Thursday, February 22, 2018

"He SAID that? What ELSE ... did he say?" - Rosemary's Baby

File this under "you can't make this stuff up."





Bernie Sanders on Wednesday blamed Hillary Clinton for not doing more to stop the Russian attack on the last presidential election. Then his 2016 campaign manager, in an interview with POLITICO, said he’s seen no evidence to support special counsel Robert Mueller's assertion in an indictment last week that the Russian operation had backed Sanders' campaign. 



The remarks showed Sanders, running for a third term and currently considered a front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, deeply defensive in response to questions posed to him about what was laid out in the indictment. He attempted to thread a response that blasts Donald Trump for refusing to acknowledge that Russians helped his campaign — but then holds himself harmless for a nearly identical denial.

In doing so, Sanders and his former campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, presented a series of self-serving statements that were not accurate, and that track with efforts by Trump and his supporters to undermine the credibility of the Mueller probe. 
Theatre of the Absurd at its best! Who was the sole 2016 candidate talking about Russian meddling?

Setting the Record Straight on the 17 Intel Agencies

July 7, 2017 by still4hill
Just to keep the record straight, here are the 17 intel agencies that we have been hearing about since Hillary Clinton brought them up during one of the debates.
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I am not particularly worried about Bernie running in 2020. I asked this question and got this answer.
Q: How many public high schools are there in Vermont?
A: There are 149 high schools in Vermont, made up of 83 public schools and 66 private schools. Vermont ranks as the 50th state in terms of student enrollment and 48th in terms of total number of schools. It ranks 2nd for the student/teacher ratio and sits 8th for the percentage of students on free or reduced lunches.
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This may not sound like a lot of high schools but bear in mind that the population of Vermont is 623,657 (2017) as opposed to 8,537,673 (2016) in New York City. That works out to 7.3% of the population of NYC.

 Sometimes the oddest, most random stars align.

The Stoneman Douglas students and their allies among high school students nationwide will, I am confident, make sure the VT high school students know about Bernie's connections to and donations from the NRA as well as his voting record on gun control. They will make sure eligible students register and vote. I am pretty sure he is not long for the Senate in this respect much less the Oval Office.

Blame Hillary? Give me a break! Jeff Weaver? Give me another break!

The kids are alright and all right. They've got this now. It's not the revolution Bernie imagined. But it is a revolution. In fact, it is not even partisan! It is positional. Where do you stand on AR-15s? That is their question. Heads will roll in November. It is very premature to talk about 2020.
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hillary Clinton Tweets Encouragement to Parkland Students

From one who knows how smears work.


Parkland students and all students who are demonstrating for school safety are the new generation of leaders. They are going to vote. They are going to make sure their friends and family vote. They are going to run for office. I am going to vote for them. They are smart, articulate, and determined. They are going to win! They are a testament to our public school system held in much disdain by the Secretary of Education who grinned her way through heartbreaking testimony today.

As far as this idea is concerned, #WeCallBS!

Hillary Clinton Returning to Michigan

wzzm13.com

Hillary Clinton to visit Grand Rapids for first lady celebration




the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation. The guests will be participating in a discussion moderated by journalist Andrea Mitchell.
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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party's nominee for President in the 2016 election, will be in West Michigan in April.
Clinton will be one of the panel members at the Betty Ford Centennial Celebration. According to a release, the event is to honor and celebrate the legacy of first lady Betty Ford. It's called “America’s First Ladies: An Enduring Legacy.”
This year is Ford’s 100th birthday year, and for the celebration Clinton; and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, will be featured guests.
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Statement from President Clinton and Secretary Clinton on the Passing of Billy Graham

Wednesday
Feb 21
2018
Statement
Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of our friend Billy Graham, one of the most important religious leaders in American history. His powerful words and the conviction they carried touched countless hearts and minds.

I will never forget the first time I saw him, 60 years ago in Little Rock, during the school integration struggle. He filled a football stadium with a fully integrated audience, reminding them that we all come before God as equals, both in our imperfection and our absolute claim to amazing grace.

Later as Governor, in the White House, and afterward, I saw him live that faith fully in the constant kindness, encouragement, and counsel he extended to Hillary and me.

Billy has finished his long good race, leaving our world a better place and claiming his place in glory.
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Clintons Celebrate Presidents Day with Grandkids

Bill and Hillary Clinton celebrated Presidents Day by taking grandkids, Charlotte and Aidan, to see Sesame Street Live. The following night, Hillary and Chelsea had a girls' night out. Great pics here! I'll say it right up front: I take issue with the word failed here. Ripped off is more like it.

The Clintons take their grandkids to Sesame Street Live before Hillary has a night out with Chelsea where she gets a standing ovation at the restaurant

Bill and Hillary Clinton took her two grandkids to see Sesame Street Live on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hillary is see on the left, next to her granddaughter Charlotte, posing with a picture with another attendee Bill and Hillary Clinton took her two grandkids to see Sesame Street Live on Monday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Hillary is see on the left, next to her granddaughter Charlotte, posing with a picture with another attendee.
  • Bill and Hillary Clinton took their grandchildren to see Sesame Street Live in New York City on Monday
  • The following day, Hillary was spotted grabbing dinner with her daughter Chelsea at Upland, an upscale restaurant near Madison Square Park 
  • The failed presidential candidate was given a standing ovation as she entered the restaurant  
Bill and Hillary Clinton have been on grandparent duty this week, coming down to New York City to spend some quality time with their two grandchildren.
On Monday, which happened to be president's day, the former president and failed presidential candidate took their three-year-old granddaughter Charlotte and one-year-old grandson Aiden to Sesame Street Live in Madison Square Garden.
It was the second year that Hillary had treated her kids to the show. During last year's show, Aiden was still a baby and had to be carried around by his mom. This year, he spent part of the time sitting on his grandpa's lap, while Charlotte took a seat next to her grandma.
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Hillary Clinton Headed Down Under

sbs.com.au

Hillary Clinton announces Australia and New Zealand tour

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Australia and New Zealand to talk about her experiences during the 2016 US presidential election. 
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in Australia and New Zealand to talk about her experiences during the 2016 US presidential election. Source: AAP

Hillary Clinton is coming to Australia to talk about her future plans after losing the 2016 US election to Donald Trump.
The former Democratic presidential candidate is expected to give a candid account of the campaign and share stories from her New York Times bestseller, What Happened.
In an election marked by rage, sexism, misogyny and Russian interference, Ms Clinton will share her personal experience as the first woman presidential candidate for a major party.
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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Power of "We"

The news, yesterday, of Mueller's  indictment of 13 Russian nationals who impersonated Americans on social media for the purpose of influencing the 2016 presidential election should serve as a reminder and a warning.  ABC News reports that Rod Rosentein remarked "This indictment serves as a reminder that people are not always who they appear to be on the internet. The indictment alleges that the Russian conspirators want to promote discord in the United States and undermine public confidence and democracy. We must not allow them to succeed." (Please note his use of the simple present tense: "want to.")

The creation and proliferation of "U.S. personae," as referred to in the indictment, is not simply a matter of history or current events. The indictment validates what we have long suspected based on the Steele memos.

Russia also helped Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein in election

Michael Collins, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – It turns out Donald Trump wasn’t the only candidate the Russians allegedly tried to help during the 2016 presidential campaign.
A 37-page indictment resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation shows that Russian nationals and businesses also worked to boost the campaigns of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Green party nominee Jill Stein in an effort to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Russians “engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump,” according to the indictment, which was issued Friday.
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These "U.S. personae"  also are and should be of concern for the future with midterm elections coming up this year and one 2020 presidential campaign already launched (Trump's).

Otherwise intelligent people have questioned why I am concerned about foreign agents posing as Americans passionately imploring Hillary Clinton to run again in 2020.  They don't see the inherent flaw and hypocrisy in prosecuting Trump forces for Russian influence peddling and turning a blind eye to an eastern European entity doing the same thing on the Dem side - specifically, repeatedly calling on HRC to run again and using the hashtag #Hillary2020 on every post. They do not see the peril in recruiting potentially hundreds of thousands to a false campaign claiming that only one person can cure our ills. That alone should set off bells and whistles. When did we hear that before? From whom? Trump!

One particular foreign entity was recently appointed "administrator" at a Hillary Clinton Facebook page boasting 165K "likes." Think of the damage possible. This is not simply a campaign that will end in disappointment for many. It is crafted to engender rage and division within the party when Hillary does not run.

I was gratified to see this article since it coincides with what I have been saying in my own series of troll chronicles. Often it is the tiny function words that non-native speakers get wrong.






The Slatest
The FBI special counsel’s Friday indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three companies including a notorious online troll farm did a few things: It revealed that the surge of grass-roots organizing for the 2016 presidential election was at least partly astroturf. It confirmed that the whirligig of ire directed at Hillary Clinton was not completely genuine. And it reasserted the importance of correct grammar.
The indictment includes charges against Mikhail Ivanovich Bystrov and Mikhail Leonidovich Burchik for creating aliases like “Matt Skiber” and “joshmilton024@gmail.com,” part of an alleged effort to organize anti-Clinton rallies and wire money to unwitting U.S. collaborators. The social media campaign was vast: One agent bragged about creating “all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people.”
It was altogether an impressive undertaking. But while Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein reminded us that “people are not always who they appear on the Internet,” maybe we should have known. It wouldn’t have taken the FBI: A fastidious English major could have seen the Russians’ inexplicable capitalizations, stiff sentences, and missing articles.
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OK! I plead guilty. I was an English major as an undergrad and taught high school English back when we still devoted some hours of every week to grammar instruction. I followed that up with doctoral studies in applied linguistics. As a linguist, I am a descriptivist rather than a prescriptivist - that simply means I am not a member of the uniformed grammar police. Nevertheless, as I have mentioned in the troll chronicles, language usage provides a powerful clue in sniffing out false U.S. personae.

Here are a few annotated examples of Facebook posts by the pro-Hillary Hungarian troll I have been investigating. Bolded emphasis is mine.
Our Hillary, the doer she is, already has a vision of a better future and she warns us we all need to show up at the polls and vote blue¹. Mama is delighted and proud to see that Women's March had drawn² millions of protesters, she says women are strong and resilient. Women of all colors and ages had enough², and together we are unstoppable. Mama's hometown, Chicago as well as Los Angeles and even Texas saw a record number of protesters, and we expect to see a beautiful #BlueTsunami in the fall of 2018. We learned resilience from Hillary, from the way she stood her ground through the hard-fought campaign. Protesters say that the majority wore Hillary gears³ - thank you for the wonderful news, Lisa Leikus. #Hillary2020 #Onward #PowerToThePolls

¹ We see many instances of 1st person plural pronouns implying that the writer is a U.S. voter.
² Two inappropriate uses of the past perfect tense which normally indicates an action that began and was completed in the past. In the first instance, the present perfect would have been the choice of a native speaker who knows that the "drawing" is not complete and continues in the present. In the second instance the same is true. "Women have had enough." The present perfect would have been the choice of a native speaker since this state continues in the present.
³ They were not wearing Hillary "gears" unless they were wearing analog Hillary Clinton watches. They were wearing Hillary gear - a mass noun (non-count) including all manner of clothing and accessories associated with any of Hillary Clinton's political campaigns. Mass nouns operate as if singular.

THIS. This is Hillary gear.
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 NOT THESE. These are gears.
January 31
Our beautiful Hillary should hold a State of Union speech today, since the sane majority wants her. The psychopath is already plagiarizing her! Why would any of us watch him or click on the news that feature him? Like Auntie Maxine said, "I do not trust him, I will not listen to his lies, he does not deserve my attention." Plus, the lowest rating views he get, the less support he will receive* from American press. It will also hurt his fragile ego. Let's skip everything that features Trump! Hear the lies already? Clean coal does not exist, and no, the economy is not booming, the dollar's value is steadily down since Trump occupied the White House, and the Trump bubble will burst. Plus, unlike Bill and Obama, he will increase debt and deficit. #Hillary2020 #StillStanding #StillWithHill

*Native speakers would have opted for the comparative rather than the superlative here, and there is the issue of subject-verb agreement - "he gets" not "he get."
Our beautiful Hillary was sharp, smart, and straightforward at the Makers Conference. She warned us to #VoteBlue in the midterm elections to make a difference - we must remember how crucial it is, our future depends on it. Mama warns us that we see an all-out attack against democracy and a war on facts, truth, and reason, and the only way to defend ourself for a brighter future is to vote. We also need more women in politics - we already say a record number of women running for office, thanks to Hillary. Nobody did more for the safety and dignity of women than Hillary Rodham Clinton. #Hillary2020 #Onward

All those first person reference words!!!! And there is that incongruous singular form of a plural reflexive pronoun: ourselves not ourself.

From today: February 17
It is official now, at least 13 Russian persons were involved with Trump's hate-filled campaign against our Hillary. The Russians used false American personas, false Facebook accounts and false email addresses. Campaign rallies that featured an actress, Hillary in prison uniform, were organized by Russians. Hillary warned us in advance, saying 17 intelligence agencies warned us against Russia's suspicious moves. Mama also gave us an insight in her What Happened. Thank goodness for Robert Mueller who casts lights in the shadows*, it is frightening what we find there. Those who accused us of making up the Russian interference story must feel embarrassed by now. #Hillary2020 #HillaryWarnedUs #Onward

*I can't even! The irony of this post! And, of course, there is another issue of a mass noun - light - being treated as a count noun.
Another grammatical indicator of a foreign troll is the linguistic variation exhibited by these entities indicating multiple writers on a single page or a feed from a managing source mixed with commentary by an individual. Some posts are letter perfect while others contain language usages atypical of native speakers. Other dead giveaways at this particular page:
1/ Ignorance of our bicameral legislature - "she" doesn't know Senators from Congressional representatives. They are all "leaders." Why bother with specifics?
2/ Timing. It took her six days to figure out that we had elections in November.
3/ Some picked up the "mama" references from the getgo. Americans do not call HRC "mama."
4/ If you go back far enough, you will see that "she" apparently never heard of Hillary Clinton until 2015.

I am cognizant that there are bona fide American voters whose English is not perfect. My point here is that language usage is a clue. Having picked up these clues, I did confront this persona via a series of private exchanges. The nationality I guessed was verified. I encouraged  a change of pronouns contending that the use of the first person was a lie that encouraged readers to infer that they were interacting with an American.  That was when "she" shut me down by blocking me. I remain unsure that this is a she. It may be a they, and they may include a few "he"s. I can say this: when confronted, first she argues by trying to justify or rationalize the error in the post. After 4 exchanges or so, she employs the Kellyanne Conway strategy in reverse. When Kellyanne is backed into a corner, she switches to the "What about Hillary?" mode. This troll switches to the "You must be a Trump supporter" mode.

The objection is not that she is a foreign national. The objection is that she is impersonating an American while:
1. Encouraging protest against Democrats other than HRC,
2. Attacking U.S. law enforcement,
3. Running polls to collect data on American voters,
4. Encouraging Americans to react online to fake news, e.g. the market "crash." If it is wrong for Trump & Co. to benefit from Russian intrusion, it should be equally repugnant for our side to encourage Hungarian intervention. 

To be clear: The objection is not to a foreigner supporting Hillary. The objection is to a foreigner impersonating an American and "guiding" American voters.


It all goes to show you the power of the little words. The function words that seem so obvious to native speakers can be challenge for English language learners. For trolls, they can also be a hidden weapon to be deployed at a strategic moment in the future when, once again, we will wonder what hit us.

If you remember how you felt late on Election night 2016, be very wary of trolls like this. If we want to unseat Donald Trump, buying into a fake Hillary Clinton campaign is the surest path to defeat. That is the power of "we."

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Hillary Clinton Tweets Out on Parkland








Thursday, February 8, 2018

ICYMI: Hillary Clinton at the Makers Conference

Look for Hillary at the three hour mark.

The 2018 MAKERS Conference - Day 3
The 2018 MAKERS Conference - Day 3
As for that coughing fit, I always start feeling my Spring allergies the first week of February. I bet I am not the only person in my region who does.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Hillary Clinton Helps Launch Lanny Davis's New Book

Many will remember Lanny Davis from these days.

May 09, 2008
When Clinton supporter Lanny Davis appeared on CNN during primary night, shortly before 10 p.m., there was a peculiar exchange with host Anderson Cooper.
Cooper: Lanny, let me start off with you. We haven't heard from you tonight. Your take on Barack Obama's speech earlier?
Davis: You haven't heard from me tonight. And I'm not sure — I’m not sure you want to hear from me tonight but —
Cooper: We heard from Paul Begala. This is your big chance.
Davis: Well, actually, I don't think we heard very much from Paul Begala. We did hear an awful —
Cooper: All part of the conspiracy against Hillary Clinton, I suppose.
During the Election Night broadcast, there was palpable tension between Davis and CNN reporters and panelists on camera — and apparently, with producers off camera.
Looking back, Davis said by phone this afternoon, he considers it “the worst experience I ever had on television.”
What bothers Davis most is that CNN is the network with which he’s had the longest relationship, where he’s maintained close friendships through the years, and that he's always considered middle-of-the-road in its coverage. But in his opinion, CNN has not treated Hillary Clinton fairly in the ’08 race.
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We did not hear from him during the primaries and general election in 2016, but that doesn't mean he wasn't watching. He now has a book out about it. He held a book party in D.C. last night, and guess who came?








Lanny Davis in 2013. (Dayna Smith for The Washington Post)
“Seven minutes,” Adam Parkhomenko said. “She’ll be here in seven minutes.”
There was no need to explain who “she” is. On Monday night, attorney and Clinton family loyalist Lanny Davis was celebrating the release of his book “The Unmaking of the President 2016” at the Georgetown home of former Portugal ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley. Davis signed copy after copy in a room designed to look like a Mediterranean courtyard; Hillary Clinton herself was en route.
Hillary Clinton, speaking Monday at the annual Hillary Rodham Clinton awards ceremony at Georgetown University. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)
When she arrived — seven quick minutes after Parkhomenko, a lifelong Clinton campaigner, had promised — Clinton could hardly get past the foyer. For 10 minutes, the former presidential candidate took photos, caught up with friends and posed for the day’s second round of selfies. (She’d spoken at Georgetown University earlier in the day.)
“Going back to law school, I remember your focus on the word: facts,” Davis said. “Every time I do a television appearance, all through the years, I learned from Hillary Rodham Clinton — facts, facts, facts.”
Clinton worked slowly through the crowd, to the living room, where she took a seat next to an enlarged cover of a book subtitled “How FBI Director James Comey Cost Hillary Clinton the Presidency.”
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It can't be comfortable for Hillary to go through endless post mortems of the 2016 election. It is a testament to her fortitude that she nevertheless rewards Davis for his loyalty, protection, and faith in her.







Heads Up for Hillary Clinton Tomorrow!






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Don't Say Hillary Clinton Didn't Warn Us ...



China accused of building ‘island fortresses’ as Philippine newspaper obtains aerial images
An aerial picture of Chinese construction activities in the South China Sea

The surveillance pictures were mostly taken between June and December last year. Photograph: Inquirer.net/Philippine Daily Inquirer
Beijing has been accused of building “island fortresses” in the South China Sea after a newspaper in the Philippines obtained aerial photographs offering what experts called the most detailed glimpse yet of China’s militarisation of the waterway.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer said the surveillance photographs – passed to its reporters by an unnamed source – were mostly taken between June and December last year and showed Chinese construction activities across the disputed Spratly archipelago between the Philippines and Vietnam.
Brunei, China, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have overlapping claims in the region.
Images from the Philippine Daily Inquirer showing Mischief Reef  Images from the Philippine Daily Inquirer showing Mischief ReefFiery Cross Reef in the South China Sea
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From 2011.
Vodpod videos no longer available.
South China Sea, posted with vodpod

The South China Sea

Press Statement
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
July 22, 2011

We commend this week’s announcement that ASEAN and China have agreed on implementing guidelines to facilitate confidence building measures and joint projects in the South China Sea. This is an important first step toward achieving a Code of Conduct and reflects the progress that can be made through dialogue and multilateral diplomacy. We look forward to further progress.
The United States is encouraged by this recent agreement because as a Pacific nation and resident power we have a national interest in freedom of navigation, open access to Asia’s maritime domain, the maintenance of peace and stability, and respect for international law in the South China Sea.
We oppose the threat or use of force by any claimant in the South China Sea to advance its claims or interfere with legitimate economic activity. We share these interests not only with ASEAN members and ASEAN Regional Forum participants, but with other maritime nations and the broader international community.
The United States supports a collaborative diplomatic process by all claimants for resolving the various disputes in the South China Sea. We also support the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea. But we do not take a position on the competing territorial claims over land features in the South China Sea. We believe all parties should pursue their territorial claims and accompanying rights to maritime space in accordance with international law, including as reflected in the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention.
The United States is concerned that recent incidents in the South China Sea threaten the peace and stability on which the remarkable progress of the Asia-Pacific region has been built. These incidents endanger the safety of life at sea, escalate tensions, undermine freedom of navigation, and pose risks to lawful unimpeded commerce and economic development.
In keeping with the 2002 ASEAN-China Declaration, each of the parties should comply with their commitments to respect freedom of navigation and over-flight in the South China Sea in accordance with international law, to resolve their disputes through peaceful means, without resorting to the threat or use of force. They should exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities that would complicate or escalate disputes and affect peace and stability including, among others, refraining from taking action to inhabit presently uninhabited islands, reefs, shoals, cays, and other features, and to handle their differences in a constructive manner.
The United States encourages all parties to accelerate efforts to reach a full Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.
We also call on all parties to clarify their claims in the South China Sea in terms consistent with customary international law, including as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention. Consistent with international law, claims to maritime space in the South China Sea should be derived solely from legitimate claims to land features
Bolded emphasis is mine.  We never signed onto L.O.S.T. and therefore have no seat at the table. Hillary had also warned about that. See the right sidebar.