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  1. Ba’al wrote: We survived the election of 1803 and the Civil War and the terms of Warren Harding and of Jimmy Carter. We will survive this election too. end quote Lester Holt: Good evening, Ba’al and the rest of America. I am Lester Holt and this is the first Presidential Debate, on NBC. Mrs. Clinton, we will begin with a question for you. How is your health? Mrs. Clinton: Good evening, evening, uh, Lester, and America. I have been given a clean bill, bill, bill, of health by my doctor. In fact I am the healthiest candidate to date-date-date on this stage. HA! Lester Holt: Thank you Mrs. Clinton. You look fine tonight. Mister Trump? What would you do about the deteriorating situation in Africa? Minister of Agriculture Uri on Wednesday took an unexpected flight in order to visit a Mr. Levy. Levy has been under arrest in the country for about 15 months, suspected of tax evasion to the sum of about NIS 26 million. You look puzzled Mr. Trump. What country am I talking about? Do you even have a clue? Mr. Trump: What? What country are you talking about? Is Uri Russian? Is that a gotcha question? And what about Mrs. Clinton’s answer? She is stuttering. Shouldn’t you point that out? Lester Holt: Mrs. Clinton’s answer was short and to the point. If you don’t know what I am talking about let me move on. The passing of the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 brought several restrictions to U.S. activity on Antarctica. The introduction of alien plants or animals can bring a criminal penalty, as can the extraction of any indigenous species. What would you do . . . . Mr. Trump: Hold it Buster! Lester Holt: My name is Lester. Mr. Trump: Okay, Lester. I and the American people are watching you. You should be ashamed of yourself. Every time you give me a gotcha question I am going to point it out in front of the camera and I refuse to answer any more questions like that. Strike one, Lester. Mrs. Clinton: Lying Trump. Little Trump. Gotcha, gotcha, gotcha, you big ba-ba-ba-baby.
  2. Lester Holt is a Progressive, Old Hickory supporter. Yet, he usually does the news in a straight-up fashion . . . . but NBC nightly news selects the stories to enhance the propaganda affect for Old Hickory Clinton. I will watch the debate just to see if he is blatantly biased or just a wittle bit biased in his treatment of The Big Guy. Or I may watch old Gilligan’s Island reruns, and just look at the highlights of the debate. I think John Stossel would be a good moderator or any true independent. Whoever it is, they should be held up to a higher standard, and I can only presume future President Trump has demanded unbiased moderation, while, wink, wink, Hillary has demanded the same in front of the cameras, but she will expect her propaganda machine to screech Sieg Heil at the appropriate times. Peter
  3. Thanks for the video link to Star Trek on torture. I remember TNG also showed Capitan Jean Luc Picard being tortured. The only society however, that seemed civilized and did not use enhanced interrogation methods was 24th century human society. The Klingons, Crystal-ine Entities, and the Romulans were quite nasty, and as mentioned the Vulcans almost tortured themselves at times with their “mind melds.” Don’t count your chickens being they are hatched? I'm not chicken! I am starting to see movement in the electoral college. All the states except Nebraska and Maine have a winner-take-all electoral vote system. The tossup column can be influenced by former candidate Rubio in Florida and I think Kasich can influence Midwest states like Ohio, and Iowa. I worry and hope for a Trump victory in the toss up states of Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina and Maine. Per Republican Chairman Reeses Pieces IT IS TIME for all Republican candidates to honor their pledge to support the winning candidate Donald Trump but especially Kasich, Rubio, and Cruz must honor their pledge. Fellas? Is that personal dislike of the candidate being put before your country? Sure, it would be tough if Trump made fun of your wife, but say reluctantly, I know we cannot afford four more years of creeping totalitarian rule. And I think former candidate and continuing “fan of Rand,” Paul Ryan needs to speak up for the candidate. Peter Notes. From Rush. 11 percent of voters think Hillary is honest and trustworthy. The lame stream media is starting to get worried, which is why they are attacking Matt Lauer for asking Clinton too many hardball questions and Jimmy Fallon for being too funny and not scathing enough, when Donald Trump was recently on his show. From Real Clear Politics, Tuesday, September 20th . With no tossup states: Clinton 272, Trump 266. With tossups: Clinton 200, Trump 164, Tossups 174. These are the current electoral college tossup States: Ohio 18. Florida 29. Iowa 6. Colorado 9. Nevada 6. Arizona 11. Michigan 16. Wisconsin 10. Pennsylvania 20. New Hampshire 4. Virginia 13. North Carolina 15. Georgia 16. Maine 1. An email from Trump to me: Peter, The media keeps asking what I’m doing to prepare for my debate. Here’s my answer: While Hillary is listening to a team of psychologists and advisors to teach her what to say, I’m turning to the very people who got me where I am today… YOU. I’m asking you to take the TRUMP Debate Preparation Survey within the next 24 hours to help me prepare for the biggest night of our campaign.
  4. Smite? The Holy Bibbble? Bob the science guy wrote: To one and two, yes and yes. end quote Since this Trump thread has a lot of space to fill up I will ask everyone a few questions. I am deliberately not separating the fictional from the actual. Would Starfleet exonerate an officer who used enhanced interrogation techniques if it were only for the direst of reasons? Would the Android on Star Trek named Data use enhanced interrogation techniques? Would a Vulcan like Mr. Spock torture a sentient being? Would one of Isaac Asimov’s *robots* use torture on a human? Consider the four laws of robotics. Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics: 0) A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm. *this zeroth law was added at a later date.* 1) A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. 2) A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. 3) A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection, does not conflict with the First or Second Law.” Would Donald Trump act like Jack Reacher if his family were threatened? One more ambiguity. Miles Stevenson once wrote: I don't consider myself an Objectivist, because as I understand it, it's an "all or nothing" philosophy. Or in other words, if you don't agree with ALL of the fundamental ideals of Objectivism as defined by Ayn Rand, you are not an Objectivist. end quote I don't think taste in art disqualifies you from being an OBJ. So my question to everyone is what disqualifies a person from identifying as an Objectivist? Does being an Objectivist depend on the opinion of others? Peter
  5. Case One. You are lost on a desert island. You see a fellow islander abduct your child or spouse. You later capture the kidnapper but the child or spouse is nowhere to be found AND the kidnapper says your loved one is buried alive and has a limited time to breath. If you don’t come up with his ransom demand now, he will allow your loved one to suffocate. You, the parent or spouse, do not have the amount of the ransom. Would you use torture to extract the location of your loved one from the kidnapper? Case Two. Intelligence sources are sure a dirty atomic manufactured in North Korea and given to a Syrian refugee in the United States is set to go off in Manhattan. The authorities have the Syrian terrorist at Manhattan Police Headquarters. He boasts the bomb is set to go off in three hours, which leaves little time to evacuate yourself or the inhabitants of Manhattan to avoid destruction. “Allah is great! All you infidels are going to die!” he screams. You have a way of extracting information, using a drug that will make the terrorist talk, but the drugs will cause the terrorist to die a horrible death. Would you administer the drug? Care to come up with a Case Three to Case One-Hundred? Jules Troy wrote: You don't extend your hand to a rabid dog and expect to pet it. You just shoot it. end quote Those people who have ceased to deserve our reciprocal rights can be listed, but the category of “mad dog” is one of those “catch all’s” that can suffice. It would be moral to study the mad dog. A new or different sort of rabid human should be made available for experimental interrogation techniques by our security and military forces. I am reluctant to say Ayn Rand would explicitly endorse a government to utilize torture (or national conscription) but she was all for James Bond doing his job, no matter who’s head he cracked. Ayn Rand as an individual would definitely *use* whatever means were necessary in many different scenarios. But to allow government to use torture should be done reluctantly and under scrutiny, sort of like a quality control project, but I would call it “morality control.” Peter Ayn Rand appreciated a lot of Cold War, American and British authors including spies and private detectives who used retaliatory violence. Mickey Spillane's description of New York at night: The rain was misty enough to be almost fog like, a cold gray curtain that separated me from the pale ovals of white that were faces locked behind the steamed-up windows of the cars that hissed by. Even the brilliance that was Manhattan by night was reduced to a few sleepy yellow lights off in the distance. end quote Ayn Rand responded to the passage: There is not a single emotional word or adjective in Spillane's description; he presents nothing save visual facts; but he selects only those facts, only those eloquent details, which convey the visual reality of the scene and create a mood of desolate loneliness . . . . end quote I think Rand would be very appreciative of the author Lee Child. A letter to OL I wrote five years ago: I have noticed some people say they would take the law into their own hands if no law was available. For example, if they were lost on a desert island they would take care of themselves, but would defer to legal authorities if protection and recourse were available. I agree that it is moral to defend oneself when the law is not around. Self preservation necessitates that we counter violence to ourselves, our family or to our property in an emergency, even if it means we personally harm the wrong doer. I also think it is moral to defend a stranger from violence, in an emergency. Some people have mentioned a preference for justice in the style of The Old West, as part of the right to bear arms. An excellent writer who depicts a person very ready, willing, and able to take the law into his own hands, is Lee Child. Lee Child also thinks it is moral to counter violence to a stranger, in an emergency, but what makes his hero, Jack Reacher so compelling is the difference between him and an average citizen. All of us might stop a bullying child from harming another child. An average citizen might stop an injustice to another if he felt no threat to himself, but what if there were a threat to you if you interfered? How far would you go to defend yourself or someone else if you might be harmed? Isn’t it personal fear that stops us from acting in an emergency, rather than our belief in putting the use of force into the hands of legitimate authority? How brave are you? The hero, in all of Child’s books, is a former military policeman, who sees no necessity in calling 911. His father was a career officer in the Army and his older brother became a Secret Service Agent in charge of anti-counterfeiting. In a style reminiscent of Donald Hamilton, Mickey Spillane, and Ian Fleming, Child’s hero is always morally right before he acts. Child brings up some other issues that dramatize those difficult gray areas between justice, the law and vengeance. His hero is in the romantic tradition of the old west but the books are set in modern times. I highly recommend them all. Tom Cruise is an odd choice to play him because his physical presence is such a necessary part of his character. The script would need to start by showing Tom Cruise as a person who is overwhelmingly deadly, not from a kung foo, Jackie Chan way, but with a “John Wayne” incident where he physically overcomes a large, villainous person, preferably a man and not Janet Napolitano. Peter Taylor
  6. Michael wrote: That's easy. The non-monsters have rights I recognize. The monsters don't. end quote They are replaying a TV show about the case of that little girl who was murdered. Jon Benet Ramsey? The local police were so sure the parents did it. They were SO sure they hid and falsified evidence, letting the real monster go free. To this day, many of the still living, local police deny any wrong doing, but they are also monsters too just like her killer. The contemporary DNA analyses points to a Hispanic man as her torturer and killer. I hope they can solve it after all these years. *Recognize* can be taken as sensory input or as a means of imputing rights into a person and then acting in a corresponding fashion. It would be great if the criminals looked a certain way. I have joked how people who wore a cocaine earring, or criminal motorcycle gangs do the police a big favor by showing their “true colors.” It aids in identifying and searching for evidence. And it aids in gaining other information. So, you’re a Son of Anarchy? OK, dirt bag, snitch, or you’re going into Cell block D with the Hell’s Angels and the Warlocks who have a bounty on your head. Unfortunately, when people are demonized and treated as a *class,* then political and practical morality can lose its underpinnings, like an old west posse . . . . or like Admiral Nimitz saying the only good Jap is a Jap who has been dead a good while. Fast forward to the 21st Century and a statement condemning a class of people is embarrassing. I do agree with Ayn that collateral damage is morally right in certain circumstances even if the innocents dying are blameless for an act of war. . . like powerless citizens who had no say in the government they have, and young people. Que sara, sara. I think we are better off than in 1939, when there were Conquering Japs, Mussolini, and Nazis but the bad guys keep popping up, like that boardwalk game, “Whack a Mole. It’s Bike week in Ocean City Maryland. This year I think there are more mean, low class bikers and fewer professional guys on a weekend adventure. Last year the bikers were better tippers than the classic car guys, according to a waiter I know. This year I have seen two instances of bad conduct on the part of the bikers. The state police and county sheriffs are all over the place. Peter
  7. Is a “black hole” eternal? Will they continue to unite until there is a super massive singularity? Or will matter disperse . . . forever, as in the theory of an expanding universe? Life cannot exist in a black hole but it can exist in dispersed space so as a proponent of life, I am emotionally drawn to dispersal, reunification, and more dispersals. And for life to fully understand the universe. I predict we will reach a point where civilization and knowledge is guaranteed to continue existence even if a catastrophe occurs. Peter From “The Universe in a Nutshell,” by Stephen Hawking: Any sound scientific theory, whether of time or any other concept, should in my opinion be based on the most workable philosophy of science: the positivist approach put forward by Karl Popper and others. According to this way of thinking, a scientific theory is a mathematical model that describes and codifies the observations we make. A good theory will describe a large range of phenomena on the basis of a few simple postulates and will make definite predictions that can be tested. If the predictions agree with the observations, the theory survives that test, though it can never be proven to be correct. On the other hand, if the observations disagree with the predictions, one has to discard or modify the theory. (At least, that is supposed to happen. In practice, people often question the accuracy of the observations and the reliability and moral character of those making the observations.) If one takes the positivist position, as I do, one cannot say what time actually is. All one can do is describe what has been found to be a very good mathematical model for time and say what predictions it makes. end quote
  8. Ba’al wrote: . . . I do not give a Rat's Ass about collateral damage. end quote If civilians are not targeted, then objective law properly places full moral blame on the person who put the innocent in the position of hostage or shield. In a sense, the aggressor is the *cause* of the deaths of the innocents and is the *cause* of any collateral damage that is unavoidable during the process of self-defense. Yet rules of engagement are essential to morality, and to the consciences of individual servicemen. We are the good guys. I likened the name President “Trum . . . an” to the name President “Trum . . . p”, with just three letters different. How weird is that? Truman ended the war with Japan with an atom bomb. Few people remember Truman as simply a democrat. No, he was the president who followed FDR and ended the war. Trump will be the President who followed the disastrous Obama and destroyed the latest crop of terrorists. I say the latest crop because Western Civilization’s condensed populations will always be a target for subhuman monsters. It may become necessary to disperse people, infrastructure, and water supplies. Peter
  9. “Have you felt it too? Have you seen how your best friends love everything about you- except the things that count? And your most important is nothing to them; nothing, not even a sound they can recognize . . . . The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.” ― Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead. Segue to the election year of 2016. “How does that old nautical saying go?” Michael wonders. “Red sky in morning, sailors take warning. Red sky at night, sailors delight.” He lowers his hardbound, first edition of “The Fountainhead.” “Horizons,” he ponders. Taking a sip of Michelob, he sighs, and then writes: “Then there's the part you always like to point out, that their horizon and Rand's horizon often point to different directions, but that's beyond the scope of this post.” Taken by itself Michael’s statement is intriguingly vague, but with the other parts of his post it makes a lot of sense. President Trump does not illustrate a particular policy, start a national project, or solve a crisis by saying, “I am working towards limited Constitutional Government.” In the back of his mind his overall goal is success, and not an ideological goal. He probably even calls Ayn to mind thinking her name is Ann Rand. So objectivists cannot judge him through the lens of ideology. If you were looking at a sheet of paper with faded writing, and you saw the words, “President Trum . . . . .” you might wonder if it said, “President Truman?” And in 2020, President Truman may be the name we most compare to President Trump. Peter
  10. Guantanamo Bay or Gitmo, is a U.S. Naval base as well as a prison. What should President Trump do about it? There may be other ways of disposing of illegal combatants and terrorists. Peter Notes. From: "Peter Taylor" To: atlantis Subject: The death penalty – BB Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2001. BB wrote: There are a number of maximum security prisons in this country to which are sent only the most violent and unmanageable prisoners . . .The law of the land is that no one in prison can receive the death penalty for what he may do in prison . . . One prisoner, known to have murdered a guard, was put into a blazingly lit cell, far underground, for twenty-four hours a day. He was allowed no human contact, no visits, no television or movies or books or writing material. He is expected soon to join the ranks of the madmen . . . What does one do in such cases? end quote The guards have lost none of their inalienable rights, though they have agreed to place themselves in harm’s way. I have long thought that such incorrigible prisoners should be exiled to a tropical Pacific island in the chain of islands in the Hawaiian archipelago. They will be given the housing and initial food to survive and will be given seeds, stock animals and tools to do farming and light carpentry. None may leave. No guards will be on the island but three miles off the island the prisoners will be guarded by the Coast Guard or private guards, and surveillance satellites or devices. The name, “Devil’s Island” would be appropriate, but unlike the French version, we would wash our hands of them. They would not be monitored, shackled, or imposed upon by decent society. Nor would reporters be allowed in. If a fool decides to "Break In" they will not be rescued or allowed off the island. Escapers will simply be returned to the island if they can be rescued without the guards endangering their own lives. The prisoners will be free to form the society they deserve. They will be free to dispose of each other or themselves. RATIONAL INDIVIDUALS WILL NOT BE TAINTED BY HAVING TO MAKE ANY FURTHER DECISIONS ABOUT THESE PEOPLE. THEIR FATE IS IN THEIR HANDS. In Justice, Semper cogitans fidele, Peter Taylor From Wikipedia. Gitmo: The payment of $2,000 was increased to $4,085 in 1934. The new amount was paid by checks from the United States Treasury, payable to "The Treasurer General of the Republic". Payments have been sent annually, but only one lease payment has been cashed since the Cuban Revolution. Fidel Castro claimed that this check was deposited due to "confusion" in 1959, and the Government of Cuba has declined all further payments . . . . In 2005, the US Navy completed a $12 million wind project erecting four wind turbines capable of supplying about a quarter of the base's peak power needs, reducing diesel fuel usage and pollution from the existing diesel generators (the base's primary electricity generation), while saving $1.2 million in annual energy costs.
  11. Ba’al wrote, “Space is what keeps everything happening in the same place. Time is what keeps everything from happening at once.” Did you mean “not happening in the same place? Let me try my hand at gibberish (valley girl talk and jokes of confusion) . OMG! Did you mean things can happen in different places at the same time? And the same things can happen simultaneously in different places? Things could happen in the same place at different times. I’ve seen it happen. And is space defined as the size of an electron, or the size of an atom, on up to the size of The Mall of America? I suppose the smallest thing in existence is the smallest, occupied space in existence since space needs something in it to be space. Like a clothing store. Even a vacuum can’t be space if there is no “existent,” anywhere . I can’t imagine existence being without things in it. For time to pass it needed to start at some time, which is why I like the idea of a big bang, and I’m not suggesting anything you creep. Can you define time, without using the word time? What’s over the horizon, in a cosmological sense? What if space is curved and existence too? Stuff like that is Weird. Peter
  12. “Cirque de Solei? No mon-sewer”, said John Wayne, in his best French accent. But I like the idea of no moderator. The candidates are sitting alone at a table, with one or two cameras on each person, and one or two cameras are positioned to show a panoramic view. An announcer sets the meeting up, lays out the agreed upon, ground rules and then the person who wants to begin, starts talking. Only if the rules are broken, and Donald or Hillary appeal the rule breaking, can the moderator interrupt and then only as a high school debate coach might. Perhaps near the end they could answer questions, that are randomly selected from a box of questions . . . that each candidate’s staff were allowed to pick, just before the event, say, each staff member picks five questions, so there are only ten questions in the box and they will be answered if there is time. Peter
  13. Some ideas from Rush Limbaugh today. Big government’s job is to give away other people’s money to a “generational” class of moochers. By establishing a ‘NEEDY’ voting class who will vote “only” for them, they have institutionalized their elitism. Their goal is to always remain in power. For years there has been an undercurrent in politics that has wanted an outsider in the White House, to get rid of the elites. That is who Trump is. This election is not about conservativism and progressiveness. For instance, Ivanka Trump’s plan for tax breaks for mom’s who have just given birth has already been proposed by conservative think tanks. So would it simply be one more way for government to expand? Yes, but Rush’s goal has never been to keep any particular party in power. He still sees no alternative to Donald Trump even though Trump is not a conservative in many ways. Peter
  14. From digital “People Magazine”: Ivanka Trump, in Testy Interview, Makes Clear Her Father's Child Care Plan Is Not for Gay Dads (or Any Dads). The policy, which Ivanka, 34, unveiled alongside the Republican presidential nominee in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, would give new moms six weeks of paid maternity leave, and also makes child care expenses tax-deductible for families that earn less than $50,000 annually. Further, it would establish tax-free accounts for families to use for child care and child enrichment activities. Most of the plan's focus, however, is on women, as reporter Prachi Gupta noted while questioning the mother-of-three. "Why does this policy not include any paternity leave?" Gupta asked. In response, Ivanka explained, "I think this takes huge advancement and obviously, for same-sex couples as well, there's tremendous benefit here to enabling the mother to recover after childbirth. It's critical for the health of the mother. It's critical for bonding with the child, and that was a top focus of this plan." Ivanka said the plan would impact same-sex marriages if the couple had legal married status under tax code, but ruffled when pressed about unions of two men. "The policy is fleshed out online, so you can go see all the elements of it," she said. "But the original intention of the plan is to help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth." end quote
  15. On Rush today, he said there is no such thing as non contagious bacterial pneumonia, and he gets that info from an Obamacare site. I wonder if more of her staff or the reporters around her will get it? From The Washington examiner. 18 things we learned from Colin Powell's leaked emails By Ashe Schow: 1. The Clintons still dislike President Barack Obama. 2. Clinton might have been prepared to drag Obama down with her. 3. Even Democrats questioned Clinton's health. 4. Powell didn't want to be Clinton's email scapegoat. "Dumb. She should have done a 'Full Monty' at the beginning. She was using email when she took over," Powell wrote on Aug. 23, 2016. "They put the personal system in the basement a few months later… She didn't need any advice or ok from me; she was already doing it. I gave her written guidance on why and how I had been doing it." He added: "I warned her staff three times over the past two years not to try to connect it to me. I am not sure HRC even knew or understood what was going on in the basement." 5. Powell was really upset about being tied to Clinton's email scandal. "They are going to dick up the legitimate and necessary use of emails with friggin record rules. I saw email more like a telephone than a cable machine," Powell wrote to Leeds on Aug. 18, 2015. "As long as the stuff is unclassified. I had a secure machine." 6. Seriously, he was angry about the whole thing. When Democratic commentator James Carville wrote a column comparing Powell's emails to Clinton's, the former secretary of state under George W. Bush shot him an angry email. "Dear James, you are the latest HRC acolyte trying to use me to cover her on the email caper. All these attempts and her dissembling has just made it Worse [sic]." Powell wrote. He added: "She now is apologizing," before writing that "suddenly you surface to throw another log on the fire." 7. Powell is a quote machine. This one has staying power: "Everything [Hillary Rodham Clinton] touches she kind of screws up with hubris," Powell wrote. 8. Leeds and Powell had concerns about Clinton's campaign last summer. "HRC may be in serious trouble," Leeds wrote to Powell on Aug. 18, 2015. "And she sounds terrible thing [sic] to spin. Worse every day." 9. Powell blamed Ambassador Christopher Stevens for the Benghazi attack. This one's pretty sick. Powell said the Benghazi investigation against Clinton was "a stupid witch hunt" and that the "basic fault" for the attack "falls on a courageous ambassador who thought Libyans now love me and I am ok in this very vulnerable place." Powell also blamed Clinton and Stevens' "leaders and supporters" in Washington, DC. "But blame also rests on his leaders and supports back here. Pat Kennedy, Intel community, [State Department] and yes HRC," Powell wrote. 10. Clinton cost Powell a university speaking gig. "I told you about the gig I lost at a University because [Clinton] so overcharged them they came under heat and couldn't any [sic] fees for awhile," Powell wrote. "I should send her a bill." 11. Powell believe Bill Clinton is still cheating and doesn't want to vote for Hillary. “I would rather not have to vote for her, although she is a friend I respect," Powell wrote to Leeds on July 26, 2014. "A 70-year person with a long track record, unbridled ambition, greedy, not transformational, with a husband still dicking bimbos at home (according to the NYP)." 12. Powell didn't like Gen. Michael Flynn. 13. Powell thinks the FBI 'loved' him. In one email exchange, Powell said "several folks" had come up to him the night before to tell him Clinton "threw you under the bus." Powell replied: "Don't be silly, she is under bus," and claimed "The FBI guys loved me and so did the [Inspector General] types." 14. Powell doesn't like Clinton, but he doesn't like Donald Trump either. Powell really disliked Trump's quest to uncover President Obama's birth certificate. "Yup, the whole birther movement was racist," Mr. Powell wrote in one email. "That's what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn't keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim. As I have said before, 'What if he was?' Muslims are born as Americans everyday." Powell also called Trump a "national disgrace" and an "international pariah." 15. Powell also didn't like the Cheneys. "They are idiots and spent force peddling a book that ain't going nowhere," Powell wrote in an email about former Vice President (whom Powell served alongside) Dick Cheney. 16. And he didn't much care for Donald Rumsfeld. "One day when we both have had too many drinks we can discuss why [President George W. Bush] tolerated him and why Dick [Cheney], a successful SecDef, was so committed to Don," Powell wrote in yet another email. "I must say I gagged as [President George H.W. Bush] praised him as the 'best' at the statuary hall unveiling." 17. Actually, Powell pretty much despises everyone. 18. He likes to use the word 'dick' See points 5 and 11. Update: An earlier version left out part of an email in which Powell also blamed Clinton and others in Washington for Benghazi. He put the blame on Stevens first, but he did add that others were at fault. Ashe Schow is a commentary writer for the Washington Examiner.