Saturday, November 5, 2016

Trump Vs. Hillary: It May Be a Tie!

Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2016 | Bryan Crabtree 

The most common phrase we hear from Americans about the upcoming election is, “I’ll be glad when this is over.” We all expect it to end Tuesday night.
It may not. Since the FBI Director James Comey dropped a bombshell about a renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, the race has virtually tied. North Carolina, Michigan and Florida have moved from leaning blue, to ‘toss-ups’ as of late this week.
It looks at least possible, if not likely, that Donald Trump will win Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Nevada and Arizona. However, if Trump doesn't win another swing state, he will still lose the election. Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, Wisconsin or Virginia (in the above scenario) would deliver a victory for Trump.
The scenario gets even more chilling if Trump wins New Hampshire (in addition to FL, OH, NC, NV, AZ). The electoral college would be tied between Trump and Hillary Clinton. This is very possible given that the Real Clear Politics average presently shows him leading by about two points in New Hampshire.
What happens in the event of a tie on Tuesday? This is addressed in the 12th Amendment. Each state would send its results to the vice president who acts as president of the Senate. This would occur in December. In the event of a tie, the new Congress would defer to the House of Representatives who decides the next president. The Senate then decides who would be the vice president.
This last occurred in 1824 between John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson (who had the most popular votes). The House picked Adams. As a result, the four parties involved in that election split apart and resulted in the modern-day foundation we call Republicans and Democrats.
Since the House is Republican controlled, Trump would likely win in the event of a tie on Tuesday.
In the interim, between November 8 and the convening of a new Congress in January, there would likely be recounts, chaos and lawsuits. This would make the 2000-election ‘hanging chads’ in Florida look like a cakewalk. Clearly, there would be weeks more ‘election 2016.’
I believe there is a divine nature about this election. Many people believe we have the ‘lesser of two evils’ or simply the worst of two choices. Roughly half of the country despises Trump. The other half equally despises Clinton.
Because of Trump’s ‘tone,’ we have been forced to face many of our most pressing challenges: immigration, security, greed, distortion, lies, corruption, hatred et.al. Due to the inherent entertainment value of Trump, the nation has consumed 2016-politics in a fashion not seen in our lifetime. Political dramas are less attractive on television, dinner conversations are political and NFL ratings are down by double digits. This ‘blood-bath’ of an election has been even more entertaining than ‘House of Cards’ on Netflix.
Both Clinton and Trump are merely human vessels. In the minds of Americans, they are both extremely flawed in contrast to previous presidents. Both present a stark difference for the future prosperity and culture of this nation for our children.
This week, former Speaker Newt Gingrich appropriately stated that this choice is between ‘make America great again’ and ‘make America Venezuela.’ In Venezuela, the government is telling its citizens (even Urban Dwellers) to grow their own food. Poverty is out of control. While this may not be at near-term reality for America, it is a chilling hyperbole.
A President Clinton’s biggest import will be poverty through massive refugee infiltration further exacerbating our cultural and financial problems.
I believe our country is on a pathway to moral bankruptcy and that our challenges are a result of losing favor from God. Our apathy, arrogance and ignorance as a collective body of citizens, is impeding our ability to maintain our status of leadership and as a tremendous force of goodwill in the world. As a result, the world has become more unstable.
If this is a divine-election, we have been presented these candidates so that we are forced to acknowledge and integrate the cause and effect of our struggles into our psyche. If this truly is our chance to save the United State, then a tied-Tuesday outcome would result in more trauma for the country.
Trump has broken every rule of politics and yet still is as likely to win on Tuesday as is Clinton. The country is angry, divided and more fearful of the future than ever before in our history.
We may want this election to end, but is that in our best interest? I’m not predicting a tie; I'm saying that, based on the late week polls, it’s highly possible. If a tie occurs, we should consider that we’ve yet to learn the divine lessons intended from this election:
This election is a ‘wake-up call.’
We can't continue to avoid our problems, make rash decisions with emotions, live without discipline, cheat our neighbors, medicate our way through life and ignore the struggles of our citizens.
We cannot steal the future our children deserve. The generations before us were willing to sacrifice to give each of us a better future than their present.
God is telling us to awaken to reality. That’s why this election hurts so much. Will we?

Lowering Standards in the United States Military

The Coach's Team ^ | November 5, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer 

Defense Secretary Ash Carter launched a sweeping review of the military's recruiting standards that may involve relaxed rules on everything from single-parent enlistees to drug use and obesity. He believes the current standards for screening new recruits are “overly restrictive” and preventing America's most talented young people from joining the ranks

Carter’s proposal is the latest of his “Force of the Future” personnel reforms. Secretary Carter is concerned that Obama’s military is ill-equipped to recruit and retain the top talent needed for future missions. Of course, Carter ignores the elephant in the room; that being Obama’s social programs are not only effecting combat readiness, but never ending deployments are discouraging talented service members from considering making the military a career.


The secretary announced a $140 million advertising campaign to improve the military’s brand among young people throughout all regions of the United States and to improve ROTC programs that provide 40 percent of incoming military officers. Currently America’s military recruiting pool is shrinking as future recruits are joining from fewer states.

The review was driven by several active-duty military recruiters, worried that today’s force is turning away people with critical skills because they fail to meet specific individual requirements. In other words, the recruiters are unable to meet their quotas. Nevertheless, the military will have a difficult time accepting a 300-pound recruit that may be a potential health risk. And Basic Training is hardly a good environment for drug rehab!

Why is Carter trying to reform enlistment requirements?

His legacy of course. Secretary Carter will stepdown in January when Mr. Obama leaves the White House and he wants personnel reforms to be the centerpiece of his two years in the Pentagon’s top office.
(Excerpt) Read more at thecoachsteam.com ...

America or Her (Anyone who votes for Hillary, votes against America)

Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2016 | Liz Crokin 


This is the first presidential election in my lifetime that is not about the two candidates or Republican versus Democrat. What a lot of people are missing about this election is that it’s about nationalism versus globalism, anti-establishment versus establishment, ending the unprecedented and widespread level of corruption in the government, restoring law and order in this country and putting American citizens first, not illegal aliens, criminals or refugees. Regardless if you like Donald Trump or not, if he’s not elected our country will be destroyed as we know it. It will turn into a Third World country and the ongoing FBI investigations into Hillary Clinton alone – especially if she’s indicted -- will weaken this country, put it into total chaos and jeopardize our national security. I truly believe to the core of my being that this election is one of the greatest battles of good versus evil in history. Whether you like Trump or not, all freedom-loving Americans have a moral obligation to vote for him if you truly believe in doing what’s best for this country and its wonderful citizens.
I’ve worked on two presidential campaigns: Gov. John Kasich’s first presidential run in 1999 and President George W. Bush’s first presidential bid as well. Kasich asked several students and I to spend our summer then to work on his campaign doing grassroots work in Iowa to help him win the Iowa Straw Poll. I was a big fan of Kasich and truly believed in his message. So I gave up my dream job to intern for Bill O’Reilly in New York at Fox News Channel that summer to help Kasich. I spent months making phone calls, planning campaign events and spent many days in my car often for three-plus hours to drive to all over the state of Iowa for his events on my dime.  We all worked hard to secure a success for him at the Iowa Straw Poll and made a lot of sacrifices. However, just a few days before the straw poll in a very self-serving move, Kasich dropped out. He took a bunch of us to dinner and gave a sappy speech as he attempted to shed crocodile tears stating that the numbers were just not in his favor to win the straw poll. In reality, we will never know how he would’ve done since he dropped out. The real reason he made this move was because he hoped it would get him on Bush’s good side and lock down a position for him in a Bush Administration. I was devastated. I had turned down my dream job and done all that hard work for nothing. That’s when I first learned how phony and corrupt most politicians are. Many of them don’t give a damn about the issues or the people -- they just will do what it takes to get money and power.
Thanks to Wikileaks, the Project Veritas videos and a very small number of reporters who do real investigative journalism, the mask has been lifted and we are finally learning how deep and far the corruption goes in Washington with Hillary Clinton at the helm. This is what a Clinton presidency versus a Trump presidency will look like:
Globalism versus nationalism: Clinton said in in one of her private speeches that she dreams of “open borders”. She also wants to increase the intake of Syrian refugees by 550% and give amnesty to illegal aliens. What the mainstream media has not reported is that all the countries in Europe who have brought in refugees are in total chaos and destruction. Refugees are committing all kinds of crimes and terrorist attacks on a daily basis in European countries such as Germany, Belgium, France, England, Greece, Denmark and Sweden to name a few. Since Sweden and Denmark started bringing in Muslim migrants, they’ve become the rape capital of Europe and Germany has had reports of over a thousand sexual assaults committed by Muslim refugees in some instances just in one day such as New Year’s Eve in Cologne. This should not come as a surprise because most of the refugees are coming from countries where rape is not only legal; it’s the victim’s fault if a woman is raped. The bigger picture that the mainstream media also does not report, is that most of these alleged refugees are fit and fighting age men – not poor women and children -- who have no intention of adjusting to the Western way of life. Their goal is to spread Islam and instill Sharia Law around the world. The refugee program is funded by one of Hillary’s biggest donors George Soros. It’s no secret his goal is to destroy sovereign nations by opening their borders and causing chaos by flooding their welfare systems to bankrupt each country in order to further the New World Order plan for a one world government. The intentions behind Soros and the globalists are outright malicious. Under a Trump presidency, he will close America’s borders and stop the influx of illegals into this country especially the criminals and refugees who can’t be properly vetted – which the FBI admitted publicly and even Clinton wrote this in a leaked e-mail – to weed out jihadists. In effect, this country will be safer, there will be less terror attacks and there will be more money saved that can be used to help our own citizens such as our beloved veterans and our homeless.
Establishment versus anti-establishment: We now know that Clinton used her position of power not to serve the best interest of this country but to line her own pockets with the Clinton Foundation as a front. As Secretary of State, she made decisions not based off of what was best for this country; she made decisions based on who would donate the most money to the Clinton Foundation and pay her and her husband the most amount of money for speeches in exchange for favors. This is why Clinton set up her private server and destroyed 33,000 e-mails. She knew she’d be conducting illegal activity and she put our national security at risk in doing so. This corruption will continue under a Clinton presidency further putting our country at risk and her needs before what’s best for Americans. Also, we now know that due to Clinton’s reckless behavior, her servers were hacked at least five times by foreign intelligence agencies. This means if she’s elected, our enemies could use those hacked e-mails to blackmail her. Clinton claims Trump can’t be trusted with the nuclear codes; yet, it’s been proven she can’t be trusted with even low-level classified information. Like it or not, treason is heavier than “Miss Piggy.” Trump intends to stop the rampant corruption in Washington and he’s laid out a plan to drain the swamp. He will push for a Constitutional Amendment to impose term limits for members of Congress. Trump would also institute a 5-year ban on administration officials lobbying the government after they leave their jobs. He would also ask Congress to institute its own 5-year lobbying ban on former congressmen and congressional staff. This is why so many Republicans do not support Trump. They know that if Trump is elected, all the perks and the shady backroom deals they make to further themselves without their constituents best interests at heart will stop.
Clinton wrote her college thesis on Saul Alinsky; I did my college research project on all the Clinton scandals and this was about 20 years ago. Then, I was shocked how corrupt they were and they’ve been involved in countless scandals ever since. I finally got a chance to cross paths with Sen. Clinton in the White House in 2001 since I was there working for the White House Press Corps as an intern at the time. She was leaving a meeting with President Bush about 9/11 and some reporters asked her what her husband thought about the terrorist attacks. She coldly snapped at all of them and said in an icy tone that they should not be asking her that question and yelled at them to call his office. Ever since I started writing stories exposing Clinton, I have dealt with threats, harassment and at times even felt that my life was in danger. It’s no secret that anyone who dares to expose the Clintons get threatened, vandalized, their pets killed, their houses burned down and dozens have died in mysterious accidents. Just on this information alone, it boggles my mind that anyone could vote for someone so wicked to the core. When Trump says she’s a nasty woman and she has evil in her heart, he couldn’t be more right. On the other hand, despite the lies the mainstream media tells about Trump, I’ve had the privilege to meet him and cover him for many years as a journalist. Trump and his family are wonderful good-hearted people who have done so much to help so many throughout the years. Trump’s a billionaire who does not need to run for president and he’s risking his life and taken incredible abuse by doing so. He told Oprah years ago he would only run if things got really bad and then he would feel a moral obligation to do something about it but it’s not something he particularly wanted for himself.
You may not like Trump, but he’s right to say that this election is bigger than him: it’s a movement. The people are sick of government corruption and good everyday hardworking Americans want to take their country back. There’s only one candidate who will make America great again and that candidate is not under multiple FBI investigations. It’s America or Her. I’m with America.

Pirro: Clintons Set Up 'Organized Criminal Enterprise' in Name of a Charity

Fox News ^ | 11-01-2016 

Judge Jeanine Pirro said this morning that after the WikiLeaks revelations, it's becoming clear what the Clintons were doing with their foundation and why Hillary Clinton set up a private email server.
"It's clear what their intent was. Their intent was to hide. To set up the server so that she could operate not only outside of the guidelines and the rules and the federal requirements, but that she could operate an organized criminal enterprise in the name of a 501(c)(3) charity,
...
the Justice Department has been "corrupted" like never before.
...
"It's a RICO - racketeering influencing corruption organization. Like the mob. She's a capo and you know they got the consigliere, who is Loretta Lynch
(Excerpt) Read more at insider.foxnews.com ...

Say Hasta la Vista to Taco Bell Economy, Vote Trump

Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2016 | Jeff Crouere 


The latest employment report released Friday will be the final economic indicator Americans will receive before Tuesday’s presidential election.
In October, there were 161,000 new jobs created throughout the country, but that figure was below expectations. In 2016, the average number of new jobs created each month has been 181,000, far below the 229,000-average monthly figure of 2015.
Even more troubling, 425,000 people left the workforce altogether in October, giving us a labor force participation rate of only 62.8%, very close to the all-time low rate of the 1970’s.
While wages increased slightly last month, the average work week was stagnant at only 34.4 hours.
Not surprisingly, liberal economists are heralding the report as another indication of a growing economy. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth.
Per the household survey, the number of full time jobs decreased by 103,000 in October, while part-time positions increased by 90,000. This is another horrible consequence of Obamacare which mandates that employers provide healthcare to any employees working more than 30 hours per week.
There are now over 8 million Americans forced to work multiple jobs, the largest number of part-time workers since 1996. Many of these people are scrambling to provide for their families and finding it difficult to survive in this supposed “recovery.”
One sector of the economy hit especially hard in the last month was manufacturing which lost 9,000 jobs. These are jobs which are not coming back to this country unless we elect Donald Trump as President. He is pledging to renegotiate or withdraw from trade deals such as NAFTA which have been so harmful to our country.
One of the countries that has prospered at our expense is China, which was allowed entrance into the World Trade Organization in December of 2001. Since that time, the United States has lost an astounding 70,000 factories. Only Donald Trump is talking about this vital issue and vowing to reverse the out-migration of these high paying jobs, which can average approximately $80,000 per year for positions such as a manufacturing engineer.
Most of the jobs created in the Obama economy are paying far less than $80,000 per year. In fact, in reviewing the overall economy, there are clearly some disturbing patterns. The United States has traded high paying manufacturing jobs for service sector jobs, such as fast food positions at Taco Bell, which just announced they will be adding 100,000 new jobs over the next six years.
While this announcement is good news for fast food lovers, it is not indicative of a vibrant economy. It reflects the fact that Americans are buying fast food in greater numbers, which is not especially healthy or desirable. It also indicates that these are the types of service sector jobs which are growing in the Obama economy.
With millions of Americans working multiple jobs or being forced to survive on fast food salaries, it is no wonder that our home ownership rate is now at a 51-year low. No potential home owner can afford a mortgage on a minimum wage salary.
This dire situation will only change with the creation of more high paying jobs in the private sector. If Americans elect Hillary Clinton next Tuesday, we will be giving control of our economy to someone with no history of job creation and almost no experience in the private sector. Hillary Clinton knows government and bureaucracy, but does not know how to incentivize an economy that is stagnant. Her plan for massive tax increases will be a disaster that will only lead to more factories and corporate headquarters leaving the United States.
With such a weak economy, it is essential for Americans to elect Donald Trump, a billionaire who has created a successful empire in a career spanning almost five decades. His tax cut plan is the boldest since Ronald Reagan. If implemented, the business tax rate will decrease to 15% and the individual tax rates will be reduced and simplified into three levels.
These tax cuts will create real growth in our economy. In worked in the 1960’s and in the 1980’s and it can work again. Coupled with his plan to massively reduce the burden of federal regulations, it is just what American businesses need to be competitive again and grow our labor force.
The choice is clear, do we what a Taco Bell economy or not? It is one of many reasons why this election is the most consequential election of our lifetime.

The Worst Thing About Criminal Hillary is Criminal Globalist Pal George Soros

Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2016 | Joy Overbeck 


There’s so much that’s shudder-worthy in Hillary’s illegal behavior and disastrous decisions around the world that her deep ties to her mentor, shady lawless billionaire mega-player Soros are being overlooked. Hillary and Soros have literally been as thick as thieves since before the first Clinton administration. The two share the same political passions: subversion of the Constitution in favor of global (mostly U.N.) decrees based on “social justice;” government-controlled healthcare rationed through “right to die” and other cost-saving measures; severely limiting or ending gun rights; and an open borders policy admitting floods of refugees and illegals and turning them into Democratic voters as soon as possible. While Donald Trump is all about America First, Hillary and Soros are globalists first.
If Hillary is elected, her shady mentor would be perched beside her in the world’s most powerful catbird seat promoting their radical leftist agenda. For years Soros has created, funded and run a spider’s web of tax-exempt “educational nonprofits” that push liberalism and attack conservatives, including Media Matters which has vowed “guerilla warfare and sabotage” against Fox News and tried to get Rush Limbaugh banned from Armed Services Radio.
The most influential group is probably the Center for American Progress (CAP) widely known as “the official Hillary Clinton think tank” launched in 2003. It was originally helmed by John Podesta, once Bill Clinton’s chief of staff and now Hillary’s campaign chair. CAP’s staff includes an old boys’ club of the former president’s advisors and appointees from the Clinton White House years. Hillary, Podesta and other Clinton operatives often get together with Soros for meetings and dinner and recent WikiLeaks emails showed 60 Podesta-Soros mentions. Soros began supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential run in 2013 with a leading role in the “Ready for Hillary” group. Since then, he’s donated over $15 million to pro-Clinton groups and Super PACs. She owes him; and as her campaign manager Robby Mook observed to John Podesta, “the Clintons won’t forget what their friends have done for them.”
A George Soros embedded in the government would bring great peril to the American Republic, our national identity and rule by consent of the governed. He favors America’s subservience to international bodies and more power for groups such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. In 1998, he wrote: “Insofar as there are collective interests that transcend state boundaries, the sovereignty of states must be subordinated to international law and international institutions.”
In lock step with Soros, Clinton has urged that the U.S. submit to the International Criminal Court (ICC) which U.S. globalists want to supersede our Constitutional judiciary. As secretary of state she told a Kenyan group that it is a “great regret” that the U.S. has not bowed to the ICC which prosecutes war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes of aggression and genocide. The ICC is even now investigating American military actions in Afghanistan, claiming jurisdiction because Afghanistan is a member of the ICC. It’s doubtful the U.S. Senate would ever ratify the ICC treaty but Hillary, if elected, would certainly find Obama’s magic pen and phone in the Oval Office desk drawer, the same ones that gave us the unratified Iran nuclear debacle. Hillary is heavily influenced by globalists like her former State Department strategist, Princeton professor Anne-Marie Slaughter who declared, “Government networks pierce the shell of state sovereignty by making individual government institutions – courts, regulatory agencies, or even legislators – responsible for implementation of rules created by a supranational institution…to make those rules directly enforceable.” Translation: bye bye American Constitution.
Soros’ open borders leading to eventual one-world government is similar to Hillary’s scheme to create a North/Central/South American version of the European Union. As she told a bunch of Brazilian bankers: “my dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders…we have to resist protectionism (and) other kinds of barriers to market access and trade.” No borders means no America. And illegal immigrants pouring over those non-borders means more “fundamental transformation” of the nation that was once America.
Because Soros, like Hillary, has no allegiance to any national or ethical boundaries. Like her, Soros’ primary purpose in life is acquiring riches by any means possible, legal or not. Both of them have a gaping hole where normally a conscience would be. People and nations are to be manipulated, not treated with kindness. When Hillary as Secretary of State and Bill Clinton as co-chair of the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC) were in charge of spending the $9 billion given by governments, charities, and sympathetic individuals to help ruined Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake, they awarded juicy rebuilding contracts almost exclusively to “friends” who coincidentally donated millions to their fake charity, the Clinton Foundation. In the end, the destitute Haitians saw little benefit from the billions that had been intended for new homes, job opportunities, and infrastructure. But the Clintons’ inner circle of fellow millionaires saw huge profits, and even Hillary’s brother Tony Rodham, scored a lucrative gold mining concession. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton claims at every campaign stop that she has devoted her whole life to helping people.
George Soros too sees nations and people only as potential money spigots for his vast pirate treasure chest. He’s a currency manipulator who showed no compassion for the “little people” when he caused the British financial crisis that earned him the title “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England.” His heartless maneuvering resulted in the drastic devaluation of the pound and the destruction of ordinary Britons’ savings and businesses small and large -- and a billion-dollar profit for himself.
Soros had hit on a real money-maker. During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, the Malaysian Prime Minister accused Soros of bringing down the nation’s currency through his trading methods. In Thailand he’s been called an “economic war criminal” for similar activities. And France indicted him on charges of insider trading in the 1980’s and fined him $3 billion. No word on the last time he saw Paris.
In Hungary, his native country, regulators fined him $2 million for manipulating the stock price of the nation’s largest bank.
Not content with blowing up currencies, Soros also destroys governments at will. Boasts this megalomaniac in his autobiography, “My foundations contributed to democratic regime change in Slovakia in 1998, Croatia in 1999, and Yugoslavia in 2000…” The “democratic” part is questionable in that trained Soros activists who staged the 2000 coup started riots, threw Molotov cocktails, used mortars and AK-47s, and set fire to the Belgrade Parliament in Belgrade. In the former Soviet Georgia Soros instigated the overthrow of duly elected President Shevardnadze in 2003, again with thuggish street riots. The Soros-funded TV station broadcast exit polls that contradicted the official vote tally, as did the exit polls in the George Bush vs. John Kerry U.S. election a year later. Surprise: the exit pollsters were paid by Soros. But demonstrators attacked the Parliament building charging voter fraud. Rather than risk civil war, the elected president resigned and the victorious Soros told the Los Angeles Times, “I’m delighted by what happened in Georgia, and I take great pride in having contributed to it.”
Though he’s an American citizen, Soros deplores American power and vows to “puncture the bubble of American supremacy.” He has his own definition of the “open society” he’s trying to create with his radical activism, and it doesn’t include the most free and prosperous nation on earth. Soros goes so far as to claim in his book, The Bubble of American Supremacy, that “the United States itself could pose a threat to open society…”
But Soros himself could well pose a threat to the United States. There’s no guarantee he won’t bring his currency-busting, violence-fomenting agenda to this nation. Indeed, there are alarming signs he already has. According to an October 2011 Newsbusters article, the Occupy Wall Street riots and its sister protests across the country were partly fueled by seven groups that received over 3.6 million in grants from Soros’ Open Society Foundations. They include Common Cause Education Fund (part of Common Cause) and MoveOn.org.
And a Soros 2015 Open Society report obtained by Breitbart showed the organization approved $650,000 to “invest in technical assistance and support for the groups at the core of the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter movement.” Continues writer Aaron Klein, “The report directly states the Open Society views the Baltimore unrest last year as a crisis that can be utilized to carry out the organization’s agenda.”
Fighting in the streets and smashing businesses, targeting police for assassination, dividing the country through stirring up class and race conflicts, flag-burning and capitalism hatred: none of it is the American way. But this is the Soros way. In 1995 when he was a great friend to White House occupiers Bill and Hillary, Soros told a PBS interviewer: “I do now have great access in the (Clinton) administration. “There is no question about this. We actually work together as a team.”
We don’t need radical nation-destroyer George Soros on our American team. We need America First Donald Trump.

FBI Director Comey - Playing Hardball with the DOJ

Townhall.com ^ | November 4, 2016 | Joel Goodman 


If FBI Director James Comey is the honorable and principled man that he has in the past shown himself to be, then delaying the announcement of a further investigation into Clinton related emails until after the election may just have been a bridge too far; and informing Congress may have been more than just disagreeing with the advice given him by Attorney General Loretta Lynch to sit on the info until after the election.
Comey is not afraid of a fight. When he was Acting AG, during AG John Ashcroft's hospitalization, he stood up to Bush regarding NSA domestic surveillance data collection. Comey's refusal to certify major parts of the program led to changes being made.
It would appear that there is more to his sending a letter to Congress than just correcting a previous statement made to a Committee in July.
The timing of an urgent Friday letter to Congress, and then not getting a search warrant until Sunday, is nothing less than odd. Announcing that you are continuing with an investigation without first having access to your potential evidence makes no sense.
Usual procedure for a high profile or sensitive case, as described to me by someone who has experience with "highfalutin" cases, is for DOJ to assign to the investigation one or more local US Attorneys and a prosecutor from the DOJ Main Office, those particularly suited to the case or whichever AUSA's happen to "draw the short straws." While the case is worked out of the DC Field Office, supervision of the case will come from FBI Headquarters. The prosecutors will establish physical space at the FBI Field Office so that Justice and the FBI can work shoulder to shoulder and stay on top of events.
Whatever delay there was in obtaining the Weiner email warrant would logically, as a matter of procedure, be attributable to DOJ. The fact that the FBI went to a magistrate on a Sunday is not in and of itself noteworthy. What is noteworthy is that Director Comey sent his letter to Congress and posted a letter to his staff on the previous Friday. In the letter to his staff, referring to the emails on Weiner's laptop, he made it clear that they needed more investigation and review of the emails - ergo a search warrant. The application for a search warrant could have been completed in as little as three hours after the FBI Squad Supervisor asked for one, which, according to the letter, was the day before. That is three full days before the warrant was received.
WikiLeaks' posting shows that President Obama knew about Clinton's use of a private server much earlier than he said he did, and that he used an alias when communicating with her. The question immediately becomes Watergate clear - what did the President know and when did he know it? In fact, there should be new questions about the President himself sharing information over unsecured devices to protect his own questionable doings - not only with Clinton, but with many other people.
Just before Comey's October 28th letter to Congress, Loretta Lynch stated that she was leaving the decision to prosecute completely up to Comey. The Attorney General's 'hands off' policy was announced just after Lynch had a secret meeting with Bill Clinton in a plane sitting on the tarmac of an airport a few days before Comey's July 5h Congressional appearance.
We don't yet know with certainty why there was a three day delay in applying for a warrant, just as we don't yet know what actually transpired in the plane between Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch. But, the secret rendezvous on a runway is odd, and has the appearance of something illicit. And, so is the timing of the warrant odd, indicative of something happening behind the scenes.
From what we know, the FBI must have gone to Loretta Lynch or one of the Federal Prosecutors working with the Clinton case, and requested a search warrant for Abedin's emails. At the time, Lynch was telling Comey to "follow policy" not to inform Congress about the new emails until after the elections. Because all Federal Prosecutors work under the Attorney General, it seems logical that the delay in obtaining the warrant was a result of the disagreement between Attorney General Lynch and FBI Director Comey.
Prior to the decision not to prosecute Clinton, Comey had been lauded as an honorable public servant. After the decision not to prosecute, many were calling him a political weasel. Which, then, is the real James Comey? If he is in fact an honorable person, and if there was as much backlash within the FBI as has been suggested, and because the insecure communications scandal reaches into the White House, Comey may have begun to question the possibility that he would be left to hang out to dry.
As a result of the Watergate scandal, Attorney General John Mitchell and several of President Nixon's top aides went to jail on obstruction charges. It appears that people in the Obama administration have been guilty of the same crime. With information being garnered from WikiLeaks, and whatever is in Weiner's computer, and whoever within the administration might decide to talk, there is no foreseeable limit as to how high and wide this scandal could reach.
It is very unusual to make a public statement about an investigation and then get a warrant after the fact. It makes no sense unless Lynch's delay in getting the warrant led Comey to feel that he'd had enough of the Administration's political games. He may have felt that his only move was to go around Lynch and inform Congress of the discovery of the new information. By going "public" with the information, he put Lynch and the entire Administration on the spot, leaving them little or no wiggle room, forcing Lynch's hand to get the warrant as soon as possible.

The Stupidity of Hillary (and the for Hillary voters)

American Thinker ^ | November 5, 2016 | Bruce Walker 

Few serious people doubt the dishonesty of Hillary and Bill Clinton. Both lie all the time about almost everything, the petty as well as the important. Few serious people doubt the shameless self-promotion, the naked avarice, the depthless lust for power and privilege of these two crooks. There is, however, one fundamental difference between William Jefferson Clinton and Mrs. William Jefferson Clinton. Bill was smart, and Hillary is stupid.
References to this fact have popped up again and again in emails and related correspondence within Hillary's inner circle. She often seems confused, her close aides tell each other. She often forgets things. While she can do well in rehearsed performances by parroting the same line over and over again, the same is not true when Hillary is required to think independently and make decisions that are not dull dogmatic repetitions of political cant.
The contrast with her husband is stark. Bill had an almost photographic memory for names and could call up clever rhetoric off the top of his head. Bill won a Rhodes Scholarship, something pretty hard for a poor boy from a small Arkansas town. He was able to persuade voters in Arkansas that he was a decent governor and Americans that he was a successful president – things not true, but Bill made do with a slipperiness that earned him the nickname of "Slick Willie."
Would anyone ever consider Hillary to be "slick" or "clever" or "smooth"? Most people attribute her clumsiness when not rehearsed to poor aptitude for politics – "We were dead broke … we couldn't pay the mortgages on our homes" or "What difference, at this point, does it make?" (regarding the dead she left behind in Benghazi) or the weak thinking that led her to set up a private server in her basement.
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Why America Is No Longer Great (But It Will Be Again)

Townhall.com ^ | November 5, 2016 | John Hawkins 

When did caring about the Constitution, morality and making sure future generations of Americans have it as good as we do become “radicalism” in America? When did believing that we should have a border and that people shouldn’t be able to cross it illegally become “racism?” When did expecting politicians to tell us the truth if they want our vote become too much to ask?
We live in a country where Hillary Clinton is so above the law that the FBI refuses to prosecute her even when it catches her dead to rights and illegal aliens are aided by the government in breaking our own laws with impunity. Our government can’t balance the budget, secure the border or win a war; yet no one ever seems to pay a price for incompetence.
No one in D.C. who’s in charge of anything today deserves to be in charge of it after the election. We’ve already reached banana republic levels of corruption, incompetence and arrogance in D.C. The only people who have a real voice in America are the rich, the powerful and the special interest groups. Ordinary Americans who point out how broken, dysfunctional and haywire things are going in this country are laughed at and impugned.
Anyone who thinks that way must be one of those racists, one of those “deplorables,” one of those hicks in flyover country whose opinions don’t matter. Obviously, they don’t understand how all these things work because if they did, then they’d realize that the smartest people were already in charge. You can tell that these people are smart because of how they talk and the schools they went to, not because they actually get anything done for the country. For example, if the Affordable Care Act actually did everything our Harvard educated President promised it would do, it would have been great. Unfortunately, Obamacare isn’t great because the entire project was sold with lies. Isn’t it so funny that all those dumb “deplorables” and “hicks in flyover country” seemed to know it all along while the “smart set” in the media and in D.C. seemed to be the ones who were buffaloed by all of Obama’s meaningless promises about the program?
There is no problem too big for Americans to handle, but there’s also no big problem that will ever be handled as long as “leaders” like Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are in charge of anything.
America’s elite seem to believe that the country is indestructible. No matter how far into debt we go, how many wars we lose, how poor the quality of our immigrants are or how much hatred Democrats stir up against anyone who stands in their way, everything will be fine. The country will stay strong, prosperous, united and decent. What’s more realistic? That view or the view that if America doesn’t continue to do the things that made us successful, we won’t continue to be successful?
Then to add insult to injury, it’s those same elites who blame the people they ignored for all of America’s problems. They’ve blamed the Tea Party for America losing its AAA credit rating, conservatives for the failure of Obamacare and white Republicans for the crime and despair in black communities run by Democrats for decades.
See, in America, we now have designated victim classes that we’re all supposed to eternally excuse, baby and promote. However, if you’re not part of those special groups of victims, you’re treated with all the compassion a 15th century lord had for his serfs. Oh, you’re a straight white guy who hasn’t been able to find a job since the only factory in your town shut down? Your issues are distracting us from the complaints of college students who’ve been triggered. You’re worried about your kids being exposed to the most degenerate culture since the Roman Empire? Stop trying to ruin everyone’s fun! You’re a Christian and you think your faith should be treated with as much respect as Islam by the media and the government? You want respect for your faith? Then cut somebody’s head off or burn a newspaper office to the ground after the paper runs a Jesus cartoon. That’s the message.
Not only are you told you deserve no sympathy, you’re told that you’re the ones who’ve messed everything up for everyone else. That unemployed white office manager? He’s taking advantage of his white privilege. That struggling Christian small business owner? He’s trying to hurt gay Americans by refusing to provide cupcakes for their wedding, not making a difficult moral choice that may hurt his bottom line. All those people talking about running the government according to the Constitution? That’s old timey stuff written by slave owners and it’s only relevant if we’re finding some imaginary “right” we invented yesterday that we want to claim is in the Constitution.
It’s no different for the people in unfavored groups who aren’t behind the 8-ball. We’re treated like saps. Like suckers. In so many words, we’re told to keep our heads down and our mouths shut because our betters who can’t secure our borders, fix our healthcare system, win a war, pay our bills or run an honest government know better. Our job is to pay our taxes so that illegal aliens, welfare queens and fat cats who gave large donations to politicians can use our money. When we complain, we’re told to be grateful we have roads and street signs, as if that represents anything other than a tiny percentage of what our taxes are wasted on. We’re also told that we better be careful about what we say. It doesn’t matter if you spent your whole life working with black inner city youth, make one politically incorrect joke people disagree with and you’re no different than the KKK. Oh, you disagree with Hillary Clinton? Then you must hate women. You don’t want grown men with mental problems alone in the bathroom with your little girl? Then you must hate transsexuals and gays. Meanwhile, we’re supposed to take the blame for everything that’s wrong with America. If any woman, minority or gay American succeeds, it’s because that person is so wonderful, but if any of these people fail, it must be because all those horrible, straight white men are holding them back by basking in our imaginary white privilege. You want one of the surest signs of a culture going to hell in a handbasket? Look for culture that BLAMES successful groups for their success instead of trying to learn from them.
Of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. Just be a liberal; then other liberals will excuse you doing everything from taking bribes like Hillary Clinton to leaving a woman to die in a tidal pool. Suddenly you’ll get better press coverage. When other liberals are talking about those awful racist white people and call for their extinction, you can kid yourself that they don’t mean you. Suddenly, all the “sins” of America are off your shoulders, even the ones that liberals made happen. It’s a cultural get out of jail card combined with a shot of Novocain to your conscience all rolled up into one. The good news is you won’t be lumped in with those awful conservatives you’re supposed to hate by people looking for scapegoats for their own failure. On the other hand, you’ll be part of a philosophy that’s slowly but surely turning what was once the greatest nation in human history into just another decadent country in decline that’s coming apart at the seams.

The Clinton scandals will never stop!

washingtonpost.com ^ | November 03, 2016 | Ed Rogers 

Every president enters office with some baggage – from statements and positions that strained relationships with various voter groups to partisan views that alienated members of the other party to gaffes on the campaign trail that scuffed up a candidate’s reputation. But no one has ever been elected president who has been so hobbled by such festering wounds as Hillary Clinton would be if she is elected on Nov. 8.

If Clinton takes office, the scandals won’t come to a screeching halt. Nothing about the latest chapter of Clinton scandal lends itself to a tidy conclusion. There will always be a seepage of fresh emails; new revelations about some impropriety regarding the Clinton Foundation, Clinton donors, Clinton staff and the like; and reports of Bill Clinton saying or doing something compromising or otherwise inappropriate.

There will never be a last email, a last allegation of pay to play or a last word written by a former Clinton insider. Nothing will stop the ooze of Clinton corruption, not even Hillary Clinton placing her hand on a Bible and swearing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.
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Why Donald Trump draws crowds, Hillary Clinton doesn't (You'll love their pretzel logic)

Al Jazeera ^ | November 4, 2016 | Chris Sheridan 

It makes fans of Hillary Clinton very anxious every time I state this simple fact: attendance at the Democratic candidate's rallies is mediocre at best.

The pictures have told the story over the past six months. Republican Donald Trump is filling convention centres, airport hangars and parks. Clinton, on the other hand, is filling community centres and small colleges, but just barely.
The people campaigning for her - the rock stars of the Democratic Party like First Lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders - have bigger and more energetic crowds.
Moreover, as Clinton goes into the final weekend of campaigning, she is drawing on mega-celebrities to attract people to her cause by holding separate events with musicians Pharrell Williams, Jay Z and Katy Perry.
There was a momentary spike this past week in Tempe, Arizona where, aside from July's Democratic National Convention, she had one of her biggest rallies yet.
More than 10,000 people attended an event where she went solo. But you could chalk that up to the fact a Democratic presidential nominee in Arizona is rare. Unlike Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and other battleground states, Arizonans aren't bombarded with campaign stops....
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HuffPo writer: Why I can no longer support Hillary (read comments! Dems jumping ship in droves)

Huffington Post ^ | Cesar Varga 

It took me a long time to write this. I had to dig deep into my being to come up with these words. I’m recanting my endorsement of Hillary Clinton for the presidency.
I’m aware of how vindictive Clintonians can be. I’m not speaking about the Clintons themselves, but of those surrounding them. Perhaps the saying is true: dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres. Your staff, your donors, your surrogates, and those you surround yourself with are a reflection of who you truly are, no? If not, why not curb any unacceptable behavior? Silence, indifference, or inaction is as incriminatory-at least to me.
There has been no repudiation, let alone denunciation, of what was said in those emails-just denial, finger pointing, and doublespeak. To appoint the very same folks who carried out many malicious behaviors to tip the scales for Hillary is just as unpardonable. Why reward unethical behavior? It’s mind-boggling.
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Hacked Hillary Emails Reveal She Knowingly Delayed Benghazi Rescue!

The Gateway Pundit ^ | 11/05/16 | Jim Hoft 

Hillary Clinton told Congress Ambassador Chris Stevens was her friend. She left him to die in Benghazi.
A new report by the reputable Radar Online reveals that Hillary Clinton refused to send help to the Americans in Benghazi.
Hacked emails reveal she refused to send help to the Americans in Benghazi. Four Americans died. She later lied and blamed it on a YouTube video.
Radar Online reported:
Hillary Clinton refused to send help as the terrifying Benghazi attacks unfolded, according to messages allegedly hacked from her email server and distributed by Russian operatives.
One section of the report deals with September 2012 — the same month as the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, and three others. In an alleged message from Clinton to top aide Huma Abedin, the secretary made it clear she wasn’t going to rush to take action.
“Avoid that they appeal to the AUMF, lets give a political weight to the wait, take time,” the message reads. (The acronym AUMF most likely refers to an “authorization for the use of military force.”)
The text continues, “What has happened has happened, at Sigonella they are standing still, they have to remain firm.”
Sigonella almost certainly refers to Naval Air Station Sigonella, located in the Italian island region of Sicily. According to reports, a US Air Force source once claimed that attack jets were being armed and fueled at Aviano Air Force Base in northern Italy on Sept. 11, 2012, or the night of the Benghazi attacks. The source has said the jets could have refueled at Sigonella, which is located some 400 miles from Benghazi, and helped stave off the slaughter.

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Wall Street contemplates possibility of a Republican sweep as Trump gains in polls

CNBC ^ | November 4, 2016 | Tae Kim 

With the recent rise in Donald Trump's poll numbers, Wall Street is starting to contemplate the prospect of a better-than-expected Republican Party showing on Election Day.
"It's incredible to see how much the US election has changed in recent weeks," Strategas' Daniel Clifton wrote in a report to clients Thursday.
"The FBI report of new emails from Hillary Clinton's private server has turned the election from a referendum on Trump to a referendum on Clinton. ... In our meetings this week in NY and Boston, it was clear to us that investors are not prepared for a Republican sweep."
A month ago, investors were bracing for a scenario of a Democrat sweep where that party win the White House and win back both houses of Congress. Now, it seems extremely unlikely Republicans will lose the House, and Senate control has become a toss-up, according to the latest polls.
The firm put together stock portfolios for each party based upon which companies stand to do best if a particular party is in power. Using the relative performance of its Democratic versus Republican baskets, Clifton now projects Trump has a 42 percent chance to win the presidential election, which is higher than the betting markets' odds of about 30 percent....
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Dependent on migrant dollars, rural Mexico prays for Trump defeat!

Reuters ^ | November 5, 2016 | By Lizbeth Diaz 

In the small southern market town of Molcaxac, 650 miles (1050 km) from the U.S. border, Alicia Villa is praying to God that Republican candidate Donald Trump does not become the next president of the United States.
Over the past two decades, as Mexico's rural economy stalled, Molcaxac and hundreds of towns like it became dependent on dollars sent by relatives who made the perilous journey north, a lifeline she fears will be cut by a Trump White House.
Villa, 65, said funds sent by a daughter working illegally as a house cleaner in Sacramento, California have supported her family for 12 years because the work she does as receptionist in Molcaxac does not pay enough to make ends meet.
"Trump says he will kick out everyone who doesn't have papers and we really need them to be there," said Villa, adding that she had not seen some family members living in the United States in 20 years.
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Breaking! The FBI Is Going After The Justice Department!

Red State Watcher ^ | 11/4/2016 | Red State Watcher 

According to sources, a former D.C. based US Attorney is claiming that agents in the FBI want to take down top officials in the Justice department. RightWingNews.com reported:

The attorney claims that the FBI is going to bring the whole place down. Man, I hope and pray that is true. This guy names names too… Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kaznick, Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin and Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell are all on the to-do list of the FBI. Sucks to be them. ...
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