Friday, September 30, 2016

Walter Block On Stop And Frisk

Following Judge Napolitano's statement that he considers stop-and-frisk an act of an  ‘authoritarian  police state,’ and condemned Donald Trump's  support  of it,  I asked Dr. Walter Block for his view on what the Judge said, Dr. Block's comment is below:
Dear Bob:

I believe stop and frisk can be justified. This is certainly true from a minarchist libertarian point of view, stipulating that the purpose is not to stop victimless crimes like drug selling, but, rather, crimes with victims such as rape, murder, theft, etc.

What about from the anarcho capitalist point of view? Here it is more difficult to make this case, but I think it can be done.

Suppose members of gang X are raping a woman, and members of gang Y stop the Xers from so doing. Are the Yers justified in protecting the woman? I claim they are. Are the Yers good guys? No, they are gang members too, and often engage in just such depredations. But, in this single isolated case, if you ignore their real crimes, they are good guys.

A similar analysis applies to government police. From the an cap perspective,  they are just another gang. Says Mr. Libertarian on this (Rothbard,1973, p. 49): "if you wish to know how libertarians regard the State and any of its acts, simply think of the State as a criminal band, and all of the libertarian attitudes will logically fall into place." Rothbard, Murray N. 1973. For a New Liberty, Macmillan, New York;

Therefore, the government cops are in the same position as the Y gang is. In this one instance, they are justified. They frisk someone they deem suspicious, he has weapons, he confesses he was about to commit a crime, and cannot do so because he is arrested.

Certainly private police may stop and frisk dangerous looking people on the private property they are hired to protect. That is an easy call.


Best regards,

Walter

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics
Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business                
Loyola University New Orleans

The Latest in Wacko Political Correctness (Washington Post Edition)

Things are really getting insane.

HOT Trump to Warn Obama Not to Pardon Hillary

Interesting, this must be coming from an adviser to refocus the campaign on Hillary (which is where it should be)

Are Hillary Clinton's Crazy Eyes Just an Optical Illusion or...

Did the Clinton campaign get to Dr. Ted Noel?

You get to decide.

 

Why Is Donald Trump Keeping The Alicia Machado Story Alive?

Alex Pappas reports:
During the last momnets of the presidential debate this week, Hillary Clinton laid a trap. Donald Trump took the bait — and hasn’t stopped playing into her hands since then.

“One of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest,” Clinton said Monday night, launching into an attack to try to claim Donald Trump is sexist during the Hofstra University debate. “He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name.”

“Her name is Alicia Machado,” Clinton added.

Not many voters knew Machado’s name until then. But because of Donald Trump’s reaction — and inability to stop talking about her accusations since the debate — they do now....

 Since the debate — the first of the three between Clinton and Trump — it has been the dominant campaign story in the news. And the Clinton campaign couldn’t be happier: it keeps all attention off her, the Clinton Foundation, her health and other problematic topics while Trump battles with a Latino woman over something said 20 years ago...

Machado is no Mother Teresa. She has been accused of playing a role in a 1998 murder and of threatening the judge in the case. (Appearing on CNN this week, she didn’t deny the allegations, only saying: “Everybody has a past, and I’m not a saint girl, but that is not the point now.”)

She appeared nude in Mexican Playboy in 2006 and 2012. And she was filmed having sex while appearing on a 2005 episode of a Spanish reality show.

Early Friday morning, Trump went on another Twitter rant, once again, drawing more attention to the spat. It’s a move that guarantees more news coverage, including on the Sunday morning news shows over the weekend.

“Wow, Crooked Hillary was duped and used by my worst Miss U. Hillary floated her as an “angel” without checking her past, which is terrible!” he tweeted.

“Using Alicia M in the debate as a paragon of virtue just shows that Crooked Hillary suffers from BAD JUDGEMENT! Hillary was set up by a con,” Trump wrote in another tweet.

“Did Crooked Hillary help disgusting (check out sex tape and past) Alicia M become a U.S. citizen so she could use her in the debate?” he added.

The refusal to leave the issue alone has baffled some conservatives.
And this just in:
-RW


The History of Political Correctness

A Record of Poll Results From Past Presidential Election Races


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Judge Napolitano: Donald Trump Supports ‘Authoritarian Police State’ Stop-and-Frisk

By Adam Dick

Constitutional scholar and former New Jersey state judge Andrew Napolitano, in an interview Wednesday with host Brian Thomas at KRC-Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio, decried as an authoritarian police state activity the now-discontinued New York City stop-and-frisk program that Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump praised in the Monday presidential debate.

Napolitano describes this stop-and-frisk program, which was discontinued after being found unconstitutional in a court decision, as allowing police to both stop and frisk an individual based on nothing more than “a hunch” that the person may be doing something illegal, such as carrying drug contraband or a weapon. Napolitano further explains that, under the New York City program, factors such as the age, gender, and ethnicity of a person, instead of actual suspicious activity, were used to justify stop-and-frisk encounters.

Napolitano concludes his analysis of the issue with the following provocative comment regarding the program:
Who wants to live in a society where the police can stop anybody, literally touch anywhere on your body in public, literally remove anything from your pocket, decide what to keep, and decide when to let you go? I mean, that’s an authoritarian police state. That’s not the America under the Constitution.

Listen to Napolitano’s complete interview here:
 
The above originally appeared at the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.

Newsweek Cover Story Hit Piece on Trump


They are trying to take out Donald Trump's supporters amongst Cuban's in Florida.

From the piece:
A company controlled by Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for president, secretly conducted business in Communist Cuba during Fidel Castro’s presidency despite strict American trade bans that made such undertakings illegal, according to interviews with former Trump executives, internal company records and court filings.
Documents show that the Trump company spent a minimum of $68,000 for its 1998 foray into Cuba at a time when the corporate expenditure of even a penny in the Caribbean country was prohibited without U.S. government approval. But the company did not spend the money directly. Instead, with Trump’s knowledge, executives funneled the cash for the Cuba trip through an American consulting firm called Seven Arrows Investment and Development Corp. Once the business consultants traveled to the island and incurred the expenses for the venture, Seven Arrows instructed senior officers with Trump’s company—then called Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts—how to make it appear legal by linking it after the fact to a charitable effort.The payment by Trump Hotels came just before the New York business mogul launched his first bid for the White House,
seeking the nomination of the Reform Party. On his first day of the campaign, he traveled to Miami, where he spoke to a group of Cuban-Americans, a critical voting bloc in the swing state. Trump vowed to maintain the embargo and never spend his or his companies’ money in Cuba until Fidel Castro was removed from power.
Of course, from a libertarian perspective,conducting free trade in the face of an embargo is heroic.

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What Did a Trump Insider Think of Donald Trump's Debate Performance?

In a new post-debate column, Judge Andrew Napolitano gives us the inside scoop on what a Trump insider thought of Trump's debate performance
Trump utterly failed to capitalize on her greatest vulnerabilities — the widespread and largely well-grounded belief that she is untrustworthy and her well-documented record as a failure as secretary of state. I know one of his debate coaches very well. I suspect that the coach gave him superb ideas and one-line zingers, none of which he used. I also suspect that the coach’s advice went in one of Trump’s ears and out the other.

Presidential debates are not won on points and counterpoints. They are won on general impressions. The general impression from Monday’s highly anticipated debate is that Clinton brilliantly controlled the ball and Trump came utterly unprepared. She succeeded in arresting her fall in the polls and reassuring her Democratic base. He failed to give independents and wavering Republicans a good reason to back him.

She clobbered him.
  -RW

More Proof Libertarian Party Candidate Gary Johnson is a Buffoon

Daily Beast reports
 Introducing a “lightning round” during Wednesday evening’s Libertarian town hall on MSNBC Wednesday night, host Chris Matthews said, “This is where we have fun, and maybe make some news.” Third-party candidate Gary Johnson ended up doing the latter of the two when he was asked who his favorite world leader is and drew a complete blank. Johnson’s running mate, Bill Weld, attempted to save him by jumping in to name recently deceased former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres as his favorite, but Matthews wouldn’t let Johnson off the hook, asking him to name any foreign leader who is currently alive. “Any continent, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, name a foreign leader that you respect,” Matthews implored.
 “I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment,” Johnson said..
Of course, as a representative of the Libertarian Party, he could have just said "I don't respect any foreign leaders. They are all interventionists  and the expansion of government and I am for shrinking government."

What a clown.

And. his sidekick Weld didn't help any by using the opportunity to hug Israel and eventually come up with the great Syrian statist importer Angela Merkel.

There have been some bad Libertarian Party candidates but nothing close to these clueless opportunists.





  -RW

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

In 1997, Trump Discussed Alicia Machado's Weight

2 Men Who Found Unexploded Bomb in Travel Bag Were Egyptian and are Back in Egypt

For the record.

Investigators have identified the two men who found a travel bag containing an unexploded bomb on a Manhattan street this month, a few blocks from where a bomb exploded, reports The New York Times.

According to officials, the two men, approximately ages 35 and 42, were tourists from Egypt who have since returned to their home country.

Investigators obtained an image of the men with what appeared to be the same travel bag in the hotel’s lobby from around 9:50 p.m., less than an hour and a half after a bomb exploded a few blocks away.


The F.B.I. has submitted a request to the Egyptian government and is seeking to question the two men.

  -RW

A Promising Start for 'Designated Survivor'

Last night, I caught the first episode of the new ABC television series, Designated Survivor, starring  Kiefer Sutherland. It's streaming at no charge on Amazon.

Although it appears the series will show Sutherland, as acting President, as a do good lefty who does good things for the country (by central planning, of course), what is fascinating in the first episode is the character Harris Cochrane, played by  Kevin R. McNally.

He is identified as just a general but is easy to think of him as the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The first episode portrayed him as a scheming, warmonger, desiring to immediately go to war with Iran when there is absolutely no evidence that Iran was responsible for the attack on the Capitol that occurs in the episode. The President resists in a kind of old school lefty fashion, rather than the current real life lefty silence on war since Obama has become president.

The Pentagon is not going to be happy with this series. It has been a long-time since the military has been portrayed in an evil light on network television. Enjoy this while you can. No doubt there is going to be enormous pressure on the show's creator David Guggenheim to change the way the military is portrayed.

  -RW

Richard Nixon Jokes About LBJ Killing JFK

Referring to Nixon`s escalation of the bombing campaign in the Vietnam War. Relates anecdote of George E Christian LBJ`s Press Secretary remark about LBJ`s involvement in the JFK assassination. Taken from the famous David Frost interview.

 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Why Donald Trump Will Destroy Hillary Clinton in the Next Debate

By Robert Wenzel

Well, the first debate is over and my rating of it was: boring. Both candidates were careful not to say anything that was not completely discussed in advance.

This comes naturally for Hillary Clinton, not so much for Donald Trump.

That said, Trump held his own during the first debate. I thought it was very shrewd  that he addressed Clinton at the start as "Secretary Clinton." It showed some "respect" for her "achievements" and indicated that he wasn't going to be condescending toward her---a brilliant move. Probably the most important of the debate.

And he clearly had some key points that he wanted to drill down on, e.g. Hillary has been in politics for 30 years and has never solved any of the problems she says she will as president.

Where he was weakest was on counterpunches.

While he wasn't unprepared, it was clear that he did not have ready made answers for Hillary's punches. This wouldn't have been the case if he would have prepared for the debate by going through mock debates, which he didn't.

Hillary on the other hand, detail person that she is, had countered with jabs every time Trump threw a punch at her. Her extensive preparation, including mock debates, paid off there. She mostly knew what was coming and had a response

But things will be different in debate 2 on October 9.

In many ways, this first debate was Trump's mock debate. He for the first time experienced Hillary's punches and with his advisors will prepare counterpunches for deabte 2. There are a number of counterpunches he didn't throw in debate 1 against Hillary that he most assuredly will in debate 2. They could be deadly.

Hillary, on the other hand, in this first debate has shown Trump the entire range of her plodding game. This will be a serious advantage for Trump in debate 2.

I am expecting a Trump knockout in game 2.

Robert Wenzel is Editor & Publisher of  EconomicPolicyJournal.com and Target Liberty. He also writes EPJ Daily Alert and is author of The Fed Flunks: My Speech at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Follow him on twitter:@wenzeleconomics and on LinkedIn.


Wacko Political Correctness at Princeton

Diana Furchtgott-Roth reports that although Princeton University administrators want to ban the use of the word “man” and “woman” in university communications, students are fighting back. The Daily Princetonian, the student newspaper, published an editorial opposing the new policy on gender-neutral terminology.

According to the Daily Princetonian editors: “Censoring the English language through dissemination of lists of acceptable vocabulary is contrary to the values of the University and a sinister first step towards Orwellian restriction of language and speech.”

Princeton’s new policy, issued by the Office of Human Resources in September, verged on the absurd. An employee is not allowed to be described as “manning” the front desk. Employees, plural to avoid the use of “he” or “she,” must “staff” the front desk. No longer could new students be called “freshmen”; they had to be called “first-year students” to avoid the potentially damaging word “men.” “Fireman” became “firefighter.”

Words with female meanings were also banned. “Policewoman” became “police officer,” and “chairwoman” became “chairperson.”


This was ostensibly done to “reflect the inclusive culture and policies at Princeton University,” according to human resources, and to prevent damage to women who might think that “freshmen” did not include them.

The university does not seem to care that the recommended words “chairperson” and “spokesperson” contain the word “son,” which has male connotations, notes Roth.

It is not clear if former Princeton professor Paul Krugman is to be called Krugperson.

-RW

Now That the First Debate is Over Does Julian Assange Enter Stage Right?

The latest interview, clip below, occurred on Saturday.

As always a fascinating conversation, including a discussion of who really has the closest relationship with Russia, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
 -RW

Monday, September 26, 2016

HOT Trump Supporting Radio Host Michael Savage Cut Off in Mid-Show

The well-known radio personality Michael Savage, of the second most listened-to radio talk show in the country with an audience of over 20 million listeners on 400 stations across the United State, was discussing his perspectives on the presidential debate when he was cut off.

He began discussing Hillary Clinton’s mysterious health condition that Savage believes might be Parkinsons. Almost immediately, and without any notification, New York (tri-state area) radio station WABC-Radio TV cut Savage off the air and replaced him with the lesser rated Curtis And Cooby Show.

Shortly thereafter,all Savage affiliates nationwide cut off the broadcast and replaced the live transmission with a recording of a previous show.

He discussed what happened at the 23:00 minute mark. He's hot:

 

 -RW

(va 100%fedup)

Hofstra University Provides 'Trigger Warning' for Presidential Debate

Hofstra University, the site of tonight's presidential debate, has posted a “trigger warning” sign to warn students about the potentially disturbing content that may be discussed.

According to CBS New York reporter Tony Aiello, a sign inside of the student center at Hofstra reads, “Trigger warning: The event conducted just beyond this sign may contain triggering and/or sensitive material. Sexual violence, sexual assault, and abuse are some topics mentioned within this event. If you feel triggered, please know there are resources to help you.”

The sign provides students with contact information for student counseling services, the Title IX coordinator, student advocacy and prevention, and the national sexual assault hotline.


(via MRCtv)

Best Analysis of Keith Scott Shooting Videos




VIDEO Atlanta Woman Opens Fire and Kills Home Invader

You don't mess when homeowners have guns. Heroic.

The Washington Post sets the scene:
Authorities in Georgia are searching for two suspects in a home invasion in which a woman opened fire on armed intruders — swapping gunfire with them, then fatally shooting a third suspect in self-defense, police said.

Surveillance video released by the Gwinnett County Police Department shows the incident unfold in the early morning hours Sept. 16 when authorities said at least three intruders broke into an Atlanta-area home. A woman, who has not been publicly identified by police, appears to emerge from a bedroom still wearing her pajamas, shooting at the suspects running from the gun-smoke-filled scene.

“She has every right to defend herself,” Gwinnett County Police spokeswoman Cpl. Michele Pihera told The Washington Post in an email. “She is to be commended for not only saving her life, but also the life of her roommate.”

The woman, a business owner in the restaurant industry, told police that about 4 a.m. she and a male housemate heard a possible intruder, so she pulled a handgun and went to search the home, police said in a statement.

Police said she saw three men — who were armed — walking through the front door during what police think was an attempted robbery. She fired multiple rounds, police said, striking 28-year-old Antonio Leeks, who died of his injuries.

The two other suspects fled from the scene. Police described the two men, who are estimated to be about 20 to 30 years old, as “armed and dangerous,” and are asking for public’s assistance in finding them.

“We want to get these people off the streets as quickly as possible,” Gwinnett County Police Cpl. Deon Washington told CBS affiliate WGCL. “As you’ll see, they are very, very dangerous individuals who are very bold and 

Report from a Trump Event; Blacks Profiting Off Trump

David Mueller emails:
I went to the Trump rally in Roanoke Saturday night.

I was curious to get the sense and size of the crowd.  There are 10,600 seats available in the Bergland Center (where the event was held).  It was less than half full.

It was a standard Trump stump speech.  Nothing particularly noteworthy.  Trump does want a bigger, more powerful government.

There were a lot of vendors outside the center.  I found it interesting that a lot of the vendors were black and making money off of the Trump event.

The crowd was solidly white, a handful of Blacks, and some Asians.
Black profits matter? Good for them.

 -RW

‘Libertarian for Life’ Donates to GOP Candidate

From The Boston Globe:
Back in May, when Bill Weld attended his first Libertarian national convention seeking to become the party’s vice presidential nomination, a skeptical candidate for the same position summoned the former two-term Republican governor of Massachusetts back to the stage.

“Pledge to our party that he will not betray us and that he is not a Republican,” Alicia Dearn demanded.


Weld returned to the stage and announced, “I’m a Libertarian for life.”

What Weld didn’t say is that even a Libertarian can root for Republicans once in a while.

Just a few months after the convention, Weld made two donations totaling $450 to support Republican Chris Sununu’s bid to become New Hampshire governor this fall. Sununu is running against a Democrat, Colin Van Ostern, as well as a Libertarian, state Representative Max Abramson of Seabrook.
This is serious:
Johnson and Weld are at best opportunists, if not deliberately setting out to damage the Libertarian Party.

  -RW

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Ahead of the Debate, Trumps Seeks Out More Voters

Ah whoops, not a voter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Donald Trump for nearly 90 minutes at Trump Tower on Sunday morning.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a close adviser to his presidential campaign, and Ron Dermer, Israel's ambassador to the United States, were also on hand for the meeting, reports CNN.

Per a readout provided by Trump's campaign, the two discussed "military assistance, security and regional stability."





 -RW

Spotted Last Night: Benjamin Netanyahu at Broadway Play 'Hamilton'



And here's a report on how he goes to the bathroom via RT:


Netanyahu blocks toilet: Israeli PM needs 20 agents to go to bathroom

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was the source of amusement in New York after he was spotted heading to the bathroom with a whopping escort of 20 bodyguards.

Netanyahu was out for dinner with his wife in the Sherry-Netherland Hotel’s Harry Cipriani restaurant when nature called. As he got up, half of his 40-strong crew of security agents followed him.

According to a bystander, a few went into the bathroom with him, while “one watched the door and the rest lined up with their arms up to form a human barricade, so nobody could enter the bathroom or even get close.”

The agents are part of the elite Shin Bet arm of the Israeli Security Agency.

It wasn’t just the toilets that had a wall of men surrounding it. The hotel itself was surrounded by a ring of security personnel and the restaurant was barricaded, giving New York diners a taste of Israel’s infamous security checkpoints.

“In order to get to the restaurant, you had to walk around the block to a barricaded area, which was manned by security and attack dogs,” a witness said. “Guests were patted down and had to go through metal detectors.”

-RW

White Presidents Matter?

It is a small crony, evil club and we aren't in it.


-RW

Trump Adds More Potential Supreme Court Picks (But not Judge Napolitano)

On Friday, Donald Trump added the following to his list of potential Supreme Court nominees. In a statement, Trump said this is the "finalization" of the list.

Libertarian-leaning Judge Napolitano did not make the list. It's not as though Trump does not know who he is. The judge lives in the Trump Tower.

Here are the names Trump added to the list:

Keith Blackwell is a justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. He was appointed to the position in 2012.

Charles Canady is a justice of the Supreme Court of Florida. He has served in that role since 2008, and he served as the court's chief justice from 2010 to 2012.

Neil Gorsuch is a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He was appointed to the position in 2006.

Mike Lee is the Junior U.S. Senator from Utah and currently serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Edward Mansfield is a justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. He was appointed to the court in 2011 and retained by voters in 2012.

Federico Moreno is a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida and a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Margaret A. Ryan has been a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces since 2006.

Amul Thapar is a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, serving since his appointment in 2007, when he became the first South Asian Article III judge.

Timothy Tymkovich is the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Tymkovich was appointed to the bench in 2003.

Robert Young is the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Michigan. He was appointed to the court in 1999,

The full list of the twenty-one individuals. Trump will consider is below:

1. Keith Blackwell

2. Charles Canady

3. Steven Colloton

4. Allison Eid

5. Neil Gorsuch

6. Raymond Gruender

7. Thomas Hardiman

8. Raymond Kethledge

9. Joan Larsen

10. Mike Lee

11. Thomas Lee

12. Edward Mansfield

13. Federico Moreno

14. William Pryor

15. Margaret A. Ryan

16. Amul Thapar

17. Timothy Tymkovich

18. David Stras

19. Diane Sykes

20. Don Willett

21. Robert Young

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How Winston Churchill Got Around Prohibition When He Visited the U.S.

Laws are for the little people.



(via Letters of Note)

Saturday, September 24, 2016

CONFIRMED: Last Night's Shooter at a Mall Outside Seattle Was a Turkish Muslim

This is a developing story, Return to this post for updates.

UPDATE 1

Police identify the arrested man as 20-year old Arcan Cetin of Turkey.

UPDATE 2



UPDATE 3

Cetin had previously been ordered to undergo mental health counseling by a court.

UPDATE 4

Skagit County court records show Cetin has a criminal record that included three domestic-violence assault charges in both Burlington and Island County, with the victim identified as Cetin’s stepfather. He also was arrested for drunken driving.

My Cabbie Earlier Today on Who He Voted for in the Primary

This morning my cab driver told me:
"I was a Bernie Sanders supporter in the primary but I voted for Hillary just to start to prepare myself for voting for someone I don't like because I can't vote for Trump even though Hillary is terrible."

Dr. Lisa Bardack’s Faustian Bargain

By Jay Micaheals “Oh what tangled webs we weave, when we first practice to deceive.”  Sir Walter Scott

When Dr. Lisa Bardack[*] was asked to become Hillary Clinton’s personal physician in 2001, it had to have been a crowning moment in the career of the Mt. Kisco internist.  Dr. Bardack could have anticipated little downside.  She already had the responsibility -- and legal obligation under HIPAA -- to protect the privacy of her patient.  She and her staff would have to be especially scrupulous in the case of a senator with presidential ambitions, but this should not have posed a serious problem.

Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton corrupts everyone who serves her.  And this year Bardack encountered difficulties she could not have foreseen in 2001:

1.  Clinton developed serious medical issues.

2.  The candidate was being videoed, not only during campaign stops, speeches, townhalls, and the rare press conference, but before and after events -- by individuals with cell phones who were under no obligation to obey orders given to servile journalists to turn off their cameras.

3.  The internet not only permitted the mass distribution of these videos and photos, but it enabled those who were curious to check Bardack’s reports against information available on reputable medical sites.  It also enabled skeptical physicians to share their doubts with hundreds of thousands of readers.

In July 2015, the Clinton campaign asked Bardack to give the candidate a clean bill of health.  She was to disclose, selectively, some of her patient’s medical history.  But the letter was not widely analyzed until after the disturbing September 11 video by Zdenek Gazda

Read the rest here.

(ht Derek Au)

Donald Trump is an Alpha Male, and Lester Holt is a Nerd

By Kyle Smith

Hillary Clinton is going to be armed with facts, logic and policy chops at tomorrow night’s debate.

It’ll be like bringing a knife to a gunfight.

Unless Donald Trump has been hitting the briefing books and spending his evenings perusing back issues of National Affairs and The Economist — hey, the man has surprised us before! — it seems unlikely that he will have as many facts and details at his command as Clinton. And it doesn’t matter. Nobody comes out of a debate saying, “Wow, Senator Blutarsky had an impressively detailed answer on how to save 11 percent at the Department of Housing and Urban Development!”

Debates are about style, comportment, authority, the occasional zinger and the dreaded gaffe.

They’re about the direction of the country and who will steer us down the right path.

They’re about matching the emotional temperature of the voters. Now more than ever, they’re also about sizing up which candidate would be less unbearable to see on TV every night for the next four years.

So Trump could win a debate, or all of them, without getting unnecessarily acquainted with facts.

Factual command could even hurt Hillary, if she starts to sound like a lawyer-bureaucrat-weasel: Remember how everyone hated Al Gore when he droned on (though not during a debate) about how “no controlling legal authority” had forbidden him to make fundraising calls from the White House?

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Trump may not have a lot of facts, but he has a lot of slick moves: He knows debate kung fu.

Monday night’s moderator, Lester Holt, like most journalists, probably lives in a media bubble, meaning he will be out to impress his friends and colleagues with tough, probing questions.

But his friends know far more about policy details than the median voter.

Moreover, the median voter doesn’t like to be reminded that he doesn’t know that much, and might well take Trump’s side if the questions are too picayune.

If Holt tries to catch Trump in a gotcha question like, “Mr. Trump, you say you have a plan to get the economy moving again but can you even estimate the size of the US economy within 2 trillion dollars?” Trump could easily win the exchange by turning the question into an attack on the current state of journalism:

Read the rest here.

Washington Post Math

Headline of Washington Post story: Police continue search for gunman who killed 6 at a Washington state mall 

First sentence of story:  A manhunt is underway Saturday for a gunman police said opened fire at a mall in Washington state, killing four women and one man, authorities said.

-RW

Baseball Player Banned from MLB For Criticizing Riots

Newly Released Docs Show Obama Used Pseudonym in Emails to Clinton

President Obama used a pseudonym in emails to Hillary Clinton, documents from the FBI released Friday show, reports The Hill.

The FBI released a large batch documents related to its investigation into Clinton’s private email server Friday afternoon. The files include notes from interviews with several top Clinton aides, including longtime adviser Huma Abedin.
The FBI said in its notes from an Abedin interview that the address on a Clinton email chain “is believed to be a pseudonym used by the President."


Abedin said she didn’t recognize the name and “expressed her amazement” that Obama used a pseudonym.

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There's Another Major Donald Trump Play Coming Before the Election

Roger Stone emails me a link to this Variety article:Trump’s Trickster Roger Stone Explains Donald’s Playbook for Winning and Losing

Friday, September 23, 2016

BREAKING Gunman Opens Fire in Shopping Mall; At Least 4 Dead

At least one gunman walked into a Macy's in a mall near Seattle, Washington and opened fire.

At least 4 people are dead.

The gunman remains at large.

This is a developing story, Return to this post for updates.

UPDATE 1

Via The Seattle Times:

Four people were fatally shot in the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Skagit County, Friday evening, according to a Washington State Patrol trooper.

It’s unclear how many people fired shots, Sgt. Mark Francis reported on Twitter. Earlier, he said the suspected shooter, a man, was last seen walking toward Interstate 5 from Cascade Mall\

UPDATE 2

The Cascade Mall in Burlington is about 65 miles north of Seattle.

UPDATE 3

Gunman "Hispanic looking."

UPDATE 4

 Police have identified this man as the shooter.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Sgt. Mark Francis has released this picture of the shooter.





UPDATE 5

A fifth person has died.

Gunman remains at large.

MSM Buries Key Fact About the Charlotte Riots: Officer Who Shot Scott Was Black

By Emily Zanotti

Violence again erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina, following a police shooting that left an armed black man dead.

But the national media is largely ignoring – or burying – a key fact about the case in order to fit Charlotte into a larger “trend” of racially charged cop shootings nationwide: the police officer involved in the Charlotte shooting was black.

The New York Times, for example, devotes hundreds of words to Keith L. Scott’s death, describing, in great detail, Scott’s encounter with police, the demeanor of strangers at his memorial, a Charlotte crime scene from Wednesday night’s riots, and what the Times luridly calls “a grim snapshot of America’s continuing crisis in black and blue” before mentioning briefly that the Charlotte police officer who killed Scott was also black.

And even that is a recent addition – late Wednesday night, the lengthy New York Times story made no mention of the officer’s race.

In the Washington Post, the revelation doesn’t come until almost the tenth paragraph, in a throwaway comment that also mentions that the cop, Brentley Vinson, is on administrative leave. Before then, the Post waxes poetic about North Carolina’s (alleged) history of racism, its voter identification laws, and even its recent “bathroom law” — which has nothing to do with cops or race.

Read the rest here.

SUPER WEIRD Congratulations Libertarian Party: This is Your Nominee

Gary Johnson stuck his tongue out while talking during an interview.

Like I said, a clown---maybe a creepy clown.




-RW

First Video of Deadly Police Shooting in Charlotte

Another dead victim who didn' comply with coppers.

Coppers will always escalate. It is dumb when you are on the street to not comply with orders of coppers. In this case, apparently, the black victim, shot by a black cop, has some type of brain injury.

 The cellphone video (via NBC News) was released by the family of Keith Lamont Scott taken by his wife during the fatal encounter with police. His wife, narrating the video, pleads repeatedly with Police not to shoot her husband. She tells the police "he has a TBI, he's not going to do anything to you guys, he just took his medicine." TBI refers to Traumatic Brain Injury. His wife tells her husband "Keith, don't do it." After the shooting his wife repeats over and over "he better live."


 

-RW

Doctor Breaks Down Hillary's Strange Eye Movements: This is a Control Issue in the Brain

2 Federal Attorneys, Local Law Enforcement and a Child Welfare Agency Probing Weiner

NyPo reports:
Everyone from local law enforcement to US attorneys in two states are probing Anthony Weiner’s months-long sexting relationship with an underage girl.
Prosecutors in Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office issued a subpoena for the sext-obsessed former lawmaker’s cellphone and other records, law-enforcement sources said Thursday.

The NYPD’s Special Victims squad and Manhattan District Attorney’s Office are also looking into the latest scandal involving Weiner, who’s been accused of sending a 15-year-old high-school student sexually-explicit texts and topless selfies.

“We’re looking to see if a crime was committed in New York and if there’s a complainant,” an NYPD official said.

The US Attorney’s Office in the Western District of North Carolina, where the teen lives, will be “reviewing all materials relevant to the matter,” a spokeswoman said.

“With all of these law-enforcement agencies, both local and federal, now looking into this case, it’s a sign that they’re really going after him,” a law-enforcement source said. “They want to nail him.”

The teen student came forward with a slew of graphic texts and photos this week, saying Weiner told her about his “rape fantasies,” sent her pornographic videos and asked her to masturbate for him via Skype.

Using the alias “T Dog” instead of his former pseudonym “Carlos Danger,” Weiner told the underage girl how “hard” he was — and once boasted she would “limp for a week” after having sex with him, the Daily Mail reported.

She said the texting started in January and didn’t end until July.

Exclusive NBC Video Shows Passersby Kicking NYC Bomb

Via NBC 4 New York: Exclusive new surveillance video shows suspected bomber Ahmad Rahami dumping luggage containing a pressure-cooker bomb on a Manhattan street Saturday night, and the heartstopping moments in which multiple passersby fiddle with and even kick the explosive device over the next hour.

Private Property Society Hater Inadvertently Proves the Strength of PPS

My view on a Private Property Society has been attacked once again.

This time by an anonymous commenter to a post:
RW writes: "I hold that it is injured parties that should determine punishment for NAP violations."

Few people would want to live in a society where RW could murder children for walking on his grass, so his social dream is not likely to come about. Still, why does he want such a system? What purpose does it serve to advocate such nonsense?

If our purpose is to discover rules by which we can coexist, proportionality and objectivity must be part of the fun of punishing the transgressions of others.

Punishments should be according to some reasonable code, not the passions of the plaintif.
But in an important way, the commenter is supporting my point when he writes:
Few people would want to live in a society where RW could murder children for walking on his grass..
In other words,  you don't need a central power to set a "code" of rules of punishment.  No one with children is going to live or go near property where children would be killed for walking on grass. Any more than little girls are allowed by their parents to walk alone in San Francisco's Tenderloin in the middle of the night. Or any more than they are allowed to play inside ovens that are on. Do we need a central power to set rules for parents on when they can buy ovens and use them because they have the potential on a theoretical level to result in the death of children?

It is the same for other situations that will develop in a Private Property Society,

No one would shop at Macy's, for example. if the punishment for accidentally breaking a glass in the store was 30 years hard labor.

In a Private Property Society reasonableness would emerge without the necessity for a central power setting a "code" of rules of punishment  that must be applied everywhere.

There is no such thing as "objectivity" in punishment that can somehow be deemed from above, or wherever. This is simply a central planning notion. Only an injured person can tell us what is just compensation for being aggressed upon or under what pre-determined rules of punishment he has chosen to live under that will satisfy him.

A Private Property Society can do just fine setting reasonable punishment by simply respecting private property and the non-aggression principle. As anonymous inadvertently makes clear, few people would  live in an area where children would be killed for walking on another person's grass. This is the essence of understanding how PPS would work.

Who the hell would want to live in such an are if they have kids? Mission accomplished without a centralized "code of punishment."

-RW


Thursday, September 22, 2016

ABC Reporter Asks Clinton If She Needs Neurological Tests

A Tampa, Fla., ABC News reporter asked Hillary Clinton whether she would be willing to take neurological exams in the wake of recent health concerns  (at 2:59 mark). She laughed off the question.

 

-RW

US Attorney Subpoenas Weiner's Phone

A U.S. attorney's office has issued a subpoena for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's cellphone and other records, according to CNN.

The FBI and New York Police Department have already opened preliminary investigations into allegations that Weiner exchanged sexually explicit text messages over the course of several momths with a minor, a 15-year-old girl.

Weiner said he had "likely been the subject of a hoax" when confronted by The Daily Mail. But he voiced remorse over repeatedly engaging in sexual discussions online.

“I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position. I am sorry," he said.

(via The Hill)

On Hillary Clinton and a Republican Congress

I see I need to clarify my position with regard to Hillary Clinton presidency and a Republican congress.

At a post at EPJ, IT'S DONE: Mitch McConnell Surrenders, these comments appeared:

RW, one of the arguments you make in favor of Hillary instead of Trump for president is that she will be ineffective against a Republican congress.

What gives you the impression a Republican congress led by the likes of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan won't just lay down like they did here?

On the surface the establishment Republicans make a big show of opposing the Democrats, but when the rubber meets the road it is just that: a big show. They are both playing for the same team.

For the record neither Hillary or Trump will get my vote, in case you think I'm advocating for him

@Jesse, I agree. The current Republican Congress will be very cozy with Hillary. A not dissimilar argument you could make for Trump is that a Trump administration will always be under the Media magnifying glass, while a Hillary administration will be able to do whatever they want with no Media scrutiny.

"No media scrutiny" is even putting it lightly. She will not only avoid scrutiny she will have multitudes of big time media outlets pushing her agenda forward.
First, I never made the claim that a Hillary Clinton presidency with a Republican congress was going to be a panacea that would result in good government. I have consistently said that either a Clinton or Trump administration would be horrific. Let me make myself clear: A Clinton or Trump administration would be horrific. I have formed: Libertarians Against Clinton, Trump, Johnson and Stein. Got it?

I am not looking forward to the new presidency whether it is Clinton or Trump regardless of the make-up of the Congress. That said, there is a slight advantage to having a Congress that is of the opposite party to that of the President. Emphasis on slight. This is not because I expect a major blockage of spending that is desired by the major backroom insiders. Those serious insiders control both parties. They are non-partisan. The big budgets will continue.

However, there is something of a second-tier battle between the Republicans and Democrats. They both want ultimate power and want it difficult for the other party to gain power or to look good. They will throw sand in the works of the opposing party when it doesn't interfere with the desires of the major behind-the-scenes insiders. This isn't much at all, but it is better than the president and Congress all being controlled by one party. 

Media scrutiny has nothing to do with this. No one pays attention to MSM anymore.

If Hillary is elected, Trump supporters are not going to sudden;y start taking the news from the likes of CNN and NBC as gospel. To think otherwise is a total failure to understand what is going on in the country.

-RW


On Jail Time for Jesse Benton

At the post, Did Jesse Benton Violate the Non-Aggression Principle?, a commenter leaves:
AnonymousSeptember 22, 2016 at 1:16 PM
So based on that argument you also believe that Dennis Fusaro also broke the law and thus should go to jail. He chose to run a political campaign in MD and violated campaign disclosure laws, deceiving donors and the public of his actions. He is claiming its his first amendment right but MD law states otherwise. I hope you treat Mr Fusaro the same way you treat Mr Benton.
I never said Jesse should get jail time. I said it was on the edge but that he violated the non-aggression principle. I hold that it is injured parties that should determine punishment for NAP violations, not the state.

I am happy for Jesse that he did not get jail time so that he can continue his CNN commentary on Donald Trump from his home while under house arrest.

-RW

K.J. Takes Down and Bloodies Pie Thrower

Former Phoenix Suns star and current mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson,  was the victim of a pie-throwing incident, but it didn't sto[p there.

The East Bay Express reports:
Sources in attendance have told the Express that, during the meal, a protester ran at the mayor and threw a store-bought pie in his face.
A different witness said that the pie had whipped cream as a topping.

After this, the protester reportedly said something to Johnson. This prompted the mayor to allegedly tackle the protester and punch him in the face "repeatedly," more than half a dozen times, landing "five to 10" blows.

One witness described it as a "bloody pulp." Other witnesses say that the pie-thrower was hit multiple times in the face and will definitely need stitches, and that there was visible blood.

Ambulances and fire department arrived at the scene.

Mug shot of pie-thrower after K.J. got done with him.
 Really, do not mess with K.J. or NBA players in general.

 


-RW

CHARLOTTE NC: White Man Beaten, Dragged, Begging for Mercy

U.S. Military Seeks More Troops for Iraq

News on military deployments in the outer reaches of the Empire.

The U.S. military is requesting authority to send up to 500 new troops to Iraq ahead of a much-anticipated campaign to take back Mosul from Islamic State, according to U.S. officials, adding to an expanding American presence in the country, reports The Wall Street Journal.

-RW

A Note To Big Black Dudes

I have written about this before, if a police officer gives you orders on the street you should immediately comply with his orders, You do not have any edge on the street. Fight things out in court if you have to but not on the street,

This goes doubly if you are a big black dude, You physically appear a much bigger threat,

The unarmed Eric Garner in New York, killed by cops, was a big dude, so was Alton Sterling, killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana by coppers.

The recent copper shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma was of an unarmed big black dude, Terence Crutcher .

These are not coincidences. Big black dudes who are not complying with coppers appear as major physical threats. Crutcher had his hands up but was not complying with officers and was walking back toward his vehicle and appeared to be reaching inside, a bad move, very bad.

It is also noteworthy that he was shot by a female,  Betty Shelby. She appears petite next to him. It's probably political correctness that got him killed. If coppers in Tulsa were required to be of a reasonable height and weight, not adjusted to get more females on the force, you wouldn't have as many officers who feel threatened by big black dudes.

Yeah, petite females can protect themselves in such situations, by putting a bullet into the threat and that's what Betty did.

-RW

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

ALL HELL BREAKING LOOSE IN NC: Two People Shot,One Killed in Riots in Downtown Charlotte

A second night of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, following a black man who was shot on Tuesday by a black copper, has turend extremely violent.

UPDATE 1
UPDATE 2

 CNN reporter Ed Lavandera knocked to the ground:

   

UPDATE 3

City of Charlotte corrects, says civilian shot at protest is in critical condition & on life support, not dead.
UPDATE 4


UPDATE 5



UPDATE 6 Report on Tuesday's shooting that started it all.

Watch An Audience Burst Into Laughter When the Florida Governor Calls Hillary Clinton Honest

Nate Silver: Trump Surges From 3% to 48% Chance of Winning


RW  take:

It is looking good for Trump but too early yo call. Let's see how Monday's debate goes.

Who Are These Two?

The FBI is seeking to find the two pictured in the FBI poster below.

 They were the two that took the second NYC pressure cooker bomb out of a luggage bag, left it on the sidewalk and took the luggage.

 Is it a coincidence that they appear to be possibly Middle Eastern?

 Were they simply opportunists that grabbed the bag or part of the plot?



Weiner Had Online Sexual Relationship with 15-Year Old

“Anthony Weiner carried on a months-long online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl during which she claims he asked her to dress up in ‘school-girl’ outfits for him on a video messaging application and pressed her to engage in ‘rape fantasies,'” the Daily Mail reports.

“The girl… said the online relationship began last January while she was a high school sophomore and before Weiner’s wife, Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin, announced she was ended their marriage.”

“When confronted with the claims, Weiner did not deny exchanging ‘flirtatious’ messages with the teen.”

(via Taegan Goddard)