If the elections were Christmas, We’d All Have Coal in our Stockings

Everybody knows what’s not to like about Trump. But the media is quite bashful about what’s wrong with Clinton.

Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi. Incidentally, the film-maker she accused of being the cause of the Benghazi attacks and murders of four U.S. Citizens she was responsible for protecting? He’s homeless. After blaming him for instigating the attacks by making a film muslims did not like, she engaged in the typical blanket denials and claims she never said that. Personally, I think Benghazi alone out to have, at a minimum, derailed her career. It’s enough. But of course, with the media entirely at her beck and call, it’s barely a blip.

Emails. (timeline)

How about Benghazi AND the emails- Did you know that Beghazi is the topic of 30 of the newly recovered emails, you know, the ones she deleted because they had nothing to do with work, but were all about yoga and baby showers?

Perfect health, allergies, over-heated, dehydration, pneumonia (did you know they didn’t even tell her running mate about her pneumonia until after the videos surfaced?)

Clinton foundation pay for play boondoggle. Pay for play? Those are words from some of the released Clinton emails.

Hilary and the firing of the men in the travel office:
Are you old enough to remember the firing of the 7 men from the White House travel office? It follows the same pattern we’ve seen in all of the above.
The men were fired out of the blue and the Clinton White House smeared them and said they were the subject of a criminal investigation by the FBI. Ugly.
Then they said no, it was to save money. False. It was to reduce White House staff. It wasn’t. It was Al Gore’s fault. Not even.

It emerged in contemporaneous notes of a high White House staffer that the travel-office workers were removed because Mrs. Clinton wanted to give their jobs—their “slots,” as she put it, according to the notes of director of administration David Watkins—to political operatives who’d worked for Mr. Clinton’s campaign. And she wanted to give the travel office business itself to loyalists. There was a travel company based in Arkansas with long ties to the Clintons. There was a charter travel company founded by Harry Thomason, a longtime friend and fundraiser, which had provided services in the 1992 campaign. If the travel office were privatized and put to bid, he could get the business. On top of that, a staffer named Catherine Cornelius, said to be the new president’s cousin, also wanted to run the travel office.

I guess we get the governance we deserve, and we deserve a lot of coal in our stockings. I have absolutely zero hope that the future for America is bright. It’s dark. Dark as coal.

P.S. “Americans do not appear to be overly concerned with the health of either candidate. According to a separate question in the poll conducted this week, most American adults said the issue would make “no difference” to how they voted.” more here.  I wonder what the answer would be if the question was “Do you think this candidate is telling the truth?”

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News and Politicks

CNN says the recent terrorist attacks in NY and NJ were possibly because 2 or 3 lone wolves got together.  Lone. Wolf.

Trump speaks of profiling.  CNN puts words in his mouth and ‘quotes’ him as saying “racial profiling,” which is not what he said.  Muslim is not a race, hotshots.

Off duty police officer who stopped the terrorist at that mall in Minnesota is also an NRA certified firearms instructor.

At least ten times in the last couple of years, terrorists have slipped through the immigration process.

Trump accurately refers to a bombing as a bombing, media has a melt-down.  They’ve done it before.  My personal fave, though, has to be when Hilary also refers to the bombing as a, well, bombing, and immediately afterward, a ‘reporter’ asks her to comment on Trump’s use of the word bomb as a shameful thing.  They don’t even see themselves.

Hollywood is horrified and doesn’t understand what’s happening:

MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell was solicited for his opinions left and right. O’Donnell said he has sensed a profound disconnect between mainstream media and the electorate, which is why reporting on Donald Trump’s lies, his charitable non-donations, his debt-dodging bankruptcies, his holding back his tax returns, seems to have little impact.

 

Meanwhile, we have:

An army of reddit users believes it has found evidence that former Hillary Clinton computer specialist Paul Combetta solicited free advice regarding Clinton’s private email server from users of the popular web forum.

A collaborative investigation showed a reddit user with the username stonetear requested help in relation to retaining and purging email messages after 60 days, and requested advice on how to remove a “VERY VIP” individual’s email address from archived content.

The requests match neatly with publicly known dates related to Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.

To be specific:

Combetta was granted immunity from Obama’s Department of Justice in their investigation of Clinton.

Combetta was the employee who deleted all of Hillary Clinton’s emails.

According users on Reddit, Combetta asked for assistance in July 2014 from Reddit users on how to purge emails and how to strip VIP’s email address from “a bunch of archived emails.”

And he did this *at the request of the VIP,* who was Clinton herself.  And McDonnel thinks I should care more about Trump filing bankruptcy and making nondonation donations (I remember when Hilary wanted a tax deduction for donating used underwear, and it’s this year we’ve learned about her tax donations to her own foundation, which then pays her).

It’s under investigation, which reassures us all, I know.  You’ll recall that Hillary was not charged with breaking the law because the FBI decided that she didn’t mean to, even though she actually did clearly understand the law on using personal email.  She’s just above it.

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The small things

We had the opportunity to hear somebody speak on missions in Ukraine and other former Soviet block countries. He is from one of the Baltic countries, but has lived her for fifteen years- I would guess he probably came here around college age, maybe a little later but not much. He has a very slight accent, making him pleasant to listen to, but by no means at all difficult to understand.

His presentation was charming, informative, upbeat. We learned that Christian poetry is a highly developed cultural art form in many of these countries, and that people in church will sometimes get up to recite a poem. I loved that.

He finished his talk and stepped down, and the regular pastor of that congregation passed him on his way to the podium and stopped to say something in his ear. I saw his shoulders jerk a bit, as though he was startled by what was being said to him. It was only a couple seconds, and then the pastor continued up to the dais. But then the speaker turned to the audience with tears in his eyes and he said, “He just said ‘thank-you’ to me in my own language, which I have not heard outside my family for 15 years.”

He was so moved, and I have not been able to stop thinking about it. It meant so much to him to hear a single word in his own language from somebody else- and so far as I know he is quite happy with his work in this country and the place he is in his life. But a thank-you in his own language moved him to tears.

How many of these small, really easy opportunities to bless somebody else by coming alongside them and saying something which honors them, which connects to who they are, deep down, do I miss every single day because I just don’t think of it? How do we grow into a way of thinking of these things?

I don’t know. I suck at it, honestly. Some ideas:

REally, conscientiously and deliberately, picture somebody you know- your child, a neighbor, somebody at church, somebody you see on the other side of a cash register, and think about them, who they are, what you know about them, what they might like, what they might be missing.

Pray about it, hard, and sincerely. Pray that God will open your eyes to those things. Pray for opportunities.

Slow down. The pastor could have been in a hurry to get up and get to his talk. He could have decided that it would be weird to stop and talk to the man in the middle of aisle while others were looking. But he took the time and the opportunity he had, and it was deeply moving, even though it seems like nothing.

Be willing to embarrass yourself.

Care.

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Moralizing Do-Gooders

Study shows leaving your kids alone does place them at risk– from moralizing do-gooders, not from predators, though.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. They may be more likely to go to Heaven yet at the same time likelier to make a Hell of earth. This very kindness stings with intolerable insult. To be “cured” against one’s will and cured of states which we may not regard as disease is to be put on a level of those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will; to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals.”

― C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

I don’t think we ever hear somebody saying, “if it helps even one child, it was worth it,” bby people who have given any thought to the possibility that this ‘help’ might have harmed a dozen more.

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Explosions in NY and New Jersey

There are injuries. Mayor Deblasio says it was intentional.

Explosion Rocks Chelsea in NYC
more on the blast
And more (Video)
Explosion originated in dumpster
2nd explosive device found in Manhattan
Charity race in NJ disrupted by bomb, no injuries

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