Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#CrookedHillary: State Department Access Granted to Clinton Foundation Donors (VIDEO)

It's never ending.

Crooked Hillary's email scandal keeps dropping into the news, with new emails coming to light, from new iterations of freedom of information requests.

Here's the big Associated Press story up right now at Memeorandum, "MANY DONORS TO CLINTON FOUNDATION MET WITH HER AT STATE":
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than half the people outside the government who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money - either personally or through companies or groups - to the Clinton Foundation. It's an extraordinary proportion indicating her possible ethics challenges if elected president...
A.P.'s Stephen Braun discusses the story at the video here.

Plus, at Washington Free Beacon, "ABC: State Dept Access Given to Clinton Foundation Donors ‘Precisely What She Said She Would Not Do’."

That piece discusses the story by ABC News investigation reporter Brian Ross. Here's the video, "Clinton Foundation: Did Donors Get Special Access?"

More at Memoeorandum.

The Unconscionable Legacy of the 2016 Olympic Games — #ThirdWorldGames


I don't think I watched any more after Tuesday night. Once most of the marquee track events were done, I tuned out. Then of course you had the news of that idiot lyin' Ryan Lochte. I hope he's banned from the sport. He only took one gold anyway, and that was on a team relay. He's washed up, in more ways than one.

And as you recall, my hashtag's been #ThirdWorldGames, and for good reason.

In any case, from the article:
More than anything else, what surprised me during my first Olympics was the sheer scale of the bubble the IOC has made for itself. After arriving at the airport, members and assorted apparatchiks were ushered into private cars, ferried along exclusive highway lanes—look out the window, and there were Rio 2016-branded walls to mask the favelas—and dropped off at their exclusive hotels ringed by security, so only those with credentials could enter. They then took the same private cars to all of their events. Some even got motorcades. Once they got to the various sports venues, they went in the Olympic Family entrances, passed through the Olympic Family security lines, mingled in the Olympic Family club lounges, and watched athletes compete from the Olympic Family seats. When they were hungry, they surely put their $900 per diems to use at the city's most exclusive restaurants and bars, never risking having to interact with anyone who wasn't wealthy. Except, perhaps, for the people serving them.

Yes, the Olympic Bubble is so all-encompassing that the IOC has convinced itself that it doesn't exist. "These games have not been organized in a bubble," IOC President Thomas Bach told reporters on Saturday as he made other demonstrably false claims, such as the Games not using any public money and Brazilians being "united behind these Olympic Games" despite the fact that half of them weren't. Bach ended his press conference by no-commenting almost every question, but adding that if the Olympics can happen in Rio, they can happen anywhere.

Putting aside Bach's sportocrat snobbery, there is a critical lesson here. The Olympic Bubble's comprehensiveness illustrates just how little the IOC is concerned with anyone but themselves—and how blithely, even happily indifferent the entire Olympic "movement" is to the waste and corruption it fosters, and the human wreckage it leaves in its wake...
Rather than bring development and prosperity, the games will increase economic inequality and social division.

More at that top link.

Out Today: Ann Coulter, In Trump We Trust

The moment you've all been waiting for, I'm sure.

At Amazon, Ann Coulter, In Trump We Trust: E Pluribus Awesome!

Forget About an Electoral Landslide in 2016

I love going on 270-to-Win in my classes, showing students blowout Electoral College victories, like Richard Nixon's massive destruction of George McGovern in 1972. The map's almost hilariously red.

But then I tell students we don't get those kind of blowouts these days. The country's been pretty clearly divided between party strongholds for almost twenty years. I'll tell you though, unless Donald Trump really makes up some big gains in the key battlegrounds, the Democrats might well expand their map this year.

Still, though, it's not likely to be blowout.

See the New York Times, "Think the Clinton-Trump Race Will Be a Landslide? Hold Your Horses":

Donald J. Trump, after weeks of self-inflicted damage, has seen support for his candidacy in national polls dip into the 30s — Barry Goldwater and Walter F. Mondale territory — while Hillary Clinton has extended her lead to double digits in several crucial swing states.

Time to declare a landslide, right? Not so fast.

The vote may be more favorable to Mr. Trump than the worst-case-scenario prognosticators suggest for a very simple reason: Landslides do not really happen in presidential elections anymore.

It has been 32 years since a president won the popular vote by a double-digit percentage. That was when Mr. Mondale suffered an 18-point defeat to Ronald Reagan in 1984. It was also the last time there was a landslide among states, with Mr. Mondale winning only Minnesota and the District of Columbia.

There are a variety of factors that are likely to prevent a candidate today from rallying the huge, 60-plus-point majorities that swept Franklin D. Roosevelt into office in 1936, Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 and Richard M. Nixon in 1972.

The country is too fragmented and its political temperature too overheated for any single person to emerge as a consensus choice for anything nearing two-thirds of the electorate. And that climate has led the political parties to become far more ideologically uniform than they used to be.

“The biggest difference between today and say, 1936 or 1964, is the composition of the two parties,” said Jonathan Darman, author of the book “Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America.” Party identification used to be more fluid, making it less difficult for partisan voters to conceive of supporting someone of the opposite affiliation.

“The Republican and Democratic parties were much more heterogeneous than the parties we have today,” Mr. Darman added. “Party identification had a lot more to do with regional ties and family traditions than ideology.”
Keep reading.

The Beach Has Long Been a Powerful Symbol of French National Identity

Hey, I can dig it.

The beach has long been a symbol of American national identity too. And so far, I've yet to see any Muslim burkini babes hitting the breakers, heh.

But check out Foreign Policy. I'll take Ms. Bardot any day, lol.

PREVIOUSLY: "Extreme Veiling is Misogynist Hate Speech."

Vogue Cover Girl Kendall Jenner Shares Swimsuit Outtake

Fans were reportedly "furious" by Kendall Jenner's cover for Vogue's September issue, although the "Momager" wasn't.

Here's a fleshy shot at Kendall's page, and at Daily Mail, "Too cheeky for Anna Wintour? Kendall Jenner posts steamy swimsuit picture that didn't make the cut for her Vogue September."

Bruce Dickson, The Dictator's Dilemma

This book looks awesome!

At Amazon, Bruce Dickson, The Dictator's Dilemma: The Chinese Communist Party's Strategy for Survival.

Vox Day, Cuckservative [BUMPED]

At Amazon, Cuckservative: How Conservatives Betrayed America.

BONUS: Also from Vox Day, SJWs Always Lie: Taking Down the Thought Police.

Andrea Tantaros Sues Fox News, Alleging the Network 'Operates Like a Sex-Fueled, Playboy Mansion-Like Cult Steeped in Intimidation...'

She was my favorite lady over there at Fox. I've been missing her on "Outnumbered." No one provides more concise, penetrating, and morally powered clarity on the issues.

At the New York Times, "Andrea Tantaros of Fox News Claims Retaliation for Sex Harassment Complaints."

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Previously, "Fox News Pulls 'Outnumbered' Star Andrea Tantaros Over 'Contract Issues'."

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke Reflects Intricacies of Race

Sheriff Clarke made the front-page of the Los Angles Times.

Unfortunately, the article attempts to marginalize him as an oddity and throwback, while lionizing Milwaukee's police chief, Edward Flynn, as compassionate and progressive. Who's right about the cities problems? Sheriff Clarke, of course. Flynn's not even originally from Milwaukee, whereas Clarke's lived there all his life, rose up through the police department from the age of 21, and was later appointed county sheriff, and he's been reelected four times. The dude's a righteous freakin' patriot.

Stumped by Trump's Success?

Salena Zito was stoked to see her essay published at the New York Post, "Stumped by Trump’s success? Take a drive outside U.S. cities."

'I Got You Babe'

It's UB40, featuring Chrissie Hynde.

What a trip. I found this scrolling around on YouTube yesterday:

Monday, August 22, 2016

Joseph Stiglitz, The Euro

Here's Professor Stiglitz's new book, just out last week, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe.

It's already creating a buzz. Stiglitz expects we'll see the total collapse of the European monetary union. He's an extremely eminent economist — and a leftist, of course. But it's amazing how this book contributes to the case for #Brexit, heh.

See the review and the Guardian U.K., good for a laugh riot, "The Euro and Its Threat to the Future of Europe by Joseph Stiglitz – Review."

ADDED: Also at the Guardian, Joseph Stiglitz, "The problem with Europe is the euro: In this extract from his new book, the Nobel prize-winning economist argues that if the euro is not radically rethought, Europe could be condemned to decades of broken dreams.

The Compete on Utter Collapse of American Journalism

From Michael Goodwin, at the New York Post.

I'm astonished how good are his commentaries sometimes.

People Have Mixed Feelings About Shaunae Miller Winning the 400-Meter Gold Medal (VIDEO)

Well, you would think so.

She lunged over the finish, which isn't prohibited, but seems unethical. Did she really win?

At BuzzFeed.

Also, at NBC News, "Rio Olympics: Shaunae Miller's 'Dive' That Denied Allyson Felix Gold Divides Twitter."

And watch, "Bahamas' Miller dives to beat out U.S.' Felix for 400m gold."

How to Thank Your Coach After Winning the Gold Medal in Wrestling

It's Risako Kawai of Japan.


Pretty good.

At Telegraph UK, "Japanese wrestler celebrates winning gold by slamming coach to the mat, twice."

Nina Agdal Summer of Swim 2016 (VIDEO)

Following-up from the other day, "Nina Agdal Summer of Swim Coney Island (VIDEO)."

At Sports Illustrated:

Aly Raisman and Team #USA Gymnasts at the Beach in Rio

Hey, I'd be hitting the beach after sweeping competitions, too.

Sheesh, they're hot. And good on them, such great representatives of America.

At London's Daily Mail, "Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and  Team #USA gymnasts have a beach day..."

ICYMI: Alice Goffman, On the Run [BUMPED]

This is a great, great book. And Alice Goffman is a really fascinating woman.

She takes the wrong lessons from her time with the black underclass, but she's a leftist. I'm just blown away at how she could immerse herself so fully in the culture.

In any case, more later.

At Amazon, On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City.

Meanwhile, when you have time, grab a beer and read the New York Times piece on Goffman, "The Trials of Alice Goffman."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Kellyanne Conway: Donald Trump's Having the 'Best Week' Ever (VIDEO)

She's a great spokeswoman. I sure hope she's going to help turn things around.

ICYMI, at NewsBusters, "Flashback: Dukakis Led Bush By 17 Points After 1988 DNC."

From this morning's, "This Week with George Stephanopoulos":

Previously, "Kellyanne Conway on CBS 'This Morning' (VIDEO)."

Hillary's Already Measuring the Drapes in the Oval Office

The campaign denies it, but these idiots are convinced Cankles will be sworn in on January 20th.

At WaPo: