And now for a little humor at HC’s expense.
Trump has just stepped it up a notch. In an interview with Sean Hannity, the Donald said that other people have been prosecuted for less, that she is being protected, and that he would have no choice but to prosecute her.
“If I’m the nominee, this is not gonna be a subject that’s gonna die down very easily,” said Trump.
Hopefully, this is one promise he’ll actually keep.
From sitting squarely in Middle America, it is inconceivable that GOP elites think they can go back to being Republicrats and continue to be returned to power. They played nice with the Tea Party and now things are back to where they were.
Yet signal after stupid quote from those elected to power show just how out of touch they really are.
The ever-insightful Pat Buchanan knows that Nationalism and Populism are propelling Trump towards the GOP presidential nomination (emphasis added):
If Beltway Republicans think they can stop Trump and turn back the movement behind him, and continue on with today’s policies on trade, immigration and intervention, they will be swept into the same dustbin of history as the Rockefeller Republicans.
America is saying, “Goodbye to all that.”
For Trump is not only a candidate. He is a messenger from Middle America. And the message he is delivering to the establishment is: We want an end to your policies and we want an end to you.
If the elites think they can not only deny Trump the nomination, but turn back this revolution and re-establish themselves in the esteem of the people, they delude themselves.
This is hubris of a high order.
Read it all to see why Liberals aren’t the only ones that don’t seem to be able to learn from history.
Fascinating analysis from The Federalist into why so many are “feeling the Bern” these days. It’s because these voters are just plain ignorant:
First, millennials don’t seem to know what socialism is, and how it’s different from other styles of government. The definition of socialism is government ownership of the means of production—in other words, true socialism requires that government run the businesses. However, a CBS/New York Times survey found that only 16 percent of millennials could accurately define socialism, while 30 percent of Americans over 30 could. (Incidentally, 56 percent of Tea Partiers accurately defined it. In fact, those most concerned about socialism are those best able to explain it.)
With so few able to define socialism, perhaps less surprisingly a Reason-Rupe national survey found college-aged millennials were about as likely to have a favorable view of socialism (58 percent) as they were about capitalism (56 percent). While attitudes toward capitalism remain fairly constant across age groups, support for socialism drops off significantly when moving to older age cohorts. Only about a quarter of Americans older than 55 have a favorable view of socialism.
Conservatives often use the word “socialist” like an epithet, but they don’t realize that neither their audience nor even their political opponents really know what the word even means. This may help explain the inability of free-market advocates to communicate with them using phrases like “big government,” “socialism,” and “collectivism.”
So what do millennials think socialism is? A 2014 Reason-Rupe survey asked respondents to use their own words to describe socialism and found millennials who viewed it favorably were more likely to think of it as just people being kind or “being together,” as one millennial put it. Others thought of socialism as just a more generous social safety net where “the government pays for our own needs,” as another explained it.
So once again, we fall victim to the failure of the American education system. Socialism is a kinder gentler society, nothing to do with the failed states of every socialist government over past 94 years.
I wonder which of these 35 countries the students would like for us to emulate (via Wikipedia’s List of Socialist States):
|People’s Republic of China||1-Oct-49||Present|
|Republic of Cuba||1-Jul-66||Present|
|Lao People’s Democratic Republic||2-Dec-75||Present|
|Socialist Republic of Vietnam||2-Jul-76||Present|
Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Thirty-five tries. Of those, 31 have already been resigned to history’s dustbin, 3 of the 4 current socialist states are clearly outright failures (Cuba, Laos, N. Vietnam) and China (not exactly socialist given the number of very, very rich party members and more than 82 million people living below the poverty line on just $1/day) is circling the drain while we hope that we don’t go down with it.
Newt Gingrich advices the party elitists to “start taking Trump seriously.”
“By any reasonable standard, this is a decisive victory,” Gingrich continued, adding that Trump is likely to win in Nevada on Tuesday. “What people need to get a grip on in the Washington establishment is their job is to understand Trump. His job isn’t to understand them. They live in a world of ideas and details and policy programs and long papers and conferences and ideas. This guy lives in a world of making very big decisions, doing very big things, and I think you could start keeping a list.”
“It’s a very simple rule — if you think Washington is so sick you want someone to kick over the kitchen table, then you like Donald Trump and you frankly don’t care about the details,” Gingrich added.
Great advice from one of the smart ones. They should have seen this coming after the anger at them for spending like drunken sailors and the subsequent Tea Party revolt. Trump is because a lot of people are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. He is a the result of decades of politicians abusing the trust of the people who sent them to Washington to represent them.
Trump is karma.
Zero Hedge found this anti-smoking ad on a bus stop in Moscow.
It reads, “Smoking Kills more people than Obama.”
I sent it to a friend who grew up in the Ukraine. His only comment, “Wow! Thanks for sharing. Cold War is coming back indeed.“
We didn’t have social media when Howard Dean screamed his way out of a race. But lucky for us, we do now!
This Vine is my favorite so far, but for more search tag #HillaryBarks. More are being uploaded all the time!
All are current headlines:
Bloomberg: Europe Stocks Slide Into Bear Market
Wall Street Journal: China Shares Fall Into Bear Market
The Street: Hello Bear Market: Russell 2000 Index Falls
Bloomberg Business: Retail Sales in U.S. Decrease to End Weakest Year Since 2009
Bloomberg Business: Shipyards Vanish as China Loses Appetite for Iron Ore: Chart
Financial Times: Commodities slide triggers ‘freight recession’ on US rails
Seeking Alpha: Here Comes The Recession And Bear Market
The usually upbeat CNBC: A recession worse than 2008 is coming
The Market Oracle: UBS Warns Stock Market “Rolling Over” – “Buy Gold”
PJ Media covers 3 Stunning Indictments of Obama and Hillary in Benghazi Movie which is hardly unexpected in a movie review from a conservative news source.
But then this:
In the end, 13 Hours isn’t about a terror plot to destroy America, or the potentially damning decisions of elected officials in Washington. It’s about six home-grown American family men who lay their lives on the line for each other against impossible odds. And that’s a hero’s tale worth telling, no matter the political fallout.
Stephen F. Hayes at the Weekly Standard calls 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi “powerful” and a film “well worth seeing” in it’s film review titled 13 Hours: Stranger than Fiction. First, they talk about the movie and the impact it has on the viewer:
The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by Boston University journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff with five CIA contractors who participated in the many battles in Benghazi that night. The authors announced in the book’s introduction that they had sought to avoid the politics of Benghazi in favor of a fact-based account of what happened during the 13 hours of fighting there. And while the film tracks the book’s narrative closely, Bay’s depiction of the sense of abandonment felt by those men, as they wait for help that never arrives, heightens the outrage.
Stephen also talks about the political ramifications (read the whole thing!) and the impact on the GOP primary but the money quote:
Whatever its impact, 13 Hours is a powerful film that is well worth seeing. From beginning to end, it forcefully rejects the sanitized, no-fault version of Benghazi. In scene after powerful scene, it assigns blame: to policymakers in Washington who naïvely overestimated our ability to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys in post-Qaddafi Libya; to Washington bureaucrats who paid little attention to repeated warnings about the security of U.S. facilities in Benghazi; to CIA officials more concerned with career advancement and positive performance reviews than saving lives.
But perhaps the strongest indictment made by 13 Hours is an unspoken one. The film itself is an implicit but devastating critique of the American media that refused to report this story in this way, an establishment media that left to Hollywood the responsibility of telling these important truths.
It’s refreshing to see anything come out of Hollywood that attempts to tell the unvarnished truth about anything. To see a movie that addresses an issue that has current political ramifications spin is almost astounding. I urge you to support these rare events to deliver the message to the west coast that Americans want to see the truth without liberal spin. Read the book and see movie. Maybe even see another of Michael Bay’s movies; voting with your dollar is the most effective vote you can cast.