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  • I have never been a Jimmy Carter fan but I believe he is telling it like it is. He's been there. If the people think they are choosing the nominee, president, senator, or whatever then they must believe in fairy tales. The political parties call the shots and control the government. That is why Donald Trump must curry favor with the "old guard" even if he leads all polls. If he ran as a third party candidate they would cut him out of the debates which would finish him. Just ask Ross Perot. So you didn't want NAFTA. Both political parties did. Did the parties care about the loss of jobs then?.......NO. Do they care today?......NO, because they are doing nothing about it, and they could. The government today is, for all intents and purposes,is being run by private industry with the blessing of both parties. The government has become a captive of big business and there is no turning back. So, where do we go from here? The rich and powerful know but they are not telling you.

  • CJ Werleman ‏@cjwerleman

    #SignsYoureRightWing you believe we treat life with greater sanctity than those we bomb, drone, occupy, and belittle.

    Matthew Chapman ‏@fawfulfan

    #SignsYoureRightWing you blame all of the black community's problems on "fatherlessness" but your solution is to lock up more black fathers.

  • Doc, I can't believe you are actually responding to the idiot. Facts mean nothing to him. After all he is an idiot!

  • Abedin allegedly sent or received more than 7,000 emails on her government account that involved Band, the letter said.

    By Sarah Westwood • 8/3/15 12:42 PM

    As an example of the potential conflicts of interest at play, Grassley cited an email exchange in which Band pressed Abedin to encourage her State Department boss, Hillary Clinton, to facilitate a White House appointment for one of his clients.

    Judith Rodin, the Teneo client in question, was then president of the Rockefeller Foundation, "which donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, a fact which Mr. Band allegedly noted in his email to Ms. Abedin," the letter said.

    "[E]mail evidence allegedly suggests that Ms. Abedin and Ms. Mills shared a desire to find a way to ensure the Department paid for Ms. Abedin's travel to and from New York," the letter continued.

    Grassley called into question a $33,000 payment Abedin received from the State Department for leave she hadn't used.

    The Iowa Republican highlighted multiple allegations received by the Judiciary Committee that indicated Abedin had indeed taken leave during her time as a government employee, casting doubt on whether Abedin should have received $33,000 in taxpayer money.

    Abedin worked as a full-time staffer to Hillary Clinton from January 2009 until June 2012, at which point she was given a "special government employee" designation and soon took on roles at the Clinton Foundation and Teneo.

    That designation is designed to allow individuals who fill "an unmet government need for rare or unique expertise" to retain their private-sector positions while receiving compensation from the government.

    But Abedin has drawn fire for the SGE arrangement that gave her heavy influence over Hillary Clinton's schedule and travel while allowing her to serve as a senior adviser at Teneo.

    Critics have said the personnel rule was quietly bent to permit Abedin to collect her government paycheck while wielding her influence to the benefit of her other employers.

    For example, Hillary Clinton jetted to Ireland with Abedin at her side for her last official trip as secretary, during which she attended an event hosted by a major Clinton Foundation donor that had been promoted by Teneo.

    The State Department's inspector general began looking into the issue of Abedin's SGE designation in 2013, Grassley indicated in a letter to Abedin Thursday.

    "The Committee has learned of allegations that, during your simultaneous employment by the Department of State, Teneo, and the Clinton Foundation, you were solicited for and delivered favors for preferred individuals," Grassley wrote to Abedin.

    Abedin was reportedly among several key aides to Hillary Clinton that hosted email accounts on a private server in the presidential candidate's New York home in violation of federal records laws.

  • At this point no on can stop him,, he will eat any Dem alive, or Reub for that matter,, he does not lie and he does not need anyone's damn money,, he says it like it is and is not a Washington puppet,, face it,, if the general were held today, he would be the next president,, there will have to be some major fancy dancing on both sides to find someone to beat him,, right now, its not there,, "crazy train"- that's a laugh, he must be pretty smart or he would not have gotten this far,, you leftist nit wits are just terrified that he could actually make it and ruin your socialist world,, be afraid,, very afraid,,
    C

  • Keith Brekhus / PoliticusUSA / August, 3rd, 2015

    A Monmouth University Poll released on Monday shows Donald Trump expanding his lead over the Republican field. Trump garners the support of 26 percent of GOP voters, while his nearest opponent, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is back at 12 percent. Trump’s support has doubled in the past month. He polled at 13 percent support in July, and just 2 percent back in June.

    The Monmouth University poll is not an anomaly. The last six major national polls released have all shown Trump leading the Republican field. Real Clear Politics’ polling average calculates that Trump has a near double-digit lead (22.2 to 12.7 percent) over Scott Walker, with Jeb Bush at 12.2 percent, and no other candidate polling above 7 percent.

    Donald Trump’s momentum is a source of great consternation to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus and to billionaire donors like the Koch Brothers. Republican leaders seem utterly perplexed that after years of hailing the virtues of the super wealthy as job creators who deserve almost limitless tax breaks, the party’s base has embraced a bombastic billionaire for president. Who could have seen that coming?

    Likewise, party leaders seem flummoxed that after decades of demonizing Washington insiders and government in general, Republican voters are turning their affections to an outsider rather than a distinguished GOP Governor or U.S. Senator. Imagine that.

    For their part, the Koch Brothers, who froze Trump out of their weekend confab in Southern California, seem profoundly annoyed that Trump isn’t groveling at their feet for money. While Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and Jeb Bush prostrated themselves before the GOP puppet masters, hoping for their approval and financial backing, Trump tweeted:

    I wish good luck to all of the Republican candidates that traveled to California to beg for money etc. from the Koch Brothers. Puppets?
    For the Republican Party, the chickens are coming home to roost. Candidates like Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz have spent the better part of the last four years trying to arouse the anger and passion of the Tea Party fanatics to rise up against the media and the politicians who “oppress them”. However, neither man recognized that they too would be caught in the undertow.

    Sure, Mike Huckabee wants to send federal troops into clinics to stop abortions, and he says outlandish things about President Obama marching Israelis to the doors of the ovens, but his cries for attention fail to strike a nerve the way Trump’s grandstanding on immigration does. Ted Cruz’s calls for filling out your taxes on a post card are downright boring compared to Trumps’ bluster that he will build a fence on the border and make Mexico pay for it.

    Republican Party leaders are nervously hoping that Trump’s momentum can be halted by a more conventional Republican politician like Jeb Bush or Scott Walker. The problem is the Republican Party has nurtured and nourished the Tea party crazies for the entirety of the Obama presidency.

    By ginning up anti-government sentiment and by encouraging GOP voters to hold a nightmarish vision of contemporary American politics, the Republican Party set the stage for a demagogue to take over the party. Now they are reaping what they have sown. Donald Trump has a big lead, and right now nobody in the Republican Party knows how to stop the runaway crazy train.

  • Keith M. ‏@ksecus

    Welfare for the rich is Capitalism but helping the poor is Socialism. #SignsYoureRightWing

  • Jon Schwarz / The Intercept / July 30 2015

    Former president Jimmy Carter said Tuesday on the nationally syndicated radio show the Thom Hartmann Program that the United States is now an “oligarchy” in which “unlimited political bribery” has created “a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors.” Both Democrats and Republicans, Carter said, “look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves.”

    Carter was responding to a question from Hartmann about recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign financing like Citizens United.

    Transcript:

    HARTMANN: Our Supreme Court has now said, “unlimited money in politics.” It seems like a violation of principles of democracy. … Your thoughts on that?

    CARTER: It violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system. Now it’s just an oligarchy, with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president or to elect the president. And the same thing applies to governors and U.S. senators and congress members. So now we’ve just seen a complete subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect and sometimes get favors for themselves after the election’s over. … The incumbents, Democrats and Republicans, look upon this unlimited money as a great benefit to themselves. Somebody’s who’s already in Congress has a lot more to sell to an avid contributor than somebody who’s just a challenger.

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    Negative USA POSTING

    by dickw3939 16 hours ago

    Right, ya are Polecat. Elements of the "citizenry" with similar mechanics of elky's mentality, is clear and present danger to America. The mentality is the common thread seen in "major' Nidal Hassan, the Chattanoogi shooter, the Oklahoma beheader, the New Jersey "traffic light" murder of 19 year old " Brendan Tevlin", etc.....we have a fungus among us, sad but TRUE. The prize for eternal freedom, is VIGILLANCE.

    Be vigilant, America....see som'pin, say som'pin....see elky, say som'pin.....hehehehehehehehehe

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    Negative USA POSTING

    by dickw3939 16 hours ago

    Another topic which is too complex for our beloved little mental midget Pole to understand. Poor fellow has no choice but to rest again.....

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    Negative USA POSTING

    by dickw3939 16 hours ago

    Good to know you are back on your knees, Polio.

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    Negative USA POSTING

    by dickw3939 16 hours ago

    I rest my case!

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    List of indicted Democrat Officials grows rapidly

    by dickw3939 Aug 2, 2015 11:40 PM

    TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON BOOKED ON FELONY FRAUD CHARGES

    Reuters / 03 AUG 2015

    TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL KEN PAXTON, A TEA PARTY REPUBLICAN, TURNED HIMSELF IN ON MONDAY AND WAS BOOKED ON THREE FELONY CHARGES INVOLVING SUSPECTED SECURITIES FRAUD, A CASE CRITICS HAVE SAID UNDERMINES THE INTEGRITY OF THE STATE’S TOP LAW MAN.

    Paxton appeared for processing on the charges and posed for a mug shot in Collin County, near Dallas. Bail was set at $35,000, and Paxton immediately posted bond and was released, according to the Collin County Sheriff’s office.

    The contents of a sealed three-count indictment will soon be released, the Dallas Morning News and other media outlets reported.

    Neither Paxton nor the special prosecutors appointed to the case have commented on the indictment. Paxton took his post earlier this year as the state’s top law-enforcement official, pledging a fight against abortion, same-sex marriage and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

    A grand jury in July heard evidence presented by the prosecutors and the Texas Rangers. It returned the indictment that includes first-degree felony charges, which can bring up to 99 years in prison.

    Paxton drew national attention when he said county clerks in Texas who object to gay marriage on religious grounds can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June requiring states to allow same-sex marriage.

    When he was in the state legislature, Paxton was hired to seek clients by investment firm Mowery Capital Management, which is facing allegations from the State Securities Board of defrauding investors.

    The board found in May 2014 that Paxton was not properly registered as an investment adviser in his work with the firm. It reprimanded him and fined him $1,000.

    Paxton’s name also appears in a federal court document as a major investor in a Dallas-area firm in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.Court documents in the federal investigation of the technology firm called Servergy do not make any allegations of misconduct by Paxton or draw links to the investigation into securities fraud in Texas.

    Few of the state’s Republican leadership have publicly shown support for Paxton following reports of the indictment

    PAXTON’S APPEARANCE WAS A LOW-KEY AFFAIR COMPARED WITH THE ARRAIGNMENT OF THEN-GOVERNOR RICK PERRY OF TEXAS ON ABUSE OF POWER CHARGES LAST YEAR.

    Perry, now a Republican presidential contender for 2016, rallied supporters to the processing center in Austin and made a speech denouncing what he described as a politically motivated prosecution.

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    List of indicted Democrat Officials grows rapidly

    by dickw3939 Aug 2, 2015 11:40 PM

    Top Democrat Rep. Chaka Fattah facing 29 count federal indictment
    July 31, 2015 11:29 AM MST

    (I wonder why the idiot's apprentice didn't mention this when he posted that some sleaze bag Rep. politician was indicted. Dual standard maybe = hypocrite?)

    Federal prosecutors charged the flamboyant U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pennsylvania, on Wednesday with racketeering conspiracy, bribery and wire fraud as part of a 29-count indictment. The investigation was launched by law enforcement agents from both the FBI and IRS in March 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Rep. Fattah changed his name from Arthur Davenport when he allegedly became part of the Black nationalist movement in Philadelphia. As a result of the criminal charges, the 58-year-old Fattah gave up his ranking seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he ironically was the top Democrat overseeing criminal justice and science spending. His tentative replacement will be Rep. Mike Honda, D-California, who is also the subject of a House of Representatives ethics probe.

    Several of Fattah’s minions -- district director, 59-year-old Bonnie Bowser of Philadelphia, and former congressional staffer Karen Nicholas, 57, plus two other individuals -- are also facing corruption charges for their alleged involvement in several schemes that benefited their own political and financial interests with hundreds of thousands of dollars of federal, charitable and campaign funds being intentionally misappropriated .

    The federal indictment accuses Fattah of being involved in illegal activity during his 2007 campaign for mayor of Philadelphia, as well as bogus congressional campaign filings. According to reporters who contacted Fattah's office in Washington, D.C., he was said to be busy doing the "people's business" in the House.

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    by dickw3939 16 hours ago

    QUOTATION: “Well, Doctor, what have we got—a Republic or a Monarchy?”

    “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

    ATTRIBUTION: The response is attributed to BENJAMIN FRANKLIN—at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, when queried as he left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberation—in the notes of Dr. James McHenry, one of Maryland’s delegates to the Convention.

    McHenry’s notes were first published in The American Historical Review, vol. 11, 1906, and the anecdote on p. 618 reads: “A lady asked Dr. Franklin Well Doctor what have we got a republic or a monarchy. A republic replied the Doctor if you can keep it.” When McHenry’s notes were included in The Records of the Federal Convention of 1787, ed. Max Farrand, vol. 3, appendix A, p. 85 (1911, reprinted 1934), a footnote stated that the date this anecdote was written is uncertain.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Some of us, dickw, are trying to heed Franklin’s point and keep our country a Republic.

    What you never seem to understand is that anyone who chronically takes the stance of “My country, right or wrong.” is very much enabling their country to be wrong, including in terrible ways and is, as well, misinterpreting the best reading of what engendered that bumper sticker quote:

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Our country – In her intercourse with foreign nations may she always be in the right, and always successful, right or wrong.

    Toast at a dinner in Norfolk, Virginia (April 1816) reported in Niles' Weekly Register (Baltimore, Maryland) 20 April 1816; as cited in Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations (2010), Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, p. 70

    Variant: Our country! In her intercourse with foreign nations, may she always be in the right; but our country, right or wrong.

    This widely quoted version is attributed in Alexander Slidell Mackenzie, Life of Stephen Decatur: A Commodore in the Navy of the United States (1846), C. C. Little and J. Brown, p. 443.

    This statement produced the famous slogan "My country, right or wrong!" which itself produced famous responses by:

    Carl Schurz (if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right)"

    Schurz, Carl, remarks in the Senate, February 29, 1872, The Congressional Globe, vol. 45, p. 1287. See Wikisource for the complete speech.

    G. K. Chesterton "'My country, right or wrong' is a thing that no patriot would think of saying, except in a desperate case. It is like saying, 'My mother, drunk or sober'." -- A Defence of Patriotism

  • Reply to

    List of indicted Democrat Officials grows rapidly

    by dickw3939 Aug 2, 2015 11:40 PM

    Three of the four Illinois governors sent to prison were Democrats. I think two of them are still in prison.

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    by dickw3939 16 hours ago

    Richard, you are wasting your time. The idiot is a hard core communist and an uneducated one at that. Not only is he stupid, he's an ignoramus and loves this this criminal, evil country enough to live here an enjoy its benefits. If this place is such a horrible place, why won't he go to the workers' paradise, a paragon of communist utopia.

    He could leave this vile, disgusting, #$%$ hole of inequality and move to sunny Cuba where everybody is equal, equally miserable but no, he's a coward and will not follow his beliefs (I doubt he has convictions.) and move to a communist nirvana.

    For all of his blathering. he really likes it here where he can draw a welfare check, live in his mother's basement, do drugs, drink Mad Dog 20/20 and whine about what a #$%$ place the US is.

  • if A writer constantly posts negative materiel about the USA wouldn't you think they harbor a hatred or, at least, an intense dislike for this country? Okay elk, which one is it? I am curious as to why you feel this way and maybe other folks are too. I would like to help change your mind. Is it possible?

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