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Let’s Talk About Hacking

 Hacking and its relevance to the 2016 Elections.

What is known about this specific claim of hacking *1

Data and thousands of emails were obtained from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta, among other targets.
US intelligence agencies in October pinned blame on Russia for campaign-related hacking.
WikiLeaks, published much of the information obtained by hacking, refuses to reveal its sources.
The United States has not alleged that Russia interfered with the voting process on Election Day.
*1 Source – Published by CNN December 2016

This isn’t news for those in IT. I began tracking from around 2000 to 2008, and found the primary address sources for malicious activity. Most originated from China, Russia, and the Netherlands. Of course there were sources of attacks from other countries, but these were the most frequent in our logs. This activity has continued with increasing frequency.

Data Breaches by the Numbers

The media have convinced people to look at this in terms of the latest national election, instead of the long history from sophisticated state sponsored cyber attacks and breaches. Start by referencing this article, among the many published by professionals in cyber security

Follow this source; Privacy Rights Clearinghouse’s Chronology of Data Breaches, select check boxes to see the active threats by topic thru selected fields.

The Yahoo breach is back in the news, and not in a good way. A previous announcement by Yahoo, disclosed 500 million users were compromised. Now a separate breach, which involved more than a billion accounts, was just announced a few days ago, that happened in August 2013. This means if you have an account with Yahoo, your information has been available for more than three years without you knowing. Furthermore, Yahoo has not been able to identify the intrusion associated with this theft.
*2 Source – Sue Marquette Poremba Data Security – 12/15/2016

What Really Happpened? Did Russia manage to affect the outcome of the 2016 Presidential election?

Those who routinely follow the news, know about a former contractor working as an NSA IT professional. Edward Snowden blew the whistle on U.S. sponsored covert telecommunications activity which focused on national and international data mining. We know from Snowden that the NSA can monitor and identify all digital communications, coming into and going out from the U.S. There isn’t a fiber-optic cable anywhere in the U.S., carrying digital data to which the NSA does not have full-time and unimpeded access.

All other agencies, CIA, FBI, Homeland Security, rely on the NSA to provide them the information they need to make a threat assessment. What this means, and what the media doesn’t seem to want you to understand, each agency has their own experts who examine the data, and their “professional advisement” goes up the food chain, and is filtered through upper level, political appointed agency heads. These assessments are reviewed from the interpretative and personal analysis from the individual. Loosely translated, the opinions expressed publicly are those of various political and ideological persuasions.

When President Obama announced he knows the election was steered by the Russians, what he’s done is claim, the voter isn’t intelligent enough to decide on their own which candidate they think is their best choice, they were manipulated into pulling the lever for Trump. This despite the months of negative press about Donald Trump, and the glow of what it will be like if we choose a woman for the first time to be President.

What we know as of this writing, the CIA and the FBI looked at the same NSA-generated raw data and came to different conclusions.

What we get, isn’t necessarily raw fact, The NSA produces the trace information, and the 17 different agencies interpret it. Although the presentation sounds authoritative and final, it’s a highly political consensus report. Here’s an example; The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal U.S. assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior U.S. official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.

Unnamed sources? Senior U.S. official? Some questions remain unanswered? These kinds of stories are about as valid as rumors. I saw an opinion post by a political advisor in the Huffington Post, who claims unequivocally that Russia influenced the outcome of the election because the numbers were so close in some midwestern states. Really, that’s your proof? Talk about conjecture based on political persuasion.

A senior intelligence official, who like the others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a continuing national security investigation, said the Russians had become adept at exploiting computer vulnerabilities created by the relative openness of and reliance on the internet. This is another generalized statement, which can be open to subjective interpretation.

It’s not too much to claim that Russia may have successfully breached servers by the DNC, Hillary Clinton email, as well as prior successful attempts of the military. It’s another story altogether to say, Hillary Clinton lost because of state sponsored intelligence gathering. I find it almost impossible to believe that the average voter in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, or other states, could tell what 3 main revelations came from WikiLeaks. As a matter of fact, many people don’t know who their Senators and local House of Representatives are. I’m quite sure avid politicos are aware of some of this information and who’s who, but extend that to the masses, I seriously doubt it. If you suggest this happened, how were people’s minds changed from Clinton to Trump?

Every person I spoke with, had their mind made up months ago, and 9 times out of 10 it was based on party preference, that it would set a positive statement about women in leadership roles, or they saw her or him as the lesser of two evils.

Here’s the election results, comparing 2016 to the prior two Presidential elections. Overall voter participation is down, and the Democrat candidate vote is way down. My interpretation is, they didn’t view Hillary Clinton as a good choice, even though you find almost every large city prefers to vote Democrat.


Some computer scientists flagged anomalies in the results of several counties that used electronic voting in three swing states — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan — prompting calls for recounts. But claims that Russians are to blame for these vote tally anomalies, through hacking or other means, are baseless. – Politifact

Who did the leaking to WikiLeaks? Was it through the clever hackers sitting in Russia, and pressed to do so by Vladimir Putin? As the FBI stated — many state secrets, including the identity and whereabouts of U.S. intelligence agents and resources were easily available by the vulnerabilities of the Clinton private email servers along with several unsecured hand-held devices. *3 Would the media focus this much attention on hacking if Hillary Clinton won? We’ve witnessed a long history of state sponsored hacking.

Our own intelligence community can’t agree on the meaning of the raw data it has analyzed. I think what we can conclude safely in this hyper-partisan environment, there’s going to be a lot of negative attention on Donald Trump, above and beyond his own antics. We face at least four years of bickering among ourselves and discrediting every source that doesn’t agree with our politics.

I have no dog in this hunt. Every time I had the opportunity, I questioned the capability, integrity, and suitability of either of these two major candidates prior to November 2016. I’m done commenting on their individual shortcomings. What I won’t do is be led down a path of continuous under scrutinized assessment of facts from opinions. It’s the simplest understanding of logic to not accept, someone placed a scarecrow in a field, therefore corn will follow.

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Minimize Your Internet Risks

  • Change your password on any site that’s been active with the same one for a year or more. Make it strong and hard to crack.
  • Make sure you don’t use the same password for all of your sites. You should never re-use passwords.
  • Change your security questions & answers. Get into the habit of lying in your security answers, rather than using something easy to determine like your real mother’s maiden name. Use a made up answer which doesn’t have to be a name. You can use a series of random characters as long as you know the correct response when asked.
  • Use a password manager to remember what your passwords are, as well as your security answers.
  • Watch out for phishing emails that want you to click on their provided link, which pretend to come from “known sources”. Remember, your bank and the IRS won’t ask you to click on links provided in an email.
  • Enable two-step verification or two-factor authentication on your accounts, where available.

*3 – Source for more about the Clinton email debacle through FactCheck.

Putting up your Dukes, or how the DNC was hacked according to the NY Times.

What’s more boring than arranging your sock drawer? Read John Podesta’s email.

** Patience plays a big part in discovering what’s important and significant from that which isn’t. Clearly if you read the “hacked DNC email”, you won’t find too many earth shaking revelations. It hardly seems worthy of toppling a presidential candidate. It seems the strongest card the politicians and media are using on the public, “the DNC was hacked by the Russians” … therefore the election was altered because of this cyber activity. You now have the basis for another Schrödinger’s cat, as it applies to political analysis.

The above explanation is better to understand the idea of broken logic and supposition. The video below explains the more restrictive Quantum Physics idea behind the “cat in the box.”

Election 2016 – It’s Almost Over!


Election 2016 ends tonight!

After listening, watching and  for far too long, this election is almost over. I’ve voted since Richard Nixon was President, and in spite of not wanting him in office, these two charmers make his actions seem like the misdemeanors of choir boys.

Each major party candidate has supporters who claim apocalyptic results if the opposition wins. Maybe they’re both right? Either way, I’m worn out from all the rancor.

The latest ads from Hillary Clinton, says she’s the only one that can unite us, but what has led us to this point, suggests the opposite is true.

Where we go from here is anyone’s guess, but this much is true, this election will have impact for more than one generation. The reason for that is relatively simple. The Supreme Court lost Anthony Scalia. He was the person who could swing the now equally ideological 4 & 4 group toward a more conservative decision. The next President will choose someone to fill that role and most likely at least 1 other judge will retire. You can well imagine what might occur with decisions that solidify laws concerning abortion funding, both private and government supported, 1st amendment rights pertaining to government limits on what can be said in public, 2nd amendment, personal use and ownership of firearms, firearms manufacturers, 4th amendment, unreasonable searches and seizures, immigration laws, and the right to personal privacy as our nation continues to deploy more comprehensive surveillance technology.

These two candidates are the only ones who can win this Presidential election. Voting for a third-party may indicate your disgust of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, however only the Democrat or the Republican can achieve the necessary threshold of electoral votes to win. Depending if this election is close or a landslide will also likely decide what some of the public will do if their choice in a candidate loses. A close election might trigger demonstrations and violent action, based on some of the most recent campaign events.

clinton_wins_by_a_noseIf I were to pick which one will win, I think any Democrat hopeful, has the most direct path. The major population areas of the country tend to lean Democrat.

Hillary Clinton has told so many lies the electorate is conditioned, and accept it’s her way of advancing through the ranks. She’s been under more investigations than most mafia Don’s. Still her supporters want her to win, most often stating it would set a precedent because she would be the 1st female President.

Trump has made some serious mistakes in public, calling out a Gold Star father & mother, suggesting John McCain wasn’t a hero because he was captured, shaming beauty contest candidates, because he owns the pageant, saying the military might act as a hit squad against families of known terrorists, and making statements that can easily be considered misogynistic or racist. His supporters stood by him, despite these public gaffes.

donald_trump_bats_screws_looseClinton & Trump’s followers stood by them in spite of it allWhy? The answer is, we are a country of polar opposites. It’s now appropriate to talk about compromise in terms of the other side concede or else. You’re either for us, or against us, says one side or the other. Those of us who try not to live in such a binary world are marginalized, while the most radical groups take over.

Best wishes to all. I’m going to bed early. I’ll wake and see who won. After all, the Chicago Cubs won this year, perhaps another miracle is in store.

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Our Political Problems Worsen

This current batch of presidential candidates have no sense of honesty or integrity. They believe they’re entitled to do anything they can to promote their view along with the people who support them.

Our government is filled with self-righteous liars. They scurry around like rats on a tread mill, while searching for ways they can achieve what they want, no matter the consequences.Mark Twain patriotism

Mishandling of national security information can get people killed. The deaths of Ambassador Stevens, U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith, CIA contractors Tyrone S. Woods and Glen Doherty, who defended against the attacks in Benghazi, maybe related to the lack of security in Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s email server. Travel and arrival plans as well as information about limitations in adding security personnel, could all be potentially gleaned from her email.

Why have so many flag officers been dismissed over far less serious acts than HRC?

Of course there are many reasons to be dismissed from the service, including sexual misconduct, not doing your duty, lack of integrity, failure to follow directives, and insubordination. This past 7+ years has seen an unprecedented increase in dismissals, some of them based on speaking your mind where those comments shouldn’t be heard. barack_obama_dismissing_generals_admirals

Commanding Generals fired:

  1. General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
  2. Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013) (sexual harassment – dismissed by General Ham)
  3. Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
  4. Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
  5. Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
  6. Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
  7. General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)
  8. Lieutenant General David H. Huntoon (3 Star), Jr.-U.S. Army 58th Superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, NY (2013)
  9. Command Sergeant Major Don B Jordan-U.S. Army 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command (suspended Oct 2013)
  10. General James Mattis-U.S. Marines Chief of CentCom (May 2013)
  11. Colonel Daren Margolin-U.S. Marine in charge of Quantico’s Security Battalion (Oct 2013)
  12. General Stanley McChrystal-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (June 2010)(dismissed for speaking opinion about Afghanistan War to Rolling Stone reporter)
  13. General David D. McKiernan-U.S. Army Commander Afghanistan (2009)
  14. General David Petraeus-Director of CIA from September 2011 to November 2012 & U.S. Army Commander International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] and Commander U.S. Forces Afghanistan [USFOR-A] (Nov 2012)
  15. Brigadier General Bryan Roberts-U.S. Army Commander 2nd Brigade (May 2013)(suspended for adultery and a physical altercation )
  16. Major General Gregg A. Sturdevant-U.S. Marine Corps Director of Strategic Planning and Policy for the U.S. Pacific Command & Commander of Aviation Wing at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (Sept 2013)
  17. Colonel Eric Tilley-U.S. Army Commander of Garrison Japan (Nov 2013)
  18. Brigadier General Bryan Wampler-U.S. Army Commanding General of 143rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command of the 1st Theater Sustainment Command [TSC] (suspended Oct 2013)

Commanding Admirals fired:

  1. Rear Admiral Charles Gaouette-U.S. Navy Commander John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group Three (Oct 2012)
  2. Vice Admiral Tim Giardina(3 Star, demoted to 2 Star)-U.S. Navy Deputy Commander of the US Strategic Command, Commander of the Submarine Group Trident, Submarine Group 9 and Submarine Group 10 (Oct 2013)

Naval Officers fired: (All in 2011)

  1. Captain David Geisler-U.S. Navy Commander Task Force 53 in Bahrain (Oct 2011)
  2. Commander Laredo Bell-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs, NY (Aug 2011)
  3. Lieutenant Commander Kurt Boenisch-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
  4. Commander Nathan Borchers-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Stout (Mar 2011)
  5. Commander Robert Brown-U.S. Navy Commander Beachmaster Unit 2 Fort Story, VA (Aug 2011)
  6. Commander Andrew Crowe-Executive Officer Navy Region Center Singapore (Apr 2011)
  7. Captain Robert Gamberg-Executive Officer carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower (Jun 2011)
  8. Captain Rex Guinn-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Legal Service office Japan (Feb 2011)
  9. Commander Kevin Harms- U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 137 aboard the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln (Mar 2011)
  10. Lieutenant Commander Martin Holguin-U.S. Navy Commander mine countermeasures Fearless (Oct 2011)
  11. Captain Owen Honors-U.S. Navy Commander aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (Jan 2011)
  12. Captain Donald Hornbeck-U.S. Navy Commander Destroyer Squadron 1 San Diego (Apr 2011)
  13. Rear Admiral Ron Horton-U.S. Navy Commander Logistics Group, Western Pacific (Mar 2011)
  14. Commander Etta Jones-U.S. Navy Commander amphibious transport dock Ponce (Apr 2011)
  15. Commander Ralph Jones-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock Green Bay (Jul 2011)
  16. Commander Jonathan Jackson-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 134, deployed aboard carrier Carl Vinson (Dec 2011)
  17. Captain Eric Merrill-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Emory S. Land (Jul 2011)
  18. Captain William Mosk-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Station Rota, U.S. Navy Commander Naval Activities Spain (Apr 2011)
  19. Commander Timothy Murphy-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 129 at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA (Apr 2011)
  20. Commander Joseph Nosse-U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine Kentucky (Oct 2011)
  21. Commander Mark Olson-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer The Sullivans FL (Sep 2011)
  22. Commander John Pethel-Executive Officer amphibious transport dock New York (Dec 2011)
  23. Commander Karl Pugh-U.S. Navy Commander Electronic Attack Squadron 141 Whidbey Island, WA (Jul 2011)
  24. Commander Jason Strength-U.S. Navy Commander of Navy Recruiting District Nashville, TN (Jul 2011)
  25. Captain Greg Thomas-U.S. Navy Commander Norfolk Naval Shipyard (May 2011)
  26. Commander Mike Varney-U.S. Navy Commander attack submarine Connecticut (Jun 2011)
  27. Commander Jay Wylie-U.S. Navy Commander destroyer Momsen (Apr 2011)

Naval Officers fired: (All in 2012):

  1. Commander Alan C. Aber-Executive Officer Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 71 (July 2012)
  2. Commander Derick Armstrong- U.S. Navy Commander missile destroyer USS The Sullivans (May 2012)
  3. Commander Martin Arriola- U.S. Navy Commander destroyer USS Porter (Aug 2012)
  4. Captain Antonio Cardoso- U.S. Navy Commander Training Support Center San Diego (Sep 2012)
  5. Captain James CoBell- U.S. Navy Commander Oceana Naval Air Station’s Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (Sep 2012)
  6. Captain Joseph E. Darlak- U.S. Navy Commander frigate USS Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
  7. Captain Daniel Dusek-U.S. Navy Commander USS Bonhomme
  8. Commander David Faught-Executive Officer destroyer Chung-Hoon (Sep 2012)
  9. Commander Franklin Fernandez- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 (Aug 2012)
  10. Commander Ray Hartman- U.S. Navy Commander Amphibious dock-landing ship Fort McHenry (Nov 2012)
  11. Commander Shelly Hakspiel-Executive Officer Navy Drug Screening Lab San Diego (May 2012)
  12. Commander Jon Haydel- U.S. Navy Commander USS San Diego (Mar 2012)
  13. Commander Diego Hernandez- U.S. Navy Commander ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (Feb 2012)
  14. Commander Lee Hoey- U.S. Navy Commander Drug Screening Laboratory, San Diego (May 2012)
  15. Commander Ivan Jimenez-Executive Officer frigate Vandegrift (Nov 2012)
  16. Commander Dennis Klein- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Columbia (May 2012)
  17. Captain Chuck Litchfield- U.S. Navy Commander assault ship USS Essex (Jun 2012)
  18. Captain Marcia Kim Lyons- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic New England (Apr 2012)
  19. Captain Robert Marin- U.S. Navy Commander cruiser USS Cowpens (Feb 2012)
  20. Captain Sean McDonell- U.S. Navy Commander Seabee reserve unit Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 14 FL (Nov 2012)
  21. Commander Corrine Parker- U.S. Navy Commander Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 1 (Apr 2012)
  22. Captain Liza Raimondo- U.S. Navy Commander Naval Health Clinic Patuxent River, MD (Jun 2012)
  23. Captain Jeffrey Riedel- Program manager, Littoral Combat Ship program (Jan 2012)
  24. Commander Sara Santoski- U.S. Navy Commander Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 (Sep 2012)
  25. Commander Kyle G. Strudthoff-Executive Officer Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (Sep 2012)
  26. Commander Sheryl Tannahill- U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Nashville, TN (Sep 2012)
  27. Commander Michael Ward- U.S. Navy Commander submarine USS Pittsburgh (Aug 2012)
  28. Captain Michael Wiegand- U.S. Navy Commander Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (Nov 2012)
  29. Captain Ted Williams- U.S. Navy Commander amphibious command ship Mount Whitney (Nov 2012)
  30. Commander Jeffrey Wissel- U.S. Navy Commander of Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 1 (Feb 2012)

Naval Officers fired: (All in 2013):

  1. Lieutenant Commander Lauren Allen-Executive Officer submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
  2. Reserve Captain Jay Bowman-U.S. Navy Commander Navy Operational Support Center [NOSC] Fort Dix, NJ (Mar 2013)
  3. Captain William Cogar-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Mercy’s medical treatment facility (Sept 2013)
  4. Commander Steve Fuller-Executive Officer frigate Kauffman (Mar 2013)
  5. Captain Shawn Hendricks-Program Manager for naval enterprise IT networks (June 2013)
  6. Captain David Hunter-U.S. Navy Commander of Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron 12 & Coastal Riverine Group 2 (Feb 2013)
  7. Captain Eric Johnson-U.S. Navy Chief of Military Entrance Processing Command at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL (2013)
  8. Captain Devon Jones-U.S. Navy Commander Naval Air Facility El Centro, CA (July 2013)
  9. Captain Kevin Knoop-U.S. Navy Commander hospital ship Comfort’s medical treatment facility (Aug 2013)
  10. Lieutenant Commander Jack O’Neill-U.S. Navy Commander Operational Support Center Rock Island, IL (Mar 2013)
  11. Commander Allen Maestas-Executive Officer Beachmaster Unit 1 (May 2013)
  12. Commander Luis Molina-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Pasadena (Jan 2013)
  13. Commander James Pickens-Executive Officer frigate Gary (Feb 2013)
  14. Lieutenant Commander Mark Rice-U.S. Navy Commander Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
  15. Commander Michael Runkle-U.S. Navy Commander of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 (May 2013)
  16. Commander Jason Stapleton-Executive Office Patrol Squadron 4 in Hawaii (Mar 2013)
  17. Commander Nathan Sukols-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Jacksonville (Feb 2013)
  18. Lieutenant Daniel Tyler-Executive Officer Mine Countermeasures ship Guardian (Apr 2013)
  19. Commander Edward White-U.S. Navy Commander Strike Fighter Squadron 106 (Aug 2013)
  20. Captain Jeffrey Winter-U.S. Navy Commander of Carrier Air Wing 17 (Sept 2013)
  21. Commander Thomas Winter-U.S. Navy Commander submarine Montpelier (Jan 2013)
  22. Commander Corey Wofford- U.S. Navy Commander frigate Kauffman (Feb 2013)

Hillary Clinton – aftershocks from the damage she has created – American Thinker

What scandals has Hillary Clinton been involved with which voters should consider?

Hillary has learned by emphasizing her gender, offering herself as a proud feminist trying to become the first female President, she gains the support of many willing to overlook her many less than stellar attributes in her rise to power. She even tried to gain sympathy by insisting that she and Bill were dead broke when they left the White House.

People close to Bill & Hillary recognized their ambition early on and have helped them through numerous scams, many of which were well-known, but they’ve never been convicted for in the process.

Each time a scandal broke, the media was their usual ally helping them to explain it as, “vast right-wing conspiracy”, or an act of political revenge by those who don’t like them. Blaming victims has been a long tried and working tactic by defense attorneys, and Bill supported by Hillary are notorious using this method. Rape, sexual harassment were all covered up by Mrs. Clinton. Their pseudo charitable foundation fund has allowed them to receive millions while doling out favors to the largest donors.

Hillary Clinton has managed to wiggle out of being labeled a hypocrite or flip-flopper, in spite of a dizzying array of opposite answers to the same questions over the past decade. Issues such gay marriage, gays in the military, the Trans Pacific Partnership on Trade, bankruptcy and reform law, have all been answered seemingly by a different person. It’s difficult to know who the true Hillary Clinton is by the answers she gives.

It’s all there if people choose not to purposely ignore or dismiss it. Instead, we’re left with someone who has altered her opinion whenever she thought it advanced her cause, accepted millions of dollars through foreign sources, including the Saudi’s and China.

Both of them together have created a huge moral vacuum in leadership, and this speaks volumes about the willingness of Democrats willing to look the other way in order to get their control of the executive office and perhaps alter history through court appointments.

The Republicans should have an easy path to success in 2016 for the Whitehouse except for one problem, their candidate.

Donald Trump - running for President in 2016

Trump searching for donors & campaign strategy

On Friday afternoon, at an exclusive Republican donor retreat here hosted by Mitt Romney, frustration boiled over. During an off-the-record question-and-answer session with House Speaker Paul Ryan, Meg Whitman, the billionaire Hewlett-Packard chief executive officer, confronted the speaker over his endorsement of Trump. Whitman, a major GOP giver who ran for California governor in 2010, compared Trump to historical demagogues like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini and wanted to know how the speaker could get behind him” – The Politico June 12, 2016

Millions of party conservatives and despondent Republicans have chosen Donald Trump as the head of the ticket. It also speaks volumes about many Republicans who will support someone so transparently self-obsessed, unqualified, and undeserving to be the next President of the United States. By choosing him over the others, solidifies the worst fears of independents and reasonable Democrats, about the current state of the Republican Party.