankly, a president needs the confidence of the people in order to succeed. He’s alienated some of the most influential talking heads into the bargain, most notable among them, Megyn Kelly and Charles Krauthammer. He had no reason to do that. And before it’s all over he might need at least the acquiescence of such people to his agenda if not outright support. Remember, a whole lot of people will be disappointed (probably an understatement, more like angry) if he’s elected and they will be working against him. They will try to undermine him at every step. He’ll need willing followers as any leader always does. And he’s frankly, simply dismissed a lot of those who would be willing followers and made the unwilling into an even more determined force to cause him to fail.

          And that has been my objection to Trump all along. He recognizes what the problems are and although I would not make such asinine statements as, “…build a wall and make Mexico pay for it,” I agree, we need that wall — and a lot of other things that only Trump has promised he would attempt to do. He’s given his political enemies so much material with which to attack him that I wonder why he doesn’t recognize that fact and stop doing it.

          We needed someone who could say the things Trump has talked about but who could also lower the polarization quotient while doing it, not increase it. We’re balkanized so badly right now that I wonder if it can be fixed.

          I would not vote for Hillary Clinton even if doing so would save my life.

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            Gail Combs

            Roy,

            The MSM Did the alienating NOT Trump and their viewer numbers are dropping as a result.

            As I said above I watched most of his rallies and he has a very very enthusiastic base. d I am talking drawing crowds of 5 to 20 thousand with overflow crowds of thousands standing around outside sharing the excitment even in the rain. (From Galloping Camel @ ChiefIO or Tony Heller’s)

            Also he has gone into areas national politicians ignore.

            He gets an enthusiastic crown of religious types in Cleveland Heights Ohio while Clinton as KEY NOTE SPEAKER at a black baptist national convention is shunned.

            Based on crowd size at rallies it is HILLARY that has alienated voters not Trump and that is why the MSM will not show the size of his crowds while photo-shopping in bigger crowds or hiring seat warmers or teachers coercing students or cutting down venue size for Hillary.
            (And yes Sundance and others have documented all of those.)

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              Roy Hogue

              Gail,

              I will take it from the nature of your comments that you live in the United States unless you tell me otherwise. So on that basis I have to answer you with a sense of greater confusion than I would otherwise have if you lived elsewhere.

              I watched all the debates including the first pre primary debate during which Donald Trump stood up on stage and picked an unnecessary fight with Megyn Kelly over an imagined slight, one that anyone with even a tiny ounce of good judgment would say was a nothing blown up until it almost had Trump shouting at her. Indeed it was nothing, she did nothing warranting his fight with her. Kelly kept her composure and in fact as far as I saw after the fact, she was giving Trump the benefit of the doubt as much as possible. And Trump not only didn’t recognize what he had done, made no apology but continued the fight.

              Did much of the media, not only here but around the world, pick it up and amplify it all they could? Of course they did. But they could not have done so if Trump had not given them the ammunition with which to shoot at him.

              He has done this over and over. I will not try to list everything but he’s still going at it.

              I have been watching politics in this country for a long time. I was first eligible to vote at age 21 and I’m now 77, soon enough 78. When I first voted I was naive enough to believe that government was actually trying to get its job done right. It took me a long time to reverse that foolish thinking but in that process I learned 3 things.

              1. I had better start paying a lot more attention to politics and what government is doing than I had been.

              2. As it says in the song from the movie Mary Poppins from 1964, “A spoonful of sugar make the medicine go down… etc.,” now long forgotten but well worth remembering.

              3. I better start trying to figure out what’s actually working and what’s not.

              That 3rd item is why I stuck in item 2.

              And I’ve come a long way since realizing these things, a long, long way.

              It’s dismaying to me when someone says as you do that the media is at fault when in fact donald Trump created his own nightmare all by himself. And I have said this over and over, he’s alienated a whole lot of people whose support he will need in order to accomplish his agenda. He’s going to need the support of the people and he’s simply pushed a way anyone who couldn’t accept him exactly the way he is, standing up there on the debate stage or some other event making a total ass of himself.

              I hope he has a plan to win back support if he’s elected because neither congress nor the American people want to be treated to what Donald Trump has dished out. Our most successful president ever in my view, Ronald Reagan, never once went into alienating anyone intentionally. He had a sound platform, he may have spoken in firm terms about it but if Trump and Reagan could trade places and even if Megyn Kelly had really done him some slight, he would never have mentioned it, much less continued the fight afterward. The contrast is like night and day.

              I get it that many voters are angry. I get it that Trump is angry. I understand it all except one damned thing, anger makes very bad decisions and this campaign has tuned into one of voting because of anger. It’s deadly. If Trump is elected will he continue to act on his anger? I’ve never seen it work in a professional setting, I’ve never seen it work in a social setting and I’ve never seen it work in politics either. I once worked briefly for a business owner who, when he didn’t like what was going on, made neck wringing motions with his hands. His business was in financial trouble and he didn’t know why. He couldn’t have led a dog to the nearest tree. He wanted me to go deliver his VP a message that he should deliver personally. I didn’t do it. Thankfully they were so bad off that I was laid off shortly after that.

              I’ll read and respond to any reply you want to make and I’ll be civil and stick to the issues, no bringing in personalities, no attacks, nothing but sticking to what you say.

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                PhilJourdan

                Roy – WOW! You could be my older brother! ;-)

                Gail is indeed “Murican”. Right now residing in the Tar Heel State.

                But I am going to do a Soloman and split this baby. The MSM is a BIG part of the optics you are seeing and talking about. There is no question of it. They have openly admitted it, and if that is not enough for you, Podesta’s emails prove it. Anyone doubting that is either a moron or just playing stupid.

                Trump is not a politician. I will grant you that. He is a regular guy. When attacked, he fights back. And that is why he is the nominee (republicans of late do not do that, and Muricans have had enough of Kevin Bacons asking for another). He did not pick the fight with Megyn, she picked it with him. And the reason is simple! Her contract was up and she was hoping for a BIG raise at another company. Even after Trump TRIED to bury the hatchet, she picked it back up and whacked him again.

                Now I will admit that her picking the nits was nowhere near what the rest of the MSM has done. But she knew how to push his button and seemed to get joy out of doing it (to the tune of a fat new contract).

                So if you are looking for a Mitt Romney, you are not going to find it in Trump. He is a businessman, not a politician (and after all, that was the real intent of the founders – no political class – citizen politicians). He is going to lose his temper, he is going to growl when he is stung. But we have had years of politicians who know how to tell you to go eff off diplomatically, and the country is in the crapper. So his support finds his candor, his vulnerabilities, and his non-political demeanor to be refreshing.

                I probably agree with about 25% of his positions. But then I agree with 0% of Hillary’s, so that is still something. But I am not holding my nose to vote for him. I want him to give the beltway idiots a red tuckus. I want him to be the hemorrhoid for DC for at least 4 years. And if he does nothing else, I will be satisfied.

                You can say that I am burning down the house to rid it of a bug infestation. But I say the house is so bug ridden, nothing else is going to work.

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                Roy Hogue

                Phil,

                I cannot vouch for what you say about Megyn Kelly’s fight with Trump or his fight with her, whichever it is. So I will take that at face value — I am already very much disappointed in Kelly, so much so that I rarely watch her whole program since about a month ago. And what I would like from Trump is very simple, the same demeanor and general behavior with which he so obviously must conduct his business affairs. I find it hard to believe he goes around doing to those whose cooperation he needs to get a project approved and finished and then the property run smoothly, what he’s done to anyone who has expressed the slightest disagreement or even questioned him during his campaign.

                Am I off on some tangent about this? Seriously, I think I’m right on the mark but you’re welcome to tell me I’m wrong if you think so.

                I can’t see him as anything but a seriously crippled president if he’s elected.

                About burning down the house — just remember that it’s your house and my house and the house of millions of Americans and weigh the damage against the benefit. That’s all I’m doing. There’s no benefit in tearing down what you don’t like if you cannot replace it with something better. And ashes are not better.

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                PhilJourdan

                @Roy – Boardroom demeanor does not win Political fights. So I doubt you will get your wish.

                As for being right or wrong, I have not and will not judge you on either. Elections are about preferences, and very few are “right” about the outcome even if they voted for it (promises never kept).

                But I agree Trump will be handicapped president. I doubt he is deluding himself on that. He ran outside the establishment and has had to fight both the democrats AND Republican establishment. Probably at best he will be a do nothing president, except for foreign policy where presidents do have more freedom and power (and in that, his business skills will be used most effectively).

                I am only looking for Trump to do 2 things if elected. #1 – break up the good ole boy (person, it, or whatever) network of the DC Power establishment. Perhaps we will get a few more Dave Brats in there. And #2 – stop the hemorrhage of our allies. While Obama’s domestic record is nothing short of catastrophic, his foreign record is much worse. No one with half a grain of sense can say he has been good for the US in the world, or for world in general. Indeed, he appears to love to fail. And in that, he has a lot to love.

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              Raven

              What is wrong is that Trump has consistently alienated a whole lot of the Republicans . .

              The MSM Did the alienating NOT Trump . .

              I reckon kit’s a bit of both and my obsearvation is that the mainstream Republicans just buckled . . . plain and simple.
              They saw the maverick in Trump and had to decide between solidarity within familiar territory where their vested interests lay or throwing all that under the bus and backing the maverick.
              In essence they went with the 97% consensus.

              That consensus view persisted right up to, and beyond, the point where they had to face the ‘threat’ that Trump was going to take the nomination . . as distinct from being offered it. They were risk averse. They failed to recognise a leader when they saw it and failed to support that leadership.

              In the process they confirmed their position as merely another part of the establishment.
              That’s the bloody sad part.

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            Your complaint about Trump reduces to the whine, “Sure, he says what so many ordinary citizens know and want aired — but he cuts to the bone!” That is precisely what is needed. When you write that “he didn’t have to” “alienate” smug talking heads like Charles Krauthammer (and the lesser Megyn Kelly), I can assure you SOMEBODY needed to do that, and in the national spotlight. I have watched the insane, constant backbiting–and home-stretch outright treasonous rejection–of their own candidate by the Republican elite throughout this long campaign, and as an independent I applaud any discomfiture of them by Trump, in the hardest-hitting terms he can bring to bear. “Didn’t need to do that”, my foot. Trump is very decidedly not the lesser of two evils; he is the right man for the job that now needs doing.

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              Roy Hogue

              Dale,

              About whining: If you can tell me one thing I’ve said that isn’t true and why you think it isn’t true, I’ll answer you on the same terms I laid out for Gail Combs.

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                Mark D.

                I’ll tell you Roy: What isn’t true is that Kelly and Krauthammer should be head in any high esteem as unbiased.

                I agree with the others that this diatribe is whining and you have to come to grips with only a binary reality: Every word you have uttered could distract someone into voting for Clinton and that Clinton could win because you aren’t happy with how Trump dealt with Kelly.

                Think about it.

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                Roy Hogue

                Mark,

                I always have and still do respect your opinions. Indeed you could be right. But so could I. Neither of us has any way of knowing how much influence Megyn Kelly or Charles Krauthammer has on the outcome on the 8th.

                And both of them are simply the probably best known examples of what I’ve been talking about. They are without a doubt in my mind, the two most influential voices heard on the Fox News Channel, the number one conservative broadcasting organization in the country and they are heard five days a week or more by conservative voters. And not withstanding that, you’re right, they are not unbiased. But they are not nearly the only examples I could cite, not even close to the end of the list.

                It’s increasingly obvious from the way Kelly has been going on that she is anti Trump while still trying to maintain a facade of impartiality. I have become very disappointed with her by the way. And Krauthammer’s words say it directly so no one needs to interpret anything.

                And so what. The truth is still this that I said to Gail Combs above.

                It’s dismaying to me when someone says as you do that the media is at fault when in fact donald Trump created his own nightmare all by himself. And I have said this over and over, he’s alienated a whole lot of people whose support he will need in order to accomplish his agenda. He’s going to need the support of the people and he’s simply pushed a way anyone who couldn’t accept him exactly the way he is, standing up there on the debate stage or some other event making a total ass of himself.

                It spells difficulty in governing for Donald Trump if he wins. I know people who might vote for him but are afraid, literally afraid that he might push the nuclear button. I don’t think he will but his image as a leader at home and with our allies is already mud. Will he be able to overcome that.

                I’m totally dismayed that Republicans nominated him. And now we must try to get him elected, do or die. And he’s looked on as a savior by so many. But he won’t be that savior. As I said, I’ve never seen anyone going about a job that first and foremost requires good people skills, succeed going the way Trump has been going. It doesn’t work that way.

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                Mark D.

                Roy I won’t say much more because it results in more counterproductive comment from you.

                You loath and despise Hillary.

                You don’t like Donald.

                Yet you continue to whine in a way that does not get Donald elected.

                BINARY!

                I know you know binary Roy: Donald is one Hillary is zero.

                Right now there is significant Supreme Court downside to your whining.

                THINK ABOUT IT!!!

                PS: I suspect that nearly everything you feel about Donald is what you’ve heard through the media. The same media that “conservative” Fox (and Kelly) are part of.

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                Roy Hogue

                PS: I suspect that nearly everything you feel about Donald is what you’ve heard through the media. The same media that “conservative” Fox (and Kelly) are part of.

                Mark,

                Maybe you’r right. Or maybe you’re wrong. The truth is that from the beginning I never saw Trump as electable against Clinton. And he lived down to my low expectation in spectacular fashion until just recently when his demeanor and whole approach has had an about face. And yes, I notice that and it’s encouraging. But will it be enough?

                There is only one Republican I can remember who ever showed up in the polls as likely to beat Clinton and that’s John Kasich. But he was not bombastic enough to get media attention so he went nowhere. And since we seem to be obsessed with polls, we really ought to consider that inconvenient little fact. If it is so important to elect a Republican (and I think it is) then we should have put our effort behind Kasich.

                Now, because it’s only Clinton vs. Trump remaining out of all those who began the race, Trump is the standard bearer whether I like it or not. I hope it works. But I think we have Trump for the same reason California got Schwarzenegger — name recognition, media recognition and not demonstrated qualification for the job.

                So believing as I do I could not be a Trump booster and remain honest. And if I can’t speak what I think is the truth, what can I speak?

                We will soon see what the voters have to say.

                By the way, when we elected Barack Obama the first time I gave up on trying to save the world. That job was never in my hands in the first place and I’m much better off without a burden because of it. I will find a way to cope with whatever happens.

                And best we end this here because it will only go downhill if we don’t.

                If it’s worth anything, I hope Trump is both elected and effective once in office and we get out of or begin to get out of our trouble.

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              PhilJourdan

              @Roy – Re: Name Recognition.

              I disagree. Trump won because he saw a wave and got to the top first on it. And the wave was not immigration. It was betrayal. Trump supporters (I was a Cruz man) are mad as hell and not going to take it any more. If any of the other candidates had gotten “non-poliltical”, Trump would be a foot note, not the candidate.

              Besides, ANY candidate would be in the same place as Trump is today, maybe worse. most of the candidates would not fight back, instead try to “explain” or apologize for the Democrat attacks. Just look at Romney. You may not like Romney (and I have no love lost for him), but the media and democrats destroyed him – as they would have anyone. This election is important because if the democrats win, there will never be another republican president. They have gotten too good, along with the news blackouts from the media, of destroying the opposition. Or at least trashing them.

              I have no clue whether Trump will be a good president. Like, you, I hope so. But I am more concerned about turning into a Cuba or NK and that is where we are if Hillary wins.

              the MSM has lost a lot of credibility, but they are still the bull in the china shop when it comes to news. As such, when they pick a side, that throws 10% to that side immediately. And that is a hard hurdle to get over. If we are to remain a free country, Hillary must lose. If not, then just hope they grease the shaft before using it.

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      bobl

      Roy,
      You need to go read http://www.michaelsmithnews.com. If you think Jo is doing a good Job, Michael is crazy with it. He has laid out possible crimes in Australia / Pacific region showing how clintonomics has cost us around 400M and then some.

      When Trump wins the USA needs to give him a knighthood (or whatever the USA calls it)

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      Anton

      There’s Breitbart.

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      Robert R

      The US FOX News channel (No. 604 on Austar Cable TV in Australia) is non stop live news that is 100% critical of Hillary Clinton and really pushes Trump. Do you watch it. It shows up the crims and lefties for what they are. And from where we watch it we get no adds so it is extra good. Cheers

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        James

        Not 100 % for Trump. Megyn Kelly is clearly against him. If you can watch Fox Business, they are more balanced in my opinion.

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        Gail Combs

        FOX/Rupert Murdoch is no friend of the USA.

        Rupert Murdoch and his buddy Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal own not only Fox but the Wall Street Journal. Worse Murdoch turned Fox over to his leftist/globalist sons after the ousting of Roger Ailes.

        …Rupert Murdoch-Open Borders:
        The link is that the Rupert Murdoch (Chairman/CEO News Corp, Owner of Fox News) is co-chair of the open borders group, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE). PNAE was one of biggest supporters of Marco Rubio and the Gang of 8 Immigration Reform Bill/Amnesty push. They flooded the airways and media with pro immigration reform propaganda. Fox News was also devoid of unbiased reporting of this bill….

        Murdoch and Ailes support of open borders and the Gang of 8 immigration revamping has never been disclosed by Fox News ….
        Murdoch has also stated: “We need to do away with the cap on H-1B visas, which is arbitrary and results in U.S. companies struggling to find the high-skill workers they need to continue growing. “
        https://savernation.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/trump-vs-fox-media/

        BREITBART: The Anti-Trump Network: Fox News Money Flows into Open Borders Group

        Murdoch is the co-chair of what is arguably one of the most powerful immigration lobbying firms in country, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE).

        In addition to blanketing the country, media, and politicians with literature, advertisements, and a barrage of lobbyists pushing for open border immigration policies, the Partnership for A New American Economy (PNAE) was a prime lobbyist for one of the biggest open borders pushes in American history: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79%’s 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill….

        Interestingly, Bill Sammon — FOX News’s vice president of News and Washington managing editor — is the father of Brooke Sammon, who is Rubio’s press secretary.

        As Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)36% and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
        37%
        told The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza back in 2013, Fox News was essential to the Rubio-Schumer effort to expand immigration levels beyond all known historical precedent…

        ….a massive fly-in trip of more than 600 activists, which was organized by the Chamber, the tech industry’s FWD.us, the National Immigration Forum and the Partnership for a New American Economy, which was co-founded New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
        Why in Hades is AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka in FAVOR of the Gang of 8 immigration that threatens American Union workers. What was the back room deal? 100% Unionization of US workers? (SWAG)
        More on the background link

        Trump SCHOOLS Pompous Saudi Prince: “Has YOUR Country Taken ANY of the Syrian Refugees?”
        ….Of course, Trump is right.
        Saudi Arabia has banned Syrian immigrants from its country due to security concerns.

        Over one million migrants will relocate to Europe this year.

        But the wealthiest Muslim nations – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, UAE, Oman and Kuwait have accepted NO SYRIAN REFUGEES!

        Note that they also give millions to the Clinton Foundation.

        If there is any doubt about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal deep friendship with Murdoch this 2013 Vanity Fair piece puts that to rest.

        The Stockholder in the Sand

        …. the enigmatic Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has very public holdings: he is the second-largest voting shareholder in News Corp., he owns Paris’s George V hotel and part of New York City’s Plaza hotel, he is a stockholder in Apple….—a calorie-counting cell-phone addict who loves texting James Murdoch

        One of the largest shareholders in Citigroup, the second-largest voting shareholder in News Corporation after the Murdoch family, and with major stakes in dozens of other Western companies, he travels the globe….

        Over the last two decades, he has swooped in with tons of cash to aid various companies and superstars at their low points, including London’s Canary Wharf, Citigroup, EuroDisney, Apple, Donna Karan (the company), and Michael Jackson, to name but a few. On the day of our second meeting, in late April 2012, the prince was clutching a small string of prayer beads as he talked about News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch and Citigroup’s then C.E.O., Vikram Pandit.

        The ties between Alwaleed and Murdoch run deep. Alwaleed owns 56.2 million shares of Murdoch’s News Corporation; News Corporation, in turn, owns a 19.9 percent stake, worth around $150 million, in Rotana, Alwaleed’s privately held pan-Arab media conglomerate, based in Bahrain. As much of the world knows by now, last year was not a good year for Murdoch. Due to a phone-hacking investigation into his British newspapers, he was forced to close the major London tabloid News of the World, abandon his bid for control of the satellite network BSkyB, shunt aside his younger son and heir apparent, James, and testify before Parliament about the company’s abuses of power. Some 32 people, most of them former and current News Corp. employees, have been arrested since the phone-hacking scandal was uncovered…..

        ….He remains supportive of 40-year-old James. “James is not my partner only in News Corp.,” Alwaleed said. “He’s also my partner in the Rotana. . . . He’s a highly ethical, professional, decent man. I think of his honesty. I’m thinking of him. I know him very well.” They are texting pals, and James is on his speed dial…..
        (wwwDOT)vanityfair.com/news/2013/03/myth-prince-alwaleed-bin-talal-saudi

        It pays to do some digging.

        At this point only Breitbart, Stefan Molyneux, Mike Cernovich some bloggers and SIGHHhhhh Alex Jones are not infected. (I really hate having to use Alex Jones as my uncorrupted news source.)

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      Roy Hogue

      My comment at #1 has generated so much additional commentary that I don’t have time to reply to the several commenters to whom I really should reply. But I will come back and try to pick up where I’m forced by available time to stop and sign off.

      Jo has been doing a heroic job and I thought it a shame if she was not thanked for it. I never realized it would generate so much discussion. I stumbled on this topic by luck just as it appeared and I landed in the first spot. I should have known it would be more popular than I thought it would be.

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        PhilJourdan

        Seconded on Joanne Nova.

        But you are too modest. Your comments, whether I agree or not, are well worth reading and commenting on. Besides, this election is amusing even to those of us who will suffer the consequences. We cannot fault anyone for being interested in it from a circus standpoint.

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        Rereke Whakaaro

        Roy,

        I have always valued your opinion. Jo’s blog, as far as I can deduce, is aimed at an Australiasian audience. Your balanced insight into American thinking on her many and various topics, is always appreciated, at least by me, if nobody else. Thank you.

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          Roy Hogue

          Sometimes I wonder how balanced I really am. When you stand in front of a mirror in full view of yourself you don’t always see what’s really there. Sometimes you see what you “know” is there, if you get my meaning. Sometime I can’t proofread myself for the same reason I often miss things in the comments I post. But I appreciate your vote of confidence.

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      Tom O

      You are correct in saying that those that need to read what is written here won’t, and yes, Joanne, I thank you as well for championing not just what the US needs to read, but what the EU and the rest of the world needs to read. The peoples of this world have mostly been led down the wrong pathways for the last 50 or so years.

      As for the American election, I fear that the president will decide that there can not be a fair election this year, especially if Clinton withdraws under the added investigations, and suspends the election for the Presidency while allowing all other elections to take place. And yes, the Republican leadership in both houses would support his decision based on the fact that they fear Trump’s potential light shining in places they don’t want illuminated.

      Problem is, of course, the Constitution doesn’t permit that as it is people, not parties, that run for offices, and there will still be 3 candidates even if the Democrats can’t put up an alternative candidate. But given the history of the US government over the past 28 years, the Constitution will not stand in the way of what is politically expedient. My expectation is that the presidential election will be suspended and realigned with the next federal election in 2 years.

      But what I can not fathom is how anyone can accept a person as a candidate that can say, “we came, we saw, he died!” and then laugh at the fact a man was tortured to death. Such total lack of compassion and morality just is something that I could not conceive of supporting even for a cow stall cleaner.

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        Roy Hogue

        My expectation is that the presidential election will be suspended and realigned with the next federal election in 2 years.

        That would be usurpation of power so great that I don’t think Obama would dare do it. There is no provision in the constitution for such a thing and as far as I know, nothing in federal law that would permit it either. Hillary cannot be simply knocked out of the race, even if indicted before the election, which is doubtful. And as far as the constitution goes, she could serve even if convicted unless impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate. And if the “kid glove” treatment a federal judge used in the case of Bill Clinton’s perjury is any indication and given the makeup of the Supreme Court, Hillary would get a lot of benefit of the doubt, far too much.

        I’m not a constitutional scholar much less a lawyer but president Obama is supposed to be one and what he might do is always a mystery until he does it.

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        PhilJourdan

        Our only saving grace from your scenario is that Hillary will NEVER withdraw. She will be campaigning from prison if it comes to that.

        I have heard a lot of other possibilities, but perhaps the most plausible is that Hillary is elected, indicted, steps aside, and Obama’s puppet is the next president. Yes, Kaine is the Obama puppet (he was the first governor to endorse him in 08 – so why did Hillary pick him when she refers to Obama simply as “that man!”?)

        With his puppet in the white house (and he is really too stupid to be president, so easily controlled by Obama), Obama has his 3rd term.

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    Grant (NZ)

    Looks to me like the American voters have a choice between Dubious and Dubiouser.

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      PhilJourdan

      No, between a corrupt establishment, and an anti-establishment one. The only thing “dubious” about Trump are the charges that were never made when he was just John Q Citizen. He is being called a racist. Yet in 1999 he received a life time achievement award from the NAACP. He has an eye for the ladies (just look at his 3 wives). But he did not cheat on them, he divorced them and then moved on. But that is in essence all they have said about him.

      He is no saint. But what you know about him is mostly false if it is from the MSM.

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        TdeF

        Agreed. Trump is no predator. Quite likely he has more of a problem rejecting advances from female predators. The Clintons however are quite a different story. Both of them.

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          TdeF

          Also Trump is not the plaything of the conservative elite either.

          We have the same thing here with Turnbull’s Liberals who are closer to being the Green party than even slightly Conservative. Plus bankers who want the big commissions on carbon trading and could not care if it beggars the country. Their money, like Turnbull’s, will be kept overseas.

          Both the US and Australia have a large number of people who want smaller government, far less taxation, fewer handouts to friends and creating generations of welfare dependent people, strong Defence and International relations, strong borders and more traditional family values and less concern for fringe LGBITAlphabet soup pressure groups.

          Plus the cheap, plentiful and reliable electricity we had and real environmental conservation, not just stopping everything. Dams mean greenery in the desert where the Greens really want the precious fresh water to run away to the salty ocean. In our desert country they want windmills to destroy our beautiful vistas, to pollute Dorothea MacKellar’s ‘wide horizons’ and invade her ‘jewelled sea’. We need to plan for the next drought right now, while we can. That is the climate. Close the Climate Prevention business, the appalling RET hidden taxation, the Clean Energy Council and sell the Public Self Service out of control ABC/SBS, BOM, CSIRO and all the other Quangoes like the Human Rights Commission.

          Every piece of dirt possible has been thrown at Donald Trump. Yesterday I met many people who hated him. When you asked them why, they could not say. This is the power of the very left Media. Headline accusations. Apologies days later in small print on page 5. It is how they removed Tony Abbott, a real thorn in the side of the IPCC before COP21 in Paris. Worse, people around the world listened and Abbott talked sense on climate ‘crap’, uncontrolled borders, people smugglers. We need Tony Abbott back soon. Turnbull is trying to steal Tony’s legacy without a single good idea of his own. We have no government and we have no leader in Australia. As America knows, having a professional lawyer as President is a disaster. We hope they do not elect another one.

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            Gail Combs

            A professional lawyer well connected to Goldman Sachs like Turnbull, Ted Cruz (via wife) and Hillary Clinton (speaking fees)

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        Rereke Whakaaro

        I have only once, heard Trump speak, over and above media edits that are designed to make him look like a clown.

        I have to admit that I was impressed. He is obviously an egotist, but then he freely admitted that there is an awful lot that he doesn’t know.

        He then went on to say, that the one thing he was good at, was finding those people who did know, so he could take their advice, and then blame them if it didn’t work.

        It raised a laugh from the audience, but it sounded sensible to me.

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          Robert R

          The US FOX news channel has been televising Trump’s rally speeches live in the last few days. Its an eye opener, he performs really remarkably well in front of the crowds. Says the right things, very logical and well put, no gaffs or hesitations. One of the best orators I have ever heard. Unless you see these sessions or I guess, see him speak
          live, you would have no idea that he is so good. The msm edit and take him out of context. The msm has done a complete job on him to try and give him an image that is just so far from the truth and incorrect. This is so undemocratic because it is a concerted effort by them to paint an image picture of him that just isn’t true. They want the masses to reject a cleansing force that will “drain them from the swamp”!

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            James

            Go to youtube and put in right side broadcasting network. You can see all his speeches from his rallies. Look at the view totals, they are massive.

            His early speeches and rallies during the primaries were pretty rambling. They have got him to use a teleprompter now, and keep him on message. He is doing really well now. I think he is going to win.

            His public speaking has improved a lot. He freely admits that he is not a politician.

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            Roy Hogue

            Robert,

            Yes! He seems finally to be aware that he needs to change his approach. Thank God!

            I hope it’s enough.

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        Gail Combs

        I am not looking for a Saint I am looking for a kick butt General Patton! (Who was not a nice guy. BTW — link )

        Besides the US/World MSM could make Jesus look like a sleaze since all they do is sling mud and hope some of it sticks. (It is called Yellow Journalism.)

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    PhilJourdan

    Still, a thousand illegal voters were registered to vote in Virginia in one sample of eight localities. Perhaps they’ll need the extra ballots?

    Want to link this back to AGW?

    One of the 17 AGs to sign on to the RICO case against Exxon was Mark Herring. He beat out his opponent by 157 votes. How many were from dead people – https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/he-fought-in-world-war-ii-he-died-in-2014-and-he-just-registered-to-vote-in-va/2016/09/29/5e0bffee-8670-11e6-ac72-a29979381495_story.html

    and illegals voted for an AG guilty of RICO himself?

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    I’ve had the dubious opportunities to vote for Hillary or Bill 8 times now — beginning with the 1982 gubernatorial race in Arkansas. The choice was never so clear in the previous 7 times as it is now. The “boy governor” and his Yankee wife, now known as Crooked Hillary, probably should be in jail rather than the White House, which is enough of a reason not to vote for her.

    All of that aside, my main reason for not voting for her is the urgent need to break with this climate change madness.

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      TdeF

      Mike,
      From your knowledge and the publicity to which you are exposed, is there in fact any part of the US or the rest of the world in which the Climate has Changed? Just nominate one place please if you are actually aware of a climate which has changed.

      If at all, I mean change which is any more than what is now called ‘natural variation’. Rarely in my lifetime has one year been the same as the last. Some decades were hot and dry and some wet and cold. Unless you are in the tropics, that is the climate.

      Here in Australia we had a decade long drought, which we have had before, about 100 years ago. It is a land of droughts and flooding rains. However we are told the Climate had Changed, except now we have the flooding rains which they cannot explain. How is it there?

      Why isn’t the term Climate Change just silly? Is there any reason it has any traction, any credibility at least any more than Mars Attacks? That also involved the President and Jack Nicholson did a good job. Does anyone believe this Climate Change stuff?

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        Peter C

        Does anyone believe this Climate Change stuff?

        Well no one has owned up so far!

        There are some people (luke warmers) who say that the Climate is always changing. Perhaps they have a point, especially if Climate is defined as the average weather over 30 years.

        My view is that I have not observed any climate change over my life time, which is now more than 60 years.

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        TdeF,

        Not in the way that the alarmists are pushing. I’m 65 years old and really don’t see any perceptible climate change in any place I’ve lived or have knowledge of.

        My parents were children of the American great depression and lived on the northern edge of the dust bowl region. The local climate weather then was different than what it is now — much hotter and dustier — but part of that was due to excessive cultivation in wet years in a region that is normally dry. The virgin topsoil was torn away and when the dry years and winds came, there was nothing to hold the soil in place. Natural variation combined with farming overdevelopment led to disaster.

        It is hubris to believe that we have any significant impact on global or even regional climate. Local climate, however, may be affected by land use or development. For instance, Little Rock is normally warmer than the surrounding county due to the urban heat island effect.

        I used to be a “believer“. After someone challenged me on it at work, I stumbled onto Steve Milloy’s Junk Science site back before the Climategate email releases and, after reading a few things there, started doing more online research. What really changed my view was finally understanding that this whole thing is predicated on the absorption of infrared radiation (IR) by CO2. From my background in nuclear power operations, one thing I do comprehend is absorption cross-section, and that increasing the concentration of CO2 will have little effect on IR escaping the atmosphere as virtually all of the IR in the spectrum that CO2 will capture has already been captured.

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          Rereke Whakaaro

          Great comment Mike. Especially the last paragraph, which needs to be repeated loudly and often, in my opinion.

          This whole thing is driven by Government funding of the “science” that is used to justify the Government funding for the “science”, and the imposition of taxation by stealth on the rest of the population.

          That has to change. Yes, a couple of thousand “Climate Scientists” will find their funding cut off, but apart from them, will anybody care?

          We might even organise a party, every year, to celebrate “Rationality Day”.

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            Thanks Rereke,

            As the election is nearing, the polls are still close. Most media political pundits still see the election going to Clinton. However, there are reports that internal FBI sources believe there will be an indictment, barring some sort of obstruction from the Justice Department.

            Most American voters do not understand that electing Clinton will have an adverse impact on them through higher energy costs and expanded climate change related regulations. While climate change and anthropogenic global warming has not been an issue in this election, a Clinton administration will, at the very least, continue the policies already in place and in development. Understanding this, for me, means voting for Trump is voting to curtail the climate change madness.

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      We did it. We really, really did it. It looks like we may be able to put this climate madness into a very long pause!

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    Lord Jim

    The Hillary Clinton Takeover of the United States

    “Hillary and Bill Clinton are attempting a takeover of the United States and will stop at nothing. A coup d’état of this magnitude has never been affected in such a subtly calculated way.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov5kvWSz5LM

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    “”On another matter….and not to sound like Lanny, but we are going to have to dump all those emails.” ”

    http://www.smalldeadanimals.com/2016/11/i-did.html#comments

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    doubtingdave

    Don’t forget to add to your list the illegal collusion between so called super pacs and the Clinton campaign , alleged by project veritas , https://youtu.be/EEQvsK5w-jY

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      bobl

      Not Alleged – The Podestra emails have multiple emails entitled SuperPac which are organising teleconferencing on the google Now Platform – How secure.

      There are also emails about strategising how to “Telegraph” intent to the superpacs, like this one:

      On Jan 29, 2015, at 2:52 PM, Cheryl Mills wrote:
      >
      > Marc and I are on a call about a number of things.
      >
      > We’ll come back with a list but I would like Marc to have a chance to do table setting memos before we do a meeting.
      >
      > So hold on this for a bit until he has a chance to do that and we all then can get on the phone and add to things.
      >
      > best.
      >
      > cdm
      >
      >> On Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 9:41 AM, Robby Mook wrote:
      >> She mentioned again yesterday having a big picture strategic discussion about key legal issues. I was thinking we could do a call about the four items below to kick things off (or could be in person). Cheryl and Marc–thoughts?
      >>
      >> 1. Superpac interaction (fundraising, possible avenues for interaction like issue ads)
      >> 2. Transition period operating rules
      >> 3. Primary money strategy
      >> 4. Options for leveraging party money
      >

      I thought there was not supposed to be any “Interaction” with SuperPACs?

      Aint Wikileaks great

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    Actually, immigration matters more—blood over ideas—but Trump is right on both topics, so vote Trump.

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    Richard Ilfeld

    WE have a number of jurisdictions where the voting machines are the only record – no paper.
    A recount of a machine that did something illegal won’t see anything.
    Expect there will be enough fraud and allegations this time around that many states will work pretty hard to fix up their processes;
    especially states with republican state governments that have higher turnouts and go Dem in Presidential years.

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      bobl

      Maybe the public should bleach their bits or Acidwash them.

      From what I read most if not all states allow a paper vote on request, if it were my vote I’d be asking for one.

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      Peter C

      Our own electoral procedures are far from what they should be.

      Australian Electoral Commissioner Tom Rogers told a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday night 18,343 people have been asked to explain why their name was checked off more than once, with many expected to be in error.

      http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/more-than-18000-people-asked-to-explain-why-they-voted-twice-at-election-20161018-gs5cal.html

      No one has been prosecuted. I want to know Why Not?

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        bobl

        Yes, what was that about eternal vigilance

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        Sceptical Sam

        Peter C,

        That’s an easy question. The answer is surely obvious.

        But, in case it isn’t, then try this next time there’s an election:

        1. Get up early and go to your local voting place and vote in your name.

        2. Go immediately to another voting place a little way away from your local voting place in the same electorate and pretend to be your neighbour. When the staff ask you: “have you voted already today”, tell them: “no”. Vote in his/her name. Obviously you need to be a male if you’re going to vote for your male neighbour and ditto for females (although with the LGBTQ thingo who knows these days?).

        3. Go to yet another voting place, repeat the process and vote in the name of your neighbour who lives on the other side of you.

        4. Keep going with all the people in your suburb that you know.

        5. When you’ve had enough fun for the day go home and have a beer. You’ve earnt it.

        You’ll never be caught. You’ll never be asked to show your ID – the electorate staff have no power to ask you to do so. If they have the temerity to do so tell them to “get stuffed” or, if you’re polite (like me) tell them you left your driver’s licence at home. There’s no ID check. The voting rolls are marked off manually with a line through the name of the “voter”. Each voting place has a separate and unlinked voting roll. There are no CCTV cameras at the voting places.

        Eventually, all those people in whose name you voted will receive a “please explain” from the Electoral Office seeking to find out why they voted more than once. They, of course, didn’t. They have no explanation and the Electoral Commission has no case. They may still be fined but if they’re smart they’ll not pay it and eventually the Electoral Commission will go away. They’ll not be prosecuted. They’ll just report the number of duplicates to the incompetents at a Senate hearing. And that’ll be the end of it.

        You see, in Australia, it’s also corrupt. You don’t need to vote in the name of dead people – they mightn’t be on the roll and you’d be found out. But there’s nothing to stop you from voting as often as you like in the name of anybody you know at different voting places in the same electorate. Well, nothing other than your ethics. But nobody on the left side of politics knows much about that – so don’t you worry about it. They don’t. Neither does the Parliament or the Senate. If they did they’d ensure that ID was required to be shown at all voting place before issuing the ballot papers.

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    pat

    1 Nov: WUWT: Anthony Watts: Dismal ratings for DiCaprio’s Global Warming Epic ‘Before the Flood’ – beaten by ‘Bubble Guppies’
    Showbuzz Daily has listed the top 150 TV and Cable programs for the weekend, and in ‘the hottest year ever’, discussing the ‘most important topic ever’, Before the Flood came in at #61 for the weekend…
    Ironically, the kids show “Bubble Guppies” beat it at #53. Ouch.
    Perhaps this snoozer didn’t do so well because of the stellar cast of characters?… READ ON
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2016/11/01/dismal-ratings-for-dicaprios-global-warming-epic-before-the-flood-beaten-by-bubble-guppies/

    LOL.

    China criticises Donald Trump’s plan to exit Paris climate deal
    The Guardian – ‎11 hours ago

    When China calls out Donald Trump on climate change, you know it’s bad
    Salon – ‎2 hours ago

    China Chides Trump for Vow to Abandon Paris Climate Agreement
    Foreign Policy (blog) – ‎4 hours ago

    Why China rejects Trump’s climate change position
    Christian Science Monitor – ‎1 hour ago

    China’s Climate Change Chief on Trump: Wise Leaders Don’t Resist Global Trends
    The Diplomat – ‎4 hours ago

    China slams Donald Trump’s plan to back out of climate change agreement
    The Independent – ‎7 hours ago

    China Calls on Trump to Uphold Global Carbon Deal
    Wall Street Journal – ‎14 hours ago‎‎‎‎‎‎‎

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      Dean from Ohio

      China doesn’t care about anything except stealing everything in the world and kneecapping the competition.

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    “Assuming some of those emails contain things a President would not want seen, especially if the FBI is investigating her, that hands rather lot of negotiating power to the people who hold copies of those emails.

    “It’s a pretty weak president who may have to please so many masters.”

    You don’t fully understand the Clintons. They are not politicians; they are gangsters. Do you think the mafia would submit to blackmail? No, they will put out hits on anyone and everyone who challenges them. That is how Hillary Rodham Clinton thinks. Someone who thinks 54 million abortions is a good thing will do ANYTHING. Where do you think the Clinton body count came from?

    Hillary Clinton is demonic,and Bill Clinton’s morality is utterly compromised. You have to go back to the biblical account of King Ahab and his murdering pagan wife Jezebel, and their daughter turned mass murderer and coup d’etat leader Athaliah to understand these two fully.

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    David Maddison

    I hope Trump has some good advisors on Climate Change™ who will be able to tell him which swamps need to be drained and what prosecutions need to be made.

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      Ross

      He has David.
      He has already named the guy who will “clean out” the EPA ( sorry I don’t have name at hand but when he announced it, many in the USA applauded the appointment). There will plenty of others lining up to help out on the AGW stuff.

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      Egor TheOne

      “I hope Trump has some good advisors on Climate Change™”….Indeed!

      I can give ‘the Donald’ the only advice needed on Climate Change.

      That is: ‘Scrap anything to do with it and that bears any resemblance to even the name Climate Change’. that is how you need to deal with renewable racketeering,kookoo green BS,and Marxist/Totalitarian propaganda, all responsible for driving this present day medievalism.

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      Rick Will

      Condemning people for their religious belief is against the US first Amendment and civil rights in other jurisdictions.

      I have thought about how criminal charges could be bought against the high priests of Climate Change but I think they are protected under various laws and rights in the western world. Manipulating numbers and rewriting history are not criminal acts to my understanding.

      On the other hand there is merit in identifying the culprits and beginning collecting the evidence that might lead to building a case – maybe fraud, maybe criminal negligence, maybe deceptive practices, collusion. Maybe BoM, NASA etc for deceptive and misleading practices. Not hard to build a case for damages given transfer payments and taxes levied on individuals.

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      PhilJourdan

      All he has to do is pull the plug on the money. The swamp will drain itself.

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      Gail Combs

      HMMmmm
      My comment vanished (not moderated)… So we will try it this way.

      Tony Heller said “I’m headed to Washington D.C. this weekend, and will be presenting some material to Trump’s EPA transition head.”

      real climate science DOT com/2016/10/traveling-to-the-nations-capitals/

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    pat

    2 Nov: Bloomberg: Rebecca Spalding: The U.S. Stock Market Isn’t Going Clinton’s Way
    Few institutions have a better track record calling presidential races than the U.S. stock market. At the moment, it’s sending information that counts against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
    The performance of the S&P 500 Index has signaled the outcome of every presidential election since 1984, according to an analysis by Strategas Research Partners LLC…ETC
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-01/one-poll-that-isn-t-going-clinton-s-way-is-the-u-s-stock-market

    those pesky voters the MSM kept telling us were UNENTHUSED about this year’s presidential candidates! a good sign for Trump?

    1 Nov: NBC: One Week Before Election Day, Early Voting Is Nearly Twice as High as 2012
    by Hannah Hartig and John Lapinski
    More than 26 million voters have already cast early ballots a week ahead of Election Day 2016, nearly double the amount of early vote at this point in the 2012 election, according to new analysis by the NBC News Data Analytics Lab…
    http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/one-week-election-day-early-voting-nearly-twice-high-2012-n676391

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    Dave in the States

    If electing Trump turns out to be a mistake it’s only a four year mistake. On the other hand if Hillary is elected it becomes a generational disaster, greatly compounding the on going disaster that is the Obama era. When we consider that next president will select the next three Supreme Court justices and the next selection will determine the balance of the court for a generation and beyond, it could very well be the complete end of the republic as it was formed. The ramifications reach well beyond the borders of the United States. The UN and its agendas will become very difficult to check, world wide.

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      David Maddison

      Very true Dave in the States. A Clinton presidency will not only bring about the downfall of the USA, but Western Civilisation in general will go down with it.

      Obama has done possibly critical damage, it’s not even certain Trump can fix it.

      I hope Obama, the Clintons and hundreds of other guilty parties are tried for treason and executed if found guilty.

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    Egor TheOne

    How is it that the Clinton Criminals are not already in prison?

    The fact that Hitlery is even being considered for president is criminal in itself, not just a bad choice.

    How is it that the Mongrel Media (El Presstituta) is allowed to preach propaganda to protect such a criminal, in place of honest investigative journalism and factual reporting of the news?

    Mr Trump, get your big broom ready to clean out all this scum starting with the Queen of Corruption, your most unworthy opponent and Chief Propagandist, proposed Fuhrer Hitlery.

    The Donald for President! The Clintons for the Rock Pile! (some honest work for the first time in their conniving,racketeering lives).

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      Dean from Ohio

      “How is it that the Clinton Criminals are not already in prison?”

      Demonic support, same as for the last 25 years.

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    1 Nov: Daily Beast: Jen Yamato: Michael Moore Is Worried About Hillary Clinton’s Chances: ‘The Lack of Enthusiasm Is Dangerous’
    “Ten percent of the Hillary vote got depressed with the FBI announcement,” he said, emphasizing that he “wouldn’t take any of it seriously at all.” The damage made by FBI Director James Comey declaring that more Clinton emails are under review, Moore says, is that the “irrelevant” emails have dampened the enthusiasm Hillary’s campaign still desperately needs…
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/11/01/michael-moore-on-hillary-clinton-post-fbi-reveal-the-lack-of-enthusiasm-is-dangerous.html

    1 Nov: Breitbart: Katie McHugh: Clinton Campaign torun six figure Ad Buys in Michigan, New Mexico, Colorado, Virginia
    With only seven days to go until Election Day, the Clinton campaign is spending six-figure sums in Michigan, New Mexico, Colorado, and Virginia in a last-ditch bid to secure supposedly “safe” blue states.
    All four states are considered a lock for Democrats, but the FBI re-opening its criminal investigation of Clinton’s use of her illicit, homebrew email server while Secretary of State on Friday sent her campaign into a panic…
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/11/01/clinton-campaign-to-run-six-figure-ad-buys-in-michigan-new-mexico-colorado-virginia/

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      Raven

      . . Moore says, is that the “irrelevant” emails have dampened the enthusiasm Hillary’s campaign still desperately needs…

      Well, if enthusiasm has been dampened then obviously not everyone considers the emails to be “irrelevant”.
      What mystifies me is that Michael Moore fails to join the dots.

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    not bothering with internals any more, MSM don’t bother with them when Clinton is ahead, and it’s too close to election day now, so i’ll take some pro-Trump results at face value. lol.
    this one is great, if true:

    1 Nov: WRAL: WRAL poll: Trump charges ahead in NC
    With a week to go until Election Day, Republican Donald Trump has seized control of a tight presidential race in North Carolina, according to an exclusive WRAL News poll released Tuesday.
    SurveyUSA polled 659 people statewide Friday through Monday who have already cast their ballots or are likely to vote in the election and found Trump with a 51 to 44 percent lead over Democratic rival Hillary Clinton…
    In a WRAL News poll released three weeks ago, Clinton led Trump 46 to 44 percent…
    The latest poll was conducted ***after the FBI notified members of Congress that it was reopening an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state…
    Of those ranking trustworthiness most important, 83 percent favor Trump…
    Breaking down the results, Trump has flipped the gender gap in recent weeks, cutting Clinton’s 12-point lead among women down to 7 points while widening his dominance among male voters from 9 points to 23 points. He also has erased her lead among voters 50 and older, moving from a 5-point deficit to an 11-point advantage, while maintaining his slight lead among voters ages 18 to 49…
    (Clinton’s) 64 to 27 percent lead among urban voters three weeks ago is down to 53 to 43 percent, and her 9-point lead in the suburbs is now a 2-point deficit. Meanwhile, Trump has extended his lead among rural voters from 18 to 26 points…
    http://www.wral.com/wral-poll-trump-charges-ahead-in-nc/16183780/

    31 Oct: 11Alive/WXIA: EXCLUSIVE POLL: Trump lead grows in Georgia
    by Kristen Reed and Jennifer Leslie, WXIA
    With days until election day, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is slated to win Georgia’s 16 electoral votes, according to a new SurveyUSA poll conducted for 11Alive.
    The survey shows Trump with 49 percent of the vote in the state; Clinton has 42 percent…Trump’s 7-point lead is up from 4 points in our last poll in August…
    It’s important to note this poll was taken ***before the revelation by the FBI Director that he’s looking into new e-mails possibly related to Clinton’s use of a personal server as Secretary of State.
    http://www.11alive.com/news/politics/elections/exclusive-poll-trump-lead-grows-in-georgia/343838078

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      Gail Combs

      Pat,
      I live in mid North Carolina and my business takes me over much of the middle of the state.

      I have seen NO signs put out by the GOP (Rep Governor signs found on street corners but no Trump signs.)

      I have seen THREE Hillary signs and one was a Hillary for Prison.

      No Jill Stein signs and two Gary Johnson signs

      I have seen several Trump signs in yards and given all the Trump signs I put out were harvested and torn-up within 24 hours that is very encouraging.

      Also the rallies at Charlotte, Greensboro, Fayetteville and Raleigh were filled to overflowing. I did not go and instead watched Rightside via the ConservativeTreeHouse. Many commenters were at the rallies so you got first person reports and even photos.

      The amateur reporters have now taken the place of the MSM at least for me.

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    1 Nov: RealClearPolitics: Dem Strategist: Clinton Should Be In “Panic Mode” Over Enthusiasm Gap With Black Voters, ‘Nothing she can do,’ ‘it’s over’
    VIDEO: MSNBC: Leslie Wimes, the president of the Democratic African-American women’s caucus, joins MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson to discuss the Clinton campaign being in “panic mode” about low voter enthusiasm in the black community…
    “It’s over now as far as the African-American community is concerned. She had time back then to get into the community and get people out to vote. Now, you know, the numbers are the numbers. There’s nothing she can do now.”…
    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2016/11/01/dem_strategist_clinton_should_be_in_panic_mode_over_enthusiasm_gap_with_black_voters_nothing_she_can_do_now.html

    30 Oct: ConservativeTreehouse: sundance: NYT Florida Poll Showcases Pending Trump Landslide Victory….
    The New York Times presents a Florida poll today that has author Nate Cohen trying desperately to frame hope for Hillary Clinton where no hope exists.
    Overall the poll presentation shows Donald Trump with a 4 point advantage. However, the real story, reflecting the full scope of what’s happening, is marginally buried in the poll internals:
    … [ Trump’s ] so strong that Mrs. Clinton has just 55 percent of the vote among white registered Democrats without a degree, compared with Mr. Trump’s 32 percent.
    Yes, that is correct. Donald Trump is winning 32% of the largest Florida Democrat constituency, registered white Democrats without a college degree.
    But wait, it gets better:
    …[…] Mrs. Clinton had a lead of 41 percent to 33 percent among Cuban voters, with a huge number undecided or supporting a minor-party candidate. Now Mr. Trump leads, 52 percent vs. 42 percent. (link)
    Yes, that is correct. Donald Trump is leading 52/42 with Cuban Americans in Florida. A 10 point advantage. Remember what we have always said about the “Patrone” cultural aspect in Florida?…
    Forget the “then” and “now” aspect to Nate Cohen’s protestations, that is purely face-saving nonsense. Florida is solidly in Trump’s column, and has been since day #1 of his candidacy platform announcement…
    The size of the Florida margin will be a 7 to 10 point victory for Donald Trump.
    It will not be close folks. This election won’t even be close:..
    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/10/30/nyt-florida-poll-showcases-pending-trump-landslide-victory/comment-page-1/

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    1 Nov: Townhall: Jason Hopkins: Return to Normalcy: Trump up 12 points in Texas
    A KTVT-CBS/Dixie Strategies poll released Tuesday shows Trump with a commanding 12-point lead over Clinton in the Lone Star State. If the momentum continues, he could easily perform the same (if not better) as Romney in 2012 when he won the state by a formidable 16 points over Obama…
    Fifty-two percent of likely general election voters would pick Trump versus only 39 percent for Clinton, according to the newly released poll. The majority of the swing comes from independent and undecided voters.
    Other states have followed the same shift in the aftermath of the new Clinton FBI investigation. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball has moved Arizona, Ohio, and Florida from “leans Democratic” to “Toss Up.”
    Similar to Texas, Georgia was a red state that appeared within Clinton’s grasp in October. That competitiveness has also disappeared as a new SurveyUSA poll shows Trump with a seven point lead. The kicker: this Georgia poll was conducted before the FBI revelations…
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/jasonhopkins/2016/11/01/return-to-normalcy-trump-up-12-points-in-texas-n2240237

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      And as reported by Real Clear Politics

      Kim Dotcom, the New Zealand-based founder of MegaUpload, has been tweeting lately that he knows WikiLeaks still has more Clinton emails to publish. His warning to Hillary: “You’ve got mail!”

      “There’s unpublished material, yet to come out. Clinton is in serious trouble,” he tweeted last night.

      Remember Clinton ensured Kim Dotcom got locked-up…

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        OriginalSteve

        Payback might be tough……

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        Ross

        Kim Dot Com is a real attention seeker but he does have undoubted IT knowledge and skills. He also has many contacts. He tried to manipulate the NZ election last time and failed —he is desperately trying to avoid extradition to the USA. If Clinton ( or her connections) has anything to do with his predicament he’ll do anything to stop her progress.

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      Greg Cavanagh

      Fascinating reading.

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      Rick Will

      Reading the FBI investigation report, it highlights a very fragile system for handling classified information. It actually surprises me that classified electronic documents can be emailed outside the government network. Surely the first step toward improved security is removing that possibility from anyone on the network including a 69yo grandmother who likely has little knowledge of the workings of modern electronic communications. There should be document locks that destroy the content if it is sent out of or attempted to be read outside the secure network.

      A reasonable defence is that she had no idea of the potential exposure – the notion that she discarded new Blackberries for the old one she could work, reinforces that line of defence. Her minders should have been more careful ensuring security protocols were followed. On the other hand that defence may not be the best basis for a 4 year term in the top job.

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    ‘Business Insider Australia’ is now reporting “Hillary Clinton is borrowing some lines from Donald Trump in a new appeal to voters”

    Hillary Clinton appears to be taking a cue from Donald Trump in a new appeal to voters.

    “Think how you’ll feel if there was something you could have done but didn’t on November 9th. If this doesn’t work — personally I can’t imagine,” Clinton said at the end of her campaign rally in Sanford, Florida on Tuesday.

    “Throw your mind a little further and when your kids and your grandkids ask you what you did in 2016 when everything was on the line. I hope you’ll be able to say you voted for a better, stronger America,” she said.

    It’s a slightly different tone for Clinton, whose poll numbers have taken a hit in recent days amid an ongoing FBI inquiry into her private email server.

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      Dean from Ohio

      I will be able to say that on Nov 8 I got down on my knees and prayed for God’s deliverance from the Progressives, and voted against the demonic monster Hillary Clinton.

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        Mark D.

        Amen Dean.

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        Gail Combs

        I am an agnostic and I have been praying for my country for the last six months and for a Guardian Angel to watch over Mr. Trump.

        You know it is getting bad when the agnostics and atheists (Hubby) start praying for their country.

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          Raven

          Haha . . but you know what they say, Gail:

          “There are no atheists in foxholes”

          I’m also an atheist but that’s much more common (and safer) in Oz I think.

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    Another Ian

    “It’s time for religiously inclined PPers to get together for a concerted seven day prayer session to ensure a Hillary loss because the world is in need of a genuine miracle and it’s worth a try. If there is a god out there somewhere he wouldn’t want his world trashed by a sheila like Mrs Clinton and a bloke like Bill.”

    More at

    http://pickeringpost.com/story/the-power-of-prayer-/6597

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      Dean from Ohio

      In the USA the American Family Association has called for a day of prayer and fasting on Nov 8. We’d love be it if our allies in faith, family and freedom joined us. There is a lot of opposition fraud and coercion Planned by the other team, and we are asking God to take it all down.

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    OriginalSteve

    Slightly OT, but I had to giggle – “limited” impact…..what about the knock on affect of reduced capcity and potential instability as a result?

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-02/hazelwood's-closure-would-have-limited-impact-on-power-prices/7987230

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    Bruce

    aka Sunray
    Thank you Jo, for another excellent piece of honest journalism. If the MSM in the USA had been acting as the Fourth Estate, not the Fifth Column, for the last 5 – 6 decades, Obama, Clinton B and Clinton H would probably be in Federal Prison.

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    pat

    “It’s the Corruption Stupid”

    presumably, everyone knows about the late Marc Rich, the commodities trader, hedge fund manager, financier, who founded Glencore:

    1 Nov: ZeroHedge: Tyler Durden: John Podesta’s Best Friend At The DOJ Will Be In Charge Of The DOJ’s Probe Into Huma Abedin Emails
    In the letter to Congress, the DOJ writes that it “will continue to work closely with the FBI and together, dedicate all necessary resources and take appropriate steps as expeditiously as possible,” assistant attorney General ***Peter J. Kadzik writes in letters to House and Senate lawmakers…
    Oh yes. Recall our post from last week, “Clinton Campaign Chair Had Dinner With Top DOJ Official One Day After Hillary’s Benghazi Hearing” in which we reported that John Podesta had dinner with one of the highest ranked DOJ officials the very day after Hillary Clinton’s Benghazi testimony?
    It was Peter Kadzik…
    The hacked emails confirm that Podesta and Kadzik were in frequent contact. In one email from January, Kadzik and Podesta, who were classmates at Georgetown Law School in the 1970s, discussed plans to celebrate Podesta’s birthday. And in another sent last May, Kadzik’s son emailed Podesta asking for a job on the Clinton campaign…
    Kadzik represented Podesta during the Monica Lewinsky investigation. And in the waning days of the Bill Clinton administration, Kadzik lobbied Podesta on behalf of ***Marc Rich, the fugitive who Bill Clinton controversially pardoned on his last day in office. That history is cited by Podesta in another email hacked from his Gmail account. In a Sept. 2008 email, which the Washington Free Beacon flagged last week, Podesta emailed an Obama campaign official to recommend Kadzik for a supportive role in the campaign. Podesta, who would later head up the Obama White House transition effort, wrote that Kadzik was a “fantastic lawyer” who “kept me out of jail.”…
    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-31/doj-tells-congress-it-will-work-expeditiously-review-abedin-emails-there-just-one-pr

    17 Jan: NY Post: Bill Clinton’s pardon of fugitive Marc Rich continues to pay big
    By Peter Schweizer (Clinton Cash)
    Rich died in 2013. But his business partners, lawyers, advisers and friends have showered millions of dollars on the Clintons in the decade and a half following the scandal…
    Three of Marc Rich’s attorneys, ***Peter Kadzik, Robert Fink and Jack Quinn, also a former counsel at the Clinton White House, have donated to Hillary’s campaigns…READ ALL
    http://nypost.com/2016/01/17/after-pardoning-criminal-marc-rich-clintons-made-millions-off-friends/

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      Oliver K. Manuel

      Thank you, Pat, for showing the pattern of corruption. The same corruption has been pervasive in all, or almost all, federal research agencies – DOE, NASA, EPA, NOAA, etc., etc.

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    Reed Coray

    Andrew McCarthy’s latest NRO online article

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/441675/clinton-foundation-fbi-investigation-loretta-lynch-obstruction

    argues that Hillary’s establishment of an unofficial and insecure computer network, which led to classified information being made available to our enemies, was required to circumvent a federal record of her nefarious, likely illegal and highly profitable pay-for-play money laundering schemes via the Clinton Charity Foundation. He outlines the role Loretta Lynch played in restricting and even prohibiting investigation of those activities.

    Compared to Hillary Clinton, Nixon was a saint. I’m beginning to believe that at the congressional and Presidential executive levels there isn’t an honest democrat. I always knew honest democrats were rare, but I couldn’t believe they were non-existent. Now I do.

    Mr. Trump, please press the reset button and drain the swamp. And when you do, don’t spare corrupt republicans–corruption is corruption independent of political party.

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      Oliver K. Manuel

      Agreed. Drain the whole swam, including the National Academy of Science, where President Ralph Cicerone used NAS control over review of annual budgets to insist that they all divert funds to support Ralph’s AGW agenda.

      No scientist in any research agency is too stupid to see that the flaw of calculating nuclear energy from a sloping baseline after 1936 yielded answers that disagreed with the earlier work of Einstein (1905) and Aston (1922): https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/10640850/HUMAN_DESTINY.pdf

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    Janama

    Milo Yiannopoulos, editor of Breitbart on Donald Trump etc.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3K1pGN-O8I

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    pat

    LOCK HIM UP!

    1 Nov: Breitbart: Liam Deacon: David Attenborough: ‘Shoot Donald Trump’ and leave politics to the ‘experts’
    Sir David Attenborough, the veteran broadcaster and climate change alarmist, has attacked the involvement of voters in politics beyond elections, suggesting the only way to stop Donald Trump is to “shoot him” and that complex political questions like Brexit should be blocked by “wiser” politicians.
    Condemning Mr. Trump’s climate-scepticism, Sir David asked: “Do we [foreigners] have any control or influence over the American election? Of course we don’t. We could shoot him… it’s not a bad idea.”
    Whilst the ***Radio Times journalist conducting the interview suggested it was a joke met with “giggles”, such violent rhetoric from this liberal establishment figure and cultural icon may bbe seen as hypocritical.
    Furthermore, Sir David went on to explain that he was deadly serious about his desire to block popular, elected individuals and decisions via undemocratic means…
    Linking the Brexit vote and the rise of Trump, Sir David was not “scared to call it xenophobia” driven by a “primordial fear”, it was reported…
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2016/11/01/sir-david-attenborough-shoot-donald-trump-let-experts-decide-brexit/

    ***Radio Times was published entirely in-house by BBC Magazines from 1937 until 2011 when the BBC Magazines division was merged into Immediate Media Company. (Immediate Media Co publishes BBC top gear, BBC good food, and BBC easycook on behalf of BBC worldwide as well as BBC history, BBC gardeners world, BBC focus – found online).

    no big deal – just throw it in with the “Bake Off” etc & it’s fine!

    1 Nov: UK Independent: Maya Oppenheim: Sir David Attenborough on Donald Trump: ‘We could shoot him. It’s not a bad idea’
    PHOTO CAPTION: Sir David says he thinks the BBC was ‘absolutely right’ to let the Great British Bake Off go
    Until now, Sir David Attenborough was one of the few individuals in the public eye not to have broached the ever-present, all-pervasive topic of Donald Trump. However, the naturalist and beloved broadcaster has now given his assessment of the situation and suggested a way to counter the Republican’s ascent to power which, believe it or not, involves a gun.
    In an interview with the Radio Times, the nonagenarian was probed about how we solve a problem like Mr Trump and quipped: “We could shoot him”…
    Adopting a hushed tone, he said: “We could shoot him, it’s not a bad idea” before chuckling…
    Sir David argued the claim, frequently touted by Michael Gove, during the Brexit campaign that “we’ve had enough of experts” was “catastrophic”…
    In the wide-ranging interview, Sir David also said he thought the BBC was “absolutely right” to let the Great British Bake Off go…

    David Attenborough Suggests Shooting Donald Trump by Sarah C. Nelson
    Huffington Post UK-18 hours ago
    Ostensibly speaking to the Radio Times about his new BBC series Planet Earth II, the 90-year-old’s concerns about climate change segued to talk of Republican nominee Donald Trump.
    A reminder from interviewer ***Emily Maitlis that in 2012 Trump claimed climate change was a hoax made up by the Chinese, prompted Sir David to cradle his head in his hands…
    Giggling and lowering his voice, Sir David added: “We could shoot him… It’s not a bad idea.”…

    ***Emily Maitlis is a British journalist and newsreader for the BBC. She presents news programming across the national television channels of the BBC, including Newsnight and bulletins on BBC One and the BBC News Channel- Wikipedia.

    Attenborough – how far you have fallen in my estimation.

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      Graeme No.3

      Sign of senility?

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      David Maddison

      I no longer respect Attenborough after those comments.

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      Mark D.

      Attenborough should be banned from travel to and in the USA.

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      ralph ellis

      Like all the other alarmists, Attenborough knows that the game is over as soon as Trump gains power. That is why he is worried, because he knows his gravy-train will be derailed within a few short weeks.

      And then the investigations will commence. Who knew what, and when? Who covered up what, and when? Who will walk free, and who will hang? And Attenborough will not be walking free….

      R

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      Angry

      david RABBITborough………….

      A global warming NUTJOB.

      Obviously senile as well.

      Isn’t it time he popped off.

      Just an excess carbon unit!

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    pat

    30 Oct: Lubos Motls: DiCaprio’s new climate movie is truly pathetic
    DiCaprio is facing trouble because they caught him when he was misappropriating a rainforest fund in an international money laundering scandal so he surely hopes that this movie will help him to decriminalize himself.
    It’s probably the most superficial movie on the climate issue that has been released so far, beating even No Pressure 10:10, An Inconvenient Truth, The Times of the Stupid, 2055, and many other “masterpieces”. DiCaprio never goes beyond the manipulative one-sentence slogans that everyone must have heard about one million of times. What is annoying is that DiCaprio isn’t just a fool. He is a pompous fool and that’s the kind of creatures that I simply cannot stand…
    http://motls.blogspot.com.au/2016/10/dicaprio-new-climate-movie-is-truly.html

    DiCaprio is grateful for the DoJ’s help in ensuring ***”justice is done in this matter”:

    19 Oct: Financial Times: Kara Scannell: DiCaprio breaks silence over Malaysian fund
    Star contacted DoJ on claims stolen money used to fund ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’
    Mr DiCaprio’s representatives sought to determine whether he or his foundation “ever received any gifts or charitable donations directly or indirectly related to these parties, and if so, to return those gifts or donations as soon as possible”, a spokesman for the actor said…
    On Monday, a UN spokesman expressed support for Mr DiCaprio’s work on climate change. Mr DiCaprio has not been accused of any wrongdoing…
    Mr Low is also friends with Riza Aziz, the stepson of Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, and co-founder of Red Granite Pictures, the film studio that produced The Wolf of Wall Street.
    When Mr DiCaprio won a Golden Globe for his performance as Jordan Belfort, the title character in the film about Wall Street greed and corruption, he thanked Mr Low and Mr Aziz…
    Red Granite has said that to its knowledge none of the film’s funding was “illegitimate” and that it continues to co-operate with authorities…
    Mr Low’s charity, Jynwel Foundation, has donated $5m to the National Geographic Pristine Seas project to protect marine life. Mr DiCaprio’s foundation is also a supporter of the project.
    “Both Mr DiCaprio and LDF continue to be entirely supportive of all efforts to assure that justice is done in this matter,” his spokesman said. “Mr. DiCaprio is ***grateful for the lead and instruction of the government on how to accomplish this.”
    https://www.ft.com/content/57071492-9555-11e6-a80e-bcd69f323a8b

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    Trump +5.4:

    LA Times/USC Dornsife Poll
    1 Nov: Trump 47.8 Clinton 42.4
    http://cesrusc.org/election/

    comment at freerepublic: I think this is a 7 day average. That should mean half of the poll was taken before the Weiner email revelation.
    Hopefully Hillary will drop another 2-3 points with a corresponding increase for DT in the next 3 or 4 days.
    That should be getting up into landslide territory.

    re LA Times poll from another website: Trump Leads 5.4% but due to rounding will be reported on Real Clear Politics Average as 6%!!

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    Jo

    O/T but read this and follow the findings on government in action!!!!!

    http://www.therebel.media

    /shocking_foi_docs_reveal_ndp_in_total_disarray_over_water_bomber_contracts_prior_to_fort_mac_wildfire

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    Rod Stuart

    USC/LA Times Daybreak poll shows Trump in good shape.

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    pat

    should be headlined “poll analyst” – have posted Mitchell’s twitter page previously, as he’s popular with Trump supporters. excellent info:

    Youtube: 23mins11secs: Paul Joseph Watson: Top Pollster Exposes The Hillary Fraud
    Paul Joseph Watson talks with Bill Mitchell about the election and why he thinks Donald Trump will be the next president of the United States.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDcSD9x30Ak

    CORRUPTION: now here’s a joke which the MSM is jumping on. NEWS BREAKS ON SCANDAL-RIDDEN BRIAN WILLIAMS SHOW!!!
    this poll has Clinton ahead by 8 points in early voting in Florida, because!

    VIDEO: 1 Nov: MSNBC: The 11th Hour with Brian Williams: Florida survey: 28% of GOP early voters picking Clinton
    A new TargetSmart/William & Mary survey finds that more than a quarter of early Republican voters in Florida are voting for Hillary Clinton. MSNBC’s Brian Williams discusses with his panel. Duration: 3:11
    http://www.msnbc.com/brian-williams/watch/florida-survey-28-of-gop-early-voters-picking-clinton-798821443850

    not even NYT’s poll analyst, Nate Cohn, believes it…and Mitchell responds to him:

    Tweet: Nate Cohn: Clinton’s not winning 28% of registered Republican early voters in Florida. Just saying
    Reply: Bill Mitchell: You and I rarely agree Nate. Had to happen eventually.

    even in the ridiculous pro-Clinton ABC ***NATIONAL poll, which samples Dems +10 (Trump gained 13 points in about 8 days & now leads by 1) they have:

    ABC: Among Democrats and Democratic leaners, meanwhile, Trump’s support has gone from 5 to 9 percent — a slight change, but ***a statistically significant one…
    And the third is the fact that Trump wins 9 percent of Democrats and Democratic leaners, while Clinton is supported by 6 percent of Republicans and those who lean toward the GOP –- another slight difference, and ***not statistically significant…
    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-leads-clinton-point-poll-enthusiasm-declines/story?id=43199459

    the Florida pollsters/scamsters:

    Sept 2015: Washington Examiner: NBC partners with Dem political firm for 2016
    NBC News is partnering with TargetSmart, a political data firm founded by Democrats that was also hired by the Democratic National Committee to provide voter information for the 2016 election
    Data provided by TargetSmart, which was founded in 2006 by veteran Democratic operatives Jeff Ferguson and Paula Kowalczuk, will allow NBC News “to perform ***non-partisan analysis, research voting habits, and identify voting trends at the state and local levels,” the release said
    But TargetSmart is also in business with the DNC, all the way through the 2016 election. In August 2014, the data firm announced that it had been hired by the DNC to “to help elect Democrats up and down the ballot and across the nation.”…
    The matchup between NBC’s news division and a Democratic outfit could raise questions about the network’s political coverage of the 2016 race. But a spokesperson for NBC News dismissed any idea of impartiality…
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/nbc-teams-with-dem-firm-for-2016/article/2571613

    reddit comments:
    Pollster is a known shill, exposed by Wikileaks…

    A poll (mostly online) sampled 312 early voters and got the 28% numbers from that…

    We only know how many people voted and what party they registered for. The 28% number comes by calculating how many republicans needed to vote for Hillary for her to win…

    Actual Florida early voting results can be found here: https://countyballotfiles.elections.myflorida.com/FVRSCountyBallotReports/AbsenteeEarlyVotingReports/PublicStats
    Note that Trump is winning with both mail in ballots and total early votes (including mail in ballots)…

    this may be a cover for stealing Florida…

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    pat

    comment I just posted has gone into moderation. apologies for mentioning it, but it’s a corrupt poll story that’s going viral IN THE MSM! lol.

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    pat

    related to the comment in moderation.

    someone has posted a brilliant image on Bill Mitchell’s Twitter page;

    all you need to know about the poll
    https://i.sli.mg/mFVxDV.jpg

    Bill Mitchell’s Twitter page, which has the story, but will have more, no doubt, in the morning US time
    https://twitter.com/mitchellvii/status/793741301049065472

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    Anton

    The next week is going to be FUN!

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    PeterS

    What I really like to know is how can we be sure voter fraud is not going on? I don’t really care if Clinton wins as long as it’s done fair and square. At least America gets the leader they richly deserve and suffer accordingly. However, if the Americans overwhelming vote for Trump but she still wins due to voter fraud then that’s a totally different thing; Americans in that case do not deserve what happens to them down the track. I do hope there is a way to check the votes are recorded fair and square at some stage even if it’s weeks later.

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      Lord Jim

      “fair and square”

      Except even if she wins and there is no vote rigging, the election has been rigged in other ways (eg media coverage, poll sampling, bird dogging etc).

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    pat

    it’s long been know Trump is ahead with Independents.
    even anti-Trump CNBC knows that, & knows his lead is getting bigger:

    1 Nov: CNBC: Jake Novak: The key to a Trump win could come down to one thing
    Donald Trump is gaining in the polls after the FBI revealed a new batch of emails possibly related to the Hillary Clinton email scandal. Trump even took the lead Tuesday in the same ABC News tracking poll that had put him behind Clinton by 12 points just a week earlier.
    What’s happening here? Are Clinton supporters turning on their candidate because of the email scandal?
    Not exactly. Most Clinton supporters had their minds made up long ago and the email scandal probably didn’t change many minds. Where Trump is gaining is among independent voters.
    If that trend holds, Trump could win the White House…
    The latest Rasmussen Reports poll has the overall race tied, but gives Trump a 13-point lead among independents. In the ABC tracking poll, Trump has jumped out to a 19-point lead. The Investor’s Business Daily tracking poll has Trump leading among independents by 15 points. And while the NBC/Survey Monkey poll that gives Clinton a 6-point overall lead does not have any specific presidential choice data from independents, it does say that more independents believe the news of the re-opened FBI probe into Clinton’s email is very important by a 37-point margin…
    http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/01/the-key-to-a-trump-win-could-come-down-to-one-thing-commentary.html

    so?

    2 Nov: Bloomberg: John McCormick: Clinton Narrowly Beats Trump with Independents in Bloomberg Poll
    The Democrat has a four-point advantage in a head-to-head matchup
    Likely voters who don’t identify with either party represented 29 percent of the electorate in the last presidential election and now back Clinton over Donald Trump 39 percent to 35 percent in a head-to-head contest, the latest Purple Slice online poll for Bloomberg Politics shows…
    The Republican needs to expand his support beyond his core white, working-class voters, yet that doesn’t appear to be materializing even in the wake of a bad campaign week for Clinton…
    ***The chairman of Purple Strategies, Alex Castellanos, has been hired by a super political action committee backing Trump that has no connection to the firm. He has no involvement in the planning or execution of Bloomberg’s polls with Purple and sees the results only when they are published.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-11-02/independents-poll

    ***makes the poll seem more believable? nah.
    Alex Castellanos has joined SuperPAC Rebuilding America Now, which seems to have achieved nothing & is not approved by Trump:

    June: NYT: New ‘Super PAC’ Backing Donald Trump Hires Strategist Once Critical of Him
    Rebuilding America Now has ***not been officially blessed by the campaign…

    Alex the NeverTrumper:

    13 Oct: Heat St: Gabriel Bell: Who’s Funding Evan McMullin’s Successful Independent Conservative Candidacy?
    Never Trump was born of the efforts of staunch GOP operators including Erick Erickson, Bill Wichterman, ***Alex Castellanos, Bob Fischer, a laundry list of understandably anti-Trump members of the Bush, Romney, Paul, and Kaisch camps, and unaffiliated establishment stalwarts. Some founded PACs producing negative Trump ads during the primaries…

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    pat

    the craziest poll:

    31 Oct: NBC: Poll: Clinton Maintains National Lead Over Trump Despite FBI Letter
    by Hannah Hartig, John Lapinski and Stephanie Psyllos
    The NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking Poll showed Clinton with a 6-point lead over Trump in the days prior to the Comey news. When looking at the data for Saturday and Sunday only, her lead remained the same — 47 percent to Trump’s 41 percent. The poll was conducted online from October 24 through October 30. Questions about Comey’s announcement were included on October 29 and October 30.
    The NBC News|SurveyMonkey Weekly Election Tracking poll was conducted online October 24 through October 30, 2016 among a national sample of 40,816 adults who are likely to vote…
    http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/data-points/poll-clinton-maintains-national-lead-over-trump-despite-fbi-letter-n675771

    a poll comment at freerepublic: like the ONLINE NBC News/Survey Monkey poll that came out today showing no change at all in the numbers from last week, in spite of Sat and Sun being in the mix? A few months ago RCP (Real Clear Politics) refused to use online polls, saying their not reliable because you can vote over and over. Now that Clinton needs to be shown leading they have no problem with including them in their list of the nation’s most reliable polls.

    Poll analyst, Bill Mitchell, says it’s ridiculous doing tracking polls this close to an election, & Trump supporters don’t seem to take SurveyMonkey seriously. but a little detail, which suggests they wouldn’t be pro-Trump:

    Wikipedia: SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg died suddenly on May 1, 2015 while on vacation abroad with his wife, Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg…
    In 2010, the company received US$100 million in debt financing from Bank of America Merrill Lynch and SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. In 2013, the company raised $800 million in debt and equity valuing the company at $1.35 billion…In 2014, the company raised $250 million in equity financing from Google Capital, Tiger Global Management, Baillie Gifford, T. Rowe Price and Morgan Stanley…
    SurveyMonkey’s Board of Directors includes Finley, former Facebook CFO David Ebersman, former Verisign CFO Dana L. Evan, Lee Fixel, Senior Vice President of Media at GoPro Zander Lurie, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and Benjamin C. Spero. Lurie was named Chairman of the Board in July 2015.

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    no friends of democracy:

    2 Nov: SMH: Paul McGeough: ‘All hell could break loose’: Democrats prepare to legally tackle nightmare election scenario
    The DNC application applies to voting in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada and Arizona – ***all swing states…
    Such comments and particularly Trump’s reticence on committing to accept the outcome of the election are causing alarm about how events might unfold in the aftermath of a tight or uncertain result…
    In the 2000 election the prospect of protracted legal wrangling in the wake of Florida’s questionable “hanging chad” vote, was defused when Democratic candidate Al Gore responded to a Supreme Court order for the suspension of a recount he had requested with what was considered ***a gracious speech*** – in it he said: “For the sake of our unity as a people and the strength of our democracy, I offer my concession”.
    Writing in USA Today, election expert Michael McDonald warns that Gore’s conciliatory tone is not a part of the “rigged” rhetoric that Trump uses to whip up supporters at his rallies…
    McDonald argues that it’s quite conceivable that late counting of provisional and postal votes, which traditionally lean Democratic, could help Clinton to overtake an early Trump lead in the counting…
    “Trump might declare himself the president-elect and attack the ‘dishonest media’ for failing to anoint him. As election results shift in Clinton’s direction, as would be expected given the character of the ballots counted late, he would rail at Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted – who has endorsed Trump – as fixing the election for Clinton.
    “If Clinton eventually emerged the winner, then all hell would break loose.”…
    http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-election/all-hell-could-break-loose-democrats-prepare-to-legally-tackle-nightmare-election-scenario-20161101-gsfz07.html

    meet U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez, Appointed by Barack Obama:

    1 Nov: Bloomberg: Erik Larson: GOP Told by Judge to Turn Over Any Trump Poll-Watching Deals
    (Bloomberg) — The Republican National Committee, accused last week of scheming to suppress minority turnout on Election Day, was ordered to give Democratic leaders any evidence of deals with Donald Trump’s campaign for his supporters to stand watch at polling places.
    That includes any written or verbal agreements relating to voter fraud, ballot security, poll watching and poll monitoring, U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez in Newark, New Jersey, said in a ruling on Monday. The Republican leadership has until Wednesday to comply with the order.
    Vazquez also ordered the Trump campaign to submit affidavits explaining the basis for remarks made in recent months about ballot integrity and poll-watching by Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence. The filings should include details about which precincts were being targeted and why, the judge ruled.
    The judge denied the Democratic National Committee’s requests for e-mails and other electronic evidence tied to Conway’s and Pence’s comments, citing the tight timetable for such a search before the Nov. 8 election.
    The DNC may renew its request for such documents after the election, the judge said…
    RNC Response
    “I have made clear to the Trump campaign that the RNC cannot and will not be involved in any way with ballot security activities or election day operations,” the RNC’s chief legal counsel, John Phillippe, said in an Oct. 31 filing…

    ***Even without the RNC’s alleged coordination, the Trump campaign is hiring its own poll watchers to challenge what it says is widespread voter fraud. ***Neither the campaign nor the Republican state parties are barred from such activities…

    Vazquez earlier rejected the DNC’s request for a temporary restraining order against the RNC. The judge said he would make a final ruling before the election on whether the RNC has violated court orders in the case and should be held in contempt. A court hearing is scheduled for Friday…
    http://www.bloombergquint.com/politics/2016/11/01/n-j-judge-orders-rnc-to-turn-over-trump-poll-watching-deals

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    pat

    still struggling to rouse her base!

    1 Nov: Breitbart: Jeff Poor: Hillary Slams ‘Dark, Divisive, Dangerous’ Vision and Behavior of Trump Supporters at Ft Lauderdale Rally
    Clinton hosted a rally at Delevoe Memorial Park in the predominantly African-American northwest part of Fort Lauderdale, which was her second visit to the neighborhood this week. On Sunday, Clinton made an appearance at New Mount Olive Baptist Church and at Betty’s soul food restaurant in the same neighborhood. Right away, she took a shot at Trump after a heckler in the crowd shouted “Bill Clinton is a rapist.”…
    “I get sometimes a little overwhelmed by the fact that I love this country,” Clinton declared. “I think we already are great. I think we could be greater, and, you know, I am sick and tired of the negative, dark, divisive, dangerous vision and behavior of people who support Donald Trump. It is time for us to say, ‘No, we are not going backwards. We are going forward into a brighter future.’…

    1 Nov: Breitbart: Neil Munro: Pew: Donald Trump Voters Are Tolerant, Hillary Clinton Voters are Intolerant
    A large Pew survey shows that Donald Trump’s supporters are more tolerant, open-minded, respectful and understanding than are Hillary Clinton’s vibrantly diverse supporters in her coalition of ethnic, sexual, professional and progressive factions.
    “Clinton backers – particularly highly educated ones – have more difficulty respecting Trump supporters than the other way around,” Pew acknowledged in the Nov. 1 report.
    That data is a mirror image of the media-magnified portrayal of Trump’s supporters that Democratic partisans have constructed throughout the 2016 campaign.
    That image has been fostered by undercover Democratic groups which used extensive funding to arrange camera-ready fights at Trump’s rallies, by Clinton’s scripted eagerness to portray Trump’s supporters as irredeemable or insanely hostile to gays, migrant foreigners and Islamic believers, and by the media’s eagerness to showcase conflict at Trump rallies…
    Read the Pew survey here. (LINK)
    http://www.breitbart.com/2016-presidential-race/2016/11/01/pew-trump-coalition-tolerant-clinton-diversity/

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    pat

    30 Oct: 4mins53secs: Caught! Clinton Voters being Bussed to Polls!
    posted by Millennial Millie
    Infowars reporter Millie Weaver catches limousine buses transporting Hillary Clinton voters to polls in swing-state Ohio. Nextgen Climate owned by Tom Steyer, Hillary Clinton’s largest single donor, is paying for the limousine services. Millie Weaver confronts them only to find out it’s a non-profit organization caught engaging in partisan activities violating IRS rules for non-profit political organizations.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78oE8UWv4nY

    new WikiLeaks includes Steyer “climate money”:

    NEW WIKILEAKS! Podesta Emails Part 26: Email ID 42371+ Post what you find below #PodestaEmails26
    https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/5apnqb/new_wikileaks_podesta_emails_part_26_email_id/

    ***Maitlis of the Attenborough interview:

    2 Nov: UK Express: Charlie Peat: Trump LEADS in crucial battleground as people ‘DESPISE’ Clinton, pollster tells (BBC’s) Newsnight
    Larry Sabato, who runs the Crystal Ball polling tracker: “As much as some Republicans don’t like Trump, they despise Hillary Clinton and what has hurt Clinton more than anything else is the FBI’s decision to essentially reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server…
    Newsnight presenter ***Emily Maitlis also revealed Trump is commanding a lead in the “enthusiasm poll”.
    She added: “ABC gave Trump a one point lead. But numbers show an enthusiasm gap. If you ask voters who they are most enthusiastic for, Trump has an eight point lead over Clinton among their own supporters.
    “There is a boost for Trump for those who are leaning Republican and Clinton is slipping a bit, those who are Democrat or Democrat leaning could now favour Trump.”

    MSM have no shame:

    McClatchy: Poll Gives Clinton Wide Lead in Florida, with Strong GOP Support

    from freerepublic:
    NBC 6 Miami now running with this bogus poll as a lead story:
    DECISION 2016: TargetSmart poll – 28% of Republicans in FL switching over as Clinton voters.
    https://twitter.com/nbc6/status/793714704837439488

    This will be the lead on the morning news shows.

    FRACTION MAGIC…

    More Nate Cohn ‏@Nate_Cohn · 5h5 hours ago Washington, DC Across the five Upshot/Siena polls of NC/FL/PA, Trump led 79 to 9 percent among registered Republicans. Margin was 80-8 percent in Florida.

    They haven’t counted ANY votes yet.

    1 Nov: Twitter: Jacob Rascon/NBC: Time-lapse: 32secs: Trump supporters, many of them college students, two hours ahead of rally at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
    https://twitter.com/Jacobnbc

    smile:

    2 Nov: CNBC: New York Times reports 95.7 percent fall in quarterly profit
    The New York Times Co reported a 95.7 percent fall in quarterly profit, hit by restructuring charges related to headcount reductions…

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    Me? I am grateful for Joanne Nova being Joanne Nova … you’re part of my daily read going on four years … keep up the good work, and keep an eye on America, the country I love.

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    GD

    Oh for the luxury of an election about policies! But when corruption rules, it gazumps the rest — no point in discussing the policies

    Thank you, Jo, for your excellent coverage of both the recent Australian election and the current US election. In Australia, News Ltd, Fairfax and the taxpayer-funded ABC have all shied away from the actual issues, focusing instead on innuendo about Trump while glossing over Hillary’s transgressions and probable crimes.

    I initially visited your blog for the wealth of knowledge about the AGW scam. Your further political commentary has been second to none. You leave other journalists in the dust.

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    ralph ellis

    If you want Russian links with the US political system, read the article on Uranium One in the NY Tiimes on April 2015. It is a long story about a Russian take over of US uranium mining assets, which needed political approval while HiIIary CIinton was in the state department. And in the process, the CIinton foundation inexplicably recieved millions of dollars. It is difficult to trace exactly how much, as there were numerous donations, but it is in the region of 80 million dollars. Trump said it was 140 million dollars. Now that is real pay-for-play sIush money. And it went direct to the CIintons.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/24/us/cash-flowed-to-clinton-foundation-as-russians-pressed-for-control-of-uranium-company.html?

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    Gail Combs

    I wrote this in response to a comment at ChiefIO but it got booted so I will try it here in smaller pieces.

    This is why Hillary will lose a fair election:

    beng135 says: “With the entire media, academia, unions, gov’ employees, lawyers, almost all women, minorities & young people locked into voting for her, I wouldn’t have given Trump a snowflakes’ chance in heck. With all this stuff going on — I still don’t.”
    ……………..

    That means you are not paying attention.

    1. Young people locked into voting for her??? I don’t think so. About 1/2 the democrats were FOR Bernie.
    With the DNC Wikileaks showing collusion between the DNC and Clinton to steal the election from Bernie; the Murder of DNC ?Whistle Blower? Seth Rich; the threats by Hillary to drone Assange and Sec of State Kerry effectively muzzling Assange using threats against Ecuador; all on top of the tossing out of Bernie Delegates and supporters at the DNC convention you have this sentiment from the Bernie supporters:

    “Us #AfterBerners are mad as hell and we’re going to burn this motherf…ker down with God-Emperor Trump leading the way.”

    If they do not vote Trump, they will vote Jill Stein, who is at least sane or Johnson. They are very much #NEVERHILLARY

    2. Unions — The leaders may support Hillary but the rank and file support Trump because of his stance on immigration and trade deals. (Hillary wants Open Borders the Trans-pacific Partnership and in her bank speeches said * Her Dream Is A Hemispheric Common Market, With Open Trade And Open Markets. * SEE up thread for link)
    SEIU Union Leader: My Blue-Collar Members Support Trump’s Message

    AFL-CIO Pres: ‘Probably Every’ Union Member Says ‘Amen’ After Hearing Donald Trump Blast Unfair Trade Deals

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    Oliver K. Manuel

    When Trump starts to “drain the swamp” around the NAS (National Academy of Sciences), the little-known racketeering link of private control over all federal research agencies will be revealed for all to see: NAS controls budget review of federal research agencies.

    NAS is a private, self-perpetuating group of once distinguished scholars that Predident Lincoln appointed to advise the government on matters of technology and science in the 1860s.

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    Oliver K. Manuel

    In apparent anticipation of the election in five days, the Sun’s powerful control of planet Earth was publically acknowledged today: https://scienceblog.com/489310/muon-telescope-indicates-crack-earths-magnetic-shield/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+scienceblogrssfeed+%28ScienceBlog.com%29

    The original paper was published on 20 Oct 2016:

    http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.171101

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