Playing down a mass suicide note


With the release of the Nunes memo, do top Democrats honestly believe that such collusion by the DNC with the nation’s judiciary and intelligence services doesn’t expose the hypocrisy of a party which proclaims its platform is all about equality and liberal ideals? Does it not expose that these politicians are only in it for themselves? Is it any wonder the Democrats are proclaiming this memo is ‘misleading’ or worse that Americans are too stupid to understand the memo? On reflection they probably had wished they’d stood and applauded during the SOTU address instead of childish frowns of bitterness and playing Candy Crush on their smartphones.

While many Americans probably suspected corruption (so brilliantly conveyed in ‘House of Cards’) for decades, they have had it transparently confirmed.  The DNC hope was that the illegal and doctored FISA application would sink Trump as a candidate and lock in a Clinton White House. By then the scam could be lost as easily as 33,000 emails. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Who could forget Bill Clinton’s chance meeting on a Phoenix tarmac with Attorney General Loretta Lynch the day before her testimony on Hillary’s email scandal? Did anyone honestly believe they just talked about grand children? Lynch downplayed the severity of the private server as ‘careless’. Conservative watchdog Judicial Watch has found 30 pages related to the encounter at the FBI, after being caught for hiding them in another lawsuit.

Obama was front and centre of the Clinton campaign. Hillary caught the jump seat on Air Force One numerous times. Are we to believe that this dossier was never discussed on board? That Obama, so obsessed with protecting his legacy,was in no way complicit in making sure Trump wouldn’t get in the Oval Office?

If we go back to mid 2006, news broke that the NSA was tracking the calls and emails of tens of millions of Americans to create  the “largest and most comprehensive database ever assembled in the world.” In the summer of 2007, the Bush administration pushed FISA amendments known as the “Protect America Act” through Congress which authorized the surveillance of any phone call or email by any American suspected of ‘suspicious dealings’ with ‘foreigners’.

As a presidential candidate in the 2008 election, Senator Barack Obama pledged that there would be “no more illegal wiretapping of Americans”. Post the election win, Obama reversed his position and continued the Bush-era surveillance via FISA. Obama’s Department of Justice aggressively defended court challenges from anyone who suspected their phone calls or emails had been illegally traced.

In his last days as president, Obama authorized the NSA to share its volumous databank on Americans with other federal agencies, opening a can of worms for politicians to dig up dirt. Talk about muddying waters in an already dirty swamp. This seems like a move that could badly backfire if a cleaning house of the FBI and DOJ is undertaken. What option has the president but to do it? What better way to talk of transparency to the American people than lop heads of such duplicitous people.

Therein lies the problem. When the state’s own intelligence services are working so closely hand-in-hand with political parties to keep dynasties alive one has to question democracy. Despite Wasserman-Schulz stabbing Sanders in the back, a mainstream media overwhelmingly behind Clinton, a p*ssy grabbing opponent, we now learn that not even a dossier paid for by the DNC in cahoots with the FBI and DOJ to cheat FISA got Democrats across the line – what a hatchet job.

Even Turkish President Erdogan would blush at the level of ‘duplicity’ of this scandal. This is abuse of power on an industrial scale.  One wonders whether the often made claim that the ‘Obama administration was one without scandal’ maybe tarnished with one of the worst. We haven’t heard the last of this.

Tokyo’s Iron Lady preparing a wrecking ball


PM Abe may have more than met his match. It seems Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike could win the support of defections from the flailing Democratic Party of Japan. They are considering running no candidates under their own banner but under hers – The Party of Hope (Kibo no To). Koike isn’t playing by the rules and PM Abe’s wish to hold a snap election knowingly ceding seats so he could keep a majority may end up backfiring. She has next to nothing to lose and she represents a  “fresh” scandal-less face to the electorate. She is on a wave. Abe’s majority under threat.

Think of it this way. The LDP is embarking on a strategy that seeks to take some losses. In a sense they are openly conceding it is all about clinging to power. Hardly a promising election strategy. The slew of scandals (two with the PM himself) works to Koike’s favour in appealing to those that see her as a reboot to the decades of LDP cronyism.  Still early days but the momentum is almost tsunami like. Drain the swamp?

Is there any dignity at CNN?


Is CNN channeling the Gestapo? Threatening to release the name of an individual who made fun of the network’s own self inflicted stupidity. While it seems ratings haven’t suffered so badly post the Russiagate saga, surely the “we reserve the right to publish his identity” is an unbridled threat. How does taking down a video that has gone viral and been shared eliminate the problem? All that trying to ban soemthing does is exacerbate the problem.

One has to wonder whether the person that posted the video lampooning the network is “truly remorseful” or whether he was intimidated under a spotlight, pumped full of sodium Pentothal while staring at CNN’s legal goons in tight leather gloves. Talk about drawing bad attention to itself.

Perhaps if CNN really wanted to avoid such ridicule, it might decide to focus on quality journalism not stir up a hornet’s nest of lies for ratings. Doesn’t the satisfaction of winning from hard work and dedication trump free riding? Like drug cheats in sport perhaps if one lies to oneself enough they are every bit the winner as those legitimate athletes.

There can be no sympathy for a network that gets pilloried for engaging in what amounts to doxxing individuals. The Trump video in its initial form has been around for ages yet no complaints were had because everyone knows WWF is stage cast. The majority of those that saw the CNN spoof version would see it for what it is – ridicule.

For CNN to turn it into a “inciting violence against journalists” is plain nonsense. Should Trump have sent it on Twitter? No. Was it presidential? No. Was CNN in the wrong for inventing stories to try to remove him? Yes. Are journalists’ lives in danger from the President when they line up at a White House press conference? No.

As the ancient Chinese proverb states, “before setting out on revenge, first dig two graves.”

South Australia proves its own mistake with renewables


You have to love the climbdown here from SA Premier Jay Weatherill after fumbling around in the dark over the blackouts and the epic fail caused by renewables. The public demolition of a coal-fired plant In Port Augusta symbolized the gloating about the switch to clean power. Was the decision by the South Australian government to chase such a fanciful renewable target done with proper due diligence (i.e.  not falling for the green scares) there would be no need to splurge $360mn on a new gas-fired power plant to act as a back up for energy it might lose because of the unpredictability of green power. Truly a case of closing the gate after the horse has bolted.  Another $150mn will be splurged on a battery storage facility which would never have been needed had common sense prevailed. Now the weakest state in Australia with the highest unemployment and most expensive electricity prices will slug tax payers with half a billion bucks. It is irrelevant whether their electricity bills will go up, they will pay indirectly. Utter madness.

What people tend to forget is that battery manufacture is an incredibly dirty business. The horrible stuff that goes into a Li-ion battery gets mined half a world away to be refined, mixed (lithium, nickel, cobalt , and aluminum) and converted into the finished product. Like those that claim an EV is emissions free. It isn’t when you calculate the production process and the power supply. In any event, all this episode today proves is that the South Australian government has stuffed up massively and now asking already tapped out taxpayers to suck up their woeful stewardship and lack of critical analysis on embarking on being en vogue rather than prudent.

Amusing that Weatherill is now gloating about SA having the biggest battery farm in Australia. I doubt taxpayers will want to hear “biggest” as that equates to “bigger” cost to them.

Once again our dearly departed Bill Leak summed up the mood of South Australia’s stupidity.


Read it and weep


This is not what unfettered sustainable growth looks like. Maybe it explains this.

“Last year, GoBankingRates surveyed more than 5,000 Americans only to uncover that 62% of them had less than $1,000 in savings. Last month GoBankingRates again posed the question to Americans of how much they had in their savings account, only this time it asked 7,052 people. The result? Nearly seven in 10 Americans (69%) had less than $1,000 in their savings account.

Breaking the survey data down a bit further, we find that 34% of Americans don’t have a dime in their savings account, while another 35% have less than $1,000. Of the remaining survey-takers, 11% have between $1,000 and $4,999, 4% have between $5,000 and $9,999, and 15% have more than $10,000.”

To the Obama lovers – Wake up


I know Obama is loved by many. People speak to his popularity polls which generally rely on 5,000 respondents. Let’s face it, Clinton was going to copy his policies so if they were as amazing as made out then a Clinton presidency was a sure thing. 60 million people voted against Obama/Clinton on Nov 8.Fact.

While I understand many see Obama is a ‘nice man’ he was an exceptionally weak president, so much so that he made Jimmy Carter look like Superman. He was political correctness personified. Michelle Obama’s “#bringbackourgirls” on Twitter was the pinnacle of American impotence. It was an embarrassment. 3Years after the hashtag most of those Nigerian high school girls are in slavery under Boko Haram.

I thought his Nobel Peace Prize was a farce  so soon into his first term. I thought his maiden speech as President was equally farcical. He has been divisive ever since.

Trump was a potty mouthed brazen beast. For Americans struggling he was a voice. He was as Dave Chappell pointed out “the most gangster presidential candidate ever”.

I remember black blogger  Sonnie Williams saying “Black Americans are sick and tired of free shit…its not the American dream…we want an opportunity to own it.” Yet listen to the often farcical Farrakhan and he demolished Obama for neglecting the inner city black community in his home city of Chicago. It was powerful and spoke to the out of touch Nero.

Transgender bathrooms and neutralizing military titles (not to mention dropping standards to allow diversity (i.e.overweight people to join military)) wasn’t what the electorate  wanted. The 4.9% unemployment rate reflected people having to take multiple low paying jobs to make ends meet. Not prosperous growth. Those people made sense to me. 47% of Americans in a Fed survey couldn’t raise $400 in an emergency without selling something.

So while the Democrats pushed Trump’s lack of PC the struggling single mother didn’t give a stuff about grabbing a pussy on a hot mic, they cared about putting food on the table for the kids. The out of touch Dem elites pushed Khizir Khan as a Muslim sacrificing a son (noble to be sure) ! But the electorate cared about food on tables  not politically correct dialogue. The media used it to demonize Trump but he kept hitting “MAGA”.

For we well off  elite class, we have no view on how tough it is on the other side. We can speculate but nothing removes the sheer fear these people live in on a daily basis. Whether eviction or repossession of a car. Political correctness is irrelevant. How Trump thinks about women is irrelevant. The want a saviour. But ask why they need a saviour? It has zero to do with race, education or religion. They want a break. Yes some went overboard on the credit  cards and consumer debt but they did so on the belief it would get better. It got worse.

So before granting Obama a Nobel-esque free kick think of how his bullsh1t ended up turning him into the opposite of what they voted for  – a legacy that in the end didn’t defend itself on its own merits. Live with it. If you still doing it ask why he campaigned so hard in this election and even chastised those who voted in the first place of insulting him if then didn’t vote for Clinton. Telling.



In what can only be described as a continued “astonishing” failure to come to terms with reality, the Clinton campaign continues to cling onto the notion that the latest emails aren’t impacting. Even the ABC/WaPo poll has showed a 12 point swing in a week. While I put little faith in the polls because of sampling bias a 12 point swing in one week probably suggests a sentiment shift. Or is it the WaPo is trying to scare apathetic Democrats to vote instead of thinking she’s going to win anyway so why bother showing up on Nov 8.

Either way, the Clinton lack of credibility issue gets raised once again and those buried under years of destitution are only incited to vote against the establishment.

Before the three debates I said that Clinton should lay off gender politics. While we all can see through Trump’s “no one respects women more than me” the issues of the day in America have squat to do with gender. I suggested the ultimate sign her campaign is in trouble is if they start to focus on the treatment of women as a major election issue. It’s the economy, dying small business, healthcare and a sense of lost pride. If Clinton focuses on the women issue in the last week she will be toast.

Funny how one of the largest trended searches in the last week has been “how can I change my early vote?” 

Well the nightmare will soon be over. As I’ve held all along I think Trump wins this election as it has been driven by growing poverty and a widening of the gap between haves and have nots. That is the audience he resonates with. It’s never been an endorsement in my support of Trump but a belief. To that end the margin could be big but perhaps more telling will be voter turnout which is likely to be the highest in decades.