And let’s be clear about Russian hacking.

My position is that I want the US government to respond to every “hack” by a foreign government with a cyber attack of their own – and not a proportional attack; a very disproportional attack, a YUGE attack. I do not in any way condone Russians interfering with our elections whether I like the election result or not.

However, before we leave the 2016 election and the noise from the Democrat Party, let’s do a “fact check.”

[Source: The Russia hacking report is an indictment of Obama, not Trump, by Mark A. Thiessen]

Americans reached their conclusions about Secretary Clinton before WikiLeaks first began publishing hacked emails (whether or not Russia was the source). It was none other than the New York Times that broke the story that Clinton used a private server while she was secretary of state. She then had a news conference in which virtually every word that came out of her mouth was a lie. It was not WikiLeaks that proved each of those lies, it was the FBI! (Footnote)

Wikileaks only confirmed that even Hillary’s own campaign team was terrified about potential perceptions of her activities with the Clinton foundation. However, It wasn’t WikiLeaks that “broke the story.” It was The Washington Post (Pravda on the Potomac) that revealed the Clinton Foundation had accepted millions of dollars in donations from foreign governments while Clinton was secretary of state. 

It was WikiLeaks and the Russians!!!! Oops, no again. It was the Wall Street Journal that exposed the deal Clinton had cut with a Swiss bank to protect tax-dodging Americans while the bank gave $1.5 million in speaking fees to Bill Clinton and $600,000 to the Clinton Foundation. 

And it was the Democrat Party sycophants at  ABC News (and not the Russians or Wikileaks) that revealed that the Clinton State Department gave special treatment to “FOBs” (friends of Bill) and “WJC VIPs” (William Jefferson Clinton VIPs) after the Haiti earthquake.

And let us not forget Huma Abedin’s husband whose computer was seized during a completely unrelated investigation that showed, as REPORTED BY NBC News – not WikiLeaks – that the FBI had discovered emails that appeared to be germane to the Clinton email scandal on his computer.

And it wasn’t Julian Assange but the FBI Director who told the American people that Clinton had been “extremely careless” and the “definition of negligent” in handling classified information.

By the time Clinton was officially nominated at the Democrat Convention a CNN poll taken July 13-16 (WikiLeaks did not post their first purloined email until July 22) found that 65 percent of voters said Clinton was neither honest nor trustworthy and that 57 percent would not be proud to have her as president. 

So did Russia mess with us? Absolutely. Did they ruin Clinton’s reputation. Clearly the answer is, “No!”

Roy Filly

Footnote (Gowdy was a former Federal Prosecutor):

GOWDY: Secretary Clinton said she never sent or received any classified information over her classified email, was that true?

COMEY: Our investigation found that there was classified information sent.

GOWDY: …Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her emails either sent or received, was that true?

COMEY: That’s not true…

GOWDY: Secretary Clinton said “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email, there is no classified material,” was that true?

COMEY: There was classified material emailed.

GOWDY: Secretary Clinton said she used just one device, was that true?

COMEY: She used multiple devices during the four years of her term as secretary of state.

GOWDY: Secretary Clinton said all work-related emails were returned to the State Department, was that true?

COMEY: No, we found work-related emails–thousands–that were not returned.

GOWDY: Secretary Clinton said neither she nor anyone else deleted work-related emails from her personal account, was that true?

COMEY: …There’s no doubt there were work-related emails that were removed electronically from the email system.

GOWDY: Secretary Clinton said her lawyers read every one of the emails and were overly inclusive, did her lawyers read the email content individually?

COMEY: No.

GOWDY: …I’m going to ask you to put on your old hat. False exculpatory statements — they are used for what?

COMEY: Well, either for a substantive prosecution, or for evidence of intent in a criminal prosecution.

GOWDY: Exactly. Intent, and consciousness of guilt, right? Is that right?

COMEY: Right.

GOWDY: Consciousness of guilt, and intent. In your old job, you would prove intent, as you just referenced, by showing the jury evidence of a complex scheme that was designed for the very purpose of concealing the public record. And you would be arguing, in addition to concealment, the destruction that you and I just talked about, or certainly the failure to preserve. You would argue all of that under the heading of intent.

You would also be arguing the pervasiveness of the scheme: when it started, when it ended, and the number of emails, whether they were originally classified or up-classified. You would argue all of that under the heading of intent.

You would also probably, under “common scheme or plan,” argue the “burn bags” of daily calendar entrees, or the missing daily calendar entrees as a common scheme or plan to conceal.

 

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Thank the maker! He’s gone!

What will I do with my Countdown Clock?

I should have posted this yesterday. But you get the point.

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Finally some “Hope and Change!”

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I know how you feel Lady Liberty.

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Hopefully they’ll stay away for their whole terms.

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Tee hee!

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Seriously, the Democrats and the sycophants in the media will never say a kind word about Trump. Of course, had Hillary won I doubt I would have ever said a kind word about her. But unlike me, President Donald Trump led attendees at the Statuary Hall inaugural luncheon in giving a standing ovation to the former Democratic presidential candidate. “There is something that I wanted to say because I was very honored — very, very honored — when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton were coming today,” Trump said. “I want you to stand up,” and he led a standing ovation for her. NYT and Washington Post… PAY ATTENTION!

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Great play on words! I was reminded of the quote in the movie, Patton, by the general, “I thought I would stand here like this so you could see if I was really as big a son of a bitch as you think I am.” I wonder what was the conclusion of the Democrats?

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Funny! That’s exactly how I feel!

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By Tuesday of next week there will be a massive dent in the Obama legacy. Trump’s advisers vetted more than 200 potential executive orders for him to consider signing on healthcare, climate policy, immigration, energy and numerous other issues.

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Democrats. Your hero is gone. Is this what you are celebrating? Is this why you think Trump will not be a good a president?

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The Democrats are starting their standard operating refrain. Tax cuts will “blow a hole in the deficit!” Obama raised every tax he could think of and a few no American ever imagined. And what happened to “the deficit?” That’s quite A HOLE! – $9.4 trillion!

Roy Filly

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Obama’s fake news: 20 million previously uninsured.

Today I offer these parting thoughts to President Obama. We have arrived at that awkward moment when you think you’re important, but you’re not. Today Americans can take a deep cleansing breath as we start a new chapter we have been waiting eight years to begin. As Dr. Seuss famously said, “Don’t cry because it’s over (America), smile because it happened.”

Before we say “adios,” we need to clear up one major piece of “fake news.” What is that, ask you? The contention that Obamacare helped 20 million previously uninsured Americans to get health insurance.

Democrats believe that if they say something often enough it will become “a fact.” You hear our outgoing President (hurrah) say it over and over again. You hear his political puppets in the Congressional MINORITY repeat the refrain. What’s that, ask you? That the repeal of Obamacare “will be catastrophic for the 20 million people who were previously uninsured but now have coverage! You can’t take away their health care!”

[Source: Why Obamacare’s ‘20 Million’ Number Is Fake, by Genevieve Wood]

Seriously, have you heard President Trump or any Republican say that they were going to “take away people’s health care insurance?” Any repeal legislation will have a transition period for those who got coverage through Obamacare to move to new plans. And they will have more choices and better options. Win. Win.

The Democrat Party, trying to salvage a vestige of “good” from a plan that was patently “bad,” want Americans to focus on quantity, not quality. The Democrats are proud of yet another massive give away.

[From the Wood article – in italics] The Obama administration claims 20 million more Americans today have health care due to Obamacare. But that is based on six years of survey data, not actual sign-ups. The reality is that when you look at the actual net gains over the past two years since the program was fully implemented, the number is 14 million, and of that, 11.8 million (84 percent) were people given the “gift” of Medicaid.

It isn’t that difficult to insure people when you simply give them the insurance. If we want to have 12 million more millionaires we can always accomplish it by giving a million dollars to 12 million people.

A better way to count those new additions to the insured would be to completely repeal (no replacement) Obamacare and count how many lost their insurance. …New research shows that even fewer people will be left without insurance after the repeal of Obamacare. Numbers are still being crunched, but between statistics released by the Congressional Budget Office and one of the infamous architects of Obamacare, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Jonathan Gruber, it’s estimated that anywhere from 2 to 7 million people now on Medicaid would have qualified for the program even without Obamacare.

As a physician dealing with patients on Medicaid (MediCal where I live) there is much evidence that they often have worse health outcomes than Americans WHO ARE UNINSURED. A University of Virginia study found that for eight different surgical procedures, Medicaid patients were more likely to die than privately insured or uninsured patients. They were also more likely to suffer complications. So the “gift” of Medicaid isn’t all that great a gift.

Additionally, Americans on Medicaid may not be able to get ANY health care. Why is that, ask you? Because, answer I, the reimbursement to physicians is so low that it is difficult for Medicaid patients to find a provider. A Louisiana woman told The New York Times, “My Medicaid card is useless for me right now. It’s a useless piece of plastic. I can’t find an orthopedic surgeon or a pain management doctor who will accept Medicaid.”

Further, the increase in Medicaid recipients who are able-bodied adds another serious wrinkle to the equation. The pressure on the remaining doctors who accept Medicaid patients means that many truly needy and disabled Americans are NOT getting the services they need because of the expansion.

My friends, don’t listen to Democrat political hype. They created a disaster and it will take some time to unwind the drastic consequences of their folly.

Roy Filly

 

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Politics in cartoon form.

For my readers who complain that I never poke fun at Mr. Trump.
image1Oops. Back to Obama. Wow, I fit every category that Obama denigrates.

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OK. Maybe it’s not perfectly accurate, but it is closer to the truth than the current welfare state.

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Tomorrow is a great day for rugged individualists. We survived 8 years of Obama. Mr. Trump doesn’t have a very high bar to surpass.

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And thanks to my readers that forwarded some of these jewels.

Roy Filly

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The Global Warming Alarmists are at it again.

As Ronald Reagan would famously say, “There they go again.”

The news is full of 2016 being the “hottest” year on record. Of course. All that is required is to change a little number here… change a little number there.

I don’t know about you but I was freezing in December. January is worse. I could really go for little global warming today!

Let’s look at some facts.

[Modified but largely copied from: 100% Of US Warming Is Due To NOAA Data Tampering, by Tony Heller]

The first problem with the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) analysis is that the US had very little hot weather in 2016. The percentage of hot days was below average, and ranked 80th since 1895. Only 4.4% of days were over 95°F, compared with the long-term average of 4.9%. Global warming alarmists are conflating mild temperatures with hot ones.

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NOAA shows that US temperatures rose 1.5°F since the 19th century. (I mean seriously, that’s in Fahrenheit degrees, not even Celsius. That means temperatures rose an average of 0.01 degrees Fahrenheit per year. No wonder us mortal humans can’t notice a difference. We need NOAA to help us.)

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We seem to up to our eyeballs in fake news these days. NOAA is going for the “fake news Pulitzer Prize.” The NOAA graph is fake data. Their data is altered. If one instead looks at NOAA’s RAW DATA it shows no warming over the past century. If one analyzes the raw data below one can see that the big push by global warming alarmists was based on the run up of temperatures from 1980 to 1995. Prior to 1980, however, the alarmists were warning of an Ice Age because of the fall in temperatures from 1955 to 1980. And in measured raw data, the 1930s remain “the hottest” – preceding the time when mankind began to use large amounts of fossil fuels. And in terms of dramatic run ups, the period from 1915 to 1930 was the most impressive.

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So how is it and why were their adjustments made to the “final reported temperatures?” First, and importantly, the “adjustments” correlate almost perfectly with atmospheric CO2. NOAA is adjusting the data to match global warming theory. This is known as PBEM (Policy Based Evidence Making.)

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Isn’t that amazing.

In 2016, more than 42% of their monthly station data was missing, so they simply made it up. This is easy to identify because they mark fabricated temperatures with an “E” in their database. Isn’t it amazing that the spike in “interpolated data” corresponds perfectly with when the ecoterrorists started to harp on global warming (and the beginning of “the pause” which could not be allowed to stand).

When confronted by Mr. Heller with claims of fraud, NOAA states: They use gridded data and Heller uses un-gridded data. And they “have to” adjust the data because of Time Of Observation Bias and station moves.

Both claims are easily debunked. The only effect that gridding has is to lower temperatures slightly. The trend of gridded data is almost identical to the trend of un-gridded data.

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Now that is a correlation one can wrap one’s brain around.

It is so sad to realize we can’t trust the institutions that are supposed to guide the nation. It’s a tragedy. It is no wonder Americans’ trust for government is at an all time low.

And, again, this information is almost exclusively from 100% Of US Warming Is Due To NOAA Data Tampering, by Tony Heller.

And thanks to CAG for sending this data to me.

Roy Filly

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The King of Commutations strikes again.

President Obama has been pardoning and commuting sentences like gangbusters. As I have said in the past, that is his prerogative as president according to the Constitution and I’m “OK” with that.

However, he has now added Bradley or Chelsea Manning to the commutation list. I and just about everyone in Washington thinks that commuting a traitor is a bad idea. But that’s not what I want to talk about in this post.

There are a couple of side issues that may escape your attention as this decision by Obama (literally as he is turning the lights out in the White House while walking out the door) gets dissected in the press. I don’t object if Bradley wants to become Chelsea. What I object to is paying for it. Because his/her decision was made during his/her incarceration we, the taxpayers at least, had to foot the bill. The task of changing Bradley into Chelsea is incomplete – and, yes, we may still be on the hook to pay for the completion of the process even when he/she is a “private” citizen. (Wasn’t he a “private” when he betrayed his/her nation and is he/she required to compete his/her tour of duty?)

You are well aware of two facts: 1) people died because of his betrayal, and 2) the Taliban are not nice guys. But it isn’t only that the Taliban aren’t “nice guys” they are also moronically brutal. I am reminded of when Pol Pot decided to eradicate the intellectuals in Cambodia and tried to accomplish it by killing everyone THAT WORE GLASSES. In this instance, however, Manning leaked a document that simply said that the informant in an Afghan village was short and had short hair. So the Taliban went to the village and killed all the short men with short hair.

[Source: Special Report, Fox News]

Among the myriad presidential duties protecting the American people is at the top of the list. This is just another monstrous misstep by the most inept president in the history of the Republic.

Roy Filly

 

 

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Politics in Cartoon form.

Apropos of my post earlier today. Hollywood elites think so much of themselves and so little of others. If there ever was a cloister, it is Hollywood. Today is prediction day and I predict that someone at the Oscars will compare La La Land with Singing in the Rain. OK, I enjoyed La La Land, and I like Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, but they are definitely NOT Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. Manchester by the Sea is a very well acted character study that didn’t need nearly 100 “F-bombs” to “make it real.” Seriously, do you hang out with people who say “F*ck” in every other phrase they speak? If that is “real,” God help America.

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The Democrats “fret” when, in fact, they are elated that Obamacare will be gone soon. Obamacare was passed with zero bipartisanship. And seriously, I could write a better health care law than Obamacare!

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Roy Filly.

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Say something bad about Trump.

My readers who are Democrats or libertarians sometimes complain that I never say anything bad about Donald Trump. There is a good reason that I don’t. There are enough voices trying to derail his presidency.

Listed below are the first seven editorials listed on the Washington Post email I received today (yes, I look at the Washington Post EVERY DAY).

  • Trump has absolutely no idea what black America looks like, by Eugene Robinson
  • Not even Trump can easily reverse our progress on climate change, by David Ignatius
  • Trump gets no respect. That’s because he hasn’t earned it, by Dana Milbank
  • Just when you thought the Trump ethics disaster couldn’t get worse, it did, by Richard Painter and Norman Eisen
  • Trump picks the perfect time to show off his ignorance about black Americans, by Christine Emba
  • The economy under Trump: Plan for the worst, by Lawrence Summers
  • Trump’s presidency is doomed, by Richard Cohen

Do these “pundits” ever look back at their record to see how often they have been WRONG about Donal Trump!

I posit that every one of these articles will be proven wrong by the end of Donald Trump’s first term.

Here are my predictions:

  • Mr. Robinson: Forty percent of black Americans will vote for Mr. Trump to be reelected in 2020.

Why do I make that prediction, ask you? Because, answer I, unlike progressive/ statist/altruists who “talk a big game about ‘caring’ for African Americans,” in reality their identity politics approach needs them to be victims. Donald Trump will actually HELP THEM.

  • Mr. Ignatius: Climate change will get exactly the correct amount of attention it deserves under the Trump administration. It won’t be “zero,” but it won’t be used to destroy industries in the USA.

Why do I make that prediction, ask you? Because, answer I, I have yet to find a single prediction made by the global warming alarmists to be accurate.

  • Mr. Milbank: I predict that Donald Trump will end his presidency with more “respect” than Dana Milbank (that is a certainty) and Barack Obama (also a certainty). Before even becoming president, Donald Trump did what EVERYONE said was impossible. Doesn’t that deserve a modicum of respect?
  • Messrs. Painter and Eisen: I predict a lot of noise from the left regarding Mr. Trump’s assets during his EIGHT YEAR TENURE AS PRESIDENT. One of the main assets of the Trump organization is the Trump name. Trump Tower is an excellent example. If he were to change the name to, let’s say, Painter Tower or Eisen Tower it would greatly diminish its value.
  • Ms. Emba: As an accomplished African American woman you are entitled to your opinion. Most of us “white folks” (as Barack is wont to refer to us) have no idea what it must be like to be black in America and, I suspect, that whatever we imagine is wrong by half. But I stick to my prediction above. Forty percent of black Americans will vote for Mr. Trump to be reelected in 2020. He will accomplish this not because he has lived the plight of black Americans, but because he sees them AS AMERICANS! And, by the by, do you (or Mr. Robinson) really believe that Barack Obama who was raised by a white grandmother and educated at Harvard really understood the kind of trauma experienced by black Americans growing up and living in Chicago’s inner city as they cower from nearby gunshots?

As for Mr. Summers: As the 8th Director of the National Economics Council under Barack Obama you “successfully produced” one of the worst records of economic growth in US history (not one year of 3% growth or better) and the worst recovery from a recession since the Great Depression. Here is my prediction: the US economy under Donald Trump’s administration will dwarf what was accomplished BY YOU!

And last but not least: Mr. Cohen. The only thing DOOMED by the Trump presidency is Barack Hussein Obama’s legacy – and thank The Maker for that!

Roy Filly

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Politics in cartoon form.

Apropos of my earlier post I present to you – please hold your applause until the end – The Clinton Foundation.

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Roy Filly

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Remember those accusations against The Clinton Foundation?

Of course, virtually everyone who voted in the 2016 presidential election knew of The Clinton Foundation and the allegations of “pay for play.” I found the evidence overwhelming that the Foundation served as a means for the Clintons to sell access to a past and “future” president.

As a person who worked for many year’s as an international lecturer I found the “honoraria” alone to be proof positive that The Clinton Foundation was a “pay for play” front. Bill and Hillary received honoraria somewhere between 175 and 500 times more than I received for invited lectures! OK, so I’m not nearly as famous as Bill and Hillary, but give me a break!

Hillary supporters did not believe she could do such a lowly thing. Democrat partisans were prepared to give any indiscretion of the Clinton’s “a pass,” including these particular allegations. Indeed, they defended the organization’s “charitable work.” (And, yes, the organization did have a charitable component – that’s how it served as a “front.”)

[Source: The Clinton Foundation Shuts Down Clinton Global Initiative, by Michael Sainato]

So now the election is over and Hillary lost. So what’s the current status of the Foundation? It is not too difficult to read between these lines!

The Clinton Foundation’s long list of wealthy donors and foreign government contributors during the 2016 elections are evaporating.

[From the Sainato article] Foreign governments began pulling out of annual donations, signaling the organization’s clout was predicated on donor access to the Clintons, rather than its philanthropic work. In November, the Australian government confirmed it “has not renewed any of its partnerships with the scandal-plagued Clinton Foundation, effectively ending 10 years of taxpayer-funded contributions worth more than $88 million.” The government of Norway also drastically reduced their annual donations, which reached $20 million a year in 2015.

In January, a so-called WARN notification was filed with the New York Department of Labor. The main office of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City would be closing, laying off 22 employees. The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) “offers protection to workers, their families and communities by requiring employers to provide notice 60 days in advance of covered plant closings and covered mass layoffs… The reason for the filing was stated as the “discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative…”

The Washington Post reported a memo that detailed how the Clinton Foundation was used to boost Bill Clinton’s income. “The memo, made public by the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, lays out the aggressive strategy behind lining up the consulting contracts and paid speaking engagements for Bill Clinton that added tens of millions of dollars to the family’s fortune, including during the years that Hillary Clinton led the State Department.”

The Washington Post has, in my opinion, surpassed the New York and Los Angeles Times as the most left-wing news agency. The old pet name for the Washington Post was “Pravda on the Potomac.” It certainly fits. Thus, their confirmation of “pay to play” is particularly damning.

 You are aware that Senator Elizabeth Warren just voiced her concern, “whether or not, among the billions of dollars that you’ll (Dr. Benjamin Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development) be responsible for handing out in grants and loans, can you assure us that not one dollar will go to benefit either the president-elect or his family?” I don’t recall her voicing concern about whether or not ONE DOLLAR of The Clinton Foundation “benefitted either the past president or possible future president or their family?”

And thanks to JP for sending this to me.

Roy Filly

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