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Will Putin get a Pulitzer?
by Pat Buchanan
Jul 29, 2016 | 156 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Waving off the clerics who had come to administer last rites, Voltaire said: "All my life I have ever made but one prayer to God, a very short one: 'O Lord, make my enemies look ridiculous.' And God granted it." The tale of the thieved emails at the Democratic National Committee is just too good to be true. For a year, 74-year-old Socialist Bernie Sanders has been saying that, under DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the party has been undercutting his campaign and hauling water for Hillary Clinton. From the 19,200 emails dumped the weekend before Clinton's coronation, it appears the old boy is not barking mad. The deck was stacked; the referees were in the tank; the game was rigged. For four decades, some of us have wondered what Jim McCord, security man at CREEP, and his four Cubans were looking for in DNC Chair Larry O'Brien's office at the Watergate. Now it makes sense. Among the lovely schemes the DNC leaders worked up to gut Sanders in Christian communities of West Virginia and Kentucky, was to tell these good folks that Sanders doesn't even believe that there is a God. He's not even an agnostic; he's an atheist. The idea was broached by DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall in an email to DNC chief executive officer Amy Dacey: "Does [Bernie] believe in a God. He has skated on saying he has a Jewish heritage. I think I read he is an atheist. This could make several points difference with my peeps. My Southern Baptist peeps would draw a big difference between a Jew and atheist." Dacey emailed back, "Amen." In 1960, John F. Kennedy went before the Houston ministers to assert the right of a Catholic to be president of the United States. Is the "Marshall Plan," to quietly spread word Bernie Sanders is a godless atheist, now acceptable politics in the party of Barack Obama? If Marshall and Dacey are still around at week's end, we will know. The WikiLeaks dump came Friday night. By Sunday, Clinton's crowd had unleashed the mechanical rabbit, and the press hounds were dutifully chasing it. The new party line: The Russians did it! Clinton campaign chief Robert Mook told ABC, "experts are telling us that Russian state actors broke in to the DNC, took all these emails, and now they are leaking them out through the Web sites. ... some experts are now telling us that this was done by the Russians for the purpose of helping Donald Trump." Monday, Clinton chairman John Podesta said there is a "kind of bromance going on" between Trump and Vladimir Putin. Campaign flack Brian Fallon told CNN, "There is a consensus among experts that it is indeed Russia that is behind this hack of the DNC." Purpose: Change the subject. Redirect the media away from the DNC conspiracy to sabotage Sanders' campaign. Will the press cooperate? In 1971, The New York Times published secret documents from the Kennedy-Johnson administration on how America got involved in Vietnam. Goal: Discredit the war the Times had once supported, and undercut the war effort, now that Richard Nixon was president. The documents, many marked secret, had been illicitly taken from Defense Department files, copied, and published by the Times. America's newspaper of record defended its actions by invoking "the people's right to know" the secrets of their government. Well, do not the people have "a right to know" of sordid schemes of DNC operatives to sink a presidential campaign? Do the people not have a right to know that, in denying Sanders' charges, the leadership of the DNC was lying to him, lying to the party, and lying to the country? What did Clinton know of Wasserman Schultz's complicity in DNC cheating in the presidential campaign, and when did she know it? For publishing stolen Defense Department secrets, the Pentagon Papers, the Times got a Pulitzer Prize. If the Russians were helpful in bringing to the attention of the American people the anti-democratic business being done at the DNC, perhaps the Russians deserve similar recognition. By the Times' standard of 1971, maybe Putin deserves a Pulitzer. Undeniably, if the Russians or any foreign actors are interfering in U.S. presidential elections, we ought to know it, and stop it. But who started all this? Since the end of the Cold War, the U.S. has used cyberwarfare to sabotage centrifuges in the Iranian nuclear plant in Natanz. We have backed "color-coded" revolutions in half a dozen countries from Serbia to Ukraine to Georgia – to dump rulers and regimes we do not like, all in the name of democracy. Unsurprisingly, today, Russia, China, Egypt and even Israel are shutting down or booting out NGOs associated with the United States, and hacking into websites of U.S. institutions. We were the first "experts" to play this game. Now others know how to play it. We reap what we sow. (Daily Corinthian columnist Pat Buchanan is an American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician and broadcaster.)
One good week or bust: The Clinton dilemma
by Roger Simon
Jul 29, 2016 | 97 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hillary Clinton has never felt that lucky. Bill Clinton has always been the lucky one of the pair. If Bill had been the Titanic, the iceberg would have sunk. But now, after the Republican National Convention has come to a ragged end, the future is looking brighter for Hillary. Even Bill Daley, who knows that in politics anything can happen and usually does, is allowing himself the luxury of optimism – in small doses. "If she has a good week and she relaunches the thing, it could make the campaign," Daley said. Just one good week. Just one good, solid, semi-ordinary week is all she needs to get her presidential campaign on the right track at the Democratic National Convention. "After the convention, there is the Olympics and people are on vacation," Daley said. "Then from Labor Day, it's a nine-week dash with three debates. You get frozen for seven days before and after each debate." Few people are better-qualified than Daley to understand how politics works – or doesn't work – in this country. He has run one presidential campaign (Al Gore's, in 2000), has served in one Cabinet (Bill Clinton's, as commerce secretary, from 1997 to 2000), has been a White House chief of staff (Barack Obama's, from 2011 to 2012) and is a member of one of America's last political dynasties (a 7-year-old when his father was elected mayor of Chicago and a 41-year-old when his brother gained that office). He was the youngest child of seven. He liked hanging around at his father's elbow, and his father liked having him there. He listened and he learned. "How could they be so stupid?" he said after watching the Republicans in Cleveland last week. "If they can't run the convention, how can they run the country?" A fair question. And if the Democrats couldn't run their convention, what would it say about them? It would say the candidates could not control their own campaigns and might not be worth voting for. Hillary Clinton is experienced in political office, and Donald Trump is not, but public expectations will be about the same. "Trump will drive the campaign," Daley said. "He will drive the agenda of it." Forget about staff. Trump is not going to listen to his staff. He got himself his nomination, he believes, not his staff. And what will Clinton be watching? "Do the minorities and young people come out?" Daley said. "That's Obama's base, and the data show he's pretty popular with it. It's about her. Do the women come out? Whatever new term for 'soccer mom' is, can Hillary motivate soccer moms?" Clinton will use Trump to scare soccer moms – would you want to be stuck in an elevator with this guy? – and motivate them: A woman can become president, which is a good lesson for them and their daughters. And all she needs is just one good week. "She should win, but I don't underestimate what she faces," Daley said. "Obama has got to bring the blacks out." And why should Obama bother? "If she was to lose, Obamacare would be rolled back and immigration would be rolled back," Daley said, "but if she gets four or eight years, it's big, big, big for the president's legacy." And just as Clinton will be wooing Hispanics, African-Americans and white suburban women, Trump will be wooing white men. (No Democratic president since Lyndon Johnson has won the white vote.) But Trump's big problem is his success so far. He believes he is a political genius, because how could anybody except a political genius go from not a single day of public service to the Republican nomination for president? So his staff can get him to read an effective – if gloomy – speech for one evening. But after that? "After that, if he goes back to 'Crooked Hillary' (as he did Monday), it doesn't work," Daley said. "Trump is counting on fear – 'law and order' and everything inherent in that phrase: 'Crime is coming for you.' It worked for Nixon, but how much has it worked since then?" And the group that is Trump's core – white men – is shrinking, Daley said. "And if soccer moms stick with her, then it's tough for Trump to pull it off." Daley is fearful of what might happen if Trump were to start to attract libertarians, "but it's hard to believe they will become archconservatives," he said. And the key to it all? This one solid week – the week of the Democratic convention. "Her convention has to be positive," Daley said. "No craziness, all united, good speeches by Obama and Michelle, solid support by Bernie Sanders that will contrast with Ted Cruz – with that, it's hard to think she will lose." Today Daley is the partner in a hedge fund. Someday he could be secretary of the treasury – if Clinton wins. And when the first day of the week was over, Clinton had what she wanted. There was no craziness. Michelle Obama did a spectacular job. And Sanders came through. "I think Sanders did a good job," Daley said late Monday night. "I don't know what more he could have done. If (the battle with Clinton's forces) dies tonight, she can get back in control of the week." In his speech, Sanders said: "We need leadership in this country which will improve the lives of working families, the children, the elderly, the sick and the poor. We need leadership which brings our people together and makes us stronger – not leadership which insults Latinos and Mexicans, insults Muslims and women, African-Americans and veterans and seeks to divide us up. "By these measures, any objective observer will conclude that based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States." After Trump's acceptance speech last week, in which he attacked what he said is Clinton's legacy of "death, destruction, terrorism and weakness," she tweeted in reply: "We are better than this." There's one way to prove it. (Roger Simon is chief political columnist of politico.com, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times best selling author.)
As somebody once said
by Rheta Johnson
Jul 29, 2016 | 98 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Another heartfelt and original speech from the Republican National Convention, this one delivered by Donald J. Trump himself. Fourscore and seven weeks ago, our followers brought forth on this continent, a new candidate, conceived in casinos, and dedicated to the proposition that a sucker is born every minute. There was resistance, but he prevailed. How many fools must a man talk down, before you call him The Man? I have a dream that someday Little Rubio supporters will be walking hand in hand with that slug Jeb Bush's supporters, all to elect me, Donald J. Trump, as president of these United States, indivisible, with liberty and justice for natural-born citizens and my wives. The real job is ahead of us. Win just one for the Gipper. And remember, nice guys finish last. Read my lips! I have a dream. This land is your land, this land is my land. Happy days are here again. What is good for our country is good for Trump Enterprises, and vice versa. Remember. You heard it first here: God looks after fools, drunkards, and the United States of Donald Trump. Winning isn't everything – it's the only thing. So damn the party elite. Full speed ahead! From the sublime to slime is but a step. Victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror. Who am I? What am I doing here? Never mind. Ask not what Donald Trump can do for you; ask what you can do for Donald Trump! Being Trump means not ever having to say you're sorry. What, me worry? I don't think so. Come on in to the Trumpisphere, where all the women are strong, the men are good-looking and all my children are above average. I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color of money somewhere and don't notice it. The buck stops here. Right here in my pocket. Bottoms up on Trump wine. All we have to fear is Hillary herself! So walk softly and carry a big shtick. Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. We the people shall overcome. Yes, we can. I will accept if nominated and will not serve if elected. I am the decider! And I'm a Trump, not a chump. Our long national nightmare is just beginning. And ketchup is still a vegetable. This will no longer be a country run by the likes of Hubert Horatio Hornblower. No. It's a New Frontier, a New Deal and a New Beginning. I came, I saw, I conquered! The Eagle has landed. I will govern with my gut, not my mind, or one of those places. We will build a wall. We will build a wall. Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth. When you steal from one speaker, it's plagiarism; if you steal from many, it's research. Tempt not a desperate man. And remember the Alamo! (To find out more about Daily Corinthian columnist Rheta Grimsley Johnson and her books, visit www.rhetagrimsleyjohnsonbooks.com.)
Walker opens with 65 at stifling PGA
by The Associated Press
Jul 28, 2016 | 87 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SPRINGFIELD, N.J. -- A drab year for Jimmy Walker took a turn for the worse two weeks ago at the British Open, when he stayed in what was dubbed the "frat house" at Royal Troon with Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Justin Thomas, Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. Walker was the only one to miss the cut. He still stayed the weekend. He just stayed away from the golf course, and his clubs. How does one kill time in such a small Scottish town? "When the first guy comes back and he's ready for a cocktail, you have one," Walker said. Thursday in the PGA Championship, the drinks were on Walker. In the final major of the year, Walker finally saw enough putts to fall at Baltusrol that he matched his low score in a major with a 5-under 65 and wound up leading a major for the first time in his career. Just like that, a stale year came to life. Walker had a one-shot lead over two-time major champion Martin Kaymer, Emiliano Grillo and Ross Fisher. And for Henrik Stenson, a great year might get even better. Coming off his record performance at the British Open, the Swede had three birdies on the back nine as the sweltering heat gave way to dark clouds and 20 mph gusts. That gave him a 67, leaving him two shots behind. Stenson is trying to join Ben Hogan in 1953 as the only players to win back-to-back majors at age 40. "It's going to be a great season for me," Stenson said. "But at the same time, I want to give myself a chance to try to make it the best season." It wasn't the best of times for Dustin Johnson or Rory McIlroy. Johnson, the U.S. Open champion with a chance to go to No. 1 in the world, was in the trees, in the water and couldn't get out of a bunker. He managed only one birdie in a round of 77 that wasn't enough to beat 15 of the club pros at Baltusrol. He wasn't alone in his misery. McIlroy took 35 putts and didn't make a single birdie in his round of 74 that left him so frustrated that he returned to Baltusrol late in the day with only his putter. Walker's year has been so mediocre that he has finished within five shots of the winner only once this year, at Torrey Pines. He is on the verge of falling out of the top 50 in the world ranking and hasn't given as much thought to Ryder Cup with qualifying a month away from ending. "I feel like all year it's just been real stale and stagnant," Walker said. "It's just ebbs and flows of golf. Just haven't been scoring. ... It's frustrating. I would have loved to have had a better year than I've had so far to this point, but I know there's always time to play well at the end of the year."
Gordon returns from 80-game suspension


by The Associated Press
Jul 28, 2016 | 80 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MIAMI -- Dee Gordon walked into the Miami Marlins clubhouse four hours before game time and was greeted at his locker by a three-foot-high stack of boxes — bats, gloves, shoes and more, all new. "Three months of stuff," he said. That's how long he had been gone. Gordon returned Thursday from an 80-game suspension for a positive drug test and was in the lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals, batting leadoff and playing second base. In conjunction with his reinstatement, Gordon issued an apology on social media addressed primarily to his young fans. "I know I let you down, and I'm sorry," Gordon said in a video. "Complacency led me to this, and I'm hurt. I urge you guys to be more responsible than I am about what goes into your body. I wouldn't wish this on anyone." Gordon, who won the NL batting and stolen base titles last year, was suspended in late April after testing positive for two performance-enhancing drugs. At the time, Marlins president David Samson said Gordon had betrayed the team and fans. Now, Samson and the Marlins say they're glad to have Gordon back. "We're a pretty forgiving society," Samson said. "It's important Dee ask for that forgiveness, and he has, and he'll receive that. He's got to continue to work to get himself back in with his teammates and the fans, and my son." Teammates — even Derek Dietrich, who filled in capably at second base — have said they're glad to have Gordon return. Manager Don Mattingly said Gordon has the backing of the clubhouse and organization. "Obviously there was disappointment early on, and then you really want to support him from that point forward," Mattingly said. "He has been remorseful. He has paid his price." Gordon's father, former major league pitcher Tom Gordon, attended Thursday's game. The elder Gordon said he both scolded and embraced his son when the suspension occurred. "He has learned a lot," Tom Gordon said. "He will bounce back and be an even better person." In his video, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Gordon said he learned from his mistake. "I thought being the smallest guy, I would never fail a drug test," he said. "I didn't pay attention at all and I didn't meet the standards. That's my fault and no one else's. But don't give up on me." When Gordon was suspended, he said he unknowingly took the banned substances. Speaking to a cluster of media in the dugout before batting practice Thursday, he declined to elaborate. What lesson did he learn? "Don't be complacent just because you're small," he said. "I got complacent and made a mistake." To make room on the roster for Gordon, the Marlins designated for assignment infielder Don Kelly, who had two triples in Wednesday's victory over the Phillies. Even without Gordon, the Marlins have remained in contention for their first playoff berth since 2003. "I kept in touch with my teammates pretty much on a daily basis," Gordon said. "I told them thank you for keeping their end of the bargain. I asked them to keep it close until I got back, and that's exactly what they did. Now I've got to keep my end of the bargain. I've got to help us get to the playoffs." As part of his punishment, Gordon will be ineligible for the postseason. He rejoined the Marlins batting .266 with six steals in 21 games. Last year he led the majors with 205 hits and 58 stolen bases, batted .333, became an All-Star for the second time and won a Gold Glove. The breakout season earned him a $50 million, five-year contract in January. Is he optimistic he'll play the way he did last year?
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