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From the NYT:

Investigation Into Clinton’s Email Is Over, Lynch Says

By MICHAEL D. SHEAR 7:43 PM ET
In a statement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch accepted the F.B.I.’s recommendation against charges for Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.

In other Justice Department news, Attorney General Lynch announced that Bill Clinton has asked her to stay on as Attorney General, while also being the next nominee for the Supreme Court, and that she signed a ten year contract with the Clinton Foundation with unspecified duties and an unlimited expense account. Her favorite niece will become ambassador to Monaco, her favorite nephew an astronaut, and Ms. Lynch will serve with Mrs. and Mr. Clinton on a new Semi-Unofficial Committee of Three that will oversee the FBI, NSA, and Navy Seals and choose targets of drone strikes (each member gets “one free one per year, no questions asked”). Also, the highest priority legislation of the New Clinton Administration will be “Shoulders & Up Only” hate crime legislation making it illegal to tweet a full body photo of a clothed female federal official.

 
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  1. The fix is in.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Sundance reports this morning:


    During FBI Director James Comey testimony today he stunningly revealed the July 3rd, 2016 interview with Secretary Hillary Clinton was not conducted under oath, was not recorded, there is no transcript of her question and answer session, he was not present, and he did not talk to all of the questioning agents.
     
    See today's CSPAN-3 clip at The Conservative Treehouse.
  2. Leftist conservative [AKA "corporate slave wandering down fluorescent hallway"] says: • Website

    no more shots of lynch’s lovely legs!
    *Sailer breaks open his decades-old stash of Maxim magazines*

  3. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Help me Obi-wan Putin, you are my only hope.

    *Assuming he has those 30,000 yoga emails. And will give them to Assange before the election.

    *Unless that is, this lack of charges unifies every one against Hillary.

    Because “if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine”

    • Replies: @BenKenobi
    @Anonymous

    Hey man - we're maxed out for Star Wars references -- and I don't even do schtick.

  4. Not sure how well this is gonna play out .
    US is not Chicago. Sure, the fix has been in before.
    Trying to remember, though, when it’s been this national, this obvious, and this in your face.
    May have overplayed hand .
    Wouldn’t let up if I were Trump and Repubs.

    • Replies: @Ed
    @pepperinmono

    "Trying to remember, though, when it’s been this national, this obvious, and this in your face."

    1876. Gore Vidal wrote a good novel about that election.

    Yes, usually at the national level they try to stay away from pulling what the PRI pulled in the 1988 Mexican election. Actually, as Jorge Casteneda pointed out, the level and obviousness of the fraud in that one was unusual even for Mexican elections. But the point is that the capacity to fix these things is always there.

  5. I am starting to get really agitated by this development.

    I hope stating this in a blog comment doesn’t flag me for an FBI investigation where they inspect every single E-mail and blog comment I have ever written, and recommend charges based on reciting hatefacts, or something.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    @wren


    "I hope stating this in a blog comment doesn’t flag me for an FBI investigation where they inspect every single E-mail and blog comment I have ever written, and recommend charges based on reciting hatefacts, or something."
     
    The recent findings in the Clinton investigation are not binding precedent, but may nevertheless be taken as persuasive authority that e-mails cannot be used as providing evidence of crimes ... Just mere carelessness. You are on your own with the blog posts.
  6. This is bad news-but not for the reasons everyone else says.

    If Clinton had been charged it would have given the Dems a second shot at choosing someone to go against Trump. Somebody with fewer negatives than her (which means just about anybody without the initials DJT). Joe?

    • Replies: @guest
    @anony-mouse

    I will never understand why anyone thinks Biden can be elected president. He already tried and failed. He's only VP because he hadn't died by the time Obama needed congressional furniture to cover for his vast inexperience.

    Except that Trump is unpredictable. He could crash and burn. But if Trump beats Trump, Hillary could win from a prison cell.

    Replies: @whatgives

    , @pepperinmono
    @anony-mouse

    You are right .
    Can you imagine the shitstorm if she was indicted?
    The Dem base would go apeshit, now they are somewhat quiescent.
    Plus, as you say, may have lost cance to run against HRC, the weakest candidate.

    , @rod1963
    @anony-mouse

    You need to look beyond the politics.

    It is bad news for the country.

    Comey basically gutted all the laws and penalties dealing with the mishandling of classified information. The fact is Hillary and her staff should have been at the very least booted from their jobs and stripped of their security clearances for life. Normally for what she did, she and her IT staff should have been put in a Federal penitentiary.

    There is no excuses for her staff to physically transfer classified info from a classified network to a unclassified, internet accessible system with no security enabled on it. They broke so many rules it's not even funny.

    This was not incompetence this was outright and deliberate. Comey knew this from day one and so did the IT people at the state department who were willing accomplices of Clinton and who are equally guilty.

    The stuff she had on her server was TS and SAP, which is a big time violation where the FBI and military intelligence get involved and things generally go downhill from there. You do not mishandle that info. It stays on classified systems period.

    Now every person who has been charged and convicted of mishandling classified info has grounds to appeal.

    Comey made a total mockery of the rule of law.

    He made it abudantly clear there are two sets of rules in this country, one for the little people and none for the powerful.

    , @rod1963
    @anony-mouse

    Biden is not viable. He's nuts and the press has to repeatedly censor his comments so he comes off half-way normal.

    Trump does have negatives but only among the white country club, Wall Street and pearl clutchers set who have no intention of voting for him to begin with. The thing with the polling you have to look at the guts on the poll and who they are calling.

    Also remember FoxNews doesn't like him and doesn't hesitate to glom onto any poll that makes him look bad.

  7. We used to have an expression, “the appearance of impropriety”. If publicly announcing that Lynch will be kept on as AG does not violet this tenant, what does?

    I guess Trump’s pet name for Hillary, crooked Hillary, is pretty apt. Not only does Trump have better positions on immigration, trade and the economy, this crooked Hillary campaign really has legs if he can stay on message. Even Rush noted today that the Clinton camp will attempt to mock Trump just to get him to reply and get the attention off legitimate crooked Hillary issues. I hope Trump can resist this urge and just stay on message.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @iSteveFan

    "We used to have an expression, “the appearance of impropriety”. If publicly announcing that Lynch will be kept on as AG does not violet this tenant, what does?"

    I am not so concerned with the appearance of impropriety. I am concerned with the reality of impropriety - the glaring, shameless, manifest, self-evident corruption that has characterized the Clintons ever since they burst upon the nation like a suppurating pustule.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

  8. I said this on another thread, but for those of you who think Comey is some Machiavellian genius, who was able to lay out Clinton’s guilt in not-so secret code, and thereby avoided being tarnished as just another partisan hack and the new Kenneth Starr or Katherine Harris, well, yeah. But it would’ve been worth it for the headlines. Had he gone rogue, the onus would’ve been on Lynch, and that would’ve been double bad news for the Democrats: Clinton shamed by the FBI and got away scott-free because a partisan hack woman (who’s black, and Hillary is the wife of the First Black President) won’t go through with prosecution.

    All Comey did, really, was take the heat off the AG. Someone must’ve told him it was for the good of the Republic.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @guest

    he understands his future health depends on "accepting the offer he can't refuse".

  9. At least, we’ll be saved from the scourges of Islamphobia and Transphobia!

  10. @anony-mouse
    This is bad news-but not for the reasons everyone else says.

    If Clinton had been charged it would have given the Dems a second shot at choosing someone to go against Trump. Somebody with fewer negatives than her (which means just about anybody without the initials DJT). Joe?

    Replies: @guest, @pepperinmono, @rod1963, @rod1963

    I will never understand why anyone thinks Biden can be elected president. He already tried and failed. He’s only VP because he hadn’t died by the time Obama needed congressional furniture to cover for his vast inexperience.

    Except that Trump is unpredictable. He could crash and burn. But if Trump beats Trump, Hillary could win from a prison cell.

    • Replies: @whatgives
    @guest

    Because this time he would be running against the hated Trump, and because people are strung tighter than piano wire right now, and good ol' Joe would look like the most harmless option.

  11. @anony-mouse
    This is bad news-but not for the reasons everyone else says.

    If Clinton had been charged it would have given the Dems a second shot at choosing someone to go against Trump. Somebody with fewer negatives than her (which means just about anybody without the initials DJT). Joe?

    Replies: @guest, @pepperinmono, @rod1963, @rod1963

    You are right .
    Can you imagine the shitstorm if she was indicted?
    The Dem base would go apeshit, now they are somewhat quiescent.
    Plus, as you say, may have lost cance to run against HRC, the weakest candidate.

  12. Oh, also, there was no way this wasn’t a fix, in the sense that everyone knew what decision was coming down, because there’s no way Obama flies down to campaign with Hillary on the same day the FBI recommends her prosecution. That just wouldn’t happen. Obama nominated Comey for a reason, and he delivered by relieving the AG of the burden of getting an obviously guilty but Too Big to Jail suspect off the hook.

  13. I noticed that Salon that they belatedly came out with a perfunctory article about James Comey’s announcement and then immediately followed up with an article and a huge picture of David Duke. Now they are crowing about how nothing happened.

    It is almost as if the left is melting down. First Brexit, then Orlando, and now E-gate. In all circumstances, Hillary’s campaign has simply been overtaken by events and withdrawn.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/06/26/post-brexit-consequence-rebuked-hillary-clinton-silent-media-fill-void/

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @Prof. Woland

    Your comment assumes a division between the Hillary campaign and the MSM. The MSM is not monolithic, but almost. There isn't really "a campaign" and "a media", there are just different divisions within the campaign.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland

  14. Unfortunately the fix being in plays very well with a portion of the electorate. Being the Big Woman, the Queen, the one above it all, is something portions of the NAM electorate, unmarried female voters particularly White ones, and the Upper Classes like. After all, at the bottom of the heap, attitude is everything, which is why you see riots at Wal-Mart by people with nothing to lose and everything to gain by personal intimidation and keeping it real. At the top, well who does not love an aristocratic, hereditary disdain for rules and such that are just for little people? And the non-trivial portion of White unmarried women dreaming of living in “real” aristocracy just like all those Disney princess movies they watched as kids, well of course they love Wicked Witch of the West Hillary! cackling and getting away with it.

    Didn’t you see “Wicked?”

    The people who depend on the rule of law are the little people, those with a bit of property, a little bit in the bank (but not much), those who play by the rules and work hard every day and want neither a world of Road Warrior nor a corrupt 1789 style aristocracy that will take what they have at whims. [Napoleon ended French social agitation by granting the peasantry small plots of land instantly making them defenders of the status-quo.]

    TL:DR version, young(ish) White unmarried women living the “Friends” existence (only three to a crummy 500 sq feet walk-up with no central air) or extras in a Wayans movie like a corrupt Queen getting away with it because they have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Hank Hill and the family in “the Middle” do have a lot lose in a corrupt-o-cracy. Like their home. Or decent schools. Or their IRA.

  15. OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He’s questioning the need for immigrants–crimethink!

    • Replies: @penntothal
    @Harry Baldwin

    From comment by RenardleFaux at WashingtonPost:

    "There is a reason why so many teens do not have jobs in the summer. There is a federal program the J-1 visa, which brings in 500,000 foreign "students" to work in the US. The employers GET A TAX BREAK to hire these "students". They don't pay certain taxes, allowing them to save 8% of the wages, which adds up fast. The foreign "students" even pay to get these jobs. Who loses? American teens. American teens used to work in summer camps. Today, it is all kids from Romania and Belarus. We need to seriously look at this program, and eliminate it mostly. Jobs in the US should be for US residents."

    Not fact-checked but it fits my observations / anecdotal data over several summers, in talking to some of these students.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @Harry Baldwin

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/jobs-that-foreigners-just-wont-do/


    The students, from countries including China, Nigeria, Romania and Ukraine, came to the United States through a long-established State Department summer visa program that allows them to work for two months and then travel. They said they were expecting to practice their English, make some money and learn what life is like in the United States.

     

    , @Grumpy
    @Harry Baldwin

    In Fairbanks, Alaska, the favorite country-of-origin for summer employees is Bulgaria.

    There were friendly young Eastern Europeans working at Wall Drug, South Dakota, when I was last there. This has been going on for years. I know a 30-something Romanian who first came to the United States to work at an amusement park (in Ohio, I think) for the summer; the conditions were so bad that she "escaped" and went home. (Later, she came back to the US for a Ph.D.)

    I had only ever encountered foreign summer workers from Europe until I went to Mount Rushmore last year. There, all of the food service employees working inside the park appeared to be from China, and they barely understood English.

    Replies: @donut, @Ron Mexico

    , @Foreign Expert
    @Harry Baldwin

    Maybe there's a shortage of brazilians this summer because of the olympics.

    , @ScarletNumber
    @Harry Baldwin

    How pretty were they?

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    , @tbraton
    @Harry Baldwin

    I have a friend of nearly 20 years who has been living in a condo community in Baltimore for about the last 15 years. For at least the last 5 years, she has been telling me about the seasonal Europeans who work at the community pool (open from Memorial Day to Labor Day). I assume there is a particular temporary visa available for each of these seasonal workers. With the heavy black population of Baltimore, they certainly wouldn't want those jobs filled by black kids, would they? This community is mostly Jewish which means most of the residents probably vote Democratic, so their consciences are clear.

    , @TheJester
    @Harry Baldwin

    Importing young people from foreign countries as summer help is all too common:

    1. A local newspaper in Northern Virginia had a feature on the summer help from eastern Europe serving as life guards in hotel/motel and apartment swimming pools. The kids are stuffed in rooms and apartments ... really dormitories. The kids save their money and go home with two to three times the monthly wages their parents could typically earn in the home country. No mention of travel. BTW: Local teenagers need not apply.

    2. A few years ago the company with the service contract for the Shenandoah National Park imported a team of young people from Indonesia as wait staff in the Park restaurants. The Indonesians did a credible job ... while management appeared blind to the fact that the restaurants were in a national park and the people in the Shenandoah Valley within view of the of the mountain park were in dire economic straits.

    The Indonesians disappeared one day and valley folk reappeared as wait staff. Traditionally, these jobs in the park were not for teenagers. They were occupied by adults and older people ... perhaps supplementing their Social Security benefits. The Park service jobs had always been an economic mainstay for the local population.

    Poetic justice: The guilty company lost the service contract on the next round. My guess is that politicos from nearby Washington DC noticed the Indonesian help and correctly thought it ludicrous for a National Park to be importing foreign labor to replace local labor in the middle of an economically depressed area.

    3. These summer visas for foreign teenagers go back decades. A friend of mine visited a resort in California. She saw a young girl sitting on the steps crying. She was from Russia. She had come to the States on a contract to work and travel ... but it was only work seven days a week washing dishes in the resort kitchen. The company was violating the terms of the contract and exploiting the kids. My friend took her in hand; they toured Southern California together.

    My take: These poorly regulated summer visas for work and travel are another sop to special interests. The imported youth rarely get to the travel part of the promise ... and American youth go without summer jobs.

    Replies: @Mike in Boston

    , @Paul Mendez
    @Harry Baldwin


    Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs?
     
    The high season at most resorts begins before high school lets out, and continues after high school resumes. Plus, most American teenagers want to spend at least part of their vacation actually on vacation with their families.
    , @Niccolo Salo
    @Harry Baldwin

    A first cousin of mine is on Martha's Vineyard for the second summer in a row. She's from Zagreb, Croatia and they award these summer gigs to top students yearly.

    , @Brutusale
    @Harry Baldwin

    25 years ago they were mostly Irish. Eastern Europeans taking Irish jobs in Ireland and the Vineyard!

  16. And the next time a terrorist mass-murders Americans, Ms. Lynch will give the violent Muzzie a hug of understanding.

  17. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    From comment by RenardleFaux at WashingtonPost:

    “There is a reason why so many teens do not have jobs in the summer. There is a federal program the J-1 visa, which brings in 500,000 foreign “students” to work in the US. The employers GET A TAX BREAK to hire these “students”. They don’t pay certain taxes, allowing them to save 8% of the wages, which adds up fast. The foreign “students” even pay to get these jobs. Who loses? American teens. American teens used to work in summer camps. Today, it is all kids from Romania and Belarus. We need to seriously look at this program, and eliminate it mostly. Jobs in the US should be for US residents.”

    Not fact-checked but it fits my observations / anecdotal data over several summers, in talking to some of these students.

  18. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    https://www.unz.com/isteve/jobs-that-foreigners-just-wont-do/

    The students, from countries including China, Nigeria, Romania and Ukraine, came to the United States through a long-established State Department summer visa program that allows them to work for two months and then travel. They said they were expecting to practice their English, make some money and learn what life is like in the United States.

  19. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    In Fairbanks, Alaska, the favorite country-of-origin for summer employees is Bulgaria.

    There were friendly young Eastern Europeans working at Wall Drug, South Dakota, when I was last there. This has been going on for years. I know a 30-something Romanian who first came to the United States to work at an amusement park (in Ohio, I think) for the summer; the conditions were so bad that she “escaped” and went home. (Later, she came back to the US for a Ph.D.)

    I had only ever encountered foreign summer workers from Europe until I went to Mount Rushmore last year. There, all of the food service employees working inside the park appeared to be from China, and they barely understood English.

    • Replies: @donut
    @Grumpy

    Quick ! What's the capital of Bulgaria ? Maybe we should import some Bulgarians to do the jobs Americans won't do .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwJSGy3-PDM

    "No America for you, go Mexico , no America for you"

    , @Ron Mexico
    @Grumpy

    "amusement park in Ohio", that would probably be Cedar Point in Sandusky. They have been doing that foreign student/worker thing for at least 20 years. We are so f*cked in this country.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Romanian, @stillCARealist

  20. Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Better the scions of elites are screwing Serbian girls than Mexicans like Jeb. At least the potential bastards will be tall, easy on the eyes and fair and could be tennis stars.

    But seriously, rich whites will pay a lot for a certain aesthetic, and it often happens to be a very white sort of aesthetic. All this multiculturalist posturing is the purest, most elemental sort of BS. Does money make people more tolerant? What a preposterous notion. I don’t know why anyone believes it does, except perhaps for the owners of the money, and they are only indulging in pride. Money first gives people the opportunity to discriminate, and then step by step it becomes second nature to do so.

    However, they probably aren’t paying the Serbs any more than they’d pay Mexicans. Despite their preferences for people who look more like them, rich folks are still cheap bastards no matter who they’re paying.

    • Replies: @Anonymous Nephew
    @Bill P

    My student son worked US summer camp two years ago. Paid peanuts, 90-day visa, had to buy his own air ticket, but he had a great time. It was about 50/50 US and foreign kids, and he and four others hired a car after camp finished for a month's road trip taking in places from Colorado to Niagara.

    I think the parents of the 9-13 year olds he was caring for were paying thousands of dollars for the six week camp.

    , @BB753
    @Bill P

    The richer, the cheaper..

  21. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    Maybe there’s a shortage of brazilians this summer because of the olympics.

  22. What a weird article. So she’s supposed to indict Hillary even though James Comey said he doesn’t recommend it? okay.

    (And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    @Bee

    "What a weird article. So she’s supposed to indict Hillary even though James Comey said he doesn’t recommend it? okay."

    It isn't reaaly Comey's place to recommend one way or the other. That is a decision for the Attorney General's Office. Comey was used to give the DoJ cover

    "(And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)"

    Do you have a source for that? I have read that he used private E-mail for some of his business. but not that he used it for all of it. In any event, nobody ever accused him of E-mailing classified material and thereby causing it to be available on unsecure networks where it could be hacked. Nor did he have a "foundation" (formerly known as a "racket") that funneled bribes to him in exchange for government-delivered favors - as Hillary did.

    Replies: @Connecticut Famer

    , @e
    @Bee

    (And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    One reason the security was changed and why everyone in DOD, DOS, etc. was extensively briefed on the impropriety of doing so.

    Can you say "Clinton Foundation"?

    Replies: @Zach

    , @Paul Mendez
    @Bee


    even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)
     
    Wrong.

    You're either ignorant of the facts or a liar.

    Which is it?
    , @Bee
    @Bee

    It was understood from the beginning that Lynch would follow Comey's recommendation, as she has said herself. Attacking her for her race (as this article did) while she did exactly what just about any sane AG would have done is cheap and low. Real low. But I didn't expect better from this writer, who's essentially a 4chan member who occasionally puts on an intellectual, vaguely mid atlantic-accented mask (increasingly less convincingly).

    And another thing... people aren't typically criminally charged for mishandling classified information. They're reprimanded or disciplined (i.e. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324439804578107921717194356 or http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2014/05/27/boykin-reprimanded-for-revealing-classified-information/).

    Why should Clinton be the first to be charged? Because you want Donald Trump to simply assume the presidency? That's not a good enough reason. If he wants to be president, he'll have to win the election against Clinton.

    As for Powell and Rice:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/us/politics/state-dept-classified-data-found-ex-secretaries-personal-email-john-kerry-condeleezza-rice-colin-powell.html?_r=0

    Neither they nor Clinton broke the law.

  23. @Grumpy
    @Harry Baldwin

    In Fairbanks, Alaska, the favorite country-of-origin for summer employees is Bulgaria.

    There were friendly young Eastern Europeans working at Wall Drug, South Dakota, when I was last there. This has been going on for years. I know a 30-something Romanian who first came to the United States to work at an amusement park (in Ohio, I think) for the summer; the conditions were so bad that she "escaped" and went home. (Later, she came back to the US for a Ph.D.)

    I had only ever encountered foreign summer workers from Europe until I went to Mount Rushmore last year. There, all of the food service employees working inside the park appeared to be from China, and they barely understood English.

    Replies: @donut, @Ron Mexico

    Quick ! What’s the capital of Bulgaria ? Maybe we should import some Bulgarians to do the jobs Americans won’t do .

    “No America for you, go Mexico , no America for you”

  24. @Grumpy
    @Harry Baldwin

    In Fairbanks, Alaska, the favorite country-of-origin for summer employees is Bulgaria.

    There were friendly young Eastern Europeans working at Wall Drug, South Dakota, when I was last there. This has been going on for years. I know a 30-something Romanian who first came to the United States to work at an amusement park (in Ohio, I think) for the summer; the conditions were so bad that she "escaped" and went home. (Later, she came back to the US for a Ph.D.)

    I had only ever encountered foreign summer workers from Europe until I went to Mount Rushmore last year. There, all of the food service employees working inside the park appeared to be from China, and they barely understood English.

    Replies: @donut, @Ron Mexico

    “amusement park in Ohio”, that would probably be Cedar Point in Sandusky. They have been doing that foreign student/worker thing for at least 20 years. We are so f*cked in this country.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    @Ron Mexico

    First time I noticed the foreign summer worker thing was at a super-expensive golf club in the Hamptons in 1986.

    , @Romanian
    @Ron Mexico

    I have a college friend who worked in that amusement park in Sandusky one summer with the Work & Travel program. A very pretty and pleasant girl with ok English, though this was never the rule for people going there despite the program having interviews to check on English ability. She had a blast. I know a few people who've been to the US on this program. There are offices catering to such activities near all major Universities in Bucharest. Generally, the participants manage to earn enough to cover the costs of the program (meaning repay their parents), travel around the general area where they are based in the US and come back home with their luggage full of electronics (cheaper than they are here) and clothing. They're not exactly scabs, though I disagree with the program - not just the effect on US teen labor and how the companies promoting it are making big bucks basically selling short term underpriced labor as if it were a privilege for the workers they attract, but also how the program encourages consumerism in the people who travel and various other behaviors. "Mudsharking", as you would call it, is rife, as is a sort of provincial glorification of some of the excesses of the host society. Sometimes, the experiences are eye opening. For me, it's amazing that companies are basically marketing the international migrant labor Emirati-style experience without the violence as some sort of fun activity. Young people really are dumb. One close friend was totally red pilled by the behavior of afro-caribbeans he was working with (who used to call him batty-boy :)), which I think is gay slang, though he was a beanpole hipster, not gay), involving money disappearing from the till and very unhygienic practices in the fast food joint they were working in. If it were up to me, I'd close such programs and replace them with other forms of youth travel opportunities (the famous American camps?), but my judgment is suspect, because I'd never participate in such a program and have little inkling of whatever (in)tangibles people get out of it that they might consider worthwhile.

    A bit off-topic:
    Since people mentioned Bulgarians working in these programs, I thought I'd repost a recent comment of mine made in a thread which had been inactive for two weeks or so, in reply to the Steve Sailer's quip on Bulgarian obscurity - "Romania. At least we're more famous than Bulgaria".


    Mr Sailer, I’m back from a trip to Asia. I have to tell you that, without meaning to, the Bulgarians have pulled off a coup in Asian countries. I entered a supermarket and browsed the shelves and, lo and behold, I found a host of dairy products called Bulgaria, made by the (Japanese I assume) Meiji corporation. And then it hit me. This was Thailand, but I’d seen the same brand in a number of Chinese cities and forgotten about it. The communist Bulgarians had become synonymous with good dairy products in communist China and they basically were adopted as a brand by a private company wishing to capitalize on that image. I was astounded and instantly envious :) . I think they’re probably the most well known country from Central and Eastern Europe to the average Asian. The closest we Romanians ever got to such notoriety is by exporting Communist films to Red China (detective flicks, historical movies) which older people still associate with Romania (though not the younger, who have an abundance of media, including Chinese, to view nowadays).

    http://www.meiji.com/global/products/lineup/yogurt/images/asian_markets02.png
    http://www.soshiok.com/sites/default/files/public/styles/article_main_image/public/review/images/featured/20150525_yoghurt_STcopy.jpg?itok=DXn-U8Zd
    http://www.meiji.com/global/about-us/corporate-profile/meiji/business-categories/international/images/bulgaria_yogurt.jpg
     

    Replies: @PiltdownMan

    , @stillCARealist
    @Ron Mexico

    yes, I too have noticed this phenomenon. And not just in summer. There were all foreigners working a ski resort I went to several years ago, on some sort of jobs program.

    Now, the East European kids are out doing door-to-door sales of ed materials. They can't possibly be selling much but they are practicing their english. The whole thing seems like a racket to me.

  25. @Ron Mexico
    @Grumpy

    "amusement park in Ohio", that would probably be Cedar Point in Sandusky. They have been doing that foreign student/worker thing for at least 20 years. We are so f*cked in this country.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Romanian, @stillCARealist

    First time I noticed the foreign summer worker thing was at a super-expensive golf club in the Hamptons in 1986.

  26. Ummm, Lynch Law.

  27. @Anonymous
    Help me Obi-wan Putin, you are my only hope.

    *Assuming he has those 30,000 yoga emails. And will give them to Assange before the election.

    *Unless that is, this lack of charges unifies every one against Hillary.

    Because "if you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine"

    Replies: @BenKenobi

    Hey man – we’re maxed out for Star Wars references — and I don’t even do schtick.

  28. @iSteveFan
    We used to have an expression, "the appearance of impropriety". If publicly announcing that Lynch will be kept on as AG does not violet this tenant, what does?

    I guess Trump's pet name for Hillary, crooked Hillary, is pretty apt. Not only does Trump have better positions on immigration, trade and the economy, this crooked Hillary campaign really has legs if he can stay on message. Even Rush noted today that the Clinton camp will attempt to mock Trump just to get him to reply and get the attention off legitimate crooked Hillary issues. I hope Trump can resist this urge and just stay on message.

    Replies: @Mr. Anon

    “We used to have an expression, “the appearance of impropriety”. If publicly announcing that Lynch will be kept on as AG does not violet this tenant, what does?”

    I am not so concerned with the appearance of impropriety. I am concerned with the reality of impropriety – the glaring, shameless, manifest, self-evident corruption that has characterized the Clintons ever since they burst upon the nation like a suppurating pustule.

    • Agree: Kylie, ATX Hipster
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Mr. Anon

    It's amazing to me that she won the majority of the vote in the Democratic primary. Are there that many idiots in the party?

    Replies: @Anon

  29. From the “Devil’s Dictionary” :

    ” War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”

    Available on Amazon ,

    cold comfort . the only kind there is .

    • Replies: @Globy
    @donut

    donut says:
    From the “Devil’s Dictionary” :
    ” War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”
    Available on Amazon

    Thanks, good recommendation.

    For us enjoying the high-life fruits of modern economic bliss, Ambrose Bierce's "Devil's Dictionary" is also found on Gutenberg.org as a free download.

  30. @Bee
    What a weird article. So she's supposed to indict Hillary even though James Comey said he doesn't recommend it? okay.

    (And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @e, @Paul Mendez, @Bee

    “What a weird article. So she’s supposed to indict Hillary even though James Comey said he doesn’t recommend it? okay.”

    It isn’t reaaly Comey’s place to recommend one way or the other. That is a decision for the Attorney General’s Office. Comey was used to give the DoJ cover

    “(And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)”

    Do you have a source for that? I have read that he used private E-mail for some of his business. but not that he used it for all of it. In any event, nobody ever accused him of E-mailing classified material and thereby causing it to be available on unsecure networks where it could be hacked. Nor did he have a “foundation” (formerly known as a “racket”) that funneled bribes to him in exchange for government-delivered favors – as Hillary did.

    • Replies: @Connecticut Famer
    @Mr. Anon

    My general understanding that what he did was an innocent transgression and that he stopped. Ditto for Condy Rice.

  31. @Bee
    What a weird article. So she's supposed to indict Hillary even though James Comey said he doesn't recommend it? okay.

    (And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @e, @Paul Mendez, @Bee

    (And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    One reason the security was changed and why everyone in DOD, DOS, etc. was extensively briefed on the impropriety of doing so.

    Can you say “Clinton Foundation”?

    • Replies: @Zach
    @e

    It's also seems likely that Powell's use of a private server was seen as a way of thwarting the Freedom of Information Act. From Politico:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/foia-hillary-clinton-email-daniel-metcalfe-116011

    Daniel Metcalfe, who advised White House administrations on interpreting the Freedom of Information Act from 1981 to 2007, told The Canadian Press that the former secretary of state acted “contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the law.”

    “There is no doubt that the scheme she established was a blatant circumvention of the Freedom of Information Act, atop the Federal Records Act,” he said, reviewing a transcript of Clinton’s remarks during her Tuesday news conference. Clinton told reporters she deleted approximately 30,000 personal emails from her private account that she also used as secretary of state.

    The FOIA expert said if he had heard of a Cabinet member setting up a personal email system and deciding what gets deleted and what gets kept as government record, “I would’ve said, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding me.’”

    “You can’t have the secretary of state do that; that’s just a prescription for the circumvention of the FOIA,” he said. “Plus, fundamentally, there’s no way the people at the archives should permit that if you tell them over there.”’

    Metcalfe said that Clinton knows how the Freedom of Information Act works, based on his work with the Clinton administration in his professional capacity.

    According to the Canadian Press report, Metcalfe said Clinton’s statements at the news conference were at places impossible to verify, “deceptive” and “grossly misleading.”

    “Her suggestion that government employees can unilaterally determine which of their records are personal and which are official, even in the face of a FOIA request, is laughable,” he said.

  32. During her interview by the FBI, did Hillary tell them the same things that she told the public. If so, then she lied. Lying to federal agents is itself (in many, if not most, cases) a crime. That’s what Martha Stewart got sent up for.

    • Replies: @pyrrhus
    @Mr. Anon

    Indeed, lying to a Federal agent carries a one year prison sentence for every violation...

  33. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    How pretty were they?

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @ScarletNumber

    Several were reasonably pretty, others so-so. No stunners.

  34. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    I have a friend of nearly 20 years who has been living in a condo community in Baltimore for about the last 15 years. For at least the last 5 years, she has been telling me about the seasonal Europeans who work at the community pool (open from Memorial Day to Labor Day). I assume there is a particular temporary visa available for each of these seasonal workers. With the heavy black population of Baltimore, they certainly wouldn’t want those jobs filled by black kids, would they? This community is mostly Jewish which means most of the residents probably vote Democratic, so their consciences are clear.

  35. @Mr. Anon
    @iSteveFan

    "We used to have an expression, “the appearance of impropriety”. If publicly announcing that Lynch will be kept on as AG does not violet this tenant, what does?"

    I am not so concerned with the appearance of impropriety. I am concerned with the reality of impropriety - the glaring, shameless, manifest, self-evident corruption that has characterized the Clintons ever since they burst upon the nation like a suppurating pustule.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    It’s amazing to me that she won the majority of the vote in the Democratic primary. Are there that many idiots in the party?

    • Replies: @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Yes. They elected Obama, remember, and they also made Al Gore and John Kerry their previous standard bearers for the presidency. What a dismal lot, when you add it all up. Democrats have been picking unusually awful candidates for the last 20 years.

    The uncharismatic, characterless midgets above are a big step down from men like Truman or FDR, or heck, even JFK.

    Replies: @donut, @Kylie, @JohnnyWalker123

  36. Anon • Disclaimer says:
    @JohnnyWalker123
    @Mr. Anon

    It's amazing to me that she won the majority of the vote in the Democratic primary. Are there that many idiots in the party?

    Replies: @Anon

    Yes. They elected Obama, remember, and they also made Al Gore and John Kerry their previous standard bearers for the presidency. What a dismal lot, when you add it all up. Democrats have been picking unusually awful candidates for the last 20 years.

    The uncharismatic, characterless midgets above are a big step down from men like Truman or FDR, or heck, even JFK.

    • Replies: @donut
    @Anon

    With my admittedly rudimentary grasp of American history I would venture to say that Thomas Reed was the last servant of the Republic that displayed a modicum of integrity .

    , @Kylie
    @Anon

    "Democrats have been picking unusually awful candidates for the last 20 years.

    The uncharismatic, characterless midgets above are a big step down from men like Truman or FDR, or heck, even JFK."

    True. But I think that's because nowadays the most important qualification for a Dem candidate is how anti-white s/he is. Specifically anti-white men and anti-white working-class people and conservatives.

    A nauseating new trend is white women stridently virtue signaling by announcing they're now aware of their white privilege and the myriad ways in which they benefit from it. They then use this revelation to side with blacks against other whites.

    Whiskey is right. I can't think of a single problem in this country that wouldn't diminish greatly if middle to upper class white women would get out of the public sphere and STFU.

    , @JohnnyWalker123
    @Anon

    Even compared to those candidates, Hillary Clinton is just uniquely awful. She's corrupt to much more of an extent than any major Democratic president candidate that I can think of.

    FDR, Truman, and JFK all had reasonable views on immigration too. Hillary's fanatically pro-immigration views would've been considered odd by them.

  37. @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Yes. They elected Obama, remember, and they also made Al Gore and John Kerry their previous standard bearers for the presidency. What a dismal lot, when you add it all up. Democrats have been picking unusually awful candidates for the last 20 years.

    The uncharismatic, characterless midgets above are a big step down from men like Truman or FDR, or heck, even JFK.

    Replies: @donut, @Kylie, @JohnnyWalker123

    With my admittedly rudimentary grasp of American history I would venture to say that Thomas Reed was the last servant of the Republic that displayed a modicum of integrity .

  38. @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Yes. They elected Obama, remember, and they also made Al Gore and John Kerry their previous standard bearers for the presidency. What a dismal lot, when you add it all up. Democrats have been picking unusually awful candidates for the last 20 years.

    The uncharismatic, characterless midgets above are a big step down from men like Truman or FDR, or heck, even JFK.

    Replies: @donut, @Kylie, @JohnnyWalker123

    “Democrats have been picking unusually awful candidates for the last 20 years.

    The uncharismatic, characterless midgets above are a big step down from men like Truman or FDR, or heck, even JFK.”

    True. But I think that’s because nowadays the most important qualification for a Dem candidate is how anti-white s/he is. Specifically anti-white men and anti-white working-class people and conservatives.

    A nauseating new trend is white women stridently virtue signaling by announcing they’re now aware of their white privilege and the myriad ways in which they benefit from it. They then use this revelation to side with blacks against other whites.

    Whiskey is right. I can’t think of a single problem in this country that wouldn’t diminish greatly if middle to upper class white women would get out of the public sphere and STFU.

  39. Zach says:
    @e
    @Bee

    (And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    One reason the security was changed and why everyone in DOD, DOS, etc. was extensively briefed on the impropriety of doing so.

    Can you say "Clinton Foundation"?

    Replies: @Zach

    It’s also seems likely that Powell’s use of a private server was seen as a way of thwarting the Freedom of Information Act. From Politico:

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/foia-hillary-clinton-email-daniel-metcalfe-116011

    Daniel Metcalfe, who advised White House administrations on interpreting the Freedom of Information Act from 1981 to 2007, told The Canadian Press that the former secretary of state acted “contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the law.”

    “There is no doubt that the scheme she established was a blatant circumvention of the Freedom of Information Act, atop the Federal Records Act,” he said, reviewing a transcript of Clinton’s remarks during her Tuesday news conference. Clinton told reporters she deleted approximately 30,000 personal emails from her private account that she also used as secretary of state.

    The FOIA expert said if he had heard of a Cabinet member setting up a personal email system and deciding what gets deleted and what gets kept as government record, “I would’ve said, ‘You’ve gotta be kidding me.’”

    “You can’t have the secretary of state do that; that’s just a prescription for the circumvention of the FOIA,” he said. “Plus, fundamentally, there’s no way the people at the archives should permit that if you tell them over there.”’

    Metcalfe said that Clinton knows how the Freedom of Information Act works, based on his work with the Clinton administration in his professional capacity.

    According to the Canadian Press report, Metcalfe said Clinton’s statements at the news conference were at places impossible to verify, “deceptive” and “grossly misleading.”

    “Her suggestion that government employees can unilaterally determine which of their records are personal and which are official, even in the face of a FOIA request, is laughable,” he said.

  40. Comey’s announcement was nothing more than the lawless elite – including its mercenary Enemedia-Pravda shills – showing us that we live now purely at their whim, under their Anarcho-Tyranny.

    “Rules Are For Little People.” There’s our Anarcho-Tyrants’ motto.

    “And a hard rain’s a-gonna fall….”

  41. WRT the linked article from 2013: I regret that National Lampoon’s heyday was well before my time. I’d always associated it with mediocre movies until I was exposed to Foreigners Around the World (through this blog, I think).

    Steyn did a great piece last year about the corruption in our government: http://www.steynonline.com/6897/treason-and-corruption

  42. @Bill P

    Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.
     
    Better the scions of elites are screwing Serbian girls than Mexicans like Jeb. At least the potential bastards will be tall, easy on the eyes and fair and could be tennis stars.

    But seriously, rich whites will pay a lot for a certain aesthetic, and it often happens to be a very white sort of aesthetic. All this multiculturalist posturing is the purest, most elemental sort of BS. Does money make people more tolerant? What a preposterous notion. I don't know why anyone believes it does, except perhaps for the owners of the money, and they are only indulging in pride. Money first gives people the opportunity to discriminate, and then step by step it becomes second nature to do so.

    However, they probably aren't paying the Serbs any more than they'd pay Mexicans. Despite their preferences for people who look more like them, rich folks are still cheap bastards no matter who they're paying.

    Replies: @Anonymous Nephew, @BB753

    My student son worked US summer camp two years ago. Paid peanuts, 90-day visa, had to buy his own air ticket, but he had a great time. It was about 50/50 US and foreign kids, and he and four others hired a car after camp finished for a month’s road trip taking in places from Colorado to Niagara.

    I think the parents of the 9-13 year olds he was caring for were paying thousands of dollars for the six week camp.

  43. @wren
    I am starting to get really agitated by this development.

    I hope stating this in a blog comment doesn't flag me for an FBI investigation where they inspect every single E-mail and blog comment I have ever written, and recommend charges based on reciting hatefacts, or something.

    Replies: @The Alarmist

    “I hope stating this in a blog comment doesn’t flag me for an FBI investigation where they inspect every single E-mail and blog comment I have ever written, and recommend charges based on reciting hatefacts, or something.”

    The recent findings in the Clinton investigation are not binding precedent, but may nevertheless be taken as persuasive authority that e-mails cannot be used as providing evidence of crimes … Just mere carelessness. You are on your own with the blog posts.

  44. I once heard radio talk-show host say that the American Revolution gave a clean break between English Common law and US Common law. I used to think that was an odd statement given all the wistful comments in the US about Magna Carta and the like.

    One of the principles of English Common law, with respect to the Rule of Law, is that justice must be seen to be done (as opposed to being done in the shadows). What we have here is the clearest evidence of a clean break from the old English principles. There is no Rule of Law in the US, just a rule of men … Uh, persons … and a tyranny of laws.

    Then again, there are ample examples of the rule of law melting down in England, so why should we look to them?

    • Replies: @Diversity Heretic
    @The Alarmist

    The clean break between the English common law and American law that your radio commentators describe appears inaccurate. All states except Louisiana have passed reception statutes by which they "receive" the common law of England into their own jurisprudence, except where contradicted by other sources of law.

    It seems as if the common law maxim, "The King can do no wrong," now applies to Loretta Lynch's model of law enforcement insofar as American "royalty" is concerned.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Ivy

  45. the africanisation of white institutions. south africa is your future

  46. Audacious Epigone’s take on this is excellent.

    • Agree: ATX Hipster
  47. Meanwhile Trump is keeping the Six Pointed Star in the news and praising Saddam Hussein. This should have been the best day of his campaign – a chance to portray Hillary as a liar using the words of the FBI director and he has lost the news cycle. And it’s his own fault. Also he has bought zero TV advertising. Maybe there is a method to his madness but maybe not.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @Jack D

    Recently, he was mixing up "Tweets" and "emails" when speaking. Maybe he is just tired. He is, after all, an old guy who never exercises. It's possible he underestimates the taxingness of campaigning and doesn't have the experience other older pols have to tell him how to pace himself.

    Or maybe he's bored.

    Or maybe what we all thought was intentional before or natural political talent was just a fluke.

    Or... maybe he's saving his cards for after the Republican convention so he can play them all without having to fight for MSM time and space with both Hillary news and GOPe-anti-Trumpers news...

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    , @Mr. Anon
    @Jack D

    "Meanwhile Trump is keeping the Six Pointed Star in the news and praising Saddam Hussein."

    Trump isn't keeping it in the media. The media is keeping it alive in the media, just as only you seem to be keeping the issue alive in this forum. The rest of us don't care.

    And Trump was hardly "praising" Saddam Hussein. What he said was: "Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy, a really bad guy,” he said. “But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists."

    Yes, well, Trump is not very articulate - I guess what he meant is that (obviously) Hussein did not permit groups like ISIS to spring up - he did not permit challenges to his own power. Every problem that foreign policy wonks and the military/intelligence/foreign policy establishment now claim to be huge problems in the middle east had pretty much been solved by Saddam Hussein - he prevented a power vacuum from occuring and represented a counter-weight to Iran.

    I think what Trump is really getting at is this: We should stop f**king around there. In which case, I completely agree with him.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    , @scrivener3
    @Jack D

    Possibly, Hillary's coronation is up in the air right now. Maybe they want to see how this plays out on the public. Normally they would trash the FBI Director letting Hillary's supporters conclude it is all crap. Now demo hit congressmen are singing his praises.

    Trump gets nothing if he is so devastating that Hil withdraws for health reasons before the convention. Knocking out a non-candidate does not win an election. Maybe they knew how the facts looked and decided to release it now to have time to see how it plays out.

  48. @Prof. Woland
    I noticed that Salon that they belatedly came out with a perfunctory article about James Comey's announcement and then immediately followed up with an article and a huge picture of David Duke. Now they are crowing about how nothing happened.

    It is almost as if the left is melting down. First Brexit, then Orlando, and now E-gate. In all circumstances, Hillary's campaign has simply been overtaken by events and withdrawn.

    https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2016/06/26/post-brexit-consequence-rebuked-hillary-clinton-silent-media-fill-void/

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    Your comment assumes a division between the Hillary campaign and the MSM. The MSM is not monolithic, but almost. There isn’t really “a campaign” and “a media”, there are just different divisions within the campaign.

    • Replies: @Prof. Woland
    @Chrisnonymous

    Agreed but, Clinton's campaign is not telling (or leaking to the press) what to write so they are immobilized. This is why it is 1963 all over again, and again...

  49. @Jack D
    Meanwhile Trump is keeping the Six Pointed Star in the news and praising Saddam Hussein. This should have been the best day of his campaign - a chance to portray Hillary as a liar using the words of the FBI director and he has lost the news cycle. And it's his own fault. Also he has bought zero TV advertising. Maybe there is a method to his madness but maybe not.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Mr. Anon, @scrivener3

    Recently, he was mixing up “Tweets” and “emails” when speaking. Maybe he is just tired. He is, after all, an old guy who never exercises. It’s possible he underestimates the taxingness of campaigning and doesn’t have the experience other older pols have to tell him how to pace himself.

    Or maybe he’s bored.

    Or maybe what we all thought was intentional before or natural political talent was just a fluke.

    Or… maybe he’s saving his cards for after the Republican convention so he can play them all without having to fight for MSM time and space with both Hillary news and GOPe-anti-Trumpers news…

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @Chrisnonymous

    Or... there's this possibility from Scott Adams:


    The Democratic convention is July 25-28. Until then, Trump’s team is probably holding back their best attacks. The last thing Trump wants is a stronger opponent to replace a weakened Clinton at the last minute. As soon as Clinton is locked-in at the convention, expect to see Trump bring out the big weapons.
     
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/146945783646/the-crook-versus-the-racist

    Replies: @Lurker

  50. @Chrisnonymous
    @Jack D

    Recently, he was mixing up "Tweets" and "emails" when speaking. Maybe he is just tired. He is, after all, an old guy who never exercises. It's possible he underestimates the taxingness of campaigning and doesn't have the experience other older pols have to tell him how to pace himself.

    Or maybe he's bored.

    Or maybe what we all thought was intentional before or natural political talent was just a fluke.

    Or... maybe he's saving his cards for after the Republican convention so he can play them all without having to fight for MSM time and space with both Hillary news and GOPe-anti-Trumpers news...

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    Or… there’s this possibility from Scott Adams:

    The Democratic convention is July 25-28. Until then, Trump’s team is probably holding back their best attacks. The last thing Trump wants is a stronger opponent to replace a weakened Clinton at the last minute. As soon as Clinton is locked-in at the convention, expect to see Trump bring out the big weapons.

    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/146945783646/the-crook-versus-the-racist

    • Replies: @Lurker
    @Chrisnonymous


    As soon as Clinton is locked-in at the convention, expect to see Trump bring out the big weapons.
     
    This is what I've been assuming due to my ignorance I assumed that she was already locked in and was wondering why he was holding back.

    My assumption is right now, all else being equal, she is already as popular as she can be, Trump is already as unpopular as he can be.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

  51. eah says:

    In Other News…

    SENATE DEMOCRATS DEFEAT ANTI-SANCTUARY CITY BILL, “KATE’S LAW”

    Senate Democrats voted down procedural motions to begin debate on bills to strip funding from sanctuary cities (S. 3100) and impose stricter penalties on repeat border crossers (S. 2193). Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., complained the bills would undermine local law enforcement and overcrowd prisons.

    • Replies: @Je Suis Charlie Martel
    @eah

    Glad they are so concerned about federal overreach in local matters...

  52. @eah
    In Other News...

    SENATE DEMOCRATS DEFEAT ANTI-SANCTUARY CITY BILL, "KATE’S LAW"

    Senate Democrats voted down procedural motions to begin debate on bills to strip funding from sanctuary cities (S. 3100) and impose stricter penalties on repeat border crossers (S. 2193). Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., complained the bills would undermine local law enforcement and overcrowd prisons.

    Replies: @Je Suis Charlie Martel

    Glad they are so concerned about federal overreach in local matters…

  53. @The Alarmist
    I once heard radio talk-show host say that the American Revolution gave a clean break between English Common law and US Common law. I used to think that was an odd statement given all the wistful comments in the US about Magna Carta and the like.

    One of the principles of English Common law, with respect to the Rule of Law, is that justice must be seen to be done (as opposed to being done in the shadows). What we have here is the clearest evidence of a clean break from the old English principles. There is no Rule of Law in the US, just a rule of men ... Uh, persons ... and a tyranny of laws.

    Then again, there are ample examples of the rule of law melting down in England, so why should we look to them?

    Replies: @Diversity Heretic

    The clean break between the English common law and American law that your radio commentators describe appears inaccurate. All states except Louisiana have passed reception statutes by which they “receive” the common law of England into their own jurisprudence, except where contradicted by other sources of law.

    It seems as if the common law maxim, “The King can do no wrong,” now applies to Loretta Lynch’s model of law enforcement insofar as American “royalty” is concerned.

    • Replies: @whorefinder
    @Diversity Heretic

    Yeah, American law still looks back to/relies on old English common law to this day. Heck, Roe v. Wade quoted Edward Coke's treatises from the 17th Century, and Scalia was quoting Blackstone's Commentaries on the Laws of England.

    The idea is that in 1776 (or 1783 or 87, if you prefer) is the dividing line: all English cases before that date are good law that can be cited as precedent/properly influential, but all English cases past that date are merely interesting and possibly persuasive. It's the difference between an order from your parents versus an order from a sibling.

    , @Ivy
    @Diversity Heretic

    To paraphrase the Frank Langella character talking to the David Frost character in the Nixon movie:

    If someone in service to the presumptive nominee does it, it isn't illegal.

  54. @Chrisnonymous
    @Chrisnonymous

    Or... there's this possibility from Scott Adams:


    The Democratic convention is July 25-28. Until then, Trump’s team is probably holding back their best attacks. The last thing Trump wants is a stronger opponent to replace a weakened Clinton at the last minute. As soon as Clinton is locked-in at the convention, expect to see Trump bring out the big weapons.
     
    http://blog.dilbert.com/post/146945783646/the-crook-versus-the-racist

    Replies: @Lurker

    As soon as Clinton is locked-in at the convention, expect to see Trump bring out the big weapons.

    This is what I’ve been assuming due to my ignorance I assumed that she was already locked in and was wondering why he was holding back.

    My assumption is right now, all else being equal, she is already as popular as she can be, Trump is already as unpopular as he can be.

    • Replies: @Chrisnonymous
    @Lurker

    I think the election will not be decided on popularity but on derision and fear.

    There is no possible future in which either Hillary or Trump becomes significantly more popular.

    Trump will win if there is significant hatred of Hillary. Hillary will win if there is significant fear of either Trump's motivations (racist!) or stability (unhinged!).

    I think the situation is quite volatile. We haven't seen them in a head-to-head debate. I can imagine a debate going either way, with Trump either totally blowing it or totally dominating Hillary. I really can't predict, but I can say that the MSM will say Trump blew it!

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

  55. Question:

    If Julien Assange brings down Hillary with more info the FBI didn’t find, does that count as “circular firing squad”?

  56. @Lurker
    @Chrisnonymous


    As soon as Clinton is locked-in at the convention, expect to see Trump bring out the big weapons.
     
    This is what I've been assuming due to my ignorance I assumed that she was already locked in and was wondering why he was holding back.

    My assumption is right now, all else being equal, she is already as popular as she can be, Trump is already as unpopular as he can be.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous

    I think the election will not be decided on popularity but on derision and fear.

    There is no possible future in which either Hillary or Trump becomes significantly more popular.

    Trump will win if there is significant hatred of Hillary. Hillary will win if there is significant fear of either Trump’s motivations (racist!) or stability (unhinged!).

    I think the situation is quite volatile. We haven’t seen them in a head-to-head debate. I can imagine a debate going either way, with Trump either totally blowing it or totally dominating Hillary. I really can’t predict, but I can say that the MSM will say Trump blew it!

    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    @Chrisnonymous

    Chris, Fear will play a big role in this election and a side bar will be the MSM's attempt to show us how fearful it is that Breexit passed. The longer it takes for Britain to totally unravel and sink into the sea, the less effect their exit will have on the narrative of fear. Right now everything negative that happens on that side of the pond will be blamed on those fearful cowards that didn't want to go global. If it doesn't happen soon enough it will be hard to say..."See, that's what a Trump presidency will bring you." My hometown paper mostly carries very liberal op ed. columnists, so once a day like vitamins, you get a dose of what dolts are those Brits who voted to leave.

  57. @Ron Mexico
    @Grumpy

    "amusement park in Ohio", that would probably be Cedar Point in Sandusky. They have been doing that foreign student/worker thing for at least 20 years. We are so f*cked in this country.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Romanian, @stillCARealist

    I have a college friend who worked in that amusement park in Sandusky one summer with the Work & Travel program. A very pretty and pleasant girl with ok English, though this was never the rule for people going there despite the program having interviews to check on English ability. She had a blast. I know a few people who’ve been to the US on this program. There are offices catering to such activities near all major Universities in Bucharest. Generally, the participants manage to earn enough to cover the costs of the program (meaning repay their parents), travel around the general area where they are based in the US and come back home with their luggage full of electronics (cheaper than they are here) and clothing. They’re not exactly scabs, though I disagree with the program – not just the effect on US teen labor and how the companies promoting it are making big bucks basically selling short term underpriced labor as if it were a privilege for the workers they attract, but also how the program encourages consumerism in the people who travel and various other behaviors. “Mudsharking”, as you would call it, is rife, as is a sort of provincial glorification of some of the excesses of the host society. Sometimes, the experiences are eye opening. For me, it’s amazing that companies are basically marketing the international migrant labor Emirati-style experience without the violence as some sort of fun activity. Young people really are dumb. One close friend was totally red pilled by the behavior of afro-caribbeans he was working with (who used to call him batty-boy :)), which I think is gay slang, though he was a beanpole hipster, not gay), involving money disappearing from the till and very unhygienic practices in the fast food joint they were working in. If it were up to me, I’d close such programs and replace them with other forms of youth travel opportunities (the famous American camps?), but my judgment is suspect, because I’d never participate in such a program and have little inkling of whatever (in)tangibles people get out of it that they might consider worthwhile.

    A bit off-topic:
    Since people mentioned Bulgarians working in these programs, I thought I’d repost a recent comment of mine made in a thread which had been inactive for two weeks or so, in reply to the Steve Sailer’s quip on Bulgarian obscurity – “Romania. At least we’re more famous than Bulgaria”.

    Mr Sailer, I’m back from a trip to Asia. I have to tell you that, without meaning to, the Bulgarians have pulled off a coup in Asian countries. I entered a supermarket and browsed the shelves and, lo and behold, I found a host of dairy products called Bulgaria, made by the (Japanese I assume) Meiji corporation. And then it hit me. This was Thailand, but I’d seen the same brand in a number of Chinese cities and forgotten about it. The communist Bulgarians had become synonymous with good dairy products in communist China and they basically were adopted as a brand by a private company wishing to capitalize on that image. I was astounded and instantly envious 🙂 . I think they’re probably the most well known country from Central and Eastern Europe to the average Asian. The closest we Romanians ever got to such notoriety is by exporting Communist films to Red China (detective flicks, historical movies) which older people still associate with Romania (though not the younger, who have an abundance of media, including Chinese, to view nowadays).


    http://www.soshiok.com/sites/default/files/public/styles/article_main_image/public/review/images/featured/20150525_yoghurt_STcopy.jpg?itok=DXn-U8Zd
    http://www.meiji.com/global/about-us/corporate-profile/meiji/business-categories/international/images/bulgaria_yogurt.jpg

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
    @Romanian

    It doesn't hurt that Lactobacillus bulgaricus is a well known strain of bacterium used in the production of yogurt.

  58. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    Importing young people from foreign countries as summer help is all too common:

    1. A local newspaper in Northern Virginia had a feature on the summer help from eastern Europe serving as life guards in hotel/motel and apartment swimming pools. The kids are stuffed in rooms and apartments … really dormitories. The kids save their money and go home with two to three times the monthly wages their parents could typically earn in the home country. No mention of travel. BTW: Local teenagers need not apply.

    2. A few years ago the company with the service contract for the Shenandoah National Park imported a team of young people from Indonesia as wait staff in the Park restaurants. The Indonesians did a credible job … while management appeared blind to the fact that the restaurants were in a national park and the people in the Shenandoah Valley within view of the of the mountain park were in dire economic straits.

    The Indonesians disappeared one day and valley folk reappeared as wait staff. Traditionally, these jobs in the park were not for teenagers. They were occupied by adults and older people … perhaps supplementing their Social Security benefits. The Park service jobs had always been an economic mainstay for the local population.

    Poetic justice: The guilty company lost the service contract on the next round. My guess is that politicos from nearby Washington DC noticed the Indonesian help and correctly thought it ludicrous for a National Park to be importing foreign labor to replace local labor in the middle of an economically depressed area.

    3. These summer visas for foreign teenagers go back decades. A friend of mine visited a resort in California. She saw a young girl sitting on the steps crying. She was from Russia. She had come to the States on a contract to work and travel … but it was only work seven days a week washing dishes in the resort kitchen. The company was violating the terms of the contract and exploiting the kids. My friend took her in hand; they toured Southern California together.

    My take: These poorly regulated summer visas for work and travel are another sop to special interests. The imported youth rarely get to the travel part of the promise … and American youth go without summer jobs.

    • Replies: @Mike in Boston
    @TheJester

    American expat newspaper "The eXile" did a good look at the J-1 program a few years back: http://exiledonline.com/serfin-usa-teenaged-russkies-duped-into-taking-low-wage-summer-jobs-from-american-minorities/

    The agencies running the program keep the workers compliant the same way the American system in general does: by loading them up with debt preemptively:


    The contracts guarantee 40 hours a week; the kids without one were subject to the managers’ whims. Working 30-hour weeks for 7 bucks an hour meant that they’d still be in the red when their visas expired, after adding in the roughly $200 they paid in rent monthly and what little they spent on food and smokes. Several members of the group were conspiring to walk out of their jobs when I visited in early August, but of course they weren’t serious.[...] there were those pesky loans to repay.
     
  59. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs?

    The high season at most resorts begins before high school lets out, and continues after high school resumes. Plus, most American teenagers want to spend at least part of their vacation actually on vacation with their families.

  60. @Bee
    What a weird article. So she's supposed to indict Hillary even though James Comey said he doesn't recommend it? okay.

    (And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @e, @Paul Mendez, @Bee

    even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    Wrong.

    You’re either ignorant of the facts or a liar.

    Which is it?

  61. @Diversity Heretic
    @The Alarmist

    The clean break between the English common law and American law that your radio commentators describe appears inaccurate. All states except Louisiana have passed reception statutes by which they "receive" the common law of England into their own jurisprudence, except where contradicted by other sources of law.

    It seems as if the common law maxim, "The King can do no wrong," now applies to Loretta Lynch's model of law enforcement insofar as American "royalty" is concerned.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Ivy

    Yeah, American law still looks back to/relies on old English common law to this day. Heck, Roe v. Wade quoted Edward Coke’s treatises from the 17th Century, and Scalia was quoting Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England.

    The idea is that in 1776 (or 1783 or 87, if you prefer) is the dividing line: all English cases before that date are good law that can be cited as precedent/properly influential, but all English cases past that date are merely interesting and possibly persuasive. It’s the difference between an order from your parents versus an order from a sibling.

  62. Interesting analysis of the shoddy legal reasoning behind the Clinton email decision. An excerpt:

    Yet, unlike Clinton, people with fewer political connections have been charged with and punished for far less substantially and systematically mishandling classified information than she did. For a long time, Clinton and her supporters have rebutted this double standard by asserting that Clinton’s emails had been retrospectively marked as classified. The Comey’s announcement that Clinton has been publicly lying on this point because emails were classified at the time now makes this double standard apparent.

    As Comey says, “Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges,” which first and foremost includes the personal identity of the perpetrator. With political power, politicians insulate themselves from punishment so that, in contrast to James Madison’s claims in Federalist 57, the law “will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.”

    From trivial offenses to crimes with more serious punishments, Clinton and others with political power receive an exemption from the laws to which they subject everybody else, allowing them to intrude on the computers of the great mass of the society while insulating their own from the public’s view.

    • Replies: @Ed
    @Black Death

    This is in response to Black Death's comment @63. I wanted to highlight it because he zeroes in on what is to me the most significant part of Comey's statement.

    I did not know beforehand that Clinton put emails that were already classified Secret or Top Secret (!) on the private non-secure server. What often happens in these cases is that someone sends via unclassified media information that they didn't know was classified. It might have been classified later retrospectively, or classified locally but not classified in other agencies, or the person re-transmitted something that was classified improperly. People still get in trouble for this stuff, but it only becomes big deal if the higher-ups decide to use it as an excuse to f--- them.

    However, if something is already clearly marked Secret or Top Secret, it is pretty much impossible to transmit it through unclassified media unless you do it deliberately, in good part because the government is so paranoid about safeguarding this stuff.

  63. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:

    Video of previous statements and campaigns is so inconvenient:

  64. @donut
    From the "Devil's Dictionary" :

    " War is God's way of teaching Americans geography."

    Available on Amazon ,

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486275426/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

    cold comfort . the only kind there is .

    Replies: @Globy

    donut says:
    From the “Devil’s Dictionary” :
    ” War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.”
    Available on Amazon

    Thanks, good recommendation.

    For us enjoying the high-life fruits of modern economic bliss, Ambrose Bierce’s “Devil’s Dictionary” is also found on Gutenberg.org as a free download.

  65. Off-topic

    The new comic book Iron Man is a Black, 15 year old girl genius who builds an Iron (wo)man suit while attending MIT.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36731596

    There has been quite a lot of Black Woman promotion in the media lately. Just from TV, I can think of Olivia Pope from Scandal, who is the First Paramour to a White, Republican President and all around political genius, Annalise Keating from How to get away with murder, who is a legal genius, some girls from Grey’s Anatomy, who are medical geniuses. Technology really was the only thing missing from the roster.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Romanian

    When my conventionally liberal daughter was at a well know technology U. in Boston which may or may not be MIT, she proudly told her "racist" father about her black friend who was just as smart and capable as all the other students, thus definitively disproving my ridiculous racist HBD notions which are without any factual basis. OK, I thought, picturing in my mind someone who looked like Terrell Owens. Later, I met the fellow. It turned out that his father (by whom he was raised) is 100% French and his mother was from the light skinned Haitian elite and he was about as "black" as Benjamin Jealous. I'm sure he got in on affirmative action anyway but even the AA admits at top schools are pretty bright, just not as bright as the regular admits.

    At top American schools today, the (non-athlete) black students tend to fall in 3 categories (1) mulattoes raised by a white parent (usually the mother) (2) some talented tenth mulattoes (3) children of African and Caribbean immigrants. Genuine American ghetto blacks are vanishingly rare - most of them can barely read let alone get into (and stay in) a top university. If you read Michelle Obama's senior thesis at Princeton it is pathetic - like a C paper in a good high school, not to mention that the subject is racial grievance.

    But the fictional universe is full of black super geniuses and any portrayal of blacks being less than exemplary is verboten. Yesterday's angelic victim Alton Sterling had a gun in his pocket and was a registered sex offender.

  66. Steve,

    Great satire. Should be easily adaptable into a skit on SNL, and you should be given credit (i.e., paid) for the work.

    I love how the “meeting” with Clinton happens on a Saturday and Comey makes his announcement the following Tuesday (with Independence Day squeezed in the middle, for pure ironic/comedic effect). Did he meet with her so she could review the final draft? Did they all have a big laugh about it? “Hey, did you see how angry everyone got when Bill and Loretta met on the tarmac?!?! That was nothing compared to this! Another cup of coffee, Madam Secretary?”

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Steve from Detroit

    Bill and Loretta met for 40 minutes to discuss "grandchildren and golf."

    The timing was purely coincidental.

    Stop spouting conspiracy theories.

    , @Jack D
    @Steve from Detroit

    Hillary's beverage of choice is not coffee. And it's not tea either.

  67. @Jack D
    Meanwhile Trump is keeping the Six Pointed Star in the news and praising Saddam Hussein. This should have been the best day of his campaign - a chance to portray Hillary as a liar using the words of the FBI director and he has lost the news cycle. And it's his own fault. Also he has bought zero TV advertising. Maybe there is a method to his madness but maybe not.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Mr. Anon, @scrivener3

    “Meanwhile Trump is keeping the Six Pointed Star in the news and praising Saddam Hussein.”

    Trump isn’t keeping it in the media. The media is keeping it alive in the media, just as only you seem to be keeping the issue alive in this forum. The rest of us don’t care.

    And Trump was hardly “praising” Saddam Hussein. What he said was: “Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy, a really bad guy,” he said. “But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists.”

    Yes, well, Trump is not very articulate – I guess what he meant is that (obviously) Hussein did not permit groups like ISIS to spring up – he did not permit challenges to his own power. Every problem that foreign policy wonks and the military/intelligence/foreign policy establishment now claim to be huge problems in the middle east had pretty much been solved by Saddam Hussein – he prevented a power vacuum from occuring and represented a counter-weight to Iran.

    I think what Trump is really getting at is this: We should stop f**king around there. In which case, I completely agree with him.

    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    @Mr. Anon

    Our leaders (political class, Deep State, media, intelligentsia) were strongly pro-War back in 2003. By discussing what a disaster the Iraq War has been, Trump is indirectly revealing these people to be idiots and fools.

    That's why his statement on Saddam is "controversial."

    Replies: @AnotherDad

  68. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    America has been a banana republic for quite some time and in such a republic the authorities do not go to jail. The Banksters completely skated AND were given gazillions of our tax money.

    Well, one could also note this in San Francis’ observation realised- Anarcho-Tyranny; Let the real criminals walk and prosecute the public for nit-picking violations.

    What is shocking is that so many men are shocked.

    This is who we are and the only thing to look forward to in a Trump presidency is the strong possibility that in a Presser he will say the Angela Merkel is a fat ugly loser.

    Other than that, things will change very little at the margins for there are strong opponents in place – SCOTUS, Paul Ryan, Media, Hollywood, BLM, and that knucklehead who is leader of the Senate

  69. @Chrisnonymous
    @Prof. Woland

    Your comment assumes a division between the Hillary campaign and the MSM. The MSM is not monolithic, but almost. There isn't really "a campaign" and "a media", there are just different divisions within the campaign.

    Replies: @Prof. Woland

    Agreed but, Clinton’s campaign is not telling (or leaking to the press) what to write so they are immobilized. This is why it is 1963 all over again, and again…

  70. @ScarletNumber
    @Harry Baldwin

    How pretty were they?

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    Several were reasonably pretty, others so-so. No stunners.

  71. It’s called “Doing It The Clinton Way.”

  72. @Mr. Anon
    @Bee

    "What a weird article. So she’s supposed to indict Hillary even though James Comey said he doesn’t recommend it? okay."

    It isn't reaaly Comey's place to recommend one way or the other. That is a decision for the Attorney General's Office. Comey was used to give the DoJ cover

    "(And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)"

    Do you have a source for that? I have read that he used private E-mail for some of his business. but not that he used it for all of it. In any event, nobody ever accused him of E-mailing classified material and thereby causing it to be available on unsecure networks where it could be hacked. Nor did he have a "foundation" (formerly known as a "racket") that funneled bribes to him in exchange for government-delivered favors - as Hillary did.

    Replies: @Connecticut Famer

    My general understanding that what he did was an innocent transgression and that he stopped. Ditto for Condy Rice.

  73. So, I guess Hillary retains her security clearance at the previous level, even though Comey said there “could be consequences.” Then if Hillary is elected, she can share whatever while in conversation with Bill, after all he is a former POTUS, and maybe Huma. You know, what we used to call “pillow talk.”

    • Replies: @rod1963
    @Buffalo Joe

    There are no consequences. Comey made sure of that.

    At the very least Hillary and her entire staff should have been stripped of their clearances and never be allowed again to view or handle classified information.

    But he didn't.

    Since the FBI has removed any penalties for the mishandling of classified information, she and her staff is now free to share TS/SCI and SAP information with anyone they please.

    Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson

  74. Ed says:
    @pepperinmono
    Not sure how well this is gonna play out .
    US is not Chicago. Sure, the fix has been in before.
    Trying to remember, though, when it's been this national, this obvious, and this in your face.
    May have overplayed hand .
    Wouldn't let up if I were Trump and Repubs.

    Replies: @Ed

    “Trying to remember, though, when it’s been this national, this obvious, and this in your face.”

    1876. Gore Vidal wrote a good novel about that election.

    Yes, usually at the national level they try to stay away from pulling what the PRI pulled in the 1988 Mexican election. Actually, as Jorge Casteneda pointed out, the level and obviousness of the fraud in that one was unusual even for Mexican elections. But the point is that the capacity to fix these things is always there.

  75. @anony-mouse
    This is bad news-but not for the reasons everyone else says.

    If Clinton had been charged it would have given the Dems a second shot at choosing someone to go against Trump. Somebody with fewer negatives than her (which means just about anybody without the initials DJT). Joe?

    Replies: @guest, @pepperinmono, @rod1963, @rod1963

    You need to look beyond the politics.

    It is bad news for the country.

    Comey basically gutted all the laws and penalties dealing with the mishandling of classified information. The fact is Hillary and her staff should have been at the very least booted from their jobs and stripped of their security clearances for life. Normally for what she did, she and her IT staff should have been put in a Federal penitentiary.

    There is no excuses for her staff to physically transfer classified info from a classified network to a unclassified, internet accessible system with no security enabled on it. They broke so many rules it’s not even funny.

    This was not incompetence this was outright and deliberate. Comey knew this from day one and so did the IT people at the state department who were willing accomplices of Clinton and who are equally guilty.

    The stuff she had on her server was TS and SAP, which is a big time violation where the FBI and military intelligence get involved and things generally go downhill from there. You do not mishandle that info. It stays on classified systems period.

    Now every person who has been charged and convicted of mishandling classified info has grounds to appeal.

    Comey made a total mockery of the rule of law.

    He made it abudantly clear there are two sets of rules in this country, one for the little people and none for the powerful.

  76. Ed says:

    My qualification making this comment is that I was a middle class American teenager in the 1980s.

    First, it was considered normal for teenagers to get a temporary summer job, and it was thought that something was really wrong with you if you couldn’t or wouldn’t do that. Actually, the J1 visa program was just beginning, under the radar, so it was starting to get difficult for teenagers to get summer jobs, you had to spend some time looking instead of just walking up someplace at the start of the summer. The adults I knew couldn’t understand that. But the point is that the J1 visa “solved” a problem, a shortage of native American teenage labor supply for these jobs, that has never existed.

    Second, there were a number of travel programs for teenagers, affordable by middle class people, that didn’t involve turning them into migrant labor. I took part in two of them. So its perfectly possible to do this as well.

  77. @Buffalo Joe
    So, I guess Hillary retains her security clearance at the previous level, even though Comey said there "could be consequences." Then if Hillary is elected, she can share whatever while in conversation with Bill, after all he is a former POTUS, and maybe Huma. You know, what we used to call "pillow talk."

    Replies: @rod1963

    There are no consequences. Comey made sure of that.

    At the very least Hillary and her entire staff should have been stripped of their clearances and never be allowed again to view or handle classified information.

    But he didn’t.

    Since the FBI has removed any penalties for the mishandling of classified information, she and her staff is now free to share TS/SCI and SAP information with anyone they please.

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @rod1963


    There are no consequences. Comey made sure of that.
     
    There are no legal consequences, but if you think Trump won't wrap this around Hill's neck and yank hard enough to make her eyes bug out you don't know Trump.
  78. @guest
    I said this on another thread, but for those of you who think Comey is some Machiavellian genius, who was able to lay out Clinton's guilt in not-so secret code, and thereby avoided being tarnished as just another partisan hack and the new Kenneth Starr or Katherine Harris, well, yeah. But it would've been worth it for the headlines. Had he gone rogue, the onus would've been on Lynch, and that would've been double bad news for the Democrats: Clinton shamed by the FBI and got away scott-free because a partisan hack woman (who's black, and Hillary is the wife of the First Black President) won't go through with prosecution.

    All Comey did, really, was take the heat off the AG. Someone must've told him it was for the good of the Republic.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    he understands his future health depends on “accepting the offer he can’t refuse”.

  79. @Romanian
    @Ron Mexico

    I have a college friend who worked in that amusement park in Sandusky one summer with the Work & Travel program. A very pretty and pleasant girl with ok English, though this was never the rule for people going there despite the program having interviews to check on English ability. She had a blast. I know a few people who've been to the US on this program. There are offices catering to such activities near all major Universities in Bucharest. Generally, the participants manage to earn enough to cover the costs of the program (meaning repay their parents), travel around the general area where they are based in the US and come back home with their luggage full of electronics (cheaper than they are here) and clothing. They're not exactly scabs, though I disagree with the program - not just the effect on US teen labor and how the companies promoting it are making big bucks basically selling short term underpriced labor as if it were a privilege for the workers they attract, but also how the program encourages consumerism in the people who travel and various other behaviors. "Mudsharking", as you would call it, is rife, as is a sort of provincial glorification of some of the excesses of the host society. Sometimes, the experiences are eye opening. For me, it's amazing that companies are basically marketing the international migrant labor Emirati-style experience without the violence as some sort of fun activity. Young people really are dumb. One close friend was totally red pilled by the behavior of afro-caribbeans he was working with (who used to call him batty-boy :)), which I think is gay slang, though he was a beanpole hipster, not gay), involving money disappearing from the till and very unhygienic practices in the fast food joint they were working in. If it were up to me, I'd close such programs and replace them with other forms of youth travel opportunities (the famous American camps?), but my judgment is suspect, because I'd never participate in such a program and have little inkling of whatever (in)tangibles people get out of it that they might consider worthwhile.

    A bit off-topic:
    Since people mentioned Bulgarians working in these programs, I thought I'd repost a recent comment of mine made in a thread which had been inactive for two weeks or so, in reply to the Steve Sailer's quip on Bulgarian obscurity - "Romania. At least we're more famous than Bulgaria".


    Mr Sailer, I’m back from a trip to Asia. I have to tell you that, without meaning to, the Bulgarians have pulled off a coup in Asian countries. I entered a supermarket and browsed the shelves and, lo and behold, I found a host of dairy products called Bulgaria, made by the (Japanese I assume) Meiji corporation. And then it hit me. This was Thailand, but I’d seen the same brand in a number of Chinese cities and forgotten about it. The communist Bulgarians had become synonymous with good dairy products in communist China and they basically were adopted as a brand by a private company wishing to capitalize on that image. I was astounded and instantly envious :) . I think they’re probably the most well known country from Central and Eastern Europe to the average Asian. The closest we Romanians ever got to such notoriety is by exporting Communist films to Red China (detective flicks, historical movies) which older people still associate with Romania (though not the younger, who have an abundance of media, including Chinese, to view nowadays).

    http://www.meiji.com/global/products/lineup/yogurt/images/asian_markets02.png
    http://www.soshiok.com/sites/default/files/public/styles/article_main_image/public/review/images/featured/20150525_yoghurt_STcopy.jpg?itok=DXn-U8Zd
    http://www.meiji.com/global/about-us/corporate-profile/meiji/business-categories/international/images/bulgaria_yogurt.jpg
     

    Replies: @PiltdownMan

    It doesn’t hurt that Lactobacillus bulgaricus is a well known strain of bacterium used in the production of yogurt.

  80. @Ron Mexico
    @Grumpy

    "amusement park in Ohio", that would probably be Cedar Point in Sandusky. They have been doing that foreign student/worker thing for at least 20 years. We are so f*cked in this country.

    Replies: @Steve Sailer, @Romanian, @stillCARealist

    yes, I too have noticed this phenomenon. And not just in summer. There were all foreigners working a ski resort I went to several years ago, on some sort of jobs program.

    Now, the East European kids are out doing door-to-door sales of ed materials. They can’t possibly be selling much but they are practicing their english. The whole thing seems like a racket to me.

  81. @anony-mouse
    This is bad news-but not for the reasons everyone else says.

    If Clinton had been charged it would have given the Dems a second shot at choosing someone to go against Trump. Somebody with fewer negatives than her (which means just about anybody without the initials DJT). Joe?

    Replies: @guest, @pepperinmono, @rod1963, @rod1963

    Biden is not viable. He’s nuts and the press has to repeatedly censor his comments so he comes off half-way normal.

    Trump does have negatives but only among the white country club, Wall Street and pearl clutchers set who have no intention of voting for him to begin with. The thing with the polling you have to look at the guts on the poll and who they are calling.

    Also remember FoxNews doesn’t like him and doesn’t hesitate to glom onto any poll that makes him look bad.

  82. @Romanian
    Off-topic

    The new comic book Iron Man is a Black, 15 year old girl genius who builds an Iron (wo)man suit while attending MIT.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-36731596

    There has been quite a lot of Black Woman promotion in the media lately. Just from TV, I can think of Olivia Pope from Scandal, who is the First Paramour to a White, Republican President and all around political genius, Annalise Keating from How to get away with murder, who is a legal genius, some girls from Grey's Anatomy, who are medical geniuses. Technology really was the only thing missing from the roster.

    Replies: @Jack D

    When my conventionally liberal daughter was at a well know technology U. in Boston which may or may not be MIT, she proudly told her “racist” father about her black friend who was just as smart and capable as all the other students, thus definitively disproving my ridiculous racist HBD notions which are without any factual basis. OK, I thought, picturing in my mind someone who looked like Terrell Owens. Later, I met the fellow. It turned out that his father (by whom he was raised) is 100% French and his mother was from the light skinned Haitian elite and he was about as “black” as Benjamin Jealous. I’m sure he got in on affirmative action anyway but even the AA admits at top schools are pretty bright, just not as bright as the regular admits.

    At top American schools today, the (non-athlete) black students tend to fall in 3 categories (1) mulattoes raised by a white parent (usually the mother) (2) some talented tenth mulattoes (3) children of African and Caribbean immigrants. Genuine American ghetto blacks are vanishingly rare – most of them can barely read let alone get into (and stay in) a top university. If you read Michelle Obama’s senior thesis at Princeton it is pathetic – like a C paper in a good high school, not to mention that the subject is racial grievance.

    But the fictional universe is full of black super geniuses and any portrayal of blacks being less than exemplary is verboten. Yesterday’s angelic victim Alton Sterling had a gun in his pocket and was a registered sex offender.

  83. @Bill P

    Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.
     
    Better the scions of elites are screwing Serbian girls than Mexicans like Jeb. At least the potential bastards will be tall, easy on the eyes and fair and could be tennis stars.

    But seriously, rich whites will pay a lot for a certain aesthetic, and it often happens to be a very white sort of aesthetic. All this multiculturalist posturing is the purest, most elemental sort of BS. Does money make people more tolerant? What a preposterous notion. I don't know why anyone believes it does, except perhaps for the owners of the money, and they are only indulging in pride. Money first gives people the opportunity to discriminate, and then step by step it becomes second nature to do so.

    However, they probably aren't paying the Serbs any more than they'd pay Mexicans. Despite their preferences for people who look more like them, rich folks are still cheap bastards no matter who they're paying.

    Replies: @Anonymous Nephew, @BB753

    The richer, the cheaper..

  84. @Jack D
    Meanwhile Trump is keeping the Six Pointed Star in the news and praising Saddam Hussein. This should have been the best day of his campaign - a chance to portray Hillary as a liar using the words of the FBI director and he has lost the news cycle. And it's his own fault. Also he has bought zero TV advertising. Maybe there is a method to his madness but maybe not.

    Replies: @Chrisnonymous, @Mr. Anon, @scrivener3

    Possibly, Hillary’s coronation is up in the air right now. Maybe they want to see how this plays out on the public. Normally they would trash the FBI Director letting Hillary’s supporters conclude it is all crap. Now demo hit congressmen are singing his praises.

    Trump gets nothing if he is so devastating that Hil withdraws for health reasons before the convention. Knocking out a non-candidate does not win an election. Maybe they knew how the facts looked and decided to release it now to have time to see how it plays out.

  85. Hillary Clinton’s mail server was not only under her private control, it was hackable.

    The Russians are believed to have taken advantage of this fact to download Hillary’s emails and other documents. The FBI seriously considered asking the Russians for their copies, but chose not to do so.

    In any case, why would the Russians have wanted to help us? The material will be extremely useful to them if Hillary is elected. Whenever she fails to toe the Russian line, a sample of the incriminating material will be delivered to Wikileaks.

    Any other presidential candidate in this predicament would be compelled to withdraw. It is unthinkable that the President of the United States should be compromised by the Russians, particularly if this fact is widely known months before the election.

    Hillary Clinton’s position is untenable.

  86. @Diversity Heretic
    @The Alarmist

    The clean break between the English common law and American law that your radio commentators describe appears inaccurate. All states except Louisiana have passed reception statutes by which they "receive" the common law of England into their own jurisprudence, except where contradicted by other sources of law.

    It seems as if the common law maxim, "The King can do no wrong," now applies to Loretta Lynch's model of law enforcement insofar as American "royalty" is concerned.

    Replies: @whorefinder, @Ivy

    To paraphrase the Frank Langella character talking to the David Frost character in the Nixon movie:

    If someone in service to the presumptive nominee does it, it isn’t illegal.

  87. “When my conventionally liberal daughter was at a well know technology U. in Boston which may or may not be MIT, she proudly told her “racist” father about her black friend who was just as smart and capable as all the other students, thus definitively disproving my ridiculous racist HBD notions which are without any factual basis.”

    I hope you told her gently but firmly,

    “Irrelevant even if true. Anecdotal evidence cannot disprove HBD theory which, as you know, is concerned with biologically based differences between and among human populations. Indeed HBD theory acknowledges the rare and even occasional exceptions without being in any way invalidated by them.”

    I’m not a parent but I think it’s a mistake to let the indoctrinated young get away with spouting too much leftist cant. It’s tiresome and sets a bad precedent. That said, I’m sure your daughter is a delightful young woman in other respects.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    @Kylie

    You have no idea how hard it is to get thru to someone who has drunk the koolaid. Not long ago I made (what I thought) was an offhand inoffensive remark in her presence concerning a young black man who was riding a too small for him bicycle on the campus in front of our eyes (and I did not in any way intimate that he had just stolen the thing, though I was thinking that - if you read the campus crime report bike thefts are a daily occurrence) - "gee he's riding that bike in a funny way" and she literally burst into tears at the thought of her irredeemably racist father. In order to salvage any relationship at all with her I have to keep my mouth shut or she'll never speak to me again (unless she needs $ LOL).

    Jared Kushner (Trump's son in law) wrote a very moving piece the other day about his grandparents' horrific experience in the Holocaust and what actual racism looks like - it involved things like machine guns and not the shapes in Microsoft Paint. By cheapening "racism" to mean choosing the wrong shaped star on a campaign tweet or making the slightest negative remark about any minority off limits, you make the term meaningless. Liberals think that they are preventing a "slippery slope" but instead they are just putting a lid on free speech and allowing pressure to build.

    Replies: @Kylie, @Buffalo Joe, @BB753

    , @Kylie
    @Kylie

    This is a reply to Jack D.

  88. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    A first cousin of mine is on Martha’s Vineyard for the second summer in a row. She’s from Zagreb, Croatia and they award these summer gigs to top students yearly.

  89. @Anon
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Yes. They elected Obama, remember, and they also made Al Gore and John Kerry their previous standard bearers for the presidency. What a dismal lot, when you add it all up. Democrats have been picking unusually awful candidates for the last 20 years.

    The uncharismatic, characterless midgets above are a big step down from men like Truman or FDR, or heck, even JFK.

    Replies: @donut, @Kylie, @JohnnyWalker123

    Even compared to those candidates, Hillary Clinton is just uniquely awful. She’s corrupt to much more of an extent than any major Democratic president candidate that I can think of.

    FDR, Truman, and JFK all had reasonable views on immigration too. Hillary’s fanatically pro-immigration views would’ve been considered odd by them.

  90. @Mr. Anon
    @Jack D

    "Meanwhile Trump is keeping the Six Pointed Star in the news and praising Saddam Hussein."

    Trump isn't keeping it in the media. The media is keeping it alive in the media, just as only you seem to be keeping the issue alive in this forum. The rest of us don't care.

    And Trump was hardly "praising" Saddam Hussein. What he said was: "Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy, a really bad guy,” he said. “But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists."

    Yes, well, Trump is not very articulate - I guess what he meant is that (obviously) Hussein did not permit groups like ISIS to spring up - he did not permit challenges to his own power. Every problem that foreign policy wonks and the military/intelligence/foreign policy establishment now claim to be huge problems in the middle east had pretty much been solved by Saddam Hussein - he prevented a power vacuum from occuring and represented a counter-weight to Iran.

    I think what Trump is really getting at is this: We should stop f**king around there. In which case, I completely agree with him.

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123

    Our leaders (political class, Deep State, media, intelligentsia) were strongly pro-War back in 2003. By discussing what a disaster the Iraq War has been, Trump is indirectly revealing these people to be idiots and fools.

    That’s why his statement on Saddam is “controversial.”

    • Replies: @AnotherDad
    @JohnnyWalker123


    Our leaders (political class, Deep State, media, intelligentsia) were strongly pro-War back in 2003. By discussing what a disaster the Iraq War has been, Trump is indirectly revealing these people to be idiots and fools.

    That’s why his statement on Saddam is “controversial.”
     

    I agree. But Trump needs to get better. Instead of the quip about Saddam killing terrorists, say *explicitly* what you mean:

    "Saddam kept the lid on."

    and more critically:

    "We do not know how to fix Arab societies. They are deeply dysfunctional and we don't understand them--Hillary certainly doesn't understand them. So we should not be out there breaking hem--as Hillary has been doing--and then trying 'nation building' to put them back together. We should leave them alone. And most of all we should not be letting people from those societies bring their dysfunction into America."

    in other words, bring it back to his core issue.

    Trump just needs to get better--way better--about his quips so
    a) they keep reinforcing his themes and
    b) the media can't keep trying to invent a bogus context because the context is there, so when the media repeats the quip Trump's point is made.

  91. @Kylie
    "When my conventionally liberal daughter was at a well know technology U. in Boston which may or may not be MIT, she proudly told her “racist” father about her black friend who was just as smart and capable as all the other students, thus definitively disproving my ridiculous racist HBD notions which are without any factual basis."

    I hope you told her gently but firmly,

    "Irrelevant even if true. Anecdotal evidence cannot disprove HBD theory which, as you know, is concerned with biologically based differences between and among human populations. Indeed HBD theory acknowledges the rare and even occasional exceptions without being in any way invalidated by them."

    I'm not a parent but I think it's a mistake to let the indoctrinated young get away with spouting too much leftist cant. It's tiresome and sets a bad precedent. That said, I'm sure your daughter is a delightful young woman in other respects.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Kylie

    You have no idea how hard it is to get thru to someone who has drunk the koolaid. Not long ago I made (what I thought) was an offhand inoffensive remark in her presence concerning a young black man who was riding a too small for him bicycle on the campus in front of our eyes (and I did not in any way intimate that he had just stolen the thing, though I was thinking that – if you read the campus crime report bike thefts are a daily occurrence) – “gee he’s riding that bike in a funny way” and she literally burst into tears at the thought of her irredeemably racist father. In order to salvage any relationship at all with her I have to keep my mouth shut or she’ll never speak to me again (unless she needs $ LOL).

    Jared Kushner (Trump’s son in law) wrote a very moving piece the other day about his grandparents’ horrific experience in the Holocaust and what actual racism looks like – it involved things like machine guns and not the shapes in Microsoft Paint. By cheapening “racism” to mean choosing the wrong shaped star on a campaign tweet or making the slightest negative remark about any minority off limits, you make the term meaningless. Liberals think that they are preventing a “slippery slope” but instead they are just putting a lid on free speech and allowing pressure to build.

    • Replies: @Kylie
    @Jack D

    "You have no idea how hard it is to get thru to someone who has drunk the koolaid."

    Oh, yes, I do. I was raised by one.


    "In order to salvage any relationship at all with her I have to keep my mouth shut or she’ll never speak to me again (unless she needs $ LOL)."

    There's your leverage right there. If that sounds harsh, remember that to some extent, she's willing to sacrifice her high-minded principles for personal financial gain.

    I wasn't. I got out from under my mother's rule and never looked back. Even when a series of disastrous (but not illegal) decisions landed me on the street, I never once asked her for help of any kind. Indeed I didn't have any contact with her for the last 24 years of her life.

    It wasn't just her political outlook but that was part of it. Modern liberalism is the gateway to and enabler of narcissism.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Jack D

    Jack, I have five very successful children, four graduated from public colleges, one from a Jesuit College, three have masters degrees. Your daughter is being brainwashed and you are fearful of losing her love and respect. Sit down with her and have a conversation about who you are, her father, and who she is, your child. Don't back down.

    Replies: @The most deplorable one

    , @BB753
    @Jack D

    Still, you have financial leverage over your daughter. Why not use it to make her respect your point of view? It's the least she owes you. (sorry for intruding in your private life, but I fear it's well meaning dads like you who have enabled liberalism and feminism to bloom unimpeded in young women out of concern not to hurt your daughters' feelings and also in order not to lose touch with them).

  92. @Kylie
    "When my conventionally liberal daughter was at a well know technology U. in Boston which may or may not be MIT, she proudly told her “racist” father about her black friend who was just as smart and capable as all the other students, thus definitively disproving my ridiculous racist HBD notions which are without any factual basis."

    I hope you told her gently but firmly,

    "Irrelevant even if true. Anecdotal evidence cannot disprove HBD theory which, as you know, is concerned with biologically based differences between and among human populations. Indeed HBD theory acknowledges the rare and even occasional exceptions without being in any way invalidated by them."

    I'm not a parent but I think it's a mistake to let the indoctrinated young get away with spouting too much leftist cant. It's tiresome and sets a bad precedent. That said, I'm sure your daughter is a delightful young woman in other respects.

    Replies: @Jack D, @Kylie

    This is a reply to Jack D.

  93. @Steve from Detroit
    Steve,

    Great satire. Should be easily adaptable into a skit on SNL, and you should be given credit (i.e., paid) for the work.

    I love how the "meeting" with Clinton happens on a Saturday and Comey makes his announcement the following Tuesday (with Independence Day squeezed in the middle, for pure ironic/comedic effect). Did he meet with her so she could review the final draft? Did they all have a big laugh about it? "Hey, did you see how angry everyone got when Bill and Loretta met on the tarmac?!?! That was nothing compared to this! Another cup of coffee, Madam Secretary?"

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Jack D

    Bill and Loretta met for 40 minutes to discuss “grandchildren and golf.”

    The timing was purely coincidental.

    Stop spouting conspiracy theories.

  94. @JohnnyWalker123
    The fix is in.

    Replies: @Olorin

    Sundance reports this morning:

    During FBI Director James Comey testimony today he stunningly revealed the July 3rd, 2016 interview with Secretary Hillary Clinton was not conducted under oath, was not recorded, there is no transcript of her question and answer session, he was not present, and he did not talk to all of the questioning agents.

    See today’s CSPAN-3 clip at The Conservative Treehouse.

  95. @Steve from Detroit
    Steve,

    Great satire. Should be easily adaptable into a skit on SNL, and you should be given credit (i.e., paid) for the work.

    I love how the "meeting" with Clinton happens on a Saturday and Comey makes his announcement the following Tuesday (with Independence Day squeezed in the middle, for pure ironic/comedic effect). Did he meet with her so she could review the final draft? Did they all have a big laugh about it? "Hey, did you see how angry everyone got when Bill and Loretta met on the tarmac?!?! That was nothing compared to this! Another cup of coffee, Madam Secretary?"

    Replies: @JohnnyWalker123, @Jack D

    Hillary’s beverage of choice is not coffee. And it’s not tea either.

  96. @Jack D
    @Kylie

    You have no idea how hard it is to get thru to someone who has drunk the koolaid. Not long ago I made (what I thought) was an offhand inoffensive remark in her presence concerning a young black man who was riding a too small for him bicycle on the campus in front of our eyes (and I did not in any way intimate that he had just stolen the thing, though I was thinking that - if you read the campus crime report bike thefts are a daily occurrence) - "gee he's riding that bike in a funny way" and she literally burst into tears at the thought of her irredeemably racist father. In order to salvage any relationship at all with her I have to keep my mouth shut or she'll never speak to me again (unless she needs $ LOL).

    Jared Kushner (Trump's son in law) wrote a very moving piece the other day about his grandparents' horrific experience in the Holocaust and what actual racism looks like - it involved things like machine guns and not the shapes in Microsoft Paint. By cheapening "racism" to mean choosing the wrong shaped star on a campaign tweet or making the slightest negative remark about any minority off limits, you make the term meaningless. Liberals think that they are preventing a "slippery slope" but instead they are just putting a lid on free speech and allowing pressure to build.

    Replies: @Kylie, @Buffalo Joe, @BB753

    “You have no idea how hard it is to get thru to someone who has drunk the koolaid.”

    Oh, yes, I do. I was raised by one.

    “In order to salvage any relationship at all with her I have to keep my mouth shut or she’ll never speak to me again (unless she needs $ LOL).”

    There’s your leverage right there. If that sounds harsh, remember that to some extent, she’s willing to sacrifice her high-minded principles for personal financial gain.

    I wasn’t. I got out from under my mother’s rule and never looked back. Even when a series of disastrous (but not illegal) decisions landed me on the street, I never once asked her for help of any kind. Indeed I didn’t have any contact with her for the last 24 years of her life.

    It wasn’t just her political outlook but that was part of it. Modern liberalism is the gateway to and enabler of narcissism.

  97. Ah, but Steve Sailor, do tell? What riches shall be bestowed upon (recently) the most important character in The Big Fix, FBI Director Comey? He gave a masterful performance on The Hill fielding softballs from Democrats and a few hard balls from Republicans. It’s agreed that Hillary lied all the way around the horn and under oath in Congressional testimony, yet, here’s Comey, not finding sufficient force under the law to define “Intent”. I guess that server dropped in from Mars.

    Republicans that took her testimony in 2012, 2013 and 2014 need to recall her. If the Republicans on The Hill allow that to stand, then it’s all over anyway.

  98. Never serving on a jury again, and if I must, everyone gets a pass. The law is only for chumps now.

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Anonymous

    Jury nullification should be much more widespread than it is.

    Replies: @guest

  99. People are saying that Comey was bribed into not prosecuting Clinton, which I have a hard time believing. I think it’s much more likely he was threatened through some back door channel, and was made to understand that if he did recommend an indictment, that embarrassing and/or career-ending information would find its way into the public domain. Could be anything: an affair, embellishing his resume years ago, gambling, expressing the wrong opinions about gays, you name it.

    At this point, our only hope for avoiding a Hillary Clinton presidency is if she suffers some kind of disabling medical event like a stroke or aneurysm, or if Trump gets under her skin during a debate (that’s assuming she agrees to such) and causes her to lose her composure and lash out violently. Even the latter might not be enough, because the media will immediately jump in to denounce Trump’s “misogyny.”

    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Sgt. Joe Friday


    I think it’s much more likely he was threatened through some back door channel
     
    They have video of Comey screwing Peter Singer's calf. Comey's wife doesn't know.
    , @PhysicistDave
    @Sgt. Joe Friday

    Sgt. Joe Friday wrote:


    At this point, our only hope for avoiding a Hillary Clinton presidency is if she suffers some kind of disabling medical event like a stroke or aneurysm, or if Trump gets under her skin during a debate (that’s assuming she agrees to such) and causes her to lose her composure and lash out violently.
     
    Or maybe Trump will win because more people vote for him. It's too early to tell.

    I remember President Mike Dukakis: he had a substantial lead in the polls around this time of the year. Polls can change substantially between now and November.

    Things will happen: perhaps, riots in Cleveland or Philly at the conventions, for example (or for that matter, the tragedy that just happened in Dallas). The national media thought that their coverage of the Battle of Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic convention would turn the country to the Left. Instead, it elected Nixon.

    Nobody can predict these things. There will be some interesting twists and turns between now and November.

    Dave
  100. @Chrisnonymous
    @Lurker

    I think the election will not be decided on popularity but on derision and fear.

    There is no possible future in which either Hillary or Trump becomes significantly more popular.

    Trump will win if there is significant hatred of Hillary. Hillary will win if there is significant fear of either Trump's motivations (racist!) or stability (unhinged!).

    I think the situation is quite volatile. We haven't seen them in a head-to-head debate. I can imagine a debate going either way, with Trump either totally blowing it or totally dominating Hillary. I really can't predict, but I can say that the MSM will say Trump blew it!

    Replies: @Buffalo Joe

    Chris, Fear will play a big role in this election and a side bar will be the MSM’s attempt to show us how fearful it is that Breexit passed. The longer it takes for Britain to totally unravel and sink into the sea, the less effect their exit will have on the narrative of fear. Right now everything negative that happens on that side of the pond will be blamed on those fearful cowards that didn’t want to go global. If it doesn’t happen soon enough it will be hard to say…”See, that’s what a Trump presidency will bring you.” My hometown paper mostly carries very liberal op ed. columnists, so once a day like vitamins, you get a dose of what dolts are those Brits who voted to leave.

  101. @Jack D
    @Kylie

    You have no idea how hard it is to get thru to someone who has drunk the koolaid. Not long ago I made (what I thought) was an offhand inoffensive remark in her presence concerning a young black man who was riding a too small for him bicycle on the campus in front of our eyes (and I did not in any way intimate that he had just stolen the thing, though I was thinking that - if you read the campus crime report bike thefts are a daily occurrence) - "gee he's riding that bike in a funny way" and she literally burst into tears at the thought of her irredeemably racist father. In order to salvage any relationship at all with her I have to keep my mouth shut or she'll never speak to me again (unless she needs $ LOL).

    Jared Kushner (Trump's son in law) wrote a very moving piece the other day about his grandparents' horrific experience in the Holocaust and what actual racism looks like - it involved things like machine guns and not the shapes in Microsoft Paint. By cheapening "racism" to mean choosing the wrong shaped star on a campaign tweet or making the slightest negative remark about any minority off limits, you make the term meaningless. Liberals think that they are preventing a "slippery slope" but instead they are just putting a lid on free speech and allowing pressure to build.

    Replies: @Kylie, @Buffalo Joe, @BB753

    Jack, I have five very successful children, four graduated from public colleges, one from a Jesuit College, three have masters degrees. Your daughter is being brainwashed and you are fearful of losing her love and respect. Sit down with her and have a conversation about who you are, her father, and who she is, your child. Don’t back down.

    • Agree: Kylie
    • Replies: @The most deplorable one
    @Buffalo Joe

    Yeah, they think the "I'll never speak to you again" thing is a big threat.

    They have been brainwashed and I think it happens more to females than males, but I know young males who cannot think straight about it either.

    They would rather believe that there could be a beetle as large as an elephant because beetles have more diversity in size than elephants. (That's a reference to another discussion.)

  102. @guest
    @anony-mouse

    I will never understand why anyone thinks Biden can be elected president. He already tried and failed. He's only VP because he hadn't died by the time Obama needed congressional furniture to cover for his vast inexperience.

    Except that Trump is unpredictable. He could crash and burn. But if Trump beats Trump, Hillary could win from a prison cell.

    Replies: @whatgives

    Because this time he would be running against the hated Trump, and because people are strung tighter than piano wire right now, and good ol’ Joe would look like the most harmless option.

  103. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
    @Buffalo Joe
    @Jack D

    Jack, I have five very successful children, four graduated from public colleges, one from a Jesuit College, three have masters degrees. Your daughter is being brainwashed and you are fearful of losing her love and respect. Sit down with her and have a conversation about who you are, her father, and who she is, your child. Don't back down.

    Replies: @The most deplorable one

    Yeah, they think the “I’ll never speak to you again” thing is a big threat.

    They have been brainwashed and I think it happens more to females than males, but I know young males who cannot think straight about it either.

    They would rather believe that there could be a beetle as large as an elephant because beetles have more diversity in size than elephants. (That’s a reference to another discussion.)

  104. Ed says:
    @Black Death
    Interesting analysis of the shoddy legal reasoning behind the Clinton email decision. An excerpt:

    Yet, unlike Clinton, people with fewer political connections have been charged with and punished for far less substantially and systematically mishandling classified information than she did. For a long time, Clinton and her supporters have rebutted this double standard by asserting that Clinton’s emails had been retrospectively marked as classified. The Comey’s announcement that Clinton has been publicly lying on this point because emails were classified at the time now makes this double standard apparent.

    As Comey says, “Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges,” which first and foremost includes the personal identity of the perpetrator. With political power, politicians insulate themselves from punishment so that, in contrast to James Madison’s claims in Federalist 57, the law “will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.”

    From trivial offenses to crimes with more serious punishments, Clinton and others with political power receive an exemption from the laws to which they subject everybody else, allowing them to intrude on the computers of the great mass of the society while insulating their own from the public’s view.

    Replies: @Ed

    This is in response to Black Death’s comment @63. I wanted to highlight it because he zeroes in on what is to me the most significant part of Comey’s statement.

    I did not know beforehand that Clinton put emails that were already classified Secret or Top Secret (!) on the private non-secure server. What often happens in these cases is that someone sends via unclassified media information that they didn’t know was classified. It might have been classified later retrospectively, or classified locally but not classified in other agencies, or the person re-transmitted something that was classified improperly. People still get in trouble for this stuff, but it only becomes big deal if the higher-ups decide to use it as an excuse to f— them.

    However, if something is already clearly marked Secret or Top Secret, it is pretty much impossible to transmit it through unclassified media unless you do it deliberately, in good part because the government is so paranoid about safeguarding this stuff.

  105. @Jack D
    @Kylie

    You have no idea how hard it is to get thru to someone who has drunk the koolaid. Not long ago I made (what I thought) was an offhand inoffensive remark in her presence concerning a young black man who was riding a too small for him bicycle on the campus in front of our eyes (and I did not in any way intimate that he had just stolen the thing, though I was thinking that - if you read the campus crime report bike thefts are a daily occurrence) - "gee he's riding that bike in a funny way" and she literally burst into tears at the thought of her irredeemably racist father. In order to salvage any relationship at all with her I have to keep my mouth shut or she'll never speak to me again (unless she needs $ LOL).

    Jared Kushner (Trump's son in law) wrote a very moving piece the other day about his grandparents' horrific experience in the Holocaust and what actual racism looks like - it involved things like machine guns and not the shapes in Microsoft Paint. By cheapening "racism" to mean choosing the wrong shaped star on a campaign tweet or making the slightest negative remark about any minority off limits, you make the term meaningless. Liberals think that they are preventing a "slippery slope" but instead they are just putting a lid on free speech and allowing pressure to build.

    Replies: @Kylie, @Buffalo Joe, @BB753

    Still, you have financial leverage over your daughter. Why not use it to make her respect your point of view? It’s the least she owes you. (sorry for intruding in your private life, but I fear it’s well meaning dads like you who have enabled liberalism and feminism to bloom unimpeded in young women out of concern not to hurt your daughters’ feelings and also in order not to lose touch with them).

  106. @rod1963
    @Buffalo Joe

    There are no consequences. Comey made sure of that.

    At the very least Hillary and her entire staff should have been stripped of their clearances and never be allowed again to view or handle classified information.

    But he didn't.

    Since the FBI has removed any penalties for the mishandling of classified information, she and her staff is now free to share TS/SCI and SAP information with anyone they please.

    Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson

    There are no consequences. Comey made sure of that.

    There are no legal consequences, but if you think Trump won’t wrap this around Hill’s neck and yank hard enough to make her eyes bug out you don’t know Trump.

  107. @Anonymous
    Never serving on a jury again, and if I must, everyone gets a pass. The law is only for chumps now.

    Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson

    Jury nullification should be much more widespread than it is.

    • Replies: @guest
    @Charles Erwin Wilson

    People never hear about it, unless maybe if it's in a movie about a cracker jury letting a good old boy off the hook for lynching a black honor roll student who tipped his hat to a white lady.

    Do you have any confidence that your average jury member would be able to comprehend jury nullification even if you explained it in detail to their face? I don't.

  108. @Sgt. Joe Friday
    People are saying that Comey was bribed into not prosecuting Clinton, which I have a hard time believing. I think it's much more likely he was threatened through some back door channel, and was made to understand that if he did recommend an indictment, that embarrassing and/or career-ending information would find its way into the public domain. Could be anything: an affair, embellishing his resume years ago, gambling, expressing the wrong opinions about gays, you name it.

    At this point, our only hope for avoiding a Hillary Clinton presidency is if she suffers some kind of disabling medical event like a stroke or aneurysm, or if Trump gets under her skin during a debate (that's assuming she agrees to such) and causes her to lose her composure and lash out violently. Even the latter might not be enough, because the media will immediately jump in to denounce Trump's "misogyny."

    Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson, @PhysicistDave

    I think it’s much more likely he was threatened through some back door channel

    They have video of Comey screwing Peter Singer’s calf. Comey’s wife doesn’t know.

  109. @Mr. Anon
    During her interview by the FBI, did Hillary tell them the same things that she told the public. If so, then she lied. Lying to federal agents is itself (in many, if not most, cases) a crime. That's what Martha Stewart got sent up for.

    Replies: @pyrrhus

    Indeed, lying to a Federal agent carries a one year prison sentence for every violation…

  110. @JohnnyWalker123
    @Mr. Anon

    Our leaders (political class, Deep State, media, intelligentsia) were strongly pro-War back in 2003. By discussing what a disaster the Iraq War has been, Trump is indirectly revealing these people to be idiots and fools.

    That's why his statement on Saddam is "controversial."

    Replies: @AnotherDad

    Our leaders (political class, Deep State, media, intelligentsia) were strongly pro-War back in 2003. By discussing what a disaster the Iraq War has been, Trump is indirectly revealing these people to be idiots and fools.

    That’s why his statement on Saddam is “controversial.”

    I agree. But Trump needs to get better. Instead of the quip about Saddam killing terrorists, say *explicitly* what you mean:

    “Saddam kept the lid on.”

    and more critically:

    “We do not know how to fix Arab societies. They are deeply dysfunctional and we don’t understand them–Hillary certainly doesn’t understand them. So we should not be out there breaking hem–as Hillary has been doing–and then trying ‘nation building’ to put them back together. We should leave them alone. And most of all we should not be letting people from those societies bring their dysfunction into America.”

    in other words, bring it back to his core issue.

    Trump just needs to get better–way better–about his quips so
    a) they keep reinforcing his themes and
    b) the media can’t keep trying to invent a bogus context because the context is there, so when the media repeats the quip Trump’s point is made.

  111. Bee says:
    @Bee
    What a weird article. So she's supposed to indict Hillary even though James Comey said he doesn't recommend it? okay.

    (And even though Colin Powell also handled all his affairs on a private server)

    Replies: @Mr. Anon, @e, @Paul Mendez, @Bee

    It was understood from the beginning that Lynch would follow Comey’s recommendation, as she has said herself. Attacking her for her race (as this article did) while she did exactly what just about any sane AG would have done is cheap and low. Real low. But I didn’t expect better from this writer, who’s essentially a 4chan member who occasionally puts on an intellectual, vaguely mid atlantic-accented mask (increasingly less convincingly).

    And another thing… people aren’t typically criminally charged for mishandling classified information. They’re reprimanded or disciplined (i.e. http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424127887324439804578107921717194356 or http://www.patheos.com/blogs/dispatches/2014/05/27/boykin-reprimanded-for-revealing-classified-information/).

    Why should Clinton be the first to be charged? Because you want Donald Trump to simply assume the presidency? That’s not a good enough reason. If he wants to be president, he’ll have to win the election against Clinton.

    As for Powell and Rice:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/05/us/politics/state-dept-classified-data-found-ex-secretaries-personal-email-john-kerry-condeleezza-rice-colin-powell.html?_r=0

    Neither they nor Clinton broke the law.

  112. @TheJester
    @Harry Baldwin

    Importing young people from foreign countries as summer help is all too common:

    1. A local newspaper in Northern Virginia had a feature on the summer help from eastern Europe serving as life guards in hotel/motel and apartment swimming pools. The kids are stuffed in rooms and apartments ... really dormitories. The kids save their money and go home with two to three times the monthly wages their parents could typically earn in the home country. No mention of travel. BTW: Local teenagers need not apply.

    2. A few years ago the company with the service contract for the Shenandoah National Park imported a team of young people from Indonesia as wait staff in the Park restaurants. The Indonesians did a credible job ... while management appeared blind to the fact that the restaurants were in a national park and the people in the Shenandoah Valley within view of the of the mountain park were in dire economic straits.

    The Indonesians disappeared one day and valley folk reappeared as wait staff. Traditionally, these jobs in the park were not for teenagers. They were occupied by adults and older people ... perhaps supplementing their Social Security benefits. The Park service jobs had always been an economic mainstay for the local population.

    Poetic justice: The guilty company lost the service contract on the next round. My guess is that politicos from nearby Washington DC noticed the Indonesian help and correctly thought it ludicrous for a National Park to be importing foreign labor to replace local labor in the middle of an economically depressed area.

    3. These summer visas for foreign teenagers go back decades. A friend of mine visited a resort in California. She saw a young girl sitting on the steps crying. She was from Russia. She had come to the States on a contract to work and travel ... but it was only work seven days a week washing dishes in the resort kitchen. The company was violating the terms of the contract and exploiting the kids. My friend took her in hand; they toured Southern California together.

    My take: These poorly regulated summer visas for work and travel are another sop to special interests. The imported youth rarely get to the travel part of the promise ... and American youth go without summer jobs.

    Replies: @Mike in Boston

    American expat newspaper “The eXile” did a good look at the J-1 program a few years back: http://exiledonline.com/serfin-usa-teenaged-russkies-duped-into-taking-low-wage-summer-jobs-from-american-minorities/

    The agencies running the program keep the workers compliant the same way the American system in general does: by loading them up with debt preemptively:

    The contracts guarantee 40 hours a week; the kids without one were subject to the managers’ whims. Working 30-hour weeks for 7 bucks an hour meant that they’d still be in the red when their visas expired, after adding in the roughly $200 they paid in rent monthly and what little they spent on food and smokes. Several members of the group were conspiring to walk out of their jobs when I visited in early August, but of course they weren’t serious.[…] there were those pesky loans to repay.

  113. @Sgt. Joe Friday
    People are saying that Comey was bribed into not prosecuting Clinton, which I have a hard time believing. I think it's much more likely he was threatened through some back door channel, and was made to understand that if he did recommend an indictment, that embarrassing and/or career-ending information would find its way into the public domain. Could be anything: an affair, embellishing his resume years ago, gambling, expressing the wrong opinions about gays, you name it.

    At this point, our only hope for avoiding a Hillary Clinton presidency is if she suffers some kind of disabling medical event like a stroke or aneurysm, or if Trump gets under her skin during a debate (that's assuming she agrees to such) and causes her to lose her composure and lash out violently. Even the latter might not be enough, because the media will immediately jump in to denounce Trump's "misogyny."

    Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson, @PhysicistDave

    Sgt. Joe Friday wrote:

    At this point, our only hope for avoiding a Hillary Clinton presidency is if she suffers some kind of disabling medical event like a stroke or aneurysm, or if Trump gets under her skin during a debate (that’s assuming she agrees to such) and causes her to lose her composure and lash out violently.

    Or maybe Trump will win because more people vote for him. It’s too early to tell.

    I remember President Mike Dukakis: he had a substantial lead in the polls around this time of the year. Polls can change substantially between now and November.

    Things will happen: perhaps, riots in Cleveland or Philly at the conventions, for example (or for that matter, the tragedy that just happened in Dallas). The national media thought that their coverage of the Battle of Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic convention would turn the country to the Left. Instead, it elected Nixon.

    Nobody can predict these things. There will be some interesting twists and turns between now and November.

    Dave

  114. @Harry Baldwin
    OT. I am currently vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. At Dairy Queen and Stop & Shop, the seasonal workers were Serbians. The girl at DQ was completely confused by our order and her supervisor had to come over and straighten things out. The Serbian clerk at Stop & Shop had never heard of aloe vera. I knew they were specifically Serbian as I overheard one talking about it to a customer, saying that they are brought over here for the summer and then sent home. I understand this is quite common at amusement parks and other summer attractions. Why? Are we so short of teenagers that no one will fill these jobs? Are they on some sort of H1b visa? These girls were more incompetent than the blacks and Mexican clerks that work in my hometown stores.

    Extended family I am vacationing with become uncomfortable when I make these observations. He's questioning the need for immigrants--crimethink!

    Replies: @penntothal, @JohnnyWalker123, @Grumpy, @Foreign Expert, @ScarletNumber, @tbraton, @TheJester, @Paul Mendez, @Niccolo Salo, @Brutusale

    25 years ago they were mostly Irish. Eastern Europeans taking Irish jobs in Ireland and the Vineyard!

  115. @Charles Erwin Wilson
    @Anonymous

    Jury nullification should be much more widespread than it is.

    Replies: @guest

    People never hear about it, unless maybe if it’s in a movie about a cracker jury letting a good old boy off the hook for lynching a black honor roll student who tipped his hat to a white lady.

    Do you have any confidence that your average jury member would be able to comprehend jury nullification even if you explained it in detail to their face? I don’t.

  116. In other news of women being sentenced:

    Feds ban Theranos CEO Holmes from running lab for 2 years
    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/feds-ban-theranos-ceo-holmes-102418278.html

    WTF was it she did?

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