Saturday, October 29, 2016

A Fight to the Death, or, 10 Days to Election

Friday afternoon the corporate press reported that the FBI reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server due to things found in a separate investigation. It was quickly learned the separate investigation was regarding former Congressman Anthony Weiner's sexting underage girls.

Weiner is married albeit estranged to Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's personal aide and vice chairwoman of the presidential campaign.

The New York Post's front page from Saturday, 29 October 2016.

The Clinton Campaign has taken the overt action of calling for a "release of the full and complete facts" (NBC).

The covert actions are probably fascinating maneuvering but alas unknown because of the aforementioned covertness.

I think Clinton & Co know they have to take the Presidency or die trying because a Trump administration would go after them like Stalin after Trotsky.

And Trump knows every federal agency will be tasked with destroying him once the transition from Obama to Clinton is a done deal.

And Obama? What's his plan? A pardon? A blanket pardon? A preemptive pardon? A private conversation with AG Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey?

Illinois has been written off as Clinton's state. Do I vote my traditional 3rd party, or vote for Trump - who for all intents and purposes is 3rd party?

That decision is not the important one.
The crucial action is filing the FOIA requests for the 9th Illinois Congressional District, where I reside, to compare the raw ballot counts against the official results.
And I have to do it Wednesday, 9 November 2016.

Illinois Board of Election - Election results

Illinois Board of Elections FOIA Officer Heather Kimmons
To file a FOIA request email her at

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Alt-Right is Dem-speak for deplorables

Having been called "alt-right" it behooved me to learn the precise definition.

Courtesy of The Week:
What is the alt-right?
It's a weird mix of old-school neo-Nazis, conspiracy theorists, anti-globalists, and young right-wing internet trolls — all united in the belief that white male identity is under attack by multicultural, "politically correct" forces. Alt-righters are primarily active online, where they taunt progressive and mainstream conservative opponents with anti-Semitic, misogynistic, or racist emails, tweets, and other social media posts[.]

Yet when I search for "alt left" or Democrat code words I find... nothing.

Hillary Clinton said half of Trump's supporters were deplorables.

From CNN, September 12 2016:
The Democratic presidential nominee sparked an uproar late Friday when she described Trump's supporters at a fundraiser.
"To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables," Clinton said. "Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it."
She added: "And unfortunately, there are people like that and he has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to only have 11,000 people, now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric."
Clinton then said some of these people were "irredeemable" and "not America."

And this was a message she honed, having the previous night said much the same thing in an interview with an Israeli television station.

When pounced on by the Trump campaign, and likened to Romney's "47% of America don't pay taxes" gaffe:
"Last night I was 'grossly generalistic,' and that's never a good idea. I regret saying 'half' -- that was wrong," Clinton said in a statement in which she also vowed to call out "bigotry" in Trump's campaign.
It doesn't seem the press corps pressed her to be more exact: is it more or less than "half?"

And in my case, I was put in the ALT-RIGHT basket because I called Hillary Clinton a warmonger.
This is not boding well for those Dems supporting Hillary.
The Republicans are not as susceptible to group-think as Dems are - the Chicago Tribune endorsed Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.
There were Dems foaming at the mouth that god-forbid the Trib ever endorse a Dem for President.

But are there Democratic press outlets endorsing Green Party candidate Jill Stein for President?

From Foreign Policy, July 27 2016: Hillary the Hawk: A History
The lead is:

2002 - Sen Clinton (D-NY) voted for authorization of military force in Iraq.
After getting pushback on that vote she claimed I thought it was a vote to put inspectors back in.
She has also said I believe in coercive diplomacy.

2007 and 2008 - Sen Clinton (D-NY) disagreed with Pres Obama about striking Al-Qaeda targets in Pakistan.

2009-2013 - the Obama Administration would conduct 300 drone strikes in Pakistan.
Clinton's Department of State opposed two (2) of the strikes.

2009 - Sec of State Clinton supported the Afghanistan surge. Reportedly Clinton was more hawkish than Sec of Defense Robert Gates.

2011 - Sec of State Clinton was a strong proponent of regime change in Libya.
A primary justification she offered was to pay back allies for Afghanistan:
"We asked our allies, our NATO allies, to go into Afghanistan with us 10 years ago. They have been there, and a lot of them have been there despite the fact they were not attacked... When it comes to Libya, we started hearing from the UK, France, Italy, other of our NATO allies. This was in their vital national interest."

2011 - Sec of State Clinton endorsed Navy SEAL raid into Abbottabad that killed Osama bin Laden.

2012 - Sec of State Clinton proposed a covert program to provide arms to groups fighting Assad in Syria. Later there was a Congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack in which a "consulate" was suspected of funneling arms from Libya to Syria. The lack of any State Dept emails from Sec of State Clinton led to the discovery of her using private email exclusively for govt business.

Foreign Policy concludes with this:

Well, he would, wouldn't he?

Mandy Rice-Davies might be gone, but her retort lives on every time someone in a position of power utters bald-faced rubbish.
Exhibit A, from the FTa memo Mr Cryan sent to Deutsche staff last week after its shares plunged to 30-year lows. In it, he blamed “forces in the market” that were trying to destabilise the bank.

What do you say about that, Mandy Rice-Davies?
"Well he would, wouldn't he?"

Monday, October 03, 2016