Monday, February 29, 2016

BloggeRhythms

With Super Tuesday coming up tomorrow, April 1st, there isn’t much to discuss on the presidential primary’s. Because the results will likely seal the fates of several candidates, defining the picture far more clearly. At present, regardless of massive speculation in the media, no one knows what the outcomes will be. Therefore, we’ll all have to wait for the final counts.

On another recurring topic, global-warming, a couple of things took place yesterday.   

Stephen Foley @ft.com, reports: “Warren Buffett has dismissed the possibility that climate change could prove a big risk to Berkshire Hathaway’s insurance business, in a combative annual letter to shareholders. 

“In the letter, released on Saturday, Mr Buffett took on a dissident shareholder who plans to raise global warming at Berkshire’s annual meeting next month.”  

A proposal has been filed by the Nebraska Peace Foundation, as to whether Berkshire should file a formal report on the risks posed to its business from climate change. While the foundation owns only a single share in the company, questioning Buffett on the subject sets the stage for a showdown at the annual meeting.   

It seems, however, that by targeting Berkshire in its attempt to promote its cause, the foundation picked the wrong guy to fool around with.  

Buffett responded, “However, for Berkshire, which is one of the world’s largest property insurers and insurers against catastrophic risks, climate change is not on its list of worries. Since insurance policies are customarily written for one year and repriced upwards to reflect growing risks, climate change could actually increase Berkshire’s profitability.” 

So, what we have here is a win/win for Buffett and Berkshire created by an organization seeking to help itself. Yet proving that aside from being wrong about the climate, it certainly doesn’t know an iota about business either.  

And then, as if adding to the misguided foundation's embarrassing foray against Berkshire, Mother Nature again stepped up to put some real frosting on the cake. 

According to meteorologist Domenica Davis @weather.com, “Winter Storm Quo has been named and will deliver a swath of snow and some ice from parts of the Midwest to the Great Lakes and the interior Northeast through Wednesday.

“Low pressure at the surface of the earth will organize along an arctic frontal boundary while strengthening, as it sweeps from Missouri Tuesday morning to New York by Wednesday morning. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will be pumped in and over the cold air at the surface, wringing out some snow and even, potentially, a little freezing rain or sleet along the path of that low.” 

While Quo doesn’t appear to be a major snowstorm with the potential to dump over a foot of snow over a widespread area, the combination of snow and ice will impact travel in the Great Lakes and interior Northeast the next couple of days. 

In this case, story’s like these always cause wonder as to why global-warming alarmists, such as the afore mentioned Nebraska Peace Foundation, continually make every effort to find ways to promote their cause in the most visible way possible. Yet, they apparently never step outside, open a window or simply check a thermometer.

Bringing us to today’s update on Bill Clinton’s wife.

Although the polls show that Super Tuesday should bode quite well for Bill’s wife, Joe Biden seems to be seeking national attention again.

Natalie Stone @hollywoodreporter.com, writes: “Lady Gaga performed "Til It Happens to You" at the 88th annual Academy Awards on Sunday evening. 

“The singer, whose song from The Hunting Ground — a documentary focusing on sexual assault on college campuses — was in contention for the best original song Oscar, was introduced to the stage by Vice President Joe Biden. 

“Biden, who received a standing ovation from the audience, said of the song, "Too many women and men … are still victims of sexual abuse." 

At the same time,  Fredric U. Dicker @nypost.com, reported, “There are some Democrats who think that Hillary can be taken if Trump mounts a strong campaign,’’ one of [NY] state’s most prominent Democrats said. 

“Most of the polling didn’t address the possibility that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg would run as an independent, but some of it did — and found the former mayor took “significant’’ votes away from Clinton in heavily Democratic New York City and the surrounding suburbs, a source familiar with the data said. 

“The new polls, a second source said, showed Trump’s support, even without Bloomberg in the race, was “surprisingly strong’’ in Westchester and on Long Island, the key suburbs often viewed as crucial swing bellwethers on how statewide elections will turn out.” 

So, even at this stage in the primary process, many apparently believe it’s not too late for Biden, Bloomberg, or perhaps even someone else, to enter the Democrat contest.  

And, whoever that late entry might be, articles like the following one by Pam Key @breitbart.com, can only help them. 

Ms Key writes: “Sunday at the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan said don’t “fall” for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s “crap” on African-American issues because she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton are responsible for mass incarceration of black people.” 

Farrakhan said, “How many of you are going to vote for Hillary Clinton? You don’t have to raise your hands. I do not blame you for wanting a female president, but that is a wicked woman. She can be sweet but so can you. And you know when you are sweet but playing a game.  All of a sudden she knows about Trayvon Martin. All of a sudden—the boy’s been dead two years now—she talking about him like she met the mother and oh…  White people this is Satan. And you fall for that crap? Most of you went to jail for having a little blunt. They arranged that—the Clintons. Mass incarceration  came about under the Clintons, Don’t forget that.” 

So, Biden, Bloomberg and whoever else might run, may well be counting on one’s like Farrakhan to bring Bill’s wife down, providing a chance for them. However, another major reason for their staying in contention is probably from a far better ally: the FBI. 

Which leads to the ongoing question: Jerry Brown, and Starbuck’s chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, are you guys reading this?      

That’s it for today folks.        

Adios

Sunday, February 28, 2016

BloggeRhythms

Regardless of whether or not Rubio has any chance at winning the Republican presidential nomination, he stepped up yesterday in Georgia, ridiculing Trump in a performance much like a stand-up comic on a nightclub stage. 

Fox News interrupted "The Journal Editorial Report," Saturday afternoon, switching to Rubio telling a crowd of 7000 that: “Trump had been flying aboard “Hair Force One” tweeting mean things at him on Twitter.”

Rubio went on: “[It’s] amazing to me that the guy with the worst spray tan in America is attacking me for putting on makeup. Donald Trump likes to sue people, he should sue whoever did that to his face.” 

He then told the crowd that Trump inherited most of his wealth, dismissing his record as a successful businessman. “He is a guy that has been protected his whole life, has been privileged his whole life, has been insulated his whole life — nothing tough about any of that.” 

Moving on, he questioned Trump’s vow to take on illegal immigration saying: “He’s the only one running for president that’s ever hired illegal immigrants to work for him. Oh no wait, he’s going to protect you from immigrants taking your jobs — Well why is he hiring foreigners to do the jobs at his hotels that Americans are trying to get?"

He further warned that Trump was currently taking over the Republican party and the conservative movement because of his “con artist” tactics, and would let them down. 

“I make this promise to you today, I will do whatever it takes, I will campaign as long as it takes, I will stay in this race as long as it takes,” he shouted. “Donald Trump, a con artist, will never get control of this party!” 

Rubio called Trump’s campaign a “con job,” much like the people who got ripped off by Trump University, and previewed an upcoming attack campaign on the issue. 

“They’ve been calling our office non-stop after the debate,” Rubio said. “Literally, emails, phone calls from people, we’re talking to a lot of them, you’re going to hear from them real soon.” 

At the same time, according to FoxNews.com, “Republican presidential candidates Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz released summary pages of their recent tax filings on Saturday, seeking to capitalize on GOP front-runner Donald Trump's refusal to release similar information. 

“Despite making promises to release his tax records, Trump has balked at doing so, saying he won't disclose the filings until the IRS finishes auditing his returns.” 

"We're putting these out today to put pressure on Trump and the other candidates to release theirs," said Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Conant. 

So, it seems that Trump’s top two contenders have had just about enough of his badgering, slash and burn style and have decided to pay him back in kind. And while none of this is very presidential, it should be fun to watch. 

A reader, luckyone4, added the comment that: “Hillary is going to have a field day with Trump. Just think of the Trump university jokes she'll have. Every time he tries to sound smart, she can ask him if he went to Trump university.” 

As far as the numbers go, while Trump may remain ahead in the polls, he still seems to have topped out with far less than impressive numbers. 

According to politico.com today, the final Republican South Carolina primary results show: Trump at 32.5%, Rubio 22.5%, Cruz 22.3%, Bush 7.8%, Kasich 7.6%, Carson 7.2%. Which means that 67.5% of South Carolinian's prefer someone other than Trump.

Nonetheless, in the event that Trump continues to prevail, Kit Daniels @Infowars.com via Drudge reports that there’s a “secret” plan afoot to thwart him. 

Mr. Daniel writes: “The Koch Bros. met with GOP millionaires and billionaires Thursday night to pool together over $75 million to stop Trump and are going to use Mitt Romney as ‘Plan B’ if Rubio fails to gain traction on Super Tuesday, according to moles who were inside the meeting.

“$75 million to stop Trump and $25 million to Marco Rubio, but they gave Rubio a condition: he’s got to win the Florida primary or he’s out and Mitt Romney’s in,” [GOP strategist Roger] Stone revealed. “That’s the plan.” 

And then, A FB friend posted this one this morning: 



Bringing us to todays’ update on Bill Clinton’s wife.

The major media are bending over backwards today, trying to convince as many as they can that Bill’s wife can now coast to the Democrat presidential nomination. And that’s because she won significantly in South Carolina, as expected with 73.5% of the vote to Sanders 26%. 

However, the win doesn't really reflect a true picture of what will occur in other states, particularly because of South Carolina’s demographics. Huge minority support was stacked against Sanders from the start.  

Dissecting the win presents quite a different scenario, as found in a survey conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks by Edison Research. 1,461 Democratic voters leaving 30 randomly selected sites in South Carolina were interviewed, with the results having a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. 

According to the poll results: “About 6 in 10 voters in South Carolina's Democratic primary were black, by far the largest proportion of African-Americans in any of the contests so far. And nearly 9 in 10 black voters supported Clinton. 

“Black primary voters were more likely to say they trust Clinton over Sanders to handle race relations, with more than 4 in 10 saying they only trust her and less than 1 in 10 saying they only trust him. Just over 4 in 10 said they trust both. 

“Among all primary voters Saturday — black and white — 8 in 10 said the issue of race relations was important to their vote. Among black primary voters, a third said it was the most important issue to them.” 

While white voters, "were more closely divided between Clinton and Sanders," a significant two-thirds of white voters under 45 supported Sanders. But among blacks, that group went overwhelmingly for Clinton. 

Thus, to get a more solid indication of the national attitude toward the candidates one must consider that, according to the 2014 census, blacks or African Americans make up only 13.2% of the population. 

And therefore, regardless of how hard the media tries to promote a landslide for Bill’s wife, although South Carolina has a huge black population, 86.8% of the rest of the nation doesn’t. 

Which brings up the ongoing question: Joe Biden, Mayor Bloomberg, Jerry Brown, and Starbuck’s chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, are you guys reading this?     

That’s it for today folks.       

Adios

Saturday, February 27, 2016

BloggeRhythms

Yesterday, in a guest appearance on FoxNews.com, "KT" McFarland expressed her opinion that at this point in time, Iran has effectively replaced Israel as the major U.S. ally in the Middle-East.

The importance of Ms McFarland’s rationale is underlined by her resume in foreign affairs, beginning as a key member of Henry Kissinger's National Security Council Staff. Later, after the Ford Administration, she studied at Oxford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China and the Soviet Union. 

She was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1985, after which she served as a speech writer to Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger. Currently she’s a Fox News contributor on foreign policy and national security issues.


Ms McFarland’s conclusions come as no surprise to those reading similar entry’s here for the past four years, including often mention of the POTUS’s longtime pastor at Trinity United Church in Chicago, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

In March of 2012, the reverend voiced strong support for the “March to Jerusalem,” a massive campaign designed to send anti-Israel partisans across Israel’s borders and into Jerusalem. 

At that time, the National Conference on Jewish Affairs reported that Iran’s government was involved in the organization of the event and planned to send thousands of participants in caravans, whose schedules have been published by the Quds News agency.

What’s most interesting at present is that, with the help of Valerie Jarrett in the White House, along with John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz, in only seven short years the POTUS has undone a relationship between the two nations, the U.S. and  Israel, that began 68 years ago. 

On May 14, 1948 the United States, under Harry Truman, became the first country to extend any form of recognition to Israel. Occurring within hours of the Jewish People's Council gathering at the Tel Aviv Museum and David Ben-Gurion declaring "the establishment of a Jewish state be known as the State of Israel."

During Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, in 1967  US policy shifted to a whole-hearted, but not unquestioning, support for Israel. And from there, the relationship’s grown stronger over time, providing both nation's with a firm element of control in the continually festering region.

Until the present, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been holding meetings with Soviet leader Vladimir Putin. Seeking safety and protection from whatever hostility might arise around or within his nation, now that Iran and the U.S. are bound together. 

Making one wonder what all those lock-step ardent Democrat voters that are Jewish and vote blindly, think about what they’ve helped do to Israel and it's abandonment by the administration.

On another issue, the major media once again is making mountains out of molehills. Treating Chris Christie's endorsement of Trump as an indication of widespread governor’s support to come across the nation. However, while there’s no guarantee that that won’t happen, the Christie/Trump relationship is unique and most likely an individual occurrence. 

The pair go back a long way together, as shown by Daniel Strauss @politico.com on May 7, in 2015, as follows:

“In multiple media interviews, Christie has noted his long friendship with Trump [13 years], even while saying the real estate tycoon’s comments were wrong. Christie has recently said he’d prefer not to talk about Trump anymore.” 

However, the two have had other significant disagreements in the past, especially regarding Trump’s four failed New Jersey casino's. In September 2014, NJ.com reported that Christie responded favorably regarding Trump, saying: “Listen, anything Donald wants to save, I’m for. If Donald wants to come back and save something, good.” 

Also in 2014, when the scandal with the George Washington Bridge closures were gathering steam, Trump defended his friend but also expressed concern for him. According to NJ.com, Trump said of Christie: “He’s a good friend of mine. He’s a good guy, but you know, he’s one email away from a disaster.”

So, although Christie’s a governor, there’s far more to this relationship than a simple presidential endorsement would indicate.  

Bringing us to today’s update on Bill Clinton’s wife.

According to FoxNews.com: “The State Department has released another batch of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails from her private server, including 88 documents that were upgraded to the lowest classification level.”

While the department said none of those emails was marked classified at the time they were sent, there is still the question of a cabinet level officer's application of sound judgment. However, none of the speculation really matters. Because it’s the FBI that will determine the gravity of what transpired regarding the nation’s security, and no one else. 

But, aside from the scandals surrounding Bill’s wife, himself and their foundation, there are other indication’s of what may be trouble ahead for her presidential campaign.

Olaf Ekberg @theamericanmirror.com via Drudge, reports: “The long hours and grueling pace of the presidential campaign may be finally catching up with a rapidly aging Bill Clinton.

“During an appearance in Bluffton, South Carolina on Friday, a former Marine interrupted Clinton’s speech and asked him to address what Hillary was going to do about the VA. 

“What do you think should be done with the VA?” Clinton said in a raspy voice, turning the question back on him and yielding the floor. 

“The thing is, we had four lives in Benghazi killed and your wife tried to cover it up,” the Marine responded, eliciting boos and jeers from the crowd. 

As the man continued to talk, audience members yelled at him to sit down. “Are you going to let me answer?” Clinton asked. “This is America. I get to answer,” he said. “You listen to me. I heard you,” Clinton snapped as the man turned around and began addressing the crowd. 

“I heard your speech. They heard your speech. You listen to me now,” Clinton said, his voice cracking. 

“Am I allowed to answer? I’m not your commander in chief anymore but if I were, I’d tell you to be more polite and sit down.” 

“I wouldn’t listen!” the man shouted in return. 

“Do you have the courage to listen to my answer? Don’t throw him out. Shut up and listen to my answer. I’ll answer it,” Clinton said as the man was pushed out of the gymnasium by sheriff’s deputies. 

“Can I just saying something? That’s what’s wrong: his mind has been poisoned by lies and he won’t listen,” Clinton said. 

A woman just jumped up and began shouting at the former president. 

“Hillary lied over four coffins,” she said as a man near her yelled “BS.” 

“She lied and she lied to those families. So all those families are liars?” she said as Clinton tried to stop her and a Secret Service agent moved closer to the former president. 

“Did she lie?” the woman said as Clinton responded, “Will you let me answer?” 

“No,” she said. “Why are you afraid to listen to my answer?” Clinton said. 

“Are you afraid?” he asked her. “No I’m not afraid because I know you’re going to lie,” she responded. 

While video shows her then forcibly removed from the room, typically "Clinton never did answer." But, sooner or later, they are going to have to.

Bringing up the ongoing question: Joe Biden, Mayor Bloomberg, Jerry Brown, and Starbuck’s chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, are you guys reading this?    

That’s it for today folks.      

Adios