Drones at Ararat
HILLARY: DRUDGE LINKS; NY Post – Hillary’s health; CILLIZZA – Hillary’s health; GOODWIN – Hillary’s media.
LEADS: RUSHBO – Flight 93; McCARTHY – Blindness to Islam; POLLAK – Tom Cotton; MEAD – Kim Jong-un; WILL – Impeach IRS.
PA: SNYDER – Politics PA
Dahlia Nehme, Yahoo!:” Drones keep watch as pilgrims ascend Mount Arafat for haj climax”
“Saudi Arabia has said that 1.85 million pilgrims, most of them from outside Saudi Arabia, have arrived for the annual pilgrimage, a religious duty for every able-bodied Muslim who can afford the journey.
“Saudi Arabia stakes its reputation on its guardianship of Islam’s holiest sites and organizing haj. . .”
“2016 is the Flight 93 election: charge the cockpit or you die. You may die anyway. You—or the leader of your party—may make it into the cockpit and not know how to fly or land the plane. There are no guarantees.
“Except one: if you don’t try, death is certain. To compound the metaphor: a Hillary Clinton presidency is Russian Roulette with a semi-auto. With Trump, at least you can spin the cylinder and take your chances.” Publius Decius Mus
HILLARY . . .
SECRET SERVICE ATYPICAL PROTOCOL…
CLINTON STRUGGLES TO WALK…
Knees buckle, loses shoe…
WASH POST DECLARES: HEALTH NOW AN ISSUE…
Medical History Now Under Microscope…
Life-threatening disease could alter election…
Press left in dark…
No probe into flaring hypothyroidism/Hashimoto’s…
FLASHBACK 2005: HILLARY FAINTS DURING SPEECH…
FLASHBACK 2012: CLINTON FALLS BOARDING PLANE…
The Roughest Week…
Dems Full Panic…
NY Post: “Hillary Clinton’s health is now a real issue”
“Clinton’s health is no longer a background issue in the presidential race.
“The footage of her entry to her ride out is especially troubling: She’s leaning oddly backward as she waits, and plainly almost collapses as she moves toward the vehicle; a mob of aides then conveys her inside.
“Also telling is that her staff avoided alerting the press that travels with her — and were left to catch up after noticing her missing. Clinton’s brief walkabout some 90 minutes later, after she’d rested in daughter Chelsea’s apartment, settles nothing. Nor does word late Sunday that she has pneumonia.
“We hadn’t made much of Clinton’s long coughing fit last week, but that now seems more disturbing, too. Maybe her repeated memory failures when the FBI interviewed her over her e-mail abuses were actually real, rather than dodges of questions she didn’t dare answer truthfully.
“Even her refusal to hold a single real press conference for more than nine months suddenly looks different: Is she dodging the press to avoid questions about all her endless scandals, or does she fear something else?
“Behind it all is the concussion she suffered in late 2012, which led to a blood clot in her head — an illness that prevented her from doing more than token work in her final months at State, and also (she said) left her temporarily unable to testify before Congress on the Benghazi disaster. Her husband later said her recovery took a full six months.
“At 68, Clinton is two years younger than her opponent, Donald Trump — but he’s had nothing like any of these episodes, despite more than a year of nonstop travel and public appearances. She’s now got a whole new host of questions to answer — and so do her doctors.”
Chris Cillizza, WaPo: “Hillary Clinton’s health just became a real issue in the presidential campaign”
“. . . Whereas Clinton and her campaign could laugh off questions about her health before today, the ‘overheating’ episode makes it almost impossible for them to do so. Not only has it come at a time when there was growing chatter — with very little evidence — that her health was a problem but it also happened at a 9/11 memorial event — an incredibly high-profile moment with lots and lots of cameras and reporters around.
“Her campaign may well try to dismiss this story as nothing more than an isolated incident, meaning nothing. (Democrats were already pushing the story of George W. Bush fainting in 2002 after choking on a pretzel, via Twitter.)
“But the issue is that Clinton kept reporters totally in the dark for 90 minutes after her abrupt departure from the 9/11 memorial service for a health-related matter. No reporter was allowed to follow her. (Clinton has resisted a protective pool for coverage because Donald Trump refuses to participate in one.) This is, yet again, the Clinton campaign asking everyone to just trust it. She got overheated! But she’s fine now!
“Clinton may well be totally fine — and I certainly hope she is. But we are 58 days away from choosing the person who will lead the country for the next four years, and she is one of the two candidates with a real chance of winning. Taking the Clinton team’s word for it on her health — in light of the episode on Sunday morning — is no longer enough. Reasonable people can — and will — have real questions about her health. . .”
Michael Goodwin, NY Post: “Hillary’s media is torching its standards to cover the election”
“. . .There is nothing more to learn about Hillary Clinton’s home-brew server, deleted e-mails, chronic cough or anything else that makes her look bad, according to The Washington Post. And The New York Times, stung by Clinton’s woeful performance at last week’s presidential forum, believes the debates are going to be a total disaster unless moderators get much, much tougher with Donald Trump.
“To judge from her tone, the Gray Lady finally has found somebody she wants to waterboard. Naturally, it’s a Republican, not a terrorist. . .”
Rushbo: The Flight 93 Election
“. . . America is Flight 93. Donald Trump and his supporters are Todd Beamer and the passengers rushing the cockpit, trying to take it away from the terrorists. And Hillary Clinton and the Democrat Party and the military and the media and the whole establishment, they’re the hijackers. So the plane is American, it’s being hijacked by Hillary and the left and the Democrats for years and years and years now, and Trump is Todd Beamer. That’s the analogy.
And he says you got one of two choices when you’re in that situation. You do nothing and you’re guaranteed gonna die because the terrorists are gonna crash it somewhere, or you can rush the cockpit. You may still die, but at least you’ll die trying not to.
“Now, the reaction to this piece by those to whom it was targeted has been predictable. It’s anger, outrage in some cases, they’re laughing at the guy and they’re claiming that he’s just way overboard…”
Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Fifteen Years after 9/11, Blindness to the Islamist Threat Is Official Policy
“If there is a theme to this 15th annual observance — the word “anniversary” just seems so wrong — of the most lethal enemy attack ever carried out on American soil, it is erasure.
“At least that’s what they’re being told in Owego, N.Y. There, a Muslim activist group is demanding that the town’s 9/11 memorial be erased. Not all of it; just the word ‘Islamic.’
“Carved into the memorial — the point of which is to signify that which we must never forget — is the factual assertion that, on September 11, 2001, ‘nineteen Islamic terrorists’ carried out coordinated suicide-hijacking attacks against the United States.
“The Islamic Organization of the Southern Tier has decided that the monument is dangerous because it “could encourage hatred toward Muslims.” Fifteen years on, we are supposed to believe that the danger we face is not an enduring global threat fueled by an ideology drawn directly from Islamic scripture; the danger lies in speaking honestly about the threat.
“It has taken less than two years to go from Je suis Charlie — the fleeting show of solidarity in support of Western free-speech principles after Islamic terrorists mass-murdered cartoonists at the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo — to Je suis Kerry. That’s a show of solidarity in support of our ineffable secretary of state who, when not steering aid, comfort, and goo-gobs of cash to the jihadist regime in Tehran, is telling the international media that maybe terrorism would go away if they’d just stop talking about it. . .”
Joel Pollak, Big Govt: “Tom Cotton: We’re Not Safer Today than on 9/11”
“. . . ‘I don’t think America is safer today than we were in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks,’ Cotton says. ‘It’s hard to hear the Obama administration account for the dangers that are posed by groups like the Islamic State, or the ongoing efforts by Al Qaeda, given [Obama’s] decision to make a nuclear deal with Iran that gave them billions of dollars to fund their reign of terror.
“‘Just looking at the evidence, it’s hard to conclude that we are safer.’
Despite the fact that both parties’ presidential nominees say the Iraq war was a mistake, Cotton disagrees.
“‘I believe the Iraq war was a necessary, just and noble war. I don’t think any president would have made any decision other than what George W. Bush had made,’ he says.
“‘It’s perfectly understandable that some Americans disagree, and there were setbacks in the first three years that I wish had not occurred, because without them we would not have seen the war become unpopular to the point where Barack Obama could be elected on an anti-war platform,’ he argues.
Cotton adds that he believes the U.S. was safer in ‘the late days of the Bush administration,’ after the Iraq ‘surge’ had worked, and the U.S. was in a position of strength.
“At that time, he says, ‘radical Islam was a discredited and a losing ideology. Today, unfortunately, it looks like the ‘strong horse’ once again, as Osama bin Laden described it in the 1990s. And the United States, and constitutional democracy, look like the ‘weak horse.’ . . .”
Walter Russell Mead, American Interest: “It’s Kim Jong-un’s World; We’re Just Living in It”
“We don’t live in the world the ‘liberal internationalists’ have imagined exists; we live in a world where, more and more, the law of the jungle applies.
“News that North Korea has detonated another bomb comes as no surprise; few things are as obvious in this crazy world as the fact that this murderous dictatorship is making steady progress on its weapons program. The Norks are getting better and better at making more powerful bombs and longer range missiles to put them on. President Obama, like Presidents Clinton and Bush before him, sputters indignantly and wrings his hands, but the tick-tock tick-tock of North Korean nuclear build-up goes on.
“This tells us many things. It tells us that the security situation is going to continue to deteriorate in East Asia. It tells us that China has resigned itself to an era of confrontation with Japan. It tells us that both South Korea and Japan are losing confidence in America’s will and ability to do anything serious about the scariest security problem they face.
“Beyond that, it’s a harsh reminder that, despite the illusions and the optimism of the liberal internationalists among us, the world still runs much the same way it did one hundred years ago. When hard power fails, all the UN Declarations of Human Rights, all the Security Council resolutions, all the noble speeches about the “international community” are just so much hot air.
“Kim Jong-un is getting away with a nuclear build-up and a murderous dictatorship because he can. In theory, the world’s great powers have the ability to stop him. In practice, they are too divided, too busy knifing each other in the back, to cooperate against even a very small and poor country. China won’t cooperate with the United States to stop North Korea because the government in Beijing doesn’t think it is in its national interest to do so. The United States can’t compel China to change its mind about its Korea policy because we lack the strength.
“Syrian refugees understand what kind of world we live in; so do the starving people of Aleppo. The victims of Boko Haram, now faced with a famine, get it, too. We don’t live in the world the “liberal internationalists” have imagined exists; we live in a world where, more and more, the law of the jungle applies. . .”
George Will, Dayton Daily News: “IRS commissioner merits impeachment”
“. . . At the IRS, Exempt Organizations Director Lois Lerner participated in delaying for up to five years — effectively denying — tax-exempt status for, and hence suppressing political advocacy by, conservative groups. She retired after refusing to testify to congressional committees, invoking the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination.
“Koskinen, who became commissioner after Lerner left, failed to disclose the disappearance of emails germane to a congressional investigation of IRS misbehavior. Under his leadership, the IRS failed to comply with a preservation order pertaining to an investigation. He did not testify accurately or keep promises made to Congress. Subpoenaed documents, including 422 tapes potentially containing 24,000 Lerner emails, were destroyed. He falsely testified that the Government Accountability Office’s report on IRS practices found “no examples of anyone who was improperly selected for an audit.”
In June testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, Jonathan Turley of the George Washington University Law School noted that the Obama administration stands accused of ‘effectively weaponizing the IRS.’ And the Koskinen controversy comes as Congress “is facing an unprecedented erosion of its authority vis-a-vis the executive branch.”
“The Koskinen controversy, Turley said, ‘falls at the very crossroads of expanding executive power, diminishing congressional authority, and the rise of the Fourth Branch,’ which consists of ‘federal agencies that exercise increasingly unilateral and independent powers.’
“As a means of controlling the executive, the power of the purse ‘has become something of a constitutional myth.’ This is particularly true now that Congress, forfeits its leverage by funding the government indiscriminately with omnibus bills and continuing resolutions. So, Congress is left with impeachment as the only ‘functional deterrence for executive overreach.’. . .”
PA . . .
Sy Snyder, PoliticsPA: 9/9 Ups & Downs
“Bruce Castor. One week you’re the Acting Attorney General, the next week you’re gone. After Bruce Beemer was confirmed as the new AG it was only a matter of time until Beemer completely cleared the office of Kathleen Kane’s appointees. On Tuesday, Beemer quietly revealed that Castor would be leaving as of today. It appears that after a first act defined by a refusal to prosecute Bill Cosby, Castor’s second act will be remembered for not revealing the long-awaited email report.
“Hillary Clinton. Four separate polls were released this week and all four had the Democratic nominee in the lead. CBS/YouGov, Washington Post/SurveyMonkey,PPP and Quinnipiac show Clinton with advantages of eight, four, five and five points respectively. To see Hillary’s lead in the Keystone State holding at a time when her edge nationwide is narrowing must be particularly heartening for the Democrat’s PA team.
“Kathleen Kane. This was supposed to be a quiet time for the ex-Attorney General, the calm before the storm that will be her sentencing hearing on October 24th. When it comes to Kathleen Kane, however, there is no such thing as a tranquil period. On Wednesday, we found out that that Kane is seeking $1 million from her former husband in order to pay her legal bills. Kane is attempting to secure a total of $6 million from her divorce proceedings. Once again, Kathleen Kane’s drama is on display for the whole commonwealth to see.
“PA Department of State. We want to give a special shout-out to Pennsylvania’s Department of State for their efforts to facilitate voter registration. They’ve launched a new “2Vote” initiative that will allow PA citizens to access registration forms and find their polling places. All you have to do is text “PA” to “2Vote” (28683) and don’t forget the voter registration deadline is October 11th.
“Eric Papenfuse. We’ll be giving the Harrisburg Mayor a down arrow every week until he lifts his ridiculous ban of PennLive. We are now up to the thirteenth week.”