Secrets Revealed

Update: Bad news: GOP presidential candidate, spouse are traffic scofflaws, or something. In 2008 the New York Times did not care that Barack Obama got 17 parking tickets. But Marco Rubio and wife get 17 parking tickets and the New York Times goes to print. Disgusting. We wrote about this “secret” at the end of our article but it is now getting some traction on Twitter and assorted kook sites so we thought someone should remind the world of the New York Times lack of coverage on Obama’s 17 violations.


The reveal of silly “secrets” get more attention than the real secrets. Why is that? Probably because the silly “secrets” were real secrets and therefore a surprise while the important “secrets” have been known for a long time even though no one dared speak the truth in words.

Forthwith some “secrets” revealed:

Our regular readers won’t think this first one a secret at all. We’ve been writing about this for so long only Bruce Jenner could possibly be surprised by this secret:

Obama secretly backing Muslim Brotherhood

President Obama and his administration continue to support the global Islamist militant group known the Muslim Brotherhood. A White House strategy document regards the group as a moderate alternative to more violent Islamist groups like al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

The policy of backing the Muslim Brotherhood is outlined in a secret directive called Presidential Study Directive-11, or PSD-11. The directive was produced in 2011 and outlines administration support for political reform in the Middle East and North Africa, according to officials familiar with the classified study. [snip]

The directive outlines why the administration has chosen the Muslim Brotherhood, which last year was labeled a terrorist organization by the governments of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as a key vehicle of U.S. backing for so-called political reform in the Middle East. [snip]

The UAE government also has labeled two U.S. affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Muslim American Society, as terrorist support groups.

We don’t believe for a moment that the reason Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood is because he is so stupid he thinks the Muslim Brotherhood is good for “political reform in the Middle East”. We’ve written about why we think Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood.

The good news is that Egypt plans to execute Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi. But that is not the only good news. Here is another secret we wrote about before it was a revealed secret:

Israelis and Saudis Reveal Secret Talks to Thwart Iran

Since the beginning of 2014, representatives from Israel and Saudi Arabia have had five secret meetings to discuss a common foe, Iran. On Thursday, the two countries came out of the closet by revealing this covert diplomacy at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.

Among those who follow the Middle East closely, it’s been an open secret that Israel and Saudi Arabia have a common interest in thwarting Iran. But until Thursday, actual diplomacy between the two was never officially acknowledged. Saudi Arabia still doesn’t recognize Israel’s right to exist. Israel has yet to accept a Saudi-initiated peace offer to create a Palestinian state.

It was not a typical Washington think-tank event. No questions were taken from the audience. After an introduction, there was a speech in Arabic from Anwar Majed Eshki, a retired Saudi general and ex-adviser to Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Then Dore Gold, a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations who is slotted to be the next director general of Israel’s foreign ministry, gave a speech in English.

While these men represent countries that have been historic enemies, their message was identical: Iran is trying to take over the Middle East and it must be stopped.

Why is Saudi Arabia, which has opposed the very existence of Israel since the founding in 1948 of the modern Jewish state, openly talking to Israel? Because, as the article’s author Eli Lake writes, Saudi Arabia knows it can trust Israel, not Obama, to oppose Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Of less consequence to the world but still a surprise that few have noticed is something going on in Baltimore:

Everyone who works in the Baltimore mayor’s office is quitting

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is having a problem with retaining her staff.

Ever since she helped bring the hammer down on six Baltimore police officers over the accidental death of Freddie Gray, four members on her Office on Criminal Justice have resigned. As in, her four highest-ranking cabinet members have each resigned, one by one, over a three-week period. That does not paint a pretty picture on what regard the Baltimore mayor is held in with her staff members.

Time for a name change? Baltiless? Balt-no-more?

The prosecutor in the case is trying with all her might to keep secret the autopsy report and other relevant information in the Freddie Gray case but secrets have a way of coming out when you least expect them. Maybe it’s time prosecutor Mosby join the Mayor’s top staff at the exit line.

We’re not going to hold our breaths waiting for the autopsy report from Balt-no-more. We’re waiting for the ObamaCare autopsy report in the form of the soon to be Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell. Talk about an unrevealed secret. There’s been so much news about the ObamaCare death spiral and the much higher premium rates lately that it is almost as if the Supreme Court won’t have to do anything to finish off ObamaCare. As we have written before, for the very reasons we cited, ObamaCare is so bad it has now killed the possibility of single payer:

Just a few years ago, lawmakers in this left-leaning state viewed President Obama’s Affordable Care Act as little more than a pit stop on the road to a far more ambitious goal: single-payer, universal health care for all residents.

Then things unraveled. The online insurance marketplace that Vermont built to enroll people in private coverage under the law had extensive technical failures. The problems soured public and legislative enthusiasm for sweeping health care changes just as Gov. Peter Shumlin needed to build support for his complex single-payer plan. Finally, Mr. Shumlin, a Democrat, shelved the plan in December, citing the high cost to taxpayers. He called the decision “the greatest disappointment of my political life.” [snip]

But even though its residents’ subsidies appear safe for now, Vermont stands as a cautionary tale. Despite an eventual cost of up to $200 million in federal funds, its online marketplace, or exchange, is still not fully functional, while disgust with the system is running deep among residents and lawmakers alike.

Meanwhile, the hopes for a single-payer system, once tantalizingly close, may be lost for years. Under such a system, the government operates one health insurance plan for all residents, covering their medical costs instead of having private insurers do it.

Is anyone surprised?

Also on the health care front, a story we reported on during the 2014 elections was the sale of over-the-counter contraception. Many believed it was just a GOP ploy to get votes. But lo and behold there is now legislation designed to make contraceptives cheaper for women and easier to obtain. The dirty secret? Planned Parenthood profits and NARAL profits are threatened. So, war on women:

Why Liberals Oppose Over-the-Counter Birth Control

The supposedly pro-woman Left has erupted into fury this past week, denouncing new legislation proposed by Senator Cory Gardner (R., Colo.) that seeks to encourage over-the-counter status for birth control. Salon’s Katie McDonough called the senator perpetually “full of s**t.” Planned Parenthood’s president claimed that the bill “is a sham and an insult to women.” NARAL Pro-Choice America’s president called the idea “nothing but political pandering to trick women and families into thinking we are covered while dismantling one of the most critical gains in the Affordable Care Act.” And Slate’s Amanda Marcotte called it “just a feint.”

The Left’s reflexive criticism of Gardner’s plan derives from a deep public-sector and special-interest-backed paternalism that wants to control women’s health choices just as much as any other supposed patriarchy.

Removing the pharmacy-counter barrier between women and their birth control would give them vastly more, not less, power over their own health-care choices, also reducing health-care costs and improving access.

Right now, the federal government requires a prescription for birth control, even though other over-the-counter drugs (acetaminophen, for example) bear higher health risks, the directions are straightforward, and there’s no risk of overdose. [snip]

Planned Parenthood alone makes around $1.2 billion each year from contraceptive services.

Are men compelled to take prostate exams, testicular cancer tests, penis health tests, every time they buy condoms? No, but women have to get approval from a doctor to buy contraception. As we noted in 2014, Planned Parenthood has become Planned Profits. Another dirty secret revealed. We wonder what rapist Bernie Sanders has to say about this?

Did we say “dirty”? The EPA comes clean:

The Environmental Protection Agency’s long-awaited report on fracking dismayed liberal green groups Thursday while pleasing the oil and gas industry — the latest episode in both sides’ fraught relationship with President Barack Obama.

The study, more than four years in the making, said the EPA has found no signs of “widespread, systemic” drinking water pollution from hydraulic fracturing. That conclusion dramatically runs afoul of one of the great green crusades of the past half-decade, which has portrayed the oil- and gas-extraction technique as a creator of fouled drinking water wells and flame-shooting faucets.

Thursday’s congressionally mandated EPA report, a compilation of past studies, found isolated incidents in which water pollution was attributable to the use of fracking. But it failed to back up the idea that fracking poses a major threat to water supplies, contradicting years of activists’ warnings dramatized by images of burning tap water in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland.”

For those who refuse to accept the “science” of fracking there is an alternative. It’s an alternative that according to another study many Americans are taking:

The Enormous Scope of Our National Drinking Problem
A large new study suggests we’re in denial regarding this important health issue.

Nearly three out of 10 Americans have shown evidence of a serious alcohol-related problem at some point in their lives, and only one-fifth of those have sought professional help.

Those sobering statistics are found in a study just published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. It’s the first comprehensive look at the widespread problem of Alcohol Use Disorder, as newly defined by the American Psychiatric Association.

Due to changing criteria, and past studies showing differing results, trends regarding alcohol-related problems are difficult to definitively discern. But just on their own, the latest numbers are staggering.

At first we refused to believe this study about our national drunks. But as we shoulder pushed our shopping cart at the market, heavily laden with Belgian chocolates, Champagne, and caviar, we were dumbstruck at the checkout line. There it was. A data point in favor of the study. On one of those tabloid magazines near the cashier. We nearly fainted. We were light-headed. We almost opened up some of the bubbly to drink for medicinal purposes.

No it was not the breathless New York Times report that Marco Rubio and his wife got 17 traffic tickets. The New York Times in 2008 and since did not care a whit about Barack Obama’s 17 parking tickets so we knew it was political hypocrisy not drunk driving responsible for such a headline. No what caught our eyes was Hillary.

Yup, it appears Hillary is a drunk. It breaks our hearts to report this top secret. But, Hillary is a drunk. She admits it. She has confessed. Hillary’s confession can be read at The Globe:


Presidential contender Hillary Clinton is hiding a devastating health issue from voters – she’s an alcoholic and secretly went to detox before announcing her run for the White House. Get more about Hillary’s shocking confession, her medical issues — and SEE a shocking photo showing why she’s not fit to run America. ONLY in this issue of GLOBE.

We’re in tears. She’s confessed. WHAT WILL HILLARY’S ALIEN BABY SAY? This is going to devastate interplanetary diplomatic relations for decades. What will Hillary’s lesbian lover, Yoko Ono, say? This could endanger international diplomatic relations for decades.

Some secrets are best kept hidden.


103 thoughts on “Secrets Revealed

  1. Update: Bad news: GOP presidential candidate, spouse are traffic scofflaws, or something. In 2008 the New York Times did not care that Barack Obama got 17 parking tickets. But Marco Rubio and wife get 17 parking tickets and the New York Times goes to print. Disgusting. We wrote about this “secret” at the end of our article but it is now getting some traction on Twitter and assorted kook sites so we thought someone should remind the world of the New York Times lack of coverage on Obama’s 17 violations.


  2. I know some of you detest Dick Morris for what he says about Hillary, and I tend to agree with you in that respect. But I am unwilling to throw the baby out with the bath water, when he says something on a different subject that makes sense. In the video below, he explains how BOTH political parties are contributing to the rising tide of poverty in this nation, which has risen substantially under the big media beloved messiah. The Democrats are guilty as hell for their promotion of unrestricted immigration–and don’t try to tell me they favor restriction because clearly they do not, and consistent with the principle of supply and demand, wage depression and unemployment are the inevitable consequences. However, the Republicans—the dirty fucking RINO is in pare delicto, because he wants trade agreements which will move more jobs offshore, where cheaper labor rates will be found. And if Ted Cruz believes this is a good thing, then with respect, I believe he is wrong.
    WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, sent the following letter today to President Barack Obama regarding “fast-track” and the first global trade and regulatory agreement it would accelerate, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Sessions calls on the President to make public for open national review the “Living Agreement” section of the TPP before Congress considers giving the President a “fast-track” to ratification. In his letter, Sessions also asks the President to answer several core questions about TPA/TPP with respect to trade deficits, wages, employment, and foreign workers admissions before the vote:

    “Dear Mr. President:

    You have asked Congress to approve fast-track legislation (Trade Promotion Authority) that would allow international trade and regulatory agreements to be expedited through Congress for the next six years without amendment. Fast-track, which proponents hope to adopt within days, would also ensure that these agreements—none of which have yet been made public—could pass with a simple majority vote, rather than the 67 votes applied to treaties or the 60 votes applied to important legislative matters.

    The first international trade and regulatory agreement that would be expedited under “fast-track” is the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP. This is one of the largest international compacts in the history of the United States. Yet, this agreement will be kept a closely-guarded secret until after Congress agrees to yield its institutional powers and provide the Administration with a guaranteed “fast-track” to adoption.

    The U.S. ran a record $51.4 billion trade deficit in March, the highest-level recorded in six years. This is especially concerning since assurances were made from the Administration that the recent South Korea free trade deal would “increase exports of American goods by $10 billion to $11 billion.” But, in fact, American domestic exports to Korea increased by only $0.8 billion, an increase of 1.8 percent, while imports from Korea increased $12.6 billion, an increase of 22.5 percent. Our trade deficit with Korea increased $11.8 billion between 2011 and 2014, an increase of 80.4 percent, nearly doubling in the three years since the deal was ratified.

    Overall, we have already lost more than 2.1 million manufacturing jobs to the Asian Pacific region since 2001.

    Former Nucor Steel Chairman Daniel DiMicco argues that we have not been engaged in free trade but in “unilateral trade disarmament and enablement of foreign mercantilism.”

    Due to the enormity of what is at stake, I believe it is essential Congress have answers to the following questions before any vote is scheduled on “fast-track” authority.

    Regarding the “Living Agreement”: There is a “living agreement” provision in TPP that allows the agreement to be changed after adoption—in effect, vesting TPP countries with a sweeping new form of global governance authority. TPP calls this new global authority the “Trans-Pacific Partnership Commission.” These measures are unprecedented. While I and other lawmakers have been able to view this provision in secret, I believe it must be made public before any vote is scheduled on TPA, due to the extraordinary implications. I call on you today to make that section of TPP public for the American people to see and review.

    Regarding trade deficits: Will TPP increase or reduce our cumulative trade deficit with TPP countries overall, and with Japan and Vietnam specifically?

    Regarding jobs and wages: Will TPP increase or reduce the total number of manufacturing jobs in the United States generally, and American auto-manufacturing jobs specifically, accounting for jobs lost to increased imports? Will average hourly wages for U.S. workers, including in the automobile industry, go up or down and by how much?

    Regarding China: Can TPP member countries add new countries, including China, to the agreement without future Congressional approval?
    Regarding foreign workers: TPA is a six-year authority. Can you state unconditionally that no agreement or executive action throughout the lifetime of TPA will alter the number, duration, availability, expiration enforcement, rules, or processing time of guest worker, business, visitor, nonimmigrant, or immigrant visas to the United States?

    Thank you for your responses to these questions. Congress has an obligation to defend the legitimate interests of U.S. workers, and the rights of all Americans as citizens of a sovereign Republic.

    Very truly yours,

    Jeff Sessions
    U.S. Senator”

  3. My memory is a little hazy, but I seem to recall a Democrat Senator and Presidential candidate who had a wee spot of bother with his driving.

  4. So many secrets, so little ‘yellow paper’ to type them up on.

    BTW, Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner is a Republican and probably does know that the Fraud supports the Mus. Bros.

  5. We can’t wait for the Globe to interview Hillary’s alien baby. It will be a scoop. Maybe there’s vodka in the baby bottle?

  6. Lol Admin. This one was priceless – and chock-full of goodies. I actually think if anyone in America deserves to drink – it’s Hillary. But, as you said Admin, one has to be concerned about her Alien baby as well as the twins fathered by the fallen televangelist Jimmy Swaggart.

    The NY Times has rendered itself about as unreliable and irrelevant as an EPA report. If the environmentalists would just stop trying to slant the info, people might take environmental concerns more seriously. Obviously environmental issues are important, but when the truth is skewed in report after report, there’s every reason to doubt what EPA says.

  7. The thing that is so difficult for the NYTimes and other Democrat operatives is that, with a half dozen viable Republican candidates, they can’t focus their oppo research fire. It’s hard to break through the clutter and have much impact, for even one news cycle.

    Meanwhile, the Republican candidates make a reasonable effective team, a dozen deep, of message surrogates. Even the crazy ones, like Lindsey Graham or Donald Trump, score points on particular issues with their over-the-top rhetoric. The others come across as almost sane, like Kasich telling Clinton to sue her own state (no early voting) and quit grandstanding about Ohio (27 days of early voting).

  8. Wow. Who would have ever thought that the New York Times would publish lies? 🙂

    Shocked. Shocked, I tell you…

  9. Get the paddles! Resuscitation needed or it’s over:

    Ben Carson’s campaign faces turmoil after staff exits and super PAC chaos

    The presidential bid of Ben Carson, a tea party star who has catapulted into the top tier of Republican contenders, has been rocked by turmoil with the departures of four senior campaign officials and widespread disarray among his allied super PACs.

    Carson’s associates described a political network in tumult in interviews Friday, saying the retired neurosurgeon’s campaign chairman, national finance chairman, deputy campaign manager and general counsel have all resigned since Carson formally launched his bid last month in Detroit. They have not been replaced, campaign officials said.

    The moves gutted the core of Carson’s apparatus and left the 63-year-old first-time candidate with only a handful of experienced aides at his side as he navigates the fluid, crowded and high-stakes contest for the Republican nomination.

    Carson is a hot commodity on the right-wing speaking circuit and has fast become a leading candidate, winning straw votes at conservative gatherings and rising in public polls.

    But his campaign has been marked by signs of dysfunction and amateurism, alarming friends and supporters who privately worry that Carson’s sprawling circle of associates and boosters is fumbling his opportunity. And, they argue, the candidate has been nonchalant about the unrest.

    There’s lots more at the link. This is how first time candidates sink.

  10. In 2008 Obama planted stories in the press (the John Edwards haircut, the Bill Clinton worked on 9/11 garbage) which we debunked but no one else seemed interested in. In 2012 more stories are planted in the press (this time by Hillary allies) but there seems to be some investigation and follow-up on how the story got placed.

    In the New York Times Rubio traffic ticket story it is the New York Times that might get rear-ended, not Rubio:

    It seems to have taken the Times several hours to come up with its response to questions first raised by the Washington Free Beacon; when they finally had their story straight, they shoveled it to Politico’s Dylan Byers, rather than the outlet that made the inquiry.  If that story sounds strangely familiar, it should.  The Free Beacon noted in its original story that Democratic oppo-research group American Bridge accessed the Rubios’ traffic records on May 26.  Last week.  Does the Times actually expect us to believe that their reporters just happened to dig up and print the exact same, obscure, frivolous Rubio “scoop” a few days later by pure coincidence?  C’mon.  Byers says he’s asked the paper to identify the Florida “document retrieval service” its reporters supposedly deputized in this matter, which might explain why none of the journalists’ names appear in access records (unlike American Bridge, I’ll remind you).  We should all be eager to hear the Times‘ answer, in light of this little wrinkle — also via the pesky Free Beacon team.  Uh oh: [snip]

    Just one new record request, and it’s from American Bridge. Maybe the Times has been waiting to blow the lid off of this story since 2012? But that doesn’t jibe with the timeline described in the Times‘ statement. Perhaps the online record hasn’t been updated to reflect another entity seeking this information just yet?  Also recall Ms. Ryan’s assertion that one of her reporters “got wind” that “others” were also looking into Mr. and Mrs. Rubio’s traffic tickets since 1997.  This suggests that American Bridge was the latecomer to this party — even though they apparently ended up beating the Times to the actual evidence by several days.  Again, what are the odds of any of that being true?  Occam’s Razor would dictate that the New York Times and American Bridge colluded in some fashion on the discovery and publication of this (profoundly stupid) story.  That wouldn’t be a scandal unto itself; as others have noted, partisan operatives feed items to media sources all the time.  What makes this scenario interesting is the Times’ failure to disclose the (suspected) provenance of its reporting, and its subsequent insistence that Times reporters just happened to be chasing down the exact same red hot scoop at the exact same time as American Bridge’s hit squad.  Okay.  As we breathlessly await the Paper of Record’s latest clarification, please enjoy the #RubioCrimeSpree Twitter hashtag, enumerating additional unspeakable sins committed by the Florida Republican:

  11. I hate to tell you this, but the report from the EPA on Fracking says a whole lot of nothing. 28 pages of bullshit. Notice there is no data.

    The truth is Bush fired all the scientists at the EPA as some of his first orders of business. And do you think Obola has hired any back? They are a sham, shell of the organization they used to be.

    I tell you that fracking will result in more contamination in the groundwater. The report does not deny that problem. It will not be something catastrophic, just communities with higher incidences of cancer and other diseases that develop from it.

    The people who profit from it will never be held responsible and if ever, pay pennies on the dollar for the damages they do.

  12. In 2012 more stories are planted in the press (this time by Hillary allies) but there seems to be some investigation and follow-up on how the story got placed.

    In 2008, the Republican candidate was John McCain. I doubt that he even had an e-mail account, let alone a network of bloggers to get dirt visible instantly.

    Now, in 2016, there is a “vast conspiracy” of right wing bloggers — smart, nimble, and effective. With the instincts to sniff out a lazy bs oppo research story in the NYTimes AND being fed a stream of oppo research dirt from Republican campaigns.

  13. Delivering work that will surely contend for a Pulitzer Prize, Alan Rappeport and Steve Eder have posted a piece at the New York Times’ political blog First Draft about Senator Marco Rubio’s driving record.

    By poring over public records, the authors, with the help of researcher Kitty Bennett, found that Rubio was cited for traffic infractions four times in a span of almost twenty years. (It now seems that these intrepid newspersons had some help in the form of the Democrat-aligned oppo firm, American Bridge. Maybe they deserve that Pulitzer.)

    I wonder what other dirt these truth-seekers will find.

    The kicker: the headline wasn’t about Rubio’s four tickets. Instead, it read:

    Marco Rubio and His Wife Cited 17 Times for Traffic Infractions.

    You see, there’s really no bias in the media at all. Fast & Furious, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the misinformation by the State Department about the deadly attack in Benghazi — all made-up scandals from the political right.

    But this, this is really important: Republican presidential candidate’s wife has a lead foot while shuttling four kids around the traffic hellhole that is Miami.

    In 1985, Michelle Obama wrote an incoherent thesis paper on racism, and many commentators thought that should have been off-limits during the 2008 campaign. Given the last seven divisive years under her husband, perhaps a little more attention should have been paid to her beliefs about that volatile subject. But Mrs. Rubio’s driving record? I guess voters are supposed to fear that she might go all Thelma and Louise as first lady.

    However, the New York Times article digs even deeper – we learn that the Rubios not only got into intermittent trouble with traffic cops, they actually had the chutzpah to hire an attorney to defend them:

    [A]fter Mr. Rubio was elected to the Senate in 2010 they took a different approach to handling their tickets.

    Mr. Rubio hired Mr. Hanna, a Miami-based lawyer and donor, whose website sales pitch says, “Have you received a traffic ticket? Don’t pay it.

    Rubio must instill dread in the hearts of liberal journalists everywhere. Another recent piece delves into Rubio’s finances, and discovers that … Rubio dipped into retirement funds to pay mounting bills. (Apparently, Rubio is like millions of other Americans struggling in the Obama economy.) The real story of his finances is that Marco Rubio, who entered public service fresh out of law school, has not enriched himself like the countless corruptocrats that govern us.

    Dennis Hastert, a teacher turned congressman, amassed enough money to pay $3.5 million when blackmailed. The Clintons have somehow become filthy rich, and the Obamas haven’t done too bad themselves. But Rubio faces scrutiny for buying a replacement refrigerator with funds from his retirement — on which he’ll have to pay taxes and penalties for early withdrawal.

    Keep it up, media. You give Marco Rubio better PR than he could have ever dreamed.

  14. It is a mystery to me why conservatives refer to the Obama journalists as liberals. There is nothing liberal about them They are Stalinists. They have no use for due process, freedom or truth. They see those constraints as petty bourgeois. Instead, they utilize brutal methods to achieve permanent power and suppress opposition. Therefore, let us all start calling a spade a spade—and an Obama supporter a Stalinist because that is what he is, whether he knows it or not.

  15. Dr. Ben Carson seems like a fine person, but one unprepared for the long, cow pie strewn path to the White House It may indeed be fortunate for him that some of them hit the fan early on.

  16. Well, it’s Friday – maybe a video or two?

    In view of our latest discovery about Hillary’s latest “vice”, which – let’s face it – is nothing compared to the cheatin’, killin’, and lyin’ she has already been accused of. Here’s to Hillary:

  17. Never mind. My flash player is out of date. Guess that why I can see videos but not post them. Anyway, I doubt I’ll update tonite because when I have done so in past, I have been hacked.

    Willie won’t be singing Whiskey River to Hillary tonite. Sorry bout that.

  18. Not only does Obola support the Muslim Brotherhood, he is probably a member. Maybe he sees himself as their next leader after he leave the Whitehouse. I think it would be fitting.

  19. As we breathlessly await the Paper of Record’s latest clarification, please enjoy the #RubioCrimeSpree Twitter hashtag, enumerating additional unspeakable sins committed by the Florida Republican:

    The tweets are so funny. My fave so far, “Marco Rubio turned me into a newt….I got better.” Monty Python fans will get that one.

  20. Free

    Both versions of Willie’s Wiskey River are posted and both play well. You are posting okay, just not able to see them in your browser?

    Rockout Friday!

  21. My favorite ultra-lefty country singer did an NPR radio show recently, recorded at Jimi Hendrix’ Electric Ladyland Studios in NYC. So, appropriately enough, he did a song from Hendrix’ first album:

  22. Blowback from O’Malley on Hillary’s voting rights attack.

    From Real Clear Politics:

    But one of Clinton’s fellow Democrats says she is all talk and no action. Martin O’Malley’s campaign team blasted out a fact sheet touting the former Maryland governor’s track record on voting rights.

    “Governor O’Malley doesn’t just talk about voting rights, he’s shown the leadership to expand them,” Deputy Campaign Manager Karine Jean-Pierre said in a jab at the Democratic frontrunner. “Thanks to his forward-looking and progressive leadership, Maryland has led the way in expanding this fundamental right.”

    In 2009, O’Malley signed legislation creating a six-day early voting period for Maryland residents, and expanded on that in 2013 when he signed a bill allowing for same-day registration during early voting. He also approved a measure in 2011 that created an online voting registration system in the state. A 2007 law signed by O’Malley restored the right to vote to convicted felons who have completed their sentences, something that Clinton has said she supports.

    And from Republican governors:

    The Republicans targeted by Clinton also took exception, saying that what she termed a “crusade” against voting rights was, in fact, an attempt to bolster the integrity of the democratic process by guarding against voter fraud.

    Republican National Committee spokesman Orlando Watson called Clinton’s statements “misleading and divisive,” and pointed to polls suggesting a majority of Americans (and minorities) support voter ID laws.

    “Clinton’s shameless attacks ignore the fact her Democrat-led home state of New York does not allow early voting while dozens of Republican-led states do,” Watson said in a statement. “Her exploitation of this issue only underscores why voters find her dishonest and untrustworthy.”

    Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed told RealClearPolitics the former Texas governor is not surprised Clinton called for “weakening the integrity” of elections. “Once again,” Nashed said, “she has demonstrated how truly out of touch she is with the people of Texas.”

    Walker responded directly to Clinton, saying in a statement that her “extreme” views are out of the mainstream. “Hillary Clinton’s rejection of efforts to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat not only defies logic, but the will of the majority of the Americans,” he said.

  23. Here is an interesting set of rebuttals to a stupid Obot who loves Obama and TPP/TPA. They appear in the comment section to a mawish article which appears in Harpers Magazine which purports to explain what went wrong with his presidency, and what his legacy will be. The article is not worth posting, but some of the comments are.

    R-1: The tragedy of the Obama presidency is that after six and a half years of mixed results, Obama chose to close out on some thing as venal as trade deals to try to leave a legacy to be remembered by. I suspect there are other motivations as well, future speaking fees for one. After having thrown his base crumbs in the form of homage to social issues like gay marriage for six and half years, he closes out by taking a diametrically wrong, very hard stance on red meat issues like globalization in general and trade deals in particular. He is getting creamed by his own base in the blogosphere on these issues.

    (Comment: the bot does not like this explanation, and starts sputtering bullshit about xenophobia, and ignoring the impact of unrestricted immigration. In doing so, he gives too little credit to Obama, and too much credit to the Republicans in Obama’s abject failure as our first black president. Notice how the defense of his supporters always bleeds race, which suggests that they may be, and probably are, the real racists here. They are obsessed with the issue they cannot get past it–which make them floridly delusional).

    R-2: We are miles apart in our opinion about the adverse impact that trade deals and the other pillars of globalization, massive third world immigration and the mass issuance of replacement worker visas such as the H1B and L1 visas, have on the average American. I profoundly believe in the urgency of these issues, in spite of the fact that the average American voter might not be read enough or skilled enough in critical thinking to engage these issues.

    R-3: You seem like a gentleman, and I don’t expect you to resort to the tactic of slinging the word xenophobe, as there are many legitimate reasons to want decreased levels of immigration. Another thing to note is that we don’t get mass immigration from countries with economies and standards of living comparable to ours. Nor do we issue large numbers of H1B and L1 visas to citizens of countries with standards of living comparable to ours. I have recently read that the AFL/CIO has told several congressmen that if they vote for the TPP, it will fund attack ads against them in their upcoming reelection campaigns. I was very happy to read this. If they had taken this type of direct action during the NAFTA and CAFTA debates, the outcomes might have been different and we might not be suffering under some of the other bad trade deals passed since then.

    R-4: The proponents of trade deals use false equivalencies and other bogus arguments to lend intellectual credence to their agendas. No one is against international trade. International trade has been going on since the dawn of civilization. But trade deals are not about regulating the rules governing the exchange of goods and services betweennations. These deals are treaties, whereby the US cedes sovereignty in areas where it has responsibilities to its citizens. I’m speaking of areas such as environmental protection, workers’ rights, health care, anti discrimination laws, etc. Conversely, trade deal proponents would never advocate treaties to cede sovereignty when it comes to attacking other nations or spying on US citizens. Unfortunately, the average voter is probably not engaged on these issues on a regular basis and seems oblivious to theextent to which trade deals and the other pillars of globalization adversely affect their lives. They know they feel pain, but they haven’t made the connection to its source. People like Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders are not grandstanding. They are trying to awaken the public to ‘ the fierce urgency of now’. In my opinion, the public should have been awakened to ‘the fierce urgency of now’ 20 years ago.

    R-5: This will be my last response in this thread. I’m compelled to respond because I can’t allow your mischaracterization of the H1B and L1 visa programs to go unanswered. I have done extensive research on the H1B and L1 visa programs. I also have 2 H1B and 2 L1 visa holders working for me, so I know what I am talking about. Sixty five percent of all H1B visas go to Indian computer programmers. In most cases, these people have the educational equivalent of an American trade school, they are not PHDs. I am a project manager on a large government software system. The government has contracted to a consulting firm for staff augmentation. The consulting firm only sends us H1B and L1 visa holders. The visa holders working for me are 2 COBOL programmers and 2 JAVA programmers. The COBOL programmers are good programmers, the JAVA programmers are good programmers. None of these people have higher level skills, they are not designers, they simply write code from very detailed specifications. There are plenty of Americans who can do this work. The people working for me went to Indian schools and their overall education is at the trade school level. These visas are for 6 years and they are renewable. It is estimated that there are at least a million people working in the US on H1B visas on any given day. Less than 1 percent of H1B visa holders have PHDs and MDs. American who mischaracterize these visa programs as programs for medical doctors and research scientists, do a great disservice to their fellow citizens

  24. Wow. I would not want to be a town hall debate opponent of Ted Cruz. He was on the New Hampshire TV station’s Conversation with the Candidate series this week. Here are the two parts with audience questions:

    Several very interesting answers here, including his answer to a question about Citizens United. He said that all campaign finance limit laws are written by incumbent politicians to protect incumbents and make it almost impossible to challenge an incumbent. And, it is patently ridiculous to have contribution limits to candidates so that all the money goes to PACs that can’t coordinate with the candidates. His proposal:

    1) Remove all limits on the size of direct campaign contributions. This would kill the PACs overnight.

    2) All political contributions must be publically disclosed within 24 hours so you can immediately see how is giving to the candidates and how much.

  25. wbboei
    June 5, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    I had seen that Harper’s article mentioned somewhere else recently. I am not a subscriber and won’t buy it but Bromwich has been on this subject for a year at least. From this online article,_the_leader_obama_wanted_to_become_and_what_became_of_him/
    “This pattern — the ascent to become presider-in-chief over large projects without any encumbering record of commitments — followed Obama into a short and uneventful legal career, from which no remarkable brief has ever been cited. In an adjacent career as a professor of constitutional law, he was well liked again, though his views on the most important constitutional questions were never clear to his students. The same was true of his service as a four-term Illinois state senator, during which he cast a remarkable number of votes in the noncommittal category of “present” rather than “yea” or “nay.” Finally, the same pattern held during his service in the U.S. Senate, where, from his first days on the floor, he was observed to be restless for a kind of distinction and power normally denied to a junior senator.”

    I must say I am not especially impressed that a public intellectual such as Bromwich is just recently catching on to what many of us figured out in 2007. Obama is a fake and a dilettante, weak, ineffectual, with a poor work ethic and average IQ. He is a climber and never follows through. He sees himself as a king. The magnitude of Obama’s failure is such that it must finally piece their delusion.

  26. Mormaer
    June 6, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Very well put Mormaer, as always.

    I do not know if you ever saw the movie Go Tell The Spartans, starring Burt Lancaster. He is a competent army officer who swept into Europe with Patton up through Anzio to into the heartland of Germany. He marveled at how good that felt to be part of an army on the move capturing ground from a fast retreating Wermaccht. Then after the war, there came an tryst with a general’s wife in a gazebo witnessed by the general and the president of the United States who happened to wander out into the garden at that precise moment. After that, the best he could hope for was to remain a bird colonel forever. Fast forward to Viet Nam, and a totally different experience. And army bogged down, fighting a war without political support, and allies he could not county on. The relevant moment comes when he meets one of his new soldiers who is a college graduate, and who, unlike so many others, volunteered for Viet Nam. He cannot figure the guy out, until the very end of the movie, after he has put his life on the line to save a few people, and is mortally wounded. At that point he has a moment of clarity, and tells that soldier point blank that he now knows what he the soldier is, and why he is there. He tells him point blank that he is: a fucking tourist.

    What better description could there possibly be for a man whose bio reads as you have recounted from that article. Barack Hussein Obama was, is, and will always be a fucking tourist.

  27. WMUR TV also has their televised town hall with Jeb Bush up. I had to turn it it off when he was asked what he would do to stop ISIS from attacks in the United States and he replied:

    “Well, the first thing I would do is pass the extension of the Patriot Act..”

    Really? The FIRST (and I assume the step that you view as MOST important), is the collection of bulk phone records from millions of Americans by the US government? That is the one step that, in your mind, takes precedence over all others?

    That tells me that the 2016 election would be a battle of the Bush/Cheney versus Obama/Clinton foreign policies. Isn’t that something the seniors tour in golf?

    I’m not sure I want either Bush/Cheney or Obama/Clinton foreign policies. I’m looking for some new ideas.

  28. The way it is looking, the anally obsessed Obama Kooks, like our troll, are attempting to redefine the progressive movement according to their totalitarian Stalinist ideals while the Bernie Sanders / Lizzy Warren Kooks are just flapping in the breeze, stunned that their messiah has joined with the Republicans to destroy American jobs and standards of living for globalist locust profits.

    Too bad that all we can say is that we told them so.

  29. Lu

    The thing that surprises me is that the troll does not mind being labeled as such and just keeps on posting like he has a effin’ mission here. To p!ss us all off isn’t a role I would bother with. He isn’t changing anyone’s mind.

  30. The comments which I posted above titled R-1 through R-6 are from a single individual—thegipper.

    He is a software engineer with direct first hand information on the no borders position of the democrats, Zucker and their ilk.

    He smashes to smithereens their argument that despite the fact that we have 93 million Americans of working age not working, these employers cannot find citizens capable of doing the job, and that the people they are bringing in are highly qualified geniuses.

    Those insights go to the point that Lori Wallach at Public Citizen makes: proponents argue theory, while opponents argue impacts. If it were as simple as saying this is a good thing because free trade expands exports and gives us cheaper goods, then we could end the debate right there.

    But the other part, and indeed the larger one is what happens to the Americans who want jobs, and are hit on one side of the head by unrestricted immigration and on the other side by the offshoring of jobs they could perform. And what happens to their safety nets. Again, we are back to the tragedy of the commons, where their interests are sacrificed.

    I think it is a huge mistake for Hillary to take the crony capitalism side of that debate. And by following Obama that is precisely what she has done, the most recent example being her support for the import export bank. The left has tagged her–and Bill with being too close to Wall Street, and this decision confirms this.

    It is the same double standard we have been deploring for the past seven years. Big media ignores the fact that Obama is a tool of the financial class, and they do not hold him accountable for what he has done to working people. By riding on his coattails, as her advisers are counselling she cannot expect to receive the same pass. They will go after her for it.

    Yes, I know, that is unfair, it is unjust, it is, it is, it is big media–a puss pocket of corruption. A more modest appraisal of who they are and how unethical they are, misses the point entirely. Until they are given the bums rush, there is no hope.

    The only point where I think the gipper is a little naiive is in characterizing Obama’s tenure as mixed and deploring the fact that he would stab his constituents in the back at the end of his tenure. The reason I wrote that 50 page dissertation on Obama and who controls him and qui bono was because what he is today was obvious at the time to those who paid attention.

  31. Glenn Greewald is optimistic that big media is losing its stranglehold over how the American public views the world, and the prospects for their future. I have never seen a more intense and sustained attempt anywhere by anyone, apart from what I have read about the propaganda campaign by Goebbels at the close of world war II, that can compete with what we are seeing today from big media. Nothing they report is true, everything they do report is either part of the Big Lie, or bread and circuses. Their tactic of choice is the gotcha–except where they beloved messiah is concerned. For him, it is a mushy mawkish love affair, which turns the stomach. They have betrayed their role in our democracy, and abused their rights under the first amendment. Greenwald gives them an F. I think he is being far too generous.

  32. At some point, one of our big media brain trusts will tell us that Cruz is like Rubio: both young, both with attractive families, both of Cuban descent, both republicans, etc.

    Are they what Churchill said about the United States and England, i.e. two great nations separated by a common language. Or is there, per chance, a bit more to it?

    In my view, the contrast could not be clearer:

    Cruz says 1) I will tell you the truth, and 2) I will do what I say.

    And how does that compare to Marco Rubio?

    Rubio was pro-amnesty in the Florida house, then when he wanted Tea Party support to run for the U.S. Senate, changed to anti-amnesty, and then just about as soon as he got to the U.S. Senate, switched back to pro-amnesty with Shummer and the rest of the Gang of Ocho, for which he was the numero uno faceman and spokesliar, and now back to anti-amnesty, you say. But who would believe him anymore? And this is even never minding his penchant, shall we say, for speaking out of two sides of his mouth depending on the language group of his audience. As they say, “I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night”

    So what you’re saying, Mr. or Ms. B, or Dr. B., whoever you are out there in the Internet night”

    Actually I may be Loki or the Queen of Spain.

    “Rubio has said he has changed his opinion on immigration, which, as anyone paying attention knows, he has, but you don’t believe him.”

    These are my principles … and if you don’t like them … well … I have others. Groucho understood people like Rubio..

    “Ever change your opinion about anything?”

    Yes, about George Bush and it was a totally sincere rather than political change of heart and I didn’t rechange it again per convenience.

    “Anyway, end of discussion.”

    So in other words, the ‘science is settled’? That’s Al Gore’s line.

    (Note the above quotes are from a commentor at pjmedia).

  33. In keeping with the spirit of Hill is 44, if I cared to try to convince the ad hominum attackers of something, it would be to not dismiss Clinton’s candidacy solely on the basis of her support for free trade and TPP.

  34. I keep hoping that Hillary will fire the people who are trying to run her campaign based on the Obama model. They are the same jerk offs who modeled his campaign after Patrick in Massachusetts. She will not get the support from the totalitiarian left, and her attempts to appeal to them, or alternatively to big business will not work. Yes, Obama got away with it, but that was because big media protected him and promoted him to the point that they destroyed their own reputation. The little shitties they got away with in the past, and their transparent attempts to swing the election this time will land them in the calabouse. For one thing, the Republicans have finally figured out that the public loves to watch them kick in teeth of big media superstars like Brian, George and others when they pull their usual crap, and they will head hunt these big media tools when they do this. When the smoke clears, and a fair analysis of his failed presidency, a new consensus will emerge that big media did not simply fail to do their job–which is all that Tapper and others are willing to concede now, to new realization that big media betrayed the American People, and has no right to tell us what we should think. In sum, I think their treachery will be exposed, and they will never regain the public trust. That is the price they will pay for supporting Obama fully, completely and unequivocally, as they most certainly did.

  35. wbboei:

    The ease of exposing and the disintegration in trust of the mainstream media is one of the significant forces in American politics today.

  36. Today Berlin, Germany hosts the soccer UCL final. Today American Pharaoh races for the triple crown in Belmont. But lest we forget:

  37. “Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of Americans from voting. What part of democracy are they afraid of?” Clinton said. The GOP, she said, needs to “start explaining why they’re so scared of letting citizens have their say.”
    Well, she has got her facts wrong.

    The problem is not that eligible are being prevented from voting.

    The problem is that ineligible voters are voting and cancelling out my vote.

    The main focus is voter id laws–the requirement that voters produce proof that they are eligible.

    I hope to god that Hillary has not forgotten that she was the victim of illegal voters in Iowa in 2008.

    As you will recall Obama bussed in thousands of them from Illinois.

    She has got to forget about doubling down on the Obama strategy if she wants to win.

    Just as the Republicans cannot win by just attacking the democrat nominee, who I expect will be her.

    She will not win by attacking Republicans based on phony charges which are easily rebutted, as we saw with Kasich.

    Can you imagine a scenario where Obama operatives advise her in such a way as to cause her to lose.

    On a related note, I see where that little ninny Iglesias is now singing the opposite tune from 2008.

    Now, and even as emerging polls indicate otherwise, he tells us she is the most popular candidate in history.

    And it takes another low life Dylan Byers to set him straight.

    But the most important point of all current polls are neither informative or predictive of what will occur 14 months from now.

    The challenge for her will be to separate herself from Obama, and not move so far left as to lose the independents.

    The rest of it is just noise.

    Could I be wrong.

    Of course.

    Am I?

    Time will tell.

    But if the opponent turns out to be someone who tells the truth and does what he says, well . . .

    This is like when she started winning in 2008 and said I found my voice.

    She needs to find it again, if she wants to win.

  38. It is not in the interests of this nation to be trolling for every last voter. I would ensure equal opportunity to vote, but not affirmative action. When you canvas, one of the things you want to ensure is that the people on your list–who voted democrat in the last election, etc. get to the voting booth on election day, and if they cannot because of a disability then you make arrangements to get them there. But if you go beyond that what you encounter is low information voters who are easily seduced by unscrupulous operatives with distorted messages, and not infrequently there is voter fraud. Under cover videos have proven this to be the case, and both parties are guilty of this–guilty of undermining our system. Whether its walk around money or some other bribe, it is not democracy. It is “kakistocracy”, i.e. government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power. I can thing of no better example of this than the administration of the big media beloved messiah—Barack Hussein Obama.

  39. She will not win by attacking Republicans based on phony charges which are easily rebutted, as we saw with Kasich.

    She’s in a bad spot viz-a-viz attacking Republicans right now. Every time she makes an attack, there are a dozen Republican candidates acting as a rapid response team. 12 against 1.

    It’s hard for her to focus her attacks because she has no clue who the nominee will be. Yet, the incoming is focused exclusively on her since she’s already wrapped up the nomination. In this case, Kasich, whose state is being sued by Clinton’s legal team, had the knockout punch. But, in ever case, one or more of these candidates is going to have the appropriate response. Perfect laboratory for perfecting counter-attacks, with the eventual nominee having the pick of the litter.

    And, she didn’t even get a response yet from Ted Cruz, who has argued voting rights act cases before the Supreme Court. His two minute response on Citizens United in the NH TV town hall was amazing… So, amazing that I had to track down the oral arguments in the case and listen to them this afternoon. (Elana Kagen’s first appearance before the Supreme Court as Obama’s Solicitor General).

    Clinton has said that overturning Citizen’s United will be a litmus test in her selection of Supreme Court cases. She better pray that Cruz isn’t her opponent, especially since Citizens United was a case in which a PAC was prevented by the US government from airing a movie about Hillary Clinton.

  40. Congratulations to American Pharaoh, the horse (not the creep occupying the White House) who just won the triple crown.

  41. One thing Cruz is doing right now is very smart.

    It is the art that conceals the art.

    On the question of why anyone should vote for him, he offers a simple answer:

    1. I will tell you the truth

    2. I will do what I say

    3. And my record proves it.

    That is what separates him from people like Marco Rubio, and others.

    In 2000, Bush ran for office, claimed to be a conservative, and did just the opposite.

    In 2008, the big media beloved messiah ran for office, promised to unite the nation, and did the exact opposite.

    In neither case did the winner tell the truth, or do what he said he would do.

    And, anyone who examined the record of both men, would have figured that out.

    In 2016, all the republican candidates claim to be conservative, and their records indicate otherwise.

    The Cruz test tells you in an instant whether those candidates are in fact conservatives, or simply poseurs.

    But beyond that, I believe with the voters worried about their future, and distrusting big media

    There is a good chance that this will become a campaign slogan which speaks to their hopes and their fears like no other.

  42. The difference between Obama and Cruz:

    That man of action (cruz) will seize hold of opinions, opportunity, and fortune, and will say to the man of theories (faculty lounge Obama and his groveling minions in big media and the blogs) what the practical architect of Athens said to the oratorical architect: all that my rival speaks of but does not deliver, I will carry out. (Oeuvres de Guilbert 1803)

    I may be wrong, but again, I think it is a mistake to try to shoe horn her campaign aspirations into the Obama model. You can see clearly that the other side has adjusted to the new realities, are taking down some of his main men in the media, after 8 years, the model is stale, and it is nothing without him. And even if he able to run for a third term, fortune would not smile on him. He is going down in history as our first black president, and the worst president on record.

  43. Why lash yourself to a sinking ship.

    I think she needs to re invent herself as the Hillary of 2008.

    I have felt that way all along.

  44. After his answer to an obviously anti Citizens United questioner, she asks:

    “So you were in favor of Citizens United?”

    Without batting an eye, he said, “Not only was Citizens United the correct decision based on 1st Amendment protection of free speech, but it should have been decided 9-0.”

  45. admin
    June 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm
    I think that is wonderful.

    Mrs. Smith will be ecstatic.

  46. 1. I will tell you the truth

    2. I will do what I say

    3. And my record proves it.

    Put them together and what have you got?

    Integrity, authenticity, trust.

    All candidates should be held to that standard.

    By all, I mean Ted as well.

    As theories go, it is a potent line of attack.

  47. I take Clinton at face value. If she states a position, I assume she’s sincere in her beliefs, even if they have evolved over time. For example, she says that she would only appoint Supreme Court justices if they promise in advance to rule that the first amendment protection of free speech does not apply to a filmmaker attempting to show an anti-Hillary documentary. I assume that is an honest, since policy stance and that she has every intention of making that a litmus test for Supreme Court nominations.

    If I disagree with her policy statement, then I would be less likely to vote for her. If I agree, then I would be more likely. I’m not going to make it more complicated by trying to figure out if she really means it or not. I mean, if it comes to that, if I can’t even trust what she says, then why would I consider voting for her in the first place?

  48. People think trials are a quest for the truth.

    But they really aren’t.

    JB–if you are reading the blog. . .

    Are not those three factors the very thing you as a litigator strive to impress upon the jury, in order to win your case.

    You know Judge Stern and so do I: they are right out of his playbook.

    Like him or not, Cruz knows what he is doing.

    Sometimes juries decide cases on the basis of which lawyer they like best.

  49. I do not think that all these “trade agreements” being pushed now are any kind of co-incidence. And they are not about trade. They are getting done while we have weak, incompetent, corrupt leadership and a failing global economy. Our media does not tell us anything that is going on. Greece is still behaving badly and the Chinese economy is insane. Their stock market goes up and down 5 and 10% in a day. Can you imagine if the DJIA was up and down 1,000 points? And now China is “allowing” foreign investment. Yea, suck them in before the collapse. Kind of like what we are doing with foreign investors in our housing market. None of this is going to end well.

    I tell you, the populous better fight this because they are putting plans in place to screw us to the wall to try to perpetuate their failed system.

  50. Revealed: Convicted Felon George Soros Bankrolling Attacks on Election Integrity
    The New York Times has revealed what some of us already knew.
    by J. Christian Adams
    June 5, 2015 – 11:46 am

    The New York Times has revealed what some of us already knew: billionaire convicted felon George Soros is bankrolling attacks on election integrity laws in advance of the 2016 election. He is funding efforts to attack laws designed to aid election integrity in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Ohio and perhaps elsewhere, according to the New York Times.

    Mr. Soros is prepared to spend $5 million or more on the effort, Mr. Vachon said. Two suits that he is supporting were filed in Ohio and in Wisconsin last month, and he is also funding a case Mr. Elias is involved with in North Carolina.

    These lawsuits are attacks on voter ID and other changes made to increase election integrity. For example, in North Carolina, where same-day voter registration used to exist, over 1,000 unverified voters were permitted to cast a regular ballot in the 2012 election. As a recent law review article of mine notes:

    The problem of ballots being counted without verification of eligibility due to same day registration was so acute in the town of Pembroke, North Carolina, the North Carolina State Board of Elections was forced to order a new election because the outcome was tainted due to same day registration.

    Soros is funding a lawsuit attacking North Carolina’s termination of this bad policy.

    A number of years ago Media Matters labeled me as “conspiratorial” for noting that Soros is fueling the anti-election integrity effort.

    Adams completed his transformation from wannabe whistleblower to right-wing pontificator by using his first official PJM column to cry “Soros,” utilizing the well-worn right-wing shtick of connecting every liberal group or activity they despise back to the alleged manipulations of billionaire philanthropist/super-villain George Soros, as if Soros’ involvement was, ipso facto, evidence of the groups’ sinister intentions.

    You have to love that ipso facto part. See, the piece was written by Brian Powell.


    Powell’s Media Matters bio says that he is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. Media Matters is full of lawyers who went to law school and don’t practice law. Hiring law graduates who will make less at Media Matters than they paid for their law school education seems to be a trend at the Soros-funded blog. Good career judgment need not apply.

  51. admin

    June 6, 2015 at 7:16 pm


    great race…what a magnificent horse…yeah!

  52. The NYTIMES apparently didn’t get the memo that the New Democrat party doesn’t need all those hick white Bill Clinton voters. Heck, those people probably don’t even go to Starbucks.

    They also apparently missed the fact that there are no more white Democrats in the South.

    The time to worry about that would have been BEFORE nominating a friend of Bill Ayers and Jeremiah Wright.

  53. Let Soros waste $5 million suing Ohio. The Koch Bros are assembling a network of donors with a goal of raising $890 million for the 2016 cycle, with a big chunk to be spend on targeting and get out the vote.

    This Supreme Court is not going to overturn legitimate, reasonable voting regulations passed by state legislatures. They’ve already ruled that voter ID is perfectly legal. They aren’t going to legislate from the bench that a state has to have “x” number of days of early voting when a state like New York has none.

  54. Do not be distracted from the issues. The international corporations are making their move now to take over global governance before we can elect Hillary Clinton. That was behind the big priority in keeping her out in 2008. It is about the sovereignty of the country. It is all about defeating Hillary 2016 and the only way to defeat her is to tie her to Obama. That will be the spin on all the propaganda. We all know that Obama copied Hillary on the issues. But Obama has been using them to destroy the nation instead of building it. Right now it does not look like Hillary is even in control of her own campaign. And that is bad, but she started it too early anyway.

    Call, fax and email congress.

  55. At the end of the cold war, an obscure intellectual named Francis Fukaya published a book entitled The End of History prophesying that the future did not belong to warring nations or religions but to markets. At the time, I interpreted that statement to mean consumers, whereas now I know what he really meant was corporation. After all, what are these trade agreements really, but a attempt to create a global market for goods and services, as well as the free flow of capital.

    This was radical stuff, and the liberal loved it. Firstly, it catered to their belief that nations in the same supply chain do not make war on each other. In fact, they do, only it is a different kind of war. Second it expressed their childish belief in treaties, and their rejection of the tragic view and the real politic theories of Bismark. Liberals it seems believe in the innate goodness of human beings, whereas I make no such assumption, partly because the whole of history denies it. Third, it assuaged their collective guilt over the institution of slavery on racial grounds, and opened the door for massive restitution by lowering the standard of living of our own middle class. Arguably, all they really did was substitute a form of slavery based on race for one based on economics.

    For those who wonder why Obama manifests a reckless disregard for our constitution, our laws, and the welfare of our people, apart from scripted speeches and cheap lip service, quickly belied by his actions, his mendacity and his secrecy the answer lies here. Those are impediments to the new world order which his masters have ordained. This is he cannot confront terror in the world, and the world is in chaos. To say he is a cheap fraud oversold to a gullible world scarcely begins to explain it. He is a tool used by a group of people who do not have the interests of the American People in mind. They one one world–a world they alone control.

  56. wbboei
    June 7, 2015 at 11:12 am

    It would not be so bad having “them” in control, if they were not so greedy and incompetent. The thing is that there is plenty for everyone to live decently at a reasonable level of freedom and the fact that is not happening tells us that the world leaders do not know what they are doing. I mean, that is not even the trend. The income inequality and the invalidation of democratic processes tells us that.

    I think it is the failure of their system that is driving this tyrannical behavior. It is, indeed, tyranny.

  57. Say it ain’t so Joe.—Damned Yankees.

    Even in his own state, needle dick Obama gets rebuffed with on his signature legislation which the glorious New York Times promised us was “the greatest civil rights victor since 1964”. Might they now be persuaded to concede that this assessment was . . . a little over the top? Hell no. Oh—why not? They are, after all, the flagship of big media. Of course they are. Consequently, it is hardly surprising that would be the market maker they are, only the market they make a market in is a market of lies. Not credible. Ignore.

    Hawaii Abandons Sinking Ship of Obamacare, Wastes $200 Million of Taxpayer Money
    by Michael Walsh
    June 7, 2015 – 7:23 am
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    As the Supreme Court decision in the Burwell case nears, the collapsing beast known as Obamacare is already expiring:

    Hawaii is taking its troubled ObamaCare insurance exchange off life support, the governor’s office announced Friday, the latest addition to a growing number of state exchanges forced to close after operations became unsustainable. The once-highly praised Hawaii Health Connector has been “unable to generate sufficient revenues to sustain operations,” Gov. David Ige’s office said in a statement.

    The federal Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) informed the exchange last week that federal funds were no longer available to support long-term operations. “The state is working with the Connector and CMS to determine what functions can be transitioned to state oversight to ensure compliance with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by the next Open Enrollment in November 2015,” Ige said.

    Grant funds had been restricted in March after the exchange told officials it was not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare, due to fiscal instability and tech issues.

    In other words, a typical half-baked Democrat idea, designed to burn through millions of dollars, enrich its cronies, and deliver absolutely nothing except another heaping helping of “good intentions.”

    The shutdown comes after federal taxpayers dropped more than $200 million into the exchange, which critics called a waste of taxpayer money. ”The $200 million was a complete waste of tax dollars that could have been used for much more productive efforts,” Reg Baker, a well-known CPA in Hawaii who for many years was the chief financial officer for the health insurance plan, HMAA, told last month.

    While many of the state’s Democrats praised the ObamaCare exchange when it launched in October 2013, it was riddled with trouble from the start. The web portal never worked properly despite the state spending $74 million on a contract with CGI to build and maintain it. The exchange experienced tremendous staff turnover, with three executive directors appointed in two years. Enrollment reached just over 8,500 in the first year, and as a result, Hawaii was ranked the most costly exchange in the nation at more than $23,899 per person.

    The shutdown comes after federal taxpayers dropped more than $200 million into the exchange, which critics called a waste of taxpayer money.

    “Critics”? How about just regular normal people?

    Of course, if the Court does decide that nothing in the law allows the IRS to offer “subsidies” to customers outside the state exchanges (and Vermont recently folded its state exchange as well), then it will all be… the Republicans fault! Of course.

  58. Wow. The Democratic spokesperson and NY Times reporter (but I repeat myself) scores a daily double on this morning’s roundtable.

    First, she says the Republican candidates responses to the early voting attack will be used in Clinton’s campaign ads. This provokes a guffaw from Brit Hume suggesting that the Kasich clip wouldn’t be a very good ad for Clinton…

    Then, the Democratic spokesperson and NY Times reporter defends her paper’s coverage of Marco Rubio traffic tickets going back to 1998 by saying that every detail of candidates and candidate’s spouse’s actions are fair game.

    Well, alrighty then….

  59. Obola is an epic FAIL. The Health Insurance Companies have been handing out big bonuses to their high dollar executives and the companies have been maxing out their profits. While they poor have $5,000 deductibles for their government subsidized plans. It is a national disaster. A disgrace.

    I am lucky to have my little job where I am under, but happily employed. My health insurance sucks. They offer free mammograms but will not cover the blood test that can detect several dozen kinds of cancer, way earlier. The mammogram is a degrading, harmful, inconclusive test but they dismiss the blood test as experimental. That is what happens when you have a degenerate oligarchy running things. Cancer is a $90 Billion per year business to them that they have been using to suck the populous dry.

    The cancer test I am referring to is this:

    They can detect cancers, years before conventional methods do. That leaves the doors open with time for alternative cure methods that have lower efficacy than those necessary in the later stages. But that would cut into the chemotherapy and radiation company profits. The test really only runs around $1,000. I am going to get one for my 60th birthday.

    My point is that we could do so much better with our healthcare.

  60. The test that Cruz articulates–1. tell the truth, 2. do what you say, and 3. prove it through your record—is one that the RINO cannot meet, nor can any dino. For them it has always been about talking out of both sides of your mouth, and doing the bidding of the donors. Many on the left will bitch about the lack of accountability, but reject a test such as this, which would ensure it, because they do not like Ted, or evangelicals, or for that matter America itself which they continue to insist is racist, sexist, homophobic and capitalist to a fault. Those people survive on hate, and there is no point listening to them. Fortunately, there are also those on the left who see the same problem we do. We should be open to the possibility of joining forces with them, since both of us see the perils of surrendering to the corporate state which is now on the march. It is the only way to fight the New Feudalism which is forming before our eyes, under the tutelage of the big media beloved messiah.

  61. This is a very good article that ties the failed Globalist agenda to the current push for the TPP while Obola is in office, before we can elect a POTUS who will stand for the American populous.

    And where politicians are pushing for renewed trade liberalisation – in the transatlantic trade deal known as TTIP, for example – they are facing a powerful public campaign from consumers nervous that multinationals will be handed too much control.

  62. Some good news from overseas:

    Erdogan suffers Turkish poll blow as pro-Kurdish party gains

    Turkey’s Islamist-rooted AK party lost its parliamentary majority after 13 years in power on Sunday night in a stunning blow to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The end of single-party rule in effect spells the end to Mr Erdogan’s campaign for a constitution-changing majority to boost his own powers.

    “Given the very tense and violent campaign, this result is remarkable,” said Marc Pierini, a former EU ambassador to Turkey.

    AKP support fell to 41 per cent, from almost 50 per cent in the previous general election four years ago, based on results from almost 100 per cent of polling booths.

    “The debate over the presidential system has ended in Turkey,” said Selahattin Demirtas, the HDP’s joint leader, in reference to Mr Erdogan’s bid to increase the powers of the head of state. Mr Demirtas also emphatically ruled out a coalition with the AKP.

    Sunday’s breakthrough won the leftwing HDP some 79 seats and reduced the AKP’s ranks to about 258 seats — below the 276 needed for single-party majority government and far below the 330 seats Mr Erdogan needed to put constitutional changes to a referendum.

    While Mr Erdogan said a shift from a parliamentary to a presidential system would increase the efficiency of government, all the main opposition parties countered that it would be a step towards dictatorship.

    “Somebody will have to pay a price and I guess it will be Prime Minister [Ahmet] Davutoglu but the real loser is unquestionably President Erdogan,” said Soli Ozel at Kadir Has university.

  63. every detail of candidates and candidate’s spouse’s actions are fair game.
    Says fucking whom?

    The New York Times?

    The Obama loving NYT ran interference for Obama for 8 years?

    This newspaper deals fraud, deceit and bitter partisanship.

    Think back to the hit squad they sent to Alaska in 2008.

    NYT is in no position to determine what is fair.

    To suggest otherwise is an oxymoron.

  64. every detail of candidates and candidate’s spouse’s actions are fair game.

    This from the same newspaper that refused to confront Michelle on her thesis or the whitey tapes?

    But when the NYT is dealing with Republicans they abandon all restraint, go after their families and hunt them down like dogs.

    As you may recall, they sent seven (7) of their reporters up to Alaska to dig up dirt on Sarah and her family.

    In giving Obama a free pass and going scorched earth on republicans, they prove their true colors.

    Clearly, they have no business being opinion makers or gate keepers.

    They are too damned corrupt.

  65. Here is a link to a collection of essays on criminal justice from all of the leading presidential candidates (including HRC). It’s published by the NYU School of Law. Some terrific stuff:

    Here’s Ted Cruz’ essay:

    The criminal law is the most potent “lever through which government brings power to bear on the individual citizen.” Not only can a criminal conviction lead to imprisonment and the loss of other rights, including the right to vote, it forever brands those who are convicted as criminals — a stigma that can be difficult, if not impossible, to overcome. Because of these serious consequences, the power to define crimes and to prosecute and jail people for committing them must be exercised with utmost care. Unfortunately, for all its virtues, the criminal justice system does not always exercise the care that it should.

    This essay focuses on three vital areas of concern: overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of jury trials. These problems pervade our criminal justice system at large, but there are practical ways to address them at the federal level. Congress should pass laws that would eliminate redundant crimes and convert regulatory crimes into civil offenses, take steps to give judges more sentencing flexibility, and require prosecutors to disclose material exculpatory evidence during plea negotiations.

  66. I think the whole effort to ban guns under the pretense of gun control which will never deter law breakers is little more than a naked attempt by the elites to control the law abiding population as part of a larger authoritarian agenda. That said, I also believe that guns should be licensed even though that could lead to gun confiscation at some future time. Moreover, recurrent gun training should be a condition precedent to a gun license. If you are not shooting them regularly you do get rusty. Finally, we do register automobiles on the principle that they are inherently dangerous. Frankly, I see no conflict between that policy and the right to keep and bear arms. Beyond that however, isn’t it high time that we stopped catering to the delusions of the far left on this, and so many other issues?
    When I was growing up on a series of Marine Corps bases across the country, the phrase “man with a gun” was comforting, not scary. Yet as the anti-gun movement gradually took control of the public debate, it became not just frightening — especially to those who knew nothing about firearms — but a matter for instant police action. Today, with open-carry laws proliferating — Texas is about to adopt open carry — the sight of a civilian packing heat may be the New Normal. But what are the etiquette rules so we don’t frighten children, horses and the Pansy Left? (snip)

    Here you have the basic leftist argument: they “felt threatened” even though, in fact and in law, no one was actually threatening them. But the Left has long dwelled in a fantasy world, in which all manners of terrors — except real terrors– lurk just beyond the precinct of their psychiatrist’s office. (snip)

    The Left takes to the streets at the drop of a hat in order to “demonstrate” on behalf of its various pet anti-American causes, and mayhem often ensues.

  67. It is interesting isn’t it. So often you hear leftist talk about how a particular policy makes them feel threatened. But if you examine the policy from all other perspectives, it becomes obvious that the problem is not the policy which seeks to balance various interests, but rather the problem is the leftist himself who has some undiagnosed hang-up, which merits psychiatric evaluation.

  68. Here is what the troll does not want you to know . . . wow!
    A Devil’s Pact: Instead of Doing Obama’s Bidding, GOP Lawmakers Should Be Opposing ObamaTrade — #StopFastTrack
    By: LaborUnionReport (Diary) | June 7th, 2015 at 05:51 PM | 28


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    a devil’s pact

    It is a rarity that I agree with today’s union bosses. However, in this instance, as unions are currently doing to Democrats supportive of fast-tracking ObamaTrade, Republican lawmakers who have bending over (backward) to appease transnational corporate lobbyists by backing the secret trade pact called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) need to hear from voters—and fast.
    According to the Detroit News, fast-track will be voted on in the House of Representatives this week.

    In the House, nearly all Democrats oppose the measure, which may have the support of fewer than 20 Democrats. The White House will rely on Republicans to get the 218 votes needed to approve the bill.

    Although unions have dubbed ObamaTrade “NAFTA on steroids,” it is more than that.

    Here are some of the things that ObamaTrade does, according to one source:

    Only two of its 26 chapters actually cover trade issues such as tariffs and quotas.
    Obamatrade would submit the U.S. to the jurisdiction of international tribunals established under the auspices of the United Nations or World Bank.
    Obamatrade would surrender control of 544 million acres of public land – a quarter of the entire U.S. land area – to international authorities.
    It would establish a system of foreign tribunals higher in authority than even the U.S. Supreme Court that could overrule federal court rulings
    Obamatrade would shift decisions over the payment of U.S. tax dollars away from Congress and outside of the Constitutionally-established Article III federal court system (or even U.S. state system) to the authority of international tribunals.
    Obama’s agreement would obligate the federal government to force U.S. states to conform state laws to 1000 pages of rules, regulations and constraints unrelated to trade – from land use to whether foreign firms operating in a state can be required to meet the same laws as domestic firms.
    Obamatrade would empower foreign companies to use foreign tribunals to enforce special privileges only available to them. Obamatrade would exempt foreign companies from EPA and other onerous regulations that American firms would still be forced to comply with.
    Under Obamatrade, foreign companies could actually go to an international tribunal and sue American taxpayers for cash awards to compensate them for costs associated with government regulations – something American-owned companies would not be able to do.
    Obamatrade rewrites the global rules of the Internet to impose restrictive rules that Congress rejected when it rejected SOPA, PIPA and ACTA.
    The TPP includes some 26 separate chapters that affect our sovereignty, jobs, businesses, farms, food, consumer safety, immigration, the Internet and more.
    Moreover, according to Forbes, under the draft provisions of the TPP to be leaked by Wikileaks, “countries could be barred from trying to control where their citizens’ personal data is held or whether it’s accessible from outside the country.”

    …and, by and large, this monstrosity has been negotiated in secret.

    Inside-the-beltway Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) 64% and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) N/A% are used to saying one thing and doing another when it comes to fighting for America, so it is no real surprise they have signed onto ObamaTrade.

    Related: Only Two Republicans Admit They Actually Read Secret Obama Trade Deal—Both Unsupportive
    However, it seems as though some of the Class of 2010 and other so-called “conservatives” have begun to get too acccustomed to beltway brown-nosing as well.

    Republicans in the House who are supporting ObamaTrade appear to be either so awash with corporate lobbyists’ wine, or haven’t bothered to read the bill—and, quite possibly, both.
    Devil’s Pact

    Notwithstanding the fact that Republicans trusting Barack Obama with anything more than reading parking meters is a fool’s folly, it is the Republicans who have seemed to have formed a Devil’s Pact with the President on the secret trade deal.
    In addition to unions opposing granting fast-track to Obama on TPP, a wide array of conservatives are also against it. This list includes the Americans for Limited Government, the American Family Association, Center for Security Policy, and the Eagle Forum.

    Even Donald Trump is opposed to the idea.

    Like ObamaCare, the Obama Administration is relying on the “stupidity of voters“—except, this time, it is the stupidity of Republican voters in Congress—to get their deal done.

    As stated at the top of this post, it is a rarity that I find myself in agreement with today’s union bosses.

    However, like ObamaCare (which unions wholeheartedly supported), ObamaTrade is a bad deal for America and it must be stopped now.

    Americans, conservative and liberal alike, have much to be concerned about with fast-tracking TPP. It is up to voters to let their representatives know now that selling out America to a bunch of crony capitalists around the world is a declaration of war on the American people.

    Light up your GOP congressperson’s switchboards this week.

  69. If Bernie Sanders does well, but comes up short of the Dem nomination, does he run as a 3rd party candidate in the general election?

  70. but rather the problem is the leftist himself who has some undiagnosed hang-up, which merits psychiatric evaluation.

    Today the cause du jour is homeowner’s association swimming pools. In Texas. In an Atlantic article they are described as discriminatory. With a history of apartheid. Or something. Because a pool party was crashed by older kids who didn’t live there, started fighting, smoking weed, and acting out. They were asked to leave, didn’t, and the cops got involved because they were trespassing. Which is discriminatory. Or something.

    So yes. There is a mental problem. It is called being an unthinking ideologue. When are the rooftop pools on Central Park’s finest apartment buildings going to be opened to everyone? Just because the owners pay for them in NYC shouldn’t mean everyone can’t use them. Rush the doorman or climb the building and party.

  71. The more I listen to Sharyl Attkisson the more I admire her. To me she is the perfect 10 when it comes to journalism. One of the things I have learned in reading her books is that my analysis of big media is right on the one hand and wrong on the other. If you look at it from the 50,000 foot level, it is certainly right, and if I had to prove it, her book Stonewalled would be exhibit 1-100.

    Where I get flummoxed, and I am sure turn off the media reader is in assigning blame to the whole lot of them—which is akin to kill them all, and let god sort them out. (Which is also my default position where the RINO is concerned, but we digress). What I have learned after listening to Sharyl is that there are many reporters who would like to be reporters but are thwarted at every turn, not only by their bosses, but by outside groups who engage in astroturf to pretend that the position they advocate has overwhelming public support when in fact it does not. In addition, these reporters are terrorized by left wing bloggers, coordinated with an administration that routinely calls their bosses when they report something the administration does not want to hear. Finally, unlike six years ago, the layer of mid level managers in news organizations are risk adverse and subject to group think, which means the news has become homogonized and establishment friendly. The reporter faces is faced with Hobson’s choice: to be a journalist vs. to keep your job.

    In my view, Sharyl represents not only a superb investigative journalist—and speaker of truth without ideological bias, because even though I am right of center some of the people who bore me the most are those on my side, and some–a few on the left offer insights second to none, and tell me things about my own side that my side does not want me to know. Sharyl is also a crusader, and, I submit, any good investigative reporter is motivated by that instinct. Sharyl is a liberal who follows the truth wherever it leads and that offends many liberals whose sole worry is whether their side is winning. Contemporary journalism is in trouble, as Tapper and others have reluctantly conceded. It needs a Joan of Arc, and in Sharyl Attkisson I believe they have one.

    If you want a sample of her wisdom, I commend the following video to your attention. Starting at just past the 4 minute mark.

  72. There is a mental problem. It is called being an unthinking ideologue. When are the rooftop pools on Central Park’s finest apartment buildings going to be opened to everyone? Just because the owners pay for them in NYC shouldn’t mean everyone can’t use them. Rush the doorman or climb the building and party.
    That is fine logic that animated the French Revolution.

    When you are starving burn down the bread factory.

    And if nothing else works, then storm the Bastille.

    Once you have captured it, how do you dispose of it, i.e. the Samatha Power problem.

    The French are so obsessed with the rights of man that they have totally forgotten his nature.

    The elites and the underclass have two things in common:

    1. first, neither believes that society’s rules apply to them.

    2. second, both prey on the middle class to advance their own interests.

    But if we could convince the mass man to invade the wealthy enclaves of New York, that destructive alliance would end with a bang.

  73. Wbb,

    If Ted is so smart, WTH is he supporting TPP? I cannot wrap my head around it and it IS a game changer to me.

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