Monday, August 17, 2015

Election 2016

Ben Carson

Ben Carson: ‘In Cases of Rape and Incest, I Would Hope’ Pregnant Women Would Take RU-486 - GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told Fox News’ “Your World With Neil Cavuto” on Wednesday that he “would hope” that in cases of rape and incest, a woman would go to the hospital and get RU-486, a drug that causes abortion. Cavuto: Doctor, I was thinking – and as a doctor – what you thought of Marco Rubio’s line at the debate that even in cases of rape and incest, he would be against aborting a child. Carson: In cases of rape and incest, I would hope that they would very quickly avail themselves of emergency room, and in the emergency room, they have the ability to administer RU-486, other possibilities, before you have a developing fetus. Now I have to agree that—

Dr. Ben Carson's problematic response to fetal tissue attack - Where exactly does he stand on using fetal tissue in research?
 
Hillary Clinton

You Don't Have (Hillary's) Mail - It's really starting to look as if the "smartest woman in the world" has outsmarted herself. Before the Kardashians, reality soap opera fans had the Clintons. If you are too young to have lived through or too old to remember clearly those years, Thomas Lifson has a neat synopsis of As the Clinton World Turns,  This week’s episode, "Three Card Monty", continues as Hillary’s various stories about the official emails she improperly kept on a private server come undone. To refresh the story -- in order to protect national security, assure transparency in government, and to preserve an archive of official actions, she was supposed to use a secured Department of State server. Instead she kept a private, previously undisclosed server which held on it all her official and personal emails and those of her aides. A Freedom of Information Act case was filed and the woman her husband once called “the smartest woman in the world” and her spinners have been churning out excuses ever since. This week we learned the following:….

Signals Intelligence: A lesson for Hillary - Luckily, Hillary had nothing to do with World War II.

Will Huma Abedin Survive theClinton Scandal Vortex?  - It was probably inevitable that the woman always at Hillary Clinton’s side would one day be sucked into the vortex of suspicion and scandal surrounding the Democratic presidential frontrunner. For top Clinton aide Huma Abedin, that day seems to have arrived. Though rumors of impropriety have swirled around Abedin for over two years, in the past two weeks they’ve snowballed into concrete allegations.   Last week, the State Department inspector general claimed that the trusted Clinton confidant owes the government nearly $10,000 for violating rules regarding vacation and sick leave. And in court on Monday, Hillary Clinton admitted Abedin had an e-mail account on the now-infamous private server run out of Clinton’s house while she was secretary of state, and that the account “was used at times for government business.” …..

Clinton Ignores Question on Her Ally Schumer’s Opposition to Iran Nuclear Deal - Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton on Monday sidestepped a question on Sen. Chuck Schumer’s decision to break with their party and the administration over the Iran nuclear agreement. At a press availability in Exeter, N.H., as Clinton walked away from reporters, she was asked about the Iran deal and the decision by Schumer (D-N.Y.) not to support it.  “Madame Secretary, any comments on the Iran deal?” a reporter asked her. “Senator Schumer’s not supporting it – are you disappointed in him?” Video footage shows Clinton hesitate, look at the reporter and gesture briefly in his direction before walking away without answering the question. “Thank you all,” she was heard saying indistinctly as she left.……

Hillary has been playing a shell game with email server - Like a Times Square hustler with three walnut shells and a pea, Hillary Clinton has been playing a game of misdirection with her email server.

State Dept. Won’t Concede IG Is Correct in Saying Emails on Clinton’s Server Contained ‘Top Secret’ Information - The U.S. State Department will not concede that Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough was correct when he stated in an Aug. 11 memo to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and members of Congress—including the chairmen and ranking members of the congressional intelligence committees - that emails on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private server included information that was classified Top Secret. “In response to the above referenced congressional notification, my office received multiple Congressional requests for copies of Former Secretary Clinton’s emails containing classified Intelligence Community [IC] information,” McCullough wrote in the Aug. 11 memo, which has been made public by Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley.

Rubio

Straight Outta Whitewash - My Instagram and Facebook feeds have been filled with unwitting apologists for racism against Korean-American small-business owners.  Heckuva job, Hollywood!  Here's how the poison is spreading. A savvy marketing team at Universal/Comcast Corp. developed a web toy that allows social media fans to customize the theatrical poster logo for the media giant's new biopic, "Straight Outta Compton." Hundreds of thousands of clueless users have uploaded photos of themselves and substituted "Compton" with the names of their hometowns.  Jennifer Lopez, Serena Williams, LeBron James and Ed Sheeran are among the celebrities who helped make the meme go viral. Youth vote-pandering GOP Florida Sen. Marco Rubio jumped on the cultural bandwagon, too, with two obsequious messages on Twitter featuring the hashtag "#straightouttacompton." It's a publicity coup for rappers-turned-multimedia moguls Dr. Dre (Andre Young) and Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson) as they pimp the movie — named after their breakthrough 1988 album — glorifying the rise of their band N.W.A. (Niggaz Wit Attitudes) and the hardcore gangsta rap genre….

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders: 'I Will Fight to...Make Every Public College and University in America Tuition Free’ - At an event in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, where he accepted the endorsement of the National Nurses United, Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said he would fight as president to enact legislation making all public colleges and university in the country free.  “We have legislation in, that I will fight to implement as president, that will make every public college and university in America tuition-free.

Another Democratic president wannabe's war on women and the Democratic women who don't care about it - Forget supposed president wannabe Donald Trump (presumed R for the moment)'s icky comments about women in general and Megyn Kelly in particular as indicative of Republican attitude towards women. It is actions that really count. And once again, the Democrats are the prime action offenders in their "war on women," especially in the important gender pay gap battle.   Steven Hayward of Powerline blog reminds us of this, citing a report in the Washington Free Beacon from over a year ago that proud socialist presidential aspirant Bernie Sanders has the worst record of equal pay in Congress. “Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who caucuses with the Democrats, was the worst of the gender pay gap offenders in the previous analysis. He remains near the bottom of the list, with the average female salary $21,730 lower than the average salary received by men in his office.” $21,730! A nearly $22,000 salary increase could lift a woman out of poverty. But then she wouldn't be dependent on the free stuff the Democrats promise their helpless poverty stricken female voters.   And apparently the Democratic war on women is systemic.  Women were also paid less than men at the Democratic National Committee, in Obama’s White House, and on his 2012 presidential campaign.  Yeah, I know; I was surprised, too.
Donald Trump

GOP Elites Call for Purge of Trump - In the Cleveland debate, Donald Trump refused to commit to support whomever the Republican Party nominates in 2016.  Trump would be wise to maintain his freedom of action. For there is a plot afoot in The Washington Post Conservative Club to purge Trump from the Republican Party before the primaries begin.  "A political party has a right to ... secure its borders," asserts the Post's George Will, "a duty to exclude interlopers." Will wants The Donald "excommunicated" and locked out of all GOP debates until he kneels and takes a loyalty oath to the nominee.

Further Thoughts on the Trump Phenomenon - I learned a little bit about the Donald Trump phenomenon after my appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News Channel show this week, as my comments led to galactic feedback on Twitter — some positive, some negative.  Hannity showed segments of his interview with Trump and asked me and the other guests to respond to various aspects of it. Some of the Twitter critics were upset with Fox News, alleging that it failed to provide a balanced picture, seeing as all three of us appeared anti-Trump.  In this case, Fox News deserves to be defended because I believe it tried to achieve balance, as the producers indicated to me they were interested in bringing me on for the segment partially because I had written a column favorable to Trump.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker still evasive on border security and immigration - Skirts questions on building a wall.

Scott Walker praises stadium funding that benefits $150,000 donorThe GOP governor sounds like Obama in defending his giveaway.

 

 

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