Deranged @HillaryClinton’s #WhatHappened Book: Coulda Woulda Shoulda – Elections For Dummies

Hillary Clinton is deranged, unhinged, bereft of reason, in a state of madness. As the premier Hillary Clinton support website during the 2008 election and up until Donald J. Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2015, we know Hillary, have supported Hillary, and now condemn Hillary Clinton. We condemn Hillary Clinton because madness is contagious and her madness infects millions.

We understand why Hillary Clinton is deranged and unhinged. Hillary Clinton in 2016 ran, as we repeatedly declared before, during, and after the 2016 election cycle, the stupidest campaign we have ever seen. Our “thought crime” amongst many of our pro-Hillary readers during the 2016 campaign who became unhappy and upset with us for writing the truth was that we saw the stupidity of Hillary2016 and wrote it down for posterity before others had the intelligence and courage to write what was obvious. Hillary Clinton ran the stupidest campaign in 2016 and we are not alone in that assessment. Hillary Clinton’s strongest advocates in the past, such as Stanley Greenberg, have pretty much written the same assessment; the only difference is that we wrote our assessment when it mattered, when Hillary could have changed her crackpot trajectory.

Hillary Clinton’s book “What Happened” is a manifestation of a deranged, unhinged, mind in the throes of madness. It’s not a grand madness such as that suffered by Medea. It is not a comic lunacy exhibited by Mean Girls. It is not even a redeeming madness such as seen in “A Woman Under The Influence“. Hillary Clinton’s madness is tawdry and cheap. It is a maudlin public pity play which deserves nothing but virulent contempt.

Hillary Clinton’s book should not have been called “What Happened”. Hillary’s book shoulda been called, recalling Hillary during the Whitewater scandal, “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda, How I Failed To Run A Smart Campaign And Instead Ran The Stupidest Campaign Ever.”

Hillary’s book coulda been called “The Queen of Denial – How I Failed To See 2016 Would Be A Change Election So I Ran A Status Quo Election Campaign Then Instead Of Admitting MY Failures I Persisted In My Refusal To Acknowledge Them.”

Hillary Clinton’s book woulda been more honest if Hillary Clinton called it “Election For Dummies: How To Run The Stupidest Campaign Ever By Hiring Your Enemies And Insulting Your Voters Who Want Change Not More Of The Same.”

It’s madness upon madness from Hillary Clinton. In her hysterical madhouse tour to sell books and justify her madness Hillary Clinton has made putrid statements attacking President Donald J. Trump. Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton we have a long memory.

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We remember the Hillary Clinton we supported. Barack Obama and the totalitarian left attacked Hillary Clinton in 2008 when she declared that if Iran attacked Israel with nuclear weapons she would “obliterate Iran”. We applauded.

Hillary Clinton made the same clear case against Iran, and declared that she wanted Iran to understand the consequences of their actions, as President Donald J. Trump made against North Korea. Yet now, the wretched Hillary Clinton attacks President Donald J. Trump for the same logical stance.

“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m the president, we will attack Iran (if it attacks Israel),” Clinton said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them,” she said.

“That’s a terrible thing to say but those people who run Iran need to understand that because that perhaps will deter them from doing something that would be reckless, foolish and tragic,” Clinton said.

On the Stephen Colbert show Hillary Clinton attacked President Trump for his threats against a North Korean nuclear attack against America or its allies:

Hillary Clinton slammed President Trump’s speech at the United Nations, calling it “dangerous.”

“I thought it was very dark, dangerous, not the kind of message that the leader of the greatest country in the world should be delivering,” Mrs. Clinton said Tuesday night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” [snip]

“What I hoped the president would have said is something along the lines of ‘we view this as dangerous to our allies, to the region and even to our country. We call on all nations to work with us to try to end the threat caused to us by Kim Jong-un,’” Mrs. Clinton said, referring to North Korea’s leader.



President Trump at the United Nations declared his preference for diplomacy even as he listed the many crimes committed by North Korea against its people and its neighbors, including the kidnap victims snatched by North Korea. Then President Trump made a clear statement to North Korea: The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. That’s much more diplomatic language than “obliterate”.

Hillary Clinton’s attacks against President Trump are the work of a deranged, unhinged, mind. Either that or she is a liar who has forgotten her own “obliterate” form of diplomacy. Perhaps these unhinged statements, or lies, are why more Hillary voters regret their 2016 vote than Trump voters.



In 1994 Hillary Clinton held a long press conference to address the Whitewater scandal. It was that lovely pink Chanel suit that inspired the color scheme for this website. It was a lovely Hillary Clinton that declared criticisms of her failure to answer Whitewater questions earlier as “coulda, woulda, shoulda” wastes of time. What Happened happened, argued Hillary Clinton and there was no point in revisiting the past.

But now, Hillary Clinton in her latest book, is in full couldawouldashoulda nonsense. Let’s play couldawouldashoulda to demonstrate to Hillary Clinton and her cohort of the mad why couldawouldashoulda is so utterly stupid.

Goose meet gander. Are Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton voters justified in the “if only” couldawouldashoulda game? Play couldawouldashoulda from the Donald J. Trump point of view. If the Access Hollywood tape had not aired so near the election Donald J. Trump coulda won bigger. If the GOP establishment had rallied to Donald J. Trump and supported Donald J. Trump he shoulda won bigger. If Donald J. Trump raised more money from the super rich and outspent Hillary, not Hillary outspending Trump, he woulda won bigger. If Big Media was not so invested in attacking Donald J. Trump he couldashouldawoulda won bigger. If Bernie Sanders had not given Hillary Clinton a pass on her email scandal during the primaries then Donald J. Trump couldashouldawoulda won bigger as the email scandal woulda resonated even more. If the Russians buying ads on Facebook to support Black Lives Matter and Hillary had been exposed during the election Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If more illegal aliens had killed more Americans like Kate Steinle and Big Media did not try to cover up the news then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If Ohio governor John Kasich had lived up to his pledge to support the GOP nominee and attended the GOP convention to laud Donald J. Trump then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush had not attacked Donald J. Trump and used their power and influence to support Donald J. Trump instead of attacking Donald J. Trump especially at and around the GOP convention then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If GOP elected officials like Kelly Ayotte had supported Donald J. Trump instead of opposing him and asking him to drop out of the race Kelly Ayotte would still be a senator and Donald J. Trump would have won New Hampshire and couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If Big Media had exposed all the lies and corruptions of Barack Obama’s Iran deal then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If all the lies of Barack Obama had been discussed and highlighted by Big Media then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If, to carry on with the Hillary Clinton madness, it had rained and flooded out New York City on election day then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger. If California had been burned down to the ground with wildfires in the big cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles then Donald J. Trump couldawouldashoulda won bigger.

Coulda, woulda, shoulda, works both ways. If Hillary Clinton had worked as hard as Donald J. Trump then maybe she would not be in the deranged state she is in.

Trump out-campaigned Clinton by 30 percent in Florida, winning by 1.3 points a state that had gone Democratic in 2008 and 2012.

In Pennsylvania, Trump made 23 percent more visits and won the previously blue state by 1.2 points.

The biggest disparity came in Ohio, where Clinton made 17 stops and Trump made 26. He won the state by more than 8 points. In North Carolina, Clinton made 16 stops as Trump made 23, and he took the state by a little under 4 points.

And in what may prove to be this cycle’s most stunning 11th hour upset, Michigan hosted Trump 13 times in the last 100 days. Clinton visited just six times in comparison…

If Hillary Clinton had a brain left she would read our analysis before the 2016 election. Years before Hillary Clinton registered Hillary2016 we discussed why Hillary Clinton was running a stupid pre-official campaign. After Hillary2016 was announced our analysis continued and we pointed out all the failures and future failures to come.

What Happened in 2016? We laid it all out years before the 2016 election began. In September of 2013 we called Hillary Clinton 2016 a “Muddled Message Mess”. Hillary Clinton was a Muddled Message Mess in 2013 because she could not choose whether she wanted to run as a “stay the course” candidate in 2016 or as a “change” candidate. In “Muddled Message Mess” we declared that 2016 would be a “change” election. Stupidly, irredeemably stupidly, Hillary Clinton first tried to have it both ways then Hillary eventually slit her electoral wrists when she became the Obama Third Term.

It wasn’t just a Muddled Message Mess. The entirety of Hillary2016 was a mess. Robby Mook did not have the stature nor the smarts to be the campaign manager. With a name like Mook it is almost like advertising his ineptness.

Robby Mook failed because Hillary Clinton failed. In 2008 Barack Obama won because Big Media race-baited Hillary Clinton during the primaries and then John McCain was race-baited during the general election. In other words, Barack Obama won in 2008 because he understood that after eight years of George W. Bush it was “time for a change” and ever the flim flam con man Barack Obama took full advantage for self-advancement to fool the idiots who supported him.

Instead of the correct analysis, that race-baiting by Big Media on behalf of Barack Obama in 2008 is what got him the nomination and eventually victory in the general election, Hillary Clinton and Robby the Mook convinced themselves than nonsense such as metrics and analysis is what won the victory.

Therefore, Hillary Clinton stuck pencils in her ears and gouged out her eyeballs like so much vile jelly. Hillary Clinton hired Obama stalwarts like Joel Benenson to be her campaign’s eyes and ears pollster along with other Obama hires more interested in bolstering Barack Obama and their reputations than in electing Hillary Clinton. Blinded and deaf by her pollster like some stupid Oedipus wandering about ancient deserts, Hillary Clinton blundered from stupidity to stupidity. Hillary Clinton deserved to lose.

We wrote our many analyses of the stupidity of the Hillary Clinton campaign starting years ago and culminating on election night. This week in the leftist American Prospect a longtime friend of the Clintons let loose with his analysis of the 2016 election and Hillary Clinton’s failures. Notice how the analysis and language of Stanley Greenberg mimics the language and analysis from what we wrote years ago:

How She Lost

Malpractice cost Clinton the election, but her ambivalence on big issues was produced by big structural factors that affect all Democrats.

By Stanley Greenberg

Hillary Clinton’s tragic 2016 campaign faced withering criticism in the press, social media, and now, in Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s inside account, Shattered. From my vantage point as lead pollster for the Democratic nominees in 1992 and 2000, part of the closing clutch of pollsters in 2004, and invited noodge in 2016, I have little quarrel with the harshest of these criticisms. Malpractice and arrogance contributed mightily to the election of Donald Trump and its profound threat to our democracy. So did the handling of the email server, paid Wall Street speeches, and the “deplorables” comment. And her unwillingness to challenge the excesses of big money and corporate influence left her exposed to attacks first by Bernie Sanders and then by Donald Trump and unable to offer credible promise of change. [snip]

For me, the most glaring examples include the Clinton campaign’s over-dependence on technical analytics; its failure to run campaigns to win the battleground states; the decision to focus on the rainbow base and identity politics at the expense of the working class; and the failure to address the candidate’s growing “trust problem” or to learn from events and reposition. [snip]

The campaign relied far too heavily on something that campaign technicians call “data analytics.” This refers to the use of models built from a database of the country’s 200 million voters, including turnout history and demographic and consumer information, updated daily by an automated poll asking for vote preference to project the election result. But when campaign developments overtake the model’s assumptions, you get surprised by the voters—and this happened repeatedly.

Campaign manager Robby Mook and his team believed that identity politics, demographic trends, and Trump’s temperament would be enough to win, so they could avoid confronting the “trust problem.”

Astonishingly, the 2016 Clinton campaign conducted no state polls in the final three weeks of the general election and relied primarily on data analytics to project turnout and the state vote. They paid little attention to qualitative focus groups or feedback from the field, and their brief daily poll didn’t measure which candidate was defining the election or getting people engaged.

The models from the data analytics team led by Elan Kriegel got the Iowa and Michigan primaries badly wrong, with huge consequences for the race. Why were they not then fired? [snip]

Campaign chair John Podesta wanted to fire Mook, but Clinton stood by him. She rightly admired previous campaigns in which big data and technology were big winners, yet in 2008 it was the candidate and his appeal more than the technical wizardry that pushed Obama over the top. [snip]

For Clinton, however, giving up the analytics team was like giving up consultant Dick Morris at earlier tough moments—a man who was thought to bring unconventional powers to play. That Mook didn’t share his results with others in the campaign reinforced his mystique as a data wizard. But that lack of transparency was malpractice. Standard practice is immediately sharing national, battleground, and state polls, as well as automated canvassing and other metrics with the senior campaign team at the very least, usually with the war room, and sometimes the whole headquarters. That is how a nimble campaign operates.

The malpractice grows exponentially with their failure to focus like a laser on winning each target primary or battleground state. Rather than shifting resources and media buys across states based on the analytics’ projection of cost per delegate or voter, they needed to focus on how to win each must-win, winner-take-all state. That meant more distinct state strategies, focus groups, and state tracking polls right to the end.

The campaign’s approach senselessly and increasingly drove up Trump’s margin in white working-class communities, tipping Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida. The analytics model built around these assumptions was so simple-minded it portended disaster. Despite overwhelming evidence that the Democratic base wasn’t consolidated or excited, the campaign believed Trump’s tasteless attacks and Clinton’s identification with every group in the rainbow coalition would produce near universal support. Thus, they stopped trying to persuade voters and measured only the probability of support for Hillary. The campaign’s task was turning out those Clinton voters, and they fell frustratingly short.

Hillary Clinton ran a stupid campaign. In 2008 Hillary Clinton was not able to understand that what matters is getting delegates during a primary. Barack Obama’s campaign only cared about delegates. Vote totals did not matter. Hillary Clinton would win huge victories at the polls then get few delegates from those victories. Barack Obama would barely win or lose but would gain lots of delegates. In caucus states Barack Obama worked with the establishment to get delegates while the Hillary Clinton campaign mostly ignored the corrupt caucus states. The results of this 2008 stupidity meant that Barack Obama got more votes from playing insider games (recall Florida and Michigan).

In 2016 Hillary Clinton learned nothing. Against Donald J. Trump Hillary Clinton ignored white working class voters who lived in swing states. Hillary Clinton did not learn from 2008 that in a general election what matters are electoral votes not huge margins in numbskull states like New York, California, and Illinois. Hillary Clinton did not learn a thing from 2008. Hillary Clinton has not learned a thing from 2016. It wasn’t couldawouldashoulda reasons she concocts. Hillary Clinton lost because she did not have a clue about what she needed to win.

Hillary lost because she deserved to lose. Hillary Clinton deluded herself with the “creative class” nonsense of demographics as destiny crap. We wrote it and now Stanley Greenberg declares the obvious:

Clinton and the campaign acted as if “demographics is destiny” and a “rainbow coalition” was bound to govern. Yes, there is a growing “Rising American Electorate,” but as Page Gardner and I wrote at the outset of this election, you must give people a compelling reason to vote. I have demonstrated for my entire career that a candidate must target white working-class voters, too.

Not surprisingly, Clinton took her biggest hit in Michigan, where she failed to campaign in Macomb County, the archetypal white working-class county. That was the opposite of her husband’s approach. Bill Clinton visibly campaigned in Macomb, the black community in Detroit, and elsewhere.

The fatal conclusion the Clinton team made after the Michigan primary debacle was that she could not win white working-class voters, and that the “rising electorate” would make up the difference. She finished her campaign with rallies in inner cities and university towns. Macomb got the message. “When you leave the two-thirds of Americans without college degrees out of your vision of the good life, they notice,” Joan Williams writes sharply in White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in America.

Additionally, Sanders campaigned against bad trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP to show he’d battle for working people. NAFTA was the work of Bill Clinton and the TPP was a signature initiative of Obama. Hillary Clinton needed some distance. My wife, Representative Rosa DeLauro, headed up the anti-TPP forces in Congress, but despite her incessant lobbying of Podesta, Clinton offered only a muddled opposition.

Stanley Greenberg’s article deserves a full read. Of course, what we wrote years ago is a much more important read for anyone trying to understand what happened in 2016.

Greenberg writes about the “Trust Problem” and why it grew as the campaign progressed “progressively”. But Greenberg misses the point we never have that Hillary Clinton’s biggest “trust problem” was that no matter what policy proposals she made no one believed her because they did not think she could get the job done. Trump supporters believed Trump would and could get the promises he made done. It was the old Bill Clinton motto come to life “better to be strong and wrong than weak and right”. Even if you believed Hillary Clinton and believed in her policy proposals you did not think Hillary could or would get the job done. That was the real “Trust Problem”.

Greenberg does not get the full reason why Hillary Clinton lost as well as we do. But he has some gems:

Shattered suggests that Obama advisers inside and outside the campaign, including David Axelrod and David Plouffe, believed Hillary Clinton herself was the principal obstacle and doubted the campaign could course-correct. Mook and team believed that identity politics, demographic trends, and Trump’s temperament would be enough to win, so they could avoid confronting the “trust problem.”

Greenberg has his own couldawouldashoulda:

What might have happened if Clinton had attended a focus group herself, as Nelson Mandela did in 1993 when our research showed that his African National Congress was seen as “out of touch” and taking too long to bring change? What might have happened if she had watched people expressing their exasperation and desperation with the economy and politicians—and talking about her ties to Wall Street, her perceived lack of truthfulness, or their knowing nothing of her economic ideas? But the Clinton campaign never facilitated that kind of redirection.

Hillary Clinton was so deluded that she became the Obama Third Term in a change election year:

Hillary Clinton fully identified with President Obama’s vision on identity, opportunity, honest government, inequality, the economy, and America’s upward direction, viewing his campaign and governance as successful. She stocked her campaign with his consultants and those who had worked in his White House.

Barack Obama and his Third Term, Hillary Clinton were and are still deluded under their blanket of leftist delusion:

Obama and Clinton lived in a cosmopolitan and professional America that wasn’t very angry about the state of the country, even if many of the groups in the Clinton coalition were struggling and angry. Clinton decided only reluctantly to qualify that narrative in favor of one more sensitive to those who were left behind.

Obama’s refrain was severely out of touch with what was happening to most Americans and the working class more broadly. [snip]

Incomes sagged after the financial crisis, pensions lost value, and many lost their housing wealth, while people faced dramatically rising costs for things that mattered—health care, education, housing, and child care. People faced vanishing geographic, economic, and social mobility, as Edward Luce writes so forcefully. At the same time, billionaires spent massively to influence politicians and parked their money in the big cities whose dynamism drew in the best talent from the smaller towns and rural areas.

Clinton’s default position was Obama’s refrain about America, but she did invite real discussion of these issues and got close to embracing a change posture during some economic speeches and her convention address, and in the debates. But when the campaign got rocked, she reverted to the Obama narrative.

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton wanted the Obama Third Term. America however wanted CHANGE. Not false hope and chump change. America in 2016 wanted real CHANGE from a change candidate. Greenberg cites Hillary Clinton’s repeated failures to understand America in 2016 and his personal interactions with Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016 for course corrections which did not happen (Early on, I chided the campaign privately for starting every economic talk with dutiful praise for Obama’s handling of the economy, and later told them not to keep saying, “America is already great.” The new American majority, I wrote, “is looking for a president who will address the building problems”—and “not a third term of Obama.

Hillary Clinton wanted to be the Third Obama Term come Hell or high water. Donald J. Trump promised a change he could deliver. Hillary Clinton offered policy that failed and would fail again. Hillary Clinton deserved to lose and she lost.

Read this anecdote via Stanley Greenberg and see why Hillary lost:

Right before the Connecticut primary, I watched Clinton and my wife, Representative DeLauro, host a café discussion with working women. Beforehand, she greeted me warmly, and afterward Rosa and I hung back in the holding area to let Clinton and me speak alone and frankly. She was really moved and disturbed by what she had heard on the campaign trail, recounting the similar stories from women in suburban Philadelphia, Tampa, and Brooklyn. “They’re in such pain. People are at their wits’ end. They feel hopeless.”

I said, yes, that is exactly what’s happening in the country, which she acknowledged, but then said, “How do I talk about their pain without sounding like I’m criticizing President Obama and his economy? I just can’t do that.”

If you think we are tough on Hillary Clinton and Hillary2016, Stanley Greenberg calls Hillary2016 “completely schizophrenic” (“I just can’t understand why you feel the need to run on progress. You are the past and Trump is change and a better life. You sound clueless in blue collar America.”) Hillary2016 and Hillary Clinton were a muddled message mess.

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The madness of Hillary Clinton is cheap and tawdry. Unlike the great madness of Medea in the play by Euripides, Hillary Clinton’s excuses for her election loss are like piss compared to fine wine.

Medea, the princess who helped Jason steal the Golden Fleece from her father the king, went not so much mad, as vengeful. Medea fled her native land with Jason out of love; Medea loved Jason so much she chopped her brother into pieces, threw the butchered meat of her sibling into the sea so that her father who gave chase in ships would be delayed as he religiously stopped to pick up the pieces of his dismembered son. When Jason of Corinth leaves Medea in order to marry the Greek princess of Corinth, Medea kills the princess as well as the two children she has borne Jason. It is Jason who is driven into madness by the vengeful and righteous Medea. No tears or couldawoldashoulda from the powerful Medea.



No Medea here. Hillary Clinton is deranged and unhinged in a most tawdry manner. Like a homeless hag muttering to herself, ordinarily we would ignore her. But madness is contagious. Hillary Clinton is deranged and unhinged because she never saw what was right in front of her.

Up to the very last hours of election night 2016, Hillary Clinton and Hillary voters were absolutely sure that Hillary Clinton was set for a win. It was delusion.

We knew Hillary Clinton was going to lose. On the Friday before the Tuesday election we published our election prediction and a map of which states Hillary would lose and which states Donald Trump would win. We had doubts about New Hampshire and Colorado. We forecast a Trump win with 281 electoral votes. We only left three states as “too close to call”. Those states? Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania. We thought Trump would win at least two of those states which would make for a larger margin of victory.


Click the map to create your own at 270toWin.com

On election night, as the New York Times projected a 98% chance of a Hillary win, we provided stellar election coverage (our comments section is an historical record of the play-by-play as the election hurtled towards a Trump victory worthy of Greek drama from the ancient world.) Other websites on the left called a early victory for Hillary. We said, “Trump Will Win.”



The goons of the left knew deep in their bones that Hillary would win. The New York Times, Nate Silver’s silly 538 site, Huff n’ Puff Post loons, DailyKooks, all declared a quick and easy victory for Hillary Clinton even as the night disappeared with only three hours left. Those last three hours however made our analysis that much smarter.

Hillary Clinton never saw it coming. The train. The Trump train. The Trump train that was about to mow her down. And that is why Hillary Clinton is deranged and unhinged.

Hillary Clinton and her voters acted out the latest American Horror Story: Cult. They were sure of victory. No way a man that had never run for political office or been an Eisenhower who won the war in Europe, no way could he win. No way. No way. No way. Then he won.

The unthinkable happened.

Joan Didion’s old essay On Morality: Because when we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are all in bad trouble. And I think we are already there.

The fashionable madmen and madwomen are in a whine of hysteria. Hillary Clinton and her failure to see reality and her moral imperative to be in the White House once again has driven the madmen and madwomen into the streets.

Madness is contagious.

The contagion continues to spread. It is now on football fields. But there is a cure. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were cured after years of madness.

The American cure? Trump2020

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  1. Hillary Clinton’s madness calls attention to herself, and it won’t be pretty:

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-federal-appeals-court-hearing-september-22-fighting-draft-criminal-indictments-hillary-clinton-whitewater-scandal/

    Judicial Watch: Federal Appeals Court Hearing September 22, Fighting for Draft Criminal Indictments of Hillary Clinton in Whitewater Scandal

    (Washington DC) – Judicial Watch today announced oral argument will be heard Friday, September 22, 2017, in Judicial Watch’s appeal (No. 16-5366) regarding its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking the draft indictments of Hillary Clinton over what is popularly known as the Whitewater scandal. The National Archives confirmed that draft indictments of Clinton exist but refused to release the records.

    Date: Friday, September 22, 2017
    Time: 9:30 a.m. ET
    Location: Courtroom 20
    United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit
    333 Constitution Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    The appeal stems from a March 9, 2015, FOIA request and an October 20, 2015, Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. National Archives and Records Administration (No. 15-cv-01740)) seeking:

    All versions of indictments against Hillary Rodham Clinton, including but not limited to, Versions 1, 2, and 3 in box 2250 of the Hickman Ewing Attorney Files, the “HRC/_ Draft Indictment” in box 2256 of the Hickman Ewing Attorney Files, as well as any and all versions written by Deputy Independent Counsel Hickman Ewing, Jr. prior to September of 1996.

    The draft indictments relate to allegations that Clinton provided false information and withheld evidence from federal investigators to conceal her involvement with the defunct Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, the collapse of which lead to multiple criminal convictions. Clinton provided legal representation to Madison Guaranty as an attorney at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas. Clinton’s Rose Law Firm billing records, long sought by prosecutors, were found in the private quarters of the White House shortly after an important statute of limitations had expired.

    The National Archives argues that the documents should be kept secret, citing grand jury secrecy and Clinton’s personal privacy.

    Judicial Watch attorneys argue that since an “enormous amount of grand jury and other information from the independent counsel’s investigation of Clinton has already been made public, including a January 5, 2001 Final Report of the Independent Counsel and a 206-page “Summary of Evidence Memorandum” detailing the potential charges against Clinton, there is no secrecy or privacy left to protect.”

    Judicial Watch believes the records include an evolving set of draft indictments, written between 1996 and 1998. The draft indictments reportedly arose out of the Office of Independent Counsel investigation into Clinton’s involvement in an allegedly fraudulent transaction, Castle Grande, involving the assets of Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan. Clinton was alleged to have drafted an option agreement that concealed from federal bank examiners a fraudulent $300,000 cross-loan to the Castle Grande project. Mrs. Clinton’s grand jury testimony – and her alleged concealment of her role in this fraudulent transaction, including the hiding of her Rose Law Firm billing records concerning her legal work for Madison – reportedly became the subject of an obstruction of justice and perjury investigation.

    In March 1999, Ewing testified that three years prior he had drafted and circulated but abandoned an indictment of Mrs. Clinton. The New York Post reported:

    Ewing said he “had problems” with some of her statements to investigators in April 1995 and drafted an indictment shortly after September 1996. He said he showed it to other prosecutors in Starr’s office but went no further.

    Last year, Judicial Watch separately reported “Mrs. Clinton ‘may have been involved in a crime in 1986,’ according to never-before-seen portions of an Office of Independent Counsel (OIC) memorandum.”

    “Why on Earth is President Trump’s Justice Department defending Hillary Clinton by keeping information about her well-known corruption secret? Who is running the store at the Justice Department?” asked Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Tax dollars are wasted as the Deep State rolls along in its frantic efforts to protect Hillary Clinton. President Trump should demand to know why his agencies are defending Hillary Clinton.”

    Friday’s oral argument is scheduled to be heard by DC Circuit Judges Judith W. Rogers, David S. Tatel and Laurence H Silberman.

  2. imo Crooked was complacent because she believed there was sufficient voter fraud and media bias to elect her. There wasn’t.

  3. besides all that has been mentioned…and frankly I believe that the ‘lack of trust’ in Hillary along with all the shady things she did played a very big part in her loss

    however now what we have a ‘big picture’ to reflect on, imo…Hillary is a fraud…
    I used to think of her as this smart, independent woman…but frankly she is a fraud…she rode Bill’s coattails for a long time…then she did become a Senator, does anyone remember any big accomplishments from that time period…
    she failed during her run ag O, and then in her second run, she decided to ride on his coattails and be his third term

    …now we see her take no responsibility for her actions, continuing to complain & whine…imo…doing a great disservice to women, instead of a strong, independent voice like say a Nikki Haley, we instead get constant excuses from Hillary and even blaming women for not supporting her…
    …and she isn’t even embarrassed, she just keeps repeating the same pattern in a more outrageous way saying more careless & foolish things from one TV show & interview to the next…

    Hillary is a phony…not the strong person I envisioned…she has backtracked on who she presented herself as…
    in fact, it was Hillary who said “it was unpatriotic not to accept the results from the election” and from the moment she lost she has declared herself as “part of the resistence” against PDT and now is on a campaign to join the neverending prosecution of our duly elected President…

    …the reason so many people did not and do not trust Hillary is because she is a liar…

  4. She would have been in a much better position to win the 2016 election had she stayed out of the Obama administration and was its constant critic during its wretched eight years. Then again, maybe her actions and subsequent loss were all predestined to happen if you look at it from a physics view of time as depicted in the movie “Arrival.”

  5. Yes S, I agree with you completely.

    I also do not think Hillary is very bright. I do believe she failed the bar exam for D.C. oh so long ago, and that’s why she moved to the community of Little Rock, Arkansas? (Not usually where our nation’s most ambitious and smartest young professionals go to start their careers.)

    Steve Bannon said recently on national TV that Hillary isn’t very bright. And he’s right. She’s a good talker. And those types do well at first. But then we look at their track record (Secretary of State anyone? Yikes. That was an appalling performance she gave. Our country was not well served by her, everyone knew it.)

    It is a shame that the first woman on the ticket was so awful and undeserving. i used to think she was bright, when she ran in ’88 I liked her. But look our choices were then? Obama. Sheesh. He really seemed stupid. So I guess in comparison she did look better than he did. But Trump now. He’s got some smarts. Big League smarts. And he’s so smart he knows how to hide them, so he was totally underestimated. He just ran rings around her and she was utterly confused. For someone so smart she just really looked like the amateur that she was. Bill Clinton. Now he’s smart. He and Trump would have been fun to watch joust. But with Hillary and Trump it was alarming how helpless she was, and she didn’t even know it. I think it’s nighty-night time for Hillary now. This latest book is just a really fascinating tone deaf chapter (no pun intended) in her latest bizarrely high profile career. Will she every go away?

    I am also upset that when the first woman candidate lost the election the women all cried and wore pussy hats. It was all so embarrassing. Also, the first woman candidate I believe was also the first candidate to not make a concession speech when lost the election. What a sore loser baby. So embarrassing. She could have at least had some grace and class. She just acted like a crying baby girl throwing a tantrum who didn’t get her way. And refused to make a public appearance. Because she was too busy crying. Such a lame stereotype. I was just cringing.

    I can’t believe she is bringing up this election again. It’s reminding me again of how much I can’t stand her. And I used to love her, but it’s all over now……

    Once again, I shall be quiet in my town. The women in my town who adore Hillary so, I’m sure are going to pick her book as their Book Club choice. It’s just bizarre how they love her. They think that she would be their friend if she knew them. Meanwhile the ladies in my town would be much better candidates than Hillary. And they go on and on about misogyny and Trump and they just HATE Melania. Whom I really like. Boy do they hate her. And they HATE Ivanka. And of course, they all keep going on and on about their daughters. How they so worry about the future for their daughters. Because of all of this horrible horrible horrible misogyny that Trump has created. Daughters daughters daughters. Hillary Hillary Hillary. That is my town.

    Where I live the women just love love love her. Although they don’t talk too much about her now. But they do talk about the horrible hateful world we live in due to Trump making it okay for everybody to be really really mean now and get it away with it.

  6. As someone who has long admired the Clintons I will conceded Hillary’s post election behavior has really been disappointing. It is embarrassing and beneath her. Enjoy your daughter and family and stop with bitter divisiveness that mant in your camp claimed would occur had Trump lost. You have a great life, tons of $$, and have done many good things. The Presidency was just not meant to be, but you likely can visit Oprah in the White House in a few years.

  7. Dem addiction to Trump attacks gives party cause for concern

    Democrats are linking Republican gubernatorial candidates to President Trump in New Jersey and Virginia, two states won by Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election where the attacks could drive base voters to the polls.

    But some Democrats are concerned about their party’s strategy.

    Even if Democrats win the two contests, they say it could give the party a false sense of confidence that attacking Trump is the best way to win the House and Senate in 2018.

    “It’s like a jolt of sugar and they can’t put it down,” Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons said of the Trump attacks.
    He said Democratic activists relish the attacks on Trump, but questioned whether it will help the party win over the centrist and independent voters they will need to win races across the country.

    “If you want to convince a semi regular voter to show up on election day, you need to find something else,” he said.

    For evidence that the attacks on Trump are not a panacea for the party, Democrats don’t have to go back all the way to 2016.

    The party suffered a string of losses in House special elections earlier this year, most notably in Georgia where they feverishly backed Jon Ossoff in a House race that was a referendum of sorts on Trump.

    In Georgia’s 6th congressional district and the other races earlier this year, Democrats were fighting on GOP territory and lost, repeatedly.

    “I worry there’s a bit of amnesia happening,” said one senior aide on Capitol Hill. “It’s almost like we didn’t learn our lesson in November and it can really come back to haunt us a little over a year from now when it really, really matters.”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/352989-dem-addiction-to-trump-attacks-gives-party-cause-for-concern

    …………

    Stay tuned for the next article to post

  8. HILLARY CLINTON IS CAMPAIGNING AGAIN. THAT DOESN’T SEEM LIKE A GOOD IDEA

    Former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is hitting the campaign trail again — this time to raise funds for Virginia Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam.

    Northam, who is running for Governor of Virginia, faces a tight race against Republican candidate Ed Gillespie. Clinton took a break from her book tour to support the Democrat with a fundraiser next Wednesday.

    Given Clinton’s election loss, coupled with a recent poll from Rasmussen Reports that shows 61 %percent of American voters believe the former secretary of state should retire from politics, it is perhaps something of a surprise to see Clinton once again pick up the campaign baton, Politico reported.

    However, Clinton said that while she is prepared to retire as a political candidate, she will not be leaving the political arena just yet, having already dipped a toe in the water with her organization Onward Together.

    “I am done with being a candidate,” Clinton said on CBS’s Sunday Morning earlier this month. “But I am not done with politics because I literally believe that our country’s future is at stake,” she added, in comments that have not gone down well with some Democrats.

    http://www.newsweek.com/hillary-clinton-campaigning-again-doesnt-seem-good-idea-674095

  9. Excellent post admin-

    Right in tune with the trending autopsies of Hillary’s failed campaign. Her refusal to even consider going quietly into the night to perhaps regroup, learn and become a positive force for the country is astounding.

    Home confinement or a prison sentence may actually in some way, in the end, turn out to be her salvation,

  10. Hillary lost not because she ran a flawed campaign, but because she is a flawed human being, and that is a kind descriptive.
    She was for sale to the highest bidder, something I did not realize in 2007, but surly began that process in 2008 after the convention.
    I was convinced she was not who I thought she was by 2010. Benghazi was the proverbial fork.
    I actually despise her, and really JB, outside of a couple a things she did as First Lady, she has done nothing for anyone that didn’t have a payback for her personally.
    I hope her life is full of endless days sitting in Costco, next to plumbing supplies, for the 2 people in line gawking at her, as I would, as she tries to sell her book…

  11. We received this direct message via Twitter:

    Facebook is putting a big gray rectangle over The Trumpette. I had to screen capture it and place as a photo to display it there. Very nice post. Closure.

    They hate us.

  12. In 2008 Hillary Clinton was and always will be the better candidate. Even in retrospect, Hillary was vastly better than Obama. But as has been written here before, Obama was the price that had to be paid to get President Donald J. Trump. It was an expensive price to pay but well worth the horror of the expense.

    After 4 years of President Donald J. Trump, the Obama legacy (including ObamaCare) will be erased. After 8 years, MAGA beyond doubt.

  13. Missing from the main article is the curses the NeverTrumps deserve. AceofSpades (a big weakling that promised to become a Dimocrat after Trump lost and that constantly attacked Trump during the election) has a good bit on this:

    http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=371784

    It began with David French’s insipid, deranged column claiming that while he opposed the anthem protests, well, after Trump said to stop it, it became “understandable.”

    His prissy sidekick Jay Nordlinger then decided to up the ante and claim that while he, too, hated the protests — just hated them! — he now found them “justifiable,” just because Trump had spoken out against them.

    Rich Lowry stepped up and bitch-slapped these hysterical bitches. And high time, too.

    If Donald Trump Said Don’t Jump Off a F****** Bridge, Would You Do the Opposite?
    by RICH LOWRY

    I must rise to respectfully object to the pieces by David and Jay on kneeling. They argue that Trump’s crude exhortation to stand during the National Anthem makes the kneelers understandable (David) or sympathetic (Jay). As Jay argues, Trump’s riff changed everything. Kneeling to protest police brutality is a bad idea, but kneeling to give “a big middle finger,” as Jay puts it, to the president of the United States is just fine. If your objection to kneeling is merely situational, I would think kneeling to address alleged systemic racism would be a more worthy cause than simply doing it to spite Trump.

    But put that aside, because I don’t think disrespecting the flag is warranted in either circumstance, or any foreseeable circumstances…

    What’s the limiting principle, by the way, on the do-the-opposite-of-Trump view? What if Trump said, “I hate those dirty anti-fa bastards who, if it were up to me, would be thrown into jail for burning the American flag?” Would we turn around and say burning the flag is a great way for leftists to stick it to the Man?

    Jonah Goldberg, being Jonah Goldberg and really having only one idea, has to of course come in and declare “But I really don’t like Trump!”

    Rich Lowry kind of drops the big one by citing the actual NFL rules on the National Anthem, which specify it must be played before every game, and players must stand for it. So it seems that Trump was… right when he said someone could — and should — fine someone for refusing to stand. (Yeah I know he said “fire,” but you can begin with a fine. And Trump tends to speak bombastically, if no one’s noticed. But they could in fact be fired for repeated violations of the rules.)

    We’ve seen the NFL forbid the making of other political statements — Dallas Cowboys players were forbidden from wearing black armbands to commemorate the cops killed by the Black Lives Matter shooter; players were fined for wearing special cleats that honored 9/11. (Those fines were waived — after public controversy about fining a player for honoring 9/11– but the NFL made the point, and we didn’t see those cleats again.)

    Now the NFL has suspended its previously enforced rules to allow a disrespectful, anti-american protest of the National Anthem, and just because Trump points this out, NeverTrump cultists Jonah Goldberg, David French, and Jay Nordlinger are now on the #TakeTheKnee side of things?

    AllahPundit, a now-unlinkable NeverTrumper, was fond of saying “Trumpism Corrupts.”

    Indeed it does — but it seems to have primarily corrupted the NeverTrumpers themselves, who are now taking 180-degree-opposite positions than they used to claim to believe in just because of the happenstance that Trump also took that position.

    These Neo-con phony conservatives are liars and what gave conservatism a stink. Now they have been exposed, thanks to President Trump.

  14. A long article by leftist Glenn Greenwald which mentions the neo-con NeverTrumps:

    https://theintercept.com/2017/09/28/yet-another-major-russia-story-falls-apart-is-skepticism-permissible-yet/

    Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

    Last Friday, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security. “Russians attempted to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, officials said Friday,” began the USA Today story, similar to how most other outlets presented this extraordinary claim.

    This official story was explosive for obvious reasons, and predictably triggered instant decrees – that of course went viral – declaring that the legitimacy of the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now in doubt.

    Virginia’s Democratic Congressman Don Beyer, referring to the 21 targeted states, announced that this shows “Russia tried to hack their election”: [snip]

    MSNBC’s Paul Revere for all matters relating to the Kremlin take-over, Rachel Maddow, was indignant that this wasn’t told to us earlier and that we still aren’t getting all the details. “What we have now figured out,” Maddow gravely intoned as she showed the multi-colored maps she made, is that “Homeland Security knew at least by June that 21 states had been targeted by Russian hackers during the election. . .targeting their election infrastructure.”

    They were one small step away from demanding that the election results be nullified, indulging the sentiment expressed by #Resistance icon Carl Reiner the other day: “Is there anything more exciting that [sic] the possibility of Trump’s election being invalidated & Hillary rightfully installed as our President?”

    So what was wrong with this story? Just one small thing: it was false. The story began to fall apart yesterday when Associated Press reported that Wisconsin – one of the states included in the original report that, for obvious reasons, caused the most excitement – did not, in fact, have its election systems targeted by Russian hackers: [snip]

    The spokesman for Homeland Security then tried to walk back that reversal, insisting that there was still evidence that some computer networks had been targeted, but could not say that they had anything to do with elections or voting. And, as AP noted: “Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator, Michael Haas, had repeatedly said that Homeland Security assured the state it had not been targeted.”

    Then the story collapsed completely last night. The Secretary of State for another one of the named states, California, issued a scathing statement repudiating the claimed report: [snip]

    Sometimes stories end up debunked. There’s nothing particularly shocking about that. If this were an isolated incident, one could chalk it up to basic human error that has no broader meaning.

    But this is no isolated incident. Quite the contrary: this has happened over and over and over again. Inflammatory claims about Russia get mindlessly hyped by media outlets, almost always based on nothing more than evidence-free claims from government officials, only to collapse under the slightest scrutiny, because they are entirely lacking in evidence.

    The examples of such debacles when it comes to claims about Russia are too numerous to comprehensively chronicle. I wrote about this phenomenon many times and listed many of the examples, the last time in June when 3 CNN journalists “resigned” over a completely false story linking Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci to investigations into a Russian investment fund which the network was forced to retract: [snip]

    Remember that time the Washington Post claimed that Russia had hacked the U.S. electricity grid, causing politicians to denounce Putin for trying to deny heat to Americans in winter, only to have to issue multiple retractions because none of that ever happened? Or the time that the Post had to publish a massive editor’s note after its reporters made claims about Russian infiltration of the internet and spreading of “Fake News” based on an anonymous group’s McCarthyite blacklist that counted sites like the Drudge Report and various left-wing outlets as Kremlin agents?

    Or that time when Slate claimed that Trump had created a secret server with a Russian bank, all based on evidence that every other media outlet which looked at it were too embarrassed to get near? Or the time the Guardian was forced to retract its report by Ben Jacobs – which went viral – that casually asserted that WikiLeaks has a long relationship with the Kremlin? Or the time that Fortune retracted suggestions that RT had hacked into and taken over C-SPAN’s network? And then there’s the huge market that was created – led by leading Democrats – that blindly ingested every conspiratorial, unhinged claim about Russia churned out by an army of crazed conspiracists such as Louise Mensch and Claude “TrueFactsStated” Taylor?

    And now we have the Russia-hacked-the-voting-systems-of-21-states to add to this trash heap. Each time the stories go viral; each time they further shape the narrative; each time those who spread them say little to nothing when it is debunked.

    None of this means that every Russia claim is false, nor does it disprove the accusation that Putin ordered the hacking of the DNC and John Podesta’s email inboxes (a claim for which, just by the way, still no evidence has been presented by the U.S. government). Perhaps there were some states that were targeted, even though the key claims of this story, that attracted the most attention, have now been repudiated.

    But what it does demonstrate is that an incredibly reckless, anything-goes climate prevails when it comes to claims about Russia. Media outlets will publish literally any official assertion as Truth without the slightest regard for evidentiary standards.

    Seeing Putin lurking behind and masterminding every western problem is now religious dogma – it explains otherwise-confounding developments, provides certainty to a complex world, and alleviates numerous factions of responsibility – so media outlets and their journalists are lavishly rewarded any time they publish accusatory stories about Russia (especially ones involving the U.S. election), even if they end up being debunked.

    A highly touted story yesterday from the New York Times – claiming that Russians used Twitter more widely known than before to manipulate U.S. politics – demonstrates this recklessness. The story is based on the claims of a new group formed just two months ago by a union of neocons and Democratic national security officials, led by long-time liars and propagandists such as Bill Kristol, former acting CIA chief Mike Morell, and Bush Homeland Security Secretary Mike Chertoff. I reported on the founding of this group, calling itself the Alliance for Securing Democracy, when it was unveiled (this is not to be confused with the latest new Russia group unveiled last week by Rob Reiner and David Frum and featuring a different former CIA chief (James Clapper) – calling itself InvestigateRussia.org – featuring a video declaring that the U.S. is now “at war with Russia”).

    The Kristol/Morell/Chertoff group on which the Times based its article has a very simple tactic: they secretly decide which Twitter accounts are “Russia bots,” meaning accounts that disseminate an “anti-American message” and are controlled by the Kremlin. They refuse to tell anyone which Twitter accounts they decided are Kremlin-loyal, nor will they identify their methodology for creating their lists or determining what constitutes “anti-Americanism.”

    They do it all in secret, and you’re just supposed to trust them: Bill Kristol, Mike Chertoff and their national security state friends. And the New York Times is apparently fine with this demand, as evidenced by its uncritical acceptance yesterday of the claims of this group – a group formed by the nation’s least trustworthy sources.

    But no matter. It’s a claim about nefarious Russian control. So it’s instantly vested with credibility and authority, published by leading news outlets, and then blindly accepted as fact in most elite circles. From now on, it will simply be Fact – based on the New York Times article – that the Kremlin aggressively and effectively weaponized Twitter to manipulate public opinion and sow divisions during the election, even though the evidence for this new story is the secret, unverifiable assertions of a group filled with the most craven neocons and national security state liars.

    That’s how the Russia narrative is constantly “reported,” and it’s the reason so many of the biggest stories have embarrassingly collapsed. It’s because the Russia story of 2017 – not unlike the Iraq discourse of 2002 – is now driven by religious-like faith rather than rational faculties.

    No questioning of official claims is allowed. The evidentiary threshold which an assertion must overcome before being accepted is so low as to be non-existent. And the penalty for desiring to see evidence for official claims, or questioning the validity and persuasiveness of the evidence that is proffered, are accusations that impugn one’s patriotism and loyalty (simply wanting to see evidence for official claims about Russia is proof, in many quarters, that one is a Kremlin agent or at least adores Putin – just as wanting to see evidence in 2002, or questioning the evidence presented for claims about Saddam, was viewed as proof that one harbored sympathy for the Iraqi dictator).

    Regardless of your views on Russia, Trump and the rest, nobody can possibly regard this climate as healthy. Just look at how many major, incredibly inflammatory stories, from major media outlets, have collapsed. Is it not clear that there is something very wrong with how we are discussing and reporting on relations between these two nuclear-armed powers?

    Left unstated in the article and in just about every article about Russia and the election is one simple fact. Obama was the occupant of the White House at the time all these alleged acts occurred. If any of these claims are true, Obama is the guilty party complicit in whatever did or did not happen.

    Dirty Obama.

  15. The only candy to buy and give this Halloween: Butterfinger!

    This is what Butterfinger candies sent out via Twitter:

    Sleazy football millionaires Chicago Bears attacked:

    Butterfinger slapped the Chicago Kneelers back:

    Touchdown!!!

  16. It’s hard to make an argument that Hillary was not the better candidate in 2008, that being said, little did we know who Hillary really was, I didn’t for sure.

    One would have to surmise that Hillary went full psychopath after losing in 2008.

    Life’s disappointment ‘s can no doubt change you in nefarious ways and it’s a hard fight to hold onto your sanity, ( personal experience)…but the character flaws were there, those multiple investigations into her and Bill, which I thought were right wing conspiracies, well some of those, not so much.
    After the loss, I think the flood gates opened up for her mentally and she was willing to sell everyone out money and the ultimate prize….

    President

  17. https://www.city-journal.org/html/bench-nfl-15465.html

    Bench the NFL

    The league enjoys an antitrust exemption from Washington that should have been revoked years ago.

    Many sports fans know that Major League Baseball has a unique exemption from the nation’s antitrust laws, thanks to a 1922 Supreme Court decision, which perplexingly ruled that baseball teams do not engage in interstate commerce. Less well understood, however, is that the National Football League retains its own federal exemption through legislation that has allowed the league’s teams to cooperate on television contracts—a gift from Washington that has been crucial to the development of the modern NFL. Over the years, the exemption has proved controversial, though bipartisan calls to revoke or narrow it have never gained much traction. The exemption deserves a fresh look with the players’ extreme politicization of the league, in which they have been aided and abetted by the owners, who have allowed and even taken part in unprecedented partisan posturing—broadcast to the nation via Congress-approved TV deals.

    According to NFL mythology, the league’s success is the result of the vision of its mid-1950s and 1960s leadership, including the marketing savvy of former commissioner Pete Rozelle. But the real cornerstone of the NFL’s rise was successful Washington lobbying by league leadership, after a court ruled in 1961 that NFL teams could not negotiate broadcasting rights as a group, because such power would violate antitrust laws against monopolization. Rozelle got a New York congressman, Emanuel Cellar, who chaired the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Anti-Trust and Monopoly, to introduce what’s become known as the Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961, which provided limited antitrust exemption, allowing teams to pool their efforts for the sake of negotiating TV deals. When President Kennedy signed the legislation, it permitted a $4.65 million broadcast deal that the NFL had crafted with CBS for the rights to televise football games. The price of broadcasting packages quickly accelerated, especially after the merger of the NFL and the old AFL, and the antitrust exemption allowed for such singular NFL successes as Monday Night Football, introduced in 1970.

    Though the act also applies to professional baseball, hockey, and basketball teams, its significance to the NFL came to outweigh the benefits to other leagues, because pro football—with many fewer games per season—exclusively and collectively sells all its TV rights through monopoly pooling, then distributes the revenues to teams equally. Without this exemption, each team would have to negotiate its television contracts individually, which would be fine for powerful teams like the Dallas Cowboys that could probably arrange to have all their games broadcast nationally, but less advantageous for weak teams such as the Cleveland Browns, which might struggle even for local coverage.

    As the league has grown more prosperous and powerful, it has used privileges encoded in the act—including the right to “black out” games in local areas—in ways that have angered fans and legislators, and provoked calls to amend or revoke the legislation. In 1987, Senator Arlen Specter asked the Justice Department to investigate the NFL’s new rights deal with ESPN—the first contract covering the transmission of games through cable—to determine if it violated terms of the Sports Broadcasting Act. Specter argued that the law’s language gave the NFL the right to cut television deals only on games broadcast over the air, not on cable. “The league is what it is today because it came to Congress in 1961 and requested an antitrust exemption,” a spokesman for Specter told the press. “Specter is concerned because the league has repeatedly said that cable wasn’t in its future.”

    The NFL dodged that crisis when the Justice Department declined to pursue action against the league, but more questions ensued when the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1995, prompting Ohio congressman Martin Hoke to propose repealing the Sports Broadcasting Act and “letting the chips fall where they may.” The NFL mollified the critics by pledging to put another team in Cleveland.

    More recently, the NFL courted controversy when it introduced its own cable channel, the NFL Network, and began airing games made available only to a limited number of subscribers. Specter hauled NFL officials before the Senate Judiciary Committee in December of 2006 and grilled them about the availability of the games and the price that the league was charging cable companies to carry the network. He later proposed revoking the league’s antitrust exemption, though the effort went nowhere. A year later, Specter’s successor as head of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Pat Leahy, similarly criticized the NFL when the potentially historic matchup between the undefeated 2007 New England Patriots and the New York Giants on the last Saturday of the season was scheduled exclusively for the NFL network. The league defused the controversy by agreeing to allow NBC and CBS simultaneously to broadcast the game.

    The national anthem protest controversy offers a new perspective on the privileges that Congress has awarded to the NFL, particularly because the league’s team owners have allowed those protests to take place and even, last weekend, participated in them, in response to President Trump’s criticism of the players’ activism. Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, for instance, said last Sunday, “I support [players’] right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.” But while players have the right to engage in political speech free from government interference, their freedom does not extend by right to a private employer in its own workplace. The majority of companies in America would not, and do not, allow demonstrations at work by individual employees on political issues unrelated to their employment—just the sort of demonstrations begun last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and carried on through this weekend by more than 200 players. That the owners have tolerated and lately even encouraged such protests over an issue—charges of police brutality—that divides many Americans is a business risk that they seem willing to take. But the league’s use of its platform—created by its federal antitrust exemption—to broadcast its message across the country is more than a simple business matter. It represents an improper use of resources made available to the NFL by special federal legislation. It’s past time to revoke the Sports Broadcasting Act—and let the “chips fall where they may.”

    If they only care about their league, let them pay for it. Americans should not help pay for these corrupt millionaires/billionaires.

    Another Jeff Sessions failure not to investigate. If Sessions will continue to kneel and do nothing, then repeal the Sports Broadcasting Act.

  18. https://aclj.org/government-corruption/aclj-files-federal-lawsuit-to-obtain-records-of-senior-obama-official-samantha-powers-unprecedented-unmasking-of-americans

    http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/weekly-updates/weekly-update-court-victory/

    Once again, or rather twice again, the Trump/Tillerson State Department and Trump/Sessions Justice Department battle legal watchdog groups Judicial Watch and American Center for Law and Justice by refusing to turn over FOIA documents pertaining to Samantha Power’s unmasking of American citizens and Hillary Clinton’s email server investigation.

    Why should it be necessary for these groups to spend mucho time and money to file lawsuits in order to fight these bureaucracies for legal FOIA requests? Even though JW and ACLJ are achieving small court victories, the process is being unnecessarily dragged out because Trump isn’t forcing his departments to respond to FOIA requests or be fired. Surely, he can issue such an executive order in about 10 minutes. I thought existing laws were going to be enforced in this administration, or does that apply only to illegal immigration? What’s going on?

  19. admin
    September 30, 2017 at 2:13 am
    Thanks for that City Journal article link. It is a good run down of what has developed into basically a monopolistic cartel. The NFL owners are a very elite club. And they work hard to keep it that way and keep the riff-raff out and control the money from the goobers. They have much more in common with their media elite counterparts than advertisers, sponsors, fans, consumers or even players who they cynically use as gladiatorial labor throwing bucks at them and getting them to act as their willing stooges.

    The transmission advances of “media” content is moving faster along than law can keep up. When it was just airways the FCC could regulate based upon the concept that the general public “owned” the airways and “parts” of it could be rented out to media companies. Then cable. Then internet. Then digital. It is now a legal morass as well as a regulatory one. The media think they own it all but legally they probably don’t if the courts were not crooks. And the number of people cutting the “cord” and grabbing transmission of content out of the airwaves is trending back. I have never seen so many antennas popping up. And fancy ones too. Reminds me of my childhood with antennas rigged up on farm windmills or big barn roofs for maximum reception in rural Texas. There is a tv station over yonder about 50 miles away so build an antenna.

    The NFL marketing developed their methods of control of players on the public too. Teamwork (it has to be fostered with any group effort) naturally led into patriotism and military because it is a circle of similar control systems that do not appear or develop naturally especially dealing with “diverse” people in groups. This “team building” was used on the public to develop loyal fans who would buy tickets, watch games and ads even through losing seasons. Terms like “nation” and “pack” were used with team names to build brand loyalty and regional identification over decades to get them to fork over money for their merchandise, tickets, watch ads, create heightened interest in whatever the corporate entity called a professional football team were doing for even more money. They got people to build their social lives around their marketing. It is really quite cynical. And lucrative.

    The shock of “fans” that owners, players, media, etc would turn on them, use “their” time paid for to watch football, to hector, shame, blather, act out, lecture, condescend, virtue signal, and act like asses has been very instructive and eye opening to a huge number of people who really didn’t want to see it. Reversing decades of branding and careful in-grouping to maximize profits to stroke the virtue signalling egos of elite owners is a new trick. A very stupid one but what we have come to sort of expect from our quite dumb elites. Now their nuts are in the cotton stripper to use a regional and colorful descriptive.

    Ratings were already slipping. Player/gladiators with health problems speaking up were a nagging issue. Allowing criminal behavior of players was a disgusting and morally compromising thing that just kept hacking away at the marketing of America’s Team or Blah-blah’s Pack. Pack of what? Thugs? Women beaters? Then comes the stooge of San Fran. Kneeling (which signifies submission throughout history) for what? It appears it was for his girlfriend who is an older shit-stirrer with a penchant for younger athletes. The goof somehow appealed to a bunch of elite virtue signalling team owners who didn’t like the election results. And may have been more afraid of their players than their assumed to be easily manipulated goober customers.

    You never know what is going to kick off a preference cascade. There are rumbles and indicators like tremors before an earthquake which people ignore. If there were not already giant cracks in the NFL and more importantly the Media which is the primary fund-er of said NFL and symbiotic partner there would be no shit-show that busted out in the past couple of weeks. Preference cascades cannot be walked or talked back. After the mask is ripped off it is off. No one is more angry than the conned or fooled who see the truth. The faux “team” and “patriotism” marketing ploys are dead and were just cynical means to sell more crap. It was an illusion ginned up to make money. It isn’t fun anymore. It is infuriating.

  20. “REPORT: Roger Goodell Got The Patriots Fan Who Flipped Him Off Fired” http://dailycaller.com/2016/06/08/report-roger-goodell-got-the-patriots-fan-who-flipped-him-off-fired/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=idealmedia&utm_campaign=dailycaller.com&utm_term=68744&utm_content=2145486

    The guy who was probably fired for his insolence worked for CGI a “communications” company or media. They have a spinoff company called NEXT! ad agency of which one of their sub specialties is “Reputation Management”. LOL.

  21. Eric Holder-Inspired U.S. Attorney General Drama Series With Jerry Bruckheimer Producing In Works At CBS

    Good grief.

  22. I’m trying to learn more about Puerto Rico’s financial connection to US as a territory. Scanning thru Wikipedia I saw Bill Clinton’s name and started copying:
    “For much of the 20th century Puerto Rico was subject to favorable tax laws from the US federal government, which essentially acted to subsidize the island’s economy. In 1996, US President Bill Clinton signed legislation phasing out important parts of the favorable federal tax code over a ten-year period ending in 2006.[14][15] The end of the subsidies led to companies fleeing the island which itself subsequently led to tax shortfalls. At first, the Puerto Rican government tried to make up for the shortfall by issuing bonds. The government was able to issue an unusually large number of bonds, due to dubious underwriting from financial institutions such as Spain’s Santander Bank, UBS, and Citigroup.[16][17][18] Eventually the debt burden became so great that the island was unable to pay interest on the bonds it had issued….”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rican_government-debt_crisis

    Elsewhere at Wikipedia I see
    “In early 2017, the Puerto Rican government-debt crisis posed serious problems for the government. The outstanding bond debt had climbed to $70 billion at a time with 12.4% unemployment. The debt had been increasing during a decade long recession.[27] This was the second major financial crisis to affect the island after the Great Depression when the U.S. government, in 1935, provided relief efforts through the Puerto Rico Reconstruction Administration.[28] On May 3, 2017, Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board in the U.S. District Court for Puerto Rico filed the debt restructuring petition which was made under Title III of PROMESA.[29] By early August 2017, the debt was $72 billion with a 45% poverty rate.[30]”
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puerto_Rico

    and Obama’s hand is in it.
    Yikes. What do we owe them legally? I know optics require a complete restoration complete with upgrade. Yikes.

  23. Puerto Rico should have been granted its independence long ago instead of being another Democratic plantation money pit for the US.

  24. This should be fun to watch as Lebron James and Stephen Curry have to put their money where their anti-Trump mouths are:

    https://apnews.com/de8b63c5ac194bb6b2de982da2cc530e

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA is recommending teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, while reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem.

    A memo was sent to teams Friday, a day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players would stand for the anthem .

    In the memo, obtained by The Associated Press, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum suggested teams use their opening games “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.”

    He recommended an address by a player or coach to fans before the anthem, or a video featuring players or community leaders speaking about important issues and showing photos from past community events.

    The league’s preseason schedule begins Saturday with two games, including the NBA champion Golden State Warriors hosting Denver.

    Tatum said the league supports and encourages players to express their views on matters that are important to them, while reminding of the rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem.

    “The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule),” the memo says.

    The memo builds on discussions held by the NBA’s Board of Governors this week, and follows up on one Silver and players association executive director Michele Roberts sent to players recently.

    It recommends that teams organize internal discussions to hear the players’ perspectives, if they haven’t already, and to start or expand programs within their communities.

    “The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities,” Tatum wrote.

    The memo was first reported by ESPN.com.

    Let’s see these millionaires kneel. They supported the NFL kneelers, now let’s see them kneel and lose money.

    Normal Americans who want pay a lot of money to watch millionaires play with a ball will now have to also get a lecture about how the paying customer is a “racist” or the society is “racist” and how the cops that protect these millionaires are so mean.

  25. The West is slowly, slowly, waking up:

    https://apnews.com/9da7fcf1ab0f4a3ba1d7f9ebb16e1a81/'Burqa-ban'-law-signals-rightward-political-turn-in-Austria

    VIENNA (AP) — A law prohibiting any kind of full-face covering, known popularly as the “Burqa Ban,” takes effect Sunday in Austria, where the strong support for it portends potential political upheaval in the upcoming national election.

    Parties campaigning on an anti-migrant message are poised to win on Oct. 15 and to form a coalition government. Such a rightward swing in a country that’s had centrist governments almost consistently since World War II could have repercussions across Europe, emboldening politicians who take a hard line on Islam and immigration.

    Last week, the right-wing, anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party won seats in Germany’s national parliament for the first time after featuring posters with the slogan “Burqas? We prefer bikinis” in its campaign.

    The Austrian law — called “Prohibition for the Covering of the Face” — forbids off-slope ski masks, surgical masks outside hospitals and party masks in public. Violations carry a possible fine of 150 euros (nearly $180) and police are authorized to use force with people who resist showing their faces.

    But its popular name reflects the most prevalent association — the garments some Muslim women wear to conceal their whole faces and bodies. The garments are rare in Austria even after the recent surge of migrants into Europe. Support for the law is strong nonetheless, reflecting anti-Muslim attitudes in the predominantly Catholic country.

    “It’s not right that those living here don’t show their faces,” said Emma Schwaiger, who expressed support for the ban in a straw poll on the streets of Vienna.

    Five in seven of those who said they backed the law also said they will vote for the two parties that critics link to anti-Muslim sentiment — the traditionally xenophobic Freedom Party and the People’s Party. The People’s Party avoids the Freedom Party’s inflammatory talk, but has swung radically from the center under new leader Sebastian Kurz to echo that party’s positions on migration.

    The Social Democratic Party, currently the majority partner in the government coalition with the People’s Party, has been left struggling.

    Under Chancellor Christian Kern, the Social Democrats are focusing on social topics and claiming credit for Austria’s recent economic upturn. But Kern’s message is not coming across well.

    A Unique Research poll of 1,500 respondents published Thursday showed the Social Democrats with 27 percent support, ahead of the Freedom Party at 25 percent but trailing the People’s Party with 34 percent. The poll had a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

    Previously associated with stagnation and lack of direction, the People’s Party was trailing in third place until Kurz, Austria’s telegenic 31-year old foreign minister, took leadership in May after securing party pledges of full authority.

    He already was known Europe-wide for shutting down the West Balkans route into the prosperous EU heartland for migrants. With early elections set after the breakup of the coalition with the Social Democrats, he rapidly remade the party in his own image.

    Although the People’s Party was part of the government coalition that opened its borders to more than 100,000 migrants in 2015, the party now says that “the political establishment failed in dealing with the refugee crisis.”

    Calling for zero illegal immigration, he says migrants intercepted on the high seas should be shipped to refugee centers in North Africa instead of Europe. Migrants waiting for a decision on their asylum applications should be forced to work menial jobs in exchange for pocket money. And instead of the normal six-year waiting period for Austrian citizenship, those receiving asylum should wait for 10 years, he says.

    Kurz has something else in his favor for an electorate disaffected with the status quo. “He was able — even though he was in government for more than six years — to present himself as the ‘change guy,’” said Thomas Hofer, a political analyst.

    He now campaigns as the head of “Sebastian Kurz List.” Posters with his image mention the People’s Party as an afterthought. Turquoise has replaced the party’s official color of black.

    Kurz also attracts Austrians who support the Freedom Party and its leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, on migration, but dislike the radical way they frame the debate. Kurz, says Hofer, “uses a different kind of language, and it’s not extreme language — it’s plain talk.”

    Kurz has pledged that the face-cover ban will be rigorously enforced. But Hofer dismisses the law as a “symbolic issue.” Muslim women leaders see as insincere the claim the law is intended to help oppressed women.

    Carla Amina Bhagajati of the Islamic Religious Community in Austria said the “handful” of fully veiled women she knows of in Vienna “now are criminalized and … restricted to their homes.”

    “This open society is, in a hypocritical way, endangering its own values,” she said.

    Poland, Hungary, will soon have an ally in Austria against Angela Merkel and the EU policies that seek to destroy Europe.

  26. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/with-or-without-trump-gop-insurgency-plans-for-a-civil-war-in-2018-midterms/ar-AAsE0Uv?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=ientp

    The next Republican revolution began last week on a bright blue bus parked at a nighttime rally in Montgomery, Ala., days before a firebrand GOP candidate won the state’s Senate primary.

    But unlike previous Republican revolutionaries, the hard-line figures who stepped out to cheers did not want to yank the party to the right on age-old issues such as taxes or spending. They wanted to gut it and leave its establishment smashed.

    Fury infused these insurgents’ raw remarks as did a common theme: The Republican Party has failed its voters, and a national cleansing was needed in the coming year, regardless of whether President Trump was on board.

    Longtime Republicans see a charged civil war on the horizon.

    “There is an emotional component,” former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R) said of the frustrations of Trump’s core backers, who have grown increasingly vocal. “They want someone to kick over the table. And my advice to every Republican is: You better have an edge, or you become the problem.”

    That populist rage in the base as Trump struggles to enact his priorities — which lifted former judge Roy Moore to victory on Tuesday against Trump’s ally, Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.) — now threatens to upend GOP incumbents in 2018 as the latest incarnation of Republican grievance takes hold.

    Stoked by former White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon and his incendiary media platform, Breitbart News, a new wave of anti-establishment activists and contenders are emerging to plot a political insurrection that is with Trump in spirit but entirely out of his — or anyone’s — control.

    Central command is the “Breitbart Embassy,” a Capitol Hill townhouse where Bannon has recently huddled with candidates, from House prospects to Senate primary recruits. Hedge fund executive Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah — Bannon’s wealthy allies — have already pledged millions to the cause, said people briefed on their plans.

    In the last seven years, the Mercers have emerged as some of the biggest political donors on the right, plowing tens of millions into GOP committees and super PACs. Their money has gone both to shore up the national Republican Party and to finance outside groups taking on the Washington establishment.

    So far this year, the Mercers have contributed $2.7 million to federal political committees and campaigns, finance filings show.

    Beyond cash, Mercer and Bannon also offer GOP rebels a vast media and advocacy ecosystem that generates attention on social media as well as small-dollar donations. Run by Rebekah, the Mercer family foundation has given $50 million to conservative and free-market think tanks and policy groups from 2009 to 2015, according to tax records compiled by The Washington Post and GuideStar USA, which reports on nonprofit companies.

    And that blue bus — sponsored by the Great America Alliance and carrying former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, among other conservative celebrities across Alabama — is scheduling stops across the country.

    If you don’t do your job, you’re going to see the bus, and you’re going to get bounced,” said Ed Rollins, the group’s strategist.

    Rollins and Eric L. Beach, another adviser to the advocacy group, insisted that money would not save their elected Republican targets, pointing out that in Alabama they spent about $200,000, compared with the more than $10 million spent by the national GOP and Strange-aligned groups.

    Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel — who traveled to Alabama to meet with Bannon and is considering challenging Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) next year — called Moore’s success “inspiring” and said he is moving closer to launching a campaign fueled by the “establishment’s betrayal.”

    “The environment feels so much better — people are so much more fed up than they were in 2014,” McDaniel said, referring to the year he nearly beat Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) in a Senate primary race.

    The rumblings of an uprising come days after Senate Republicans shelved the party’s latest health-care proposal and as GOP lawmakers are inching forward on a proposal to cut taxes, but far from bringing legislation to a vote.

    Every Republican member of Congress is sitting there saying, ‘s—, this could happen to me,’ ” Rollins said.

    Many players from the tea party era have returned to the breach: Palin, Bannon, Fox News personality Sean Hannity, talk-radio host Laura Ingraham and a cast of familiar foils who have long haunted House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

    Their enemies, however, go beyond those Republican leaders — anyone remotely linked to them is at risk of attack.

    “You are going to see, in state after state after state, people that follow the model of Judge Moore, that do not have to raise money from the elites, the crony capitalists, from the fat cats in Washington, D.C., New York City and Silicon Valley,” Bannon told Moore’s supporters on Tuesday.

    Bannon added that Moore’s upset of Strange was “starting a revolution” that would either topple GOP incumbents or prod them to not seek reelection in 2018, as Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) announced on Tuesday.

    Seven Senate Republicans are expected to run in next year’s midterm elections: Wicker, Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Dean Heller (Nev.), Ted Cruz (Texas), Deb Fischer (Neb.), Orrin G. Hatch (Utah) and John Barrasso (Wyo.).

    Wicker, Heller and Flake, in particular, are seen as vulnerable to the coming war because of their ties to McConnell — Wicker is on his leadership team — or because they have clashed with Trump (Heller, Flake).

    The early pitch from the challengers overlaps in part with the outcry of previous election cycles, but it is far more about wrestling power away from traditional Republicans than Democrats.

    “The Republican Congress has replaced President Obama as the bogeyman,” Steven Law, president of the McConnell-allied Senate Leadership Fund super PAC, wrote in a memo about the Alabama contest.

    Businessman Danny Tarkanian, who is running against Heller and has met with Bannon, said: “The longtime politicians in the Republican Party haven’t done anything since they took over and everything is stalled. So while President Trump has tapped into the anger, McConnell hasn’t — at all.”

    In Tennessee, Corker’s departure has prompted Republican leaders to find a candidate who in a contested primary race could win over both the Breitbart bloc and the party’s major supporters in the business community. They have focused on encouraging Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) — an upbeat regular at conservative conferences for years — to jump in. Blackburn has said she will make a decision on the race in the coming days.

    The lasting national power of Moore’s victory remains a flash point within the political ranks of the Republican Party. Republican incumbents are optimistic that the successful passage of tax cuts in the coming months will reduce the exasperation voters now feel over the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare — and say organizing successful campaigns is not easy. [snip]

    In contrast to past anti-establishment efforts in the Republican Party, going back to Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential bid and, more recently, the tea party movement, this crusade is not an ideological project motivated by a desire for smaller government — it’s about destroying the party’s political class in Washington, even if it jeopardizes the GOP’s congressional majorities.

    The hawkish stances on foreign policy and federal spending and moral values that have defined the Republican Party since Ronald Reagan’s presidency have been shoved to the background, replaced by a blazing strain of nationalism that is driven by anti-trade and anti-immigration views — views that were heralded by Trump in 2016 but that agitators fret have been ignored in Congress.

    Patrick H. Caddell, a veteran pollster who has worked with Bannon, said the “Republican electorate is in revolt.”

    “The Republican Party is very close to coming apart,” Caddell said. “The voters feel economic deprivation, and their children don’t have the same opportunities. They’re becoming more anti-trade than most union Democrats, in some respects, because of anger with the global economy.”

    Bannon met this week with former Colorado congressman Tom Tancredo to urge him to consider running for governor — another sign of how prominent critics of illegal immigration, like Tancredo, may return to the fore of the GOP scene.

    Trump’s fingerprints are all over the ruckus — and he has volleyed complaints at Republicans who have criticized him, most notably Flake, who wrote a book about his displeasure with the GOP’s Trumpian turn. Trump has lashed back and praised Flake’s primary rival, state Sen. Kelli Ward.

    But Trump is not the movement’s standard-bearer, and his positions guide the candidates and groups only to a point, as Strange’s defeat attests. More important to them is the president’s anti-establishment style — the aura of authenticity along with his aggressive take on illegal immigration. His supporters and populist leaders celebrate that approach as a model of defiance.

  27. Wednesday:

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/donald-trump-appear-fox-news-hannity-1044680

    Fox News’ Sean Hannity Sets Interview With Donald Trump

    Trump will discuss tax reform, the economy and current news.

    Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity is set to have an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump to air Wednesday night.

    The interview, which will be pre-taped, will feature a studio audience comprised of Democrats, Republicans and independents. Trump will discuss tax reform, the economy and current news, per a press release from Fox News.

    The president will answer questions from the audience after the sit-down, which will take place at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia.

    The interview will not be Trump’s first with the Fox News host. He also appeared on the show following the inauguration in January.

    Trump’s appearance on Hannity is set to air Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET.

  28. Is there anything the Democrats can not screw up? Is there any issue, action, problem, crisis in which they can’t take the WRONG side.

    Puerto Rico is in dire straights. A terrible storm has knocked out their already crumbling and mismanaged infrastructure. Bankrupt before the storm they are now a crisis ridden dump. Being a one party (Democrat) territory what do they do? Recruit the San Juan mayor, a radical moron, to bad mouth Trump. The territorial governor, other town mayors, locals have said the opposite from this deeply silly woman. Everything they asked for has been delivered.

    The plan apparently was to Bush-ize or Katrina-ize President Trump with television interviews with the mayor of San Juan whining. And lying. And looking like a radical stooge. The “media” as a whole came out with identical “stories” en masse. Of course it was not the whole rotten can of beans.

    There were labor contract problems in PR BEFORE the storm and of course being a labor union full of jerks and opportunists they saw a potential windfall for Teamsters and longshoremen for an island territory in which everything has to be shipped or trucked in. So they had no shows for work while the ports and roads lay in ruins and the Pentagon was tasked with getting something up and running to get supplies in. PR is not Texas nor Florida. And the storm was terrible so it takes some time.

    Madame mayor does her thing in front of acres of UN-delivered supplies which have already been shipped in. She is wearing an accusatory and non-sensical tee shirt. Instant response from the Trump administration ensues that she is full of baloney, won’t attend regional FEMA meetings to help her city, and has been MIA since the storm. Maybe she cracked mentally. Or maybe she isn’t getting a piece of the FEMA pie like Ray Nagin showed the feds how NOT to do. Mayor Turner of Houston got slapped down too in that old racket.

    The national Teamsters union saw immediately just how stupid and damaging their brothers in PR were acting. No-shows during a crisis doesn’t endear anyone to labor unions. Immediate calls for volunteers from the mainland to go man the port and trucks were sent out and a message to get their act together and show up for work went out. Other guys grabbing their jobs and wages encouraged a quick settlement and back to work. All of this without the ditz mayor of San Juan and before Trump visits next week.

    The Democrats and media have not figured out that the old rules no longer apply. Big city progressive mayors are not going to be allowed to gum everything up, profit for their cronies, and act like asses. It isn’t that hard to cut them out completely and go over their heads. And no one needs their permission for squat. Governors are being empowered as are regional federal agency heads. Cities which Democrats disproportionately control and are just lower ranking and don’t have any money because they waste it all. They simply don’t have the power, brains, money or anything else to fight Trump. Mayors are being jumped over like a game of checkers. Go to the source. Governors and labor union heads. Next up will be the appeal directly to the people of Puerto Rico to help themselves and stop the politics and culture/race war crap. Like Texas and Florida. Rebuild your beautiful island.

  29. Trump has completely crashed and trashed the NFL and media conglomerates OODA loop. It lies in a smoking heap emitting bad smells. LOL. I have never had this much fun watching mayhem and the destruction of such a rotten enterprise. The amount of money and bullshit at risk is delightful.

  30. Zippity doo dah…
    a wonderful day coming
    Menendez has set a new low for blatant corruption in the US
    By Phil Kerpen September 30, 2017
    “…This coming week, the jury is expected to hear that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid “reached out to the White House deputy chief of staff, informing her that Menendez was upset,” according to the government’s brief. Reid later hosted Menendez and then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in his US Capitol office, where Menendez pressured her to approve the overbilling….”
    http://nypost.com/2017/09/30/menendez-has-set-a-new-low-for-blatant-corruption-in-the-us/

  31. Mayor Yulin Cruz is the perfect face for the Dems…she exemplifies just how they operate in the esteem words of Rahm Emmanuel:
    “Never let a crisis go to waste” in other words, Exploit & Steal the hell out of it…the “people” are collateral damage to be used as “tools”

    and our corrupt BM falls right into line…

    how appropro that the swamp is on full display on the island; how dumb can these people be, oh forgive me, this is the same old school 20thc mindset that believes the Vogue fashion (clown) icon is equipped to criticize the stunning & gracious beauty Melania…

    and her comrade the Cambridge Librarian who dresses up a ‘Cat in the Hat’ celebrates the O’s reading of the Suess stories and yet finds Melania & PDT racist for daring to give free copies of the books to receptive children…

    I ask “us” again, “are we being punked?” these people cannot be serious…

    http://dcwhispers.com/puerto-rico-mayor-praises-potus-trump-america-says-san-juan-mayor-awol/#7i6CfddzRrrGrFxX.97

    snip
    Guaynabo Mayor Angel Perez Otero says that Mayor Yulin Cruz has been a no show at coordination meetings between FEMA, U.S. military officials, and Puerto Rican leaders.

    “I’ve seen other mayors participating. She’s not,” said Perez Otero.

    Perez Otero says he has been in constant contact with U.S. officials and is confident that they will provide the very best recovery efforts they can.

    “We are receiving a lot of help from FEMA and the Red Cross…there is lots of help coming to us,” adding, “they won’t leave until Puerto Rico is good.”

    …it would appear Mayor Yulin Cruz seized this natural disaster as a political opportunity to score points as a hero for the people of Puerto Rico, despite not actually working with federal agents in recovery effort.

    Perez Otero is now the second person today to report that Yulin Cruz has been non-compliant with federal aid.

    ——————

    Yulin Cruz has long been suspected of overseeing widespread corruption that has been a hallmark of San Juan politics for decades. The Establishment Media knows this but still chose to use her as the face of anti-Trump attacks following the hurricane disasters – a role Cruz was only too happy to play.

  32. either Sessions is part of the swamp, or someone has some very threatening info on him…he is impotent in executing justice for all…something is seriously wrong here…look forward to when PDT can change & secure a full time AG
    *********************************
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/10/370402/

    Bombshell: Insider Drops Bomb on AG Jeff Sessions – He Refuses to Prosecute Obama and Clinton Crimes (Video

    snip

    Chaffetz: I can tell you that while I was in Congress and the Chairman of the Oversight Committee, I did go over and visit with Attorney General Sessions and it was one of the most frustrating discussions I had because whether it was the IRS, Fast and Furious, the email scandal that we went through, I did not see the Attorney General willing to just let Lady Justice administer justice and then follow through. I understood maybe the last six months of the Obama Administration…

    Judge Janine: Wait a minute I don’t have that much time. You spoke with Sessions on IRS, Fast and Furious. Did he give you a reason? Did he say he was presenting anything to a grand jury? Yes or no?

    Chaffetz: No, he basically let me know he wasn’t going to pursue anything on the major cases.

    Judge Janine: So IRS, on the major cases? Are we talking about Hillary Clinton, because I haven’t even gotten to her yet.

    Chaffetz: Yes, the email scandal of Hillary Clinton. We had Bryan Pagliano. I issued a subpoena for him to appear before the Committee and he said “No”. He didn’t even show up. We issued another subpoena. The US Marshals served it. And you know in my world, if you’re in court, I guarantee you that a subpoena is not an optional activity. We wanted the Attorney General to prosecute him and he said “No”.

  33. http://gotnews.com/breaking-puerto-rican-cop-says-san-juan-mayor-sabotaging-hurricane-response-political-reasons/

    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz is deliberately withholding food and supplies from her hurricane-ravaged city as part of a publicity stunt, according to a bombshell video currently circulating across the internet.

    The video features a panicked female voice who identifies herself as a police officer from Guaynabo, a suburb of San Juan, calling into a New York City Hispanic language radio station. The caller accuses Cruz, San Juan’s anti-Trump mayor with a penchant for supporting and befriending convicted terrorists, of staggering negligence and dereliction of duty in the wake of Hurricane Maria:

    The police officer begins by pleading with the U.S. Military to go directly to the people of Puerto Rico with its aid, as current efforts to work through Governor Ricardo Rossello and Mayor Cruz are proving futile. “What us Puerto Ricans need is the U.S. Armed Forces to come in and distribute the aid. And that they stop the Governor, Rossello, and the Mayor, Yulin, from continuing on doing what they’re doing. It’s an abuse; it looks like communism, in our own island.”

    “There are dozens and thousands and thousands of food [boxes] and when people ask, we cannot give anything away because Carmen Yulin says that we cannot take anything out, because everything is a soap opera here – everything is a show,” the caller explains. “There have to be cameras here and there because, you know, they are just looking for votes for the upcoming years.”

    “Carmen Yulin won’t move unless there is a camera behind her,” the caller continues. “I need to speak for the people because the people are suffering. Because I, as a cop – along with other police partners – we are seeing it.”

    snip

  34. Regarding Jason Chaffetz’s outright confirmation that the Sessions DOJ is neither investigating now nor has any plans to investigate in the future any Clinton or Obama-era crimes, it’s pretty apparent that any administration officials or congressmen who are appearing on TV for interviews are limiting the scope of the questions allowed to be asked and specifically ordering that no questions are to be asked on the corruption subject or any other topics that would make the interviewee uncomfortable.

    Paul Ryan appeared on Sean Hannity’s show this past week and was allowed to deflect all blame for congressional inactivity on Mitch McConnell. He was not asked any questions about why a repeal and replace bill wasn’t ready to go in the House on January 20, or why he has publicly been at odds with the Trump agenda since Trump was elected. Hannity seems to have been given the rules for access to the swamp denizens.

    When Jeff Sessions appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show this past week, he was allowed to talk only about speech suppression on college campuses and the NFL controversy. No questions about why he is not investigating Obama administration crimes or forcing the DOJ to respond to legitimate FOIA requests from ACLJ and Judicial Watch. Clearly, Tucker had also received the word about what he was allowed to talk about.

    When Trump appears on Hannity this Wednesday to talk about tax reform, disaster relief, and the NFL, I am not going to be holding my breath waiting for Hannity to ask him about the DOJ situation. I suspect that Hannity has also been given the limits of that interview. It’s unlikely he will be allowed to ask Trump why he told the Alabama rally to ask Jeff Sessions about locking Hillary up, when he is Sessions’ boss.

    Since Hannity has been flogging the corruption issue nonstop every night for the last 9 years, it will be interesting to see if he will deviate from the questioning protocol this time or allow any audience questions on the subject. Will access and ratings take precedence over asking Trump the tough questions on what is going on in the DOJ or will Hannity risk being shut out of future interviews and plow forward with what we all want to know?

  35. Yes it is and Foxy posted the video upthread.
    It’s ok for Sessions that Trump and his family be investigated, but whoaaaaa, not obama, Hillary and the rest of the traitors.

    One has to being to think his first name may be Judas, not Jeff.

  36. Trump hater John Kasich, governor of Ohio, can now fully be called an Obama Dimocrat:

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/kasich-if-gop-cant-be-fixed-i-cant-support-it/ar-AAsIgmO?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=DELLDHP15

    Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that a time could come when he no longer supports the Republican Party.

    “If the party can’t be fixed, Jake, then I’m not going to be able to support the party. Period. That’s the end of it.” Kasich said in an interview with anchor Jake Tapper.

    Asked what that meant for his future in the GOP, Kasich said he was committed to the party and intended to win it over from the surging nationalist wing.

    “I want this party to be straightened out,” Kasich said. [snip]

    Kasich ran for president last year and became a frequent critic of President Donald Trump throughout the race. He has continued to criticize Trump since the inauguration and expressed his dissatisfaction with the right wing of the party as well as some of its major initiatives, like its attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.

    Kasich has already announced his intention (due to “negative” campaigning concerns) to not support the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, Josh Mandel, in his race against the reprehensible Sherrod Brown. 2016 exposed Kasich as the loon he always has been. Thanks President Trump for outing another weasel.

  37. “Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that a time could come when he no longer supports the Republican Party.”

    One would think that Kasich’s decision not to attend the Republican Convention in his own state demonstrates that that time has already come and passed.

  38. Trump runs the Justice Department. He is allowing the most blatant corruption, abuse of power, and obstruction of justice scandals in American history to go unpunished. The criminals are all being permitted to run out the clock.

    Throw us a bone or some crumbs, at least. Indict SOMEONE, other than Reality Winner and the DWS IT guy. If the usual pattern is followed, the IT guy will get immunity in exchange for providing no incriminating evidence about anyone. Justice is served.

    Sorry for the broken record; it’s just infuriating.

  39. After 9/11, Trump sent about 250 of his men to help find survivors at Ground Zero.
    Here’s one in the next generation:
    Jorge Rodriguez, 49, is the Harvard-educated CEO of PACIV, an international engineering firm based in Puerto Rico that works with the medical and pharmaceutical sectors. The Puerto Rican-born engineer says he has dispatched 50 engineers to help FEMA rehabilitate the devastated island — a commonwealth of the United States — after Hurricane Maria. He refuses to work with the local government, which he called inept and riddled with corruption.
    http://nypost.com/2017/09/30/inept-puerto-rican-government-riddled-with-corruption-ceo/

  40. As usual, the Brits have the best coverage. Lots of pictures and videos and a map of the area. Watch videos/pictures at your own risk:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4939872/Active-shooter-reported-Las-Vegas-Mandalay-Bay-Resort.html

    At least 20 people have been killed, including at least two police officers, and more than 100 injured after at least one gunman unloaded hundreds of rounds of ammo on a Las Vegas country music festival on Sunday night. There were 30,000 people in attendance at the event.

    The Strip has been completely shut down after the sniper opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, located across a junction from the event.

    Police confirmed that one suspect had been killed, and said at 12:38am that they believed there were no more shooters. Reports of shootings at other locations were unfounded, police said.

    The shooter was killed after cops breached at the Mandalay Bay with explosives.

    Police are now looking for a woman named Marilou Danley, whom they believe may have information that could help their investigation.

    Speaking at a press conference early Monday morning, police said that they did not believe there were any more active shooters, and that claims of other explosive devices and suspicious cars were just rumors.

    The shooter was not identified, except as a local man.

    Police are now seeking a woman named Marilou Danley whom they believe to have information they need. She is described as an Asian woman, around 111lbs.

    They are also trying to locate two vehicles that they say belonged to the shooter: a Hyundai Tucson, license plate 114 B40, and a Chrysler Pacfica, license plate 19D 401.

    They advised everyone in the area to continue sheltering in place until their safety can be guaranteed.

    Two police officers who engaged the shooter have been hospitalized – one in critical condition, one less severely wounded. They have not been identified.

    At least two other police officers are believed to have died in the crowds, having attended the music festival while off duty. They have also not been identified, but were said to be roommates.

    All of the ambulances in the area had been deployed to the location, and victims taken to two hospitals. [snip]

    Aldane continues performing for ten seconds as the gunfire rings out constantly, only stopping after screams begin to rise from the crowds.

    People in the crowds argue over whether they just heard gunshots as the lights on the stage dim and Aldane and his band leave. He and his team were confirmed safe.

    Witnesses said that the crowd initially got calmly down on the ground, but as more people fell to the gunfire, mass panic took hold and people began to stampede from the scene.

    Speaking on a bus laid on to transport concert goers away from the scene, Lisa Price, 43, and Nancy Stover, 38, of Los Angeles said: ‘People were lying on the ground – I was like get up, you’re going to get trodden on.

    ‘We just heard like pop, pop, pop, pop and started walking – it was happening over and over again.

    ‘It was at least 20 shots. Enough for us to start walking, then running and panicking. Luckily, we seemed to be further away – we were at the front of the concert near the stage.

    ‘It seemed to be coming from the back. We were running to try to help people and they were coming from that direction.’
    Other sobbing concertgoers told DailyMail.com that the gunfire was so intense, it sounded like July 4th.

    Derek and Karen Bernard, from Los Angeles, California, were in town for the Route 91 country festival at the Mandalay Bay hotel and were close to the stage when the shooting began.

    ‘We were inside,’ said sales manager Derek, 53. ‘All of a sudden, we saw the band disappearing – they were like running off the stage.

    ‘We were off to the left side of the stage, we were running off there and there were staff security there.

    ‘There was a woman bleeding – that’s when we realized it was real shots. She just fell. She was shot. There was a lot of blood.

    ‘It was so many – it sounded like 4th of July – just pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. So many. I didn’t think it was real because I couldn’t see or feel anything. I was so panicked.’

    Professional poker player Dan Bilzerian, who was at the event, streamed footage of himself running. Noises that could be helicopters or gunfire could be heard in the background.

    ‘Holy f**k this girl just got shot in the f**king head,’ he said, ‘This is so f**king crazy.’
    Another witness who was in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay when the shooting erupted, described the moment hundreds of rounds were fired from a nearby room.

    ‘I was in room 135 and I heard over the police scanner that the shooting came from room 137,’ the man, who asked not to be named, said.

    ‘It was non-stop, I would say well over 100 rounds. We hit the floor and took cover.

    ‘I called the front desk and she was remarkably calm and said she was aware of the situation and told us to stay in our room.

    ‘After around 10-15 minutes it just kind of stopped. You could smell the gun powder. Right before we got out I heard an explosion, maybe a flashbang, but windows were blown out.

    ‘The cops came on to the floor and they were clearing rooms room by room and six or seven cops came into our room and we were evacuated.’

    Dozens were seen on aerial footage fleeing the Mandalay Bay, which was locked down, as police surrounded the location.

    Unconfirmed reports were made of a suspicious vehicle outside the Luxor, and shots fired at other Vegas locations: Aria, NYNY and Tropicana.

    The LVMPD tweeted: ‘Please avoid heading to the south end of the Strip. Las Vegas Blvd is shut down at Tropicana, southbound past Russell Rd at this time.’

    Flights out of the city’s McCarran International Airport are now gradually reopening after it was initially totally shut down.

    A concert-goer said he heard what sounded like fireworks while he was watching Aldean’s performance.

    Kodiak Yazzi, 36, said the music stopped temporarily and started up again before another round of pops sent the performers ducking for cover and fleeing the stage.

    As the 40,000 fans in the crowd began to flee, Yazzi took cover and said he saw flashes of light coming from the Mandalay Bay hotel tower high above.

    The bursts of pops would start and stop for more than five minutes, he said, and dozens of ambulances arrived as he ran for safety. He later got a Lyft driver to take him home to suburban Henderson.

    According to Twitter users listening in on police scanners, police breached a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel; shortly afterward, the suspect’s body was found.

    Earlier in the incident, Twitter user Stefinatrix, who was in the building, said gunfire had been reported from that floor.

    Later, she tweeted: ‘I’m on the 6th floor [of the Mandalay Bay]. Shots reported on floor 29 now. Listening to LVPD scanner feed. Security guard shot on 32nd floor.’

    One witness told KSNV-TV that he heard ‘clip after clip after clip – bullets flying everywhere’.

    Landon Jensen tweeted: ‘We are safe. Multiple patients down. Automatic gun fire. Possibly multi suspects.’

    Twitter user Fitz wrote: ‘Friend working event said it happened during Jason Aldean’s set, dozens of shots fired (automatic?) #MandalayBay #Route91 #activeshooter’

    Musician Luke Combs was at the music festival. He tweeted: ‘Active shooter at @Route91Harvest in Vegas. We’re safe. Love you guys,’ he wrote.

    Country singer Jake Owen, who appeared to be in Mandalay Bay, tweeted: ‘Gun shots!!! Vegas. Pray to god. Love you guys. Love you Pearl.’

    Warning: Lots of rumors and misinformation at the beginning of these events (and sometimes long after the event). Consume information with caution.

    Police appear to have done a very good job, especially those at the scene who went to the concert for entertainment but then immediately started to help.

  41. admin: Police appear to have done a very good job, especially those at the scene who went to the concert for entertainment but then immediately started to help.
    ———————
    About 2 hours ago an off duty LA FD was interviewed. I’m nearly certain he was there for entertainment but he quickly became part of the rescue. Said many in audience were off duty FD, Police, Military, First responders.. Said he he himself had pronounced 20 dead. Expressed dismay that his wife was with him for merriment but saw first hand what his job entails.

    I mention this because I see PC already. Although Fox News is quoting that interview, it does not state the detail above. And beyond that, I saw Fox on-scene reporter shut down an interview when the one talking said he saw this coming, then mentioned Sanctuary cities.

    Poor POTUS. He looked a little beat down at Presidents Cup affair yesterday.

  42. holdthemaccountable
    October 2, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Good news. Fox News has since repeated the coverage I mention above.

  43. This is our OMG moment as a nation, the Left has jumped the rubicon

    ——-

    October 02, 2017
    Vegas Shooting Death Toll Rises to 58; Over 500 Injured
    David French Writes About the Strangeness of This Attack
    —Ace

    The strangeness begins with the shooter’s brother’s revelation that the shooter “wasn’t an avid gun guy at all” and yet amassed a small arsenal, including (presumably) illegal automatic weapons:

    Not sure what it means. Sometimes things are just strange.

    Meanwhile, a CBS legal executive said the concert-goers got what they deserved because most of them are probably gun-toting Republicans or something.

    “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing,” Geftman-Gold wrote on Facebook. “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country fans often are Republican gun toters.”

    A country in which large numbers of people cheerlead the deaths of large numbers of their fellow countrymen is no longer a country, and people should be adults and recognize this, and do the adult thing. It’s time for a peaceful voluntary national dissolution.

  44. Apple, meet tree:

    http://nypost.com/2017/10/02/vegas-gunmans-psychopath-dad-landed-on-fbis-most-wanted-list/

    Vegas gunman’s ‘psychopath’ dad landed on FBI’s most-wanted list

    The father of Las Vegas madman Stephen Paddock was a “psychopath” himself — a bank robber who escaped federal prison in the late 1960s and landed on the FBI’s most-wanted list, according to reports.

    Paddock’s dad was serial felon Benjamin Hoskins Paddock, according to the Daily Mail and a tweet from NBC.

    Benjamin Paddock had been locked up in 1960 for robbing an Arizona bank, escaped in 1968 and spent nearly three years on the run before the FBI caught up to him in Las Vegas in 1971, at which point he tried to run down an agent with his car, according to archival editions of the Tuscon Daily Citizen.

    “Since he has utilized firearms in previous crimes, has employed violence in attempting to evade arrest and has been diagnosed as being psychopathic, [Benjamin] Paddock should be considered extremely dangerous,” Palmer M. Baken Jr., agent in charge of the Phoenix FBI office, said at the time, according to the Citizen.

    His son killed at least 50 people and injured 400 Sunday night in the worst mass shooting in US history.

  45. Football:

    http://deadline.com/2017/10/seahawks-win-sunday-night-football-ratings-down-nfl-nbc-1202180352/

    On a day that ended in gunfire and tragedy at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Sunday also saw continuing controversy with NFL players kneeling before games, more standing, locking arms, and some sitting during the national anthem. [snip]

    Whether it was politics or the final score or a mix of both, it was no victory for NBC and the NFL last night.

    With a 11.0/19 in metered-market results, last night’s SNF was down 5% from last week when the Washington Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders 27-10. As the league took another week-by-week ratings hit just a month into the 2017-18 season, Sunday’s game also was down a bit year-to-year. Compared with the then-season-low of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 43-14 smackdown of the Kansas City Chiefs in primetime on October 2, 2016, last night’s SNF dipped 2% in the early numbers. [snip]

    However, with the politics that have become such a watched player in their own right in the past few weeks, the league might be close to having reached a tipping point as of yesterday. Barely ahead of last year’s struggling season in the ratings, the big-money NFL now finds itself losing traction in the numbers and public perception.

    NFL continues to come up with excuses for ratings drops. It’s almost as bad as Hillary with all the excuses.

  46. When even NBC sees the anti-Trump bias:

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-s-right-his-media-coverage-mostly-negative-n806681

    Trump’s Right: His Media Coverage Is Mostly Negative

    President Donald Trump frequently complains about media coverage of his administration, and a study released Monday confirms his suspicion: Most of it has been negative.

    The Pew Research Center, in a content analysis of the early days of the Trump presidency, found that 62 percent of the coverage was negative and only 5 percent was positive.

    In contrast, President Barack Obama’s coverage in early 2009 was 42 percent positive and 20 percent negative, the study said. President George W. Bush’s coverage in early 2001 was 22 percent positive and 28 percent negative.

    Only President Bill Clinton had a higher negative than positive score in his first two months in 1993, with 27 percent positive coverage and 28 percent negative.

    Coverage of Trump was primarily focused on “character and leadership” versus policy, according to the Pew Center, a nonprofit based in Washington. The study also showed that only 2 percent of stories from outlets with a right-leaning audience refuted statements made by Trump or his administration, while 15 percent of stories carried by left-leaning outlets questioned the administration.

    “It certainly shows that where people turn for news has implications for what they’re hearing about President Trump,” said Amy Mitchell, Pew’s director of journalism research.

    The study looked at online general news sites with at least 20 million average unique monthly visitors, according to Pew, as well as the cable networks CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and the evening news programs from the broadcast networks and PBS. Top talk radio shows and National Public Radio were also included.

    The overall study was conducted from Jan. 21 to April 30 and examined 3,000 news stories across 24 media outlets. The portion of the study that measured how positively the media covered Trump was conducted over the first 60 days of the administration and compared a smaller sub-set of outlets to make sure it was comparable with the Clinton era.

    NBC and PEW are skewing the results. The Big Media coverage of President Trump is far worse than they admit.

  47. gonzotx
    October 2, 2017 at 7:22 am
    Over 50 dead now, 200 wounded…

    Worst terrorist act in America

    Does 9/11 (2,996 dead, 6000+ wounded) or OK City bombing (168 killed, 680 wounded) ring any bells?

    SERIOUSLY — THINK BEFORE YOU POST.

  48. Sheesh….
    Am I the only one that understood that Gonzo really meant the worst “mass shooting”?

    We all make mistakes.

  49. 42% favorable rating for Barackkkkk.

    Are they frigging nuts?

    It was more like 99.1% favorable and the .9 is because of Foxs occasionally push back…

  50. I read Heart attack at ACE… happens a lot in the middle of the night, there are physiological reasons behind that statement

  51. My favorite Tom Petty song with Stevie Nicks…

    Stop Dragging my Heart Around…

    And doesn’t it feel old it was actually torn out today…

  52. The snowflake CBS executive who declared that Mandalay victims were gun toting Republicans and therefore deserving of execution, has been, drum role please…

    FIRED…

  53. On this day of tragedy, I would like to post this as a reminder that people also do incredibly good things.

  54. HOW THE DEMOCRATS SET UP PUERTO RICO FOR DISASTER

    We’ve seen this show before.

    When there’s a national disaster, neighborhoods have been reduced to rubble, shelters are filled with crying families, and a Republican is in the White House, the Democrats jump into action.

    Not to help, but to make political capital from a disaster that they helped cause.

    After Hurricane Katrina, the media shrieked that survivors inside the New Orleans Superdome were murdering each other. But there actually wasn’t a single murder in the Superdome. And no, NBC’s Brian Williams, never saw any corpses floating past the Ritz-Carlton. The media exaggerated and lied.

    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/268026/how-democrats-set-puerto-rico-disaster-daniel-greenfield

    ……….

    Good article… Greenfield addresses salient points why PR is lagging in helping it’s citizens; blaming Trump for their ineptitude.

  55. Outris
    October 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    Sheesh….
    Am I the only one that understood that Gonzo really meant the worst “mass shooting”?

    We all make mistakes.

    We all make mistakes, it’s true.
    But no I am not responible to know that gonzotx meant something other than what he actually wrote.
    This is especially true given that he is routinely mistaken in what he writes and has a tendency towards hysteria.
    Now unless you are gonzotx’s attorney/spokesperson, kindly MYOB

  56. Horrible , tragic day. Prays for the victims and their loved ones. Also very sad to learn of Tom Petty apparently clinging to life after cardiac arrest . Awful day.

  57. Outris, gonzo – Yes, we ALL knew what gonzo meant. And none of us messes up more than another. But… in terms of the MYOB threat – we’re friends here, and if someone keeps digging at gonzo, we’ll circle our wagons around her. She’s part of our family here.

    And if a person doesn’t know how to read someone, they might politely ask for info, rather than nastily denigrate them. No need to go from 0 to nasty…. speak to another as if they are a friend, a teammate – which we really all are.

  58. Outris, gonzo – Yes, we ALL knew what gonzo meant. And none of us messes up more than another. But… in terms of the MYOB threat – we’re friends here, and if someone keeps digging at gonzo, we’ll circle our wagons around her. She’s part of our family here.

    And if a person doesn’t know how to read someone, they might politely ask for info, rather than nastily denigrate them. No need to go from 0 to nasty…. speak to another as if they are a friend, a teammate – which we really all are.

  59. Vegas Shooter Passed All Federal Background Checks, Had Ingredients For BOMB In His Vehicle

    Late Monday afternoon, NBC News reported that the two Nevada gun shops that sold firearms to Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock stated that he had passed all relevant federal background checks.

    According to David Familglietti, owner of New Frontier Armory, Paddock bought a rifle and a shotgun. “The rifle was not fully automatic and a shotgun isn’t capable of shooting from where he was,” Famiglietti explained.

    “My staff takes their job very seriously and if there were any ‘red flags’ the sale would have halted immediately.”

    Christopher Sullivan of Guns & Guitars didn’t say what guns Paddock had purchased, but said, “All necessary background checks and procedures were followed, as required by local, state, and federal law.”

    All of this comes after The Wall Street Journal reported earlier today that “investigators found 18 to 20 firearms, some fully automatic, in a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.”

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/las-vegas-suspect-likely-used-automatic-rifle-in-massacre-1506966716?mg=prod/accounts-wsj

    It is unclear whether a so-called “bump stock,” which allows semi-automatic rifles to simulate automatic rifle fire by using recoil from each shot to push the trigger into the shooter’s stationary trigger finger, were attached to the gun.

    Local news now reports that ammonia nitrate, the ingredients for a fertilizer bomb, was found in Paddock’s vehicles as well.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/21843/vegas-shooter-passed-all-federal-background-checks-ben-shapiro#

  60. Nice essay, admin. Boy, for me, having to say Hillary was better than Obama is HARD. I know it’s true, at the very least I don’t think Hillary hates our country as Obama does.

    But I find myself now thinking I would have no idea how she would govern. 2007-2008 I was telling everyone that Hillary was the last true public servant (yes, yes, YES! I feel so foolish now! lol) Now I just see her as open to the highest bidder – typical politician. Definitely not what she presented to us in 2008 – and I wrestled with that for a long time, but now I’m of the belief that 2008 was a mask, not the real her.

    All these calculations about going to X 15 times and making sure to state you feel other people’s pain and not making the mistake of saying “deplorable” – those are all ways *not to lose*. But nothing about how she would govern. She just wanted to win.

    So – I think admin is right, we had to have Obama to get Trump. But in comparing Trump and Hillary – I think we know what he believes and he isn’t likely to go back and forth, and tell different audiences different things as Hillary did. He says what he believes, people believed him, and it got him the win.

    Hillary would have just said whatever would get a win. So I am SO glad she didn’t listen to admin. She’s a Soros globalist like the rest.

    I join with others here who wonder why the swamp isn’t cleaned out yet, why Sessions is allowed to refuse to prosecute people, but I still have faith in Trump. (and it’s so nice that now we can speak openly about Trump without being told “let Trump be Trump”, ie, “shut up” lol)

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