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Friday, September 30, 2016

Senator Corker Delivers Remarks on JASTA

#BobCorker #SenatorCorker #Republican #Tennessee

Fox & Friends Spends Day with Senator Scott

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He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va. - The Washington Post

 The FBI and local police are investigating how at least 19 dead Virginians were recently re-registered to vote in this critical swing state.
One case came to light after relatives of a deceased man received a note congratulating him for registering, Rockingham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Marsha Garst said Thursday.

He fought in World War II. He died in 2014. And he just registered to vote in Va. - The Washington Post

Queen Margrethe of Denmark: 'We Are Constants in the World' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

What is the job of today's European monarchs? Voicing political opinions on issues certainly isn't one of them, but Denmark's Queen Margrethe II wants to make an exception.

Queen Margrethe of Denmark: 'We Are Constants in the World' - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Corker: White House Rejected Meeting Request Ahead of JASTA Veto Override - News - - United States Senator Bob Corker

WASHINGTON – In remarks on the Senate floor today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, criticized the Obama administration’s lack of engagement ahead of Congress’ vote yesterday to override the president’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) and expressed hope that all parties involved will be willing to engage in discussions in the weeks and months ahead.  

Corker: White House Rejected Meeting Request Ahead of JASTA Veto Override - News - - United States Senator Bob Corker


From Senator Bob Corker:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the passing of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres.
“Shimon Peres was a close friend of the United States who will be remembered for his many years of loyal service to Israel and his efforts to seek peace,” said Corker. “I extend my condolences to his family and the people of Israel as they mourn his passing and reflect on his many accomplishments in public life.”

Chelsea Clinton Went to a "Clean Energy" Roundtable, Guess How She Got There... | The Federalist Papers

“Do as I say, not as I do” is the mantra of the left. Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea Clinton, exemplified this mantra when she hypocritically made her way to a roundtable discussion about “clean energy” by traveling on a private jet.

Chelsea Clinton Went to a "Clean Energy" Roundtable, Guess How She Got There... | The Federalist Papers

Reps: Clinton aides who got immunity deals directed email scrubbing | Fox News

The tech specialist who scrubbed Hillary Clinton's email archive and was recently found to have sought help on Reddit for how to hide a certain "VIP's" email address was acting at the behest of Clinton aides Cheryl Mills and IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, a top House Republican charged Wednesday.

Reps: Clinton aides who got immunity deals directed email scrubbing | Fox News

SHOCK: 15 Million People May Not Vote in 2016 Because... | The Federalist Papers

Fearing the entire election has been compromised by hackers, as many as one in five voters say they might stay home on Election Day.
survey of 700 voters found that as many as 15 million may not show up at the polls on Nov. 8 because they think the entire process has been compromised.

SHOCK: 15 Million People May Not Vote in 2016 Because... | The Federalist Papers

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Calvin Coolidge for the WIN!

From The Federalist Papers:

If This Is The Reason For Public Education, Then It Is Failing In Its Mission

From The Founders, Religion and Government:

"It is an axiom in my mind that our liberty can never be safe but in the hands of the people themselves, and that too of the people with a certain degree of instruction. This it is the business of the state to effect, and on a general plan." 
~ Thomas Jefferson, Letter to George Washington (January 4, 1786)

The reason for public education.

Bernie Sold Out

From Fox News:

During a rally in New Hampshire, Donald J. Trumpsaid Bernie Sanders would've been "legendary" – had he not sold out to Hillary Clinton.

Amendment 10 – Federal Limits

From The Founders, Religion and Government:

The U.S. Constitution
Part 28 of 44
Amendment 10 – Federal Limits
Like the 9th Amendment, the 10th serves as a barrier to a too powerful federal government. It is a reminder that supremacy does not flow from Washington but from the people.
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.”
This idea that power comes from the people echoes the Declaration of Independence:
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”
It is from the people, through their states, that the Constitution was created. It was intended to create a government stronger than the Articles of Confederation which had failed to do what the central government of the nation must. But it was not meant to replace the oppressive government in London with an oppressive government in Washington. The Constitution lists powers granted to the federal government by the states and the people. It includes limitations on power by the states and some by all levels of government. The 10th is a further reminder that any powers not given to the federal government are not theirs. Those still belong to the states and to the people. As James Madison explained in Federalist 14,
“In the first place it is to be remembered that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws. Its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any.”
And in Federalist 45:
“The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite.”
The Framers of the Constitution did not intend to create a central government with states as mere administrative subdivisions. A reading of the document itself, along with the Federalist Papers, shows that they meant for the national government to only handle those things impossible or impractical for the states to manage and nothing else. Today the 10th is one of the most ignored of the Bill of Rights.

Trey Gowdy Sums It Up

From Fox News:

Following the FBI director's testimony yesterday, Rep. Trey Gowdy said the final decision on Hillary Clinton's emails will be made by the American people on Election Day.

More Wisdom from Ronald Reagan

From The Founders, Religion and Government:

"It is not by the consolidation or concentration, of powers, but by their distribution that good government is effected."
~ Memoirs, Correspondence and Private Papers of Thomas Jefferson (1829) edited by Thomas Jefferson Randolph, p. 70, published posthumously

The reason for a federal system of government and for three branches within it.

Blunt, Senators Introduce Legislation to Cut Off Funding For Palestinian Terror Attacks

From Senator Roy Blunt:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (Mo.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Dan Coats (Ind.) today introduced The Taylor Force Act which would require the Secretary of State to certify the Palestinian Authority has ended its policy of paying monetary rewards to terrorists and their surviving family members.
Blunt, Graham, and Coats, and were joined today at the legislation’s introduction by Stuart and Robbi Force, parents of Taylor Force. Taylor was a former U.S. Army officer who was part of a Vanderbilt University tour group visiting Israel when he was brutally stabbed and killed by a Palestinian terrorist. Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction praised the terrorist as a “heroic martyr” and the Palestinian Authority has yet to condemn the terrorist attack.
“Israel is one of our closest allies and a stalwart of democracy in the Middle East,” said Senator Blunt. “It would be absolutely unconscionable to allow U.S. taxpayer dollars to be used by the Palestinian Authority to reward convicted terrorists for acts of violence against Israel or the United States. I urge all of my colleagues to back this effort to hold the Palestinian Authority accountable.”
“This legislation shines a light on a very real problem,” said Senator Graham. “Why is the Palestinian Authority paying young Palestinians to commit acts of terror against innocent Americans like Taylor Force or Israelis? The Palestinians need to decide – do they condemn these horrible acts or do they reward them?  You can’t be a partner in peace when you are paying people to commit terrorist acts.  The choice the Palestinians make will determine the type of relationship they have with the United States in the years to come.”
“To provide American taxpayer dollars to the Palestinian Authority so that it can treat terrorists as heroes or glorious martyrs is morally unacceptable,” said Senator Coats. “Our hope is that applying this budgetary pressure will end this immoral program of rewarding and encouraging terrorists.”
The legislation:
·     Requires the Secretary of State to certify to Congress the Palestinian Authority is taking credible steps to end acts of violence against United States and Israeli citizens that are perpetrated by individuals under its jurisdictional control, such as the attack on Taylor Force;
·     Calls on the Palestinian Authority to publicly condemn such acts of violence and is taking steps to investigate and cooperate in investigations bringing perpetrators to justice; and
·     Terminates payments for acts of terrorism against United States and Israeli citizens to any individual who has been imprisoned after being convicted of terrorist acts, to any individual who died committing a terrorist act, or to family members of such individuals. 

Portman Delivers 26th Speech This Year on Heroin and Prescription Drug E...

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Senate Sends Survivors' Bill of Rights to President

#CharlesGrassley #ChuckGrassley #SenatorGrassley #Republican #Iowa

Rubio: President Obama's Iran deal has made Syria crisis worse

Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing featuring Deputy Secretary Of State Antony Blinken.

#MarcoRubio #SenatorRubio

Sen. Moran Interviews Kansans for United States Service Academies

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) this week hosted his annual Service Academy Day to review applications and interview candidates applying for admission to United States Service Academies. The event took place at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library in Abilene. Sen. Moran’s Service Academy selection board met with more than 40 young Kansans interested in attending the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

#JerryMoran #SenatorMoran

Senator Corker Participates in a Colloquy Regarding the Budget Process

#BobCorker #SenatorCorker #Republican #Tennessee

Corker Laments Obama’s “Failed Presidency” on Foreign Policy

#BobCorker #SenatorCorker

A Threat to One is a Threat to All

From The Founders, Religion and Government:

"He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself."
~ Thomas Paine, Dissertation on First Principles of Government (December 23, 1791)

The reason why we should all take alarm at any infringement upon rights. It matters not if said rights affects us. Any infringement is a dangerous principle.

Portman Urges Passage of Bill to Protect First Responders

#RobPortman #SenatorPortman #Republican #Ohio

Gov’t Wants to Bulldoze Retiree’s 50-year Family Home

Obama Administration Admits It Does Not Screen Refugees For Radical Views

The title of this video is a bit misleading. Mr. Henshaw tried very hard to sidestep the questions of Senator Sessions.

NOTE: Mr. Simon Henshaw is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migrants of the U.S. Department of State.

#JeffSessions #SenatorSessions

Rubio: Zika help is on the way to Florida and Puerto Rico

#MarcoRubio #SenatorRubio

Al-Qaeda: 'America Is On Our Side'

Our Middle East foreign policy is so screwed up.

#RonPaul #Libertarian

The 'Great Debate' - Who Won?

#RonPaul #Freedom #Liberty #Libertarian

Obama Refuses To Say Radicals Islamic Terrorism.


Debating the delay of Labor's Burdensome Overtime Rule

Vicky discusses why American families and job creators need HR6094, the Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act.

#VickyHartzler #RepresentativeHartzler

#Missouri #Republican

Gary Johnson's Second Aleppo Moment

A few minutes ago I caught a clip which CNBC called (Libertarian Party Presidential candidate) Gary Johnson's Second Aleppo moment.

The first Aleppo moment took place when a reporter asked Johnson a question about Aleppo (Syria). Johnson acted like he didn't know where Aleppo was. Aleppo has been in the news a lot lately, so it didn't look good that this Presidential candidate did not know where Aleppo was.

The clip shown this morning showed Chris Matthews asking Johnson to name one world leader anywhere in the world that he respected. Johnson stammered. Vice-presidential candidate Bill Weld was sitting next to him and tried to help him. Finally, the two of them were able to spit out a name. I don't remember which one.

2016 is a year in which both major party candidates have high disapproval ratings. This would be a good year for a third party to get some traction. It is curious that the Libertarian Party would put up a candidate who seems so inept, certainly with respect to foreign policy.

Sen. Boozman Speaks of the Importance of Arkansas's Rice Farmers During ...

#JohnBoozman #SenatorBoozman


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Senator Barrasso Speaks on Senator Johnson's Right to Try Bill

#JohnBarrasso #SenatorBarrasso


Barrasso on CNBC Squawk Box with Joe Kernen and Andrew Ross Sorkin

#JohnBarrasso #SenatorBarrasso


Newsmax Prime | Alan Dershowitz on Obama and the 9/11 bill


Newsmax Prime | Franco Ripple and Wayne Allyn Root on Howard Dean accusi...

#FrancoRipple #WayneAllynRoot #HowardDean #cocaine #democrat #republican

#liberal #conservative

Newsmax Prime | Michael Reagan and Rep. Peter King on Congress Overridin...

#PeterKing #MichaelReagan

Malzberg | Gimme Five - Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Malzberg | John Zogby on the issues Hillary's campaign is having

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Malzberg | Political Panel with Jim Hoft and Roger Simon

#SteveMalzberg #JimHoft #RogerSimon

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Obama expected to extend airstrikes against ISIS in Libya another month | Fox News

President Obama is expected to extend the bombing campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Libya for a second time, three U.S. military officials with knowledge of the request tell Fox News.
The decision authorizes the U.S. military to launch a third month of airstrikes against ISIS in the Libyan coastal city of Sirte. Airstrikes began Aug. 1 following a request from the Uited Nations-backed government in Tripoli. At the time, the Pentagon said the Libya mission would likely last “weeks, not months.”

Obama expected to extend airstrikes against ISIS in Libya another month | Fox News

The Ninth Amendment

From The Founders, Religion and Government:

The U.S. Constitution
Part 27 of 44
Amendment 9 – Other Rights Included

One of the arguments during the ratification debates was over adding a written guarantee of the rights. The Antifederalists wanted one. Many Federalists, including James Madison, did not. They reasoned that such a list was not needed since the federal government had only been granted limited authority. There was no need to protect the people from a power the government did not possess. Today we see the flaw in that argument, so it was fortunate that the Antifederalists convinced the holdouts that such a list was needed.

But there was another concern. What if the rights listed were at some point in the future taken as complete? Anything not listed would not be considered a right as James Madison pointed out,

“It has been objected also against a Bill of Rights, that, by enumerating particular exceptions to the grant of power, it would disparage those rights which were not placed in that enumeration; and it might follow by implication, that those rights which were not singled out, were intended to be assigned into the hands of the General Government, and were consequently insecure. This is one of the most plausible arguments I have ever heard against the admission of a bill of rights into this system; but, I conceive, that it may be guarded against. I have attempted it, as gentlemen may see by turning to the last clause of the fourth resolution.”

The 9th Amendment was their solution. It simply states that the list of rights is not complete.

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

This amendment begins with the Enumeration Clause which states that certain rights have been listed in the Constitution. It then goes on to the Rights Retained Clause which explains that the natural rights that belong to all people are still their rights even if they are not listed anywhere in the Constitution. Therefore, just because a right is not listed does not mean it is not protected.

This brings us to another point, what is a right? This we must understand as there are people who will claim things as rights which are not. The Founders, besides being students of history and theology, were great readers of philosophy. They understood natural rights, those things we have simply because we are alive or, as the Declaration of Independence states, because God gave them to us.

To fully understand the nature of rights we would need to include here so much more philosophy than this short essay can share. So instead let us reduce rights to a simple rule – rights are things we are entitled to do but which place no burden on another nor interfere with their actions. Something that requires money or service from another is not a right. It may be a need. It may be a privilege. It may even be required by law, as in education. But it is not a natural right. If the action taken affects another person adversely, if it interferes with their own free exercise of their rights, then that action is not a right.

Today many claim things as rights which are in reality the privileges of living in a society or which violate long standing societal conventions. Those things are not rights. We need to stand up for our rights, but we also need to understand we are not entitled to have others provide them nor to undermine society to get them.

Gowdy questions Director Comey during Judiciary hearing

Rep. Gowdy questions FBI Director Comey during the House Judiciary Hearing titled, "Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation."


Gowdy Questions During New Orleans Sanctuary City Hearing

Chairman Gowdy questions witnesses during the House Judiciary's Immigration Subcommittee examining DOJ's effort to coerce New Orleans into adopting a sanctuary city policy.


Chairman Gowdy Opening Statement: New Orleans Sanctuary Cities Hearing

Chairman Trey Gowdy opening statement during the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security hearing titled, “New Orleans: How the Crescent City Became a Sanctuary City.”


Sen. Cruz Questions DHS Director Rodriguez on the Obama Admin's Inadequa...

During a Judiciary immigration subcommittee hearing, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz highlighted serious problems with the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement efforts, including the federal government’s inadequate refugee vetting process. 

#TedCruz #SenatorCruz

The Awesomeness of Socialism

From Turning Point USA:


Sen. Cruz Questions Obama Administration Officials on Federal Refugee Pr...

During a Judiciary immigration subcommittee hearing, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz highlighted serious problems with the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement efforts, including the federal government’s inadequate refugee vetting process. 

#TedCruz #SenatorCruz

Congress overrides Obama's veto of 9/11 bill - Sep. 28, 2016

Families of those killed in the terror attacks on 9/11 are now legally allowed to sue Saudi Arabia, after Congress voted Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of the legislation, the first override of his presidency.

The votes by the House and Senate were overwhelming. Members of both parties broke into applause on the House floor after the vote.

Congress overrides Obama's veto of 9/11 bill - Sep. 28, 2016

DHS Official Admits to Allowing Refugees in to U.S. Based on Their Testi...

During a Judiciary immigration subcommittee hearing, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz highlighted serious problems with the Obama administration’s refugee resettlement efforts, including the federal government’s inadequate refugee vetting process. 

#TedCruz #SenatorCruz

Wicker Comments on Gov't Funding Bill

Watch as U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., discusses a Senate-passed temporary spending measure to fund the federal government through December 9.

#RogerWicker #SenatorWicker

Senator Burr Recognizes Down Syndrome Awareness Month

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Rubio slams Obama Admin's failure to sanction Chinese companies aiding N...

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Rubio honors life of Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez

#MarcoRubio #SenatorRubio

Senator Corker Delivers Floor Remarks on JASTA

#BobCorker #SenatorCorker

Coats: End Current Cycle of Economic Mediocrity

#DanCoats #SenatorCoats

Coats: End Federal Funding of Videogame

#DanCoats #SenatorCoats

Sen. Inhofe Reaffirms Commitment to Passing Flint Solution in WRDA

#JamesInhofe #JimInhofe #SenatorInhofe


Fischer Floor Remarks on OSHA Standards Court Ruling

#DebFischer #SenatorFischer

What's Killing the American Dream?

Ayn Rand Was A Visionary

From Capitalism:

Malzberg | Jim Hoft on the debate moderator at last night's debate

Good line: It's getting harder and harder to tell the media and the Democrat party apart.


Malzberg | Sharyl Attkinson discusses the debate


"Progressive" Has Nothing To Do With Progress

From Abolish The IRS:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

RIP Shimon Peres

From Israel Defense Forces:

Today, we bow our heads and pay our respects for a great Israeli leader and Founding Father, Shimon Peres. He devoted his life to serving the State of Israel as a Defense Minister, President, and Prime Minister. A beloved icon of Israeli history, a champion of peace and progress, may his memory be a blessing.

90% | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

In recent years, America has seen an energy boom. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and other new technologies have allowed American energy developers to tap into the vast resources at our disposal. Regulations are important. They help protect our health, safety, and well-being, and provide firm rules for us to live by. But taken beyond their initial purpose—and to an extreme—regulations can do more harm than good. We can harness our domestic energy potential safely and responsibly. And we have an obligation to enact policies that will allow us to do so. - See more at:

90% | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Debate breaks record as most-watched in U.S. history - Sep. 27, 2016

Monday night was the most-watched debate in American history.

Well over 80 million people tuned in to see Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off, setting a new record in the sixty year history of televised presidential debates.

Debate breaks record as most-watched in U.S. history - Sep. 27, 2016

Portman at HSGAC Hearing: 15 Years After 9/11: Threats to the Homeland

#RobPortman #SenatorPortman

Heller Questions FTC on Resort Fee Guidance

(Washington, DC) –Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) spoke at a United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing titled, “Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission.” During the hearing, Senator Heller questioned FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez whether consumers benefited from 2011 FTC commission guidelines surrounding lodging and resort fees.

#DeanHeller #SenatorHeller

Chairman Cochran Encourages Senate to Adopt Clean, Short-Term Continuing...

Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) spoke on the Senate floor to encourage the Senate to adopt a short-term continuing resolution that would also provide funding to combat the Zika virus and help flood-ravaged states rebuild.

#ThadCochran #SenatorCochran

Grassley Decries Delay in Passage of Survivor's Bill of Rights

#CharlesGrassley #ChuckGrassley #SenatorGrassley

Grassley Calls for Better Methods of Evaluating Flood Mitigation

Comments on Army Corps of Engineers' methods of evaluation with regard to flood mitigation projects, especially in Iowa communities currently affected by flooding

#CharlesGrassley #ChuckGrassley #SenatorGrassley

Intelligence Committee: Burr opening statement on National Geospatial-In...

#RichardBurr #SenatorBurr

Sen. Rand Paul at HSGAC Hearing on "Right to Try" - Sept. 22, 2016

#RandPaul #SenatorPaul

Murkowski Remarks for the Alaska Tribal Conservation Alliance

#LisaMurkowski #SenatorMurkowski

Sen. Moran Questions FTC Chairwoman Ramirez

Sen. Moran questions Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez during a Senate Commerce committee hearing focused on oversight of the FTC on Sept. 27, 2016.

#JerryMoran #SenatorMoran

Barrasso: Americans Face Obamacare Sticker Shock

#JohnBarrasso #SenatorBarrasso

Trump, Clinton trade barbs on Iraq


Clinton and Trump on the 21st century war over cybersecurity

It is interesting that the Democrats were so quick to blame their email hacks on Russia when it is unknown who hacked their email.

Russia is a possibility, but China, Iran or any number of other parties may be responsible.

Why does Hillary single out Russia? Curious.


Trump defends years of Obama 'birther' rumors

It seems that Democrats love to call people that they disagree with "racists". But Hillary's charges of racism on Trump's part seem a bit far fetched. She said that there was no evidence that Barack Obama was not a U.S. citizen. I have heard audio of a woman claiming to be Mr. Obama's aunt verifying that he was born in Kenya. There is nothing inappropriate about investigating such claims.

Hillary also had to go back into the early 1970's to find a charge that Trump would not rent to black people. 1) That is a long time to go back. 2) The case was settled with no admission of wrongdoing on Trump's part.


Trump and Clinton on supporting black communities, preparing to be presi...

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Trump touts 'stop and frisk' impact in New York

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Trump on 'law and order' in the inner cities

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Clinton and Trump on race relations and policing

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Trump on being a leader who knows about money, Clinton on Trump stiffing...

Trump states that the nation needs someone in Government who understands business. The U.S. is $20 trillion in debt and has nothing to show for it.

Hillary again tries to make some hay about Trump not paying any income taxes. She also says that she has met a number of people who were stiffed by Trump. Trump interjects that it is possible he was not satisfied with their work.

She goes on to say that Trump has taken business bankruptcy six times and that what works in business may not be good for Government.

I have to agree that the Government needs more people who understand economics and budgeting.

With respect to Trump not paying any taxes, let us assume that this is true. Trump does not deny it. No one needs to pay any more taxes that what one is legally obligated to pay. Most likely, Trump took advantage of all the tax breaks that he was legally entitled to.

The U.S. tax code is a complicated mess. If there are some things in the tax code that give people more tax breaks than what they should have, then the tax code needs to be changed. Trump cannot be blamed for taking every deduction that he was legally entitled to.

With respect to Trump stiffing people who did work for them, Trump seemed unfamiliar with the specific instances that Hillary was referring to. It is not uncommon for people who hire contractors to withhold payment if the work is unsatisfactory.

Many entrepreneurs go through bankruptcy before they become successful. Some financiers refuse to back a startup unless the entrepreneur has experienced bankruptcy. But bankruptcy probably isn't something that should be replicated in Government.


Clinton: Maybe Trump doesn't want you to know he hasn't paid any taxes

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Clinton on 'Trumped up trickle down' economics, Trump attacks Federal Re...

There is quite a bit of cross-talk initially.

About midway through the video Hillary claims that trickle-down economics does not work and that trickle-down economics is what got us into trouble in 2007-2008. But, as explained previously, the housing crisis was caused by lending money to people who could not pay it back. Trickle-down economics had nothing to do with it. That trickle-down economics does not work is debatable. What Democrat detractors call trickle-down economics is called supply side economics by its supporters. During the 1980's supply side economics seems to work rather well.

Trump counters that people like Hillary Clinton say things that sound good, but there is no follow through.

We are currently experiencing the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.

Trump goes on to say that we are in a bubble right now. The only thing that looks good is the stock market. But that is due to low interest rates. If interest rates ever go up, even the stock market will come crashing down.

Whether we are in a bubble or not is debatable. Stock market valuations are high, but there are not grossly out of line with historical norms. But Trump's point that if interest rates ever rise, the stock market will come down is probably valid. The stock market may not come "crashing down", but a decline would be likely.

Hillary talks about building up the middle class by making college debt-free and refinancing loans. But in an unfavorable business environment, jobs opportunities would be few and all that building up of the middle class would not have done much good.

In a favorable business environment, companies can make money. If companies can make money, businesses will expand and jobs will be created.


Clinton: 'At least I have a plan to fight ISIS'

There is a lot of talking over each other.

Hillary claims to have a fact checker on her web site.

She claims that her economic plan would ease the regulatory and tax burdens on small business, while taxes on big business would be raised so that they would pay their "fair share."

She justifies raising taxes on big business because they are the ones that have benefited in the post-2008 recovery.

It is true that stock prices have risen since the lows in 2008. But that is mostly due to the extremely low interest rate policies of the Fed. And let us not forget the Fed's Quantitative Easing (QE) episodes.

Stock prices have been rising primarily because of low interest rates. If interest rates would rise, stock prices would fall and they might fall hard.

The conversation shifts towards fighting ISIS. Trump hints at Hillary's ineptitude because she has had a long time to fight ISIS and ISIS is as big a threat as they ever were.

Hillary says, "At least I have a plan...", suggesting that Trump does not have a plan.

Trump counters by saying that letting your enemies know what you are going to do in advance is not a good plan.


Trump and Clinton debate their economic policies

Again, Trump is complaining about NAFTA and other trade deals. As stated previously, bad trade deals are only part of the problem.

Trump again asks Hillary why, after having 30 years to work on the problem of American companies leaving, why is she only thinking about this now?

Hillary responds by saying that the economy did well under her husband, Bill Clinton. But that is irrelevant since she is not Bill and her policies would not resemble Bill's policies that much. Hillary is more of a leftist than Bill was and her economic policies would more resemble Barack Obama's policies than Bill's policies.

There is a lot of talking over each other.


Trump: I will release taxes when Clinton releases emails

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Trump: 'Secretary Clinton? Yes? Is that OK?'

Trump seems to be blaming NAFTA and similar trade agreements for the loss of jobs in the United States. As explained in a previous post, while we may have, indeed, negotiated some bad trade agreements, there are other factors as well. High corporate taxes and burdensome regulations have also driven American businesses away.

Trump says that the problem of fleeing American businesses has been around for a long time. Why haven't Secretary Clinton and others been working on it before now? Seems like a fair point.

Trump seems to be proposing import duties on companies that leave the United States and then want to turn around and sell their products in the United States. I suspect that would violate existing trade agreements.

Hillary states that trickle-down economics caused the 2007-2008 financial crisis. But that is not what caused it. The Government is partly to blame for pressuring banks to lend money to people who could not pay it back. Also, it could be argued that the Federal Reserve left interest rates low longer than they should have. Banks found it difficult to make money the traditional way, so they took on more risk than they should have.

Hillary mis-identifies the policies that failed us in the first place.


Dilbert Creator Switches Presidential Endorsement - Chicks On The Right

Scott Adams, the creator of the Dilbert cartoon, wrote a blog post about switching his endorsement from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, and it’s a great read.

Dilbert Creator Switches Presidential Endorsement - Chicks On The Right

Clinton on trade, the economy she wants to see return

#Hillary begins by talking about the importance of trade but then pivots to an attack on what she calls "trickle down economics" or "trumped up trickle down economics".

But, as mentioned in a previous post, the U.S. currently has the highest corporate tax rate in the world. If a business is operating in a burdensome business climate, it is less likely to hire new workers than if it is operating in a favorable business climate and doing well.

Hillary, and many other Democrats, have an attitude toward wealth that seems more appropriate for Europe than the United States.

For centuries, even thousands of years, if someone had wealth, it was because he took it from someone else. In Europe, there are still old wealthy families that got their wealth this way. Perhaps an ancestor way back when went to war and came back with great booty. Or perhaps an ancestor was a government official who was able to confiscate the wealth of someone else and the original owner had no recourse.

Before the dawn of capitalism and free markets, people got wealthy by taking from others. Thus, the heirs don't have any particular moral right to the wealth.

Why not have the Government take it from the heirs and redistribute it? They didn't earn it.

But in the United States, few wealthy families inherited their wealth. Some 70% of America's millionaires are self-made.

And in America, there is much more social mobility than there is in Europe. People in America can gain wealth quicker than in Europe and they can also lose it quicker. Look at a current list of the Forbes 400 and compare it to the list from 20 years ago. Most of the names will be different.

Hillary's approach is more appropriate for an old-money, European economic system than for a free-market American system.


Watch Donald Trump's full opening statement from the first debate

#Trump begins by talking about how other countries are stealing our jobs. He talks about putting a stop to that, but it is unclear how he would do that.

Trump seems to be suggesting that our job losses are largely due to other countries taking advantage of us. While there may be some truth to that, we are also to blame. High corporate taxes and stifling regulations also drive businesses out of the U.S.

Trump mentioned that he would lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 15% but he doesn't explain why that is a good idea. Businesses have left the U.S. because the U.S. has the highest corporate income tax rate in the world. Some businesses don't want to leave, but the feel they have no choice. Lowering the U.S. corporate tax rate to 15% would make the U.S. very competitive with respect to taxes. Trump should have explained this.

Another incentive for U.S. businesses to leave is Government regulations. The Obama Administration has been very prolific in its writing of regulations. From Hillary's opening statement, one can infer that she would continue what Mr. Obama had started with respect to regulating business. U.S. businesses need relief from regulations, not more regulations.

So, while some of our job losses may be due to other countries taking advantage of us, there are other problems and they are self-inflicted.


Watch Hillary Clinton's full opening statement from the first debate

Mrs. Clinton proposes more Government programs and more Government regulations.

She proposes to pay for these by raising taxes on "the rich" and making them pay "their fair share".

But the top 20% of income earners already pay 84% of the taxes. They would probably say that they are already paying more than their fair share.

Mrs. Clinton correctly states that most new jobs come from small businesses. Yet, she wants to raise the minimum wage. The minimum wage affects people with few job skills. Many of those are people entering the work force for the first time.

People with good job skills are worth more to an employer and thus make more than the minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage would not affect them.

A higher minimum wage is a two-edged sword. The low-skilled workers fortunate enough to get or keep their low-skill jobs will, indeed, make a little more money. But other low-skilled workers would lose their jobs or not get hired in the first place.

An employer may determine that it is worth $8.00/hour to hire someone to sweep the floor. But at $15.00/hour it is not worth it. The employer may sweep the floor himself or leave the floor unswept.

If an employer pays his employees more than they are worth, he will go out of business. Then no one will have a job.


Good Point from Last Night's Debates

Overall, I was disappointed with #Trump's performance last night. He seemed less prepared and less disciplined than #Hillary.

But, in spite of that, #DonaldTrump did manage to make a few good points.

One such point is that the #UnitedStates is $20 trillion in debt. But what have we gotten for all that debt?

If you go to other countries around the world like China or Dubai, you see beautiful, modern airports. Their roads and bridges are in good condition. They have excellent hospitals and schools.

All that debt that we have incurred would not be so bad if we also had first-class infrastructure. But we do not. Our airports, roads, bridges, etc. look like they belong in the Third World.

What have we gotten for all that debt that we have racked up?

For what we have spent in the Middle East, we could have rebuilt the infrastructure of America three times over.

Trump might be exaggerating with the three times over part, but he makes a valid point.


From Senator Bob Corker:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement afterreports that BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will no longer sell insurance plans in the individual marketplace in the Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville regions beginning next year.
“This is unwelcome news for more than 131,000 hardworking Tennesseans that will no longer be able to keep their health care plan,” said Corker. “The number of individuals in our state negatively impacted by this law only continues to grow, and with high premiums, rising out-of-pocket costs, and reduced choice, it is clear that the Affordable Care Act is failing Tennesseans.”
Corker strongly opposed the passage of the Affordable Care Act and has supported legislation to repeal it.

Good Question

From Never Hillary: Women for Trump:

#DonaldJTrump #NeverHillary #WomenforTrump

Japan scrambles jets in response to Chinese planes

Japan scrambles jets in response to Chinese planes: Chinese bombers and fighters on Sunday patrolled in the country's self-declared 'air defense identification zone' over the East China Sea. As they flew, Japan scrambled jets in response.

Flag of Friendship

From U.S. Department of Defense (DoD):

Flag of Friendship 

United States Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kyle Favorite holds a U.S. flag out of a C-130H aircraft during the 2016 Japanese-American Friendship Festival atYokota Air Base, Japan. Another aircraft simultaneously displayed a Japanese flag to symbolize the U.S.-Japan partnership. 

Air Force photo by Yasuo Osakabe

Iran seized ‘1,000s of valuable docs’ from detained US sailors, Revolutionary Guard general claims

Iran has managed to seize “thousands” of valuable US military documents when its navy intercepted and detained a group of US sailors in an embarrassing trespassing incident in January, the Revolutionary Guard commander said.

‘Almost all EU states could follow UK, leave union’ – French MP

Nearly every EU state could follow in the footsteps of the UK and vote to leave the bloc, French Member of Parliament responsible for European affairs in President Francois Hollande’s party, Philip Cordery, has said.

Monday, September 26, 2016

UMKC student attacked by group while walking to Plaza Art Fair

UMKC student attacked by group while walking to Plaza Art Fair: Police say the UMKC student was walking on Emanuel Clever II Boulevard from Main Street when a group of six or seven young men knocked him to the ground and began kicking him in the head.

The Pot Calling the Kettle

I am just amazed at the nerve of the Hillary campaign.

I just heard on the CBS Evening News that the Hillary campaign is concerned that Donald Trump might lie tonight.

Donald Trump lying?


After all the whoppers Hillary has told, they are worried about Trump lying?

I can hardly believe that they would say that with a straight face.

Are You and Your Food Prepared for a Power Outage?

From the #USDA:

Severe Weather Food Safety infographic
Know how to keep food safe before, during and after emergencies. Hurricanes, tornadoes, winter weather and other events may cause power outages. Follow these tips to help minimize food loss and reduce your risk of foodborne illness. (Click to view a larger version)
Every year, the month of September is recognized as National Preparedness Month.  It is a good time to think about emergency planning for any disaster or emergency.  Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make an Emergency Communication Plan.
Weather can be extremely unpredictable, as many communities throughout Louisiana can attest with the recent devastating flooding.  These emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere. Even if you live in an area that doesn’t typically experience extreme weather, you still might experience occasional power outages. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service can help you plan and prepare for a power outage caused by a disaster or emergency with practical food safety guidance.  You can keep this information in a place where you can quickly pull it out should you need it.
Power outages can be inconvenient and dangerous for a number of reasons, but one of the most concerning is the safety of your food. Refrigeration is important for the prevention of bacterial growth in food. With a power outage, foods can quickly warm to unsafe temperatures. Knowing how to prepare and react to a power outage can keep foods from becoming unsafe and prevent you and your family from getting sick.
Before the Power Goes Out:
  • Use appliance thermometers to make sure your refrigerator and freezer are always at a temperature of 40 ºF or below for the refrigerator, and 0 ºF or below for the freezer. This will help keep food safe longer during a power outage.
  • Keep ice, freezer packs, and frozen bottles of water in the freezer to keep food cold if there is a power outage.
  • Keep a cooler available to fill with ice and cold foods in case of a prolonged power outage.
  • Group foods together in the freezer; they will help keep each other cold.
  • Freeze any perishable foods such as milk, meats, and leftovers so that they will have a better chance of staying cold and safe during power outage.
  • Consider buying dry or block ice to keep the refrigerator as cold as possible during periods of prolonged power outage. Fifty pounds of dry ice should keep a fully-stocked 18-cubic-feet freezer cold for two days.
During power outage
  • Keep appliance doors CLOSED as much as possible. Opening and closing doors will release cold air and cause the safe storage time of perishable items to reduce.
  • A fully stocked refrigerator will stay cold for about 4 hours. A freezer will keep its temperature for 24 hours if half full or 48 hours if full.
  • If the power has been out for 4 hours, and a cooler and ice are available, transfer perishable foods in the refrigerator to the cooler to maintain a temperature of 40 ºF or below. Be sure to add ice or a cold source.
After power returns
  • Check the temperature of the refrigerator and freezer. If foods in both are still under 40 ºF, they are safe to keep and/or refreeze. If the foods are above 40 ºF, they should be discarded.
  • Also check foods that were in a cooler before putting them back into the refrigerator. Discard any that are over 40 ºF.
  • Unsure if a food is still safe? Review these food evaluation charts that are available forrefrigerated foods and the frozen foods after a power outage.
  • Discard any food that has an unusual odor, color, or texture, or feels warm to the touch.
  • Never taste a food to determine its safety.
If you have questions about the safety of your food, please call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live with a food safety specialist at, available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English or Spanish. In addition, FSIS posts food safety tips during severe weather on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, and on Facebook,
For food storage information including safe storage temperatures and times, download USDA’s FoodKeeper App, available on iTunes and Google Play stores.
For more information about food safety in an emergency, visit: