Good piece on James Comey

I really hope this is true. I can’t help it, but I trust Comey (or really want to) and I know that if the FBI director is corrupt, our nation is doomed.

There are many theories about what is happening with the Weiner email find and what those docs mean, and sometimes the details get in the way of a good overview.

This is a very good overview by Scott Adams. Highly recommended: James Comey – As seen through the Persuasion Filter.

So allow me to offer an interpretation of events that casts Comey as more of a patriot and hero than an ass-covering weasel. Compare my interpretation with whatever movie you have in your head and see which one works best for explaining and predicting.

Another theory is that Comey was forced to reopen the investigation because top FBI people were resigning over his not recommending prosecution. Also have read Comey’s wife was against what he did. Also, this: CNN: FBI discovered new emails weeks ago; stash includes classified emails “likely” deleted by Clinton.

It’s all just speculation as of this morning, but there almost certainly is something very big in the new find.

If you want the latest most up-to-date info on this issue, including plenty of speculation, go here.

EDIT 11/01: A strong counterargument to the above is that Comey did a fake investigation in the first place and in so doing has pissed off the majority of FBI people. To correct this and because explosive new evidence has been found, he sent the letter to Congress. Here is a presentation of that argument:

A Buddhist perspective on money in politics

In Buddhist thinking, money is good if it is acquired honestly and used intelligently, morally and for good purposes.

In the USA, during this presidential campaign we often see headlines saying that Hillary has raised more money for her campaign than Donald has for his. The implication is that she is probably going to win and that her money-raising skills are better than his.

Here is a detailed comparison on the two candidates: Tracking the 2016 Presidential Money Race.

Hillary Clinton continues to dominate the money race—now having raised more than $1 billion this election—thanks in large part to a cadre of wealthy donors sending tens of millions of dollars into super-PACs. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been poured into television advertisements on her behalf as well as get-out-the-vote efforts in battleground states across the country. Even so, Clinton still has more cash in the bank heading into the final days of the campaign, giving her a significant advantage for mobilizing voters and getting her message out.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, has relied mainly on his own wealth and millions of small donations to fund his campaign. He paid for his Republican primary victory mostly out of his own pocket, and only began actively soliciting outside funds in May. Since then, he’s never closed the fundraising gap with Clinton. [emphasis added]

From an American media point of view, Hillary is winning in the money department. But from a Buddhist point of view, she is not. From a Buddhist point of view, Trump is doing much better with money than Hillary.

The reasons are:

  1. Trump is doing as well if not better than Hillary with voters while using less money. This shows he is spending wisely.
  2. More importantly, Trump is using “mainly his own wealth and millions of small donations to fund his campaign.” This shows he is generous and willing to give back to the country that allowed him to gain so much. Furthermore, his donations are coming from ordinary Americans while Hillary’s are coming from “a cadre of wealthy donors,” who we all know expect to receive returns on their investments.

It’s true Trump is wealthier than Hillary, but Hillary and Bill acquired a fortune of some $250 million since Bill left office, so she could easily afford to kick in $30 million if she wanted to.

Moreover, it seems clear that Hillary’s wealth was not acquired in an ethically sound manner. She neither produced nor invented anything. Instead, it appears that her fortune is based on selling government influence.

Money acquired in that way harms the American people because our assets are being sold for pennies on the dollar, and all the pennies go to Hillary. Hillary’s campaign finances are another example of this pattern of benefiting herself by catering to the wealthy at the expense of ordinary Americans.

No one is perfect, including Donald Trump, but from a Buddhist point of view his use of money is much better than Hillary’s.

Welcome to the basket of deplorables you ” f**king dumb” young people

A new email released by Wikileaks as part of the Podesta dump features Hillary ally Wendy Bronfein advising Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta on how to reach “f**king dumb” young people.

(Source: Wikileaks Email: Hillary Campaign Struggles to Reach “F**king Dumb” Young People)

A bit more from this story:

Marketing executive Bronfein tells Podesta that Clinton “may not be the best face” to attract younger voters and that she needs to utilize “trending figures” as part of an “infusion to pull younger voters” because “that’s the crap that young people pay attention to”.

Bronfein goes on to state, “It’s f**king dumb but being “cool” counts for more than it maybe should.” [emphasis added]

As always in private Clinton and Clinton people never demonstrate principled conviction, moral passion, or concern for the USA or the American people. The subject is always about how to get more votes, spin the issues, cover them up.

They treat loyal American opposition to them even worse. To them we are “followers,” “basement dwellers,” “stupid,” “irredeemable,” “xenophobic,” “racist,” “deplorable,” and “fucking dumb,” etc.

Bad judgement as usual

“Retired senior US military pilots are increasingly alarmed that Hillary Clinton’s proposal for “no-fly zones” in Syria could lead to a military confrontation with Russia that could escalate to levels that were previously unthinkable in the post-cold war world.” (Why Clinton’s plans for no-fly zones in Syria could provoke US-Russia conflict)

Her view of war displayed below. To me, this is the laugh of a psychopath.

She voted for the Iraq war and was a principle architect and proponent of the senseless destruction of Libya and Syria. She has threatened Iran with nuclear annihilation and now wants to act aggressively toward Russia without any clear plan in sight.

None of this is wise or worthwhile. And none of it is in America’s best interest.