Monday, October 31, 2016

BloggeRhythms

The media’s now working 24/7, accumulating and disseminating “news” about the latest email infractions by the Democrat presidential candidate and those around her. However, the issue itself is actually quite simple to analyze.

An unauthorized parallel computer system was used by a sitting secretary of state. Highly classified information was not only stored on that system, it was forwarded elsewhere to others. While it’s still unknown as to who all of those were that accessed the information, one of them surely was disgraced pervert Anthony Weiner. Which by itself should be enough to prove the case for the FBI.

One of the ramifications of the irregularity’s comes from Gemma Acton, Correspondent @cnbc.com, who titled her column today: “FBI’s Clinton probe is the black swan that could throw election off course, Citi says”

Ms Acton writes: “The unexpected announcement Friday that the FBI would review further emails from Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in connection with its investigation into her use of a private email server is the "October surprise" that could throw the electoral race off course, according to a team of Citi analysts led by Chief Global Political Analyst Tina Fordham.

"In our view, these developments do constitute an 'October surprise' that could have a meaningful impact on the race," according to the new research note published on Monday. 

“Fordham's team has consistently warned of the "extraordinarily high" risk of "black swan" events — such as scandals and "information warfare" — occurring during this fraught campaign, hence its reluctance to view a Clinton victory as confidently as many other pundits.” 

The Citi team still predicts a 75 percent probability of a Clinton victory, but notes: "these developments have added a significant obstacle to the Clinton campaign and are likely to further dent voter confidence." It also warns: “the most concrete impact of the FBI announcement will likely be upon turnout."

And then, a very real probability is presented: “The research finishes on a sobering note reminding readers that once the election results are counted, the problems may only just be beginning. A Democrat win could see Trump honor his threat to disregard the result as well as the risk of ongoing investigations and the looming specter of future impeachment risk for Clinton — a risk Fordham and her team describe as "non-negligible."

Aside from any future eruptions from Trump that may occur, the FBI itself will likely present ongoing disruption, as explained by Devlin Barrett @wsj.com.

Under the heading: “FBI in Internal Feud Over Hillary Clinton Probe,” with the subtitle: “Laptop may contain thousands of messages sent to or from Mrs. Clinton’s private server,” Mr. Barrett provides significant insight into the current status of the matter.

“The latest development began in early October when New York-based FBI officials notified Andrew McCabe, the bureau’s second-in-command, that while investigating Mr. Weiner for possibly sending sexually charged messages to a teenage minor, they had recovered a laptop. Many of the 650,000 emails on the computer, they said, were from the accounts of Ms. Abedin, according to people familiar with the matter.

“Mr. McCabe then instructed the email investigators to talk to the Weiner investigators and see whether the laptop’s contents could be relevant to the Clinton email probe, these people said. After the investigators spoke, the agents agreed it was potentially relevant.”

In addition,  a probe of the Clinton Foundation had begun more than a year ago “to determine whether financial crimes or influence peddling occurred related to the charity. 

“Some investigators grew frustrated, viewing FBI leadership as uninterested in probing the charity, these people said. Others involved disagreed sharply, defending FBI bosses and saying Mr. McCabe in particular was caught between an increasingly acrimonious fight for control between the Justice Department and FBI agents pursuing the Clinton Foundation case.”

However, there’s far more to the story to be suspicious about.

“The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Mr. McCabe’s wife, Jill McCabe, received $467,500 in campaign funds in late 2015 from the political-action committee of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of the Clintons and, until he was elected governor in November 2013, a Clinton Foundation board member. 

“Mr. McAuliffe had supported Dr. McCabe in the hopes she and a handful of other Democrats might help win a majority in the state Senate. Dr. McCabe lost her race last November, and Democrats failed to win their majority. 

“A spokesman for the governor has said that “any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.” 

“Dr. McCabe told the Journal, “Once I decided to run, my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be” supportive. 

Despite the preceding disclaimers: “In February of this year, Mr. McCabe ascended from the No. 3 position at the FBI to the deputy director post. When he assumed that role, officials say, he started overseeing the probe into Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email server for government work when she was secretary of state. 

“FBI officials have said Mr. McCabe had no role in the Clinton email probe until he became deputy director, and by then his wife’s campaign was over.” 

Thus, in typical Clinton fashion, even the FBI became involved in conspiratorial activity as evidenced by the players in this situation: McCabe, his wife, and McAuliffe. Which certainly sheds light on why the bureau hierarchy attempted to quash further investigation into illicit email and Foundation practices.    

While the email controversy attains most of the media's attention, and the health care tax cost increases gain some press, another story festers in the background which has significant impact on voters. 

According to Brandon Darby @breitbart.com: “A record number of illegal aliens have crossed the U.S.- Mexico border and are in U.S. Border Patrol custody in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley Sector (RGV), according to the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC). Border Patrol Agent and NBPC President Brandon Judd spoke exclusively with Breitbart Texas and condemned the leadership of the Border Patrol’s parent agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), for allegedly “keeping this information secret” ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

“We are at breaking point. We have the highest number of illegal aliens in custody in history in Border Patrol’s RGV Sector and this information has been kept from the American public,” said Agent Judd. “The talk of amnesty has once again created pull factors and encouraged people from all over the world to cross Mexico and then cross our porous southern border to illegally enter the U.S. We are simply overwhelmed.” 

Typical reaction came from reader CW, who commented: “The people who come to America illegally are criminals first. They also do a disservice to those of us who came to America legally. It took 10 years for me to become an American citizen and I have probably paid over a million dollars in taxes since I've been here for the last 50 years. No free ride for any of these criminals !” 

As an indication of reader interest, and a telling sign, CW’s comment had already received 135 “Likes” shortly after posting. 

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

Independent Journal Review's Parker Lee writes @ijr.com about the internal pressures brought to bear on FBI Director Comey after his decision not to pursue charges against Bill’s wife.

“In his letter to lawmakers informing them of the latest developments, Comey said he thought it was important to update them "in light of my previous testimony," which said the investigation had been concluded. A  bipartisan group of nearly 100 former federal prosecutors and senior Department of Justice officials, including former Attorney General Eric Holder, have signed a letter saying they were "astonished" and "perplexed" by Comey's decision.”

What’s most remarkable here is the appearance of the name “Holder,” indicating that a former Obama cabinet member is as displeased as others that the case against Bill’s wife was dropped. 

The current AG, Loretta Lynch “shared her objections just hours before Comey sent the letter, according to USA TODAY's source.” However, “the FBI director weighed the attorney general's advice during a spirited discussion of the matter Thursday and early Friday, but in the end, Comey felt compelled to act.”

In what could also be very bad news for Bill’s wife: “According to Fox News Chief Political Anchor Bret Baier, [Anthony] Weiner has been cooperating with the FBI's investigation into his alleged online sexual affair with a 15-year-old girl. 

“It was this investigation that reportedly brought a new set of “electronic devices” to the attention of the FBI. These devices — which were shared by Weiner and his estranged wife, top Clinton aide Huma Abedin — are said to contain new emails “pertinent” to the Clinton investigation. 

“The news that Weiner is somehow “cooperating” with the FBI has also fueled social media rumors that the disgraced congressman is seeking a plea deal in his underage “sexting” case, and has given up new information involving the Clinton investigation in return.” 

And this is what the case has needed from the very beginning. An "insider” with real knowledge of the subject and something to lose himself. Such as the testimony before the Ervin committee of White House legal counsel John Dean in the Watergate case that led to Nixon’s resignation in 1974, in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office. 

Which brings up the ongoing question once again: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, and Starbucks chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, are you guys are reading this? 

That's it for today folks.     

Adios

Sunday, October 30, 2016

BloggeRhythms

It’s a likely certainty that by now, anyone interested in politics in the slightest has had more than their fill regarding the latest email event regarding the Clinton presidential run. 

One of the best synopses, as usual, came from Michael Goodwin @nypost.com, who wrote yesterday: “They can’t help themselves. They are corrupt and corrupters, the ­Typhoid Mary of politics.

“Whether by nature or nurture, they are programmed to ruin. Friends, allies, institutions — all are stained by their touch. 

“And always, the Clintons blame somebody else. Now it’s FBI Director James Comey’s turn to embody their all-purpose bogeyman, the vast right-wing conspiracy. Somebody, sometimes everybody, is out to get them, unfairly of course. 

“The victim card is a Clinton family heirloom, but there are major problems playing it over Comey’s sudden reopening of the e-mail probe.” 

After setting the stage by providing the background, Mr. Goodwin presented his analysis of how and why the situation arose in the first place:    

“Clinton created the mess with her incredibly stupid decision to use a private server as secretary of state. Virtually every major issue dogging her, including her reputation for chronic dishonesty, was started or exacerbated by that decision, including the current one. 

“Even as her top aides remain mystified about why she did it, the result fits the family pattern now that Huma Abedin, her most loyal “body” person, is on the hook. It was, by all accounts, the FBI’s criminal investigation into Abedin’s pervy husband, Anthony Weiner, that led to the new cache of suspect e-mails found on a computer the couple shared. 

“Still, Clinton is understandably panicked because the timing of Comey’s announcement could cost her the election. Her demand that he release everything immediately is also understandable, even as she knows it is impossible for him to release potential evidence before it is examined.” 

And then, Mr. Goodwin provides his precisely accurate conclusion: “According to reporters, Abedin was on the campaign plane, but disappeared when it landed. And she hasn’t been seen since; hence the “Huma in Hiding” headlines.

“We’re likely to see more of those headlines in coming days. It’s the Clinton way, where truth is always the enemy.” 

Along quite similar lines, John Kass, Contact Reporter @chicagotribune.com, recapped the Clinton family biography in the midst of his article yesterday regarding their rise to political power.  

Mr. Kass wrote: “I've always figured that, as secretary of state, Clinton kept her home-brew email server — from which foreign intelligence agencies could hack top secret information — so she could shield the influence peddling that helped make the Clintons several fortunes. 

“The Clintons weren't skilled merchants. They weren't traders or manufacturers. The Clintons never produced anything tangible. They had no science, patents or devices to make them millions upon millions of dollars. 

“All they had to sell, really, was influence. And they used our federal government to leverage it. 

“If a presidential election is as much about the people as it is about the candidates, then we'll learn plenty about ourselves in the coming days, won't we?” 

Mr. Kass’s posing the comparison of voters themselves to those they vote for underlines a continuing question raised here quite often in the past. Because, other than those needing Democrat welfare for survival, what kind of person could truly find any Clinton worthy of anything but a prison term?  

In that regard, it’s quite possible that those very same voters may finally be waking up to reality. An ABC/Washington Post tracking poll was conducted from Tuesday to Friday. “Which means the survey’s 1,781 respondents could only be asked on the final day about the revelations regarding the new emails. 

The poll found 34 percent of the respondents were “less likely” to vote for Clinton and that she now leads Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by just a single percentage point, 46-to-45 percent.  

And that leads right into today’s update on Bill Clinton’s wife, about whom -in the same article referenced above- Mr. Kass raised the closing question asked here daily for the past two years now. 
 
Mr. Kass asks: "Has America become so numb by the decades of lies and cynicism oozing from Clinton Inc. that it could elect Hillary Clinton as president, even after Friday's FBI announcement that it had reopened an investigation of her emails while secretary of state? 

“We'll find out soon enough. 

“It's obvious the American political system is breaking down. It's been crumbling for some time now, and the establishment elite know it and they're properly frightened. Donald Trump, the vulgarian at their gates, is a symptom, not a cause. Hillary Clinton and husband Bill are both cause and effect. 

“FBI director James Comey's announcement about the renewed Clinton email investigation is the bombshell in the presidential campaign. That he announced this so close to Election Day should tell every thinking person that what the FBI is looking at is extremely serious. 

“This can't be about pervert Anthony Weiner and his reported desire for a teenage girl. But it can be about the laptop of Weiner's wife, Clinton aide Huma Abedin, and emails between her and Hillary. It comes after the FBI investigation in which Comey concluded Clinton had lied and been "reckless" with national secrets, but said he could not recommend prosecution. 

And then, Mr. Kass arrives at his closing question: “So what should the Democrats do now?

“If ruling Democrats hold themselves to the high moral standards they impose on the people they govern, they would follow a simple process: 

“They would demand that Mrs. Clinton step down, immediately, and let her vice presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, stand in her place. 

“Democrats should say, honestly, that with a new criminal investigation going on into events around her home-brew email server from the time she was secretary of state, having Clinton anywhere near the White House is just not a good idea.”

Which is a perfect lead-in to the aforementioned closure always employed here: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, and Starbucks chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, are you guys are reading this? 

That's it for today folks.    

Adios

Saturday, October 29, 2016

BloggeRhythms

It's doubtful that by now there’s anyone in the U.S. with reading comprehension that hasn’t seen significant items regarding Anthony Weiner’s email trove of Clinton documents. And once again, it’s the backstory’s that provide the greatest insight into the potential effects of the case on the upcoming residential election. 

Tim Hains @realclearpolitics.com, headlined his column: “Bernstein: FBI Would Not Reopen Case Unless New Evidence Was "A Real Bombshell"

Mr. Hains was referring to Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein who said: “Well, there's no question that the e-mails have always been the greatest threat to her candidacy for 
president, that her conduct in regard to the e-mails is really indefensible and if there was going to be more information that came out, it was the one thing, as I said on the air last night, actually that could really perhaps affect this election.

“We don't know what this means yet except that it's a real bombshell. And it is unthinkable that the Director of the FBI would take this action lightly, that he would put this letter forth to the Congress of the United States saying there is more information out there about classified e-mails and call it to the attention of congress unless it was something requiring serious investigation. So that's where we are.

“Is it a certainty that we won't learn before the election? I'm not sure it's a certainty we won't learn before the election.”

What’s most important here, is that the analysis came from one of the most knowledgeable sources in the nation regarding how these situations work, considering how involved Carl Bernstein was in Watergate and the undoing of Richard Nixon.   

As far as the public’s concerned, voters appear to be paying close attention. Gary Langer reports @abcnews.go.com: “From a 50-38 percent Clinton lead over Donald Trump in the tracking poll’s first four days, Oct. 20-23, it’s a 47-45 percent contest in the latest results. The movement has been in Trump’s favor, +7, while the -3 in Clinton’s support is not significant, given the sample size.” 

Aside from the email issues, and problems still brewing at the Clinton Foundation, the horrendous Iran deal is back in the news once more. This time focusing on Attorney General Loretta Lynch. 

Adam Kredo writes @freebeacon.com: “Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) initially presented Lynch in October with a series of questions about how the cash payment to Iran was approved and delivered. 

“In an Oct. 24 response, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik responded on Lynch’s behalf, refusing to answer the questions and informing the lawmakers that they are barred from publicly disclosing any details about the cash payment, which was bound up in a ransom deal aimed at freeing several American hostages from Iran. 

“The response from the attorney general’s office is “unacceptable” and provides evidence that Lynch has chosen to “essentially plead the fifth and refuse to respond to inquiries regarding [her] role in providing cash to the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” Rubio and Pompeo wrote on Friday in a follow-up letter to Lynch, according to a copy obtained by the Free Beacon.
 
One senior congressional source familiar with both the secret documents and the inquiry into them told the Free Beacon that the details of the negotiations are so damning that the administration’s best strategy is to ignore lawmakers’ requests for more information. 

“Every Obama administration official and department involved in the Iran Deal appear to be running for cover,” the source said. “Like we feared, the [Iran deal] is turning out to be a disaster and Iran is emboldened in its aggression. Evidently Attorney General Lynch and the Department of Justice have decided ‘refusal to cooperate’ is their best strategy. But this is dangerous and ultimately won’t protect them from anything.”

Therefore, in this situation, it doesn’t bode very well when a presidential candidate says, if elected, she plans to continue the same foreign policy’s of her predecessor whose Attorney General pleads the fifth like a cornered criminal.  

Beyond the obvious issues plaguing Democrats, there may be other underlying, considerations known to leading Republicans who’ve previously refused to endorse or support Trump. Because, these very same dissidents appear to be coming over to his side. Which more than likely means, that they now sense his appeal strengthening and don’t wish to be left by the wayside after his victory.   
    
In the last few days, Senators Mike Crapo of Idaho, John Thune of South Dakota, Deb Fischer of Nebraska and Utah’s Jason Chaffetz, along with South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley, have all come over to Trump. 

Bringing us to today’s update on Bill Clinton’s wife which reinforces the importance of the new FBI email inquiry. 

This is another instance where the surrounding details are in their own way, as politically potent as the story itself. This one coming from Adam Goldman and Alan Rappeport @nytimes.com, an ordinarily staunchly supportive liberal source. 

The article’s headlined: "Emails in Anthony Weiner Inquiry Jolt Hillary Clinton's Campaign."
 
A paragraph reads: “The F.B.I.’s decision to reopen their criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s secret email server just 11 days before the election shows how serious this discovery must be,” said Reince Priebus, the Republican committee chairman, arguing that the Democratic nominee should be disqualified from seeking the presidency. “This stunning development raises serious questions about what records may not have been turned over and why, and whether they show intent to violate the law.” 

Thus, we have here a traditionally left-leaning outlet not only allowing for the possibility of wrongdoing of a favored candidate, but quoting a Republican notable in the process. All of which seems to provide the sense of unsureness on the Times part, particularly with election day so near at hand.  

Which leads right into the continuing question again: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Jerry Brown, and Starbucks chairman and CEO, Howard Schultz, are you guys are reading this? 

That's it for today folks.   

Adios

Friday, October 28, 2016

BloggeRhythms

Today’s opener’s a blockbuster because of its source: The Wall Street Journal, which has been decidedly anti-Trump for quite some time now.

Kimberley A. Strassel @wsj.com, headlined her column: “Grifters-in-Chief,” subtitled: “The Clintons don’t draw lines between their ‘charity’ and personal enrichment.”

The opening text speaks vividly for itself: “In an election season that has been full of surprises, let’s hope the electorate understands that there is at least one thing of which it can be certain: A Hillary Clinton presidency will be built, from the ground up, on self-dealing, crony favors, and an utter disregard for the law. 

“This isn’t a guess. It is spelled out, in black and white, in the latest bombshell revelation from WikiLeaks. It comes in the form of a memo written in 2011 by longtime Clinton errand boy Doug Band, who for years worked simultaneously at the Clinton Foundation and at the head of his lucrative consulting business, Teneo. 

“It is astonishingly detailed proof that the Clintons do not draw any lines between their “charitable” work, their political activity, their government jobs or (and most important) their personal enrichment. Every other American is expected to keep these pursuits separate, as required by tax law, anticorruption law and campaign-finance law. For the Clintons, it is all one and the same—the rules be damned.” 

Then, after providing details on how the Clinton/Teneo relationship worked, the money raised and personal benefits to all involved, Ms Strassel closes her column, as follows:    

“Here’s the lasting takeaway: The Clintons spent their White House years explaining endless sleazy financial deals, and even capping their exit with a scandal over whether Bill was paid to pardon financier Marc Rich. They know the risks. And yet they geared up the foundation and these seedy practices even as Mrs. Clinton was making her first bid for the presidency. They continued them as she sat as secretary of state. They continue them still, as she nears the White House. 

“This is how the Clintons operate. They don’t change. Any one who pulls the lever for Mrs. Clinton takes responsibility for setting up the nation for all the blatant corruption that will follow.” 

And then, in a completely different context Arjun Kharpal @cnbc.com, provides quite strong evidence suggesting that: “Trump will win the election and is more popular than Obama in 2008, AI system finds.” 

According to the article: “An artificial intelligence (AI) system that correctly predicted the last three U.S. presidential elections puts Republican nominee Donald Trump ahead of Democrat rival Hillary Clinton in the race to the White House. 

“MogIA was developed by Sanjiv Rai, the founder of Indian start-up Genic.ai. It takes in 20 million data points from public platforms including Google, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube in the U.S. and then analyzes the information to create predictions. 

“The AI system was created in 2004, so it has been getting smarter all the time. It had already correctly predicted the results of the Democrat and Republican Primaries. 

“Data such as engagement with tweets or Facebook Live videos have been taken into account. The result is that Trump has overtaken the engagement numbers of Barack Obama's peak in 2008 – the year he came into power – by 25 percent.” 

Most encouraging for Trump and his supporters is: “Rai said that his AI system shows that candidate in each election who had leading engagement data ended up winning the elections. 

"If Trump loses, it will defy the data trend for the first time in the last 12 years since Internet engagement began in full earnest," Rai wrote in a report sent to CNBC.” 

In a far subtler indication of Trump’s favorability, an article by Dustin Stockton @breitbart.com, was mentioned here yesterday in which it was written: “With increasing regularity, these journalist snowflakes are “reporting” their victimization at the hands Trump supporters who chant mean things like, “CNN sucks” and call them names like “presstitutes.” 

As of this morning, 11,250 reader comments had been posted, almost every single one of them anti-press, with the readers fully aware of MSM bias and refusing to be mislead by its “propaganda.”

Reader, Frankly_Scarlett wrote: “If they were actual journalists, rather than propaganda puppets, I would have some sympathy. But there aren't, so I don't. 

Another, Alti, opined: “I have exactly zero sympathy. I'm a millennial. The damage MSM lies have done to my generation is infuriating. The damage they've done in this election is the last straw. I hope these special snowflakes spend every last dollar they have hiring personal security.” 

Additional disparaging news for Democrats came from David J Lynch and Courtney Weaver in Washington @ft.com, the Financial Times website whose headline read: “Bill Clinton’s business comes back to haunt Hillary in campaign.

“Candidate is battered by daily WikiLeaks revelations about the Clinton Foundation.” 

An example from the text reads: “In February 2014, Mr [Doug] Band pressed [Mr John] Podesta, [the chairman of the Clinton campaign and a former White House chief of staff] to meet Andrew McKenzie, the chief executive of BHP Billiton, during a Washington visit the following month, according to new emails released by WikiLeaks on Thursday. The Anglo-Australian mining company had contributed $175,000 to the Clinton Foundation two years earlier.  

“Would really appreciate if you could see andrew, important to me,” Mr Band wrote Mr Podesta on February 27, 2014.  

“Thirteen hours later, Mr Podesta replied: “For you, I’ll try.”  

Doug Band is president of the consultancy Teneo Holdings, who filled multiple roles as an aide to the former president. "Republicans have accused Mr Band of acting as the ringleader of a “pay-for-play” operation that solicited foundation donations from companies that were also pressed to hire the ex-president for paid speeches.”

At the same time, aside from campaign related mega-problems, the Clinton platform received another major blow yesterday. This one regards the healthcare tax, legislation that a Democrat administration would continue to fully support.   

Roberta Rampton writes @ca.news.yahoo.com, that: “Obama rallies Obamacare troops at 'critical time' for program”

“President Barack Obama on Thursday urged more than 25,000 volunteers and advocates who dialed in to a White House conference call to pull out the stops to boost the number of people signing up for Obamacare health insurance plans. 

“Obama warned it will be challenging to overcome the skepticism about the plans given an onslaught of headlines about surging premium prices, but he said the stakes are high. 

"I think we're at a critical time where we have to show that this program works for people, if they just see what their options are," he told the volunteers, who work in their communities to encourage and assist enrollment.” 

Then, in one short sentence Obama glossed over the unfixable, major flaw which is the reason that socialism in general -and this plan in particular- are always doomed to undeniable failure.  

Obama said: “more young and healthy people need to sign up for plans. That would offset insurers' costs of covering members with serious illnesses.”

And that’s absolutely true. Except for the fact that those very same young and healthy people don’t need nor want this kind of insurance, and certainly have no interest whatsoever in subsidizing older, sicker needy folks whom can’t afford to care for themselves.  

Something else for Democrats to think about came from a friend who sent this: “The owner of the Phoenix Suns basketball team, Robert Sarver, came out strongly opposing AZ's new immigration laws. Arizona's Governor, Jan Brewer, released the following statement in response to Sarver's criticism of the new law:

"What if the owners of the Suns discovered that hordes of people were sneaking into games without paying? 

“What if they had a good idea who the gate-crashers are but the ushers and security personnel were not allowed to ask these folks to produce their ticket stubs, thus non-paying attendees couldn't be ejected. 

“Furthermore, what if Suns' ownership was expected to provide those who sneaked in with complimentary eats and drink? 

“And what if, on those days when a gate-crasher became ill or injured, the Suns had to provide free medical care and shelter?" 

“Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer” 

And then a friend sent this one: