Watch And Learn #Hillary2016: Donald Trump V. Fox News – PLUS – China! – Iran!- PLUS PLUS PLUS – Our Very Big Big Big Question for Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, And Bret Baier – PLUS PLUS PLUS Why Does Donald Trump Call So Many People Stupid Losers???

Update II: CNN poll of Iowa: Trump 22, Carson 14, Walker 9, Cruz 8, Fiorina 7. Earthquake warning..// eart*!#qu**#@!&ak*(^%3e ”\\/wa##rn(*&ing… new Io*&$wa poll*&^)$^^. Bush is at 5 along with Rand Paul and Rubio. Establishment election fixers for boy Bush are a’skered. Hold me closer tiny dancer.

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Update: Echelon Insights post-debate poll: Trump 29, Carson 10, Fiorina 9, Rubio 9, Bush 9. Call him “Zombie Trump” because the GOP establishment and Big Media put him in a coffin, nail it shut, bury him, and still… Zombie Trump. Lots of caveats with this Patrick Ruffini online poll based on Googled information, and Trump is actually down a few statistical noise points from the last Echelon, but still Zombie Trump walks, talks and is fresh as a daisy – confirming all the recent polls that Trump is still tops. The news from this poll? Look at the man for whom the GOP establishment tried to fix this primary election. Bush is 20 points behind Trump. Call the medics!

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Let’s start with our “very big big big question for Fox News, Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier”: Does Fox News or do any of you have email? or Twitter? or assistants? or texting capacity? or cell phones? or phones? or access to the internet? or Facebook? We hear you do have such advanced technology and have many assistants at work for Fox News. Which leads to a whole lotta other questions.

Now, we know that Fox News wanted to bait Trump to anger so that the guards waiting off stage could come in and perp walk The Donald off the stage. We already wrote about that. We quoted the L.A. Times quoting Bret Baier about the well crafted strategy to ignominiously dump Trump in front of millions after Trump fell into a Cecil the lion type well crafted trap. We know about the anti-Trump strategy, but doesn’t some form of decency and respect as a “fair and balanced” news organization compel a slight change in strategy when a big news event occurs?

Before 8:00 p.m. on debate night (the debate started at 9:00) a rather astounding event occurred. This event was massive in impact, had many implications for Obama, Hillary2016, Republicans, Republican candidates for president, the 2016 elections, war, peace, Europe, the Middle East, and of course impacted the economy and just about everything else. The shocking non-shocker is that this event was a total surprise yet not a completely total surprise and therefore a lot of people anticipated this event, feared this event, or hoped for this event, but in any case were on the lookout for this event. Well before the debate began this event occurred. Fox News viewers, all 24 million lured by Donald Trump’s appearance, heard not a beep or a peep about this stunning event.

The event? Democratic Senator and presumed to be the next leader of the Senate Democrats Chuck Schumer declared his opposition to Obama’s give-Iran-the-nuclear-bomb deal. Move-on immediately attacked Schumer as did James Fallows on Twitter – all well before 8:00, an hour before the debate. Chuck Schumer has long been considered THE vote in congress that could block Obama’s treachery because Schumer wields a lot of influence as a Jewish member of Congress and of course that little bit that he is the Senator from New York. Oh, and on the House side Elliot Engel joined Schumer to oppose the Obama gift to Iranian Valerie Jarrett and the haters of Jews and Israel.

Did Fox News viewers learn of any of this on the night when fifty million eyeballs were tuned on Fox News? No. Not a word. Thomas Sowell, not a Trump fan at all, denounced the debate “moderators” because of their “disservice” to the country on the Iran issue.

Megyn Kelly did not think this was worthy of a question to the Republican candidates for president. Neither did Chris Wallace who frequently indulges himself with foreign policy on his Sunday TV show on Fox News. Bret Baier also did not think this news about Iran merited a mention let alone a question to the assembled presidential candidates for the Republican nomination.

There was an Iran question buried in the middle of the debate. But imagine if the very first question from Bret Baier was an announcement about the Chuck Schumer opposition to Obama’s Iran deal and the question was “Raise your hand if you agree with Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer that the Obama Iran deal is bad.” Would have led to an entirely different night, right? But the strategy was to dump on Trump and not even a world shaking event would be allowed to distract from that main mission. Or we could be wrong and Fox News does not have texting, email, assistants, or breaking news gathering capacity.

The viewing public and Donald Trump saw the attempt to trash Trump. Unless the viewer had political motivation(s) or was in favor of another candidate and enjoyed the Fox News alliance to destroy Trump and advance the candidate of choice it was apparent to all that Fox News structured (Bret Baier’s word) the questions to take down Trump.

Donald Trump noticed and that’s why Donald Trump went to war against Fox News. Trump has been the star of a “reality show” and dealt with the assaults from tabloid media. Trump knows that how you “structure” (Bret Baier’s word) a debate or a reality show will determine the outcome. Trump saw the threat and instead of ignoring the threat he threatened back.

Now, many say Trump should just have let it all go and stuck to his issues. That was the advice of now removed Trump advisor Roger Stone and even Rush Limbaugh. To be frank, we would prefer Trump stick to the issues. We don’t think the attacks against Megyn Kelly, Chris Wallace, and Bret Baier are the course we think is wise. Not our preference. But at the same time we do think that Donald Trump was wise in his attacks against Megyn Kelly, Chris Walace, Bret Baier, and Fox News.

Why is Donald Trump’s war on Fox News wise? Because presidents and presidential candidates do not get to determine the issues. They can only pick and choose which to run on. But then some issues sort of creep up on you or jump on you. Picture the next president who wants to base his/her presidency on domestic issue X. But then in the first week in office Iran explodes a nuke. Continue with domestic issue X, or wake up and address the issue that just jumped on you. Presidential candidates that say “we must stay focused on the issue of blah-blah” while the public wants another issue addressed are stupid losers.

A president comes into office and wants to do X. But then H happens and all hell breaks loose. The president that persists with X and ignores H is going to get in trouble. There is something to not getting distracted, but sometimes what you think is a distraction, is the distraction that people want addressed.

The GOP establishment wanted the issue to be X. The GOP establishment did not want to speak about illegal immigration. Donald Trump spoke about illegal immigration and the public responded. The GOP establishment is not happy because a candidate came forth that spoke about what the public wanted to hear, not what the GOP establishment wanted to hear.

Donald Trump was smart enough to see that Fox News and the political establishment (as we define it that includes both political parties, lobbyists, Big Media, etc. etc.) was out to get him. The public saw that Big Media and the establishment were out to trash Trump. That became the issue the public wanted addressed. Was Trump really tough enough? Would Trump take on his “allies” on Fox News? Would Trump defend himself thereby giving the public confidence that Trump would defend the country? Or was Trump a tough talking schlemiel? Trump gave the public what the public wanted and thereby saved himself from the plots and schemes of Big Media and the GOP establishment.

So Trump went to war. It was a bloody war. In the end peace reigns. But it was a peace won through strength. Donald Trump won the war on Fox News because Trump stood strong.

The vast technological apparatus of modern political warfare targeted Donald Trump and Donald Trump won.

Trump was accused by Rich Lowery of “whining.” Donald Trump, like a queer on Gay Pride day took the “queer” and turned into into a boastful “Queer And Proud” affirmation:

“Well I think he’s probably right, I am the most fabulous whiner. I do whine, because I want to win,” Trump said on CNN’s “New Day” when host Chris Cuomo asked about Lowry’s remarks in a New York Post column.

I am a whiner, and I’m a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win. I want to win for our country, and I’m going to make our country great again,” Trump said on CNN.

“Our country right now is a debtor nation, we have airports that are third-world airports, we have roadways that are falling apart, we have bridges that are coming down and that are unsafe,” Trump added.

The fun bit of the “whining?” It was on CNN, not Fox News. Build up CNN, ignore Fox News was the Trump strategy and it worked. But no one should think that while the GOP establishment waged all out war against Donald Trump, that Donald Trump waged all out war. Donald Trump was actually kinda nice.

Donald Trump did not once play the race card against the Red State Gestapo that disinvited him to their rally. Trump could have noted in a loud voice that Red State did not invite Ben Carson to the event at all. “It was racism” Trump could have baited. Trump likewise could have highlighted in Big Media appearances the sexist attacks against Sarah Palin by Fox News that Bristol Palin wrote about:

It’s official. I used to use this blog to point out how liberals use the “outrage industry” to manipulate people and keep their power. Now Republicans are just as bad.

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard that there’s a guy named Erick Erickson, of RedState, who disinvited Donald Trump from a gathering of conservatives because, as he put it, “there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines.”

Want to learn some “lessons in sexual and political decency” from Erickson? Here are three: [snip]

And we get the Fox moderators asking questions that the New York Times applauds? Please. Let’s don’t use the Democratic “war on women” talking points when we have ISIS to worry about.

Mark Levin said the debates were an “embarrassment as far as I’m concerned… while the New York Times and CNN praised the event, I considered it an exploitation of the process, which is supposed to inform the American people. Not gotcha questions, not gossip… I think the American people are owed an apology.

Oh and before we get off the topic of Fox News and the fact that they are “oh-so-shocked” at the supposed sexism of Donald Trump… here’s a little perspective.

Back in 2010, Chris Wallace joked about having my Mom sit on his lap during an interview. In 2011, Roger Ailes said, “I hired Sarah Palin because she was hot and got ratings.”

Fox and Erickson need to get off their high horse on how outraged they are NOW about sexism and decency.

No, Donald Trump did not go nuclear, but he could have. Donald Trump waged smart war against Fox News. What Trump did was he focused the mind of Roger Ailes on what could happen.

The next GOP debate in September is on CNN. Trump will get that debate ratings as he did last week. CNN can utilize the next debate to raise their ratings. Pre-debate, debate, post-debate, CNN can use the debate to become a news network not the silly station it is now. Trump was willing to help CNN and Roger Ailes saw that. Ailes blinked. Now Trump can get back to other issues.

Peace through strength. It was a great example of how to deal with Iran, ISIS, China, etc. It was presidential.

Speaking of China, who is the candidate that has been talking about China’s manipulation of it’s currency. Who is the candidate that constantly talks about China’s devaluation of its currency which hurts America? Who is the candidate that alerted the world best about the latest China currency devaluation? Um, Trump. The issues that Trump has chosen to highlight are the issues that matter and that the public understands matter and wants addressed.


Trump owns the China issue because he warned and his warnings continue to prove correct:

Presidential candidate Trump: China devaluation will devastate US

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Tuesday said China’s devaluation of the yuan would be “devastating” for the United States.

“They’re just destroying us,” the billionaire businessman, a long-time critic of China’s currency policy, said in a CNN interview.

They keep devaluing their currency until they get it right. They’re doing a big cut in the yuan, and that’s going to be devastating for us.” [snip]

China has been a frequent theme for Trump since he entered the 2016 presidential campaign, promising to be a tougher negotiator with Beijing in order to bolster the U.S. economy.

“We have so much power over China,” he told CNN. “China has gotten rich off of us. China has rebuilt itself with the money it’s sucked out of the United States and the jobs that it’s sucked out of the United States.”

The markets agree with Trump. The same Trump that has attacked ObamaTrade policies. The same Trump that sides with unions against the Chamber of Commerce on ObamaTrade – unlike most if not all other candidates except for Saint Bernard.

Maybe now that Trump has won the war against Fox News there will be a “fair and balanced” discussion about how correct Trump has been about China and currency devaluation.

Trump won the war against Fox News when Roger Ailes capitulated and called Trump. Trump then appeared on Fox and Friends (but did not discuss Megyn Kelly) and will appear on Hannity as well. Ailes promised that Fox News coverage will be “fair and balanced” and Trump won. Trump’s victory is bigger than it appears.

Now that Trump has trumped Fox News he is catnip for all news outlets who see the opportunity to exploit the rift to get themselves a little bit of The Donald and those juicy ratings. Read this and weep Fox News:

The feud seemed to thaw Monday after the network’s chairman, Roger Ailes, reached out to Trump directly to clear the air.

“I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness & balance,” Ailes said in a statement.

Trump said on Twitter that Ailes had assured him he would always be treated fairly by the network.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’m fine with it,” Trump said in a freewheeling, 30-minute interview with CNN’s “New Day” when asked about the flap after concluding his interview with Fox.

The CNN conversation was much more heated, as host Chris Cuomo pressed Trump on his lack of specific policy proposals since declaring his presidential run. His campaign has said it plans to unveil new policy plans soon.

“They want me to come up with a 10-point plan, a 14-point plan, a 20-point plan. It doesn’t necessarily work that way,” said Trump, who argued that, in business, flexibility is key.

Asked about how he would achieve his goal of simplifying the tax code, Trump responded: “Here’s what you can do: You can have a fair tax, you can have a flat tax, or you can leave the system alone, which is probably the simplest at this point, leave the system alone and take out deductions and lower taxes and do lots of really good things, leaving the system the way it is.”

“And I know exactly what I want to do, I just don’t want to announce it yet,” he added. “I’m just not prepared to tell you right now.” [snip]

On both shows, Trump refused once again to rule out a third-party run.

We’re going to keep the door open, we’re going to see what happens,” he said on Fox. “I want to run as a Republican But I do want to keep that door open in case I don’t get treated fairly.”

The medium is the message. Notice how Trump made news on CNN even as he returned to Fox News? Trump now has both Fox News and CNN as options. If one screws him, he turns to another. If the Republican establishment screws him there is another option. Want to know our experience with billionaires? Two trains running. Billionaires always have an escape route. Billionaires always want another option. Billionaires and successful people always have a two trains running strategy. If one train stalls, they hop on another. It’s the art of the deal. It’s how to win.

What Donald Trump is doing is exactly what we advised Hillary Clinton to do to MSNBC in 2008. Instead we got one single solitary Hillary quip taking down Chris Matthews to his face when he asked Hillary to come to his show. Hillary should have blasted MSNBC and rallied her troops to her side with the same savage fury Donald Trump supporters have rallied to Donald Trump.

All this leads us to a question: Is anyone in Brooklyn watching The Donald? Will Hillary2016 learn anything from Donald Trump’s victories? The troubles for Hillary2016 are mounting and her response is to issue more position papers and garbage no one is reading or listening to. Those position papers really helped against Obama in 2008 didn’t they? To borrow from Olivander from Harry Potter books: The issues choose the candidate, the candidate does not choose the issues.

We hope for an answer from Brooklyn headquarters someday that is congruent with reality and the issues people care about. We won’t hold our breath for the answer. We do however have an answer to our question as to why Donald Trump calls so many people STUPID LOSERS?

Rick Perry has run out of money, can’t pay his staff, so Perry can continue to call Donald Trump a “cancer” because no one cares anymore, he’s out of the running. Rand Paul has decided to turn his entire campaign into an attack Trump careening tricycle.

The rest of the candidates and their supporters don’t realize that it’s either Trump or Bush. There is no other. Carly Fiorina is now fluffed by Big Media and the GOP establishment because fluffing Jeb Bush has not worked. So Jeb will sit back and Tweet. Fiorina and Carson or whomever will be fluffed in turn before they are snuffed. Fluff then snuff. Fluff then snuff – the GOP establishment strategy once Trump is dispatched. It’s an attempt to stop Trump using various squirrel candidates, divide the opposition, then having stopped Trump, Mitt Romney Jeb Bush is last one standing. Fluff and snuff. Fluff to snuff Trump, snuff Trump, then snuff them all. Jeb wins without Trump.

So want to know why Donald Trump calls so many people STUPID LOSERS? Because they are.

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  1. Trump in Michigan right now talking about China devaluation.

    After the presser Trump will go to the dinner and later give a speech. When the speech starts this link will go “live”.

    TRUMP IS ON NOW:

  2. FBI now has hillarys server and copies of her emails from her lawyer… all I can say is I hope they get the really good ones she wrote about Obama.. it looks bad I don’t know if she can dodge this one, people are sick of the investigations ect. I know it’s a witch hunt but how could she have been so stupid. It won’t pass the sniff test with voters. Enter Joe Biden.

  3. The first thing they teach you in law school is the importance of issue recognition, so you can properly advise the client. For the reasons set forth above the feedback loop between the elites and conditions on the ground has been severed by the forces of political correctness and self serving narratives. Trump shines a light on that dysfunction, and he is way ahead of the pundits in seeing the exposures and shoring up our defenses. But this avails us little if he lacks the ability to channel these insights into policy, and the only way that will happen is if he is elected to the position he is seeking. The power inherent in that position, plus the bully pulpit plus the insights mentioned are the magic formula for the success which has eluded since the final days of the Clinton Administration.

  4. JtJames, you look on the bright side. Yes, Hillary’s great contribution might be any emails that tell what she really thinks about Obama.

  5. Wbboei, “issue recognition”. Exactly. 14 point plans on blah-blah don’t matter. The issues that matter are the issues that matter – not what politicians say what the issues that matter are.

    Trump on issue recognition? Trump spoke out on illegal immigration then that issue blew up with the news of the many murders committed by illegal immigrants. Few wanted to talk about this but Trump, attacked when he spoke on this, was right.

    Now it is China. Devaluation. Trump continues on issue after issue to speak out on issues then they blow up – not because of him because of news events.

  6. Trump is going soft. Trump just said that The Bible is better than The Art of the Deal. Such modesty. 🙂

  7. Admin: I commend you for understanding the Trump phenomenon better than anyone else on the planet. Here (and everywhere else) your insights are not only keen but they border on the uncanny. A few days ago, I disagreed with your assessment that all the other candidates on the Republican side were losers as you put it. But when I step back and look at the evolving situation, I can see that you and you alone were 100% right, and Trump is the game at this stage in the proceedings. Like a powerful efficient engine, he hits on all cylinders, i.e. the corruption of the political class, the existential problems that are being ignored, media malpractice, foreign policy failure writ large, economic stagnation, collapsing borders, outsourcing of our jobs etc. At the same time, one senses in his candidacy the very real prospect of making this country great again. God bless you for having the intellect and the courage to see and speak the truth, when so many others ran for the rosier lights of group think, and sought refuge in the safety of conventional wisdom.

  8. I want to recommend that you google or utube…Donald tonight in Michigan….

    first he gave a fantastic tour de force in a Press Conferenence

    then he gave an ‘Espirit De Corps’ to the believers and they cheered

    fabulous!…this man can win…and sooner than later…

  9. wbboei
    August 11, 2015 at 8:03 pm
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    Too late. The economy is going to be worse in December. They are ZIRP forever. That is, unless they think they can impose negative interest rates.

    China is done. The party is over. They may fill the trough with another QE but it is just not going to work. And they know it.

  10. Cross of death:

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-11/death-cross-forms-in-dow-industrials-down-5-since-record-high

    The Death Cross Forms on the Dow Chart

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average’s biggest decline in a month is proving the final nail in its death cross.

    That’s what technical analysts call it when the 50-day moving average falls below the 200-day mean, a formation that was achieved today as the gauge declined for the eighth time in nine days. The pattern is commonly interpreted as a signal price momentum is fizzling out.

    “If you don’t make any upside progress, the moving average will start to flatten and eventually turn down,” Jonathan Krinsky, chief market technician at MKM Holdings LLC, said by phone. “There are fewer and fewer stocks holding up the market, and that’s generally not a good thing.”

    The 30-company Dow’s moving averages have been on a collision course since Apple Inc., which has the eighth-heaviest weighting, dropped 7.4 percent on July 22. The iPhone maker tumbled another 4.9 percent today, bringing its decline from a February high to 14 percent.

  11. http://www.politico.com/story/2015/08/michigan-gets-full-trump-show-121281.html?hp=t1_r

    Michigan gets full Trump show

    He appears undaunted by the tumult surrounding his campaign over the last week.

    BIRCH RUN, Mich. — It was not a typical Lincoln Day dinner when Donald Trump came to town.

    The Trump show drew thousands of screaming supporters to a nondescript expo center in central Michigan for a local GOP fundraiser on Tuesday, creating the region’s biggest political draw in recent memory, even as the businessman’s campaign settled into the closest thing it has achieved so far to a sense of normalcy. [snip]

    In his speech and a press availability beforehand, he also touted his ability to win over and serve the ever-growing list of groups about which he has made controversial comments: Hispanics, veterans and now women. [snip]

    Following the availability, Trump spoke at length to a crowd that organizers pegged at 2,800 people on illegal immigration, and told stories of young people murdered by undocumented immigrants as he has regularly since coming under fire for his comments about the alleged criminality of undocumented immigrants at the Mexican border.

    “We have to build a wall,” he said, provoking a thunderous standing ovation and chants of “Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!”

    “The wall will be big,” Trump declared. “It will be powerful.”

    He drew thunderous applause again and brief chants of “U-S-A” when he pledged to build up the military. He dismissed Jeb Bush with what has become his go-to line on the erstwhile Republican front-runner (“no energy”), and plugged his book “The Art of the Deal,” as he has repeatedly at previous campaign rallies, while denouncing the Obama administration’s deal with Iran.

    Trump said he had a “great relationship” with New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat who opposes the deal.

    Nodding to the setting — Michigan’s economy has been undermined by decades of manufacturing outsourcing — and the news of the day, Trump led his speech by talking about China’s decision to devalue its currency. “Devalue means suck the blood out of the United States,” he said.

    Trump’s rhetoric on the global economy has led some conservative economists to grow concerned he favored protectionist tariffs, but he signaled his support for a more orthodox line during the rally.

    “I want free trade” he said . “The problem with free trade: It only works when you have really smart leaders. When you have leaders who are incompetent, it’s a disaster.”

    “Ford is building a $2.5 billion car factory in Mexico,” he told reporters before his speech. “I went to the Wharton School of Finance. How does that help us?

    During the press availability, when asked if he supported Obama’s bailout of Detroit or if he would have let it go bankrupt, he said either option would have been acceptable and would have led to more or less the same outcome. [snip]

    He also dismissed the importance of firm details. “When you’re coming up with a plan in business, you have to be flexible,” he said.

    Asked about an incident in which Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — a contender for the Democratic nomination and the only candidate in either primary drawing crowds larger than Trump’s — ceded his microphone to two Black Lives Matter protesters who stormed the stage at an event this weekend in Seattle, Trump called it “disgusting.”

    I would never give up my microphone,” he said. “It showed he was weak.” [snip]

    Meanwhile, the Trump supporters who showed up for Tuesday’s fundraiser were more loyal to the mogul than they were to the party or to Fox.

    Terry Trudell, 69, a retired engineer wearing a hat emblazoned with a gun and the words “We don’t dial 911,” said he actually became a Trump supporter after the debate, having initially supported Rand Paul.

    Trudell was among a small clutch of Trump supporters standing opposition to about 100 anti-Trump protesters, many of whom were Mexican-American and waved Mexican flags. He held a sign that read, “Fox News: Kiss my politically incorrect butt” and said he had lost respect for Kelly after her questioning of Trump, which he considered unfair.

    “My wife is going to kill me,” he added.

    Page Brousseau, vice chairman of the Genesee County Republican Party, which co-hosted the event with the Saginaw County party, said the last time this part of Michigan was enthralled by a political event was 1988, when Vice President George H.W. Bush attended a GOP event. “It was a lot of people but it wasn’t this enthusiastic back then,” he said.

    Notably, for a Republican party fundraiser, many of the attendees said they would not hesistate to support Trump if he ran as a third-party candidate.

    I would be more loyal to him than to any party,” said Barbara Allen, 68, a retiree who staffed the event as a volunteer.

    I am a [Ted] Cruz supporter but I will vote for Donald Trump because he cannot be bought,” said Bob Gillmann, 57, a laid-off lab manager at a shuttered chemical factor who wore shoulder-length hair, a denim button-down and socks with sandals as he nursed a Budweiser tallboy. “I would support Trump third party.”

    He said he couldn’t recall such excitement for a political rally since he went to a Ross Perot rally in Michigan in 1996, but that it did not measure up to Trump’s. “Ross Perot couldn’t carry his jockstrap,” he said.

    The fact that Trump was once a Democrat also did not deter his supporters. “Oh, Heaven knows I used to be a Democrat. He evolved. We evolve.” said Gillman’s wife, Anne, 65.

    For Trump’s strongest supporters, his refusal yet again to apologize for his latest controversial comment was a point of strength.

    I like how he doesn’t back down for anyone,” said Erin McElmurry, 39, a horse trainer. “A lot of people in the horse community feel the same way.”

  12. Another great video on Trump.

    I read the Schumer thing the same way he does.

    It’s not an heroic stand.

    ITS FAILURE THEATER/

    Ad infinitum, ad nauseum

    Its bob corker, mitch mcconnell failure theater

    If I’m lying, I’m dying

    It is a done deal, a bad deal, and it will lead to chaos

    Chuck Schumer believes in NOTHING other than his own ambition.

    In some respects he is the worst person in congress.

    People on the inside, deep inside, know this.

    They’ve known him since his days in the House.

    It is what it is.

  13. Consistent and profound excellence from Trump and admin.
    How lucky we are at this time.
    PS: Hard to say who is more comedic – the Viewers gals of the one responsible for this blog.

  14. admin
    August 11, 2015 at 10:48 pm
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    Great video.

    They did a good job skewering that Rapunzel with an attitude.

    Good journalism—that is her defense?

    Journalists like Rapunzel are always demanding that politicians apologize.

    It high time they did so themselves.

  15. He appears undaunted by the tumult surrounding his campaign over the last week.
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    Undaunted?

    Hardly.

    I think he is energized by it.

    Remember that little confession about how the wheels in his head are always turning?

    The life that loves the valley is lonely on the hills.

    But there are others who live on the edge by choice.

    Normal life bores them.

    And after you have made and spent ten fortunes, what else is there?

    Fast cars, fast living, flirting with death etc. lose their allure.

    Leaving your mark on eternity, that is the ultimate challenge.

    And if Donald becomes president, the odds are he will do it.

  16. Urban Dictionary: queen bee
    a girl who, usually in a high school setting, is the “leader of the pack.” she doesn’t always have to be the prettiest, but she is extremely confident, and because she thinks she’s hot, others do too. she knows all of the “important” gossip, and people emulate her style.

    I guess the meaning has changed (as happens). In the feminism of the 70s and 80s (maybe 60s, too, I don’t know, I was watching Hazel lol), “queen bee” referred to a woman who had fought her way up the work ladder, but then refused to help other women ascend the ladder.

  17. Looking at you side eyes Kelly girl…got to love it.
    Admin, I’ve decided that the sister with the blonde hair piece on top, it’s actually part of the scalp they have taken from Kelly..Part of their war bonnets…

  18. That last tape is a seminar on how to negotiate.

    We could have gotten those prisoners back for a whisper.

    All we needed to do what to convince Iran that they have no strategic value to Iran, and-

    Releasing them would make the entire deal easier to sell to Congress

    I am not there obviously but the problem here is most likely two-fold

    First, we are engaging in coalition bargaining, and a coalition is only as strong as its weakest link

    Second, we are trying to understand and influence their internal politics

    During the Cuban Missile Crisis we had a reliable back channel which allowed us to know at all times Kruschev’s next move

    As a result we were able to get the missiles out of Cuba without nuclear war

    Here I doubt we have anyone like that.

    On the other hand, we have people who will tell us who the moderates are and how we can empower them.

    Harvard professors, foreign service officers, and Brookings experts profess to have great knowledge of such things

    And on odds its all bullshit–outsiders looking into a an opaque window seeing what they hope to see.

    This is how we come out of a negotiation thinking we empowered the moderates while the Supreme Leader says death to America

    And when these experts are asked about THAT they say don’t worry that is just for domestic consumption.

    We double the sanctions, walk away from the table and tell them our door is open any time they want to return.

    We will get much better deal six months from now than we will today.

    This is why Trump is right to call our negotiators incompetent.

    Simply put, they are.

  19. I used to watch Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer when I was getting ready for work in the mornings. Then she got her own show mid-day and I couldn’t see her for a long time. I was happy when she got the evening show because I could see her again. I was especially happy because in the beginning she said she was a nonpartisan and would be a fair interviewer.

    I do believe she is intelligent and has good interview skills – she’s good at asking follow up questions and catching discrepancies.

    I don’t know if she has changed or if she was never genuine about who she was / what she was willing to do to increase her popularity.

    But even disregarding her trying to mess Trump up, the fact that she took part in a plan to goad him and then have security standing by to remove him from the stage (which would have absolutely ruined his campaign), just changes everything for me.

    Yes, she’s a good interviewer, but she has questionable judgment, fairness, and ethics. (and the Howard Stern interview and GQ spread (or some magazine like that) also reflect that odd judgment. It makes her tv career seem more about increasing her popularity and feeding her increasingly apparent narcissism, than a desire to be a good interviewer/journalist.

  20. Here is what I am talking about:

    A report from the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) offers some shocking revelations on when negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program began and the point at which we abandoned the long-time American policy that no talks would take place until Iran stopped enriching uranium.

    The ostensible reason for beginning the P5+1 talks in 2013 was the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani — the supposed “moderate” leader. Instead, a letter sent in 2011 via Oman from the then-chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator John Kerry, was directed to the government of former fanatical president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In it, the U.S. guaranteed the right of Iran to enrich uranium on its own soil.

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2015/08/11/report-talks-on-irans-nuclear-program-began-in-2011-with-us-acknowledging-tehrans-right-to-enrich-uranium/

  21. hwc
    August 12, 2015 at 12:40 am
    ——-
    You will be glad to know that Donald has completely eclipsed Ted and his message. Yes, yes, I feel bad about that too, because I like Ted and have supported him. But you have got to admit his message is not getting through, and yesterday I got two more requests for contributions. I cannot afford to continue financing what is obviously a losing venture. Please join me in saluting Trump.

  22. Trump says things are not working and cites as one example the removal of jobs from the United States into Mexico and the building of a $2 billion Ford plant there as opposed to here. Things are not working for you IF you are an American. But if, on the hand, you are a citizen of the world, a globalist or even a player in the NAFA regional coalition great things are happening. And the great sucking sound you hear as Ross Perot said is the sound of American jobs migrating to Mexico. Now that is what the uniparty in Washington and the elites are peddling through the RINO and the DINO. And that is why Trump and Cruz are the only viable alternatives to the demise of our nation.

  23. Seems Greta, Hannity and the Eric guy from The Five are liking some Donald. Greta is always fair. She is my favorite except when she goes Casey Anthony. I would kill myself if I watched Nancy Grace. I know really bad stuff happens but her show makes me want to give up.
    I watched the Donald. He is so funny. Manic. He is like someone shoved 5 people into one body. I could watch him for hours. He is grandiose and self deprecating. He never shuts up. The stuff he says. He saysso much like you can never be offended because by the time you think you should be offended he has moved on to 5 other issues. I heard him talking about how he does not drink then he says sometimes I will have a little wine with that cracker. I think people call that cracker and nip of wine as the body and blood of Christ. I sense no malice think he is scary smart. Might be wrong but I think power is his drug.
    I get such a kick out of silly pundits trying to explain him. There is no explanation no deep mystery. What you see is what you get. The people on tv trying to break him down come off as ugly and mean. They have no idea what they are saying. Define this guy from your everyone is special vox splaining Oberlin degree in applied cat litter studies.

  24. Will this wake Brooklyn up?

    http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/us_politics/2015/08/bernie_sanders_surges_ahead_of_hillary_clinton_in_nh_44_37

    Bernie Sanders surges ahead of Hillary Clinton in N.H., 44-37

    N.H. Democrats lukewarm to her tough image

    Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders has rocketed past longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, a stunning turn in a race once considered a lock for the former secretary of state, a new Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll shows.

    Sanders leads Clinton 44-37 percent among likely Democratic primary voters, the first time the heavily favored Clinton has trailed in the 2016 primary campaign, according to the poll of 442 Granite-Staters.

    Vice President Joe Biden got 9 percent support in the test primary match-up. The other announced Democrats in the race, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Virginia Gov. Jim Webb, barely register at 1 percent or below.

    The live interview phone poll was conducted Aug. 7-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.7 percentage points.

    Clinton is still viewed overwhelmingly by voters as the likely Democratic nominee, but the results suggest she faces an unexpectedly difficult fight to prevent an embarrassing opening loss in the first-in-the-nation primary.

    The Franklin Pierce/Herald poll shows that most New Hampshire Democrats are lukewarm to Clinton, despite her campaign’s concerted effort to soften her image and connect with voters.

    Just 35 percent of likely primary voters say they are “excited” about Clinton’s campaign, according to the poll. And 51 percent of voters say that while they could support her, they aren’t enthusiastic about her White House bid.

    And while 80 percent of likely Granite State Democrats view her favorably, just 38 percent of those say they have a “very” favorable impression.

    Sanders’ rise has been meteoric. The socialist senator trailed Clinton by a 44-8 margin in a Franklin Pierce/Herald poll in March.

    More than half of New Hampshire’s likely Democratic primary voters say they view Sanders “very” favorably, an indication of the excitement the Vermont senator has generated among his mostly liberal supporters.

  25. admin
    August 12, 2015 at 1:31 am
    ————————————————
    Doubt it. Her Obot-infiltrated campaign seems to be filtering all this bad news through their confirmation bias and making assumptions that all those who supported her in 2008 will still be around for her.

  26. A new Iowa ad in contrast with other Republican candidates who have announced they would not defund the half billion dollars in federal funding for Planned Parenthood, because that money goes for “the good things Planned Parenthood does”.

  27. hwc
    August 12, 2015 at 1:18 am
    ——-
    I enjoyed that video immensely.

    It was identical to ten prior videos, word for word.

    Only each of them were given in a different city.

    As it is a lot of work for you finding and posting the same speech over and over.

    And is a lot of work for me in watching them and noting that they are duplicate originals.

    As a concession to the shortness of life, I would like to propose the following:

    1. first, that we stipulate to the contents of the speech since there’s not a tinkers damn worth of difference between them.

    2. second, that we stipulate to a list of cities where that same speech was given in the past, with leave to amend when and if that same speech in delivered in new venues.

    If you are in agreement, please make your mark in the space provided below.

  28. I was reading Goldberg’s bullshit at NR citing Krauthammer who called Trump a rodeo clown, whereupon Golderg tries to differentiate between a rodeo clown and just a clown, which is like trying to pick fly shit out of pepper, and I just know Donald is poised to call Krauthammer stumpie and hurl a mudpie at Goldbberg from point blank range, never, ever has politics been this animated, entertaining and just plain fun. Here we sit surrounded by existential problems and imminent disaster around every turn, but we have not lost our ability to laugh and to duck when a mudpie launches in our direction. None of this would have been possible without Donald in the middle and to big media he is like catnip, and they all love to hate him, and hate to love him–its a torrid romance no matter how you cut it. As I was telling Mrs. Smith just the other night that when that damned wall gets built by Mexico in dollars, not their worthless currency, I am counting on Donald to turn that new wall structure into a 5 star hotel, with a casino, and Krauthammer will be one of his first guests. However, they will have to take precautions to make sure that Dr.K does not try diving off the high board, as history has shown that stunts like that do not end well.

  29. When these patron saints of the political class presume to criticize or disparage Donald the pertinent question back to them is why should we believe you, and what have you accomplished in your lifetime compared to what he has. When you can match what he has accomplished, then perhaps we will listen. But until then, in the immortal words of Robbin Williams, fuck off.

  30. You know, I think Fox just did not expect 24 million to tune in and solidify an opinion on their attack, before they could get out there and propagandize it. How arrogant the media has become about their control. How out-of-touch they are with the resentment that has been building. People go along with the the story because they are too overwhelmed to do something about it. But when the opportunity comes along…

  31. Just amazing what The Hill has out today:
    August 12, 2015, 06:00 am
    The Trump opportunity
    By Ron Faucheux, contributor
    “… As the legitimacy of our political system falls apart before our very eyes, maybe this is the chance to really give voters what they want: elected officials who work hard to do the right thing, as opposed to the easy thing. Maybe, just maybe, the presidential contenders can speak sensibly and courageously to the audience that Donald Trump has gathered for them.”
    http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/250902-the-trump-opportunity
    Faucheux is president of Clarus Research Group, a nonpartisan survey research firm. He publishes Lunchtime Politics, a daily newsletter on polls and public opinion.

  32. the fact that she took part in a plan to goad him and then have security standing by to remove him from the stage

    lorac, Security standing by to remove him from the stage? Wow! Where did you read that?

  33. Lu4PUMA
    August 12, 2015 at 6:59 am
    More ugly markets today as China continues devaluation.
    —————
    Oh ye of little faith

    Until Obama gets off his dead ass.

    And draws a few red lines in the sand.

    Markets and everything else will be in free fall.

    As the skies darken and October approaches

    One is left to wonder

    Whether this isn’t proof of

    The Chrisitian doctrine of

    Divine Creation–

    We all know Obama created the world

    He told us

    We all know that business owners didn’t

    He told us that, as well

    But now it is beginning to look like

    Obama has decided for reasons best known to him alone

    To let the world drift into chaos and endless night

    This will change however when the Iran deal is ratified

    Because then Obama will re appear on the scene

    Claim credit for putting the deal (and our shoes) in cement

    And traipse off to Tehran for a warm greeting

    And then to the UN to claim further laurels

    And then to NBC so they can talk about his legacy

    While scholars ponder the existential question

    Whether there has ever been traitor as bad as him.

  34. So Kerry was caught saying absolutely China is reading his email. So Hilary was smart to run her email server on an unknown network in her basement separate from the State department, right? Looking for a silver lining here.

  35. There is only one word for the likes of TRUMP…….COURAGE!!!!!
    I have not seen this much courage in a very very very long time. And the Last time I remember an example of courage was when Stephen Colbert gave the speech at the Washington Correspondents Dinner and George W. Bush was sitting next to him and Colbert spoke against him and his insane policies. It was the most heroic moment up until The Donald and his refreshing Courageous acts. Such COURAGE!!!!!! I am amazed and he has me as a supporter for life. He is my HERO. He has not surrendered or been captured and he still captains his own boat. Long Live The Donald!!!!!

  36. EXCLUSIVE — CARLY FIORINA: IF JOHN BOEHNER, MITCH MCCONNELL DON’T PRODUCE ‘THEY NEED TO STEP ASIDE’
    ——–
    Oh, I’ve got a better one than that.

    John Boeher and Mitch McConnell have betrayed their constituents, no if, ands, or buts about it.

    Summary discharge is in order.

    Prospective remedies like she is advancing exonerates them for the betrayal they have committed up to this point.

    I think the claim that they have not been producing misses the fundamental point.

    They have been producing in spades, not for their constitutents–for their fat cat donors.

    Pitchforks are needed in lie of prospective remedies.

    Past offenses, not future ones, must be atoned.

    And if the part cannot figure out that their mere presence is a disincentive to vote Republican

    Then they are whistling past the grave yard.

    They need to go yesterday, not tomorrow.

  37. So Kerry was caught saying absolutely China is reading his email.
    ——-
    Why go to all that trouble of hacking into his emails.

    All they needed to do was watch re-runs of Mr. Ed

    And they would know what he is thinking/not thinking

    Like . . . bicycle riding can be hazardous to your health or

    Adlai Stevenson tried twice, so what am I–chopped liver

    We’ll let the Supreme Leader answer that question

  38. the day after…

    I did not realize that Admin had a live link to the speech at the top of this post, I came in late because I caught a channel that was covering the whole thing…I hope many had the opportunity to see the Donald in action with his presser and speech…

    i’ve said it before…some may agree…Donald’s delivery and rapport with his audience remind me of how Bill would captivate his followers…

    last night’s event gave people a chance to see a preview of what Donald has in store for this campaign as time goes on…for those that think he is a joke or a ‘circus act’ they are in for a big surprise…this man is smart and crazy like a fox…

    from the moment he hit the stage…he is an entertainer…he is a communicator…he does create an intimacy and/or a bond with the people there…and those watching him from whereever…you almost get the feeling that he is talking to you and letting you in on some secrets…he has the BC ability to be down to earth, smart and make you feel like you know him…

    so the result is people listen to what he is saying…as opposed to all these other candidates that drone on and really are boring…so blase…look at Jeb’s big speech yesterday…how long do you want to sit and listen to that? watching paint dry is more exciting…

    donald’s style is so conversational…and funny… but as you start to listen you hear the “big picture” he is talking about and his ‘promise’ to provide details and plans down the road…

    and he talks about “spirit” he wants to provide purpose and reason to celebrate our “spirit” again…our American spirit…and do things that will help us…imagine…someone speaking on behalf of the American people…

    …and he sees his purpose to ‘Make America Great Again’ for all…if you listen you can hear that he has lost sleep thinking of different things to solve different problems that effect different people…Donald Trump is a “big picture” guy…

  39. btw…watched a very short segment of Morning Joe this am and Mika showed a clip of Donald last night and asked her panel to give their impression…

    and Mark Halperin said he thought it looked like Donald was giving a ‘State of the Union Address’

  40. alibe

    August 12, 2015 at 9:43 am

    the Last time I remember an example of courage was when Stephen Colbert gave the speech at the Washington Correspondents Dinner and George W. Bush was sitting next to him and Colbert spoke against him and his insane policies.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Is this sarcasm? The Washington Correspondents Dinner is full of Big Media assholes who hated GWB. There’s nothing “brave” about that.

  41. blowme0bama
    August 12, 2015 at 12:46 pm
    ——-
    I agree.

    I would call Colbert (and Stewart/Liebowitz) dick heads. . .

    But that would be funny.

    They are not funny, so we will need to find some other term.

    Between their boom-boxes with canned laughter

    And Obama’s telepromter

    What they lack in spontaneity

    They more than make up for by being crashing bores

    Who cater to the myopia and bias of their audiences.

    Which makes them a pair of schlockmeisters I do not need to listen to

  42. Foxyladi14, Facebook won’t let us on but either you or someone has done something because our site statistics show a big spike in Facebook activity. So whatever you guys/gals did caused an uproar.

    Also, Henry, our spam filter sometimes acts up and puts comments in moderation.

  43. I was walking along the street a minute ago and found a flyer with a picture of Bernie Sander, i.e. B.S. admonishing “the people” to register and vote out the Republicans who are in bed with Wall Street. Such courage from a little old man who turns tail and runs from the Black Lives Matters cult. No mention however of the Democrats who are in bed with Wall Street.

    The imprimatur of political courage is to attack your own party when they commit the same offenses. Sander cannot claim the high moral ground when in his world the gate swings only one way. That’s not a hero. That’s just a politician. Same with Colbert and Steward. And yet in the twisted language and iconography of the political class, a Navy Seal is a baby killer, whereas a comic who attacks the other side on a political debate is somehow a hero.

    What makes Donald (and Cruz as well) heroes in my mind is they are ready willing and able to attack their own side, as well as the other for corrupt practices. I agree with ailbe completely on that. Bernie cannot attack his own party, ergo he is no hero. He is simply a political opportunist–and four flusher.

    Same story with Elizabeth Warren. Her candidacy if founded on a lie. In an employment setting, lying on the application form makes the employment contract void ab initio–from the beginning, and not rights attache to it. Employees who put themselves in that position can be fired at will, and without recourse. If that same time honored principle from the field of labor relations were applied to Warren, she would be gone. She deserves to be, but that is a Massachusetts problem, and their track record has been checkered at best/

  44. Don’t support Trump and try to take a plane. Big Brother is watching:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2015/08/shock-video-us-customs-detain-harass-james-okeefe-grill-him-on-donald-trump/

    SHOCK VIDEO=> US Customs Detains, Harasses James O’Keefe – Grills Him on Donald Trump [snip]

    On July 14, 2015, James O’Keefe was once again harassed and detained by US Customs after returning to the US from Canada. This time agents detained James for over an hour. The US agents told O’Keefe he was targeted because of his journalism. And they even asked him about his support for Donald Trump. [snip]

    James has repeatedly embarrassed US Customs. In response, they are now going after him.

    This time in Montreal James recorded the encounter to prove the harassment and abuse:

    US Customs Agent: So you’re a reporter for who?

    James O’Keefe: I started my own media company. It’s called Project Veritas and we do sort of investigative documentary films exposing hypocrisy and corruption.

    US Customs Officer Ms. Blaire-Bechstead: Within the government, within big corporate companies?

    James O’Keefe: Mostly within the government, actually.

    US Customs Officer Blaire-Bechstead: So how long have you had your own media company?

    James was even asked about how Project Veritas makes money:

    US Customs: Do you make money off the YouTube hits or…?

    James O’Keefe: We’re a non-profit charitable foundation.

    US Customs: So you don’t have ads on your YouTube hits at all?

    James O’Keefe: Not yet. I’m thinking about putting them on there.

    That’s when the conversation turned to presidential politics. James says he as so flabbergasted by the question that he couldn’t even form a coherent response.

    Customs Officer Mr. Creelman: Would you really support Trump as a nominee?

    James O’Keefe: I cant, I can’t even…

    Officer Creelman: Who do you want it to be?

    James O’Keefe: I don’t really endorse politicians, for, you know, anything.

    Finally a supervisor came and let James go – after more than an hour of being detained and questioned.

    Secret ballot, freedom of political expression?

  45. admin
    August 12, 2015 at 2:29 pm
    Foxyladi14, Facebook won’t let us on but either you or someone has done something because our site statistics show a big spike in Facebook activity. So whatever you guys/gals did caused an uproar.
    ——–
    They should be spiking. Your insights and analysis are second to none, across the web. If you will pardon a religious metaphor, at the moment this site is Mecca and Medina on things that matter.

  46. alibe
    August 12, 2015 at 9:43 am
    There is only one word for the likes of TRUMP…….COURAGE!!!!!
    I have not seen this much courage in a very very very long time. And the Last time I remember an example of courage was when Stephen Colbert gave the speech at the Washington Correspondents Dinner and George W. Bush was sitting next to him and Colbert spoke against him and his insane policies. It was the most heroic moment up until The Donald and his refreshing Courageous acts. Such COURAGE!!!!!! I am amazed and he has me as a supporter for life. He is my HERO. He has not surrendered or been captured and he still captains his own boat. Long Live The Donald!!!!!

    Yes. He is a very unique individual, whose heart is in the right place.

  47. Update: Echelon Insights post-debate poll: Trump 29, Carson 10, Fiorina 9, Rubio 9, Bush 9. Call him “Zombie Trump” because the GOP establishment and Big Media put him in a coffin, nail it shut, bury him, and still… Zombie Trump. Lots of caveats with this Patrick Ruffini online poll based on Googled information, and Trump is actually down a few statistical noise points from the last Echelon, but still Zombie Trump walks, talks and is fresh as a daisy – confirming all the recent polls that Trump is still tops. The news from this poll? Look at the man for whom the GOP establishment tried to fix this primary election. Bush is 20 points behind Trump. Call the medics!

    ————————————-

  48. http://dailycaller.com/2015/08/12/clinton-campaign-tries-to-calm-supporters-about-email-scandal/

    The Hillary Clinton campaign is seeking to downplay the bombshell news that emails maintained on the private server she used as secretary of state contained Top Secret information and that she has turned over the server to the Justice Department to help with its investigation into the matter.

    “You might hear some news over the next few days about Hillary Clinton’s emails,” writes Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, in an email to supporters. “There’s a lot of misinformation, so bear with us; the truth matters on this.” [snip]

    Shortly after that news broke, the Clinton camp told reporters that the Democrat had instructed her staff to relinquish her email server to the Justice Department.

    The Justice Department declined to comment to The Daily Caller on whether it demanded the server or if Clinton volunteered it. The Clinton campaign has also declined to answer that question. Palmieri did not address that in her email blast to supporters.

    Instead, she maintained the cagey language so far used by the Clinton team.

    “Hillary directed her team to provide her email server and a thumb drive in order to cooperate with the review process and to ensure these materials were stored in a safe and secure manner,” Palmieri wrote, referencing a thumb drive that Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, has kept at his Washington D.C. office.

    The State Department had previously allowed Kendall to keep the device. The Justice Department seemingly overrode the decision.
    [snip]

    “Hillary only used her personal account for unclassified email,” the spokeswoman wrote. “No information in her emails was marked classified at the time she sent or received them. She viewed classified materials in hard copy in her office or via other secure means while traveling, not on email.” [snip]

    Palmieri also sought to portray the email inquiry as a witch-hunt directed by the “Republican-led Benghazi committee.”

    She asserts that the House Select Committee on Benghazi, led by South Carolina U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, is now conducting “a partisan witch-hunt designed to do political damage to Hillary in the run-up to the election.”

    “This kind of nonsense comes with the territory of running for president,” Palmieri concluded. “We know it, Hillary knows it, and we expect it to continue from now until Election Day.”

    “And it’s vital that you read and absorb the real story so that you know what to say the next time you hear about this around the dinner table or the water cooler.”

    Does this explain why we’re not writing much about Hillary2016? Heads have to roll in Brooklyn. Hillary needs to clean up this mess or the polls results in New Hampshire will spread to Iowa then Biden gets in, then either Warren or Michelle get in. Does Hillary understand that this is all coming from the White House? We’ve thrown our hands up because Hillary2016 does nothing to help itself.

    Mook has to take charge and fire Palmieri and the entire communications tea, (yes, especially Karen Finney). If, as Palmieri states, this is a witch hunt and it will go on until election day, then Hillary2016 better get its act in gear and stop the dumb act.

    Mook and Hillary and Bill must realize that the enemy is Obama and this is all Obama driven, not Gowdy or Republicans. Hillary must win the nomination and Obama wants to prevent that. Hillary either cleans house or she will be swept out herself. Wake up Brooklyn! Wake up Hillary!

  49. Hillary does not even look like she wants to be out on the campaign trail and this email mess gets messier each drip drip drip. What a freaking response to donors .. basically SUCK IT UP it’s gonna get WORSE!!

    I expect Biden shoe to drop here soon and he’ll pick Warren as his running mate.

    The fix is in but Hillary has inflicted so much crap onto herself that really I have NO sympathy left for her.

  50. I love Donald Trump. I am well aware I am an asshole. I have a rough edge. I am a nice person I love Mexico but everyone but me is stupid. I love Donald Trump. I feel like I got my ass kicked in 2008. I was ready to fight for Hillary but it seems like she abandoned everyone who stood with her to the bitter end. Way back in New Hampshire she accused others of playing a game. Sadly that is how I see her. Nothing seems real. I after the last few years want to scream yes when Trump speaks. I look at everything and wonder where is sanity. I am a ghey and I have spent 9 years with a child that thinks my eyebrow looks like a rabid ferret. Horrid person. Joking she is my bestest friend in the whole wide world. We sing Lady Antebellum together. I feel anyone can love a kid. So many broken neglected kids out there. So tragic. Color me un PC I think best place for a kid is traditional family. I love my brat she was thrown away I think she is better off with me but I wish it was never an issue. I will make no apologies I think a kid is best off with mom and dad. My monster had no option some people are assholes. No way around it. Call me homophobic. I do not care I love my pup so much I only wish I could give her more. I think Rosie O’Donnell is gross. I would never want her near my kid. I do not mean to be rude to gay parents I think anyone can love. I walked into a day care center that smelled like fecal matter. Baby girl never went back. I wish she had better options than me. Too bad life sucks. She has an orange belt. Straight A’s. Takes ballet, jazz, hip hop, voice, acting, piano, clarinet, swim. I worry I am not doing enough. I took archery lessons as a kid I love it I want to look at her and laugh as I mimmick Peta from The Hunger Games. I am an asshole best thing ever would be her saying you are an ass. I want her to be strong.

  51. Earthquake warning..// eart*!#qu**#@!&ak*(^%3e ”\\/wa##rn(*&ing… new Io*&$wa poll*&^)$^^:

    http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/12/politics/iowa-donald-trump-poll-cnn-orc/index.html

    Washington (CNN)Donald Trump has a significant lead in the race to win over likely Iowa caucus-goers, according to the first CNN/ORC poll in the state this cycle.

    Trump tops the field with 22% and is the candidate seen as best able to handle top issues including the economy, illegal immigration and terrorism. He’s most cited as the one with the best chance of winning the general election, and, by a wide margin, as the candidate most likely to change the way things work in Washington.

  52. Trump is purposly pitting the two largest cable tv ‘news’ stations against each other, using his debate skills.

    You punch him, he punches back even harder. You make him feel good or support his idea, he has your back.

    Most American’s can relate to this kind of behavior because it’s something we see in our own lives.

    Having Congress pass one-sided faux bills, is nothing more than stagecraft, lies.

    Mush and mumbles by someone like Hillary, don’t hide her resentment of poor Obama policies, it just makes her supporters angry, and make her seem insincere to everyone.

    Trump doesn’t play the political bullshit game, and that is why people support him, even if he has an ego as big as the back side of an elephant.

  53. jtjames
    August 11, 2015 at 7:51 pm
    FBI now has hillarys server and copies of her emails from her lawyer… all I can say is I hope they get the really good ones she wrote about Obama.

    —————

    I hope the same thing. I would love to see some emails with Hillary talking to the military, trying to get their help in Bengazhi, against a sleeping Obama that was sedated and focused rather on his campaign rally the next day.

    There is a reason Hillary used her own server, Admin mentioned this before, and hopefully it will expose her opposition to bad policies by Obama.

  54. Sorry, I am just starting to read this thread, and posts.

    admin
    August 11, 2015 at 8:01 pm

    I didn’t see that you wrote the same thing I just posted.

  55. admin

    August 12, 2015 at 2:37 pm

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    interesting…suddenly they care about the borders…

  56. Two trains running Shadowfax, two trains running. Trump has tickets on both.

    Glenn Beck and the deluded supporters of other candidates think Trump blew it and that Fox News won. Cray-cray. Chris Cillizza gets it right although not as good (or early) as we did:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/08/11/donald-trump-faced-down-fox-news-and-won/

    In Donald Trump vs. Fox News, we have a clear winner: Trump

    Fox News Channel is the power player in Republican politics. The size of the network’s audience coupled with the conservative bent of that audience makes its airwaves the gold standard for GOP candidates running for president. Which is what makes the fact that Donald Trump just won a stand-off with Fox all the more remarkable.

    In the wake of last Thursday’s Republican debate, Trump made quite clear — as only he can — that he thought he had been mistreated by the Fox moderators and, in particular, Megyn Kelly.

    Then Trump hit Fox where they live — ratings. He phoned into a series of Sunday television talk shows except, of course, Fox News Sunday. Chris Wallace, the moderator of “FNS”, insisted that Trump’s absence was the result of its refusal to allow the real estate mogul to call in by phone. Regardless, the snub fueled speculation that Trump was boycotting Fox, which, clearly caused consternation from the top brass at the network.

    On Monday morning, Trump tweeted this out: [snip]

    That’s Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News. And, yes, Trump made sure to emphasize that Ailes called him — not the other way around.

    Then there’s this reporting from New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, the definitive source for all internal Fox scuttlebutt: “According to a source briefed on the negotiations, Ailes called Trump ‘multiple’ times yesterday morning ‘begging’ him to tweet out that they had made peace.

    Sherman also reported that Ailes had offered Trump the chance to sit down with Kelly on air but Trump refused; “Ailes offered other shows, and Trump agreed to appear on Fox and Friends and Hannity, two venues that have been loyal boosters of his candidacy,” writes Sherman. [snip]

    An hour-long, primetime sitdown with Sean Hannity, who is not among Fox’s toughest questioners of Republican candidates (to put it kindly), amounts to Ailes’ olive branch to Trump. Hannity is very unlikely to press Trump — either on his comments about Kelly or his past inconsistencies on subjects like abortion and single-payer. Instead, Hannity will almost certainly echo Trump’s castigation of all things political and Washington. Plus, an hour with Hannity is something any of the other Republicans running for president would do almost anything for. How did Trump get it? All he had to do was to go after one of the network’s star primetime anchors and rising stars.

    Donald Trump has done a lots of things I thought were impossible in the course of this campaign. Staring down Fox News and winning might be his most amazing feat yet.

    The art of the deal. Negotiation master class. Isn’t all international politics at the end about… real estate???

  57. Breaking : Former U.S. President JimmyCarter has revealed that his liver cancer has spread to other parts of his body & will undergo further treatment.

    Oh dear, he’ll be gone in a short while, not much chance once its metastisised to that extent.

  58. notice how the media is still avoiding commenting on if any democrats or independents are supporting Donald…they are avoiding the ‘crossover’ voters as if they do not exist…ok fine…

    when i watched DT last night during his speech and presser it is impossible to avoid that Donald is full of energy…he takes charge and is commanding…and so much fun… and i mused to myself…

    what are “they” going to do when Donald starts to lay out all his plans and policy outlines?…so they can’t complain about that anymore…

    what would happen if suddenly a groundswell starts to happen…and the Donald starts gathering support from all sides and you cannot avoid noticing it…and as time goes on the country just gets behind him…

    remember that Big Primary Day back in 1992 when Bill Clinton won one primary after another…all the southern states…never forget watching that day on CNN when all the states came in calling the win for Bill Clinton bing…bang…boom…

    if this begins to happen for the Donald…

    …are the GOP and the elites and political pundits going to keep saying “he’s not going to get the nomination? “he can’t win”

    I with Gonzotx…this is so much fun…Donald fees like ‘Life” next to the real zombie, O…

  59. I post you writings on Facebook every time I can, which is, often Admin…your the best.
    And I post the Trump Sisters too! They are hilarious!

  60. gonzotx
    August 12, 2015 at 5:53 pm
    Henry, she’s very lucky to have you..I have no doubt.
    God has a special place for you.

    ———-
    I agree.

  61. I am not worried about Bernie,

    One Drop

    nor Ol’ Joe…

    I am worried about Hillary and hope that the Clinton’s make a 180 degree turn away from supporting the worst pResident of the US.

  62. Well, I can’t say I have a lot of friends on FACEBOOK, certainly not like my daughter.
    Jesus, these youngun’s post something and get hundreds of hits immediately, but I think political minds are reading your page somehow, hopefully word has come out that you are a political genius!

  63. Then we have some kick butt people writing, so experienced like Wbb and others. People just need to find their way..it took God’s people 40 years…hoping we can cut that down substantially!

    Hey,
    What’s happened to SHV

  64. admin
    August 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm
    ————————–

    Yes! And the condemnation is based on rules Obola made, after the fact. It is 2008.

    It is surprising Hillary can stand up with all those knives in her back.

    Trump has joined in it, too. It makes me think he is more of a bullshitter than I previously thought.

  65. I might be a little guilty in posting your explanation of the republican selection process a few times is some of the trump threads and a few pithy quotes here and there 😉 hope you all don’t mind.

    So whatever you guys/gals did caused an uproar.

  66. Sirmrks, GonzoTx, Foxyladi14, whatever you’re doing is working because there are a lot of discussions all over the place about what we are writing.

  67. So who is levitating the markets as China continues it’s devaluation of the yuan?

    The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. unit that executes share buybacks for clients had its busiest day since 2011 on Wednesday, according to a note from the firm’s corporate agency desk. Based on the value of equities repurchased, volume handled by the bank set a record. The note was confirmed by spokeswoman Tiffany Galvin.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-08-12/goldman-buyback-desk-had-busiest-day-since-11-as-shares-rallied

  68. lorac, Security standing by to remove him from the stage? Wow! Where did you read that?

    pm317 – I read about it, I’ll look for it – but apparently Brett Baier said this in a post debate interview that this was a plan the 3 interviewers had set up…

  69. I will bet you McCain is having a stroke as Donald puts the failure to take care of our wounded warriors squarely on Dr. Stangelove McCains shoulders. We don’t hear much from McCain these days, probably off some place singing and dancing to bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran, and thinking its funny.

  70. Trump has joined in it (Hillary,bashing) too. It makes me think he is more of a bullshitter than I previously thought.

    I always had the impression they friends on some level, at least friendly acquaintances.

    But he wants to win, and would probably face Hillary. He’s a competitor, if nothing else lol I’m sure he’ll say much worse about Hillary before it’s all done…

    PS it blows me away that a socialist is getting such large crowds. Someone elsewhere said it’s because they want continued benefits – but the crowd shots I’ve seen are young whites (younger than middle age) who look gainfully employed and relatively affluent. So.. I don’t get it.

  71. Trump is on Hannity for the 2nd part of an interview (I didn’t see the first part this week).

    When he sits down and talks, wow, you definitely see he’s not just throwing out his own talking points, rather you can see that he has a deep knowledge that he’s using to inform his opinions.

    He was on other talk shows this week to show Fox a lesson. But if the other stations are interested in the ratings he brings, their self-interest would benefit a wider group than Fox watchers. People need to see how well-informed and reasoned his opinions are.

    Hmmmm…. we don’t like how money influences media, governmental decisions, governmental appointments, etc…. but it just occurred to me – because Trump generates so much interest, it brings money to others, such as the media (through ratings).

    lol it’s still kind of coming down to money (but this time in a way that benefits the people, not just media, government, corporations…..

  72. lorac
    August 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Trump is on Hannity for the 2nd part of an interview

    (I didn’t see the first part this week).

    ———-
    Lorac: s posted the first part at the following time:

    S
    August 12, 2015 at 6:29 pm

  73. Trump thinks he has to separate hard from Hillary because they tried to connect him as a mole..All you heard is Bill Clinton making a phone call to Trump, telling him to run.

    He probably told BC and HC that he was going to have to hit her hard.

    Just my guess.

  74. admin
    August 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I received the same email from HRC. in addition, was another email asking HRC supporters to pick the winning sticker for the campaign. really? picking out stickers is what they’ve become?

    it’s as if Hillary has thrown in the towel. she made a deal with the devil and now he is sticking it to her just like before. how could she have been so stupid. BO/valjar will never allow her to become president and she finally realizes it. she was fooled by the master of deceit. he promised her the world and she fell for it. dumb. dumb. dumb.

    it’s as if she is deliberately self-destructing.

  75. admin
    August 12, 2015 at 5:24 pm
    The art of the deal. Negotiation master class. Isn’t all international politics at the end about… real estate???

    Which is basically how this whole thing got started. The Obama/Progressive/Murdoch/globalists love of open borders and unlimited immigration versus the Trump/US public/international law/sovereignty/propery lines. If you have a bad neighbor, who encroaches on your property, throws garbage, digging holes, cutting down trees, their kids and pets are running over the property line taking a crap, what do you do? You build a big fence. And if possible you make them pay for it. Not by dollars to the fence builder which is not likely from a bad disruptive neighbor. But another way. Devalue their property, hem the free roamers in, get citations issued for eyesores, health violations and safety hazards with fines, lots of ways to hassle them to extract the cost of the fence. And of course your property value goes up. The lack of imagination, common sense, real life experience of the media, political elites of both parties, and those who run our government are pathetic.

  76. Megyn Mae Kelly announces she is taking a much needed vacation last night. Oh dear oh dear. Remember that your beloved paymaster/mentor risked your career not his with this stupid Trump plot. Did he tell you that you would be the biggest star in the Milky Way? Sucker. Ailes did as big a climb down as I’ve ever seen. He offered everything but his dog to Trump. Trump didn’t want much except unlimited free network time on any show but yours. Twist slowly. And your co-workers who adore and look up to you so much are leaking every juicy detail. Say hi to Brian Williams from everyone.

  77. alcina
    August 13, 2015 at 5:13 am

    Death by a thousand cuts is never pretty. And I can’t help but think that Bill talking to The Donald is a sign that he (and she) knew that Obama/Jarrett were working to do them in but launched Plan B to take out everybody in the snake pit.

  78. I am starting to feel sorry for Hillary. Pity is not an attractive emotion. It seems everything she does now is amature. Why not wait until all the Planned Parenthood videos come out before commenting. She is a smart woman but she is giving herself no cover. I am pro life but it will never be my choice. These videos are horrific and I would assume the last one will be te worst. Why not wait. She has avoided other questions. Also the day care she and DeBlasio espouse is a monstrous idea. The early years are so important. I am in Pittsburgh because I picked up my grand niece in one of those places. I was mortified. I am subhuman but I was near tears seeing these newborns neglected lined up in playpens along a wall. Road to hell paved with good intentions. I support preschool. 3 or 4 is fine but babies need human touch. Having a kid is never easy once you let one in you are never not afraid again. You get through SIDS then its coffee table corners I am already afraid of her driving she is 9. Why should raising a kid be easy and why would you want the government involved. I get many people have no choice. Rent needs to be paid. Perhaps I am missing something but I don’t see people using public day care as career oriented. I am 48 have a lot of friends who waited until 40s to have kids. They cannot deal. Children are medicated. How did this happen. Every other kid has ADHD. You have poor people deposting kids in bizarre matrix like places and the affluent numbing their spawn. Seems to me everyone wants something easy and are willing to yield liberty to get it I have never been driven by things. Just never fueled me. I dump a lot of money on different classes for the kid but search for socks without holes. Worth it she makes really good decisions. People mock the fifties era sitcoms. There is always a cost to decisions. You cannot have it all something has to give. People say its sexist to believe someone needs to be with a kid. I am not vulnerable. Raising a kid is work. Never stops. There are no weekends off. On call 24 7. I feel a woman can and should do everything but stop the lies and nonsense. A nasty Pelosi or a Megyn Kelly can work and excel and be a wonderful mother. That is not reality for a poor single girl. The dims answer is let the government raise your kid. Oh hell no

  79. Mormaer
    August 13, 2015 at 6:03 am

    I like the way you think. I hope you are correct. plan “B”, take the bastards out!

  80. http://www.lemonde.fr/m-moyen-format/article/2015/08/13/megyn-kelly-le-joker-de-fox-news_4723135_4497271.html

    “Megyn Kelly, le joker de Fox News” Bwahahaha.

    “Produit d’appel pour séduire la gauche de la droite

    Pour continuer à croître, Fox News, la chaîne du câble qui écrase depuis une décennie la concurrence (CNN, MSNBC), à l’exception de la sportive ESPN, a impérativement besoin d’élargir son audience au-delà de son socle conservateur, incarné par les présentateurs Bill O’Reilly et Sean Hannity. Leur activité principale ? Déblatérer sur Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, les progressistes en général et le Parti démocrate en particulier. Pour grappiller des parts de marché du côté des indépendants situés à la gauche du Parti républicain, le patron visionnaire de Fox News, Roger Ailes, a fait de Megyn Kelly son produit d’appel.”

    Google translate as my French is tres rusty. “Loss leader to attract the left of the right

    To continue to grow, Fox News, the cable channel that crushes competition for a decade (CNN, MSNBC), with the exception of sports ESPN, urgently needs to expand its audience beyond his conservative base, incarnated by presenters Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. Their main activity? Rant about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, progressives in general and the Democratic Party in particular. To scrounge independent side of the market share situated to the left of the Republican Party, the visionary head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, made Megyn Kelly its leader.”

    “To scrounge independent side of the market share” pretty much sums it up. The “scrounging” was not effective. Using Trump to scrounge was not smart.

  81. The best laid schemes, etc. gang aft agley.

    This is a case of dual motivation.

    First, FOX reckoned that taking down Trump, a Republican, would endear them to a wider, non Republican audience.

    Second, FOX reckoned that their own audience could be duped into believing he was not really a conservative, but a Clinton mole.

    In sum, they reckoned they had everything to gain, nothing to lose.

    So they set up their entire interview structure and line of questioning to achieve that goal.

    The strategy was to provoke him, get him to overreact, and remove him from the stage in a straightjacket.

    With the Daily News front page showing Donald in a rage, caption to read: Bezerko!

    And a picture of Kelly, caption to read A Star Is Born! War on Women Stopped Cold In Its Tracks.

    Grow their audience, clear the path for a RINO, undermine Cruz, shit on their base–BRILLIANT?

    WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG????

    . . . . . . . .

    Well . . . now we know.

    Like the old country western song: If I had it all to do over—I’d do it all over again.

    But in this case, maybe not.

    If they had thought this thing through then the flaws in the strategy would have been obvious.

    But deal heat would not let them.

    So they were left holding aces and eights.

    Now they are circulating a counter narrative

    Roger Ailes, who the writer describes as a visionary and a master negotiator

    Tamped the situation down, but when Donald broke out of the corral

    And demanded an apology from FOX’s slightly deranged prima dona

    Roger looked Donald in the eye and told him: this means war.

    Hell, if we did not know the truth here, which has come in from several inside sources

    We might be inclined to believe it

    But there is a profound difference between an ultimatum like that

    And saying–hey Donald maybe we fucked up here and maybe we didn’t

    But if this thing gets out of control and we end up going to war

    It would be the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time

    It would kill your candidacy, our ratings and no good would come of it

    If you are willing to back off on your demand for an apology from Kelly

    Then I will give you a full hour with your friend Hannity

    Where you can lay out your agenda without being interrupted by Rupert’s shrew

    And both of us will get ratings

    Donald could then say, Roger you drive a very hard bargain

    Do you think Murdock will accept this personal defeat?

    He will if you do not rub this in.

    Just say we have an agreement, and do not disclose how it happened.

    Because, as you and I both know, you will be asked about this, repeatedly.

  82. admin
    August 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Sirmrks, GonzoTx, Foxyladi14, whatever you’re doing is working because there are a lot of discussions all over the place about what we are writing.
    ________________________

    Admin, Any thing as good as Big Pink, Should be spread far and wide. ;D
    Now about Email thingy??

  83. Yep. You nailed it.
    “Do you think Murdock will accept this personal defeat?

    He will if you do not rub this in.”

    Rupert’s own employees are the one blabbing and rubbing it in. And Trump should never enter a Fox studio again. They must go to him in Trump Tower or something. He is not physically safe around these people. Other candidates shouldn’t either. This is loony stuff from Ailes and Murdoch.

  84. I was watching fox for 30th minutes and they are still negative towards Trump, more covert, but it’s there.

  85. The left views Marx as their philosopher, and Alinsly as their strategist.

    With respect to the latter, he hypothesizes a dull, slow moving adversary, who reacts to his magic in predictable ways.

    Good old Satan Saul never imagined that in the great big wonderful word we live in, there might be an adversary who was bold enough and creative enough to game him, because by laying out the core elements of his battle plan, he rendered himself predictable, to whose who can read.

    The attack on Bush was the epitome of Alinsky. And Bush, being dull, slow moving, and predictable was the perfect target. How ironic, that they would attack a man who professes to love minorities. Well, no good deed goes unpunished. And besides love is a relative term. He loves globalists even more.

    BLM could be the one we have been waiting for. If we can place a agent provoateur in their ranks, we can direct their howitzers against any target we choose, and they will run for the hills, rather than stand their ground and be called racists.

    1. Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

    (Archimedes) or–

    2. How I learned to stop worrying and love BLM.

    In the words of Marc Anthony: mischief thou art a foot.

  86. gonzotx
    August 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm
    I was watching fox for 30th minutes and they are still negative towards Trump, more covert, but it’s there.
    ——
    That is the typical reaction of a conquered race.

    When William the Conqueror laid waste to their armies, the Anglo Saxon tribes were not happy either.

    In this case, the battle axe Donald swings is a lot larger.

  87. gonzotx
    August 13, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    I was watching fox for 30th minutes and they are still negative towards Trump, more covert, but it’s there.
    __________________________

    I am done With FOX. 😡

  88. I see Biden entering very soon. Hillary be aware you cannot trust anyone except your inner circle which currently is not doing a very good job.

  89. I hope being pro-Trump (if unable to support Hillary) does not mean that one must like Ann Coulter. If so, I might as well pack up my laptop and forget the whole 2016 schizo-election. I can’t tolerate her.

  90. Everything I have seen in politics in the past twenty years strikes a very familiar chord.

    It spells acquisition and merger.

    It began with the fall of the USSR, and the claim by an obscure academician at John’s Hopkins that ideological conflict was passee, and the future belongs to markets.

    NAFTA was the model domestically, and the European Union was the global model. The next stage? The trans-atlantic union which is being talked about in the brownstones of Manhattan over cigars and brandy. And on the western front with this trans-pacific trade agreement. The net effect is the full integration of the global economy and the concomitant rise of global regulatory institutions.

    In the long term, this may be beneficial to the world. If nation states are permitted to go about their affairs without regard to the common good, then we have the global equivalent of the tragedy of the commons, which I have referred to before.

    But the benefits to be derived from globalization are long term, the costs are more immediate, and as Keynes observed in the long term we will all be dead.

    If you remove this from a political setting, and place it in an internal corporate context, important lessons can be learned. First of all, despite the deal heat, acquisition and merger is a dicey proposition. The majority of these transactions, i.e. 80% of them fail, either because the strategic fit is bad, or the cultural fit does not work.

    In private acquisitions, we have the clash of competing corporate cultures, which can be like mixing oil with water. But in a global context, you are dealing with something more lethal: the clash of civilizations–histories, religions, customs and mores. Plus the driving force which explains all history i.e.–love of the in group vs hatred of the out group.

    The challenges are significant, the sacrifices are real and palpable, but if merger of the global economy is the only path to survival, then we must focus on what must happen. The critical factor is the transition plan. The plan must be communicated clearly to the public, the losers must be compensated, milestones must be established, and obstacles must be overcome

    The current approach has been to do this covertly, keeping people in the dark, and if too much resistance is encountered, it is not unlikely that the elites will create a Reichstag fire. This approach is dead on arrival, but that does not mean they will not pursue it. And therein lies the tragedy.

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