Via Washington Post:
It was a few weeks before Hillary Clinton would announce her 2016 presidential bid, and she was already worried about money.
“Can we discuss the fundraising plans for first quarter?” her top aide Huma Abedin wrote to other senior staffers in March 2015, noting that Clinton was concerned.
“Is the issue that she’s doing too much? Too little?” asked campaign manager Robby Mook.
Abedin’s succinct reply: “JEB BUSH.”
At the time, donors to the former Florida governor were socking millions into a super PAC, pushing the limits of campaign-finance rules. The stockpiling of seven-figure checks before Bush even declared candidacy spurred a flurry of anxious conversations between Clinton and her staff, according to hacked emails posted by WikiLeaks.
But the former secretary of state had her own financial weapon: a network of political backers that she and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, had methodically cultivated over 40 years.
Determined not to fall behind in the money race, Hillary Clinton ramped up her appeals to rich donors and shrugged off restrictions that President Obama had imposed on his fundraising team.
Even as her advisers fretted about the perception that she was too cozy with wealthy interests, they agreed to let lobbyists bundle checks for her campaign, including those representing some foreign governments, the emails show. Top aides wooed major donors for super PACs, taking advantage of the leeway that campaigns have to legally collaborate with the groups on fundraising.
Conflict of interest?
The political organization of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.
Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.
The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe’s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort.
Mr. McAuliffe and other state party leaders recruited Dr. McC
Children? The Calais Jungle Shack Where Young Hopefuls Line Up To Have Their Ages Checked To Come To The UK…
A bunch of middle schoolers.
Via The Daily Mail:
Milling around outside a shipping container in a gated compound of the notorious Jungle camp in Calais, here is the latest wave of migrants hoping to escape the chaos for a new life in Britain.
This is the first picture of the makeshift facility being used by Home Office officials to establish the age and eligibility of migrants.
Their desperation to come to the UK has heightened with the clearance of the sprawling camp, which is due to start tomorrow.
Migrants already admitted to the UK have come under intense scrutiny, with pictures showing males who appear to be far older than 18. And those queueing to be interviewed yesterday did not appear to be much younger.
The vetting process is taking place amid an increasingly desperate atmosphere in Calais. Last night, police were forced to use smoke grenades to disperse crowds of migrants throwing rocks at them.
As darkness fell, hundreds of jeering migrants lined up, bellowing: ‘Jungle no finish! Jungle no finish!’ Two riot police officers were forced to seek shelter after being pelted with stones.
At least 150 inmates are still on the run after a mass prison breakout in Haiti on Saturday, from Arcahaie jail 45km (30 miles) north of the capital Port-au-Prince.
Two guards and three inmates died during the jailbreak.
Some 170 inmates escaped. Security forces say they have recaptured 10 prisoners and are investigating whether prison guards were involved.
An manhunt to capture remaining inmates is being spearheaded by Haitian police.
Justice Minister Camille Edward Junior told the Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste that the alleged mastermind of the prison break, convicted kidnapper Yvener Carelus, was one of the men captured. “He planned the escape from the inside with a few accomplices,” the minister said.
Another free thinker has broken loose.
HIGH POINT, N.C. (AP) — Clarence Henderson was hailed as a hero nearly 60 years ago when as a young black man he participated in a sit-in at a segregated North Carolina lunch counter.
In 2016, he is again taking a risky stand; he is supporting Donald Trump.
And he isn’t shy about it. Last month he gave the invocation at a Trump rally here, smiling as he shook the Republican candidate’s hand.
“Donald Trump is certainly not a politician, and politicians are a dime a dozen, but leaders are priceless,” Henderson said in an interview.
Trump is deeply unpopular in the black community. He has called on black voters to vote for him because “what the hell do you have to lose?” His support among blacks is less than the margin of error in some polls.
Henderson, 74, has been criticized for his stance, with many taking to Twitter to accuse him of abandoning the principles he fought so hard for more than half a century ago.
Henderson shrugged off the criticism, saying he isn’t paying any attention to it.
And he has gotten some support from one of his fellow activists. Jabreel Khazan was one of the first four protesters to sit down at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. And though he supports Hillary Clinton, he said he had no problem with Henderson’s choice.
“God bless him and all of those who have a second opinion,” said Khazan, whose name was Ezell Blair at the time of the protest. “We should not be a one-minded people.”[…]
For a civil rights hero, he later ended up on a more unconventional political path that he credits to his father, a lifelong Republican.
“My dad, with a third-grade education, said to me, ‘Well, son, you don’t know what the Democratic party has done as far as blacks are concerned,'” Henderson said.
He discovered the Democrats had created and enforced Jim Crow and the Republican Party was behind the constitutional amendments that abolished slavery, granted equal protection to freed slaves and gave blacks the right to vote.
He cast his first vote for a Republican presidential candidate for George W. Bush. Henderson, who ran a financial services business for more than 25 years before retiring a decade ago, said he respected Bush’s business background.
He continued voting for Republicans, even when Barack Obama stood poised to become the first black president.
“I never thought I would see a black person become the president of the United States,” Henderson said. “His ideologies were different from mine. After looking at his past history, I didn’t see him as a viable candidate.”
While it’s hardly the election to get the most attention this year, the United Nations General Assembly has confirmed a nominee with a background in socialist politics and refugee matters to be the organization’s new secretary-general.
The 193-member United Nations General Assembly approved Antonio Guterres, a socialist whom President Barack Obama called a man of “character, vision, and skills” in a statement five days before speaking with him on the phone.
Guterres replaces U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, who served two five-year terms and is stepping down from the position on December 31.
Obama said in his statement that the new secretary-general would be instrumental in dealing with “unprecedented challenges” facing the world, including the surge of millions of displaced peoples and climate change.
In the midst of the Syrian civil war, the refugee crisis has become front and center for most Western countries, including the United States. Guterres, 67, was prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002, as head of the country’s Socialist Party. He also was the head of the U.N. High Commission for Refugees from 2005 through 2015. Both roles involved some controversy.
When addressing the U.N. General Assembly after his victory, Guterres talked about bringing relief to refugees and promoting gender equality as key priorities, but also said he would take a limited approach to his new office.
Here’s Cryptographic Proof That Donna Brazile Is Not Telling The Truth, That WikiLeaks Email Is Real
Most of the Clinton team has been going with ‘don’t recognize’ and ‘Russians!’. Brazile tried to imply they were false, but this puts paid to that.
Via Daily Caller:
Cryptographic signatures demonstrate that Democratic National Committee Chairman Donna Brazile is wrong when she suggests the WikiLeaks emails were altered and that she did not send an email tipping off Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to debate questions.
Many email systems use a verification system called DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) that shows whether an email has been changed. It uses a key stored on the email server that sent the email, so it can’t be forged.
That question wasn’t in the script.
HT: Steve Guest
Hillary doesn’t want, she demands.
The artwork from conservative artist Sabo consists of blood-spattered text reading, “Negan wants 50% of your shit. Hillary demands it all.”
The Walking Dead has been hijacked by a prolific street artist to protest Hillary Clinton and the presidential nominee’s entire Democratic Party.
The artwork from conservative artist Sabo consists of blood-spattered text reading, “Negan wants 50% of your shit. Hillary demands it all.”
The sentiments are based on Negan, a new villain on AMC’s hit show who expressed his desire for stuff that doesn’t belong to him.
“In the spirit of The Walking Dead’s newest villain, Negan, I drew up these posters and placed them outside of the AMC Studio offices in Santa Monica, as well as near the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard, where there will be an anti-Hillary protest,” Sabo tells THR.
“The first time I heard Negan ask for ’50 percent of everything you had,’ my first thought was, ‘damn, only 50 percent?’ And he’s asking! If Democrats had their way, they’d take everything by decree.”
HT: Indy 1826
They want Hillary, followed by Michelle, figuring if they can get Hillary in with all her baggage, they should have no problem with Michelle.
Via Free Beacon:
White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked multiple times during Friday’s daily press briefing about First Lady Michelle Obama and her influence as a campaign surrogate for Hillary Clinton.
“Do you deny the White House is so confident that Secretary Clinton is going to win the election the president can really expend a lot of capital down ballot?” Fox News correspondent Kevin Corke asked. “It seems to me that he’s putting a lot of energy and effort into that, and not just the president but also key surrogates the vice president, the first lady.”
Earnest said that the president was able to use the political capital to support down-ticket Democrats because they share his values and are able to build on the progress of the last eight years.
Harvard’s Social Justice Warriors Protest In Solidarity With University’s Dining-Hall Workers; Caused By Its Own Professors…
Protesting for $15.00 an hour wage while the dining-hall workers make $22.00 an hour.
Via NY Post:
The social-justice warriors of Harvard are on the march again, this time in solidarity with the university’s dining-hall workers.
Students and faculty have spent the past few days protesting low wages and an increase in health-care premiums for the people serving their grilled cheese, french fries and occasional lobster dinners.
On Oct. 5, about 750 workers went on strike. It was Harvard’s first such revolt in 33 years, and strikes are becoming more common at colleges across the country. In Pennsylvania, thousands of faculty went on strike at 14 colleges and universities on Wednesday alone.
Harvard was fortunately prepared, having stocked up on frozen food for students in the days leading up to the walkout. But who knows when their TV dinners will run out. Two weeks later, things seem to have reached an impasse. Harvard has closed six of its 14 dining halls, staffing its remaining ones with temporary workers and giving students money to spend at local pizza joints.
— Aimee Cho (@AimeeCho4) October 22, 2016
If you were wondering what the heck she was wearing, she’s supposed to be dressed like an American flag. Pretty insulting, American flag on meth. This is supposed to show you how ‘cool’ Hillary is?
Just a glitch same as Obamacare.
Via Fox News:
Early voting in Illinois got off to a rocky start Monday, as votes being cast for Republican candidates were transformed into votes for Democrats.
Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library.
“I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan said. “You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.”
The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.
It’s a ‘get rich and sell influence’ vehicle.
If you ask your average conservative commentator, the Clinton Foundation is nothing more than a $100 billion dollar “slush fund” that serves only for the glorification and enrichment of the former first family.
For the typical liberal, it’s a shining example of the power of one of the most successful post-presidencies in history to deliver solutions to the world’s thorniest problems.
As with most public arguments these days, the true answer falls somewhere in the middle, but it appears even the foundation’s own lawyers were worried about just how legit the organization was.
Back in 2013, when Chelsea Clinton was taking a larger role at the foundation she hired the law firm Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett to do a “governance review.” The review was fought by many long-time foundation staffers at the time. The existence of the review had been previously reported, during a time when press was devoting greater scrutiny to the operations of the Clinton Foundation, as speculation swirled about a possible second Hillary Clinton bid for the White House. But at the time the Clinton Foundation didn’t make big news. Now it’s central to Trump and his supporters claims that Clinton is “crooked.”
What the governance review lawyers found was a board and charity in disarray organizationally. It was staffed mostly with insiders, practicing weak oversight and inattentive leadership, and possessed of a loose dedication to best practices for foundations of its size and to Arkansas state and IRS regulations governing conflict of interest. According to the review, the Clinton foundation submitted a Form 990—signed under penalties of perjury—which said that it had a written conflict-of-interest policy, required annual disclosure of potential conflicts of interest, and monitored and enforced compliance with the policy. “However, we did not find evidence of that enforcement,” the review reads.
12-Year-Old FL Social Justice Warrior Upset After Being Kicked Out of Class For Not Standing for Pledge…
No sympathy here.
Via Law Newz:
A middle schooler in Tampa, Florida said he was kicked out of a classroom after refusing to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, and now his family is thinking about a lawsuit. “I don’t believe in standing up for it because there’s more than one religion,” 12-year-old Mark Dawson told WFLA in a Thursday report, later adding, ““I believe in more than one religion and more than one nation.”
He claimed a teacher yelled at him during the September incident, and told him to leave.
The outlet reached out to Liberty Middle School about this, and a spokesperson reportedly admitted that the teacher didn’t know that Hillsborough County School District policy allowed Dawson’s behavior, and this individual was set straight in a talk with the principal. There remains some discrepancies between Dawson’s story and the school’s, though. He said he was admonished three times. They said it only happened once.
UN Staffers Protest Wonder Woman: “Large Breasted White Woman’, With American Flag Attire Not Appropriate For Gender Equity
In the words of Wonder Woman: “Get over yourselves already!” U.S. has done more for the rights of woman than virtually any country on the earth.
Wonder Woman is facing her most millennial foe yet: online haters.
Some 2,000 protesters from around the world have joined a ThePetitionSite.com campaign asking the United Nations to reconsider the comic-book heroine as its newly appointed Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
“A large-breasted white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit with an American flag motif’’ is not an appropriate spokeswoman for international gender equity, the petition says.
Asked one signer, “Is female empowerment so unbelievable that we need to choose a fictional character?”
Fifty staffers at the UN protested the Amazonian’s ambassadorship at a ceremony Friday, Wonder Woman’s 75th anniversary. There, the character’s ’70s TV embodiment, Lynda Carter, pleaded with protesters, “Please, embrace her.”
Damage control in full spin.
Via Heat Street:
Hillary and Bill Clinton’s top aides scrambled in 2014 to respond to a new book detailing Bill Clinton’s relationship with a New York suburban socialite nicknamed “The Energizer Bunny”.
According to leaked emails released Saturday by Wikileaks, the Clintons’ inner circle was roiled by the forthcoming release of the book “The First Family In Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal The Hidden Lives Of Presidents” by Clinton antagonist Edward Klein. The book alleged that Bill Clinton had a “blonde, buxom mistress” named Julie McMahon, whom the Secret Service reportedly nicknamed “The Energizer Bunny.”
McMahon was a neighbor of the Clintons in their adopted town of Chappaqua in New York’s exclusive Westchester County.