Some Odds and Ends

You can have Rules or Rulers, a wise man once said – meaning that you can either live by dogma, or you can live by the whim of a King. Take your pick – I prefer dogmas, myself.

A GOP office in North Carolina was fire bombed. Naturally, some Progs are thinking GOPers did it, themselves.

Know about the war in Somalia? Of course not – doesn’t fit the Obama Narrative. But, we are intensifying our effort in that war.

In October of 2008, a month before the election, the Democrats’ corporate paymasters had already settled on Obama’s cabinet. There is a bit of an internal battle among Democrats about how things will be divvied up in a Clinton Administration – hate to break it to you, earnest Progressive friends, but Democrats do not push back against those who write the checks.

Victor Davis Hanson lays out the modern medievalism of the United States. He notes that the modern medievalism lacks the saving grace of a deep, religious belief to provide a counter to despotism. I’ll never want to get too far into an argument with someone like Hanson – but the fact of life is that the Middle Ages were not so much an age of despotism as we moderns tend to think. Yes, people had a lot of duties to perform…but taxes took up a far smaller percentage of income than today and a person was free from relentless propaganda.

The Washington Post is convinced that Hillary has already won. So have most experts. Polling almost uniformly confirms this view. Except for the much-maligned LA Times Poll (currently showing a 0.6% Trump lead). Thing is, the Washington Post poll released yesterday pretty much has the race the same as it did in mid-September – Hillary ahead by 4; the Washington Post poll, in my experience, has always been a bit favorable for the Democrats (just as the Rasmussen poll very often favors Republicans). The spread in that poll is D+8 – but that is not as important as the fact that after a month of Team Hillary dropping nuclear Oppo on Trump, the race hasn’t changed much. In fact, none of the national polling I’ve seen actually shows much change over the past month. But, still, it almost all gives the advantage to Hillary – so, she’s the next President. As I said, only if Trump shakes up the normal electorate can he win…and such an shake up would not necessarily show up in polling. The LA Times says they have figured out how the electorate has been shaken up in 2016 and thus they stand by their polling – and Sean Trende notes that there is some reason for their confidence: the LA Times poll – called the Rand poll in the past – was dead-on in 2012. Of course, Trende also note that past performance is no guarantee of future results. My view – Hillary has the institutional advantage and by all traditional measures is the next President. And thank goodness that people are just in love with our institutions in this oh, so very traditional year.

UPDATE: the RCP average shows Clinton up by 7 – it’s over. Trump is heading for a crushing loss. So, has the LA Times poll gone along? Nope: Trump is now up 1.6 points in that poll. Just weird – and I guess we won’t know for sure until 11/8. If you’re betting money, lay it on Hillary…but maybe make a side bet on Trump.

UPDATE II: I’ve been a Republican since I became an adult. My first ballot was cast in 1988 – I could have voted in ’84, of course, but I was overseas in the Navy and absentee balloting wasn’t much of a thing back then; certainly not for a 19 year old squid. I did some volunteer work for George H W Bush in 1988 – but I had to reach out to volunteer. I’ve donated a few times to various GOP campaigns, but I think my last time was in ’04 (though I may have donated a bit in ’06 – but whatever I’ve done in the past 12 years, it wasn’t much). Other than that 1988 thing, I’ve never done any volunteer work. So, while Republican I’m pretty much off the radar – certainly haven’t donated this year either to the GOP, GOP candidates or Donald Trump. So, much to my surprise, I get a phone call today from the Trump campaign asking if I’d like to volunteer.

I’ve read several bits from GOPers swearing that they’ve got this Cracker Jack GOTV for November – something which will do wonders. I’ve doubted it – and all reports are that Team Trump and the overall GOP are going to be skunked by Team Hillary and the DNC in GOTV efforts. Me getting a call today makes me wonder if that will really be the case.

17 thoughts on “Some Odds and Ends

  1. Amazona October 17, 2016 / 9:34 am

    “A GOP office in North Carolina was fire bombed. Naturally, some Progs are thinking GOPers did it, themselves.”

    That’s because every time a Dem office has been firebombed or even vandalized it has turned out to be a Dem who did it.

  2. Amazona October 17, 2016 / 10:15 am

    I have been wondering why the Catholic Church has not only not spoken out about the hypocrisy of those who profess to be Catholics but who actively promote teachings and actions that go against the very core of Catholic belief, but has openly accepted and even honored people such as Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden, two prominent and powerful figures who use that power to actively promote abortion and gay marriage but are received in private audiences with the Pope and treated with near-reverence by the Church.

    Colorado is going to vote on an assisted suicide law this election, and the churches I have attended have addressed this law very sternly, but yesterday even a strong admonition that suicide is against the teachings of the Church started to falter when tap dancing around promoting other erosions of Church law. After all, a suicide does take only one life, whereas working to support and enable and even encourage abortion takes so many more.

    So I was happy to see the following article:

    If Tim Kaine Wins, the Catholic Church Loses

    “Many high-profile Catholics like Tim Kaine publicly dissent from Catholic teaching and promote offenses against human dignity. When their actions go unrebuked by Church leaders, it harms both the Church as a whole and the faith of individual Catholics.

    I know that many bishops don’t want to appear to be weaponizing the sacrament of communion by withholding it from individuals like these. But this is exactly what these folks themselves are doing—weaponizing communion to create the appearance that the Church fully accepts their very dangerous worldly viewpoints. Wittingly or not, these people have managed to achieve great evil and continue to do so, yet they enjoy fraternity and camaraderie within the Church. They are headliners at church-sponsored events one day and spokespersons for Planned Parenthood or the Human Rights Campaign the next.

    The Catholic Church, by never speaking out in direct opposition to these folks and rarely condemning their views publicly or withholding communion, lends tacit approval to their violations of human dignity.

    If Tim Kaine wins, the Catholic Church loses.”

  3. rustybrown2014 October 17, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Well, this does prove that Bob is absolutely right; Trump’s campaign does have an eerie similarity to Hitler’s rise. Before WW2, wasn’t it the Nazis who had their establishments firebombed and defaced with slogans like: “____” leave town or else!?

    • Amazona October 17, 2016 / 11:26 am

      Yeah, but Bob stopped way too soon. He didn’t even mention the similarities to Hitler of so many other people.

      Cesar Milan also likes dogs.
      Winston Churchill painted mediocre watercolors.
      And then there is that mustache thing, vis-a-vis Tom Selleck…………..

  4. Cluster October 18, 2016 / 9:26 am

    After a self imposed 72 hour political blackout and a couple of showers, I felt refreshed. However after a quick glance at the headlines this morning, I am back in the mud.

    So under secretary Patrick Kennedy specifically offered a quid pro quo deal to the FBI in exchange for the bureau “declassifying” certain emails to cover for Hillary, and yet according to the media, Trump had a bad week.

    It was revealed that Bill Clinton received a $1 million birthday gift from a state sponsor of terrorism Qatar, and according to the media, Trump had a bad week.

    A GOP office is firebombed, the media questions Trumps rhetoric for the incident, and according to the media, Trump had a bad week.

    Audio tape captures Clinton surrogates in coordinating violence and chaos at Trump rallies, and according to the media, Trump had a bad week.

    Reporter Glenn Rush with Politico is caught coordinating with Podesta on a story about Hillary and according to the media, Trump had a bad week.

    Released transcripts of Hillary’s Wall Street speeches clearly show her private vs public positions and her inarguable hypocrisy but according to the media, Trump had a bad week.

    Can anyone spot a trend here?

  5. Amazona October 18, 2016 / 10:09 am

    BTW, after ranting about the inept Trump campaign, I finally saw a good, hard-hitting, and totally accurate ad about her lies. It does what has not been done before—to my immense chagrin—-and links her lies to her violation of her oath of office, tying them to her positions of trust in our government.

    It’s about damned time and I hope it is the first of many.

    • Amazona October 18, 2016 / 10:26 am

      On Youtube I saw an ad featuring families of those killed in Benghazi, and it was OK, but it lacked the real punch it needed, which is why those people were sent in. We need to get that information out there—that State bungled the arms shipments to anti-Khaddafi forces and they fell into the hands of the enemy, which used a Stinger against an American Chinook. The shard of missile found in the wreckage of the helicopter that had an intact serial number is what led us to realize they were using our own weapons against us, and this is what had Barry and Hillary in a bind, so they sent Stevens in to see if he could get the rest of the Stingers back.

      There is what sounds like reasonable speculation to me that the reason they couldn’t send in air support was fear that it would be blown out of the sky by our own armament. There is also speculation that there was some concern about what Stevens might reveal if he made it out alive, but that’s a little close to tinfoil hat territory, with traction only because of Hillary’s history of inconvenient people suddenly turning up dead.

    • Cluster October 18, 2016 / 10:26 am

      Question is, does he have time? Does the hidden vote for Trump actually exist? Will the Obama coalition come out for Hillary?

      • Amazona October 18, 2016 / 10:32 am

        There are so many questions like this. I keep hearing about people who are afraid to put up Trump signs, for fear of intimidation or attack. There are a lot of people like me, who support his candidacy while not being happy that we nominated someone with his unique baggage to drag him down.

        Personally, I like the polls that show Hillary so far ahead no one can catch her. There are very very few people actually energized by her, who only want to stop Trump, and I think maybe these people won’t be motivated to go out and add their votes to the avalanche if they think she is so far ahead she doesn’t need them.

        I’ve said all along that I think, just a hunch but a strong one, that when it comes right down to the last minute, the final decision, a lot of people who have said they are for Hillary will have a really hard time going through with it. They may tell people they voted for her, but really, folks, it’s got to be hard to support someone with her proven history.

        It has come down to a choice between yet another grab-ass president or our first proven criminal.

    • Cluster October 18, 2016 / 11:25 am

      There are so many nefarious activities going on right now it’s hard to keep track. I hope Trump calmly and methodically exposes her criminal activity tomorrow night. That alone will be worth the price of admission.

  6. Amazona October 18, 2016 / 3:39 pm

    Hillary Clinton was so abusive toward her diplomatic security staff that many quit or sought reassignment during her tenure as secretary of state, a former agent told FBI investigators, according to documents released Monday.

    Clinton’s treatment of the diplomatic security agents assigned to protect her “was so contemptuous that many of them sought reassignment or employment elsewhere,” according to an FBI summary of its interview with the unnamed former security official.

    The former agent described how protecting the secretary of state had long been viewed as “an honor and privilege reserved for senior agents,” according to the FBI summary, but that changed during Clinton tenure.

    The agent told FBI investigators that by the end of Clinton’s time at the state department, the secretary’s security detail was “staffed largely with new agents because it was difficult to find senior agents willing to work for her.”

    My only question is, who is “shocked” by this? Surely no one who has read any of the accounts of her SS detail when she was First “Lady”, as she snarled things like “Get the f*** out of my way” at them.

    And this reminds me–where are the ads talking about how, when she was only CO-president, she would not allow the highest ranked military people in the country to wear their uniforms in the White House?

    • Retired Spook October 19, 2016 / 2:22 pm

      How many times has the subject of voter ID’s been met with the argument from the left that requiring an ID for voting is a solution in search of a problem; and that there just isn’t ANY evidence of widespread voter fraud on a national level? I think we’ve always knows that Democrats have and are engaged in various kinds of voter fraud. It’s nice to finally have video proof. I sent this link to everyone I know.

      • M. Noonan October 19, 2016 / 6:12 pm

        Paper ballots, picture ID, dip your thumb in purple ink when done…still might get some voter fraud, but no individual person could possibly vote more than once.

  7. Amazona October 19, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    People seem confused by the juxtaposition of the Clinton Foundation and the financial affairs of Bill and Hillary. In spite of the claims by Clintons that the foundation is entirely separate, the fact is that (1) Hillary traded favors from the United States government for “donations” to the foundation, which in turn (2) paid huge sums of money to various Clinton family members (Bill and Chelsea) and friends and associates, for their roles as administrators, consultants, etc.—-while many of these people were at the same time drawing stipends from a federal plan designed to help former presidents avoid financial ruin after leaving office. emphasis mine

    The thousands of pages of newly uncovered (GSA) records reveal sometimes granular detail about how Bill Clinton’s representatives directed the spending of taxpayer cash allocated by the GSA under the Former President’s Act.

    ……………even as the Clintons got rich and grew their foundation into a $2 billion organization credited with major victories in the fights against childhood obesity and AIDS — while paying six-figure salaries to top aides — Bill Clinton continued drawing more cash from the Former President’s Act than any other ex-president, according to a POLITICO analysis. The analysis also found that Clinton’s representatives, between 2001, when the Clintons left the White House, and the end of this year, had requested allocations under the Act totaling $16 million. That’s more than any of the other living former presidents — Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush — requested during that span.

    The program supplemented the income of Clinton’s staff, while providing them with coveted federal government benefits, alleviating the need for the Clinton Foundation or other Clinton-linked entities to foot the bill for such benefits. Similarly, Clinton aides got the GSA to pay for computer technology used partly by the foundation.

    An analysis of the records provided by GSA, combined with Clinton Foundation tax returns, found that at least 13 of the 22 staffers who have been paid by GSA to work for Clinton’s personal office also worked for the Clinton Foundation.

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