July 5, 2016

ABC Deletes Raddatz’s Inserted Reference to ‘Crooked’ Hillary While Reading Trump Tweet

Maybe, as the meme says, Donald Trump really is “living rent-free in the heads of the media and liberals everywhere.”

On Sunday’s This Week show on ABC, show host Martha Raddatz read the presumptive GOP nominee’s tweet wondering how the FBI could possibly not “recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton.” Raddatz, while reading the full tweet, said, “against crooked Hillary Clinton.” “Crooked” is Trump’s favorite adjective to describe Mrs. Clinton, strangely not used in this instance, and which the press tries to avoid like the plague. Home video posted online from the show demonstrates that Raddatz indeed said “crooked.” But the word “crooked” was deleted from an ABC affiliate’s video retrieved Tuesday morning from Grabien.com, and is also no longer included in the official show video at ABC’s web site.

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Meanwhile, Back in the Economy …

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:09 pm

… things continue to look awful in the manufacturing sector:

ZHfactoryOrdersGraph0516

The original Census Bureau report is here, with the following additional tidbits:

  • Shipments through May of this year are down 2.7 percent from the first five months of last year.
  • Orders are down 1.9 percent.
  • Unfilled orders are down 0.9 percent.
  • May inventories were down 3.1 percent from May 2015.

As has been often asked, how can GDP growth continue to be positive with data this miserable? From all appearances, the reported growth of about 2.1 percent during the last four quarters ([3.9 + 2.0 + 1.4 + 1.1] divided by 4) should be reversed.

Hillary Clinton Will Not Be Indicted For Crimes the FBI Admits She Committed (Including Full Announcement Transcript)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:48 am

Reacting to the announcement that Hillary Clinton will not be indicted for crimes the FBI director acknowledges she committed (bolds are mine):

July 5, 2016
Fairfax, Va.

Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement in response FBI Director James Comey’s statement that the FBI is not recommending that Hillary Clinton be charged with any crime for storing and disseminating classified information from her private email server:

“It is inconceivable that David Petraeus and Scooter Libby could be convicted for disseminating classified information and Hillary Clinton is getting a get out of jail free card. In 1973, Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than fire Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox gaining praise for their integrity. FBI Director James Comey’s decision to bow to political expediency erases all pretense that Lady Justice’s blindfold has not been stripped away by the Obama Administration.

“The FBI acknowledges that crimes were committed but recommends no charges as a matter of prosecutorial discretion. No greater miscarriage of justice and the rule of law can be contemplated than high officials being held to a separate standard than everyone else. The politicization of justice in the U.S. may be the most consequential of all of Obama’s fundamental transformations.”

To be clear, everybody should have know that when the news broke that Hillary and Barack Obama would be flying on Air Force One today.

And, of course, Rush was right on Friday when he said that “we’re being played.”

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UPDATE 1: Here’s the link to the Wikileaks release of Hillary Clinton emails.

UPDATE 2: FBI Director’s core claim (see below) is that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.” Tell that to all the people rotting in jails for the same and really lesser offenses.

UPDATE 3: Transcript of FBI announcement

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (070516)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: What Many of the Declaration’s Signers Endured

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

This post is a BizzyBlog tradition.

It has appeared on July 4 each year until now. Given current circumstances, especially the increased incidence of religious and political persecution throughout the world, especially of people who believe in true love and liberty, it seems more appropriate to make this a “day after” post, to remind people of what we owe those who were willing to sacrifice it all in the name of freedom. We may be called upon to do the same — hopefully in smaller ways, but at the rate things are going, who knows? If so, may we have the courage they displayed.

Go here for the story of the controversy over this column, originally written by Jeff Jacoby at the Boston Globe in July 2000.

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Fifty-Six Great Risk-Takers
By Jeff Jacoby

On July 2, 1776, the Continental Congress voted 12-0 — New York abstained — in favor of Richard Henry Lee’s resolution “that these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.”

On July 4, the Declaration of Independence drafted by Thomas Jefferson — heavily edited by Congress — was adopted without dissent. On July 8, the Declaration was publicly proclaimed in Philadelphia. On July 15, Congress learned that the New York Legislature had decided to endorse the Declaration. On Aug. 2, a parchment copy was presented to the Congress for signature. Most of the 56 men who put their name to the document did so that day.

And then?

We tend to forget that to sign the Declaration of Independence was to commit an act of treason — and the punishment for treason was death. To publicly accuse George III of “repeated injuries and usurpations,” to announce that Americans were therefore “Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown,” was a move fraught with danger — so much so that the names of the signers were kept secret for six months.

They were risking everything, and they knew it. That is the meaning of the Declaration’s soaring last sentence:

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm Reliance on the Protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

Most of the signers survived the war; several went on to illustrious careers.

Two of them became presidents of the United States, and among the others were future vice presidents, senators, and governors. But not all were so fortunate.
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