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Eating Cake With Hillary Clinton

Check out this 2007 Hillary Clinton for President radio ad [1], in which she rips into George W. Bush, saying that Katrina victims were “invisible” to him, but aren’t invisible to her. How times change.

Here’s why Hillary Clinton cannot be bothered to come to Louisiana: she’s got a slew of fundraising events set up with coastal elites [2]. From CNN:

What do Cher, Leonardo DiCaprio, Magic Johnson and Jimmy Buffett all have in common? They’re with her.

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine, buoyed by rising poll numbers and a sputtering Donald Trump campaign, are using August to raise tens of millions of dollars in cash before the fall sprint.

Clinton will embark on a three-day, eight-fundraiser trip to California next week, headlining a mix of star studded events with tech icons, athletes and movie stars.

On Monday, August 22, Clinton will headline a top dollar fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Cheryl and Haim Saban, the billionaire owner of Univision and one of Clinton’s wealthiest backers.

Clinton and her aides will then head down the street to another fundraiser at the Beverly Hills home of Hall of Fame basketball player and businessman Magic Johnson. That event, which according to Clinton donors in California is expected to raise millions of dollars, will also be hosted by Willow Bay and Bob Iger, the CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation.

The next day, Clinton will headline two events in Laguna Beach, including a $33,400-per-person event hosted by Stephen Cloobeck, the CEO of Diamond Resorts.

Later in the day, according to invites obtained by CNN, Clinton will headline a fundraiser at the home of Leonardo DiCaprio, the Oscar-winning actor known for his roles in Titanic, The Revenant and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Scooter Braun, the agent that discovered Justin Beiber, and Tobey Maguire, the actor known for his roles in the Spider-Man series, will also host the star-studded event.

Sounds like fun for those celebrities and rich people, flooding the Democratic Party nominee’s coffers with campaign cash. Meanwhile, here in flood-ravaged Louisiana, preliminary estimates claim that as many as 110,000 people lost their homes (or at least suffered enormous damage to them), suffering nearly $21 billion in losses. [3]

Obama golfs with celebrities, Hillary parties with them and takes their cash.

This should not be forgotten. These are the oligarchs who rule us. It’s despicable. Do not believe for one second that there’s any reason why Hillary Clinton cannot get here. Donald Trump got here, spent a few hours, then left. So could she, if she wanted to. But she would di$appoint her donor$.

This who Hillary Clinton is. It’s all about money and access. You know I’m not a Trump supporter, but I absolutely can see why people would vote for him to throw a rock through these people’s collective window.

Hey, it’s hard to know the difference between satire and the reality of the Clinton/Obama response to the floods, but here’s some actual satire:

Screen shot from The Babylon Bee, a satirical news site [4]

Screen shot from The Babylon Bee, a satirical news site

Sheer awesomeness from the Babylon Bee, an Onion-like site: [5]

OAK BLUFFS, MA—Carrying a 47-over-par performance to the 18th tee at Farm Neck Golf Club during his vacation on the island of Martha’s Vineyard Thursday, President Obama told golfing buddy Larry David that he was determined to “get one back,” sources reported.

After utilizing his 10th and final mulligan on an errant slice, the commander-in-chief hit a solid drive down the fairway from the red tees on the 435-yard par 5, leaving approximately 275 yards left to the front of the green. Then “the best couple of 3-woods [he has] ever hit,” along with a very lucky bounce, put him in a situation the leader of the free world has not seen in quite some time: a mere eight feet away from recording a birdie.

Recognizing the magnitude of the moment, David asked for permission to hole out his five-footer in order to set the stage for Obama’s birdie attempt, which the President granted.

“This one’s for all the poor folks down in the great state of Louisiana,” Obama reportedly said to David, before addressing the ball. The lefty then flawlessly executed his trademark outside-to-inside, wrist-heavy putting stroke, sending his customized Titleist skipping smoothly—right into the center of the cup.

Whole thing here.  [5]

As I was finishing this post, my mother called with news of lifelong friends from Denham Springs. She had not been able to reach them all week, but they finally called. A retired couple. They’ve lost everything they own, and so have their two adults sons, and their families, all of whom live in Denham Springs. They won’t be able to give anything to any politician’s fundraiser, because they’re now flat on their backs.

I’m telling you now, if either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama come down here now, they are likely to be booed. It won’t be racism, or being against the Democrats. Our governor is a Democrat, and as far as I can tell, he’s done a very fine job responding to this disaster. If Clinton and/or Obama is booed, it’s going to be for reasons of class. Mark my words.

UPDATE: You cannot make this up! Hillary Clinton is on Martha’s Vineyard tonight at a $100,000 a plate fundraiser at the home of Lady Rothschild: [6]

The wife of British Sir Evelyn de Rothschild is hosting a dinner-party fundraiser for about 30 guests, who will pay up to $100,000 per couple.

The Democratic presidential nominee and her right hand, Huma Abedin, are expected to spend the night at the oceanfront home featured last year in Architectural Digest. Lynn is one of Hillary’s most fervent supporters.

By the by, I was just texted this photo of a Louisiana cemetery by a friend who is in Denham Springs doing relief work this afternoon. “Even the dead weren’t left alone by this thing,” he texts. Enjoy your dinner with Lady Rothschild, Hillary!

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Here is a new map showing the size of the flood here. It’s massive. Everything in blue is normally dry land that went under:

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UPDATE.2: The Baton Rouge Area Foundation tells me tonight that Hillary Clinton supporters have donated $400,000 to BRAF’s relief efforts after Hillary asked them too. BRAF is grateful for that, and so am I.

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129 Comments To "Eating Cake With Hillary Clinton"

#1 Comment By VikingLS On August 21, 2016 @ 8:57 pm

I don’t much care for the NeverTrumpers based on the positions they’re taking a stand on, but they’re thinking ahead. For them, they’re better off losing.

#2 Comment By Michael Guarino On August 21, 2016 @ 8:59 pm

The liberals here trying to convince us that conservative views about limited government should imply that a President should not visit a disaster zone to raise awareness for relief efforts are beyond thick and obviously desperate.

#3 Comment By Chris On August 21, 2016 @ 9:13 pm

The problem I have with this is that there is a reason for a public official like the President to personally visit a disaster area: to make sure they understand what folks need and make sure that they get it to them.

But when a candidate like Trump or Clinton shows up for a political selfie, it’s just a distraction. These clowns suck up time and resources that are better used for disaster relief. Trump needs a police escort when visiting LA. But I’m sure those police have something better to do.

There are lots of reasons to hate Clinton: corruption, lying, etc. But in this case, I think she did exactly the right thing. She resisted the urge to make disaster recovery about her and she managed to channel 400K of cash to people who can really use it. Fair is fair. Thumbs up to her.

#4 Comment By M_Young On August 21, 2016 @ 9:19 pm

@Frankie T.

There is plenty more criticism of the Obama regime’s FEMA. Just websearch. I thought an official report would be nice, but plenty of MSM out there on it too. And since it appears to me that FEMA is pretty much in the business of expediting payments to disaster victims (as opposed to ‘first responder’ type stuff, which is handled by localities and the Red Cross) , failing to oversee disaster insurance policies is a very big deal indeed. In fact, [9], it looks like the report was requested to placate Sen. Menendez (D- Puerto Rico/NJ) and others criticized the agency before the report.

#5 Comment By TR On August 21, 2016 @ 10:38 pm

FEMA’s handling of flood insurance is a disaster (the ultimate financial source of the disaster is Katrina, but that’s another story). But this is a separate issue from how they handle the first weeks of a disaster. Brownie was a disaster, it is fair to assert, as was every boot on the ground in the early days of Katrina. But we really ought to get over the political blaming here. I can tell you from memories going all the way back to Hugo and then Andrew that there are always complaints about emergency response. Hell, you expect people who lost their homes to be reasonable? My Florida neighborhood has never lost any thing but trees and electricity and we weren’t reasonable.

I wish you could stop publishing letters telling Louisianans how stupid they are for living in a flood plain until they assure you they know exactly how much land east of the Mississippi plus the rest of Louisiana is safe from a 500 year flood event.

If they can answer that then they may also want to empty Nashville because during the flood there the rise in the ground table flooded all kinds of basements dug into high hills.

#6 Comment By M_Young On August 21, 2016 @ 11:18 pm

BTW Laguna beach has a one lane (each way) road in and out from the inland direction, and a two lane road (Pacific Coast Highway, or PCH) access along the coast.* Both routes are unbearable during a normal summer weekend, both are triply unbearable during the last week of summer before the college kids go back. Clinton’s presence will make the situation that much worse.

*Road widening? That’s for folks who live in GOP areas, or ‘poor’ ‘minority’ areas, not for rich liberal enclaves.

#7 Comment By Anonne On August 21, 2016 @ 11:32 pm

Sadly, I get the feeling that even if Hillary donated all those funds from that pricey fundraiser tonight to Louisiana flood relief, that most of the people there wouldn’t know, wouldn’t care, and if they did, wouldn’t be convinced of anything different about her.

This is not to say that she shouldn’t pony up some funds, because it’s still the right thing to do, but that most of the people hating on her there for not coming wouldn’t have appreciated it anyway.

[NFR: You don’t know this. You assume it. — RD]

I did make the assumption that the people who are kvetching most about it wouldn’t appreciate a visit from Hillary.

I could be wrong, but I don’t think I am, because of just how deeply politicized society has become. Republican, Democrat, etc. are not just party identification but have risen to the level of tribal markers. It’s how the people of Kentucky, many of whom desperately needed the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act voted in as governor the man who campaigned on repealing it (which he hasn’t, by the bye). How can that change when they’ve been trained for two decades to hate the woman, and everything she stands for?

I am not going to give her a pass on not drawing more attention to the crisis. She and Obama needed to bring more media attention to the situation, and that is their cardinal sin. Hopefully with the Olympics over, the ongoing damage will finally get its due.

#8 Comment By Eamus Catuli On August 21, 2016 @ 11:49 pm

Nixon was forced to resign the presidency after deleting 18 minutes of tape recording, and Clinton runs for president after deleting 33,000 emails.

Clayton here illustrates the interesting way that urban legends develop over time. Nixon wasn’t forced out over the 18.5-minute deletion; the key piece of evidence that finally forced him out was a tape that wasn’t deleted, and that proved, in his own words, that he had ordered the CIA to lie to the FBI in order to obstruct the investigation of the Watergate break-in. Obstruction of justice is a federal crime.

On Martha’s Vineyard last night, 30 people paid $50,000 each to dine with Her Majesty and Lady Rothschild, raising $1.5 million for the campaign.

I’m happy to criticize Clinton and have posted my own criticisms of her above and on other threads. But this sort of sneering from pitchfork (and several others) is meaningless unless it’s part of a general critique of the campaign-finance system. All politicians holding or aspiring to a governorship, Senate seat or the presidency either hold high-dollar fundraising dinners or benefit from those that their parties hold, or both. ALL of them. If you’re against that, join the next iteration of the Bernie Sanders campaign and fight for reform (because this is an issue that ONLY the left even tries to address). But making it sound like a practice that Hillary Clinton just invented, presumably in order to advertise her arrogant disdain for the little people, is the next stupidest thing to criticizing her for wearing pantsuits.

And if you want to say, OK, they all do it, but she shouldn’t have done it in the days just following a flood in Louisiana, then I ask again: what’s the general principle that you would like to see all politicians follow? There are catastrophic problems somewhere in the country, and certainly somewhere in the world, and there’s a need for funding relief efforts, basically every week. Under what circumstances must normal campaign operations be suspended, especially in the last months of a presidential election year? “Whenever pitchfork feels cranky about it” is not a useful general principle.

#9 Comment By E. Potson On August 22, 2016 @ 12:45 am

Rod: “Care to revise your position in light of Gov. Edwards’s words on CNN today, thanking Trump for coming?”

Why would I change my view that it’s pathetic insecurity that causes people to whine that the President, at the request of the Governor, hasn’t shown up to make them feel good? I have no problem with Trump having visited or with the Governor thanking him for the visit.

If possible, try to think dispassionately about what your complaints over the past week boil down to. You acknowledge the President and the federal government have done a very good job responding to the flood. You acknowledge the Governor has asked Obama not to visit right now. And, you acknowledge that Hillary Clinton has helped raise $400,000 to support the survivors. Yet, your feelings are hurt and you feel disrespected because Obama and Clinton haven’t tweeted more about the floods or made personal visits against the wishes of the Governor. This reveals much more about your own insecurities and persecution complex than it could ever tell us about whether Obama and Clinton aren’t interested in helping people in LA.

Seriously, people all over this country have suffered through horrible natural disasters that received less media attention than the BR flood. You didn’t complain then about a lack of presidential visits or statements. You don’t hear the survivors of those disasters complaining that nobody respects them or that the government doesn’t care about their feelings. Why is your experience so special? Why must the President and a presidential candidate come take a photo-op there. Why can’t you be satisfied with a President who cares enough to staff FEMA competently, tries to adequately fund it and who is doing everything he possibly can to prevent climate change, which is the most likely cause of this?

Instead, you support the politicians who won’t staff FEMA competently, want to defund FEMA and deny the very existence of climate change. I personally don’t care which politicians you support because you live in a state that will have no effect on the election, but as someone who belatedly realizes that he’s been used as a pawn by the GOP, you may want to reconsider what matters in an elected official.

#10 Comment By E. Potson On August 22, 2016 @ 1:24 am

As an addendum, the following link provides a list of the worst natural disasters in the U.S. You’ll notice most natural disasters over the past 20 years were significantly more deadly and more destructive than the current BR flood. If you do a Google search, you’ll also notice that Obama usually did not visit the disaster areas and on those occasions when he did, it was about a week after the disaster first occurred.

There is nothing unusual about the way Obama is handling this current disaster.

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#11 Comment By Chris 1 On August 22, 2016 @ 1:28 am

…we as a species are simply not well enough organized to do anything effective.

We, as a species, managed to ban the pumping of lead into the atmosphere on a worldwide basis.

We could deal with this as well, but first we have to take the veto away from the crazified 27%.

[NFR: What are you going to do with China and India? — RD]

#12 Comment By M_Young On August 22, 2016 @ 2:34 am

“Obstruction of justice is a federal crime.”

Well, since we are off on tangents…Yes it is. So is perjury. Bill Clinton was clearly guilty of both. That, not ‘sex with an intern’ is why he was impeached.

#13 Comment By dave On August 22, 2016 @ 7:27 am

@E Potson, I have to disagree. People who lose their homes the way these folks have are not pathetic nor whiny, though insecure is, I have to think, accurate.

There were some terrorist attacks in France and afterwards all these people changed their profile pictures on social media to display a French flag. I don’t know that changing a profile picture materially affected the response, so I suppose one could say everyone who did that was silly. But it displayed solidarity, I think, and that is important sometimes.

I don’t want to convey a false idea, so I’m a poor religious, but was brought up in a culture steeped in stories of redemption, and in many ways that is what this story could be – the national story, the larger discourse. There are so many unhealed wounds from the past – one being Katrina and the response of the Federal Government. So here we are, another Louisiana flood, and it’s an opportunity to salve some old wrongs. You know, seems Obama has been trying for 7 or 8 years now to reach out across the aisle and find some sort of unity with the right. So he could do both of these things, he could express regret for his criticism of former President Bush for failing to visit New Orleans, and he could also express solidarity with the people of Louisiana as they cope with this overwhelming event. Those are salves, and that’s a redemptive story.

He could have done that with the floods in West Virginia, also. I don’t expect he will this go round, but he might. He does tend to have a measured response to events, I suppose one could say. So we’ll see.

#14 Comment By Hector_St_Clare On August 22, 2016 @ 8:18 am

We, as a species, managed to ban the pumping of lead into the atmosphere on a worldwide basis.

Carbon, and specifically carbon oxidation, is rather more critical to humans and all other biological life than lead is. I’m sure you know that.

Global warming (and please, can we get rid of the meaningless euphemism ‘climate change’) needs to be addressed, as soon as possible, but I think serious geo-engineering efforts need to be part of the solution as much as lowering or going negative with our carbon dioxide output. This is partly because unlike, well, lead, higher carbon dioxide levels have advantages as well as disadvantages.

#15 Comment By Chris 1 On August 22, 2016 @ 9:20 am

[NFR: What are you going to do with China and India? — RD]

The very same thing we did when leaded additives to gasoline were phased out…get to work and give it a little time.

When Al Gore presented An Inconvenient Truth the right wing scoffed, and then it descended to ad hominem (did you see Al Gore’s house, how green is that?) and etc., but you’re living what was denied would ever happen.

And the denial continues in denying that there’s anything anyone can do, so let’s do nothing. If you lived your moral life this way you’d be a wreck.

We can do more, we can do better, it’s a choice. And, believe it or not, we can even get China and India to come along…we always have.

#16 Comment By Oakinhou On August 22, 2016 @ 9:48 am

“[NFR: What are you going to do with China and India? — RD]”

Two comments:
First, a technical one;

I don’t know about India, but China is doing a lot and has actually taken measures in its power generation sector, including a massive increase in renewable (wind) power generation, a country wide conversion to natural gas, and stringent regulations on the efficiency of newly built coal plants.

Being a growing country of 1.4 bn people, these measures will not “reduce” the total emissions, but will significantly “bend the curve” of the increase. That’s more than what the USA is doing.

Second, a personal observation:

Rod, you do this a lot: “Yes, I would support making an effort about this, or a compromise about that (like accommodating both religious and LGBT rights in one single action) but the other party will never accept it, so I won’t even try, because it will never work, and it’s all because the other party won’t ever let it happen”

Can you imagine if Mother Theresa had said to herself “I want to help sick poor, dying, people, but why bother, if they won’t stop drinking polluted water and getting sick and dying”?

Even if you think it that other parties won’t collaborate, or would sabotage your efforts to do what it’s right, that shouldn’t stop you doing it yourself.

#17 Comment By Oakinhou On August 22, 2016 @ 10:19 am

Hector_St_Clare:

“Global warming (and please, can we get rid of the meaningless euphemism ‘climate change’)…”

That’s great, until the next big snow storm in Boston or somewhere, and the army of denialists in Congress and FOX trip over each other screaming: “I thought the world was supposed to get hotter. Boston sure could use some global warming now”. So me, I’m sticking with climate change.

And yes, I understand the mechanism through which increased world temperature results in increased snow storms in the Northeast (and stronger rains in the Gulf area)

#18 Comment By E. Potson On August 22, 2016 @ 11:30 am

dave: “People who lose their homes the way these folks have are not pathetic nor whiny, though insecure is, I have to think, accurate.”

Yes, but the people who’ve lost homes are not the ones complaining about a lack of presidential tweets or visits. It’s political pundits, talk radio hosts, blog writers and blog commenters who are complaining about a lack of tweets and visits, and their primary complaint is not that LA isn’t getting the help it needs as a result of a lack of tweets and visits. No, to these folks this supposed lack of tweets and visits shows disrespect. That is pathetic, whiny, insecure, self-absorbed and a host of other bad things.

[NFR: Hey darlin’, what have YOU given to flood relief? Contributions to the Hillary campaign don’t count. — RD]

#19 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On August 22, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

The liberals here trying to convince us that conservative views about limited government should imply that a President should not visit a disaster zone to raise awareness for relief efforts are beyond thick and obviously desperate.

How so? You seem to want to have your small government cake and eat your direct federal responsibility too. Calling the questions “thick and desperate” doesn’t make your point, it merely shows how passionately you don’t want your mindset disturbed by difficult questions.

I’ve live long enough to learn that there is a balancing point where we get optimum results… individual and community, what government should do and what government cannot do, etc. But if you push an ideological line, you may be asked about inconvenient inconsistencies in practice.

#20 Comment By Eamus Catuli On August 22, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

M_Young:

You might want to study up. (Actually, that could be said to you on many, many issues.) Perjury is lying on a point that is “material” to the case. The judge in the Paula Jones lawsuit ruled that Bill’s relationship with Monica was not material to it, hence, no perjury.

But yeah, if it had been perjury, of course it’s every bit as bad as a president ordering federal agencies to break the law and obstruct a criminal investigation in order to cover up his subordinates’ illegal eavesdropping on political opponents. Yep. Sure is.

#21 Comment By Eamus Catuli On August 22, 2016 @ 12:40 pm

[NFR: What are you going to do with China and India? — RD]

A tired old GOP talking point that shows that whoever hauls it out just hasn’t been following the issue. Here are primers from Jonathan Chait:

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To quote one paragraph that’s on point:

It is obviously far from a settled fact that China will actually fulfill its commitments. (Or, for that matter, that the United States will — a Republican president in 2017 could, and probably would, bring American emissions reductions to a screeching halt.) At the same time, people who closely study Chinese politics report that it has well-considered internal reasons for reducing carbon pollution, not even considering the general interest it shares with the rest of humanity in mitigating a global calamity. Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations, who has previously expressed skepticism, offers guarded optimism on China’s new promises.

Included is a link to Levi’s article, which is here:

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Further, as to Oakinhou’s point above:

Rod, you do this a lot: “Yes, I would support making an effort about this, or a compromise about that (like accommodating both religious and LGBT rights in one single action) but the other party will never accept it, so I won’t even try, because it will never work, and it’s all because the other party won’t ever let it happen”

Can you imagine if Mother Theresa had said to herself “I want to help sick poor, dying, people, but why bother, if they won’t stop drinking polluted water and getting sick and dying”?

Conservatives believe in shooting down reform proposals with one of three basic arguments: Perversity, Futility, Jeopardy, to quote the subtitle of the classic book on this syndrome:

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This blog normally highlights “Perversity,” but, as we see, switches to “Futility” when the subject is climate change.

#22 Comment By JonF On August 22, 2016 @ 12:46 pm

Re: Bill Clinton was clearly guilty of both. That, not ‘sex with an intern’ is why he was impeached.

In what way was Bill Clinton guilty of “Obstruction of justice”? I am unaware of any criminal investigation he interfered in.
Also, Clinton was not even guilty of perjury in a the purely legal sense of the term, since the lies he told (yes, they were lies) were not germane to the matter on which he was testifying. A perjury charge requires that to be true.

#23 Comment By Eamus Catuli On August 22, 2016 @ 12:48 pm

Sorry, should have acknowledged @Chris 1 on this as well:

And the denial continues in denying that there’s anything anyone can do, so let’s do nothing. If you lived your moral life this way you’d be a wreck.

It’s a classic example of the “Futility” argument. Seriously, Albert O. Hirschman’s book explains a vast amount of conservative rhetoric. Here’s the Amazon link:

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Another of his books, Exit, Voice and Loyalty (see further link on that Amazon page), is also important and could helpfully explain, for instance, different responses to the Catholic abuse scandals.

#24 Comment By JonF On August 22, 2016 @ 1:19 pm

Re: This is interesting: “Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) said Sunday that Donald Trump has helped draw attention to recovery efforts after the recent devastating floods in his state.

Edwards reminds me of Christie effusively thanking Obama for aid after Sandy (which aid too many GOP congresscritters did their best to torpedo).

#25 Comment By Andrea Paysinger On August 22, 2016 @ 2:47 pm

The litany of outrage that President Obama did not immediately drop everything and run to Louisiana just seems so ridiculous because this is a STATE THAT HAS A GOVERNOR.
It has LAWS AND WHAT IS KNOW AS STATE’S RIGHTS.

The PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES is ENJOINED BY LAW from ACTING UNTIL THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE REQUESTS IT!

That goes for ANY EMERGENCY, ANY WHERE IN THE COUNTRY!

President Obama had been in touch with Governor Bel Edwards from the first news about the flooding. On August 14 Governor Bel Edwards REQUESTED FEDERAL ASSISTANCE and President Obama DECLARED IT A DISASTER ZONE. In less than 12 hours, FEDERAL PEOPLE were on the ground locally but it takes time to MOVE THINGS. BUT THEY WERE THERE!

And Hillary Clinton has made a substantial donation to flood relief, she just is not making a big deal about it. She never has – it’s part of that Methodist thing. Do good, do not blow your own horn.

#26 Comment By dave On August 22, 2016 @ 6:32 pm

@E. Potson, thanks for the replies, I am about done, I think. I don’t mean to be rude but I do not know that I will respond after this. First, it sounds as if you know some very disagreeable people and I hope that changes. Second, I think one of the posts Dreher put up contains a long part from a fellow who was mucking houses, another from an attorney down there; in the others I believe he often writes that he was out talking to people and was doing a little bit of reporting. You know, my neighbors cousin has been posting to social media but no one really pays attention outside of family; hence, it is nice if people with a larger audience pick up the chain and write about what’s going on. I had the impression that was more or less was the motivation for these posts in the first place. Thanks again.

#27 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On August 22, 2016 @ 10:54 pm

I agree that “political pundits, talk radio hosts, blog writers and blog commenters who are complaining about a lack of tweets and visits” are “pathetic, whiny, insecure, self-absorbed and a host of other bad things.” I also agree that nobody should be questioning the motives of people who are in the midst of mucking out their homes, no matter what they are saying.

If President Obama is smart, he will give very little in the way of speeches, or impromptu talks. He will simply ask as many people as possible, what do you need, what is still lacking, what can we do to help you? If he talks to the press, he will begin by saying “There are times when a visit from the President of the United States is not going to make things better, and might even distract from essential work. I came as soon as people on the ground told me it would be acceptable, and would do more good than harm.”

#28 Comment By M_Young On August 23, 2016 @ 5:18 pm

“You might want to study up. (Actually, that could be said to you on many, many issues.) Perjury is lying on a point that is “material” to the case. The judge in the Paula Jones lawsuit ruled that Bill’s relationship with Monica was not material to it, hence, no perjury.”

Because a ‘relationship’ (is that what it was?) between a boss and an intern half his age has no bearing on how a man treats his female subordinates. Tell that to Roger Ailes.

Seriously, the double standards with you people are astounding.

#29 Comment By M_Young On August 23, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

LGC led me astray with his ‘facts’.

The perjury for which Clinton was had nothing to do with the Paula Jones suit (a civil case in a state court, presided over by a former Clinton student). He was impeached for lying to a federal grand jury. Same goes for the obstruction of justice charge, nothing to do with Paula Jones or civil cases, everything to do with the Federal investigation of Clinton’s doings.

I was out of the country, in Bosnia in fact, at the time, so my ignorance is excusable. My failing to check up the ‘facts’ presented by a Lefty isn’t.