Sunday, September 25, 2016

Trump Should Enjoy A Buffet Of Low-Hanging Fruit At All The Debates

"Hillary wants real-time fact checking during the debate, but not on the 27 times she said she never emailed classified material." ... Josh Earnst Tweet (parody)
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By all accounts,  Hillary Clinton should do well at the debates, beginning tomorrow night. She will be well prepared.  She certainly has the experience albeit with few accomplishments. Nevertheless,  she should have many facts at her disposal as well as knowledge of policy...domestic and foreign.

Trump, on the other hand, might not have a grasp of the issues.  But what he does have is the ability to pivot on questions. More importantly, he has a buffet of low-hanging fruit to pick from. Very similar to what Romney had with Obama but Romney didn't have the "killer" instinct. He never went after the jugular. He wanted to be viewed as a "nice" guy and being a nice guy debating any opponent is a formula for defeat. And that's what we witnessed.

If I were Trump, I would go after Clinton's incompetence, failings and lack of accomplishments. These should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Failure after failure in foreign policy from the Russian reset to Libya (Benghazi included) to Syria (red lines now lines soaked in blood) to N. Korea to the abject failure of the Iran Deal (she supports it to this day).
  • Clinton's total lack of transparency on almost all issues including her health.
  • Iraq and Syria being infiltrated by ISIS.
  • Clinton's ever-growing e-mail scandal.
  • The failure of progressive policies----domestic and foreign----for the last 8 years including her tenure as NYS Senator and Secretary of State.
  • Hillary Clinton is perhaps one of the most corrupt politicians seeking the Oval Office.
  • Targeting her pathological lying and untrustworthiness----both shown by every poll taken in the last year.
If Hillary Clinton or the media's moderator try to use "gotcha" questions,  all Trump has to do in response is to remind the audience that it's those type of questions that lead to the mistrust many Americans have of most politicians and the media.  Trump has to focus on leadership. He needs to provide a vision.  Hillary Clinton lacks both.

As one observer noted, debates are not SAT tests.  In many respects, it's how the debaters come across on TV.  Nixon found that out when he ran against JFK.  Those listening to the debate on radio believed Nixon did well.  But those who watched the debate on TV preferred Kennedy.  Whether we like to admit it or not, this is about celebrity TV.  And Trump has the advantage. On the other hand, Hillary Clinton rarely comes off well on TV.

Peggy Noonan said it best: "Trump's advantage?  Americans love to say they think outside the box.  Trump lives outside the box.  Hillary is the box."

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gen. Powell Took Aim At The Clintons---Bullseye!

Twitter HQ:
"Don't let #DickingBimbos trend!"
"It's overloading our servers!" ...Josh Earnst  Tweet (parody)
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As many know by now,  Colin Powell's e-mails were hacked and dumped into DCLeaks---the same website that published racist and homophobic e-mails of the DNC (Democrat National Committee).  It was those e-mails that resulted in DNC Chair Debbie Waserman-Schultz resigning. The dump showed how the DNC and the media conspired to stop Bernie Sanders.

Returning to Gen Powell. Many of the headlines focused on what Powell wrote about Trump. In that e-mail he called Trump a "national disgrace" and an "international pariah." It was clearly his opinion.  However, the e-mails he wrote about the Clintons were about his experience with the Clintons.  Big difference.

His e-mails included, but were not limited to, the following:
  • "Everything HRC touches she kind of screws up with hubris..."
  • "I would rather not have to vote for her, although she's a friend I respect...with a husband still d**king bimbos at home (according to the NYP)."
  • "H.R.C. could have killed this two years ago merely by telling everyone honestly what she had done and not tie me into it. " {Referring to the Clinton campaign that tried to drag him into the private e-mail server scandal.  In other words, the Clinton campaign attempted  to throw him under the bus too but he managed to avoid being another Clinton casualty).
  • "Dumb. She should have done a 'Full Monty' at the beginning...They put the personal systems in the basement a few months later...She didn't need any advice from me, she was already doing it...I warned her staff three {times} over the past two years not to try to connect it to me. I am not sure HRC even knew or understood what was going on in the basement."
If these e-mails are any indication,  the report that WikiLeaks plans on publishing more of her e-mails should indeed be delicious.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton's Lies Are Not Working Anymore

Truth is not the center of Hillary's approach to politics ... Letter to the editor of The NY Post by Robert Shaw.
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It's certainly interesting that Hillary Clinton and her enablers in the media accused Trump of name calling throughout the primary (he did have pet names for all of his opponents).   Yet, she resorted to not only attacking Trump but many Americans with her tasteless, contemptible and inappropriate "basket of deplorables" comments last week {"...the racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic---you name it."}

But that's not the best part of the story.  Prior to Clinton's health collapse, her knee-pad presstitutes kept encircling the wagons as they've done for the past 3 decades.  As I mentioned in a previous post, despite the evidence to the contrary regarding her history of poor health, the media kept attacking her critics.  We witnessed that after her numerous coughing fits.  But after her collapse, Clinton actually did us a favor.  While most of America was aware of the media's conspicuous bias,  they learned they were conned.  To give you just one example. This from USA Today:  "As usual, keeping the public in the dark is not working to Clinton's advantage...What might have been a brief flurry about what is likely to be a minor health issues {they really don't know that yet---no one does except her personal physician ...me} has instead become a full-fledged media and political frenzy that confirms the widely held and damaging sense she can't be trusted." 

So even the media has awaken from their long 30 year coma regarding the Clintons.  Michael Goodwin of the NY Post summarized it best:  "...The Washington Post, CNN and others  added their voices to the Clinton chorus, demonizing any who mentioned her coughing fits as cranks...In fact, the deniers were suckers."  They were suckers because it was the Clinton campaign that kept even them in the dark about her health issues.

So all the "kooks," "haters" and even "conspiracy" theories have been vindicated...vindicated because Hillary Clinton and her campaign was not transparent.   Even the latest poll from Politico shows most Americans don't believe her regarding her health. {The Clinton campaign said they will be releasing her current health evaluation}.

But it still leaves us with this fact: The Clintons have a pattern of always first reaching for a lie.

Postscript:   Since this was posted,  Hillary Clinton's doctor revealed she does have pneumonia. Key words:  "Clinton's doctor."  We need to have independent health review.

Also, Colin Powell's e-mails were hacked.  They show he trashed both Trump and the Clintons. They also show he was concerned about her health also.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Clinton's Fonzie Moment: Basket Of Deplorables + A Health Cover-Up

How is it possible Hillary has pneumonia when we saw her open a pickle jar ...Razor's Tweet
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Those of you old enough recall the TV show,  "Happy Days,"  the  two-episode piece when Fonzie jumped a shark on water skis.  "Jumping the Shark" eventually became known for writers of a TV show that has run its course for new ideas.  It usually means a particular TV show is on the short side of life and close to cancellation.

It's my contention that Hillary Clinton's bigoted accusation of Trump supporters---referring to them as a "basket of deplorables" last week---just might be her Fonzie moment. She said, "You could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call a basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic---you name it."    In my opinion, the big mistake was attacking Trump's supporters and not Trump directly.  Having said that, her attack should surprise no one.  Progressive democrats always place people in groups (e.g. racists, homophobes, etc.) instead of treating people as individuals. Bear in mind, it's Hillary Clinton who took millions from racist, sexist, and homophobic nations.  In addition, WikiLeaks uncovered same in DNC emails.

On the heels of that absurd accusation, she has a health emergency at the 9/11 Memorial.  If you recall, after her prolonged coughing incident during a speech in Cleveland last week, many eyebrows were raised and questions were asked.  Namely, her health became a major issue.  Nevertheless, the presstitutes in the media came to her defense.  The Washington Post and The New York Times immediately circled the wagons.  For example,   WaPo said questions regarding Clinton's health were "ridiculous."  Keep in mind, these were the same publications that had no hesitancy in questioning the health of John McCain and Ronald Reagan before him. The bottom line---whatever her current health status---is not good. Again, after she collapsed at the 9/11 Memorial, she was sent to her daughter's residence rather than a hospital which should have been protocol especially for a presidential candidate. Her handlers understood having a presidential candidate on a litter entering an emergency room would have not been good "optics." 

Hillary Clinton already has a significant "trustworthiness" issue.  Every polls shows a majority of Americans do not trust her.  In addition, her lack of trust strains any sympathy people might have for her.  And while any rational person would not want her to have a serious medical condition, it becomes more difficult when she accuses almost half of the country as racists, sexist, homophobes, etc.  

Hillary Clinton's basket of deplorables looks more like a basket full of disdain, contempt and scorn for many American people.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Chicago's Bloodbath Just One Example Of Many Progressives Leave In Their Wake

It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have  been fooled ...Mark Twain
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It was less than two years ago when I warned readers that the election of progressive Mayor De Blasio would result in NYC plunging into progressive hell.  At this weekend's J'ouvert festival in NYC, two people were shot to death. There were also 4 shootings.  This is the same festival where the former aid to NYS Gov. Andrew Cuomo was shot to death last year.  Homelessness is out of control as are drug-fueled vagrants in many of the city's public parks.

Then there's another progressive controlled city---Chicago---where this year's homicide rate is already at 500.  Thirteen people were murdered over the Labor Day Weekend. A total of 43 people were shot.  The murders exceeded last year's Labor Day Weekend by 5.  But if you think those stats are disturbing, consider this.  In August alone,  472 people were reported shot. The murder rate is up 72%, shootings up 88%.  In fact, more people have been murdered in Chicago than the number of troops we've lost in Iraq and Afghanistan in the last 15 years. Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago,  is the former Chief of Staff to Mr. Obama.

All of this and more is repeated in many American cities today, especially those run by progressive democrats.  And yet, they all refuse to accept the fact that law-abiding citizens of every race and ethnicity are not the problem.  Consider most of these cities have some of the most strict gun laws in America.  The answer is not a mystery.  Criminals, in general, are not deterred by laws or even police.  But when the hands of our police officers are tied, criminals know it's party time.  Curtis Sliva, founder of the Guardian Angels, said it best: "...gangs realize there is no enforcement {referring to the De Blasio  administration ordering  the NYPD to be armed bystanders}, and they had taken control of the streets by 3 a.m. {at the festival this past weekend}...The cops had been told once again: Don't intervene."

The other, and perhaps more disturbing aspect of this rise in crime, is the existence of the Black Lives Matter movement---a movement started and based on a false narrative.  While they focus entirely on police misuse of force against blacks  (that's undeniable but not pervasive as they want us to think), they completely neglect the real problem---black on black crime.

Let's review some facts.  While I'm on Chicago, did you know that 80% of all known murder suspects in 2015 were black?  Whites, on the other hand, made up 0.9% of known murder suspects in Chicago that same year.  In NYC, blacks committed three-quarters of all shootings. They make up 23% of the city's population.  In the country as a whole, blacks make up 57% of all murder defendants.

Last year, the left-leaning Washington Post reported on their own study.  They reported 965 people were killed by police in 2015,  White police officers shooting unarmed black men accounted for less than 4% of fatal shootings.  The majority of those killed by cops were brandishing weapons, were mentally ill or suicidal.  Almost 30% of police shootings were the result of car chases that began with a minor traffic stop.   By the way, of those 965 killed by cops, 90 were unarmed and a majority of those were white.

It's clear. Policing is a function of crime.  It's police officers trying to stop the crime.  But as Michael Goodwin of The NY Post pointed out recently, police presence only matters if that presence is backed up by the power of arrest.

In summary, the police are not to blame for the rise in crime.  That blame rests solely on the shoulders of politicians running the cities and the criminals breaking the laws.  Progressive politicians---along with their enablers like Black Lives Matter---want to disarm the cops and just turn them into bystanders.  As long as this toxic ideology persists, we will continue to see more cities like Chicago in our future.

Sources:  DOJ, USA Today, NY Post, Chicago PD,  City Data

Monday, September 5, 2016

Millennials: They Have Brains Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

How to confuse a millennial?  Make them telephone you. No texting....Kurt Schlichter Tweet
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The idea for this post came to me after watching Watters World on Fox News last week. If you've ever watched his show, he does interviews with a variety of people on the street, on college campuses, at events, etc.  On this particular edition, he showed some young people photos of several past presidents including, but not limited to, Carter, Reagan, Bush 1 and JFK.  With the exception of one young woman,  none of the others interviewed could even recognize those past presidents.

It was that show that started me thinking about millennials.  I did some research.  It clearly shows no one should be surprised at not only our current warped cultural climate but the political climate as well.  The following are some facts (Sources: Fox News, Pew Research, NY Post, Inc., Forbes, AARP...):

  • They are more diverse than previous generations.
  • The are generally well educated but also underemployed.
  • Because of the above bullet point, the are also burdened with a lot of student debt. That debt piles up quickly when you can't find a job.
  • They have no problem with socialism---hence a majority supported Bernie Sanders. 
  • Again, because of the above, it's why many millennials like the idea of free college tuition.
  • Purchasing expensive clothing is not on the top of their list.  Sixty percent responded they look for the cheapest price possible in clothing.
  • But their type of "socialism" only relates to humanitarian causes---they don't want the government to control everything.
  • Most millennials are well connected to social media (I know. Thank you Capt. Obvious). Broadcast TV does not interest them as much as content on their cell phones and/or tablets. Telephone land lines? Forget about it.
  • Only 18% believe owning a home is that important.
  • They are more prone to be impressed by celebrities and other successful millennials.
  • They don't tend to drive, dress up or go on dinner dates as much as previous generations.
  • Millennials want more globalization and free trade.  They generally don't support Trump's plans for illegal immigrants.  No surprise, since almost 45% of millennials are minorities.
  • 66% of millennials voted for Obama in 2008. If millennials had not voted in 2012, Romney would now be president.  Yet, even though a majority voted for Obama, apathy toward Obama set in during his second term. 
  • Traits such as hard-work, patriotism and morals are not high on their list of how millennials view themselves.
  • Roughly two-thirds thought about owning a gun but do support some forms of gun control.  Interestingly, a majority oppose a ban on "assault" weapons. ( "assault" weapons is their language, not mine).
  • In 2015, half of millennials surveyed said they either still lived at home with their parents or delayed purchasing a home.
  • Recent polls show Hillary Clinton has about 41% support among millennials while Trump only has about 10% or less.
All of this and more shows millennials continue to be confused and a tad disorientated.  Their opinions are wide and varied on almost every issue.  And while their politics is closer to the politics of  Sanders, Clinton and even Libertarian Gary Johnson, they remain adrift.

Having said this, Kyle Smith, critic and novelist, wrote this recently when he examined the millennial generation:  "Millennials will figure out who they are as soon as they start paying for their own bills."

That will probably happen after Obama leaves office.

Note: Part of my headline today is courtesy of Search Quotes

Friday, September 2, 2016

Open Letter To Colin Kaepernick

So Colin Kaepernick can wear socks with police as pigs,  but the Dallas Cowboys can't wear stickers honoring their city's slain officers ....Razor's Tweet
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Colin:

So where to start?  Allow me to cover one issue at a time.

it's now been said on countless occasions you have every right to remain seated during the national anthem.  After all, many have died giving you the freedom to do that even though your gesture is both disturbing and insulting.  But more importantly, your rationale for remaining seated is flawed and wrong.  You maintain your action is to get attention to the oppression of blacks.  While it would be patently absurd to suggest that racism does not exist, it's just as absurd to proclaim we haven't made great strides in human dignity---whether it has to do with the treatment of blacks (and other minorities) or even people with disabilities. The fact is America is better today than it was decades ago.  It's better than it was yesterday. Today we have a black president, a black First-Lady and some of the richest and well-off people in America are black----including you.  Today we live in a nation where every minority is well represented throughout our culture.

The realty today is that most of the oppression in American today comes from blacks oppressing other blacks.  In addition,  the exploitation by the progressive political class, race-baiting thugs like Al Sharpton and the media should be your targets.   Your targets should also be the political class that has left nothing but devastation in black communities in many major urban areas in America.  Your support of the Black Lives Matter movement is also misguided.  Most of that crowd uses vile rhetoric, race-baiting bully tactics and act more like petulant children.  

But as troublesome as all of that is, the most disturbing aspect of your stance was the wearing of socks depicting police as pigs.  Again, while you have every right to wear those socks (although I have to question why the NFL allowed it while you practiced), it's an action that crossed the line.  Are there bad cops?  Absolutely.  Just as there are bad teachers, bad priests, bad politicians and yes----even bad professional athletes.

Yes, oppression does exist. And Black Lives--- as all lives--- do matter. The difference is blacks need to stop killing each other.  That should be your cause.  And that has nothing to do with our national anthem.  One more piece of advice---Grow up!!!

Sincerely,

The Political War Zone