The 2016 election results have some bad news for Democrats.
By the way Michigan just completed a recount, and certified the results, and Trump still won the state, so a challenge there will produce zero results as well.
If you need a refresher, Fast and Furious is a US lead gun operation that lost track of 1000s of weapons that fell in to drug runners hands one of which was used to murder agent Brian Terry, and several other agents over the years. What was missing was a key principle in the operation, now through Judicial Watch we know who that is.
Via Judicial Watch:
Analysis of Trump's rise in the polls shows that the Comey announcement on October 28th, had little or nothing to do with it. According to Nate Silver, 528 and other polling prognosticators that Trump's rise began before that. One, a poll taken before Comey's announcement showed that more than 42% of Clinton supporters considered her dishonest, but would still vote for her. Trump's rise is due mostly to anti-establishment fever, independents breaking his way 3-1, along with more support from blacks (34%), than previous elections. All told that the numbers would be as tight even if Comey never mentioned any results, or even if Clinton was under investigation.
The news that Comey still won't bring jobs hurts Clinton more than Trump because it verifies his, "The system is rigged", which a majority of Americans already believe, as well as the public belief that Clinton is above the law.
So while not the news people wanted it nonetheless is better for Trump than Clinton at this point, who's Foundation is still under investigation.
It's interesting and telling that no major network, published an online poll because they were either overwhelmingly Trump, or they thought they would be. Right now most of the major online polls are a win for Trump. True they are not "scientific", but they were limited respondents to only one vote, and as far as polls go you only the answer people give you at the time they are called, polled, so, about the same. So far much of the professional polling has the race as a dead heat.
Focus groups were more pronounced, as every-time Hillary went on about her accomplishments, they went down. I don't know if it's a memory lapse or something else, but the fact is she has no measurable accomplishments in Government, as First Lady, Senator (NY) and then as Secretary of State, as proven by track records well established by now. Unless you consider the debacle in Syria as a "success".
Trump's lack of government experience argument went out the window when Barack Obama was elected, who also had the same limitations of experience (community service notwithstanding).
Showing that the experience quotient matters but not as much to voters as someone who promises change in the status quo. People are sick of same old same politics which goes no where yet creates worse chaos in it's wake.
The secret of Trump's popularity, is a measure of America's fatigue toward the political elite and their constant scandals, misfires in foreign policy and other issues. To hear Clinton talk about her policy successes is like me describing the way I scramble an omelet. To me it looks good, but what I mess I make, and worse, I hope someone else cleans it up.
Reported Clinton camp pressure on NBC's producer to go after Trump as Holt's performance turned out to be accurate and again, it turns out NBC just can't get a moderator who can just moderate. They're job isn't to fact check, or become the 3rd debater for either candidate, thus Holt's performance is being criticized by even the most moderate of political observers.
The "Crowley Effect" needs to be addressed by the debate commission. Between the two candidates speaking to their perspective choirs they lost nobody, but IND and UND but a 4% switch from UND to "Likely Trump". Fact is that Clinton represents the establishment which most voters have had enough of and anyone who is anti-establishment is likely have a better chance this year than in previous years.
As far as October Surprises, Trump has weathered most controversy and grown, while Clinton has lost in some cases a 8 point advantage after the convention. However, unlike Trump she can ill afford more bad news and leaker, Julian Assange promises there is much more being held back that hasn't been released yet. If it shows anything of value, or adds to mounting evidence to the email scandal, or perhaps more foundation issues, she's done.
There could be a surprise for Trump, but unless it's naked pictures (sorry) of him with a cat or worse, I don't think much else sticks. Sorry, but "He's a dirty business man" doesn't surprise most people, except to the fringe left wings who hate any kind of business or evidently sucess for that matter. So right now I don't see much that would make a dent.
Additionally like him or hate him, Donald Trump is a product of America's Reality TV loving, Idol worshiping love of the bombastic person, in your face, the kind of person that makes you say yeah!
Hillary on the other hand appears mad, agitated, frustrated, and for most she brings up memories of the 90s, but not in a good way, visa Whitewater, Paula Jones, "Bimbo Eruptions",Impeachment, all the way to her losing her cool during the Benghazi hearings, "What difference does it make?" Well it seems a lot, especially to the parents of those who were killed in what pretty much was left off the resume of foreign policy achievement.
Another issue is that of Bernie supporters, some of which just to "pay back"for what they perceive as the criminal way in which she stole the nomination away from their standard bearer, and perhaps just stay home and not vote, the results would be catastrophic as the Clinton camp includes them in their internal polling calculations. Trump has no significant 3rd party opposition, and it's likely more than half of Johnson's supports will throw the switch for Trump than just throw their vote away, rather than stay home.
Either way after the first debate there is likely going to be a further momentum for Trump, as Hillary did not sell herself well to IND and UND, and again, against all odds, screw ups and other negatives about Trump, he came into the to the debate with a 54.5% chance of winning the election. Pretty amazing.
I don't think last night really changed it, and if it did it's likely a bump for Trump.
FBI Document Dump on Hillary Interview - There is NO way Hillary didn't known what a "C" Meant - It always Means "Classified"Posted by Jack Moss
The FBI document dump on the investigation shows that Hillary didn't know what a "C" meant in documents.
Clinton did not recall receiving any emails she thought should not have been on an unclassified system,” reads a summary of the FBI’s findings from July. “She relied on State officials to use their judgment when emailing her and could not recall anyone raising concerns with her regarding the sensitivity of the information she received at her email address.”
As Comey said before, three email chains with Clinton included at least one paragraph marked with a “(C),” indicating the paragraph contained confidential material.
“Clinton stated she did not know what the ‘(C)’ meant at the beginning of the paragraphs and speculated it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order,” according to the FBI summary.
This is a lie, and hows the FBI cover up. Everyone who is briefed on classified documents knows that they are marked according to a set standard of style. "C" always means "Classified". Clinton in signing any pre-tenure agreements on access to marked information would have been briefed on it. Specifically this guidance.
The title or subject of a classified document is marked with the appropriate classification abbreviation in parentheses -- (TS), (S), (C), or (U) immediately following and to the right of the title or subject. All documents containing information that requires control markings, regardless of classification, format, or medium, shall be portion marked. The overall classification of a document is equal to the highest classification level of any one portion found in the document.
Each portion of a classified document is to be marked with the appropriate classification abbreviation in parentheses immediately before the beginning of the portion. If the portion is numbered or lettered, place the abbreviation in parentheses between the letter or number and the start of the text. A portion is ordinarily defined as a paragraph, but also includes subjects, titles, graphics, tables, charts, bullet statements, sub-paragraphs, classified signature blocks, bullets and other portions with slide presentations and the like.
Again, she knows this by her NDA signing, acknowledging so.
So as you can see there is no excuse. There is no way the FBI didn't know this and include it in their findings UNLESS they know by doing so she be culpable and so subject to charges.
More at GP
If you follow the media you would think that it's all over for Truth. That he should just pack it up and go home.
Most polling making up the Real Clear Poltics average were done before Trump 2.0, and especially before he beat both Obama and Hillary to Louisiana to view the damage from the catastrophic flooding. People notice, as a new poll from the La Times suggests.
Fact is that Clinton has retained a small but too close to call lead since the conventions. We'll have to see if there is a change after last weeks events. As I noted on Twitter, Hillary didn't do herself any favors by dogging going to Louisianna, or fueling more rumors of her health by taking four days off the trail to rest. Plus there is still the email scandal, and now long overdue investigation into her pay for play foundation.
Stay tuned folks, ain't over by a long shot. If Trump stays on message, and more bad news in the form of Wikileaks (which have been promised), and/or revelations from the investigations - ongoing - things for Trump could change drastically.
A Facebook community dubbed the ‘Black Power Political Organization’ has claimed responsibility for the shootings in Dallas, which killed at least five police officers. Their page retrieved from cache reveals they promise more attacks.
The group’s page on Facebook appears to have been deleted or blocked, but its content is still available on Google cache.
On Friday, the group claimed their “sniper assassins” took down “five police officers,” according to the screen grabs.
The FB page is down now but here's a screen grab via Google Cache..
Breaking: Black Terrorism in Dallas: Snipers kill Three Police Officers - UPDATE: Bomb Threat? UPDATE: Two terrorist in custody UPDATE: Three suspects in custody - Possible Fourth in Negotiations with Police in Parking Garage UPDATE: Fifth Officer DiesPosted by Jack Moss
Word is that there is a Black Lives Matter connection, more in a bit. Right now a standoff with one of the terrorist, threatening "The end is near".
"DEVELOPING: Dallas Police were in a standoff early Friday with a suspected sniper who targeted law enforcement officers during a protest march, killing four and injuring seven other officers as well as one civilian.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said the suspect holed up in a downtown parking garage had exchanged gunfire with officers for 45 minutes and had claimed "the end is coming", as well as that he had planted bombs across Dallas.
Brown also said that authorities had earlier taken a woman into custody in the area of the garage. Two men were also being questioned after police pursued a vehicle away from downtown onto Interstate 35.
Brown said "our assumption" is that the four suspects were "working together with rifles, triangulating at different positions." He had no information on a possible motive or the identities of any of the suspects. He also noted that police were not completely certain that every suspect was in custody.
Late Thursday, Brown confirmed the four fatalities — three Dallas officers and one transit officer — and said seven other officers and one civilian were wounded in the shooting. Three of the injured officers reportedly were in critical condition and two others were in surgery.
Dallas' public transit agency, DART, confirmed on Twitter that in addition to the murdered officer, three other officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Brown said multiple shooters positioned themselves in two parking garages in downtown Dallas and "planned to injure and kill as many law enforcement officers as they could."
A Dallas police source estimated to Fox News that at least 60 rounds were fired over a "large kill zone." The source added that the shooting would have required considerable planning."
More at CNN
A woman was also taken into custody in the vicinity of the El Centro parking garage.
A fourth suspect was engaged in a shootout with Dallas SWAT officers, police said, and a suspicious package was found near the suspect's location. Police said the package is being secured by the bomb squad.
That suspect told police "the end is coming...and there are bombs all over the place," according to Dallas police chief David Brown. That suspect also said that he planned to hurt more officers.
"We’re leaving every motive on the table," Brown said. It was yet to be determined if the attackers were part of the rally, but they appeared to be working together Brown added.
Police initially identified a man on Twitter as a "suspect." In a subsequent statement, though, they referred to him as a "person of interest" and said that he had turned himself in. His status was unclear.
Despite the suspects being in custody, Brown said during a press conference early Friday morning the department doesn't have "complete comfort level" that they "have all the suspects."
UPDATE: Fifth officer now deceased.
FLASHBACK: Black Lives Matter called for lynching and killing of white people/cops.
Fears that the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s report on the 2012 tragedy would become a prop in the 2016 campaign have been realized, according to conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh expressed anger Tuesday over the Democratic committee members report’s seeming fixation with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“A 339-page report released by Democrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi mentions Donald Trump 23 times,” Limbaugh said, noting that is more mention than the Democrats gave former SEALS Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks."Limbaugh noted that at the time of the attacks, Trump was a private citizen who “might have been on TV commenting about it as an infrequent guest.”
Limbaugh said the excessive mentions of Trump, and the lack of any criticism of Democratic presidential candidate and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the narrative, meant that the report was saying, in essence, “OK, media! Here’s what we want you to do. This is how we want you to cast and to characterize the Benghazi report.”
Absolutely unbelievable and believable at the same time. But would you expect any less than that from the party of the crybabies? The actual/factual report from the Republican committee cites numerous fuck ups, and laying some blame on the military which Obama is the commander-in-chief of.
Remember the leadership quote, "The Buck Stops Here"?
Well then the blame - while on the terrorist who committed the act - squares on Obama as Clinton as they were ultimately in charge.
Just as I had said before, it was a "Rats Nest" of infection.
A 2010 decision temporarily disabling State Department security features to accommodate Hillary Clinton’s private server effectively laid out a "welcome mat" for hackers and foreign intelligence services, a leading IT official who oversaw computer security at the Defense Intelligence Agency told Fox News.
"You're putting not just the Clinton server at risk but the entire Department of State emails at risk," said Bob Gourley, former chief technology officer (CTO) for the DIA. "When you turn off your defensive mechanisms and you're connected to the Internet, you're almost laying out the welcome mat for anyone to intrude and attack and steal your secrets."
He was referring to revelations from new court-released documents in a lawsuit by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch. They show the State Department temporarily turned off security features in 2010 so that emails from then-Secretary of State Clinton's personal server would stop going to the department's spam folders.
Gourley, who has more than two decades of cybersecurity experience and is now a partner with strategic consulting and engineering firm Cognitio, noted the Russians did breach the State Department system at some point – though it’s unclear when, and whether disabling the security functions in 2010 played a role.
He said, though, that when the Russian presence was detected in 2014, there were indications “they had been there for quite a while … [and] also hacked into unclassified systems in the White House.” He said the Russians would have tried “everything possible to get in.”
The question is "Did they?" Again, when you have to shut off access to a remote server - especially one with the incredible name of "clintonemail.com" - it means it's not a secure system and by security protocol it should have never been allowed to be used as a secure system for the SOC.
Well this puts the theory on motive back to what it likelyactually was - Islamic Terrorism.
Since the shooting at an Orlando nightclub last week that left 49 people dead, reports have emerged that gunman Omar Mateen frequented the gay club, used gay dating apps and had gay lovers.
But the FBI has found no evidence so far to support claims by those who say Mateen had gay lovers or communicated on gay dating apps, several law enforcement officials said.
Mateen, 29, told police negotiators he had carried out the shooting that began at 2 a.m. June 12 and ended, after a three-hour standoff, when he was killed by police.
He claimed the shooting was carried out in allegiance to the militant group Islamic State, as a message to halt U.S. bombing in Iraq and Syria.
Several Pulse regulars have come forward in the days since the shooting, claiming to have seen Mateen at the club or to have been contacted by him on the gay dating apps Grindr, Jack’d and Adam4Adam.
On Tuesday, Univision aired a report in which “Miguel,” a man wearing a disguise to conceal his identity, alleged he had sex with Mateen after meeting him on the gay dating app, Grindr. He said Mateen had sex with other men too, including a threesome with a Puerto Rican who allegedly told Mateen, after having had unprotected sex with him, that he was HIV positive.
But investigators do not consider the man’s account credible, according to one senior law enforcement official with access
Orlando gunman had used gay dating app and visited LGBT nightclub on other occasions, witnesses say
Orlando gunman had used gay dating app and visited LGBT nightclub on other occasions, witnesses sayto the investigation.
In seeking to verify the reports, federal agents have culled Mateen's electronic devices, including a laptop computer and cellphone, as well as electronic communications of those who made the claims, law enforcement officials said.
So far, they have found no photographs, no text messages, no smartphone apps, no gay pornography and no cell-tower location data to suggest that Mateen — who was twice married to women and had a young son — conducted a secret gay life, the officials said.
The FBI is continuing to explore Mateen’s past, but investigators now believe the men who made the claims are not credible, or confused Mateen with someone else.
The report goes on to say that they haven't found any coordinated evidence that Mateen conversed with or planned the attack directly with ISIS, but then then ISIS said they backed the idea, as well as used it as propaganda. Additionally ISIS - as an organization - doesn't usually plan individual attacks, instead calling for them by adherents during Ramadan.
Keeps getting better, and worse for Hillary Clinton.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Secretary Hillary Clinton failed to turn over a copy of a key message involving problems caused by her use of a private homebrew email server, the State Department confirmed Thursday. The disclosure makes it unclear what other work-related emails may have been deleted by the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
The email was included within messages exchanged Nov. 13, 2010, between Clinton and one of her closest aides, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin. At the time, emails sent from Clinton's BlackBerry device and routed through her private clintonemail.com server in the basement of her New York home were being blocked by the State Department's spam filter. A suggested remedy was for Clinton to obtain a state.gov email account.
"Let's get separate address or device but I don't want any risk of the personal being accessible," Clinton responded to Abedin.
Seriously, "clintonemail.com"? As I said I worked for a time as a Network Analyst, and that's the type of domain you put on an internal intranet email system, not external and certainly not on the server - private as it was - of the US Secretary of State. Secondarily, as a government worker there is no such thing as "personal email" when you are using a system bought and paid for by taxpayers and certainly not when those emails are related to work.
There were multitudes of issues with that server, a "rats nest" of spam, likely malware and possibly even viruses. We already know that there were many unreported attempts to hack the server, and the State Department said the dang thing was a Spam-A-Lot, to the point they had to shut it's access to the mainframe system. Then there is this:
On Wednesday, lawyers from Judicial Watch, a conservative legal organization, questioned under oath Bryan Pagliano, the computer technician who set up Clinton's private server. A transcript released Thursday shows Pagliano repeatedly responded to detailed questions by invoking his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, as he did last year before a congressional committee.
Dozens of questions Pagiliano declined to answer included who paid for the system, whether there was technical help to support its users and who else at the State Department used email accounts on it. Pagliano also would not answer whether he discussed setting up a home server with Clinton prior to her tenure as secretary of state, according to the transcript.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said the November 2010 email cited in the inspector general audit was one of more than a dozen work-related emails that his group identified that Clinton sent or received but later failed to turn over the State Department.
"Contrary to her statement under oath suggesting otherwise, Mrs. Clinton did not return all her government emails to the State Department," Fitton said. "Our goal is to find out what other emails Mrs. Clinton and the State Department are hiding."
Flicker, flicker...flame, flameout....
Dont' know how much more the FBI needs, but it's starting to look really, really bad for Hillary.
"WASHINGTON (AP) — State Department staffers wrestled for weeks in December 2010 over a serious technical problem that affected emails from then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's home email server, causing them to temporarily disable security features on the government's own systems, according to emails released Wednesday.
The emails were released under court order Wednesday to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued the State Department over access to public records related to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's service as the nation's top diplomat between 2009 and 2013.
The emails, reviewed by The Associated Press, show that State Department technical staff disabled software on their systems intended to block phishing emails that could deliver dangerous viruses. They were trying urgently to resolve delivery problems with emails sent from Clinton's private server.
"This should trump all other activities," a senior technical official, Ken LaVolpe, told IT employees in a Dec. 17, 2010, email. Another senior State Department official, Thomas W. Lawrence, wrote days later in an email that deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin personally was asking for an update about the repairs. Abedin and Clinton, who both used Clinton's private server, had complained that emails each sent to State Department employees were not being reliably received.
After technical staffers turned off some security features, Lawrence cautioned in an email, "We view this as a Band-Aid and fear it's not 100 percent fully effective."
The AP initially reported Wednesday that the emails described security features being turned off on Clinton's own private server, but State Department spokesman John Kirby clarified hours later that the emails described "a series of troubleshooting measures to the department's system — not Secretary Clinton's system — to attempt to remedy the problem."
I worked as a Network Administrator for a while. The only reason you would secure your main system from a remote system is because it's "rogue", in other words "a rats nest". Evidently her server was so "hackable" that no one in IT at the DOS thought it was secure enough to allow it to freely communicate with the mainframes. As the SOC Clinton is ultimately responsible for her department's computer security and acting like she doesn't know a mouse from a mouse trap isn't flying at all.
Got to wonder who they're trying to fool. Perhaps the fools themselves.
So what? What he said is so public now it's gospel. How these dolts in the administration think they can simply undo with a black magic marker that which is already well known is beyond me.
Fact is Mateen was influenced by ISIS, ISIS acknowledged his act and praised it. Can't change that Lynch.
So much for being "Tremendously Rich"!
"The Donald Trump campaign has sent its first "emergency" fundraising email to supporters Saturday, seeking to raise at least $100,000 by the end of the day.Yeah because he's get's so much airtime for just "farting". Interesting because many big GOP donors said they would keep their money to themselves - for now. Trump had boasted through the primaries that he didn't need money - after all, he's got a bazillion bucks and can fund himself.
That request follows a multimillion dollar ad blitz launched by likely general election rival Hillary Clinton this week.
"Right now we're facing an emergency goal of $100,000 to help get our ads on the air," the email said. "We need your contribution by 11:59 P.M. Tonight."
"Crooked Hillary is about to invade your TV with ads attacking Mr. Trump. But we're preparing to fight back," it reads, adding that the campaign plans to attack Clinton over her role in Benghazi and the FBI probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
Clinton this week launched a multimillion dollar ad blitz in eight swing states, her first geared toward the general election.
Meanwhile, Republican leaders have worried about Trump's fundraising operation as he mounts a general election campaign against Clinton's well-oiled machine.
Several prominent GOP donors have said they would keep their wallets shut this cycle and not support the unconventional candidate.
But Trump has recently said there's "no reason" for his campaign to raise his previously pledged $1 billion for the general election."
On the other hand the Hillary Express has more money up her lying wazoo. So this will be interesting to watch.
A mother accused of domestic abuse and described as “paranoid.” A father became a supporter of the Taliban. Parents who spent years in and out of courtrooms. That’s the family that gave rise to mass-murderer Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people in the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando last Sunday.
As investigators continue to search for a motive in the largest mass-shooting in U.S. history, they are focused intensely on the three years prior to the attacks, including the period when Mateen, who worked as a private security guard, was on a terrorism watch list.
But a portrait of the killer’s upbringing also is beginning to emerge, through snapshots of a childhood marked by domestic strife, struggles in school, and outbursts of violence, which may yield some insights about why Mateen embarked on his murderous rampage.
The media has gone to great lengths to try to show that Omar Mateen was anything but an ISIS influenced Muslim. No doubt his childhood was no picnic, but it's clear that he was clearly motivated by the ideology, not the pedigree.
Back in time....
Hello folks, well I'm back and just in time for the upcoming election. Live in another country now (work), but just can't sit by and say nothing! So off we go!
At this writing a few of my fellow conservative colleagues, Rand Paul is one, are thinking one thought. It's a scary thought - indeed frightening. First a background fact.
DONALD TRUMP IS NOT A REPUBLICAN - DONALD TRUMP IS A DEMOCRAT!
No matter what opportunistic swing he has made to present himself as a Republican, his record of voting, support for candidates - Especially Hillary Clinton - in the past, he is a bonafied died-in-the-wool Democrat.
Many of his supporters if not all of them seem not to care. He's saying what they want to hear, from having Mexico build a wall (not going to happen), to stopping ALL Muslims from entering the US. The last point of fact is a record of the Democratic Party - WWII Internment/Exclusion anyone?
However what Trump has promised over the years doesn't measure up to what he ultimately delivered. In other words he's a bunch of hot air saying things that the uniformed take as fact. It's no doubt that we have a dumbed down electorate. I know this from talking with Trump supporters here in Florida. When asked for specifics of his foreign policy (he has none), they sputter, get angry and rip about talking about he's the one to beat Hillary.
Generally all his support comes as not a vote for him personally, but as a "No Hillary" vote. People think because of his threats, bragging, veiled promises, he's a shew-in to beat Hillary in November.
But what if?
I have a theory and it's based on over ten years of blogging about politics and observing the game playing that takes place. I'm not a conspiracy theorist either. I'm not wearing a tin-foil hat either. But I have a theory.
WHAT IS TRUMP IS A TROJAN HORSE? WHAT IF TRUMP IS RUNNING IN ORDER TO GET THE NOMINATION THAT HE KNOWS WILL LOSE TO HIS FRIEND HILLARY CLINTON?
Think about it. If Trump became president he would have to relinquish all interest in his building ventures because of the conflict of interest it would create. Remember Dick Cheney had to do the same with Halliburton when he signed on to be Vice President. Does anyone really think that Donald Trump would essentially give up control of his financial interests to play President for 4 or 8 years? Does anyone really believe that at all?
I don't and neither do some of the more in-the-know people that I converse with.
Again, it's just a hunch. If you need a bit convincing look at his positions in 1999 vs. 1998.
Cruz: Media sitting on Trump bombshells.
Funny when the rules they made are applied to them. Hypocrisy.