The transmogrification of reality in America continued earlier tonight as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump engaged in the third and final debate of the 2016 presidential election. Clinton came out in Las Vegas, Nevada, dressed as a cream-colored corrupt criminal bureaucrat while Trump wore his usual attire of orange tear-gas tinted facial features and a blood-soaked tie tucked underneath his suit jacket. Fox News hardballer Chris Wallace was set to moderate. He wore glasses. I almost wrote class. There was very little to be involved.
First issue up for debate was debt and entitlements. (At least I think it was.) To me, this was strange. What do Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump know about debt and entitlement?
The debate started off boring as hell. Typical, you might say, for presidential elections — but unexpected for what we’ve seen this entire year, with 16 Republican candidates outrageously whittled down to a billionaire versus a millionaire. One has property and investments spanning more countries than the average American will ever visit in his or her dreams. The other has stipulated a private mandate to enrich herself with public service. In other words, the culmination of what used to be atypical for political standards across the U.S.A. is now a symptom of poetic injustice on a massive scale.
With the entire country now enshrouded in this political mystique (misery), or at least most of it anyway, the climax of the 2016 presidential election hit the Seventh Circle of Hell. Boredom in rhetoric. Claustrophobia in a country with over 300 million people. Fifty states and territories to boot. I almost said loot.
Then it was time to discuss immigration. We all know Trump’s policies, even our friends in outer space. What the hell’s going on here?
I began talking to myself, immediately, with Clinton’s first comments. As she doused the cameras, the moderator, the audience, and her opponent with her public experience, I came across this story from Reason. “Clinton’s 700-Mile Border Fence Is Just 300 Miles Shorter Than Trump’s.” It discusses her bragging, back in November of 2015, about voting for a wall on the Mexican border in 2006. Maybe.
To sum it up, here are Reason’s editor in chief Nick Gillespie’s final sentiments in the piece, from Sept 1:
“So the distance between Clinton and Trump on immigration, especially now that he has ‘softened’ his deportation language, is pretty narrow. Indeed, it might just be 300 miles of useless pork-barrel spending on fencing in the Southwestern desert.”
Clinton, at this moment in the debate, accused Trump of saying he’d send nukes to Saudi Arabia. Trump responded by calling Clinton a liar. Then, Clinton said that the “US has kept peace with alliances.”
During Barack Obama’s tenure as President of the United States, the US government has sold $115 billion in weapons to Saudi Arabia. That’s more than the previous Bush administration by $30 billion. Since March 2015, Saudi Arabia has indiscriminately bombed Yemen, the poorest country in the middle East. Multiple mainstream news media outlets have deemed these actions war crimes. Today, with regard to Obama’s responsibility in the middle East, US News and World Report called the ongoing attacks “unconstitutional and very unwise.”
Within the last two weeks, Saudi Arabia bombed a funeral in Yemen. The New York Times reported on this story, as well as a variety of other publications. In the horrific incident more than 100 people were killed, in addition to hundreds wounded.
As of August 30, Reuters/The Huffington Post reported that 10,000 people have died in Yemen’s civil war, nearly 3,800 of which have been civilians. Sixty percent of 3,800 equates to how many civilians have died in the conflict at the hands of Saudi bombs.
What does this have to do with immigration?
“… the conflict has displaced three million Yemenis and forced 200,000 to seek refuge abroad. The United Nations had information that 900,000 of the displaced intended to try to return to their homes.”
Next, Clinton stated that she wanted a “growing economy.” She wanted America to “compete.” She said she wanted to “raise the national minimum wage.”
“The money is going to the top.”
This, from a woman who gave three speeches to Goldman Sachs — one of the largest investment banks on the planet — at $225,000 a pop. You know, as a private citizen. According to Mic, and the rest of the public domain, Clinton gave over 90 speeches which aggregated nearly $22 million in speaking fees. The total for her speaking fees to big banks? One point eight million dollars. ($1.8 million.)
There’s something oddly strange about a candidate for president, who has become exorbitantly wealthy from her work in public service, in collusion with the private sector, informing the American public where their money is going.
Clinton continued, remarking that 3.5 million jobs would be lost with Trump’s tax plan. He’d add $20 trillion to the debt, she claimed. Could he possibly match Obama in that regard?
Trump responded that Clinton would “raise and double taxes.”
Clinton quickly retorted that Obama had cut the country’s deficit by two-thirds. She said that he had saved the economy.
Meanwhile, the national debt on the debt clock is set to stand at a whopping $20 trillion by the time Obama leaves office. That figure is nearly double from where it was when he began to “save the economy,” according to Clinton. Forty-three presidents came before Obama. In two terms, he doubled the debt they accumulated over the course of approximately 220 years.
Trump then referenced Clinton’s deletion of tens of thousands of emails, after she’d been subpoenaed by Congress. He intimated that a four-star general who now faces jail time for leaking classified information was abhorrently comparable. Trump called Clinton’s campaign “corrupt.”
What this all has to do with the economy, I couldn’t tell you.
Wallace then inquired Clinton about the Clinton Foundation. He questioned that, with recent Wikileaks revelations, it was concerning that there had been some quid pro quo going on. A la pay to play.
Clinton responded, without budging in her facial expression, that she was thrilled to be talking about the Clinton Foundation, and all the great work it has done. She droned on, that she could talk about it all night if she’d been allotted the time.
Trump characteristically responded that the Clinton Foundation was a “criminal enterprise.” He mentioned Saudi Arabia and Qatar, specifically, and how both countries had delivered millions of dollars in donations to the foundation. He questioned the humanitarian records of the two countries which, with the Wikileaks emails, equated Clinton to accepting money from countries she knew had hands in funding terrorism.
She was then asked, by Trump, to give back that money to both countries.
WHAT WASN’T MENTIONED
This is where my notes got hazy. I couldn’t take it any more. It’s what wasn’t mentioned by both candidates, that was getting to me.
One of the most important issues of our time, climate change.
And the longest war in the history of the United States, Afghanistan. Where two Americans were recently killed, with three more wounded.
“The shooting [in Afghanistan] comes as the Afghan government in Kabul has come under growing pressure from the Taliban and other armed insurgents despite 15 years of war.”
The fact that these two issues weren’t mentioned and discussed in the final presidential debate is hard to take.
Not to mention two of the other candidates, in the Libertarian and Green parties, who are both on the ballot in more than 40 states.
So we’re all left with the question:
What’s next for democracy in America?
Gunmen attack American University in Kabul, ‘hundreds’ Still trapped inside.
Russia Today Reporting ..
Armed men have attacked the American University in the Afghan capital Kabul, officials have confirmed. Official’s say
Hundreds of people, including foreign staff, are stuck inside, as government forces have encircled the campus.
“Several gunmen attacked the American University in Kabul and there are reports of gunfire and explosions,” an interior ministry official told Reuters. “They are inside the compound and there are foreign professors along with hundreds of students.”
Local network TOLOnews reported there was an initial explosion before the gunmen infiltrated the high-walled campus, located in a relatively secure and upmarket part of Kabul.
“Help we are stuck inside,” tweeted Massoud Hossaini, an AP photographer. “These may be my last tweets.”
Twitter eyewitnesses said that some students were able to make it out in time, as soon as they heard the blast, while others were locked down in their classrooms and offices.
“We’re dealing with a complex attack inside the American University. Special forces are en route,” a representative of Kabul’s rapid reaction force told local journalist Bilal Sarwary.
Photographs and video showed massed police forces stationed outside the gates.
According To Pentagon Officials Hafiz Sayed Khan the leader of ISIS’ “Khorasan province” the terror group’s regional branch that operates in Afghanistan, and leading English speaking propagandist was killed by a drone strike in July.
The Pentagon said on Friday that a U.S. drone strike late last month killed the leader of ISIS’s branch in Afghanistan.
Hafiz Sayed Khan was killed in a July 26 strike in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said. Khan was the leader of ISIS’ Khorasan province, the terror group’s regional branch that operates in Afghanistan. The “province” also covers Pakistan.
“Khan was known to directly participate in attacks against U.S. and coalition forces, and the actions of his network terrorized Afghans, especially in Nangarhar,” Pentagon deputy press secretary Gordon Trowbridge said in a statement.
Afghanistan’s ambassador to Pakistan, Dr. Omar Zakhilwal, earlier said Khan was killed in a drone strike.
Zakhilwal told NBC News that Khan’s senior commanders and fighters were also killed, citing Afghan forces. He said 23 other ISUS fighters were killed in the drone strike on a compound in the mountainous region. The U.S. military statement does not include say others were killed.
Khan was previously a senior commander with the Taliban in Pakistan, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP.
Khan and five other senior militant commanders quit that group in October of 2014 and joined ISIS. Khan was then made leader of ISIS in Khorasan.
Besides a number of other terrorist attacks, ISIS had recently claimed responsibility for the July 23 attack in Kabul in which more than 80 people were killed.
It also took credit for a suicide attack in a hospital in Quetta city of Pakistan’s Balochistan province that killed 70 people, the majority of them lawyers.
A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar ( TTP-JA) had also claimed its responsibility for that attack.
Afghan officials only publicly acknowledged the presence of ISIS in the country in February. However, fighters have told NBC News about how fighters have been trading their allegiance to the Taliban for ISIS’ chapter in the region.
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Former US Army general and Bilderberg Group attendee Created a New Gun Saftey Group Before the Orlando Shooting… It’s Not Working
These Folks Can Talk All they Want About Guns
Mark Kelly And David Petraeus Started New Gun Safety Group Before Orlando. It Didn’t Work!
Here’s a story we were meaning to get to, and then a whole bunch of other stuff happened. Last Friday, retired Army general and former CIA director David Petraeus and Mark Kelly, the retired NASA astronaut and husband of former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, announced they were forming a new gun safety organization to be called the Veterans Coalition for Common Sense. The group will invite veterans of all branches of the armed forces to urge lawmakers at the state and federal levels to toughen gun laws. For some reason, coverage of the new group has been overshadowed by other events.
In a press release announcing the new group, Kelly said,
As service members, each of us swore an oath to protect our Constitution and the homeland. Now we’re asking our leaders to do more to protect our rights and save lives…Gabby and I are grateful to all of these incredible veterans and leaders who are using their voice to call for commonsense change that makes our communities safer.
The founding members of the group’s advisory board features a whole bunch of retired brass, including Kelly, a former Navy captain; Petraeus, who led the military’s “surge” strategy in Iraq; former Army General Wesley Clark; former Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen; former Air Force General and director of the NSA Michael Hayden; former Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who commanded all U.S. forces in Afghanistan; and retired Army General Claudia Kennedy, the Army’s first woman to reach the rank of 3-star general. Plus enough assorted other retired generals and admirals to fill the backs of all the convertibles in several cities’ Veterans Day parades.
The usual gun-humping morons won’t get away with claiming these people don’t know a clip from a magazine.
The new veterans’ lobbying group is an outgrowth of Americans for Responsible Solutions, which was founded by Kelly and Giffords after Giffords was severely injured in the 2011 Tucson shooting that killed six and wounded 12 others. Petraeus, for all his post-military embarrassment, knows a thing or two about the effects of careless firearms use — in 1991, he was hit in the chest with a stray round from an M-16 when a soldier tripped and discharged the gun during a live-fire exercise. Unlike most civilian bystanders hit by stray gunfire, when he returned from the hospital he did 50 push-ups within days of being shot.
Because they have both military and gun-owning cred, the group seeks to demonstrate
that reasonable measures to reduce gun deaths can coexist with the Second Amendment:
As gun owners and strong supporters of the Second Amendment, Gabby and Mark know we must protect the rights of Americans to own guns for collection, recreation, and protection. But they also agree with the vast majority of Americans, including gun owners, that commonsense protections from gun violence can prevent shootings from shattering communities like Tucson, Aurora, and Newtown.
Even commonsense solutions to protect our communities from gun violence have been hard to achieve. Why? Because entrenched interests like the gun lobby have used big money and influence to stop Congress from acting.
The new group will focus on strengthening gun laws, particularly given the high number of suicides using handguns. About two-thirds of gun deaths in America are suicides, and veterans account for an alarming number of suicides as well. Mark Prentice, communications director of Americans for Responsible Solutions, said vets are among the nation’s most experienced users of firearms, and in a position to speak knowledgably about firearms:
“But we also believe that we should be doing everything we can to keep guns out of the wrong hands and help address gun suicides as well,” Prentice said.
Approximately 22 veterans commit suicide each day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs […]
Along with addressing that crisis, the initiative seeks to close background check loopholes, strengthen existing gun control laws and partner with other veterans groups. “Many of these veterans have seen the role guns play in the hands of trained responsible people but they also understand the consequences when they fall into the wrong hands,” said Prentice.
Advisory board member Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett emphasized that military members know their way around guns, and may be a valuable part of advocating for better regulation of weapons:
“I saw first-hand the incredible power of firearms, and I know the precautions we taught to keep people safe,” Barnett said. “But I also know the dangers guns pose when they are in the hands of dangerous people.”
We hear that people in the military are actually required to receive extensive training in the safe and effective use of their weapons. That seems counterintuitive, since every time there’s a mass shooting, blog comment sections fill up with explanations that requiring training to own a gun is tyrannical, and the average civilian with a Glock purchased at a pawn shop could almost certainly have stopped every mass shooting that ever happened.
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