Friday, February 12, 2016

Chilly Winds at

It was 14.5 F out on the back deck this morning and it's supposed to be colder tomorrow. Chilly winds are blowing at, too.

The State Dept. finally came forward and admitted that  Yeah, exposing top-secret info on unsecured e-mail chains is “a serious matter”, not that anyone who has ever worked for the State has ever done anything like that. Judge Rudolph Contreras is still trying to push the State Dept. to Release More Clinton Emails. He ordered them to release new emails on Feb. 13, 19, 26 and 29. We'll see if they manage to avoid one or more of these dates. The State Department, for it's part, admitted to having subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation last fall about projects that they had that were supposed to be reviewed by State. Some of the documents requested concerned Huma Abedin's double, (actually quadruple), dipping at State, the Clinton Foundation, Teneo Corp. and Clinton herself. An interesting review of all things Huma. Huma was caught on camera pushing away a Hillary supporter trying to give her a hug at a recent rally:

Darn Kafirs, just don't know their place.

USA Today notes It's hard to recast yourself as a populist after you've fed at the trough.
Then there’s this. It's unseemly for a candidate who is railing against income inequality to take $225,000 for an hour or so of work when it takes a typical American household four years to earn that much.
There's people, and then there's the Clintons. One of Hillary's big supporters Joan Walsh came out and basically Smears Working Class Dems as Racist for not supporting Hillary. I'm sure that will help in North Carolina. Stacy McCain thinks that the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Debate was Focused on  Who Hates America More?
The Democrat Party is the world’s most successful hate group. It attracts poor people who hate rich people, black people who hate white people, gay people who hate straight people, feminists who hate men, environmentalists who hate the internal combustion engine, and a lot of bratty college kids who hate their parents. However, the real secret of the party’s success is that it attracts the support of journalists who hate Republicans, and who therefore work tirelessly to convince the rest of us that we should vote for Democrats.
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So the debate in Wisconsin between Sanders and Clinton was an exercise with the goal of determining which candidate could go farthest in blaming every problem in the world on banks (“Loot them!”), the rich (“Plunder them!”), white heterosexual men with jobs, and other Evil Forces of Social Injustice that the Republican Party is presumed to represent. The two Democrats disparaged each others’ records and character, but agreed entirely as to their basic goals. Whatever foreign policy issue or domestic problem they were asked to address, Hillary and Bernie always blamed the Evil Forces of Social Injustice, and promised to do everything in their power to punish the Republican wrongdoers responsible.
As for the debate, Bernie Sanders reminded Hillary that she was not yet in office, and to refrain from crowning herself, while Hillary noted that his plans would require a 40% tax increase expansion of government, and she only favored 35%, at least immediately. Hey, when you're right, you're right! PBS's Gwen Ifill asked Bernie how he felt to be standing athwart history, by opposing the first woman who would be Queen President of the US.
IFILL: Senator, do you worry at all that you will be the instrument of thwarting history, as Senator Clinton keeps claiming, that she might be the first woman president?

SANDERS: Well, you know, I think, from a historical point of view, somebody with my background, somebody with my views, somebody who has spent his entire life taking on the big money interests, I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment, as well.
If he had any sense of humor, he would have said that made him feel smart, like William F. Buckley.

For Hillary to Survive, Clintonism Had to Die
. . . To anyone who had followed the opening phase of Clinton’s life as a national figure, “New Covenant” was familiar code for the bundle of policy positions—many cultivated by the moderate Democratic Leadership Council—that allowed the Arkansas governor to introduce himself to the country as a New Democrat. Each represented a carefully calibrated diversion from the liberal orthodoxy of the previous decade; Clinton expressed little patience for identity politics, was a cheerleader for free trade and held to an unrepentantly hard line on crime and drug use. Just three weeks before the New Hampshire primary, Clinton refused a request for clemency against Ricky Ray Rector, a mentally disabled double-murderer, whose execution offered a useful occasion to demonstrate his unambivalent view toward the death penalty.
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In her concession speech after her devastating loss to Bernie Sanders, Hillary called herself the “best change-maker,” but the vision of change she had articulated during her New Hampshire campaign diverged pointedly from her husband’s. In a single debate last week, Hillary Clinton affirmed her opposition to every major multilateral trade pact of the last the last quarter-century, volunteered concern for the politics of racial and sexual identity, and implied she might be pleased to see the U.S. Supreme Court again ban capital punishments by states. Perhaps notably she has taken umbrage at being called a moderate, even though until recently she happily wore the label as a badge of honor. If she did not share his surname, the entirety of Hillary’s candidacy could be reasonably understood as a challenge to Bill’s political legacy.

For Hillary to survive, Clintonism had to die.
To be fair, the Democratic Party has moved away from what Bill Clinton claimed to be.

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