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Tom Bowler
Nashua, New Hampshire
As a pragmatic libertarian, I believe that government's most important duty is to protect the constitutional rights of the individual.
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Gus, Ha! OK, I misunderstood, so I'll lighten up. (I was wondering who Francis was.) My original point, though, is it seems somebody told Mueller to stay away from anything to do with Hillary, the Clinton campaign, the DNC, the Podestas. We've complained (maybe not you, but me for sure) that he won't look at what's right in front of him. Collusion with the Democrats. Maybe Rosenstein told him to stay away in that appointment letter. The redacted part. Or maybe it was Hillary. Do you suppose she still has enough clout to keep him at bay? I suppose I ought to keep a score card for this soap opera. Also, apologies for dropping in and out without notice. P.S. Thanks, D.
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Narc, No, Tom bowler Mueller is just a permanent star chamber of 16, (one retired) Hillary partisans. Posted by: Narciso79 | January 13, 2019 at 04:07 PM I don't disagree, and I didn't think I said otherwise, unless it was to say I have no idea what's going on. Gus, Screed? What are you talking about?
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Gus, Tom Bowler. You crack me up man. You mentioned something about an investigation into the CLINTON FOUNDATION. Well, I did say that "we think" there's an investigation, and I didn't dream it up. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/367541-fbi-launches-new-clinton-foundation-investigation The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill. FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in the coming weeks. The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes. That article is from a year ago, so who knows what's going on now. I'm not going to claim I have any idea, nor can I say that I have any optimism regarding it's outcome. As I see it, the question isn't whether the FBI can find evidence of political favors in return for donations. It's whether the FBI is willing to find that evidence.
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Another Bob, I always thought it was Obama calling the shots. I have the idea that Obama was something of a loose cannon because everything came so easily to him, including winning the presidency. He just decided he could do anything he wanted, and for the most part he could, and that meant deep state decided they had cover for him, not just to protect themselves, but also because of potential civil unrest if criminality on his part should come out. I imagine there are people who would believe that charging Obama would amount to lynching the uppity black president. White America getting its revenge. So everybody is doing everything to make sure nothing touches Obama. What might that mean for Hillary? The point has been made that appointing Mueller took the Trump investigation out of the FBI's and McCabe's hands. The letter appointing him specifically directs Mueller to look for connections to the Trump campaign. Just a guess, but maybe that directive was also meant to keep Mueller away from the Clinton Foundation investigation that we think is going on in Arkansas. There are white hats and black hats and any number shades of gray hats, and I can't pretend to know who is wearing which one. What a soap opera! I spent over ten years blogging daily at Libertarian Leanings, but now I'm doing good if I put something up once a month. I can't keep up with it all. I just don't know what to say. The beginning of wisdom? Ha! Fat chance! It's fun to watch though.
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Great Pieces, Clarice! One of the complaints you often hear about Comey is that he "usurped" the authority of the DOJ when he exonerated Hillary. Lisa Page's leaked testimony contradicts that. Following Clarice's link to the leaked transcript: Page admitted that it was not entirely clear what the DOJ decision was based on, noting, “I presume they looked at case law in which it had been applied. I really don’t know…I don’t have personal knowledge about what the Department did in order to come to that conclusion.” When pressed, Page attempted to clarify the FBI’s position as investigators, saying that “at the end of the day, this is the Department’s determination. It is up to the Department to determine whether we have sufficient evidence to charge a case.” Later she was a bit more direct: “The Justice Department brings charges, and it was the Justice Department’s assessment that they did not have—whether they had—I don’t know whether they had evidence or not of gross negligence but that gross negligence was not available as a statute to bring because it’s—of its constitutional vagueness and its untestedness in court.” Page implied that Comey would have charged Hillary, but the DOJ refused. I never thought it was Comey's decision, never thought it was Loretta Lynch's decision. Now I'm not even sure it was Obama's decision, though he undoubtedly had to go along with it. MM's link to The Clinton Cabal thread leads me to think it was actually Hillary calling the shots. I hadn't imagined she was that powerful before. Evidence that she is keeps piling up. Look at all the people who got immunity.
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This morning I sent this under the heading of Homeland Security to my representative and both senators. I write to urge you to support full funding for all components of border security. Recent actions by New York Mayor De Blasio and California Governor Newsom, to offer health care to illegal aliens, purposely heightens the crisis at our southern border by attracting more people from Central and South America to try to enter our country illegally. The only way to diminish this crisis is to discourage people from making the attempt, and the way to do that is to ensure that attempts to enter our country in any way other than through legal channels will be unsuccessful. By opposing full funding for border security, Democrats signal that the security and well being of American citizens are secondary in importance to political posturing against the president. Please support full funding for border security, including barriers where needed. Thank you. They're all Democrats so I don't expect it to have any impact, but I think it's worth doing anyway.
Toggle Commented Jan 9, 2019 on The Wall Is Coming! at JustOneMinute
Good.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2019 on Slow-Walking Out of Syria at JustOneMinute
Clear?
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Christian Bale thanks Satan for inspiring his portrayal of Dick Cheney in Vice. I suspect he doesn't know how right he is. Posted by: The Infamous Ignatz | January 07, 2019 at 02:06 PM>/i> That's a good one, Ignatz. :} Regarding DiGenova on Comey, I don't buy the Comey "usurped the authority" story. It makes more sense to me that he was given the authority. And I still say the meeting on the tarmac was all about Bill reading Lynch the riot act because the investigation was dragging on and they were getting too close to election day.
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Thanks anonamom, Catsmeat, and everybody who checked in and weighed in on my border wall article from the other day.
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Thanks, Jane and Miss M.
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I've put some thoughts down about the ongoing border wall fight. They are here: https://www.libertarianleanings.com/2019/01/the-border-wall-fight.html . Please feel free to critique. I should warn if you that I've voiced some optimism for Trump's and the Republicans' chances in the fight. Usually when I do that, it's the kiss of death. I'm sure you can appreciate that, OL. I'll be gone for about an hour and a half. P.S. Great Pieces, Clarice!
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Shall we settle in with our popcorn for the upcoming, sure to be entertaining, border wall fight? Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at Libertarian Leanings
Forget what Time Magazine says about its 2018 Person of the Year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Libertarian Leanings
Jim nj, I agree that the Fed rate hikes, with the promise for more in the future, plus Democratic takeover of the House are the likely triggers for the market meltdown. But I wonder if the stock market is just settling down to where it ought to be. I read somewhere that Quantitative Easing was intended to trigger "asset inflation," but I thought the assets the Fed was trying to inflate were houses. The 2007 financial crisis was all about the value, or lack thereof, of collateral - houses backed up mortgage loans while securitized mortgages often served as collateral in securities lending and as capitalization for brokerage firms. But instead of shoring up houses, the Fed's easy money went into the stock market driving equity prices up. Early in the Obama administration, just as I was worried about currency inflation and thinking I should swing my 401K towards bond funds, equities went crazy. So I stuck with aggressive growth equities. And then when Trump came along with tax cuts and deregulation, the market really took off. Which leads me to wonder, how does one know when a stock price accurately reflects the value of a company? The fluctuations in stock prices seemed to be driven by investors' fears or exuberance, and not necessarily tethered to actual value of the companies. I always thought that somewhere along the line stock prices had to come into alignment with the actual values of the issuing companies. I suppose if we see a rash of hostile takeovers we can deduce that stock prices are badly out of alignment on the low side. On the other hand, have we just witnessed the bursting of an equity bubble? People investing on margin are getting killed right now, for sure, but short sellers ought to be having a field day. But do you expect this stock market dip to translate into an economic slowdown? How would that work? Disclosure: I'm an IT guy, not a financial guy. My expertise is toward COBOL rather than securities analysis.
Toggle Commented Dec 26, 2018 on And A Merry Christmas To All at JustOneMinute
Beautifully done, Boris!
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Merry Christmas JOMers!
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>>>Expect redundancy tomorrow. Posted by: Tom Bowler | December 24, 2018 at 04:53 PM<<< ??? getting the ax as your christmas bonus? think i'll get mine just after the new year ... Posted by: rich | December 24, 2018 at 06:06 Geeze, no, sorry Rich. I only meant to say I would be repeating myself by wishing you all a Merry Christmas again tomorrow. Actually, I got my surprise retirement a couple of years ago. Sorry to hear you might be getting yours soon. Mine has worked out rather well for me, though. I hope yours works out for you. Nytol.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2018 on Christmas Eve Open Thread at JustOneMinute
Merry Christmas JOMers. Expect redundancy tomorrow.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2018 on Christmas Eve Open Thread at JustOneMinute
Thanks for the link to Tom's Guide, JiB.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2018 on Christmas Eve Open Thread at JustOneMinute
Spectrum, formerly Time Warner Cable. As soon as I quit, they started sending me offers... Thanks, Ext.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2018 on Christmas Eve Open Thread at JustOneMinute
I did end up accepting a deal the cable company kept bugging me about to choose 10 channels for $21/mo. Which cable company did that for you, Ext?
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2018 on Christmas Eve Open Thread at JustOneMinute
We cut the cord last year, but MeTV is pretty good. My wife watches it all the time. (She canceled Netflix after reading about the Obama deal.) Haven't mustered up the initiative to do either of those things, Ext. Funny how Netflix is getting to be just like cable, 200+ channels to watch but there's nothing on. At least nothing worth watching. We've been watching British shows on Netfix, Amazon, or Acorn.
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Got that? "Decline in manufacturing is due to automation, you ignorant Trumpsters! And by the way, you're all racists!" Miss M, there is no escape, I guess. I was in a U.S. History course at Rivier College where I finished up my bachelors degree (on the 43-year plan). The instructor in that course was bent on selling the concept that life in the 50s was horrible, especially for women. It did no good to point out that I lived through it. The 50s set records for women entering and graduating from college. Blacks were finally making their way into Major League Baseball, and barriers were falling. (Then government helped out.) No matter. Progressives always measure history by contemporary standards, and then revise it so that conservative policy is shown to fail while socialism is demonstrated to be efficient and fair. That class was one of several that provided an education for me, but not in the way that instructors had intended. It showed how far the left had come in coopting education for its purposes.
Toggle Commented Dec 24, 2018 on Christmas Eve Open Thread at JustOneMinute