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Excuse du jour: Hillary Clinton ‘victim’ of ‘assumption I was going to win’

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 18:41

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton’s still handling her election loss like Mortimer Duke desperately pleading with the NYSE to “turn these machines back on” at the end of Trading Places. Today Clinton again blamed Comey, Russia and the DNC, but added to the excuse list a claim that she was perceived as being too awesome:

Clinton, interviewed onstage in California at a tech conference by Recode’s Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, made a point to say that she took responsibility for her campaign and “every choice” she made, as she has in other public appearances this year. “But,” she said, “that’s not why I lost.”
[…]
The attitude toward her campaign, she posited, was a result of the assumption that she would defeat Donald Trump, and she said it hurt her.

“I was the victim of a very broad assumption that I was going to win,” she said.

Hillary followed that up by claiming she wasn’t among those who “assumed” she was going to win — which would mean she didn’t go to Wisconsin out of stupidity instead of arrogance.

But at least Hillary’s comedy chops are still on point:

Hillary Clinton suggests Dems may have to lie to win elections https://t.co/wXiZzcf6QL pic.twitter.com/aAmIIcYrCI

— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 31, 2017

Her self-awareness remains on its decades-long walk in the woods.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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A Conservative Mom Breaks the Pot Taboo

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:52

A Conservative Mom Breaks the Pot Taboo
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

Let’s talk about marijuana.

Specifically, let’s talk about how and why I came to be one of the countless parents across America (and around the world) who have let their chronically ill children try it.

A groundbreaking new study published last week in the New England Journal of Medicine reported on the health benefits of cannabidiol for children with epilepsy. The randomized, double-blind, controlled study found that among children with Dravet syndrome taking cannabidiol, the decrease in the frequency of convulsive seizures was 23 percentage points greater than the decrease in seizures among children taking a placebo.

Cannabidiol is one of hundreds of chemical components found in cannabis plants. Unlike THC, the most famous of marijuana’s compounds, CBD is nonhallucinogenic and nonaddictive. It doesn’t make you high. CBD can be extracted from hemp and sold as an oil. That’s what the pioneering Stanley Brothers of Boulder, Colorado, did several years ago when they conceived and manufactured “Charlotte’s Web” — named after Charlotte Figi, a Colorado Springs girl with Dravet syndrome whose seizures dramatically decreased after using CBD.

Until now, evidence of marijuana’s benefits for pediatric epilepsy patients has been largely anecdotal. The new CBD study, led by researchers at the NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, is a hugely significant development because it uses the scientific gold standard of a randomized controlled trial. Other limited clinical trials involving CBD have explored the drug’s therapeutic benefits for pediatric patients with conditions ranging from anxiety to movement disorders to inflammatory diseases, multiple sclerosis and cancer.

My own interest in pediatric use of medicinal marijuana is more than academic.

When my daughter, Veronica, fell ill in late spring of 2015 — unable to breathe normally, bedridden with chronic pain and fatigue — she saw dozens of specialists. Among those doctors was a leading neurologist at one of Denver’s most well-regarded hospitals who treated intractable cases. The various drugs prescribed to my daughter weren’t working and had awful side effects.

One of them, a potent anti-epileptic drug called Trileptal, was supposed to treat the severe motor tic that left her gasping for air nonstop for months. But Trileptal ended up causing extreme loss of appetite, more fatigue and temporary dystonia, while doing nothing to alleviate the tics. The constant jerking of her body caused one of my daughter’s hypermobile shoulders to dislocate multiple times a day — increasing her pain and anxiety.

To our surprise, the mainstream neurologist suggested Veronica try CBD. This doctor had other young patients who used CBD oil with positive results, but she could not directly prescribe it because of her hospital affiliation. So we did our own independent research, talked to a Colorado Springs family whose son had great success using CBD to treat his Crohn’s disease symptoms, consulted with other medical professionals and friends — and entered a whole new world.

Two physicians signed off on our daughter’s application for a medical marijuana card. She became one of more than 360 children under 18 to join Colorado’s medical marijuana registry in 2015.

And we became pediatric pot parents.

For Veronica, CBD provided more relief than all the other mainstream pharmaceutical interventions she had endured, and without the scary side effects. But ultimately, it was a temporary remedy for her complicated basket of neurological and physiological conditions. We were glad for the chance to try CBD at the recommendation of medical professionals, and glad that so many other families are having success with it.

Our experience showed us the importance of increasing therapeutic choices in the marketplace for all families — and trusting doctors and patients to figure out what works best.

It flies in the face of current science to classify CBD oil as a Schedule I drug, as the feds did at the end of 2016. Nor does it make sense to draw the line at CBD if some patients and doctors believe that the benefits of using THC therapeutically outweigh the potential harm.

As a lifelong social conservative, my views on marijuana policy may surprise some of you.

I used to be a table-pounding crusader for the government’s war on drugs. When I worked in Seattle in the 1990s, I initially opposed efforts to legalize medical marijuana. I also opposed efforts to loosen restrictions on conducting studies on the potential therapeutic effects of using marijuana.

But the war on drugs has been a ghastly quagmire — an expensive and selective form of government paternalism that has done far more harm than good. What has this trillion-dollar war wrought?

Overcrowded jails teeming with nonviolent drug offenders. An expanded police state enriched by civil asset forfeiture. And marginalization of medical researchers pursuing legitimate research on marijuana’s possible therapeutic benefits for patients with a wide variety of illnesses.

The Trump administration has sent mixed signals on a medical marijuana crackdown.

So let me be clear as a liberty-loving, conservative mom: Keep your hands off. Let the scientists lead. Limited government is the best medicine.

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Meanwhile, an ex-Gitmo detainee has been re-detained (guess why)

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 09:47

**Written by Doug Powers

It seems that we’ve seen this story before and probably will again for quite some time:

A former Guantanamo Bay inmate is among six people from an alleged jihadi recruiting network linked to the Islamic State group who were detained on Tuesday, a French judicial source said.

Among the suspects arrested was Sabir Mahfouz Lahmar, who was freed from the U.S. detention center in Cuba in 2009 after France agreed to accept him, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the case.

Obviously the reminder from John Kerry that former Gitmo detainees who return to jihad are “not supposed to be doing that” might not have been enough (go figure!).

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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Kathy Griffin: The bloodiest beclowning

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 21:57

So much for “When they go low, we go high.”

Thirsty troll of the year Kathy Griffin got the attention she craved today after posing with a bloody Trump head.

Now, she has issued a fauxpology.

It is phony because she never actually apologizes to our president and because she is only apologizing in the face of a bipartisan backlash.

I am sorry. I went too far. I was wrong. pic.twitter.com/LBKvqf9xFB

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) May 30, 2017

CNN, which has embraced Griffin’s foul-mouthed schtick for years for New Year’s ratings, is suddenly appalled. Spare me. This is a woman who simulated oral sex on Anderson Cooper on its “news” network, after all.

New: CNN says Kathy Griffin photo “disgusting and offensive.” Says it is “evaluating our New Year’s Eve coverage….” Statement:: pic.twitter.com/u5rtj86Ty2

— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) May 31, 2017

For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.

— Anderson Cooper (@andersoncooper) May 31, 2017

I don’t know who the bigger casualties of this bloodiest beclowning are:Kathy Griffin and her fake BJ pal Anderson Cooper…or their bosses at CNN and elite liberal journo allies who make a living hectoring the Right about civility and tolerance?

The Left’s assassination fascination has been out of control for years. I repeat:

From “Kill Bush” to #AssassinateTrump, the naked hypocrisy of the “love and peace” left is on full display. Spare us the lectures about diversity, tolerance and safe spaces. Look in the mirror. Put down the haterade. Seek help.

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8th graders who snubbed Paul Ryan sound remarkably like DNC talking points

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 13:42

**Written by Doug Powers

According to some media reports, last Friday about 100 8th graders refused to take a picture with Speaker Paul Ryan during their visit to DC. Some buses were still en route at the time and the reports are based on student accounts, so who knows what the actual number is. Odds that the kids who did snub Ryan did so unprompted by anybody else: Low:

Elissa Malespina, a school librarian who is also the parent of a SOMS eighth grader, reported that her son was among the students who declined to pose with Ryan for a photo.

“I am so proud of my son,” Malespina wrote on Facebook.

The kids gave reasoned opinions for their choice — and said they were not fueled by partisanship.

I have little doubt these students were not fueled by partisanship. It sounds more like they might have been fueled by some parents/teachers and DNC talking points memos, because that’s exactly what this sounds like:

“I think that taking the picture represents that you agree with the same political views and I don’t agree with his political views so I chose not to be in it,” said Wendy Weeks, an 8th grade SOMS student.

“I can’t take a picture with someone who supports a budget that would destroy public education and would leave 23 million people without healthcare,” said 8th grade SOMS student Matthew Malespina.

“I didn’t want to be in [the picture] because he believes in most of what Trump believes in,” said another SOMS 8th grader, Louisa Maynard-Parisi.
[…]
Matthew’s mom said she supported her son’s decision. “I am proud of my son and all the other students who chose to respectfully not to participate in the photograph with Speaker Ryan,” wrote Elissa Malespina, in a message to Village Green. “My son does not believe in the policies that Speaker Ryan believes and does not want to be associated in any way with him or his policies. It is his right as a citizen to do so and I commend him and his fellow students for doing so in a respectful way. Listen to the children they get it.”

Bright futures writing DNC press releases (or reading from them as it were) await:

“It’s not just a picture,” student Matthew Malespina told ABC News. “It’s being associated with a person who puts his party before his country.”

When he learned of his school’s impending photo op with Ryan, Malespina texted his mother he’s “just not going to do it.”

“The point was, ‘I don’t want to be associated with him, and his policies and what he stands for,’” Matthew’s mother Elissa Malespina said.

That sounds like it could have come straight from Chuck Schumer. And who knows — maybe it did.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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Oops: Rep. Keith Ellison’s opinion of Obamacare sure has evolved

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 05/30/2017 - 11:28

**Written by Doug Powers

In 2012, Rep. Keith Ellison was beyond complimentary when it came to the Affordable Care Act:

As far as I’m aware, Obamacare remains the law of the land. However, fast forward the tape to a couple days ago when the Minnesota congressman inadvertently kicked the former president’s signature “achievement” right in the mouth:

Ellison deleted that after a while. Gee, I wonder why…

Deleted now, but Keith Ellison evidently forgot who exactly designed our current healthcare system pic.twitter.com/po0FkpNb0S

— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) May 30, 2017

“Forgot” temporarily, and then after being reminded Ellison deleted that tweet so fast you’d have thought it was an invitation to Trump’s inauguration.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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Memorial Day 2017

Michelle Malkin - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 22:50


Cox and Forkum

***

Here’s Civil War Gen. John Logan’s Order Number 11 designating “Decoration Day,” the foundation of Memorial Day. Excerpt:

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, “of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from hishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

***

Taps

Day is done,
gone the sun,
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Go to sleep,
peaceful sleep,
May the soldier
or sailor,
God keep.
On the land
or the deep,
Safe in sleep.

Love, good night,
Must thou go,
When the day,
And the night
Need thee so?
All is well.
Speedeth all
To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar
Goeth day,
And the stars
Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone,
Night is on.

Thanks and praise,
For our days,
‘Neath the sun,
Neath the stars,
‘Neath the sky,
As we go,
This we know,
God is nigh.

***
Words and men I’ll never forget:

“Others have died for my freedom, now this is my mark.” – Cpl. Jeffrey B. Starr.

“He knew what he was fighting for.” – father of Lt. Michael P. Murphy.

“He felt that what we were doing was just and right.” – Charles Cummings, father of fallen hero Army PFC Branden Cummings, who died in an IED attack in Diyala, Iraq.

“I genuinely believe the United States Army is a force of good in this world.” – 2LT Mark Daily.

Remember the heroes of Camp Bastion.

***
The Sheepdogs by Russ Vaughn

Most humans truly are like sheep
Wanting nothing more than peace to keep
To graze, grow fat and raise their young,
Sweet taste of clover on the tongue.
Their lives serene upon Life’s farm,
They sense no threat nor fear no harm.
On verdant meadows, they forage free
With naught to fear, with naught to flee.
They pay their sheepdogs little heed
For there is no threat; there is no need.
To the flock, sheepdog’s are mysteries,
Roaming watchful round the peripheries.
These fang-toothed creatures bark, they roar
With the fetid reek of the carnivore,
Too like the wolf of legends told,
To be amongst our docile fold.
Who needs sheepdogs? What good are they?
They have no use, not in this day.
Lock them away, out of our sight
We have no need of their fierce might.
But sudden in their midst a beast
Has come to kill, has come to feast
The wolves attack; they give no warning
Upon that calm September morning
They slash and kill with frenzied glee
Their passive helpless enemy
Who had no clue the wolves were there
Far roaming from their Eastern lair.
Then from the carnage, from the rout,
Comes the cry, “Turn the sheepdogs out!”
Thus is our nature but too our plight
To keep our dogs on leashes tight
And live a life of illusive bliss
Hearing not the beast, his growl, his hiss.
Until he has us by the throat,
We pay no heed; we take no note.
Not until he strikes us at our core
Will we unleash the Dogs of War
Only having felt the wolf pack’s wrath
Do we loose the sheepdogs on its path.
And the wolves will learn what we’ve shown before;
We love our sheep, we Dogs of War.

Russ Vaughn
2d Bn, 327th Parachute Infantry Regiment
101st Airborne Division
Vietnam 65-66

Background here.

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The GOP Needs Presidential Coattails

Karl Rove - Wed, 12/02/2015 - 20:00

Republican senators in purple states are watching the GOP presidential primary with more than a passing interest. Their jobs—and the Republicans’ 54-46 Senate majority—depend on it.

A Senate candidate can run only so far ahead of the party’s presidential ticket. Take the 2000 election, when Republicans’ 54-46 majority was eroded by a net loss of four seats. Three incumbent GOP senators (Delaware’s Bill Roth, Michigan’s Spencer Abrahamand Washington state’s Slade Gorton) lost in states carried by Al Gore, despite running between 1.8% and 4% ahead of George W. Bush. They outpolled their party’s nominee, but not by enough to win.

Four years later, President Bush’s coattails helped his party rebuild its majority. Ten Republican senators were elected while trailing the president’s performance in their states, for a net GOP gain of four seats.

In the past two presidential contests, the Republican ticket’s downward pull on the party’s Senate candidates was pronounced. In 2008 Republican incumbents lost in New Hampshire and Oregon, despite running ahead of John McCain. The GOP incumbent also lost in Minnesota, where Democrat Al Franken ran more than a dozen percentage points behind Barack Obama.

To read the full article, please visit WSJ.com.

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Terrorism Becomes A Campaign Issue

Karl Rove - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 20:00

The magnitude and malevolence of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, combined with President Obama’s pathetic reaction, are guaranteed to deeply affect America’s presidential contest. The question is which candidate is best prepared to take on the president’s fecklessness.

Mr. Obama’s news conference Monday in Turkey was stunning. He called the Paris attacks—which French President François Hollande has declared an “act of war”—a mere “setback” in the campaign against Islamic State, also known as ISIS. He urged reporters not to “lose sight that there has been progress being made.”

In an interview that aired the morning of the massacre, the president declared that ISIS had been “contained.” When pressed Monday on whether he had underestimated its strength, or whether the U.S. needs to change its strategy, Mr. Obama grew petulant. “If folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do, present a specific plan,” he said.

The president even said he is not interested in “pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning”—“slogans,” he called them.

The president claimed to “have been mounting a very aggressive strategy” against ISIS. But this week the French bombed ISIS facilities in Syria after the U.S. supplied their coordinates—so why hadn’t Mr. Obama’s campaign lit up these targets earlier?

To read the full article, please visit WSJ.com.

 

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A Good Debate, But Not For Trump

Karl Rove - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 20:00

Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was the best so far. The moderators emphasized substance and the candidates complied, most doing themselves some good — the biggest exception being Donald Trump.

Four contenders again put in fine performances: In the main debate, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; in the preliminary round, Gov. Chris Christie.

A naturally gifted performer, Mr. Rubio came off as visionary and knowledgeable, an agent of change focused on the future. He was fluid on economics and answered a foreign-policy attack by Sen. Rand Paul with a global tour de force.

Polished by years of college debate, Mr. Cruz had the night’s best line. He said that immigration is an economic issue, and that the politics around it would “be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande. Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.”

To read the full article, please visit WSJ.com.

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