Like so many of you, at 2:41 am election night I let out the most tremendous sigh of relief.  As a libertarian, I am greatly relieved that Hillary Clinton lost the election.   Coming after eight years of the radical and fundamental transformation instituted by President Obama there would have been very little left of our Constitutional Republic.   President Hillary would have continued governing by imperial edict, just like President Obama, and the spineless Republicans in both houses of congress would have continued to nothing except whine.  Like everyone else that understands and respects the Constitution, what scared me the most was the fact President Clinton would have had the opportunity to nominate two or three Supreme Court Justices,   I don’t want to freak you out too much but it was rumored that Hillary Clinton was considering appointing President Obama.  It is abundantly clear that whoever she would have appointed it would have been a radical leftist like herself.    Religious freedom, the right to bear arms, and free speech would have been severely curtailed.

I did not celebrate President Donald Trump’s victory.  I am cautiously optimistic that he might possibly be an OK president.  He is a big government type.  A lot of his positions are more closely aligned with those of Democrats, although not radical socialist Democrats like President Obama and Hillary Clinton.  During the campaign he promised to govern more like a conservative and promised to nominate strict constructionalists to the Supreme Court.  Even if he does not carry through on all of his promises he still will be infinitely better than President Clinton would have been.

Both the Republican and Democrat parties were major losers during this election.  They both nominated such abysmal candidates.  Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson warned about the dangers of a two party system.   We should have listened. We the people need to scrap the two major parties.  They have a complete stranglehold and the entire political process and both are corrupt to the core.  It will be a long difficult process but it is necessary.  Unfortunately the Libertarian Party also produced an abysmal nominee this election.

The mainstream media really out did themselves this election when it comes to liberal media bias.  They actively became an extension of the Clinton campaign.  Unfortunately far too many people rely on them exclusively for their news.  That locker room chat video came way too close to being the deciding factor for this election.  This problem needs solution before the next presidential election.

We also need to break the liberal stranglehold on higher education.  Colleges are training a generation of social justice warriors who believe socialism is superior to free market capitalism.  They also believe that the Constitution and our founding principles are garbage because the founding fathers were nothing but while, slave holding racists.

Defeating Hillary Clinton was an emergency stop gap measure to prevent the destruction of our Constitutional Republic.  Restoring our Constitutional Republic will take decades of hard work.  More on that in future articles.

At Don Surber’s site he notes that my fellow catholics had a lot to do with Donald Trump winning the presidency

Catholics got the last laugh as they swung nine points moving from Democrats (Obama won Catholics by two) to Trump (he won Catholics by seven).

as did Crux:

But out of sight of most media reports, religious concerns also seem to have played an important role in Trump’s win. Whether religious voters were embracing Trump or blocking Clinton, there seems to be a clear political message in the result, which is that people of faith cannot be ignored, disparaged or taken for granted.

Coming on the heels of an administration known for court battles with faith-based businesses, the U.S. bishops and other religious leaders over policies such as the HHS contraception mandate, which includes sterilization procedures and drugs critics regard as abortion-inducing, revelations seen as indicative of team Clinton’s hostility to aspects of evangelical Protestantism and the Catholic faith certainly didn’t help.

Nor did a Catholic on the bottom half of her ticket who took public policy positions at odds with the teaching of his Church on issues including abortion, the death penalty and marriage.
Nor, of course, did leaked emails from her campaign manager discussing using political operatives to change Catholic doctrine from within the Church.

But for my money the thing that made the difference for the non cafeteria Catholic was the third debate and this question

One of the things I’ve seen over the last 30 years are a group of elderly catholics Democrats who cut their teeth on JFK who seemed totally oblivious to the party rejecting faithful Catholics.

Even as the party became more and more hostile to the faith they remained in blissful ignorance, never getting the image out of their head of Democrats as the party of JFK and confident that all the talk by people like me who had left the party over their hostility to my faith were mistaken or misguided.

Then they saw, for the very first time ever in a presidential debate, a question on abortion that actually illustrated the extreme position of the Democrats. When they saw Chris Wallace question Hillary Clinton on late term abortion (2:20), heard Hillary defend it, and then listened as Donald Trump said:

Well I think it’s terrible. If you go with what Hillary is saying, in the 9th month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother, just prior to the birth of the baby. Now you can say that that’s Ok and Hillary can say that’s ok but it’s not OK with me.

At that moment the mask was torn off and while that kind of thing wasn’t going to move “cultural” catholic whose faith is a coat that is put on or off depending on their comfort level I suspect that many of those older faithful Catholics, the type of folks that “Catholic” colleges which have no trace of faith on campus but send letters quoting scripture soliciting funds to, finally saw the Democrat party in general and Hillary Clinton in particular, for what they are.

And when they did I suspect many of them in rush belt states decided that a vote for Hillary was a bridge too far.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Post election angst is fairly low here in the northwestern part of the state but down south, in New Orleans, tensions remain high.  Protesters have gathered at Lee Circle each night and marched through the city creating havoc and destruction although their numbers seem to be shrinking each day.

A small group of protesters railing against President-elect Donald Trump turned out Saturday night (Nov. 12) at Lee Circle for a fourth consecutive night following the Republican candidate’s upset win against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. They met in front of downtown’s Robert R. Lee monument, which has been plastered with profanity-laced graffiti in recent days but which bore no signs of similar vandalism on Saturday.

The gathering was quiet compared to Wednesday’s protest, which saw the windows of a Chase bank smashed along with anti-Trump graffiti sprayed on several prominent downtown buildings. New Orleans police have not arrested anyone for the vandalism.

There is a very strong group of monument watchers in NOLA who work hard to keep the monuments in in the city free from graffiti; they respond quickly to reports of tagging in part to deflect Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s claims that the monuments are a public nuisance.

My husband has been consumed with the liberal meltdowns on social media and has been greatly entertained by some of them but I’ve tried very hard to stay away from it. I’m not much for gloating and I don’t see much potential in trying to reform any of them. What I want to tell them is that this is the way I felt four years ago and eight years ago but that destroying someone else’s property because of it never crossed my mind.  Get over it, I want to say. But I don’t.

We still have runoff elections in Louisiana: the Senate race has come down to Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy.  Kennedy has done exemplary work as State Treasurer and is smart as he can be. Very fiscally conservative.  Foster Campbell is a career politician having been in office since 1976; he has been State Senator (1976-2002), served on the Public Service Commission, and run for several offices he did not win.  He was defeated in a gubernatorial race against Bobby Jindal and lost his bid for US Congressman three times. Campbell’s most notorious claim to fame was when he drove down an unopened, unfinished stretch of I-49 in 1988 and lost his eye when he crashed his car trying to drive on pavement that wasn’t there.  Kennedy is favored in the U.S. Senate runoff – John Fleming – R, currently holds the seat.

That race was a crowded field and it’s worth noting that former Klansman David Duke got over 50,000 votes, or 3%, in that race.

As for Trump, there are rumors that he is considering former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for Secretary of HHS which would actually be a great choice. Jindal lost a lot of popularity as governor, but in the field of Health and Human Services he is right at home and in his element. He would excel at this position.

Here’s hoping it is quiet where you are and that the peaceful transition of power is allowed to take place.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

forwardBy John Ruberry

There are thousands–maybe hundreds of thousands–of explanations about why Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton last week that you can find online and in print, as well as why the Republicans maintained control of Congress and gained governorships.

Here’s another one, although this discussion confronts one angle, what I call “inevitable leftism.” Barack Obama was the “Hope and Change” candidate for president in 2008; four years later, “Forward” was his rallying cry. Some conservative pundits noticed that “Forward” has a long history as a communist and socialist slogan.

Leftists, Obama is one, firmly believe that their cause is one of inevitable success, that humanity is headed towards–choose your term–a collectivist, socialist, or communist utopia. They view popular leaders such as Margaret Thatcher or Ronald Reagan, as atavistic aberrations, mere potholes that can be paved over when the time is right, sooner, as opposed to later.

Except when they are wrong.

The French Revolution, still idealized by the Left, deposed a king and disestablished the Roman Catholic church, and replaced the Ancien Régime with an atheist republic that executed thousands, which was quickly transformed into a dictatorship led by an Italian. Along the way the days and months were renamed in a new decimal calendar–hours and minutes were divided by ten too, as were weights and measures. A couple of decades later there was a king again in France, the Catholic church was the state religion–but the metric system survived, yet strangely enough, it still hasn’t completely caught on in the United States.

Maximilien Robespierre, the guiding force of the French Revolution, and his inner circle were certain they were guiding the world on the right path. He may have even held on to that belief as he walked up to the guillotine, two years after Louis XVI after made the same, final stroll.

The Russian Revolution’s state, the Soviet Union, was similarly hailed by the Left as a societal inevitably, it also led to regicide, and tens of millions were killed. Because the USSR survived much longer than the French Republic, it succeeded in shattering Russian culture. But the surviving Russian nation is a South American-style sham democracy run by a thug, not a nation consisting of a populace that lives “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.”

Barack Obama is not a psychopath or a murderer. But he’s a leftist, albeit one along the lines of French President François Hollande. Obama decided that America needs government-run health care in 2009 but he knew that what the Democrats euphemistically call single-payer would be unpopular, so a hybrid program, quickly dubbed ObamaCare, was developed as a bridge to that health care utopia. ObamaCare is deeply unpopular, and it was one reason for Trump’s win. The president-elect says he will repeal most of ObamaCare. The Democrats’ push for gay marriage is another page from the book of Dem inevitability, but only 21 nations allow same-sex marriages, none of them are in Asia, and South Africa is the only country in Africa that allows it.

It was the Democrats who, through their many friends in the judiciary, that created the so-called crisis surrounding the minuscule segment of the population who feel compelled to use the washrooms and the locker rooms–even in high school–of the opposite gender. They view choose-your-own-bathroom as their next social inevitability. The Democrats are the party of the confused horny teenage boy who wants to shower with girls.

Next year France will hold a presidential election. Marine Le Pen, a far-right politician with a fierce anti-immigrant stance, whose election as president last year ago seemed as likely as Trump moving in to the White House was, is confident of her chances. Hollande hasn’t declared himself as a candidate. Is Le Pen, another atavistic aberration, the inevitability of France?

France is ten percent Muslim. With the higher birth rates of its Muslim citizens a majority Muslim France could be possible by the end of the century. Gay marriage has been legal in France since 2013. Will it be in 2113?

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

The policy of open borders is also viewed as the next level of human achievement by the Left. It has worked well for the European Union, but there’s a big difference between thousands Germans buying homes in Italy and thousands of Middle Eastern migrants arriving in ramshackle boats there. Democrats, and even some Republicans, have been ignoring calls from ordinary citizens, now dubbed “the Forgotten Man,” to secure the southern border for decades. Opposition to open borders was the main reason why British voters voted to leave the EU.

Of course no one can predict the future. Not even leftists, even though they never tire in telling you how smart they are.

In the United States the hubris of inevitability led to the defeat of the Left last week.

Forward was the wrong way.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

I’m typing this at 9:27 PM Tuesday as I have to leave for work in 30 min, as of this moment I think it looks REALLY good for Donald Trump and if he did in fact win (and the lack of CNN projections in key states tells me he will) this is the reason why.

My friend Jim, a 60 something Irishman, asked me to take him to vote. He is a two-time cancer survivor, has problems with his spine, fractured both feet two weeks ago, s waiting for six operations to help him walk properly and is in constant pain. I got to his place at 8:45 AM. It took him an hour to get dressed, a solid 10-12 minutes to hobble on his crutches to my car, over 30 minutes to go into the polling place and vote and another 10 minutes to hobble up the stairs back to his apartment and practically throw himself back onto his bed at 10:45 (after a bank trip too) in incredible pain.

He did so to vote for Donald Trump in Massachusetts a state where the presidential race was not even remotely in doubt.

I have a feeling this kind of thing has been repeated all over the country.

If I’m right and Trump has won this election he owes people like my friend Jim a lot of thanks and also an obligation to deliver for his sake.


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Today is election day or if you are in a state with early voting the last day to make your decision. I’m wondering how many people in early voting states waited till the last-minute because they hadn’t made up their minds or if they like me, just didn’t bother going early.

One of the things that I was going to use to judge how the election was going to go was the body language of the MSM, if they were down yesterday I figured Trump had it, if they were up I figured Clinton had the edge. The 2nd Comey letter threw that off, it gave the MSM reason for optimism independent of the current trends so it totally messed up my calculations.

Speaking of Comey am I the only one seeing the irony that within 48 hours of the FBI claiming they reviewed a half million emails in the week the Justice Department said it would need 5 years to deliver Hillary emails to a judge who has called for them for months?

The Polls have been all over this year and it’s reached the point that I don’t know what to believe, the revelations that I saw from Wikileaks about polling didn’t help either but they did justify some of what I was saying four years about oversampling.

One of the big canards of this election has been that a different candidate, would have beaten Hillary easily. I disagree, with the exception of the Cruz or Rubio which would have been a problem for the left as the first latino candidate, I think that any standard republican would have been defined by the media the same way that Romney was. Furthermore they would not have had the audience that stretches beyond the political geeks like myself to bypass said MSM to get out their message.

I have a rule that I generally don’t bother with revelations that come with 72 hours or less to go, I figure such stuff, while thanks to social media can make a splash, doesn’t give sufficient time to evaluate what is said. So some of the latest stuff I’ve seen lately, just doesn’t go.

One of the most positive side effect of this election is distrust of the MSM has extended beyond the conservative base to the point where average people finally realize they are being played regularly. I think it’s fitting that at last the American people are learning to dislike and distrust the media in the same way that the media dislikes and distrusts them. The willingness of print, TV and electronic media (facebook, google, twitter) to unmask themselves and pay the long term price for doing so for the sake of Hillary is really quite amazing.

On Jake Tapper’s show yesterday one of the topics that was really interesting was the discussion on the Senate. The CW since 2014 was that the Democrats would take the body because the GOP did so well in the big red wave of 2016 but you could see that the folks there were not confident that this would be the case. If the GOP holds it will be almost as a big a story as a Trump win would be, particularly given the layout for the Senate races of 2018.

I find that regardless of the outcome this election will impose difficult responsibilities on me as a conservative Catholic. If Hillary wins I will have to endure with patience the persecution she heaps upon me and my fellow Catholics while at the same time resisting and speaking out against said persecution and standing for Christ during it. On the other hand if Mr. Trump wins my responsibility becomes to hold him and his administration’s feet to the fire to make sure, first of all, that he keeps the promises made in the name of life and freedom of religion to conservatives while at the same time opposing him if he attempts to drift into liberalism. I suspect the Trump responsibilities will be more difficult to do while the Clinton ones will be more difficult to bear.

Finally we are about to find out what kind of government we deserve, Do we deserve the pains of Obamacare? The failures of foreign policy, the victory of ISIS, Russia et/al the rejection of the rule of law and the disintegration of our trust in government? I’d like to think we deserve better but the people by their vote and by their acceptance of irregularities used to influence it will be the final factor that decides what we deserve.

We’ll (hopefully) know who won the Presidential election late Tuesday. Regardless of who wins, the nation must learn some of the lessons that have come out in this election. Three of them are old items that were highlighted this year. Two aren’t exactly new, but they definitely hit peak importance as a result of this election.

Before we get into the elections, let’s make one important point. At the end of the day, we’re all still Americans (other than those who aren’t really Americans, but that’s another topic). As such, we need to do what we can to bring order. There will be no unity even within the parties themselves. This election has proven to be too contentious to expect any semblance of unity. However, we can all attempt to remain civil. The nation is going to be a powder keg for weeks at the very least. Cooler minds must prevail.

Now, about those lessons…

Early voting must go

Absentee ballots are necessary and righteous aspects of our voting system. Those who are unable to go to the polls on election day should be given an opportunity to vote. That doesn’t mean that early voting should be used to allow us to be lazy or avoid lines.

Early ballot applications should be frowned upon. I’m not suggesting any form of test, but the things that came out for both candidates from the time that early voting opened until election day were pieces of information Americans needed in order to cast an informed vote. Ill-informed voters are a problem without early voting. Add ignorance-encouraging early voting to the mix and the sanctity of the election is no longer beyond reproach.

Voter ID should be considered by every state

If you have to show identification to buy cigarettes, board a plane, enter a bar, or get a Costco card, you should show identification to help decide the leaders of this nation. Any arguments of racism or voter suppression are feeble and completely untenable. The risk of voter suppression is far lower than the risk of voter fraud. Every state should consider it (and no, it is not a federal issue even for national elections).

Third parties have no idea what they’re doing

Love them or hate them (or both), these two major party candidates are arguably the two weakest in modern history. If there was ever a time when third parties should have been able to make a significant impact, this was the year. The Libertarian Party decided to put up a leftist VP candidate to run with an uninformed Presidential candidate. The Green Party stayed true to their goals of having bark with no bite, a position in which they thrive. If they ever had actual power, they would trip all over themselves trying to give it to someone else.

The Constitution Party was unable to find 55 people in the state of California to fill out a form so they could at least be a write-in. On down the line, we see a combination of poor strategies and poor choices from every party, top to bottom. This is why I’m so invested in forming a Federalist Party, but that’s a whole other topic.

Issues must make a comeback

In 2012, there was a lot made of the fact that the press focused so much on Mitt Romney’s personal shortcomings. Oh, if we knew then what we know now about how low campaigns could go. The press and the voters paid so much attention to the character flaws of both candidates that most voters can only speculate about where they stand on actual issues.

We need to be talking about issues. We need to be talking about how to solve problems. We need more than a tidbit or a Tweet and until society is ready to go all-in on internet research, the media still has to deliver information on television and radio. They need to start doing that. The only question is the source of this gossip-mag journalism. Do the people guide the media about what interests them or does the media tell the people who they want to be interested in?

Change everything about the debates. Everything.

I’m not going to dwell on this lesson. You all say them. Moderators were generally awful. Questions were baiting and irrelevant. Time was too short for the answers. Many candidates in the primary had no opportunity to shine.

I’d love to see completely different debate format. Imagine questions (on the issues) asked of one candidate at the time without the other candidates present. They’re given ample time to answer it: 2-10 minutes, depending on the question. No audience. Not played live. After all of the answers are recorded, the candidates are brought together to hear all of the answers to the same question played to them for the first time. Then, they’re given 2 minutes to respond. They could attack one particular candidate. They could attack several. They could defend their own position or even change portions of their answer depending on what they heard from others. It’s far. It’s based around the issues. It’s informative. It would be fantastic.

There are other important lessons to learn from this election, but these give us plenty to work towards in 2018 and particularly in 2020.

One thing is certain: this campaign season got out of hand and it wasn’t entirely the candidates’ fault. The media played their standard leftist decoy role. The people obliged and rewarded them by tuning in 24/7. Twitter and its 140 characters became the venue for serious discussions. This election turned into a debacle. Thank the Lord it’s almost over. Hopefully.

trump-for-america-bw-and-colorBy John Ruberry

I haven’t read all of the thousands of John Podesta emails hacked by Wikileaks–has anyone yet?–but what I have read they betray a Democratic Party obsessed with two things: Money and power.

Liberal writer Thomas Frank, in his second great (gasp!) Guardian column in less than a week, accurately portrays the modern Democratic Party:

Let us start with the Democrats. Were you to draw a Venn diagram of the three groups whose interaction defines the modern-day Democratic party – liberals, meritocrats and plutocrats – the space where they intersect would be an island seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts called Martha’s Vineyard.

I’m going to drive the point home by reminding you that John F. Kennedy Jr, who was a liberal, meritocrat, and a plutocrat, was flying to Martha’s Vineyard to attend a cousin’s wedding when the airplane he was piloting crashed into the Atlantic. The Vineyard is Barack Obama’s favorite vacation spot–he’s been there seven times while president. Martha’s Vineyard the playground of the Democrat elitists. Bill and Hillary Clinton have vacationed there several times. In August her campaign held a $100,000-per-couple fundraiser on the island, just days after a devastating flood struck Louisiana.

In those Podesta emails, I haven’t so far found any mention of blacks, unless it’s about the black vote, the group that Democrats claim to champion more than anyone. But other than voting en masse for the Democrats and celebrity campaign appearances by people like Jay-Z, African-Americans otherwise aren’t much use for the Democrats.

Blue collar workers, a section of the electoral pie that has been shrinking for decades, appear to be missing from the Podesta emails too. They are also absent from Martha’s Vineyard, from what I hear, unless they are modern George Wilsons from The Great Gatsby, dutifully repairing plutocrats’ Teslas. The working class, once the biggest chunk of the FDR coalition, is heading towards the Republican Party. Perhaps a majority of them are inside the GOP tent already. And you won’t find what Michael Moore calls “the forgotten working stiff” on any vacation, because the leftist flamethrower pointed out last month his stiff hasn’t “had a real vacation in years.”

Some blacks besides the First Family “holiday” on the Vineyard, but in a 2009 article in New York magazine, Touré dismissed them as African-Americans who are “the only ones,” such as the only black in the room, neighborhood, or workplace.

“No man is an island entire of itself,” John Donne wrote nearly 400 years ago, “every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” Unless of course you are a member of the Democrat elite. An island accessible only by boats and airplanes is a fitting hangout for them.

Which leaves “the leftover people” for the Republicans. Sure, the elitists will blame the decline in unionization of the blue collar work force as why the leftovers have fallen behind.

Maybe.

Also discovered in Podesta’s WikiLeaks cache was an email from Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who advised the Clinton campaign to choose a city outside of Washington for its headquarters because they would be better positioned to hire “low paid permanent employees.” And just what wage does Schmidt view as low paid? Is it less than the $15 minimum wage that Democrats call for?

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Oh, if Schmidt really believes every verse in the Democratic mantra, then why isn’t Google unionized?

So, no, the Democratic Party isn’t the champion of “the little guy” anymore, just as Martha’s Vineyard isn’t a vacation destination for blacks living in Boston’s impoverished Dorchester neighborhood. Ironically it’s a billionaire from Manhattan who, at least this autumn, has made “the little guy” feel at home within the Republican Party.

John Ruberry, whose closest brush with Martha’s Vineyard has been South Boston, regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

As I mentioned yesterday during my vote for Ann Wofford in Ma-3 piece I haven’t talked much about the House and Senate but I would like to talk a bit about the Senate race in NH, specifically today about Senator Kelly Ayotte.

Kelly Ayotte who you might remember was elected during the big red wave of 2010 thanks to support from Sarah Palin has not been a conservative favorite, they are lukewarm at best on her and some of my friend hold her in disdain.

I don’t.  There are plenty of reasons why I’m happy to endorse Kelly Ayotte, here are six of them that my fellow conservatives should note:

 

First:  She’s a former Prosecutor.  I’m always partial toward former prosecutors in federal office. They are used to having to prove a case to win so they tend to be practical in terms of advancing legislation.  That’s the kind of thinking that’s good for DC and at a time when police are targeted for murder and the left excuses it a former prosecutor in the senate is a good idea.

Second:  She was one of the few national figures to speak out against swatting when conservatives were being targeted, not just when it became a celebrity issue latter on.

Third:  she was one of the conservatives who spoke out and voted against the budget act of 2011

The 19 Republicans who voted against read like a Who’s Who of the conservative movement in the Senate: Sessions & Shelby from Alabama, Rubio from Florida, Chambliss from Georgia, Coats of Indiana and Grassley of Iowa, from Kansas Moran & Roberts, Paul from Kentucky, Ayotte of New Hampshire, Coburn & Inhofe Of Oklahoma , Toomey of Pennsylvania, Demint & Graham of South Carolina , Hatch & Lee of Utah.

Fourth:  Ayotte has been excellent on defense issues and the war on terror like Benghazi

On Morning Joe, on CSPAN they highlighted Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain and the questions concerning Benghazi. During their segment with Angus King the senator elect from Maine they asked about Senator McCain and Graham.

There were however three senators at that press conference.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) was also there and spoke to this issue, (as she had during the campaign). She gave a strong statement on the situation and answered questions as well.

You would think it’s kind of hard to ignore Kelly Ayotte at that event, She is tall (she towered over both Senators McCain & Graham) but she is a younger, photogenic woman who had a strong interest in this matter. I’d think that would be something to play up instead of just “two old white guys”.

I suggest that is exactly WHY she is left out.

She also spoke up during the Hagel hearings mentioning the Green Revolution in Iran:

Yesterday she raised an incredible point at the Hagel Hearings that nobody seems to have caught

Of course he also voted against a sense of the senate in designating the Islamic revolutionary guard corps as a terrorist organization and he told us during the hearing that it was because of it was part of an elected legitimate Iranian government.

I don’t think that the people who rose up in 2009 in the green movement who were persecuted and shot at by the Iranian government would call that government a legitimately elected government. Nor would, at the time that he voted against designating the Islamic revolutionary guard corps as a terrorist organization at the time they were assisting those in Iraq who were murdering our troops.

You might have missed both of those because the same MSM that tries to distort and destroy Trump buried both of those stories to play the “old white men” card vs the GOP and to keep Kelly out of the spotlight.

Fifth:  (and best) For my money the best reason to support Kelly Ayotte was her vote against Manchin Toomey.  She took a stand for the 2nd Amendment when it counted and the MSM tore her apart for it.

MSNBC went batshit crazy but Morning Joe really went overboard.  After months of calling opponents of Manchin-Toomey the survivalist wing of the NRA the day after the vote lost they were running images of the various senators with huge scare graphics saying VOTED NO as is each one of them were responsible for the Newtown shooting

I recall there was particular ire at Kelly Ayotte for not going along. They talked of the Millions Bloomberg would spend to defeat her, how the Northeast was turning blue and so was NH and how this vote was the beginning of the end for her. I commented at the time:

Morning Joe today is running the Pictures of the senators who voted No under big scary graphics

Now as I’ve already said it’s fair to say she is not as conservative as I’d like and she has occasionally disappointed, particularly on immigration and my friends at Granite Grok have held her feet to the fire over it through the years, to those people who are still upset let me give you one last reason to support Kelly Ayotte that you might have missed

Sixth:  Kelly Ayotte is without question the most conservative US Senator northeast of New Jersey and it isn’t even close, I’d gladly swap her for either of the people we have here in Massachusetts.

If you are a conservative and want to either forestall a president Clinton or help out a president Trump you need to vote for Kelly Ayotte on Tuesday in New Hampshire


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Twelfth Doctor: My entire understanding of physical space has been transformed! Three-dimensional Euclidean geometry has been torn up, thrown in the air and snogged to death! My grasp of the universal constants of physical reality has been changed forever…[pauses] Sorry. I’ve always wanted to see that done properly.

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Brandon Wheeger: But I want you to know that I’m not a complete brain case, okay? I understand completely that it’s just a TV show. I know there’s no beryllium sphere…
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Brandon Wheeger: Oh my God, I knew it. I knew it! I knew it!

Galaxy Quest 1999

We have been assured by our friends in media and government that there is no such thing as voter fraud, that the revelations of project veritas are something to be ignored and anyone who believes this kind of thing is at best a conspiracy theorist or at worst disloyal to the republic.

So when a story like this turns up:

The 83 ballots, each unused, were addressed to different people, all supposedly living in his elderly neighbor’s two-bedroom apartment.

“I think this is spooky,” Mosna said. “All the different names, none we recognize, all at one address.”

His wife, Madalena Mosna, noted their 89-year-old neighbor lives by herself, and, “Eighty people can’t fit in that apartment.”

They took the ballots to the Los Angeles Police Department, but were directed to the post office. They felt little comfort there would be an investigation, and called another neighbor, John Cracchiolo – who contacted the Los Angeles County Registrar’s office. 

A spokeswoman for the Registrar said the office will investigate.

Instead of seeing it as proof of voter fraud confirming that republicans in general and Donald Trump in particular have to not only win, but do so beyond the margin of fraud, we must, as Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes has taught us, presume that when the impossible (That is the idea that this might be voter fraud, which our betters in media and government assure us is impossible) is eliminated, what remains, no matter how improbable, must be true.

Therefore I conclude that while the Mosna’s might think their elderly neighbor is living in a two bedroom apartment that couldn’t fit 89 people, the reality is that their neighbor in fact has a TARDIS which has taken the shape of an ordinary 2 bedroom apartment with 89 people (or more if you include potential non votes) living there and if someone actually visited the apartment and opened the door it would go something like this:

I would advise keeping a close eye on their “elderly” neighbor in case she is suddenly replaced by a younger version that seems a tad confused at first. That’d be the clincher!

I mean to think otherwise would mean not only that there is systematic voter fraud out there, but that those in charge of sending out ballots in the US postal service might have a policy of forbidding postal workers from reporting this kind of anomaly when processing or delivering said ballots and that the knowledge of this kind of thing is a lot more widespread than anyone wants to admit.

And that’s just crazy isn’t it?


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Over the last few months, I’ve made no attempt to hide my willingness to criticize candidates. I don’t believe that being critical of Donald Trump will turn someone into a NeverTrump Clinton supporter, which is why I hope the following critique of current scandals holds more weight than if it came from a Trump-Does-No-Wrong blogger.

Hillary Clinton’s scandals are absolutely more important when weighed on the scale of Presidential fitness. Even if we put aside the conservative opinion that she’s ideologically wrong (I know it’s hard, but try), her actions over the last three decades in general and over the last 16 years in particular speak volumes about her inability to properly hold the office of President of the United States.

Let’s look at some of her actions in light of what Americans should view as Presidential skills.

Decision-making abilities: Benghazi is the easiest example of a string of poor decisions that can all be traced back to her. I’m not simply talking about the minute-by-minute indecision that prevented our boys from surviving the attack in Benghazi. The decisions that led up to the attack and the way that it was handled afterward were the epitome of incompetence. They shouldn’t have been left in such a vulnerable position before the attack. They should have been saved during the attack. The truth should have come out immediately after the attack. This is only the easy example. There are volumes that point to the fact that she has always and will always make poor decisions.

Honesty: Yoga schedules. Wedding planning. Early access to debate questions. YouTube videos causing Benghazi. Sniper fire. Need I go on? I could do this all day.

Holding America’s best interests above personal gain: Pay-to-play at the State Department and pretty much everything that has happened to her since leaving the White House dead broke speaks to her willingness to put her own self-interests ahead of America’s while she’s supposedly a servant of the people. If you’re going to throw out there that Trump has also always done what’s in his best interests, don’t. One does not have to be an objectivist to realize that private citizens have the right and even the duty to do what’s best to succeed personally in their lives. Public servants do not.

Avoiding the victim card: I have very few good things to say about Barack Obama, but one thing I can say is that he didn’t play the victim card nearly as much as I expected. Hillary, on the other hand, has played the card so often over the years that it’s a tattered and worn remnant with no credibility. A President cannot be allowed to be viewed as a victim. That’s not the American way.

I’m not going to apologize for Trump’s major character flaws. I’m not going to throw out talking points like “we’re not electing a Pope” or “he’s a changed man.” I do hold character as an extremely important attribute to weigh when deciding on the next President and Trump’s character is laughable. However, the left’s attempts to paint Hillary’s incomprehensible actions as big nothingburgers are reproachable. Her election would be untenable and her apologists are fraudulent in their attempts to make it happen. Shall we call them deplorables? If the basket fits…

Yesterday on WCRN Hank Stolz commented on the revelations concerning Donna Brazile funneling debate questions to the Hillary Clinton campaign which caused CNN to drop her (although apparently it didn’t cause CNN to devote a lot of air time to the story).

In the course of his comments he asked what would seem to be a logical question and I’m paraphrasing here: Why would she bother to do so?

Several of the questions could have been anticipated and were on topics that she was likely prepared for, that being the case, why would she bother to take the risk of scandalous behavior for a seemingly minimal advantage?

It is seemingly a very good question however the answer is very obvious: Why wouldn’t she?

Consider:

  • There was apparently no reason to believe the people she contacted in the Clinton campaign would object to refuse or divulge the reception the inside information
  • There was apparently no reason to believe that Hillary Clinton herself or any of her debate prep handlers would would be passed this info would object to, refuse or expose her divulging inside information.
  • There was apparently no reason to believe that the any such person would give a tip to the media about the divulging of this information or apparently the media bothering to report on it.
  • And There was apparently no reason to believe that the media would pursue this question on their own.

She didn’t worry about the dangers of being caught because she knew that neither the Clinton campaign nor the media that supports it would have any inclination to try to catch or expose her but she had positive evidence that any attempt to claim that the fix was in would be met with universal derision and ridicule by the media.

In other words she had no reason to believe there would be any consequences for her actions so why shouldn’t she do these things?

It was only through Wikileaks  that this information came out, and this was something she did not anticipate nor did she have reason to do so at the time of her actions.

A better question for Hank to ask is this:  Given the complete lack of risk of exposure for these actions, how many years do you think people like Donna Brazile were “fixing” debates in this way?  As the Hill put it:

Americans now have reason to wonder about the other debates and who else in the so-called unbiased media world was seeking to assist the Clinton campaign by sneaking her a preview of questions or tilting the news in her favor. Such thinking is no longer cynical; it’s just realistic as we’ve seen just how widespread the corruption and bias goes.

And if people are willing to cheat in the debates, what else wouldn’t they justify cheating on to accomplish their ends?

Closing thought:  I have for many years publicly objected to wikileaks and anonymous and still do.  I don’t like hacking and believe in personal privacy.  The question is:  Given the fact that there is every reason to believe this illegal/immoral behavior would have continued unabated without these exposures,  can these actions be justified as a form of “guerrilla journalism” to keep our rulers honest?  Particularly give the fact that almost nobody in the MSM is asking the obvious question raised at the Hill, certainly not on TV anyways.


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One thing that has been constant in this election cycle is that when the Election is a referendum on Hillary Trump surges and if the election is a referendum on Trump, Hillary Surges, so at all cost the Trump team needs to restrain their candidate for the next 10 days. If he can keep his mouth shut and keep the focus on Hillary I think he’s got this.

That being said it would be illogical to assume that the Hillary Team doesn’t have a last-minute drop of some type to play in case of an emergency. If so it would likely drop close enough to the election that it can’t be refuted but far enough before it so the MSM can hit Trump with it all at once for maximum impact.

It took about 24-36 hours for the MSM and the Clinton campaign to unite on a message concerning FBI/James Comey unfairness. It’s the wrong message because it highlights the problem but, at this time, they don’t have an alternative one. Such a conversation keeps the spotlight on Hillary who can’t handle it.

This has been a great few days for the Trump campaign and a horrible few days for the Hillary Clinton campaign, but I think the biggest shock has been to the NeverTrump movement. They know Hillary is a crook they don’t like her but do they pile on when it will help Trump?

There is a zero chance that Team Hillary (Democrats/MSM/Soros) will take this lying down. The quickest way to change the subject is an incident at a Trump rally. If I was Trump’s team I would be especially wary this week because the resignation of Crammer doesn’t mean there is nobody to pull a Crammeresque move if needed

The apparently united efforts of the various online services to keep the Hillary email story from trending is a huge risk that to my mind they are only taking because it’s already clear for a long time they are all in for Hillary and fear the consequences of a Trump administration remembering this post election.

It goes without saying that if this image
beatdown
was of a homeless black woman supporting Hillary beaten by Trump supporters instead of a Homeless black woman supporting Trump beaten by a mob of Hillary supporters there would be a national outcry lead by the media, the image of her on the ground and every single republican candidate for office would be asked to comment on this image and the clip of her being knocked down would be playing on a loop on every network.

It’s worth reminding Democrats that if they didn’t go all in and quite literally line up to support Bill Clinton en masse after impeachment

they wouldn’t be in his mess today

How many Democrat superdelegates are wishing they voted for Bernie at the convention today and wondering how many points they would be winning this race by if they ditched Hillary and had even nominated any moderately honest person? Surely if they wanted to break the glass ceiling in the White House the party must have had at least one qualified woman on their bench who wasn’t corrupt?

I’ve already said more than once that we are going to see media Bias so open that it will shock even the most jaded of us. I predict the re-opening of the Email story guarantees that the open bias we have seen lately will be completely dwarfed by what we will see in the next 7 days.


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Sometimes, something seems so obvious that I don’t even write about it. I assume that it will be covered by others, discussed on talk radio, or outright announced by the subjects. In the strange case of James Comey and the FBI’s renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server, there are only two scenarios that make sense. For whatever reason, neither scenario is getting the national attention they deserve.

The first scenario we’ll discuss has been partially covered here, but for the sake of accuracy we’ll throw it out there again. It’s the scenario where Comey and the FBI come out a day or two before election day and announce that after further review, they once again see negligence without a recommendation to prosecute. This scenario would fit with multiple reasons behind it; saving the integrity of the FBI so they don’t get hit with claims that they intentionally withheld information for Hillary’s sake is the most likely.

The second scenario was the first one that came to mind when the news broke Friday. Perhaps it’s my history of reading and watching too many police procedurals, but I waited for this to pop up in mainstream media. I was foolish to expect it. Instead, they’ve spent their time trying to point fingers and diffuse the situation with pro-Hillary propaganda. Then, I waited for conservative media to reveal it, but most of us spent the last couple of days lamenting over the wickedness of mainstream media and discussing how Hillary is so corrupt.

What didn’t get discussed was what they found when they discovered the email trove a few weeks ago. It has to be something new; bringing up old news would not have prompted Comey to do what he did. Before we reveal what I believe they found, let’s talk about what new things they didn’t find.

They didn’t find even more revelations of stupidity with the email server itself. They’ve already acknowledged that the team and Hillary were idiotic for having it in the first place.

They didn’t find classified information beyond what is already known because their focus would have been on Huma Abedin rather than Hillary if that were the case. By “focus,” I mean they likely wouldn’t even have sent the letter to Congress if Abedin was their target.

Lastly, they didn’t find damaging communications about Benghazi or any other scandal associated with Hillary. Such things would not be pertinent to the case at hand and would have been given over as fodder for Congress, and then only after the election.

What the FBI most likely found is communication between campaign staffers with direct ties to Hillary expressing her wishes to have damaging emails deleted. If prior to the investigation they made a conscious decision to delete damaging emails in an effort to cover their tracks, that would be enough for Comey to reopen the case. You might think that they’ve already seen evidence of that based upon the deleted emails they’ve already discovered, but there’s a distinction that must be understood. Discovering missing emails shows that they were deleted. However, the real smoking gun would be emails that instructed people to deliberately delete them. That’s the scenario where the law was clearly broken. That’s the scenario that would prompt Comey to do what he did.

If we see scenario one happen, then this was an effort to cover up for the FBI and protect its reputation. I’m not ready to believe the FBI is intentionally helping the Clinton campaign by distracting from the Wikileaks releases until election day as some have insinuated, so the first scenario means self-protection and a likely Clinton win after they announce their findings. With scenario two, it won’t just mean that Clinton will lose. It means that she’ll finally be charged with a crime. The question is whether or not she’ll plead guilty quickly enough for President Obama to pardon her.

By John Ruberry

The day after one of the biggest October surprises in presidential politics ever, Hillary Clinton called on FBI director James Comey to release, to use the phrase in his statement to his underlings, his discovery of emails that “appear to be pertinent to our investigation.”

That investigation is centered around Clinton’s selfish and reckless decision to used a home-brewed email server while she was Barack Obama’s Secretary of State, rather than a secure government server.

Over 33,000 emails, which Clinton ludicrously claimed to have been about personal matters such as yoga and her daughter’s wedding, were wiped clean from her server last year–the firm that did the work even bragged about it–after Congress subpoenaed them.

Despite the destruction of evidence, many of those emails were recovered and we learned that some of them were marked classified. In July, Comey said that Clinton and her staffers were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

Clinton lied.

Of course Clinton could have released those emails to Congress when it asked for them. Possibly within that cache could have been those emails found on the laptop shared by her longtime aide, Huma Abedin, and her estranged husband, sexting fiend Anthony Weiner. That laptop was seized by the FBI in an unrelated investigation of Carlos Danger for inappropriate online contact with an underage teen. Abedin swore under oath that she surrendered all documents with State Department emails to the FBI.

Abedin lied too.

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

So Hillary wants the FBI to immediately release, or at least before Election Day, those “pertinent emails.”

Clinton had her chance, but she chose, to use the term utilized by her protectors in the mainstream media, to yield to her “penchant for secrecy.”

Because what Hillary really has is a penchant for corruption.

The sad part of this story is that about half of American voters will still vote for Hillary Clinton–no matter what.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

The greatest maker of Republican voters since Ronald Reagan is Barack Obama

Michael Graham 2010

If you say the words “9/11” conservative everyone knows what you mean.

It refers to a person who after seeing the events of 9/11 realized that the policy of enabling and excusing radical Islamists could not continue and decided that the liberal policies that objected to fighting them simply enables those who want to kills us.

While some of those 9/11 conservatives have since slipped back to liberalism (Charles Johnson of Little Green footballs comes to mind) most have not forgotten the lessons of 9/11.

We as conservatives did not reject these 9/11 conservatives because of their past beliefs or voting records any more than your church will reject a convert because of their past. That’s as it should be as the whole idea of conversion is for a person to change their past to go to a better future.

And that brings us to Donald Trump.

I’m sure that when Donald Trump praised both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in 2008 he meant it, he truly believed that Barack Obama would be an excellent president and that Hillary Clinton would excel as Secretary of State.

  • Then we had obamacare
  • and Fast and Furious
  • and the withdrawal from Iraq that lead to the rise of ISIS
  • and civil war in Syria
  • and the doubling of the national debt
  • and the IRS targeting conservatives
  • the Clinton email scandal
  • the attacks on religious freedom
  • and the 2nd Amendment
  • the rise of the Occupy Movement and the resulting violence
  • and the demonization of police
  • and riots in Baltimore, Charlotte, and Ferguson

In fact it didn’t take all of this for people to start figuring it out. This is the reason why the Tea Party rose up, this is the reason why Scott Brown won in 2010. And this what Michael Graham was talking about in his speech to the Plymouth County GOP back Sept 1st 2010 before the first Big Red Wave that elected so many Republicans that year (which is why the GOP has so many seats to defend this year.

Given these facts I offer the following proposition:

As so many people have rejected the Democrat party thanks to the policies advanced by Barack Obama, is it not credible that Donald Trump would have done the same, and if that is the case, why are we attacking him for his past statements as some conservatives have, rather than celebrating him for concluding that we conservatives are right and he was wrong?

After all when Trump supported Romney over Obama in 2012 I didn’t see anybody writing articles like this claiming that Romney should not accept his support because he was a secret democrat, did they?

In fairness it is possible that Trump has embraced conservative for his own aggrandizement and that he is all his critics say he is. I have quite a few friends who believe this and I presume they do in good faith.

However I suspect that as a billionaire experienced in the way the world works he likely understands that his own personal freedom and flexibility to do what he wants will decrease rather than increase if he is elected president. Furthermore he is apparently willing to risk his popularity with a large portion of his customer base to do so, after all the rich and powerful in liberal run cities are a large part of his customer base, do you think for one moment that those who have targeted ordinary conservatives will not do their best to make an example of Mr. Trump from this point on?

I think it’s much more likely that Donald Trump is a “Barack Obama conservative”, one of the many Americans who have seen what the Obama years have brought about and the fact that the election of Democrats in general and Hillary Clinton in particular will continue us on that path and decided that something had to be one.

It’s just that unlike most Americans who came to that conclusion and have given time and effort to the Tea Party movement and others, Mr. Trump’s wealth and influence meant that he could make a difference on a larger scale.

Anyways that’s what I think.


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robin-hood

Robin of Locksley: Touch him with that [blinding iron] and you’ll get an arrow through your throat
2nd Royal forester: You’re a bold fellow aren’t you?
3rd Royal forester: Think you can kill all three of us?
Robin of Locksley: If I have to. [throws a load of bread in the air & hits it with an arrow] Now untie him, and then leave.
1st Royal forester: Well our Duty doesn’t include getting ourselves killed, you can have him, for now.

The Adventures of Robin Hood: The Coming of Robin Hood 1955

Yesterday I asked some difficult questions concerning a Hillary presidency and then updated it linking to post by Scott Adams that said in part

As far as I can tell, the worst thing a presidential candidate can do is turn Americans against each other. Clinton is doing that, intentionally.

Intentionally.

As I often say, I don’t know who has the best policies. I don’t know the best way to fight ISIS and I don’t know how to fix healthcare or trade deals. I don’t know which tax policies are best to lift the economy. I don’t know the best way to handle any of that stuff. (And neither do you.) But I do have a bad reaction to bullies. And I’ve reached my limit.

I hope you have too.

I learned about bullies very young thanks to my brother Dominic.

It was the 60’s at St. Anthony’s school and there was a bully who had been picking on the other kids horribly but when he decided to pick on my brother Dominic he, showing the attitude and fearlessness that he would hold for his entire life, fought rather than knuckle under.

Dominic wasn’t particularly big or strong, he was nothing special and the Bully beat him up pretty bad…

…but Dominic gave as good as he got and while he lost the fight the bully was in such bad shape that not only did he stay away from Dominic who seemed completely indifferent to pain, but didn’t pick on the other kids in school from that point on. It was the ultimate Rocky 2 moment

What did that teach me? It taught me that you have to stand up for what’s right, that the best way to stop a bully or a thief or someone looking to intimidate you is to make sure that the cost for sai bully is more than they’re willing to pay.

Yesterday I wondered aloud if conservatives are oppressed by a Hillary Clinton administration how would submitting be better than resisting? I’m very curious as to my brother Dominic’s opinion on the matter.

Incidentally Dominic never changed. From that day to his retirement last year nobody ever messed with him again, not during school, not at his job, not anywhere. He’s enjoying a quiet life with his family but even in the tough neighborhood where he lives, a neighborhood that most of the other Sicilians left long ago, nobody messes with him, the price for doing so is too high.


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An interesting thing happened Thursday afternoon.

Having woken up hungry just before 3 pm and finding the house empty I headed down to Happy Jacks restaurant to, after a 30 day fast from meat, reacquaint myself with the joys of their $5 after 3 pm menu.

I got there around 3:15 and the place was pretty empty, the lunch crowd was long gone and the normal Thursday dinner rush was hours away (thus the $5 menu 3-6 PM & 9-close menu). Seeing no servers handy and being alone for a change I sat myself at the bar sharing it with three woman, the bartender, who had worked there since it was the old Border restaurant at their previous location, one to my right and one across from me.

The bartender greeted me, and after taking my wings and diet coke order, she, knowing that I had been covering the race and who I was voting for asked: “How’s Trump doing?”

I said it would be a hard slog, with the media united against him and their willingness to bury Clinton’s corruption and the revelations from both Wikileaks and Project Veritas, I added that even if he managed to win beyond the margin of fraud, when you added the possibility of Evan McMullin taking Utah and an election thrown to the house (which doesn’t mean a Trump win, but that’s another post) it’s an uphill fight.

My mention of McMullin caught the interest of the lady to my right who asked who he was. She was drinking a beer while enjoying one of the excellent meal choices. She looked a few years older than me, had a pleasant face that seemed to have a bit of sadness behind it.

I told her both of the Never Trump people and their candidate, a worthy enough man, but I also argued that the reality is Jill Stein and Gary Johnson et/al notwithstanding we have a binary choice between two candidates that most americans find unacceptable and that if you want to make a choice rather than duck it, the options are Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

She sighed, she talked about her support for Bernie Sanders, how she absolutely loved the man, found him honest and was frustrated that her choice was, in her mind, to either write him in or vote for Hillary Clinton, who she neither liked nor trust, over Donald Trump who she also didn’t trust.

I took the liberty of acquainting her with the fraud in Florida broken by Fausta last week at the blog and then suggested that if she found both candidates untrustworthy then the obvious choice for her, even as a Sanders supporter was NOT Hillary Clinton but Donald Trump.

That got the attention of all three ladies in the place who had been listening to my story of democrat deceit in the spanish community and were generally curious as to my argument. She asked why she should vote Trump if she doesn’t trust either nominee.

“Consider” I said, “We have one major candidate who if elected will have his every move scrutinized by the press, scrutinized by law enforcement, scrutinized by political enemies…” As I put it if he so much as thought of putting a foot wrong the entire weight of all of them would come down on him. No presidency in history would be under a stronger microscope.

“Meanwhile we have a different candidate who we know is dishonest, who we’ve already established will be protected from the consequences of her actions by the FBI, the press, by pols etc…” and I repeated things the various Clinton scandals, the lies, the wikileaks revelations and noted that in every case the powers that be had either enabled her or shielded her from the consequences of her actions.

I could see that all of them were paying attention to what I was saying so I closed: “That being the case, if you don’t trust either major candidate the only choice is to vote for Donald Trump because if he tries to do something wrong, you KNOW he won’t be given a pass on it unlike Hillary Clinton who you know will.”

There was a pause, the bartender seemed impressed, the woman sitting opposite of me had said little as a talked but was staring intently as if processing my argument, but the Sanders fan was clearly struck by what I said. After a few moments she broke the silence that had followed my argument.

“I had never thought of that.”

You could see the faintest change in her, as if she had been bearing several weights on her shoulders and had just been relieved of one of them. She expressed admiration both for my argument and my oratory skills. I introduced myself, mentioned my blog and invited her to check out the writing here when she got a chance and we chatted briefly on non political matters before I had to excuse myself, I needed to get home.

I spoke to the woman across at the bar, hoping my political talk had not disturbed her meal, on the contrary, she said, she found it very interesting and didn’t disagree with anything I had said. The bartender said the same as she cashed me out.

As for the woman to my right she thanked me with a slight smile. She had been was frustrated by her electoral choice before, she wasn’t any more.

There are a lot of people who are unhappy with their choices this election season, I don’t know how many have been moved by the arguments on this blog or the podcast. But while in the grand scheme of things what was said in that nearly empty restaurant was a tiny insignificant thing, heading home I knew that at least one mind and one vote had been changed.

I submit and suggest that the last best card to play is not a pro-Trump or an anti Hillary argument, it’s the pro-accountability argument to people who have little trust in Washington, the government or the press.

Those of us who want a government accountable to the people and to the law over the next four years should go out, meet people in your community at your local bar, at the barber shop, and even on your facebook page. Make the case for accountability in your everyday encounters over the next few weeks.

If we each move just one disenchanted voter in our community we can make a difference.


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Diz: Not one word of what he’s saying is being printed in that state
Saunders: Oh no Diz!
Diz: Taylor has practically every paper in the state lined up and he’s feeding them doctored up junk!

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939

We’ve been busing in people for fifty years to stop you ******* ******** and we’re not going to stop now!

Scott Forval

The 2nd Project Veritas Tape dropped while I was asleep this morning and it talks about the where’s, and the hows on voter fraud:

Four thoughts:

  1.  As I write this right now CNN is literally saying there is practically no such thing as voter fraud. If you do a search of James O’Keefe under google news you will find tons of links to the O’Keefe tapes, none of them are from NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NYT, LAT, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune et/al. As far as they are concerned this stuff doesn’t exist. O’Keefe has said ” If Media Covered Project Veritas Like They Covered Trump Tape, ‘I Guarantee You Trump Would Win the Election“.

This is why they don’t.

2. Every single major news organization, every single national newspaper, every major state paper and every major paper from individual cities have vastly more resources that James O’Keefe and Project Veritas. Any of them could have done the investigative work that Mr. O’Keefe and Project Veritas did and exposed these practices that have apparently been going on for decades.

They chose not to.

3. Conservatives have been saying this kind of thing has been  going on for years. invariably Democrat pols their allies and every single major news organization, every single national newspaper practically every major state paper and practically every major city paper have been calling the people who are claiming this was happening “Conspiracy Theorists”.

They were not

4. There is a huge overlap between the people who work for NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, NYT, LAT, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune et/al and those who have worked for Democrats in public office.  It is very likely that some of these people knew this stuff was going on and could have reported on it for the public good

They did not.

You know I’ll wager there were hundreds of people who got into journalism who thought they were going to be Woodward and Bernstein, who thought they were going to change the world and do good.  They saw themselves as the boy rangers from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington taking on the rich and powerful.

I’ll bet they never imagined that by their cowardice and silence they would instead essentially become the Taylor machine keeping  silent for the sake of the connected and to maintain their own positions instead.

It’s rather sad actually.

Closing thoughts

While it’s all well and good to get these revelations out there the real question is: What will we as a nation do about it?  Will we do ANYTHING about it?   How we answer that question will reveal who we are as a nation and determine once and for all what kind of government we deserve.

As a Catholic in general and a Christian in particular we are required to love and pray for both the people doing this to us, and the media who are enabling them by their silence. This is not an optional doctrine.


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While the MSM keeps pretending there is nothing to see here, James O’Keefe continues to get stuff like this on camera:

“central agator training” in NY, DC, Vegas, Colorado, Minnesota etc…, using mentally disabled people as pawns?

And that’s not even taking into account last week’s video concerning bussing folks to vote multiple times

And the media dares to tell us the fix isn’t in?

Exit Question: Given the revolving door between the MSM and the Democrat party how many people in the media new this was going on for years or perhaps decades but will tell us that they have had no idea such stuff is going on…

…unexpectedly

the-big-con

Henry Gondorff: It’s not like playing winos in the street. You can’t outrun …
Hooker: [Interrupting] I don’t play for no winos.
Henry Gondorff: …you gotta keep his con, even after you spent his money. He can’t know you took him.
Hooker: You’re scared of him!
Henry Gondorff: Right down to my socks buster. You’re talking about a guy wou’ll kill a grifter over a chunk of money wouldn’t support him for two days.

The Sting 1973

Screwtape: I have known a human defended from strong temptations to social ambition by a still stronger taste for tripe and onions.

CS Lewis Screwtape 8

The united outrage of the media over Donald Trump is, in many ways completely unfathomable.

It’s not his positions, are plenty of pols who from Ted Cruz to Herman Cain from Ronald Reagan to Barry Goldwater and more who have advocated positions similar to these.

It’s not his language. There have been plenty of Pols who have had untamed mouths and saucy speech from Jim Curley to Jim Traficant who have been on the scene.

It’s not his wealth, the number of very rich people who have run for office from Mike Bloomberg to George Washington to JFK likely can’t be counted.

It’s not even the alleged way he has treated women: Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy , need I say more?

No, to the media the crime of Donald trump, the ultimate crime, the crime that can’t be forgiven is he has revealed the big con.

Years ago I spoke to a pol who told me of a piece of wisdom an elderly office holder gave him when he first entered public life. He said most of it was a grift about making a comfortable living for yourself and if you’re very lucky you might just do some good along the way. Of course if your goal is to make that living you can’t let the people in on the con.

Thus the higher you go up the chain, the bigger the rewards for the position you have, and the more dependent you are on the con being maintained, because without that con you can’t get the wealth, the status or might risk being rejected by the arbiters of acceptability.

And that’s where Donald Trump throws a wrench into the system.

Unlike all the others who have talked about  voter fraud, media bias, that the fix is in, Donald Trump is different.

  • He’s not dependent on either the political system or the media for the wealth he has amassed.
  • He’s got a built in fan base that all of the media’s efforts won’t be able to destroy
  • He doesn’t give a tinker cuss about what any of these people, who for decades treated him as a golden boy for ratings, copy and money who abandoned him think about him anymore.

He is like a rich man who had somehow convinced himself that a trophy wife loved him being showed tapes of that trophy wife in bed with her lover and at a party with her friends telling both that she never really loved her husband, it was all about what he could do for him, and wants revenge.

And that revenge is to expose the big con on a platform so large they can’t prevent a large amount of the public for seeing that they’ve been played for decades.

Personally I don’t think the price the media and the system are going to pay is worth it.

Closing thoughts. You might wonder if Mr. Trump is worried about the vengeance that both the system and media will take on him after the election is done, particularly if he loses. Alas for them both the now undeluded Trump knows three things.

  1. As soon as the election is over those same people out for his blood right now will still have designs on the wealth and will be coming back hat in hand for a piece of it (and boy will he make them pay for it).
  2. There is nothing stopping him from buying dying papers and making his own competing media putting those in fear of the diminishing job prospects in the press, in an interesting spot.
  3. He’s also rich enough that if the entire media and government system decided they want revenge, he has enough that he, his children and his grandchildren can live full comfortable lives till the end of their days..

In other words short of actually killing him or his loved ones, they can’t do a thing to him, and he has the wealth and power to keep himself and his family secure.


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Why do you not understand what I am saying? Because you cannot bear to hear my word.

You belong to your father the devil and you willingly carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks in character, because he is a liar and the father of lies.

But because I speak the truth, you do not believe me.

John:8:43-45

 

There has been an avalanche of talk (but almost none by the MSM) on the Wikileaks revelations concerning the Democrats/Clinton campaign and the attempt to co-op, infiltrate and take out the Catholic Church for it to be remade in it’s own image, if you listen to EWTN radio you simply can’t miss it.

But all these revelations brought me back to the days when the Satanic Temple was planning their black mass at Harvard, In one of the many updates to my primary post I liked to Mark Shea who absolutely nailed it:

Demonstrating once again the back-handed compliment that the devil always pays to Jesus Christ, the blasphemy is directed, not toward Zeus, Quetzelcoatl or Mars, but toward the one true God.

But I’d go one step farther.  The Satanic Temple wasn’t organizing a black Seder or a black Billy Graham Rally or a Black Baptist, Lutheran or even Anglican service they attacked the Catholic mass and the Eucharist because they understood and still understand that the Catholic Church is truly the actual church of Jesus Christ, founded by him, with St. Peter at its head with an unbroken line of succession, tradition teaching and authority granted by Christ and protected by the Holy Spirit and that the Eucharist is the actual body and blood soul and divinity of Jesus Christ.

Remember there are plenty of Catholic supply stores where you can buy unconsecrated hosts indistinguishable from the real thing to the naked eye but it was the fact our satanic enemies (I’m sorry but it a Catholic can’t refer to a Satanist as an enemy then he isn’t allowed any) claimed to have a consecrated host that got the story rolling.

When I read the words of Podesta and Jennifer Palmieri (who defends herself by saying “I am a Catholic” forgetting that Judas could rightly claim he was an Apostle Chosen by Christ) I hear the same thing.

When they target the Catholic Church specifically, when they found their front organizations claiming to be catholic when they conspire to bring down the church even as the Obama administration conspires to bring down the little sisters of the poor, they are telling the entire world that the Catholic Church, for all it’s imperfections because it is administrated by humans, is the real thing.

That’s why it must be destroyed and that’s why they are doing their best to do so.

Just like the Satanic Temple.

Closing thought #1:  Elizabeth Scalia suggested something similar this week:

Catholics who are fretsome about Podesta’s words, and the words of others in the trail of emails exposing our “public servants” as seriously short-sighted and dubiously motivated, really should not be. “If the world hates you, it hated me first,” said our Christ, (John 15:18). While the Podesta emails tell us who is firmly of the world, they pay us an unintended compliment, here, by recognizing us as part of something that cannot be tamed, or distracted from the call of the One who makes us free.

Closing thought 2:  At my very first CPAC back in 2010 I interviewed some DC transit workers on the subject:  Why they are democrats, they turned it around and asked me why I am a republican (I’m not anymore FYI) my answer was as a faithful believing Catholic I was no longer welcome in the party.

It’s a high complement from Podesta and company that I could see in the 90’s what John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi and Tim Kaine still can’t, won’t or pretend not to see today.


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This week James O’Keefe released a hidden camera video that showed a NYC voting commissioner admitting that Democrats are busing black, hispanic and chinese voters through the city to vote multiple times. (and it appears that revelation got him locked out of twitter to suppress it.

Yesterday at this site Fausta told the story of the Hillary Clinton team manipulating hispanic voters that she witnessed.

And we’ve seen story after story about registering the dead this year.

However all these revelations mean nothing if the media doesn’t cover them and the legal system doesn’t act. And given the record of the media and the justice system we see no reason for them to either do so or independently enforce the law if it might cost Hillary Clinton votes.

So we have to act ourselves. Here is what I suggest:

  1. Rather than watching the polls in the big cities, we need citizen journalists to watch the BUSSES.

If our friend on the left are busing repeaters they will need busses. Therefore that means they are either renting busses or own busses to do this.

If I was the GOP or Trump fans I’d position people to check for said busses, to film them and trail them once they are spotted and upload the video as it happens in every major city. The moment a bus stops at a 2nd polling station and a person gets out to vote a 2nd time shot the video and presto proof of a federal offense.

Secondly if I was the GOP in Florida I’d be sending people to spanish neighborhoods, look for people who have been visited by the Clinton folks per this post and were tricked into signing that form, then search for absentee ballots in their name.

It is vital that this stuff get documented in preparation of a class action suit on behalf of every American voter who has been robbed of the franchise by this fraud.

Then it will be up to our media and our institutions, will they take action or will they make the mistake of the church to hide their disgrace.

If these people are going to steal an election we need to establish its illegitimacy by all legitimate means. And if our government and our media decides to ignore the facts, then we need to treat this election result and the government it produces an the institutions that cover it up as illegitimate.

Our friends on the left and their institutions are counting on us resigning ourselves to this. We must resolve not to.

I know that’s drastic but the alternative is self delusion, and I will not have it.

keeper

Dominic You: We need no friends, and fear no enemy!x
British Captain: I may have been misinformed. I understood Mr. LaFitte commanded at Barataria.
Jean LaFitte: If your offer is good it will stand up under fire

The Buccaneer 1958

The time to take over the GOP (state by state) or set up a real third party (let’s call it the conservative party, like NY state), is NOW, after a historic election that demonstrated the ineptness of the “Wizards of Smart”.

The time NOT to talk about and vote for a third part candidate, or stay home and pout about rules that work against you is DURING an historic election, when one of the evils is immeasurably worse than the guy you can’t quite warm to.

Mike Rogers of Granite Grok

To a person completely unfamiliar with the blog, yesterday’s post by JD Rucker might cause some confusion as his statement concerning the election contradicts my own from by Double Down Trump post. Let me begin by informing such people that my writers are informed up front that with these exceptions:

  1. They may NOT advocate or enable Abortion
  2. They may NOT advocate or enable Radical Islam
  3. They may NOT attack (Ie: The Catholic faith and church is evil and must be destroyed) although they may critique (Ie: Here is my problem with Bishop’s X or Pope x position or action or here is why I disagree with this Catholic doctrine) the Catholic Faith.
  4.  They may not violate the law & get me sued (It’s my prerogative not theirs to choose to take that risk)

When people are accepted as writers here, they may write what they wish on the subject that they wish and say what they think with no thought or fear that if I disagree with it I will censor it,  after all, this isn’t Twitter.

But while I agree with JD’s piece in many respects, particularly in terms of what we should do post election his argument against voting Trump in this election is not plausible because wild speculation not withstanding the truth is this:

 Baring sudden death either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States

For a conservative to come to the decision to either vote 3rd party or to leave the ballot blank under the theory:  “Donald Trump is unfit therefore I shall not support him even if it means a Hillary Clinton victory” strikes me as the argument of Code Pink vs fighting ISIS or a British Pacifist during World War 2.  “War is evil and I won’t aid it”.

And to that argument CS Lewis gave an excellent answer

for those who are unwilling to sit through the entire CS Lewis doodle (which I’ve been looking for an excuse to show you for weeks) let me get to the nitty gritty quote.

In the liberal society the number of pacifists will either be large enough to cripple the state as a belligerent or not.  If not you have done nothing, if it is large enough, then you have handed over the state which does tolerate pacifism over to its totalitarian neighbor who does not.  Pacifism of this kind is taking a straight road to a world where there is no pacifism.

Or put simply, all staying home or voting 3rd party does to a conservative is to enable someone who wants to destroy you and give them the weapons to do so.  Conservatism of this kind is taking a straight road to a country where conservatism is not allowed.

Now you might say, “But DaTechGuy, I believe Donald Trump is unfit and my personal honor does not allow such a vote?”

Well that answer comes from this exchange between the 4th Doctor and a man named Tremas in the episode the Keeper of Traken.   Let me set the scene.  A powerful device which gives a person literally power over a series of planets is about to be taken over by an evil malevolent force.  Having escaped temporarily from its clutches the Doctor and his party find their way to Tremas’ quarters where he is looking for a way to stop him.

4th Doctor: Well, the new regime seems to be making rather a mess of things. Tremas. Tremas.
Tremas: Huh?
4th Doctor: Blueprints. Master plans. Do you happen to keep them here?
Tremas: What plans in particular?
4th Doctor: Well, the master plans to the Source manipulator, of course.
Tremas: Yes, in the atmosphere safe. The secrecy of the Source manipulator is a sacred trust.
4th Doctor:  Tremas, we must stop Kassia becoming the Keeper, and for that we need the master plans.
Tremas: But I swore an oath, Doctor.
4th Doctor:  Well of course you swore an oath! Now you have to choose. Your personal honour against the safety of the whole of Traken.
Nyssa: Yes, father.
Tremas:   I can’t, Doctor.
4th Doctor: Well, that’s fine. That’s fine, Tremas. I mean, when this thing has taken over the entire Source you’ll have the consolation of knowing that you kept your honour intact.

As a vote for Trump is not aiding and abetting mortal sin (thus violating the primary duty of a Christian to God) the situation and the decision here is identical to the Doctor and Tremas.

I submit and suggest that when Hillary Clinton and those who enabled her flouting of federal law have been given power, when the IRS is again used as a tool to disable conservatives, when the full power of the federal government is used to either silence Christians, and/or force them to choose between their souls and their ability to function in public places or business, when the Muslim Brotherhood is enabled and America continues its retreat from the world and when the supreme court is packed to make sure that even if a Ted Cruz or a Scott Walker should be elected in 2020 their attempts to reverse these actions will be ruled unconstitutional,  those who have decided to stay home and allowed all this to happen will have the consolation of knowing that they kept their personal honor intact.

I’d say that price is too high.

FYI 1:  If you enjoyed the first part of that CS Lewis doodle on “Why I am not a pacifist I embed part 2 here for you.

FYI 2: In case you’re wondering the exchange between Tremas and the Doctor ends, like this.

[Tremas goes to a blank piece of wall, puts his hand through and removes a scroll.]
Tremas: The original design of the Source manipulator. The means that gave power to our Keepers.
4th Doctor: Good.

FYI 3: (minor Doctor Who spoiler alert) Some Doctor Who fans might wonder if my invoking of the episode of Traken means I’m comparing Hillary Clinton to the Master either in his emaciated decaying state from that episode or the current regeneration as Missy who is just as evil and murderous. That is certainly not the case.

The Master/Missy evil wholly fictional character while Hillary Clinton is an awful terrible fact.


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There are hardcore supporters who have been there from the beginning for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. It was these supporters who helped propel each to their party’s nomination and nothing that comes out between now and election day will change their minds. Most of the rest of us have been forced to take a hardline approach as well. In this late hour, the accumulation of October surprises will not change our voting preference. The surprises are THAT bad; Trump’s locker room talk is countered by Hillary’s Wikileaks corruptions which counter accusations made against Trump which counter Hillary’s attacks on the pro-life movement which counter… you get the point.

In other words, a large percentage (I’d put the number north of 50%) of the electorate will vote for a candidate that they only support because they believe the other major candidate would be worse. Never has any living generation of Americans seen a full-fledged race to the bottom like this one. This election won’t be won. The next President will be the candidate that loses less. We’re stuck having to fake enthusiasm for one candidate because we can’t imagine America with the other candidate in charge. I know many of the readers are full-blown supporters of Trump and that’s your prerogative. I will never support, endorse, or vote for Hillary, so at least we have that in common.

Regardless of who wins on November 8th, it’s imperative that on November 9th we evaluate what brought us here and make the choice to never let it happen like this again. I’m not talking about figuring out how Hillary evaded jail or why the best batch of conservative candidates the GOP has ever seen were summarily dispatched by a liberal and his wall. It’s time to take a look at the fundamental problems in Washington DC and across the country that prevent the obvious solution of Constitutional conservatism from having its day leading in the halls of government. As Bobby Johns pointed out in his passionate attack on liberalism in Congress, only three Senators and fourteen Congressman score an “A” on Conservative Review’s scorecard. Most GOP Senators and Congressmen score an “F” which means that they are slightly right-leaning at best.

This is why President Obama has never had a problem getting every single thing he’s ever wanted in the last eight years budgeted, including over the two years that Republicans have held a majority in both chambers.

This is why Planned Parenthood always gets funded.

This is why the internet is no longer under U.S. control.

This is why the one time Congress was able to reverse a Presidential veto, it was on a bill that affects less than 1% of 1% of Americans. The only reason it succeeded was because retiring Harry Reid was the only Senator willing to side with Saudi Arabia over families of 9/11 victims. In an election year, the President never had a chance. His veto was symbolic.

The problem isn’t that we don’t have enough Republicans in office. The problem is that we don’t have enough principles in the people holding those offices. We need a party that holds conservative principles at the highest level, that throws political expediency out the window. We need voters to learn the principles that propelled this nation to its pinnacle. Most of those principles are found in the words of the Constitution. Others can be found in the examples of the men and women who defend them. Any politician who refuses to wholeheartedly keep the oath of defending the Constitution does not deserve our vote.

This year, it’s too late. Principles have been abandoned by both major parties. This is why it’s important to build a new one. If the party of Lincoln, Coolidge, and Reagan has moved so far to the middle that conservatism has become a co-opted punchline used during campaign season, then examining our course through the lens of principles is our best course of action after the election.

Update (DTG): As you know I don’t censor my writers and respect their opinions but tomorrow morning I’ll give a short answer as to what he’s missing here.

As we near the home stretch there are several apparent facts that need to be stated some of them very unpleasant.

My prediction concerning media bias going beyond anything we can imagine has proven more right than I thought. The best example of this have been the wikileaks revelation as the media’s story has been driven by the Democrat “outrage” over the leaks rather than what has actually been leaked.

The O’Keefe tape of a NYC commissioner openly admitting vote fraud on hidden camera at a gathering that he thought was closed, would in any normal time be earth shaking, but because of thought number one they will barely register a blip because to acknowledge this reality is to risk losing wealth and power.

The problem of money in politics is not so much the problem of the money spent on elections but the monetary rewards of victory which allows the winners to direct tax dollars and contracts allowing connected people to be enriched off the taxpayer dime and consequently be rewarded with well paying position for friends and family during their time in office and comfort for themselves.

The corally to the above statement is this, once the financial rewards of victory are great enough then the incentive to either cheat or show bias become overwhelming to the point where the idea that a side holding this patronage and power would NOT cheat, lie, defraud or even use violence to keep it is naive in the extreme.

No amount of reality is going to trump a well placed lie if the lie: 1. Affirms the self righteousness of those who choose to believe (or pretend to believe it). 2. Involves no risk to status, employment or position as opposed to the reality. 3. Requires no action. The only exception to this is if there is a perceived risk of death from the ignoring said reality. One a person perceives that ignoring reality places either their lives, fortunes or comfort in danger will they act upon reality.

All of this demonstrates why great moral and cultural truths need to be constantly reinforced. Human nature tends towards selfishness, cowardice, ignorance, indolence, self deception and self destruction and is furthermore easily manipulated (if you don’t believe me spend an hour watching commercials) Unless you constantly remind people of the good and right they will forever slip back. This is also why you have to a teenager 15 times to take out the trash even though it’s been their assigned job for years.

All of these problems can be directly traced to the decision to abandon the culture war, as long as the Judeo Christian Culture prevailed and people had a sense of absolute truth and right and that there were eternal consequences for it and our culture and schools were affirming this. All of the problems above were controllable. There would naturally be some degree of corruption and cowardice because of human weakness but the overall culture would limit the damage. That is why the culture was always target #1 for the left and why our enemies unable to cope with our military might wisely made the pivot to culture.

When Ben Franklin answered: “a republic, if you can keep it.” when asked what kind of government was decided on after the constitutional convention, It was this moment that he was referring to. A moment when the breaking point between the people’s willingness and ability to govern themselves would be tested by apathy, indifference, ignorance and cowardice.

If you are a conservative I suspect the near future (5-10) years is going to be some of the hardest and most daunting time of your live. You need to decide if you want to arm yourself, because before the end of my days it’s very possible that you are going to have to decide if you are going to submit or fight or be persecuted and simply endure.

No amount of cultural decay, political and media corruption or lies changes eternal truths or the eternal consequences of ignoring them, nor our obligation to do our best, despite our sinful human nature, to be living examples of the Life of Christ. No matter the country, the culture or the society you are in, the temporal destiny of every single human is death. And the eternal destiny of every single human being will be decided by how we deal with said eternal truth.


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Every pundit will have an opinion based upon their own biases and their news agency’s preferences. Some will highlight the move Donald Trump made to threaten Hillary Clinton directly. What they probably won’t mention is that from a purely strategic perspective, his charge that as President he would appoint a special prosecutor to “look into” Clinton’s “situation” was absolutely brilliant.

A large percentage of American voters generally do not like nor trust Hillary Clinton. The same could be said about Trump, but there’s a difference. They don’t like Trump for his personality, privilege, and/or policies. They don’t like Hillary because she should almost certainly be in jail. For three decades, she has evaded the law. The accusations against her are numerous and many of them are extremely serious even if you discount conspiracy theories about her alleged “hits” on political liabilities. She has been demonstrated to be a liar and a cheat, but it’s worse. She’s gotten away with things that others could not and that makes her scorned even by people who want to vote for her.

Undecided voters now have something to weigh against Trump’s damaging recordings from last week. Do they want to harm Trump for his misogyny or do they want to empower him to take out Clinton? Whether undecided voters realize it or not, the notion of seeing someone in power held accountable is extremely appealing to them from a psychological perspective. They don’t like it when the powerful get special treatment. They don’t like it when the powerful get away with things that average Americans could not.

By itself, his call for a special prosecutor was a strong statement, but it was his mic drop moment a couple of minutes later that really punctuated it in the minds of undecided voters:

 

It won’t matter who pundits say “won” this debate. In reality, it was a debacle from start to finish thanks to poor moderators and mostly terrible questions. Nevertheless, the winner when it comes to putting sway on undecided voters was, through the subtle effects of his promise, Donald Trump.


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By John Ruberry

The Washington Post has long been a leftist publication, in the 1970s it was dubbed “Pravda on the Potomac” by conservatives.

The newspaper has gotten worse since then, even after its purchase in 2013 by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

On Friday it released a 2005 video of Donald Trump in a hot-mic conversation with Billy Bush of Access Hollywood as he very crudely discusses his sexual moves on women. In his apology the Republican presidential nominee categorized his behavior as “locker-room banter,” but the reality is that most men, or even high school sophomores, don’t speak in that manner about women, at least in such explicit detail. Trump needs to make one more apology added with a vow never to discuss women in that fashion for as long as he lives.

While NBC, which owns Access Hollywood, not surprisingly had the video clip first, it was cognizant of it on Monday. But while the network’s lawyers were still reviewing the clip, an anonymous source alerted the Post about it on Friday, four hours later it went live on the newspaper’s website.

But who was that source?

In a July Wikileaks release, Greg Sargent, who writes the Plum Line blog for the Post–most of the its blogs are leftist electronic rags–was exposed as a shill for the Democratic National Committee. Lee Cary in the American Thinker laid down how the DNC propaganda treadmill works at the Post. Sargent gets a tip of slanted information from the DNC, which of course he doesn’t credit in his blog entry. Writers higher up on the Post food chain credit the Plum Line on this “scoop,” other media sources credit the Post, when in fact the “news” is really a disguised Democratic Party informercial.

How many other shills such as Sargent at the Post have yet to be exposed?

“According to the Washington Post” is a much more convincing article lead-in than “According to a Democratic Party press release.”

John "Lee" Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven
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Back to the Trump tape. Yes, it’s newsworthy, but if the DNC was the Post’s source, shouldn’t its readers know about that? Remember, there’s a conveyor line of information coming from the Democrats to the Washington Post. Here’s another question: Let’s say a similarly damaging recording of Hillary Clinton was out there and the Post became aware of it. Would the Post run with that story? Or does the paper ignore it, using feeble excuses that it is “old news” or “not relevant to the political discussion.”

Win or lose this autumn, conservative bloggers and activists need to widen the battlefield and include what Trump rightly calls the “dishonest media” in the war for America. The establishment media, with a few exceptions, is a leftist cabal. If we successfully expose them to the masses, we’ll discover that defeating the Democrats will be surprisingly easy.

Don’t worry about Greg Sargent. I’m sure he has a job waiting for him at the Democratic National Committee if things stop working out for him at the Post. Or in a Hillary Clinton presidential administration.

John Ruberry regularly blogs Marathon Pundit.

roy-beanJudge Roy Bean:  I understand you have taken exception to my calling you whores. I’m sorry. I apologize. I ask you to note that I did not call you callous-ass strumpets, fornicatresses, or low-born gutter sluts. But I did say “whores.” No escaping that. And for that slip of the tongue, I apologize.

The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean 1972

Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.

Saul Alinsky

Patton: Hell, I know I’m a prima donna — I admit it. What I can’t stand about Monty is he won’t admit it.

Patton 1970

Yesterday while so many in the GOP are cutting and running I re endorsed Donald Trump for president of the United States.

But while I’m sure at the moment the Trump campaign appreciates even the smallest bit of support at this time, the more important question given the debate is:  How do you handle this when the media will want to talk about nothing else?

The first clue to the answer of this question came  from Jazz Shaw at HotAir both in terms of the tape itself

Where did the tape come from? There are already long, scholarly pieces being written on the subject. The phrases I’ve heard repeated most often this morning on both CNN and MSNBC are variations of, a tape stored on a dusty old shelf at NBC. Give me a break. This is part of an oppo file which has been out there since last year and held in reserve until the timing was right to inflict maximum damage and distract from any other bad news about Clinton. And given the decades that Donald Trump spent in the limelight giving interviews such as this one, going on the Howard Stern show and dealing with everyone from Hollywood, New York and Washington glitterati circles there are probably enough such pieces to drop one every three days from now through the election. You can expect to see plenty more.

And in terms of its timing

Going back to the whole convenient timing thing, we should also note that a new batch of Wikileaks documents dropped last night which contain all sorts of goodies about Hillary Clinton, including outtakes from some of her paid speeches to Wall Street. (We’ll have more on that later today.) Is anyone leading their cable news broadcasts with it this morning? Nope. There’s barely a peep. You can write all that off to coincidence if you like, but this sort of “accident” is a rare beast in American politics. All we can really say to the Clinton team at this point is… well played.

The second clue comes in two parts, part one from a piece I wrote a bit ago about Bill Clinton appearing on Morning Joe the day that Herman Cain (remember him) was dealing with accusations of sexual harassment:

Today there is a big press conference with Herman Cain addressing the now specific accusations against him. By an odd coincidence MSNBC’s Morning Joe had President Bill Clinton Scheduled for the 8:15 tine slot.

They had him on for 30 minutes and they talked economy, trade etc, yet not a person on that set asked him a question about the issue leading the news today, how he would suggest Cain deal with it and what lessons he learned from it.

That really says it all, Morning Joe and MSNBC have Bill Clinton, the single most famous political sexual harasser, a man who is still 15 years later the butt of jokes on the subject.

And part two from January of this year when everyone in the MSM was saying talking about Bill Clinton’s misdeeds was “Beyond the pale”

This reaction is of course completely understandable because if one does not have this reaction it begs the question that nobody in the MSM wants to ask or be asked:

If what Bill Clinton did to women was “disgraceful” and “unacceptable” then why did the media elites and Democrat pols not only defend him at the time but spend that last 15 years treating the ex president as if he had never done a wrong thing?

I submit and suggest that people from Podesta, to Andrea Mitchell to Harold Ford and many others all know the answer to that question, which is why they can’t bear to have it asked.

The third clue comes from item 10 in Scott Adams response to Erick Erickson’s snarky tweet concerning Trump:

10. Most male Hollywood actors support Clinton. Those acting skills will come in handy because starting today they have to play the roles of people who do not talk and act exactly like Trump in private.

And the fourth from the same piece item 13:

13. My prediction of a 98% chance of Trump winning stays the same. Clinton just took the fight to Trump’s home field. None of this was a case of clever strategy or persuasion on Trump’s part. But if the new battleground is spousal fidelity, you have to like Trump’s chances.

The fifth clue comes from last night’s post of Democrats lining up behind Bill Clinton after he was impeached on Dec 18, 1998.
And the final clue come from the movie quote that leads this post.

The Clinton’s are expecting some kind of direct attack from this move, I think Mr. Trump would be better off being subtle.

The first step is to, if she or any of the others are willing, make sure that Jennifer Flowers, Paula Jones and especially Juanita Broaddrick are at the debate.

The 2nd is to be ready when the question of his remarks come up and deliver the following two answers.

When (not if) asked to again apologize for these remarks, either by the moderator or by Secretary Clinton, he needs to give the following answer:

“I am happy to apologize here before the American people and to America’s women for my intemperate private remarks on that tape and in that same spirit I invite Mrs. Clinton here and now before the American people to apologize to them, to america’s women and to the woman concerned, some of whom are in the audience tonight,  for her and her surrogates intemperate private and public actions to defame these women for political gain.”

The rehearsed outrage response from the Clinton camp and the media should bring a response from Donald Trump reminding them that in her own speeches Mrs. Clinton has stated that woman who claim sexual harassment should be believed, if she and the media no longer believe this then perhaps you should say so now to the American people who are watching.

When the media presses on this issue, asking Trump and his surrogates if his words were appropriate he and or his surrogates answer should be in the mold of Judge Roy Bean’s quote above:

I understand that many have taken exception to my/Donald Trump’s private remarks on that tape a decade ago.  I ask you to note that I/he did not leave Americans calling for help to die in Libya, Nor did I/he enable the rise of ISIS.  Nor did I/he lie to the American people about a private server an leave national security secrets open to be hacked by my enemies, nor did I/he help enable those who have come to this country illegally and have killed innocent americans like Katie Steinle .  But I/he did speak vulgar remarks privately concerning women on that tape No escaping that. And for that, I/he apologize/apologized.

and when the media attempts to call this a dodge the stock response should be this.

I understand that the Clinton team and their media allies believe the words of Donald Trump are more relevant than the Actions of Hillary and Bill Clinton when deciding on who to choose for president, I think I trust the American people to decide if a poor choice of words are going to make them less safe at home and abroad and less financially secure than a slew of bad actions and decisions.

Or as Juanita Broaddrick put it:

Furthermore Trump’s team should immediately target Hillary surrogates, particularly those in media, politics and entertainment and ask them if they have ever used such language in private.

Make every single one of them make that denial in public on camera or make them give their “no comment”.  Make sure they function under the standard that they are holding Trump  and them in this age of camera phones and instant recording wonder if any Trump like recordings exist before and after they give that answer.

Finally I would identify each Democrat in this video, many of who are still in office

and have them answer this question: Do you regret lining up behind Bill Clinton after impeachment and would you like to apologize to the american people for doing so?

If I was on Trump’s team, that is how I would suggest he deal with this problem.

Of course Don Surber has a simpler more concise soundbite read answer :

surber

“I certainly regret that remark but you must remember I was a Democrat back then & a friend of Bill Clinton”  That’s the type of sound bite that gets a lot of airtime and fits in a tweet.

Now some of you might say:  But DaTechGuy, we shouldn’t have to even be dealing with this type of thing, let alone defending it.

I quite agree and if GOP voters had followed my advice and chosen Ted Cruz during the primaries or even my 2nd 3rd or 4th choices Rick Santorum, Scott Walker or Bobby Jindal we would not have to. Furthermore if the Democrats had nominated a person of character and honor who was not hostile to people of faith, unborn children or the defense of this county I would not have to do so.

But the GOP voters did not choose Cruz, Walker, Jindal or Santorum, and the Democrat party that produced candidates of character who were not hostile to faithful Christians, unborn children or national defense has not existed since the days of my youth.

So instead I’m faced with a binary choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton and right now Mr. Donald Trump is the only thing standing between us and the economic, social and military disaster for the nation in general and conservatives in particular that a Hillary Clinton administration will bring and it’s our duty as responsible citizens do all we can to avert that Clinton disaster for the sake of ourselves and our children.

You have to deal with reality as it is, not as you would like it to be.

And to those who missed my update to yesterday’s post, let me repeat verbatim why trying to get Trump to pull out or distancing oneself from Donald trump is a recipe for disaster.

  1. No matter how much you dislike what Trump said on that tape, he won the primaries.  He was legally and legitimately chosen as the nominee of the GOP.  Unless he drops dead or has a stroke or something it would be an illegitimate act to replace him on the ticket, particularly with someone, however qualified, who did not draw a single vote in the primaries.
  2. No matter how much you dislike the Trump voters, if you are a GOP incumbent or candidate in any state or country but the most red, you will need their votes to win an election.  Going after Trump is not going to win you any liberal leaning voters and is going to cost you conservative ones, you would be much better off saying something like this

    “I am happy to accept Donald Trump’s apology to America’s women for his intemperate private remarks on that tape and in that same spirit I invite [insert opponent’s name here] to demand that Secretary Clinton apologize to American people, to america’s women to the woman abused by her Husband and defamed by the Clintons and their surrogates for political gain.”

  3. Finally do you really think the Democrats are going to allow Trump to be replaced on the ballot at this stage?  There will be lawsuits in 50 states challenging any attempt to pull him and the Bob Torricelli precedent notwithstanding you aren’t going to see a judiciary upholding such a move.

Things are what they are and we have to deal with them as such, the best move is to accept Trump’s apology and move on.


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Mr. Grenville: There is a small matter of you misinforming her in regard to your intellectual aptitude it might better for Miss Romana (I) to be appraised as to the extent of your family’s property before she learned of the deception.

Reginald Basset: Of course she might not mind being manacled to a chap who was mentally negligible once she’s seen the size of his country estate!

Mr. Grenville: I have observed that this is often to be the case with young ladies sir.

Doctor Who the Auntie Matter 2012

I woke up Saturday morning to the breathless headline that Ladd Ehlinger’s predictions concerning opposition research concerning Donald Trump had come true as per this headline:  Trump recorded having extremely lewd conversation about women in 2005.

I suspect the specific phrase that has made folks like Paul Ryan cut and run is this as quoted by Allahpundit:

“And when you’re a star they let you do it,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

“Whatever you want,” says another voice, apparently Bush’s.

“Grab them by the p—y,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

Stacy McCain has declared this game over

This election is over. Write “–30–” at the bottom and file it.

and Allahpundit says this:

If Clinton can’t win the election after this, she was never going to win the election, period.

And in any standard election year with any standard pol as the standard bearer of a party this would be true.

However there are two basic reasons why this isn’t necessarily true

  1. this is not a normal election year and Trump is not a normal candidate.
  2. His Opponent is Hillary Clinton.

Now I concede this is bad, not only in terms of what was said but what it implies.  I strongly disapprove of it as I suspect many others like me do.

And that’s why I’ve chosen this moment, Catholic Blogger that I am, to double down and re-endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States!

Why would I do this?  Quite simple, I’m not going to let myself be played.  Let me explain.

To those who have endorsed Donald Trump, the idea that he is both boastful and vulgar has been a given, it has been factored into the equation concerning him.  Furthermore his public persona has been out there for decades and he has never pretended to be anything other than what he is.  I further suspect the voting public has already factored this into their image of Trump and it is unlikely that this revelation is going to move those who haven’t made up their minds one way or the other despite the shocked faces at CNN.

Furthermore the base reasons why many of us decided to endorse Trump have not changed:

…I know that there will be times that Donald Trump will disappointment me just as I expected Mitt Romney to disappoint me on social issues and John McCain to disappoint me on immigration and George W Bush who disappointed me on spending and the bank bailouts.

But while Trump will occasionally disappoint me (when he does I’ll call him on it) I am convinced he will neither persecute me nor strip me of my rights for holding my Conservative Catholic beliefs and acting on them.

I am very sorry to say I can not make that same statement about Hillary Clinton, and I’m even sorrier to see the day when I would say this about a presidential candidate.

Nothing on that tape changes these truths.  Clinton is going to persecute me, Trump is not.

Furthermore in terms of electability there is one thing that still favors Donald Trump,  Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton is the worst candidate for any office that I have seen since Martha Coakley.  There is nothing at all likable about her.  She is disliked and distrusted by the public by huge numbers, including many of those who will eventually vote for her.

Moreover the factor that I mentioned in my Trump endorsement still remains the same

I think that the sight of women and gay men being beaten by leftists because they support the presumptive GOP nominee, having it happen in full sight of police ordered to do nothing AND SEEING THOSE OFFICERS CHOOSING TO LET THEM BE BEATEN means that they can not count on the authorities to obey their oaths of office if they think doing so might cost them their jobs.

Even worse than this is the obvious question it raises: If leftists are willing to resort to violence and boast about it before an election when it might hurt their ability to persuade the people to vote for them, how much more willing will they be to violently suppress their political foes when such behavior is rewarded with electoral victory by the people?

What will that tell a populace that has already been arming itself nonstop for the last 4-6 years?

And that not even counting the basic corruption, the wholesale theft, the selling of the office of the president of the united states and the enabling of both islamic terror and our enemies in Russia, Iran, North Korea and China that will take place and the subsequent nuclear arms race that will follow.

There is also the whole business of Trump’s words vs the Clinton’s actions, my post from August really applies well here: (new emphasis here)

Our friends in the press and in culture say we should judge Donald Trump unacceptable by his words. They don’t like what he’s said about the border, about Rosie O’Donnell, about Kahn, about Islamic Terror etc etc etc. By these words in their eyes Donald Trump is unacceptable as president of the united states

These same people however do not want us to Judge Hillary Clinton / Barack Obama by their deeds. From paying ransoms that finance terror to Iran for hostages (It’s not really ransom), for exposing classified data to the russians and lying directly about it repeatedly, Hillary Clinton actually left people to die in Benghazi, actually blamed a video for it, actually imprisoned the person who made said video.

Clinton’s actual policies turned victory in Iraq into defeat, Syria into a mess, created ISIS, destabilized Libya, enabled Russia in the Ukraine and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.

And that’s not even going into using the Clinton foundation for payola or protecting Bill Clinton from the consequences of his actions when it comes to sexually abusing women.

That also gives a clue as to how Trump should deal with this business, but that for a follow up post.

Those two factors along American’s uncertainty in the Obama economy  mean that this tape notwithstanding this race isn’t over and anyone who thinks it is hasn’t been paying attention for the last year.

Closing thoughts:

  1. The irony of course is the truth of Trump’s statement. There is nothing that increases a person of the opposite sex’s tolerance for bad behavior, mediocre looks, advanced age or disgusting habits as wealth power and fame.  It’s the equivalent of beer goggles and has culturally acknowledged as a factor in woman’s selection of a mate since time immemorial.
  2. This release isn’t about convincing the general public that Trump is unacceptable.  If this was the American Culture that I grew up in then Stacy McCain would be absolutely correct, however it not.  Thanks to the ceaseless efforts of the left and the media we no longer have the culture that I grew up with that would have rejected Trump en masse over these remarks.  We have a coarser, more vulgar culture where right and wrong are flexible things and standards are not what they are.  One might even say that the left has enabled the conditions that will allow Trump to get past this with minor if any damage to his prospects.

No this is about convincing those who still have to values to allow the election of someone who not only is directly opposed to all you hold dear but will persecute you on every level.  This is about tricking you into letting go of your one chance to stop your own destruction.  They want you to lose your nerve. Furthermore they want the GOP to lose their nerve and the press will do all they can do enable it.

In other words they are counting on you to be suckers.

I’m still voting Trump and I’m still encouraging you to keep your nerve and do the same.

Update:  It’s clear that many in the GOP are cutting and running in public and urging Trump to pull out of the race, that is sheer idiocy is self evident for three reasons.

  1. No matter how much you dislike what Trump said on that tape, he won the primaries.  He was legally and legitimately chosen as the nominee of the GOP.  Unless he drops dead or has a stroke or something it would be an illegitimate act to replace him on the ticket, particularly with someone, however qualified, who did not draw a single vote in the primaries.
  2. No matter how much you dislike the Trump voters, if you are a GOP incumbent or candidate in any state or country but the most red, you will need their votes to win an election.  Going after Trump is not going to win you any liberal leaning voters and is going to cost you conservative ones, you would be much better off saying something like this

    “I am happy to accept Donald Trump’s apology to America’s women for his intemperate private remarks on that tape and in that same spirit I invite [insert opponent’s name here] to demand that Secretary Clinton apolgize to American people, to america’s women to the woman abused by her Husband and defamed by the Clintons and their surrogates for political gain.”

  3. Finally do you really think the Democrats are going to allow Trump to be replaced on the ballot at this stage?  There will be lawsuits in 50 states challenging any attempt to pull him and the Bob Torricelli precedent notwithstanding you aren’t going to see a judiciary upholding such a move.

Update 3:  For the 2nd time since deciding to support Trump after he clinched the GOP nomination a person I know and respect has asked to be pulled from my email list because of a post.  That’s their right of course and I’ll respect it but I suggest rejecting my opinion is not going to make reality any better for conservatives, particularly under a Clinton administration.

Update 4: I respect Jonah Goldberg whose point is valid:

Either way, this video is not an aberration. It is not a special circumstance. It’s him. There’s no pivot in him. There’s no “presidential” switch to flip. He’s Donald Trump all the way down.

However given the reality that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States I ask Jonah this question:

If we concede that Donald Trump’s character is bad, Would it be better for the country to have a President of poor character who will be under intense scrutiny by the press, pols and law enforcement agencies (Trump) or to have a President of poor character who will be given a pass and or defended by the press, the pols and apparently the FBI regardless of what they say or do (Hillary).

I submit and suggest the answer is clearly the former.

Update 5: instalanche thanks Glenn. If you like this piece check out my interviews with attendees of a Trump rally in Bedford NH here, but I have to disagree with the word use of “Happy” it’s more like necessary.

Right now a lot of people are forgetting that for good or I’ll the only thing standing between us and the financial, military, security, cultural and constitutional rights disaster that a Hillary Clinton administration would be is Donald Trump.

People are in panic and when the line is breaking someone has to pick up the flag and shout “FORWARD”. And if it costs some me some readers then so be it.

Update 6: Hey look at all those democrats in that video lining up behind Bill Clinton to support him after impeachment on 12/19/1998. I wonder how many of them are now saying Trump is unfit for the presidency due to his words?

Update 7: How to Handle the tape at the Debate Tomorrow? Roy Bean the Clintons and Alinsky their surrogates


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The Clinton campaign has aimed an ad right at Trump’s underbelly: assorted negative comments made by him about women. Clinton’s kicker: “is this the President we want for our daughters?”

Careful of that glass house you’re living in, Mrs. C.

This from the campaign of a woman who likes to say that women’s rights are human rights. At the same time, she promotes abortion, which effectively makes human rights conditional on whether an individual is “wanted.” My daughters know better. Does hers?

She touts the “Affordable” Care Act every chance she gets, which is not the same thing as supporting health care. Ask the women with high deductibles who are about to hear from their insurance companies how much more they have to pay for health insurance next year. I doubt that I’m the only woman who is avoiding urgent-care medical attention because it’s unaffordable. I haven’t heard Trump applaud that.

She’s determined to keep the “Affordable” Care Act’s HHS/contraceptive mandate in place. Remember that the ACA considers contraception for women to be “preventive” care, which implies that women are broken and need to be fixed. The same mandate is what’s keeping the Little Sisters of the Poor (among others) in court. Prosecuting nuns for exercising their right to choose not to subsidize employees’ contraceptive use? So much for standing by women. I don’t see Trump taking aim at nuns.

Clinton wants to eliminate the Hyde Amendment. The more public funding of abortion, the better, in Hillaryland. Don’t like that? Prepare to pay up and shut up during a Clinton Administration. Conscience rights be damned. Trump takes a different view of Hyde.

And then there’s Clinton’s recent gleeful question about Trump: “what kind of genius loses a billion dollars in a single year?” I guess that’s the shiny object that’s supposed to divert me from a more substantive question: what kind of Secretary of State “loses” tens of thousands of emails and gets away with it? Do we want our daughters governed by a politician who thinks she’s above the law and will not come clean about her actions?

As for remarks about women, it wasn’t Trump who called Gennifer Flowers “trailer trash”  or Monica Lewinsky a “narcissistic loony tune.” In this campaign, Clinton has said that women who have endured sexual assault have the right to be believed. Tell it to Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey.

Is this the President we want for our daughters?

It’s a fair question to ask about Trump. It’s an urgent question to ask about Clinton.

There’s a voting block that has received nearly zero attention this election year from the Presidential candidates. Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to say much because her progressive perspectives are natural and assumed. Donald Trump has mentioned it one time in a single sentence in 16 months. Gary Johnson has oddly avoided it altogether. Homeschooling families, who often vote specifically based upon a candidate’s position on the issue, have been left in the dark with innuendo and assumptions as the only ways for them to formulate an opinion. Even the Home School Legal Defense Association, which almost always endorses someone in elections at every level, is going into the final month unsure of where anybody stands. They haven’t endorsed.

It’s an issue that doesn’t directly affect many Americans because such a small percentage in this country take advantage of this crucial educational option. What people need to realize is that it’s a core issue that indirectly affects all Americans, conservatives in particular. It’s one of the last bastions of defense for those of us who believe that the government should watch our backs and essentially leave us alone otherwise. When the government tells us how we’re allowed to educate our children, the dominoes start falling.

This year marks the first in nearly twenty that my family isn’t homeschooling one of our children. Our youngest is ready to make the transition to a Christian middle school just as her siblings did before her. It’s important to know this because it means I no longer have skin in the game. Unless God grants us another child (we’re not young, but we’re younger than Abraham and Sarah), our homeschooling days are behind us. I no longer have a personal reason to fight for school choice, homeschooling rights, or any other K-12 initiatives. However, I’m a conservative who sees the big picture. Parental rights are right up there with religious liberties and gun ownership as core issues that act as a foundation for everything else.

Is Donald Trump for homeschooling rights? Probably, though his lack of attention has made many homeschoolers wonder if he is even aware of the issue. Is Gary Johnson? Possibly, though his progressive brand of libertarianism as it pertains to religious liberties should make us wonder where he really stands on education. Is Hillary Clinton? Certainly not, though as with everyone else she hasn’t discussed the issue. This is an issue for which every candidate must make their perspectives clear. Nothing implicit; we need an explicit stance that definitively declares where each candidate stands. Why? Because anyone -Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, or Independent – who will fail at protecting our Constitutional rights will first fail to protect homeschooling. It’s a harbinger issue. If they let this fall, they can’t be trusted with bigger problems.

It’s a small issue near the bottom of most conservatives’ checklist, but with such things it’s important to remember the words of Luke 16:10. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.

By John Ruberry

Last night the New York Times, using an illegally obtained copy of Donald Trump’s 1995 tax return, speculated that because of a $916 million loss listed on that return, the Republican nominee may have, yes, may have, avoided paying federal income taxes for 18 years.

With help from his wealthy father, not the government, Trump, a real estate developer, built an international business empire. And because of his Apprentice television franchise, even before his presidential run Trump was likely the most recognized business person in the United States.

Hillary Clinton is also rich. Her business–make that racket–is influence peddling. While her husband was attorney general, and then governor of Arkansas, Clinton was an attorney at the Rose Law Firm in that state’s capital city. The Clintons, aided by the Rose Law Firm, used its clout to protect themselves and Jim and Susan McDougal, their investment partners. While they didn’t make money in Whitewater, Arkansas’ first couple did their best to cover up the Whitewater scandal, which led to the convictions the McDougals, Bill’s successor as governor, and Webster Hubbell, a partner at the Rose Law Firm and a close friend of the Clintons.arkansas-sign

The McDougals ran Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan in Little Rock, which failed in the 1980s. They chose, of course, the Rose Law Firm to defend their thrift.

After emerging from the White House “dead broke,” the Clintons were still able to purchase a mansion in Westchester County, New York, one of the most expensive real estate markets in the nation. In 2001 the Clinton Foundation was formed, by this time of course Hillary was a US Senator from New York. The foundation traded off of Bill’s status as an ex-president–six-figure public speaking fees to him went to this “charity,” which offered high-priced salaries to Clinton family cronies and served as a lucrative waiting room for those Clintonistas between government jobs.

The former first couple learned that influence peddling, not property investments, was their pathway to wealth.

While Hillary was serving as Barack Obama’s secretary of state, foreign donors poured money into the “charity,” probably using their cash as down payments for favors from Madame Secretary. It worked. A majority of the non-governmental meetings Hillary had at State were with Clinton Foundation donors, which is why the foundation is commonly referred to as a slush fund.

In Illinois, where Hillary grew up, that’s called pay-to-play.

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John “Lee” Ruberry of the Magnificent Seven

There’s nothing like this type of sordidness in Trump’s background.

After leaving State, it was Hillary’s turn to collect the big-money speeches, with Wall Street firms being some of her most lucrative clients. Without having been a major government figure–or the spouse of one–Clinton’s speech income just might have matched that of a Times Square busker, such as the Naked Cowboy.

In 2014 just 5.7 percent of the Clinton Foundation budget was spent on charitable grants.

Where is that story, New York Times?

Oh, do you know anyone who doesn’t try to pay as little income tax as possible?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

 

 

Every year between January and April Americans see ads like this:

From tax preparation companies and ads like this

from tax software companies

As a person who has done their own federal taxes on paper without using tax preparation software as my mother taught me and has no interest in sharing my tax numbers with anyone else such ads have no interest to me, but to most Americans the selling point of these ads is the ability of either the professionals at H & R block or Turbo Tax to make sure that their customers get every deduction that they are legally allowed to take.

Now picture if those ads were different.

What if that Turbo Tax ad instead of saying “In her case yes the amount goes right here” when asked about a load deduction said: “In her case yes but we at Turbo Tax aren’t going to apply it because we want to help you to be a patriotic American who pays her fair share of taxes.”

What if that H & R Block ad instead of saying “Nobody gets more of your money back then Block, guaranteed.” said “Nobody makes sure you pay your fair share of taxes like Block, guaranteed.”

Or picture going to your local accountant who instead of promising to get you the best refund they legally could promised to make sure you paid your fair share of taxes.

Would you pay any of those people to do your taxes?

Of course not! That’s idiocy.

It’s a fair critique to say that Donald Trump is the first major presidential candidate to not release his taxes in 40 years and if you object to that failure, that’s fine.

But to critique Donald Trump for employing accountants who take every tax deduction specifically allowed under US law, that’s simply nuts.

FYI I’d be interested in hearing how many members of the MSM employ such civic minded accountants. Maybe they can provide us with a list.


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Of the swing states in the Nation, NH is one of the smallest. It’s a state where if you draw 500 people to an event you are getting a real crowd and The NH sports plex in Bedford NH as befitting a venue in this state is small compared to many of the locations around the nation that Donald Trump has filled with Tens of thousands of supporters.

But while the venue was small at least by Donald Trump standards the crowd that I counted at over a thousand people packed themselves into the complex and continued to pour in from the moment I got to the press table and entered the media area and even after Mr. Trump started speaking (in fact he commented on this during his opening).

Normally for such an event I would arrive several hours early and camp out for the best spot but the necessity to sleep after a shift ending at 7 AM (I managed to get out at 6:15 to catch an early mass) meant that I arrived at the venue less than an hour before things began. The layout of the venue meant access was by effective a long winding driveway which added up to frustration for the lefty protesters who our democrat friends always deploy for such events.

As soon as I parked my car I started asking attendees for interviews, the first person I talked to was Elaine.

followed by Joseph

I spoke to Joseph near the swag tables, there were several vendors selling assorted hats and shirts

From there I came to the press entrance. Unlike the primary days Mr. Trump now had secret service protection and I and my bag needed screening to proceed. I spotted Rick Santorum’s old campaign manager working the event. He said hello and we chatted agreeing with regret that the GOP had backed Rick had been the 2012 he’s be running for re-election this year. At the press table I was delayed because no matter when I send in the request I never seem to be on the list, but was eventually recognized and approved and went through (and some people still wonder why I wear a 12 ft Dr. Who scarf to all these events)

As per usual several local pols came up to lionize the candidate and warm up the crowd before the stat, the most effective of these was former Senator Bob Smith who spoke of Nixon being forced from office (and rightly so in his words) for his actions and compared Hillary Clinton group of 5th amendment aides to this. He also directly spoke to some of the conservatives, some of them his friends, who have said they can’t bring themselves to vote for Trump warning them “Don’t come complaining to me when Hillary’s Supreme Court comes for your Gun rights.”.

It was at this moment that my computer choose to run out of power and I found myself needing to find an alternative location to plug in. I did a quick walk around of the area and after finding a plug in the snack bar was about to grab my laptop to go there when I was informed that the press could not leave their area at the moment (indicated that Mr. Trump had just arrived) That’s when I interviewed Scott

General Mike Flynn came on to introduce Donald Trump and drew a round of applause for police, something that Hillary Clinton doesn’t dare to.

Donald Trump then entered the stage and the crowd that was still coming in went wild.

Trump talked all about Jobs Jobs Jobs From now on it’s going to be ‘America First'” He talked about Hillary Rally in NH drawing only about 100 people as the people kept coming in. He talked about how Hillary is outspending him 50-1 yet he’s tied or leading. He talked of both African Americans and Latinos being given lip service by Democrats in election years and concluded by talking American Cars, Planes, Ships and steel.

Once outside I approached people for interview but my press badge didn’t help as I was held in suspicion by most. The first person who talked to me was William

He wasn’t all that impressed but he was a distinct minority,

I then saw a long line of people waiting, I presumed that it was held up due to the motorcade but apparently due to limited parking they had a bus shuttle running. I talked to Miko:

and Melony

a Lady from Manchester

and a group from the Fitchburg/Leominster/Townsend area

And Bob

and Claire

and Rebecca with her sons (only one that came on camera)

Thomas who got a day off from classes to go

and Stanley a vet

and finally Dr. Truth who had a new book out for us.

The general consensus was that they like what they heard but wanted Trump to be more aggressive in the next debate. The real question is will he be and is it smart for him to be?


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This afternoon I was in Bedford NH to cover the first Donald Trump event in NH since the Debates.

Because I got back to Fitchburg fairly late and have to work tonight for 10:30 the full story and the video will have to wait for tomorrow but here are some quick impressions.

Trump’s stump speech has dramatically improved from his primary speeches, he still hits the various red meat lines but he’s added several that address specific policies.

Having been at the Amplify Choice conference concerning school choice Trump’s words concerning parental choice on schools really stood out.

There was a distinct difference between the way people reacted to interview requests before I got my press credentials vs after. Before I had my credentials I was a guy in the crowd, once I had a badge that said “Press” I became the enemy to anyone who didn’t know me.

There was a real difference in terms of candidate access for the press, during the primary season Trump regularly took questions before events, now we didn’t get close to him, but of course at this point int he campaign most of the media is actively trying to defeat him so it makes sense.

There were a few protestor types who had large signs who wanted to get access to the event, they failed miserably, actually that’s not true, they failed extremely well as they didn’t get anywhere near the actual venue, the layout precluded easy access for them.

The venders had a whole line of deplorable tees available which seemed quite popular.

The general gist I got from the various people I interviewed is they want Trump more on the attack during the next two debates. That question really comes down to a serious question: Is it more important to keep the base energized or to keep playing the “Trump isn’t crazy” card during the debates that remain. I’m not sure which is the right move.

I’ll leave you with Trump’s entrance filmed from the Press area.


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I wish we could sell them another hill at the same price

Gen Nathanael Greene on the British “victory” at Bunker Hill

As predicted yesterday the MSM in cheering Hillary Clinton in unison as the winner of yesterday’s debate, and if this was a college debate scored by instructors you might be able to make that case.

Hillary sounded every bit the policy wonk and experienced pol who had been doing this for years and the media is giving her high marks for doing so.

Unfortunately that isn’t the measure that will win her the election.

The only sense that Hillary managed to help herself was by not coughing and not falling over.  This makes it less likely that she will be replaced by another candidate.

In every other sense, Trump won this debate.

The primary goal of Donald Trump was to convince voters who don’t like Hillary but are afraid of him due to the Hillary/MSM attacks is that he is a credible candidate and is not crazy.

He did that very well, he brought up legit concerns that people can relate to (jobs leaving the country), Issues that are current and on the mind of voters (Law and Order on the streets)  Successfully brought up points that make Hillary look Corrupt (the 5th amendment),  Turned the Tax question into an email question (the one time Holt was forced to confront Hillary) managed to flank her on Black America (what has the party done for you?) and most importantly reminded people over and over again that Hillary has had 30 years to solve problems and hasn’t done so.

Most importantly he did so in a way that spoke not to political junkies like me, or policy wonks in DC or the political media but to the public who normally doesn’t pay attention.  Hillary talked over the general populace, Trump talked TO them.

After seeing that debate if you didn’t like Hillary but was afraid of Donald Trump you were either no longer afraid or less afraid.

In fact even the health result help Trump, a switch on the Ticket can only help Democrats, by looking healthy enough to go on Hillary insures her place on the ticket which will help solidify Trump lead.

As for Lester Holt, he wasn’t Candy Crowley biased but had the standard Bias of omission not bringing up issues that were weak for Hillary Clinton, on the plus side he let the two of them go at it a lot and I think that was a positive as it highlighted the actual differences between the candidate which is what such a debate should do.  Yeah he was biased but I’ve seen so much worse I’m not going to lose any sleep over it.

Put simply Hillary Clinton won this debate in the same way that the British won the battle of Bunker Hill and if she doesn’t understand it today next week when she is still down she sure will.

Update: Stacy McCain gets it

Ross Douthat makes some apt criticism of Trump’s debate performance, but it’s not Harvard-educated pundits who are Trump’s core constituency. This is one of the basic problems with political punditry: Highly educated (and highly ideological) commentators have difficulty imagining how things look to the average voter in Ohio or Florida. Remember how the Bernie Sanders boom during the Democrat primaries caught much of the journalistic world by surprise, in much the same way that Trump’s success in the GOP primaries shocked professional pundits on the Right.


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I’m not going to get a chance to see the entire debate tonight because of work but here is what things are going to come down to one thing: Will the caricatures of the two candidates be confirmed or refuted.

1. Trump: Is he crazy, is he presidential?

These two questions are what the American people want the answer to. Hillary Clinton the media and the left (but I repeat myself) has been trying to sell Donald Trump as an uncontrolled loon for the last year or so, completely unprecedented and unable to deal lead. That caricature took a huge hit thanks to his mexican trip whose live feed completely disappointed the left has the Donald not only sounded strong but competent. While this was no surprise to me as a person who is running business on an international scale has to know how to deal with foreign leaders this is totally contrary to what the MSM has said.

The goal for Donald Trump therefore is to appear presidential enough on TV to make a lie of this. I predict that he will have very little trouble doing so due to his massive TV experience.

2. Clinton: Is she corrupt, is she well?

There have been two memes with Hillary Clinton that has been out there, the first is corruption, while the email scandal has not had legs with the MSM it HAS with voters. Clinton needs to give answers that suggest there is no there there. This should actually not be a hard thing to do as she has decades of experience dissembling before reporters, however it is the viewing audience and not the press that she has to sell this too. My gut says she should be able to do this but the real question is, have her consultants prepped her for the press or the people? That will be the determining factor.

The second factor can’t be wargamed. Clinton’s health. I’m sure that Hillary has rested herself to the max and her medical and makeup team will have put out full effort to make sure that she is in the best physical shape possible or tonight.

All that being said if she starts coughing, if she starts to fall, if anything happens that says “unwell” that will be the final nail in the coffin for her. This is the overriding factor above all else. Can she manage to stand there for 90 minutes without seeming ill?

I predict she will manage to do so but the reality is we have no idea on this. It is the wild card in this debate.

The Clinton advantage MSM: The biggest advantage for Hillary Clinton is the MSM. As long as Hillary Clinton doesn’t cough up a lung, start drooling on the stage or physically collapse, the media will pronounce her well and declare her the victor in tonight’s debate. It doesn’t matter what she says or how she says it this is going to be the media narrative that the press will be selling.

The Trump Advantage the audience: It appears this is going to be one of the most watched debates in the history of history. A large amount of people who would not normally bother will politics will be drawn to it. Furthermore I suspect most of those people will not be bothering with much of the pre-debate or post-debate coverage. This means that Trump will have an excellent change to make his case directly to the people, particularly those who will not be bothering with the post-debate spin. If he doesn’t commit an obvious gaffe, and by gaffe I mean something that normal people, not the media, not the media, consider a gaffe. He will be fine.

My prediction. Barring a physical collapse by Hillary, this debate is going to be pretty much a wash by normal debate standards. However a wash in the debate is a win for Trump because the main question in the mind of people who don’t like Hillary is: Is Trump Qualified. If he passed that bar, he win…

…it should be pointed out that the MSM is going to declare Hillary the victor in this debate (again barring a physical collapse) I wouldn’t be surprised if most of those stories have already been written and just need the odd bit of space filled in. Howie Carr has nailed it:

Whatever happens on Long Island, Hillary will immediately be declared the winner by 98 percent of the press. The headlines are already written, the phony-baloney polls and focus groups are ready to roll.

Hillary has to accomplish only two feats in Hempstead. The first one is to get off a couple of canned zingers for her adoring fans in social media to run with Tuesday morning.

What’s the over/under on how many minutes it will take her to say, “I’m a grandmother”? Comrade Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell will lap it up with a spoon. Oh, she so humanized herself, blah blah blah.

Hillary’s second task may prove more daunting: She has to remain vertical for 90 long minutes, with no oxygen mask or iron lung up there on the stage.

Alas for the Clintons we live in an age where people will have already formed their opinions and shared them online long before the pundits are able to push these stories.

Update: PowerLine reports they are getting panicked fundraising requests and says

with a hundred million people set to tune in to tonight’s debate, the Democrats have even more to worry about: what if millions of those viewers don’t find Trump scary or dangerous, and they see no reason to consider him a “racist, sexist bigot”? If I were a Democrat, I’d be worried too.

I’m enjoying this much too much.


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While I was volunteering for WQPH at the Johnny Appleseed Festival in Leominster MA I did several interviews for the station but there were also some political people worth getting on camera which of course could not be associated with the station.

So I left the WQPH booth and went out into the festival where I saw a tea party friend working a pair of booths, one for national GOP candidate Donald Trump and one for Frank Ardinger running for state rep in the 4th Worcester District His web site is here.(Leominster) who I interviewed here. (Full disclosure he is a subscriber to the website and has been for years.)

It turns out Gwen is now the chair of the Leominster GOP committee.

Three things really jumped out at me, the first was the giant Lost in Space Robot which really got some attention, The second was the list of events which indicate quite an outreach for the GOP, but the big thing that jumped out was the fact that in the blue state of Massachusetts the Ardinger booth was right next the Donald Trump one & sharing some staff while there was no booth for Hillary Clinton that I saw and if there was one I missed it certainly wasn’t near the booth for Frank’s opponent Natalie Higgins. That it had no Hillary signs anywhere near it speaks volumes and all of it in Trump’s favor.

One more thing

You might wonder why I didn’t interview Natalie Higgins the upset winner of the Democrat primary in the 4th Worcester district particularly as her booth was right across of the WQPH booth.

Normally I would not have hesitated to do so, but as Tom is both a friend and a longtime subscriber to the blog I didn’t want to put myself in a spot where I might find myself doing an unfair interview. That wouldn’t be fair to the readers nor to candidate Higgins, although I would have really liked to ask her why I didn’t see any Hillary buttons in her group.


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Those of us who view Hillary Clinton as an existential threat to the United State of America can list dozens of reasons she is unfit for President without breaking an intellectual sweat. The question of whether or not she is better than Donald Trump is something that undecided Independents will answer to determine who wins in November. For many, it will come down to who they dislike or mistrust the least. Depending on what happens between now and then, the out-of-control Black Lives Matter movement may be the one factor that drives Independents to lean towards Trump.

For the sake of her party and base, Hillary has allowed herself to be attached to Black Lives Matter. As hard as this is for many Republicans to accept, I do not believe that she’s actually sympathetic at all to the cause (even a liberal is capable of seeing the indefensible damage they’re doing), but she wouldn’t dare to condemn them in any form or fashion. She needs them to not hate her, to not bring the message to the masses that they prefer one of the third party candidates.

Her problem is quickly manifesting in Charlotte. If reports of a dashcam video showing Keith Scott brandishing a firearm before being shot turns out to be true, then the violence and rioting will be another example of unrighteous anger, destruction of property, and unwarranted violence stemming from the reactionary lack of reason demonstrated by the group.

Hillary can neither distance herself nor embrace them. She’s walking the tightrope of appearing to be sympathetic without sounding as if she approves of their activities. Her Twitter account the last couple of days has had reactions designed to appease every side, followed by a flurry of unrelated Tweets to bury her perspectives away from scrutiny. She’s trying to address the issue with a wave, then change the conversation as quickly as possible. It takes a lot of scrolling to get down to this Tweet:

All of this brings us back to the choice facing Independents. They have a wildcard in Trump and an untrustworthy liar in Hillary. Their cores negate each other in the eyes of many of these voters, which leaves them with a choice based upon emotion. Every time there’s a riot that draws lines between race rather than justice, it’s a reminder that she’s going to perpetuate the problems and magnify the hatred. Just as Trump needs a portion of minority voters to support him, so too does Hillary need Independent white voters to not see her as a threat to their safety.

Riots like the ones in Ferguson, Baltimore, and now Charlotte are reminders to voters that Black Lives Matter can strike them in their own cities. Hillary will be perceived as a supporter of Black Lives Matter no matter how deep in her profile she buries her Tweets. These truly undecided voters will make their final decision based not upon Trump’s rhetoric or Hillary’s scandals. Everyone is well aware of those. They’ll make their final decision based upon how each candidate will directly affect their lives. Every BLM incident, terrorist attack, and crack in Obama’s economy will push them closer to holding their noses and voting for Trump even if they don’t like him.

After all, they really don’t like Hillary, either.