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IN DEFENSE OF FBI DIRECTOR COMEY, A GOOD MAN. Take a deep breath, y’all.

Posted by mrsmart on October 29, 2016



The FBI is supposed to be impartial and non-political in its discharge of its duties. I believe that’s what FBI director James Comey was attempting to show in his announcement yesterday. It landed like a bomb in the 11th hour in this hotly contested presidential election.
After constant berating from the GOP since July, and later by Mr. Donald trump, the GOP nominee, because he declined to charge Mrs. Hillary Clinton for only God knows what, Mr. Comey wanted to show his impartiality and do “the right thing.” For the GOP, yesterday, he did the right thing.
With that, Comey is once again the darling of the right. Mr. Trump changed his tune. He now calls the federal system not as rigged as he thought.
For that, I’m happy for my brothers and sisters, Trump’s supporters. They get another crack at Hillary Clinton’s e-mail “investigation.”
This begs the question. Would the GOP accept director Comey’s finding this time if he comes back with the same conclusion that he did in July, and not indict Hillary Clinton for her e-mails?
To be sure, for Hillary’s supporters, the timing couldn’t be worse. The media didn’t help matters.
All day the media reported wrongly that the FBI is reopening Hillary’s e-mail investigation giving her supporters unnecessary anxiety.
However, I think they too are overreacting. Reread the letter.
Director Comey just made a mistake in wording his letter and possibly its timing. The letter simply says the FBI is REVIEWING new set of e-mails they just found from a laptop and may be tied to Hillary Clinton. This laptop happens to belong to Hillary’s staff, who just happens to have been married to ex-congressman Anthony Weiner, whom they are really investigating. They want to see if there’s anything worth opening an INVESTIGATION further into Hillary’s e-mails. That’s all.
For Hillary’s supporters, take a deep breath. I think this is akin to hitting a speed bump on your way to your destination.
Emmanuel A. Smart, Strategic PR Consultant
Houston Public Relations Training Institute
Houston, TX

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The Power of The Apology in Forgiveness. It works!

Posted by mrsmart on February 25, 2014


Contrary to popular misconceptions, apologizing in a conflict as what we just witnessed in Ukraine is neither a sign of admission of guilt nor a sign of weakness. It is in the spirit of community preservation. The unexpected outcome may be greater national unity as a result.

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Posted by mrsmart on June 7, 2011

Rep Weiner D-NY body language yesterday, below, spoke volumes, indicating uneasiness with himself.

Picture from — Rep. Anthony Weiner attends a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup in the Rayburn House Office Building on June 2.

Today, he admitted sending lewd photos of himself! What did him in was not the lewd act; his tipping point was his botched crisis response of denying, delaying and pontificating!

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Alaska gov is resigning. Good Luck, Ms. Palin

Posted by mrsmart on July 4, 2009

Sarah Palin resigns her post as Alaska Governor

Sarah Palin resigns her post as Alaska Governor

Lets face, competition for the GOP nomination will be brutal. Think about Huckabee, Romney, T-Paw, governors who finished their terms, some of them, two terms; and some candidates we don’t know yet.

In announcing her resignation from the governor’s office, Palin, I think, is leaving the very job she needed to continue to build on her resume so she can do better next time she tries to run for National office. Have you heard this woman articulate international policy ideas better than her ability to see Russia from her front porch?

Since leaving the national campaign, Ms Palin has done the exact opposite of what I thought she needed to do to better herself for future national political run. Read what I wrote on this blog on November 10, 2008.

All I have seen her do is fight with virtually anyone who dares say anything she doesn’t like about her or her cause. From political operatives to David letterman; John Kerry, the media, etc.

Everything about her future plans is speculative for now at best. So, I just wish her the best in whatever she chooses to do.

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