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GOP's War on Trump: Colorado gives all delegates to Ted Cruz without voting

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Joe Kovacs reports for WND, April 10, 2016, that last weekend, Ted Cruz swept all of Colorado’s 34 delegates without any votes being cast by citizens in a traditional primary process.
The Colorado GOP made its intent very clear in a tweet:
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Appearing on “Fox & Friends” this morning, Donald Trump said:

“I’ve gotten millions … of more votes than [Sen. Ted] Cruz, and I’ve gotten hundreds of delegates more, and we keep fighting, fighting, fighting, and then you have a Colorado where they just get all of these delegates, and it’s not [even] a system. There was no voting. I didn’t go out there to make a speech or anything. There’s no voting. They offer them [the delegates] trips — they offer them all sorts of things, and you’re allowed to do that. I mean, you’re allowed to offer trips, and you can buy all these votes. What kind of a system is this? Now, I’m an outsider, and I came into the system and I’m winning the votes by millions of votes. But the system is rigged. It’s crooked.

It was last August when officials with the Republican Party in Colorado decided they would not let voters take part in the early nomination process. The Denver Post reported on August 25, 2015, that “The GOP executive committee has voted to cancel the traditional presidential preference poll after the national party changed its rules to require a state’s delegates to support the candidate that wins the caucus vote.” Ryan Call, a former state GOP chairman, told the paper, “It takes Colorado completely off the map” in the primary season.
In late February this year, just before Super Tuesday, the Post published a scathing editorial, saying “GOP leaders have never provided a satisfactory reason for forgoing a presidential preference poll, although party chairman Steve House suggested on radio at one point that too many Republicans would otherwise flock to their local caucus. Imagine that: party officials fearing that an interesting race might propel thousands of additional citizens to participate. But of course that might dilute the influence of elites and insiders. You can see why that could upset the faint-hearted.”
A Trump supporter named Larry Wayne Lindsey took to YouTube yesterday to express his displeasure with the process and burned his Republican registration on camera. He said, as he torched his party registration, “Republican Party, take note. I think you’re gonna see a whole lot more of these. I’ve been a Republican all my life, but I will never be a Republican again. You’ve had it. You’re done. You’re toast. Because I quit the party. I’m voting for Trump, and to hell with the Republican Party.”
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Meanwhile, House Speaker and former Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan is positioning himself to be the party’s nominee at a brokered Republican convention in Ohio this July.
Jennifer Steinhauer reports for The New York Times, April 10, 2016, that Ryan’s behaviors that are fueling rumors of a coup at the Republican convention which would elevate him to the top of the ticket, include:

  • Foreign trips, such as visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel, where he also met with local reporters and made several statements affirming the United States’ commitment there; and visits to other Middle Eastern countries and Germany to discuss security and intelligence issues.
  • Ryan’s staff in Washington churning flattering videos of him deploring identity politics and promoting a battle of ideas — set to campaign-style music.
  • Without calling it a presidential campaign, Ryan launched a national campaign called “Confident America“.

Peter Wehner, a former director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives under President George W. Bush who has known Ryan for two decades, said, “There is no question that Ryan is operating in a very ambitious way. He is trying to set forth a path for the party with ideas and policy proposals and principles. That is unusual for a speaker in an election year.”
Paul Ryan became House Speaker late last year.
What the New York Times left out (and seemingly does not know) is that in January, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney had filed their intention to run for the presidency with the Federal Election Commission.
Lastly, in another sign that the GOP is dead set against Trump, investigative journalist Wayne Madsen reports today that GOP strategist Karl Rove, who had backed the aborted campaign of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, is doing his utmost to deny the GOP nomination to Donald Trump by providing campaign advice for Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Hillary Clinton. Madsen writes:

By backing Cruz, Rove hopes to generate a brokered Republican convention in Cleveland, one that will turn to a “fresh face” to challenge Mrs. Clinton in the general election. As an insurance policy against a Trump presidency, Rove, according to our sources, is also providing advice to the Clinton campaign via the auspices of Clinton loyalist and Democratic strategist James Carville, who has become a friend of Rove. Carville is married to GOP strategist and pundit Mary Matalin.

H/t FOTM‘s Glenn47 & maziel
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David Stockman: Wall St.-Washington establishment petrified by Donald Trump

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David Stockman, 69, is the former Director of the Office of Management and Budget (1981-85) in the Reagan Administration.

In his article of April 4, 2016, “Trump Unbound,” Stockman explains why Trump petrifies the money-political establishment. In short, it’s because he speaks the truth about the U.S. economy.

Even by The Donald’s standards his 95 minute long interview with the Washington Post was remarkable. He let loose so many stray shots as to leave the establishment press clucking in a chorus of disbelief. It undoubtedly started with the stink bomb he lobbied at the ” all is awesome” meme about the US economy and stock market:

Donald Trump said in an interview that economic conditions are so perilous that the country is headed for a “very massive recession and that “it’s a terrible time right now” to invest in the stock market, embracing a distinctly gloomy view of the economy that counters mainstream economic forecasts.
The New York billionaire dismissed concern that his comments — which are exceedingly unusual, if not unprecedented, for a major party front-runner — could potentially affect financial markets.

Now there’s an irony. Presumably the last paragraph was written by Bob Woodward who was once the bête noir of the Washington/Wall Street establishment. But like nearly everyone else in the Imperial City he has been drinking the Cool-Aid for so many decades that he was shocked by Trump’s unfiltered bit of truth-telling about an economy that is failing 90% of the American public.
Worse still, Woodward was apparently dumbfounded that Trump didn’t self-censor his thoughts about the economic troubles ahead for fear of unsettling the Wall Street casino.
That’s right. The cult of the stock market and the notion that the Fed literally controls and powers the US economy through the transmission belt of Wall Street and soaring financial asset prices has gotten so deeply embedded in the establishment narrative that even the pedigreed left-wing of the journalistic establishment has been coopted into reflexively chanting the meme.
So imagine Woodward’s consternation when Trump——-the very embodiment of a billionaire financial tycoon—–let loose with the following counterpunch:

“I know the Wall Street people probably better than anybody knows them,” said Trump, who has misfired on such predictions in the past. “I don’t need them.”

Those last five words are what has the Washington GOP establishment in a cold sweat. The fact is, the Washington based apparatus of the GOP is beholden lock, stock and barrel to Wall Street and the broader financial services industry for sustenance. That is, PAC funds and the K-street influence peddling rackets which make life in the Imperial City so copasetic for careerist politicians and their apparatchiks.
Indeed, there is an obvious quid pro quo. The job of the Washington GOP leadership amounts to keeping the free market yokels who frequently get sent to Washington from the conservative provinces busy on everything except the core problem. That is, they are kept distracted whopping it up about neocon war missions abroad, vastly exaggerated terrorist threats at home, the supposed affliction of illegal immigrants who actually do much of America’s low-skill work and the pro-statist agenda of the right-to-lifers, anti-gays and sundry similarly projects of the red state bible-thumpers.
Meanwhile, capitalist prosperity is in existential crisis. The central bank’s free money is destroying honest price discovery in the financial markets, deforming the free market allocation of investment and other economic resources, crushing savers, retirees and real entrepreneurs and generating unspeakable windfalls to traders and speculators.
Indeed, if you are partial to tin foil hats you might even believe that the GOP leaderships’ kid gloves approach to the Fed had in mind the generation of a Bernie Sanders all along. Bernie has arisen because the sum and substance of Fed policy is massive inflation of financial asset values, and therefore a reverse robin hood redistribution of wealth to the 1%.
So what could be more convenient to mobilize the red state base and the blue state left-behinds than a socialist candidacy on the Democratic ticket? Or failing that, a desperate Hillary Clinton who sounds like one?
And do not doubt that the GOP establishment is in league with the Eccles Building and its Wall Street suzerains. Do you remember who was chief economic advisor to Mitt Romney?
None other than a Columbia business professor and Wall Street shill by the name of Glenn Hubbard. During the heat of the campaign he kept the candidate radio silent on the fundamental issue of our times—–the Fed’s usurpation of vast powers of monetary central planning—–and even averred that Bernanke had been doing a fine job. Said professor Hubbard, he should be considered for reappointment!
And don’t even mention the clueless action of Senator McCain in 2008. The man actually suspended his campaign so that he could come back to Washington and help Bush and Paulson bail-out Wall Street; and to authorize the Fed to unleash a torrential spree of money printing that has virtually transformed Wall Street into a dangerous and unstable gambling casino.
Woodward’s snarky observation that Trump has “misfired on such predictions in the past” was especially ripe, but absolutely consistent with the establishment meme that all is fixed and getting better by the day.
Actually, when did the Fed and its gaggle of Wall Street camp-followers ever predict a recession and subsequent financial market crash? There was not a peep from those precincts in 2000 or 2007. It was all about tommyrot like the goldilocks economy, the Great Moderation and a supposedly minor subprime disturbance that was “well contained”.
Yes, most of what Trump has thrown into the debate is outlandish, regrettable, outright deplorable and just plain wrong. The Wall, the ban on Muslims, his call for more torture of enemies, his dog-whistling on race, his cop pandering, his know-nothing position against social security reform and his blatantly sexist name-calling fit some or all of the above categories.
And to the outlandish category, now add the blatantly stupid. To wit, Trump’s promise that he will eliminate the national debt in eight years!
Even there, however, he can perhaps be praised with faint damn. At least he recognizes that our current $19 trillion of national debt will be $22 trillion by the time the next President is in the saddle, and that its a short slide to national bankruptcy from there.
At the end of the day, Trump has petrified the Wall-Street Washington establishment for good reason. He loudly rejects the War Party consensus on foreign intervention. And he has tapped into a deep vein of main street alienation from the phony recovery and economic fixes promulgated by the Fed and its beltway henchman.
We had another jobs Friday celebration by the latter and it amounted to the same old, same old. That is, purportedly 100,000 new jobs in retail and bars and restaurants were added, but still no progress where it counts. There are nearly two million fewer full-time, full-pay jobs than there were when Bill Clinton was packing up his bags to leave the White House.
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Even if the likes of Bob Woodward haven’t figured this out, the unschooled Donald Trump apparently has.  No wonder they fear Trump Unbound.
Click here for the full Washington Post interview.
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Washington Times caught in lies after firing columnist for confirming 2 of Ted Cruz's alleged mistresses

Tara West reports for Inquisitr, March 27, 2016, that Drew Johnson, a columnist and editorial writer at the conservative newspaper Washington Times, was abruptly fired after he admitted on Twitter that there was some truth to National Enquirer‘s story that Republican presidential aspirant and Texan senator Ted Cruz has had extramarital liaisons with 5 women, including a prostitute.
Johnson said that he knows at least two of the mistresses named by the National Enquirer are accurate, and that other media outlets, columnists and reporters knew about the affairs, but refused to run the story.
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But Johnson made clear that one of the women named on the Internet is not a Cruz mistress:
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The Washington Times was so upset over Johnson “coming clean” that they went so far as to claim he hadn’t worked full-time for the newspaper in over a year. Alas, that’s a lie, as shown by screenshots posted by Johnson of his bank statements showing his check deposits from the Washington Times as recently as February 16, 2016, for his work.Drew Johnson4Drew Johnson5a
As the Washington Times quickly tried to scrub any mention of Johnson as a columnist from its site, others found evidence on the Internet that contradicts the paper’s claims, including when it had severed its relations with Johnson.
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In fact, the cache history of Washington Times shows that the publication called Johnson one of its columnists as recently as March 23, 2016. (I painted the brackets and arrow in red.)
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This is not the first time that Drew Johnson has been fired by a publication for making an unpopular political statement. Back in 2013, he was fired for writing an anti-Obama headline for the Times Free Press, which ironically turned out to be the publication’s most-read article.
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Adamantly opposed to Donald Trump, one after another, the Republican Establishment are endorsing Ted Cruz, notwithstanding the rumors of his marital infidelities and the fact that Cruz had run for and won his senate seat while still a Canadian citizen.
Cruz has received the endorsement of, among many, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, Texas gov. Greg Abbott, Mississippi gov. Phil Bryant, South Carolina gov. Nikki Haley, Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, Utah senator Mike Lee, a host of GOP Congressmen, as well as 14 Republican National Committee members. (For other names, go here.)
So much for Ted Cruz being an anti-establishment conservative.
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Glenn Beck touts Ted Cruz as fulfillment of Mormon end-days prophecy

On the eve of the Utah caucuses, Ted Cruz has received the endorsement of two prominent Mormons: Glenn Beck and Mitt Romney.
On Tuesday, March 22, Utah Republicans will choose 40 delegates in caucuses. Under Utah’s rules, a candidate who wins more than 50% of the vote captures all of the state’s GOP delegates. If nobody wins more than half, the delegates are apportioned based on the percentage of the vote the candidate wins.

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Ted Cruz (l) & Glenn Beck (r)


Lee Davidson reports for The Salt Lake Tribune that on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at a Cruz campaign rally of about 5,000 people in Provo High School, Provo, Utah, TV-radio talk host Glenn Beck said about Cruz and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah), “I don’t have any friends in Washington except these two” because of how they attack the status quo there.
Then Beck said something at once cryptic and alarming. He said that he, like many Mormons, believes in a prophecy that the Constitution will hang by a thread in the last days. Beck said he believes that now is that time, and that people like Lee and Cruz will save it. 
Beck also said the Book of Mormon was created as a guide on how to protect freedom in our day, to which the people at the rally responded yelling, “I believe!”
Cruz also received an endorsement from another prominent Mormon — 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Romney — who had been campaigning for any GOP presidential candidate except Donald Trump — did not appear at Cruz’s rallies, but endorsed Cruz in a Facebook post on Friday. Romney wrote:

“The only path that remains to nominate a Republican rather than Mr. Trump is to have an open convention. At this stage, the only way we can reach an open convention is for Sen. Cruz to be successful in as many of the remaining nominating elections as possible. Today, there is a contest between Trumpism and Republicanism. Through the calculated statements of its leader, Trumpism has become associated with racism, misogyny, bigotry, xenophobia, vulgarity and, most recently, threats and violence. I am repulsed by each and every one of these.”

Trump responded by calling Romney “the man who ‘choked’ and let us all down,” so his endorsement of Cruz “is good for me.”

For his part, Cruz said that the biggest danger America faces is career politicians who no longer listen, and that he relishes battling them for the people: “The biggest divide we have today in politics is between career politicians in Washington — in both parties — and the American people. Our freedom is at stake. Our nation is dangling in the balance.” Cruz said he has been ridiculed and attacked by such politicians for fighting Obamacare and defending the Constitution, but that he and Sen. Mike Lee are “holding Washington accountable.” Cruz even hinted that he might consider Lee as a Supreme Court nominee if he is elected president.

Thus far, Trump has won 673 delegates, Cruz has won 410 delegates, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has won 143, while Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — who suspended his campaign this week — had won 169. A total of 1,237 delegates is needed to win the Republican Party’s nomination.

It is the height of irony for Glenn Beck to tout Ted Cruz as the savior of the tattered Constitution, for Beck certainly cares not a whit whether Cruz — a Canadian citizen by birth who renounced his Canadian citizenship only last year when a Texas newspaper outed him — is constitutionally eligible to be President of the United States. In that, Beck is simply acting true to character. He had used the MSM’s derisive label “birthers” to refer to Americans who question Obama’s constitutional eligibility to be president. Beck even stooped to calling “birthers” “dumb”. (See “Who’s the stupid one, Glenn Beck?“)

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You now have another reason to avoid JC Penney: Eva Longoria

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JC Penney tried to increase sales with their pro-homosexual agenda. That didn’t work out so well. So now they are trying a brilliant new marketing ploy: Selling a line of home goods from a Latina actress who publicly trashes conservatives.
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Today.com: Eva Longoria’s new bedding line may bring her one step closer to your home.
Longoria pillow: On sale for $39.99

Longoria pillow: On sale for $39.99


“While it may come as a bit of a surprise, the bedding business is something Longoria has been preparing for since she was young. She told The Dallas Morning News that while growing up in Texas, she would sew her own curtains, duvet covers and pillows. “Decorative pillows were my specialty,” she said. “I used to make them for friends, too.”
Longoria's curtain panels: On sale for $69.99

Longoria’s curtain panels: On sale for $69.99


Blah, blah, blah. Read the rest here.
Eva Longoria has been vocal about her contempt for conservatives.
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Obama campaign co-chair Eva Longoria


In September 2011, she appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to gush about Skippy. She then trashed Americans who oppose her idol, calling us a “dangerous” “extremist movement”.
In October 2012, she re-tweeted the following (which she later deleted): “Women, minorities ‘stupid’ to vote for ‘racist/misogynistic’ Romney.” After this tweet, she blamed a Twitter gremlin for shameful retweets and eventually issued the go-to liberal non-apology: “‘sorry if people were offended”.
And because you conservative womyn aren’t smart enough to make up your own minds, she offered this advice in July 2012: “I don’t think it’s a hard choice if you’re a woman,” said Longoria during an Obama campaign event in Colorado over the weekend, according to The Denver Post.  “We have to get out there and tell (others) ‘If you’re a woman, there is no way you can vote Republican.’
I certainly won’t be buying any of her products. This picture sums up appropriately what Longoria makes of herself when she opens her mouth.
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Catholics are leaving the Democratic Party

It seems that every day, we are inundated by bad news, including posts published on FOTM.
It gets depressing.
But never fear! I bring you a piece of good news for a refreshing change!
Though U.S. Catholics are not a monolithic voting bloc, their votes are very important because in election after election, Catholics consistently voted the way that the majority in the election voted. In other words, the Catholic vote is a swing vote.
But the term “Catholic Democrats” should be and is an oxymoron. Despite church teachings on the sanctity of (heterosexual) marriage and on abortion being an un-negotiable “intrinsic evil,” too many American Catholics are and vote Democrat. Even worse, they remained Democrats despite their party openly and publicly denying God three times at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
But that is beginning to change. Catholics, especially white Catholics, are leaving the Democratic Party.
Hallelujah!
~Éowyn
Armor of God I can do all things through Christ
From California Catholic Daily, March 19, 2015:
It’s one of the central contradictions of American politics: that there’s no such thing as the “Catholic vote,” yet the Catholics vote still matters.
There’s no “Catholic vote” in terms of Catholics representing an electoral bloc that votes according to what their bishops tell them, or in lockstep with the tenets of their religion. Yet winning Catholic voters has been essential to almost every presidential victory in modern times. And the defection of Catholics voters has played a role in some of the most consequential congressional turnovers in recent history — from 1994 to 2014 — making Catholics the ultimate swing voters. And for Democrats, that could be bad news.
While Catholics have been swing voters since Richard Nixon’s second term, white Catholics are now identifying as Republican by historic margins. According to the most recent polling from the Pew Research Center, 53 percent of white Catholics now favor the GOP, versus 39 percent who favor the Democrats—the largest point spread in the history of the Pew poll. And for the first time, white Catholics are more Republican than the voting group usually considered the ultimate Republicans: white Protestants (a designation that includes both mainline and evangelical Protestants).
These are ominous signs for the Democrats, evincing a new and growing allegiance with the Republican Party that has long-term implications.
So why are white Catholics abandoning the Democratic Party? There are some long-term trends at play. Steve Krueger, head of the group Catholic Democrats, notes that conservative bishops have been beating the war drums since the George W. Bush administration, even going so far in some cases as to argue that “good” Catholics can’t vote for Democrats because of their support for abortion rights and, more recently, same-sex marriage — which has resulted in an increased politicization of the church.
Stephen Schneck of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies has noted that there’s been a certain “distillation” of the Catholic vote as a record number of presumably more liberal-leaning Catholics — some one-third of those raised Catholic — have left the faith altogether. “More and more of those who remain are those who actively choose to embrace the church and its teachings,” he wrote.
But neither of these trends explains why white Catholics have abandoned the Democratic Party so suddenly and so dramatically. After all, in 2008 Barack Obama managed to keep his margin of loss of white Catholic voters to John McCain to just 5 points. But four years later, he lost the white Catholic vote to Mitt Romney by a stunning 19 points.
Krueger points to the Catholic bishop’s demonization in 2011 of the “contraceptive mandate” in the Affordable Care Act, and their subsequent ginning up of the war on “religious liberty” — which was joined by elements of the religious right and fused with its war on Obamacare — as another factor helping to drive Catholics toward the GOP. And the numbers bear Krueger out. According to Pew, between 2009 and 2014, the number of white Catholics who said the Obama administration — and by inference the Democratic Party — was “unfriendly to religion” more than doubled from 17 percent to 36 percent. 
“The shift in the Catholic vote should really be a wakeup call to the Democrats,” says Krueger. “White Catholics are 18 percent of the electorate and Catholics vote 1 to 2 percentage points above their representation in the overall population. This is a significant voting bloc that now perceives Republicans as being more welcoming to people of faith.”

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Taxpayers paid $225,756 for Senator Hillary Clinton's private plane trips

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Jonathan Allen reports for Bloomberg, Jan. 29, 2015, that during her 8 years as a U.S. senator (D-NY), Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayers’ expense, to the tune of $225,756.
More troubling is the fact that for some of those private plane trips, she used the jets of corporations and major campaign donors. So much for Hillary being for the poor and the little people.
Clinton, 67, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, reported the travel in official filings with the Senate. While there is no evidence Hillary’s Senate trips, which ranged in cost from less than $200 to upwards of $3,000 per flight, ran afoul of Senate rules, some senators don’t charter private flights at all. Others, like Hillary, do. Their privately chartered flights in just one year — 2013 — cost taxpayers $1 million, according to a report in USA Today.
The practice became a political issue last year for Democratic Senate candidates, including Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu, who spent $47,000 on charter flights in 2013, and Virginia’s Mark Warner, who spent $8,500 on a tour around his state that year. Landrieu lost, while Warner narrowly won.
In Clinton’s case, her private air travel included jets owned by a handful of private companies and investment groups, including Coca-Cola, Citigroup, Abbott Laboratories, InfoUSA (now known as InfoGroup Inc.), Avenue Capital Group LLC, and Saban Capital Group. Some of those private companies are major donors to Hillary and Bill Clinton which, of course, should raise conflict-of-interest questions:
1. Saban Capital Group was founded by longtime Clinton campaign financier Haim Saban, who, along with his wife and their family foundation, contributed between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation through 2013. Saban told Bloomberg Television he will spend “as much as needed” to help elect Hillary president in 2016.
2. Avenue Capital Group: On April 8, 2006, when Hillary criticized President George W. Bush’s use of the powers of the presidency at a women’s leadership forum in Providence, Rhode Island, she flew round trip on Avenue Capital Group’s plane at a cost of $408, which was billed to taxpayers. The firm, run by Clinton campaign benefactor Marc Lasry, later hired Hillary’s daughter, Chelsea, who worked there until 2013.
3. InfoUSA: On Dec. 30, 2005, Hillary flew from White Plains, New York, to Washington to pick up top aide Huma Abedin on the way to Charleston, South Carolina. They rode aboard InfoUSA’s jet, which company founder Vinod Gupta, a close family friend, often used to transport and entertain the Clintons and other recognizable figures, according to court filings. Hillary Clinton billed the Senate for $858 to fly on his company’s plane. Bill Clinton made more than $3 million as an adviser to InfoUSA after leaving the White House in January 2001 and also was given options on 100,000 shares of stock, which were never exercised. In 2010, Gupta paid a $7.4 million settlement after the Securities and Exchange Commission charged him with misappropriating company funds.
4. Aircraft Services Group Inc.: The bulk of Senator Hillary’s privately chartered flights were chartered through Aircraft Services Group Inc., which boasts two Gulstream IV jets and a 16-seat Embraer Legacy among its managed fleet. The president and chief executive officer of Aircraft Services Group, George Reenstra, donated $500 apiece to Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns in 2006 and 2007, according to Federal Election Commission records.
An unnamed aide to Mitt Romney — who was criticized by the media for being an out-of-touch rich man during the 2012 presidential campaign — told multiple news outlets this week that Hillary would have a hard time portraying Romney as out of touch in a 2016 campaign when she owns multimillion dollar houses and seldom flies commercial.
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Home ownership increasingly out of reach for U.S. middle class

Home ownership is increasingly out of reach for America’s middle class.
In just one year, the percentage of all homes for sale considered affordable for the middle class has fallen from 62% in 2013 to 59% in 2014.
That’s the finding of a new report by Trulia, an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters and real estate professionals.
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Mail Online reports, Nov. 21, 2014, that Trulia defines an affordable city as one in which the “total monthly payment, including mortgage, insurance, and property taxes, is less than 31% of the metro area’s median household income.”
By that definition, owning a home is increasingly hard to do for most middle class families.
Other findings in the Trulia report:

  • Most of America’s most affordable cities are around the Great Lakes.
  • Ohio is the state with three cities in the top ten most affordable cities.
  • The two cities where a middle class income is most likely to find you a home are Dayton, Ohio, followed by Rochestor, New York.
  • The least affordable cities tend to be on the coasts, with six on that list being in California.

Trulia economist Jed Kolko said the dream of owning a home is falling out of reach of many Americans: “Homeownership is getting less affordable for the middle class. Unless incomes increase substantially, home ownership will slip further beyond the reach of many households.”

elections have consequences

I’ve been meaning to ask this question to those who had reelected Obama to the presidency in 2012, in particular voters who are in business or in the military or are Christians:

Do you honestly think that if the pro-business and business-experienced, pro-military and military-supported, and Mormon Mitt Romney — who is not perfect — had been elected president, America’s economy, military, and Christianity would be in the sorry state they are today?

And do you honestly think that a President Romney would now be enmeshed in one scandal after another — IRSgate, Grubergate, Benghazigate, VA hospital-gate, Amnestygate, ad nauseum?

Stop being blindly partisan. Try and be honest, for once in your life.

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Romney tells a birther joke

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On Sunday night (Oct. 12, 2014), while campaigning for 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst of Iowa, former GOP presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney told a birther joke about President Ebola:

President Obama went to the bank to cash a check and he didn’t have his ID. And the teller said you’ve got to prove who you are.
He said, “How should I do that?” She said the other day Phil Mickelson came in, he didn’t have his ID but he set up a little cup on the ground, took a golf ball, putted it right into that cup so they knew it was Phil Mickelson. They cashed his check.
And then Andre Agassi came in. And Andre Agassi didn’t have his ID either. He put a little target on the wall, took a tennis ball and racquet– hit it onto that target time. We knew that was Andre Agassi so we cashed his check.
And she said to him, “Is there anything you can do to prove who you are?” And [Obama] said, “I don’t have a clue.”
And she said, “Well, Mr. President, do you want your money in small bills or large bills.”

H/t BirtherReport
Remember what the late Joan Rivers said to a reporter two months before she died, after going into a coma while undergoing a routine endoscopy?
She said, “We all know he [Obama] is gay and Michelle is a tranny.”
Just as Hollywood and the MSM “all know” we have a homosexual president and a transgender first lady, America’s political élites also “all know” about Obama’s bogus birth certificate and his constitutional ineligibility to be president of the United States.
But I do give Romney some credit for being the first nationally-known politician to bring up this subject, albeit in a joke.
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New poll says majority of Americans regret reelecting Obama

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Whatever we know about President Beelzebub today, we already had known in 2012 or, for some of us, in 2008.
And yet, according to the results of a new CNN poll released today, July 27, 2014, a majority of Americans now regret having voted for the POS in 2012.
To the question “Suppose that for some reason a presidential election were being held today and you had to choose between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Who would you be more likely to vote for?” or if unsure, “do you lean more toward?”, 53% responded “Mitt Romney,” while 44% answered “Barack Obama.” 3% said “Neither.”
Asked about characteristics they would apply to Obama:

  • 52% say Obama is NOT “a strong and decisive leader”; 48% say he is.
  • 56% say Obama generally does NOT agree with them on issues they care about; 43% say he does agree.
  • 57% do NOT think Obama “can manage the government effectively” vs. 42% who think he does.
  • 53% do NOT believe Obama shares their values vs. 46% who do.
  • On whether Obama “is sincere in what he says,” incredibly, it’s a split: 49% say he is; 49% say he isn’t.
  • On whether “Obama cares about people like you,” 51% still think he does vs. 48% who don’t.

Lest you think the scales really have fallen off the eyes of the “useful idiot” Americans, think again.
When asked “suppose that a presidential election were being held today and you had to choose between Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney. Who would you be more likely to vote for?,” a majority (55%) chose the Hildebeast, with 42% opting for Romney. In fact,

  • An alarming majority (63%) see her as “a strong and decisive leader,” vs. 36% who don’t.
  • A delusional majority (50%) think she “generally agrees with you on issues you care about,” vs. 48% who don’t.
  • An even larger delusional majority (53%) actually believe Hillary “cares about people like you,” vs. 45% who don’t.
  • An even bigger delusional majority (55%) think she “can manage the government effectively,” vs. 44% who don’t — despite then-Secretary of State Hillary’s lying about and complete bungling of the 2012 jihadist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, abandoning four Americans to their death.

The CNN poll, with interviews, of a national sample of 1,012 U.S. adults, was conducted by telephone (both cell and landline) by ORC International on July 18-20, 2014. The entire sample was weighted to reflect national Census figures for gender, race, age, education, region of country, and telephone usage. Among the entire sample, 32% described themselves as Democrats, 24% described themselves as Republicans, and 44% described themselves as Independents or members of another party. The margin of sampling error for results based on the total sample is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
~Eowyn

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