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Hillary’s acceptance speech: Woman in public eye for 25 years finally introducing herself to America

2 hours 21 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Even though Hillary Clinton’s been in the public eye for 25 years, Bill Clinton earlier in the week felt compelled to talk about the “real” Hillary Clinton (urban legend has it there’s a version that doesn’t lie all the time but there’s never been a confirmed sighting).

Tonight, Hillary will attempt more of the same as part of her multi-decade focus-grouped effort to make her likable:

Hillary Clinton will close out her nominating convention Thursday night with a speech that will seek to rebut what aides called the caricature of Mrs. Clinton that came out of the Republican convention that nominated Donald J. Trump in Cleveland last week.

“We want people to see the woman, the full three-dimensional person that she is,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the communications director for the campaign.

John D. Podesta, the chairman of the campaign, said that Mrs. Clinton has spent the past few weeks soliciting ideas for the speech from friends and aides who know her best.

“She heard from a lot of voices,” Mr. Podesta said. “But this is in her voice. This may be the most personal moment on the campaign to be talking to a big audience about what you want to do for the future of their life.”

The “caricature of Mrs. Clinton” is Mrs. Clinton! She’s got to try and create yet another fictional alternate to reality.

Tonight’s game: Do a shot every time Hillary is genuine and honest. By the end of the evening you’ll have done zero shots but will at least feel good in the morning.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Angela Merkel’s complaint about terrorists sounds like it could have been written by John Kerry

5 hours 31 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Here’s a take on terrorism that’s sure to get the U.S. secretary of state’s seal of approval:

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“Mocks”? That’s one way to put it, I guess:

“That two men who came to us as refugees are responsible for the deeds in Würzburg and Ansbach mocks the country which took them in, and I want to add that it does not matter to me at all whether these refugees came to us along with many other refugees before or after the fourth of September last year,” Merkel said, referring to the large influx of asylum seekers who came to Germany in late summer 2015 after Merkel made it easier for those hoping to reach Germany to do so.

If Merkel would have added a dire warning about the threat from refrigerants I’d suspect Kerry was writing her statements.

Merkel pledged that Germany “will master the task of integration”… eventually.

**Written by Doug Powers

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IRS investigating Clinton Foundation, and we all know how that’s going to turn out

8 hours 16 min ago

**Written by Doug Powers

Instead of wasting time and money, the IRS might as well follow the FBI’s lead and put out a statement now saying the Clinton Foundation’s bookkeeping was sloppy but they didn’t intend to do anything wrong, because you know it’s coming:

The IRS is reviewing Republican complaints about the Clinton Foundation’s nonprofit status, a step that GOP House lawmakers have been trying to initiate for more than a year. The agency’s embattled commissioner, John Koskinen, said in a letter this week that he forwarded the allegations to one of the agency’s audit groups.

“The IRS response shows that the inquiry has been elevated,” Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) told POLITICO in an emailed statement. “The letter we recently received was a referral signed by the Commissioner himself. The IRS knows that it can no longer ignore the Foundation’s activities, as a result of multiple letters from Congress and mounting public pressure.”

Blackburn led more than 60 other House Republicans in calling on three federal agencies to investigate the charity earlier this month. They pointed to “unresolved media reports raising significant issues of public corruption regarding Foundation activities” in a July 15 letter to Koskinen, FBI Director James Comey and Federal Trade Commission Chair Edith Ramirez.

A more likely outcome: Complete vindication of the Clinton Foundation and a tax audit for certain Republicans.

**Written by Doug Powers

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Interesting: The Clinton campaign seems to think Hillary’s yoga-related emails are matters of nat’l security

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 20:00

**Written by Doug Powers

At a press conference Wednesday morning, Donald Trump said this about Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails:

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference here in an apparent reference to Mrs. Clinton’s deleted emails. “I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.”

This is how the Clinton campaign responded:

In response to the Trump email suggestions, Clinton campaign senior policy adviser Jake Sullivan said this is probably the first time a major presidential candidate has encouraged “a foreign power to conduct espionage against his political opponent.”

“That’s not hyperbole, those are just the facts,” Sullivan said in a statement. “This has gone from being a matter of curiosity, and a matter of politics, to being a national security issue.”

National security? In March of last year, here’s what Hillary said her deleted emails consisted of:

At the end, I chose not to keep my private personal emails — emails about planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes.

Either the Clinton campaign fears Hillary’s thoughts on the Lotus position falling into the hands of Moscow could threaten national security, or she’s lying about what was in the “non work-related” emails she deleted. Gee, I wonder which it is.

And yes, the campaign of the woman who kept classified information on a very hackable homebrew server next to the dehumidifier and water softener in the basement actually accused somebody else of inviting foreign espionage. I’ve seen it all now!

**Written by Doug Powers

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#BlueLightFriday: From the White House to your house

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 08:25

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#BlueLightFriday: From the White House to your house
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

When you need something done, call a retired cop.

That’s how Blue Light Friday at the White House came together last week. Unlike the lame duck occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., I have little experience as a community organizer. So I asked retired New York Police Department officer John Cardillo if he could help me turn out his law enforcement friends, families and supporters to honor the fallen.

His one-word answer: “Yes.”

Our mission: Bring a blue hue to the People’s House in Washington, D.C. — in the wake of the Dallas and Baton Rouge police ambushes — since Barack Obama refused to do it himself. Obama spurned the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation’s request to make the small, but meaningful, gesture of turning the floodlights blue the same way he turned them rainbow for gay marriage or pink for breast cancer awareness.

Ordering the rest of the country to lower its flags to half-staff for five days was enough, his administration diffidently told reporters.

We did not agree.

As Cardillo told me: “Watching Barack Obama invite those who celebrate cop killers Mumia Abu Jamal and Joanne Chesimard to the White House, and giving the benefit of doubt in police-involved shootings to the career criminals over the career law enforcement officers, compelled me to do something other than rant on air and social media.”

Our friend Cameron Gray of NRA News helped spread the word. My colleagues at Conservative Review assisted with logistics and social media coverage. Cardillo also summoned retired NYPD detective, Rob O’Donnell, who is an administrator at the nonprofit charity Brothers Before Others, which supports the LEO community.

“As a law enforcement professional for 25 years working with communities of all backgrounds, I can conclude one thing: All lives matter! Always have, always will,” O’Donnell told me. “Be it a 911 call, or a peaceful protest, police of all backgrounds do what they were trained to do: run to the gunfire for all, regardless of color or creed.”

That’s what fallen officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Lorne Ahrens did in Dallas. And what fallen officers Montrell Jackson, Matthew Gerald and Brad Garafola did in Baton Rouge. And what fallen officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were sworn to do in Brooklyn. “Same as September 11th, same as Orlando, same as New Orleans, same as every street of every community in every town,” O’Donnell reminded us.

We stopped by the nearby National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, which features more than 20,000 names of officers killed in the line of duty dating back to 1791, before our vigil. At Lafayette Park, we passed out blue glow sticks and flashlights to a crowd of about 50 people who gathered to take part. Several active-duty LEOs stopped by after work and stood with us, too. A bagpipe player who works at a local fire department led our procession.

Gray noted: “Members of a certain Service than is known for being Secret even quietly thanked some of us, and one said it was hard not to applaud.”

A crowd of young Black Lives Matters demonstrators approached, and then retreated without engaging us. Maybe they were allergic to the beautiful sound of “God Bless America” resonating from bagpipes. NBC News and Associated Press photographers snapped pictures and video (but perhaps since no American flags were burned or angry fists were raised, none of the images they captured has appeared to have made it on air or in print.)

No matter. As the sun sank, our little blue lights twinkled in the dusk and we talked to curious tourists about rising anti-cop rhetoric and violence that doesn’t make front-page headlines. Many passers-by draped glow sticks around their necks or promised to turn a light blue on their front porches when they got home.

Cardillo is already working on another event in his adopted home state: “Our #BlueLightFriday gathering in front of the White House is something I hope catches on nationally. I’m optimistic as I’m already planning another for south Florida in partnership with local law enforcement.”

Indeed, many families have already taken upon themselves to create their own porch-light memorials and share them online. One Lowe’s home improvement store is now selling designated blue bulbs and encouraging customers to “light up the sky blue” in August for the men and women on the front lines.

@michellemalkin On display at Lowes! Love it!

Dems stand inside area protected by yuge fence and call for ‘bridges, not walls’

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 14:11

**Written by Doug Powers

Just in from the “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” department…

Hillary Clinton is looking forward to proving something at this week’s Dem convention:

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Clinton of course saw to it that the DNC made sure to lead by example, Dem-style:

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The DNC welcomed “undocumented immigrants” to their convention with open arms, but “undocumented convention-goers” will be arrested!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Bernie Sanders: America shouldn’t be an oligarchy, so elect another Clinton!

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:06

**Written by Doug Powers

Being out of the running for president, Bernie Sanders now sets his sights on full time comedy career:

Brothers and sisters, this election is about overturning Citizens United. Citizens United is one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in the history of our country. That decision allows the wealthiest people in America, like the billionaire Koch brothers to spend hundreds of millions of dollars buying elections and in the process undermine American democracy.

Hillary Clinton will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who are prepared to overturn Citizens United. And end the movement toward oligarchy that we are seeing in this country.

Vote for the wife of a former president to end oligarchy! Solid material, Bernie.

It’s not surprising that Sanders didn’t mention the pro-Dem rich people who are “undermining democracy”:

Clinton had one clear money advantage over Sanders and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. A pro-Clinton Super PAC raked in large sums from some big-name families as it gears up for a likely general election slugfest with Trump.

Priorities USA Action, which cannot coordinate with the Clinton campaign but can spend in support of her, reported receipts of $8.6 million in April. It closed the month with more than $46 million on hand, and plans to spend money on negative ads against Trump, among other efforts.

Here are some of the donors who gave to the committee in April:

Billionaire media mogul Haim Saban, a co-owner of Univision, gave $1.5 million to the committee. His wife, Cheryl, added another $1.5 million.

Alex Soros, son of billionaire investor George Soros, donated $1 million. His father previously gave Priorities USA Action $6 million last year.

Slim-Fast founder Daniel Abraham contributed $1 million.

David E. Shaw of medical research firm D.E. Shaw Research gave $750,000.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Brace for spit-take: Hillary Clinton complains about being held to a higher standard than everybody else

Mon, 07/25/2016 - 13:16

**Written by Doug Powers

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From 60 Minutes last night, notice how the question is framed perfectly to not pin Clinton down on any specifics while allowing her to complain about being unfairly singled out, culminating in the laugh line of the decade that she’s held to a higher standard than everybody else. A “Clinton standard”:

Higher standard? How could anybody be held to a lower standard than being allowed to skate off scot-free after this:

In a speech this morning to the VFW, Hillary said “America’s word has to mean something.” Her arguments for why she should be president are the best arguments for why she should never be president.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

A note about comments that fits neatly into a short, fairly unentertaining but semi-informative post

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 23:25

**Written by Doug Powers

Hey all,

Because complaints about A) Spammers, and B) Other commenters crossing the line have been on the rise, I’d like to explain something how we’d like to handle it — and I’ve run it by Michelle.

The vast majority of the comments add value to the discussion, even the ones that might take issue with something that’s been written. But lately things have sometimes gotten too heated and made the site comments, on occasion, a bit vicious.

Due to Michelle’s work and travels, and the fact that this isn’t my full time job (even though it’s one of the more enjoyable things I do), time to moderate comments is at a minimum. So, if you see a new spammer pop up or a comment that crosses the line, if you could email the comment link to me at writedoug@live.com with the subject “MM comment” or something similar, I’ll take a look. I realize many of these have been slipping through the cracks, so community policing might help (on top of just reporting a comment to Disqus). I’ve been informed previously about spammers and have removed them, but sometimes they seem to find ways back in.

Hopefully this’ll help bring the comments back under control, especially when it comes to the spammers. As for others, disagreement is dandy, but please keep it respectful.

Thanks!

**Written by Doug Powers

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John Kerry escalates war on ISIS-like refrigeration; DNC may keep DWS in undisclosed location for convention (Open thread)

Sun, 07/24/2016 - 10:36

**Written by Doug Powers

While the dust settles oh-so-briefly in between the Republican and Democrat conventions, here’s an open thread to sort everything out, brought to you today by Coors Light, Happyscrapper, and also by DNC-to-MSM Express — when the mainstream media’s marching orders absolutely positively have to be there overnight.

A few starters…

On Friday, John Kerry equated ISIS and… air conditioning:

Kerry was in Vienna negotiating a global climate deal to phase out chemicals used as refrigerants in basic household and commercial appliances such as air conditioning and refrigerators, called hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. The chemicals are a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions that many scientists blame for contributing to global warming.
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“Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations — defense ministers and foreign ministers — as we were working together on the challenge of [the Islamic State], and terrorism,” he said. “It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we — you — are doing here right now is of equal importance because it has the ability to literally save life on the planet itself.”

Also “hard for some people to grasp”: John Kerry is a total tool, not to mention a hypocrite of the highest order.

Roll tape on the Lurch-cam:

Kerry then jumped on his air conditioned private jet and headed back to one of his air conditioned mansions before going back to work in his air conditioned DC office.

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The Democrats are trying to stave off a full-blown melee at their convention that starts tomorrow by putting Debbie Wasserman Schultz in a Fixer Protection Program. The DNC chair won’t speak at the convention for the very party she heads after emails released by Wilileaks showed DWS colluding with the media to ensure Clinton’s nomination over Sanders. Pass the popcorn:

The head of the Democratic National Committee will not speak at the party’s convention this week, a decision reached by party officials Saturday after emails surfaced that raised questions about the committee’s impartiality during the Democratic primary.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whose stewardship of the DNC has been under fire through most of the presidential primary process, will not have a major speaking role in an effort “to keep the peace” in the party, a Democrat familiar with the decision said. The revelation comes following the release of nearly 20,000 emails.

Bernie fans who didn’t realize that the fix was in for Hillary from the start also explains why there are people who still think there’s such a thing as “free” college.

This morning, Sanders called for Wasserman Schultz to resign.

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This made me laugh out loud Saturday afternoon: The running mate for the candidate who deleted tens of thousands of emails, won’t release Wall Street speech transcripts lied repeatedly about her private server and tried to blame a terrorist attack in Libya on a YouTube video slammed Hillary’s opponent for not being transparent and honest:

Kaine held nothing back when it came to topics, even asking the audience, if they think Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump paid his fair share of taxes.

“And while we’re on the subject of taxes, where are Donald Trump’s tax returns?,” Kaine asked the large crowd at FIU. Raise your hand if you think that those returns would show (that) he’s paid his fair share of taxes. I don’t see a lot of hands.”

And raise your hand if you think Hillary’s honest!

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The Dems might be keeping Wasserman Schultz out of the spotlight at the party’s convention, but the same does NOT go for relatives of police shooting victims. The city’s police union isn’t happy about the predictable lack of focus on police:

Philadelphia’s police union is blasting Hillary Clinton for inviting relatives of victims of police shootings to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, but failing to include relatives of slain police officers.

John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, said the union was “shocked and saddened” by the planned choice of speakers at the convention, which opens Monday in Philadelphia.

“The Fraternal Order of Police is insulted and will not soon forget that the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton are excluding the widows and other family members of police officers killed in the line of duty who were victims of explicit and not implied racism,” Mr. McNesby said in a statement.

The DNC will, however, be happy to accept the protection the Philly police will afford them during the convention.

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Leave it to Bernie Sanders to stay focused on the real threat the world faces:

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Sorry Bernie, but maybe people are too busy worrying about getting killed by terrorists to freak out about air conditioning.

Have a good Sunday all!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Now that most of it has mysteriously disappeared, Hillary wants us to review her record

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 15:22

**Written by Doug Powers

During his acceptance speech last night, Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton’s record, and Team Hillary wasn’t going to let that one go:

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That photo was taken the night of the Bin Laden raid and most definitely not on 9/11/12.

Hillary still hasn’t responded to my reply to her request for us to review her record:

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**Written by Doug Powers

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