Off-Topic and General Interest
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obese-baby
You know what whines like a baby? A DP commenter who doesn’t like the picture on the OT thread.

Anyway put your comments here. Your grade will be based on punctuality, punctuation, spelling, and wordplay. So-called relevance is not a factor, as the subject is “Off-Topic”.

“The fat baby ate my comment” will not be accepted as an excuse and will result in a failing grade.

Link to previous OT thread.

Obsessively Fascinating
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Everyday Life in the Past

If you are of a certain age – mine, for instance – I’ll bet you’ll find it hard to tear yourself away from this site.

Oh, Shut the Fuck Up, Grassley, You Old Snake
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » FEDS TOLD TO FIND THE FUGITIVE FELONS LIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING AND EVICT THEM: Does good old fashion…

“’It is troubling that the full number of wanted fugitive felons living in public housing remains unknown, unexplained, undocumented and unjustified,’ the Iowa Republican wrote in a letter to HUD Inspector General (IG) David Montoya Wednesday. ‘Tenants deserve to know if a wanted fugitive felon is living in the same housing project.’

This is such horseshit.  I live just down the hill from the Hunters Point projects, one of the most notorious public housing complexes in America.  Movies have been made about that terrible place:

The decrepit buildings you see in this trailer are still there, some 13 years after it was made.   I drive or bike right past them along the bottom of those hills every day.   I moved into the area just two years after this was filmed.  Several of my Section 8 neighbors lived in those projects, some for years.  Many of the units are now boarded up and abandoned (or being used as crack dens, gang storehouses, and so on) but many are still occupied.

And you know what?  Everybody in those projects knows everybody’s  business.  There isn’t a kid over five years old in those projects who couldn’t tell you exactly who the “wanted felons” are who live there, and provide an address and complete description to go along with it.

This grandstanding ofay Iowa Republican legislator should aim his phony ire at the real problem, which is that the decent people who live in those projects don’t “need to know” about these felons, then need them arrested and hauled back to jail.  Along with a bunch more who aren’t currently wanted, but should be.

Why, you wonder, don’t these good folks turn them in?  I already told you.  Everybody knows everybody’s business.  And snitches get stitches.

Actually, they likely get bullets and a cheap church funeral.

And people like Chuck Grassley are part of the problem, a big part.  The problem itself?  That the Uniparty welfare state has little or no interest in actually protecting the clients it has consigned to these hellish ethnic welfare plantations.  Or giving them any realistic means of escaping them, for that matter.

Obama’s Ice Rushes to the Defense of Leslie Jones’ Cooze
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Department of Homeland Security Investigating Leslie Jones Hack

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the cyberattack on Leslie Jones, according to a report by the LA Times.

 

The Ghostbusters actress has been subject to a barrage of online harassment since July, after Breitbart tech blogger Milo Yiannopoulos incited his army of alt-right eggs to harass Jones on Twitter, ultimately resulting in Yiannopoulos getting banned from the social network.

 

Earlier this week, hackers posted nude photos of the star, along with her passport and driver’s license to her personal website.

 

Now, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, is looking into the matter. Previously, high profile hacks of celebrities—like last year’s “Fappening”—have been investigated by the FBI. No word on why ICE and not the FBI is looking into Jones’ case.

Because ICE is one of the President’s personal bureaucratic bitches, deployed only to protect those whom the half-black guy in the White House regards as close enough friends to merit the cover of his own private goon squads.

If somebody posts pics of your twat online, though, don’t look for ICE to come bail you out.  You’re a nobody.

Couldn’t Happen to a Nicer Big Pile of Crapple
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Your iPhone 6 could be falling victim to ‘touch disease’

This kind of crap:

Unfortunately, since these kinds of fixes aren’t endorsed or OKed by Apple, Jessa and her colleagues have actually been banned from posting on Apple Support threads for posting their advice. As a result, there’s a feeling that Apple is fine with having customers purchase new phones, but not finding repair specialists who have found success when it comes to actually fixing the problem.

Is why this kind of crap:

US sends nastygram to European Union over alleged Apple tax dodging | Ars Technica

Apple’s battle with the European Union’s competition watchdog has been backed by the US government, which on Wednesday waded into the complaint over the iPhone maker’s tax arrangements.

The US treasury warned in a white paper that Brussels’ ongoing investigation into Apple’s tax deal with Ireland could “create an unfortunate international tax policy precedent.”

On Thursday, the European Commission responded that there was “no bias” against US companies.

Doesn’t bother me all that much.

Luck Is Magical Thinking, Too
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The Fact Folks vs “Feelings, nothing more than feelings….” @ AMERICAN DIGEST

“I think of it as the ‘Veruca Salt’ generation. They are demand oriented. Their magical thinking is that merely because they want something, it should be granted. They react strongly negatively to being asked for facts and logic to support their contention because in their minds, ‘I feel very strongly about this so why are you asking for facts?’ “

The primary thing to keep in mind about magical thinking is that it is magical.

That it to say, it is not founded in reality, nor much tethered to reality at all.

Magical thinking tells you that you can reason a fanatic Muslim jihadi out of sawing your head off with a rusty knife.

Reality saws your head off with a rusty knife and informs anybody concerned that reality trumps magic.

The Gods of the Copybook Headings will always return.  Eventually.

And the magical thinkers will marvel at how bad their “luck” has suddenly become.

 

Burkini Fatso
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Don Surber: The French burkini is an abomination to Western civilization

Of course they applauded. This is not Vichy France. This is a nation standing up to terrorism.

 

A girl cried?

 

What about the cries of a thousand friends and family members murdered by a Muslim? That is bigger than any attack in the United States since 9-11. And it follows the even larger slaughter at the Bataclan Theater in Paris in November, in which Muslims slaughtered 128 infidels.

 

If you cannot drink a beer in Mecca, then you cannot wear a burkini on the Riviera.

In case you were wondering, here is a “burkini.”

 

Nigella Lawson… in a Burkini!

TV food star Nigella Lawson did a great job wearing the burkini while holidaying in Australia!

Wonder if this fat foodie would be so approving if the (Sharia) law forced her to wear that ludicrous getup whenever her male keeper allowed her to go swimming?

The Wall Is All
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Vox Popoli: Did Trump cuck on immigration?

Found this in the comments:

Run to the Right to win the nomination; run to the Center to win the election. Nothing unusual about it.

 

Without building The Wall, deportation is meaningless since they’ll simply waltz right back in. After The Wall is built, finish the backlog of hearings and start scouring sanctuary cities for people who’ve lost their immigration cases, the ones who are truly “illegal immigrants” and whose continued presence is a federal crime. Deport them. Then we can talk about how to handle the rest.

 

Those simple steps will take the entire first Trump term. And nothing he’s said to date contradicts this plan. I’d still choose him over Hillary.

It makes sense.  Of course, Trump first has to win that first term…

Hillary Hearts the KKK – And It Hearts Her Right Back
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HILLARY Releases Nasty White Supremacist Ad Against Trump — Forgets to Mention She Took $20,000 from KKK This Year

Hillary released this disgusting adon the KKK and Trump today.

Of course, she forgot to mention she took $20,000 from the Ku Klux Klan this year.
The Washington Timesreported:

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has received more than $20,000 in donations contributed by members of the Ku Klux Klan, a prominent member of the hate group said Monday.
“For the KKK, Clinton is our choice,” said Will Quigg, California Grand Dragon for the Loyal White Knights, Vocativ reported.

Mr. Quigg, the leader of the Klan’s California chapter, announced last month that he had abandoned supporting Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump in lieu of backing his likely Democratic opponent. The Klansman claims that members have raised more than $20,000 for Mrs. Clinton and have donated it anonymously to her campaign.

“She is friends with the Klan,” Mr. Quigg told Vocativ. “A lot of people don’t realize that.”

Clinton campaign spokesman Josh Schwein disputed the grand dragon’s claim and said the former secretary of state has rejected the group’s endorsement.

And don’t forget about her Confederate Flag campaign pins!

From Arkansas Governor Orville “Schoolhouse” Faubus, through Senator Harry “Grand KKK Kleagle” Byrd, to today’s Kalifornia Klan, the history of the Clinton Crime Family has been one long and neverending love affair with the Ku Klux Klan.

You can bet that if Hillary is elected, the white-sheet burkha she plans on wearing to the inauguration will have a tall pointy cap on top.

UPDATE:  Welcome, Instapundit Twitter army!

Opening Up a Big Can of Stupid
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Clinton and Trump Switch Brands | Scott Adams’ Blog

I heard Clinton call in to CNN last night and preview her new Trump-is-racist persuasion, and I have to say it was strong. Strong enough to win, unless Trump finds a way to counter it.

Adams is smoking the stupid pole all the time these days.

One day Trump’s going to win easily unless Hillary finds a way to counter, and the very next day Hillary is going to win unless Trump finds a way to counter.

And all of this is being orchestrated by mysterious Wizards of Persuasion waving their magic wands behind impenetrable magic smoke screens.  One of them is even named Godzilla.

Oh, and buy Scott’s book.  I’m told it has words in it.  Here and there.  Now and then.

Z-Man Nails It Good and Hard – Welcome to the Alt-Right!
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The Z Blog | Sports, Culture and Other Stuff

The result of several decades of purges on the Right is that the “alt-right” is now bigger than the Official Right™ and it certainly is where the cool kids are hanging out on-line. The hate thinkers are also younger, on average, than the old farts in the mainstream media. One of the strange things about the alt-right is it is populated with young guys with everything to gain from a rebellion and old eccentrics with nothing to lose from a rebellion. The young guys are clever and funny, while the old guys are brilliant at noticing patterns in society and human behavior.

 

The safe bet is the increased attention to the hate thinkers will result in a holding of hands and chanting of lines from the liberal catechism. Howls of racism and antisemitism will echo through the halls of officialdom. We got a taste of this in the primary when guys like Jonah Goldberg tried to slime Trump as a closet Klansman simply because David Duke said nice things about him. Among the Cloud People, being called a racist is the worst thing imaginable, so it is their most powerful abracadabra word.

 

The trouble is the hate thinkers really don’t care and they seem to relish this sort of attention. The gag you often see is “When I was a conservative they called me a racist. When I was a libertarian they called me a racist. When I was a Tea Partier they called me a racist. Now that I’m alt-right I don’t care what they call me.” Often, the response to the charge of racism is mockery. It’s really hard to shout people down when they are laughing at your efforts. That and the old guys have been called these things so often they don’t pay any attention to it now.

 

 

Welcome to the Hater’s Ball Cloud People.

I guess that would make me one of the “… old eccentrics with nothing to lose from a rebellion. The young guys are clever and funny, while the old guys are brilliant at noticing patterns in society and human behavior.”

I can live with that.

Let’s Be Careful Here
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Hillary Clinton Goes Full Tinfoil – Declares Planetary “Nationalists” are Out To Get Her… | The Last Refuge

The “vast right-wing conspiracy” went weirdly global today when Hillary Clinton delivered an actual presidential speech claiming she was being chased around by looming global forces of darkness, aligned in ideological intent to ensure her destruction.

The “VRWC” never existed, either, except in Hillary’s fantasies, but it still made a pretty effective weapon for the Clintons.  And it did so for exactly the same reason that this latest sally may get traction:  The DNC/ClintonMedia, allied with the NeverTrumpMedia, will move heaven and earth to see that it does.

 

Cut to the Nut of the Matter
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The DiploMad 2.0: On Trump, Immigration, Deportation, and “Flip-Flops”

The media and the pundits are trying to trap Trump into appearing to flip-flop on his hard-line immigration stance. Trump seems to be helping them do it as his message is getting muddled, and the media focus on that instead of on the growing email and Clinton Foundation scandals.

Yep.  As I’ve been pointing out.

It’s actually pretty simple, though, and Trump needs to concentrate on the simple parts:

Once we establish what type and how much–if any–immigration our nation needs, then we can move on.

 

To have that debate, however, we have to be able to conduct it without waves of immigrants and “refugees” pouring in.

 

That means,

 

— Temporarily suspending all immigration;

 

— Securing the border, including a wall which can be paid for by a tax on remittances and fees on certain consular and border services;

 

— Enforcing our existing laws, which would include deporting people caught here illegally–especially felons; and,

 

— Having a system of verification in place that ensures illegals do not work, vote, or draw public benefits.

 

In other words, make the environment hostile for illegal migration. That would lead to large numbers of those illegally here departing on their own. Combined with the deportation laws already on the books, we should see a dramatic reduction in illegal aliens pretty quickly–even if we do not deport 12 million people.  It would, above all, make it less likely that illegals would continue to come here.

 

There is no Constitutional or internationally recognized right to immigrate to the United States (or anywhere else). We have in the past excluded fascists, Nazis, Communists, anybody adhering to a philosophy advocating the violent overthrow of our way of life, sexual deviants, criminals, etc. We can do it again.

This  is what Trump needs to concentrate on, and to hammer hard.  Not this horseshit about “softening,” and “not wanting to hurt people,” and all the other fog he’s currently squirting all over his primary and signature issue. (via Mike Hendrix – thanks!)

 

His Girl Hill Let Der SourKraut Down
Bill Quick

Krauthammer: Hillary Clinton’s ‘Alt-Right’ Speech a Dud

Columnist Charles Krauthammer told Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier on Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s “alt-right” speech earlier in the day in Reno, in which she attacked Breitbart News and tried to link Donald Trump with the Ku Klux Klan, had been a failure.

“I’m not sure it’s going to have a big effect. This is the old Democratic playbook, where you accuse your opponent of being racist, to use ad hominems. I mean, it is slightly over-the-top. There was a point in the speech where she said the rise of bullying in schools, alleged, is a result of [Trump’s] rhetoric. And I think that is rather, sort of, National Equirer-type stuff,” Krauthammer said.

I’m sure Der SourKraut was quite disappointed that Hillary didn’t manage to damage Trump more effectively.

Dr. Drew Just Caught the Hillary Sickness and Discovered It Was Fatal
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‘Dr. Drew’ Leaving HLN As Part Of Latest Revamp At Network | Deadline

Pinsky made headlines last week when he announced on his radio show he is “gravely concerned” about Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s health and the health care she is receiving. It played nicely into Donald Trump’s position that Clinton is not healthy enough to serve as POTUS.

And a week later his show was axed, and he was canned.  (Canned?  Sure.  Let me know how many appearances he makes on CNN as a “contributor.”)  But I’m sure there’s no connection and nothing to see here, so can we all just move on, please, you gap-toothed, cousin-humping, bitter-clinging, God-freaking, gun-sucking alt-righter savages?

Today’s Deals At Amazon
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I Want One
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The Fastest Cars in the World | Pictures, Specs, Performance | Digital Trends

Hennessey Venom GT (270 mph)

MickeySoft Blows Another One
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Kindle Can Crash Your PC After You Install the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – Thurrott.com

So there you go. I’ll just repeat what I’ve been saying all along: If Microsoft wants us to accept automatic updates without question, it needs to ship high-quality updates that do not break things. And so far, it is not living up to its end of this contract. You can complain all you want about Android or iPhone, but this is the type of thing that will really kill Windows. And the lack of trust that these kinds of mistakes engenders is irreversible.

I don’t know about “irreversible,” given how many people have to use Windows Whatever, but it certainly doesn’t do anything to instill confidence in the overall brand.  As has been the case all too often over the years.

Hillary Clinton Owes Her Shot At the Presidency Her Family Connection to Orville Faubus, One of the Most Notorious Southern Segregationists In American History
Bill Quick

Clinton ad ties Trump to KKK, white supremacists – POLITICO

Right back atcha, bitch:

WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
Oh, well, so then . . . we’ve been up through that. I don’t have the dates here, chronology worked out in my mind. We haven’t kept the record that we should have in this campaign. But anyway, I began to travel around and see people. And I suppose it must have been into February when I saw Faubus. Late January or February.

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WALTER DEVRIES:
What prompted you to do that?
WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
Well, he’s my neighbor. And he—
WALTER DEVRIES:
But wouldn’t he be the last guy to go see, represented the old time machine?
WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
No, no. See, that’s why I got elected. Because I don’t do things, I don’t think in terms of that.
WALTER DEVRIES:
But wouldn’t the liberal mind, whatever it is in this district, think that way?
WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
Well, the liberal mind might, but I don’t have a liberal mind, I guess, if that’s the way they think. It’s a matter of politics and how you get votes. This is a highly . . . it’s a curious district. You have to look at it. Fort Smith you could almost characterize as ultraconservative, I didn’t believe I could carry Fort Smith under any circumstances at any time [unclear]. But I did in the runoff against Rainwater. Because I treated them like people instead of conservatives or some other label. And because I avoided, I suppose, taking stands which would have been a total anathema to them, which I wouldn’t take anyway in a race like this. Because I recognize what I’m running against, you know, and what the main issues are. But Faubus has a fine mind and a lot of influence in these hills, these people, and knows things that are worth knowing. The reason that they will vote for me, if they do, the people, even if they think that I’m liberal, whatever that is, is that I’ll sit down with all these people and talk to them. And it’s not but twenty miles over there and I could get more knowledge there than most places I know. And I sat down with him and we talked for eight and a half hours. Three hours at one stretch. I went up there to spend an hour and we went over all this ground and he really probed my stance. He’s very issue-oriented himself, in a way. And he wanted to find out exactly where we were crossways on the pornography and busing and integration generally and constitutional

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theories and we went at it for eight hours talking. Very interesting thing. I held my ground and needless to say he held his. But it was a good thing. Then we started talking about this race and he thought it could be won. Which was a great source of encouragement to me that as an abstract proposition he thought that the thing could be done. Unless national events altered in such a way as to totally undermine anything we might try to do.

JACK BASS:
How did he think you could do it?
WILLIAM J. (BILL) CLINTON:
By directly or indirectly. First of all, by establishing myself as a candidate that should be in Congress, could be in Congress. And then by, directly or indirectly, demonstrating to the people that Hammerschmidt was far from an independent congressman and was one of the people that had major responsibility for the weakness and the effectiveness of the Congress. To put him in with the national tide. But it was interesting to me, you see, that he thought it could be done where all my liberal state legislature friends did not think it could be done. And he did, I suppose in part, because when he ran for governor in ’54 nobody thought he could be elected either. Ran against a reasonably popular one-term incumbent. Everybody told him it’s the wrong time. Well, lot of people told me this is the wrong time to run and don’t run until ’76 when we’ll be putting a Democratic president in. I’m not sure we will be putting a Democratic president in in ’76. Depends on who they put up and whether he can, you know . . . so, that was some encouragement.

Did you get that? It was the encouragement of one of the most notorious Southern segregationalists in American history, Arkansas’ Orville Faubus, that finally convinced BJ Clinton to launch his own political career.

And it is from that segregationist seed that we end up with Hillary Clinton running for President and trying to connect Donald Trump to the KKK.

Pathetic.

It’s The Taxes, Stupid
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » AN ALTERNATE THEORY

Berkeley’s Soda Sin Tax Seems to Be Working, But Probably Just Because It’s Berkeley.

Makes sense to me.

Not to me.  From the cite:

Berkeley’s Soda Sin Tax Seems to Be Working, But Probably Just Because It’s Berkeley | PJ Media

Can Americans tax themselves out of their obesity crisis? A new analysis of Berkeley’s first-in-the-nation “soda tax” offers encouraging results about its power to change people’s dietary habits. Five months after the city implemented its penny-per-ounce tax on all manner of sugar-sweetened beverages, lower-income residents had reduced their consumption by 21%, compared to the pre-tax days.

Meanwhile, their counterparts in neighboring Oakland and San Francisco increased the amount of sugary drinks consumed by 4% during the same period, according to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Public Health.

Rather than doing the typical conservative fan dance about Berkely being populated by aliens from another planet, how about a cold douse with the reality bucket instead?   Anything you punish (with taxes, for instance) you will get less of.

Berkely taxes sodas, and sells less of them,  SF and Oakland don’t, and sell more.

It really is that simple.  And doesn’t require Berkely to be inhabited by aliens conservative fabulists find congenial.

Today’s Gun Thread: The Big Iron
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I just started re-reading all of Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter series, and in the first book, one of the Hunter team leaders has as his favored weapon a Marlin 45/70.  I liked the sound of the thing, especially the enormous boolet it heaves at targets.

Once the Hoosier move is accomplished, my finances may loosen up enough to stretch to a couple of new weapons, and so I’m considering something like this.

Thought?  Suggestions for alternatives?  

I’ve never fired one, though I’ve seen cowboy action folk do some fairly amazing things with these lever action guns, and I was addicted to The Rifleman when I was a kid, so…

What If Non-Whites Vanished From America?
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If All Non-Whites Vanished Tomorrow

If all non-whites vanished tomorrow — hopefully instantly repatriated without harm — what would happen to whites in America and Europe?

 

Our labor costs would go up, but we have millions of unemployed. We might have fewer doctors, but we would have far fewer patients. Construction jobs would go back to white guys. Cost would rise, at the level of what is paid, but would also fall as social welfare systems found themselves with far fewer recipients.

 

Would our cultural diversity perish? No, because we have museums and recipe books, and can do what others do. Would we lose vibrant diversity? Most white people seem to have fled it, except for the ethnic restaurants and kumbaya social events. Would we lose friends and neighbors? — undoubtedly, but most people socialize within their own groups.

 

In short, nothing would change after a brief adjustment period, and rising costs would be met by falling taxes and lower externalized costs from a failing social apparatus. Whites would lose nothing. Minority groups — assuming they were not harmed — would gain, as in their own countries they could live by the standards of their cultures, values and religions, and have something more important: pride in themselves and a sense of shared purpose.

 

This is the shrieking fear hidden behind these protests. Minority groups are not needed. We will carry on as we have always carried on, building nations and creating civilizations that fit us. Any momentary inconveniences would be offset by a restoration of our own pride and sense of command over our destinies.

One of the things that bugs modern American progressives the most is the phenomenon of self-segregation, which is the inevitable outcome of a natural human urge:  The desire to live with people just like they are.

So they come up with alternate explanations for the segregation resulting from such desires.  It is, they say, caused by white racism (but then, isn’t everything?).  White racists force black doctors, lawyers, professors, and other high valuem, high status professionals to live in neighborhoods filled with other high value, high status professionals:

10 of the Richest Black Communities in America – Page 2 of 5 – Atlanta Black Star

The only problem with this theory is that the residents of these ten communities can pretty much live almost anywhere – and with anybody – they choose.  So they choose to live where they feel happiest and most comfortable – with others just like themselves.

This discomfits the race baiters and the guilt mongers no end, but there it is.

State Polls Matter
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Shock Poll: Trump Gets 20 Percent of Black Vote in Florida Poll; Leads Clinton Overall 43 to 41

 

Twenty percent of African-American voters in Florida support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump according to a poll released Wednesday by Florida Atlantic University.

 

The poll hit as Trump is visiting Tampa for a mid-day rally at the State Fairgrounds.

 

The poll shows Trump with a two point lead of rival Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, 43 to 41 percent, within the poll’s 2.7 percent margin of error. Clinton has the support of 68 percent of African-American voters in Florida. 1200 registered Florida voters were surveyed from August 19-22.

Huh.  I was told that Trump drove off all of the black vote with his racist comments and insults.

Sundance’s Take on Trump’s New Tone on Immigration
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A Positive Perspective On Trump’s “Immigration Policy Shift”… | The Last Refuge

In both of those interviews, there has been one constant. The support for current immigration laws. What you are seeing is the removal of the narrative that Trump is the evil villain sitting high upon his golden Trump Tower looking down upon the poor illegal immigrant with racist eyes and plotting evil against them. This is also exemplified in his “humble Trump” speech and his outreach to the black community. All three of these things humanize Trump and remove the ability to demonize him.

 

It has become apparent at least to me, that the Trump campaign has decided that Mr. Trump needs to come across as more human and is wrestling with the human elements of decision making. I don’t believe he ever lacked humanity but I know that it took research to find examples of it demonstrated. Most people are too lazy to research so most do not know that side of him.

 

Tie this with his visit to the border, his town hall with Hannity last night highlighting the victims of crime by illegal aliens, including immigrants who came legally, the upcoming speech on immigration and the mantra of enforcing current immigration laws, and you see the design. In my opinion it is a profitable design. All the media will have to cover the speech because they have been covering this so-called change as news.

 

I believe that the campaign has made this choice to change the vernacular. No longer is it about deportation even though deportations will happen. It is about enforcing what others deemed was proper immigration law. If they do not like deportations, then talk to those that made the law. What they will not be able to do is claim this is Trump’s idea. Just like they are no longer able to claim that Trump does not care about Americans of African descent. It forces a different narrative. And that is what KC and Stephen Bannon were hired to do.

On the whole, I buy this.  But here’s the problem as I see it:  Sundance had to expend about a thousand words “explaining” Trump’s recent shift.  And I worry that the voters Trump needs aren’t going to respond to thousand word interpretations of a change in the wind.

I suppose, on the whole, few solid Trump supporters will back away from him over this – they will assume that he’s just saying whatever so he can get elected and then do what they absolutely believe he will do.

I get the attempt to connect himself to the Bush and Obama deportation policies (and yes, I was aware that Obama has indeed deported several hundred thousand illegals).  So did Bush.  But the problem wasn’t they they didn’t deport, it was that they didn’t deport enough, because net illegal residents in the United States increased from 2000 to 2015.

People may not know the exact numbers, but they sense that the illegal immigrant/illegal resident problem worsened under both Bush and Obama, and so it has to grate at least a little to hear Trump likening his policy to theirs.

Yes, yes, I get that if Trump actually did enforce immigration law, all of immigration law, he would deport every illegal alien in America, because that is what the law requires:

Illegal Immigration is a Crime

“Any alien who is present in the United States in violation of this Act or any other law of the United States is deportable.”  Immigration and Nationality Act Section 237 (a)(1)(B) 

But when he says things like this (and yes, the quote is accurate):

Donald Trump Signals ‘Softening’ of Immigration Position | TIME

When Hannity, who like Trump has railed against “amnesty” for those in the U.S. illegally, asked whether Trump would support changing the law to “accommodate those people that contribute to society, have been law-abiding, have kids here,” Trump replied in the affirmative. “There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump said. “We want people—we have some great people in this country.”

It has  to make some question just how closely he intends to “follow the immigration laws.”

And that is a question he can’t really afford to let gain currency.

Maybe his big upcoming speech on immigration will lay these matters to rest.  We’ll see.

Of course, he’s canceled the one he was originally scheduled to give tomorrow in Colorado in order to “fine tune” a later effort in “a few days.”  So, as I say, I guess we’ll see.  At least Trump seems aware that his recent statements may have stirred up a few problems, and for those of us who support him, that is a good thing.

 

Sure It Will
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » IT’S DÉJÀ BRADLEY ALL OVER AGAIN! KELLYANNE CONWAY: TRUMP DOING BETTER THAN PEOPLE REALIZE BECAUSE…

In 2010 and ’14, polls predicted the GOP would retake the House and the Senate, respectively, early on in the campaign season. And while much can happen between now and November this year, I’m not going to play the “Yes, Hillary’s ahead, but…” fool’s game of attempting to read the tea leaves at the bottom of this month’s allegedly “skewed” polls.

This is Ed Driscoll.  I hope you didn’t play the fool’s game of taking anything he says about Trump or his prospects seriously, because he’s been pretty much one hundred percent wrong right from the start.

But hey – this time will be different!

 

Today’s Deals At Amazon
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These change constantly, so keep clicking the links: You’ll always find something new.

Remember – anything you buy from Amazon through any link on this site puts a commission in my pocket, at no cost to yourself, so thank you very much! Also, arf! from the Presidential Pomeranian.

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The More (Progressive) Things Change, The More They Actually Don’t
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BuzzFeed Reorganizes Into News and Entertainment Divisions – Editor & Publisher

BuzzFeed is reorganizing into two departments that will split its entertainment and news divisions.

A more accurate take would be that BuzzFeed is “reorganizing” into a progressive news propaganda division, and a progressive propaganda entertainment division.

But that’s actually what it’s always been, so – no real change.

Give An OG Bro a Hand! Help Keep the Fury Cold!
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Cold Fury » Fundraiser!

Remember when I mentioned not long ago that another fundraiser was imminent? Well, here t’is, folks. The A/C is still out, I’m behind on the rent—and the hosting service and internet access bills too, among other things—work continues to be slow, and…well, no need to belabor it, times are tough here on the fag-end of summer at Casa CF. If you enjoy the work I do here (and make no mistake, although I do enjoy it, it IS work), please consider helping to keep it coming with whatever material expression of support you can manage.

Mike, like me, is one of the OG conservative political bloggers, dating back to the 9/11 Muslim terror attack that basically created the modern conservative blogosphere (which I then named a few weeks later).

He’s one of the oldest of the good old guys, a man who has intelligently and eloquently kept the faith for going on fifteen years now.  There aren’t many of us left.  He’s given us a lot over the years.  It’s always good to give a little back if you can.

 

Sick, Old, Fat, and Tired
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The health problem Clinton actually has | Washington Examiner

The Internet is awash with rumors about Hillary Clinton’s health, but there is one medical condition she is actually known to have. That is hypothyroidism, a condition affecting about 10 million Americans in which the thyroid is underactive, resulting in a variety of symptoms including fatigue, weakness and weight gain.

For most patients, the symptoms can be significantly reduced or eliminated with the use of hormone therapy. Clinton is being treated with a medication called Armour Thyroid, according to her doctor, who has issued a letter saying she’s in “excellent” physical condition and is fit to serve as president.

She’s sick, old, fat, and tired.  That’s “excellent?”  Apparently so, at least to one MD (who just happens to have been Hillary Clinton’s personal MD for the last fifteen years – no bias there!).

BTW, have you noticed the odd way the DNC/ClintonMedia has been calling Hillary’s personal physician her “internist?”

Is that to distinguish her from all the other medical professionals necessary to keep HillaryBot 2.0 more or less functioning?

Trump In His Own Words: Softening on Some Resident Illegals
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The specific question from Hannity, and Trump’s response, is here.

Here is the entire video of the Town Hall, all forty minutes, if you’d like to watch for the overall context.

And here is the problem for Trump as I see it:  Much of his most ardent support is based on the idea that he is not lying to us, that he’s not just another sleazy pol who will say whatever it takes to get himself elected.

Further, he won’t baffle-gab, double-speak, or lawyer-babble us when he talks to us.  Which means that when he says he’ll deport illegals, he won’t come back to that later and say, “Well, of course I didn’t mean we would deport all illegals, or even most of them, or, in fact, very many of them at all.”  Or, in effect, “Why would you think I would mean that, just because I said it?”  Or appeared to say it, until you got the lawyers to parse what I said.

And herein lies the danger.  It’s not simply a matter of precisely parsing what Trump said once upon a time, or what he said in this Town Hall.  It’s that if people start to get the idea that even with Trump they need a lawyer, a video tape, and a forensic rhetoric examiner to figure out what he’s actually saying and what he really means, then he suddenly becomes no different than any other sleazy pol, no different, in fact, from Hillary Clinton.

And if that happens, he’s done.  Really done.  Because he has nothing else to recommend him but the fact that we have come to trust him.  But how can we do that if we can’t trust what comes out of his mouth?

I have no appetite for yet another round of playing the ugly game “Well, of course we know he’s lying (we think) about “softening” on resident illegals, but that’s just him saying what he needs to do to get elected, where he will be able to do what we think (believe?  hope?  pray?) he will really do, which is deport them, or at the very least, strongly encourage them to self-deport.”

At the Town Hall, Trump repeatedly said he would “follow the (immigration) laws.”  But the immigration laws say, in black and white, that if you are here illegally, you should be deported to from whence you came.  And then he says he will “soften” his position.  What does that mean?

We don’t really know.  And if we have to start wondering what The Donald really means, then enough people will simply stop caring, because they’ve read that story one (or a hundred) too many times.

Trump has put himself forth as the candidate of hope for the average America, the real America, and Americans themselves.  His supporters believe in that vision.  If he damages it to any significant extent, then his problems become major, and perhaps even terminal (as far as any hope of victory).

UPDATE:  This is what I’m talking about.

 

Trump Supporters at Virginia Rally: Don’t Retract a Thing | PJ Media

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — Supporters of Donald Trump told PJM the GOP nominee should not retract any of his past statements, despite last week’s expression of “regret” from the candidate for instances in which he didn’t “choose the right words.”

 

“Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that and believe it or not, I regret it and I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues,” Trump recently told supporters in North Carolina.

 

Most of the attendees who spoke with PJM during the Trump campaign rally at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center said he does not need to apologize for any of his statements.

 

PJM asked Trump’s supporters if there are any specific statements Trump should retract.

 

“No, that’s what you need, you need someone that will not beat around the bush in politics, just tell it like it is,” Mike from Spotsylvania said. “Trump doesn’t care who he offends and if he offends some people, fine; if he doesn’t, oh well.”

 

Krista from Fredericksburg shared a similar view. “I think he’s fine. I think he’s doing great.”

 

Chris, a member of “Bikers for Trump” from South Carolina, echoed Krista.

 

“It’s the nature of a man to misspeak sometimes and say things he regrets. His actions will speak louder than his words once he’s in office,” he said.

 

Charlie from Fredericksburg also said there is nothing Trump should retract.

 

“No, he’s a New Yorker. He’s going to tell it like it is. I like it. I love it and I think the people love it. I know sometimes he gets overboard but basically he’s telling the truth. He’s got his ducks in line. He knows what he’s talking about,” he said.

It’s worrisome, and I’m not trying to concern troll here.  Time is running out.  Trump needs to be very careful in his approach from here on out.  Sure, he needs to pick up as much new support as he can.  But he has to make sure he doesn’t lose any of the support he already has.

Of course I will still vote for him, becase, well, HIllary.  But he can’t afford to lose very many votes.  

Of Course We Force the Pols to Lie to Us
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Noted Idiot Says Something Stupid

 

My sense is that we don’t think enough about how much we collectively, yet unwittingly, force politicians to lie to us.

 

Look how many retweets he gets from his cult servitors.

I’m pretty sure Ace thinks he is being very clever here, but, in fact, for once Tyson is right: We (the American people) do force our politicians to lie to us.

Any politician who tells the whole truth all the time will be swiftly defeated and run out of office in disgrace, or will (more likely) never be elected to any public office in the first place.

Politician:  “We do not answer to you, the people.  Our elective system requires us to spend enormous amounts of money we do not personally have in order to achieve office.  The only way we can get it is by trading the promise of political favors to, first, big donors, which is where we get most of our money, and second, to you as individuals, when we promise you things we know we will never be able to deliver.”

Voters:  “Boo.  Too dark.  Not sweetness and light enough! Get him out of there.  Or don’t vote for him in the first place!”

Whatever Way Damages America the Most
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN AFGHANISTAN IN KABUL UNDER ATTACK: “CBS News’ Ahmad Muktar reported that se…

Reporting on today’s news, the Washington Free Beacon adds, “American University in Kabul was shuttered earlier this month after gunmen kidnapped two foreign professors, one American and one Australian, close to the campus in the capital of Afghanistan on Aug. 8. The campus reopened three days after the incident.”

Developing.

Barack Obama, “President Putt” is in charge.  So we know exactly how this will “develop.”

Barack the Miraculous
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Transcript: President Obama addresses Louisiana floods after tour of damage | State Politics | theadvocate.com

Saint Hussein “addressed the Louisiana floods?”

What did he say to them?  “Waters, you’d better stop rising now?”

And That Voice….
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Carville: ‘Somebody is going to hell’ over Clinton Foundation attacks – POLITICO

“Somebody is going to hell” over the political attacks on the Clinton Foundation, longtime Clinton confidant James Carville declared Tuesday, denouncing the recent scrutiny and criticism of the charitable organization.

It may seem trivial, compared to the potential damage elsewhere, but I, personally, would rather blind myself with molten railroad spikes than spend four or eight years watching Snakehead Carville being one of the Clinton Crime Family’s unofficial official TV spokesmodels again.

 

The Homework Myth
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Texas teacher implements no-homework policy, the Internet rejoices

A second grade teacher’s no-homework policy has gone viral, thanks to a student’s mother posting about it on Facebook.

Last week, mom Samantha Gallagher posted a note on Facebook from her daughter’s teacher reading: “After much research this summer, I’m trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year.”

I never had any homework at all until I hit junior high school, and damned little even then.  Don’t think it impeded my education in any way whatsoever.

When I was a kid, school was for school, and home was for home.  And at least for the first six or so years, the two didn’t meet very much, if at all.

Oh, sure, there were after school activities available if you wanted them, but they weren’t connected with the school – my mom was a Cub Scout den mother for a while, for instance.  But mostly we got out of school at three pm, skipped merrily home, and did whatever until called for dinner.  

Joe Biden: Threat Assessment
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Biden: ‘Terrorism Is Not An Existential Threat’ to America

Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with the Atlantic on Monday that while “terrorism is a real threat … it’s not an existential threat to the existence of the democratic country of the United States of America.”

Stupid Uncle Joe is probably correct in at least two ways about this, neither one of which is exactly what he thinks he is saying.

1.  Musim terrorism (not “terrorism”) is certainly no existential threat to him and his kind and their America, where they travel in armored cars with phalanxes of armed guards, and live in gated, walled communities behind a plethora of moats of all kinds.

2.  It’s not Muslim terrorism that is the existential threat to the democratic country of the U.S.A.  It’s Joe Biden’s own political party (and its lesser ally in the Ruling Uniparty, the GOP).

The Democrats Appear to Own The Cities – But Will It Be Enough?
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Stumped by Trump’s success? Take a drive outside US cities | New York Post

If you drive anywhere in Pennsylvania, from the turnpike to the old US routes to the dirt roads connecting small towns like Hooversville with “bigger” small towns like Somerset, you might conclude that Donald Trump is ahead in this state by double digits.

Large signs, small signs, homemade signs, signs that wrap around barns, signs that go from one end of a fence to another dot the landscape with such frequency that, if you were playing the old-fashioned road-trip game of counting cows, you would hit 100 in just one small town like this one.

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A barn displays a Trump banner in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.Photo: Getty Images

In Ruffsdale, I am pretty sure I saw more than 100 Trump signs.

It’s as if people here have not turned on the television to hear pundits drone on and on about how badly Trump is losing in Pennsylvania.

A lot of urban folks don’t do anything much but watch television.  They haven’t, for one reason or another, had a real job for years.  They’re either on welfare, or huddled around a single TV, six to a studio apartment like cave dwellers of old around a firepit, enjoying their copious free time from their ten hour a week jobs as baristas.  (Or enjoying their brain to silicon relationship with today’s equivalent of a house and a car, an overpriced Apple cellphone).

No wonder they see the solution to all their problems as being the state taking more and more money from those evil hicks in the boondocks and handing it over to them, who deserve it far more by virtue of their, well, virtue.

At least that’s what their TV tells them for hours and hours every day.

Grump. And, Um. Grump.
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Friendface! – Maggie’s Farm

Half of that list is stupid.

Actually, it is not. It only seems so to the apparently octogenarian grumps who seem to have assumed the, ahem, driver’s seat at MF.

The other half would be useless if it were practical, which they won’t be.

Useless, perhaps, to an octgenarian grump.  My dad, for instance, refused to concern himself, or use, any technology more recent than his color television.  Which he had to sit in front of 24/7, because he never learned how to use a video recorder.  The sort of thinking on display here reminds me of my dad – a kind of mental constipation when confronted with any technology that makes somebody even slightly uncomfortable.

Self-driving cars aren’t a problem to be solved, because there’s no problem there. Why do Millennials want to sit in a booster seat clutching a ziploc bag of Cheerios and a Gameboy until they’re ready for a nursing home? Drive your own damn car. It’s not that hard if you’re not texting.

And speaking of stupid, the graf directly above is getting a lot of bloggish attention, accompanied by a lot of nodding and harrumphing.  Self driving cars (and trucks, and buses, and trains, and airplanes) are inevitable for any number of reasons, which may or may not be problematic.  Those dispatched directly to the unemployment line and then the permanent government dole may have a different point of view  the potential problems.

The head harrumpher on this one seems to think that self-driving cars vehicles will not be a “problem” because they are “impractical” and will never “catch on.”  And even if they do, to some tiny extent, it will only be because of those lazy, Cheeto-gorging, Gameboy (??? Do Gameboys even still exist?) diddling get off my damned lawn Millennials.

It would be funny if it weren’t so cluelessly pathetic.  And if you found youself reading this silly rant and nodding in agreement, you might check your calendar, and then take a peek out your window at the real world.  The 20th century has been in the rear view mirror (your self-driving vehicle won’t need one of those, either) for more than a decade and a half now.

Welcome to the 21st century, grampy.  Or you can, you know, do what my dad did, settle yourself in your easy chair and ignore the next 40 years until you shuffle off this mortal coil.

Except that will probably be drastically transfigured as well.

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Why “Bad Luck” Always Ends In Slaughter and Fire
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“The Pocket”: The Time Between A Lie And The Revelation Of Truth Is the Reign of Liberalism

Civilizations fail because they succeed. When they get wealthy and powerful, they start trying to make themselves “safe” and in doing so, breed a bumper crop of idiots. These idiots form an Idiot Defense League which demands democracy, and at that point the deal is sealed: the society will go down and die in the pocket, going to bed as an empire and waking up as a third-world slum. The only way to win that game is not to play.

But they always keep returning to that game, because the players keep hoping that this time the lottery ticket they bought will finally be a big winner.

Which is why they call their inevitable losses “bad luck.”  At least until evil old Mister Reality sends his favorite representatives in to shut down the draw  and sweep the table clean:

 Poems – ‘The Gods of the Copybook Headings’ – Rudyard Kipking

 

AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,

I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.

Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

 

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn

That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:

But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,

So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

 

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,

Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market Place,

But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come

That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

 

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch,

They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch;

They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings;

So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

 

When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.

They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.

But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “Stick to the Devil you know.” 

 

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life

(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)

Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “The Wages of Sin is Death.” 

 

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all, 

By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul; 

But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy, 

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: “If you don’t work you die.” 

 

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew

And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true

That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

 

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man

There are only four things certain since Social Progress began. 

That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire, 

And the burnt Fool’s bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire;

 

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins

When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins, 

As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn, 

The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return! 

Hm.  And is that footsteps I hear, slouching toward Bethlehem to be born?

Was Huma Wearing Pants the Last Time She Visited the National Archives?
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FBI files linking Hillary Clinton to the ‘suicide’ of White House counsel have vanished | Daily Mail Online

EXCLUSIVE: Missing:  FBI files linking Hillary Clinton to the ‘suicide’ of White House counsel Vince Foster have vanished from the National Archives.

Did anybody think to look in Huma’s pants?  That seems to be one of the favored methods the Clinton Crime Syndicate uses to make inconvenient documents vanish from the National Archives.  And why not?  It’s already worked once.

 

Losing Is Losing
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Instapundit » Blog Archive » ANALYSIS: TRUE. Bill Weld Has Nothing to Lose….

That’s good, because he sure as hell isn’t going to win anything.

Except the second class booby prize.  First class is, of course, reserved for Gary Johnson, his running mate.