Lights! Camera! Action! Endorse Hillary Clinton for President of the United States.
Cameras off! Crew out! Usher in Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Close the door behind you. Lower the cone of silence.
Wouldn’t it have been interesting to be a fly on the wall (or inside the cone of silence) for that meeting? Strange timing, indeed. It would seem to signal to Lynch, as well as to the FBI, that President Obama desires to see someone they’re investigating succeed him as President. The attorney general is walking a tightrope without a net, in that she answers to the President but at the same time is tasked with maintaining some semblance of integrity. By endorsing Hillary Clinton, Obama has made that tightrope just about impossible to walk. If Hillary isn’t indicted, we’ll always wonder what went on here.
Of course, we don’t know what Obama told her in the meeting. For all we know, he told her it’s time to set the dogs on Hillary. When a juxtaposition of events doesn’t seem to make much sense, it usually means there’s something we don’t know.
For more on this intriguing scenario, click here.
Even as Donald Trump is in Washington, DC, to address evangelicals at the Faith And Freedom Conference, he continues to face criticism that, deep down, he’s not a conservative but is simply running as one. Let’s take a look at that charge, by getting into our time machine and going back to the year 1987.
That’s almost 30 years ago. Donald Trump was successful enough even then to spend almost $100,000 to take out an ad in The New York Times. Washington Post and Boston Globe. It was an open letter “to the American people” that at times sounds downright Reaganesque! It’s headlined “There Is Nothing Wrong With America’s Foreign Defense Policy That A Little Backbone Can’t Cure.”
Trump’s words in 1987 still resonate today, as he now makes the argument that by insisting some countries contribute their own defense, we can better direct our own stretched resources where they are needed and fulfill our role in the world. For example, at the Faith And Freedom Conference he emphasized the need to fight terrorism, protect religious freedom and repair our deteriorating relationship with Israel.
Care to get into the time machine yourself? Click here, and it’ll be 1987.
Ever since Target CEO Brian Cornell threw open the doors of the stores’ restrooms and fitting rooms to anyone who declared him/herself to be the appropriate gender for the stick figure on the door, he has stood adamantly by that policy. He responded to widespread criticism and customer boycotts by suggesting that Target’s upset customers are bigots on the level of those who opposed racial desegregation in the ‘60s if they don’t want men integrating the ladies’ rooms. He also keeps insisting there has been no financial fallout, even as Target’s stock price has plummeted 18% since April.
Well, this week, Target held its annual stockholders’ meeting, and needless to say, investors are restless. They're probably wondering if their CEO remembers what they're supposed be in business for. Justin Danhof, director of the National Center Free Enterprise Project, called the meeting “appalling from beginning to end.” He reported that there were numerous questions about the bathroom policy, but Cornell dodged them all, except to mouth vacuous clichés about diversity and inclusion, and to continue to insist that there have been “zero, ZERO, negative financial implications.” In fact, add eight more zeroes to that and you have 10 billion, the number of dollars Target’s stock value has lost in the past seven weeks.
You couldn’t blame Target’s shareholders if they were now contemplating a more appropriate and less costly job for Mr. Cornell. “Bathroom attendant” comes to mind.
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