Desperation: McDaniel Now Offering Cash Payments for Evidence of Voter Fraud

They’re looking for something, anything, to affirm their belief that the election was somehow stolen. Now they’ve reached the point where they’re offering cash payments for evidence of their conspiracy theories. Ugly.

A day saying in a fundraising email that incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran stole the election, McDaniel announced he is offering up to 15 bounties valued at $1,000 each. The bounties are being offered “for evidence leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in voter fraud on or leading up to the June 24, 2014, Republican primary runoff election in Mississippi,” according to a new webpage on the campaign’s site.

And they want you to finance it.

But the email isn’t just about the bounty, mind you. They are trying to raise money, this time $15 at a time.

“Senator Thad Cochran’s campaign allegedly paid $15 per vote to steal the June 24 Republican primary election,” the webpage reads.

The campaign says it is trying to establish 15 rewards valued at $1,000 each, and they are asking people to contribute $15 to help fund them. Neither the email nor the webpage says what will happen to the money if no rewards are paid out.

I’m guessing to help McDaniel feel better about the money his team spent on a losing campaign.

More: Ugh.

Only a fool would dispute that McDaniel is the clear choice of Republicans in [Mississippi],” Tea Party Patriots President Jenny Beth Martin told Breitbart’s Matt Boyle. “He is, by all rights, the Republican nominee, regardless of what state law states.”

Yeah, that’s not how it works.

This is what happens when people live inside an ideological bubble for too long. They’ve convinced themselves that most everyone agrees with them, so any loss can only result from a mass criminal conspiracy.

Hillary Clinton Still Finding Ways to Embarrass Herself

This woman was Secretary of State and intends to run on her foreign policy expertise.

“It is so special to me, personally, and I think it is very special between our countries,” Clinton said. “There’s just a — not just a common language — but a common set of values that we can fall back on. It doesn’t matter in our country whether it’s a Republican or Democrat, or frankly in your country whether it’s a Conservative or a Tory. There is a level of trust and understanding. It doesn’t mean we always agree because of course we don’t.”

“Conservative or a Tory” is like saying Republican or member of the GOP. This is basic stuff.

Had Rick Perry or George W. Bush said the same, he’d never live it down. But the presumptive Democratic nominee, protected from media criticism, won’t hear a peep except in the recesses of the right-wing blogosphere.

Did Target Ban Guns In Stores?

There’s a story going around today that retail giant Target has banned customers from legally carrying guns in their stores. It’s getting attention thanks to both anti-gun activists claiming victory and pro-gun rights activists outraged by the news. But did Target really “ban” guns in its stores? No, not really.

Rather, Target — not wanting to take a firm stance — would prefer the issue to go away entirely.

As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit “open carry” should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.

We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.

This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.

Now, I don’t personally appreciate the premise that law-abiding adults carrying firearms is somehow at odds with a safe environment for families. Target did take a step towards accepting the premise of anti-gun arguments. But it’s not a ban. It’s a request that Target acknowledges isn’t legally-binding. For my part, I’ll continue to legally concealed carry when shopping with my family.

Cochran Campaign Slams Joel Osteen, For Some Reason

I can’t claim to be a huge Joel Osteen fan myself, but this seems like an unnecessary slam. Osteen’s appeal crosses political and racial boundaries. And those who respect him really respect him. Why bother with this?

A source on the Cochran campaign fired back in a conversation with Business Insider Wednesday, in which the source dismissed McDaniel as a “clinically diagnosable narcissist” and a scam artist.

The guy is basically Joel Osteen,” the source said of McDaniel in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “He’s such a phony, and he’s taking advantage of these people to stay in the spotlight. This is such a publicity stunt. He can’t stand the fact that he lost.”

Cringeworthy. It comes across as the stereotype of the elitist staffer who views the GOP base as a bunch of dumb, Bible-thumping hicks he mocks around his liberal friends. Via Steve Krakauer.

Tasty Capitalism: North Korea Wages War Against Choco Pies


Let’s face it: Kim Jong-un just wants all of Choco Pies for himself.

Some back story:

There’s a joint industrial complex between North and South Korea, where North Koreans — otherwise starving under communism — are employed by their capitalistic southern neighbors. At this complex, bosses have for years handed out chocolate and marshmallow treats called Choco Pies. The workers, who gladly take the treats home, have created a burgeoning black market in the North. In fact, reports say as many as 2.5 million are traded monthly.

But communism has a natural ideological opposition to all things fun, decent, and delicious. So authorities in North Korea have reportedly banned Choco Pies from the industrial complex. Instead, workers are supposed to get sausages and powdered coffee as treats. Because, you see, tasty capitalism is a threat to the hermit kingdom.

But North Korean officials soon were reported to be spreading anti-Choco Pie propaganda. One rumor: “South Korean authorities have added weird substances,” to the pies, the Daily NK reported. The Choco Pies were planted by the South to “shake our national defense,” according to another. “They are spying and scheming. If the products from the ‘neighborhood downstairs’ are enjoyed unconditionally, the ideology of the people could wither at any moment.”

The cultural bi-products of capitalism have always posed a threat to oppressive governments that keep their people starving and miserable. It used to be products like Coca-Cola and blue jeans. Now, in North Korea at least, it’s Choco Pies. Capitalism. Tasty, tasty capitalism.

Former Government Employee Pension Fund Boss to Plead Guilty to Conspiracy

It’s not just any public employee pension fund. It’s Calpers, California’s giant system and the largest in the United States. The former boss will plead guilty in a federal conspiracy case.

In March 2013, former California Public Employee Retirement System CEO Fred Buenrostro was indicted by a San Francisco grand jury and charged with conspiracy in connection with a scheme involving fraudulent documents related to a $3 billion investment by the retirement system in funds managed by Apollo Global Management.

While Buenrostro had proclaimed his innocence, his lawyer, William Portanova said his client had decided to cooperate with the prosecution against his co-defendant, Alfred Villalobos, a former member of the pension fund’s board…

The indictment says Villalobos and Buenrostro conspired to create a series of fraudulent investor disclosure letters sent to Apollo. The private equity company had hired Villalobos’ firm, ARVCO Capital Research LLC, to provide placement agent services to secure investment business at the pension fund.

The two men also made false statements to authorities investigating the disclosure letters. In 2008 and 2009, Apollo paid ARVCO approximately $14 million in fees related to the Calpers investments. Villalobos’ lawyer could not immediately be reached for comment.

Buenrostro will enter his plea on July 11th.

Obama: I’ll just have to go around Congress on immigration

I’d ask where he finds the constitutional authority to do such a thing, but let’s be honest: Aside from use as a bathroom tissue substitute, that document has no place in Barack Obama’s Administration.

“I would greatly prefer Congress actually do something. I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing.,” Mr. Obama said Monday in the Rose Garden of the White House. “And in this situation the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for security, its bad for our economy, and its bad for our future.”

Funny story: “Serious problem” and “Congress chooses to do nothing” appear nowhere in the United States Constitution, nor does the idea that he only has to “prefer” the legislative branch act. The system doesn’t work on the principle that either you vote for Barack Obama’s agenda or he does it anyway.

To quote Allahpundit:

Exit question: Which article of the Constitution sets forth this principle? Quote: “I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing.” I believe that’s the “I get to do sh*t if Congress doesn’t” clause, no?

In fact, liberal analysts Jeffrey Toobin and Laurence Tribe are confused as to where he thinks he gets the power, too.

This has become a running issue. Even lawyers and judges who support Obama’s policy agenda are taken aback by his disregard for the Constitution. The Supreme Court just the other day unanimously rejected his unconstitutional appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. Before that, the court had voted identically to terminate his actions on about a dozen occasions. That includes two justices Obama himself appointed.

The president is either incapable or unwilling to accept that there are in fact restrictions on his power. He is neither a dictator nor a monarch. Congress does not exist to rubber-stamp his policy agenda. If Congress chooses to not act on an issue, that’s Congress’s prerogative. He can lobby the legislative branch to act, he can convince the public to pressure the legislative branch to act, he can not pretend the legislative branch is non-existent and do whatever he wants.

Robert Downey Jr. Responds to Son’s Arrest

The “Iron Man” star has a past with addictions himself. It has to be disappointing to see his own son go through this. Interesting take:

Some fare well more than others, and unfortunately it seems as if Robert Downey Jr.’s son Indio hasn’t been doing too well lately. After the 20-year-old was arrested on drug charges Sunday, his famous father — who dealt with his own drug demons in the past — is speaking out:

“Unfortunately, there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being,” Robert Downey, Jr. said in a statement. “We’re grateful to the Sheriff’s Department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale.”

Downey, in contrast with many others who came before him, doesn’t seem to be making excuses for his son nor is he blaming authorities for some bullcrap reason. Personal responsibility and confronting the issue rather than excusing it. A novel idea.

Israel Launches Airstrikes After Teens Murdered

Following the discovery yesterday of the bodies of three Israeli teens kidnapped last month by Islamist militants, Israel launched airstrikes against 34 targets in the Gaza Strip overnight. Earlier, rockets had also been fired into Israeli territory from Gaza.

According to CNN, the West Bank homes of two prime suspects in the murders were destroyed by the Israelis overnight. A report from ABC News says a man connected with Hamas was shot and killed when he threw a grenade at forces carrying out an arrest raid.

Hamas has denied involvement in the kidnapping and murder of the teenagers. Another Islamic militant group calling itself Ansar as-Dawla al-Islamiya has claimed responsibility, but the validity of its claim, first reported by a Palestinian news agency, could not be confirmed.

CASH COW: “Transformers” is Box Office Hit, Of Course

It’s a summer movie directed by Michael Bay and featuring giant robots with lots of explosions. It was never going to be anything but a financial success.

The franchise that enrages critics and enraptures fans did it again this weekend, pummeling the competition on its way to a decisive No. 1.

Transformers: Age of Extinction morphed into $100 million, according to studio estimates from box-office trackers Rentrak.

The debut met most analysts’ stratospheric projections and underscores Michael Bay’s canny measure of public appetite. Like the previous three Transformers films, Extinction was excoriated by critics. And again, moviegoers didn’t care.

Yep. You can talk about artistic quality all you want, but sometimes people just wanna see giant robots causing massive explosions on a hot summer day. Moviegoers aren’t always looking for the deepest plot and most meaningful themes.

Sonny Bunch totally called it:

On the one hand, Transformers: Age of Extinction is barely coherent, narratively disastrous, and oppressively long. On the other: OPTIMUS PRIME RIDING A DINOSAUR ROBOT WHILE SWINGING A GIANT SWORD!…

One could spend all day breaking down the narrative idiocy of this film—the subplot with the CIA and the military-industrial complex and globalization that’s represented by the film’s final set-piece taking place in a Chinese factory where American arms are to be made requires a dissertation-length study. But that’s not really the point of this picture, or of any of the Transformers pictures. We come to these movies to see things blow up real good.

And blow up they do! For an unrelenting 165 minutes, we are treated to the finest chaos cinema Michael Bay has to offer. Coherence is at a minimum and explosions are at a maximum as robots punch and launch missiles at each other and change into Lamborghinis and Chevys and helicopters and, eventually, T-Rexes and Triceratopses and Two-Headed Pterodactyls. And there are space ships! And a new mineral called “Transformium”! (Seriously.) And PRAW! And SCRAASHH! And PSSHEWWW!

Naturally, it doesn’t matter what I say. This film will gross somewhere between $1.2 and $1.4 billion worldwide. Because people like to PRAW! And SCRASHH! And PSSHEWWW! Who am I to judge?

Exactly. While a deep, high-quality artistic film is appreciated, there will always be room in the hearts of theater patrons for big explosions and giant freaking robots saving the world.