Wednesday, September 14, 2016

A Basket Full of Favorable Polls for Trump ^ | September 14, 2016 | Jim Geraghty

Donald Trump leads Hillary Clinton by 5 percentage points in a Bloomberg Politics poll of Ohio, a gap that underscores the Democrat’s challenges in critical Rust Belt states after one of the roughest stretches of her campaign.

The Republican nominee leads Clinton 48 percent to 43 percent among likely voters in a two-way contest and 44 percent to 39 percent when third-party candidates are included.

The poll was conducted Friday through Monday, meaning the news cycle during the polling period included her “basket of deplorables” controversy and part of the poll covered the time period when her health problem was in the news.
Meanwhile, up in Maine, Trump has a really good shot at getting at least one of Maine’s electoral votes. He’s down three statewide according to a new Boston Globe poll, but remember that Maine gives an electoral vote to whoever wins each congressional district, and right now, Trump is up 10 in the Second Congressional District.
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2 years of Colin Powell’s personal emails leaked! VERY bad news for Clinton and ‘Hillary’s mafia’!

BPR ^ | 14 Sep 2016 

Poor? Hillary Clinton, the hits just keep a’coming.
Leaked emails from Colin Powell show that the former secretary of state under President George W. Bush warned “Hillary’s mafia” about using him as a fall guy in the email scandal hanging over the Democratic presidential nominee.
In an email to Beth Jones written days after it was disclosed that Clinton used a personal email account and private server as secretary of state, Powell was clear that Team Hillary was trying to blame him, The Daily Caller reported.
“Been having fun with emailgate,” Powell wrote. “Hillary’s Mafia keeps trying to suck me into it,”
According to the Daily Caller, Powell’s emails were published online by DC Leaks, a website that publishes documents hacked from military leaders and political figures.
Another email showed that Powell interacted directly with top Clinton aide, Cheryl Mills, who served as Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department, warning her about linking him to the email scandal.
“You really don’t want to get me into this,” he wrote in the email. “I haven’t been asked nor said a word about HRC and won’t unless you all start it.”
Mills reassured Powell that she agreed and told him “that message has been clearly shared.”
“So she will not nor will anyone she controls,” she said, adding that “I can’t address folks who are beyond that so please ping or call me when you see anything that worries you.”
Powell would “ping” Mills less than two weeks later over comments made by Clinton adviser James Carville.
“James is out there screaming away about me and Jeb doing the same thing and getting away with it,” Powell wrote. “Not only is he factually wrong it ain’t working He is just throwing more logs on her fire.
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'This Is Much Deeper Than Pneumonia': Ed Klein on Hillary's Health Issues ^ | Ed Klein 

Ed Klein, who has been sounding the alarm on Clinton's health for years, says that her collapse had nothing to do with her pneumonia diagnosis.
"This is much deeper than pneumonia," Klein told Steve Doocy on "Fox and Friends" today.

Klein said that Bill Clinton is aware of his wife's serious health problems and has "begged" her for years to go to the hospital and get a full medical check-up.

"She's refused to do so, because she's afraid if it leaks out," Klein said.
He added that's why video of Clinton collapsing is so damning, as it confirms rumors about her alleged poor health.

"It's hard to argue with video," Klein said. "And up to now, the media has been in the tank for the Clintons, but they can't argue with this video."
"Even her friends don't know exactly what's wrong with her ... but they do know that there's something very seriously wrong with this woman."
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Katie Couric facing $12M defamation lawsuit over #GunGate

Hot Air ^ | September 14, 2016 | Jazz Shaw 

I’d thought we might have heard the last of the Katie Couric infomercial posing as an examination of gun rights issues. After all, there was public outrage aplenty and even Couric herself finally admitted that the editing of the piece “might have been misleading.” (Really? You think so?) But the group which was the victim of the insulting and misleading editing, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, is bringing the GunGate story back into the news this week. Our colleagues at Bearing Arms have obtained documents confirming that the group is seeking to take Couric to court over the slanderous piece of pseudojournalism.

Second Amendment rights advocacy organization the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), along with two of its members, today filed a $12 million defamation lawsuit against Katie Couric, director Stephanie Soechtig, Atlas Films, and Studio 3 Partners LLC d/b/a Epix for false and defamatory footage featured in the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun. The film portrays a fictional exchange in which members of the VCDL appear silent, stumped, and avoiding eye contact for nearly nine seconds after Katie Couric asks a question about background checks. An unedited audio recording of the interview reveals that—contrary to the portrayal in the film—the VCDL members had immediately begun responding to Couric’s question.
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Colin Powell: Hillary’s Hubris ‘Screws Up Everything’

Daily Caller ^ | September 14, 2016 | Blake Neff 

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell complained to a friend that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “screws up” everything she touches thanks to overwhelming personal hubris, a newly-leaked email reveals.

Powell sent the email, one of thousands leaked by the organization DC Leaks, to private equity tycoon Jeffrey Leeds Aug. 18, 2015, a few days after Clinton’s private email server was seized by the FBI. Leeds remarked that Clinton’s email scandal was getting “worse every day” and that she “may be in serious trouble.”

Powell responded saying Clinton’s problems were her own fault.
“Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris,” he said.
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FBI Botched Clinton Investigation: Aides Used Covert Google Server to Hide Benghazi Emails

True Pundit ^ | 9/12/16 | True Pundit 

It’s like a bad spy movie involving a third-world government. Or perhaps a slap stick comedy. The Secretary of State of the United States reading, sending, receiving sensitive emails with national security secrets, threats and classified or top secret intelligence over Google’s public Gmail. We expect this from chatting soccer moms but not from the top diplomat of the United States and her aides.

But it gets even worse. The FBI either never discovered this blatant and clandestine violation of federal laws or did and simply covered it up.
Following the Benghazi consulate attack in 2012, then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton secretly worked with Google to reroute email traffic away from her private computer server and use public Google Gmail servers instead. That clandestine move served to cloak her inner circle’s communications from lawmakers, public scrutiny and would-be criminal investigators, according to intelligence sources who provided documents to True Pundit.
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NFL Idiots Dissing Our National Anthem Is Another Reason Why Trump Will Win!

American Thinker ^ | September 14, 2016 | Lloyd Marcus 

My intention was to enjoy a leisurely Sunday afternoon on my sofa watching NFL football. Outrageously, players on both teams, Miami vs Seattle, protested our National Anthem. I became extremely angry. I could not stomach watching these highly paid, arrogant, ungrateful, spoiled-brat idiots play football. I yelled to Mary in another room, “Honey, get dressed. I'm taking you to dinner!”
For crying out loud, here we are on the anniversary of 9/11. These morons showed no respect for their country, nor the 3000 Americans murdered by Islamic terrorists on this day 15 years ago. Why are NFL coaches allowing players to run their teams? Coaches should say, “Express your political views off the field. Anyone who does not stand for the National Anthem will be benched for this game.”
Due to public schools teaching that America is the greatest source of evil in the world, high school athletes have joined pro athletes in protesting our National Anthem.
Ponder this, folks. The NFL punishes players with a penalty for celebrating/dancing too much after scoring a touchdown. And yet, when it comes to disrespecting our National Anthem the NFL feels it must respect player's freedom of expression.
There is an old saying, “You get what you tolerate.” What next? Will the NFL allow players to burn U.S. flags during games? The swiftly growing anti-National Anthem and anti-law enforcement movements are tied together, birthed out of Black Lives Matter's evil lie that America oppresses blacks and police murder blacks.
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Half the country thinks Clinton has lied about her health to the public!

This Week ^ | 9-7-16 | This Week 

[30% believe she will die before 2020] Fifty percent of people think that Hillary Clinton "has given the public false information about her heath," a Politico/Morning Consult poll found in the days following the Democratic nominee's pneumonia scare at the 9/11 Memorial on Sunday. By comparison, only 37 percent of people say the same about Donald Trump.

Overall, people think Trump is healthier than Clinton, with 22 percent saying Clinton's health is "above average or excellent" and 36 percent saying the same for Trump.

Less than half of voters, at 44 percent, said Clinton's health would negatively affect her ability to be president; three in 10 people don't think she'd survive her first term while two in 10 people think Trump wouldn't. If one of them were to die, voters would rather have Mike Pence as president; 43 percent said he's prepared to serve, versus 38 percent who think Clinton's running mate, Tim Kaine, is ready to step up to the plate.
The national poll reached 1,501 registered voters on Sept. 12 and 13 and has a margin of error of plus or minus three. Jeva Lange

PBS Introduces Lesson Plan To Indoctrinate Students Against Trump! (taxpayer money)

iheart ^ | 9/14/2016 | Eric Owens 

Just in time for the 2016 election, San Francisco PBS affiliate KQED is offering a Common Core-ready lesson plan designed for public school teachers who want to indoctrinate students with a love for open borders and a deep suspicion of anyone who favors the immigration restrictions proposed by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The lesson plan — which comes complete with “safe space” suggestions — is offered by way of a section of the taxpayer-funded television station’s website called “The Lowdown” (“connecting newsroom to classroom”). The lesson, released this week, centers around a graphic comic entitled “Fear of Foreigners: A History of Nativism in America.” (Click on the images for a fuller view.)
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Memo to Flint: You Still Get What You Pay For ^ | September 14, 2016 | Brian McNicoll

This being a presidential election year, much debate remains over who is responsible for the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Democrats point to the Republican governor. Republicans point to long-entrenched Democratic leadership of the city.

But although there is debate over who to blame, there is none over what to blame. Everyone agrees the decision to switch from the Detroit water system to drawing its own water from the Flint River was disastrous for the city. Corners were cut, short-term savings were valued over long-term safety, and materials were used that were not capable of keeping the water safe.

Now, the city and state are trying to deal with the crisis of dangerous drinking water on an extremely limited budget, and the temptation is there to make the same mistake again.

Complicating matters is the fact that Walter Wang, CEO of JM Eagle, a California-based manufacturer of polyvinyl chloride or PVC pipes, offered in February to replace for free all the pipes that leaked in Flint with PVC piping.

When Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced all the bids she has received to fix the problem came in too high, the pressure increased. State lawmakers, especially Rep. Joseph Graves, R-Argentine Township, are urging her to accept the free piping.

“This is a generous offer that will save millions of dollars – taxpayer dollars across the state – and provide the city safe, clean water for decades to come,” Graves said in a statement.
But will the offer save Flint money? Weaver is not sure. She said engineers she has consulted raised “concerns about the lifespan of the plastic pipes due to the harsh weather conditions we experience in Michigan,” and the city is doing further research.

“We are committed to proceeding with our effort to replace the city’s lead-tainted pipes using the most safe, durable and cost-effective products and materials,” she said in a statement.

In other words, she has recognized that although PVC piping may be cheaper – or even free upfront – the long-term costs of having to replace this expensive-but-utterly-unglamorous infrastructure can be devastating.

One of the state’s flagship universities has stepped into help, and its findings seem to confirm Weaver’s concerns. Researchers at the University of Michigan in nearby Ann Arbor have developed a tool to help policymakers in Flint and elsewhere determine what materials make the most sense for their water infrastructure.

The tool, known as the Life Cycle Cost Assessment, or LCCA, was developed by three professors at the university’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It analyzes soil types, weather conditions and other factors to determine, among other things, which kinds of piping would work best for any given community.

And for Flint, the model shows the answer is not to accept the free piping from the California firm – the genuine concern expressed by the CEO notwithstanding. The answer is to pursue Ductile Iron Pipe, which “tends to be more cost effective” and more “environmentally sustainable over its service life,” according to the professors.

Ductile Iron Pipe has been used safely in U.S. water systems for more than 100 years. And unlike PVC piping – which has had famous flameouts not only in Flint but elsewhere, including in San Antonio, Texas, which had to rip up its entire system in the 1980s because of massive problems associated with PVC piping not being right for the soil there – Ductile Iron Pipe has performed well even in some of the world’s toughest environments.

And although it may be more expensive upfront, the professors say Ductile Iron Pipe probably will save Flint money in the long haul. That’s because the tool weighs not just the purchase cost of the piping but the effects on cost of different pipe sizes, flows and locations.

“It is important to consider more than one factor in selecting a pipeline material,” said Carol Menassa, PhD, lead researcher on the project. “With this new tool, the true value of the pipe, as an asset, can be understood, allowing for investment to be made in a good way.”

The tool found that, contrary to the claims of Rep. Graves, PVC piping has only about half the service life of Ductile Iron Pipe – 50-60 years as opposed to a century or more for iron pipes in addition to having a lower environmental impact – and that Flint’s situation calls for Ductile Iron Pipe.
Flint has not decided what to do with this information. The city never formally turned down Wang’s offer, and members of the city council can’t get that word “free” out of their minds. One says the offer needs to be “revisited.” Rep. Graves says the city seems to be OK now with getting its water through PVC piping and “there should not be” concerns about making the arrangement permanent.

But what is truly important for Flint is to get it right this time. No one disputes the need to fix the problem and to commit whatever resources are necessary to do so. The question is: Do it on the cheap now and risk coming hat in hand for public money in the all-too-near future? Or take the time and spend the money to build a system residents can count on for their children and grandchildren?

Hillary Clinton Is Getting Surprisingly Little Extra Lift From Blacks and Hispanics

The New York Times ^ | 14 September 2016 | Nate Cohn 

The conventional wisdom holds that sweeping demographic shifts propelled Barack Obama to the presidency.
So here’s a simple question: Why haven’t these demographics swept Hillary Clinton to a big polling lead and a smooth glide to victory? Donald J. Trump, after all, has alienated just about every growing demographic group and every category that helped push Mr. Obama to victory.
The biggest reason is that demographic change was an overrated contribution to Mr. Obama’s victory, and it will help Mrs. Clinton only at the margins this year. Analysts have conflated all of the effect of higher turnout and percentage of support among nonwhite voters with demographic shifts. In truth, the turnout and support were far more powerful components.
Mrs. Clinton is not poised to match the gains Mr. Obama made among nonwhite voters over previous Democratic nominees. That brings the pace of Democratic gains down to the slow crawl of demographic change.
Demographic Change Not as Powerful as Assumed
The traditional demographic story is fairly simple: Between 2000 and 2012, the white, non-Hispanic share of voters plummeted. According to the census, white, non-Hispanic voters represented just 74 percent of the electorate in 2012 — down from 81 percent in 2000.
The shift was, indeed, driven by demographic change. The white, non-Hispanic share of adult citizens — roughly the pool of people eligible to vote — fell by roughly the same amount over the same period.
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Hillary Clinton Health Scare Causes UK Bookies to Cut Odds on Trump Victory ^ | 12 September 2016 | David Sheldon 

The odds of Hillary Clinton reaching the White House lengthened overnight, after an apparent fainting spell while watching Sept. 11 ceremonies forced her party’s hand in revealing that the former secretary of state is suffering from pneumonia. Irish bookmaker Paddy Power dropped its odds on Donald Trump from 6/4 to 2/1, giving the billionaire mogul a 33 percent chance of becoming next president of the United States.
Clinton’s recent coughing attacks and previous stumbles have created a vast number of rumors on potential underlying causes, which has also improved the chances of two rank outsiders. Former rival and Democrat runner-up Bernie Sanders (18/1) and Vice President Joe Biden (25/1), neither of whom are even in the running, are now getting some long shot odds by bookmakers.
Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday and prescribed antibiotics, a fact that she was forced to make public after apparently taking ill at a 9/11 memorial service on Sunday in lower Manhattan. A spokesman for Paddy Power confirmed to political website the Washington Free Beacon that Clinton’s illness was indeed the reason for the shift in odds.
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Democrats May Have Been Overconfident About Capturing the Senate

NYMag ^ | | Ed Kilgore 

Part of the August of Democratic Complacency that revolved around robust poll numbers for Hillary Clinton (and the assumption they would get better and better as Americans shrank in revulsion from Donald Trump) was a consensus that Democrats would very likely win back control of the Senate and might even get the House if Trump continued to implode.
Donkey Party optimism about the Senate actually began to spike in July when former senator Evan Bayh suddenly jumped into the race for the seat of Republican Dan Coats, who is retiring. Bayh had big sacks of money left over from his previous Senate campaigns and had always been very popular among Hoosiers. Republican nominee Todd Young looked like a sudden loser, and a lot of observers figured the GOP would concede the seat.
But pro-Republican outside groups did not get the memo, and they’ve already spent $5 million on the Indiana Senate race, with more in the pipeline. And although the Bayh name may be minor magic in the state, the former senator has some baggage, too, including tenuous residency in the state during his recent years as a lawyer-lobbyist in sinful D.C. While the Democrat is still the favorite, the polls are tightening noticeably, and Indiana’s one state where Trump is unlikely to drag down the ticket.
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BREAKING : Trump Takes THE LEAD in Colorado! Crooked Hillary is COLLAPSING (AGAIN)

Truth Feed ^ | 9/14/2016 | Amy Moreno 

Crooked Hillary is going down AGAIN.
This time in Colorado, where Trump has taken the lead!
He’s ahead by 2 points according to a new poll. TRUMP 43% CLINTON 41%
From The Denver Post:
The latest polls show the Republican closing the gap with Hillary Clinton in a state where Democrats felt so confident that they diverted millions in television advertising to other battlegrounds.
A Reuters/Ipsos survey released this week gave Trump a narrow edge in a two-way race, 43 percent to 41 percent — his first lead in Colorado in the 2016 election. It follows two other recent polls showing the presidential race as a dead heat or within 5 percentage points.
Trump continues to surge in most national and state polls.
He’s got the momentum – all the way to the White House!
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THE OBAMA ECONOMY Good News! We’re ALMOST as Rich as 15 Years Ago!

The Daily Beast ^ | September 13, 2016 | David Cay Johnston 

After more than a decade of stagnation and decline, average incomes rose significantly in 2014.
Good news—in fact, terrific news—permeates the newest government report on the incomes Americans report on their federal tax returns.
After more than a decade in the economic doldrums, with too few jobs and stagnant wages afflicting the vast majority of Americans, average incomes rose significantly in 2014, though the average income remains below the level in 2000. Investors did especially well.
Overall, Americans reported significantly more income in 2014 than in 2012 and 2013, my analysis of a new Internal Revenue Service report shows. The number of tax returns also grew.
Total adjusted gross income—the last line on the front page of a Form 1040 tax return—was almost $9.8 trillion, up 5.7% over 2013 after adjusting for inflation. It was also higher than in 2012, the last year that the George W. Bush tax cuts applied to the top 1%.
Other economic data suggest that income growth continued in 2015 and this year. Through last month America has enjoyed a record 78 months in a row of private-sector job growth with 15.1 million jobs added since early 2010. Wages, after years of stagnating, have begun growing again, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other reports show.
Other economic data suggest that income growth continued in 2015 and this year. Through last month America has enjoyed a record 78 months in a row of private-sector job growth with 15.1 million jobs added since early 2010. Wages, after years of stagnating, have begun growing again, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other reports show.
Note that this analysis is based on average income. Since high-income taxpayers raise the size of the national average income, it's also useful to pay attention to median income. The median for 2014 was $38,171, up $733 or 1.9% from $37,438 in 2013, when adjusted for inflation. (Median income means that half of taxpayers made less and half made more.) All the same, measuring changes in average income helps track where the economy is moving. And moving up is what it's doing.
The real average income in 2014 was $65,761, an increase of $3,036, or 4.8%, over 2013. The average increase is smaller than the increase in total income because the number of taxpayers increased by almost 1%, dividing the income pie into more slices.
The Post-2000 Income Drop
Despite this rise in average income, it was still, in both 2013 and 2014, well below the year 2000 average, measured in 2014 dollars, of $67,973.
The year 2000 is an important benchmark for measuring total and average incomes because candidate George W. Bush promised that his tax cuts, the first of which took effect in 2001, would lead to broad prosperity and rising incomes. His campaign told me in October 2000 that this promise came with no ifs, ands or buts about economic conditions beyond the control of any president—such as the recession that began in March 2001, just weeks after he took office, and lasted eight months.
Since 2000 average incomes rose above that year only twice, in 2006 and 2007, and then only slightly.
The net effect from 2001 through 2014 is that the average taxpayer household reported $55,412 less income than if incomes had just stayed at the level that President Bush chose as his base year in his campaign promises.
That $55,412 shortfall over those 14 years is the equivalent of Americans getting no income in 2014 from February 27 to the end of December.
Here’s a way to think about how much money that is. Get The Beast In Your Inbox! Daily DigestStart and finish your day with the top stories from The Daily Beast. Cheat SheetA speedy, smart summary of all the news you need to know (and nothing you don't). By clicking "Subscribe," you agree to have read the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
Assume that all of that $55,412 was wages. After paying income taxes on that money at the average federal tax rate plus Social Security and Medicare taxes, there would be enough money left to pay off every car loan, every credit card balance and every student loan. That’s a bit more than $3 trillion of debt that would be gone, great news for borrowers, but for bankers not so much.
And after paying the taxes and paying off those debts, the average household would still have more than $20,000 cash.
So had America just stayed at the average income level of 2000—the year that President Bush said was not good enough and that his policies would make incomes rise—today we would see far more consumer spending and savings, and less debt.
Without those Bush tax cuts the economy might have done worse (if you believe taxes restrain economic growth) —or it might have done better (if you believe government investment and reducing federal debt spur growth). But, by any measure, the promise that the 2001 tax cuts would result in broad prosperity did not prove out.
Who's Earning More Money
Now back to the good news in the new incomes report, starting with the good news at the bottom of the income ladder.
That bottom is now less crowded. The number of people reporting incomes of less than $25,000 declined, down by more than 1.1 million taxpayers to 55.7 million. That’s still more than a third of the 148.6 million taxpayer households.
Over time as this number of low-income households shrinks—both in absolute terms and as a share of all taxpayers—we should see declines in both demand for social services and the cost of the Earned Income Tax Credit, which benefits the working poor and phases out sharply once incomes rise above about $14,000.
The number of people reporting incomes of more than $25,000 grew. However, those making from that sum up to $100,000 saw little growth in income, which comes almost entirely from work rather than investing. Mostly this was a story of people moving into slightly higher income brackets.
Wages together with deferred wages—such as pensions and withdrawals from retirement savings plans—plus Social Security benefits account for nearly all income among those reporting incomes of less than $100,000. Capital gains account for just 1% of income for the nearly 123 million taxpayer households reporting incomes of less than $100,000.
Most of the growth in the numbers of taxpayers and average incomes benefited the 16% of taxpayer households with incomes of more than $100,000. The higher the income group, the greater the growth.
That tells us that people with valuable job skills and investors are enjoying ever better household incomes while those with few skills (and those who work at jobs, rather than in careers), continue to struggle.
These income figures could auger well for improving the education system, since it could provide more funding for getting more young people advanced job training and helping more of them earn postgraduate degrees. The problem is, people prefer having lower taxes now compared to paying more to provide for economic growth in the future.
How Millionaires Are Doing
The biggest income growth was among those in the $1 million-and-up class. There were 410,298 taxpayer households reporting seven-figure-or-larger incomes. The number of such rich households rose by almost a fifth and their average income rose by almost a fourth to $3.3 million.
Investors did well, too, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average has soared from under 7,000 in 2009 to more than 18,000 today with other indices also showing large gains. The number of people making $10 million or more reached nearly 17,000 with dividends and capital gains making up a significant share of their incomes.
One last good bit of news. The number of $1 million-plus households who pay no income taxes plummeted.
In 2012 there were 1,693 such households who lived income tax-free. In 2013 they numbered 658. And in 2014 the ranks of tax-free million-dollar households fell to just 444.
Maybe, just maybe, an era when everyone making $1 million or more pays income taxes is coming.

Scarborough Advises Hillary on How to Attack ‘Right-Wing Republicans’...a real snake!

Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein 

How deeply has Joe Scarborough dived into Hillary’s tank? On today’s Morning Joe, Scarborough offered Hillary a script of how she should attack “right-wing Republicans.”

Howard Dean was so impressed by Scarborough’s work on Hillary’s behalf that he exclaimed “I actually think you could actually be her speechwriter. That’s exactly what she should be saying. I’m sure you don’t want that job, but I’m just saying, you know?” Howard, don’t be so sure Scarborough doesn’t want that job. Sure looked this morning like Joe was auditioning for a spot in Hillary’s West Wing.

View the video here.
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Details on money to Secy Kerry's daughter; John Kerry Replicated Clinton Foundation Crimes! ^ | 9/14/16 | Conservative Army 

According to The Daily Caller:
”More than $9 million of Department of State money has been funneled through the Peace Corps to a nonprofit foundation started and run by Secretary of State John Kerry’s daughter," documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation show.
The Department of State funded a Peace Corps program created by Dr. Vanessa Kerry and officials from both agencies, records show. The Peace Corps then awarded the money without competition to a nonprofit Kerry created for the program.
Initially, the Peace Corps awarded Kerry’s group — now called Seed Global Health — with a three-year contract worth $2 million of State Department money on Sept. 10, 2012, documents show. Her father was then the chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, which oversees both the Department of State and the Peace Corps.
Seed secured a four-year extension in September 2015, again without competition. This time, the Peace Corps gave the nonprofit $6.4 million provided by the Department of State while John Kerry was secretary of state.
Seed also received almost $1 million from a modification to the first award, as well as from Department of State funds the group secured outside the Peace Corps.
The Peace Corps program — called the Global Health Service Partnership (GHSP) — sends volunteer physicians and nurses to medical and nursing schools in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Liberia, according to Seed’s website. More than 40 clinical educators worked at 13 sites in the 2014-2015 program.
Kerry and government officials colluded to launch the program and ensure that Seed would get the contract.
“Vanessa, Buck, and Sarah are meeting with Ambassador Goosby on the morning of 9/16/11 to discuss next steps for the GHSP,” said a memo from September 16, 2011 — one year before Seed received its first award. “Conversations with OGAC leadership confirm that Ambassador Goosby is very supportive of the initial proposal.”
The memo was referring to Peace Corps Directors Buck Buckingham and Sarah Morgenthau and Ambassador Eric Goosby, who then headed the Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) — the State Department office that later funded GHSP.
A meeting one month later unveiled the strategy to send tax dollars to Seed.
“The public funding to start the GHSP is secured, it will come from OGAC through [Peace Corps] to support core HQ and field based activities, and to develop a sub-agreement to provide support to the foundation for contributions for their work in this partnership,” minutes from a Nov. 18, 2011, meeting said. The “foundation” refers to Seed, which was then called the Foundation for Global Health Service.
Officials in that meeting also assured Kerry that she would not have to compete with other groups for Department of State funds. “Buck obtained clarity of the mechanism by which federal money will be provided to” Seed, the minutes said. “The process can be fast tracked and non-competed through a specific grant mechanism.”
Meanwhile, the State Department buried its intent to transfer funds to the Peace Corps in its required congressional notification. “The GHSP is a smaller line item in a multi-page document with multi-million dollar programs,” minutes from the November 2011 meeting said.
Seed received its first award less than one year later. Peace Corps later provided another nearly $900,000, noting it underestimated the program’s expenses, especially travel and salary costs.
It’s unclear when that modification was added, but Kerry drew a salary from Seed for the first time in 2014. She was the only officer listed on the nonprofit’s 990 tax form to receive compensation — some $140,000 for a reported 30 hours per week.
Discussion about the $6.4 million extension also provides questionable details. Peace Corps officials noted that contracts could not extend beyond five years and considered competing the next award, but decided they would “go forward with sole-source option if mandated by OGAC,” minutes from a July 17, 2014 meeting said.
Ultimately, the extension was awarded without competition on Sept. 10, 2015. It’s unclear why the Peace Corps violated its five-year policy by giving Seed seven years of non-competitively awarded funding.
Peace Corps justified the decision to forgo competition by arguing Seed was already burrowed into the program, and that replacing it out would cause problems.

Arizona driver hits officers, faces attempted murder charges...BLM!

Associated Press ^ | 9/14/2016 | Staff 

PHOENIX — A driver plowed into two police officers outside a Phoenix gas station on Tuesday and proceeded to scuffle with a third policeman who managed to get out of the way in what the police chief denounced as a "violent, intentional act."
Police said Marc LaQuon Payne, 44, apparently drove his vehicle at the officers before hitting a patrol car and crashing into the front of the QuikTrip store around 2 a.m. Tuesday.
"We are confident that this is an intentional act," Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner said at an afternoon news conference. "Our officers were targeted."
Payne was taken to a hospital in serious condition and is expected to be booked into jail after he's released, according to police who believe he was driving impaired.
They said Payne will likely face three counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault. It wasn't immediately clear if he has an attorney yet.(snip)
"I'm outraged by this incident. This stuff needs to stop," Yahner said.
Phoenix police released a store surveillance video of the incident. It showed a vehicle backing out of a parking space, circling the parking lot and then accelerating toward the three police officers.
A 41-year-old police sergeant suffered a broken leg, a 36-year-old veteran officer had minor injuries and a 33-year-old officer on his first day of training suffered a head injury.
The video shows the rookie officer thrown several feet in the air and hitting the front windshield of the suspect's vehicle, police said.
One officer managed to jump out of the way, but was injured during a struggle with Payne following the incident.
"He runs over us, and he still fights with us," Yahner said of the suspect.
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Friends of Hillary say she has Parkinson's ('Stage 3' of neuro-degenerative disease)

Worldnet Daily ^ | 13 Sep 2016 | Jerome R. Corsi 

NEW YORK – Hillary Clinton has stage-three Parkinson’s disease and suffers from seizures, according to three sources who have had a personal relationship with the Democratic Party presidential nominee.
The sources, who spoke to WND on condition of anonymity, explained that her seizures or dizzy spells can be triggered by being out in the sun, such as apparently occurred Sunday when she was videoed collapsing as she was escorted into her limousine in New York City.
After the episode Sunday, the Clinton campaign announced she had been diagnosed on Friday with pneumonia.
However, images captured at the 9/11 memorial Sunday showed Clinton apparently being asked by a medical professional to squeeze her fingers, a test that would indicate she suffers from a neurological disease such as Parkinson’s.
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Kentucky governor: Clinton presidency may lead to bloodshed!

The Washington Post ^ | September 13, 2016 | Adam Beam, The Associated Press 

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky’s Republican governor said blood might be shed if Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected president.
Speaking to the annual Values Voter Summit on Saturday in Washington, Bevin said he was asked if the country could ever recover if Clinton were elected president.
“I do think it would be possible, but at what price? At what price? The roots of the tree of liberty are watered by what? The blood, of who? The tyrants to be sure, but who else. The patriots,” Bevin said, referencing a quote from Thomas Jefferson....
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Three blood clots, a concussion, deep vein thrombosis: Hillary's shielded medical history

Daily Mail ^ | 12 September 2016 | Geoff Earle 

Three blood clots, a concussion, deep vein thrombosis: Hillary's shielded medical history is no longer just for conspiracy theorists as her 'penchant for privacy' gets serious scrutiny. [ full ] .
Clinton's first known blood clot occurred in 1998, while she was still first lady.
Clinton experienced symptoms while attending a fundraiser for Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, who would soon become her Senate home-state colleague. Her right foot swelled up to the point where she couldn't put on her shoe.
Clinton had a second blood clot incident in 2009. The episode was described by her doctor in a 2015 letter.
The doctor didn't provide a detailed description of the event. Rather, she wrote that Clinton's 'past medical history is notable for a deep vein thrombosis in 1998, 2009 and a concussion in 2012.
Clinton takes a daily blood thinning medication
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"Rampant Fraud" Exposed In Obamacare Exchanges: 100% Of Fictitious Enrollees Obtained Subsidies

Zero Hedge ^ | 13 September 2016 | Tyler Durden 

A recent "undercover enrollment" investigation conducted by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that pretty much anyone can sign up for Obamacare and receive taxpayer funded incentives without having to worry about pesky little details like proving citizenship, identity or income-based needs. In fact, the study found that every single one of its 15 fictitious Obamacare applications were actually approved for coverage despite intentional application omissions, fictitious identification and citizenship documentation, etc. Moreover, all of the applications were also approved for federal subsidies which totaled $60,000 per year.
Per the GAO:
Our undercover testing for the 2016 coverage year found that the eligibility determination and enrollment processes of the federal and state marketplaces we reviewed remain vulnerable to fraud, as we previously reported for the 2014 and 2015 coverage years. For each of our 15 fictitious applications, the marketplaces approved coverage, including for 6 fictitious applicants who had previously obtained subsidized coverage but did not file the required federal income-tax returns. Although IRS provides information to marketplaces on whether health-care applicants have filed required returns, the federal Marketplace and our selected state marketplace allowed applicants to instead attest that they had filed returns, saying the IRS information was not sufficiently current. The marketplaces we reviewed also relaxed documentation standards or extended deadlines for filing required documentation. After initial approval, all but one of our fictitious enrollees maintained subsidized coverage, even though we sent fictitious documents, or no documents, to resolve application inconsistencies.
All but one of our fictitious enrollees maintained subsidized coverage, even though we sent fictitious documents, or no documents, to resolve application inconsistencies.
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The Left's Lies About U.S. Poverty Exposed

Investors Business Daily ^ | September 13, 2016 | TERRY JONES 

Each year the U.S. Census Bureau releases its data on poverty. And each year the news seems even worse than the year before. This year is no different, with Census informing us in its annual report that some 43.1 million Americans, or about 13.5% of us, were officially poor in 2015.
The number of poor fell during the year as the nation continued to climb out of the economic crater left by the economy's financial implosion in 2008...
...contrary to the rhetoric of the left and the misleading data from the government, the 43 million in poverty number is vastly exaggerated.
...15 facts about poverty...
For every $1 in income reported by Census, poor households spend $2.40. Most poor people live in adequate housing. Not only is it in good shape, but... 85% of the poor have air conditioning. Nearly three-quarters own a car or a truck, and 31% have more than one. Two-thirds have cable or satellite TV. Half have a PC, and 43% have internet. Two-thirds own a DVD player. More than half of poor families with kids own a video game system. A third have a big screen plasma or LCD TV...
...what about things like hunger? Hasn't that come back with a vengeance?
In a word, no.
Just 4% of poor parents report that their children were hungry... Only 4% of poor people become homeless in any year, and usually it's temporary. ...they spend $25 for every $1 in income the left claims they have...
...the left uses the poverty data as a bludgeon...
...But instead of just throwing more money at our perceived problem of poverty, our efforts should focus on opportunity, education, training and lifestyle changes.
And while we're at it, maybe we should throw out the government's badly measured poverty gauges...
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What A Time To Be Alive!

Morgan Housel ^ | Sep 12, 2016 at 4:32 PM | Morgan Housel 

John D. Rockefeller was the richest man the world had ever seen.
But for most of his adult life he didn’t have electric lights, air conditioning, or sunglasses. And he never had penicillin, sunscreen, or Advil. This is not ancient history: One in twenty Americans were born before Rockefeller died.
The majority of Americans think the next generation of adults will be worse off than their parents.
I think of two things when I hear this.
One, the pessimists are probably wrong, extrapolating a bad decade into infinity. Two, progress is like compound interest – you don’t even notice it in the short run, but it’s mindblowing when you zoom out and see what can be accomplished over long periods.
There are so many things still wrong with the world, and the future will always be hard. But when confronted with pessimism, Warren Buffett reminds us that normal Americans “live better than John D. Rockefeller did.”
Here are some examples of how right he is.
  • Life expectancy in America has increased from 47 years in 1900 to 78 years in 2011. That’s great. Here’s what’s better: The majority of that gain has come from declines in infant and childhood mortality. One in 15 babies born in 1900 didn’t see their first birthday; a fifth didn’t make it to age five. In America! Today fewer than seven in a thousand die before age five. The decline means 700,000 fewer kids die each year who would have died 115 years ago. That’s like adding a city the size of Seattle every year.
  • To put that stat a different way: Being born in America in 1900 gave you a 79% chance of living for five years. Today, the five-year survival rate for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is 82%. So just being a kid 1900 was riskier than having lymphoma is today.
  • Penicillin has saved between 80 and 200 million lives since first used in 1942, depending on whose estimates you use. Put that in context of deaths from World War I (~17 million) and World War II (~60 million), and it’s possible that Alexander Fleming’s accidental discovery saved more lives than both world wars took.
  • Auto fatalities per capita have declined so much in the last 80 years that every hour of every day, 5.6 people who would have died in car crashes in the 1930s are still alive today. Put another way: Without the improvement in auto fatalities, 487,500 more people would have died in car accidents in the last decade than actually did. That’s equal to the population of Sacramento.
  • The frequency of U.S. recessions has plunged. From 1860 to 1900 we were in recession 48% of the time, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. From 1900 to 1940, 43% of the time. From 1940 to 1980, 15%. Since 1980, just over 12%.
  • New homes today are, on average, more than1,000 square feet larger than they were in 1973, according to the Census Bureau. For perspective, the average house in 1900 was roughly 1,000 square feet total. So in 43 years we have added what people had in 1900.
  • Microsoft sold a computer mouse in 1985 for $179, or $401 adjusted for inflation. Today $401 can buy you a Chromebook, a Kindle tablet, and an iPhone 5, with enough money left over for lunch.
  • The percentage of American adults who smoke daily declined from 45% in 1965 to 18% in 2012,according to OECD. Which is to say: 65.5 million Americans who would have smoked daily 50 years ago don’t today.
  • The number of cigarettes sold in America declined from 640 billion in 1981 to 360 billion in 2007, according to the Tobacco Situation and Outlook Report. Put another way: Americans smoke 8,878 fewer cigarettes per second than they did 35 years ago.
  • Median household income during the boom year of 1929 was about $16,000 adjusted for inflation, according to Census Bureau data. It’s more than $53,000 today. What was average back then is now considered deep poverty, and what’s average today would put you in the top decile back then.
  • According to the World Health Organization, “Measles vaccination has saved an estimated 17.1 million lives since 2000.” If those 17.1 million people were their own country it would be 65th largest in the world, sitting between Ecuador and Netherlands.
  • “In the late 1940s to the early 1950s … polio crippled an average of more than 35,000 people in the United States each year,” writes the CDC. Today it’s wiped out.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,there were 1.75 million children age 10-15 working in America in 1900. That made up 6% of the labor force. Today, employment under age 16 is effectively banned.
  • Nationwide murders declined from 23,326 in 1994 to 14,196 in 2014, according to the FBI. The difference – 9,130 per year – means one person per hour, every hour, is alive today who would have been murdered 20 years ago (more if you adjust for population growth). Similarly, robbery declined from 618,949 incidents in 1994 to 345,031 in 2014, a drop of 44%. Aggravated assault fell 35%.
  • A December 2015 flight from Miami to Los Angeles was delayed and took 20 hours, which one passenger told CNN was “a nightmare that you can’t believe.” As recently as 1929 that 20-hour travel time would have been a world record.
  • The percentage of women with bachelor’s degrees at age 18-33 nearly doubled from the Baby Boom to the Millennial generation, from 14% to 27%.
  • “Hip fractures have been dropping by 15-20 per cent a decade for 30 years,” writes the Financial Times. One theory: We’re better at providing daily mobility assistance for those who need it.
  • Rates of dementia for Americans over age 60 have declined by more than a third in the last 30 years. Some think better control of blood pressure led to a decline in ministrokes, which then reduced the prevalence of dementia.
  • The DailyMail writes, “In 1900 a typical male was 5ft 6in tall, but by 2000 that had gone up to 5ft 10in … Researchers put the growth spurt mostly down to pregnant mothers eating better food which meant their babies grew up to be stronger and healthier.”
  • In 1933 there were 37 workplace fatalities per 100,000 workers, according to OSHA. In 2009 there were 3.6 per 100,000. With 144 million U.S. workers, the decline means 48,100 fewer workers die each year who would have 80 years ago. Every 14 months we avoid as many workplace deaths compared to 1933 as U.S. soldiers died in the Vietnam War.
  • The average expense ratio for equity mutual/index funds has declined 34% since 1996, according to the Investment Company Institute. The drop, from 1.04% a year to 0.68% a year, on a $100,000 portfolio growing 6% a year will save you $37,000 in fees over 25 years. Put another way: The decline in financial fees has added an extra year of retirement income to the average saver’s nest egg.
  • Historian Deirdre McCloskey recently wrote , “A billion or so people on the planet drag along on the equivalent of $3 a day or less. But as recently as 1800, almost everybody did.” (Adjusted for inflation).
  • The global fertility rate has declined from 5.1 babies per women in 1964 to 2.5 today, according to the Census Bureau International Database. This is wonderful: Fertility declines as countries become richer and infant mortality falls. In the 18th century Adam Smith wrote, “It is not uncommon in the highlands of Scotland for a mother who has borne 20 children not to have 2 alive.”
  • The percentage of the world living on less than $2 a day (adjusted for inflation) has been cut in half over the last 40 years, according to the World Bank.
  • Americans over age 100 are the fastest growing age group, by far. In 1980 there were about 15,000 Americans over age 100. Today there are 78,000. By 2030, an estimated 138,000, according to the Census Bureau. That means the centenarian share of the population will more than quintuple, from 0.0007% in 1980 to 0.04% by 2030.
  • In 1930 Americans spent more than 8% of their disposable income on energy, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. During the 1980s oil spike it peaked at more than 9%. Today it’s less than 4%, an all-time low. The decline in energy spending as a share of income since 1950 means the average household can spend $1,728 on other stuff each year that used to go toward energy.
  • A BMW plant in South Carolina gets part of its power from methane siphoned off a nearby landfill. People don’t think of this kind of stuff when making peak-energy forecasts.
  • Twenty people have received face transplants since 2005, according to Johns Hopkins Hospital. This was unfathomable 30 years ago.
  • The percentage of an average household’s budget devoted to food fell from 46.4% in 1901 to 13% in 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. If that percentage had not declined the average household today would spend more than $2,100 a month on food.
  • Real median wages have been stagnant for a while. But real median compensation – which includes things like health insurance subsidies and 401(k) matches – is up more than 40% since 1980. People are getting a raise, it’s just coming in the form of subsidies on ever-rising insurance premiums.
  • We have a retirement funding crisis, which would sound like the most peculiar thing in the world to people 100 years ago, most of whom had no concept of retirement and worked until they died. In 1900 65.4% of men over age 65 were still working, according to the Census Bureau. And nearly all jobs were physically demanding. By the 1990s it was down to 17%.
  • In 1900 the median age at death was 59. Today it’s 80, according to the Social Security Administration. So the average person today lives almost an entire generation longer than their great-grandparents.
  • In 1900 it took four days to travel from New York to Los Angeles. Today it takes 19 hours to travel from New York to Singapore.
  • The age-adjusted death rate per capita from heart disease has declined more than 70% since 1965, according to the National Institute of Health. The New York Times says this was “spurred by better control of cholesterol and blood pressure, reduced smoking rates, improved medical treatments — and faster care of people in the throes of a heart attack.”
  • Health insurance prices are rising fast. But consider that anything resembling modern medical insurance didn’t even exist until the 1920s, when a group ofTexas teachers began prepaying for hospital expenses. Health insurance wasn’t needed before the 1930s because medical care wasn’t that expensive, and it wasn’t that expensive because we didn’t know that much about medicine and couldn’t do a whole lot for sick people.
  • People uploaded 657 billion pictures in 2014,according to Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report. “Another way to think about it: Every two minutes, humans take more photos than ever existed in total 150 years ago,” writes The Atlantic.
  • A 1996 computer catalog has an average list price of $3,412, or more than $5,200 adjusted for inflation. A Chromebook today can bepurchased for $101 and is, on every level, an order of magnitude or greater more advanced.
  • Bank failures in the early 1930s wiped out deposits equal to 2.2% of GDP, according to the FDIC. That’s the equivalent of $396 billion today. Thousands of people lined up at banks, some for days on end, wondering if their money was gone. With FDIC insurance, no one with less than $250,000 in the bank has anything to worry about anymore. That’s amazing: What was once one of life’s biggest financial stresses isn’t even a thing anymore.
  • “The United States uses less than half as much energy for every unit of GDP as it did in the 1970s,” writes energy analyst Daniel Yergin. This rise in efficiency cuts the effective energy price in half.
  • “A new car in the 1970s might have averaged 13.5 miles to every gallon. Today, on a fleet average basis, a new car is required to get 30.2 miles per gallon,” writes Yergin. Here again, the effective price of gas is cut in half without even knowing it.
  • “Between 1995 and 2005, Dow Chemical reduced its energy use on a worldwide basis, per pound of product, by 25 percent. Those savings are a big number; the same amount of energy would have been more than enough to supply electricity to all of California’s residents for a year,” Yergin writes.
  • The gold medal winning time for the men’s 100-meter Olympic sprint improved by 21% from 1896 to 2012, from 12.2 seconds to 9.63 seconds. This is astounding when you consider we’ve been running for as long as we’ve been human. Our ability to keep improving at things you’d think we should have mastered tens of thousands of years ago is a good reason for optimism.
  • The high-school graduation rate was 6.4% in 1900, 50.8% in 1940, 77.1% in 1970, a record-high 80% in 2012, according to the Department of Education.
  • Here’s a short list of common conveniences that did not exist in 1940: Tylenol, Velcro, airbags, credit cards, ATM machines, nonstick pans, Tupperware, and calculators.
  • Fatal airlines accidents have declined from more than 40 per year in 1970s to fewer than 10 per year in the last decade.
  • Tom Goodwin writes , “The world’s largest taxi firm, Uber, owns no cars. The world’s most popular media company, Facebook, creates no content. The world’s most valuable retailer, Alibaba, carries no stock. And the world’s largest accommodation provider, Airbnb, owns no property.”
What a time to be alive.

Trump Surges in Polls....Hillary goes down!

Results Spread General Election: Trump vs. Clinton LA Times/USC Tracking Clinton 42, Trump 47 Trump +5
Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Bloomberg Trump 44, Clinton 39, Johnson 10, Stein 3 Trump +5
Ohio: Trump vs. Clinton Bloomberg Clinton 43, Trump 48 Trump +5
Maine: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Boston Globe/SurveyUSA Clinton 42, Trump 39, Johnson 9, Stein 5 Clinton +3
Maine CD2: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein Boston Globe Trump 47, Clinton 37, Johnson 8, Stein 5 Trump +10
Kansas: Trump vs. Clinton vs. Johnson vs. Stein KSN News/SurveyUSA Trump 48, Clinton 36, Johnson 8, Stein 2 Trump +12
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Deplorable You!


A Pattern!




A little nap!


You Name it


No matter!


Name Calling?






Wipe it?


The 97%


On the cart?






What's in your basket?


The primary focus


A good laugh!


Little Red


It depends!




The Wicked Witch