If Brooklyn is “cool”, they can keep it.

From the Jersey Journal:

Jersey City ‘not cool,’ has ‘no vibe,’ N.Y.C. exec says

An executive with co-working firm WeWork, which is slated to open a location in Journal Square, doesn’t appear to think much of Jersey City.

Sean Black, a WeWork executive vice president, told the crowd at a real-estate panel in Manhattan that he is looking to open a WeWork location in Brooklyn because it’s “cool” — unlike Jersey City, according to a report in Real Estate Weekly.

“Brooklyn has really emerged as this epicenter of where people want to be,” Black said, the website says. “If you look at Jersey City, it’s so far ahead relative to a lot of different product it has, but it doesn’t have life, it doesn’t have vibrancy, it’s not cool, it’s got no vibe.”

The comments are being panned by Rich Boggiano, who represents Journal Square on the City Council.

“Jersey City has more life and vitality than any other city in the United States of America,” Boggiano said. “Stay in New York where you belong then.”

A WeWork spokesman said Black’s comments “do not reflect the view of our company.

“Jersey City has a vibrant and innovative community that we would love to be a part of,” the spokesman said. “We’re looking at opportunities there and we hope to have more to announce in the near future.”

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89 Responses to If Brooklyn is “cool”, they can keep it.

  1. Deplorable is a bad word too says:

    Don’t grope me!
    I am copywtiting the Logo now for t-shirt sales.

  2. Fabius Maximus says:

    I got a few paragraphs in, saw the direction it was heading and almost threw up.

    But hey, Locker room and least he’s not Hillary!
    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/10/06/1578544/-The-Untold-Story-of-Trump-Model-Management-A-Daily-Kos-Exclusive-Part-1

  3. Fast Eddie says:

    “If you look at Jersey City, it’s so far ahead relative to a lot of different product it has, but it doesn’t have life, it doesn’t have vibrancy, it’s not cool, it’s got no vibe.”

    I’ve been laughing for years over the Hoboken/Jersey City so-called emergence. The prices are ridiculous, laughable!! I cringe and chuckle over the number of sales and the prices. It’s been a marketing marvel for 25 years now and one of the greatest dupes ever. Rent a few rooms within walking distance to a train and save your money.

  4. nwnj3 says:

    #2
    And Bill Clinton cozied up to a pedophile and took plane rides and allegedly visited his private island. What’s your point?

  5. Fabius Maximus says:

    So we have Kennedy and Wiener. Anthony should go to jail if he’s guilty. Teddy can deal with eternal justice at this point. Funny thing about political sex scandals, is that I usually see them from the GOP side of the fence. For the most part I don’t care. If you want to go for a “walk on the Applalation Trail, or meet consenting adults in the airport bathroom. I don’t really care. As long as its not illegal or you’re not running on Family values, you can have as many mistresses as you want. Not my business.

    Political Grift, I don’t think you will ever stop it. My view is if you want to take the risk, fine, if you get caught you go to the big house.

  6. Fast Eddie says:

    Fabius,

    What are you worried about? At the end of the day, all facets of the government will have democrats in charge. The debt will explode beyond repair, responsibility will be replaced by entitlement, racial division will intensify, the wage gap and jobs will continue to worsen and somehow the left will be blaming the right. Why even post anything about the other side? Why don’t you post links to the great things the left has accomplished and the utopia they will create when Hillary is sworn in?

  7. D-FENS says:

    Anyone trust a story that these two wrote? Weren’t they already discredited?

    http://www.dangerandplay.com/2016/05/16/megan-twohey-of-the-new-york-times-caught-in-a-media-hoax/

  8. Grab them by the puzzy (the good one) says:

    @MaxBoot

    If anything good can come out of this election from hell,
    perhaps it will deliver a small measure of vindication for
    Trump’s many victims.

  9. Grab them by the puzzy (the good one) says:

    @NYTimes

    Two women say Trump touched them inappropriately:
    one on a plane,
    the other by an elevator in Trump Tower

  10. D-FENS says:

    Admittedly, I don’t fly first class, but do the seats have retractable armrests between passengers?

  11. Grab them by the puzzy (the good one) says:

    @MattMackowiak

    Trump bragged on tape about abusing women.
    Now at least five women have confirmed that he’s done it to them.
    This isn’t complicated.

  12. Grab them by the puzzy (the good one) says:

    @fawfulfan @Airbonekid
    Its GOP script: De-fund, Degrade, then Privatize after multiple failures prove “Govt Can’t Work.” #SoPeopleHave2Die

    @nytimes
    NJ Transit, once a gold standard, is in crisis
    — with a crumbling infrastructure,
    more delays and leadership woes

  13. chicagofinance says:

    Same argument as anyone who disapproved of his O’ness is a racist.

    joyce says:
    October 12, 2016 at 8:37 pm
    Right, it seems as though the more she’s in the spotlight the less people like her. I remember a post not too long ago that blamed that entirely on sexism… meh; maybe when she runs for office and more people look at her, there’s just less to like? Maybe, I’m open to possibilities.

  14. chicagofinance says:

    From header article…..
    “Brooklyn has really emerged as this epicenter of where people want to be,” Black said, the website says. “If you look at Jersey City, it’s so far ahead relative to a lot of different product it has, but it doesn’t have life, it doesn’t have vibrancy, it’s not cool, it’s got no vibe.”

    I am posting without checking, but generally when you read comments of this type, the clown grew up in the suburbs or is some a$$wipe from Toledo Ohio who thinks he is a “New Yorker”……

  15. Anon E. Moose, saying 'Come back, JJ' says:

    Puzzy [08:12];

    @MaxBoot

    If anything good can come out of this election from hell,
    perhaps it will deliver a small measure of vindication for
    Trump’s many victims.

    While Clinton’s victims will have to live with their persecutor as President. I wonder which one they’ll get:

    “We have to destroy her story.” -Hillary Clinton
    “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.” –@HillaryClinton

  16. @ScottAdamsSays
    The New York Times gives up their legitimacy to attack Trump. It must be embarrassing to work there today.

  17. Anon E. Moose, saying 'Come back, JJ' says:

    ChiFi [08:39];

    Same argument as anyone who disapproved of his O’ness is a racist.

    One of the things I look forward to under an Illary administration is that, after having been called a “racist” for eight long years, being called “sexist” for a change.

  18. Thank you so much for this post! I have a small business and these free resources really save the day.

  19. I think all women are secretly moist and voting for Trump.

    Fifty Shades of Trump Knuckles

  20. Ottoman says:

    Face it, the Clintons are the best capitalists on the planet who weren’t automatically born into immense wealth. They do absolutely nothing that the vast majority of the 1% don’t also do, except they do it publicly. It’s fun to watch you all suck the dicks of mostly anonymous corporate leaders who rape the planet, destroy lives, control governments, lie out of every orifice, and funnel all the world’s resources into their pockets while you vilify the Clintons for doing exactly what you, as capitalists, aspire to.

    You want a system where profits overrule human needs? you deserve Clinton.

  21. I liked this quote I heard from Al-Erian yesterday:

    “The market is counting on the Fed being able to continue to repress volatility.”

    But he said the opposite in January:

    Jan 8, 2016 – “Markets are realizing that central banks can no longer repress financial volatility. And they are repricing to new volatility paradigm,”

    http://www.kereport.com/2016/01/08/elerian-central-banks-longer-repress-financial-volatility/

  22. Anon E. Moose, saying 'Come back, JJ' says:

    Footstool [09:21];

    Face it, the Clintons are the best capitalists on the planet who weren’t automatically born into immense wealth. They do absolutely nothing that the vast majority of the 1% don’t also do, except they do it publicly. It’s fun to watch you all suck the dicks of mostly anonymous corporate leaders who rape the planet, destroy lives, control governments, lie out of every orifice, and funnel all the world’s resources into their pockets while you vilify the Clintons for doing exactly what you, as capitalists, aspire to.

    This from the side that is adamant that would have us believe uttering “pu$$y” (and “¢unt”) are disqualifying. If there weren’t already the word “hypocrite,” we’d have to invent it for you.

  23. Ottoman says:

    Nothing in world history lifted more people out of poverty and slave working conditions than the lefty New Deal and the rise of unions in the early to mid 20th century. That’s why corporations fought, starting in the 60s, to take back their profit margins by vilifying the left as dangerous commie airheads and making deals with the devil (aka right wing lunatics) to elect puppets in the government to further rig the system against the people.

    Thanks to blathering idiots like you, who tow their line because you think one day they’ll invite you on their bus to fondle some chics with them, we have unlimited money in politics, quashed union rights, and trickle down bullish!t run amok.

    Fast Eddie says:
    October 13, 2016 at 7:59 am
    Fabius,

    What are you worried about? At the end of the day, all facets of the government will have democrats in charge. The debt will explode beyond repair, responsibility will be replaced by entitlement, racial division will intensify, the wage gap and jobs will continue to worsen and somehow the left will be blaming the right. Why even post anything about the other side? Why don’t you post links to the great things the left has accomplished and the utopia they will create when Hillary is sworn in?

  24. Fast Eddie says:

    Thanks to blathering idiots like you…

    For a blathering idiot, I did quite well. When the day arrives when your commune riots because the layabouts outnumber the productive ones, feel free to knock on my door, I’ll gladly toss you a biscuit.

  25. Ottoman says:

    I trust your tax records clearly prove you don’t take the mortgage interest and property tax deductions for home ownership even if you’re “entitled” to them. Since you’re not a taker.

    Fast Eddie says:
    October 13, 2016 at 9:40 am
    Thanks to blathering idiots like you…

    For a blathering idiot, I did quite well. When the day arrives when your commune riots because the layabouts outnumber the productive ones, feel free to knock on my door, I’ll gladly toss you a biscuit.

  26. Joyce says:

    Ottoman,
    I don’t think any corporations should have rights (the Fortune 500, not for profit, religious, govt, or union). Only inidividuals have rights; how does that sound? And please save me any of your racist responses

  27. SteamTurd the bourgeois drone, supportor of the canklephate and hyper about incarcenation says:

    “My view is if you want to take the risk, fine, if you get caught you go to the big house.”

    Like C0cksucking Dodd did with the interest free mortgages? Get off your elitist high horse already. Both sides are equally bad. To cheerlead for one over the other is akin to supporting corruption.

    The only thing that makes me hate the left a bit more than the right is their insatiable need to act like they are protecting those who don’t know better. There’s a lot of stupid stuff that Trump says and I agree he is not fit to be POTUS, but he is right about the treatment of blacks in this country. The Dems have been crumbing them to maintain power for half a century. Meanwhile, their plight has really only worsened since the MLK days. Sure they earned much more rights, but segregation remains alive and well due to Dem policies.

  28. Joyce says:

    Ottoman,
    Wouldn’t a taker be someone that receives more govt services/benefits than taxes paid? (And if someone’s income or revenue is directly / indirectly influenced by govt policy that should be factored in as well)

  29. Fast Eddie says:

    I trust your tax records clearly prove you don’t take the mortgage interest and property tax deductions for home ownership even if you’re “entitled” to them. Since you’re not a taker.

    Are we comparing it to what came out my pocket over the years and the time I volunteered at homeless shelters? Or does it not fit into your argument? Either way, declare yourself the winner because I can clearly see that you have a delicate and fragile psyche and need all the encouragement you can gather.

  30. Joyce says:

    Ottoman,

    Give me your high level bullet points of what the income tax code should look like? It sounds like you’d eliminate things like the MI deduction; I’m onboard with that. Tax phony baloney carried interest as regular income?… sounds good. EITC? What say you?

  31. Comrade Nom Deplorable, just waiting on the Zombie Apocalypse. says:

    So Trump is having his Bimbo Eruption?

    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain


  32. “If you want to make a conservative mad, tell him a lie and then tell others a lie about him.
    If you want to make a liberal mad, tell him the truth then tell others the truth about him.”

    -Lou Holtz

  33. Melania will handle it. Maybe she’ll have them over for Taco Salad, the world’s best.

    So Trump is having his Bimbo Eruption?

    Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain

  34. SteamTurd the bourgeois drone, supportor of the canklephate and hyper about incarcenation says:

    As for Brooklyn. It’s truly a fashionable POS. I have a friend who has lived in the epicenter of Brooklyn Culture since we both graduated college. He lives on the corner of 6th Street and 6th Avenue in a 4th floor rental brownstone walkup. His apartment has 1 full bathroom, a bedroom that can’t fit furniture in it unless there’s a twin bed and a combined kitchen and living room. He had the option to buy it when the building converted to a coop in the 90s and he stupidly didn’t. I can only imagine his rent today. Well, I used to go out there once or twice a year to hang. Besides the pretty brownstone and tree-laced streets, I do not see the attraction. The park is pretty disgusting and filled with derelicts and city kids whose sole purpose of hanging out there is to pester the civilized park users. The restaurants are no better than the crappy places in Hoboken. It smells like piss everywhere from the homeless and you can’t put your kids in the schools. So how does this differ from Jersey City besides being more hipster-saturated? At least Jersey City has real blue collar, hard working immigrant families (to go with their section 8 crowd). I remember once going over to this guys house and we wanted to make a salad to save some money. We went over to Dagostino to get the vegetables. I’m not lying, it was $30 for a head of lettuce, a tomato, a cucumber and a couple other vegetables. He can have his Brooklyn. He just got married and had a kid. I expect to see him move to Montclair some time around 2020.

  35. Comrade Nom Deplorable, the Irredeemabler says:
  36. Juice Box says:

    And the hits keep on coming…

    Wikileaks RELEASE: The Podesta Emails Part 6 (almost 2000 new emails)

  37. Comrade Nom Deplorable, just waiting on the Zombie Apocalypse. says:

    New WH report says yeah, technology will cost you jobs but look on the bright side–it will advance social justice. So quit yer bitchin’

  38. SteamTurd the bourgeois drone, supportor of the canklephate and hyper about incarcenation says:
  39. SteamTurd the bourgeois drone, supportor of the canklephate and hyper about incarcenation says:

    “If anything good can come out of this election from hell,
    perhaps it will deliver a small measure of vindication for
    Trump’s many victims.”

    Lord knows, Hillary certainly doesn’t have any sexual victims, well besides the many young women her supposed husband abused.

  40. Comrade Nom Deplorable, the Irredeemer says:

    Joyce,

    Since you asked, I suspect the Footrest’s version of the 1040 will look pretty much like this.

    http://annapuna.blogspot.com/2013/02/clinton-1040.html

    History doesn’t repeat but it does rhyme.

  41. Grab them by the puzzy (the good one) says:

    Bob Dylan sucks

  42. SteamTurd the bourgeois drone, supportor of the canklephate and hyper about incarcenation says:

    It’s amazing how much the Nobel nominating committee thinks like the editors of Rolling Stone.

  43. I think I read that the place to move to is Wayne. It’s very close to New York and it has everything families want. If he misses the street sounds there are even some double-yellow roads that get a lot of traffic, but only during rush hour and Sundays.

    He can have his Brooklyn. He just got married and had a kid. I expect to see him move to Montclair some time around 2020.

  44. D-FENS says:

    Hillary doesn’t rape victims…she just has them whacked.

  45. Essex says:

    Hillary and Bill would make great Republicans.

  46. yome says:

    GOP should have just voted for Garland for SC. Now they dont know who they will get if Hillary wins and GOP lose Majority.

  47. D-FENS says:

    “Bill is a Rapist” protester tackled and beaten at HRC rally

    https://twitter.com/NewsTreanor/status/786395627756191745

  48. yome says:

    As relations between the West and Russia steadily deteriorate, Royal Air Force (RAF) pilots have been given the go-ahead to shoot down Russian military jets when flying missions over Syria and Iraq, if they are endangered by them. The development comes with warnings that the UK and Russia are now “one step closer” to being at war.
    Gorbie is worried about US- Russia walking away from Nuke Treaty

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/raf-given-green-light-shoot-133352631.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb

  49. jcer says:

    Brooklyn is a hole, it is like Hoboken or JC but run down in most parts, but you have to get through Bk/Queens and Manhattan to get to America. I have never understood the exploding prices, it isn’t Manhattan and shouldn’t cost more.

  50. No One says:

    Are Hillary’s grope victims guys or girls?

  51. So how long until the campaign tells the media outlets to start comparing Trump to Cosby?

  52. SteamTurd the bourgeois drone, supportor of the canklephate and hyper about incarcenation says:

    Cosby gets a pass.

  53. D-FENS says:

    Trump calling out cartels at Ocala, FL rally. Says “days are numbered”. Would declare them a terrorist organization.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dni4DBIdXtw

  54. D-FENS says:

    @brandondarby 23h23 hours ago
    If helping victims of sex trafficking matters to you, you have no business voting for Hillary. Her State Dept. shackled FBI on cartels

    @brandondarby 23h23 hours ago
    All I know is that a US pres candidate is calling out cartels. That alone is huge. Bannon gets what we do, also huge.

    @brandondarby 23h23 hours ago
    Brandon Darby Retweeted Brandon Darby
    You know my heart for people in northern Mexico and you know my ambition to destroy the cartels oppressing them. Just imagine if he wins.

  55. Back inthe USSR Cold War says:

    The whole mess with Russia will end in a shooting war, how big or limited who knows. Is logical and based on facts. So the list.

    -Hillary needs to prove she has balls – her Thatcher – Falkland Island moment.
    -Russia has 5 issues – 1-War is good for Putin & nationalism -2- Wants to make very clear this is a multi-polar world and Russia is open for business vis a vis pacts and alignements like the cold war period. 3- After the Iraq debacle Putin sees the ability to re-arrange the Middle East with a tilt toward Russian control (same ideas Neo-Cons had) but unlike the West, Putin is skilled, brutal & savaged enough to do it – his time’s up clock is ticking in Moscow, so he needs to perform (see #1). 4- Putin really has a bug about the US neo-cons/ Yeltsin’s oligarch/ Hermitage Fund (see #5) 5- Russian nationalism, antisemitism, the Clintons and love of conspiracy theories – Yeltsin was a crook who sold out Russia, the ones that bought most of it known as the 5 oligarch were all jewish. It is well known Russia went thru hell in the 90’s, the Clintons aided and abetted the oligarchs. Putin sneaked in and outsmarted the oligarchs by reactivating, building, and making extremely wealthy the old KGB infrastructure. These guys were always very nationalistic and want revenge for the perceived losses of the post cold war period. They and Putin in general feel the USA needs a tough conterpart, a ying and yang, otherwise you get the mess of the middle east.

    So that is where stands now. Look up The Geographical Pivot of History in Wikipedia. What to look for is that Russia wants to realign the the Middle East its way. Bomb to ashes the whole bunch of goat & camel f’rs. In short Putin is going to do the job we did not want to do because of business ties with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar which are the f’rs financing the AQ & ISIS. The price for this is loss of control of M.E. and that means Israel better get used to new neighborhood master.

    The fight will happen because Hillary is vested in the neo-con world, and can’t see we have outlived the need to be anywhere in the ME for energy, only thing holding us there is the Israel 1st crowd, and the Wall Street/ME financial links.

    Trump whether aware of the above or not, simply by moving away from the ME and concentrating at home will do better.

  56. chicagofinance says:

    Ottoman says:
    October 13, 2016 at 9:35 am
    Nothing in world history lifted more people out of poverty and slave working conditions than the lefty New Deal and the rise of unions in the early to mid 20th century. That’s why corporations fought, starting in the 60s, to take back their profit margins by vilifying the left as dangerous commie airheads and making deals with the devil (aka right wing lunatics) to elect puppets in the government to further rig the system against the people.

    https://youtu.be/F4fY_Gkyzo0?t=21m1s

  57. chicagofinance says:

    you know….skip forward to 34:30……that really hits it good….

  58. chicagofinance says:

    If you don’t have the interest in this stuff…then at least watch the 3 minutes following this point….
    https://youtu.be/F4fY_Gkyzo0?t=39m27s

  59. D-FENS says:

    Most people will discover Dinesh D’Souza’s works far too late.

  60. Fast Eddie says:

    ChiFi,

    Good stuff. Thank you!

  61. Grab them by puzzy (the good one) says:

    @PaulKrugman

    A brief tweestorm on the GOP in the year of Trump:
    we now know that the GOP base is, as liberals said, basically motivated by racism 1/

  62. Grab them by the puzzy (the good one) says:

    @PaulKrugman

    But we’ve also learned about the party elite.
    There are, it turns out, almost no true believers in supposed conservative principles 2/

  63. Fast Eddie says:

    we now know that the GOP base is, as liberals said, basically motivated by racism

    Except for those “Needy Latinos” or those silly Evangelicals. Hey, who’s up for a Catholic Spring?

  64. Juice Box says:

    WikiLeaks – Best Podesta leak pair: 1) HRC stating in 2014 that the Saud+Qatar govts fund ISIL and 2) Qatar giving Bill Clinton $1m for 5 minute meeting

  65. I learned it differently. Post WWII only Americans had a country with all factories and cities standing and intact. The rest of the world needed sh1t, we manufactured it and sold it to them.

    Nothing in world history lifted more people out of poverty and slave working conditions than the lefty New Deal and the rise of unions in the early to mid 20th century.

  66. HEHEHE says:

    “Nothing in world history lifted more people out of poverty and slave working conditions than the lefty New Deal and the rise of unions in the early to mid 20th century.”

    You proposing a new one? How’s that going to work?

    There’s Chinese, Indians and Mexicans willing to do the same job for pennies on the dollar and Vietnamese and Africans willing to work even cheaper. That doesn’t even factor in the complete absence of meaningful worker protections and environmental regs etc. in those jurisdictions.

    We currently have a Federal deficit that equates to $12K per citizen and 7 out of 10 citizens have less than $1K in savings. So we’ve already borrowed forward 120 years worth of consumer expenditures in the past 30 years.

    The 1950’s were the apex economically in this country. We were the only country in the world who’s manufacturing base wasn’t decimated. You’ll never see anything like that again absent another war.

    It’s time you come up with a new solution for the new paradigm.

    Your waxing nostalgic about the New Deal is as tedious as the Reaganites babble about the benefits of tax cuts.

    Reality is neither works unless you deficit spend like crazy and contrary to the D.C. fantasy there comes a time when deficits do matter, and sadly, when they do there’s usually a lot of violence.

  67. McBox says:

    Criminal summons for Christie?

  68. HEHEHE says:

    “Criminal summons for Christie?”

    Maybe President Trump will pardon him :)

  69. D-FENS says:

    RE: podesta emails…they whacked Scalia?

  70. Essex says:

    I dig Brooklyn – but it aint Manhattan.

  71. lost says:

    These same people were available for cheap labor during that same time period. Hell, I would argue that the availability of cheap labor was much more during this era. So why is it that the United States businesses were able to pay so much to their workers and still profit, while having an over abundance of third world labor to take advantage of? If you didn’t have to use the “cheapest” mode of labor back then, why do we have to now? Why do we now “CHOOSE” to use the cheapest labor available? Why didn’t we “CHOOSE” the cheapest form of labor back then?

    And here in lies the problem with income inequality today. We “CHOOSE” to profit at the expense of the working class today. We did not have this mindset back then. So we are basically eating ourselves from the inside out with terrible business choices driven by greed and sold, or I should say shoved down our throats, on the basis of competition.

    “There’s Chinese, Indians and Mexicans willing to do the same job for pennies on the dollar and Vietnamese and Africans willing to work even cheaper. That doesn’t even factor in the complete absence of meaningful worker protections and environmental regs etc. in those jurisdictions.”

  72. Fabius Maximus says:

    lost

    For me it was seeing a small business owner shutting the doors as I think Walmart put him out of business. For him it was a badge of honor that he gave his staff healthcare and good benefits.

  73. Fabius Maximus says:

    nwnj3

    The difference is that Trump hired the scumbag and Trump again is looking at a court case.

    http://tinyurl.com/hsnf3u7

  74. Fabius Maximus says:

    D-FENS

    Who was the guy in here back when the Tea Party broke out. He was all conspiracy theory and how he wanted us all to picket the capital. While he was a bit of a whack job, he showed up an irony around the wingnuts.

    If you are now all RahRah around Wikileaks, should we pardon the offenders?
    We have Hannity thanking Assange. Should we now pardon Snowdon and Manning?

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/09/07/sean_hannity_hosts_compliments_julian_assange_on_fox_news.html

  75. Fabius Maximus says:

    Fast Eddie,

    Catholic Spring, I’m with her.

    While I live in North Bergen County AKA “Republican Hell, There Everywhere!” I live in a very very conservative parish.
    While not directly spoken, they hate Francis and want Benedict back.

  76. chicagofinance says:

    OPINION

    DECLARATIONS

    America’s Decadent Leadership Class

    Putin doesn’t respect them, and they don’t like half the American people.

    By PEGGY NOONAN
    Oct. 13, 2016 7:15 p.m. ET

    It is quite dreadful and a showing of the gravest disrespect that, if U.S. intelligence agencies are correct, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has inserted himself into America’s presidential election. And it could not have deeper implications.

    If Russia is indeed behind the leaks of the emails of Democratic Party operatives Mr. Putin may have many reasons, as he often does, but the most frightening would be that he views the current American political leadership class as utterly decadent and unworthy of traditional diplomatic norms and boundaries. And, thinks, therefore, it deserves what it gets.

    Why would he find them decadent—morally hollowed out, unserious? That is the terrible part: because he knows them.

    Think of how he’s experienced them the past few years. Readers of these pages know of the Uranium One deal in which a Canadian businessman got Bill Clinton to help him get control of uranium mining fields in Kazakhstan. The businessman soon gave $31 million to the Clinton Foundation, with a pledge of $100 million more. Uranium One acquired significant holdings in the U.S. A Russian company moved to buy it. The deal needed U.S. approval, including from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    While it was under consideration the Clinton Foundation received more money from Uranium One. Bill Clinton got a $500,000 speech fee. Mrs. Clinton approved the deal. The Russian company is now one of the world’s largest uranium producers. Significant amounts of U.S. uranium are, in effect, owned by Russia. This summer a WikiLeaks dump showed the State Department warning that Russia was moving to control the global supply of nuclear fuel. The deal went through anyway, and the foundation flourished.

    Peter Schweizer, who broke the Uranium One story, reported in these pages how Mrs. Clinton also pushed for a U.S.-Russian technology initiative whose goals included “the development of ties between the Russian and American people.” Mrs Clinton looked for U.S. investors and found them. Of the 28 announced “key partners,” 60% had made financial commitments to the Clinton Foundation. Even Russian investors ponied up.

    But the research coming out of the initiative raised alarms: U.S. military experts warned of satellite, space and nuclear technology transfers. The FBI thought the Russian partners’ motive was to “gain access to classified, sensitive, and emerging technology.” WikiLeaks later unearthed a State Department cable expressing concern about the project. Somehow, said Mr. Schweizer, the Clinton State Department “missed or ignored obvious red flags.”

    What would Mr. Putin, knowing all this and inferring Mrs. Clinton’s real priorities, conclude about the American political system and its major practitioners? Would he feel contempt? Might he toy with them?

    As for Donald Trump, we don’t know, because he has not released his tax returns, what ties if any he has with Russia. There are charges that Trump businesses are entangled with powerful Russian financiers. We know some of his top advisers had business ties to Russia or affiliated nations and leaders.

    Again, what might Mr. Putin think of this? Might he amuse himself with mischief, even to the point of attempting to hack the election returns? We’ll see.

  77. Fabius Maximus says:

    Dinesh D’Souza @DineshDSouza
    I guess it is now fine for men to use women’s bathrooms but not for the CEO of Miss Universe to walk into a woman’s dressing room

    Again the irony. If you are OK with Trump in the Dressing room, whats your issue with LBGT in the bathrooms?

  78. Fabius Maximus says:

    Chi

    You still sticking with Peggy? Shes still trying to Spin the Reagan years.

  79. Fabius Maximus says:

    Will leave this for the lawyers on the board to dissect.
    http://tinyurl.com/jmovtwx

  80. Fabius Maximus says:

    This gets a WOW!

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