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Thursday, April 16. 2015
I am sick of this election already. I'm a Rubio-Walker or vice-versa guy. Some days I watch it like a football game, some days I have zero interest. It's all too stupid. Of course Clintons lie. Of course the MSM hates evil Repubs.
I guess they all got the memo on the same day
Hillary Clinton Lied On Family’s Immigration History, Records Show
Hillary Recruited, Selected, Bused In "Everyday Americans" For First
That's news? Who cares?
Jeepers! Hillary's Campaign Is Even Creepier Than You Think
Nixon in a Pantsuit
At her first Iowa stop, Hillary calls for constitutional limits on free speech
Thoughts On A Sunday
We've had a respite form the wet weather over the weekend, but the rains will be moving in tomorrow and the ground around here is close to saturated with the runoff from the snow melt. I know this because...
Weblog: Weekend Pundit
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re Hildabeest accomplishments
Was the most traveled Secretary of State to date.
demoncraps have a low expectation of competency, so its understandable why they think racking up frequent flight miles is considered a notable accomplishment and a qualification to be president.
Those are NOT accomplishments; they are like a list of everywhere she's ever lived. Or stayed. Or vacationed. Or thought about.
Over to you, Zach!
In addition to what has already been mentioned:
She was fired from the Watergate investigation for lying and other unethical conduct.
Monitored New Haven, Conn. trial of Black Panthers for the torture/murder trial of a man suspected of being an informant for "civil rights abuses" by the prosecution while at Yale.
She did not dodge sniper fire in Bosnia like she said she did.
She was not named after Sir Edmund Hillary like she said she was.
She did not make a killing in the cattle futures market by reading the Wall Street Journal because the WSJ did not cover that market then.
She knew about the collection of raw FBI files on hundreds of politicians including many Republicans.
She lied about her involvement in Whitewater which was discovered after her billing records were found her residence in the White House after she said she couldn't find them.
Sam L: Those are NOT accomplishments
Playing a critical role in passage of Children's Health Insurance Program is only one of many substantive accomplishments.
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy: "The children’s health program wouldn’t be in existence today if we didn’t have Hillary pushing for it from the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue."
SCHIP was a bi-partisan bill that failed, the program was enacted through the balanced budget act of 97. the beest was first lady at the time, so that drunkard kennedy was throwing her a bone. president clinton helped negotiate the deal because he was the president. you'll believe any libtard talking points without doing your own fact checking, because you operate by assuming no one else will follow up on your bullshit.
The Poetry of Violence: you'll believe any libtard talking points without doing your own fact checking
That's funny, because we provided a link to Fact Check, which analysed the record. You can also look at newspaper articles from the period.
Who is this "we"? Are you suffering from some kind of multiple personality disorder? If so, suggest you replace all of them.
I read your talking points. You cited them and assumed them to be correct without bothering to read the legislative history, which is available to anyone with five minutes on their hands.
The legislative history shows your source to be more partisan biased bullshit.
We've provided two sources. Try providing evidence to support your claim rather than just saying "Is not."
"we" should find new multiple identities.
it is a typical flaw of libtarded reasoning to think that two or three totally inadequate sources trumps one valid source.
have you read the legislative history of these bills?
no, you haven't, because it doesn't conform to your fantasy.
The Poetry of Violence: it is a typical flaw of libtarded reasoning to think that two or three totally inadequate sources trumps one valid source.
You haven't provided one valid source. You've waved your hands in the general direction of the "legislative history", while failing to note that the political history of passage is critical to understand legislative history.
Re: At her first Iowa stop, Hillary calls for constitutional limits on free speech
there are constitutional limits on speech content already, so this is nothing new. Citizens United is a bad decision and should be abrogated, if for no other reason than it further erodes the necessary fiction that ordinary citizens have any say in government.
Wrong there, I think.
The media has unlimited political speech. So do celebs. Why not other people and orgs with $ to spend?
Citizens United is about money and campaigns.
Under the law, campaign donations = political speech.
In politics, campaign donations = access to the people who make the rules = what rules get made. In fact, it doesn't matter who is elected, so long as they'll take your phone call.
You and a superPAC rep are calling your senator's office. Who is going to talk to the senator and who is going to get an unpaid kollege intern?
I agree with BD. Media companies and unions are corporations or non-profits that have speech "rights". Why not other corporations or non-profits?
the bottom line is that entities, whether for profits or non profits, unions, other organizations, now have a louder voice in decision making than individual citizens. some people are happy about that, others aren't.
The bottom line is that if you limit Citizens United's speech, then why can't you limit the NYT's speech.
I don't disagree that money can often buy access - though I think it's likely that the access that money buys would likely be there anyway since the person or organization is probably very prominent already and the person or organization probably generally agrees with the candidate. This is not to discount the times of outright bribery, though.
The solution in my mind is to limit the power of the candidate to enhance or diminish the business of the donor.
you know that Rockwell painting of the dude standing up in a town hall meeting and saying his piece? its called Freedom of Speech. that's freedom of speech. a NYT editorial telling its drones to vote for Barry is freedom of speech.
a Super PAC or an independent expenditure PAC can raise unlimited amounts of money from individuals, corporations, unions, and as long as it does't "directly coordinate with the candidate" (those are air quotes) because the obvious quid pro quo can never be allowed to happen. Anyone who believes this is a stone cold moron. Super PACS can spend any amount of money because according to the USSC, this is also freedom of speech.
somewhere else on this forum there's an link, "I am a born-free, American woman – wife, mother and citizen". Compared to the super PAC called Women Vote! with its company and union and other entity donors, it expended a total of $8,172,295 as of March this year, her voice is worth nothing.
let's put it this way. United Food & Commercial Workers Union gave $750,000 to Women Vote! When a UF&CWU rep calls a congressman who was elected with union money, is he going to listen you you or the union?
I agree that unions have more power than they should but that is because in some states (even right-to-work states are finding this) union membership is required to do a job thus union dues used to fund corruption are extracted from people who do not agree with the union's funding.
Real right-to-work legislation and the separation of union political funding from union dues would have a severe impact on the situation.
I don't see how you can separate money from speech (even for the pamphleteers of the past, money was required) or how you can tell someone he can only spend so much of his own money. The result of trying has given us the arcane campaign finance laws we have now.
Beyond that, money can help new or unknown candidates get past name-recognition problems that incumbents don't have (I also prefer to have term limits on Congress and Senate).
congress can limit speech content, e.g., "fire in a theatre", "fighting words" child porn, and in elections, it can limit the amounts contributed directly to campaigns, and there are different kinds of limitations for various pacs.
every time a constitutional right is limited, its limited by weighing competing rights, where the fulcrum is, depends.
campaign finance laws aren't arcane, they're trying to deal with a situation that's out of control. this isn't about right to work laws and who can contribute to union pacs (depends on the type of pac). this is about your vote and right to be heard being buried by companies and unions who, while they can't vote, use money to buy access. what right, in your view, is more important?
limit campaign contributions to voter-eligible individuals, with no intermediate organization between the voter and the politician.
You missed the link where this entitled woman parked in the handicapped space. Rules are for the little people.
The incompetence, the lies, the dishonesty, the arrogance, the sense of entitlement ... it's all on display for anyone who chooses to see.
Even with 8 years to prepare, she can't hide the real HRC.
Isnt it still racist to want to move out of a bad (code word which means 'black' neighborhood for better schools? Oh, not if you vote Democrat?
Chipotle Manager: Hillary Clinton Didn’t Leave Anything In Tip Jar…
I don't tip because society says I have to. Alright, I mean I'll tip if somebody really deserves a tip. If they put forth the effort, I'll give them something extra. But I mean, this tipping automatically, it's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned they're just doing their job.
To bring the subject of tipping back to HRC, when she has been pulling down $300k/speech, and when she is telling everyone who will listen she is for the little guy, it is bad form to not throw a few bills in the tip jar. Makes her look like an uncaring hypocrite ... oh wait ...
There is something difference between Hillary 2007 and Hillary 2015. She seems removed, uninvolved, and, yes, creepy. I never liked her, but this time around I really feel like she's living in a bubble of unreality.
So strange. I wonder what democrats think of her so far? They can't seriously be happy with what they've seen so far.
“I don’t think she’s so concerned about emails referring to her as secretly gay,” said a Clinton insider. “That’s been out for years – her real fear is that the names of some of her lovers would be made public!”
FWIW: Hillary Clinton Lesbian Lovers' Secret Emails Named - National Enquirer
from the article:
The ENQUIRER learned the list of Hillary’s lesbian lovers includes a beauty in her early 30s who has often traveled with Hillary; a popular TV and movie star; the daughter of a top government official; and a stunning model who got a career boost after allegedly sleeping with Hillary. Hillary made the huge mistake of mixing public and private messages while using her personalized email server – before risking a massive scandal by refusing to make the documents public.
Well, they broke the John Edwards story .... so who knows?