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Thursday, Jul 02, 2015

The Right Stuff

A politics blog by Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson's baseball card - if he had one - would report he throws left, writes right. In his columns and blog, "The Right Stuff," southpaw Jackson provides insight into the evolving human condition from a distinctly conservative point of view.

Marco Rubio speeds, but Times races past key point

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

When it wasn’t being mocked for an absence of seriousness, the lengthy takedown of the driving habits of the Rubios of Miami — Jeanette and GOP presidential contender Marco — in Friday’s New York Times was being derided as a transcription service for American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research firm.

Either way, you can bet the story, an altogether weak cup o’ tea, won’t be keeping the Pulitzer committee up nights. Here’s some of why: It took a team of two reporters and a research assistant and several hundred words to bury the salient fact. Yes, the Rubios were cited for driving misbehavior 17 times since 1997, but only four of them — more than you’d like to see, but, still, not a staggering number — were written on the Republican U.S. senator and candidate for the White House.

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Rubio speeds; Times races past the point

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By Tom Jackson

When it wasn’t been mocked for an absence of seriousness, the lengthy takedown of the driving habits of the Rubios of Miami — Jeanette and GOP presidential contender Marco — in Friday’s New York Times was being derided as a transcription service for American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research firm.

Either way, you can bet the story, an altogether weak cup o’ tea, won’t be keeping the Pulitzer committee up nights. Here’s some of why: It took a team of two reporters and a research assistant and several hundred words to bury the salient fact. Yes, the Rubios were cited for driving misbehavior 17 times since 1997, but only four of them — more than you’d like to see, but, still, not a staggering number — were written on the Republican U.S. Senator and candidate for the White House.

You think if Jeanette Rubio weren’t collecting tickets like a Muvico attendant, the Times would have paid any attention? Of course not. Seventeen is a sexy number. Four is like the Ruth Buzzi of traffic trouble. Tallahassee-based Republican consultant Rick Wilson detected a whiff of desperation, getting a jump on the Twitter mockfest Friday morning with this: “So we’ve already reached the bottom of the oppo barrel, have we?”

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Suppose Walmart isn’t as evil as you think?

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Not that it would have made any difference to the activists marching on Walmart stores around the country this (Wednesday) afternoon, but not everything about America’s largest retailer is as wrenching, grasping and cold-hearted as the demonstrators and their union supporters want — actually, need — you to believe.

For instance, remember in April the hoopla over the company closing a bunch of stores on short notice for repairs that were not obviously needed? We can all agree it would be scandalous if the employees of those stores — including the one in Brandon, the Tampa-area’s only idled Walmart — woke up to being suddenly cut off without a paycheck.

But suppose they kept getting paid? Even part-timers? For not working? (Bet the protestors didn’t mention that.) And suppose the company was helping affected employees find compatible opportunities in geographically acceptable Walmart locations?

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Why I’m not wearing orange

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As a proud and appreciative alumnus of a certain university a couple of hours north on Interstate 75, I have more than any normal person’s share of orange in my wardrobe. Orange shirts, orange ties, orange PJs ... I recently even added an orange sport jacket I ran across at Stein Mart.

Orange, I concede, is a risky fashion statement. However, I never figured on orange as a political message. Luckily, on Monday I spotted this in my email in-basket from the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus:

Please remember to join people across the country tomorrow, June 2, and wear orange to honor all those who have been killed by gun violence. Together, we can help inspire action to stop this violence that takes over 33,000 American lives each year and injures more than 84,000.

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Demanding the economically unfeasible

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A venerable rule in households where bliss is the default status holds that once a couple agrees that a task must be accomplished, the wife can prescribe how the deed must be done, or she can set the deadline, but she cannot dictate both.

All of which suggests Walmart executives would not want to be married to union activists. Plainly violating the one-or-the-other-but-not-both rule, demonstrators revved up by the AFL-CIO will demand both a $15 entry wage and full-time hours at rallies set for Walmart stores Wednesday afternoon.

Not that Walmart workers — assuming they are Walmart workers — can be blamed for feeling emboldened. Earlier this year, responding to the drumbeat of a higher minimum wage, the company announced it would raise wages across the board. But it also abruptly and mysteriously closed five stores across the country, including one in Brandon, citing plumbing disorders; as conspiracy theories flew, the image of 2,000 idled employees cost the country’s largest retailer whatever public relations benefit it got from the pay-boost declaration.

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Hillary Clinton’s limited liability gambit

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Tom Jackson’s “The Right Stuff” blog updates throughout the week at TBO.com.

With every revelation that emerges about how the Clintons have financed themselves since they left the White House (packing household goods, flatware, electronics, rugs and computer “W” keys with them) in 2001, the clearer it grows that they should never, ever be allowed anywhere near the levers of power again.

Which raises an intriguing question: Would the highest of the high rollers who have eagerly flattered the Clinton family coffers continue their generous ways if it looked like Hillary Clinton’s path to the Oval Office was cut off? Perhaps this latest will help turn the test into something other than a brainteaser.

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Hillary’s limited liability

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With every revelation that emerges about how the Clintons have financed themselves since they left the White House (packing household goods, flatware, electronics, rugs and computer “W” keys with them) in 2001, the clearer it grows that they should never, ever be allowed anywhere near the levers of power again.

Which raises an intriguing question: Would the highest of the high rollers who have eagerly flattered the Clinton family coffers continue their generous ways if it looked like Hillary Clinton’s path to the Oval Office was cut off? Perhaps this latest will help turn the test into something other than a brainteaser.

Nah, probably not. Never mind that the latest revelations would be disqualifying for all but Hillary Herself, who remains immune to the effects of the couples’ well-calibrated codependent corruption. She has “endured,” after all. Ask any Iowa Democrat.

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Jeb’s vacation/triangulation cottage

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Those derisive howls you’re hearing are the left’s response to news that Jeb Bush has become the latest member of the family to have a “cottage” built on the slash of land that jabs into the Atlantic at the Bush compound in Kennebunkport.

What else would you expect?

As the next-of-kin to two presidents who also appears to be preparing a White House run of his own, Jeb is getting the usual Richie-Rich blow back ... from people who would never support his candidacy in the first place.

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Sydney Blumenthal: Exquisitely vile

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No matter where you stand on Hillary Clinton and/or her despicable hitman Sydney Blumenthal, an article that begins with a paragraph as exquisitely turned as this one (by National Review’s Jim Geraghty) —

Which is more shocking — that Hillary Clinton used an unsecured, private e-mail system to get alleged “intelligence” about Libya’s political leaders and the Benghazi attack, or that her primary source was the one man the Obama team deemed too dishonest and unethical to work in the State Department?

— deserves to be read to the end.

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Benghazi’s ceaseless drip-drip-drip

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By Tom Jackson

It’s not waterboarding, exactly, but the drip-drip-drip of revelations from Benghazi is its own form of torture. It turns out — no, that’s not right; better: It has been further confirmed — Hillary Clinton and other top administration officials knew within hours the deadly attack on the diplomatic outpost was a planned event.

New documents obtained by Judicial Watch and made public Monday show that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other senior officials under President Obama were given intelligence within hours of the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attack describing how it had been planned at least 10 days in advance “to kill as many Americans as possible.”

A heavily redacted copy of a Sept. 12, 2012, Defense Intelligence Agency memo to Clinton, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, the White House National Security Council and the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “the attack was planned 10 or more days prior on approximately 01 September 2012. The intention was to attack the consulate and to kill as many Americans as possible to seek revenge for U.S. killing of Aboyahiye ((ALALIBY)) in Pakistan and in memorial of the 11 September 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center buildings.”

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