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Trump is Not Guilty of Obstruction of Justice: The case as to how Comey broke the law and is the real villian

Before anyone says that the legal opinions provided here are not valid, because I’m not a practicing lawyer, let me just say this.  It is not good to be overly specialized in one particular field of endeavor. Every person should make themselves well versed in many aspects of human society and its inventions—and law is one of those inventions.  It is just as good to know the basics of the legal profession as it is to know how to change the oil in your car.  The declaration that one should not have a legal position because they aren’t playing golf with county judges on Saturdays doesn’t mean that opinions of great merit cannot be made.  But in my case I do have quite a lot of legal experience in law even to the point of representing myself in court because I deemed legal counsel ill-equipped intellectually to do so on my behalf.  And I have always been successful in these endeavors even when the other side threw in a lot of resources hoping to tip the scales of justice.  In that context I can say with certainty that Donald J. Trump absolutely can never be prosecuted, impeached, or in any way penalized for obstruction of justice in the White House over the James Comey termination.  Trump is free of guilt 100%–unequivocally.  Here’s why.

Clearly from the testimony I heard James Comey give Trump fired the former FBI director based on merit—meaning Comey had failed at his job.  When Comey started his testimony rehashing his work experience using the many times that President Trump had told him he was doing a good job, he was seeking to cover-up the later opinions which led to the termination with feel good language designed to illicit a cover-story—which is typical of most government employees who find it difficult to live within the parameters of reality.  Government work tends not to be merit based, but viewed more as an entitlement—so Comey’s testimony was geared to support that false reality.

Putting Comey’s account into direct comparison with Donald Trump’s—if I were the judge sitting in a chamber debating the legal positions put forth I would have to conclude that Comey was insecure with his job performance during the fall of 2016 and his new boss was a merit based individual which was terrifying enough to the FBI Director.  So Comey hoped to keep his head low and avoid any confrontations with Trump.  To secure his job he let it float that he was going to conduct an investigation into the Russian connection to ensure that Trump would never fire him for fear that the optics would look terrible.  This is why Comey agreed to help the Obama administration spy on Trump’s transition team hoping to gather up some evidence to use in case the new president decided to pull the plug on Comey’s remaining six year’s appointment as director of the FBI.

Upon meeting Trump, Comey realized that dealing with the star of The Apprentice for 14 seasons was going to be a lot tougher than the former community activist, Barack Obama was.  Obama had to completely rely on other people to make value judgments making Comey much more important in discussing matters of intelligence gathering.  Trump on the other hand had his own opinions about things—and knew how to read people and make value judgments completely free of other people’s opinions.  This really worried Director Comey because as a person—he was functioning from deep insecurities regarding his masculinity—likely cultivated through his years working closely with other Washington D.C. types in that bubble of the Beltway where rules were known and unconsciously followed.  Trump was a departure of that thinking and had earned his way through life on his own merit which made Comey very uncomfortable due to his own lack of such experiences.

This is why Comey felt he could clear the room in a December meeting for a one on one discussion with the new President—because the FBI director had the institution of the FBI at his back and felt he could trust it to protect him from someone like Trump. But with each subsequent meeting thereafter Comey realized that Trump was reading him too well.  The dinner invites and other discussions on the phone and elsewhere revealed that the now President Trump had doubts about the Obama appointee.  Making matters even worse, likely, Comey had been listening to the Trump people at Trump Tower in New York and knew Trump’s true opinion of the FBI Director.  Trump, like he would anybody in business, was sizing up Comey to decide if he wanted to continue having his FBI led by such a guy—because he wanted to make his own mark and put his own kind of person in place.  So when Trump shook Comey’s hand where Trump would say—“you’re doing a good job,” Comey suspected otherwise either by direct evidence from spying on Trump, or from his own knowledge that this new president had the skills to sniff him out in a crowd for being not very effective in his job.

Trump appears to have been vetting Comey from the start.  He was willing to give the FBI Director a fair shake because some of the timing of the Comey comments on the Hillary Clinton email scandal did help Trump in the election.  But Comey obviously was not a Trump supporter and the way the big man avoided eye contact and shook hands concerned Trump.  Comey was too sneaky to be trusted so Trump’s many personal meetings with Comey were like the boardroom on The Apprentice—to assess the merit of the FBI Director to decide what to do with him.  The assurances that Comey had been doing a good job were to put his mind at ease so that Trump could really get to know the man on a basic competency level.  Through those meetings Trump learned that most of what Comey was had been purely show and that competency at the level of his job heading the FBI just wasn’t there.  Obama might have liked Comey—but what did he know?  Trump wasn’t a fan and by February was leaning away from keeping the Director on as an appointee to the President.

When Trump asked the room to clear in the Oval Office to speak directly to Director Comey just days after Trump had to fire General Flynn, at one level the President was seeking relief for his friend—who had been through enough of a witch hunt from the press over the whole Russian thing.  Yes, Flynn had lied to get the job, but Trump being a loyal guy wanted to let the General recover in peace from further scrutiny.  Plus Trump didn’t want dark clouds to interrupt all the optimistic things he wanted to do as president.  But more than anything, Trump wanted to strip away the various institutions that people like Comey rely on to hide their lack of competency and he wanted to speak to the man one on one knowing that many of the leaks that had been coming out of the various intelligence agencies were pointing directly to Comey. So having all that stripped away, Trump wanted to be sure that the man standing in front of him was really a sleaze ball who was still very sympathetic to the Obama administration and had botched the case with Hillary Clinton to make his Beltway friends happy with him during cocktail hour with back slaps and future dinner invites.  Comey knew enough about people to know that the president could see through the careful façade he had constructed over his many years of public service—so he was naturally uncomfortable.

After the meeting Trump made up his mind—he just needed to find the right time. Trump and Comey never spoke together again after April 11th.  And it was after the Comey testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on May 3rd that Trump had heard enough.  During that testimony Comey admitted that it made him “mildly nauseous” to think that the FBI had affected the 2016 election and that he failed to prosecute Hillary Clinton because of pressure he had received from Loretta Lynch.  Comey’s testimony showed a FBI Director who made bad decisions based on political pressure and that was all Trump needed to terminate Comey’s employment which occurred on May 9th—a few days after the Senate testimony.  Trump had given Comey a shot and the news just kept getting worse the more the President had dug—really leaving no other choice.

Thus, the termination of James Comey from the FBI had nothing to do with the Russian case.  By Comey’s own testimony to the Senate on June 8th 2017, he stated that his termination would have no impact on the Russian case—that the FBI work would still be done with or without him.  That means that the termination could never have been about the investigation, but was always about the merit of the work Comey had done as director.  If the termination had no impact by the admission of the person who had been removed, and his own testimony revealed that Trump had never asked to have the Russian investigation terminated—then there was never anything close to obstruction of justice.  Trump had simply rooted out a drain in the swamp that once he pulled it, a lot of things hidden were suddenly visible.  Comey was one of those drains holding back a lot of swampy water and once removed, the slimy water of the Beltway went down the drain exposing a lot of crazy critters who needed concealment to survive.  And now they didn’t have it. They screamed “obstruction of justice” to regain those hiding places, but nobody was biting and now they all have a lot of trouble.  So with all that said, only five months into a new presidency full of contention and conflict from the other political side, Trump successfully found the drain on the swamp—and he pulled it—and James Comey turned out to be a big part of what was wrong.  It didn’t take the new president very long to figure it out—just as James Comey had feared after the first direct meeting he had with President-elect Trump in December.

Trump is innocent of obstruction of justice, and Comey is guilty of leaking classified information with access to the highest office and placing it in the hands of a Columbia college professor to leak to The New York Times.  If Comey thought his termination was a bad day—he hasn’t seen anything yet.  There are many more bad days coming because the person who broke the law wasn’t Trump—it was Comey and his swamp who have now been exposed like never before—and it is an ugly sight indeed.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-james-comey-timeline/

Rich Hoffman

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Tim Klaine is a “Weird Little Dude”: The DNC is a complete joke

This is classic Trump and why he will make a great negotiator around the world as President of the United States.  While there was chaos at the DNC convention in Philadelphia, Trump and his vice presidential nominee, Mike Pence were campaigning in Roanoke, Virginia.  Trump gave his opinion of Hillary Clinton’s pick for VP, Tim Kaine.  He called him a “weird little dude.”  If you missed it you can see it at that 1 minute 50 mark of the following video.

Hey, Tim Kaine is corrupt, his track record is the proof—and yet that is the best the democrats could come up with—which is extraordinarily pathetic.  All last week democrats and the press that are their surrogates did nothing but make fun of republicans—and honestly, I took it personally.  So I love a guy who says what I’m thinking, and Tim Kaine is a “weird little dude.”  The DNC is a complete joke, and they are showing the world why they suck.  And I love it.  Republicans traditionally are much better managers and the conventions show it—and this displays why republicans and democrats just don’t belong in the same country.  I’m just glad that Trump is the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to call people crooked and weird little dudes—because they are.

Rich Hoffman

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Matt Clark HAS HAD IT: Slowing the demise of the Republic one broadcast at a time.

 

As you can see from the picture Matt used on his Saturday May 7th 2016 broadcast he’s a little concerned about the direction of our country.  About three-quarters into the hour-long show which he does each week on WAAM radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan I came on to add a little color.  For your own sanity dear reader, you should listen to it now, then pass it along to a friend.  It may well just save your life with a small dose of sanity at a key time in our American history.

https://soundcloud.com/clarkcast/can-we-still-save-the-republic-5-7-16-podcast

Matt and I are doing an entire hour together this upcoming Saturday and it will be live, so if you’d like to listen or call in, you can catch the show at 1 PM at this link.

http://www.waamradio.com/

Just click on the live link and listen.

Rich Hoffman

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A Guide To Dealing with Trump Protesters: Taking lessons from the great film classic, ‘Dirty Harry’

Now that he’s obviously the most serious Republican contender for the White House, the protests against Donald Trump have escalated dramatically.  It is the last-ditch effort of all statist minded people to use collective protests to demonize individual effort.  We see it in labor union disputes over collective bargaining agreements, we see it in boycotts of businesses by liberal groups—look what they’ve done to poor Sea World, and we see it in politics—when change agents want to have an impact on culture—they use the mob to protest effort to essentially stop progress.  It has been the playbook of the political left for many years and was most effective in the Soviet Union during the early 1900s as Marxists used protests to usher in communism.  Ever since, especially in the 1960s, Marxists have turned to protest to stop management of any given issue for the purpose of pulling the Overton Window continually to the political left.  No Republican except for Ronald Reagan has effectively stepped beyond the reach of protests leaving conservatives in the United States defenseless against the Marxist strategy so explicitly outlined in the Karl Marx book, The Communist Manifesto.  Now the frustration among those left-leaning insurgents is in a near panic mode as they have run up against a Republican candidate in Donald Trump who seems to love the conflict and his supporters who know that this is the best shot they are likely to get in their lifetimes to stand their ground against the Marxist sympathizers are fighting back.

It is unlikely that CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC along with all the network outlets think of themselves as Marxists.  Their college training and public educations disguised the political philosophy behind Democratic politics and otherwise liberal thinking—so unless they understand history—they wouldn’t know. Most news reporters and news anchors lean-to the left—even Bill O’Reilly—compared to mainstream America—so they have a natural sympathy for the efforts of the protestors against someone controversial figures like Donald Trump.  But Trump, being a master communicator knows exactly what to say and how to say it—especially on camera.  If he needs to use three syllable words, he does it.  If he needs to use four letter words to make his point—he does that too—and so far he has been able to withstand everything that the political left has thrown at him.  He is the new brand of ironside that is unsinkable as Republican candidate and his supporters are eager to rush to his aid to help him through the gauntlet.

Before the Trump rally in West Chester, Ohio recently a friend of mine and I were in the front row just at the corner of a townhall style event.  Trump was literally 11 feet from our seats and between us were two layers of Secret Service.  I was seated on the aisle and my friend was just across it from my position.  We joked that if protestors were going to try to rush the stage, they would have to get through us—because we were best in position to stop it.  Sure enough, two protestors about 15 minutes into the Trump event came down the aisle and were coming right by me.  I looked them in the eye—there were two of them, a woman carrying a Bernie Sanders socialist sign and a guy behind her trying to chant down Trump before the crowd had a chance to react.  They were approaching the stage.   Looking at them both soaking wet they might have weighted about 200 pound together, so it wouldn’t have taken anything to throw them like a Frisbee out of the place.   I looked in eyes of a guy just behind my friend who was about 6’ 7” and was covered with tattoos who wanted to eat some red meat—he was ready to decimate somebody to protect his presidential candidate—his emotional investment.  Trump was in no danger.  I knew a Secret Service agent had moved just a bit to my right so he wasn’t standing in front of me—out of courtesy to me–so I knew he would easily have control of the situation.  The protestors came right up and stopped next to me and quickly law enforcement grabbed them and removed the two quickly. I could have easily grabbed the two, and made the news by justifiably protecting Trump—but there was plenty of security and there was no need for the audience to get into the mix.  The protestors were clearly in the wrong and the law was clearly on our side.  If I had grabbed them as a civilian, things would have gotten a little murkier, so my friend and I stayed out of it—for the most part.

The trick of the protesters—which is to them a self-sacrificial enterprise—they wanted to get arrested—they wanted to get beat up—they wanted to become victims so that they could advance their cause.  They intend to use guilt to leverage against their opposition.  Lucky for conservatives in this case—Donald Trump does not feel guilt—so he continues on in spite of their efforts.  The protesters are essentially doing exactly what the Scorpio character was doing in the great cop drama by Clint Eastwood way back in the early 70s, called Dirty Harry.  Scorpio was the villain of the movie and Dirty Harry had gained leverage on him by following him all over to harass him—keeping him from committing more crimes—which liberalized laws had prevented him from being charged with.  Scorpio paid a person to beat him up so that the blame would fall on Dirty Harry—which is exactly what happened.  This freed up Scorpio to commit more crime until finally Harry essentially quite the police so he could shoot and kill Scorpio after the left leaning terrorist hijacked a school bus full of children.  Protestors especially at Trump rallies are after the same kind of thing.  They can’t beat the message—so they want to get beat up so they can extract sympathy and get the light off their Marxist antics.

It’s not that so-called-blacks, Hispanics, or any other progressive voting blocs are bad people because of the color of their skin or that “white America” has an aversion to their place in American culture—it’s that their foundation beliefs about how a society should be run has been shaped by Marxism.  The left uses these voting blocs as weapons of insurrection to become change agents from capitalism to socialism.  That is clearly understood by a majority of the American people—especially in the flyover states.   Until Trump there wasn’t any mainstream defender against that act.  We remember how John McCain in 2008 defended Barack Obama from conservative pundits who used with emphasis of the middle name Hussein to point to a possible Islamic connection.  McCain lost that election–embarrassingly.  We saw Mitt Romney come out swinging in one debate and obviously had Obama on the ropes—then in the next backed off over guilt over his wealth, his hiring of women, and the perceived notion that in the last debate—he attacked a black man as president over allegations of racism.  Mitt Romney lost.  Now Trump backs down from nothing and people feel invested to defend him when he’s attacked—and that is understandable if the context of what has been against American culture is clearly understood.

However, the best way to beat the protesters is to let the Secret Service do their jobs.  Use your brain.  If protesters are just carrying signs and making a ruckus—let the police come and take them away.  If they bring weapons and intend to do harm, that is something else.  Quick action is necessary to delay trouble before the police can get there.  But if they are just blocking roads, and making an ass of themselves, let the police and the cameras do the work.  Don’t give them the sympathy they seek to invoke change.  The worst thing that can happen to these Marxist sympathizers in both the media, in politics and in the protesters themselves is that a Trump rally happens at all—the fact that an unapologetic person like Trump is speaking on behalf of the flyover states is something that hasn’t happened since flight was invented.  It’s a big deal to have Donald Trump as a candidate doing what he’s doing—and I love that it makes so many on the left infuriated.  Now they know how I’ve felt for forty years of watching elections—welcome to the club!  The best way to beat them is to consume them utterly with ineffectiveness.  The rallies need to go on.  Just don’t fall for the Scorpio trick.  If you need to review that old cop drama just watch the clips above.  It’s an old movie, but some things never change and those old Clint Eastwood films were very good at painting a picture of the kind of politics that shaped the 60s, 70s, and 80s which documented properly the Marxist movement in America by insurgents who wanted to change it.

If you are at a Trump rally, let the professionals handle it—unless you can determine that the bad guys really intend harm.  In my case it was easy.  Those two protesters in West Chester weren’t a risk.  But you can bet I weighed all that out in the 1.5 seconds I had to make the call as they moved toward the stage where Trump was speaking.  If they are just yelling and holding up signs, they are harmless and Trump has a right to throw them out of his private event.  So let that process happen.  But if they intend harm, like that guy in Dayton clearly did, then a further step of prevention may be necessary.  These are bad people—treat them as such and tread carefully.  Understand what their objective is, and keep them from having it.  Don’t fall for their tricks because they will get worse.  We have to have this fight now.  Failure to have this fight might mean a much worse fight later.  Save lives—let’s get this over with.  The right people need to win for a change.

Rich Hoffman

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A Controversial Chuck Yeager Endorsement of Donald Trump: Whether or not he did or didn’t is irrelevant

There is some debate about whether or not Chuck Yeager actually put the following endorsement of Donald Trump up on his Facebook account.  Yeager is someone I personally admire, and I’ve been a fan of him for most of my life.  He’s certainly one of the greatest American heroes we have, not only as a World War II ace fighter pilot, but as a test pilot, most spectacularly being the first person to break the speed of sound. Reading this endorsement it sounded like him.  But, he is a military man, and I can see a scenario where he might have posted it but was told to take it down for all the same reasons that Mitt Romney came out against Donald Trump.  Regardless of its authenticity, it does make a very compelling case in favor of Donald Trump and is worth consideration ahead of the upcoming statewide primaries across the nation.  I’m inclined to believe that Chuck Yeager believes what is aforementioned written, but the words are worth their weight free of official endorsement because they capture the essence quite well of what the Donald Trump phenomena is really about.  God bless the World War II generation for their logic and resolve.

Chuck Yeager’s endorsement is printed below, in full.

Donald Trump……..who he REALLY is….The criticisms of Trump are amazingly missing something. They are lacking in negative stories from those who work for him or have had business dealings with him. After all the employees he’s had and all the business deals he’s made there is a void of criticism. In fact, long term employees call him a strong and merciful leader and say he is far more righteous and of high integrity than people may think.

And while it may surprise many, he’s actually humble when it comes to his generosity and kindness. A good example is a story that tells of his limo breaking down on a deserted highway outside of New York City. A middle-aged couple stopped to help him and as a thank you he paid off their mortgage, but he didn’t brag about that. Generous and good people rarely talk of charity they bestow on others. But as much as all this is interesting, the real thing that people want to know is what Donald Trump’s plan is for America. It’s funny how so many people say they don’t know what it is, or they act like Trump is hiding it. The information is readily available if people would just do a little homework. But, since most Americans won’t do their own research, here, in no particular order, is an overview of many of Trump’s positions and plans:

1.) Trump believes that America should not intervene militarily in other country’s problems without being compensated for doing so. If America is going to risk the lives of our soldiers and incur the expense of going to war, then the nations we help must be willing to pay for our help. Using the Iraq War as an example, he cites the huge monetary expense to American taxpayers (over $1.5 trillion, and possibly much more depending on what sources are used to determine the cost) in addition to the cost in human life. He suggests that Iraq should have been required to give us enough of their oil to pay for the expenses we incurred. He includes in those expenses the medical costs for our military and $5 million for each family that lost a loved one in the war and $2 million for each family of soldiers who received severe injuries.

2.) Speaking of the military, Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense. He has said he wants to find the General Patton or General MacArthur that could lead our military buildup back to the strength it needs to be. While he hasn’t said it directly that I know of, Trump’s attitude about America and about winning tells me he’d most likely be quick to eliminate rules of engagement that handicap our military in battle. Clearly Trump is a “win at all costs” kind of guy, and I’m sure that would apply to our national defense and security, too.

3.) Trump wants a strong foreign policy and believes that it must include 8 core principles (which seem to support my comment in the last point):
American interests come first. Always. No apologies.
Maximum firepower and military preparedness.
Only go to war to win.
Stay loyal to your friends and suspicious of your enemies.
Keep the technological sword razor sharp.
See the unseen.
Prepare for threats before they materialize.
Respect and support our present and past warriors.

4.) Trump believes that terrorists who are captured should be treated as military combatants, not as criminals like the Obama administration treats them.

5.) Trump makes the point that China’s manipulation of their currency has given them unfair advantage in our trade dealings with them. He says we must tax their imports to offset their currency manipulation, which will cause American companies to be competitive again and drive manufacturing back to America and create jobs here. Although he sees China as the biggest offender, he believes that America should protect itself from all foreign efforts to take our jobs and manufacturing. For example, Ford is building a plant in Mexico and Trump suggests that every part or vehicle Ford makes in Mexico be taxed 35% if they want to bring it into the U. S., which would cause companies like Ford to no longer be competitive using their Mexican operations and move manufacturing back to the U. S., once again creating jobs here.

6.) Trump wants passage of NOPEC legislation (No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act – NOPEC – S.394), which would allow the government to sue OPEC for violating antitrust laws. According to Trump, that would break up the cartel. He also wants to unleash our energy companies to drill domestically (sound like Sarah Palin’s drill baby, drill?) thereby increasing domestic production creating jobs and driving domestic costs of oil and gas down while reducing dependence on foreign oil.

7.) Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America. He wants to build a wall to stop illegals from entering put controls on immigration. (And he says he’ll get Mexico to pay for the wall, which many have scoffed at, but given his business successes I wouldn’t put it past him.) He also wants to enforce our immigration laws and provide no path to citizenship for illegals.

8.) Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here. The resulting influx of money to our nation would do wonders for our economy. He wants to make America the place to do business. He also wants to lower the death tax and the taxes on capital gains and dividends. This would put more than $1.6 trillion back into the economy and help rebuild the 1.5 million jobs we’ve lost to the current tax system. He also wants to charge companies who outsource jobs overseas a 20% tax, but for those willing to move jobs back to America they would not be taxed. And for citizens he has a tax plan that would allow Americans to keep more of what they earn and spark economic growth. He wants to change the personal income tax to:

Up to $30,000 taxed at 1% From $30,000 to $100,000 taxed at 5%From $100,000 to $1,000,000 taxed at 10%$1,000,000 and above taxed at 15%

9.) Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it’s a “job-killing, health care-destroying monstrosity” that “can’t be reformed, salvaged, or fixed.” He believes in allowing real competition in the health insurance marketplace to allow competition to drive prices down. He also believes in tort reform to get rid of defensive medicine and lower costs.

10.) Trump wants spending reforms in Washington, acknowledging that America spends far more than it receives in revenue. He has said he believes that if we don’t stop increasing the national debt once it hits $24 trillion it will be impossible to save this country. Even though he says we need to cut spending, he does not want to harm those on Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security. He believes that the citizens have faithfully paid in to the system to have these services available and that the American government has an obligation to fulfill its end of the bargain and provide those benefits. Therefore, he wants to build the economy

http://www.catholic.org/news/politics/story.php?id=62911

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman

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Issue 3 Fails in Ohio: Now, reload for the next round–because they will try again and again like stoned idiots

Looks like Ohio has defended itself from the pot smoking scum bags for at least another year.  But get ready, the joint craving lunatics of the lazy youth will be back for another round of tradition destroying endeavor by progressive activists.  Interesting reactions by the general public, seen below as the results came in.

 

State Issue 3

Issue 3 permits commercial production and sale of marijuana by what amounts to a monopoly in 10 locations around the state, It allows individuals to grow limited amounts for personal use. (read more)

YES 478,815
NO 908,431

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Mousey

Mousey2 minutes ago

We all know the corruption never ends in Ohio – it’s where it starts. Talk about monopolies..get a grip folks

e2450just now

It’s a shame the amendment wasn’t structured differently. Clearly, at a minimum, medical use should be permitted. Ohio had a chance to be ahead of the curve for once. There goes that.

Chalmette02

Chalmette023 minutes ago

Soooooooo not to point out the obvious but didn’t you guys just outlaw monopolies? Anyone know of any electric companies with no competition in your area?

Did Republicans really just think that was a good idea just to stop weed?

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns

Aggrieved_by_CleClownsjust now

@Chalmette02  I hear what you’re saying, and respect it. I really didn’t want to have to vote Yes on Issue 2. It was promulgated by the GOP in the Ohio legislature, which I don’t trust … however, it was the ONLY way I could see ensuring that Ian James and his Irresponsible “We Feel the Need for Greed with Weed” crowd from bringing back Issue 3 over and over again — until it passed. Sometimes, you have to choose the lesser of two evils — HEY!!!! I do that in every PRESIDENTIAL election! Who knew?!

ClevelandTchotchke

ClevelandTchotchke5 minutes ago

So far, so good!  Ohioans are proving that they are smarter than Ian James, John Pardee, their carpetbagging buddies, and their cronies!  Ohio may legalize, but it will NOT be with monopolization for fat cats to make money off Ohioans, and ship it back to their ivory towers!

THE CLOCK STRUCK TWELVE!   THE MONOPOLY IS LOSING!

What a great day it is to be an Ohioan!  ISSUE 3?  GTFOH!

david

david7 minutes ago

Ohio is the worst f****** place to live I f****** hate this place nothing but f****** idiots

BlingFingers

BlingFingers6 minutes ago

@david

hahahahah

LEAVE NOW Dopey

Chalmette02

Chalmette028 minutes ago

Expect to see a few people leave the state who have kids who need medical marijuana. Ohio is a strange place.

ultra51

ultra517 minutes ago

@Chalmette02 If these kids “really” needed it, you’d figure they’d already be gone.  If they “really” needed it.

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns5 minutes ago

@Chalmette02  I do feel for those who want to use medical marijuana to relieve severe pain including terminal illness … but you have to understand, IrresponsibleOhio’s greed grab of a monopolistic pot plan — leaving my entire Southeast Ohio region out of the pot “mix” when we po’ folk need the jobs down here! — alienated A LOT of voters. You have no one but IrresponsibleOhio to blame. Its celebrity greedy weed grab crowd could not be trusted and it showed in the polls – BIGTIME.

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns9 minutes ago

Today is like going to McDonald’s  — “I’m LOvin’ iT!” on these Issue 1, 2, 3 results!!!! IrresponsibleOhio lost on BOTH Issue 2 and 3 — the voters HAVE SPOKEN, so take your taxpayer-funded lawsuit idea, Ian, and go live in ANOTHER state where Monopolies can”take root.” And take weird hermaphrodie Buddie with you!

david

david10 minutes ago

Ohio is a terrible state

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns8 minutes ago

@david  Then move to Chokelahoma, or wherever you and your favorite cartel can go along to get along! Pal

Saganhawking

Saganhawking7 minutes ago

I’m having trouble understanding what you just posted. It was funny though. Am I supposed to agree or disagree with what you just said?

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns

Aggrieved_by_CleClowns3 minutes ago

@Saganhawking  Agree if you believe in free markets and the right to a responsible free market weed plan — let the best cultivator win — let it be about who GROWS THE BEST WEED — We down here beside Meigs Gold will win — and YOU should have the right to buy it without a cartel interfering!

david

david14 minutes ago

Well i can say Ohio is a terrible place to live

Saganhawking

Saganhawking10 minutes ago

Yuep, horrible place to live. I hear Colorado, Washington and California calling your name. It’s a free country, go for it. The doors are open to you. Now write legislation concerning weed here in Ohio we can all agree to and maybe more would vote for it…

BlingFingers

BlingFingers19 minutes ago

well the Cleveland.com poll sure was off this year wasng it.

marijuana got its leaf kicked.

way to go people, send the pot smokers back to Colorado so they can drive while impaired elsewhere. we don’t need pot smokers here

Syphon

Syphon16 minutes ago

You don’t live in this world apparently. You must have no idea how many people that are driving around are high. Go into a convenience store and count the amount of people that walk in there buying blunt wraps. I don’t smoke. I just know the real world.

avex11

avex1110 minutes ago

@BlingFingers There will be plenty of pot smokers here as there always has been. I guess most people here still favor a nanny state.

http://www.cleveland.com/election-results/index.ssf/2015/11/statewide_results_for_ohio_iss.html

 

Rich “Cliffhanger” Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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China’s ‘The Art of War’: Motivations and strategies behind global economic collapse

The White House issued a number of remarkably stupid statements during the week of 8/24 2015 specifically in regard to the China devaluation of their currency and the reaction that global stock markets have had as a result. Dear reader, this has been illustrated for everyone for several years now; I have covered the topic extensively. The sheer stupidity of those within the United Nations created on the heels of World War II to ensure that war would never again occur on an international stage only traded the aggressions of mankind from guns to finance—which effectually is much more dangerous. War with guns are often isolated to the battlefields and involve the killing and maiming of those under the command structure of government armies. Financial wars involve everyone in the world and can be much more dangerous as a slow killing, life depraving enterprise.

Reading and understanding The Art of War from Sun Tzu is extremely important. If we had schools that worked correctly, it would be required reading for every 7th grader. Every member of the house and senate on Capital Hill should be profoundly familiar with the classic book on oriental strategy. West Point does teach The Art of War to their students, and there are some other classes provided with an emphasis in military might from higher education that instructs on the Sun Tzu military philosophy, but it is grossly evident that most of the world is oblivious to the thinking of oriental thought due to the lack of actions to prepare for the knowing insurrection.

The book is established by thirteen chapters and they are as follows.

  1. Detail Assessment and Planning (Chinese: 始計,始) explores the five fundamental factors (the Way, seasons, terrain, leadership and management) and seven elements that determine the outcomes of military engagements. By thinking, assessing and comparing these points, a commander can calculate his chances of victory. Habitual deviation from these calculations will ensure failure via improper action. The text stresses that war is a very grave matter for the state and must not be commenced without due consideration.
  2. Waging War (Chinese: 作戰,作) explains how to understand the economy of warfare and how success requires winning decisive engagements quickly. This section advises that successful military campaigns require limiting the cost of competition and conflict.
  3. Strategic Attack (Chinese: 謀攻,谋攻) defines the source of strength as unity, not size, and discusses the five factors that are needed to succeed in any war. In order of importance, these critical factors are: Attack, Strategy, Alliances, Army and Cities.
  4. Disposition of the Army (Chinese: 軍形,军形) explains the importance of defending existing positions until a commander is capable of advancing from those positions in safety. It teaches commanders the importance of recognizing strategic opportunities, and teaches not to create opportunities for the enemy.
  5. Forces (Chinese: 兵勢,兵) explains the use of creativity and timing in building an army’s momentum.
  6. Weaknesses and Strengths (Chinese: 虛實,虚) explains how an army’s opportunities come from the openings in the environment caused by the relative weakness of the enemy and how to respond to changes in the fluid battlefield over a given area.
  7. Military Maneuvers (Chinese: 軍爭,军争) explains the dangers of direct conflict and how to win those confrontations when they are forced upon the commander.
  8. Variations and Adaptability (Chinese: 九變,九) focuses on the need for flexibility in an army’s responses. It explains how to respond to shifting circumstances successfully.
  9. Movement and Development of Troops (Chinese: 行軍,行) describes the different situations in which an army finds itself as it moves through new enemy territories, and how to respond to these situations. Much of this section focuses on evaluating the intentions of others.
  10. Terrain (Chinese: 地形) looks at the three general areas of resistance (distance, dangers and barriers) and the six types of ground positions that arise from them. Each of these six field positions offers certain advantages and disadvantages.
  11. The Nine Battlegrounds (Chinese: 九地) describes the nine common situations (or stages) in a campaign, from scattering to deadly, and the specific focus that a commander will need in order to successfully navigate them.
  12. Attacking with Fire (Chinese: 火攻) explains the general use of weapons and the specific use of the environment as a weapon. This section examines the five targets for attack, the five types of environmental attack and the appropriate responses to such attacks.
  13. Intelligence and Espionage (Chinese: 用間,用) focuses on the importance of developing good information sources, and specifies the five types of intelligence sources and how to best manage each of them.

Verses from the book occur in modern daily Chinese idioms and phrases, such as the last verse of Chapter 3:

故曰:知彼知己,百戰不殆;不知彼而知己,一勝一負;不知彼,不知己,每戰必殆。

So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.

If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose. If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.

This has been more tersely interpreted and condensed into the Chinese modern proverb:

知己知彼,百戰不殆。 (Zhī jǐ zhī bǐ, bǎi zhàn bù dài.)

If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win numerous (literally, “a hundred”) battles without jeopardy.

Common examples can also be found in English use, such as verse 18 in Chapter 1:

兵者,詭道也。故能而示之不能,用而示之不用,近而示之遠,遠而示之近

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near.

This has been abbreviated to its most basic form and condensed into the English modern proverb:

All warfare is based on deception.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Art_of_War

In short, the failure of the United Nations has been to assume that all nations of the world, particularly communist countries, would give up their ability to deceive and open themselves to vulnerability to all for a global group hug, which will never happen. Not in a million years—not in ten million years of progressive philosophy. Every academic throughout the world who thought like Woodrow Wilson and his successor Franklin Roosevelt and believed in the ridiculous United Nations practice of global unification failed to understand the nature of those from the orient. The Art of War is their governing philosophy and in the case of China, they use communism to unite the flags of the world behind their centrally planned cause. That is why oriental countries are so prone to communist regimes—because at their heart is The Art of War. It is the most important book available in understanding the current crises in China.

China has been deceiving the United States openly for quite a long time and using a ruse of friendship to lull all capitalist nations to commit themselves into a vast amount of debt out of a mutual relationship of deceptive trust so that they can crush all resistance to them in the future. They are playing a global game inspired by The Art of War. So keep that in mind while the White House continues to pretend that relations with China are good and marching in a positive direction. China is poised to crush the United States through a devalued currency and a trade imbalance, and they don’t care if lots of innocent people are hurt in the process. We are talking about a communist country that openly kills babies when they turn out to be girls—because the state has designated a one child per family policy. China is looking to expand—they have an unnatural imbalance of males within their society and they look to The Art of War as a way to expand their society. And they are doing it right now.

This is not a warning, or a bit of political theater. It is a fact that anybody familiar with The Art of War would easily understand.

Rich Hoffman

 CLIFFHANGER RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

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