Dead Cats: Reversal?, 08/29/16, (22)25: James Brody


HILLARY: BRAUN & SULLIVAN – Donors & State Dept; JUDICIAL WATCH – Abedin emails; KESSLERY – Foster files are gone; STRASSEL – FBI double standard.

LEADS: BAILEY – Biofuels & greenhouse gas

ELECTION: SARLIN – Trump reversal; COULTER  – Never mind; ARMSTRONG – Black votes; ZITO – Rural votes


“You are not supposed to realize that aliens are expected to exhibit fidelity to this constitutional framework as a precondition to joining our society.” Andrew McCarthy


Andrew McCarthy, NRO: “Of Course There Should Be an Ideological Test in Immigration”
“Imagine an American government official, interviewing an alien seeking admission to our country from, say, Syria:

“U.S. official: “Will you support the United States Constitution?”
“Syrian alien: “Well, sure, except that I believe the government should be overseen by a caliph, who must be Muslim and male, and who must rule in accordance with Islamic law, which no man-made law may contradict. None of this ‘We the People’ stuff; Allah is the sovereign. Non-Muslims should not be required to convert to Islam, of course, but they must submit to the authority of Islamic law — which requires them to live in the second-class status of dhimmitude and to pay a poll tax for that privilege.”
“I also believe women must be subservient to men, and that men are permitted to beat their wives if they are disobedient — especially if they refuse sex, in which they must engage on demand. There is no such thing as marital rape, and proving non-marital rape requires testimony from four male witnesses. Outside the home, a woman should cover herself in drab from head to toe. A woman’s testimony in court should be worth only half of a man’s, and her inheritance rights similarly discounted. Men should be able to marry up to four women — women, however, are limited to marrying one man.”
“Oh, and Muslims who renounce Islam should be put to death . . . as should homosexuals . . . and blasphemers . . . and adulterers — at least the ones we don’t let off with a mere scourging. The penalty for theft should be amputation of the right hand (for highway robbery, the left foot is also amputated); and for drinking alcohol, the offender is to be scourged with 40 stripes.”
“There are a few other odds and ends — you know, jihad and whatnot. But other than that, will I support the Constitution? Sure thing.”
“U.S. official: “Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on a second. That’s not supporting the Constitution. That would be destroying the Constitution.”
“Syrian alien: “Yeah, maybe so. But it’s my religion.”
“U.S. official: “Oh, your religion. Why didn’t you say so? I thought you were spouting some anti-American political ideology. But as long as you say it’s your religion, no problem. C’mon in!”



“. . . At least 85 of 154 people from private interests who met or had phone conversations scheduled with Clinton while she led the State Department donated to her family charity or pledged commitments to its international programs, according to a review of State Department calendars released so far to The Associated Press. Combined, the 85 donors contributed as much as $156 million. At least 40 donated more than $100,000 each, and 20 gave more than $1 million. . .”

Judicial Watch: New Abedin Emails Reveal Hillary Clinton State Department Gave Special Access to Top Clinton Foundation Donors

Crown Prince of Bahrain Forced to Go Through Foundation to See Clinton, after Pledging $32 Million to Clinton Global Initiative

Hollywood Executive Casey Wasserman, Slimfast Mogul Daniel Abraham, Controversial Appointee Rajiv Fernando also among Clinton Foundation Donors Granted Special Favors from Clinton State Department

“(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 725 pages of new State Department documents, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which former Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin provided influential Clinton Foundation donors special, expedited access to the secretary of state. In many instances, the preferential treatment provided to donors was at the specific request of Clinton Foundation executive Douglas Band.

“The new documents included 20 Hillary Clinton email exchanges not previously turned over to the State Department, bringing the known total to date to 191 of new Clinton emails (not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department).  These records further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department.

“The Abedin emails reveal that the longtime Clinton aide apparently served as a conduit between Clinton Foundation donors and Hillary Clinton while Clinton served as secretary of state. In more than a dozen email exchanges, Abedin provided expedited, direct access to Clinton for donors who had contributed from $25,000 to $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. In many instances, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, who worked with the Foundation throughout Hillary Clinton’s tenure at State, coordinated closely with Abedin. In Abedin’s June deposition to Judicial Watch, she conceded that part of her job at the State Department was taking care of ‘Clinton family matters.’ . . .”

Ronald Kesslery, UK Daily Mail: EXCLUSIVE: Missing:  FBI files linking Hillary Clinton to the ‘suicide’ of White House counsel Vince Foster have vanished from the National Archives”

“Documents describing Hillary Clinton’s role in the death of White House counsel Vince Foster have vanished, Daily Mail Online has learned after an extensive investigation

“Foster is believed to have shot himself with a .38 caliber revolver at Fort Marcy Park along the Potomac River on July 20, 1993

“Two former FBI agents involved in the investigation tell Daily Mail Online they issued reports linking Hillary’s tirade to Foster’s suicide

“Days before his death, then First Lady ridiculed him mercilessly in front of his peers, say former FBI agents and detailed it in their report

“’You have failed us,’ Hillary told Foster, former FBI Jim Clemente told Daily Mail Online

Archived material related to the case, housed at National Archives in College Park, Md. were examined by the author to no avail

“After filing a Freedom of Information request, it was determined that the agents’ reported have gone missing “

Washington Examiner:  Clinton lies through her big white smile”

“. . . At issue are four specific statements Clinton made under oath which appear to be false.

“Clinton had claimed insistently that none of the material she sent or received from her private email account was marked classified. This is not true. The FBI has dug up at least three emails from her privately hosted account that were marked classified. According to House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, some are so highly classified that he isn’t even allowed to read them.

“Clinton also claimed that her legal team had read her emails to determine which ones were work-related and thus the property of the federal government. They did no such thing. FBI director James Comey revealed that the lawyers relied on simple keyword searches.

“As a result, Clinton failed to turn over thousands of work-related emails, even though she claimed, again under oath, to have turned over all of them.

“Finally, Clinton claimed she used ‘only one server in the unsecured homebrew network she created for her work correspondence.’ The truth was, rather, that she used several servers, and several devices.

“Clinton, of course, told plenty of other lies, but these were the ones under oath to Congress. They create the (slim) possibility that she will face legal consequences for her dishonesty. Republicans are right to push the issue because no one else will.

“Clinton’s facile dishonesty, telling easy-to-check lies under oath, is part of a troubling pattern. She disregarded freedom of information laws because she doesn’t think the rules apply to her. She ignored rules on handling classified information because she doesn’t think the rules apply to her. She broke her agreement with the Obama administration to disclose certain donations to the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as secretary of state and to refuse other donations, because she doesn’t think the rules apply to her.

“Like a child who misbehaves because no adult disciplines her, Clinton keeps crossing line after line without paying a price. Now she expects to get away with lying to Congress. And she probably will.”

Kimberley Strassel, WSJ: “Comey’s FBI Double Standard”

“To view Hillary’s FBI file, lawmakers must go to a secure room under lock and guard.

“. . . The FBI has provided just one set of Hillary files to be accessed by both the majority and minority members (and their staffs) of the House Oversight, Appropriations and Judiciary committees. That’s a single set of documents for hundreds upon hundreds of people. The files are being held in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) underneath the Capitol, a secure room reserved for viewing the highest-level secrets. That room is under lock, key and guard, and viewing is by appointment only.

“Many of these lawmakers and aides hold some of the highest clearances available to Congress, yet they are nonetheless barred from examining vast portions of the record. The FBI in some cases redacted entire documents, presumably at the request of various intelligence agencies, and to protect” national security. Initially, visiting congressmen and staffers were not allowed to take any notes. After intense negotiations, the FBI on Thursday relented, but only on the condition that all notes remain behind in the SCIF.

“Some of this is as it should be. These are, after all, national secrets. Yet the process highlights not only the absurdity of Mrs. Clinton’s claim that her server was no big deal, but also the irresponsibility of the FBI’s decision not to prosecute. Duly elected members of Congress are traversing layers of security and guards, clearances in hand, to view a few top-secret documents. Ask Mr. Comey why what is demanded of them was not demanded of Hillary.

“But the contradiction gets even more extreme. The FBI has placed additional, and unnecessary, strictures on the Hillary file. It warned lawmakers against publicly sharingany information from the documents—even unclassified information. So the FBI chief won’t prosecute Mrs. Clinton for spreading secrets across the globe, but he bars Congress from talking about unclassified issues that potentially get to the heart of today’s presidential race. One might wonder why.

“Nor does the double standard end with Mrs. Clinton. Oversight Committee aides who have seen the documents note that some of the redactions look to have come at the demand of the State Department (rather than the intelligence community). Indeed, the FBI allowed the State Department to review portions of the file before handing it to Congress. This is the same department that essentially served as a co-conspirator in the operation of Mrs. Clinton’s secret server and which has spent more than a year stonewalling investigations and making excuses for its former boss. . .”

LEADS . . .

Ronald Bailey, Reason: “Mandated Biofuels = More Greenhouse Gases”

“. . . Not so fast, a group of University of Minnesota researchers say in a new study for the journal Energy Policy. They argue that the biofuels mandate is more likely to increasethan reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. transportation sector. Why? The rebound effect.

“The rebound effect can be illustrated by a consumer who buys a more fuel-efficient car, sees that the fuel costs of driving have been reduced, and thus drives more, partly negating the energy and greenhouse reductions that are supposed to result from fuel-efficiency mandates. In some cases, the rebound is greater than the initial energy savings, so consumers end up using more energy and emitting more greenhouse gases than before. This phenomenon is known as “backfire.” The Minnesota researchers’ study calculates that that is what will happen with the RFS—that it will backfire and result in more rather than less greenhouse gas emissions.

“The amount of fossil fuel displaced by a low-carbon fuel is determined by the economic forces of supply and demand,” the authors observe. “In general, an increase in fuel supply causes a decrease in fuel prices, which in turn encourages greater fuel consumption.” The authors conservatively estimate, based on an extensive survey of previous research, that about a half-gallon of gasoline is displaced by the energy equivalent of a gallon of biofuel. In other words, they assume a 50 percent gasoline displacement rate. . .”



Benjy Sarlin, NBC: “Donald Trump Openly Weighs a Massive Immigration Reversal”

“In what would be a stunning reversal on an issue central to his candidacy, Donald Trump floated a possible process to allow undocumented immigrants to remain in America in a town hall that aired Wednesday.

“No citizenship,” Trump told Fox News’ Sean Hannity in an interview taped Tuesday afternoon in Austin, Texas. “Let me go a step further — they’ll pay back-taxes, they have to pay taxes, there’s no amnesty, as such, there’s no amnesty, but we work with them.”

Trump said he was moved by concerns from fans who opposed his previous calls for a “deportation force” to remove all of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.

“When I look at the rooms and I have this all over, now everybody agrees we get the bad ones out,” Trump said. “But when I go through and I meet thousands and thousands of people on this subject…they’ve said, Mr. Trump, I love you, but to take a person that has been here for 15 or 20 years and throw them and the family out, it’s so tough, Mr. Trump.”

“While Trump’s comments on legalization were inconsistent in the years leading up to his presidential run, he maintained during the primaries that all undocumented immigrants must be removed throughout his campaign. . .”

Also – Nick Gass, Politico: “Coulter mocks Trump’s immigration muddle”

“. . .In a series of tweets late Wednesday and early Thursday, Coulter offered her thoughts, suggesting that Trump’s latest remarks showed an openness to the same immigration platforms championed by his GOP primary rivals.

“‘Well, if it’s ‘hard,’ then nevermind,’ Coulter tweeted sarcastically in response to that comment.


Jenice Armstrong, Daily News: “Think black people aren’t voting for Trump? Guess again”

“YOU WOULDN’T think that a black gay man living in heavily Democratic Philadelphia would be a big Donald Trump supporter.

“So, imagine my surprise when over lunch recently, Saleem Khalil Vanderpump who belongs to all of those groups, told me he had every intention of voting Republican this fall.

“I was, like, whaaat? Vanderpump, co-owner of the Bellargo Boutique in the 500 block of South Street, explained that he is a huge fan of the self-described billionaire.

“I mean huge. He admires Trump’s success as a businessman and has bought into the Republican candidate’s campaign promise to ‘make America great again.’

“To him, Trump is the ultimate political outsider – a baller with swag who is married to a gorgeous ex-model and the visionary behind Trump Tower, other New York City skyscrapers and the fabulous Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach. Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslims entering the country; his having referred to Mexican immigrants as rapists; and the candidate’s insulting remarks about a Mexican judge haven’t swayed Vanderpump one bit.

“‘I feel like Trump knows how to make money. He knows what it takes to create jobs because he’s done it,’ explained Vanderpump, who also designs the Cherry Pie Swimwear line. ‘There are so many young men in my neighborhood on my block who can’t get a job. They sit on the block all day long. I feel like Donald Trump can get this turned around.’

“And ‘I’m not the only one.’

I got really still. . .”

Salena Zito, NY Post: “Stumped by Trump’s success? Take a drive outside US cities

“. . . It’s as if people here have not turned on the television to hear pundits drone on and on about how badly Trump is losing in Pennsylvania.

It’s not just visual: In interview after interview in all corners of the state, I’ve found that Trump’s support across the ideological spectrum remains strong. Democrats, Republicans, independents, people who have not voted in presidential elections for years — they have not wavered in their support.

Two components of these voters’ answers and profiles remain consistent: They are middle-class and they do not live in a big city. They are suburban to rural and are not poor — an element I found fascinating, until a Gallup survey last week confirmed that what I’ve gathered in interviews is more than just freakishly anecdotal.

The Gallup analysis, based on 87,000 interviews over the past year, shows that while economic anxiety and Trump’s appeal are intertwined, his supporters for the most part do not make less than average Americans (not those in New York City or Washington, perhaps, but their Main Street peers) and are less likely to be unemployed.

The study backs up what many of my interviews across the state have found — that these people are more concerned about their children and grandchildren.

While Trump supporters here are overwhelmingly white, their support has little to do with race (yes, you’ll always find one or two who make race the issue), but has a lot to do with a perceived loss of power.

Not power in the way that Washington or Wall Street boardrooms view power, but power in the sense that these people see a diminishing respect for them and their ways of life, their work ethic, their tendency to not be mobile. (Many live in the same eight square miles that their father’s father’s father lived in.)

Thirty years ago, such people determined the country’s standards in entertainment, music, food, clothing, politics, personal values. Today, they are the people who are accused of creating every social injustice imaginable; when anything in society fails, they get blamed.

The places where they live lack economic opportunities for the next generation; they know their children and grandchildren will never experience the comfortable situations they had growing up — surrounded by family who lived next door, able to find a great job without going to college, both common traits among many successful small-business owners in the state.. .”


Still on break, may have found a fiancée, more later!