Thursday, July 28, 2016

Speaking Pays, But So Does Crime. Is Being White Racist Per Se?

    She was dreaming Obama was Putin after the                                                                                                                  re-set button


Hillary was paid to make speeches and here is a list of them along with the bucks paid.

I posted this once before but believe it worth posting again in view of the fact that, if elected, Crooked Hillary will be able to appoint enough Supreme Court members to change America in ways that will be impossible to recover from, and those who care about America should think about this before/as they vote.

Freedom is precious but, once lost, it is difficult, if not virtually impossible, to recapture. (See 1 below.)
Erdogan was Obama's closest friend.  Now Turkey, under Erdogan, is on its way to becoming a very orthodox/radical Islamist country and this does not bode well for NATO. One more Obama failure and misjudgment and Democrats talk about Trump? (See 2 below.)
Hamas continues to dig. Does Israel's IDF dig it? (See 3 below.)
A treasure trove of intelligence regarding Islamic terrorism. (See 4 below.)
Now let's hear it for white people. (See 5 and 5a below.)
Krauthammer on Bill's effort to reposition Hillary. (See 6 below.)
1) Pollitical donations disguised as speeches.
By Robert Gehl

Companies are limited in the amount they can donate to political candidates and it is NOT tax deductible.  BUT if a company hires someone to give a speech there is no limit on what they pay that candidate and it is a business expense which IS tax deductible.  Pretty cool.  I love the creativity!

It is embarrassing that our country put someone like this in the election...

Here's The FULL List of 92 Paychecks Hillary Collected From Wall Street.

The media’s going nuts that Hillary Clinton took three big paychecks for three speeches at Goldman Sachs. At $225,000 a pops that’s pretty good scratch – but it’s just the tip of the iceberg.

She’s been very, very busy, raking in millions in a three-year stretch since she left her post as the Secretary of State.

Her defense? It varies from “It’s what they offered me” to the hilarious, “I happen to think we need more conversations about what’s going on in the world.”

Pricey “conversations” indeed.

Here’s a list of the 92 “conversations” that Clinton has had in just the past three years. The total: $21.7 million.’s been very, very busy.

What did Hillary promise in all these speeches?

What was her advice to Deutche Bank, Cisco and the Council of Insurance Agents? What did she tell eBay?

Or the “American Camping Association” and why on earth would the American Camping Association pay $260,000 to hear from Hillary?

Has she ever been camping?

We may never know because she refuses to tell us.

What Hillary discloses to us peasants is on a “need to know” basis only.

Robert Gehl is a college professor in Phoenix, Arizona. He has over 15 years journalism experience, including two Associated Press awards. He lives in Glendale with his wife and two young children.



By Yochanan Visser

President Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey is continuing an unprecedented crack-down on his opponents after the failed coup on Friday June 15 and the announcement of the state of emergency five days later.
On Saturday the Turkish leader signed a degree that authorized the closure of 1,043 private schools, 1,229 charities and foundations, 19 trade unions, 15 universities and 35 medical institutions.
He justified the closures by claiming that all had links to the Gulen movement that he claims was behind the failed coup.
In a speech to the Turkish parliament late Friday, Erdogan vowed to bring supporters of the “terrorist” movement to justice. A day later Amnesty International reported the first cases of torture of detainees by the regime.
He also called upon Turks to attend rallies in support of “democracy” and against the perpetrators of the coup. Erdogan’s government is organizing rallies in several Turkish cities and offers citizens free transportation to these mass demonstrations.
Turkey’s Supreme Military Council will meet Thursday under the supervision of Erdogan, to discuss the “restructuring” of the Turkish military that has already lost 163 generals and admirals since the purge began.
On Monday the purge was widened to Turkish Airlines. The Anadolu news agency reported that more than 100 employees of Turkish Airlines were fired because of commands from Erdogan.
The Turkish dictator also targeted journalists again. Broadcaster NTV reported that 42 journalists had been detained since the coup, according to Reuters.
The crackdown will likely leave Turkey without sufficient manpower to run the country Professor Dror Zeevi of Ben Gurion University in Israel warned.
“The public sector will crash. The education system, the judicial system, and (others) will be dealt a heavy blow… And the people Erdogan instates will be far less familiar with the areas they will be charged with handling and have no experience,” the expert on Turkey told the Israeli news site Walla.
The Israeli professor compared the purge in Turkey to Stalin’s Great Purge in Russia during the 1930s. Those purges weakened the Soviet Union military and encouraged Nazi Germany to launch the Second World War according to Ze’evi.
In Turkey’s case, Erdogan’s purge could trigger a process similar to the Iranian revolution and cause Turkey to become the Sunni equivalent of the Islamic Republic or the real Islamic State.
Iranian analyst Shabnam Assadollahi says that Islamic State operatives in Turkey are helping Erdogan’s party AKP create “an atmosphere of fear, rape and horror so that the Turkish seculars won’t protest on the streets.”
“There are over 680 ISIS members assisting Erdogan’s Islamist mobs, vandalizing and attacking. People are so afraid to come out to protest because of ISIS. I’ve never seen people celebrate a state of emergency but ISIS is everywhere celebrating it,” Assadollahi reported citing contacts in Turkey.
The Iranian analyst, who is now living in Canada, says that there are many similarities between what happened in the early stages of the Iranian Islamic Revolution and what is happening now in Turkey.
“Erdogan has designed an area outside of Istanbul for the dead bodies of those recently killed by his thugs. He won’t allow those bodies to be buried in the public cemetery and named it Hainler Mezari or Traitors Cemetery, exactly like how Khomeini designated the Khavaran Cemetery outside of Tehran for the bodies of political prisoners who were executed in the early days of the Islamic Revolution,” Assadollahi told Rachel Avraham of Jerusalem Online.
The Islamization of Turkey and the rise of Erdogan’s dictatorship did not happen in a vacuum Assadollahi said:
Towards the end of the 1980s, there was a huge Islamization of Turkey. Iran started to work very hard through its embassy in Ankara feeding less fortunate Turks and then paying them to dress as Muslims, to send their children to mosques, and we started to see an excessive number of kindergarten kids. In Turkey, they feed many Turks and Gulen did the same over the last 30 years. You see that these two figures Khomeini and Gulen changed Turkey.
“Go back to Khomeini’s motto: ‘I will export Islam to the world.’ Where are we 37 years afterwards?” she said.
The Gatestone Insitute analyst claims that Erdogan copied a tactic used by the Islamist regime in Tehran to quell possible protests by secular Turks during the “failed coup.” Ahmadinejad used Lebanese, Iraqi and Palestinian gunman to shoot on protesters during the Green Revolution in 2009 she told Avraham.
Erdogan’s special forces now use this tactic to intimidate the secular Turks and other opponents.
“There are over 600 Turkish Special Forces for Erdogan trained in Syria and now they are all back together with ISIS who are helping Erdogan. So if the seculars are not protesting, it is because of the atmosphere of fear that he created,”Assadollahi said.
The Iranian analyst also thinks the coup was staged by Erdogan:
Erdogan called all the governments in the world. If there was a coup, why did the Foreign Ministry inform all of the countries that there has been a coup? If there was a coup, how much power and time do they have? Don’t they have to save their president? If there was a coup, he should have told the people to remain in their homes, not go out into the streets. But he told them that he would be at the Istanbul Airport and he came by airplane. Khomeini did the same thing by arriving by airplane and so many people waited for him.
She accused the Obama administration of collaborating with the Islamist regimes in Tehran and Ankara.
“The Obama administration has stipulated to the Voice of America Persian and Turkish desk that they are not allowed to air anything against U.S. foreign policy for these countries,” Assadollahi said.
“All of the Western world followed the same language Obama used after the coup failed… Erdogan has to follow the rule of law and democracy. Why is the West allowing another Islamic Republic of Iran?” the Iranian dissident concluded.



Unnamed officials say there is ‘no perfect solution’ to threat posed by subterranean cross-border network

Brig. Gen. Michael Edelstein, Gaza Division commander, inside a terror tunnel that leads from the Gaza Strip to Israel, in November 2013 (Times of Israel/Mitch Ginsburg/File)
Hamas is digging more than six miles of tunnels each month toward Israel, which has no guaranteed techniques for detecting them, Israeli officials said Wednesday.
Amid an ongoing argument among politicians and bereaved Israeli families over whether the Netanyahu government dealt with the Hamas tunnel threat appropriately and effectively before and during the 2014 war in Gaza, the unnamed Israeli defense and diplomatic officials were quoted by Channel 2 news as saying that Israel knows that Hamas is constantly extending its underground network.
“We have no perfect solution” to the threat, the officials were quoted as saying, “and neither does any other country.”
Israel located and destroyed two Hamas attack tunnels in April and May. Both were discovered in the southern Gaza Strip and ran into Israeli territory.
The tunnels were the first discovered inside Israeli territory since the end of the war in the Gaza Strip in the summer of 2014. During that operation, dubbed in Israel Operation Protective Edge, at least 34 tunnels were discovered and destroyed by Israeli forces, many of them leading into Israeli territory.

A picture taken on May 6, 2016 from the Israeli side of the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip shows the exit of a newly unearthed Hamas attack tunnel. (AFP Photo/Jack Guez)
A number of tunnels were used by Hamas fighters to infiltrate Israel and carry out deadly attacks on troops during the 2014 conflict.
Following the 50-day conflict with Hamas in the Strip, Israel invested an estimated NIS 1 billion (approximately $250 million) in developing a detection system to locate such tunnels.
The anonymous statements given to Channel 2 emerged as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took flak from rival politicians for the handling of the conflict ahead of its second anniversary.
Netanyahu has claimed he was well-apprised of the threat posed by Hamas tunnels ahead of the war, dismissing claims that he was caught off guard.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett had accused Netanyahu Tuesday morning of refusing to learn from mistakes in the lead-up to the war.
“Every platoon leader draws conclusions at the end of an exercise in order to prevent future mistakes and to improve,” Bennett, who heads the right-wing Jewish Home party, wrote on Twitter. “What is true for an infantry division is doubly true for the diplomatic-security leadership of the State of Israel.”
An unnamed Likud official later said Bennett’s accusations were a “total lie.”
“Bennett’s comments sound nice. It’s a shame it’s a total lie,” the Likud official said.


By Eric Schmitt

A fighter with an American-backed militia blindfolded a reputed Islamic State prisoner last month in the northern Syrian town of Manbij, where the intelligence was found.
(Credit Delil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — The United States is poring over a vast trove of new intelligence about Islamic State fighters who have flowed into Syria and Iraq and some who then returned to their home countries, information that American officials say could help fight militants on the battlefield and prevent potential plotters from slipping into Europe.
American-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab militias have seized more than 10,000 documents and 4.5 terabytes of digital data in recent weeks while fighting insurgents in Manbij in northern Syria, near the Turkish border, a major hub for Islamic State fighters entering and leaving Syria, American officials said.
An initial American review of the material offers new clues about “foreign fighters, the networks, where they’re from,” according to Brett McGurk, President Obama’s special envoy for combating the Islamic State. Other officials said the information included the fighters’ identities, countries of origin, routes into Syria and the illicit networks that recruited and ferried them to the region. Those details are being shared with allies to help stanch the flow of militants.
“We want to make sure that all that information is disseminated in a coherent way among our coalition partners,” Mr. McGurk said last week, during a meeting of foreign and defense ministers in Washington, “so that we can track the networks from the core and all the way to wherever the dots might connect, whether that is in Europe or in North Africa or Southeast Asia.”
It is the largest single trove seized in the fight against the Islamic State since Delta Force commandos raided the home of a top Islamic State financier in eastern Syria in May 2015. That operation carried off laptops, cellphones and other materials that led to airstrikes against top terrorist leaders and opened a valuable window into how the group manages its finances, brokers hostages for ransom and delegates duties within its self-proclaimed caliphate.
The latest seizure comes as a failed coup in Turkey has cast new doubts on that country’s ability and willingness to deploy military and other security forces to seal its long border with Syria.
Many senior Turkish officers have been detained in a post-coup crackdown, leading American officials to worry that Turkish counterterrorism efforts will be weakened.

A Syrian militia fighter walked through an area of Manbij that was captured from the Islamic State. (Credit Rodi Said/Reuters)
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter, among others, has repeatedly criticized Turkey for not doing to enough to stem the flow of fighters across its frontier. That complaint had only recently started to fade as the Turkish authorities responded to attacks in their country linked to the Islamic State.
American intelligence agencies estimate that nearly 43,000 fighters from more than 120 countries — including 250 Americans among 7,400 Westerners — have gone or tried to go to Syria and Iraq since 2011.
While Turkey’s border tightening and other intelligence and law enforcement measures have by some estimates cut in half the monthly flow into Syria and Iraq, American analysts say as many as 500 to 1,000 fighters a month are still pouring in, with hundreds of others heeding the Islamic State’s call to go to affiliates in Libya or Afghanistan instead, or remain at home and carry out attacks from there.
Earlier this month, a top United Nations official said that nearly 30,000 of those foreign fighters remained in Syria and Iraq — far more than Western intelligence agencies had estimated. The official, Jean-Paul Laborde, a United Nations assistant secretary general and head of its counterterrorism committee, told reporters in Geneva that as the Islamic State loses territory in Iraq and Syria, “we are seeing them return, not only to Europe but to all of their countries of origin, like Tunisia, Morocco.”
American military and intelligence analysts are combing through the documents and electronic data recovered in Manbij, hoping to add to their growing knowledge of the rosters of Islamic State fighters and to help identify, locate and attack fighters in Syria and Iraq.
In a speech Wednesday at Fort Bragg, N.C., Mr. Carter described Manbij as “a key transit point for external plotters threatening our homelands. And there we’re already beginning to gain and exploit intelligence that’s helping us map their networks of foreign fighters.”
Another use of the documents is, as Mr. McGurk said, to alert foreign intelligence and counterterrorism services across Europe, the Mideast and North Africa, even as a spate of terrorist attacks in France and Germany — some apparently inspired by the Islamic State — have roiled Europe.
Any information from the Manbij trove would augment the activities of a sensitive intelligence-coordination center at a military base in Jordan called Operation Gallant Phoenix.

An Islamic State flag on a road last month in Manbij. (Credit Delil Souleiman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)
At the base, military, counterterrorism and law enforcement agencies from several countries use publicly available software to sift through open-source information. The Pentagon-led effort has caused turf war tensions with the C.I.A. in Jordan, but supporters of the program have prevailed, sending names and other leads back to foreign capitals for investigation.
The latest trove of documents was collected in various locations in the region around Manbij, where Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters, backed by American Special Operations commandos, have battled Islamic State fighters at a crucial junction between the Turkish border and Raqqa, the Islamic State’s de facto capital in Syria.
“The operation in Manbij is about shutting down the main corridor from Raqqa and then out, in which some of the attackers that launched the Paris attacks we know traveled through that route,” Mr. McGurk said, referring to the Islamic State’s assault on Paris in November. “By shutting that down, you make it harder for them to kind of plan the larger-scale, kind of more coordinated attacks.”
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain, has reported that more than 100 civilians have died in airstrikes in and around Manbij since late May, when the American-backed militias started their offensive against Islamic State fighters there.
The documents recovered in Manbij recall an American commando raid in the summer of 2007 on a suspected Qaeda safe house in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border. That assault yielded documents containing information about Syrian smuggling networks used to move foreign fighters into Iraq to fight for Al Qaeda. The most significant discovery was a collection of biographical sketches that listed hometowns, dates of birth, aliases and other details for more than 700 fighters brought into Iraq since August 2006. American officials later used the information to pressure the fighters’ home countries to crack down on the flow.
American officials express confidence that the latest cache will yield similar insights.
“We are learning more about Daesh at all levels from this,” said Col. Christopher Garver, a spokesman for the United States military in Iraq, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.
“We’ve learned about how they organize their governance structures to ensure they can completely control all aspects of daily life, from religious practice, to education to tax collection and management of central services.”
“We have a better understanding of how Daesh facilitates foreign fighter movements into and out of Syria and Iraq, which gives us valuable insight into stopping the flow of foreign fighters into the region,” Colonel Garver said.
5) Black Lives Matter Perspective

Hello. Don’t recognize me? That’s OK; I Understand.  My name was Antonio West. I was the child who was shot in the face at point blank range by two black teens, who were attempting to rob my mother, who was also shot. I think my murder and my mommy’s wounding made the news for maybe a day, and then disappeared.
A Grand Jury of my mommy's peers from Brunswick, Georgia ruled the black teens who murdered me will not face the death penalty... too bad it was me who got the death sentence from my killers instead, because Mommy didn’t have the money they demanded. See, my family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood, but my murder wasn’t ruled a ‘hate crime’.
Oh, and President NObama didn’t take a single moment to acknowledge my murder. He couldn’t have any children who could possibly look like me - so why should he care?
I’m one of the youngest murder victims in our great Nation's history, but the media didn’t care to cover the story of my being killed in cold blood.
There isn’t a white equivalent of Al Sharpton (Dullton), because if there was he would be branded a ‘racist’. So no one’s rushing to Brunswick, Georgia to demonstrate and demand ‘justice’ for me. There’s no ‘White Panther’ party, either, to put a bounty on the lives of the two black teens who murdered me.
I have no voice, I have no representation, and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat innocently in my stroller - I no longer have my life.  Isn’t this a great country?
So while you’re out seeking ‘justice for Trayvon’ and Michael Brown, please remember to seek ‘justice’ for me. Tell your friends about me, tell you families, get tee-shirts with my face on them, and make the world pay attention, just like you did for Trayvon.
I won’t hold my breath, I don’t have to anymore.
Part II:
7/18- Jimmie Norman, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/18- Terry Taylor, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/17- Cindy Raygoza, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
7/11- Luis Aguilar, 91 year old hispanic male murdered by black male. No national news.                                          
7/10- Brittany Simpson, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
7/6- Sarah Goode, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
7/6- Jeffrey Westerfield, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/5- Perry Renn, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/3- Laurey Kennedy, white female still in coma from beating by black male. No national news.
7/3 Eric Mollet, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/2 Rupert Anderson, white male murdered by black male. No national news.
7/2 Jennifer Kingeter, white female murdered by black male. No national news.
6/30 Jim Brennan, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/29 Paul Shephard, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/27 Shirley Barone, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/27 Penelope Spencer, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/27 Inga Evans, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/26 Jake Rameau, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/25 Gina Burger, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/24 Nathan Dasher, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/22 Jonathan Price, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/20 John Whitmore, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/18 John Yingling,white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/17 Allyn Reeves, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/15 Michael Beaver, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/11 Angela Cook, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/11 Nathan Hall, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/7 Harry Briggs, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/5 Laura Bachman, white female, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/2 Robert Mohler, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
6/1 William Headley, white male, murdered by black male. No national news.
All this in just 48 days yet no national news. Want to know why?
Because this happens EVERY single day in America and we are used to it.
Yet a THUG getting shot by a Police Officer doing his job, 20 minutes after the THUG committed a robbery, makes national news! So why is this everyday phenomenal rate of blacks killing whites, not to mention the far worse rate at which blacks kill each other, generates riots or is addressed by black leaders as a problem within their community, but an occasional killing of a black by a white police officer, a black who is usually doing something dangerously criminal, becomes a riot?
When the statistics speak we see that there is an epidemic of violence coming from within the black community that seriously endangers the remainder of the population. So, where is the true injustice and tragedy?

We have a black president, a black attorney general and an irresponsible press committed to misleading the people of this country because it fits their liberal 'politically correct' agenda and it’s getting worse not better.  Think about it when you vote in November. 

I have been wondering about why Whites are racists,
and no other race is...

Proud to be White
Michael Richards makes his point...

Michael Richards better known as Kramer
from TVs' Seinfeld does make a good point.
This was his defense speech in court
after making racial comments in his comedy act.
In it he raised a few interesting points...

Someone finally said it.
But how many are actually paying attention to this?

There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans,
Arab Americans, etc.
And then there are just Americans...
You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.

You call me 'White boy', 'Cracker', 'Honkey', 'Whitey', 'Caveman'...
And that's OK...
But when I call you Nigger, Kike,
Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink...
You call me a racist.

You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you...
So why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live in?

You have the United Negro College Fund.
You have Martin Luther King Day.
You have Black History Month.
You have Cesar Chavez Day.
You have Yom Hashoah.
You have Ma'uled Al-Nabi.
You have the NAACP.
You have BET...

Imagine if we had WET
(White Entertainment Television)...
we'd be racists.

If we had a White Pride Day,
you would call us racists.

If we had White History Month,
we'd be racists.

If we had any organization for whites only to 'advance' OUR lives,
we'd be racists.

We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce,
and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.
Wonder who pays for that???

A white woman could not be in the
Miss Black American pageant,
but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.

If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships...
You know we'd be racists.

There are over 60 openly proclaimed
Black Colleges in the US ...
Yet if there were 'White colleges',
that would be a racist college.

In the Million Men March,
you believed that you were marching for your race and rights.
If we marched for our race and rights,
you would call us racists.

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange,
and you're not afraid to announce it.
But when we announce our white pride,
you call us racists.

You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us.
when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.

I am proud...
But you call me a racist.

Why is it that only whites can be racists???

That's why
we have LOST most of OUR RIGHTS
in this country.
We won't stand up for ourselves!
It's not a crime YET...
But getting very close!


What’s the case for Hillary Clinton?

“The best darn change maker I ever met in my entire life.” So said Bill Clinton in making the case for his wife at the Democratic National Convention. Considering that Bernie Sanders ran as the author of a political revolution and Donald Trump as the man who would “kick over the table” (to quote Newt Gingrich) in Washington, “change maker” does not exactly make the heart race.

Which is the fundamental problem with the Hillary Clinton campaign. What precisely is it about? Why is she running in the first place?

Like most dynastic candidates (most famously Ted Kennedy in 1979), she really doesn’t know. She seeks the office because, well, it’s the next — the final — step on the ladder.

Her campaign’s premise is that we’re doing okay but we can do better. There are holes to patch in the nanny-state safety net. She’s the one to do it.

It amounts to Sanders lite. Or the short-lived Bush slogan: “Jeb can fix it.” We know where that went.
The one man who could have given the pudding a theme, who could have created a plausible Hillaryism was Bill Clinton. Rather than do that — the way in Cleveland Gingrich shaped Trump’s various barstool eruptions into a semi-coherent program of national populism — Bill gave a long chronological account of a passionate liberal’s social activism. It was an attempt, I suppose, to humanize her.

Well, yes. Perhaps, after all, somewhere in there is a real person. But what a waste of Bill’s talents. It wasn’t exactly Clint Eastwood speaking to an empty chair, but at the end you had to ask: Is that all there is?
He grandly concluded with this: “The reason you should elect her is that in the greatest country on Earth we have always been about tomorrow.” Is there a rhetorical device more banal?

Trump’s acceptance speech was roundly criticized for offering a dark, dystopian vision of America. For all of its exaggeration, however, it reflected well the view from Fishtown, the fictional white working-class town created statistically by social scientist Charles Murray in his 2012 study “Coming Apart.” It chronicled the economic, social and spiritual disintegration of those left behind by globalization and economic transformation. Trump’s capture of the resultant feelings of anxiety and abandonment explains why he enjoys an astonishing 39-point advantage over Clinton among whites without a college degree.

His solution is to beat up on foreigners for “stealing” our jobs. But while trade is a factor in the loss of manufacturing jobs, even more important, by a large margin, is the emergence of an information economy in which education, knowledge and various kinds of literacy are the coin of the realm. For all the factory jobs lost to Third World competitors, far more are lost to robots.

Hard to run against higher productivity. Easier to run against cunning foreigners.
In either case, Clinton has found no counter. If she has a theme, it’s about expanding opportunity, shattering ceilings. But the universe of discriminated-against minorities — so vast 50 years ago — is rapidly shrinking. When the burning civil rights issue of the day is bathroom choice for the transgendered, a flummoxed Fishtown understandably asks, “What about us?” Telling coal miners she was going to close their mines and kill their jobs only reinforced white working-class alienation from Clinton.

As for the chaos abroad, the Democrats are in see-no-evil denial. The first night in Philadelphia, there were 61 speeches. Not one mentioned the Islamic State or even terrorism. Later references were few, far between and highly defensive. After all, what can the Democrats say? Clinton’s calling card is experience. Yet as secretary of state she left a trail of policy failures from Libya to Syria, from the Russian reset to the Iraqi withdrawal to the rise of the Islamic State.

Clinton had a strong second half of the convention as the Sanders revolt faded and as President Obama endorsed her with one of the finer speeches of his career. Yet Trump’s convention bounce of up to 10 points has given him a slight lead in the polls. She badly needs one of her own.

She still enjoys the Democrats’ built-in electoral college advantage. But she remains highly vulnerable to both outside events and internal revelations. Another major terror attack, another email drop — and everything changes.

In this crazy election year, there are no straight-line projections. As Clinton leaves Philadelphia, her lifelong drive for the ultimate prize is perilously close to a coin flip.

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