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Can the protests

The news is full of stories about rioters who encountered reality in election results. As per usual, for example the Dakota pipeline standoff, there is little to condemn the destruction and violence. There are other actions of ‘protest’ that can be more easily dropped. These are actions being defended in the courts. Stephen Dinan says Trump can eviscerate Obama’s policies by dropping lawsuits, revoking memos.

Forget about waiting for Congress — Donald Trump can eviscerate Obamacare and cripple President Obama’s global warming framework all on his first few days in office by directing policy from the White House and ordering his Justice Department to drop lawsuits that the current administration is pursuing.

There is precedent for making those kinds of decisions. Mr. Turley pointed to the Obama administration’s refusal to defend in courts the Defense of Marriage Act, which was enacted by Congress and signed by President Clinton.

Mr. Kobach said a Trump administration could also put an end to sue-and-settle practices. That is when agencies essentially collude with interest groups, inviting them to sue to force action. The agency then agrees to a settlement that ends up writing rules that the interest groups want.

“The Trump administration is going to have to clean out the Justice Department from top to bottom because of the complete politicalization by [Attorney Generals Eric H.] Holder and [Loretta E.] Lynch that destroyed the professionalism and ethics of the department — it will be a monumental task as difficult as Hercules having to clean out the Augean stables,”

The (mis)use of the legal system is a hallmark of the left. It avoids Congress to put validity of lawmaking on the courts. It is this sort of dictatorial action that the current riots fear will happen while they ignore what has happened. Dinan describes a number of issues that can be resolved simply by an administration dropping the case. This includes cases currently being promoted, like the bathroom demands, to cases currently being defended. like questionable spending.

There is a lot of talk about “compromise” and getting ‘buy in from the other side of the aisle’ no matter principle. One thesis for the election of 2016 is that the people have said enough of this. Republicans falling back into that mode of presumed civility and honest debate – again – is a fear of those who realize just how the left operations. It is time to draw the line and put legislation back into the hands of Congress and keep its formation out of the hands of the executive. 

Right now, The President’s Diktat is soft, a matter of executive order and administration policy. It has not been set in concrete by courts and custom as has happened with many un-constitutional ideas of the 20th century (see Charles Murray’s books). It may be this that those promoting the riots fear. They have a lot invested in putting their ideas forward and they have not set, yet. A new president could easily dismantle the molds before they set and set their efforts back.

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PET (post election trauma)

It’s being compared to 1948 and 1980. The polls took a beating. The pundits misfired. The results were stunning.

Thomas Lifson: Scott Adams, the new superstar pundit. Well, as noted in previous posts, Adams kept his ideas tied to reality. The Dilbert cartoon would not be successful if it did not reveal a truthful reality about modern business life (re Limbaugh’s axiom about humor). To be able to see a fundamental truth in a noisy world is a gift and Adams has shown that he has it.

His newest column, posted to the Dilbert Blog (there is nothing pretentious about Scott), takes a well-deserved bow, but more importantly makes some predictions that all the failed pundits need to take a look at. His introduction contains a dramatic prediction about what president Trump will do, and the shrewdest political advice for conservatives I have seen since Trump’s victory

Dennis Evers provides A Democrat’s Guide to Moving to Canada

If you are serious about leaving, you might consider a crowdfunding effort to help offset your expenses as almost everything in Canada is more costly, and there are a lot of us “deplorables” (more of us than you, actually) who would love to assist you in your transition.

It is interesting that Mexico isn’t the preferred destination as it has abundant natural resources, a lot of shoreline, and a much more temperate climate. There are also those who don’t want to leave but rather to secede. This is mostly the San Jose to San Francisco Silicon Valley area. Perhaps they, too, should think about just slithering on down the coast to Baja. There seem to be a lot of folks who think it is time to drain the swamp even if there is fear mongering about climate change and saving non-rare species habitats.

The Post Editorial Board opines that the Democrats need to get past their hysteria and move on. Remember the outrage when Trump talked about contesting a rigged election? Despite the ‘rigging’ by overwhelming spending on attack ads against him, a media complicit in a vile propaganda campaign, and the usual assortment of ballot box ‘irregularities’, the voters swamped the election to make the ‘rigging’ mere noise. And that was another defeat that may have contributed to the riots and dismay.

Tuesday’s surprise loss has Democrats in disbelief and denial — clawing for excuses, predicting Armageddon and refusing to accept the results. It’s unhealthy.

Dems can’t start to get their act back together if they bother with silly columns insisting that Trump’s win proves the country is “racist at its core” and the election was a “contest” between “male vs. female.”

Reality check: Trump scored slightly less of the white vote than Mitt Romney — and higher percentages of blacks and Latinos. And women voted for him at about the same rate as they did for Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. Is every presidential election a war between the sexes?

Face facts, folks: “Make America Great Again” had a lot more meaning in the key states than “I’m With Her.” Too many Americans had had enough of being lectured to by self-appointed betters.

Heather Mac Donald poders Law, Order, and Trump — “The Republican candidate supported police and expressed concern about the growing homicide toll in black neighborhoods—in contrast with his opponent.”

Black Lives Matter helped propel Donald Trump’s unforeseen ascent to the White House. The public understood the threat to law and order posed by the movement’s calumnies about the nation’s police—and so, uniquely in the presidential race, did Trump.

By contrast, Hillary Clinton embraced the Black Lives Matter movement. She regularly accused the nation’s cops of systemic, lethal racism.

Black Lives Matter is not going to go quietly into the night. The movement may even grow more extreme, fueled by a university culture devoted to racial victimology. Hate-filled chants like the one recently uttered in Chicago—“CPD, KKK, How many kids did you kill today?”—will continue to plague city streets. But the absence of an echo chamber in the White House for such falsehoods may go far toward curbing the rising violence of the last two years.

The American Spectator thinks that At the end of the day, the Democrats simply asked more of the American people in 2016 than was possible.

To put fully paid to the narrative Jones and other pundits on the Left are spinning, that Trump’s victory was a triumph of American racism and bigotry, an ugly slur which has encouraged thousands of this country’s worst residents to take to the streets in childish and un-American protests of democracy, it turns out that where Trump did make improvements over Romney’s performance was with black and Hispanic voters.

And it’s the Left’s bigotry, and moreover its obnoxious arrogance and never-ending cultural and political aggression, that explains Trump’s victory.

Because what happened on Election Night was that the national gag reflex manifested itself. And the Democrats’ attempts at forcing down a charmless Alinskyite grifter under multiple FBI investigations ran afoul of that reflex. She found herself the victim of a massive laryngeal spasm on the part of the electorate.

Nominating Clinton was an exercise in arrogance and corruption never before seen in American politics. It was a political aggression well in line with a long string of other affronts both political and cultural

Americans have been lectured, scolded, robbed, demoralized, and gaslighted relentlessly for the past eight years. And to top it all, the Democrats demanded that if they wouldn’t swallow a “feminist icon” whose only employment came courtesy of her professional relationship with her husband, who we are meant to believe put the nation’s state secrets forfeit to foreign powers as an innocent mistake and who is obviously guilty of running a pay-for-play influence-peddling scam disguised as a charity alongside what is advertised as “public service,” then that would constitute sexism

Sorry, said the country, but too far is too far. If that means making the guy from The Apprentice president, so be it. America emitted an unpleasant noise, expectorated, and delivered the Democrats to the floor covered in sputum.

Trump may carry with him lots of problems, but among them do not include relentless abuses of power seeking to force unwanted change on a beleaguered population. The country has had enough and has demanded a break from the Left.

This gag reflex – that’s really rather mild response to the ‘micro-aggressions’ described. But then, such aggression has been a cause of the left, a rationale for them to perpetrate their own on the imagined behavior of others. There has been some blow-back but a look at the county results (NY Times) make it clear that it is a city versus rural split and that is dangerous (but it is why the electoral college and other U.S. government processes were specified in the Constitution).

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Election Fables versus Reality

Victor Davis Hanson at the National Review takes on The Election Fables of 2016.

Clear choices on the issues in 2016 have been far more distinct than in 1960, 1968, or 1992. Most of what we read about the election of 2016 was untrue. Here are the most glaring of the election fables.

In other words, in all these cases of malfeasance, Clinton calculated quite correctly that Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the entire Obama administration, as well as the media and the liberal establishment, would rally to her side, even when it was evident that her denials were empty and her conduct ethically bankrupt and clearly illegal.

‘They go high, we go low’ Clinton enjoys quoting the supposed hip ethical platitudes of Michelle Obama and, by association, her husband (of campaigning ever more nobly while Trump campaigns still more ignobly). In fact, the Clinton campaign has matched all mud thrown by Trump, toss for toss — perhaps even more so, given its far greater cash reserves.

ever since the ascendency of their “war room,” the Clinton-inspired Left has attacked the integrity and morality of all Republican presidential candidates

It is a mistake to believe that any other candidate would have better dealt with the Clinton-Podesta hit teams; all we can assume is that most would have suffered far more nobly than Trump. It would be wonderful if a Republican candidate ran with Romney’s personal integrity, Rubio’s charisma, Walker’s hands-on experience, Cruz’s commitment to constitutional conservatism, and Trump’s energy, animal cunning, and ferocity, but unfortunately such multifaceted candidates are rare.

Campaign set a new low? Not if you know history. There were no issues? Only if your hearing was selective.

There was also this thing about money – that’s why the Citizens United SCOTUS case, Soros, and the Koch brothers got a lot of mention. The Trump campaign was an illustration that  having a lot of money behind it was not the key to success. A lot of paradigms and assumptions are going to need re-evaluation. That is for the professional campaign managers. For the people, it is the propaganda and VDH illustrates just how off base that has been. 

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Bernie Sanders and ignoring reality

Trent Lapinski, a diehard Bernie Sanders follower says Dear Democrats, Read This If You Do Not Understand Why Trump Won — “Trump Is What Happens When You Nominate A Cheater and Live In An Echo Chamber—Please Learn From This.”

The “conspiracies” were true, and the mainstream media lied to you to about everything.

Wikileaks was not Russian propaganda, it was the news.

Wikileaks has a 10-year record of never releasing a single falsified document, and is not connected to Russia. Everything they released were the actual e-mails of Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff. You had the opportunity to look through a window into the Hillary Clinton campaign, but you didn’t.

By ignoring the leaks, you ignored reality.

By not listening to your fellow Americans, and accusing them of being “conspiracy theorists” and trusting the corporate media, you ignored reality. By only following other liberals on social media, and only reading liberal or corporate news, once again ignoring reality. When Hillary Clinton was caught rigging the primary against Bernie Sanders, and Democrats nominated her anyway they ignored reality.

Hillary never should have been nominated in the first place. The first clue was when she was under FBI investigation, and the second clue was when she rigged the primary elections.
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I took it upon myself to understand Trump, and his supporters. What I found was millions of great Americans who had been disenfranchised, normal people like you and I, who did not recover from the Great Recession. They’re pissed off about Obama Care, endless wars, trade deals that have killed jobs, higher taxes, a rigged economy–and, they are not wrong.

Had Democrats taken the concerns of average American seriously, especially the concerns of Millennials, they would have quickly realized Hillary Clinton was not the right nominee for the Democratic party in 2016.

Meanwhile, the media, and social media kept everyone ignorant and isolated from differing opinions. They lied to us, manipulated us, and made us think the rest of the country agreed with us, when they didn’t. They used their position of authority to mislead us into believing in a false reality—in propaganda.

The media prevented any kind of discussion on values, and instead focused on rhetoric and propaganda. … While I’m still unsure about Trump myself, we at least know politically he’s actually a New York Democrat in Republican clothing

You also need to consider Donald Trump just overthrew a group of political elites who have been ruling this country for decades. He just beat the political establishment singlehandedly. No matter what you think about him personally, he just accomplished something historic to become our President.

This is a wakeup call to get out of safe spaces, politically correct thinking, shatter echo chambers, and challenge yourself to consider the other side of the fence. This is an opportunity to reach out and truly learn to understand each other.

The State Propaganda Machine took a hit. They won’t go down but will more than likely up their assault – think George Bush after 2004. That’s going to give folks like Rush Limbaugh a lot to talk about. 

Meanwhile, Nevada shows that it has been fully Californicated and the geographic divide in the country between heartland and coasts is as strong as ever. Dreams of socialism, despite its history of misery and failures, continues to sway nearly half the country. The effort to “truly learn to understand each other” starts with intellectual integrity and the goal of achieving that does not appear any closer.

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Gruber may have been right

You know, the Gruber that claimed the stupidity of the public was a major factor in getting Obamacare passed? Alicia Colon reports: Hillary Ads Reaching Out To Stupid Women.

If I were a stupid, brain dead woman, then I’d probably be influenced by these ads and support Hillary Clinton, who is probably one of the most corrupt individuals to ever run for the U.S. presidency. I, however, have lived long enough to realize that many men speak as arrogantly as Mr. Trump and we’ve had several presidents whose private sins would dwarf Trump’s if they hadn’t been covered up by a compliant media.

The very fact that the Clinton ads are predominantly personal attacks on Trump instead of being issue oriented only proves the campaign’s desperation in light of the continuing exposes of the nefarious dealings at Hillary’s State Department and the Clinton Foundation. It certainly looks as if she sold the country down the drain to enrich herself and oh yes, four Americans died and an entire country (Libya) was decimated thanks to Hillary. But women are supposed to overlook all that and vote for her because she has a vagina? Did suffragettes battle for the nineteenth amendment for this moronic gender? I think not.

We may have originally fallen for that devious charge that Trump mocked a disabled reporter by waving his hands spastically until we learned that charge was completely false. The reporter is unable to move his hands at all and Trump routinely makes that gesture to depict anyone being flustered by the truth.

Another example of attack ads that should stimulate pause to think are those accusing Joe Heck of voting against Planned Parenthood funding and participating in the government funding battles in Congress. What the Democrats see as a bug or flaw, many others see as a feature. The issue is the government debt and responsible financial management. You can’t attack that and it gets really hard to argue for massive and escalating government debt so, instead, engage in personal attacks about how a candidate tries to impose some fiscal restraint on government.

What Colon is describing is in the same camp as what Scott Adams was describing as noted in previous posts. These are first steps towards transparency. Maybe. Between the media complicity, exposure of government corruption, or the reaction of the Washington Establishment to Trump, there is a lot being laid bare for inspection that should show a significant needs for corrections in course. As that priest in High Road to China said, “the ox is slow but the earth is patient.” The question is how much damage will be sustained waiting for that ox.

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Tit4Tat

Trump has made election fraud an issue in this campaign. That was stimulated by court rulings favoring Democrat efforts to fight voter ID laws, the Holder DoJ dropping campaign intimidation campaigns by Democrat ethnic groups, and the many stories of the dead voting and other irregularities at the voting booth. What’s a Democrat to do? How about nuisance lawsuits? In several states, Democrats have filed for injunctions about Republican voter intimidation and other misbehavior. Andrea Noble reports: Courts dismiss Democrats’ claims of ‘vigilante voter intimidation’ efforts.

In Arizona, U.S. District Judge John J. Tuchi found that the Arizona Democratic Party had not provided enough evidence to support the issuance of a temporary restraining order against the Trump campaign and Mr. Stone, noting that several of the campaign’s public statements that were cited as evidence of intimidation were taken out of context.

“One can seriously question the wisdom of stirring up supporters about a controversial issue, encouraging them to go to a precinct that is not their own, and telling them to look for ‘voter fraud’ without defining what it is, leaving individuals to their own devices to figure out how to go about that task,” Judge Tuchi wrote in an order issued Friday. “But whatever the shortcomings of the Trump campaign’s statements on this issue might be, simply arguing there is voter fraud and urging people to watch out for it is not, without more, sufficient to justify the extraordinary relief that an injunction constitutes.”

While early voting was underway in the state, the judge found that Democrats failed to provide evidence of “any attempts at voter intimidation, or any voter reporting they felt intimidated, during this cycle.”

Of course, if the Democrats hold true to form for the left, losing a few nuisance lawsuits isn’t going to deter the effort. They will keep at it until they find some irregularity they can trumpet as a “see! I told you so!” or until they find some judge who will let them proceed. It is like on report on the Watergate comparisons being flawed because Nixon put the country first and resigned. That sort of thing isn’t very common with Democrats as the country does not hold much value to them which is why Trump’s “make America great again” slogan resonates.

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Scott Adams and the other shoe

A previous post mentioned Scott Adams idea to dehypnotize Clinton supporters. That effort was criticized because it was a rational approach to an irrational problem. Adams drops the other shoe in his post about how The Dehypnotizing has Begun.

My blog post won’t dehypnotize hardcore Democrats who consider their political affiliation part of their identity. But you might want to try it with that group anyway just to watch the cognitive dissonance that arises. Trust me when I say it will be hilarious. You will get to watch a total abandonment of any pretense of rational thought along with – I assume – a frantic attempt to change the topic.

Once you have identified your subject for persuasion, prime that person by saying you read the Scott Adams Blog and you have learned a lot about the field of persuasion. Mention that I am a trained hypnotist and that I have made spooky-accurate predictions so far this election. Tell the person that I wrote a blog post designed to dehypnotize a Clinton voter who thinks Trump is a dangerous candidate. Say you know it works for some people because I reported that here and on Twitter. (That’s true.)

This type of priming is important for persuasion. You want your subject to accept the idea that I have special skills in the field of hypnosis. Once they believe that is true, your persuasion will be more effective. Don’t skip the priming because it makes a big difference.

That’s the other shoe. One is the rational and the other is the emotional. Both are needed. As Limbaugh keeps saying about humor being honest with reality, so does this dehypnotize effort. There is a reality but it is going to make no impact unless there is something for it to ride on. Adams has provided an example of both to make a more complete lesson.

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Trump’s closure

Scott Adams of Dilbert fame has been rather ‘out there’ in this campaign. He offers two posts on his blog about how Trump is making his closing argument and why the Hillary assertions about Trump don’t pass the smell test. The two posts also contradict the often posited presumption that it is Trump who is avoiding issues and personalizing the mud slinging.

Trump the Closer: I had been wondering if Trump was planning some sort of special closing argument. He did not disappoint. In my opinion, his final ad is the political ad of the year, if not the best ever. Watch it here [YouTube link https://t.co/WvTLumkqxO]first and I’ll include my thoughts below.

He cites five specific reasons why he thinks the video is a “fantastic” closer for Trump.

Unhypnotizing a Clinton Supporter: Today I teach you how to unhypnotize a Clinton supporter.

Keep in mind that the strongest form of persuasion is fear. Clinton’s team of persuaders has convinced her followers that Trump is dangerous. If you remove that part of her spell, Trump wins. Here’s how.

5. Trump might start a war: Trump owns buildings and property around the world. As a general rule, people who own a lot of real estate don’t start wars because their own assets are at risk. But Clinton is “sponsored” – via the Clinton Foundation and speaking fees – by defense companies that profit from war. Likewise, Clinton is sponsored by foreign countries whose interests don’t align with American interests.

That idea that Trump holds significant property around the world and would not want to risk it is an interesting take on the Left’s global society thing. Getting those assets means working with other governments and societies to obtain desired ends as well and that addresses fears of Trump instigating other world leaders.

Another interesting point that Adams brings up is that of alcohol use by the two candidates. His entire list of 8 points is worth consideration but: it is logical, reasonable, and fact based. How do you expect that sort of basis to “unhypnotize” someone who has imbibed heavily of the cool aid and bought the snake oil on the pitchman’s claims?

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dissonance

Neo-neocon provides an interesting example of dissonance in dealing with Victor Davis Hanson and the non-Trumpers.

Like many Trump-boosters, Victor Davis Hanson misses the point in this description of the motivations of people on the right who won’t vote for Trump. It’s an error I’ve seen over and over again from Trump supporters, including even relatively reluctant Trump supporters such as Hanson, who is ordinarily an intelligent and perceptive writer

Hanson commits many errors there, all in that single sentence. One is that Trump’s “rivals and their supporters still in large part insist they will not support him.” That is, quite simply, factually untrue.

So, why does Hanson—a man whose writing I have respected and praised for a long, long time—write what he wrote there? My theory is that anger and/or frustration is getting in the way of facts this year more than ever, even in people who ordinarily would be more careful. Trump versus Hillary is an enormously emotional experience, among other things, and emotion can cloud reason even in the best of us.

But that’s not all Hanson gets wrong. He also commits the very common error of Trump supporters by mischaracterizing the motives of the Trump non-supporters as their perception that Trump is “uncouth.” I’ve written about the problems with this approach many times before, which is that it trivializes and minimizes the objections of most non-Trumpers, objections which are ordinarily far more profound than that, and which have been fully aired many many times.

One problem is that the emphasis on “factually” is based on selecting a sample, assuming a convenient context, and then simplifying the statements to create a binary argument. Another problem is confusing motives with behavior. “Uncouth” describes a judgment about behavior and it is often heard from those who dislike Trump. “Motives” are what you get into when you talk about “far more profound” and prognosticate about what might be. Another indicator is going to the dictionary and then selecting a meaning, as is, from the resource to propound his argument. That is a means of distorting a message in order to try to make it say what you want rather than what the messenger was trying to convey.

In sum, why does it seem to be so difficult for so many Trump supporters to acknowledge the actual arguments and reasoning behind the decisions of non-Trump supporters, and try to counter those arguments instead of creating a much more simplistic strawman? Is it really necessary to insult them by trivializing what they think?

This illustrates a bit of projection. It is difficult for “so many Trump supporters” because the “actual arguments and reasoning” are not based on observable behaviors in an honest way as illustrated in this Neo-neocon post. The strawman is a Trump created out of selected reality distorted to fit a viewpoint that is not subject to inspection. The insult of trivialization is that of assuming dishonesty, as Neo-neocon does here that is itself dishonest, not to mention the character assassination such as saying Hanson “is ordinarily intelligent and perceptive.” If nothing else Hanson is trying to be polite by reporting on behavior he sees. The problem is that that witness is not what those being observed think is what they are doing. That is a source of dissonance.

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Venezuela: Bogeyman or All Too Real?

John Sexton describes Venezuela’s Maduro: ‘The revolution is going to continue’.

Socialist president Nicolas Maduro delivered a message to the opposition party in the National Assembly Thursday: Nothing will be allowed to stop the revolution.

The idea of Maduro lecturing anyone on “democratic governance” would be hilarious if it weren’t so tragic.

Maduro did all this despite the clear evidence that “the revolution” has reduced his country to a hell hole.

America is not Venezuela and we’re a long way from becoming Venezuela. But then, 20 years ago Venezuela was a long way from becoming what it has since “the revolution” came to town. Here in the U.S. we just saw a socialist do very well preaching a remarkably similar type of revolution to members of the Democratic primary.

As in Venezuela, the revolution takes hold by promising more of everything for everyone and ends with empty stomachs and desperate parents hoping to keep their families going. And while it happens some idiot unionist in a red shirt is demanding the march of progress continue over a government-controlled television network.

And don’t forget the celebrities and other faux heroes who espouse the glories of the revolutions like in Venezuela and Cuba and elsewhere — despite consistent results in mass death and suffering. 

It should be a “no-brainer” yet it holds enough people in it’s grip to make for a close election. Why?

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Trump keeps coming up right.

An IBD editorial wonders: Clinton Foundation Scandal: A Justice Department Cover-Up Exposed?. Of course, it is Trump’s money that has been subject to allegation but also, as usual, investigation in that direction does not find anything. Looking the other direction is a different matter. The State Propaganda Machine spends more time lambasting Trump’s crude and vulgar and ugly and demeaning and so on comments about the election being rigged or the Russian influence or the other problems he sees that everyone with eyeballs can see too.

One report has it that there are at least five FBI investigations into Clinton related corruption. One of them is has roots going back to the Holder decision to not worry about Black Panthers guarding a voting station. It is about the corruption in the DoJ itself.

Now it appears that Justice has successfully sidelined a critical investigation into the corrupt Clinton Foundation purely for political reasons. If so, then the Justice Department itself is guilty of obstructing justice.

This is the very definition of a “rigged system.”

There is a mad scrambling to defend against the light of day. Trump is getting more of those ‘he was right about that’ judgments as more see that he was talking about the shape of the forest and his detractors are trying to put his comments as talking about individual insect eaten leaves. That only goes so far. Maybe.

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Harry Reid

Patterico’s Pontifications posts Harry Reid’s Letter To James Comey with a few comments to place it in context and to qualify it.

As recently as last month, Reid gloated about the false accusation he made against Mitt Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign. This in spite of evidence showing that Reid was outright lying. But to a corrupt bastard like Harry Reid, proof means nothing. Only winning. And he has certainly shown that there is no line he will not cross in order to do just that.

Of course there are numerous examples which demonstrate Reid’s dishonesty and seared conscience, so it’s no surprise that in a desperate move, he fired off a letter to James Comey today accusing him of violating the Hatch Act:

And during an interview with Brett Baier, Gowdy offered this: “Thank God he’s leaving, is my initial reaction. My second reaction is: I did not know Mormons used drugs. And anyone who is capable of sending out that press release has to be under the influence of something.”

anything to win … isn’t that why Clinton is in this predicament to start with?

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That rug is getting awfully lumpy

Trying to sweep things under the rug can make things look OK for a while but then it makes the rug lumpy so it is hard to walk on and some of that stuff swept under the rug starts to fester and smell. After 30 years, this seems to be happening in the Clinton Camp.

Thomas Lifson says The presidential race has changed because The Awful Truth about the Clintons is sinking in. “Here is the logical chain of four shocks that I think a big enough (10%?) share of Democrats have pondered

For one of those dirt piles under the rug, see the FBI Release 100 Clinton Investigation Pages: “Quid Pro Quo”, “Shadow Government”, and More…. “Much of this will not be covered by MSM because it exposes an aspect of Hillary Clinton that is well beyond self-serving. In addition to including the full pdf below – we’ve pulled out some important pages via screen grab to pay particular attention to

Then there’s VDH on The Clintons as Farce — :Should we laugh or cry at the latest developments in a madcap campaign?”

Hillary Clinton was resting, running out the clock, sitting on a supposed large lead, and hoping that the election was sooner than later. Now after the latest Weiner disclosures, she is crisscrossing the country, terrified of collapsing polls, and wishing that she had three more weeks rather than just one. With the Clintons, farce is the desert to scandal: the profiteering Clinton Foundation as a humanitarian treasure; Hillary the former corporate attorney as child and little-guy crusader; Bill Clinton, both sexual predator and feminist hero.

Yet no one thought discredited deviant Anthony Weiner could much harm Hillary—except of course “conspiratorial” Donald Trump. He warned months ago that Clinton aide Huma Abedin might have been passing on classified materials to her dissolute husband. Because Weiner couldn’t repress his electronic libido with young girls, he ended up on the FBI’s radar—and by extension his smartphones, tablets, computers, and by further extension supposedly his estranged wife’s confidential communications.

Should we laugh or cry when Barack Obama’s Department of Justice warns about mixing politics with the Weiner investigation, after Attorney General Loretta Lynch had stealthily met on the tarmac with Bill Clinton while her office was supposedly investigating his spouse?

Thomas Lifson has another item on the Blockbuster report on internal FBI conflict over investigating Clinton machine. “Devlin Barrett of the Wall Street Journal has apparently mined many sources at the FBI, DoJ, and other “people familiar with the matter,” and put together a remarkable piece that is providing a lot of new information.”

There is a lot of controversy being genned up that Comey should have kept quiet about FBI investigations to avoid tainting the election. The problem is, as usual, that it’s happened before. Consider Weinberg when the ‘apologies’ didn’t come until after the election. There is a conflict between proper legal niceties in criminal investigations and the need of the public to know about their choices in an election. The investigation wouldn’t be an election problem if the partisans had not nominated someone with such a known and threatening scandal issue. As with Nixon, what wasn’t known before the election raised a crisis later and the Watergate scandals don’t hold a candle to what is being revealed now about the Clinton scandals.

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It won’t go away, it won’t disappear – Corruption and conspiracy evidence

Thomas Lifson found an An essential guide to the Wikileaks revelations on Hillary. “This website is not owned by or affiliated with WikiLeaks. It was made entirely for free by an American citizen who is sick of government corruption and the lack of accountability and justice in our country.”

Clarice Feldman tipped me off to what looks like a great resource, a website that organizers the vast flood of data from Wikileaks and other sources such as the FBI documents,  and focuses on the crucial issues. It is an anonymous piece of work, and the site is titled http://www.mostdamagingwikileaks.com.

Unquestionably, the site seems to make all the worst assumptions. As an honest prosecutor investigating public corruption ought to do while uncovering evidence and testing out those assumptions.

I have yet to explore it in depth, but what I have seen so far indictes that this is a valuable organizer of the Wikileaks data, and I hope it is updated continually.

This is the ‘polite’ side of the reaction to the exposed corruption. Those denying, defending, or trying to conceal the evidence and its plain conclusions will find that it won’t go away, it won’t disappear. It will make an impact and it will gather force. Compare and contrast to the many baseless conspiracy theories, the 9-11 truthers, for instance, where the pot simmers but does not boil because the evidence just isn’t there. As this website shows, the evidence for Clinton corruption and conspiracy is there and that existence will feed the flames to bring the simmer to a boil. 

BTW, The Oregon Bundy jury said “not guilty.” So the Feds arrested the attorney. Meanwhile the South Dakota Pipeline protest is turning violent. Yes it’s related. And the flames are being fed.

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Influence peddling

Instapundit posts a note

The Clintons don’t produce any desirable consumer products, or perform any traditionally useful services like accounting or dry cleaning. They have built no factories, dug no mines, nor worked any farms. They hold no patents and have developed no real estate. They are not medical doctors of rare skill. They haven’t starred in any hit movies or sung any popular songs. They have (allegedly) written and sold some books, but not the kind of bestsellers that get turned into TV shows and make real money.

And yet they have grown rich “beyond the dreams of avarice” since Bill left office nearly 16 years ago, and even richer since Hillary entered international politics just eight years ago.

How?

By peddling influence — an activity which generates great wealth only in a corrupt and overly bureaucratic society.

That’s the swamp that needs to be drained, and it runs much deeper and wider than most anyone realizes.

This cites Clinton Foundation’s Fundraisers Pressed Donors to Steer Business to Former President by James V. Grimaldi and Anupreeta Das at the The Wall Street Journal.

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Blind eye

Take a look at the Bundy protests. Consider the case of a sheriff sentenced to 6 months for contempt of court because he refused to stand down in enforcing established law. Now take a look at the South Dakota Pipeline protests. Obama steers clear as North Dakota pipeline protests veer out of control.

Having lent support to the North Dakota pipeline protesters, the Obama administration is stiff-arming requests for more federal assistance as the situation on the ground at the massive encampment grows increasingly volatile.

The conflict shows signs of intensifying. Protesters set up tipis and tents Sunday in the path of the pipeline about two miles from the Cannon Ball River, declaring it “unceded territory affirmed in the 1851 Treaty of Ft. Laramie as sovereign land under the control of the Oceti Sakowin.”

Negotiating with demonstrators has also been difficult because the tribe appears to have lost control of the protest. A group of about 200 to 300 activists is driving the lawbreaking, while the protest’s leadership is split among different camps, according to law enforcement.

Rob Port, a North Dakota conservative radio talk show host who runs the Say Anything blog, warned that more federal involvement could come back to haunt the community.

“If the feds get involved, I hope it is to stand up for property rights and the rule of law, which have been trampled by the protesters,” Mr. Port said. “I’m afraid if they get involved, it will be to take up the cause of the tribe and protesters against state law enforcement, which would only further inflame this situation.”

In this case, the Indian tribe is being used by leftist activists and rioters. They lend an aura built by propaganda from the left of the peaceful native nobility such as also drives the contempt for Columbus Day. “For those living and working in Morton County, North Dakota, however, waiting for the administration to research a project already approved by state and federal regulators comes at a cost.” The citizens don’t seem to matter much to the federal government and that may be stimulating some bite. Perhaps the government’s blind eye will turn into a black eye. If not now, eventually. Think Venezuela. Then again, that might be depressing as former middle class citizens digging in the garbage for food is still not enough for people like that football quarterback to rethink their holding the heroes of the Venezuela and Cuba revolutions up on a pedestal. Yes it is happening here, the blind eye. 

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The sea is frothing – some of the commentary this morning

quite a steaming pile in circulation this morning. Take a look:

Donald Trump’s Moral Fervor By James Lewis

At a time when the “news” media betray their own hyped up values of objectivity and fairness, I am beginning to hear a growing voice of moral outrage in America – and it’s actually expressed in clear words, day after day, by the Republican nominee for president of the United States. That would be Donald Trump.

That last sentence is bound to set any lost and lonely lefty loony screaming with hysterical laughter, but hyenas are what they are. From the hyena’s point of view, Republicans are just another meat.

‘People are sick of politics’: how the US election left Reno divided and silenced — “The Nevada city is in a crucial district in the key swing state – yet the polarizing presidential race has forced residents to stop talking about who they’ll vote for”

But this year – though Washoe County is as important and hotly contested as ever – is different. This year, there are no presidential election lawn signs anywhere.

People don’t want their neighbors to know who they’re voting for, for fear of the kind of conflict that led Sanguinetti to ban the topic of politics from his establishment entirely, residents say.

Andrew Malcom says There are way too many coincidences in assaults on Trump —

A few things you’re unlikely to read elsewhere: Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy – and Americans’ ability to choose their next leader – is being destroyed by a sequence of events way too well orchestrated to be coincidental.

Let’s see, which story do you think would draw maximum interest – combing through thousands of pages of stolen documents revealing an unpopular, untrustworthy Democrat proving why she’s unpopular and untrusted. Or obnoxious TV celebrity accused with perfect timing of sliding his hand up women’s skirts, just as he had boasted on tape?

None of this addresses the truth of these charges. Clinton has often said female victims of sexual predators should be believed by default. Unless it seems they’re accusing her husband. She attacked them.

Malcom cites quite a laundry list to support his thesis. He doesn’t mention how the Wikileaks guy is reported this morning to have lost his internet access, though.

National Review says “No, the election isn’t rigged” — “denying reality doesn’t help.” But there is reason to wonder who it is that is denying reality.

As a factual matter, this is, of course, bunk. The electoral process, from bottom to top, is managed by citizens and governed by a dense body of election law. Vote-counting is heavily scrutinized by party officials and independent monitors, and irregularities are subject to legal challenge. The voting equipment used is tested prior to Election Day and carefully monitored before, during, and after. None of this is to say that voter fraud does not exist, or that errors don’t occasionally affect vote totals. But to “rig” an election at the national scale would require logistical know-how seen only in Hollywood capers. To think that the same Clinton campaign that had trouble putting away Bernie Sanders has now arranged to steal an election on a continental scale defies logic — to put it mildly.

As for the media, there is no doubt that the press hates Donald Trump with a passion, and it shows. Unfortunately, media bias is a persistent feature of our system.

Rather typical of the hubris of true believers. They cite an example that refutes their claim and make wild assertions as if they were axiomatic. A NYC election commissioner is caught on tape accepting massive voter fraud, there have been numerous cases of voter fraud in the news recently, political ads often cite Soros or the Koch Brothers, … Consider “bunk” and “to put it mildly” as indicators of just how far NR has gone in losing its perspective. Perhaps it should put more effort into understanding why what it cites might lead to the complaints it condemns.

Daniel Greenfield takes on the sieve of national security secrets in Truth is the nuclear weapon of the new cold war — “Exposing the underbelly of the American Kremlin.” He points out that it isn’t defense and trade secrets that bother the current administration but rather the expose’ of political party secrets.

But suddenly it wasn’t our defense secrets that were being spilled. It was the Democratic Party’s dirty dealings. And all the outrage and anger that had lain slumbering while our national defense secrets were being plundered by the enemy was suddenly roused to a boiling pitch.

Obama has gone to the featherbed mattresses. This means war.

Reports claim that the CIA is “is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election”.

The right time to launch such an “action” would have been after Snowden or after the theft of top national security secrets by China. The OPM database hack should have merited such a response. Instead the corrupt left-wing elites running this country only respond to threats to their political power.

The CIA wasn’t allowed to strike back when its operatives were endangered. But humiliating Hillary Clinton and John Podesta must not be allowed. National security is disposable. Dem security isn’t.

That is what the Hillary Clinton email scandal was really about. The emails are a symptom. The real issue is that our leaders fear sunlight more than vampires. They cannot and will not stand the light. And so foreign dictators can trade transparency blows with them. Truth has become the political nuclear weapon. In the new Cold War, it’s not about how many cities you can destroy, but how much of the corrupt regime you can expose.

The sea is frothing, the storm clouds inspire fear, Yet it seems like that freighter that headed off to the Caribbean from Florida a while back despite a hurricane forecast. It was found later at the bottom of the sea. 

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“we already have re-education camps in America, and they are called the public schools”

Stephen Moore lets loose at the Times. Yes, I still support Donald Trump. “‘All we want from government is less of it’“.

What I don’t get about the prominent Republican defectors who have declared they are now for Hillary, is why they get this weird high off being praised by the leftists in the media. Is it really that important to them to be back on the invite list for the next Press Club Dinner? Yes I am offended by many of Mr. Trump’s actions and words. Who isn’t? But who isn’t offended and frightened more by every word uttered and action taken by Hillary Clinton? I’d vote for my pet frog over Hillary Clinton, but alas, he’s not running.

Even if you believe that Clinton and Trump are louts, why vote for the lout who will raise taxes, put three more Sodamayers on the Supreme Court, cripple our energy industry, double down on Obamacare, support partial birth abortion, and worship at the green altar of climate change? Why not vote for the lout who will do the opposite?

What is most troubling to me than the rapid-fire assaults on Mr. Trump — many of which, alas, he brought upon himself — is the denigration of his voters.

When I first met with Donald Trump many months ago, the first thing I told him was: Donald, I don’t know if I love you, but I sure love your voters. I don’t always agree with them — on issues like immigration and trade. But what I’ve come to discover is that it is the Trump movement, more so than Donald Trump himself, that is an existential threat to the establishment elites on the right and left. They are the front-line victims of government in Washington run amok. One Trump voter said it well to me at a recent rally in Colorado Springs: “All we want from government is less of it.”

Win or lose on November 8, we are not going away.

It looks like there is some learning going on in response to the Left. Those ‘re-education camps’ where the vast majority of professors and teachers are pushing propaganda of the left have grown in power and influence over the last fifty years. The continual assault on rights and freedoms shows all the persistence of terrorists at work. The response to opposition has been ugly and dishonest. The question is just how far the left can go before it is reigned in and held to account. Venezuela, Cuba, and the U.S.S.R. all provide examples of what happens when good men stand by. It may be that some have decided it is time to stand up in the U.S. before it gets that far. 

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Political suicide bombers

As Rush points out, this happens in just about every election: last minute shaky allegations often going back decades intended to destroy the Democrat’s opposition. Ace points out that this requires knee-jerk judgments.

Objections to the others are mostly about timing. Why wait until just before a political election to lodge these claims?

Now it is true that one accuser can put the courage into another to come forward. However, it’s also true that when people are doing a hit, they attempt to stampede public opinion by not giving the target time to rebut the charges. Charges like this take a while to work out — we’d have to check the aggrieved women’s claims and details against the record (was Trump flying commercial in 1995, for example).

The stampede-of-charges seems specifically designed to not permit that sort of informed, rational investigation.

NeverTrumpers are childlike in their utter unwillingess to treat a binary choice in an election as a binary choice: this is a comparison between two deeply flawed people, not a straight question about whether one of them meets your minimum threshold of acceptability.

Even assuming the charges against Trump are true, you don’t keep a victimizer of women out of the White House by agitating for Hillary; no, you just reward another victimizer of women.

But meanwhile, this man, despised by the Republican establishment (the actual power center of the party), the media, and the Democrat party, not to mention the federal bureaucracy which is now almost wholly captured by the Democrat Party, is up against a woman has already corrupted the DoJ and FBI with the full approval of the Democrat party and media and the winking indulgence of the Republican Establishment, which cheers a Republican loss as part of their internal palace purge power-play.

These are suicide bombers, people the Democrats are willing to sacrifice to achieve their desired ends. How sacrifice? They get their few minutes of fame and then, either after the election when their allegations matter no more or after a proper inspection shows the allegations were false – but then the Democrats tend to be like Muslim terrorists in that they make heroes of suicide bombers despite what they have done.

On the other hand, sometimes allegations stick. That is why the Clinton sex scandals are still on the table. The current candidate’s record in those scandals is well known and appears to have substance. Contrast this to Reid’s allegations about tax returns and Mitt Romney (and now Trump). You’d think these tactics would start to have an impact as known history of dishonesty. Maybe they have. The worry is that the gullible seem invested in their status.

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Bundy v DAPL

There have been protests about the federal government and its position on land use. The Bundy episodes in Nevada and Oregon present the classic ‘rancher versus the feds’ contest and the government was not shy in trying to assert its ‘rights’. Now there is a contrast and comparison. It is the Dakota Access Pipeline or DAPL. Valerie Richardson reports how Obama backs activists as N.D. pipeline protest spirals out of control.

The Obama administration has come under fire for aligning itself with activists fighting a North Dakota pipeline project even as the protest at the 2-month-old encampment spirals out of control.

An extreme faction within the enclave of 1,500 to 2,500 protesters camping out near the Dakota Access pipeline, or DAPL, is terrorizing the rural community with threats, vandalism and theft, as well as forcing road closures and school lockdowns, according to law enforcement.

“While some would like to say this was a protest, this was not a protest. This was a riot,” Sheriff Laney said at a press conference. “When you have that many people engaged in that kind of behavior, inciting others to break the law, cheering on others as they break the law, refusing to leave when they’re asked to leave, that’s not a protest.”

This week, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II called on the Obama administration to intervene to stop the project, almost all of which lies on private land but would run about a half-mile from the reservation at its nearest point.

Officials in law enforcement said the uptick in violence appears to stem from a group of 200 to 300 out-of-state arrivals, described by Mr. Keller as “professional agitators,” who have infiltrated the camps near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.
Arrest records show that about 85 percent of the 123 people arrested during the two-month span live outside North Dakota.

So far, however, the Obama administration has not provided assistance to law enforcement, although sheriffs in Wisconsin, Wyoming and elsewhere have responded to the emergency request for help by loaning deputies to supplement Morton County’s 34-member force.
The cost of the additional law enforcement runs about $100,000 per week, which is real money in a rural county of roughly 31,000, Mr. Keller said.

It’s the rent-a-mob, again, “terrorizing the rural community with threats, vandalism and theft.”  Also note how they have isolated a rural community and put pressure on the capabilities of that community to handle the load. A third point to compare and contrast is the purpose of the effort. It is not a ‘leave me alone’ thing as with Bundy but rather an effort to derail a commercial effort that seeks to provide necessary energy to a market, necessary for safety and well-being. 

There’s more. It’s telling. And it’s frightening. Venezuela, anyone?

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