Don’t believe Hillary Clinton’s story of computer naivete

Here’s the question of the day: Can someone who faces charges for mishandling highly classified documents; failure to provide security for the ambassador and other Americans in Benghazi; and failure to keep her duties at State and her connection with the Clinton Foundation at arm’s length, be permitted to run for president? She is currently under investigation for all three.

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(Cartoon courtesy of Cleveland.com)

The late Friday confirmation by the administration that Hillary Clinton’s unsecured home server contained closely guarded secrets, including 22 e-mails with the highest level of classification, comes just three days before the Iowa presidential nominating caucuses. They will not, of course, be part of the document dump. Continue reading

Views on the climate change snow job

Earlier this week, I began writing another piece on the continued effort to convince us that we, and the carbon dioxide we emit, are the cause of global warming and ultimately the weather disasters around the world.

A full page in the Jan. 24, 2016 USA Today devoted to how weather made news world-wide in 2015 was the impetus. I saw it as another liberal snow job to promote the reduction of carbon emissions, which “they” would have us believe causes extremes in weather – hurricanes, cyclones, record heat, floods and drought.

As I began to draft this piece critical of the USA Today scare tactic, an article in the Jan 25, 2016 Wall Street Journal, “The Climate Snow Job,” came to my attention. “The notion that world-wide weather is becoming more extreme is just that,” wrote Patrick J. Michaels, a climatologist and Director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. Click here, to read his interesting column.

I stored this piece in “Drafts” while I concentrated on more topical news – Iran, ISIS, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Continue reading

A cautionary note on business deals with Iran

When I read the headline, “Iran Does Billions in Business in Europe,” in Tuesday morning’s Wall Street Journal, of course I was reminded of those same billions we released as part of the flawed nuclear deal fashioned by the Obama administration.

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(Cartoon courtesy Glenn Foden.)

In addition to an account of spending with European companies, there was a mention of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s side visit to the Vatican.

The talking heads on TV were musing that perhaps it meant that Iran was finally preparing to become a member of the global community.  No chance. Continue reading

“W” was correct

“To begin withdrawing before our commanders tell us we are ready would be dangerous for Iraq, for the region and for the United States. It would mean surrendering the future of Iraq to Al Qaeda. It would mean that we’d be risking mass killings on a horrific scale. It would mean we allow for terrorists to establish a safe haven in Iraq to replace the one they lost in Afghanistan. It would mean we’d be increasing the probability that American troops would have to return at some later date to confront an enemy that is even more dangerous.” – President George W. Bush, July 12, 2007 press briefing.

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A prophetic President Bush speaks of an Iraq left without U.S. troops in 2007. (foxnews.com)

While reading of the slow build-up of troops in Iraq, I was reminded of how prophetic President George W. Bush was as he was preparing to leave office, warning of the consequences of an early withdrawal from Iraq.

The handwriting was on the wall when Vice President Joe Biden failed to secure a status of forces agreement with Iraq and President Obama pledged to remove all troops from the country. ISIS took control of a major portion of Iraq and captured cities our troops had died for earlier. Continue reading

13 hours Hillary would like us to forget

“We had four dead Americans. Was it because of a protest or because of guys out for a walk one night who decide to kill some Americans. What difference at this point does it make?” – Hillary Clinton, Jan. 23. 2013

HilarywhatdiffWhat difference at this point does it matter, Hillary? You have to be proven accountable for the loss of four American’s lives. You have to explain why you were so callus about security at Benghazi.   You have to explain why you didn’t send in the military units that were ready to go. And you have to apologize to the families of those killed for lying to them while they grieved over their losses. And, finally, you have to admit that the attack had nothing to do with a video and explain your role in concocting that myth for public consumption.

I saw the movie, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, and now, more than ever, I am convinced that Hillary Clinton is guilty of dereliction of duty. Continue reading

Another example of post office inefficiency

(NOTE: Please excuse this departure from my more serious posts.)

When I mail copies of my book, I have a habit of tracking them through delivery; a bit of due diligence.  I have noted that my books are being routed from Arizona through a sorting facility in Bell Gardens, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles, no matter where they are addressed.

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(Cartoon courtesy of Michael Ramirez, IBD,)

It was understandable that one mailing to Washington state passed through California, but recent copies mailed from Arizona to addresses in Michigan, and even those in Arizona, were routed through Bell Gardens.  My inquiry about this practice at my post office, was met with a smile, a slight chuckle and a head shake.

A friend in Tucson told me that his intra-city mail is often routed through Phoenix.

Is it any wonder why they continue to lose money?

 

A different view of the Lott/Daschle book

A read of The Wall Street Journal’s Bookshelf column, “In Praise of the Political Insider,” a review of the Lott/Daschle collaboration, Crisis Point, by Mark Salter will give you a totally different perspective than mine posted here yesterday.

Salter, a former administrative assistant to Sen. John McCain, who collaborated with the senator on several books, certainly presents a myopic view of former senators Lott and Daschle. It’s what you would expect.

Salter makes the case for insiders, bipartisanship, compromise and comity, and writes of the “authority” Messrs. Lott and Daschle acquired over a combined six decades as career legislators. In my view they got too comfortable in their positions of leadership in Washington and stopped listening to voters.

“(They) have made an astute case for a model of public service that is professional and principled, attributes that distinguished their former service. Now and then, they deserve our gratitude,” wrote Salter glowingly.  I disagree.

About National Review magazine’s decision to take down Trump as faux conservative

When I heard that the National Review was coming out against Donald Trump in its latest edition, I didn’t give it much thought. I was amused by references to it as the conservative movement’s most influential publication, which has readership of about 150,000. I used to be an avid reader of NR with a hard copy subscription, but I became dissatisfied with its direction under Rich Lowry in the late 90s and didn’t renew. I do occasionally read pieces on-line.

Today, however, I noted that while the editors penned the editorial under the cover headline, Against Trump, the magazine also lured some 20 big name conservatives to join it in trying to kill Trump’s chances of gaining the Republican nomination. Included were the likes of Mona Charon, Andrew McCarthy, Michael Medved, Katie Pavlich, John Podhoretz, Michael Mukasey, Cal Thomas, Dana Loesch and Thomas Sowell. Space doesn’t permit me to quote them here, but I recommend you read their comments on-line. Click here.

The NR struck the tone saying, “Trump is a philosophically unmoored political opportunist who would trash the broad conservative ideological consensus with the GOP in favor of a free-floating populism with strong-man overtones.” Attempting to make the case that Trump is not a conservative in the lead-up to Iowa and New Hampshire, NR says, “Trump is a menace to American conservatism who would take the work of generations and trample it underfoot in behalf of a populism as heedless and crude as the Donald himself.”

Trump responded by commenting that the National Review is “a dying paper.” I agree, but the conservative views of those mentioned above are valid and shouldn’t be ignored

 

 

A different view of the Lott/Daschle book

Lott and Daschle – Are you kidding me?

While conservative voters are trying to make up their minds to support one of the “outsiders,” who promise to overhaul Washington’s ways, or one of the senators or governors who have records of accomplishment, who returns to the scene but former Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott to tell us how to change things.

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Former Senators Tom Daschle and Trent Lott at the WBUR studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

The pair have collaborated on a book, “Crisis Point: Why We Must and How We Can Overcome Our Broken Politics in Washington and Across America,” their prescription for change.

Here we are in the midst of a political revolution, the result of an angry public disgusted with Washington DC, a president who lives by executive order, and a polarized Congress and these guys believe they have the solution.

You will remember that they formed a joint leadership during the 50-50 Senate in 2001. That worked well didn’t it. Continue reading

My book now available

Dino 2My book, One of the Last Business Dinosaurs: How I took an alternative path to business success, is now available for mail ordering.

It’s my memoir of 43 years in business communications, but I include tips on succeeding in business.  In it, I suggest that having a passion and a perseverance of excellence are important in whatever career one decides to pursue.

The book would be an ideal gift for a young person who is undecided on a career pursuit.  The 270-page book is documented with hundreds of photos and letters.

New CoverCopies are available at just $20 each by sending your check, along with your name and address to: Eldon R. Kramer, 26520 Alma School Road #801, Scottsdale, AZ 85255.