davidl on April 23rd, 2015

Clinton_Hillary_chipotleThe presidential candidate from the previous century dusts off an old tactic from said century, from John Podhoretz: New York Post:

The “vast right-wing conspiracy” is back.

That was the phrase Hillary Clinton herself used to describe the villainous puppet masters behind the Monica Lewinsky scandal back in 1998. And now, her camp has decided to reanimate this ludicrous bogeyman from the days when pets.com was the talk of Wall Street to combat new allegations of Clintonian malfeasance — allegations the substance of which she and we don’t even yet know.

The material dug up by the conservative writer Peter Schweizer for his new book, “Clinton Cash,” is credible enough to have led several news organizations not normally friendly to the right (The New York Times and The Washington Post) to strike deals with Schweizer and his publisher to share and independently substantiate some of its charges.

Problems; one, the Affair Lewinsky was not the product of some lurid right wing imagination. It as the product of B.J. Clinton’s lust. Two, the ilk of the organization carrying the load of manure on the Clinton Foundation can hardly be described as right-wing, from the New York Times, via Red State:

The headline in Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when the newspaper served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.”

The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

…Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well.

And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

Read the whole article, there is too much awesomeness there to blockquote without running afoul of Fair Use. While the main point of the article is how an unending stream of Russian contributions to the Clinton Foundation coincided with the State Department’s decision to not block the acquisition, an action it had taken before:

When a company controlled by the Chinese government sought a 51 percent stake in a tiny Nevada gold mining operation in 2009, it set off a secretive review process in Washington, where officials raised concerns primarily about the mine’s proximity to a military installation, but also about the potential for minerals at the site, including uranium, to come under Chinese control. The officials killed the deal.

Such is the power of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The committee comprises some of the most powerful members of the cabinet, including the attorney general, the secretaries of the Treasury, Defense, Homeland Security, Commerce and Energy, and the secretary of state. They are charged with reviewing any deal that could result in foreign control of an American business or asset deemed important to national security.

Will Mrs. Clinton’s antics land Hillary in the Oval Office or a federal prison?  Does Mrs. Clinton need a better campaign staff or a good criminal defense lawyer?

The Clinton administration boosted  about building a bridge to the Twenty First Century.   At the time, I was less than impressed.   What I missed, was the fact the B.J. Clinton’s bridge was not wide enough to accommodate Mrs Clinton’s extra wide butt.

davidl on April 23rd, 2015

I beg to differ.  It is uncontested that John Hinckley shot both Ronald Reagan and James Brady, the latter whom died of his wounds. from Ed Morrissey, Hot Air:

Actually, John Hinckley lives mostly out of the mental hospital already, as NBC News informed viewers yesterday. He stays with his mother in a tony gated community in Williamsburg for 17 days every month, mostly unmonitored if occasionally surveilled by the Secret Service. Thirty-four years after nearly killing Ronald Reagan and James Brady, Hinckley’s attorneys want him released from custody, claiming the insanity that a jury found responsible for his actions in March 1981 no longer presents a danger to anyone else:

So in addition to being a nut job, Hinckley is also a murderer. I say one dead is one too many. Put Hinkley in custody and leave him their, until Hinkley dies. Would Jody Foster be impressed?

davidl on April 23rd, 2015

Can ABC turn Kermit the Frog into the next J.R. Ewing? Add to the long list of series no longer worth watching, ABC to soapify the Muppets, from Entertainment Weekly:

Intriguing exclusive details about ABC’s revival of The Muppets: EW has learned the project is a mockumentary-style series that goes deeper into the Muppets’ personal lives, and promises a “more adult” show than previous incarnations of the franchise.

So who will be the first sock puppet with whom Miss Piggy will cheat on Kermit? Which Muppet will be the first to come out of the closet. Snail mail me the results.

Eric Florack on April 23rd, 2015

This morning I ran from Pennsylvania into Brooklyn and deliver the load, now I’m in Syracuse, probably for the night.

That service engine soon light that I’ve been dealing with for the last couple of days finally reset itself this morning as I predicted it would.

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The Mechanical department says that the computer is asking for a firmware update. and with any luck I should be able to drop the truck off at the dealer while I’m gone for the weekend and have it taken care of before I come back. Welcome to my world.
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It’s flat out amazing to me, the number of people who are willing to carry the water of Obama and his band of criminals, Hillary Clinton among them.Justin Katz says…

“One silver lining of living during the Obama Era is that we get to witness something that many of us found inexplicable when we learned about it in school: How a civilized country can be brought to the heel of ideologues and thugs. It’s always seemed a bizarre mystery why a large majority of reasonable people would let things that are so patently wrong, so clearly corrosive of everything we value, go on… and expand.”

I’ll give you an example.

Yesterday afternoon this story started making the rounds about how Obama now has an approval rating of 46 percent. This is up somewhat from the record lows that he himself set a couple of months back. Of course the lamestream press is going to say that the approval rates are soaring, ignoring of course the idea of that 46% means that less than half the country approves of the job he’s doing. Ignoring of course the idea that just a short while ago candidate Obama was calling Bush’s approval rating in the middle 50s somewhere a complete disaster. I mean, look, I realize that this loser is all they’ve got but on what planet is 46% approval, so very impressive? Downright laughable if it weren’t so tragic for the country.

And yes, there are a number of the Obama defenders blaming the sub par numbers on racism. One guy made the claim the 46 wasn’t bad given what we have as a nation filled with racists.

Hey, morons.. if this is such a racist country how did he manage to get elected not once but twice? And by the way, some of those people you label racist, are the very ones who elected him. Those approval rating numbers make it clear a goodly number of the people that voted for him are now highly dissatisfied with him. Are these people who elected him, racist as well? Or is there some valid reason for being dissatisfied with him? Policy, perhaps?

To that point, I’m seeing increasing traffic in the social media the last several weeks that suggests that the candidacies of Obama and Clinton and their various exposed criminality (and frankly there’s no kind word) are damaging to the Democrat Party. I suspect that this is where at least part of the dissatisfaction with Obama is coming from.

Of course none of this considers the serious damage being done to the country, as Katz suggests.

  In fairness, there are some who wants to move the Democrat Party away from these thugs, and to that end, the question has come up where is the other Democrat planning on running for president? There doesn’t appear to be any.

My immediate response is thst it’s a little difficult to work up any enthusiasm for a presidential run when in the back of your mind you have visions of becoming the next Vince Foster.

Of course that is an old example of such as tactics going on in the Democrat Party.

More recently, we’ve seen thuggish tactics popping up in both Minnesota and Wisconsin and now more recently in Texas. The amazing part is the rank-and-file Democrat are either turning a blind eye to this abuse are they are approving of it. Rather reminds one of Germany in the thirties.

That blonde from the State Department Marie Harff, who was described rather aptly yesterday by Martin McPhillips as James Carville in a medically induced coma,  is dancing around the Obama lie that we discussed yesterday about the development time for a nuclear bomb in Iran.  Well, now it appears she’s got something new to dance about.

You see,  China is now sounding the alarm about a ramp up of nuclear weapons in North Korea. The official state departments statement is that North Korea should have learned from the negotiations with Iran. That statement of course ignores the idea that they already have learned, and based on that learning, they are taking advantage of this administration’s weakness.

Our friends don’t trust us a random is no longer Ferris at the left considers this a victory. Appositive. How do these people sleep at night?

Which brings us to the other Obama popularity charade. Simultaneously with the 46 percent approval rating story, comes a story that Obama is overwhelmingly popular with other world leaders. I wonder, how many of these other world leaders are sworn enemies of the US? I’m willing to bet for example that Obama is quite popular indeed in North Korea. In Cuba. And so on.

Now, that these stories come out simultaneously, suggest a fabrication. Obama is in trouble popularity wise at home and knows it. The long string of failures have finally started to take their toll. So, he needs to do something to prop himself up again. To prop his own ego up, if nothing else. So, a public relations push through an all too willing lamestream media.

And of course the usual suspects in the social media are still carrying this failures water. They consider these failures a net positive. They consider the thuggish behavior acceptable, and even worthy. Do you begin to understand what America is up against?

I’ll be taking Friday and Monday off so that I can spend a little quality time with Donna. A rare occurrence this. I’m very much looking forward to it. Since I won’t be driving those two days, I won’t be rambling either, so I’ll probably see you Tuesday

davidl on April 22nd, 2015

snark2.jpgThe Snark of the Day, from Mark Knoller:

Pres Obama’s Earth Day trip will cover 1,836 miles roundtrip and consume 9,180 gallons of fuel on Air Force One.

Hat tip: Amy Miller, Legal Insurrection.

You call this foot in mouth disease.  Mark Knoller has stuck his foot in Josh Ernest’s mouth.

Eric Florack on April 21st, 2015

Been a long day. I got up around three this morning, drove from the southern tier of New York to mountain top Pennsylvania, over to southern New Jersey, and then back to mountain top, at at the moment I’m back in New Jersey. At 3 o’clock in the morning I will get up and drive into Brooklyn to deliver a load.

The truck, other than that blessed service engine soon light is behaving itself. I suspect the computer will shut it off tomorrow during the day sometime. That’s been the way of it before. Meaning, I think that light being on is a false alarm.

I did manage to get the sleeper cooler dealt with. It now functions as it should. Which is a little annoying actually. It does make the sleeper bearable in the summer months, but it makes all kinds of noise on my radio systems to the point where I can’t hear anything beyond a mile or two away. Annoying indeed.

I’m planning on taking both Friday and Monday off to allow me to spend some quality time with Donna. We don’t get to spend nearly enough time together and I am very much looking forward to this weekend. Welcome to my world.

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The first thing that caught my eye, or more correctly my ear this morningmorning, wasn’t report from Eli Lake over at Bloomberg. For those who don’t know, Lake is approximately 2 inches removed from the Clinton administration. Watch for him to be beating the drums for Hillary for however long she manages to survive this election cycle.

Lake reports that the Obama administration new years ago that at best Iran is about 3 months away from being able to create a nuclear bomb. That’s right, 3 months. Not the year or more that he has been telling us about. In short, Obama lied yet again.

And, oh by the way, Benjamin Netanyahu was telling us the truth while Mr Obama was busy stamping his feet and telling us all what a liar Netanyahu was.

There’s this also. Have you noticed that the tone of the conversation has shifted away from the idea that Iran having a nuclear weapon at its disposal is totally unacceptable, to where we are now which is who are we need to say that they shouldn’t have a nuclear weapon?

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Always ask the same question here that I did the other day is regards to Hillary Clinton. Did Democrat ever tell the truth? Ever?

Oh, speaking of Hillary, there’s an article in the New York Post today about how for in cash, those for and donations, are making Bill and Hillary filthy rich. There’s another this suggests that only 15 percent of the cash given to the Clinton Foundation went to charity.

Of course, I should point out that quid pro quo is nothing new for the Clintons. Matter of fact, here’s an example of that that I wrote during her last campaign.

If there’s anything that amazes me about all of this it’s that these criminals still have their defenders amongst the voting public.

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Well now that question seems to have been answered.

And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

Liberal logic  seems to be in favor of extending the concept of personhood to anything, and everybody, except of course for actual human babies, from Michelle Broder Van Dyke
Buzzfeed:

In a historic moment for animal rights, two chimpanzees, Hercules and Leo, were recognized by a New York court as legal persons Monday.

Hercules and Leo, who are currently used for biomedical experiments at Stony Brook University on Long Island, were granted habeas corpus by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Barbara Jaffe.

Habeas corpus is a legal petition that detainees use to seek relief from unlawful imprisonment, and by granting habeas corpus to chimps, Jaffe endorsed the idea that they deserve the rights of a human being.

Advocates argue great apes are highly intelligent and self-aware beings with complex emotional lives that deserve basic rights, including the right to be free of inhumane punishment.

Hat tip, reax and BSWK, Darleen Click, Protein Wisdom:

One million unborn human beings killed by abortion last year were unavailable for comment.

Of course, chimpanzees are intelligent and self-aware. Human babies are apparently neither. In further news, as soon Judge Barbara Jaffe figures out how to train these apes to reliably vote the straight democrat party line, she will grant them voting rights.

davidl on April 21st, 2015

The girl has got spunk:

BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — “This is the day…I take my life back.”

That is what Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory wrote on her Facebook page, “Rebekah Gregory DiMartino’s New Day New Hope” on Monday morning, before she ran part of the 2015 Boston Marathon.

Rebekah, alongside her trainer, who is also an amputee, ran the last few miles of the race and crossed the finish line. Injured after the first blast in 2013, Rebekah had her leg amputated last November, a year and a half after the bombings.

Well done Ma’am.

Eric Florack on April 21st, 2015

As this is written I am outside Wilawana, Pennsylvania. No, don’t ask me where the name came from, I have no idea. I spent most of today in Monroe County, doing some local work and then getting the truck looked at.
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For the first time in a number of months, the computer came up with an error code and I felt it necessary to look at it. Nothing major, & I suspect it was simply a case of a bad connection, but we will see. One thing that did come up in the diagnosis is that the firmware in the engine controller computer needs to be upgraded. I’ll tend to that sometime in the next week or two.

From here, I’ll run to mountain top Pennsylvania and then down to Burlington New Jersey. Welcome to my world.

I was quite pleased indeed to hear Jim Quinn back on the radio this morning. I haven’t bothered investigating where he is originating from though I imagine he’s probably still in Pittsburgh. But I did hear him doing his normal show on WYSL this morning. Kudos to Bob Savageand company for getting them back on the air.

I note John Fund this morning writing about Carly Fiorina. He says Carly has the Clintonistas worried. I think he’s right. Then again, any kind of opposition is going to give her trouble right now. The woman has more baggage than the Orient Express, and several bodies behind her as well. It’s not going to take much to deal with her.

By the way, speaking of Hillary, what is this I see about Scooby Doo being clocked at 92 miles an hour going to a dinner? more rules are for little people attitude, Hilary?

It seems that auto makers are uncomfortable with individuals repairing cars. They seem to think that there are legal ramifications. Well of course there are. Particularly when the government runs the automobile industry. Is there anything that the government doesn’t want complete control over?

And down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on April 19th, 2015

While am not a lawyer, I do believe that Michelle Manhart, ex of United States Air Force and former Playboy model, was legally wrong to take a United States flag that was not her property, video:

Having said that Manhart was legally wrong, I do like the cause for which Manhart choose to follow her conscience rather than the letter of of the law and in the manner is which she deported herself. Well done. I also note that a former member of the Air Force appeared to be better shape than some of the current members of the Valdosta State University police.

Hat tip: Andrew Marcus, Gateway Pundit.

davidl on April 17th, 2015

snark2.jpg Love her or hate her, you have no problem knowing where she stands and no questions about her authenticity, from Camille Paglia, the Snark of the Day:

As a registered Democrat, I am praying for a credible presidential candidate to emerge from the younger tier of politicians in their late 40s. A governor with executive experience would be ideal. It’s time to put my baby-boom generation out to pasture! We’ve had our day and managed to muck up a hell of a lot. It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party’s best chance. She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished — beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband?

Hat tip: Tracy Clark-Flory , Salon.

Eric Florack on April 16th, 2015

Today, I’m in Denver, Pennsylvania. Yes, Virginia there actually is Denver, Pennsylvania. I’m resting a bit while they unload my trailer. from here, given its Thursday, I will probably be running to Carlisle, and then from there to the Albany area. And, to home.

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I haven’t been to this place in a number of years. I had forgotten about it until I rolled in the front door and remember the layout at a glance. Last time I was here, I was still having some backing issues, and this place is a little short on space. Needless to say my memories of the place I’m not all that pleasant.

That said, I had a pleasant day in the sunshine, spend some time cleaning the truck, reading, had a nice lunch. All while waiting for this floor-to-ceiling load.

Cassie is running just fine, the mileage is improving somewhat with warmer weather, I’m up to a little under seven miles per gallon right now. That’s actually fairly good for a full size truck.

You may remember yesterday that I mentioned Hillary Clinton had a little trouble raising substantial number of people to show up to her much ballyhooed announcement of running for president. It turned out that the people it did show up first of all were outnumbered by the members of the press, and it also turned out that the people that did show up were picked specifically by the Clinton campaign and driven there. In other words, we were treated to fake spontaneity.

Now it appears the stories that Mrs Clinton treated the attendees to, were also fake.

She’s going to great lengths to identify that she’s riding around during her campaign in a family van.

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Of course, what they don’t say is it the van is secret service issue, is equipped with heated leather seats air conditioning full tint, and a bed. How do I know this? Because it was spotted in a handicapped spot the other day. We’re back to the idea that rules are for little people.

Do Democrats ever tell the truth? Ever?

I see McQ over st Q&O…

Here’s what the Social Justice Warriors don’t understand.  Discrimination is a part of individual freedom.  And with that freedom to discriminate come consequences.  It is like the right to free speech – you get to say what you want (other than incitement) and you get to pay the social and cultural consequences for doing so.  What others don’t get to do, however, is force you to adopt their values and therefore coerce you to conform.  That’s totalitarianism, not freedom.

Precisely. Trouble is, they are not averse to using totalitarianism to achieve their goal. See also, Rules for Radicals

Now, we’ll close on this word from Ambassador. Chris Stevens.

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And down the road I go.
I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on April 16th, 2015

Mrs. Clinton probably wasted her vast talents on public service politics.  Notice how Mrs. Clinton deftly steers the Scoby-Van around the deadly sniper fire in Iowa, and avoids all the reporters, from Kate, Small Dead Animals:

The Clinton campaign is the goose that keeps on pooping and the media which keeps eating it up with their spoons.

Eric Florack on April 15th, 2015

As this is written, I am at the Travel Centers of America at Columbia New Jersey.

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Years ago, they used to call it the truck stops of America. I suppose they were trying to widen their horizons, but frankly it wasn’t necessary.

Last night I ended up spending the night at Babylon New York, because when I got there there wasn’t anybody to unload me. I got up this morning ran from Babylon New York to mountain top Pennsylvania and then back into the Bronx and now I’m back in New Jersey near the Pennsylvania border. That’s a little under 400 miles today. Not whole bunches of miles by my standards but not too bad. Remember, I get paid by the mile these days.

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The reactions are started rolling in on Hillary Clinton, and if as I suspect these people aren’t even warmed up yet, she’s in for a rough time of it for the next year and a half anyway… And by extension the Democrats with her.

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If you read yesterday’s column you will remember I mentioned that the number  reporters at Mrs. Clinton’s campaign kickoff outnumbered the number of average citizens there. Now, we find out it was even worse than that. The supposedly average citizens that showed up for the thing, we’re driven in by Clinton staffers. These included, apparently, Obama staffers, lobbyists, and campaign workers.

And of course, being the class act that she is, is already developing a reputation of somebody that will stiff the wait staff. This stuff isn’t going to end well to say the least. And as I say the objections to her haven’t even warmed up yet.

It strikes me that one of the outcomes of all this is that the Democrats will have to come up with somebody else to run. Now, there’s only one replacement that I’m aware of… Elizabeth Warren.

There is much to be said about Elizabeth Warren. If nothing else, she is living proof that an entire human being can be cloned from an ingrown toenail, and will adopt many of its personality traits… But, less in the way of brain cells. Her getting the nomination seems to me about as likely is Obama actually producing those shovel-ready jobs we were promised. That said, Hillary will probably get the nomination, but as far as the general election, I’m with Megan McArdle. Hillary is not inevitable.

My biggest fear at this point is that the GOP leadership will look at the high negatives on anybody the Democrats might talk into the now hopeless quest for the White House, and decide they can run any milk toast centrist they desire, as they’ve tried to do the last several elections. Honestly, it’s the only way I can see them losing this thing. My fear is that somehow, in spite of this massive advantage that they’ve been given, like a head on a platter, they will manage it.

One of the problems the Democrats have right now is that there’s still lock stock and barrel involved in pushing the global warming scam. Most people know it’s a scam, and it’s causing the Democrats some serious problems with the polls. If the GOP is smart they will use that problem. And here’s how to do it.

Send down the road I go. I’ll see you tomorrow.

davidl on April 15th, 2015

Small scale socialism has reached Seattle, from Last Tradition:

A Leftist’s Wet Dream: Seattle Gravity CEO to pay employees $70,000 minimum wage

I guarantee the corrupt media will lick this story up with a spoon.

The liberals have their wet dream.  Can they keep it?  Off the top of my head, I think this will be the most expensive version of socialism ever attempted, and like attempts at socialism it will fail. I wonder how much publicity the inevitable demise of Gravity will generate?

What is better than a living wage?  A real job.