Out and About on a Tuesday

Some are convinced that Basket of Deplorables will convince people to stay away from Trump. Others are convinced that Hillary’s physical collapse will push her out the race. Yet others are convinced that a lot of people don’t know what they are talking about. One thing 2016 has taught me is that the political experts are nothing of the kind – passing themselves off as dispassionate observers (left or right) of the political scene, what I’ve actually seen is a collection of ill-educated, petulant children who get really, really mad when reality doesn’t match up to their predictions.

I saw a Tweet today from one of our Thought Leaders who was saying we have to stop Trump in order to save our world. Oh, puhleeeese! It’s a Presidential election, folks, not the precursor to the End Times. In fairness, I have seen Trumpsters who are certain we have to elect Trump or Doom Awaits. To be sure, the election of either candidate brings a lot of doom-y thoughts to my mind, but that is mostly because of the overall situation, not anything specific to Trump or Clinton. We’re living in a world of lunacy, as I noted the other day – and what world are we trying to save? The one where we use fake money and debt to keep big banks afloat? Or is it the one where we allow a despotic regime like China’s to veto us in the UN? I get thoughts of doom because I’m certain that Hillary will continue the destruction and I’m not at all sure Trump even realizes what needs to be stopped.

On the plus side for a Trump Presidency is something that Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) points out – given that everyone (DNC, MSM, GOP regulars, bureaucracy) hates Trump, there will actually be a lot of checks to any unreasonable use of power by a President Trump. In order to get anything done, he’s going to have to battle through the unified opposition of the Ruling Class. Or, alternately, roll over for the Ruling Class and just do what they want, plus maybe a bit of border wall along the way. The flip side of that is voting Hillary – who will have the DNC, MSM and bureaucracy on her side and a GOP as frightened of offending her as they have been of offending Obama. In short, absolutely no check on her power.

Trump wants to do debates without moderators – smart move, and it would be an actual debate.

Yeah, there are some kooks floating around the edges of the Trump campaign – but no one seems to mind the kooks of BDS floating ever nearer the center of the American left.

They don’t call CNN Clinton News Network for nothing.

Sniper takes out an ISIS goon from a mile away.

On September 12th, 1683 a glorious victory – brought to us via a very brave Polish king and his army.

For some reason Christian refugees from Syria have a hard time getting into the United States.

38 thoughts on “Out and About on a Tuesday

  1. Amazona September 13, 2016 / 8:56 am

    I think Trump took the right tack on this, commenting on Hillary making a personal attack on so many people just because they prefer a different candidate.

    If I were Trump, I would keep this word and work it into every speech.

    “Hillary Clinton says if you want a change from the Obama years, you are deplorable” and so on.

    On the other hand, this comment of hers struck me as jumping the shark. It was an admission that she can’t win by being the better candidate, so she has to convince people that the only people who will vote for Trump are probably in that “deplorable” category.

  2. Cluster September 14, 2016 / 8:31 am

    So just some observations on recent events:

    – The guy who told Russian Prime Minister Medvedev to wait until after the election because he would have more flexibility which was not suppose to be caught on mic, is now bashing Trump for being to close with Putin.To which I say, “the 1980’s called and want their conspiracy theory back”

    – The community organizer from Chicago who never ran a private business is now bashing Trump for never having done anything for the working class.

    – Evidently being a frequent flyer is now proof of a job well done at the State Dept.

    – MSNBC is now a full throated active participant for the Hillary campaign and trying to make the newly coined “Alt Right” to be the most dangerous and radical movement facing this country. Ironically, they completely skip over the actual violence perpetrated by their own fringe groups.

    – Also according to MSNBC, Trump supporters are deplorable, irredeemable, and unAmerican, it’s just a matter of how many.

    – The folks who brought us an annual GDP of less than 2%, a shrinking labor participation rate, a racially divided country, mass shootings in the inner cities, frequent inner city riots, a completely screwed up healthcare system, a growing radical Islamic threat, and of whom gave $1.7 billion to the most dangerous country on the planet is now telling us that Trump will be a disaster. And this just in – the Obama regime is now quietly admitting that the nuclear agreement may have emboldened Iran to be more aggressive. Who would have thunk it?

    – How many people connected with the Clinton’s have pled the 5th? Of course if you value your life, it’s probably the safest thing to do.

    – And MSNBC’s obsession with David Duke continues.

    The desperation is growing.

    • Retired Spook September 14, 2016 / 9:03 am

      You know, when you say it like that it sounds really bad.

    • Amazona September 15, 2016 / 11:32 am

      While fussing about Trump being “too close” to a man he has never met, the Left is conveniently forgetting Hillary giggling like a schoolgirl and fawning over Putin as she handed him a gift. Aside from the fact that the gift was sophomoric and snide, and spelled wrong, Hillary is the only one of the two who nearly swooned in Putin’s presence and did everything but ask him for his autograph.

    • Amazona September 15, 2016 / 11:35 am

      I wonder what a private citizen is supposed to have “done for the working class”—other than provide jobs and housing, anyway. Which is more than Obama has done. The only jobs I can remember being created by the Obama Administration were the ones for painting all the signs that went up all over the country explaining that construction was going to start RIGHT THERE, ANY MINUTE NOW, thanks to the transfer of billions of dollars of taxpayer money into “shovel ready” jobs.

      • Cluster September 15, 2016 / 11:55 am

        And as it turned out, those shovel ready jobs were not so shovel ready.

  3. Cluster September 14, 2016 / 8:51 am

    And here is probably the saddest commentary ever on our own media that I have ever seen. Leave it to the BBC to do the hard reporting on life in our inner cities:

    “We only doing this s**t to get out…This s**t ain’t normal, man. I’m forced to do this s**t everywhere I f***ing go, man. This s**t don’t end. This a never ending f***ing cycle, man. Ain’t no way out of this s**t.”

    These poor kids lives have been destroyed by politicians and bureaucrats who are more interested in their own pensions and donations from special interests than they are their own constituents. As Trump says “what do they have to lose?”. If I could do anything for this country, I would change this dynamic.


    • Amazona September 14, 2016 / 9:39 am

      Given the racial makeup of Chicago’s political powers and that of the President of the United States, this shows the absolutely unforgivable lack of true leadership the “black community” has had for the past several decades. Unfortunately, it also shows the suicidal color blindness of most black people, who put skin color above everything else and so support the very people who lead them into these cesspools and then keep them there, through political policies.

      • Amazona September 14, 2016 / 8:27 pm

        This is the same doctor who did the video I posted. I appreciated his take on the details of her collapse. As I said the other day, a trained eye picks up on things that laymen don’t, because we are not trained to see or recognize certain movements, postures or actions as related to certain conditions or diseases. Over the years my spine became severely out of alignment and my pelvis was rotated, and for several months now I have been treated by a team including three chiropractors, one of whom specializes in kinesiology, and a massage therapist. I am constantly amazed at the subtle things they pick up, in bone alignment, muscle balance, and so on. I talked to one of the doctors today about the ability of an expert to pick up and analyze movements and postures that most of us would never notice, and he agree.

        This video addresses Hillary’s rigid posture as she leans back against the bollard, including her stiff right leg, and in slow motion you can see the strange awkward movement of that leg as the people who are basically moving her (rather than her moving herself). Hillary does not pick up her foot or leg and move forward, as we do when we take a step—the leg remains locked in a straight position and kind of drags as she is moved forward. As the doctor said, she is frozen, like a mannequin.

        He made a point I had missed. Supposedly she suffered from pneumonia, so severe that she nearly collapsed, yet in an hour and a half she was strolling down the street with a big grin, waving at people. Really? Aside from the fact that evidently a doctor was waiting for her at Chelsea’s apartment, which indicates an awareness that a medical team would have to be nearby, and that someone is so ill that she literally has to be carried into a car, if you are that sick you go to a hospital and you DON’T go out for a stroll afterward. I’ve had pneumonia. It was not so bad I collapsed and had to be carried to my car, but I was too sick to go stand at a ceremony for an hour and a half and I certainly was not up to taking a stroll. And I was a good 30 years younger than Hillary is now, and in excellent physical shape.

      • Cluster September 14, 2016 / 9:12 pm

        The doctors account of her severe pneumonia struck me too. How does someone of that age, with pneumonia so severe she loses her motor skills not go to the hospital and instead be on the sidewalk hugging children 90 minutes later. That just doesn’t pass the smell test.

    • Retired Spook September 14, 2016 / 10:41 am

      Excellent article. My first thought as I was reading it was, a similar article could not be written about Hillary. She has, at least from my perspective as someone who values honesty, character, honor and a reverence for our constitutional republican form of government, no redeeming traits. Those who defend her must ignore decades of lying, deceit and malfeasance and inflate and exaggerate her achievements.

    • rustybrown2014 September 15, 2016 / 1:49 am

      Great article Cluster. Another amazing aspect to the never Trumpers is the ceaseless, freewheeling vitriol spewed by them at Trump supporters. I suppose you can only scream “Trump is Hitler!” so many times without getting hoarse, eventually you have to turn your focus on his supporters and make sure everybody knows they’re Hitler enablers as well. Kim Jong-un would be proud.

      As the article suggests, what the hell ever happened to debating a candidates issues? Actually, I’ve done that a bit with Hillary supporters and it doesn’t go so well for them; I think they find it easier to keep chanting Trump=Apocalypse. Thankfully, as dubious as I am of the American electorate, I don’t think they’re as dumb as that.

  4. Retired Spook September 14, 2016 / 11:09 am

    As I read this article I had visions of a chubby little white-haired man behind a curtain pulling levers and pressing buttons. Interesting timing too. You don’t have to read between the lines in Obama’s statement to see the purpose of releasing this suspect data now.

    President Barack Obama hailed the report as evidence that his administration’s economic policies were paying off, but said more needed to be done (like elect Hillary?) to put unemployed Americans back to work.

    • Cluster September 14, 2016 / 11:34 am

      Just like when the unemployment rate dropped in late October 2012, more positive economic numbers are once again released prior to an important election for Democrats. Of course if you believe these numbers, I have some acreage out here in the Desert that I would like to sell you.

      • Retired Spook September 14, 2016 / 11:48 am

        These numbers aren’t just good, they’re great. It would be interesting to see the internals the Census Bureau used, such as how much of the increase in household income was from earned income, and how much was from investment income.

        Wouldn’t it be nice to have a government that we could trust to just tell us the truth?

  5. Retired Spook September 14, 2016 / 11:52 am

    One of the main tenets of Progressivism is the policy that forces, or at the very least, encourages people to live in densely populated urban areas, the idea being that people living close together are easier to control. This study has to drive the Leftists nuts — well, more nuts than they already are.

  6. Retired Spook September 14, 2016 / 4:02 pm

    Trump, speaking at a water treatment plant in Flint, MI, today made a statement that will resonate with lots of middle class working Americans. (I’m paraphrasing) It used to be that cars were made in Flint, MI, and you couldn’t drink the water in Mexico. Now cars are made in Mexico, and you can’t drink the water in Flint, MI.

    • Cluster September 14, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      I just heard that line too and thought it was great, and so true. I see that the NeverTrumpers now are bashing Trumps child care/maternity plan calling it warmed over leftism, but if they actually listened to the plan they would have heard that the plan calls for localizing the assistance at the state level, allowing small child care operators the same access to the assistance as the big corporate chains get, and using the tax code to incentivize deposits and prudence with funds available in the savings account. The funds can also be accrued, saved, and used for higher education or parental care. That is what conservatism should be in my opinion. Helping people who are trying to help themselves and at the same time raising the next generation. I think these NeverTrumpers have lost their way.

      • Amazona September 15, 2016 / 11:42 am

        If Leftism is so wonderful, what is wrong with “warmed over Leftism”? I would think they would be praising him for getting on their bandwagon, if only belatedly.

        The Left is too too funny.

        The recent effort to tell people that voting for Trump would be a moral failure as it would mean supporting deplorable people at a distance from Trump, because of their alleged beliefs on several issues, is a hoot, as it seems to ignore the fact that voting for Hillary is a direct line to supporting a truly deplorable person. Do the math. The Left wants us to think that we should not give some tacit approval to their interpretation of what millions of people actually believe, but instead we should give formal approval to an individual whose personal actions are despicable on many levels.

  7. Amazona September 14, 2016 / 8:14 pm

    I was a Never Trumper before the convention, but now that he is the nominee I am behind him all the way. I still don’t like him much as a person and still have the same reservations I always had about him, but you have to play the hand you’re dealt and with this hand the option is too dismal to consider. I have a hard time believing that people who claim to be conservative can espouse actively contributing to a Clinton presidency, and the act of voting for her, or encouraging others to vote for her, is a complete automatic and permanent disqualification for the identity of “Conservative”.

  8. Cluster September 15, 2016 / 7:51 am

    This just in, Democrats have finally found a charity foundation worth investigating – Trump’s. What they have discovered is earth shattering. Trump has had the audacity to solicit donations from others to his charity and then donate that money in the name of the Trump foundation, and not in the original benefactors name. Therefore Trump is taking credit for it and according to Donny Deutsch on MSNBC this is just beyond the pale. Even more scandalous, Melania may have purchased an artistic rendering of Trump from an artist using foundation money. Who is the investigator? NY State attorney general who is Clinton supporter and donor.

    MSNBC is devoting a 3 hour segment to it this morning. I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

    • Cluster September 15, 2016 / 8:45 am

      Morning Joe does not disappoint this morning. The panel there is now very concerned about Trump’s business dealing abroad, particularly his business interests in countries led by quote “strong arm rulers” and the possibility that the money that flows through the country and the Trump business’s could be funneled to terrorists. The debate was lively but oddly enough the discussion never turned to $400 million in cash Obama gave Iran, or the tens of millions of dollars Bill Clinton accepted in speaking fees from these same countries.

      Oh and not to be outdone by Hillary’s deplorable comment, Dem. Sen. Claire McCaskill just called Dr. Oz a huckster and snake oil salesman.

      • Amazona September 15, 2016 / 11:44 am

        Well, Dr. Oz is a big favorite of millions and millions of daytime TV watchers, most of whom are women. Why didn’t Claire go all the way and say that his fans are morons?

      • Amazona September 15, 2016 / 12:10 pm

        I wonder how far the frantic Left is going to go in its new approach of ignoring Trump and going after people who support him or even just people who don’t attack him.

    • Amazona September 15, 2016 / 11:19 am

      So what you are saying, Cluster, is that MSNBC is devoting three times as much attention to a foundation which doesn’t enrich its founder than it has to one created specifically to enrich its founders? Hmmm. Wonder why that is.

      And it is devoting three times as much attention to what may, or may not be, a misappropriation of a few thousand dollars than it has to the sacrifice of national security to the pursuit of more enrichment by trying to hide proof of the selling of America’s influence to the highest bidder by one of its top Cabinet officials?

      And it is devoting three times as much attention to anything to do with Trump than it has to the callous abandonment of Americans to brutal deaths because they were sent to try to cover up illicit activities by the State Department that had gone awry and ended up arming people who intend to use those arms against us?

      Is that what you are telling us?

  9. Retired Spook September 15, 2016 / 9:50 am

    Love this T-shirt. And I love the fact that Conservatives are throwing it right back in Liberals faces. I have the gut feeling that, regardless of who wins the election, there isn’t going to be a great deal of healing and reconciliation afterwards.

    • Retired Spook September 15, 2016 / 11:00 am

      Nothing would surprise me anymore.

    • Amazona September 15, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      There is abundant documentation of political figures and celebrities using body doubles. This is not a new concept.

      While I have considered the body double idea regarding Hillary, which I have only heard in passing, as belonging to the tinfoil hat category, these photos do lend some credence to the theory. The things that strike me about the photos are the apparent loss of weight and the lack of security around her.

      Combined with the ridiculousness of someone so ill with pneumonia that she collapsed suddenly being pert and fresh and healthy looking and out for a stroll an hour and a half later, and the recklessness of hugging a child while ill, the suddenly revitalized, younger looking, slimmer Hillary takes on a whole new possibility.

  10. Retired Spook September 15, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    Jeff Desjardins’ (Visual Capitalist blog) charts putting the national debt in perspective are reprinted at MarketWatch this morning. Mind boggling!!

    • Cluster September 15, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      From the article:

      If you lived to be 80 years old, you’d have to spend about $700 million a day to run out of money.


  11. Amazona September 15, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    One of the things I have noticed about this election cycle is how many people are getting sucked into the rip tide and having their images trashed.

    Powell is one. I used to admire him but now I think he is a weasel. His insistence that wanting information on a presidential candidate, and/or wanting to be sure that person is legally qualified for the office, is really “racist” shows a very biased mind that can only see what it wants to see. The inherent dishonesty of the man, in not admitting that a quick revelation of all the relevant material would have settled the matter once and for all within a couple of days, and that it was Obama himself who made it such a big deal, is upsetting to someone who used to think highly of him.

    Ann Coulter is another. She did not just decide Trump was the best of the field of 17, plus some undeclared, she went after the others with her sharp tongue and became more vicious and unhinged than I have ever seen her.

    I’ve never been a Hannity fan—I just don’t think the man is very bright, for one thing—but I can’t stand to listen to him now. If he had just come out and said “Hey, this is an opinion show and it is my opinion that my good friend Donald Trump is the best candidate we have” I would not have agreed with him, but at least I wouldn’t think of him as slimy. His promotion of Trump while posturing as one who treated all the candidates equally was disgusting.

    On the Dem side they seem to be lining up to go over the cliff with Hillary, exposing some very ugly truths about how they think and how low they will stoop to get another Dem in office. Their lies are a permanent part of their heritage right now.

    • Cluster September 15, 2016 / 2:09 pm

      I agree with you on Coulter and Hannity. I use to like Ann a lot but she has been over the top in this campaign and Hannity’s slavish devotion to Trump is on display everyday and not flattering of him. I never really did listen to Hannity much and certainly less now.

    • M. Noonan September 16, 2016 / 1:51 am

      Powell’s e mails sure have taken him down a notch – he’s revealed as a gossip. The grand Elder Statesman thing is rather gone, now.

      • Amazona September 17, 2016 / 12:14 pm

        One of the oddities of the Powell/Clinton email exchange that the Clintonistas used to prove that she only used a private server after getting advice to do so from Powell is that in the emails they provided he was quite clear that the purpose of a private email account is to hide communications and keep them unavailable to government oversight.

        They threw Powell under the bus by publicizing his admissions of trying to hide communications, some of which were official, and of doing some business outside the government servers for that reason, either missing the fact that these admissions coupled with the advice to use a private account amounted to advice on how to break the law or hoping the only thing the public would take away from the exchange was that she only acted on Powell’s advice.

        It makes sense to use a private account or server for PERSONAL communications and the official government server for official government business. If a person does not understand that, she is certainly not qualified to be the president, particularly as the latter is not a matter of personal choice but of the law.

  12. Amazona September 15, 2016 / 1:46 pm

    One of the funnier things I have seen, just a clickbait headline off to the side in an article I was reading, claimed that “Trump is the least transparent candidate in history”. Seriously. Someone actually wrote that. Someone actually wrote that before the ink is even dry on the Obama administration.

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