2016: A Crowded Clown Car

You guys know that I do enjoy giving my readers a little history with my posts……since few people can remember much of our political history I figured…….why not rattle your memories?

The big laughing point in the media these days is the amount of possible candidates for the GOP in the next election for president…….this year there could be as many as 15-20 GOP candidates……and the media is freaking out at the amount of people running……they spend lots of time making fun of the people running and in some cases it is well deserved……but the sheer amount of candidates is not “never happened before” thing (should I give you time to push the Google button and dash around the web looking for the answer?)

NOPE!  I will just hit with the history lesson straight away……

The year was 1972……….convention protests, anti-war and it was not the GOP but rather the Democrats that had a crowded clown car…….in that primary season there were 15 total Democrat candidates in search of the nomination……15 you say?  Yep!

And the players were……….

In case you were not aware of it……George McGovern ultimately became the Democratic nominee……he ran against Richard Nixon and got his ass handed to him horribly.

During these days the Watergate break-in happened and of course a book and movie deal…….and the first time a 18 year old could vote……..

There you have it……your history lesson for the day……and all the news you cannot use……..you are welcome.

Turn The Page!

Addicting Info – Now Bernie Sanders Is Hitler: Conservatives Claim Fight Against Inequality Leads To ‘Concentration Camps’

Yep, I will be working to help Bernie get his message out there…..I was expecting the insults and name calling from the Right……but I never thought he would be compared to HITLER of all people.

Just when you least expect it…..BAM!…..Morons speak!

This is not a big news story ……but it is so damn absurd that you gotta read this….have you ever heard such utter lunacy in your entire life?

 

Addicting Info – Now Bernie Sanders Is Hitler: Conservatives Claim Fight Against Inequality Leads To ‘Concentration Camps’.

Go Bernie Go!

It is damn official!  We now have a challenger to Hillary….Vermont’s Bernie Sanders…..who made it official yesterday on the shores of Lake Champlain………

“Thank you all very very much for being out here today. Let me just make a brief comment and take a few questions. We don’t have an endless amount of time. I have to get back.

Let me just say this. This country today in my view, has more serious crises than any time since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

For most Americans, their reality is that they are working longer hours for lower wages. In inflation-adjusted income, they are earning less money than they used to, years ago, in spite a huge increase in technology and productivity.

bernard sanders 2016 announcement speechSo, all over this country, I have been talking to people, and they say, “How does it happen? I’m producing more, but I’m working longer hours for lower wages. My kid can’t afford to go to college, and I’m having a hard time affording health care. What happened, while at exactly the same time, 99 percent of the income being generated in this country is going to the top 1 percent?”

 

Read the rest of his announcement speech………

http://irregulartimes.com/2015/04/30/transcript-of-the-bernard-sanders-2016-presidential-announcement-speech/

But if reading some of the best words you will ever read is too much a chore…..or if you are just too damn lazy to read the whole thing…..then……watch the video…….

announcement made by U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders that he intends to campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2016.

Bernie will be the recipient of many negative ads……slogans and labels will be thrown at him endlessly look at every issue he puts forth he is the exact person for the American people……

If the American people voted for issues instead of some beauty contest then Bernie can be easily elected our next president……I expect to see Hillary hit on every issue Bernie raises….but without the passion.  She will chip away on the edges of these issues but there will be NO specifics and no total commitment.

Any thoughts?

 

Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle – The Intercept

There is a huge movement to undo “Citizens United”……lots of people want to get the big money out of politics…..what are the chances that it will happen”

My answer….slim to NONE!  Why?

The media is making barrels of money from elections and why would they work to eliminate their cash flow?

And that is how you BUY a president!

 

Media Executives Are Salivating Over Big Money Flooding the 2016 Election Cycle – The Intercept.

“Your Check Is In The Mail”

Oh boy has there been a pack of crap flying about the Clinton’s and their income from speeches……of course there is the usual attacks that foreign money is making it into Hillary’s campaign…..somehow.

Let’s be honest….the Clinton’s….all the Clinton’s have made a butt load of cash for speaking to groups and such…….

In her last financial disclosure report, Hillary Clinton put her and her husband’s estimated wealth at between $4 million and $20 million. That was 2012, this is now: The couple have in the last 16 months earned more than $25 million in speaking fees tied to more than 100 paid speeches, plus another $5 million in book royalties. NBC News notes this puts them “in the top one-tenth of 1% of all Americans.” The numbers come from a personal financial disclosure report filed with the Federal Election Commission last night; such filings are required of presidential contenders.

How the New York Times frames the news: The disclosure “could create challenges for the former secretary of state as she tries to cast herself as a champion of everyday Americans in an era of income inequality.” (An assertion likely not helped by this: Though Hillary last year memorably said she and Bill aren’t like the “truly well off,” the Times put the Clintons’ post-White House speaking fee revenue at $125 million.) Reaction from the right, from RNC chair Reince Priebus: “The Clintons’ claim that staggering amounts of income from paid speaking fees that raise ethical questions and potential conflicts of interest is simply to ‘pay our bills’ shows how out-of-touch they’ve truly become.”

Yep you read that right….$125 million since leaving the White House……that should pay a bill or two……but wait….there has been another revelation on their income…….

We already knew the Clintons made big money making speeches, but it turns out they made more than has been previously disclosed. The Clinton Foundation has for the first time published a comprehensive list of speech fees brought into the foundation by Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea since 2002, reports the Wall Street Journal. The list shows that the trio made up to $26.4 million in previously undisclosed payments for 97 speeches in that span to “major corporations, universities, foreign sources, and other groups,” reports the Washington Post. The former president did most of them, 72, while Hillary did 16, and Chelsea nine. CNN pulls out some notable details: “Bill Clinton spoke to Thailand’s Ministry of Energy, China Real Estate Development Group, Ltd, and Qatar First Investment Bank; Hillary Clinton spoke to Goldman Sachs, Citibank, and JP Morgan Chase, among others.”

The foundation has been under scrutiny over allegations that it failed to abide by a 2008 ethics agreement to reveal donors, an agreement put in place to make sure no conflicts of interests arose for Hillary Clinton as secretary of state. Foundation officials say the newly disclosed fees had been counted as revenue, not donations, and thus hadn’t been part of previous public listings. Conservatives aren’t sympathetic: “Hey, it happens,” snarks a post at the Hot Air website. “A few coins slip out of the pocket and into the sofa, a check or two gets left on the desk … or a few million reported as revenue turn out to be undeclared foreign and corporate donations.”

I mean it was honest and clear cash, right?

Do you think that this money was paid for access?  A past president, a senator and a former Secretary of State…..that could open a lot of doors for the right price.

How about a sample of their speeches?

Amount: $250,001 to $500,000

Organization
Beijing Huaduo Enterprise Consulting Company Ltd.*
Business for Change Events*
Carlyle Investment Management, LLC+
China Real Estate Development Group, Ltd.*
Citibank, N.A.+
Colgate University+
Fundacion Telmex+
Goldman, Sachs and Co.+
Hamilton College+
JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.+
Korea Economic Daily*
Ministry of Energy, Thailand*
Qatar First Investment Bank*
Tanmiah Commercial Group*
UB Foundation Activities, Inc.+
Unica*
University of California Los Angeles+
U.S. Islamic World Conference*
World Celebrity Golf Ltd.*

Just to mention a few (and I do mean a FEW)

Do you think that this would buy influence from a candidate if elected?  Looks like money talks and it will be chatting up Hil if she gets elected……I see a couple that would influence foreign policy….

NOTHING ever changes!

Hillary: Have You Checked Your Mail Today?

For what seems like months we have been hit on the head by the media and Right wing bloggers over Hillary’s email account.  There has been enough speculation on the contents of those emails to fill a couple volumes.  Even the GOP has their fingers crossed that they can find something, anything about Benghazi in those emails…….I mean they have wasted more time on Benghazi than on veterans issues….veterans are just not that important in this election cycle….sorry……

But today the vultures on the Right got some red meat that they can pour over with bated breath……..some of the mail has been officially released……..

If you were hoping to spend the long weekend reading Hillary Clinton emails about Benghazi, you’re in luck: The State Department has released the first batch of about 300 from her personal email account, missives that have been turned over to a House panel investigating the 2012 attack. Reporters are still combing through them—check out the Wall Street Journal‘s “live dive” here—but don’t hold your breath for bombshells:

  • State Department: “The emails we release today do not change the essential facts or our understanding of the events before, during, or after the attacks, which have been known since the independent Accountability Review Board report on the Benghazi attacks was released almost two and a half years ago,” says a department tweet. (The Republican chair of the Benghazi panel, Trey Gowdy, says that’s not surprising given that they were vetted by Clinton’s attorneys, reports USA Today.)
  • Not classified, but … One of the emails to Clinton from deputy chief of staff Jake Sullivan discusses the arrests of suspects in Libya. About 20 words have been redacted. “Because the information was not classified at the time the email was sent, no laws were violated,” writes AP. “But Friday’s redaction shows that Clinton received information considered sensitive on her unsecured personal server.”
  • ‘Gorgeous pic': The New York Times printed some emails in advance yesterday, noting that “the emails appear to back up Mrs. Clinton’s previous assertions that she did not receive classified information at her private email address.” It also takes note of a personal one in March 2011 to Clinton from State Department underling Ann-Marie Slaughter. “Gorgeous pic on the front page of the NYT!” it said. “One for the wall…” Then it goes into more serious subjects.
  • Mundane: “Few of the e-mails deal directly with events leading up to the attacks or their aftermath, according to those who have seen them,” writes the Washington Post. “Many contain administrative details, press accounts, speech drafts and other information exchanged between Clinton and her senior aides.” But they do “capture the concerns of Clinton and other officials about the political chaos” in Libya.

This release was a bust…..now they await the next round for there has got to be something, somewhere they can use against her during the coming campaign…..even there is NOTHING at all they can still use this situation to prove that the Clinton’s cannot be trusted…….it may be their only option to defeat her in 2016.

Scott Walker: Comedian In Training?

The list of GOP candidates grows then shrinks……but one candidate that is probably running but has not made it official yet with an announcement is Wisconsin’s governor Scott Walker….he appears to be the darling of the Right…..the Right that has half a brain that is……

I judge a candidate by his answers to foreign policy questions…..why?  Internationally is where we have the most problems and the most entanglements…….foreign policy experience does mean a more aware candidate…….

But what about Walker’s chops internationally?

Okay he was a governor and that could be good to govern the country…….but he said that one of his strong suits is that he has visited other countries……

“And I do think if foreign policy plays an important role, the contrast will be clear because just about everywhere Hillary Clinton has played a role with this president — under President Obama — that part of the world is largely a failure, a mess,” he continued. “Because of the policies we’ve seen from Obama and Clinton.”

After noting that Walker had recently visited Israel, a trip partially paid for by billionaire Sheldon Adelson, Schieffer wondered what made the Wisconsin governor qualified to lead the county’s foreign policy.

“As a governor, I’ve been, just recently in Germany, in Spain and France,” Walker explained. “Earlier in the year, it was the United Kingdom on trade related missions. A few years back in China and Japan. So, that’s probably the most of any governor of either party has is that experience in terms of trade relations.”

If visiting other countries would make one the best choice for president then I should be in the running for I have visited 22 countries…….does that make me 4 times more qualified than he?  It is pathetic to think that anyone who has simply visited other countries is the best person for the job of president…….

Walker is just another clown for the car that is the GOP……..this one statement shows a serious lack of judgement…..and judgement is a prerequisite for the presidency……at least in my mind.

He’s out as a viable candidate.

There could be a alternate explanation for his irresponsible statement…………..Maybe he was trying out material for his new day job……..as a COMEDIAN!