Yes We Icahn – Did @RealDonaldTrump Just Win The Third #GOPDebate With His Tax Plan?

Update: The Trump Show is good for business as Fox shatters ratings records. Whether it is CBS and 60 Minutes, Steve Colbert, CNN, or Fox News it cannot be denied that Donald Trump is a ratings star. The electorate is engaged this early because Trump addresses issues voters want discussed. That’s why Trump is tops in polls. Today’s USAToday/Suffolk poll has Trump on top and ten points ahead of his nearest competitors. The latest poll from Georgia has Trump at 31% and 13 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Charles Hurt sums it up:

First they ignored him. Then they mocked him. Then they tried tearing him down.

With each failure to destroy Donald Trump, the political experts and establishment stooges only made him stronger. And now they don’t have a clue what to do.

Those in Washington who still think a Donald Trump presidency is preposterous or absurd have only themselves to blame for creating an environment that has made it so easy for the swashbuckling, smack-talking businessman to rise so effortlessly to the top of the heap. [snip]

The most alarming thing about Donald Trump for these people is that they have, literally, thrown everything they can at the man. And, yet, he is still standing, completely unbowed. In the 3½ months since he launched his campaign, his popularity has only grown with every sling and arrow. [snip]

Meticulously, methodically, patiently, Mr. Trump has morphed into a legitimate candidate.

He just released the latest of three very serious policy position papers, this one on taxes. [snip]

Each paper is deeply sophisticated and principled. And when was the last time a candidate for president got wall-to-wall coverage for releasing a policy paper?

Certainly not when Jeb Bush released his policy position this week on, and I am not making this up, “energy.”

Energy and issues help Trump trump.


The Donald Trump tax plan unveiled on Monday is either Reaganesque, Bushian, or reeks of Obama. In short, it is brilliant. With the publication of this plan Donald Trump puts to rest the “no details” attacks against him by the GOP establishment and Big Media blowhards.

Conservative anti-tax blowhard Grover Norquist thinks the Trump plan is Reaganesque:

“The plan is vintage Ronald Reagan,” Mr. Norquist said. “It is pro-growth, it is pro-fairness.”

After months of bumper-sticker slogans and sound bites, Mr. Norquist said he was pleasantly surprised by the comprehensiveness of Mr. Trump’s plan.

Conservative blowhards at National Review think Trump’s plan reeks of Barack Obama:

Trump’s other big idea—also one of Barack Obama’s big ideas—is to attempt a forced repatriation of companies’ overseas profits, offering a sweetheart rate (10 percent) to soften the blow. This moves in precisely the wrong direction: The United States maintains a counterproductive tax system that presumes to tax the worldwide activity of U.S.-based companies; most advanced countries use a “territorial” system, meaning that they tax activity within their actual jurisdictions. (It is not clear where the U.S. government imagines that it gets the power to take a piece when a U.S. company builds a widget in South Korea and sells it in Switzerland.) This would simply create yet another incentive for U.S.-based firms to move their headquarters abroad to jurisdictions with less insane tax and regulatory environments, or to engage in ever-more-complex tax-avoidance shenanigans.

Other blowhards see JeBush in the Trump plan:

Trump’s plan is not much different in general structure from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s plan, though Trump has lower rates.

Trump pointed out that he is a poster boy for some of his own reforms, as he has stocked “millions” overseas and has utilized tax loopholes. This was because he does not like the way the country’s current leadership spends his tax money:

“I pay a lot of tax but I fight like hell to make it as low as possible. But I would feel quite differently if our leadership was such that I respect their decisions.”

That last paragraph sums up what Donald J. Trump himself thinks of his plan. In two words “common sense”:

Trump said he could do all of this without adding to the deficit, promising to further slash government spending. It’s a pledge that’s sure to raise skepticism among debt experts given that discretionary government spending, as a percentage of gross domestic product, is already at its lowest level since Dwight D. Eisenhower was president.

Trump said his plan reduces or eliminates most of the deductions or loopholes available to special interests and the very rich. “In other words, it’s going to cost me a fortune, which is actually true,’’ Trump said, while rejecting the notion that he is a “populist.’’

“I wouldn’t say populist at all. I would say I’m a man of common sense,’’ he said.

There are a lot of opinions about Trump’s tax plan. But Trump wants it understood as “common sense.” Conservative, liberal, centrist, are all labels for various political tribes. “Common sense” as opposed to “kooky” is the difference Trump wants to emphasize. When Trump says “But I would feel quite differently if our leadership was such that I respect their decisions” he is talking common sense. For instance, a bum is in the street (“homeless person” for this politically correct age). It’s cold. You want to give a some change, maybe a couple of dollars so food can be purchased to warm the tummy. But you realize the money will go to liquor and only make things worse. You walk by.

Or, you work hard all day. You pay taxes. You want your taxes to be used wisely. You see trillions of dollars spent and conditions in the country worsen. You become an anti-tax rebel because it is commonsense not to give drunks money for liquor. But if the drunk stops abusing drink and drugs, you might be willing to help but only if you are convinced your assistance will not go to waste or a ruse or a scam or a lie. It’s common sense. That’s what Trump is going for.

Common sense is why Trump might have just won the third GOP debate. Trump sells his plan as common sense. In the next GOP debate common sense and political tactics come together. Trump haters at the Wall Street Journal see what Trump is up to:

With the tax plan’s release, Mr. Trump is moving to quell criticism that his campaign has been more style and less substance. This tax proposal follows his well-known immigration plan in the summer and one on gun rights last week.

At the third GOP debate Donald Trump will once again be the target of attacks. Some candidates might attack Trump because his plan will exempt millions of Americans from federal taxes. They will argue that everyone should pay something. Trump will respond to that fair criticism with a non-ideological, but commonsensical, “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs”.

Jeb Bush might whine about how his plan is similar to Trump’s or how Trump’s plan is similar to Obama’s plans. In the end every tax discussion at the third GOP debate will be about the “Trump Plan.” The very discussion of the “Trump Plan” will belie the notion that Trump has no plans, just a lot of bombast. In short, the third GOP debate will be a debunking of the notion that Trump’s weakness is his lack of plans. You can’t discuss the “Trump Plan” without acknowledging that Trump has a plan, in detail, made public, with common sense. End of game.

“Common sense” is why Carl Icahn supports Donald J. Trump for president:

Now Carl Icahn is endorsing Donald Trump

The activist investor is totally on board despite once balking at Trump’s mention of him as a potential Treasury Secretary.

It took a few months, but Carl Icahn is now backing Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

The activist investor is set to publicly endorse his fellow billionaire’s campaign to ascend to the nation’s highest office. Bloomberg reports that Icahn — who supports Trump’s stances on overhauling taxation and immigration policies, as well as raising interest rates — officially announced his support for the billionaire real estate mogul and reality television star in an interview that will be published in full Tuesday.

Billionaire smart guy Carl Icahn is very worried about this country and what is happening to the American economy under Obama. Icahn warns of a potential looming catastrophe:

Danger ahead—that’s the warning from Carl Icahn in a video coming Tuesday.

The activist says low rates caused bubbles in art, real estate and high-yield bonds—with potentially dramatic consequences.

“It’s like giving somebody medicine and this medicine is being given and given and given and we don’t know what’s going to happen – you don’t know how bad it’s going to be. We do know when we did it a few years ago it caused a catastrophe, it caused ’08. Where do you draw the line?”

The nation is in danger and there is more danger ahead. That’s why Carl Icahn supports Donald J. Trump. It’s common sense.


125 thoughts on “Yes We Icahn – Did @RealDonaldTrump Just Win The Third #GOPDebate With His Tax Plan?

  1. Admin: you beat me to the punch. I was going to post the video myself. It is just terrific. I have respect for anyone who grew up in the Queens Burrough. Particularly Carl. Like Donald, he is a real patriot, and in case you have not noticed, in the Age of Obama, big media, and the Washington cartel patriots and the middle class are an endangered specie.

  2. Long article in New York Times magazine:

    They have a certain set of expectations, unwritten rules and ways of doing things that Trump keeps flouting in the most indelicate of ways. And, of course, it is a dilemma for the media, who fear abetting a circus. This is why The Huffington Post announced in July that it would publish stories about Trump only in its ‘‘entertainment’’ section, so that when it all ended, as it surely would soon, the website could remain pristine and on the side of the high-minded. A similar sort of worry prevented me from writing about Trump throughout his rise this summer. Initially, I dismissed him as a nativist clown, a chief perpetrator of the false notion that President Obama was not born in the United States — the ‘‘birther’’ movement. And I was, of course, way too incredibly serious and high-­minded to ever sully myself by getting so close to Donald Trump.

    I initially doubted that he would even run. [snip]

    So I decided not to write about him, and I felt proud and honorable about my decision. [snip]

    And yet his lead in the polls kept growing. He was impolite company personified, and many Republican voters were absolutely loving him for that. They seemed to be saying en masse that even if Trump could be crass and offensive at times (or, in his case, on message), could he possibly be any worse than what politics in general had become?

    I encountered the phenomenon up close at the first Republican debate, on Aug. 6 in Cleveland. I positioned myself in the post-­debate ‘‘spin room,’’ the area where campaign surrogates spew their customized nonsense to media types. The candidates themselves almost never venture in. But suddenly, at the end of the night, a literal stampede was rumbling toward a far corner of the room, where Trump had crashed this assembly of polite company. I have seen many press scrums, but never like this. It was scary. People were tripping, falling and being shoved out of the way. Cameras were dropped. What I saw was polite routines and traditions breaking down as the American political order reoriented itself around a new center of gravity. As the shouts and cries intensified, I found myself being drawn toward the bedlam.

    In the months since, Trump has grown into a kind of one-man chaos theory at the center of a primary campaign in disarray. The solemn party leaders desperately want him to go away; the consultant and donor class feel irrelevant (because they largely are to Trump); even Fox News, with which he episodically feuds, seems rattled. At the first sign that, after an uninspired performance in the second debate, Trump’s poll numbers were stalled, pundits on the left and the right rushed to declare yet another ‘‘beginning of the end’’ for Trump. And still he leads in every poll, and it’s October, and it keeps going. Where does this end? I kept asking Trump this as we sat around his office and rode around in limousines and airplanes. ‘‘I have no idea,’’ he always said, sometimes modifying the noun with a big, unclassy profanity. ‘‘But I’m here now. And it’s beautiful.’’ [snip]

    Trump’s speech in Dallas, a 70-­minute stemwinder, came out like a zigzagging rocket attack against the many sectors of the political establishment. [snip]

    But what was more compelling to me about both the speech and the spirit of the room was how nonideological it all was. Other than undocumented immigrants, who represent a go-to boogeyman for the right, Trump’s targets consisted of a bipartisan assembly of the ‘‘permanent political class’’ that Joan Didion described in her book ‘‘Political Fictions’’: that incestuous band of TV talkers, campaign strategists and candidates that had ‘‘rigged the game’’ and perpetuated the scripted awfulness of our politics. ‘‘Everyone knows that what you see in politics is fake or confected,’’ Didion wrote. ‘‘But everyone’s O.K. with that, because it’s all been focus-­grouped.’’

    Resentment of this class has built over several years. It has been expressed on both sides, by the rise of insurgent movements like the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street (Trump’s railing against fund-­raiser ‘‘blood money,’’ ‘‘bloodsucker’’ lobbyists and Wall Street ‘‘paper pushers’’ would play well across the board). As a reporter in Washington, I, too, have grown exceedingly weary of this world — the familiar faces, recycled tropes and politics as usual — and here was none other than Donald J. Trump, the billionaire blowhard whom I had resisted as a cartoonish demagogue, defiling it with resonance. He tacked not to the left or to the right, but against the ‘‘losers’’ and ‘‘scumbags’’ in the various chapters of the club: the pundits who ‘‘wear heavy glasses’’ and ‘‘sit around the table,’’ the ‘‘political hacks’’ selling out American interests overseas. Karl Rove ‘‘is a totally incompetent jerk,’’ Trump told the crowd in Dallas, referring to the Fox News commentator and chief Republican strategist of the George W. Bush years. The crowd went nuts at the Rove put-down, which in itself is remarkable — the ‘‘architect’’ of Bush’s political ride being abused by a right-­leaning crowd in Bush’s home state.

    It was at this point that I began to feel glad I decided to write about Trump, who seemed to have clearly seized on some profound exhaustion with our politics.

    There’s lots more in the article.

  3. …and something for “us” here at Big Pink to keep in mind is that…

    Donald is the ‘genius’ in the ‘Art of the Deal’…he knows you swing wide…you swing big…and then when ‘push comes to shove’ in closing the deal…you have left yourself a lot of room to maneuver. haggle…to ‘give a little’ to “compromise”…so to speak…wink,wink…

    so when he says some will pay zero income tax…

    or when he says all 12 or 15/20 million illegal immigrants will have to leave…

    he knows he has a wide starting point to go from…and a lot of room to organize, shape and PRIORITIZE his policies…

    DT is one smart dude…he is someone the ‘greatest generation’ that had to scramble from scratch and succeed understands…they get his “wheeling and dealing” approach…

    as for the “elites” they are too literal and removed from reality for their own good…


    Ratings: Donald Trump Carries ’60 Minutes’ to Big Numbers; [snip]

    ABC’s “Quantico” got off to a solid start on Sunday night, but was still not good enough to catch Donald Trump’s appearance on “60 Minutes.”

    Donald Trump Boosts Stephen Colbert’s ‘Late Show’ to Top Rating Since Debut

  5. I left another comment regarding Mormaer and Holdem comments last thread but it seems to have gotten eaten up…

    Suffice to say…Donald has already stated that illegal immigration is costing the US taxpayer a fortune…Donald, “the People’s Whistleblower” will make sure the voters get the facts…he has to proceed slowly for the media that has complained about details…because they really can only deal with a little at a time…

  6. one other thing…we here have always known it, but now with the whole world watching and for all to see…BO’s Presidency is a colossal failure…

    the whole world is falling apart and for all the millions and millions of dollars his admin has spent training so called “allies” his whole entire foreign policy is a complete failure…and to add salt to our wounds…not only is his foreign policy a failure and the USA looks so weak…but the enemy has all our expensive weapons…

    …and O goes around acting like everything is fine…probably one of the worst Presidents in history…

  7. Who’s Next:

    Paul takes break to raise funds for Senate campaign

    Struggling to gain traction in the Republican presidential race, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) this week will turn his attention to fundraising for his Senate reelection efforts.

    Paul, who is running for president and reelection to the Senate simultaneously, will attend fundraisers for his Senate campaign on Wednesday and Thursday in Washington, D.C., according to invitations for the events obtained by The Hill.

    One Republican operative with close ties to Kentucky politics warned against reading too much into Paul’s Senate fundraisers, saying it’s not a sign that Paul is giving up on running for president, but rather a necessity of running for two offices at once. [snip]

    Still, one Kentucky Republican operative said the fundraisers will inevitably be viewed through the prism of Paul’s fledgling presidential campaign.

    “Some of this is self-evident,” the Kentucky Republican operative said. “If he thought he’d be the nominee, he wouldn’t spend time hedging his bets and raising money for the Senate race. I think that tells you everything you need to know.”

    Indeed, the Senate fundraisers come amid growing media speculation that Paul, who has so far failed to gain traction in the race for the White House, may be nearing the end of his presidential run.

    According to the RealClearPolitics average of national polls, Paul is in 10th place, taking only 2.4 percent support. He’s similarly buried in most polls of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, the first three states to cast ballots next year.

    CNBC, which is hosting the next Republican presidential debate in late October, has not yet announced the criteria to qualify. However, there is speculation that field could be trimmed down from the 11 who participated in the last GOP debate, potentially leaving Paul on the sidelines.


    Death watch for Rand Paul campaign

    LEXINGTON,Ky. — Rand Paul was right.

    In January 2014, the day after The Atlantic anointed Paul, Kentucky’s junior U.S. Senator, as the Republican frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race, Paul told the Herald-Leader “it’s still too early probably to talk about things like that.”

    “That sounds unlucky to me,” he said.

    Less than two years later, Paul’s luck, it seems, is running out.

    Campaigning on Friday in New Hampshire, Paul continues to charge ahead with his struggling presidential campaign, but speculation is growing that he might be the next Republican candidate to drop out of the race.

    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have already folded, and Paul is one of the hot names in the parlor game of guessing who will exit next.

    On Friday, the Washington Post and Politico devoted space to an early draft of Paul’s presidential campaign obituary.

    “Walker’s departure from the race means that the senator from Kentucky is no longer the front-runner for the most disappointing campaign of 2016,” the Post wrote. “So, congrats on that. But Paul appears to have dropped entirely off the radar of most Republican voters.”

    Politico’s weekly poll of political insiders from early-voting states put Paul right behind Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former New York Gov. George Pataki as the next to drop out, with 22 percent saying Paul would be next.

    One unnamed New Hampshire Republican told the Beltway publication that Paul’s “campaign (reeks) of the same stench of death that surrounded the Perry and Walker efforts before their demise.”

    The day after Paul announced his presidential campaign in April, the senator told reporters in New Hampshire that winning the Granite State was crucial to his chances of winning the nomination.

    “I will say that I think New Hampshire is incredibly important to me,” Paul said. “We will try very hard. We are going to do everything to win in New Hampshire. I do think we do need to win New Hampshire.”

    But the summer months were not kind to Paul, in New Hampshire or elsewhere.

    In a poll conducted in June for CNN and WMUR in Manchester, N.H., Paul was polling at 9 percent, with 43 percent of New Hampshire voters holding a favorable opinion of him and 32 percent an unfavorable opinion.

    On Thursday, the same poll showed Paul slipping to 3 percent support, with 48 percent of respondents holding an unfavorable view and 31 percent favorable.

    He hasn’t fared any better in national polls, with a RealClearPolitics average showing the senator at 2.3 percent.

    It has been death by a thousand cuts for Paul’s campaign: reports of staff infighting, the federal indictments of two longtime aides, lackluster fundraising, the improbable and unpredictable rise of Donald Trump, and a Republican Party that appears to be returning to its roots on foreign policy. [snip]

    Paul’s campaign has spent the last few days feverishly sending fundraising emails, begging for contributions to keep Paul’s leaky ship afloat.

  9. The flow of tears from the wackadoodle two headed dentist will be an epic flood:

    Rand Paul super PAC goes dark

    One of the three super PACs supporting the Kentucky senator’s presidential bid has stopped raising money.

    One of the three super PACs supporting Rand Paul’s presidential campaign has stopped raising money, dealing a damaging blow to an already cash-starved campaign.

    In a Tuesday telephone interview, Ed Crane, who oversees the group, PurplePAC, accused Paul of abandoning his libertarian views — and suggested it was a primary reason the Kentucky senator had plummeted in the polls.

    I have stopped raising money for him until I see the campaign correct its problems,” said Crane, who co-founded the Cato Institute think tank and serves as its president emeritus. “I wasn’t going to raise money to spend on a futile crusade.”

    “I don’t see the point in it right now,” he added.

  10. Hillary’s polls should be bad. She has a dreadful campaign and a lot of her FB posts are being made in Spanish by some idiot staffer.

  11. wow…

    Fox just reported that the Teamsters Union are withholding endorsing Hillary because (1)she went against the Pipeline (2) they want to know if Biden is getting into the race…


    (3) they want to sit down and speak to Donald Trump…they have had good dealings with The Donald in the past

  12. S…”BO’s Presidency is a colossal failure…”

    SO MUCH SO, that it has become clear to ALL, including the MSM, even if they chortle and defend, that this SOB ASSHOLE has put the USA at GREAT RISK…both internationally (vis-a-vis) his COMPLETE LACK AND DELIBERATE SUPPORT for anti-ISIS fighers (as few as there are now)ans his lack of economic policy. There are many main-streem hard liner conservatives who constantly say “when the enemy (Iran, ISIS, et al) keep telling you what they intend (death to America, etc.) THEY MEAN IT. WHY OH WHY these same people will not say the same re: Obama’s policies is astounding! “If the political winds change, I will stand…etc…” If you remember, it was NOT with the USA. And gee…”The future does not belong to those who slanders the name of the Profit” Or something like that.

    WTF is wrong? EVERYTHING. We have a feckless prima donna prom queen as President who takes all his direction from his upbringing and ValJar. JUST LOOK AT HIS FACE AND BODY LANGUAGE with Putin! FFS! I was IN the middle east when the Russians were still there. The Aswan Dam was surrounded by Russian troops; Istanbul was the FIRST PLACE I ever saw the Hammer and Cycle live and in person on the side of a ship! They looked grey and threatening and scary.

    Then I was in Cairo JUST AFTER the Camp David Accords! I am from Georgia, originally. HUGE posters of Carter and Sadat lined every street in Egypt and everyone wanted to know if I knew Jimmy Carter. I was SO FORTUNAE to TRAVEL Egypt then. The Russinns were out and Egyptians LOVED the USA.

    Going forward, I trust Putin to control the completely out-of-control Middle East, et al, FAR MORE than I support US actions under this apologist in the WH.

    Barack Obama hates the USA so much, he is aided and abetted, IMO, the expansion of the terrorists base, it SHOULD be clear to EVERYONE where his true, if not emotional loyalties lie.

    If not that, he is such a weak, timid pacifist, he is willing to let this country be ATTACKED because he does not believe in it.

    End of rant, iven if it’s disconnected. But I am SO MAD AT THE MEDIA and by the actions of this pResident, that I can’t see straight.


  13. OH! FFS! Two Root Canals in two days and the associated “medications” have interfered with my ability to type! But, you get it!

  14. If the state of the world is not enough to prompt the populous to return to Nationalism, the agenda of the malignant elite will move forward something like this:

    This Happened In September: The UN Launched ‘The Global Goals’ – A Blueprint For A United World

    The elite want a one world government, a one world economic system and a one world religion. But they are not going to achieve these things by conquest. Rather, they want everyone to sign up for these new systems willingly.

    The following list comes from Truthstream Media, and I think that it does a very good job of translating these new “global goals” into language that we can all understand…

    Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
    Translation: Centralized banks, IMF, World Bank, Fed to control all finances, digital one world currency in a cashless society

    Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
    Translation: GMO

    Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
    Translation: Mass vaccination, Codex Alimentarius

    Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
    Translation: UN propaganda, brainwashing through compulsory education from cradle to grave

    Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
    Translation: Population control through forced “Family Planning”

    Goal 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
    Translation: Privatize all water sources, don’t forget to add fluoride

    Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
    Translation: Smart grid with smart meters on everything, peak pricing

    Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
    Translation: TPP, free trade zones that favor megacorporate interests

    Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
    Translation: Toll roads, push public transit, remove free travel, environmental restrictions

    Goal 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
    Translation: Even more regional government bureaucracy like a mutant octopus

    Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
    Translation: Big brother big data surveillance state

    Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
    Translation: Forced austerity

    Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
    Translation: Cap and Trade, carbon taxes/credits, footprint taxes

    Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
    Translation: Environmental restrictions, control all oceans including mineral rights from ocean floors

    Goal 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
    Translation: More environmental restrictions, more controlling resources and mineral rights

    Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
    Translation: UN “peacekeeping” missions (ex 1, ex 2), the International Court of (blind) Justice, force people together via fake refugee crises and then mediate with more “UN peacekeeping” when tension breaks out to gain more control over a region, remove 2nd Amendment in USA

    Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
    Translation: Remove national sovereignty worldwide, promote globalism under the “authority” and bloated, Orwellian bureaucracy of the UN

  15. Healthcare has a bad case of Obola:

    Regulators to Shut Down Health Republic Insurance of New York

    Regulators will shut down Health Republic Insurance of New York, the largest of the nonprofit cooperatives created under the Affordable Care Act, in the latest sign of the financial pressures facing many insurers that participated in the law’s new marketplaces.

  16. I hope somewhere an audience of Trump’s starts chanting admin’s great pun: “Yes We Icahn” and beyond that, this candidate is one surprise after another:

    Only on The Brody File: Religious Leaders Meet, Pray with Donald Trump
    GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump met and prayed with about 40 religious leaders and pastors in his Trump Tower office Monday afternoon.
    Among the attendees were televangelists Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, conservative evangelical Christian Pastor David Jeremiah, TBN religious broadcaster Jan Crouch, Pastor Paula White, Jews For Jesus Rabbi Kirt Schneider and Pastor Darrell Scott.
    The meeting lasted roughly two and a half hours and ended with pastors gathering around Trump and laying their hands on him in prayer
    The subject of race relations also came up when some of the African-American pastors in the room mentioned that there seems to be some detachment between him and the black community. While citing some polls to the contrary, Scott told The Brody File that Trump agreed with the overall assessment and would try to do a better job.
    Scott believes the GOP presidential frontrunner made headway during the meeting.
    “I think Donald Trump changed the opinions of the African-American pastors that were in the room. They saw a side of him outside of the media depiction, and that they would give strong consideration in regards to supporting his candidacy.”
    posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 3:02 PM

  17. Ichan has made a gross understatement about the state of the world economy and The Great Unraveling. This week a mega Swiss commodities corporation is on the meltdown in response to China’s meltdown. They say Glencore is the Lehman Bros of commodities. I am not posting links because you can google it and get plenty. It is all bad news.

  18. I have suspected for a while that the Teamsters and Union folk would listen and HEAR someone speaking about JOBS.

    Hillary steps out and goes against the Pipeline .. she wants to stay the course with every Obama juggernaut.

    Her polling WILL continue to slide. She is being seen as a 3rd term of Obama and people do not want that

    Admin has preached for years that Hillary needed to distance herself….

  19. Wow,Trump will:

    – Build a fence
    – Lower taxes for working and low income citizens
    – Negotiate to bring back money/jobs in to the US

    Hillary is going to have to work real damn hard to earn my vote from Trump at this point.

    I love her, but…………..

  20. I love her, but…………..

    Shadow, I know exactly how you feel. As absolutely painful as the process of coming to terms with the Hillary 16 issue has been and continues to be for us die hard Hillary fans and feminists, it’s preferable to being blindly loyal to her or to anyone. PUMA called for having the courage to think independently and for putting country before party. It still means that to me.

    I think many of us hoped that Hillary would make the Dem Party a big tent again and lead the moderate charge against the lying latte lib Obamadims. That’s not happening (tho I can’t help harboring a tiny bit of hope). But there’s a revolution underway nonetheless – with DT leading the charge. At this point, I think we can take major comfort in the fact that Americans are revolting against the pol establishment and MSM and someone is actually gutsy enough to lead the uprising.

  21. At this point, I’ll vote for Hillary only if Jeb becomes the official GOP nominee. If the Dims select someone else like Biden or Sanders to pit against Jeb, then I’m skipping this election and watching the last season of The Walking Dead again instead of voting.

  22. Free


    “tho I can’t help harboring a tiny bit of hope…”

    Me too Free. I want Hillary to go to the center like Trump…but the longer it takes, the less hope I have that she will support the working class like Trump.

  23. Tony, I wouldn’t vote for Jeb, Ol’ Joe or any of the other nitwits besides Trump or Hillary.

    No way I will vote for the lesser of two evils again, those days are over for me as a die hard Democrat. 2008 changed me.

    I’ll never register as a Republican, ain’t gonna happen, but I am no longer a Dem. believer any longer.

  24. (3) they want to sit down and speak to Donald Trump…they have had good dealings with The Donald in the past
    I know Hoffa personally. He and Donald will get along well. I guarantee it.

  25. Admin: Paul’s is not the only campaign which is on death watch:
    Jeb! Bush Campaign Death Watch Begins

    By: streiff (Diary) | September 29th, 2015 at 11:00 AM | 9

    Jeb Bush’s campaign was always built upon a single principle: use name recognition and family connections to lock up major donors and starve competitors into surrender.

    In order for that strategy to work you have to at least appear interested in winning the presidency and you have to show that someone might be inclined to vote for you. The Bush campaign, so far, has done neither. The debates have showcased Bush as a lackluster and lackadaisical candidate who seems to view the primaries as an annoying preliminary to his coronation and the polls have shown that the more people see of Bush the less likely they are to vote for him.

    His donors have seen this and they don’t like it.

    For the past week, Jeb Bush’s campaign advisers have been using a new data point to convince nervous donors that he’s still the candidate to beat — Bush’s lead in the political prediction markets.

    Just one problem: Beginning Sunday night, PredictIt, the biggest of the online sites and the one referenced last week by top Bush advisers and confidants, placed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92% ahead of Bush at the head of the GOP pack.

    The sudden evaporation of yet another data point in his favor explains the tension in and around Bush’s campaign this week on the eve of the third quarter FEC fundraising deadline.
    His top bundlers, summoned to Miami for a last-minute call-a-thon, are working hard to convince increasingly anxious donors of their candidate’s strength. Bush’s team is highlighting the benefits of its sizable financial advantage — mainly, a top-notch national organization — in an effort to focus attention on the campaign’s durability but also to demonstrate its superiority in relation to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) 92%, whose rise in recent polls represents a growing threat.

    Miami’s message essentially boils down to this: Keep calm and remember we’re sitting on $100 million and an extensive organization.

    The donors seem to be convinced that people who will not place Bush as their first or second choice will flock to him in the primaries. To me this seems to be raising “hope” to the level of a campaign strategy.

    If you read this carefully, you can see that Bush is following the Scott Walker strategy.

    The campaign’s fundraising machine has been working overtime in recent months, having to squeeze harder to get hard money, limited to just $2,700 per contribution, out of a donor list that already pumped $103 million into Bush’s super PAC during the first half of the year.

    As Donald Trump dominates the airwaves and outsider candidates like Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina surge past Bush in the polls, Bush’s operation continues to stick to the game plan by churning out policy papers and sticking to the mechanics of running for president — such as collecting signatures for ballot access.

    He has 40 people on the ground in the first four states on the primary calendar and is working to make the ballot in all 50 states ahead of what increasingly looks like a long slog of a nomination fight where every delegate could matter.

    His problem is much like Walker’s. His super PAC is doing great but he’s close to tapping out the available supply of hard money that can be used to fund campaign operations. His operation looks similar in scope to Walker’s which was burning through about $750,000 a month in salary and benefits. His campaign can talk about national scaling all it wishes but the Bush campaign is never going to generate volunteer enthusiasm. Where some campaigns can get signatures using grassroots organizations, Bush is going to have to pay people to collect them.

    If you need a sure sign that the Bush campaign, like Walker’s, is being used as a full-employment program by GOP operatives who have no vested interest in anything beyond their next paycheck, then this is it:

    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has snagged a top GOP operative with ties to the presidential campaigns of Mitt Romney and Rick Perry.

    Until recently, Austin Barbour was running a super PAC backing Perry’s presidential campaign. But the former Texas governor bowed out this month, and Barbour joined Team Bush officially Monday as a senior adviser focused on finance and political operations.

    According to Politico, Bush donors aren’t buying the happy talk and a reckoning is coming:

    That safety net, of course, may not be there forever. Beyond the symbolic importance of posting a solid third quarter fundraising number, Bush has another set of expectations to meet to convince donors he’s still the candidate best-suited for a marathon campaign — the efficacy of his super PAC’s first $25 million in television ads set to run out next month.

    “If this $25 million doesn’t move numbers, in two weeks, that’s when you’re going to see panic set in,” a donor said.

    I can save them some anxious moments. They should go ahead and panic right now.

  26. Requiem for John Boehner:

    1. First, he did not recognize that Barack Obama was not the usual politician, but rather a narcissistic ideologue, not to be trusted.

    2. Second, he kept making deals with the guy only to find himself double-crossed.

    3. Third, when he went to publicize the president’s lies, he found a news media:

    a. so corrupted by racism and ideology

    b. that they became a gang of professional liars,

    c. dedicated to protecting the White House at all cost

    d. and betraying the American People

  27. Shadowfax
    September 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm
    I became an independent after the Dims made Obama the presidential nominee instead of Hillary in 2008.

  28. Shadowfax
    September 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Tony, I wouldn’t vote for Jeb, Ol’ Joe or any of the other nitwits besides Trump or Hillary.

    How scary is the world when the lesser of the two evils right now is Hillary?!?!?!?!?!?

    (Insert dejected emoticon here)

    Hillary 2016?

  29. PUMA called for having the courage to think independently and for putting country before party. It still means that to me.

    Free – that’s exactly what *I* think.

    And Trump has already taken all the “common sense” stands (including being anti-Iran deal, which Hillary is proudly supporting Obama on).

    Normally she’d win the primary, then face someone with opposing views. But even if she did a 180 turn on her Obama III campaign (and how trustworthy would that make her look?) to be more “old Hillary”, she’d be claiming a lot of the same proposals that Trump already staked out. What kind of debate would that be?

  30. What kind of debate would that be?

    The thing that would turn me off at the jump is if Trump takes it to the ‘nasty level’ and treats Hillary with total disrespect.

    I would only give him kudos if he talks like a decent adult and debates her with facts, some humor and keeps it real.

    If he tosses in, “…you were the worst SOS in US history”, I will no longer take him seriously.

    There is a certain level of respect I expect from a Presidential candidate, and Trump sometimes shoots himself in the foot with his big mouth.

    I see this as his biggest flaw.

    It could boost Hillary’s appeal by having Trump appear to be a bully and too egotistical.

    I am one of the few Pinkers that saw Trumps early appeal, but I also see his major personality flaws. I am not expecting him to be PC, just a decent leader and not an ahole.

  31. I agree that the overdone, gratitous, reactive name calling by Donald has reached its expiration date…I think he is getting the message on that…he has been called on being “childish” and grudgingly agreed that he probably was…

    I will say that most of the time his remarks have been ‘counter punches’ as he likes to say…and in addition, all kinds of people, including his ‘presidential’ opponents and the media have said the absolute worst things about him…and no one calls any of them on their remarks…

    for goodness sakes, last week Rich Lowery went after his privates, Hillary went after his hair, multiple people have called him a “rotten pig”, a “pig”, a “cancer”, “unfit to be C in C”, “a freak show”…etc and on and on…

    no one ever says anything about the attacks on him…they are all ok…and so funny to the media and the person trying to make a joke out of DT…

    again, I do think Donald is getting the message on the name calling … we’ll see…

    …but if people think they are going to try to make a fool out of him and then he is just going to take it…they better think twice…he will continue to fight back and “counter punch” hopefully editing out words like “clown”, etc that are not doing him any good…


    as far as Hillary…imho…her only hope is that Bill is starting to take a more active role…and no one explains…or sets the record straight…better than Bill…so he may help her…

    my only fear with Bill is that he also has been pulled left and seconds and praises too much of O’s policies along with Hillary…I wish they would both understand that we want the Clinton Democrats taking the lead…I keep wondering where are any of the old team? none in sight…

    it is frustrating and sad when I (we) think of what could have been…hearing Hillary talk about getting rid of the ‘cadillac tax’ in Ocare just does not cut it…nor does it give me confidence that she understands how much support she has lost…


  32. Of the two clips of Bill TV has chosen to air this morning, it is apparent that Bill’s purpose is to tamp Donald down.

  33. I’ll never register as a Republican, ain’t gonna happen, but I am no longer a Dem. believer any longer.

    Preach it, Shadow! No way in hell would I register as Repub. Trump is the only Repub presidential candidate I would consider voting for. The Republican Party needs to move into the 21st century, and the Damn Dims need to return to reality.

  34. Bill won’t do Hillary 16 any good if he takes on the role of Trump Thumper. Had Hillary’s message been a more moderate one from the get go, Trump would not have gained such momentum. Voters agree with Trumps positions. They don’t give a damn about his bad hair, flamboyant style, lack of experience. Not even Big Dawg is going to turn many voters against Trump. His time would be so much better spent reshaping Hillary’s campaign to the center.

  35. Jeb is dead. Dead, dead, dead. He may go up a few points after an onslaught of ads (which will turn off more people than turn them on and up his negatives) but it will be a dead cat bounce. I say run the ads so he never shows up again to run for anything in the future. In retrospect the country has been being “groomed” to accept increasing numbers of immigrants (legal and illegal) and open borders and visa scofflaws for years. Media, pop culture, academia, GOVERNMENT! to love them some foreign (especially Hispanic) culture and how great it all is in multiculturalism land. !Jeb was to be the quintessential candidate to accomplish (hell! he says he is bi-cultural which was probably a big surprise to his parents since neither of those old blue-bloods is a Latino) the end of US sovereignty.

    It was going to be great for the unwashed and easily fooled in the hinterlands. Tacos and day labor everywhere. And cheap! Feisty and hilarious Latinas with incomprehensible accents on every television show. PBS running multiple documentaries on the joys of farm labor unions and how to make carne guisada from cheap off cuts of old fat meat like good little peasants. No mention of the crime, drug cartels, entire extended families picking for generations at garbage dumps, institutionalized government corruption imported directly from Latin America installed in every city, school district and county in CA, TX, AZ, Chicago and all points across the country and the fact that they always pay themselves first. We just got non-stop coverage of a Argentinean pope preaching government largess to grow the Catholic population on the taxpayer dime which is strange from a media who hates religion. This has been planned out and creeping up for several years. It was “in”, fashionable and cool to do the Hispanic stuff. Thus the selected candidate Bush III yakking in Spanish. Saying one thing to the Spanish speakers, another to the English speakers (wink-wink) and almost certainly something else his scumbag donors who belatedly see things are not going as planned.

    Like I said this crap has been in the works for years. Lead them by the nose with praise and glamorization of the backward and failing culture and cheap crap from Hispania. The turning point and get a clue happened last summer with $50-60 thousand dollar a year federal law enforcement agents being made to wipe shit of the abandoned or posing as props children of people who don’t give a fig (we have already been wiping their shit since NAFTA but metaphorically). Bush III was to be the “compassionate” Republican face of the migrant hordes and the unassimilated. He was to continue the Obama breakdown of US sovereignty. Remember that he, Obama, Hillary and Jarrett have said “Dreamers” are the future of this country. Not our children and grandchildren, not ghetto or rural poor kids, not native born or Native American kids. But imported third world agricultural and criminal drug gang excess population from some of the most corrupt and unstable countries in the world so the globalists there don’t have to feed or jail them and can keep on robbing those countries and move it here.

    The plan blew up at the border the summer of 2014. Pictures of federal border cops wiping baby butts did it. It was supposed to show how compassionate Obama and his publicly paid minions are. But it backfired. If THEY have to clean shit we all will be cleaning shit literally. And soon if it isn’t stopped very, very quickly. Baby poop killed Bush III the candidate.

  36. freespirit
    September 30, 2015 at 8:13 am
    I’ll never register as a Republican, ain’t gonna happen, but I am no longer a Dem. believer any longer.

    Preach it, Shadow! No way in hell would I register as Repub. Trump is the only Repub presidential candidate I would consider voting for. The Republican Party needs to move into the 21st century, and the Damn Dims need to return to reality.


    You both need to know that if Donald Trump does not win the nomination there will be no chance of voting for him in the general. And that the GOP primary is just as RIGGED as the 2008 democrat primary was – and that you can expect just as much cheating.

    Both of you and everyone here is an invaluable resource when it comes to giving heads up to everyone as regards the methods used to cheat in on primary/caucus night, how then they steal delegates.

    Do either of you doubt that if Jeb Bush was sitting were Trump has been for the last 8 week the GOPe and the media would be repeating hourly – “Trump should get out of the race – there is no way he can win, he can’t get the numbers” Hillary, herself should be supporting Donald Trump.

    In these states you need to be a registered republican to vote in the primary.

    Arizona Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico’ New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wyoming.

  37. Sorry I meant to write:

    cheat ON primary/caucus nigh

    Do either of you doubt that if Jeb Bush was sitting WHERE Trump has been for the last 8 week the GOPe and the media would NOT be repeating hourly…

  38. Bittersweet.
    Lawmaker: Trey Gowdy to leave the House after 2016
    Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said Wednesday morning that Tea Party favorite Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., won’t run for a fourth term, and instead plans to retire at the end of the current Congress to return to his home state.
    snip he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi special committee. But he loves South Carolina and he loves his family, and he wants to go back and spend the rest of his life there.”

  39. I am going to register as a R, Because that way I can vote Trump, In the Primary.
    Independence cannot vote in the Primary.
    And if I was a D,
    I can’t vote for Trump either.
    In order for Trump to be the R candidate,
    He MUST win the PRIMARY.

  40. Mormaer
    September 30, 2015 at 8:43 am
    Which makes it all the more likely–or perhaps the word I should us is “inevitable” that Rubio will be the default candidate. Yes? His Hispanic background, and his betrayal on immigration are the tells. I have been predicting that now for a couple years, and looking for someone I respect (like you) to tell me that I am reading that situation wrong, and why my fear of that outcome has no basis in fact. Cruz is Hispanic but in all other respects he is the opposite of Rubio who, to me, is another flavor of Obama, and like Obama, an organ grinders monkey for the elites.

  41. Obama: peaceful protesters won the cold war!!!!

    Ya, sure, youhbetcha.

    Only one question, oh Messiah mine.

    How many divisions does the pope have?

    You stupid, naive cocksucker.

    Now, now, wbboei, be nice.

    Or Dana Bash will say you were disrepectful to our president.

    Sorry Dana. Despite you best efforts at censorship

    Res ipsa locitur, i.e. the thing speaks for itself.

    Now, the big brain speaks to the issue more civilly and lethally

    To the big media beloved messiah

    I am told that black community still supports Obama at or near 100%

    Despite a consistent track record of failure that keeps them on the plantation.

    Presumably this is a case of identity: in him, they manage to see themselves.

    This if the model which the elites will seek to deploy with the immigrant hordes.

    It is the imprimatur of the democrat party.

    Racial identity over common sense, over personal success, uber alles.

    None of this one nation under God stuff

    Divide the nation into tribes, and get them to kill each other, keeps the elites in power

    And hastens the demise of the nation state

    Enough of that/


    Trapped in a Nightmare

    by Richard Fernandez
    September 28, 2015 – 10:46 pm

    Brett Stephens in his article, “An Unteachable President” in the Wall Street Journal, makes a serious attempt to construct a rational theory to explain why the president doubles down when he’s losing — and why the public can’t get him to change.

    Recall that it wasn’t long ago that Mr. Obama took a sunnier view of world affairs. The tide of war was receding. Al Qaeda was on a path to defeat. ISIS was “a jayvee team” in “Lakers uniforms.” Iraq was an Obama administration success story. Bashar Assad’s days were numbered. The Arab Spring was a rejoinder to, rather than an opportunity for, Islamist violence. The intervention in Libya was vindication for the “lead from behind” approach to intervention. The reset with Russia was a success, a position he maintained as late as September 2013. In Latin America, the “trend lines are good.”

    “Overall,” as he told Tom Friedman in August 2014—shortly after ISIS had seized control of Mosul and as Vladimir Putin was muscling his way into eastern Ukraine—“I think there’s still cause for optimism.”

    It’s a remarkable record of prediction. One hundred percent wrong. The professor president who loves to talk about teachable moments is himself unteachable. Why is that?

    Why does he keep doing that? Stephens thinks it’s because Obama is the kind of man who believes the Cold War was won by “peaceful protest”, convinced that “a strategy of retreat and accommodation, a bias against intervention, a preference for minimal responses” is enlightened foreign policy, and most of all believes he is unalterably correct — “on the right side of history” — therefore could never be wrong.

    Based on these assumptions naturally the president never learns for how can one improve upon perfection?

    Stephens’ theory is marred only by the defect that it can just as well explain madness; the fixation of doing something repeatedly and failing — yet expecting a different result is the definition of crazy. Elliot Abrams, listening to Obama’s UN speech, was struck by the oddness of it; the utter separation between the words and actuality. He said “president Obama’s U.N. speech today is filled with nice lines that unfortunately bear no relationship to his seven years of foreign policy — and in some cases, no relationship to reality.”

    Like many of Obama’s speech it appeared to float in Eternity, detached from everything tangible. The speech came only hours after the provincial capital of Kunduz fell to the Taliban in what the New York Times called “a a demoralizing setback less than a year after the formal end of the NATO combat mission in Afghanistan.”

    The Taliban’s largest victory in years came just over a week before the American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John F. Campbell, is expected to return to Washington to testify before Congress about the course of the war and what America’s continued involvement should be. Some 10,000 American troops are in the country, many of them focused on training or advising the Afghan forces, and the White House has not yet decided whether to keep a force of that number here for another year or begin pulling them from the country in the coming months.

    It comes only days after Iraq opened its airspace to Russian aircraft; after the Pentagon finally found its missing handful of Syrian fighters trained under Obama’s program who defected, together with their arms and ammunition, to al-Qaeda. Yet his speech seemed little affected by these. None of these events, which would have created a political scandal for another administration. imparted a sense of urgency in the president, who continued to act as if he had all the time in the world.

    Somini Sengupta of the New York Times describes how Obama plans to fix a disintegrating world. “Rallying Global Support, Obama Pledges Larger U.S. Role in Peacekeeping Missions”. It will take decades; it will take billions. It may never work and it will in any case be too late. But Obama will build a UN Army.

    President Obama announced Monday that the United States would bolster its support for United Nations peacekeeping missions worldwide, as he rallied more than 50 countries to promise to expand their contributions, amounting to around 40,000 new soldiers and police officers.

    Leading a summit meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Obama said the United States would provide more logistical support, including air- and sea-lift capacity; build airfields or base camps if urgently needed; and train peacekeepers to counter improvised explosive devices, which are a common danger and often prove fatal for peacekeepers deployed in countries like Mali.

    That an administration so sorely pressed should find the time and resources to launch a far-distant scheme to police the world speaks volumes about the president’s sincere conviction that he, and not the public are living in the real world. He lives in a fact-based universe. Putin lives on the wrong side of history.

    In Obama’s world posturing is enough to produce an conclusive result. During the meeting with Obama’s nemesis Vladimir Putin pundits noticed the “icy stare” with which the president transfixed the Russian dictator. The Sydney Morning Herald added, “the look on Barack Obama’s face at the lunchtime toast said it all.” There were virtue rays blasting across across the room.

    Yet to the observer it will seem as the Russian doesn’t live in Obama’s world. For example, Vladimir Putin will probably ignore these presidential grimaces altogether and continue to dismantle the American position in the Middle East. If Obama is “unteachable”, Putin is his tactical opposite. The Russian is always probing, always learning from his enemy’s weaknesses. Yet he is more than that. It as if the Russian strongman moved on the other side of some glass wall, occupying a reality which the president does not share.

    There’s something disquieting and one cannot help but feel a growing sense of danger.

    The immediate effects of Obama’s Syrian defeat are not hard to foresee. The Atlantic predicts Assad’s survival. ”The U.S. … rebel army that is five strong—barely enough to run a burger joint. … The devil’s gambit, then, appears to have succeeded. The Obama administration has recently backed away from insisting that Assad must relinquish power, and signaled instead that the dictator could stay in power for a transitional period as part of a peace settlement.”

    Assad’s return and revenge are bad enough. But it is the fact of American paralysis which is worse. Obama lies as if dreaming and his recumbence seems to embolden other bad actors. Putin has now crept into the room, at first wary but now having lost all fear of him. We see Iran and its minions, which America could flick away with a finger, putting straws in his lips and scrawling marks on his face. Still he does not move — “unteachable” as Stephens put it. In this spectacle there is something dangerously sinister, as in a climate of reckless adventurism that feeds on itself.

    Freed of caution, Putin may roll the dice in Ukraine simply because he succeeded in pulling a fast one in Syria. In turn he may try something sneaky in Syria because he escaped unchastened in the Ukraine. Each successful risk-taking act incentivizes the next. And from such links a chain is disaster is forged. It isn’t the present setback we should fear so much as the next … and the next … and the next.

    Stephens fails to take his reasoning to the logical conclusion. The president is unteachable because the political system itself is incapable of learning. The paralysis of Barack Obama but a reflection of the political stroke which has frozen Washington. The Capital itself is in a dream. In that deadly reverie truth is indistinguishable from fiction. Everything in that topsy-turvy world is a storyline.

    The State Department says it’s losing the information war to ISIS—and is tapping HBO, Snapchat, and a screenwriter with deep CIA connections to help turn things around. The Obama administration is turning to HBO, Snapchat, and a controversial, Oscar-winning screenwriter to help them fight ISIS.

    Earlier this year, the State Department convened a group of friends in the U.S. film industry, social media, and premium cable TV to brainstorm ways to counter jihadist propaganda.

    The degree to which Washington is transfixed by the power of messaging at the expense of substance is shown by how not only the president but also Hillary are locked in an eternal quest to find perfect “icy stare” or ideal nostril flare that will back down an opponent — or win an election. So convinced was Bill in the power of acting and theatrics he turned to Steven Spielberg to teach Hillary how to be “likeable”.

    Hillary Clinton enlisted the help of Steven Spielberg in an attempt to maker her seem more likeable, a new book claims.

    The front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination was urged to seek help by her husband Bill Clinton – and he told her: ‘Let’s ask Steven for help,’ according to the book, which is called Unlikeable.

    So their friend Spielberg provided acting coaches to help Hillary prepare for speeches.

    But the sessions came to an abrupt end after Hillary took her frustrations out on a camera and knocked it off its tripod, according to an excerpt of the book published in the New York Post.

    Messaging is how the political elites deal with Russia aggression, Chinese hacking, Syria, missing classified emails, dying ambassadors and human rivers of migrants. They speak to shadows in the dark, commanding them back oblivious to the tangible menaces close at hand. It is as if the Western world were trapped in an evil sleep. In that nightmare someone resembling Vladimir Putin is advancing upon a dreamer unable to move. And the dreamer won’t wake up. The worst of it is Putin knows we’re asleep while the newspapers insist that we’re awake.

    Never fear: in morning the UN Army will save us.

  42. Sad about Trey, one of the good guys. I know he is going after Hillary hard on emails..I think he believes he can get to the truth about Benghazi through that back door. Hope he’s right.
    We need the truth.

  43. Elliot Abrams, listening to Obama’s UN speech, was struck by the oddness of it; the utter separation between the words and actuality. He said “president Obama’s U.N. speech today is filled with nice lines that unfortunately bear no relationship to his seven years of foreign policy — and in some cases, no relationship to reality.”
    Honest to God, I see that exact same trait today in Hillary, especially when she is asked questions like how would her administration be different from that of Obama. The words bear zero relationship to reality–a reality which everyone knows and is as plain as the nose on your face. Trust me, this is not lying, and it is not a political speech either, which typically play fast and loose with the truth. It is a state of delusion, based on the assumption that the audience is stupid and cannot see the difference. It speaks volumes as to what the speaker of those words thinks of the audience. And for supporters who rise up to defend such statements–why they are left to defend an indefensible position, on the assumption that they will not forfeit their own credibility in the process. If you think this bears any relationship to the Hillary of 2008, then I urge you to reconsider that position in light of Hillary’s performance in Rhode Island, where she wore that yellow business suit and with Sheldon Whitehead in the audience looking every bit the moron he is she mocked Obama for telling the ignoranti that the problems of the real world would vanish when Obama took the stage, the sky would open up and we will all be perfect. Well, the Hillary we see today talks about how successful that very approach has been, and asks us to not believe our lying eyes.

  44. Obama, in a state of strategic paralysis, is reduced to delivering icy stares across the room, while Putin ignores him and proceeds on his merry way, rebuilding Russia and pushing the US out of the middle east, whereupon Obama, imports the flotsam and jetsom of his failed policies into the US.

    This entire scenario gives one the sense of a Russian novel where events move with dramatic precision to a tragic conclusion which everyone (even big media, the accomplice in this disaster) was inevitable, not in the moment, but when it is too late to do anything about it but weep, which is the default position of big media. Like doctors, they bury their mistakes.

  45. freespirit
    September 30, 2015 at 11:32 am
    Trey’s agenda isn’t the quest for truth IMO.
    Beyond court room tactics, I must confess I did not see much substance to the man. For me, the tell was his support for Boehner. I think his decision not to run is connected to Boehners decision to resign.

  46. He said pleases!!! 😆

    The request was made by a Russian three-star general who spoke with U.S. officials at the American embassy in Baghdad, sources said. The general, who was not identified, used the word “please” when delivering the verbal request, known as a “demarche,” according to the written transcript of the exchange.

    “If you have forces in the area we request they leave,” the general said.

  47. I disagree about Trey, he may have erroneously supported Boehner, But I still think he wants the truth about Benghazi.
    As far as his reasons to leave, I guess we will find out once that happens. If it’s big time lobbyist, then we will know.

  48. Betty, CA has changed voted a few years ago. We can vote for anyone in the primary without registering as a Rep.

    I voted for rethugs since 2008 and am still registered as a Dem.

    I don’t doubt that the rethugs also have voter cheating down pat, but I do think Shrub2 and Obama have taken the cheating to new heights in my lifetime.

    I also do not think Trump will win the GOP primary, just like Hillary never had a chance with the DNC in 2008.

    90% sure Trump will have to run as an Independent, and he will probably be in a similar position as Ross Perot was.

  49. wbboei
    September 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

    September 30, 2015 at 11:32 am
    Trey’s agenda isn’t the quest for truth IMO.
    Beyond court room tactics, I must confess I did not see much substance to the man. For me, the tell was his support for Boehner. I think his decision not to run is connected to Boehners decision to resign.

    I agree with both of you.

    I am very disappointed in Trey.

  50. Well Shadow, getting emails from Hillary has been like getting blood from a turnip.
    I don’t know how he has, or hasn’t proceeded with the others, ie the fool on the hill
    Pretty sure Boehner had helped put up road blocks.
    Greta likes Trey a lot and I think she’s a smart cookie and knows her law.

  51. Question: who is he,

    this cock of the walk,

    this 24/7 pontificater,

    this betrayer,

    this ideologue,

    this coward,

    this sociopath

    this big media Christ figure

    . . . this Obama?

    history has caught up with him

    and the world is seeing him for what he really is

    a poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage

    full of sound and fury (and icy stares)

    signifying nothing.

    as such, he is the destroyer of worlds.

    Putin and others were quick to pick up on this

    which is hardly surprising since they are connoisseurs of power

    whereas now, everyone knows it

    the only difference is some see it for what it is, others are in denial

    the number 1 culprit in all this is big media

    they are both the enabler and the mouthpiece for the destruction of our nation.

  52. Not saying our lawyers here do not, of course they are remarkable..wbb, Jones and others.
    Learn a lot from them everyday.
    Don’t think I’ve ever thanked them..but I will take this time to say “thank you” for your law lessons and great minds overall..
    And of course, wbb’s always historical entertainment factor.

  53. The other day we posted our Saint Bernard story about how Bernie Sanders’ staff hates him. We suggested Hillary2016 might use that bit of intelligence with intelligence. Today we notice that Hillary is being sly and saying something along these lines. The Saint Bernard nuts on Fark noticed too.

    Hillary’s not so subtle message to Bernie, “None of the people who have worked with you in congress want you to be president”

    That’s due to this NBC story:

    Hillary Clinton’s Not-So-Subtle Message to Bernie Sanders [snip]

    “Well, I’m not in any way going to criticize Sen. Sanders,” Clinton told Todd in an interview for the new MSNBC show “MTP Daily.” “And he’s running a great campaign and I respect that.”

    But Clinton went on to note that Democratic lawmakers, who have worked with both Sanders and Clinton in Congress, have lined up behind her, not him.

    “But the fact now that I have so many of my Democratic colleagues, present and former, in the House and the Senate, out in state Houses who are lined up to say, you know, ‘This is the person we want to see as president,’ is very gratifying,” she said. “Because they look at what they think I can do for them.”

    She didn’t mention Sanders’ name, but she didn’t have to.

    His staff and colleagues don’t like, or even hate, Saint Bernard.

    Oh, and Hillary is now against the Cadillac Tax part of ObamaCare and wants it repealed. This is all too late and too little but at least some of the dim bulbs in Brooklyn are beginning to glow a little brighter.

  54. Update: The Trump Show is good for business as Fox shatters ratings records. Whether it is CBS and 60 Minutes, Steve Colbert, CNN, or Fox News it cannot be denied that Donald Trump is a ratings star. The electorate is engaged this early because Trump addresses issues voters want discussed. That’s why Trump is tops in polls. Today’s USAToday/Suffolk poll has Trump on top and ten points ahead of his nearest competitors. The latest poll from Georgia has Trump at 31% and 13 points ahead of his nearest competitor. Charles Hurt sums it up:

    First they ignored him. Then they mocked him. Then they tried tearing him down.

    With each failure to destroy Donald Trump, the political experts and establishment stooges only made him stronger. And now they don’t have a clue what to do.

    Those in Washington who still think a Donald Trump presidency is preposterous or absurd have only themselves to blame for creating an environment that has made it so easy for the swashbuckling, smack-talking businessman to rise so effortlessly to the top of the heap. [snip]

    The most alarming thing about Donald Trump for these people is that they have, literally, thrown everything they can at the man. And, yet, he is still standing, completely unbowed. In the 3½ months since he launched his campaign, his popularity has only grown with every sling and arrow. [snip]

    Meticulously, methodically, patiently, Mr. Trump has morphed into a legitimate candidate.

    He just released the latest of three very serious policy position papers, this one on taxes. [snip]

    Each paper is deeply sophisticated and principled. And when was the last time a candidate for president got wall-to-wall coverage for releasing a policy paper?

    Certainly not when Jeb Bush released his policy position this week on, and I am not making this up, “energy.”

    Energy and issues help Trump trump.


  55. holdthemaccountable
    September 30, 2015 at 10:15 am
    Lawmaker: Trey Gowdy to leave the House after 2016
    This statement has already been retracted.
    Same source but link withheld. Not going to be wrong twice in one thread.
    If I can help it.

  56. Trump strengthened his lead :

    WASHINGTON — Billionaire businessman Donald Trump has strengthened his lead at the top of the USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll while two other outsider candidates, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina, have gained ground over rivals with electoral experience.

    Jeb Bush, who two months ago was second to Trump in the USA TODAY survey, has tumbled to single digits and fifth place. The third-place finisher last time, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, suspended his campaign entirely this month.

    “Unfortunately, I’m leaning toward Trump, only because he’s a non-political figure,” says Ginger Mangam, 58, a customer-service representative from Little Rock, Ark., who was among those surveyed. Asked about his lack of electoral experience, she replies: “I don’t think it’s a problem; I think it’s a message.”

    Anthony Edelen, 37, a small-business owner from Vermillion, S.D., likes what he hears from Trump and Fiorina. “I just want somebody who is going to move our country in a direction different from where it is currently,” he said in a follow-up interview.

    The shifting landscape underscores an electorate that is fed up with politics-as-usual and willing to embrace contenders who promise to shake things up.

    So much for tumbling.

  57. Isn’t it time for big media to offer up a mea culpa along the lines of general smedley butlers speech about the Bush people and their ilk called “War Is A Racket”??

    What the fuck is this idiot (moi) talking about this time?

    Come on guys. Give me a break. You know what this medal of honor winner and commandant of the Marine Corps said in 1932, i.e.

    WAR is a racket. It always has been.

    It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

    A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

    Big media needs to deliver the same mea culpa. It would be good for the soul, and the nation.

    How would it read?

    Dunno. . . maybe something like this:

    Big media is a racket.

    It is the most deceptive and disingenous of all institutions.

    It misleads the public to supporting policies which are not in their interest.

    It anesthetizes them to the loss of their security, their wealth, their nation.

    It rewards the few at the expense of the many, etc.

  58. Betty

    As a registered Independent/Undeclared in NH, I can choose whichever ballot I want in the Primary, Republican or Democrat. Pretty simple. This year it will be Trump. 😃

  59. North Carolina is semi-closed primary. I never trusted those RNC mo-fos. So, I remained an R even though it tasted bad, just in case. The mo-fos here are still reworking the rules though I suspect they are starting to pin their hopes on Benedict Rubio instead of Speedy Gonzalez.

    The Trumpinator Rocks.

    Foxy said it. “Trump has to win the primary.” It’s the only way. Never put it past those mo-fos to cheat, and cheat big. This primary is going to make the 2008 primary look like a 5 year old’s birthday party.

    The Trumpinator Rocks. I like it so much the first time I had to say it again!

  60. Gird your loins. Scroll by if it has already been a bad day.
    Hillary Clinton Al Sharpton Interview: Black Vote Courted As Presidential Candidate To Appear On Civil Rights Leader’s New MSNBC Program
    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton this weekend is expected to make yet another attempt to court the black vote when she becomes the first guest of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s all-new weekly “PoliticsNation” talk show on MSNBC. The show premieres on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 8 a.m. EDT.

  61. …just got home…and wow…what a big news day…

    starting with Putin making a complete fool out of our impotent President and clueless SoS, Kerry…

    (why hasn’t a mutiny been called by our Defense Dept or at the Pentagon…this is insane…and where is O? probably hanging out with some football players…no engagement at all regarding what is happening in reality….and that speech he gave yesterday at the UN…is he kidding…talking finding the reasons for why these young men do what they do…give me a break…out of touch with reality)

    Putin’s guy gives the USA one hour to get American planes out of Syria because they are going to start bombing…

    …talk about being played…geesh…


    then i turn the news channel and there is Donald at a townhall in Keane, NH on a tear…i came in on the middle of it, but seems Donald has switched from calling names to declaring our policies are S–t…and then later declaring some activity of O’s foreign policy is Bulls–t! and he did not spell out the words…he said them…

    …he says both words out loud on live TV with tons of cameras covering him…the crowd is going crazy clapping and yelling…

    then he goes on about how he loves to be unpredictable…

    he is going to be on CNN tonight with Don Lemon…should be good…and unpredictable…

  62. “Trey’s agenda isn’t the quest for truth IMO.”

    Yes, indeed. When he supported Boehner, he showed to me his true self as if I hadn’t already begun to see it…just another establishment, RINO Rep who is moving on up or has been promised God knows what if he can bring Hillary down…no matter what he has to do.

    He has flipped over into the Ken Starr panty sniffing, dig up anything, twist it…just do anything to bring the Clintons and their foundation down. I’m so disappointed in Trey Gowdy and so done with him.

    Doughboy Karl was on O’Really tonight…going at Hillary with much glee on his face. Made me want to jump right through the TV and wipe that smirk off his fat little, snaky face. But when O’Really asked if this email stuff had flipped over into a criminal situation, after all his pounding Hillary, Rove demurred and said that was up to the courts not him…in other words most likely not but he has just implied earlier that it was. I’ll bet old Karl loves him some Trey Gowdy.

    Okay, venting over. But anything Karl Rove and now Gowdy is like waving a red flag at me!

  63. Great choice Administrator…Donald is not tumbling , he is the rank outsider rolling the competition for now:

    “..Say now, baby, I’m the rank outsider,
    You can be my partner in crime.
    But baby, I can’t stay,
    You got to roll me and call me the tumblin’,
    Roll me and call me the tumblin’ dice.
    Oh, my, my, my, I’m the lone crap shooter,
    Playin’ the field ev’ry night.
    Baby, can’t stay,
    You got to roll me and call me the tumblin’ (dice),
    Roll me and call me the tumblin’ (Got to roll me.) dice.
    Got to roll me. Got to roll me…..”


  64. Kinda sounds like Trump has been listening to Big Pinkers and Admin!

    I give him two thumbs up for calling a spade a spade, Obama and his effin’ stupid policies ARE pure BULLSHIT!

  65. “I fully enjoyed your rant, makes sense to me and I have been seeing so many red flags in the past couple of months I thought I woke up in Pamplona for the Running of the Bulls.”

    LOL! Now all we have to do, Shadow,is navigate around the bull hockey being spread …everywhere these days.

  66. I an so glad that so many of you realize the importance of this primary. I read on other web-sites and sometimes I just dread what I know they are going to go through. We were such innocents in 2008 – at least I was.

    My son and I went to vote for Hillary in the primary and the place was packed. There were people stationed to direct us and keep us moving. When we finally got up to the doorway to vote there were more people stationed to turn us to the exit. There were a lot of people sitting around tables further into the room and I asked “Is this all, what are those people waiting for, and a man said “Yeah, that’s all there is to it and their just volunteers waiting to have a meeting” So we left, but they were waiting to elect delegates, supposedly based on the winner.

    And from the stuff I read from all around the country our experience that night was mild, but it worked never the less.

  67. The suggestion is that democrat senators do not line up with Bernie, because he is not liked.

    First of all, this just isn’t true. He lines up with democrats all of the time.

    Second, reason they do not like him is because he is anti wall street, and all of them are in the bag for wall street. A simple review of their donor base confirms this.

    Third, if he gave certain assurances to Wall Street, the democrat senators would carry him out of the Chamber on their shoulders, because Wall Street would encourage them to do exactly that. And, whatever Lola wants Lola gets, etc–just as long as she brings money. Senators do not live by bread alone.

  68. Quite frankly, no one, and I mean no one has been trying to get to the bottom of Benghzi. .If Trey trips into it by email, so be it.
    Really don’t care how it gets exposed, it needs to be.I still have some faith Trey has not been completely castrated.There are still a few here that think Hillary is redeemable,think about that. Think of her last 8 years of ass kissing, her enthusiastically supporting every insane fraud policy…I find that most amazing.

  69. And please, none of the preaching of past accomplish,that’s the greatest sin of all.its what binded most of us, and blinded us, people went so far as to try to read between the lines as if we were sooth sayers, or there was an oppositional reaction in reality. Well the reality is apparently what it is..
    And it ain’t preety.

  70. henry

    That’s really a great article, Administration has been talking about the same devious plan here.

  71. Gonzotx
    I know I just thought this was a very succint version and worth sharing.
    No no no to another election theft.

  72. Personally, I never thought Hillary needed redemption regarding Benghazi in the first place – or even about the “ass kissing”. My ONLY problem with her is her stand on certain issues and what appears to be a trend too far to the left. If she moves to the center, I’ll be happily making phone calls and knocking on doors for her. Nothing would make me happier.

  73. I don’t always agree with Larry Johnson, but when I do it is a Dos XX moment.

    From Noquarter USA:

    “Let me get this straight–Russia is acting in accordance with international law, the United States is violating international law and we are upset by the Russians going after unlawful combatants trying to destroy a government recognized by the UN? What am I missing here?” -Larry Johnson

    That right there is the most succinct explanation I have yet read or heard. We are so totally screwed and there is still so much time left to screw us harder, and no one will buy us a drink first.

    Stay thirsty my friends.

  74. gonzotx

    October 1, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Quite frankly, no one, and I mean no one has been trying to get to the bottom of Benghzi
    Oh, I think we know what happened:

    Poor communication.

    Left hand (State) not knowing what the right hand was doing (CIA)

    Political operatives trying to shape, hide and spin results.

    And most important, the failure of Obama to give the order to defend the garrison, he claims he did.

  75. Gonzo, the problem with a committee like that getting to the bottom of ANYTHING is obvious.

    The 9/11 commission is instructive. I knew one member of the commission, and he told me the reason they were there was not to get to the empirical truth, not even to get to an agreed to truth which might take the sharp edges off the truth while still providing a useful result. He told me straight out that the entire reason democrats and republicans convened that meeting was to make sure their side was not blamed for the debacle. Those debates about who lost China can go on for years, which can affect elections, which can affect the jobs of sitting members of congress and their ability to siphon money from donors, so don’t lets think there was anything noble, professional and legitimate about this process. And, by the way, it is no different than what goes on in big media. This is not random, coincidence, or outlier. It is, in short, what the political class does as a matter of routing to protect themselves from a peasant uprising, and to feather their own nests, which is the one thing they are really, really, really good at.

  76. As broad and as sweeping as the above indictment might seem to the casual reader it is not a wall to wall condemnation. That is because there are a few people in Washington who actually do have the interests of the American People at heart, and are there to serve them and not themselves. Lobbyists and others who seek to corrupt all members know who these people are, and steer clear of them. And big media calls them extremist, racist, right wing, because they refuse to play the shell game the rest of them do, which make the rest of them actors in failure theater, and betrayers of their constituents. You cannot put a happy face on your demo or rino politician without deluding yourself. As the Bible says, for those who are not literate in that genre ye shall know them for their acts, not for their words. The few, the proud, the marines of this vignette are those you already know of–Cruz, Lee, Sessions in the Senate. The freedom caucus in the house. And what about the rest of them–the rinos and the dinos and big media? Well, if you ask me, I might invoke an old Texas expression–I would not piss on them if they were on fire. Oh, you say, you are just, just, just . . . bitter. To which I say, for what they have done to this country, how could it be otherwise?

  77. Drudge is on fire:

    “Russia airstrikes in Syria continue”
    “Putin Drafts 150,000”
    “USA Disarray”
    “Iran Troops Ready”

    And 80% of the US population cannot point to Syria on a map, and 50%, frankly, don’t care.

    Well, the good news is the apocalypse will not involve zombies.

  78. Who/what is the big media beloved messiah at this sorry state of his trajectory as a touchable god?

    A poor player who struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more?—as in Hamlet.

    Or—while standing at the podium of the General Assembly:

    If I only had a dollar
    For every song I’ve sung
    Every time I had to play
    While people sat there drunk—Stuck in old Lodi

    or–what happens with a 21st century bi racial globalist confronts a 20th century ethic nationalist
    (hint: its gonna be bad for the Harvard trained globalist–but why should we pay the price?)

    That said, here priceless account Putin outwitting him at the UN—I dare you not to laugh.

    Fuck’n A—gods aren’t supposed to be fallible, so lets just pretend they aren’t (NYT)–if censor we must, then censor we will, because the truth is not fit to print.

    Obama= A Failure of leadership punctuated by lofty meaningless speeches–and icy stares at Putin

    If hate is the most puissant of human emotions (Napoleon said so)

    Then surely schadenfreude cannot be far behind.
    Obama’s Talk and Putin’s Blitz: A Russian Middle East Coup in Three Acts)

    As the world audience contemplates this latest drama in the reshaping of the 21st Century World Order.

    by Claudia Rosett
    September 30, 2015 – 10:03 pm

    In New York, the United Nations is still lumbering through its Sept. 28th – Oct. 3 general debate. But even with today’s declaration by aging potentate Mahmoud Abbas that the Palestinian Authority will no longer respect the Oslo Accords (did they ever?) the headlines are elsewhere. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin not only stole the UN show, but in Syria — and beyond — is stealing a march on President Obama that makes the current world scene look ever more like the disastrous penultimate year of Jimmy Carter’s presidency. That 1979 run of debacles opened with Iran’s Islamic Revolution, and rolled on to the Soviet Union’s December invasion of Afghanistan — lighting the fuel under the cauldron whence sprang, in due course, a great many horrors, including the Sept. 11, 2001 al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

    Obama’s presidency still has more than a year to run (477 days, to be precise), and after more than six years of U.S. global retreat, as we toil through this fourth quarter of “interesting stuff,” trouble is spreading even faster than it did in the Carter era. The threats now rising like a tsunami on the horizon are, arguably, worse.

    But let’s focus here on Russia. This week, President Putin has delivered not only a blitz in Syria, but a grand slam on the world stage. Call it a play in three acts.

    Act I: Monday, Sept. 28th, at the UN General Assembly in New York. Obama delivers his annual speech, repeating the message of his first presidential address to the UN in 2009 — in which he effectively served notice that under his command, America was abdicating, to the international collective, its longtime leadership of the Free World. This year, arriving with the feckless UN-approved Iran nuclear deal in his pocket, and lamenting both the ills of dictatorship and the frustrations of democracy, Obama tells the assembled eminences at the UN that he believes in his core “that we, the nations of the world, cannot return to the old ways of conflict and coercion.” He adds, “We cannot look backwards.” (“Oh, yes we can,” editorializes The Wall Street Journal, noting that “even as he concedes the growing world disorder, Mr. Obama still won’t admit that his policy of American retreat has created a vacuum for rogues to fill.”)

    On Syria (“nowhere is our commitment to international order more tested,” Obama tells the UN), he says the U.S. “is prepared to work with any nation, including Russia and Iran, to resolve the conflict.” He stipulates there must be a “managed transition” to an “inclusive government.” ISIL must be “ultimately” stamped out, and Syrian dictator Bashar Assad must go.

    Note: Obama has been saying since 2011 that Assad must go, and if he has a strategy behind this, it is one that for more than four years now has failed to prevent Assad’s use of chemical weapons, the presence of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Syria, the rise and spread of ISIS, the deaths of more than 200,000 people in Syria’s civil war, the flight of millions of Syrian refugees, and growing tumult in the region. (Though the U.S. at massive cost, in the quest to have Syrians find their own resolution to this conflict, has managed to stand up four, or five, or nine U.S.-trained Syrian fighters inside Syria).

    Then Putin takes the podium, and delivers Russia’s views to the UN Assembly. Usually he leaves this annual chore to his foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov. But this year Putin has seized on the UN’s 70th anniversary festivities to come in person. He gives his own account of history, apparently quite willing to revisit old arguments, and tells the UN that in Syria, Assad must stay.

    Act II. Tuesday, Sept. 29th, at the UN in New York. Obama continues appealing to the collective. He convenes a “Leaders’ Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent extremism.” In his opening remarks, he welcomes the “representatives from more than 100 nations, more than 20 multilateral institutions, some 120 civil society groups from around the world, and partners from the private sector.” He reminds them that a year ago he gave them some homework: he challenged countries to return to the General Assembly this year “with concrete steps that we can take together.” This year he is convinced that “what we have here today is the emergence of a global movement that is united by the mission of degrading and ultimately destroying ISIL.” Together, he tells them, “we’re pursuing a comprehensive strategy… .” He repeats his desire for a new leader in Syria, “an inclusive government… . This is going to be a complex process.” Part way through the meeting Obama turns over the chair to Vice President Joe Biden.

    Putin does not attend this summit at which scores of leaders are talking about the complex process. He has left the UN to return to Moscow.

    Act III. Wednesday, Sept. 30. In the Middle East, Russia makes its move. In Baghdad a Russian general delivers a demarche to the U.S. embassy, informing the U.S. that Russian planes are about to begin air strikes in Syria. Russia’s message is not one of cooperation with the U.S., nor is it seeking the permission of Tuesday’s UN-conferencing multitude of envoys, civil society groups and so forth. Russia, which has been moving troops and military equipment into Syria, is asking U.S. war planes to get out of its way.

    To put it more accurately, Russia is telling the U.S. — not asking. In Syria, that same day, Russian war planes carry out strikes, not against ISIS, but against areas which The Wall Street Journal reports are “primarily held by rebel forces backed by the Central Intelligence Agency and allied spy services.”

    And, in the U.S., officials pursue “de-confliction discussion”:

    In Washington, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter holds a press conference, in which he says (take a deep breath, this is a lulu of tortured language):

    …it’s important to see if we can get the Russians in a position where they are coming to understand the contradiction in the position they now have and the possibility that by seeing a political transition and defeating extremism is something you have to pursue in parallel to succeed in Syria, maybe they could make a constructive contribution. But they’re not on the path to doing that in the way they do — they are acting now.

    At the UN, in New York, Secretary of State John Kerry tells a Russia-chaired meeting of the Security Council that the U.S. is prepared to “welcome” Russia’s “recent actions” if the aim is to defeat ISIL, but if the aim is to protect the Assad regime by striking other rebel areas, “we would have grave concerns.” For the third time this week, Kerry meets with Russia’s Foreign Minister Lavrov. They then appear together — John and Sergei — at a UN media stakeout, at which Kerry says they would “both concur” that their meeting was “constructive.” Kerry tells the press that they have discussed the need for further discussions, and the imperative of, well, some samples below, and you can find Kerry’s full remarks here:

    military-to-military de-confliction discussion, meeting, conference, whichever … and several options were agreed to be further discussed…we also agreed that it is imperative to find a solution to this conflict… even as we don’t yet have a resolution with respect to some critical choices in that political solution, we think we have some very specific steps that may be able to help lead in the right direction. That needs to be properly explored… And so, we finally agreed we have a lot of work to do.

    Curtain. As the world audience contemplates this latest drama in the reshaping of the 21st Century World Order, Putin’s latest blitz, and America’s scramble to, imperatively, constructively, as soon as possible, de-conflict and discuss.

  79. When I saw the video of Col. Bing West (USMC) posted above, I noted his conjecture that the top echelon of the military has become so “politicized” under the big media beloved messiah that they “cannot stand up for themselves”, and by inference for the nation, I thought to myself, the exact same thing has happened to the FBI. That is a hard fact. It is not conjecture.

  80. Lastly, obviously, the same exact thing has happened to John Roberts.

    In all three cases, people took an oath to support the constitution, and the nation before they were put in positions of ultimate responsibility.

    And in all three cases, that oath was broken, for political reasons.

    This is the text book definition of corruption.

    If it is not corruption, then the English language has lost all meaning.

  81. And that is where Donald Trump comes in.

    He may be many things, but there is one thing he is not:

    Trump is not in the political class, and of the political class who created this mess.

    And with the storm prophesied by Ican moves in, Trump has become the categorical imperative.

  82. An oldie, but a goodie: “Nature abhors a vacuum”

    Putin wears big-boy pants, wrestles bears, and leads wild animals on their yearly thousand mile migrations. He is not interested in mom-jeans, chum or a Sinclair in the back seat.

    What we are seeing is the unraveling of Western Civilization. Lay the blame at the feet of the globalists’ thrones.

    30 to 35 million more headed to Europe. When Europe truly splinters into principalities and city states once more Russia will be waiting to pick up the pieces and gobble them up and the iron curtain will go back up.

    The barbarians are quite literally at the gates. Ready the catapults and boil the oil.

  83. We all know America the ‘SuperPower’ is now the weakest it’s been in decades with Barry asleep at the wheel.

    Now is the time for countries like Russia to run a-muck, land grab as much as they can before our new President takes over the WhiteHouse.

    I fear much worse can happen and I hope it doesn’t.

    God bless America.

  84. One day (I hope) after all the tell-alls have been published and our illustrious leader is president of the U.N. or Kenya (or Mecca) we shall all have our revenge. We will be able to look at every MOFO hope and changer (all the fainted ladies and every pearl clutcher who screamed “racist”) straight in the eye and say, “I told you so. Oh, and by the way, you’re an idiot.”

    I guess its my turn to be pissed today! I’m gonna go work out and hit the scotch.

  85. Well Free, good luck with that , abusive relationships are difficult to end.

    How in the world could you even have the faintest idea who she really is?

    Personally, I like people who stand for something, not change with the wind.
    Been there, done that.

  86. Wbb

    I understand the commissions agree not to let any one group look bad prior to the actual investigation, but once in awhile, shit leaks out that is truth. That’s the only thing I think could come out.
    And yes, we know what probably happened, probably being key word.

  87. You know Obama and his castrated, transgendered Generals,are literally freaking out, don’t have a clue, haven’t had a clue, abdicated their one job, to keep America safe.
    Courage…said the Cowardly Lion..Courage..

  88. I don’t think we have 480 days, or whatever it is till this freak show leaves town…The curtain is closing now…
    Israel will be threatened by the Russian Navy in the Mediterranean, I have no doubt about this, Russia will back up Iran on its borders..
    Jesus, what will Bibi do?

  89. So we’ll never know who really shot Lincoln, The Kennedys, MLK, what really happened before Pearl Harbor, did FDR sacrifice our boys for “the common good”, we will never know about Benghazi…

  90. Nature abhors a vacuum”
    And that other time honored saying:

    Putin bends Obama over, pokes him where the sun don’t shine, and Obama glares back with that icy stare. Whereupon the NYT portrays this entire incident as Obama showing Putin that there is no point being a 19th century man in a 21st century world. In the next 444 days, Obama will show us that he and his entourage are really just emissaries from the Theater of the Absurd.

  91. Rinnnnnnnnnnnnng.

    Hello, Congressional Golf Course, Pro Shop

    This is Elija Mohammed Jr., deputy assistant chief of staff to the President calling.

    Let me transfer you to the head pro. One moment.

    Hello, this is the head pro at Congressional golf course, how can I help you Excellency.

    Hey white boy. The commander and chief wants your 8:00 am start time on Saturday.

    Actually sir, I am a bi racial transgender atheist, and your wish is my command.

    Then I can count on you to bump whoever has that starting time now? If they object, tell them simply that the messiah has important matters to discuss with his inner circle, ergo, for the good of the country they must give up that start time, so he does not have to invoke the right of eminent domain.

    Again sir, your wish is my command.

    And who will the other members of his foursome be, if I may inquire.

    Its a secret, but since you are of the faith, I will clue you in:

    2) Robert Wolfe (UBC—a Soros agent–who planned the Obama Campaign)

    3) John Brennan (aka doctor strangelove)

    4) Eric Holder (the most corrupt Attorney General in history)

    Overwhelmed by problems, they will be keen to find and take personal shelter in an alpine redoubt.

  92. Those poor souls. I’ll never understand how hurting someone can make anyone feel better. And if you don’t want to live why do you need to take anyone with you?

    My heart goes out to the families.

  93. once in awhile, shit leaks out that is truth
    Yes, it does.

    But when it does it is either ignored or dismissed as tin foil hat stuff by big media.

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