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Presidential Poll A Potential Game Changer For Czech Defiance On EU, Migrants and Russia

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Prague, Czech Republic

Voters in the Czech Republic go to the polls this weekend to elect the president that will represent their country for the next five years. For many, the vote is a referendum on outspoken president, Miloš Zeman, the pro-Trump, media-bashing and anti-migrant incumbent detested as much by Czech sophisticates as the EU elite.

Riding high in the polls with a double-digit lead on his next nearest rival, self-styled man of the people, Zeman, may yet lose out in a second round of voting to liberal competitor and political newcomer, Jiří Drahoš, a scientist running on a centrist platform and seeking to improve relations with Brussels.

One of the leading political personalities to emerge following the fall of communism in 1989, Zeman began his presidency as a supporter of the EU, only more recently clashing with Brussels on issues such as forced migrant quotas and sanctions following Moscow’s annexation of Crimea. Zeman opposes the sanctions and has sought to strengthen ties with Russia, a not universally popular move given the nation’s relatively recent history in the Russian sphere.

The 73- year-old’s statements on Islam, an ’anti-civilization’’, on Europe’s seemingly permanent inward flow of migrants, ‘’an organized invasion’’, and his frequent jibes at the Czech media have made him the bête noire of what he describes as the ‘’Prague coffee house’’ intelligentsia, the antithesis to his working-class base.

“I admit one of the significant factors in my decision to run was the Czech media. Each of their attacks encouraged me more to run. Thank you, Czech media,” Zeman announced to the same media as he declared his intention to seek re-election last year.

Eurosceptic and right-wing parties dominated October 2017’s legislative elections, the same election in which Andrej Babiš, the billionaire ‘’Czech Trump’’, scored an electoral landslide. Babiš, now prime minister, has enjoyed presidential support under Zeman, an arrangement which will end if the presidency changes hands. The two are natural allies on certain issues including their defiance in the face of forced migrant quotas, seen by some here as the opening act of a globalist project to ‘multiculturalize’ largely homogenous Central Europe. Reflecting Czech public opinion on this issue, most of the nine presidential candidates are agreed; the Czech Republic will not be accepting Brussels-imposed migrants.

Drahoš, a mild mannered academic and Zeman’s most likely contender in any second-round vote, differs from the sitting president in that he opposes Prime Minister Babiš. He is also against holding referenda on EU or NATO membership. Styling himself as a unifying force, a win for Drahoš would see a different the country re-orient westwards after several years of increasingly close ties with Russia and China.

Zeman’s overtures towards the east have led to accusations by Drahoš and others of Kremlin interference. One such accusation saw Zeman, who has praised President Trump, hit back by accusing his opponent of acting like defeated US presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, in the wake of her failure to win the White House in 2016 and subsequent Russian collusion allegations spread to discredit the Trump presidency.

Zeman’s ill health and reluctance to make campaign appearances have not appeared to affect his polling – up to 45% in a field of nine candidates – such is his popularity with supporters. Instead, he claims his platform is continuity; the Central European nation of 10.6 million now has the lowest unemployment of any EU country (2.5%), one its most vibrant economies and boasts fast-rising wages. Whilst the majority of political power lies with the elected government, Czech presidents do have an important role in forming governments, appointing ministers and representing the country abroad.

This weekend’s race will ultimately come down to which group is more mobilized, urbanites embarrassed by Zeman’s at times colorful language and lack of political correctness, or his rural and working class base, receptive to his populist message. If one recoils at his statements suggesting that Muslims are ‘’practically impossible’’ to integrate, at seeing their president occasionally appear inebriated at a public function, or waving a mock rifle with the punchline ”for journalists” during a press conference, the other sees in him a straight-talker with a sense of humor ready to stand-up for them and the national interest.

Polls open at 08:00 Friday.

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The robot dog that will murder you will also dance on your grave

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To cleanse the palate, obviously I don’t know if there’ll be “graves” as such after the robot apocalypse. I assume it’ll depend on their olfactory capabilities. If they’re not equipped to detect scent, maybe the ‘bots will just leave us where we lie to decay in the sun, our streets transformed into rivers of putrefied viscera from the sheer mass of leaking carcasses.

It’s my great privilege to share thoughts like that with you at the end of a long day.

I’m curious about what possessed Boston Dynamics to put this clip together. Could be nothing more than boredom or a creative way to show off Spot’s motor skills. But I wonder if all the freaky-deaky videos of humanoid robots demonstrating ever more impressive feats of mobility has created a strange sort of PR problem for them. They don’t want every promo they do to seem menacing, however inadvertently. Soon they’ll have people breaking into their factory, trying to stop them before they build the first T-800. Time to do something whimsical instead.

This thing is set to go on sale next year, by the way. Not to everyday consumers; the price tag will likely ensure that it remains a corporate plaything. But you’ll be seeing them around sooner than you think. Plus, some ultra-rich tech bros are destined to buy them and show them off as look-what-I-got novelties. We all know who the first one will be.

Weird but true: In a few decades’ time, this thing shaking its ass in your face as it does a victory twerk might be the last thing you ever see.

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WOW! Claire McCaskill Speaks Out After Project Veritas Reveals She’s a Complete Fraud — Lies and Blames Hawley (VIDEO)

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James O’Keefe strikes again!

On Monday evening, Project Veritas released an undercover video of endangered Missouri Democrat Senator Claire McCaskill admitting to being deceptive about her stance on firearms and immigration policies.

McCaskill is a red-state Democrat Senator so she has to appear pro 2nd Amendment to her constituents because Missourians love their guns.

Claire McCaskill’s staffers were also caught on video saying she puts on a moderate front to get the Republican votes.

The top staffer then continued saying McCaskill believes everything Obama does.

THIS WAS A DEVASTATING VIDEO! Claire McCaskill was COMPLETELY EXPOSED!

Senator McCaskill’s staffers admitted she is pro-DACA, pro-DREAMERS and against the border wall even though she runs ads to the contrary claiming she is strong on border security.
The Project Veritas Video has been viewed over 267,000 times so far!

On Tuesday morning Claire McCaskill responded to the stunning revelations.
McCaskill went on Ozarks First to try to dig herself out of this deep hole.


Claire lied some more, blamed Josh Hawley for the undercover video.

Senator McCaskill: I’ve been very up front about all my positions. I remember this person was trying to get me to say something different than what my positions are… It is startling that Josh Hawley would be part of fraudulently embedding something in my campaign.

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Coincidence or corruption? In Andrew Cuomo’s government it’s hard to tell

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Given the parade of people in the orbit of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who have recently either been shipped off to jail or come under investigation, it’s amazing that none of the dirt ever sticks to Cuomo himself. How does he account for the various people who funneled money toward his campaign, and then were later discovered to have benefitted from state government “generosity” and wound up in handcuffs? It’s all just a coincidence.

Today we’re hearing news of yet another of these amazing coincidences. This story starts with a situation we first covered more than a year ago and it dealt with some donors who helped Cuomo out during his 2014 campaign. A medical corporation named Crystal Run Healthcare was run by a few people who had funneled more than $400K to Cuomo’s campaigns over the previous four years. When the “Buffalo Billion” was announced (a plan to invest a billion dollars of taxpayer money into projects creating jobs in the western, upstate region) Crytal Run was at the front of the line. They wound up receiving more than $25M dollars for two new medical centers.

But there were some fishy elements to the story. First of all, they had actually broken ground on both of those new projects six months before the grants were even announced or applications were being taken. It’s almost as if they knew they had the money coming from somewhere. Then we found out that the Crystal Run had coughed up a flurry of maximum donations only weeks before the checks to them were cut. In addition to that, there was a meeting held less than two weeks after the announcement of the grants where Crystal Run executives met with state officials, including a top aide from inside Cuomo’s office.

How did Cuomo explain it? It was all just a happy coincidence and the meeting didn’t matter because they didn’t even talk about the grants. The meeting was about Medicaid.

But now the local press has gotten hold of emails from Crystal Run showing that they did indeed discuss their two new developments and the grants, and that the state representatives at the meeting were “very receptive” to their requests. (NY Post)

Now, despite earlier denials from everyone involved, it turns out company execs got a private sitdown with top state officials in 2015, just 12 days after Albany started seeking applications for $1.2 billion in development grants. Crystal Run wound up with $25.4 million of that (the only for-profit company to qualify) for two projects.

Team Cuomo insists those projects never even got mentioned at the meeting, saying it was only about Medicaid. Yet the Albany Times Union reports that an e-mail sent two weeks later by Crystal Run’s chief legal officer stressed that company execs had “shared our vision for growth,” including the two “expansions,” with the health commissioner and a top aide who worked in Cuomo’s office.

Both officials, the e-mail noted, “were, obviously, supportive, as we are bringing real jobs to real people” — and had agreed that “further discussion was warranted” with the state economic-development agency “at the highest levels.”

How much more evidence do we need at this point? Cuomo’s spokespeople obviously lied about what went on at that meeting. They have records from the company who benefitted from it after making massive contributions. (Two of the people involved in organizing these meetings, donations, and windfalls have already been convicted or indicted on related charges.) And yet Andrew Cuomo continues to insist that all the grants were handled fairly and above board. These are all just amazing coincidences. And somehow, while his closest aides head off to the crowbar motel, Cuomo floats along and prosecutors can’t seem to lay a glove on him. On top of that, he’s on track to cruise to electoral victory for another four years in office.

I guess that’s just a happy coincidence too, eh?

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