Thursday, August 13, 2015

Election 2016

By Rich Kozlovich

I intend to post these "Election 2016" links often during the coming weeks, possible daily. As I have been posting links to these articles I've avoided giving "My Take" on the writers and those who they're writing about. I want the information on these people to stand on it's own, and allow everyone to decide whether or not they like their stances. Each candidate will be listed alphabetically. At some point before the first primaries I intend to organize all the articles about each candidate separately, and then publish each. After that I will publish a synopsis of everything they've said, everything they are saying and their positions past and present, along with a final "My Take" for your enjoyment. Please enjoy today's posts!

Ben Carson

Ben Carson: Planned Parenthood Clinics Put in Black Neighborhoods to ‘Control That Population’ - Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Your World,” former Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, a candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination, sounded off on Planned Parenthood, as the so-called women’s health organization has been under fire in recent weeks for a series of videos suggesting they were open to selling aborted fetal tissue for profit. Carson referred to the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger and her position on eugenics, particularly as it pertained to blacks, which he said may not allow for him to be objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood. “Well, maybe I’m not objective when it comes to Planned Parenthood. But you know, I know who Margaret Sanger is, and I know that she believed in eugenics, and that she was not particularly enamored with black people,” Carson said. “And one of the reasons that you find most of their clinics in black neighborhoods is so that you can find way to control that population. And I think people should go back and read about Margaret Sanger, who founded this place — a woman who Hillary Clinton by the say says she admires. Look and see what many people in Nazi Germany thought about her.”…..
 
Hillary Clinton

Hillary turns over email server to DoJ as 'top secret' emails found - Hillary Clinton's attorney turned over her personal email server to the Department of Justice yesterday amid questions about at least 7 emails in Clinton's possession containing classified information. At least two of the emails were classified as "top secret" despite Clinton's longtime denial that any classified material was ever stored in the server. Two separate investigations into the email controversy are muddying the waters, as the State Department inspector general and intelligence community IG are viewing the email scandal from two different perspectives. The intel community wants to know if any classified information was compromised. The State Department is trying to respond to FOIA requests, specifically from Judicial Watch, as well as investigate who was using the private server among Clinton aides and hand over email communications that survive to the appropriate congressional committee. Washington Post:…..

Hillary 'arms-to-jihadists' allegation at center of trial - Hillary Clinton’s political problems as she seeks the Democratic Party nomination for president could be compounded next month when the trial of gunrunner Marc Turi begins. Court filings by Turi’s defense counsel, Jean-Jacques Cabou of the law firm Perkins Coie LLP, indicate then-Secretary of State Clinton’s alleged role in a secret and possibly illegal Obama administration plan in 2011 to ship weapons to al-Qaida-affiliated militia groups in Libya will be at the center of the case. The Department of Justice prosecution of Turi is unusual in that it does not allege in its indictment that Turi ever actually shipped weapons to the Libyan“rebels.” Instead, the DOJ has charged Turi with lying on an export-license application, alleging he hid his intent to ship weapons and ammunition to Libya in direct violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 170.

Hillary Clinton Asks College Grads to Use Emojis to Describe Their Feelings on StudentLoan Debt - Faced with plummeting poll and favorability ratings (plus the FBI seizing her server), Hillary Clinton's campaign is trying out a hip new way to promote her student debt plan to recent college grads: emojis. First of all, the grammatically correct way of phrasing that tweet is "three emojis or fewer," but I digress. The majority of responses have been what one would expect: angry faces, the skull, sad faces, and the "money flying away" symbol……

Queen Hillary: Hillary Clinton is in trouble - Or more accurately put, she should be in trouble, very big trouble, in fact. The latest from the Department of Justice is that, yes, they have seized Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server and an accompanying thumb drive. But is she above the law?
 
Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina Emerges as a G.O.P. Weapon Against ‘War onWomen’ Charge- This week, Donald J. Trump said that listening to Carly Fiorina, the only woman competing for the Republican presidential nomination, gave him “a massive headache.” It was music to Mrs. Fiorina’s ears. For months, the former Hewlett-Packard executive has tried to gain traction by pointedly attacking Hillary Rodham Clinton. But Mrs. Fiorina’s candidacy did not start to sizzle until her performance at last week’s second-tier Republican debate, where viewers realized that as the sole woman in a 17-candidate primary field, she was singularly qualified to stand up to Mr. Trump……

Why Carly Crushed It - While the Republican National Committee might have limited the number of debates in this season's primary process, the candidates' performances during the first debate ensured that they would still carry great weight. With Donald Trump as the current leader of the field, this might be considered the first reality-TV primary. The first Republican debate for the 2016 nominee was held last week on Fox News. Moderated by Martha MacCallum and Bill Hemmer, it featured Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and Jim Gilmore, and drew 6.1 million viewers. The prime-time debate, moderated by Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace, included Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie and John Kasich, and drew 24 million viewers. and in my mind the clear winner of the first debate -- was Carly Fiorina…..

Carly on Katie- In an interview with Katie Couric, Carly Fiorina proved her communication wisdome once again. Don't miss this great interview where Fiorina expertly tackles tough questions on climate change.
 
John Kasich

Kasich defends immigrants as 'contributing significantly'- Republican presidential candidate John Kasich defended millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally as "people who are contributing significantly" to the nation, taking on a divisive issue Wednesday as he promised to redefine conservatism during his latest New Hampshire appearance.…….He quickly dismissed a questioner during an afternoon town hall-style meeting who suggested immigrants in the country illegally are a burden on the system. "A lot of these people who are here are some of the hardest-working, God-fearing, family-oriented people you can ever meet," Kasich said to a smattering of polite applause. Speaking later to reporters, he said he favors a pathway to legal status for such immigrants, and would not rule out a pathway to U.S. citizenship as part of an immigration reform package. "It's not practical to move, or I don't even think desirable, to try to shift 12 million people out of this country," Kasich said. "These are people who are contributing significantly……

Praise of John Kasich - Why Liberals are Dangerous The Left - (liberal mainstream media) practically had a ticker tape parade for Ohio Gov. John Kasich for answers he gave on two issues during the GOP debate. Liberals' praise of Kasich shows they have chosen emotion over logical, reasoned thinking. This makes liberals irresponsible and dangerous. These people must never be in charge. The Left praised Kasich for his entitlement program that is $1.4 billion in the red, thus far --in only 18 months. Kasich defended his program saying it was the Christian thing to do. First of all, the Bible does not support stupid business practices and irresponsible spending of other people's money……. Gov. Kasich is furthering an entitlement program that is void of economic sense is irresponsible to taxpayers, no matter how well-intended…… Kasich's answer regarding gay marriage was the second issue that won him great praise from liberals. Kasich said while he is a traditional guy, the courts made gay marriage law and he will comply. Kasich added that he attended a friend's gay wedding because we must love people. I am sorry, Gov. Kasich and Leftists, but it is absurd to suggest that loving someone means embracing everything they do……
 
Martin O'Malley

The Democrats AreHolding Six Debates–And Martin O’Malley Isn’t Happy - Something that sort of fell by the wayside since this was announced during the first GOP debate on August 6, but the Democrats are scheduled to hold six debates–and former Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley isn’t happy……..Yeah, the 2016 Biden bus could be rolling out sometime soon. The vice president said he would make his presidential ambitions, or lack thereof, known this month. Nevertheless, O’Malley isn’t happy about the debates, feeling six isn’t an adequate number. Sen. Sanders appears to agree, but the Democratic National Committee feels that their figure is more than enough to satisfy their primary process (via the Hill):…….
 
Marco Rubio

When Marco Rubio Owned CNN- When CNN's Chris Cuomo, the second-most-useless man in journalism (Martin Crutsinger’s claim to that title is indisputable), attempted to back Sen. Marco Rubio into a corner on a question about abortion, Rubio deftly handled the question……
 
Donald Trump

Polls starting to show Trump weakness - Recent history shows that predicting a decline in Donald Trump’s popularity is risky for pundits. Nevertheless, there are some signs that his appeal may be wearing thin. But keep in mind that many pundits (and probably pollsters) have an animus against Trump (and his followers), and polls can be manipulated in many ways. Here are the straws in the wind:….

The Trump and Kelly Reality Show - The ongoing Trump and Kelly reality show reveals the influence popular culture, particularly television, has had on politics. And it’s not a good influence. It’s not good because it’s cheap fakery. By now, most Americans are aware that the“reality” shows they watch are actually carefully scripted. For example, the people in “Naked and Afraid,” though they really do take their clothes off, are being followed by a television crew and a day and night medic who is always available to ensure no one actually dies. Viewers are most likely to watch out of a prurient interest in nudity rather than from a passionate belief or hope that one of the actors actually gets eaten by a crocodile. The naked truth is that everyone understands cave man realities of life in the wild don’t really apply to a reality show…..

Haven't We Seen the Trump Saga Before? Let me see if I’ve got his straight: There’s a man who is a pure product of the City of New York, one of the great urban cesspools of our time, a borderline third-world metropolis run as a combination nanny state and dictatorship. He is the epitome of all that is hated about that city: he is brash, loud, boastful, vulgar, insincere, and only as honest as he has to be. Furthermore, he has few of the city’s virtues. Where the typical New Yorker is hot-blooded, he is cold, where generous, he is close-handed, where magnanimous, he is vicious. You could look long and hard for a more impressive illustration as to why NYC is feared and hated, and you would find little or nothing……He is also a product of the city’s political culture. He has spent the past forty years soul-kissing the Democratic establishment, taking advantage of a crippled, corrupt city government to line his own pockets. He has been awarded hundreds of millions in contracts while slipping back millions in “contributions” to the party coffers-- a process of “clean graft” developed into a science since the days of Tammany. Worse than that, he is closely involved with the epicenter of corruption in our time. He consults regularly with none other than the Clintons-- Hillary, in fact, attended one of his weddings. It can be said without exaggeration that he is major factor in maintaining liberal dominance over the New York metropolitan area……

The Trump Catharsis -The coarser and cruder Donald Trump becomes, and the more ill-informed on the issues he sounds, the more he coasts in the polls. Apparently, a few of his targets must be regarded as unsympathetically as their defamer. Trump is rightly mocked for cynically spreading quid pro quo money around. But he quickly counters that his critics -- from Hillary Clinton to his Republican rivals -- have all asked him for such cash or for favors. Trump preps little. He has no real agenda. And he makes stuff up as he goes along. For such a New York brawler, he has thin skin, smearing his critics, often in creepy fashion. How can a former Democrat, once a pro-choice, pro-amnesty liberal and a supporter of single-payer health care, remain the godhead of the conservative base for weeks on end?.....
 
Scott Walker

Why Scott Walker has dropped to third in Iowa - In a new CNN Iowa poll Scott Walker has dropped into third place. This is devastating to his campaign, given that (1) he was leading there; (2) his state borders Iowa, so he is presumed to have a near-home-state advantage; and (3) the social conservatives of Iowa were supposed to be his ideal demographic. And if he can't win in Iowa, where can he win? The reason why he lost first place is because of Donald Trump. In a way that's understandable, given Trump's surge in the polls. But what is not easily understandable is how Ben Carson, a candidate with nearly no resources or funding, has taken the number-two spot from Walker. That shows a much more serious problem in the Walker campaign…..

Scott Walker:Hillary's Education Plan Benefits Her Liberal Academic Friends, Not Students - When it comes to education policy, Hillary Clinton has her sights set on Wisconsin Governor and GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker. During a campaign stop yesterday, Clinton accused Walker of wanting to "raise taxes on students" and "delighting in slashing education funding" after laying out her plan for education reform, which has been dubbed "The New College Compact."….. Now, Walker is firing back by defending his record and attacking Clinton's new higher education plan, which will cost taxpayers $350 billion dollars in tax hikes……Instead of addressing the real challenges, instead of making policies relevant to the real needs of students, pouring in more money has just driven up the cost and caused colleges and universities to be less and less relevant to what our students' needs are."

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