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The “scorched earth meltdown” of Democrats continues…

Just when you think you’ve seen the ultimate meltdown from a Democrat, there’s always more. Their ‘terrorist’ and ‘ISIS’ vitriol toward those who rejected them gets uglier and uglier. This frenzy to cast fellow Americans as dangerous terrorists because you disagree with them politically is beyond any normal or acceptable political discourse.

 

The hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh was an utter debacle for the Democrats. However, it did provide an opportunity for reassessing their view of the world and their attitude about the American people. The Democrats clearly chose not to reassess anything and are now doubling down on hate.

The new narrative from Democrats and their enablers is the insane insistence that President Donald Trump is responsible for the horrible Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. Democrats are now showing us they are truly desperate people who seek to use every human crisis as a political opportunity.

Mr. Trump is a politician and has terrific people surrounding him. He has shown us for over two years now that he can handle the slings and arrows of the dying Democrat establishment. But the more troubling and sinister messaging has emerged against voters who chose freely in 2016 not to support the status quo any longer.

In the aftermath of the synagogue massacre, two people fanatically opposed to the president have gone on national television and compared the president and his voters, in one case, to the Islamic State terrorist group (also known as ISIS) and, in the other, accused the president and his supporters of having “blood on their hands.”

On Monday at CNN, just two days after the synagogue horror, GQ columnist Julia Ioffe made headlines. During a debate segment she said, “I think this president, one of the things that he really launched his presidential run on is talking about Islamic radicalization. And this president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did.”

David Urban, a Trump supporter and another guest on the panel, confronted her on-air for the remark. After Jake Tapper declined to push back on the claim, Ms. Ioffe doubled-down on comparing supporters of the president to the blood-thirsty terrorists, “ISIS had like 10,000 members. I think the president has far more supporters who espouse an equally hateful ideology,” Ms. Ioffe retorted.

In the aftermath, outrage at the remark grew, and Ms. Ioffe apologized in a non-apology sort of way by explaining it was “hyperbole” fueled by our “emotional and painful time.”

Newsflash for Ms. Ioffe: That massacre was and is emotional and painful for all of us. This was not a poor choice of words, a mistake we all can make. This was an accusation, which she reinforced even after being confronted about it in real time.

Within two days of the mass murder, Steve Schmidt, chairman of the John McCain 2008 campaign and himself a hater of Mr. Trump, went on MSNBC to discuss the massacre, but instead used the horror to unleash a screed against those whom he despises. He declared the president and others “had blood on their hands.” Without any pushback from host Chris Hayes, he said Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway and “the vile president that she serves, abetted by Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh and Breitbart and NewBusters and Judicial Watch and all the rest of them, have blood on their hands. For the incitements that they have made that have triggered and radicalized these crazy people. It is deliberate …”

This frenzy to cast fellow Americans as dangerous terrorists because you disagree with them politically is beyond any normal or acceptable political discourse. It’s one thing to target a direct political opponent with rhetoric that is unseemly. But here we have the failing establishment, both Democrats and in some cases Republicans, choosing to malign actual voters in the week leading up to an election.

Hillary Clinton’s declaration that the president’s supporters were “deplorable” and “not American” was the moment the losers in 2016 decided a scorched earth campaign to punish those who did not comply would be their new strategy.

It is now apparent Rep. Maxine Waters of California was not a rogue congresswoman calling for the harassment of Republicans; she was simply carrying forward the official Democratic torch.  What would possess the Democrats to think that attacking the American people would be their salvation? We may have received a clue as to their expectations when Mrs. Clinton said that the instability and incivility would stop when Democrats “won again.”

In 2016, the American public saw through the attempts to gaslight them into believing things that aren’t true. One of those false assertions is how Democrats care about the American people and are champions on the issues we care about.

Their latest accusations, attitude, and lack of any coherent position on policy for this country, proves not just the chaotic incompetence now destroying that side of the aisle, but makes clear their actual malevolence toward American citizens. We are the ones who fired them, therefore we are the ones they are determined to punish.

When the midterms wrap up Democrats are going to discover that we are not ISIS, or Nazis, or racists, or terrorists. We are Americans. We are moms and dads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, and best friends. We are voters and families who look to the future and want it to be the best it can be. To achieve that, we must urge the American people not to reward those who condemn others for rejecting the status quo. We must together decide to stand for freedom, fairness and a renewed American future.

 

[From an article by Tammy Bruce, published by THE WASHINGTON TIMES]

 

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US intelligence agencies now working overtime to try to assess and contain the damage they are sure was caused by Hillary Clinton’s private, not-secure email accounts…intel community fearing massive damage from hundreds of leaked secrets on Hillary’s private email server…

Will the real Hillary please stand up?

Congress notified that damage likely to be far more extensive than first thought

 

The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committee have been notified in recent days that the extent of classified information on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was likely far more extensive than the four emails publicly acknowledged last week as containing some sensitive spy agency secrets.

A U.S. official directly familiar with the notification, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said the notification of possibly hundreds of additional emails with classified secrets came from the State Department Freedom of Information Act office to the Office of Inspector General for the Director of National Intelligence.

The inspector general, the chief oversight watchdog for the entire U.S. intelligence community, subsequently sent a letter to the Republican chairmen and ranking Democrats of the Senate and House intelligence committees, the official said.

“We were informed by State FOIA officials that there are potentially hundreds of classified emails within the 30,000 provided for former Secretary Clinton,” DNI Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III late last week wrote Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat; Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican; and Rep. Adam B. Schiff, California Democrat.

“We note that none of the emails we reviewed had classification or dissemination markings but some included IC-derived classified information and should have been handled as classified, appropriately marked and transmitted via a secure server,” Mr. McCullough wrote the four lawmakers.

The U.S. official said the intelligence community has been informed that secret information had been contained in some of Mrs. Clinton’s private emails that originated from the FBI, the DNI and the CIA as well as a spy satellite agency. It is believed the 30,000 emails remain on a thumb drive in the possession of Mrs. Clinton’s private attorney, David Kendall.

The official said the intelligence community’s first response was to take steps to secure the handling of remaining 30,000 emails and make sure they were handled on top-secret servers to avoid any further breaches, and then to assess any damage to national security from the insecure handling and release of information already in some of the publicly disseminated emails.

“Containment first, then a damage assessment is how this must be handled,” the official said.

The official said the intelligence community was already concerned, for instance, that some classified information was inadvertently disclosed by the State Department in recent weeks when one of Mrs. Clinton’s emails about Libya was publicly released.

The inspector general’s notification to Capitol Hill and the Justice Department also opens possible legal exposure for Mrs. Clinton about improper handling of classified materials, something her attorney knows much about.

Mr. Kendall represented former CIA Director David H. Petraeus last year when he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling national secrets because he gave some classified information to his mistress and biographer and stored a classified book of information in his home in an insecure manner.

Separately, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, sent a letter to FBI Director James Comey asking him to explain what the bureau was doing to keep secure the classified information within 30,000 Clinton emails known to be on Mr. Kendall’s thumb drive.

“It’s a serious breach of national security if the United States government fails to secure classified material in the hands of people not authorized to possess it, no matter who they are. There are fundamental questions as to what the FBI is doing to securing these classified emails and why the State Department is not fully cooperating with the inspectors general at the State Department and the Intelligence Community to ensure that all of the appropriate emails are identified,” Mr. Grassley wrote.

Mr. Grassley also sent a letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry inquiring about the delay in sending the 30,000 emails to intelligence community inspectors general.

Mrs. Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, fended off the new questions about the email scandal and suspicious foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, distracting from her effort to wrangle support from union bosses at the AFL-CIO’s annual summer meeting.

The former secretary of state’s email woes deepened when a federal judge scolded the State Department for delays in releasing the documents, as the agency revealed that Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides and top officials during her tenure at the agency — Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan — also used private email accounts and all of their message have not been turned over to the State Department.

“I think we have been proceeding in a timely fashion, and indeed the vast majority of the emails that I turned over and that are being turned over by others were already in the State Department system,” Mrs. Clinton said at a press conference at the union meeting in the Washington suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Her response to reporters was the same explanation she gave in March, when it came to light that she had used a private email account exclusively for official business as America’s top diplomat, shielding her correspondence from probes by Congress and requests under the Freedom of Information Act.

It remains unclear how much of her email was captured by the State Department system during exchanges with other agency employees, especially since other high-ranking officials at the agency also were using private email accounts.
Mrs. Clinton batted questions about the email back at the agency.

“This is really a question for the State Department,” she said at the union press conference. “They are the ones that are bearing the responsibility to sort through these thousands and thousands of emails and determine at what pace they can be released, and I really hope that it will be as quickly as possible.”

Mrs. Clinton has insisted that she followed the rules and used a private email account because it was more convenient for her than juggling two smartphones. But nearly two years after she left office and after a congressional probe learned about her private email account, she turned over about 30,000 messages to the State Department and erased another 32,000 messages that she deemed personal.

At some point, she wiped clean the email server kept in her home in Chappaqua, New York, preventing any of the messages from being recovered.

Questions about her email setup and foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while she was secretary of state, which potentially posed conflicts of interest, have dogged Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign. The controversies have hit her in the polls, with a majority of voters nationwide saying they don’t think she is honest and trustworthy.

The former first lady, senator and top diplomat also had to tamp down reports about increased donations to the Clinton Foundation from Swiss bank USB after she intervened to settle IRS charges that the bank had helped thousands of Americans use secret accounts to avoid U.S. taxes.

Coinciding with Mrs. Clinton’s involvement, the bank’s donations to the Clinton Foundation grew from less than $60,000 in 2008 to roughly $600,000 by the end of 2014. The bank also paid Mrs. Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, $1.5 million for participating in a series of corporate events, The Wall Street Journal reported.

In June, The Washington Times reported that Mr. Clinton’s foundation set up a fundraising arm in Sweden that collected $26 million in donations at the same time that country was lobbying Mrs. Clinton’s State Department to forgo sanctions that threatened its thriving business with Iran.

The Swedish entity, called the William J. Clinton Foundation Insamlingsstiftelse, was never disclosed to or cleared by State Department ethics officials, even though one of its largest sources of donations was a Swedish government-sanctioned lottery.

As the money flowed to the foundation from Sweden, Mrs. Clinton’s team in Washington declined to blacklist any Swedish firms despite warnings from career officials at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm that Sweden was expanding its economic ties with Iran and potentially undercutting Western efforts to end Tehran’s rogue nuclear program, diplomatic cables show.

Mrs. Clinton said any implication of wrongdoing was “categorically false.”

“I worked hard as our nation’s first diplomat to solve problems, to work with my colleagues in government,” she said. “I remember the governmentwide efforts to try to pursue America’s interest with respect to Swiss banks and there was a resolution to that, and it continued to be the subject of diplomacy and law enforcement interest.”

She dismissed the report as routine campaign politics.

“You know, this is just the kind of unfortunate claim or charge that you see in campaigns,” Mrs. Clinton said.

The press conference demonstrated that her answers have not settled the matters and the scandals will continue to overshadow her campaign.

At the AFL-CIO meeting, Mrs. Clinton met with the union leaders behind closed doors to woo support with her pledge to fight for higher wages and for laws that would make it easier to unionize workplaces.

“I asked for their support going forward. I asked them to be my partner in making sure that we stand against those powerful forces on the other side that don’t agree with the [union] agenda,” she said.

Union insiders say the leadership prefers more aggressively pro-union candidates such as Sen. Bernard Sanders, the Vermont independent and avowed socialist who has emerged as the chief rival to Mrs. Clinton.

But Mr. Sanders trails by a wide margin and is widely viewed as unable to win.

That leaves the unions stuck with Mrs. Clinton, the all-but-inevitable nominee who has refused to take a position on the Keystone XL oil pipeline or the pending trade deal with Pacific Rim countries — issues that are top priorities for unions.

“That’s what we’re waiting for — for her to take a stand,” said an official from a union local at the meeting.

 

[by John Solomon and S.A. Miller, writing for The Washington Times]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Hillary’s defense is still “My last name is Clinton, and we don’t make mistakes. When we DO make mistakes, they’re never important. Get over it.”  The Secretary of State, who obviously knew better than to use private, non-secure email accounts but did so anyway because she was too important to be inconvenienced, wants us to believe the whole dust-up over her email accounts is just politics as usual by the other side. “They just won’t leave me alone on this darn thing, America. They’re telling you that my emails were open to hack attacks by any and all foreign entities who wanted to get at ’em, but listen, they wouldn’t do that to me, I’m just sure they wouldn’t. I mean, it’s not like I used ‘Big HC at yahoo.com,’ or some silly account like that.  I couldn’t, anyway…somebody else already had that one.”  Keep in mind, folks, this lady thinks she’s qualified for the White House. Well, no, forget that one…after Mr. Zerobama, just about ANYBODY is qualified for the White House. But let’s at least try to find somebody who knows how to think, has a little class, and will put the country ahead of personal gain while in office. Just that much would be a huge and welcome change, wouldn’t it?

 

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Benjamin Netanyahu believes America is exceptional. Obama does not.*

Benjamin Netanyahu

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness vs. death, tyranny, and the pursuit of jihad.”

Appearing before Congress, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid bare terrifying truths about the statements, actions and intentions of the “Islamic Republic” of Iran — as diligently studied from less than 1,000 miles from Tehran, as the missile flies.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology,” Netanyahu intoned. “He tweets that Israel must be annihilated. He tweets!”

Mr. Netanyahu paid great homage to President Obama, Democrats and the U.S. Congress, which he called “the most important legislative body in the world.” Unlike some, Mr. Netanyahu is a true believer in American Exceptionalism.

Of course, all freedom-lovers around the world forced to stare down the barrel of a gun or living under the boot of tyranny believe in American Exceptionalism.

For them, it is their only hope.

Mr. Netanyahu warned that American politicians living so far outside Iran’s neighborhood may not fully comprehend just how barbaric and brutal Iran’s aims really are.

“America’s founding document promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” he said. “Iran’s founding document pledges death, tyranny and the pursuit of jihad.”

They hang gays, persecute Christians, enslave women, maim people for violating the Koran and openly support terrorist networks.

So it was a little surprising how quickly Washington’s perennial partisan bedwetters leapt to their safe ramparts 6,320 miles away from Tehran with Sturm und Drang against Mr. Netanyahu’s speech.

In hysterics, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi declared she was near tears throughout the speech. But not over the barbarity of the Iranian regime. Rather, she was stung “by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation.”

Mr. Obama pointedly skipped Mr. Netanyahu’s speech but was quick to dismiss it as “nothing new.” He may be as arrogant as he is ignorant, but at least he is modest.

Negotiating with such feral beasts as Iran’s theocratic dictators is certainly dangerous. It is also a fool’s errand.

And who better to tap for a fool’s errand than Secretary of State John Kerry himself! The fool’s fool, the very jester in the court of jesters!

John Kerry’s unbridled whorishness for a deal with Iran has become so desperate that even The New York Times felt compelled to print a front page story this week about the “unseemly intimacy” between Kerry and Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif. The story chronicled the long hours alone together, the private emails and even their river walks together.

Mr. Kerry fancies himself a shrewd statesman on the global stage. But, in truth, history only remembers him for his failure to beat former President George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election.

Unless, of course, he strikes a deal with Iran that leads to the annihilation of Israel. Then he will finally be remembered for something else.

[by Charles Hurt, writing for The Washington Times]
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* As one example, remember his comment some time ago about the successful small business owner? Obama’s snarky comment to the business owner was “You didn’t build that!” His meaning was very simple: To be successful in America today, what we all need is the government looking over our shoulders and helping us achieve our successes; without government help, he wants us to believe, we really can’t do anything. Obama is so far out of touch with reality as to not understand in the least that government and its overbearing regulations are what’s holding millions of businesses back, keeping them from being successful — paying taxes and creating jobs.  A far more realistic view was held by President Ronald Reagan, who knew that in very many ways government was not the solution, it was the problem. Reagan even said the most fearful thing any of us will ever hear is “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” (NORM ‘n’ AL comment)

 

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