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From ‘Man Of The World’: Steve Bannon’s Nonprofiteering

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From ‘Man Of The World’: Steve Bannon’s Nonprofiteering

Steve Bannon, head of the news website Breitbart News, was named to the new position of campaign chief executive officer. Bannon, a conservative flamethrower was referred to by ousted Corey Lewandowski as "a street fighter" like himself. The campaign statement announcing the changes touted a Bloomberg Politics article that branded Bannon "the most dangerous political operative in America." REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Before Donald Trump appointed Stephen K. Bannon as his presidential campaign’s “CEO’ this week, he was known in media and political circles as the abrasive chief of Breitbart.com — the right-wing website that increasingly reflects white nationalist ideology.

Over the past few several years, however, Bannon has also chaired a shadowy nonprofit group in Tallahassee, Florida called the “Government Accountability Institute.” Its president is Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, the 2015 HarperCollins bestseller that purported to reveal corruption and self-dealing at the Clinton Foundation. Found to contain many errors and distortions, the book was described in mainstream news outlets as “widely discredited” by the time Trump cited it in a speech attacking the Clintons last spring.

My forthcoming book, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton, examines the background of the GAI and its promotion of Clinton Cash. A close look at Bannon, Schweizer, and the GAI reveals that their complaints about the Clinton Foundation represent a textbook example of what psychologists call “projection” — that is, attributing their own questionable behavior and motives to someone else, such as a political adversary.

Exactly how questionable is difficult to tell since, unlike the Clinton Foundation, Bannon and Schweizer have failed to disclose the GAI’s tax forms or other pertinent information from 2015. What follows is excerpted from Man of the World:

When the Government Accountability Institute first appeared on the scene during the 2012 election cycle, the new “nonpartisan” entity almost immediately launched a series of harsh attacks on President Obama that were later determined to be inaccurate by the Washington Post fact-checkers. Eventually, researchers uncovered at least one important source of the money behind the “institute”—an eccentric right-wing hedge-fund executive named Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, based in New York, whose family foundation had given millions of dollars to Schweizer in 2013 and 2014.

The extent of Mercer’s specific support for Clinton Cash is not known, although it seems to have been the main project of GAI during that period. But when HarperCollins editor Adam Bellow, a friend of Schweizer, brought in the book, Schweizer alerted the publisher that GAI’s wealthy supporters were prepared to spend big to promote the book. Without seeking approval from HarperCollins for ads or media outlets, the GAI ran its own Clinton Cash publicity campaign.

The GAI has yet to release its 990 IRS form for 2015, so any specific expenditures on advertising for Clinton Cash remain secret. So does the disposition of the book’s advance and royalties. If Schweizer spent his nonprofit’s money promoting a book whose proceeds accrued to him personally, that would appear to represent precisely the kind of self-dealing for which he had indicted the Clintons. In 2013, the organization disclosed spending more than $100,000 for advertising on the Breitbart website—a company that happened to be chaired by Stephen Bannon, who also chairs the GAI board.

Yes, Bannon spent his nonprofit’s tax-exempt funding to support the profitable media company that he chairs. No wonder Trump likes him so much.

Joe Conason

A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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  1. Dominick Vila August 20, 2016

    Trump’s new campaign management team are a refined mix of Rush Limbaugh, David Duke, and Omar Mateen. The record of these individuals, which ranges from making libelous claims against President Obama, Bill Clinton, to allegations of sexual harassment, highlights the desperation of a man who lacks a moral compass, the qualifications to be president, and the judgment to be Commander in Chief. His condescending attempt to get African American support highlights how detached from reality, and how arrogant, The Donald and his new team are. What they don’t understand, besides the fact that many African Americans are intelligent, prosperous, and valuable citizens, is that what ethnic and cultural minorities expect is respect, and the same rights and opportunities afforded to everyone else, rather than condescending speeches that only confirm the arrogance and cynicism of their detractors.

    1. tbs August 20, 2016

      How you can tie David Duke (KKK) in this is beyond me, as he endorsed and donated, to Hilky’s Campaign? You must be confused again!
      In no way is Trump condescending to get the African American vote! He is trying to say it is everyone’s job to unite us ALL as ONE AMERICA and help out! He has excluded NO ONE and made that very clear!!
      Tell me in the last 60 plus years, I have heard the same ole same ole speeches, from the Democrat nomnees, how they are going to help the African Ametican get jobs, get them out of poverty if they vote for them by giving free things if they do!
      However, in looking at statistics, the African Americans are poorer and in more poverty and crime than ever before! What has the Democratic Party REALLY done for them except use and abuse them for votes?
      Now the Democrars are quickly trying to get illegal immigrants citizen ships to add to their voting collection….BUT with the understanding if they don’t vote for Hilky their citizenship will be revoked! Humph!
      I would say you need to wake up and face reality because these people will soon learn you are the ones who are disrespectful, abusive and rude by using them for your gain to win elections only and never intended to help them!

      1. Uillecc MacUillecc Dubh August 20, 2016

        Notice you talk about “them” in the same way as Trump and his neo-nazi-esque fan base online. I think you are a very confused individual who missed the point of the comment you are commenting on entirely- since you belong to the group anti-black, anti-immigrant and of course anti-Clinton. Your “free stuff” argument gives lie to your mental bankruptcy. Red-state whites consume far more “free-stuff” than all of the minority communities combined. This is researchable, documentable fact that your white-nationalist leaning party will not admit to or ever tell you.

        1. tbs August 24, 2016

          You still did not answer, my remark, about Davd Duke KKK that supports and endorsed Hilty. BUT you certainly jumped on Trump thinking he had accepted David Duke offer, when in act he didn’t!
          So why the difference.
          Also I am not in ANY anti group! So do not compartmentalize me!
          I am for “ALL LIVES MATTER.”
          No my thoughts are the governenment takes my money to pay for the illegal immigrants when our, vets, seniors, poor people and disabled need the help, are citizens, and entitled to it. The illegals are not!
          You are a liberal fast talking liberal troll.
          et a life!

      2. charleo1 August 20, 2016

        Who’s “Hilky?”Anyway, I suggest you ask the 99% of African Americans who aren’t supporting Trump who they believe has their best interests at heart, and why. Ask them if Donald Trump has ever been there for them. If he attended the MLK dedication in D.C.? Or marched with President Obama, and former President Bush, along with the African American Community leaders across the Edmund Pettus Bridge just this last Feb.? Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of that historic march known as “Bloody Sunday.” My point is, when has Trump ever showed up, or acted as though he cared? And now he lamely asked for their support? His plea for support from this community he’s ignored all his life, is more of insult to the African America’s intelligence than anything to be taken seriously.

        1. Dominick Vila August 20, 2016

          I was planning to answer his comment, but after reading yours I see no point in doing that. I think it is also important to point out the unprecedented number of African Americans that go to college, and the large number of successful African American professionals and entrepreneurs, before buying into the stereotype that Trump and his acolytes want us to believe.
          Then again, he may be able to get a 100% increase in African American votes…from 1% to 2%. Who knows?

          1. charleo1 August 20, 2016

            Absolutely! He discounts all of those advances for a white supremacist’s stereotype. And I paraphrase, You have no jobs, your schools are no good, and your neighborhoods are full of crime. In front of a nearly all Caucasian crowd, who was he really speaking to?

      3. King of America August 20, 2016

        Good news! All he has to do if he cares about African American jobs is endorse the Democratic candidate, since they are objectively way better for employment across every demographic (unlike Republicans).

        1. tbs August 24, 2016

          Sure, support a lying crooked money laundering, blood on her hands democrat that coud care less about ANY American or OUR country….except to get our vote so she can thrown us all under the bus and go on her way to the next crime she can get away with to give her more money or power.
          Humph! Not stupid to throw our country or American away!

          1. King of America August 24, 2016

            The Koch brothers are extremely pleased that you’ve credulously bought in to their propaganda. You were money well-spent, a good investment.

      4. Joan August 20, 2016

        Trump’s history with the black community started with his illegal attempts to keep backs out of his housing projects. He further endured himself by attempting to incite a lynch mob against the Central Park Five, who were innocent. He was one of the few public figures who pursued the birth certificate nonsense against our first black President, way past sanity or sense. Recently his campaign has credentialed a white supremacist as one of his delegate to the RNC and as a reporter to the same event. Given Trump’s history, why would black voters trust him- they are not stupid and are well aware that the past is prologue to the future.

        1. tbs August 24, 2016

          Yes the past is the prologue to the future.
          SOOOO after 60 some years of the Democrats promising to help the African Americans, for their vote, nothing has happened and are NO further ahead today ten they were 60 yeara ago if you look at our inner cities.
          Trump also has a lot of African American people who work high up in is organizations and women as well. They love him and it says a lot about him as a person.
          You liberals are all alike…go back under your rock till you can tell or face the truth.

          1. Joan August 27, 2016

            Who are these African Americans who ” work high up in is ( his) organizations?” Who also ” love him”. Why have we not seen and heard from one of what you claim are many at one of his rallies? Did his security detail ” accidentally” throw them out? My post contained verifiable facts – contrasted with your unidentified and hidden yet legion of African American employees with only love in their hearts for the Donald.

      5. Independent1 August 20, 2016

        “How you can tie David Duke (KKK) in this is beyond me, as he endorsed and donated, to Hilky’s Campaign?”

        And aside from posting total BS, you also are a typical right-wing pathological liar; DUKE NEVER ENDORSED OR DONATED TO HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN!!

        See this from ABCnews:

        White Supremacist David Duke Announces US Senate Run With Praise for Donald Trump

        White supremacist and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced a run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana in a web video today, linking his campaign to the message of Donald Trump’s presidential bid.

        “I was the first major candidate in modern times to promote the term and policy of ‘America First,’” Duke said. “We cannot have free trade
        without fair trade.”

        White House Hits Donald Trump for Response to Ex-KKK Grand Wizard David Duke – Paul Ryan Still Not Ready to Endorse Donald Trump

        “I’m overjoyed to see Donald Trump and most Americans embrace most of the issues I’ve championed for years,” he said. ”I’ve always opposed these wars that lead our nation to disaster.”

        Duke endorsed Trump’s presidential run in February, and called on
        supporters to help the New York developer’s White House campaign.


        1. tbs August 24, 2016

          ABC,NBC,CBS,CNN, NYT, etc etc are ALL liberal news outlets.
          But just google it and you will find the KKK did endorse Hillary!
          Hope that isn’t too much work for you to do!

          1. Independent1 August 25, 2016

            What a load of garbage!! I guess that’s why the NYT has tried to out Hillary on a number of things during her campaign huh!!

            There’s no such thing as a liberal news outlet. News outlets are all corporations who are driven by the money; just like the GOP!!!

            If there were any real liberal news outlets publishing the truth about the GOP and the disasters on American lives created by the GOP – the GOP would have ceased to exit decades ago!!!

          2. Independent1 August 25, 2016

            And how doe a news outlet simply publishing A FACT, what David Duke actually said, make it a liberal news outlet or change THE FACT that he’s a Trump supporter!!! What kind of totally dummies are you right-wing idiots????? Man, grow up!!!!!! Get a brain from somewhere!!

      6. Insinnergy August 21, 2016

        You’re a stark raving moron.

        Trump is the single most divisive figure in contemporary American politics. He’s been openly racist, bigoted and flat out rude. He’s openly suggested violence, from beating people up at rallies through to inferring someone should shoot his opponent.

        You either have not been actually listening to his actual words, or you’re willfully ignorant (or paid to be so).

        The fact that he said one sentence about unification in a sea of bullsh!t about division and hate just means he’s stupid.. or he thinks his target audience is. (Or both)

        1. tbs August 24, 2016

          You have not listen to what Trump really said. Go do some research, if it isn ‘t too much work for you, as you will see on U tube what he really said and it is not racists or bigoted. You are nothing more than a fb lazy liberal. Go back and play in the liberal sandbox where you belong!

          1. Independent1 August 25, 2016

            Only mindless idiots such as yourself believe what they see on the highly photoshopped/edited videos on YouTube!!! Are you low IQ Trump supporters ever gullible!!!

          2. Max August 25, 2016

            Only mindless idiots such as yourself believe what they see on the highly propagandized main stream media, and worse than that the stinking BS that spews forth from the lying murdering perverted Wicked Witch of the south’s mouth.. Are you low IQ Hillary supporters ever gullible!!!

            “Political language is designed to make lies
            sound truthful and murder respectable.”
            George Orwell

          3. Independent1 August 26, 2016

            “Political language is designed to make lies
            sound truthful and murder respectable.”
            George Orwell

            Interesting how you should bring up using political language to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable; given that that’s what the GOP does every single day in Congress as MURDEROUS GOP POLITICIANS CONSTANTLY fabricate reality while they’re either refusing to enact laws that will created jobs to improve people’s lives; or they create and pass legislation that cuts budgets or outright tries to repeal legislation that has been proven to make people’s lives better – like cutting SNAP, or cutting funding for the VA that provides healthcare and benefits to are troops; or cutting funding for Medicaid that provides healthcare which saves people’s lives – and on and on.

            It’s interesting you should try to foist away the responsibility of the Party of Death on someone else!!! If you’re talking about murderers – you should know AS YOU SUPPORT THE GOP THAT IS NOTHING BUT THE PARTY OF MURDER!!!!!

          4. Max August 26, 2016

            The only reason I follow you is because you are obviously BATSHITCRAZY!!.. And even though I find it very sad you are emblematic of a BATSHITCrazy party-government that utilizes both parties, the mass media, the entertainment industry, almost every aspect of daily life to lead the most dumbed down pathetic people on earth, people that barely know what planet they are on and by proxy the USA down a path of insanity and ruin.. You and yours serve EVIL, whether or not you even realize it..

          5. Independent1 August 26, 2016

            Yeah! Hillary sure is evil??

            Does this sound like an evil person to any sane blogger here?? Which of course leaves you out David:

            But that night in the theater two years ago at the Women of the World Conference, the other six brave women came up on the stage. Anabella De Leon of Guatemala pointed to Hillary Clinton, who was sitting right in the front row, and said, “I
            met her and my life changed.” And all weekend long, women from all over the world said the same thing:

            “I’m alive because she came to my village, put her arm around me, and had a photograph taken together.”

            “I’m alive because she went on our local TV and talked about my work, and now they’re afraid to kill me.”

            “I’m alive because she came to my country and she talked to our leaders, because I heard her speak, because I read about her.”

            Or this:

            Everywhere she goes, she meets with the head of state and she meets with the women leaders of grassroots organizations in each country. This goes automatically on her schedule. As you’ve seen, when she went to Burma – our first government trip there in 40 years. She met with its dictator and then she met with Aung San Suu Kyi, the woman he kept under detention for 15 years, the leader of Burma’s pro-democracy movement. This isn’t just symbolism. It’s how you change the world.

            Or this:

            Hillary Clinton is smart, steady and able to rebound quickly from defeat. When her attempt at health care reform failed during her husband’s first term, Clinton worked with senators from both parties – Democrat Ted Kennedy and Republican Orrin Hatch — to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which cut the uninsured rate of American children in half. More than eight million children have coverage because of the program.

            Critics who claim Clinton has no record of accomplishment despite her sparkling resume need to look closer at her record.

            She helped secure more than $21 billion for World Trade Center redevelopment. She led investigations into the health problems of 9/11 first responders. She promoted increased National Institutes of Health funding for research into cancer and asthma. She was the principal author of sanctions – particularly on oil imports to the European Union– that brought Iran to the negotiating table. She helped bring about a 2012 cease-fire between Hamas and Israel that headed off an Israeli
            invasion of Gaza. She named an “ambassador at large” for women’s rights.

            “Nearly every foreign policy victory of President Obama’s second term,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., “has Secretary Clinton’s fingerprints on it.”

            Or this:

            All those calling for the immediate closure of the Clinton Foundation are calling for the disruption of health care to over 11 million people, and putting in doubt the lives of over half the people being treated for HIV anywhere in the world. Read that part again: the Clinton Foundation helps 800,000 kids getting treatment for HIV/AIDS. That’s what it means to shut down the Clinton Foundation.

            Hillary Clinton should be proud of everything about the Clinton
            Foundation. And those people like Trump, who is genuinely trying to profit by placing thousands of children at risk, or the pundits shaking their heads over the “optics” of the situation, should be deeply, deeply ashamed.

          6. Max August 26, 2016

            You’re an idiot that is supporting one of the MOST EVIL creatures on Earth.. True EVIL always try’s to portray its-self as an angel of light.. And you’re blinded by Evil, Evil always has stupid henchmen-foot soldiers that think the Evil is misunderstood Good.. All those women were is safer because she brought attention to them that’s IT, Just like if a whistle blower goes public they live a lot longer, because no-one would dare kill them after they are in the public eye, unless they are blowing the whistle on the Clinton’s then they STILL die!!! And you idiots say they didn’t do it you can’t prove a thing.. And everything else you said praising Hillary is just so much BS.. You people always cover for the despicable action’s of your criminal politicians..
            You are going to rot in HELL if they’ll even have you in HELL….

          7. Independent1 August 26, 2016

            You really need psychological help!! You are flat out insane!!!
            (My slip – you and David are both pathological lying fools!!)

          8. Max August 26, 2016

            If you actually believe that you are the one that is telling the truth, I mean if you’re not just playing politics and you actually believe that Hillary is innocent then it’s you that is in dire need of psychological help!!

            You poor poor foolish S O B..

          9. Independent1 August 26, 2016

            I have history on my side there dumb-dumb. Right-wingers have fabricated one fake scandal after another against Bill and Hillary for the past 25 plus years and have tried to pin everything under the sun on them WITHOUT ONE SUCCESS!!


          10. Max August 26, 2016

            History is right! the Demoncrat organized crime syndicate ran Washington unhindered until Newt Gingrich and the “so called” Republican revolution, up until that point Republicans were treated as nonexistent – The Demoncrats RULED over the country and all aspects of the Federal government, To this day the same is true because most Republicans in the federal ranks have sold out to globalism, And like a FOOL you think you are fighting for the moral upstanding party in a two party system, YOU”RE NOT!! Its a ONE Party deal It’s like big time wrestling it’s ALL A SHOW and they are dismantling the USA for fun and profit.. Hillary is integral to that corruption, that treachery, she represents EVERYTHING that is wrong with this country, Trump IS NOT a Republican he is just a citizen, and in his life he sided more often than not with Demoncrats, I think because they are more easily bought and when bought they get more done under left cover with out fear of bad press.. But because he is just a citizen he scares the HELL out of the powers that be thus the MASS demonization effort, The thing is I think the more you idiots demonize him the more popular he gets because it is so obliviously manufactured, you the media foreign and domestic politicians misconstrueing EVERYTHING he says in the hopes that no-one will see for themselves and when people do check they end-up saying hey that’s not what he said, and “click” Trump has another supporter, Its obvious that the polls are being manipulated, to all but the media and die hard Hillary supporters, Hell even FOX is going after Trump, Ryan and all the traitor Globalist Republicrats and ALL the treasonous Globalist Demoncrats.. If Hillary wins its the end of a sovereign USA, in fact its the end of anything resembling the USA, If Trump wins at least the planned and ongoing dismantling of the USA will be STOPPED!!

          11. Independent1 August 26, 2016

            You are a deranged fool!!!! Goodbye!!!

          12. Max August 27, 2016

            Your stupid partisan politics your even dumber hate and bigotry blinds you to the truth.. See ya..

          13. Independent1 August 27, 2016

            Well, I’ll just leave you with this:

            o Atavistic Laboratories of Patterson, New Jersey has finalized weeks of research on hazardous and dangerous materials and organizations. The GOP, they say, “”is more dangerous than tobacco, agent orange, RoundUp, radioactivity, Vlad the Impaler, Croesus, Viking Berserkers and Genghis Khan’s Golden Horde– combined.”” A spokesman for the laboratory suggested that “”Satan himself would be hard put to equal the infernal effects of the GOP.”

            The renowned international testing and assessment lab concluded research after an intensive study of the effects of Republican administrations. “The record is undeniably clear,” they say, “thousands of Americans are pushing up daisies solely because of Republican administrations, trillions of dollarshave been and continue to be funneled into Swiss bank accounts, derivatives, defense industries, and ponzie schemes like bank failures and corporate educational systems.”

          14. Max August 27, 2016

            Oh come on, Doesn’t that sound like political hyperbole to you? If not you’re more of an idiot than I thought, ALL Government is bad, in fact Government is the leading cause of death period … And you’re not going to find that in any government statistics..

            In fact it even has a name, its called Democide..


          15. Independent1 August 27, 2016

            Sorry Max, it’s a fact. The GOP is America’s worst enemy – not only is it killing thousands of Americans every month with it’s failed government ideology. And it is keeping America back from actually becoming a true 21st century nation by refusing to make corporations and the wealthy pay their true fair share of taxes; resulting in America’s infrastructure crumbling into even death causing situations. GOP-run states BY FAR lead the nation in every cause of death and that includes auto accidents. Virtually every state in the nation that exceeds the national average of auto fatalities are GOP-governed states.

            And whereas 30 years ago America’s infrastructure was 100 years ahead of China’s, today China has transformed itself, while the GOP has kept America stagnant and China’s infrastructure, roads, bridges and transportation networks is now several decades ahead of ours.


          16. Independent1 August 27, 2016

            Here are statistics THAT SHOW CLEARLY YOU ARE WRONG!!

            Not only is the GOP making millions of Americans’ lives financially and personally miserable, the GOP is responsible for people living in red states living 2-5 year shorter lives and to die BY FAR at younger ages prematurely by any form of dying you can think up – including auto accidents:

            Republican run states compare poorly on so many measures

            All 15 States where it’s the hardest to earn a living are
            GOP-run states or considered Red States per CBS News

            ID, MS, AR, MT, UT, NM, SC, WV,AL, AZ, KY, FL, GA, NV, IN

            All 10 Counties considered the ‘Toughest Places to Live’
            are in GOP-run states per CBS News 6 are in Ky and the other 4 are: MS, LA, GA, AR

            Note that 14% of people who live in rural areas live in
            poverty while only 12% of city dwellers live in poverty.

            The three lease educated states are TX, MS and CA.

            The 8 Healthiest states are all Blue States: HI, MN, CT,
            CA, NY, MA, NH, NJ

            9 of the 10 States with
            the worst quality of life are GOP-run – 2014

            Analysis by 24/7 Wall Street

            Disposable income/Percent
            in poverty/

            Homicide Rate per
            100,000/% that vote











            All 10 of the states with
            the most gun related violence ridden states are GOP-run states

            Analysis by 24/7 Wall Street – 2013












            22 of the 26 states with
            10 or more people /1000 identifying as divorced are GOP-run states.

            Here’s the 26 states with the number/1,000 saying they’re
            divorced: AK-14; AL-13;

            8 of the 10 most violent
            states are GOP-run at the time of the statistics (2012)

            Violent Crimes per 100,000
            Population – 2012


            -11 of the top 12 states that have the highest infant
            mortality rates in the nation are RED STATES? With Mississippi having the
            highest infant mortality followed by Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas,
            S. Carolina, Delaware, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana & Ohio.

            -21 of the 24 states that have more than 12% of their
            population struggling with incomes below the poverty level (the states that
            need the most welfare assistance) are RED STATES. The only Blue States in the
            top 23 are California, New Mexico, and New York (and NM has been GOP-run for
            more than 5 years) . While for 2013, the 8 states with the highest average
            incomes, including the 3 with the highest minimum wage standard, are all Blue

            of the 25 states in the nation with the highest highway fatality rates are RED
            STATES; with Montana having the most fatalities followed by Louisiana, West
            Virginia, S. Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Arizona,
            Nevada, Alaska, N. Carolina, S. Dakota, Idaho, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Ohio,

            -18 of the 20 states with the highest firearms mortality rates are RED STATES;
            with Louisiana leading the nation in firearms mortality followed by Wyoming,
            Alabama, Montana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Nevada, Tennessee, Alaska, New Mexico,
            Oklahoma, S. Carolina, W. Virginia, Missouri, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia,
            Idaho, Florida and N. Carolina

            -9 of the 12 states
            with 6 or more public servants per 10,000 public employees convicted of
            corruption are RED STATES: led by Louisiana with 10.5, Kentucky – 8.5; S.
            Dakota – 7.5, Delaware – 7.2; Mississippi – 7.1; Alabama – 7.1; Pennsylvania –
            7.1; N. Dakota – 6.9; New Jersey; 6.7; Montana – 6.5; Ohio – 6.3 and Tennessee
            – 6.0.

            of the 15 states that get back the most federal aid for the tax dollars they
            send to Washington are RED STATES; And all 10 that get more than $1.75 back for
            each $1 they send to Washington in tax revenues are red states. Of the 17
            states that get back less tax dollars in federal aid than they send to
            Washington in tax revenues, ONLY 3 OF THEM ARE GOP RUN STATES. All 10 of the
            states that get the least federal aid for the taxes they pay (less than .75/$1)
            are BLUE STATES. All this implies that
            it’s 14 Democrat-run states that are supporting the nation, because the 3
            GOP-governed states that get back less than they pay in are getting back between
            96-99 cents/$1 of taxes so they’re not doing very much to support America.

            of the 10 most corrupt states are RED STATES: Mississippi, Louisiana,

            Illinois, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Alaska, South Dakota, Kentucky
            and Florida.

            9 of the 10 most miserable cities in America are in RED STATES:
            Huntington/Ashland, WVA, Charleston, WVA, Redding, CA, Spartansburg, SC,
            Hickory–Lenoir-Morganton, NC, Beaumont/Port Arthur, TX. Columbus, GA/AL,
            Shreveport/Bossier City, LA, Mobile, AL, Evansville, In/KY.

            All 10 of America’s poorest cities are in RED STATES: Brownsville-Harlingen,
            Texas, Dalton, Ga., McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas, Gadsden,
            Ala., Lake Havasu City-Kingman, Ariz., Albany, Ga., Monroe, La.,
            Cumberland.W.Va., Fort Smith, Ark.-Okla, Pine Bluff, Ark;

            9 of the 10 richest cities are in Blue States: San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa
            Clara, Calif., Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Va.-Md.,
            Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn., San
            Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif., Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Mass.-N.H. ,
            Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.,
            Anchorage, Alaska, Honolulu, Hawaii,
            Manchester-Nashua, N.H., Napa, Calif.

            All 10 of America’s most miserable states, those with the least
            “well-being factor” for their residents are GOP-Run states with the worst being
            West Virginia and then: Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas,
            Tennessee, Missouri, Oklahoma and last but not least – Louisiana.

            More than 75% of food stamp recipients live in RED STATES. Six of the top 10
            food stamp-using states are GOP-RUN states and beyond that the greatest food stamp
            using states are the sparsely populated red states. And of the 456 counties in
            America that use more than 90% of all food stamps, 421 of those counties (92%)
            voted for Mitt Romney in the 2012 election.

            -All 15 of the states with the lowest life expectancy in
            the U.S. are RED STATES?? Such that there is a large disparity in longevity
            between Red States and Blue States: on average, residents of blue states live 2
            years longer than residents of red states. To the extreme, the Blue State
            residents of 9 states with longevity projected to 80 and older, live as much as
            5-6 years longer than the residents of the 4 shortest-lived GOP-RUN STATES of
            MS,WV,AL & LA. Follow this: starting
            with longevity projections for red states of 75 in: Miss., W. Va., Ala. &
            LA.; to 76 in: Arkansas, Kentucky & Tennessee to 77 in: S. Carolina,
            Georgia, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio & N. Carolina; while no Blue State has a
            longevity projection of less than 78, and many Blue states have longevity
            projected to 80 and over: N.J., N.H., Vermont, N.Y., Mass., Calif., CT, Minn.
            & Hawaii; Only one red state has longevity projected to 80 Utah (80.2),
            while 2 Blue States have longevity projections of over 81 –Minn. & Hawaii)

            -OR why is it that the red state which most Republicans
            probably look to as a shining light for the GOP, Texas, which is the second
            largest economy in America behind California, is nothing more than the cesspool
            of America?? Texas ranks in the bottom 10 in 100% of 23 SUBJECTIVE MEASURE when
            compared to other American states! Even though the GOP has had 20 plus years to
            turn it into something other than a job creation machine that lures
            unsuspecting job applicants to AMERICA’S WORST STATE IN VIRTUALLY EVERY MEASURE!!

            Consider This

            1) A Republican named Pawlenty governed the state of
            Minnesota for 8 years from 2003 through 2010; at the end of those 8 years,
            Minnesota was 6 Billion in debt and had only created 6,200 jobs in those 8
            years under Pawlenty. In 2010 a Democratic
            billionaire named Mark Dayton was elected and took over. And despite the fact that he raised taxes on
            the upper 2% of Minnesotans; increased the min wage by over $1.50 to $9.75 and
            edicted that women doing the same job had to be paid the same as men, after his
            1st 4 years, Minnesota had really changed:

            The 6 billion in debt
            had been paid off and the state was projecting a 1.2 billion surplus.

            Instead of 6,200 new
            jobs in 8 years under Pawlenty; 172,000 new jobs were created in 4 years.

            Instead of being 27th
            in America in job creation; Minnesota is now in the top 5 in job creation.

            Instead of having an
            unemployment rate of 7% it is now 5th lowest in the nation at 3.6%

            Instead of it being
            rated as anti-business; it is now one of the 10th best-business
            states in America

            And why is this
            last bit important – because businesses love states where people have money to
            spend and Minnesota’s average income is now $8,000 higher than the national

            2) In contrast to the above, a of 2015, this is what
            happened under Scott Walker in neighboring Wisconsin the previous 4+ years. Because of the downturn Wisconsin was also
            struggling a bit in 2010 when Walker took over; but under Walker, Wisconsin has
            gone from not so great to much worse:

            Walker has virtually
            destroyed all the unions in Wisconsin and signed into law the
            right-to-pay-you-less legislation – with Wisconsin’s average incomes falling.

            Walker has cut funding
            for education across the board and especially for the university system

            The above has resulted
            not only in Wisconsin dropping from 24th in the nation in job
            creation to 47th in the nation today; but also to projecting a 2.2
            Billion surplus over the next 2 years.

            And as you might expect,
            Wisconsin has a very unfavorable rating now for new businesses.

            3) Since 1900,
            America’s Gross Domestic Product has averaged a paltry 2.6%/year annual growth
            during the time that Republicans controlled our government – while during the
            years that Democrats controlled the government the GDP has averaged a robust
            4.3%/year annual growth.

            4) Since the stock
            market crash of 1929, the stock market return during the 43 years Democrats
            controlled our government returned a market gain of over 300%; while in
            contrast, during the 42 years that Republicans controlled the government the
            net market gain has actually been BELOW ZERO.
            So that in reality, all gains shown by the stock market today, were
            accumulated when Democrats controlled our government.

            5) Since Carter
            was in office, Democrats (Carter, Clinton and Obama) have succeeded in creating
            almost 40 million jobs in their 18+ years in office. While Republicans, during the 20 years that
            they were in office (Reagan and the 2 Bushes), were only able to create about ½
            the jobs Democrats did – 24 million jobs in 20 years.

          17. Independent1 August 27, 2016

            And I forgot to note that all 10 states where people are most broke are GOP -run states, as are 8 of the 10 states in America that are actually on the verge of bankruptcy.

          18. Independent1 August 27, 2016

            Also forgot:

            The 25 States in America with the lowest per capita personal consumption in 2014 –
            Not one of which is a true Blue State; the vast majority being Red States

            Showing State/Personal consumption per
            capita in thousands

            And this:

            Auto Highway fatalities by state

            (Every state where auto fatalities/100,000 population exceed the national average are GOP-run states – note that Wyoming is almost triple the national average)

            State/Fatalities per 100,000 population – 2013

            ——-NATIONAL AVERAGE 10.3

          19. Independent1 August 27, 2016

            And a couple more:

            States where most people are broke
            (All 10 are run by the GOP)

            (WalletHub research 2014)

            1. MS
            2. WV
            3. AL
            4. SC
            5. NM
            6. KY
            7. ID
            8. AR
            9. MT
            10. ME

            And this:

            States with unfair tax systems

            (8 of 11 are GOP-run states)

            (WalletHub research 2014)

            1. Washington
            2. Hawii
            3. Arkansas
            4. Illinois
            5. Florida
            6. Indiana
            7. Mississippi
            8. Arizona
            9. Texas
            11. Georgia

          20. Max August 27, 2016

            Like I said before the only reason I follow you is YOU’RE NUTS!!! I have seen all this BS before, the funny SAD thing is that some of the drooling moron zombie left actually buys thisSHIT.. Just look at any big city–State with decades of left leadership, endless bureaucracy, tragic poverty, death violence and ruin, FOR ALL TO SEE!!! Just look at Chicago Detroit or Hell All of California Ha ha ha. All you have is Lies Damned Lies and Manufactured Statistics…

          21. Independent1 August 27, 2016

            That’s right moron, Just pass off the OVERWHELMING STATISTICS which show that the GOP is a Killing Machine!!

            Anyone with half a brain would realize if politicians govern in a way that is constantly working to feed money to the wealthy which requires cutting budgets which results in mediocre government services that a government’s infrastructure and the services the government has to provide it’s citizens are all going to suffer and become mediocre.

            And the evidence of that suffering are going to be places, states, which have excess violence because of lax laws and reduced police and fire protection, crumbling infrastructure. And it’s going to mean higher premature death rates for thousands of people because of cuts in benefits people need to live longer lives due to reduced budgets and due also to terrible health delivery services because there just isn’t enough money to keep adequate services going: red states across the nation have been steadily losing hospitals due to the GOP’s refusal to expand Medicaid; which has led to increased deaths because there simply were not enough hospital services available, or the only hospital that is now open was too far away for someone suffering injuries from accident or who had stroke and could not get to the hospital in time because the one they usually went to is now closed and on and on.

            Clueless idiots such as yourself, who make up a large part of the GOP sheeple, just keep making excuses for the constant failures of Republican politicians and like you keep not believing the messenger and even claiming the message is bogus and on and on.

            But the day will come soon, especially if you live in a red state, that what survey agencies like Gallup and 24/7 Wall Street have identified as BY FAR GOP governed states that are miserable places to live – it will either hit you or someone you know – they’ll be involved in a violent or gun-related encounter; they’ll be denied some form of help they need because budgets are short; or they may even end up dying because of the terrible health services common in GOP-run states. Just keep your fingers crossed that the one who dies do to the mediocrity of the majority of today’s red states, isn’t you.

            Remember, Texas ranks in the bottom 10 of all 23 subjective comparisons to other states, including the quality of its police and fire protection – and it ranks dead last in the quality of its healthcare delivery system.

          22. Max August 28, 2016

            You’re just a TOOL a PAWN a USEFUL IDIOT a FOOL!!
            They couldn’t ask for a better foot soldier in their planned destruction of the USA.. Like I keep saying YOU”RE NUTS!! You act like I am defending the Republicans, I see them all as criminals, but I see Liberals BLINDLY supporting Evil while I see a split in the Right and the Right is moving towards the reality that the government has been taken over, it is now the enemy of the people, The Bush crime family the Clinton crime cabal Obama they are ALL working towards the same ENDS, DUMBASS!! “Globalism’ and the End of the Constitution the bill of Right and a sovereign USA .. You blindly support ALL the criminal acts of Obama just because he’s Black he claims to be a Liberal and a Democrat. you support Hillary a sick career criminal a murderer, a sociopathic serial felon, because she also claims to be a Democrat and a altruistic humanitarian Liberal.. You are tribalistic, you have over simplified everything down to their Tribe-team Evil our Tribe-team GOOD you have dehumanized the Right a very old Psychological WAR tactic to make the infantry the front lines fearsome ferocious killers, to take the view that whatever it takes to defeat evil is OK and necessary, Lie, cheat, steal, use corruption, murder, side step the law, the ends justifies the means… You are pitifully deceived!! You have lost sight of the real goal a free just and prosperous nation. You over look ALL the blemishes of your Tribe while amplifying and manufacturing new and nonexistent blemishes of your perceived foe The other team the evil ones, your fellow Americans, a nation divided will fall and it is, as planned, and they couldn’t do it without the likes of you.. And it will be your ruin our ruin if its not stopped.. The entire country needs a reset back to reality, we have been living under syops conditions for decades and weak minded insane S O B’s like you are the product of that ruthless all encompassing PSYOP- Psychological operation..I know its too late for you but by observing you and your insane writings I am keeping my finger on the pulse of the lost and tragically deceived people of this nation..

          23. Independent1 August 28, 2016

            Living in denial much? Just can’t believe the truth about the American Mafia so your denial just keeps going on and on!! Sorry, but everything I’ve said is true! So you’re clearly denying reality!!!! Keep living in your fantasy land SUCKER!!!

          24. Joan August 27, 2016


          25. Independent1 August 26, 2016

            You are such a worthless pathological lying piece of crap it’s disgusting!!!!!!!!!

          26. Max August 26, 2016

            Coming from you seeings how we are diametrically opposed, I’ll consider that a complement..
            Thank You..

          27. Independent1 August 26, 2016

            “and worse than that the stinking BS that spews forth from the lying murdering perverted Wicked Witch of the south’s mouth.”

            Let’s see you post anything that even remotely suggests that Hillary is a “murdering perverted Wicked Witch”!!

            Come on!! Provide some proof of that outright libelous idiocy of yours!! You are just such a disgusting lowlife!!!!!

  2. Eleanore Whitaker August 20, 2016

    All i see when I look at this guy’s face is a man who learned how to get his own way. Gee…he and Trump should be purrrrrfect together then.

    Men like this have the kinkiest perception they are almighty gods. Then, you start to uncover “how” they got to power and the dirt oozes like slime.

    In an odd way, this guy is as much a right wing joke as the righties are. They put a guy out there with the same bossy, overbearing Ach Tung attitude and think somehow, some way that will hand them autonomous andocratic control.

    1. Michael Allen August 20, 2016

      Achtung is one word, the definition of which is “attention.”

  3. Aaron_of_Portsmouth August 20, 2016

    Everyday is a fresh reminder of a fiery tailspin the world is in, and lying, deception, greed, the lust for power, religious fanaticism, the archaic pastime of national and territorial conquest, and the divisiveness of partisan-politics are by far leading the way.

    The primary motive factors propelling these negative and damaging activities is a disrespect for one’s self and total inattentiveness to the necessity of spending more time developing our higher nature. In the meantime, we’re engaged in more mundane and destructive activities—destructive to those targeted by unprincipled entities and individuals, and destructive to those doing the targeting, such as breitbart, Trump, FOX, the GOP, Putin, and right-wing media nuts working overtime to propagate lies and conspiracies.
    It’s a pity that Americans who want to move forward are held hostage by thugs like Breitbart, Bannon, FOX, just to name a few parasites. The Right Wing plays a HUUUUGE part in this evisceration of America, and others as well are involved in the destruction albeit to a lesser degree.

    These ungodly forces, many who allegedly are religious or claim to be, stand united in their quest to destroy humanity though they claim to hold allegiance to America and shout vapid slogans like “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” to distract the hoi polloi, while working behind the scenes like termites in the dark, destroying America’s foundation by attacking its moral and social fiber in an insidious manner.

    This election cycle simply shines a light on the descent we’ve taken to a darker valley, darker than the rapid decline that saw the evolution of racialist thinking, of conquests by the more powerful who were able to extend their influence globally via advances in ship-building and other technologies, creating new instabilities among groups of the human family who had dispersed to other parts of the planet.

    It would be naive in an egregious way for us to think that Breitbart, FOX, and other dark forces like these are simply sophomoric political hijinks by little boys out to have some fun. This group, Putin, Assad, Chinese operatives, jihadists, racists have the abilities to bring the planet to its knees, and reverse humanity’s forward progress, thus speeding up our decay—Materialism is the primary mechanism influencing these forces

    This disturbance of humanity’s equilibrium, I submit, can only be countered by having an “encounter” with the Author who penned these Words during the 19th century and which serve as one of numerous beacons to a way out of the mess Breitbart and company seek to cover us over with:

    “The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established. This unity can never be achieved so long as the counsels which the Pen of the Most High hath revealed are suffered to pass unheeded.”

    More recently, the Universal House of Justice from its Seat on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel, wrote in a letter in response to questions posed to it the following which is an excerpt:

    “Indeed,the expenditure of enormous energy and vast amounts of resources in an attempt to bend truth to conform to personal desire is now a feature of many contemporary societies. The result is a culture that distorts human nature and purpose, trapping human beings in pursuit of idle fancies and vain imaginings and turning them into pliable objects in the hands of the powerful. Yet, the happiness and well-being of humanity depend upon the opposite: cultivating human character and social order in conformity with reality. Divine teachings shed light on reality, enabling every soul to investigate it properly and to acquire, through the exercise of personal discipline, those attributes that are to distinguish the human being. ‘Man should know his own self’, Baha’u’llah states, ‘and recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty.’ “

    I hope this helps.

    1. tbs August 20, 2016

      If I didn’t know any better I would think you were talking about the Democratic Party, the elite Clintons Foundation and George Soros! Hummmm

      1. rose528 August 20, 2016

        ROFLMAO Democratic Party? I think not, you have been brainwashed by faux news

      2. King of America August 20, 2016

        oh no not the Clinton Foundation!!!1

      3. King of America August 20, 2016

        PS: guess which of the two candidates owes Soros hundreds of millions of dollars? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not Hillary.

      4. Independent1 August 20, 2016

        Did you even read the above article which states that the propaganda being spewed by the right-wing on the Clinton Foundation has virtually all been discredited??? And that CharityWatch has awarded the CF an ‘A’ rating for directing an average of 89% of donations received directly to charity work while the average for most such charities is only about 75% of donations going directly to people needing the charities work??

        But what is also interesting is, have you seen the latest on Trump? That his properties are at least 650 million in debt and may actually be close to 2.7 Billion in debt?? Hmmm???

        See this from Newsmax:

        Trump Companies Owe $650 Million: NY Times

        Companies belonging to Donald Trump have at least $650 million in
        debt, more than twice the amount shown in public filings made by his
        presidential campaign, the New York Times reported Saturday.

        The paper employed a property information firm to search publicly
        available data on more than 30 US properties connected to the Republican candidate, including offices and golf courses.

        n addition to the $650 million liabilities, “a substantial portion of
        his wealth is tied up in three passive partnerships that owe an
        additional $2 billion to a string of lenders,” the Times said about debt
        that could significantly affect Trump’s wealth.


        Do you suppose that Trump is aware he would most likely have to straighten a lot of this mess out and actually divest himself of a lot of his holdings should he be elected in order to prevent obvious conflicts of interest and a clear appearance of possible collusion between himself, Congress and the people he owes millions/billions to???

      5. Independent1 August 20, 2016

        And are you aware that Trump has already committed one and maybe two or more felonies by having promised positions in his administration should he get elected for the favor of their endorsement?? He actually suggested to Carson that he would get a position for his endorsement and he may have done the same for Christie.

        Promising favors such as positions in a new administration to people for their endorsement during a federal election is a felony that comes along with a possible 2 year prison sentence.

        Do you suppose Hillary should start now suggesting that her supporters start chanting “Lock him up!” during her campaign stops???

        Wouldn’t it be great for Trump to serve his 1st 2 years of the presidency in jail???

        See this from deadstate.org:

        Donald Trump could face felony charges after allegedly bribing Ben Carson for endorsement


  4. itsfun August 20, 2016

    So, should Trump hire the editors of the National Memo for his campaign? I don’t see Hillary hiring a right winger or Trump hiring a left winger for their campaigns.

    1. Michael Allen August 20, 2016

      Methinks you miss the point.

      1. FireBaron August 20, 2016

        That’s usually the case with “itsfun”.

      2. Joan August 20, 2016

        He could be sitting on a point and still miss it. Anyone who thinks that ” Trump will hire who he thinks will help him…” is an insightful post has empty suitcases in his attic.

    2. charleo1 August 20, 2016

      Maybe Trump realizes he’s already lost this ridiculous excuse of a Presidential campaign. And just wants to hunker in the bunker with a few of his adoring flame throwers like Steve Bannon, Sean Hannity and a gaggle of other assorted liars, hucksters, and conspiracy spewing propagandists that write the scripts for his little dog and pony show?

      1. itsfun August 20, 2016

        Maybe Trump hires people that will help him just like Hillary hires people that will help her.

        1. charleo1 August 20, 2016

          He hired a choir director, when he needs a promotion expert to broaden his appeal. I guess so he can go down into deep red Mississippi and hold a love fest. Not smart.

          1. itsfun August 20, 2016

            I don’t know if they are good, bad, or indifferent, just saying Trump will hire who he thinks can help him and Hillary will hire who she thinks will help her. That’s just politics in action.

          2. charleo1 August 20, 2016

            True enough.

          3. Independent1 August 20, 2016

            If Trump really thinks that hiring Steve Bannon will help his campaign, he’s doing nothing but proving he’s even more stupid than most of us had perceived!!!

    3. FireBaron August 20, 2016

      “fun”, Teflon Donnie didn’t hire campaign managers. He hired ego reinforcers.

    4. King of America August 20, 2016

      Another great contribution from itsfun, a guy who once heard of the real world.

      1. itsfun August 20, 2016

        just more blah blah blah blah from you

        1. Independent1 August 20, 2016

          Which is much better than the nonsensical blithering idiocy that you always post!!!

        2. King of America August 20, 2016

          I literally can’t even begin to explain how muddle-headed your original post was; that’s not a shortcoming on my part, however.

          1. itsfun August 21, 2016

            blah blah blah

          2. King of America August 21, 2016

            OK good luck with your strawman manufacturing factory!

  5. Jon August 20, 2016

    Ladies and gentlemen, voters and nonvoters, say hello to Stephen Bannon and Donald Trump. Some of you may know this dynamic duo by one or more of their nicknames like Pathetic and Disgusting, Racist and White Supremacist, Vetted Liar and Extreme Vetted Liar to name just a few. Be sure to tell your family and friends about them.

  6. FT66 August 20, 2016

    Stephen Bannon and KellyAnne Conway will soon be kicked out when Trump will continue to sink down and further down in polls. Just wait and witness what you have never seen before.

    1. FireBaron August 20, 2016

      I dunno. It looks like they were hired because Manafort wasn’t telling Teflon Donnie what he wanted to hear. Instead he was telling Teflon Donnie what he needed to know, and little Donnie didn’t like to hear it.

    2. Joan August 29, 2016

      I don’t think so. They don’t really work for Trump – they still work for Mercer. Trump is working on an alt right media channel with media savvy Bannon and Roger Ailes. Come November he will slither and slime onto a subscription cable channel, which will bear Trump’s name, which will have Mercer as a primary investor.


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